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Some pundits have alleged that new Red Sox first baseman Adrian Gonzalez could hit 50 home runs this season, and if he does, he’s helping more than just the Red Sox.
Gonzalez has agreed to donate $500 for each home run he hits in 2011 to Habitat For Humanity affiliates serving eastern Massachusetts, and that donation will be matched each time by Eastern Bank.
A promo highlighting the charitable effort will air on NESN during the fifth inning of every game they broadcast this season.
More quotes from the press release, via Boston.com:
“In San Diego and now in Boston, Adrian and Betsy Gonzalez have demonstrated a remarkable commitment to raising money for nonprofits, volunteering, and giving back to the community,” said Richard E. Holbrook, Eastern’s chairman and CEO. “Those actions mesh perfectly with Eastern Bank, where giving back to the communities we serve is a responsibility that we take very seriously.”
“Betsy and I very much look forward to being part of Red Sox Nation,” Gonzalez said. “That means not only helping the Sox win. It also means partnering with great organizations such as Eastern Bank and giving back to the community in a way that is meaningful and lasting.”