So - a construction worker/Red Sox fan in NY buried a Red Sox Jersey in the foundation of the new baseball stadium, and all hell is breaking loose. The Yankees' president and COO were on site as two workers dug through concrete to get the jersey out of the ground.
Radio DJ's in Boston (WBCN) thought this was mildly ridiculous, because people were saying that removing the jersey will eliminate the risk of a curse on the team. Red Sox fans were calling in saying that the construction worker was attempting to actually 'reverse the curse' and put it on the Yankees. I laughed out loud as I was driving home listening to the DJ's (Toucher and Rich) go off about how insane this was.
"OOh he put a curse on us! What is this, a witch trial?"
"Put him in a tank of water and if he drowns, he wasn't a witch"
"You cannot curse people! There are no such things as curses!'
But people love to overreact... and this dude might have charges against him for ..... burying a shirt?
April 14, 2008
The Big Dig: The Yanks Uncover a Red Sox Jersey
By SUSHIL CHEEMA
With dust swirling around them on Sunday afternoon, Frank Gramarossa and Rich Corrado extracted a Red Sox jersey that a construction worker had buried at the site of the new Yankee Stadium. After workers used jackhammers to break through about two and a half feet of concrete, Gramarossa and Corrado pulled out a dusty, torn David Ortiz jersey.
Randy Levine, the Yankees’ president, and Lonn Trost, the team’s chief operating officer, presided over what Levine called an “excavation ceremony.” The New York Post had reported Friday that a Red Sox-rooting construction worker hoping to curse the Yankees’ new stadium had buried a Red Sox jersey at the site last week.
But Levine said the team knew the location that was initially reported was inaccurate, because workers did not pour concrete in that area on the day the jersey was said to have been added to the mix. On Saturday morning, the Yankees got a tip from two other construction workers on the location of the jersey.
“Two thoughts occurred to us,” Levine said. “One is that it’s never a good thing to be buried in cement in New York, so we thought about just pouring more cement on it.”
Instead, the Yankees decided to turn what Levine called a “bad, dastardly act” into a good one.
Levine said the extracted jersey would be cleaned up, put in a display case along with a Yankees Universe T-shirt and sent to Boston. There, the Ortiz jersey and Yankee T-shirt will be auctioned to benefit the Jimmy Fund, the Red Sox’ primary charity, which is affiliated with the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.
Trost said that the Yankees were speaking with the Bronx district attorney’s office about whether there was any criminality involved in the act and that the team was considering filing charges against the construction worker, identified by The Associated Press as Gino Castignoli, a Bronx resident.
“We take great pride in hiring Bronx residents,” Levine said. “He abused the privilege.”
Like many of the workers at the site, Gramarossa said he was a big Yankee fan. “A lot of construction workers are proud of this job and were upset it was in there,” he said.