Yadier Molina is Major League Baseball’s 2018 Roberto Clemente Award winner, based on his relief efforts toward Hurricane Maria relief following 2017’s Hurricane Maria.
Perhaps it’s kismet Yadi gets an award named for a fellow Puerto Rican famous for his humanitarian work.
“I feel very honored, very proud to receive the Roberto Clemente Award,” Molina told ESPN. “It really is a dream come true. Obviously we help others not thinking about getting awards. You bring aid because it comes from your heart. You want to help people because it comes from the heart. It’s never about looking for awards.
“I hope this award raises awareness that there are many people in Puerto Rico who still need help. There are many houses without roofs. There are many people who lost their homes. There are many people without water,” he added. “We still need a lot of help, and at (Molina’s nonprofit group) Foundation 4 we are focused on getting that help. We are helping many people and doing many things, and I don’t really like to talk about that or for people to find out, because that’s not the idea. That’s not why we do it. But we still need help to try to continue helping our people and people in need.”
Yadi’s wife, Wanda will accept the award on his behalf Wednesday night at Fenway Park at the World Series, as he is busy coaching Puerto Rico’s national U-23 team. He also mentioned some not great October memories regarding the Series-leading Red Sox and their home.
“Boston obviously beat us in two World Series, so going to Boston brings back some bad memories,” Molina said. “But I’m very happy for Alex (Cora), for Ramón Vázquez; they have done a great job. I’m also happy for Christian Vázquez, and Kiké Hernández on the other side, on the Dodgers. We have four Puerto Ricans in the World Series. I am very happy for them.”
The last Cardinal to win the Clemente Award was Carlos Beltran in 2013.
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