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Boston owner gives $100K

6/28/2004 - Boston Red Sox

BOSTON -- 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 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 on Monday. "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 among his teammates. 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."

The Red Sox are among several major league teams that have
opened baseball academies in the Dominican, birthplace of many of
the sport's greats.

"What we'd like to do is let the people of the Dominican know
that it's not just baseball that we're concerned about," Henry
said.

The announcement was made on the field at Fenway Park during a
game between Red Sox fantasy campers. In a switch, the campers wore
replica Red Sox uniforms and Martinez and Ortiz were in street
clothes. Red Sox chairman Tom Werner and president Larry Lucchino
also attended.