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« Topic Start: April 14, 2008, 05:00:04 pm »

I'm amazed at the energy folks have put into the brouhaha over the construction of the new Yankee Stadium! For those who don't know, apparently one of the construction crew laying the foundation was a Red Sox fan and deliberately buried a Red Sox jersey 2 feet down under concrete in an attempt to hex the archrivals of his favorite team...

...so Yankees management had the concrete dug up solely to "exhume" the jersey and now is trying to see if any criminal charges can be leveled against the construction worker!

I had no idea belief in hexes, which I thought was restricted to people like us who populate forums like these, were so widespread in today's American public! I mean, what are they going to charge this guy with: reckless endangerment??

It strikes me as much ado about nothing. A little mental sleight of hand could have turned the would-be hex--psychologically or, if you believe in such things, literally--to the Yankee's advantage: A Red Sox jersey is buried beneath our feet because we're going to bury the Red Sox every season.
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« Reply #1: April 14, 2008, 05:40:30 pm »

...so Yankees management had the concrete dug up solely to "exhume" the jersey and now is trying to see if any criminal charges can be leveled against the construction worker!

I doubt there are any that will stick. Seesh.

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I had no idea belief in hexes, which I thought was restricted to people like us who populate forums like these, were so widespread in today's American public!


I've noticed that many sports fans seem to believe in various good luck/bad luck things: pieces of clothing, lucky coins, etc. So the leap to "hexing" another team by burying another team's jersey at their ballpark doesn't seem all that strange to me.

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It strikes me as much ado about nothing. A little mental sleight of hand could have turned the would-be hex--psychologically or, if you believe in such things, literally--to the Yankee's advantage: A Red Sox jersey is buried beneath our feet because we're going to bury the Red Sox every season.

This requires creative thinking. Suing someone or getting them into trouble with the law is much easier for the average business.
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« Reply #2: April 14, 2008, 06:42:37 pm »

I've noticed that many sports fans seem to believe in various good luck/bad luck things: pieces of clothing, lucky coins, etc. So the leap to "hexing" another team by burying another team's jersey at their ballpark doesn't seem all that strange to me.

I was going to say so, yeah.  Some sports fans are very superstitious, sometimes in a kind of mystical way.  I suspect that baseball fans may be especially so; the culture of baseball encourages it.

Me, I was the fan who attempted to instruct other Sox fans on basic sympathetic magic.  I got a whole bunch replying to "cursed" trolls with "There is no curse", because I managed to persuade them that believing in curses causes curses. Wink

Meanwhile, I note that my Red Sox Fans Anti-Angst Initiative t-shirt -- dedicated to the whole no-curse concept -- was in Fenway for the famous game four. Wink
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« Reply #3: April 14, 2008, 06:53:29 pm »

I'm amazed at the energy folks have put into the brouhaha over the construction of the new Yankee Stadium! For those who don't know, apparently one of the construction crew laying the foundation was a Red Sox fan and deliberately buried a Red Sox jersey 2 feet down under concrete in an attempt to hex the archrivals of his favorite team...

...so Yankees management had the concrete dug up solely to "exhume" the jersey and now is trying to see if any criminal charges can be leveled against the construction worker!

I had no idea belief in hexes, which I thought was restricted to people like us who populate forums like these, were so widespread in today's American public! I mean, what are they going to charge this guy with: reckless endangerment??

It strikes me as much ado about nothing. A little mental sleight of hand could have turned the would-be hex--psychologically or, if you believe in such things, literally--to the Yankee's advantage: A Red Sox jersey is buried beneath our feet because we're going to bury the Red Sox every season.

I guess when it comes to someones favorite team they don't want to take any chances. Wink  While I'm not sure about the criminal charges they will probably find a way to make him pay for the cost of exhuming the jersey and repairing the concrete.
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« Reply #4: April 15, 2008, 10:32:14 am »

I'm amazed at the energy folks have put into the brouhaha over the construction of the new Yankee Stadium! For those who don't know, apparently one of the construction crew laying the foundation was a Red Sox fan and deliberately buried a Red Sox jersey 2 feet down under concrete in an attempt to hex the archrivals of his favorite team...

I'm a huge fan and try not to miss a game, etc. Most of the Yankee comments have been that of amusement that the guy did that. In fact, The Yankees plan to donate the jersey to the Jimmy Fund, a charity affiliated with Boston's Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.
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« Reply #5: April 15, 2008, 11:44:07 am »

I'm a huge fan and try not to miss a game, etc. Most of the Yankee comments have been that of amusement that the guy did that. In fact, The Yankees plan to donate the jersey to the Jimmy Fund, a charity affiliated with Boston's Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

Yeah, I heard they were going to auction it off for that charity. So it seems someone in the Yankees organization actually did the kind of creative thinking Randall talked about.
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« Reply #6: April 15, 2008, 02:04:28 pm »

I'm a huge fan and try not to miss a game, etc. Most of the Yankee comments have been that of amusement that the guy did that. In fact, The Yankees plan to donate the jersey to the Jimmy Fund, a charity affiliated with Boston's Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

Which should break any curse, at least according to some folklore selling such a  general curse item breaks the curse.
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