Monday, April 14, 2008

Red Sox Jersey Excavated from Concrete at New Yankee Stadium

Yesterday, construction workers spent five hours retrieving a Boston Red Sox jersey from between the third base line and home plate at the New Yankee Stadium which will open in 2009. The New York Post reported that a construction worker loyal to Red Sox Nation had embedded a David Ortiz jersey in the cement while working there last August. Initially, the Yankees had dismissed the story as a belated April Fools joke. But they had changed their tune by the weekend and now the Yankees are threatening to take Gino Castagnoli to court. Lonn Trost, the Yankees' Chief Operating Officer, has spoken with the office of the Bronx District Attorney about criminal mischief charges. Somehow I think the Bronx DA has better things to do with its resources than prosecute Red Sox fans. Even if the Bronx DA doesn't bite at the apple, the Yankees might seek civil damages againt Castagnoli. The Yankees will look stupid if they pursue this matter through the legal system. After all, they are donating the uniform to the Red Sox to be auctioned off to raise money for the Jimmy Fund - the Sox charity that funds Boston' Dana Farber Institute which treats children with cancer. The Yankees should just leave it at that. But if the Yankees take this guy to court look for the Sox not only to pay his legal expenses but have him throw out the first pitch the next time the Yankees play at Fenway in July. If anything, the Yankees might come to regret this after all. Ortiz is currently 3 for 43 this season. Don't poke the bear, as Sox owner John Henry says.

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