Big Papi's jersey fetches $175K
April 24, 2008 11:05 AM
Frank Gramarossa, project executive for the new Yankee Stadium, removed the jersey from the floor of a service corridor 10 days ago.
By Martin Finucane, Globe Staff
It’s not much of a shirt, it’s true. It’s torn. It’s dirty. Being buried in the concrete under a stadium construction project and then being drilled out by jackhammers will do that to you.
But the David Ortiz jersey that a construction worker buried under the site of the new Yankee Stadium is a quirky piece of baseball history -- and it sold this afternoon for $175,100 on eBay.
The Yankees, despite being the targets of the would-be curse, donated the jersey to the Jimmy Fund, which auctioned it off to raise funds for cancer care and research at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.
The website says that 282 people placed bids before the auction ended at 12:30 p.m.