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The great, but untrue, t-shirt story

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Apr 11, 2008 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

The ever creative Post reported today that some Boston fan threw a Red Sox t-shirt into the concrete at the New Stadium. Somehow, this would curse the place. Sure thing.

Anyway, the Yankees say it’s not true and they actually had Howard Rubenstein’s office release a statement.

“We noticed that the NY Post wrote a fun and interesting story about a t-shirt today — but it never happened,” it said. “Yankee fans know that burying something in concrete in the basement is never a good thing. Memo to the Post: You’re 10 days late for April Fool’s Day.”

Yankee fans know that burying something in concrete in the basement is never a good thing? What does that mean?

At any rate, make of this what you will.

Back in a bit with the lineups.

 
 

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91 Responses to “The great, but untrue, t-shirt story”

  1. Ben April 11th, 2008 at 3:32 pm

    That’s interesting…Wonder what the Post will say in return.

  2. Dave April 11th, 2008 at 3:34 pm

    Yea, because the Yankees are going to release a statement saying it’s 100%. Oh how naive.

  3. rb15 April 11th, 2008 at 3:35 pm

    that’s weird. next we’ll be reading about how the new yankee stadium was built on top of an old native american burial ground…

  4. Don Vito A. Bellamo April 11th, 2008 at 3:36 pm

    How great it is going to be to SWEEP Boston IN Boston, with the services of Derek Jeter not even being needed ??? NICE !!!

  5. Blargh April 11th, 2008 at 3:36 pm

    Jimmy Hoffa-style?

  6. Brandon (supporting the new movement "Alex being Alex") April 11th, 2008 at 3:36 pm

    I got no idea what the hell he meant by that :?

  7. murphydog April 11th, 2008 at 3:37 pm

    “Yankee fans know that burying something in concrete in the basement is never a good thing.”

    It’s a reference to Hamlet, to Polonius’ famous speech to Laertes:

    “To thine own self be true, never a borrower nor a lender be, bury not red shirts in basements’ concrete…”

  8. Rocco April 11th, 2008 at 3:39 pm

    because a t-shirt in concrete has an effect on the outcome of a baseball fans. Just like Kay saying perfect game or no hitter has an effect on a pitcher.

    Sometimes superstitions or curses are ridiculous.

  9. Jer April 11th, 2008 at 3:39 pm

    I think Blargh has the right idea…

  10. Rocco April 11th, 2008 at 3:39 pm

    baseball games… opps.

  11. anti-mussina April 11th, 2008 at 3:41 pm

    i bet if we throw feces at fenway, redsux fans won’t tell the difference! hahaha redsux, blow rays, blow jays, oreos.

  12. JDnotDrew April 11th, 2008 at 3:42 pm

    I think the curse is that a Red Sox fan is building the new stadium.

  13. mel April 11th, 2008 at 3:43 pm

    Don’t they screen these construction workers?

    from previous thread:

    Shot in the dark attempt at lineup:

    Damon LF
    Cabrera CF
    Abreu RF
    Rodriguez 3B
    Posada DH
    Giambi 1B
    Molina C
    Cano 2B
    Gonzales SS

  14. Stephen April 11th, 2008 at 3:44 pm

    Hystrical, anti. HYSTERICAL! See, instead of Red SOX, you made it Red SUX! Because the suck!

    You, sir, are wasting your comedic talents on this blog.

  15. rb15 April 11th, 2008 at 3:44 pm

    my issue with the whole t-shirt thing is that – if it’s true – it’s unprofessional and immature. here’s a construction worker who is getting paid to do a job, not screw around. i’m sure he’s getting paid good money, too – if anything, we all know the yankees are famous for paying their people well.

    if he was just a fan, walking by, who threw a shirt over the fence, i wouldn’t be so annoyed by it. it’s the “no-consequences, frat-boy” vibe that gets to me here.

    i walk by fenway at least three times a week – i dont draw the NY symbol anywhere, i don’t start sticking pins into voodoo dolls, i don’t do anything like that. i respect the rivalry, and i think about how lucky i am to be able to appreciate the history and meaning of the stadium and fenway.

    it’s similar to the hawk attack from last week – some people up here actually thought it was funny that that little girl got clawed at, just because her name is alexa rodriguez. it’s infantile and it’s sad. those type of fans are the lowest common denominator, but unfortunately, they’re usually the ones that are on display.

