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OnBaseMachine
04-13-2008, 06:19 PM
:laugh:

Yankees will donate once-buried Red Sox jersey to Boston-area charity

NEW YORK -- A construction worker's bid to curse the New York Yankees by planting a Boston Red Sox jersey in their new stadium was foiled Sunday when the home team removed the offending shirt from its burial spot.

After locating the shirt in a service corridor behind what will be a restaurant in the new Yankee Stadium, construction workers jackhammered through the concrete Sunday and pulled it out.

The team said it learned that a Sox-rooting construction worker had buried a shirt in the new Bronx stadium, which will open next year across the street from the current ballpark, from a report in the New York Post on Friday.

Yankees President Randy Levine said team officials at first considered leaving the shirt where it was.

"The first thought was, you know, it's never a good thing to be buried in cement when you're in New York," Levine said. "But then we decided, why reward somebody who had really bad motives and was trying to do a really bad thing?"

On Saturday, construction workers who remembered the employee, Gino Castignoli, phoned in tips about the shirt's location.

"We had anonymous people come tell us where it was, and we were able to find it," said Frank Gramarossa, a project executive with Turner Construction, the general contractor on the site.

It took about five hours of drilling Saturday to locate the shirt under 2 feet of concrete, he said.

A worker at the new Yankee Stadium pulls a David Ortiz jersey out of the concrete. A Red Sox fan had placed the jersey in the concrete beneath the stadium in the hopes of jinxing the Yankees.

On Sunday, Levine and Yankees CEO Lonn Trost watched as Gramarossa and foreman Rich Corrado finished the job and pulled the shirt from the rubble.

In shreds from the jackhammers, the shirt still bore the letters "Red Sox" on the front. It was a David Ortiz jersey, No. 34.

Trost said the Yankees had discussed possible criminal charges against Castignoli with the district attorney's office.

"We will take appropriate action since fortunately we do know the name of the individual," he said.

A woman who answered the phone at Castignoli's home in the Bronx on Sunday said he was not there.

A spokesman for Bronx District Attorney Robert Johnson said Sunday he did not know whether any criminal charges might apply.

Levine said the shirt would be cleaned up and sent to the Jimmy Fund, a charity affiliated with Boston's Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

"Hopefully the Jimmy Fund will auction it off and we'll take the act that was a very, very bad act and turn it into something beautiful," he said.

http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=3344825

BCubb2003
04-13-2008, 06:58 PM
In other news, the Chicago Cubs announced plans to dig up The Goat.

cincrazy
04-13-2008, 07:15 PM
Oh come on now. Criminal charges for burying a t-shirt in cement? That's absurd.

MWM
04-13-2008, 07:28 PM
Wow, the Red Sox have really got a grip over the Yankees organization now. If this would have happened pre-2004, they would have just laughed it off. Now they're spending 5 hours with a jackhammer digging up a harmless piece of cotton. My how the tables have turned.

Chip R
04-13-2008, 07:45 PM
Wow, the Red Sox have really got a grip over the Yankees organization now. If this would have happened pre-2004, they would have just laughed it off. Now they're spending 5 hours with a jackhammer digging up a harmless piece of cotton. My how the tables have turned.

Indeed.

Highlifeman21
04-13-2008, 08:53 PM
This is a phenomenal story.

I hope the Yankees try to prosecute the construction worker and open the floodgates to tons of bad PR.

Although the construction worker should have waited until Opening Day 2009 to let anyone know about the jersey. Sometimes we get the best of us wanting to tell someone about "hey, guess what I did...".

KronoRed
04-13-2008, 09:14 PM
Wow, the Red Sox have really got a grip over the Yankees organization now. If this would have happened pre-2004, they would have just laughed it off. Now they're spending 5 hours with a jackhammer digging up a harmless piece of cotton. My how the tables have turned.

I bet little Hank will try and sue someone :lol:

BCubb2003
04-13-2008, 10:18 PM
This is a phenomenal story.

I hope the Yankees try to prosecute the construction worker and open the floodgates to tons of bad PR.

Although the construction worker should have waited until Opening Day 2009 to let anyone know about the jersey. Sometimes we get the best of us wanting to tell someone about "hey, guess what I did...".

The real scheme would be to bury two, and tell them about one.

RFS62
04-13-2008, 10:27 PM
The real scheme would be to bury two, and tell them about one.

An even better scheme would be to tell them you buried one beneath the biggest section of concrete in the park...... especially if you didn't.

15fan
04-13-2008, 10:33 PM
Although the construction worker should have waited until Opening Day 2009 to let anyone know about the jersey. Sometimes we get the best of us wanting to tell someone about "hey, guess what I did...".

Or, more likely, the guy who buried the jersey wasn't the only one at the site when the concrete was being poured.

(If the Yankees really gave a rip about karma, they wouldn't be leaving the house that Ruth built in the 1st place.)

I'll also point out that David Ortiz, he of the buried jersey, is currently 6-43 (.070) in 2008. Perhaps he, more than anyone else, wanted his jersey out of Bronx concrete.

Joseph
04-13-2008, 11:17 PM
"Hopefully the Jimmy Fund will auction it off and we'll take the act that was a very, very bad act and turn it into something beautiful," he said.


A very, very bad act?

This coming from the same city that witnessed one of the truly bad things to happen to America and this is a very bad thing?

Someone needs to get their priorities straight.

Jpup
04-13-2008, 11:18 PM
I'll also point out that David Ortiz, he of the buried jersey, is currently 6-43 (.070) in 2008. Perhaps he, more than anyone else, wanted his jersey out of Bronx concrete.

or maybe his HGH quit working?:cool:

BCubb2003
04-13-2008, 11:37 PM
An even better scheme would be to tell them you buried one beneath the biggest section of concrete in the park...... especially if you didn't.

Why Jimmy Hoffa was wearing a David Ortiz jersey I'll never know ...

Chip R
04-13-2008, 11:54 PM
A very, very bad act?

This coming from the same city that witnessed one of the truly bad things to happen to America and this is a very bad thing?

Someone needs to get their priorities straight.


Hopefully he had his tongue firmly implanted in his cheek when he said this.