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Hideki Matsui donates $600,000 to Japanese relief efforts

Mar 21, 2011, 12:14 PM EDT

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Last week Ichiro Suzuki donated $1.2 million to the Japanese relief efforts and now Hideki Matsui has joined him, donating around $600,000 to the Red Cross.

Matsui’s official donation is 50 million yen (Ichiro’s was 100 million yen), which works out to about $620,000 based on the current conversion rate and represents around 15 percent of his 2011 salary.

Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle notes that Matsui previously also donated 50 million yen following the Indian Ocean tsunami in 2004 and 10 million yen after a smaller 2007 earthquake in Japan.

  1. yankeesfanlen - Mar 21, 2011 at 12:25 PM

    Matsui is a great guy. I would like him as a member of my team.

    • The Rabbit - Mar 21, 2011 at 12:51 PM

      OK then….Drop one of your catchers and pick him up. I think he’s still a free agent in our league. :-)

  2. Utley's Hair - Mar 21, 2011 at 1:04 PM

    Good for him. It makes me feel (a bit) better about humanity to see stuff like this.

    Now, how to get the Japanese government to stop lying about the seriousness of this nuclear stuff…. Or are they really incompetent enough not to know what the hell is actually going on? It’s frightening either way.

  3. apbaguy - Mar 21, 2011 at 1:16 PM

    Out here in SF, the land of the San Andreas fault (and the lesser known but more active Hayward fault), we keep talking about an 8.9 earthquake (the size of the Sendai quake.) It’s really unimaginable. The Loma Prieta quake, which occurred during the ’89 Giants/A’s series, was 7.1. An 8.9 is almost 100 times as strong. All the localities built on fill (Treasure Island, Foster City, among others) would liquefy, most frame buildings would collapse, etc. The one “good” thing is that the epicenter would probably be under land, as opposed to the ocean, so the likelihood of a tsunami is less.

    Since I’ve lived here almost 7 years now, the strongest quake I’ve felt was a 4.7. That scared the s**t out of me, almost literally. The gap in strength between that and Loma Prieta is about 100, and between 4.7 and 8.9 is about 10,000. Unimaginable.

  4. atlsp - Mar 21, 2011 at 4:50 PM

    So Ichiro donates $1m, Matsui donates half a mil, and Kenshin Kawakami – who will make $7m to report to the AA-Mississippi Braves (unless he is mercifully traded before then) – donated $50k? C’mon Kenshin, at least donate more than what you paid for your Lamborghini Murcielago or Maserati Gran Turismo S!

  5. cur68 - Mar 22, 2011 at 1:33 AM

    Matsui is the sack. Here’s another dude named Hideaki (sounds the same as Hideki) who is the sack + a gazillion;

    This guy has STONES in his sack.

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