The three-day quasi-nightmare for-superstitious Yankees fans is over: The Red Sox jersey buried in cement by a Yankee-hating construction worker along the third base line at the new Yankee Stadium has been found and will be removed today in an "extraction ceremony."
At first, the thought of Red Sox jersey buried in the new stadium seemed like a joke, but yesterday the NY Post published photographs worker Gino Castignoli claimed he took while after placing a David Ortiz jersey under the concrete. Yesterday, two workers remembered where Castignoli worked (he was only on the site for day) and told a construction manager:
They led the manager to a service corridor near the site of the planned Legends Club restaurant, behind home plate and toward the third base side.
After the hardhats pointed to the spot, workers brought out jackhammers and dug furiously for five hours, creating a 2-foot- by-3-foot, gravel-filled pit in their search for the tainted threads.
They spotted the jersey at 3:25 p.m. and called Yankee brass. The cursed shirt was about two feet deep in cement.
Yankees spokeswoman Alice McGillion said, "We want to thank The Post for raising the issue. The [two] workers were terrific in coming forward. They wanted the shirt out of there."
Hank Steinbrenner said of Castignoli, "I hope his coworkers kick the s--- out of him." Castignoli, who was paid $88/hour to work on the site and had previously pleaded guilty to being part of a "$40 million illegal gambling operation with ties to the Gambino crime family," told the Post, "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."
As amusing as this story is, what New Yorkers need are some wider angle photographs of the excavation site to smack down doubts that this could be at any other construction site, the way some people believe the moon landing really took place in New Mexico. And here's what the new stadium's views will look like.