Thanks for Digging that Sh*t Up, Guys

On April 13th the Yankees unearthed a David Ortiz shirt buried beneath the construction of the new House that Derek Joba Hankosity!™ built, put there by (at least in our mind) a misguided Red Sox fan.  At the time, Ortiz was hitting .077 with a .407 OPS and a grand total of 3 RBI.  He was benched, at least for a night, against the hated Yankees.

Since the day the shirt was discovered and removed, David Ortiz has hit .305 with a homer and 12 RBIs in eight games.  As we said before, thank you to the Yankees for their organizational lack of recognition of a potentially terrible, career-altering, and division-changing metaphor.

15 comments… add one
  • Obviously the * in the title replaces the letters i & r right?

    Sean April 22, 2008, 12:47 pm
  • Ortiz was 1 for 10 with 0 bb in the 2 game set at the Stadium after jersey removal.
    Also he was a paltry 4 for 15 with 1 rbi in the 3 games in Boston immediately after it was dug up.
    All of which suggests: no correlation. Or perhaps he is still cursed in NY.

    YF April 22, 2008, 2:10 pm
  • All of which suggests: no correlation.
    Really? No correlation? Seriously, how can you say there is no correlation between digging up a jersey in New York and Big Papi’s ability to hit a baseball? If EVER there were two things that are inter-related it’s gotta be these two. I heard that Manny asked a kid in Washington Heights to put an emapanada on the A train tracks for good luck, next thing I know you’ll tell me that had nothing to do with Manny’s torrid start. Yeesh. What a spoilsport you are.

    SF April 22, 2008, 3:02 pm
  • You say no correlation. I say inadvertent curses are the hardest to shake off. Even Big Papi needs a little time.

    Paul SF April 22, 2008, 3:05 pm
  • does anyone still believe that this story had anything to do with an actual sox fan? i still get a good laugh from the video footage of the droves of press corps snapping photos as the shirt is unearthed. if you look close enough you can see Geraldo in the background giving away strategic troop locations.
    other promotions i didn’t buy in on….
    clear pepsi
    spray butter
    windows millennium edition
    the ford edsel
    does vinnie “the die hard sox fan from the bronx” get anything from the auction of his shirt? seems like he should.

    sf rod April 22, 2008, 3:22 pm
  • What he should get is a fine for $50,000 (or the union should get a fine for $50,000), which is what it cost the Yankees to dig up the shirt he put there.
    The auctioning off was actually by the Jimmy Fund (or the Red Sox), as it was donated to them by the Yankees.

    AndrewYF April 22, 2008, 3:59 pm
  • I say inadvertent curses are the hardest to shake off.
    True enough. Took me a good three+ decades to meet the right woman!

    SF April 22, 2008, 4:20 pm
  • Rob Bradford reporting on his blog that David Pauley has been recalled from P’tucket to start tonight in place of Beckett, who has neck stiffness.

    I'm Bill McNeal April 22, 2008, 4:23 pm
  • As ever, SF completely misconstrues my post. The emapanada episode is entirely dependent on WHEN Manny placed said meat-filled pastry on the tracks in question. It’s entirely possible that his torrid start is attributable to run-over latin appetizing. Obviously.

    YF April 22, 2008, 4:36 pm
  • I’m going to be at the game tonight. A bit less exciting now that Beckett isn’t pitching, but I’ll be taking plenty of pictures from the center field seats nonetheless.

    AndrewYF April 22, 2008, 5:40 pm
  • Mmmm….empanadas.

    yankeemonkey April 22, 2008, 5:55 pm
  • Send us a few snaps Andrew.

    YF April 22, 2008, 6:00 pm
  • Andrew – if the Elf ends up catching, PLEASE send pictures!

    rootbeerfloat April 22, 2008, 6:21 pm
  • Where’s the Yanks gamer? Grrr. =P

    Lar April 22, 2008, 9:31 pm
  • this story seems awfully similar to another that i read. the wording is almost the exact same except its watered down slightly here.

    hallelujah holla back April 24, 2008, 9:54 pm

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