Yankees Try to Avoid Hex, Unearth Jersey

April 15, 2008 03:37 PM
by findingDulcinea Staff
In an effort to avoid a potential curse, the Yankees dug up a Red Sox jersey buried in their new stadium by a Boston fan.

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Bronx native Gino Castignoli became a Boston Red Sox fan in 1975, drawn by his idol, left-fielder Jim Rice.

Although the cement mason was opposed to his union’s initial request to help build the new Yankee Stadium, he ultimately agreed to work for one day. On that day, he buried a David Ortiz jersey by the third-base line.

A year later, word spread about Castignoli’s antics, and in an effort to appease the baseball gods, Yankees officials decided to have the jersey dug up and removed. After all, the Curse of the Bambino haunted the Red Sox for 86 years.

Not only did the Yankees pay construction workers to unearth the jersey, but the organization is now considering whether to file charges against Castignoli.

The curse may also have backfired, as David Ortiz has been struggling lately for the Red Sox.

Fans of the Chicago Cubs and the Philadelphia Phillies shouldn’t be too surprised about the Yankee’s recent paranoia.

A Chicago tavern owner who was incensed at not being allowed to bring his goat into the 1945 World Series reputedly hexed the Cubs, who haven't reached the World Series since. And in Philadelphia, the city made the mistake of constructing a building taller than City Hall, supposedly drawing the posthumous ire of William Penn and keeping the city without a major sports championship since 1980.

But baseball does not have a monopoly on curses. NFL all-stars are now wary of appearing on the cover of the “Madden NFL” video game after athletes such as Donovan McNabb and Shaun Alexander suffered unfortunate injuries after gracing the game’s packaging.

Headline Link: Castignoli’s plot foiled

Background: Sports’ curses should not be taken lightly

A malediction tradition
The Curse of the Bambino
The curse of the Billy Goat
The curse of Billy Penn
The Madden Curse

Related Topics: New York-Boston rivalry and ‘America’s Most Miserable Sports Cities’


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