HOUSTON -- Houston Astros slugger Carlos Lee looked down
from a helicopter and saw cattle swimming through floodwaters after
Lee knew he had to help.
The Astros player and cattle rancher today announced a donation
of $25,000 and more than 300 bales of hay to the Texas Department
Lee's cattle ranch in Wharton, about 60 miles southwest of
downtown Houston, wasn't damaged in the storm. But Lee wanted to do something to help those who are suffering from Ike.
Lee, who's out with a broken left pinkie, said he never expected
to be a spokesman for the Texas Department of Agriculture.
Lee calls himself a baseball player who loves the ranch.
Texas Department of Agriculture commissioner Todd Staples said
as many as 20,000 head of cattle are roaming free in the hurricane