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April 25, 2006

Red Sox's Foundation To Yankees: Brother, Can You Spare A Dime?

From WTNH in Bristol:

The Red Sox Foundation is stepping up to the plate in Bristol today. A brand new playscape for the city's Head Start program is being dedicated, and there's a challenge out there aimed at the arch-rival Yankees baseball team.

These three and four year olds at the Bristol Head Start program are getting a little piece of Fenway in their own backyard.

"I love baseball, everyone in my country loves baseball."

Maria Marmol and her four-year-old son Carlos, both from the Dominican Republic, love the Red Sox -- especially number 34, David Ortiz or "Big Poppy."

When she heard the big league foundation decided to step up to the plate and donate money for a new playscape at Carlos' school she was grateful.

"We are happy they can go outside and play," says Marmol.

The entire playground cost $40,000. Through grants and the Red Sox Foundation, Head Start has the thing almost paid for. But they are $10,000 short, so the Red Sox's Foundation challenged the Yankees to step up to the plate and donate.

So far there's been no word from the Yankees on whether they'll match the funds. Head Start says they are lobbying ESPN and other big names and they're confident the park will be paid for.

Come to think of it, why can't the Yankees just give every person in the world $10,000 while they're at it?

They won't do it? Oh, those nasty Yankees. Boo. Hiss.

Posted by Steve Lombardi at April 25, 2006 01:14 PM


PR aside, the Sox can't get their players to contribute? Where's Mo Vaughn when you need him?

Anyway, if the Yanks don't match the funds, it's not really that big a deal. They do their own charity work, much of which probably isn't reported in the papers.

Posted by: Raf [TypeKey Profile Page] at April 25, 2006 01:48 PM

Does George's annual $75 million contribution to the charity known as Needy Major League Baseball Franchises (chaired by Uncle Bud)count? This, of course, is another laughable Larry Lucchino antic...the man who single-handedly invented the charity that takes the form of massively financed public stadiums for private corporations called baseball teams.

Posted by: JohnnyC [TypeKey Profile Page] at April 25, 2006 02:52 PM

Just ask Big Papi for the money.

BTW, how much is the meal money the major leaguers get every day?

Posted by: rbj [TypeKey Profile Page] at April 25, 2006 03:19 PM

I think it's like $250 for one day.

Posted by: Steve Lombardi [TypeKey Profile Page] at April 25, 2006 03:50 PM

Hmmm...Bristol...naw, just a coincidence I'm sure.

Posted by: hopbitters [TypeKey Profile Page] at April 25, 2006 04:17 PM

Thanks, Steve.
So if one Red Sox player opened up his own wallet for food for 40 days, that's $10000 right there. Or if 20 of them did it for two days each. . .

Posted by: rbj [TypeKey Profile Page] at April 26, 2006 09:15 AM