As famous Yankees player Yogi Berra once said, “Love is the most important thing in the world, but baseball is pretty good, too.” At least, that is the sentiment most Yankees fans have. Rain or shine, cold or hot, happy or sad, Yankees fans travel to the Bronx to watch their favorite team play ball.
Baseball executive Frank Farrell and former police officer Bill Devery bought the Baltimore Orioles franchise in 1903 for $18,000. After many seasons with a terrible record, this team — called the Highlanders — became the Yankees. As they grew as a franchise, the team moved into their own Yankee Stadium in 1923. For nearly a century, this stadium was the home base for a team that would win 26 world series and would lift up baseball giants like Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig and Yogi Berra. When the team moved across the street to a new stadium almost identical to the original, some fans sobbed and others cheered. However, history is still within the walls of this more than a decade-old stadium. Here are the top 10 secrets of the new stadium.
1. A Red Sox fan tried to curse the Yankees by burying a David Ortiz jersey behind home plate
Gino Castignoli, a devoted Red Sox fan, helped construct the new Yankee Stadium. However, he did so with suspicious intentions. On his only day working on the stadium, Castignoli buried designated hitter David Ortiz’s jersey behind home plate under feet of cement. However, other workers caught him before it was too late.
The New York Post published a story about the incident that prompted an “excavation ceremony” to search for the shirt. After employing jackhammers to get the job done, the Yankees administration sent the jersey to Boston. Rather than drive the rivalry further, they turned this fiasco into good by auctioning off the jersey to raise money for the Jimmy Fund, an organization that raises money for cancer. The scandal attracted a lot of attention and the Yankees donated $175,000 to the charity.