  16. rbizzler April 11th, 2008 at 3:45 pm

    Wow a Red Sox fan is building the whole stadium by himself. He had better hurry if he wants it to be ready in time for next year.

  17. Wolf In Pinstripes April 11th, 2008 at 3:46 pm

    To me, it means two things:

    1) Some Sox fan is now out of a tshirt to wear.

    2) Some people put way too much stock in superstitions. Does this fan not have enough faith in his team’s ability to win games by simply putting a good team on the field? Attempting to place a curse on another team intentionally is a pretty sorry way try to gain an advantage, regardless of how inane and empty it is.

  18. anti-mussina April 11th, 2008 at 3:46 pm

    thank you, stephen.

  19. Brandon (supporting the new movement "Alex being Alex") April 11th, 2008 at 3:47 pm

    good news on Horne it isn’t a ligament tear, it is a slight tear of his right bi-cep he’s going to Tampa to rehab it.

  20. Jimmy 27 April 11th, 2008 at 3:47 pm

    Mel
    I like the line-up but where is the obligatory typo?

  21. CG April 11th, 2008 at 3:47 pm

    Brilliant Murphydog…brilliant.

  22. mel April 11th, 2008 at 3:48 pm

    Don’t think it’s true.

    1. He wouldn’t be caught alive on a construction site with a Red Sox shirt. Where’d he hide it, in his lunch pail?

    2. One person would not be laying foundation. If other people saw it, they would’ve threw him in there, too. Or at the very least it wouldn’t have taken 7 months for the story to come out.

    3. Now he’s remorseful, “I don’t want to curse the Yankees”?!? Hardly Red Sox behavior.

  23. gayle April 11th, 2008 at 3:48 pm

    They just quickly ran through the lineup Posada in not sure if he is DH or Catcher though

  24. anti-mussina April 11th, 2008 at 3:48 pm

    seriously my uncle cursed the yankees in 2001. He said from now on the yankees will never win a championship. His “curse” is holding up so far.

  25. mel April 11th, 2008 at 3:49 pm

    Jimmy,

    Shhh. Don’t tell anyone, it’s invisible type. But Matsui’s also playing catcher today. He’ll be doing his ninja thing back there.

  26. Jimmy 27 April 11th, 2008 at 3:52 pm

    gotcha Mel
    How many times is laptop gonna crash tonight?

  27. Fran April 11th, 2008 at 3:52 pm

    M&MD just had the line-up but I missed it. Anybody hear it?

  28. rbizzler April 11th, 2008 at 3:52 pm

    Brandon,

    I saw the news about Horne on CJ’s SW-B blog and was relieved. The most reassuring part is that Horne didn’t seem to upset about it when texting with Chad. Hopefully, he bounces back in time to contribute down the stretch.

  29. Wolf In Pinstripes April 11th, 2008 at 3:53 pm

    murphy, that’s got to be one of the funniest things I’ve ever read on here. Nice wit. :D

  30. Brandon (supporting the new movement "Alex being Alex") April 11th, 2008 at 3:53 pm

    I caught Melky Cano Abreu Alex after that it was like Japanese talk to me.

  31. Kevin CT April 11th, 2008 at 3:54 pm

    I heard on the Fan they were actually digging it up… what gives?

  32. Michael Kei - BB, then See Ya! April 11th, 2008 at 3:54 pm

    “Yankee fans know that burying something in concrete in the basement is never a good thing? What does that mean?”

    Well, I’ll tell you… It’s sorta like sea monkeys, you know.

  33. pat April 11th, 2008 at 3:55 pm

    Lineup

    http://www.nj.com/yankees/inde....._sits.html

  34. Russell NY April 11th, 2008 at 3:55 pm

    Is it too late to tear down Yankee Stadium, find the shirt, and put it back up again?

  35. Deputy Dawg April 11th, 2008 at 3:55 pm

    Deputy Dawg
    April 11th, 2008 at 3:52 pm
    Anybody know the whereabouts of this guy ?

    http://www.kfdm.com/onset?id=5.....ticle.html

  36. raymagnetic â„¢ April 11th, 2008 at 3:56 pm

    “Sometimes superstitions or curses are ridiculous.”

    That’s because there’s no such thing as a curse, superstition or ghost. Voodoo also doesn’t work.

