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Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Why Carlos Correa’s walk-off homer was even more special for a Houston teen battling cancer

Carlos Correa’s walk-off homer in Game 2 of the American League Championship Series meant the Houston Astros’ World Series dreams were still in good shape. It meant fans in Houston had every reason to go nuts Sunday night. And it meant something even more special to a 16-year-old fan battling cancer.

Last week, Correa and his fiancée Daniella Rodriguez visited Jalen Garcia in a Houston hospital. He’s from nearby Laredo and batting osteosarcoma, a type of bone cancer. Rodriguez is also from Laredo and went to the same high school Jalen does.

Before he left, Correa told Jalen: “The next home run that I hit is going to be for you. When you see me pointing up, I want you to know that I’m pointing at you.”

For those of us who like the appeal of Johnny Sylvester stories.

 

QLE Posted: October 15, 2019 at 12:10 AM | 10 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: carlos correa, fans

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   1. Pat Rapper's Delight (as quoted on MLB Network) Posted: October 15, 2019 at 12:46 AM (#5890601)
He’s from nearby Laredo

"Nearby"? Let the record show Laredo is a 350 mile drive from Houston.
   2. jmurph Posted: October 15, 2019 at 09:56 AM (#5890641)
"Nearby"? Let the record show Laredo is a 350 mile drive from Houston.

It's Texas, though, so that's fairly close as these things go.
   3. PreservedFish Posted: October 15, 2019 at 09:56 AM (#5890642)
“The next home run that I hit is going to be for you."

Anyone else concerned by the lack of confidence on display here? In my day sluggers would promise to hit a homerun in the very next game.
   4. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: October 15, 2019 at 11:00 AM (#5890665)
Anyone else concerned by the lack of confidence on display here? In my day sluggers would promise to hit a homerun in the very next game.
They talked about this very thing a few weeks ago on Effectively Wild. Both of the hosts agreed that this would be the much smarter way to go and wondered why hitters defaulted to the other way. Maybe Correa was listening.

"When you see me pointing up, I want you to know that I’m pointing at you.”
If you're a sick kid, wouldn't this worry you a bit?
   5. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: October 15, 2019 at 11:07 AM (#5890670)
Tomorrow night, Correa has to catch a fly ball in his hat.
   6. bunyon Posted: October 15, 2019 at 11:23 AM (#5890673)
I thought it was going to be because the kid had put a hundred large on the Stros in game 2.
   7. Booey Posted: October 15, 2019 at 12:03 PM (#5890680)
"When you see me pointing up, I want you to know that I’m pointing at you.”

If you're a sick kid, wouldn't this worry you a bit?


Well, better that he's pointing up than pointing down, right?
   8. Baldrick Posted: October 15, 2019 at 12:04 PM (#5890681)
As a resident of the Rio Grande Valley, I can confirm that the Astros are in fact very big here, and that Houston is regarded as 'nearby.'
   9. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: October 15, 2019 at 12:25 PM (#5890689)
Well, better that he's pointing up than pointing down, right?
Fair point, fair point.
   10. Cris E Posted: October 16, 2019 at 09:09 AM (#5891022)
One of my favorite comics along this line: PBF: A Hit For Bobby

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