The Bronx-born Yankee-hating and Red Sox-loving construction worker who buried a Red Sox jersey in the new Yankee Stadium has given photographic evidence to the Post proving it's no tall tale. "Gino" explained, "As I stuck it in, I said, 'The Yankees are done for the next 30 years.' I only put a 30-year curse because I'm 46 and in 30 years I'll be dead, and I won't care if the Yankees win then."
Well, at least Gino, who currently works at a construction site in Manhattan, is being rational. He said the jersey, buried somewhere along the third base line, is a David Ortiz jersey, "The reason why is George Steinbrenner told [Yankees GM Brian] Cashman to get Ortiz and Cashman told him, we don't need him, We have [Jason] Giambi and Nick Johnson.'" The Curse of Big Papi?!?!
While there are a range of reactions from Yankee players (Jeter: "I am sure somebody, a Yankee fan, would dig it up, right?"; Petitte: "I'm not a superstitious person. It is kind of funny, though."), the most heated seems to be from Mayor Bloomberg:
"It is an outrage!" the Boston-born Bloomberg told The Post before the Yanks played the Sox last night.
"The one thing that I'd really like to be able to do is to go in there and pitch for the Yankees and beat the Red Sox with a perfect game. That would be a way to end the curse," the mayor said.
"They envy the Yankees. They wish they were the Yankees. And every once in a while, you might not win the whole thing, but to say that the public is on the side of the Yankees is an understatement."
Hmm. Maybe he should take a cue from Yankees fan Christopher Rogers who said, "[Red Sox jerseys] should be buried under two tons of concrete. Buried because that's what we do. We bury them."
The Yankees now have a new official statement: If they are able to find the jersey, "we will say thanks to The Post for showing us where the T-shirt is, so that we can put an extra layer of concrete over it to make sure it stays buried." And today's Yankees game against the Red Sox is at 3:55 p.m., with Mike Mussina pitching against Josh Beckett.