Ichiro Suzuki hasn't wanted to speak openly about the devastation in Japan. But any thought that he is ambivalent about what is going on in his native land should end today with the news that he's donated $1.3 million dollars to the Japanese Red Cross to aid efforts in Japan, according to the Kyodo News
The Mariners have also followed suit. They will dedicate the opening six-game homestand to benefiting relief efforts.
The organization will make a donation to the Red Cross matching all donations by Mariners front office employees and Mariners fans and a guaranteed donation of $100,000 through Mariners care.
"The Mariners join with people from around the world in extending our sympathy to the many people affected by the devastating earthquake and tsunami in," said Mairners CEO Howard Lincoln in a statement. "The Mariners have had great support from the Japanese business community and fans all across Japan. Our thoughts and best wishes are with them as they begin the long road to recovery."
Here's some of the things the Mariners will be doing to raise money for relief efforts.
Starting on April 8, the home opener against the A's, and the remainder of the homestand, which ends on April 13, volunteers from the Red Cross will be outside the gates of Safeco Field collecting donations.
There will be a silent auction on Saturday, April 9, to raise money. The organization will auction of memorabilia from Mariners players, all proceeds will go to the Red Cross. The bidding will start when the gates open and end in the sixth inning. The auction will be held in section 128.
Fans that won't be able to attend the games, can still donate to the Red Cross online or on their cell phones. Donations can be directed to Japan earthquake and tsunami relief by following the links at www.redcross.org. Mobile donations can be made by texting RedCross to 90999. A $10 donation will appear on the donor’s cell phone bill.