BOSTON (CBS) – The Boston Red Sox are encouraging fans to join the team in showing support for those affected by the earthquake and subsequent tsunami that struck Japan last Friday.

Led by Red Sox pitchers Daisuke Matsuzaka, a native of Tokyo, Japan, and Hideki Okajima, from Kyoto, Japan, the team encouraged fans to consider making donations through the team charity, the Red Sox Foundation, with 100-percent of donations received being sent to the Red Cross relief efforts in Japan.

Read: Matsuzaka, Okajima Among Japanese Players Concerned About Family

The Red Sox Foundation has committed to donate $50,000, and Matsuzaka and Okajima, along with fellow pitchers Junichi Tazawa and Itsuki Shoda, are each making personal donations.

Matsuzaka and Okajima recorded video messages in Japanese and English expressing support for their country and asking fans to make a donation.  The videos and donation details are available on the Club’s official website at, and on the charity’s website,

  1. Denise says:

    How much have they contributed to the “fund”? these athletes and celebrities that ask the working class for $$ when they make excessive amounts of $$ should be stepping up and saying that they themselves have contributed X amount of dollars to the fund themselves. Today we hear of so many of these organizations that take 60-90% of it for Admin costs and only pennies go to the people that actually need it. makes me leary to contribute – I donate all my charitable funds to my local organizations. Let the people w/ the big $$ donate to the Big Corporations – even when you want one of these athletes to go to a fund raiser you have to pay most of them! So much for charity!

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