Monday, March 24, 2014

Help Wanted!

Greetings, Yankee friends, and happy Spring!

Been a while since I got to fire up the old blog machine, and I have a ton to fill you in on. For those of you that don't follow me here here or here (and seriously, if you don't, how did you wind up here?) there was some big news this past few weeks.....I got a full time job.

I'm a sales rep for a large liquor distributor and I have a territory on Long Island. Obviously, this is going to change a few things for me for the upcoming season, hence the need for this post (don't you love how I always get right to the point?).

I'm looking to hire someone to help me run the House of Tees on a daily basis at the stadium. Along with my new career, my right hand man George also got himself a big boy job and won't be returning this summer.

Ideally, I'm  looking for someone who lives either close to the Bronx by car, or somewhere in the boroughs accessible by public transportation (trust me, as cool as this job is, you're not going to want to drive in from Long Island or Connecticut every day.) and is comfortable in a fast paced selling environment.

There is a little bit of heavy lifting, as you will be expected to set up/break down the shop daily.

Evening games, the store opens at 4pm  and on Day Games we open by 10a (sometimes earlier, depending on the day)

There is a daily minimum "shift pay" per game, however if a (very attainable) sales goal is reached, you'll earn on a commission (sell more, make more)

You'll also be responsible for a daily inventory (both in and out) as well as minor restocking as necessary.

In a perfect world, I'd like to find just one person to fill this spot, but the schedule is quite difficult (one week on, one week off) that I'd be open to filling the spot with two people for ease.

Just to be clear: YOU DO NOT GET TO GO TO THE GAME. This job is located on River Ave and you'll be expected to stay at the shop from open to close. You'll have several hours of downtime during the game in which food breaks will be available.

I've reached out to my inner circle, hoping to find someone that I know and trust, but that has not been fruitful. Therefore, I'm opening the net a little wider and asking for your help. If you (or someone you can vouch for) would be a good fit for this, please feel free to leave a comment here or contact me privately through FaceBook orTwitter with any questions.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

The Big Fundraiser

What's up, Yankee fans? Hope you are all enjoying your off-season so far.

Got a new project that I'm working on, and I need your help. I can't really get into specifics just yet. It's top secret. But it's something that I've wanted to do for a few years now, I just have not had the opportunity to work on it.

This is where you come in.

In order to make this happen, I need some funds. I'm not really looking for a venture capitalist, and this isn't the type of project suited for Kickstarter. I'm going to go about this the old fashioned way, by selling things.

Therefore, I am happy to announce the BIGGEST sale in Bald Vinny's House of Tees History:

The HALF-OFF Sale.

That's right. You can enjoy up to 50% off EVERYTHING in the store for the next week. No coupon codes are necessary. Discounts are shown on the site and are effective immediately. Most tees are just TEN BUCKS and you can even get a few shirts for just FIVE DOLLARS!

In addition, I expect that I'll be digging into my archives and selling off some of the crap, errr....I mean collectibles, that have been taking up space in my basement for years. Keep an eye out on Facebook and Twitter for some interesting memorabilia auctions!


So start your holiday shopping now at BaldVinny.com and help me begin my quest on this new project (I hope to be able to share details in a few weeks)

As always, I thank you for your support.

Monday, September 23, 2013

Contest: Where do YOU TiqIQ?

New York Sports Fans, Win $500 in Tickets from TiqIQ.com! COMMENT a location in New York where you use your TiqIQ (anywhere, be creative). Include a PHOTO for extra credit.

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Rules: The top 3 entries from participating cities will be chosen by TiqIQ.com and announced Monday, October 7th. Deadline: Sunday, October 6th, 11:59PM.

1st Place: $250 in tickets to any event on TiqIQ.com
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Wednesday, August 28, 2013

A Birthday Wish

This season I have partnered with TiqIQ to bring you '81 days in 203'. a series of articles breaking down the life of a super fan. '81 days in 203' articles will be featured on various Yankees blogs within the TiqIQ network of blogs and will be posted throughout the 2013 season. They now offer tickets directly from the Yankees ticket exchange, the official resale marketplace of the New York Yankees.




Let me start this post by saying that I'm not a fan of Birthdays.

Unless you are like, ten years old, you should not be making a big deal about the day you came into this world (notable exceptions for the 18th and 21st, but that's about it). 30 isn't really a milestone, and 40 is the new 30. If you clock in at 50, go ahead, you deserve to celebrate.

And don't get me started on the people who insist on having "birthday weeks" or taking the day off from work on their Birthday!

But I digress.....

