"Any time you have an opportunity to make a difference in this world and you don't, then you are wasting your time on Earth." Roberto Clemente
There was no hesitation on the part of any of the players when called on.
Many that got involved knew White Sox minor leaguers Jake Floethe, they'd been teammates. But even those who didn't know him well jumped on board, when he presented the idea of a video that would try to assist relief efforts for the Philippines & the victims of Typhoon Haiyan.
The idea came to Floethe after seeing the suffering people were experiencing, and, instead of attaching his name to a bigger named charity or tweeting something to inspire donations, he decided to take a bigger stand.
"Jake wanted to be proactive, and I really liked that approach. It's fine to tweet something or do a Facebook post, but this fans seeing player's face to face to [urge them] to donate," he said. "This was a way to do something beyond a 140 character tweet or just donate money. I wish I could actually go there. So this was a great way for me to do something."
Since the video debuted, the 'You Caring' website has raised $1,000 and every dollar goes to the Direct Relief, a non-profit organization based in California.
Social media has become a huge part of people's everyday lives, and minor league baseball has grown tremendously through use of social media. Players are connecting with fans more personally. Minor leaguers benefit from fans knowing who they are, and more about them, early in their careers. Floethe saw an opportunity to take advantage of that outreach to help others in desperate need.
"I wanted us to stand up as the minor league community," he said. "Baseball is a tight family, We have to take time to give back, and as minor league guys we need to show what we can do to help others."
The donation website was designed, then came the video. Floethe called several players, and told them he'd script what they said. Giants Gary Brown, Marlins Justin Nicolino, and former Rays teammates Linsky and Jake Hager were some of the players that got involved.
"Once he reached out, I was one hundred percent interested right off the bat," said Hager. "The idea that people that don't know you, can receive something makes me happy. I think what he's done is awesome. It was just a great idea."
Floethe's goals don't stop there. He envisions an effort that will continue, for other people in need down the road. He wants to keep going. Because he knows that they have the ability, even outside of the major leagues.
"I'm trying to establish something that can raise money at this level," he said.
Linsky sees the idea that Floethe formed as a great starting point and has intentions to continue his involvement.
"I felt it was very powerful, in how he executed it. Very to the point. I'm stoked that he thought of me. We're in a very fortunate positions to do this for a living," Linsky said.
Such a disaster that took so many lives can be overwhelming, however, to the everyday person. How do you help when there's so much tragedy? What impact will it have? Hager hopes the message is that there's nothing too small to make impact.
"Any donation is huge. Everyone should, in my opinion. It doesn't matter if it's a dollar," he said. "Donating a little, is helping a lot."
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