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The thoughts and theories of a guy who basically should have gone to bed hours ago.

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Monday, April 14, 2008

Yankee Stadium Construction Espionage

This has to be my favorite baseball story of the year so far.

It seems that a construction worker from the Bronx, Gino Castignoli, who is also a Red Sox fan, took a job on the construction team for the new Yankee Stadium, with the express purpose of burying a David Ortiz Red Sox jersey in one of the stadium's concrete slabs in order to jinx the stadium and the Yankees. After that one day on the job, he quit, stating that he would never set foot in Yankee Stadium even if they "gave him free tickets" and "let him sit in George Steinbrenner's box."

Alas, two anonymous co-workers ratted him out. On Saturday, a team drilled for five hours in the offending concrete slab and found the jersey under two feet of concrete. The shirt, tattered from the jackhammers but still easily recognizable as a Red Sox jersey, will be auctioned off by the Jimmy Fund to raise money for Boston's Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. The Yankees will contribute a Yankees Universe T-shirt as well, which will benefit Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York.

Here's the best part, though (you have to watch the embedded video in the article to catch this). Hank Steinbrenner, George Steinbrenner's son and principal owner of the Yankees, had this to say about the incident:

I hope his coworkers kick the [expletive] out of him

And Mr. Castignoli, who has no remorse about the incident whatsoever, responded thusly:

Tell Hank he can come meet me if he wants to try - and tell him to bring [catcher Jorge] Posada, because he's the one Yankee I can't stand.

This is the kind of stuff that makes the Yankees & Red Sox one of the greatest rivalries in all of sports. As for jinxes, well, Boston fans know all about jinxes, now don't they? Not to mention, as long as there's stuff like this in the building, the Yankees will be well protected. As Derek Jeter said in a recent interview, "the ghosts don't have far to go - just across the street."

Go Yanks!

posted by Brian at 6:58 AM


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