Hyun-Jin Ryu has donated $100 thousand dollars to the South Korea ferry rescue effort, according to the Los Angeles Dodgers. The ferry accident has claimed the lives of at least 29 and there are 270 more reported missing.
The South Korean native came to the dodgers last season and was one of the top rookie pitchers in the National League with a 14-8 record with a 3.00 earned run average with two complete games, including one shutout, over 30 starts for the National League West champions.
Ryu made the start for the Dodgers last night with a heavy heart and tossed seven scoreless innings in the team’s 201 win over the San Francisco Giants.
“It’s an unfortunate situation for the citizens of Korea, with a very heavy heart, and tonight I wanted to pitch well to give a brighter side to think about,” Ryu tells the Dodgers official site after the game.
It’s touching to see a professional athlete donate to his home country after such an awfully sad and tragic accident claimed the lives of so many people and hopefully with the donation of Hyun-Jin Ryu, it can make a major impact on the ongoing recovery efforts.