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UPDATE: MLB kicks in $1 million for Haitian relief

Jan 14, 2010, 2:20 PM EDT

2:20 P.M.:  Bud Selig has just announced that Major League Baseball has kicked in $1 million via UNICEF.

11:30 A.M.: Great move by the Yankees:

The New York Yankees announced today that they were donating $500,000
in support of rescue and relief efforts following the tragic earthquake
in Haiti.
The catastrophic event has devastated an entire nation and will have
far-reaching effects in the worldwide Haitian community. The Yankees
hope their donation will inspire people throughout the United States to
do everything they can to aid the people of Haiti in their time of need.

The scope of this disaster makes it almost impossible to get one’s brain around it.  Some have suggested that Haiti could cease to be a viable nation as a result of the quake.  Anything anyone can do, however small, is much needed and much appreciated.

  1. TF in Tampa - Jan 14, 2010 at 5:33 PM

    The History lessons that you offer up for us is Priceless. You are truly a gifted individual, and I mean this in a positive way, I’m sure you know that. Preach That Good Word, Brother Man!
    I come from a belief that eventhough its important to take care of #1, we can not lose sight of the issue at hand, all things have a priorty. And we agree, right now the people of Haiti should be Priorty #1.
    To those of you posting negative comments about ‘Who and How Much’ they are donating, and you know who you are, put your $$$ where your mouth is and get your friends to do the same!! This too shall pass, but not before we all need to do our share to help in some way.
    Now Gator, how’s that novel coming? [see my last post from yesterdays 'Japan's Hall of Fame Is Tougher Than Ours' blog]

  2. 2004&2007wschamps - Jan 14, 2010 at 5:50 PM

    As you can tell by my handle, I am a huge Red Sox fan. However, I strongly feel that this was an excellent move by the Yankees. I don’t think it matters how much a person, company, organization or in this case team donates. The fact of the matter is that every donation counts. The entire country is completely destroyed

  3. AJ - Jan 14, 2010 at 7:31 PM

    BESIDES A GOOD PR/TAX WRITE-OFF, COULDNT THE NY SKANKS OWNERS/TEAM SET THE BAR A LITTLE HIGHER THAN $500K, WHILE THEY THROW “MILLIONS” @ PLAYERS & AGENTS WHO R SOO-GREEDY N SELDOM/FEW GIVE BACK A DIME OR DECENT AMOUNT TO A GOOD CAUSE!? JUS’CURIOUS, HOW MUCH IS SCOTT BORAS “LIKE” AGENTS WILL BE DONATING TO THIS POOR NATION?

  4. Old Gator - Jan 14, 2010 at 9:55 PM

    Careful what you wish for, TF. You might get it. Hint, hint. However, you should know that I’m more comfortable with short pieces, like Hyakken Uchida’s among the Japanese fictionists, or maybe Borges among the Macondans. Maybe I’ll post a segment of one here some day. I want to know that you’ve slurped enough chamomile tea to handle it, though.
    .
    While I’m contemplating such an audacious move, why not go sacrifice a goat to the wrathful gods to see if they can find a way to destroy that hideous Morlock dome of a stadium of yours? I’ve seen prettier Neolithic tumuli.
    .
    And no, this ain’t gonna pass so fast. The UN Command in Haiti, I just heard tonight, had at least 36 of its 200 personnel in Port Au Prince killed in the quake, 14 are missing, and dozens of others hurt. They were holding the country together. Now what?

  5. bklyn sharon - Jan 15, 2010 at 10:09 AM

    with as much $$ as the yankees have that’s all they r giving???????? A-Rod makes that in a week!! Are you serious Steinbreiner???

  6. George (AKA Old Gator) Steinbrenner - Jan 15, 2010 at 11:47 AM

    You’re lucky I even gave that much. Of what?
    .
    Uh – how much exactly was that? Was I supposed to pay it into an annuity or something?
    .
    Papa Doc is Mister May!
    .
    Uh…what were we talking about?
    .
    The fans of Haiti deserve a championship relief effort every year. And they’ll get it as soon as they build me a new stadium. Uh – what’s a Haiti?

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    Hey, nice one, keep the posts rolling :P

  8. Burton Haynes - Jan 15, 2010 at 6:26 PM

    Hey, cool one, keep the posts rolling :P

  9. Phil - Jan 16, 2010 at 11:15 AM

    Very classy move by the Yankees definitly. Coming from NYC every 1 has atleast 1 Haitian friend, coworker, etc. NYC has a big Haitian population . So good move for the Yanks

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  11. HaitiTragedy - Jan 21, 2010 at 5:55 PM

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  12. PrauForHaiti - Jan 21, 2010 at 8:11 PM

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