Sunday, April 13, 2008

Evil plan foiled...


Have you heard the latest attempt by the BoSox to gain ground on New York's 26 world titles (compared to their rather meager 7)? Thankfully the evil plan was revealed and foiled.


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.


I most certainly hope criminal charges apply! What a heinous act. The perpetrator should at least be made to wear the jersey in the middle of Times Square during rush hour on Monday. That will teach him.

7 comments:

Jeff said...

Only a siciliano could be so superstitious...

;)

Jeff
LET'S GO DEVILS!!!
BEAT THE RANGERS!!

Eric Adams said...

This guy is my hero. He is like Naaman who promised to be worshipping Yahweh even as he bowed in the temple of Rimmon.

Go Royals!

Reepicheep said...

I would much rather see the Devils win than the Rangers...however, the Canadiens will be the Eastern Representative. Sorry Jeff...

How old is Brodeur now? 45?

Reepicheep said...

Eric, your jealousy is so sad...

I do hope the Royals do well this year. I think not losing 100 games is almost certain!

Rick Calohan said...

Once again showing how totally depraved BoSox fans are. What class and grace the Yankee organization displayed by denoting the jersey to the Jimmy Fund. Maybe the proceeds can go to produce a remake of the musical No, No, Nanette.

Frontier Forest said...

It’s a good thing the Yank’s owners and workers seized, then spoiled, this shrewd, secretly secured, shroud of Red Sox sacrilegious scrap of scourged scorn! Being sold and proceeds going to a children’s charity even makes it better!

jjmorgan said...

Regarding that last paragraph, being forced to go to NYC for any reason, regardless of what one was wearing is a pretty steep punishment.