The point is, I'm not really into making a big deal about Birthdays, especially my own. However this year, my birthday falls the day before the final Regular Season home game of the year (September 25th) and I think I have an opportunity to actually make myself happy on my birthday.....

Therefore, I am declaring the September 25th game against the Rays to be #BanTheWave Night at The Stadium




It's pretty well known how much I despise The Wave, so I thought that maybe for ONE DAY this year, The Stadium could go Wave Free. I know it's a tall task, but if I get the word out early enough, I think we could succeed!

Of course, you can't have a promotional night without some sort of promotion. So, I've ordered 500 #BanTheWave buttons that we'll be giving out all night long at Bald Vinny's House of Tees to help spread our message (there might be another huge surprise in store as well!)

This would also be the perfect time (hint, hint) to sport the brand new #BanTheWave tee and, if you order before September 15th, the shirt SHIPS FREE! (Happy Birthday to YOU!)

So, please spread the word to anyone you know going to the game on September 25th. I know Section 203 has The Wave shut-down, but we're going to need plenty of sleeper cells in the other sections to make sure The Wave STOPS Here!


Thank you in advance for helping stomp out this terrible epidemic. With your support, we can be sure The Wave ends once and for all!

If you need tickets to the 9/25 game, my buddies at TiqIq have you covered. Check out the available tickets here



Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Matt Fortese/Stand For the Silent

This season I have partnered with TiqIQ to bring you '81 days in 203'. a series of articles breaking down the life of a super fan. '81 days in 203' articles will be featured on various Yankees blogs within the TiqIQ network of blogs and will be posted throughout the 2013 season. TiqIQ now offers tickets directly from the Yankees ticket exchange, the official resale marketplace of the New York Yankees.



Not gonna lie to you guys.

I've been putting off the writing of this blog for the better part of a month now. I've constantly made excuses for myself and just plain ignored it at times, but I've finally carved time in my evening to sit down and get this epic blog out of my system.

As I mentioned, this all started about a month ago. I woke up one morning to a Tweet linking me to a news story out of Baltimore. It was about a Yankee fan, Matt Fortese, who had gone to an Orioles/Nationals game with his girlfriend. Like most Yankee fans, Matt wore his team colors in enemy territory. However, Matt paid a terrible price for doing so.

The article described how Matt and his girlfriend were taunted all game by two (presumably drunk) Baltimore fans. It escalated to the point of an altercation, which found Matt on the wrong side of angry punch. He went head over heels over a railing, cracking his skull rendering him unconscious. Additional reports include the two men spitting on Matt as he lay motionless on the floor.

The story immediately hit me hard. How many times have I been in almost that exact situation? Like most of you, I rep my Yankees gear home and away, in season or not. I have been to NUMEROUS ballparks where the taunting has gone just a bit too far and I have seen way too many fights over the game of baseball. Granted, these were in my more youthful days, but it seems that little has changed over the years.

So, I sat on this story for a few weeks. I didn't quite know what to say. I mean, was comment really necessary? Could anyone NOT see the absolutely abhorrent behavior of those two fans?  What was I goint to add to the story? I wasn't going to get on a moral soapbox. Lord knows I've done more than my fair share of taunting and teasing. It wasn't until just this past week, when I met Kirk Smalley during a HOPE Week event, that I knew how to bring it all together.

Kirk is the dad of an 11 year old boy, Ty. Ty was, by all accounts, a good kid that was fun to be around. Except for some reason, he was the subject of bullying at school. The bullying got so intense over a two year period that finally, one day, Ty fought back. As Kirk told the audience, "it's always the second guy who gets caught", and Ty was the one caught fighting. He got the punishment, and was sent home to a suspension. It was during this suspension, home and alone, that Ty took his own life.

Kirk's message was emotional, to say the least. As a parent, some of the stories he was telling of other children who had been bullied was just heart wrenching. He told of a six year old girl who was so afraid to go to school for fear of a bully that not only did she tell her mother that she wanted to take her own life, she had a plan in her mind on how to do so. SIX years old....

My daughter is five.

Needless to say, I was moved.

Kirk, and his group Stand For The Silent, travel all around the world hosting assemblies for hundreds of schoolchildren to educate them about the terrible, real-life consequences of bullying. As I stood in The Great Hall, looking at the faces of not only kids, but many adults, fighting back tears, I somehow thought of Matt Fortese.

In a very real way, Matt was the subject of bullying in the same way Kirk's son Ty was. Instead of daily torment at school over a two year span, this happened in less time than it takes to play a baseball game. A lot of things became very clear to me at that moment, and I hope it's doing the same for you right about now.

