WASHINGTON -- Forgive Phillies reliever Chad Durbin, a Baton Rouge, La., resident, for being distracted Tuesday. It's understandable considering the direction Hurricane Gustav had taken. Gustav took its toll on Southwestern Louisiana on Monday, leaving many residents without power, including those in Baton Rouge. Lafayette, La., about an hour away, was also seriously affected. Luckily for Durbin's wife Crystal, son Cade, his mother and sister, Gustav had been downgraded to Category 2 by the time it reached his home state.
"There's nothing you can do," he said. "You worry about it. There was some stuff knocked over, but that's about it. We got lucky. I think the storms hit Mississippi and it took the punch out of it." Durbin knew the stats, saying this was the worst storm to hit Baton Rouge since 1936, and felt for the roughly 225,000 people left without power, including his family. "The phone's been out since from early this morning, about 9 a.m. until about 3:30," said Dubrin, who has lived in Baton Rouge since 1990. "I couldn't get a hold of her because there are still tornado warnings. I knew I'd hear from somebody if something happened, but it was still nice to get a text that said everything is OK."
Ken Mandel is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.