  37. anti-mussina April 11th, 2008 at 3:58 pm

    if im the manager this would be my lineup:

    melky CF
    cano 2B
    abreu RF
    arod ss
    giambi 1B
    posada C
    matsui DH
    damon LF
    ensberg 3B

  38. karebear April 11th, 2008 at 3:58 pm

    I don’t doubt that someone told the Post that someone did the t-shirt thing, but I would be shocked if it were true… And even if it were true, how does some Joe Schmo’s smelly shirt in the concrete have any power to jinx the Yankees? Silliness.

  39. Brandon (supporting the new movement "Alex being Alex") April 11th, 2008 at 3:58 pm

    I know rbizzler, it could have been worse. I’d gladly take slight tear in bicep instead of nerve damage

  40. Fran April 11th, 2008 at 3:58 pm

    Pat – Thanks for posting the line-up. Can’t believe Cano is back in the #2 hole. He is awful in that spot.

  41. Deputy Dawg April 11th, 2008 at 3:59 pm

    Anybody know the whereabouts of this guy ???
    http://www.kfdm.com/onset?id=5.....ticle.html

  42. mel April 11th, 2008 at 3:59 pm

    I have a feeling Damon will sit, here’s my revised lineup:

    Cabrera cf, Cano 2b, Abreu rf, Rodriguez 3b, Matsui lf, Posada dh, Giambi 1b, Molina c, Gonzalez ss

    Jimmy,

    I’m hoping for the best, but prepared for the worst. I will go out on a limb and predict that Laptops will not pitch a no-hitter.

  43. gayle April 11th, 2008 at 4:00 pm

    Also IF they get the game in and IF Wang is on his game the outfielders should not be too busy so makes sense to sit Damon

  44. Drive 4-5 April 11th, 2008 at 4:00 pm

    I live and work in Mass. The Sox fan yahoos I work with were giving it to me pretty good this morning. I shut them up when I said the guy was a typical sox fan… too stupid to take the shirt off before throwing it in lol.

    My Yankee fan brethren high fived me the rest of the day lol

  45. jennifer April 11th, 2008 at 4:01 pm

    Hoffa anyone?

  46. Sara April 11th, 2008 at 4:02 pm

    so, what kind of warm reception do you guys think A-Rod will get when he passes Ted Williams, at Fenway, on the homerun list this weekend? I bet it is worse than what he hears during October at Yankee Stadium! He will probably wait to do it on the ESPN Sunday night baseball game!

  47. SteveNYG April 11th, 2008 at 4:03 pm

    I feel sorry for that shirt. Like every Redsox fan, it now has to be buried beneath the enormity that is the New York Yankees.

  48. Drive 4-5 April 11th, 2008 at 4:04 pm

    I think I could fall in love ( temporarily at least) with Posada at DH.

    Molina has to rank up there with Cashman’s best transactions.

    I still think Damon and Giambi will hit eventually. Right now they look pretty old.

  49. anti-mussina April 11th, 2008 at 4:06 pm

    redsux nation can’t afford a new stadium… boooohooo! poor baby!

  50. Fran April 11th, 2008 at 4:06 pm

    Sara – on FOX Saturday or ESPN Sunday night – either would be sweet. Maybe tie it Saturday and pass it Sunday.

  51. mel April 11th, 2008 at 4:07 pm

    Steve, good one!

    Fran, I think they should put Cano in a spot (where he was last year) and let him get comfortable again. This moving around may not be helping him as he looks for his groove.

    The alternatives are not pretty, though. Push everyone up or put the AG in the 2 spot.

    Can they just sit fastball all night?

  52. pat April 11th, 2008 at 4:09 pm

    “Yankee fans know that burying something in concrete in the basement is never a good thing.”

    The literal translation is it might weaken the foundation and end up getting you fired. Or it’s the skeletons in the closet response. What you hide can eventually come back to haunt you.

  53. Bleacher Creature April 11th, 2008 at 4:09 pm

    I hope they don’t check under the bleachers in the current stadium.

  54. Drive 4-5 April 11th, 2008 at 4:11 pm

    Bleacher Creature,

    Do you have something to share with us that we don’t know? lol

  55. Fran April 11th, 2008 at 4:11 pm

    Mel – I agree – put him in the 7 hole and leave him there. I guess tonight without Damon playing they have no choice but to put Cano in the #2 spot. But when Damon bats leadoff I think that Melky should be in the #2 spot until Derek is back.

  56. Sara April 11th, 2008 at 4:11 pm

    I say Giambi takes Clay deep twice tonight!