We've all been a part of some intense baseball rivalries, and nothing that I say here is going to influence you one way or another the next time Boston comes to town. But I really do encourage you to check out Kirk's message and perhaps he'll change your perspective a little bit, just as he's changed mine.

When I first heard Matt's story, I reached out to a few of his friends in Baltimore to see how I could help. I never met the kid, probably never will, but just felt the need to stand behind another Yankee fan during a difficult time. The guy was in bad shape, he'd spent a few weeks in a hospital, but thankfully is now home beginning the long recovery process.

His family is left with a ton of hospital bills, so to help raise some money, I'm hosting a few eBay auctions that I hope you'll take a look at (and bid excessively on!)

First up is my token donation for any fundraiser: An evening for two in Section 203 of the Right Field Bleachers at Yankee Stadium. Winner will hang out with me during Roll Call and each guest will get their choice of shirt from Bald Vinny's House of tees. To make this one even better, our good friends at the Hard Rock Cafe at Yankee Stadium have donated a gift voucher for dinner and non alcoholic drinks for two (for up to $150).

The next item has been donated by my good friend "Yankee Vic" and comes from his extensive personal collection. It is a very rare 2000 Subway Series/World Series commemorative envelope signed by Mariano Rivera (included is a Steiner Certificate of Authenticity). The envelope is in pristine condition AND is stamped by the Subway Series Station in the Bronx Dated October 21, 2000.


Next up is a Tino Martinez signed baseball, courtesy of my good friend and right hand man, George Brew. Also culled from his personal collection, this Tino autograph is housed in a great display case ready for any collection.


Finally, the big one. The show stopper. Pretty much the coolest thing I ever laid eyes on, is a hand painted original Mariano Rivera painting by Internationally known artist Craig Mahoney. If you don't know Craig's talent, you are missing out (and can catch up here). Craig gained recent fame for his "Grown Up Calvin And Hobbes" and his art/comedy can be found all over New Jersey. Craig was awesome enough to donate this 36"x24" acrylic on canvas masterpiece (additional "in progress" photos can be seen in the listing)



You can see any of the auctions here, or by clicking the links above.

Thanks, and be kind to each other :-)


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Tuesday, June 18, 2013

New Contest: Win $100 in Ticket Credit

BOOM!

Been gone from the blog scene for a week or so, but I'm back with a SWEET contest from our pals over at TiqIQ.

This is a super simple contest to enter. Just head over to the contest page and enter your name, email address and mention your favorite 2013 Yankee moment to date to be entered

SO simple, right?

There are no wrong answers, so be creative!

And be sure to pass the contest link to your friends!

One winner will be chosen among entries to win $100 worth of ticket credit to ANY upcoming Yankee game!




Don't forget, TiqIQ is your BEST source for all events! Click here for New York Yankees tickets.

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Be Prepared

This season I have partnered with TiqIQ to bring you '81 days in 203'. a series of articles breaking down the life of a super fan. '81 days in 203' articles will be featured on various Yankees blogs within the TiqIQ network of blogs and will be posted throughout the 2013 season. TiqIQ now offers tickets directly from the Yankees ticket exchange, the official resale marketplace of the New York Yankees.



You never know when opportunity arises, so it's always best to be prepared.

As I'm sure most of you know I operate a small t-shirt company with a retail location outside of Billy's Sports Bar on River Ave across from the old stadium. On Thursday and Friday of this week, our good friend Michael Kay was broadcasting his show from the newly renovated VIP area inside Billy's.

His guest for Friday's show was long time friend of The Creatures (and pretty much one of my most favorite people of all time) David Cone. Once we finished setting up my shirt stand, I went to park my van, and flipped on ESPN Radio to check out Coney's interview.

After a few minutes of banter, Cone commented on how enormous the inside of Billy's is, claiming that they could have a whiffle ball game right there by the bar. Cone's request went something like this:

"If you are at the stadium and could bring a whiffle ball and bat to Billy's Sports Bar RIGHT NOW, I want to face off against Don (LaGreca, Michael's co-host on the show)"

Now, I'm not sure how many people were listening, or were by the stadium, OR had a wiffle ball and bat to lend.....but I did!

I practically live out of my van in the summer, and it just so happened that I had a bat and ball buried under boxes of tees (the bat was easy to find, the ball a little tougher).

I hustled down to the bar, passed off the items, and had a front row view as Coney warmed up to face Don (sorry the pictures kinda suck):

discussing grip selection with The Twins



He's still got it

I tried to get some video of the actual at-bat, but it came out pretty crappy so I'll spare you guys. But it was a ton of fun. And, in the end, I scored one of the most unique autographs to add to my collection:

Whiffle Ball Bat signed by Michael Kay, Don LaGreca and David Cone