The Boston Red Sox helped raise more than $200,000 for victims of flooding in the Dominican Republic, the homeland of stars Pedro Martinez, Manny Ramirez and David Ortiz.
Red Sox owner John W. Henry personally pledged $100,000 for the island, which was ravaged by flooding last month. As many as 2,000 people were killed and thousands more left homeless.
"I come from there. I know exactly how things are," Martinez said at a news conference yesterday. "Believe me, it's not pretty."
After receiving word of the disaster, Ortiz put a box in the Red Sox' clubhouse to take up a collection. The team also invited fans to contribute during a homestand and through the mail.
Contributions from fans between May 31 and June 14 totaled more than $31,000. Red Sox players matched that, and the Red Sox Foundation did the same.
Some of the money will go toward relief efforts in Haiti, which shares the island of Hispaniola with the Dominican Republic.
Corporate donations brought the figure over $100,000, plus 1,200 T-shirts and 1,000 pairs of shorts, and Henry added $100,000 of his own.
Martinez thanked the fans "for giving us the support, not only in baseball but as human beings."
-- From News Services