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Yankees fan plants more seeds in rivalry with Red Sox

TOTALLY RANDOM

A fan brings a bag of Yankees grass seeds to a concert at Fenway Park, in retaliation for Red Sox fan burying a Boston jersey in new Yankee Stadium.

June 10, 2009|Mike Penner

It took a while, and a purchase of New York Yankees grass seeds, but a Yankees fan believes he has evened the score after a construction worker buried a Boston Red Sox jersey at the then-in-progress new Yankee Stadium.

Ian Ferris of Shelburne, Vt., bought a bag of Yankees grass seeds -- yes, the team is even selling seeds now -- and hid them in his pants while attending a Phish concert at Fenway Park on May 31.

Ferris filled the bag with water and tossed it onto the infield.

"This is payback, Ferris told the New York Post. "If even one blade of grass sprouts on the field, I feel it was a success."

Meanwhile, Gino Castignoli, the construction worker who planted the Red Sox jersey in the Bronx, did not sound concerned.

"My curse is working, Castignoli said. "It's typical of a Yankee fan to think you can buy a jinx in a bag. When will they learn, you don't win with your wallet but with your heart?"

Trivia time

Former Dodgers manager Tom Lasorda is the second Dodgers manager to be inducted into baseball's Hall of Fame after wearing Dodgers jersey No. 2. Who is the other?

It's nervous time

With their Monday signing of former Cleveland and Seattle quarterback Charlie Frye, the Oakland Raiders now have six quarterbacks on their roster.

Along with Frye and disappointing-so-far starter JaMarcus Russell, the Raiders have Jeff Garcia, Bruce Gradkowski, Andrew Walter and Danny Southwick on the roster.

In related news, Russell insists he sleeps soundly at night.

Late night markdown

Appearing on "The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson," Michael Irvin revealed he was a Lakers fans.

Ferguson replied, "If you're 11:30 on CBS, you get the Lakers [tickets]. If you're on 12:30 on CBS, you get the Clippers [tickets]."

Splitting hairs

From Bob Molinaro of the Norfolk Virginian-Pilot: "Baseball being all wrapped up in stats the way it is, somebody should be able to tell us how many of Randy Johnson's 300 wins came in the post-mullet era."

Trivia answer

Leo Durocher.

(Question and answer provided by reader Mac McGuire of Westminster.)

And finally

From Dwight Perry of the Seattle Times: "NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman says he has four buyers possibly willing to take on the bankrupt Coyotes and keep them in Phoenix.

"Translation: Enron, AIG, Chrysler and General Motors."

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mike.penner@latimes.com

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