The Yankees would be bound after the game for Seattle where they would spend their off day today. But Robertson’s off day would have a more somber tone. He was headed for Tuscaloosa, Ala., to survey the aftermath of the tornado that blew through April 27 and left so much death and devastation behind.
“It’s my hometown,” Robertson said. “It’s real dear to me.”
The house in which he was raised got spared. So was his family. So many others weren’t as fortunate. A few of his friends lost their homes.
“I hear the damage is unbelievable,” Robertson said. “I’m a little nervous to go down there and see how one bad day and one tornado can destroy a whole town pretty much. It didn’t get the entire town, but it destroyed a couple of places where I grew up (going to). It’s kind of weird to know everything you were used to seeing isn’t there anymore. I’m really nervous to see how bad it is.”
The 26-year-old reliever, who pitched there at the University of Alabama, cares enough that he’s going to try to help the citizens of Tuscaloosa. He planned take a tour today and meet with the mayor and others, attempting to see where some money is most needed.
He would love the public’s assistance from near and far. He and his wife have created the Dave and Erin Robertson Foundation and established a Web site with information on how to donate, www.highsocksforhope.com.
In addition, he’s going to donate $100 to the fund for every time he strikes out a batter. He struck out one of the two batters he faced to close out the seventh in the finale against the Blue Jays.
Robertson plans to fly out early tomorrow morning to rejoin the team for Friday night’s game against the Mariners.
The photo of this damaged Tuscaloosa neighborhood is courtesy of The Associated Press.