Ichiro Suzuki(notes) still hasn’t offered any public comment about the ongoing crisis in Japan, but the message he sent on Friday will certainly go a lot further than any press conference remarks or a prepared statement of concern ever would.
The Seattle Mariners great will donate 100 million yen to the relief efforts stemming from last week’s earthquake and tsunami. Using today’s conversion rate, the amount equates to about $1.23 million — or roughly 7 percent of the $18 million he’ll make playing baseball in Seattle this year.
In usual Ichiro fashion, he hasn’t said anything about his impressive support with his checkbook and he likely won’t. Helping out his homeland in a time of great need seems to be enough for the right fielder — as it was last month, when he quietly donated 10 million yen to relief efforts following the volcano eruption in the Miyazaki Prefecture.