MiamiHerald / Willy González drove five hours in bumper-to-bumper traffic, past blown-out stoplights and battered hillsides, to watch his beloved Houston Astros and their Puerto Rican star, Carlos Correa, play on a big screen in the depths of San Juan’s darkness.
The 70-year-old insurance salesman didn’t want to risk missing the game while searching for a sports bar in his hometown of Bayamón, where even fewer businesses have access to generators, so he set out early Wednesday morning on a drive that used to take less than 30 minutes but has turned into what he described as a nightmarish journey since the hurricane.
After more than a month without power and other basic necessities, watching the Astros play the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 2 of the World Series outside his favorite sports bar was “free therapy,” González said Wednesday evening as he nursed a beer near San Juan’s iconic La Placita de Santurce marketplace.
And what a game it was. The Astros won 7-6 in the 11th inning, after a wild extra-inning home run derby and blown saves by both team’s closing pitchers.