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Robertson pitches in to help Tuscaloosa

David Robertson was up late on April 27, the day a horrific tornado hit his hometown of Tuscaloosa, Ala.

He was calling family and friends until the early hours of the morning to make sure everyone he knew was unharmed.

Robertson knew then that he needed to do something to help rebuild his boyhood home.

David Robertson

David Robertson

#30 RP
New York Yankees

2011 STATS

  • GM22
  • W1

  • L0

  • BB15

  • K30

  • ERA1.42

"It's my hometown. It's real dear to me," Robertson said.

Which is why he recently established a fund to help the Tuscaloosa recovery efforts.

Robertson will donate $100 to the fund -- named the David and Erin Roberston Foundation -- for each strikeout he records.

He also plans to visit Tuscaloosa on the Yankees' off-day on Thursday. He left Wednesday afternoon after pitching a scoreless two-thirds of inning against Toronto.

"I'm a little nervous to go down there and see how one bad day and one tornado can destroy an entire town," Roberston said. "It's kind of weird to know that everything you're used to seeing isn't there anymore.

"The restaurants and everything, people's houses, they're gone. I don't know what it's going to look like,” he added.

Robertson said he will visit churches and meet with local officials to decide where money from the fund can be most effective. The tornado hit "five to 10 minutes" from Robertson's childhood home.

"It's not something that's going to get fixed overnight. It's going to take a couple of years to get built back up," he said. "We’re going to try to raise as much money as we can."

Visit this site for information on where to help Robertson's fundraising efforts. Click here to listen to Robertson's interview with Ryan Ruocco and Robin Lundberg on ESPN 1050.