If they’d put this much effort into finding Jimmy Hoffa, they probably would’ve found D.B. Cooper while they were at it, along with Osama Bin Laden, the 18 missing minutes of Watergate tape, Paris Hilton’s virginity, all those ballpoint pens you misplaced over the past 20 years, Atlantis, and Waldo.
I’m referring, of course, to the tizzy that has gripped New York since it was revealed on Friday that a construction worker had tried to curse the Yankees last summer by entombing a Red Sox jersey in the concrete at the new Yankee Stadium. Once the jersey’s likely coordinates were determined, a jackhammer crew toiled for five hours on Saturday (imagine the union’s weekend rate — the Yankees really do spare no expense!) until the renegade jersey was located about two feet down, extracted, taken into custody, and displayed like a trophy. After the jersey was sent off to Guantánamo for interrogation, the Yanks
announced that Kyle Farnsworth will be buried in its place held the year’s most surreal press conference.
The guy behind all of this is a Bronx construction worker named Gino Castignoli. As you can see, he looks like a real prize, although he comes off as a rather amusing character in this interview. And let’s give him credit for a good prank, no matter who you root for. But as some readers have already noted, Castignoli gets low marks for trying to pull his stunt with a replica jersey instead of an authentic — wrong number font, should be NNOB, etc. Yeah, an authentic is pricier, but you can’t expect to create a curse on the cheap. Am I right?
And now, if you’ll excuse me, I need to bury a blue Mets cap under Charlie Samuels’s house.
Uni Watch News Ticker: More 42er news here and here. … Sri Lankan cricket player Jerome Taylor was victimized by a pretty serious typo the other day. “With some of the Sri Lankan names being long and complicated you could forgive the suppliers for a misspelling,” says Stuart Capel, “but how could they make an error on something as simple as ‘Taylor’?” … Awesome T-shirt available here (with thanks to Chris LaHaye). … And check the out the amazing typography on this basketball jersey (great find by Alain Nana-Sinkam). … Interesting note from Charlie Usas, who writes: “I attended the Rangers/Devils playoff game in Newark on Friday night. Even as a Rangers fan, you can’t beat the deal on the tickets you can get there, and I wasn’t the only Blueshirt in attendance who felt that way (it looked like a neutral-site college game in the stands). Anyway, as we got off the train, there was a truck handing out blue pom-poms from rangers.com — I think the plan was to counteract the Devils’ white towels. Upon arrival, however, Rangers fans “in uniform” were searched for pom-poms, forced to surrender them, and then not allowed to take one of the white towels.” Bummer! Anyone know of any similar tales of fan discrimination? … That new Speedo swimsuit keeps generating more controversy (with thanks to Greg Riffenburgh). … “You can just barely see Adidas’s ubiquitous three-stripe logo blazing a trail across Brandt Snedeker’s back writes Steven Wojtowicz. “So Adidas has chosen the hallowed turf of the Masters to unveil golf’s first rear-shirt logo.” … Georgia Tech relief pitcher Michael Hutts died suddenly on Friday, so all team members wore his uni number, 40, on their caps (with thanks to Mike Rich). … “I was watching part of the Colorado Avalanche 2001 Stanley Cup video and noticed these two sweaters hanging up behind Peter Forsberg,” writes John Muir. “The one on the right seems like it could be a Team Canada sweater, but the one on the left stumps me.” Anyone..? … What did Angel Hernandez have written on (or woven into) his headwrap the other night? … The Royals unveiled their powder blues over the weekend (additional views here, here, here, and here). I can’t really get worked up about them one way or the other. As solid-color alt jerseys go, they look fine, but that’s basically the definition of damning with faint praise. … Marshall’s spring practice game featured an amusing uni number snafu (with thanks to Matt O’Bryant). … More spring football news: Over at Boise State, most players wore practice jerseys but a few were wearing a new game jersey design, seen on the right here. According to this story, it’s a new Nike prototype. … And down in Florida, many of the players in the spring game wore their jerseys hiked up to their pads — a style that also caught on in the crowd. … “While the Sox and Yanks were in a rain delay on Saturday, I surfed around and saw the MSU/Iowa softball game,” says Randy Williams. “The shortstop for MSU was wearing this mask. She kept talking into her friggin’ glove, so I couldn’t get a better shot of it (AND I couldn’t steal any signs while she was talking to the pitcher).” … Robert Eden notes that the Reds’ coaches had some helmet-inconsistency problems over the weekend. Third base coach Mark Berry wore a solid-red helmet (as did the players), while his first base counterpart, Billy Hatcher, had a black brim. … Apropos of absolutely nothing, I had a blast eating at both White Mana and the similarly named White Manna on Saturday. The latter was so packed that there was a 20-minute wait just to order, even though there’s a McDonald’s right across the street, and if that doesn’t restore your faith in whatever it is you like to have faith in, nothing will.