Yanks donate $500K to Haiti relief efforts

Open Thread: Just in case you forgot how awesome 2009 was...
Left field closing arguments: Rocco Baldelli

As the international community attempts to put together rescue and relief efforts for Haiti in the aftermath of yesterday’s catastrophic earthquake, the Yankees are adding their money to the pot. The team donated $500,000 rescue and relief efforts. “The catastrophic event has devastated an entire nation and will have far-reaching effects in the worldwide Haitian community,” the team said in a statement. “The Yankees hope their donation will inspire people throughout the United States to do everything they can to aid the people of Haiti in their time of need.” Earlier today, The Times had more on how to donate for those who want to help.

Open Thread: Just in case you forgot how awesome 2009 was...
Left field closing arguments: Rocco Baldelli
  • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ Nostra-Artist

    You can also text “HAITI” to 90999 and $10 will automatically be given to the Red Cross and charged to your cellphone bill.

  • Jake K.

    Also, Small Dog Electronics is matching donations to Doctors Without Borders up to $200.

    • http://www.theyankeeuniverse.com/ Nostra-Artist

      Great link. Just sent in $50. Who’s with me?

  • Cecala

    Nice to see the Yankees making a contribution.

    Btw does this mean the budget is 1.5 million now?

    • Jake K.

      Maybe. But the Yanks now own the rights to any and all players that come out of Haiti.

      • thurdonpaul

        sorry, but thats pretty poor taste…IMO

        • Jake K.

          Eh, it strikes me as pretty innocuous.

          • pat

            I’ll be honest, that was the first thing that came to my mind as well. It may be despicable but it’s the truth.

            • Bo

              I think the dude was making a joke.

              if hes serious hes got issues

  • Yankeefan91 Arod Fan

    Every Professional team in sports should donate Haiti a very poor country.I’m very sad wit what occur yesterday me being Dominican it hurts since we share the same islands and those are basically are people right there so hopefully many people could contribute by donating.

    • king of fruitless hypotheticals

      the MLB is going to have to force the marlins to do it…

  • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime (Optimovelist Primus)

    I wish I could do more than just donate money. It doesn’t feel like enough.

    • Yankeefan91 Arod Fan

      i feel the same way :(

    • ecksodia

      Indeed. And aside from praying for them, of course.

  • Salty Buggah

    It’s nice see everyone chipping in. Even American Airlines is flying Doctors and nurses to Haiti for free. There was some dude on Twitter who said he would donate $2 for every reply he got (until 5 pm).

    Yankees = Best Franchise Ever

    • Kevin

      first time i heard of a professional team respond to this,I’ve gained respect for this team now, since i’m a Red Sox fan. Great job guy’s

      • pat

        We also donated a lot of money to the Tsunami relief fund a few years ago and did a lot for Virginia Tech after their tragedy.

        • andrew

          we also have many leather bound books

    • http://twitter.com/merubin michael e. rubin

      The bit about American Airlines flying doctors and nurses for free is a hoax.


  • The Evil Empire

    Really graphic video:

    It’s so sad, what’s even worse are some of the racist remarks being made. Who raises their children like this:


    • The Evil Empire

      Here’s a quote from that girl’s twitter:
      “Seriously black people disgust me. why would i help haiti now? they deserve it for all you monkeys do to white america.”

      Ignorance is not bliss.

      • Salty Buggah

        Wow, I just read some of her recent tweets. Awful. There was also some dude saying how he’s pissed how everyone is donating money to Haiti but supposedly no one helps the millions dying everyday in the U.S.

        • Jake K.

          There have always been–and always will be–vile, ignorant, irredeemable human beings. The interwebs have just given them a bigger platform.

      • JMK aka The Overshare’s Garden Apartment Complex

        That girl is kinda hot. She’s just a troll, though she may actually believe some of that stuff.

    • Yankeefan91 Arod Fan

      my tears just came out seen that :(

  • king of fruitless hypotheticals

    i was in Haiti, 93-94. the people, besides the drug dealers and deposed politicos, were awesome. shared whatever they had. the kids all wear different colored school uniforms (which was neat to see after school, when they all mixed!). the weather was fantastic, and scenery was amazing. i went to the castle (walked up. ugh.) and saw the largest pointsettia that i’ve ever even heard about in my life–it was bigger than two trucks! i ate braised goat, fresh pineapple, freshly caught pan fried fish, drank homemade alcohol, fresh mangos, and was given a prized possession, an 8 oz coke in a bottle.

    the kids were what gave me hope for the country…awesome. i was at two spontaneous parades given in our honor. i got to help defuse a 2500+ mob that was trying to lynch a suspected assassin. i chased an attempted murderer through some back alleys and quite shockingly came face to face with a very large man with a machete. i think i still have it somewhere.

    we spent 48 hours trying to move a rice-bagger (metal frame with a large funnel. pfft!) 2 miles. every time we finished ANYTHING people were there with flowers and whatever food they had…it was just unbelievable.

    those kids would be parents now if they’re still alive…

    • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime (Optimovelist Primus)

      …Peace corps? Something else?

