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Pirates deliver relief supplies to Puerto Rico

| Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017, 7:12 p.m.
Pirates catcher, Francisco Cervelli, helps fans unload donations to send to Puerto Rico outside of PNC Park on Monday, Oct. 2, 2017.
Nate Smallwood | Tribune-Review
Pirates catcher, Francisco Cervelli, helps fans unload donations to send to Puerto Rico outside of PNC Park on Monday, Oct. 2, 2017.

Members of the Pittsburgh Pirates, aka Team Puerto Rico, were warmly received Thursday upon their arrival in Puerto Rico, bearing an overwhelming amount of relief supplies donated by thousands of Pittsburghers to help citizens recover from damage done by Hurricane Maria.

Players and front-office members flew to San Juan to deliver the supplies, which totaled more than 460,000 pounds, along with $225,000. The island was ravaged by Hurricane Maria, causing widespread power outages, flooding and limited to no cell phone service.

They were greeted by Puerto Rican Governor Ricardo Rossello and Luis Clemente, the son of Pirates great Roberto Clemente.

Among the Pirates representatives were Omar Moreno, team president Frank Coonelly, third base coach Joey Cora, Sean Rodriguez, Francisco Cervelli, interpreter Mike Gonzalez and owner Bob Nutting.

Two DC-11 cargo planes were taken to Cayey and Caguas, Cora's hometown about 20 miles outside of San Juan.

According to Nutting, about 85 percent of the supplies that were gathered came from fans. Pirates Charities and FedEx spearheaded the collection process. Several local businesses donated food and medical supplies.

Members of the Pirates expressed their appreciation to those who donated.

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