The 2010 RAB Pledge Drive

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It’s that time again, time to announce our plan to use RAB’s popularity for the betterment of mankind. Last year we managed to raise $1,500 for Joe Torre’s Safe At Home Foundation, and the year before we were able to raise $1,050 for The Jorge Posada Foundation. This year’s charity of choice was founded by one of the newest Yankees, Curtis Granderson.

The Grand Kids Foundation was established in 2008 as an educational-based organization that helps purchase books and school supplies for needy families, and also provides equipment and facilities to baseball programs that help keep inner city kids off the street. You can learn much more about the foundation at it’s official website.

Last year we based the pledge drive on the number of runs scored by the team, and the year before it was the number of strikeouts by the trio of Phil Hughes, Joba Chamberlain, and Ian Kennedy. This year, I’m going to go with the number of times that the charity’s founder reaches base in 2010. The idea is simple, you guys pledge a certain amount of money for every time Curtis Granderson reaches base on a hit, a walk, or a hit by pitch, and at the end of the season we’ll collect it all and send it on in to Grand Kids.

Even in what was considered a down season, Granderson still managed to reach base 231 times last year. So, if you pledged just $0.05 for each time he reached base last year, your donation would have been just $11.55. A $0.10 pledge would’ve had you on the hook for just $23.10. Every little bit helps, and you can see how easy it is to help out without breaking the bank.

We collected the donations at the end of the year via PayPal, personal check or money order the last two times we did this, and we’ll do the same thing this year. If you wish to pledge – and we hope you do – just send an email to me at mike (at) riveraveblues (dot) com, letting me know how much you wish to pledge. Please put something like “Pledge Drive” in the subject line to make the admin work easier.

Thank you in advance, and let’s go Yankees!

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  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a The Large Sample Size

    (golf clap)

    I’m in, as usual.

  • Hey ZZ

    $.05? $.10? Low spenders around here. I will be pledging $25.

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a The Large Sample Size

      Total, or per time on base?

      • Hey ZZ

        It was an ‘Office’ reference when Michael pledges $25 to Oscar. Looking at my post now, I should have probably made that more clear as I cannot imagine people were thrilled after reading it.

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a The Large Sample Size

          Ah, no.

          I’ve watched and been amused by the Office, but never watched religiously enough to know all the in-jokes.

          Carry on, then.

          • Hey ZZ

            And here I was counting on you to find the clip on youtube and post it.

            • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a The Large Sample Size

              Simpsons/Seinfeld, yes. The Office, no.

    • http://twitter.com/riddering Riddering

      Did you read through the way the pledge works? If so, and you really can afford to donate that much $$$, where do you work and is there an opening?

    • Chris V.

      obviously you guys don’t watch the office

      • Chris V.

        oh guess hey zz already spoiled it

  • A.D.

    Last year we based the pledge drive on the number of runs scored by the team, and the year before it was the number of strikeouts by the trio of Phil Hughes, Joba Chamberlain, and Ian Kennedy. This year, I’m going to go with the number of times that the charity’s founder reaches base in 2010.

    Gotten a little safer since 2008

    • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a The Large Sample Size

      I’d love to know how many people actually pledged in 2008 and 2009, and what the average pledge was.

      It’d be awesome for the site to break the $2,000 (or even $3,000) mark this year, but in order to figure the most ideal contribution level, we’d need to know those things. Were there 100 people who pledge last year? If so, can we expect 150 contributors this year? If 150 people pledge, each contributor only needs to pledge $13.33 to make it to $2,000; it’s $20 for $3,000.

      And like Mike said, if Grandy can reach base, say, 250 times, a pledge of 8 cents per TOB gets you to $20.

      If we can get 150 people to pledge 10 cents per time on base and Grandy gets on 250 times, that’s $3,750.00. That would be pimptastic.

      • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

        It was around 20 people the first year, and about 35 last year. But not every follows through though, some people pledge, then I never hear back from them ever again.

        • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a The Large Sample Size

          Ah.

          Wait, so you mean you got $1,050 from only 20 people, and $1,500 from only 35 people? Nice. I’m joyed that those of us who contributed did so so generously.

          Now that RAB is super-popular, though, we should widen that net.

          JOIN UP, PEOPLE!

          • A.D.

            JOIN UP, PEOPLE!

            +1, didn’t do it the first 2 years (Wasn’t around, and I don’t know why last year), but I’m in this year.

        • 489Saratoga

          I’m in for a dollar per

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a The Large Sample Size

    The lowlight from last year’s pledge drive request:

    http://riveraveblues.com/2009/.....ent-316744

    • Rick in Boston

      I don’t think Albert’s posted since then.

  • CapitalT

    When you meet Granderson to give him the dough, find out if the rumor out of Detroit is true:

    One of his boys from Chicago is the one who punched Cabrera the night Cabrera was drunk at the end of last year.

    That would make sense as to why Grandi suddenly became available.

    • Strader

      Will there be a Lohud event in Scranton this year?

  • Joey

    I’m in