Well, I got your attention, albeit a bit disingenuously, tho I know you were not really fooled by the blog title.

According to this morning Boston Globe article, the Red Sox lead all the other 29 Major League teams in charitable giving in their community, having contributed $52 million dollars to the Boston area via their foundation over the last 10 years.

The article’s worth reading as the way they have ‘spent’ this money strikes me as smart. They don’t just throw money around but grant it wisely. And the $52 million is only what they give through the non profit foundation and doesn’t include autographed items given to nonprofits, entrance to Fenway events, appearances by present and former players, and tickets to Sox games. Nor does it include what the owners give personally, what many of the players give through their own foundations, nor what the Sox help raise for other charities.

How do the Sox compare to the other wealthiest teams in their charitable giving?

According to the Globe in 2011 they gave more than twice as much as did the Yankees ($7.6 million vs $3.6 million).

So while the Sox continue struggling to maintain a .500 record and to stay out of last place, at least they are good citizens and continue to give back to their community.