Tigers star Javier Báez provides free meals to residents in Puerto Rico affected by Hurricane Fiona

Detroit Tigers star Javier Báez offers up FREE meals from his restaurant to Puerto Rico residents after country was slammed by Hurricane Fiona

  • Javier Báez, of the Detroit Tigers, is offering free hot meals through his restaurant in Puerto Rico to anyone who was affected by Hurricane Fiona
  • The star infielder announced the goodwill gesture Monday a day after the storm knocked out power and left many in the country without clean water
  • Báez said hot meals would be provided at his Taquiza restaurant to residents who are in need
  • The storm killed a 56-year-old man in Puerto Rico before sweeping through Dominican Republic and killing a 65-year-old man

Detroit Tigers star Javier Báez is providing much needed assistance to his native Puerto Rico by offering free meals to residents who have been affected by Hurricane Fiona.

Báez announced his goodwill gesture on his Instagram account Monday, indicating anyone interested was open to stopping by his restaurant in Toa Baja, north of his hometown of Bayamón.

‘I know we are going through something super difficult, I am with you,’ Báez said. ‘All those families who are in need of a hot plate of food can stop by @taquizapr Toa Baja and we will serve it for FREE!! If your community is affected and you are in need of hot food you can call 787-665-2323 (Joshua) or pass by @taquizapr and we’ll make the arrangements. Blessings to ALL.’

Báez’s brother-in-law, Toronto Blue Jays pitcher José Berríos, also shared the post and said that tacos were being handed out to those in need. 

Hurricane Fiona slammed some parts of Caribbean island on Sunday with strong winds and almost 30 inches of rain. It knocked out electricity to more than 837,000 customers and left more than 1 million without clean water in the U.S. territory that is the home of 3.2 million people.

Detroit Tigers star Javier Báez is providing free meals for residents in his native Puerto Rico after the U.S. territory was slammed by Hurricane Fiona. It made landfall on the anniversary of Hurricane Hugo, which hit the island in 1989 as a Category 3 storm

Detroit Tigers star Javier Báez is providing free meals for residents in his native Puerto Rico after the U.S. territory was slammed by Hurricane Fiona. It made landfall on the anniversary of Hurricane Hugo, which hit the island in 1989 as a Category 3 storm

A man holds on to a column while carrying a container in Puerto Rico before he was rescued by the National Guard. The Caribbean island was slammed by Hurricane Fiona on Sunday before it moved on to the Dominican Republic. At least 1 million residents were left without clean water

A man holds on to a column while carrying a container in Puerto Rico before he was rescued by the National Guard. The Caribbean island was slammed by Hurricane Fiona on Sunday before it moved on to the Dominican Republic. At least 1 million residents were left without clean water

Detroit Tigers star shortstop Javier Báez is offering free hot meals at his Taquiza PR restaurant in Toa Baja to Puerto Rico residents who were affected by Hurricane Fiona

Detroit Tigers star shortstop Javier Báez is offering free hot meals at his Taquiza PR restaurant in Toa Baja to Puerto Rico residents who were affected by Hurricane Fiona 

The powerful storm wrecked havoc on pavement and roads, ripped off roofs and sent flood waters into homes. It also took out a bridge and flooded two major airports.

A 56-year-old man, who slipped and fell in the La Plata river, was the only casualty reported by authorities in Puerto Rico. The hurricane also killed a 68-year-old man and a young woman in the Dominican Republic on Monday. 

Governor Pedro Pierluisi declined to say how long it would take to fully restore electricity to more than 837,000 customers, but he said most would have power in ‘a question of days.’

Javier Báez took to his Instagram account Monday to announce that free hot meals would be offered free of charge to residents in Puerto Rico who were affected by Hurricane Fiona

Javier Báez took to his Instagram account Monday to announce that free hot meals would be offered free of charge to residents in Puerto Rico who were affected by Hurricane Fiona

A stretch of a road in the Puerto Rico town of Villa Blanca was covered by flood water on Sunday

A stretch of a road in the Puerto Rico town of Villa Blanca was covered by flood water on Sunday

Since the start of the storm, National Guard troops have rescued more than 900 people, General José Reyes told a news conference.

U.S. President Joe Biden declared a state of emergency as the eye of the storm approached the island’s southwest corner.

The system hit Puerto Rico on the anniversary of Hurricane Hugo, which slammed into the island in 1989 as a Category 3 storm.

The island is still recovering from Hurricane Maria, which killed nearly 3,000 people and destroyed the power grid in 2017.

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