      • king of fruitless hypotheticals

        Army. We did so much stuff it was amazing…we had no people, no real equipment, no mandate, we just made it up as we went along.

        Their brightly colored buses were called ‘tap-taps’ because the people riding on the roof would just tap-tap-tap on it when they wanted to get off.

        Hey, on that note, guess where feet and chickens hang in relation to the driver’s side mirror of an army humvee? doh.

        sorry for rambling, but i’ve seen some places i’ve been on tv and the internet, and it just brought back a ton of great memories…(and about four pounds of not-so-good, but that’s ok too!)

        you’d be amazed at how they live, what they use to survive, and how happy they are anyway:

        worst day: a little kid asked for my water bottle. my EMPTY water bottle. so i gave it to him. he skipped down the street, then a bigger kid came out from nowhere, tripped him, and took the empty bottle away.

        we used to tease the kids–voulez vous gaz? (do you want gas? (tear gas)) they would laugh and put wave their hands at as ‘non non’

        then i would say ‘you…you makout!’
        they would yell back ‘non! YOU makout!’ laughing the whole time.

        the tan tan makout were the drug lords/terriosts/politicos/not-so-secret death squads that ran the country for a few years both under and not under papa doc duvalier (and his kid).

        THEY WERE LAUGHING as i called them killers. one day a kid told me the makout had killed his uncle in front of his family. he just shrugged–to them, it was just ‘the way.’ i’ll never forget, we all got quiet, he looks me in the eye and says ‘you still makout!’ and ran away laughing with his friends.

        • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime (Optimovelist Primus)




          • King of Fruitless Hypotheticals

            I drove on the same road every day for a month. Then I found out it was a 40′ wide, 12′ deep culvert. It was filled with a decade of trash.

            One tap tap driver was driving to fast and went through a demonstration. Dozens killed and mutilated, first time in my life I picked up a part.

            A little kid pointed a (very real looking) plastic gun at me. I tried to kill him. Nearby adults beat him silly while some crushed the gun under their feet yelling ‘non non non.’

            On a brighter note, I LOVED watching thier faces when they couldn’t rub off my white!
            Driving past drug dealers mansions, we’d stop and stare…they’d pat their weapons, then we’d bring out a machine gun ( :p on u fuckers! )

            spiders. Wow. Anthrax. Wow. Contrary to popular belief, a guy really was incapicitated swimming in the ports bay. Double wow!

        • Stormrider6

          Hooah, king!

          My college roommate grew up in Haiti around that time. He was pretty well off for a Haitian, hence why he got to go to an American university, but he still told me about all of the shit he saw. He bought an AK-47 when we moved off campus because everyone had one back home and he wanted one, too. He was in the D.R. when the earthquake hit, so he’s fine, but a lot of his friends are in bad shape. He said that the country needs a ton of foreign aid to recover.

          Also, my old Platoon Sergeant (Moorhead was his name) was in Haiti during that time. He told me a few a stories, too, and just said it was a messed up country, but the people were great.

          Anyways, I’d love to be stationed there to help with the recovery. I made my monetary donation yesterday, and I’m going to give blood tomorrow.

          • King of Fruitless Hypotheticals

            10th or 25th?

            Previous life:
            Golden Dragons, Dragon 35N
            Desert Rogues, Rogue 2 (after college!)
            3ID, HammerHead 5 (then 6. Story told only with beer)

            I lived on the runway the first week. We though a guy got attacked by voodoo blowfish dust. A kid broke in through FIVE rolls of concertina …to get our trash.

            • Stormrider6

              Sorry for getting back to you late, but I’m pretty sure he was in the 25th.

              If you’re ever in Frederick, MD, I’ll buy you a beer to hear the story!

  • aj

    That country has been through so much trauma, this is really unbelievable. I hope the world pays attention and opens their hearts and wallets.

  • http://media3.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/photo/gallery/091102/GAL-09Nov02-2999/media/PHO-09Nov02-185373.jpg Drew

    Man. I’m an unemployed graduate and would head over there to help in a second. If anyone has a link or a connection that could fast track me over there I’d gladly sign up.

    • King of Fruitless Hypotheticals

      I think you’d be at risk there…the reason the military survives so well in these environs is physical training, high ‘herd resistance’ because of their career long innoculations and health training.

      By Friday disease will be emerging, rampant by Sunday.

      If you can get there with Americorps or whomever, it’s awesome. And there will be plenty of community work needing to be done this summer!

    • Bo

      There is this great new invention, Drew. Called google.

  • Kevin

    Just looked at the remarks from Maria Soliz on twitter,just want to say, I’m gratefull for my up bringing,Thankyou mom & dad. It really show’s that poor excuse for a human being (Maria Soliz)never had a up bringing, but was drug up,show’s where she comes from (nothing). Some day we will all meet our God,it suck’s to be Maria.

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  • Brian

    Once again, the Yanks prove that they’re high-class all of the time. It would be nice to see every organization pony up some cash.

  • Victor M Correa

    Haiti is a country in desperate need………….Everyone give what u can…….