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Spring Training 2010:Continued

Monday, March 22nd, 2010

As March Madness sets in and sports fans across the nation focus their attention towards college hoops, The Vinci Company is busy making the rounds at another March tradition – Big League Baseball – The Spring Training version.

For the past 8 years, Pete Vinci of the Vinci Company has traveled south every March to mingle with players, coaches and coordinators; talk baseball; and show off some of the latest Vinci designs. Here are a few more highlights from this years trip…

Wednesday, March 3rd

03092010VladNunezIt’s day three of spring training 2010 and its back to Orlando for the first Atlanta Braves training game of the season. It was a chilly 50 degrees in the ESPN Wide World of Sports Stadium as the Braves defeated the New York Mets.

Atlanta relief pitcher Vlad Nunez warms up with his Braves teammates. Vlad wore his Vinci VN-75 glove for the game.

During the game, Pete spoke with iconic former New York Mets manager (and current ESPN contributor) Bobby Valentine. The two discussed the good old days playing high school ball against each other in New York. Once, down 10-0 in the ninth, Valentine hit a home run on a Vinci 0-2 fastball down the middle. Pete never made that mistake again!

Thursday, March 4th

Clearwater, FLA: New York Yankees vs. Philadelphia Phillies. After a thirty-minute wait for a world famous Philly Cheesesteak (time well spent), Pete watched from behind the Yankees dugout as New York lost a close one to the Phillies.

Baseball icons in attendance that day included Yankees legends Reggie Jackson and Yogi Berra. After the game Pete went to dinner with Mr. Berra where they happily talked about food, family, and of course, baseball.

03092010NYYOfficeFriday, March 5th

Tampa, FLA: New York Yankees training camp at Legends Field.

Pete took time to appreciate “fine art” in his spare time. This “Bronx Bombers” tribute sculpture welcomes visitors to the Yankees offices.

03062010WoodySaylorPete also spoke with Woody, a Yankees spring training security guard from Pennsylvania.

Here, Woody shows off his Vinci Baseball Pullover that he wears as he watches out for the Yankees players. (The baseball pullover is available in black and red.)

That’s all for today, check back  for the final installment of “Vinci Spring Training, 2010″.

Vladimir Nunez Vinci Glove Debut

Monday, July 20th, 2009

nunezkissglove July 2008.  The Atlanta Braves were playing the Washington Nationals. It was a Saturday night. With Vladimir Nunez being a reliever, we weren’t sure if he would get into the game. Well, he did, and guess what? He wore Vinci. We had initially seen him warming up in the bullpen, and as he stepped up to the rubber he actually kissed the baseball glove. He knew he was the first person to wear Vinci in the Majors. He knew the story of Benjamin Vinci and the story behind it all. It was a very emotional night that really meant a lot to us.

Thank you Vladimir


One year ago the first Major League player used a Vinci glove in the Majors. His name is Vladimir Nunez, a right handed pitcher from Cuba who pitched for the Atlanta Braves. Even though other players have used Vinci in the minors, none of them used Vinci once they made the majors. But Nunez is different. After all, he  came here to play ball. After getting to know Vlad he has very good family values. Vladimir is a throw back type of person big on principles. When we saw him using his Vinci glove on TV it brought tears to my eyes as I thought about my Dad, whose signature is on every glove. Then I thought about Vladimir ‘s Dad and thought to myself he’s doing this for all the Dads that are great fathers to their sons. What would my Dad say to Vladimir? He would say, “You did great, kid!”

Vladimir Nunez with Vinci Glove

Vladimir Nunez with Vinci Glove

Congratulations to Wilkin Ramirez for Promotion to Major Leagues

Wednesday, May 20th, 2009

Wilken Ramirez First major league Game 5/20/09 First Major League hit, a HOME RUN!

Congratulations to Wilkin Ramirez on getting called up to the Major Leagues by the Detroit Tigers.

Tigers Call Up Ramirez

Tigers Call Up Wilkin Ramirez

From the Detriot Tigers article:

Unless he makes a pinch-hit or substitution appearance on Tuesday night, he’s expected to make his Major League debut Wednesday against Rangers left-hander Matt Harrison.

For the season, Ramirez is batting .316 with the Mud Hens, with five home runs, 13 RBIs, 23 runs scored and 14 stolen bases in 17 attempts. That includes a 12-for-22 tear since May 8, with four homers and six RBIs. He had a two-homer, four-hit game on Saturday at Charlotte, then went 3-for-3 with another homer and a stolen base on Sunday.

We at Vinci just want to say we are so happy for him. He is a great person who plays the game hard and with a lot of heart.

Way to go Wilkin!