Buried Ortiz jersey auction raises $175,100
After a week-long online auction, the David Ortiz jersey chipped from the cement of the new Yankee Stadium has raised $175,100 for the Jimmy Fund. The proceeds will benefit adult and pediatric cancer care and research at Dana-Farber. Over the course of the week, more than one million people visited the eBay auction page, 50,000 of whom added the item to their "watched item list." Bidders were from nearly 20 states.
The David Ortiz Red Sox jersey was chipped from beneath two feet of cement in the new Yankee Stadium. A construction worker, who is an ardent Red Sox fan, buried the shirt in wet cement during the construction of the new stadium hoping to curse the Yankees. The Yankees learned about the shirt, dug it up and gave it to the Jimmy Fund.
On Thursday, April 17, Jimmy Fund Chairman Mike Andrews and two Dana-Farber patients unveiled the famed jersey in Dana-Farber's Red Sox Gallery. It was on display that afternoon for patients to enjoy. On April 18, the jersey was moved to The Sports Museum, where it will remain on display for a month for Red Sox fans to enjoy.