The Curse of the Pen

Did I Curse My Yankees?

I was only 8 years old. I didn’t know any better. 8 year olds put their hands on everything, even when they know they shouldn’t. But I guess that’s not much of an excuse for what I did, or what I believe I did.

August 1st, 2001. I was 8 years old. My parents were going to take me and my two brothers on a tour of Yankee Stadium. We were to see the field, Monument Park, the retired numbers, the dugout, everything. I was so excited. It was going to be the day of a lifetime.

We took the long drive down to the Bronx and finally were there. I don’t know how long the drive was; to an 8 year old anything above 15 minutes is long. I remember marveling at the beauty of the ballpark, and seeing how it was so much bigger than on tv. The last part of the tour was the visit to the dugout. And that’s where it happened.

We were instructed to take a seat on the bench of the dugout. I sat next to a crease between two cushions. The tour guide was telling us about the dugout, and I wasn’t really listening. I was becoming restless. I was running my hands all over the dugout. I came to the crease, and I stuck my hand in it. I was feeling around, hoping I would find some kind of unknown treasure. As I was thinking those thoughts, I felt something. It was a pen. My Dad told me to get my hand out of there, and I took it out, holding the pen. I told my Dad I found a pen, and he was like, “Oh, how about that.” He was not too excited. But I felt that I made an amazing discovery. The tour was finished, and we left for home. I held my head up proudly.

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From left to right: my little brother Tommy, me, my Dad, my big brother Bobby. This is when I found the pen!

On the drive home, we were trying to think of whose pen that could’ve been. My Dad said Joe Torre, because it was in the spot where he always sat. That night as we watched the game on the tv, we noticed that Joe Torre was a bit cranky. “It’s because of the pen!” my Mom joked. But later in the game, Jeter made a baserunning error, and when he got back to the dugout, Torre was livid. He was actually angry. He talked to Jeter in what seemed like a harsh tone. He never does that! We thought it was because he was annoyed that his pen wasn’t there!

It may seem like a ridiculous coincidence, but the Yankees have not won the World Series since I stole Torre’s pen. I think I cursed my Yankees. Why else would Torre have been furious that night? Many times, I have tried to tell the Yankee organization about the pen, but I never got a response. The last thing I wanted to do was to curse the team I live for! I still have the pen, and I never even wrote with it. I am keeping it safe in case someday I can send it back to the Yankees. I really hope the Yankees win the World Series this year so the curse will be over. But until then, the Curse of the Pen remains.


 There it is: the pen that cursed the Yankees.



  1. thekfny28

    *chains Virginia to a chair and picks up a needle*
    Just close your eyes and it’ll be all over… this won’t hurt one bit.

    In all seriousness, calm down, it’s not your fault, lol. There are no such things as curses, you’re not an evildoer, a witch, nor a wiccan. And besides, we’re going to win it all this season, worry not my friend.

    By the way, I find it funny how you show us two pictures and yet I still have no clue what you look like…

    -Jason Mraz

  2. feverspell

    Good job, Virginia. So it’s all YOUR fault. Nope, not Torre calling a drawn-in infield for Luis Gonzalez or Torre using Jeff Weaver in a tied 12th inning World Series game or Torre not bunting on Schilling in the ALCS or Torre not pulling the Yankees off the field in Cleveland when they were being attacked by bugs…..nope. It was all you. Well….I hope you’re proud of yourself young lady.


    J/K…..I leave the believing in curses to Red Sox fans. They need those kinds of things nowadays. Look at how their season is going. Maybe you should send that story to some Sox fans, it might brighten their day. You know, we should do all we can for the underprivileged.

    I hope you’ve been having a great birthday today, and here’s hoping the Yanks pull off the sweep for you!


  3. yankslove4life

    Lol. I don’t think it’s your fault that they haven’t won the Fall Classic since “The Day you Found the Pen”. Happy Birthday, by the way. Too bad the Yanks lost, though. Ah well, it was a good series!
    All the best,

  4. matttan7

    Happy Birthday, Virgina, I hope all went well. I see the Yankees losing as a minor set back. I think AJ Burnett will get things going for the Yanks again when they take on Vin Mazzaro and the Oakland Athletics. Another West coast stop and the Yankees are 3 wins and 1 loss into the trip.

    Matthew Tang

  5. ohy22xd

    Cool yet sad story you have there. Stupid pen. Haha! Happy birthday 🙂
    By the way, getting up close to David Eckstein was the greatest thing ever. If Francisco Cervelli was infront of you, I bet you can’t stop smiling for ten minutes. lol

  6. ibleedpinstripes

    I giggled a lot while I read this. You’re silly. Stop worrying about the pen & just worry about right now. You’re 16! You shouldn’t have a real care in the world until you’re at least 17… haha. We’re gonna get that title, don’t you worry! I’m not in with the curses either, like Beth. I mean honestly, look at how many teams are doing worse than our boys are… Oh wait, that’s everybody! I hope me making comments like this doesn’t come back to bite me in the tushie… LOL. But seriously Virginia, have no fear. Number 27 is so close I can smell it! Or is that just NY pollution…? Whatever. I smell something, so I’ll make believe it’s a title!

    – Lisa

  7. JQuist

    *You didn’t curse us lol – Seattle just got tired of getting beat up! So they fought back, and not even Ace could keep ’em quiet this time around… It’s all good. We took 3 of the 4, and now we’re on to Oakland. (Translation: ANOTHER SWEEP!?)

  8. mets4evah

    $100 says the bombers are gonna win it this year. I wish my Amazin’s had a shot but I’m afraid they just don’t. Still, better the Yanks than the Phils

  9. jesskcoleman

    Haha, great, great story, not many people have those great stories. I never enjoy stories, but this one was great! I once took a tour of the stadium as well, the first time you see a ballpark, its like nothing else. I remember when I sat in that dugout (I have a picture too!) what a feeling that was.

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