Jharel Cotton tries to focus on mound after Hurricane Irma destroys hometown



Some things go deeper than just baseball.

Jharel Cotton had a lot on his mind in Friday’s start against the Houston Astros. No, it wasn’t the struggles he has been going through this season. It was something much more near and dear to his heart — Home.

Cotton did his best to pitch on after learning that his hometown of Tortola in the British Virgin Islands had been devastated by Hurricane Irma, which tore through the Caribbean and is making its way toward Florida.

“It’s been on my mind of course. Back home it’s a total disaster. The whole town was wiped out,” Cotton said. “Thinking about home is always on my mind.”

The house in which Cotton grew up and his father currently lived was destroyed. Most of the belongings in the house are gone.

“The roof came off at my dad’s house,” Cotton said.

The most important thing to Cotton was the safety of his father and other relatives. Cotton remained in contact with his family as they remained in the Virgin Islands throughout the hurricane and was relieved to hear that all was well.

“I talked to my dad a couple of times and they’re doing fine. That helped me out,” Cotton said. “They’re at home right now just trying to recover. It’s going to take a long time but they’re strong. They’ll do it.”



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