  57. G. Love April 11th, 2008 at 4:12 pm

    Rubenstein’s statement about burying things in the basement is positively baffling.

    I’m guessing it’s an attempt at mafia/mob humor maybe?

    And I don’t care if they put a t-shirt in the concrete. If Boston never wins another WS after we move into the new stadium, then it’ll soon become that burying the shirt in the concrete has buried the Red Sox in the Yankees Cellar for good.

    That’s what we should all start saying. The Red Sox are now cursed/doomed to be in the yankees cellar for eternity.

    That ought to get the chowda heads all riled up from Framingham to Pittsfield.

  58. 56Bomber April 11th, 2008 at 4:14 pm

    Drive 4-5

    Agree about Molina… he’s really making me like the idea of him back there on a more frequent basis. Might be time for Posada to get serious about taking some ground balls at first.

  59. Jaewon April 11th, 2008 at 4:15 pm

    Umm did anyone read the last entry??

    It said that this whole thing was NOT true.

    The post lives off of making up stories like this. You guys have to calm down.

  60. Mark Alan April 11th, 2008 at 4:15 pm

    “Yankee fans know that burying something in concrete in the basement is never a good thing.”

    I THINK they meant to write that “Red Sox fans know that burying something in concrete in the basement is never a good thing, and they were referring specifically to Teddy Baseball’s frozen head.

  61. kd April 11th, 2008 at 4:18 pm

    think they’ll play a game tonight? seems like rain all night in boston. anyone live close and can let us know?

  62. CB April 11th, 2008 at 4:25 pm

    Great news on Alan Horne. He has a small tear in his biceps.

    There’s no nerve damage as some had been speculating on earlier. No ligament damage or tendon damage either. It’s only the muscle itself.

    He’ll be fine. What a relief. He’s got a promising future.

  63. Jeff NJ April 11th, 2008 at 4:26 pm

    Early this morning on the Benigno and Roberts on WFAN, a construction worker called in and said that when you bury something you are trying to make something bad happen to that. So theoretically burying a Red Sox shirt, actually curses the Red Sox.

    As for curses, people ignore the big one, since Bush was “elected” in 2000 the Yankees have yet to win the series. I don’t know what that means for this year, but next year we will be in the clear of Bush for sure.

    But curses don’t exist, the Red Sox just sucked for 86 years.

  64. Jimmy 27 April 11th, 2008 at 4:28 pm

    Yankee fans know that burying something in concrete in the basement is never a good thing.”

    McNamee’s Basement according to Joey Salvia -
    Could be what was meant

  65. Jimmy Hoffa April 11th, 2008 at 4:31 pm

    Burying a t-shirt in concrete? That’s kid’s play.

    We turned Mickey Mantle’s old liver into a cornerstone ;)

  66. kill.schill(ing) April 11th, 2008 at 4:32 pm

    thanks for the update, cb. Agreed great news.

    Drew, where did you get that lineup from?

  67. Drive 4-5 April 11th, 2008 at 4:32 pm

    Drew,

    If youre right, I like that lineup.

  68. rb15 April 11th, 2008 at 4:36 pm

    still cloudy in boston (but a high sky, for what it’s worth), not as windy. it’s not raining out my office window (north of boston).

  69. Drew April 11th, 2008 at 4:38 pm

    “Drew, where did you get that lineup from?”

    Newsday posted it.

  70. Patrick April 11th, 2008 at 4:39 pm

    Not a fan of Melky leading off but he’s been hot lately. Other than that it looks good to me, lets go out and get a win (weather permitting).

  71. whozat April 11th, 2008 at 4:39 pm

    I’m not super psyched on cano in the 2-hole right now. He’s not very good at getting on base and seems likely to overthink the 2-slot job and roll over on outside pitches and hit grounders to 2B. Though, without jeter AND damon, I’m not sure who else I put up there.

    Here’s hoping he wakes up and goes back to taking what the pitcher gives him.

  72. Clay Buchholz stole my laptop (aka Joe) April 11th, 2008 at 4:46 pm

    I hope the Yankees shell Buchholz tonight. They should do it for all of us who got our laptops stolen.

    Just curious, speaking of bidet’s, has anyone ever used one?

  73. JR Yankees April 11th, 2008 at 4:46 pm

    Agree about Cano batting 2nd…atleast at this point in the season. He has not found any consistency with his swing and he usually is first pitch swinging into an infield popup or goundout to 2B. He needs to sit back and take some pitches and Girardi keeps flipping him around in the order. Somebody already posted it, but he needs to be put down in the order and find his groove.

