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

    Updated: April 13, 2008, 11:30 AM ET

    Crisis, and curse, averted.

    It took about five hours, but the Red Sox jersey that was embedded in the concrete of the Yankees' new stadium to place a curse on the New York franchise has been unearthed with jackhammers, according to a published report.

    Constructions workers dug through the concrete at the new Yankee stadium to find a jersey of Boston's David Ortiz.

    Earlier this week, a construction worker who is a Boston fan working on the concrete crew at the $1.3 billion new Yankee Stadium buried a Red Sox shirt in with the concrete foundation, in the hopes of jinxing the New York Yankees' new home, the New York Post reported.

    The newspaper reported Sunday that two workers approached a construction manager with what they thought was the location of the jersey. After digging a two-foot by three-foot hole, the jersey was found.

    "They absolutely pinpointed that if it was in the ground, that's where it was," Yankees spokeswoman Alice McGillion told the newspaper.

    Initially the Yankees denied the jersey was ever buried in the footings of the new stadium. But clearly the Yankees brass is happier now with the possibility of a course gone.

    "I hope his co-workers kick the [expletive] out of him," Yankees co-chairperson Hal Steinbrenner said.

    The newspaper said the jersey felt like a filthy rag, but the word "Red" was clearly visible.

    There are precedents for fans strategically burying trinkets for good luck. During the construction of the ice rink for the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, a worker laid a Canadian one-dollar coin (known as a "loonie") at center ice. Canada went on to win its first gold medal in men's ice hockey since 1952.

    And Mickey Bradley, a co-author of "Haunted Baseball," told the New York Post that a worker was said to have buried an unknown good-luck charm in a water main trench of the current Yankee Stadium back in 1920.

    "Prior to that, they never won a World Series," he told the newspaper.

    The Yankees went on to win 26 world championships since.

  • #2
    LOL at the part you have bolded!! I just spit out my coffee!

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    • #3
      T-Shirt found!

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

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

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

      The team learned that a Sox-rooting construction worker had buried a shirt in the stadium from a report in the New York Post on Friday, team officials said.

      Yankees President Randy Levine said the team at first considered leaving the shirt.

      "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?'"

      The worker had buried a Boston jersey under a locker room in the new stadium, which will open next year across the street from the current ballpark, team officials said.

      Levine said that area had been well supervised. "Obviously it was in a different location," he said.

      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.

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

      Now in shreds from the jackhammers, the shirt still bore "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 said he was not there.

      A spokesman for Bronx District Attorney Robert Johnson did not immediately return a telephone message Sunday.

      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," Levine said.

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      • #4
        Comes to show that even after 2 world series they still feel inferior.
        New York Yankees

        2009 World Series Champions


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        • #5
          Originally posted by ShortStop View Post
          Comes to show that even after 2 world series they still feel inferior.
          We're not the ones desperately pawing through concrete to find a magical cursed t-shirt.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Williamsburg2599 View Post
            We're not the ones desperately pawing through concrete to find a magical cursed t-shirt.
            No you are not, you are the ones desperately putting a Red Sox jersey through the same concrete.:cap:
            New York Yankees

            2009 World Series Champions


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            • #7
              Originally posted by ShortStop View Post
              No you are not, you are the ones desperately putting a Red Sox jersey through the same concrete.:cap:
              It was a Red Sox fan. It's not like the Red Sox said, "Hey! Let's try and curse the Yankees! That will make up for the curse of the gread Bambino!"

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              • #8
                Of particular note, that jersey that's currently being auctioned off on ebay has now reached the $70,000+ mark with less than three days left to go.
                "Age is a question of mind over matter--if you don't mind, it doesn't matter."
                -Satchel Paige

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