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Hall of Famer Ivan Rodriguez Helping Puerto Rico With Hurricane Relief Drive



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    COOPERSTOWN, NY - JULY 30: Ivan Rodriguez gives his induction speech at Clark Sports Center during the Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony on July 30, 2017 in Cooperstown, New York. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

    Hall of Fame catcher Ivan “Pudge” Rodriguez is on a mission to help his native Puerto Rico.

    Pudge will be helping collect relief supplies through Sept. 29 as part of the United for Puerto Rico, a program brought forth by the First Lady of Puerto Rico, Beatriz Rosselló, in an effort to help those affected by both Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Maria.

    Pudge says most of his family still lives in Puerto Rico. He says he didn't hear from his father until five days after Hurricane Maria hit. His family is okay but Pudge says he gets emotional seeing the destruction in his homeland.

    "My mom is sending me videos every day and it makes me cry because its tough, i mean, there's nothing in Puerto Rico that stayed there, it's gone," Rodriguez said.

    Among the supplies needed are generators, tents, construction lumber, first aid kits, hygiene products, over-the-counter medicines, blankets, clothing and bottled water.

    The drop-off locations are:

    Adobos Puerto Rican Cafe
    3013 N. Beltline Road
    Irving, TX

    2800 Story Road West
    Irving, TX

    For more information, you can visit http://unidosporpuertorico.com

    HURRICANE HARVEY BENEFIT: On Tuesday, the Texas Rangers Baseball Foundation will host a special benefit during the Rangers' Fox Sports Southwest telecast to raise funds in support of Hurricane Harvey victims. The benefit will feature a live online auction where fans can bid on sports and entertainment packages.

    The Rangers open up a three-game series with the Houston Astros starting on Monday in Arlington.

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