    Forget about this stupid curse topic. The story is bogus and even if it were true, it wouldn’t make any difference. Just some idiotic Sox fan stirring the pot. Hopefully we’ll shut him and the rest of the so-called Sox Nation up by sweeping them at home.

  74. Brandon (supporting the new movement "Alex being Alex") April 11th, 2008 at 4:46 pm

    ok I’ll be back people I’m going to my least friend’s house right now to flush a Red Sox jersey down his toilet I’ll let you know if the jinx works :)

  75. Jeff NJ April 11th, 2008 at 4:46 pm

    Godzilla vs. the Green Monster might be interesting tonight. Hopefully he fields better with less territory to cover.

  76. Drew April 11th, 2008 at 4:49 pm

    “I hope the Yankees shell Buchholz tonight. They should do it for all of us who got our laptops stolen.”

    I always laugh at your screen name…I never knew it was true!

  77. mel April 11th, 2008 at 4:51 pm

    Jeff NJ,

    Don’t worry. Matsui will play the Green Monster like a Pachinko machine.

    O/T, but Harlem son James Blake’s in a really good Davis Cup match on Versus right now.

  78. DurhamYankee April 11th, 2008 at 4:54 pm

    I believe that Cano is a warm weather hitter, the last two seasons he has gotten off to slow starts. With that said, I do believe he enjoys playing at Fenway. He usually somes through with a big hit for us. I think his bat will show up today, hes too good to be held down this long.

    Truthfully, at the moment I prefer Melky leading off rather than Damon. I know Damon has speed but what good is speed if you can’t get on base? I have a feeling Melky and Cano will be a huge part of tonight’s offensive game.

  79. gargoyle April 11th, 2008 at 5:02 pm

    Robbie Cano should never bat 2nd.

  80. rastaseed April 11th, 2008 at 5:09 pm

    Clay Buchholz stole my laptop (aka Joe),
    I rented a house that had a bidet, only used it two or three times, they are a pain in the butt to use(no pun intended, but they are refreshing. Side note: They are not so cool when all of your drunk friends pee in it thinking that it is a funny looking toilet.

  81. Suspect Mechanics April 11th, 2008 at 6:13 pm

    Hank should mount Ted Williams’ head on a pike above the front gate.

  82. LathamJoe April 11th, 2008 at 6:16 pm

    With Jeter and damon not playing, I’d go with this lineup:

    Bobby Abreu RF
    Melky Cabrera cf
    Hideki Matsui LF
    Alex Rodriguez 3b
    Jorge Posada dh
    Jason Giambi 1b
    Jose Molina c
    Robbie Cano 2b
    Alberto Gonzalez ss

    Abreu could likely be the best leadoff hitter on this team.

  83. Raul April 11th, 2008 at 6:21 pm

    Another Red Sox(shirt) buried at Yankee Stadium…And will keep on burying them..GO YANKEES

  84. Garfu April 11th, 2008 at 6:32 pm

    “Yankee fans know that burying something in concrete in the basement is never a good thing?”

    Maybe he is taking a shot at the Orioles.

  85. Bill Porter April 12th, 2008 at 8:09 am

    What does “Yankee fans know that burying something in concrete in the basement is never a good thing” mean anyway?

    Just a wild guess but I think he means Yankee fans know that burying something in concrete in the basement is never a good thing.

  86. Quidam03 April 12th, 2008 at 8:53 am

    The post “reports” today that is is a “Big Papi” Jersey and provides photos………

    Perhaps the curse is on Ortiz…..what is his batting average this year???

  87. Raphy April 13th, 2008 at 2:37 pm

    http://mlb.mlb.com/news/articl.....8;c_id=mlb

    Looks like it was true

  88. Go Sox April 14th, 2008 at 2:26 am

    “Don Vito A. Bellamo April 11th, 2008 at 3:36 pm

    How great it is going to be to SWEEP Boston IN Boston, with the services of Derek Jeter not even being needed ??? NICE !!!”

    sweep?? almost, except they lost the series.. again. lol yanks blow

  89. Cheond October 18th, 2009 at 3:06 am

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  90. TinyFaith October 20th, 2009 at 1:54 am

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  91. Brad Li June 24th, 2010 at 2:07 pm

    Hye..Very nice posting. i like it,Thanks…!


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