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Hurricane Irma hits home for Eugene Emeralds manager

Ems manager Jesus Feliciano is from Puerto Rico and much of his family is still there. He remains positive and focused on the playoffs his team is currently in as they fight to remain Northwest League champions for a second straight year. "Sometimes we take things for granted, and we've got to thank God to have us healthy and alive," he said. (SBG)

EUGENE, Ore. -- As Hurricane Irma hit Puerto Rico, it also hit home for a Eugene Emerald.

Ems manager Jesus Feliciano is from Puerto Rico and much of his family is still there.

He remains positive and focused on the playoffs his team is currently in as they fight to remain Northwest League champions for a second straight year.

The Emeralds won the first game of the playoffs in their series against the Hillsboro Hops at PK Park. The series continues Thursday and Friday in Hillsboro.

Feliciano says he's focused on the rest of the series but his family remains in his thoughts.

He says that it's tough, but says he understands there are a lot of families going through difficult times and that hopefully, no matter what happens, he and others can move forward.

"Sometimes we take things for granted, and we've got to thank God to have us healthy and alive," he said.

Another Emerald, centerfielder Zach Davis, has also been recently affected by a hurricane.

His mother and brother lost their home in Houston, Texas, in Hurricane Harvey.

Feliciano says through tragedy the team has come together and says he appreciates all the support from general manager Allan Benevides and the Cubs affiliate.

"We're very grateful for having him around, for having the front office on top of everything, you know, trying to help in every way that they can. That's when teams come along, that's awesome for us to be together and be strong."

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