The devastating earthquakes and tsunamis that ravaged Japan earlier this month have generated aid and relief from all around the world, baseball players included. The Mariners' Ichiro donated roughly $1.25 million to the relief effort earlier this week and now on Friday, the Red Sox' Daisuke Matsuzaka has made a $1 million donation of his own to the Japanese Red Cross through the official team charity of the Red Sox, the Red Sox Foundation.â†µ
The Red Sox announced today that the Red Sox Foundation has received $1 million from pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka to help victims of the earthquake and subsequent tsunami that struck Japan on March 11. 100% of these funds will be provided to the Japanese Red Cross Society to fund ongoing relief efforts.â†µ
"Our efforts on the field are dedicated to all who are suffering from this catastrophe. We are in this together, so we must overcome tragedy together." Matsuzaka said in a videotaped message released by the Club earlier this month.â†µ
So far, the Red Sox Foundation has raised more than $1.3 million from fans and Red Sox players to support the Japanese Red Cross Society's relief efforts. Additionally, Hideki Okajima, Junichi Tazawa and Itsuki Shoda also made personal donations.