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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
It’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.
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.
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.
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″.
As March Madness sets in and sport’s 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.
Spring training is a Florida tradition that dates back to 1908. Every great player from Ruth to Mays has rounded the bases in cities like St. Petersburg, Sarasota, Bradenton, and Tampa. Currently, all but 6 major league teams call Florida their spring home.
For the past 8 years, Pete Vinci of the Vinci Co. has traveled south each March to mingle with players, coaches and coordinators, talk baseball, and show off the latest Vinci designs. Here are a few highlights from this years trip…
Monday March, 1st
Day one of spring training 2010: first stop, The Atlanta Braves Camp in Orlando. Pete toured the ESPN Wide World of Sports complex where he spoke with Justin Clift, the Braves’ minor league equipment coordinator, about the Vinci line.
Afterwards, Pete was off to Lakeland, Florida to visit with representatives of the Detroit Tigers organization.
Here’s Pete with Detroit Tiger’s hitting coach Andy Barkett. Andy is holding his signature Vinci glove (Model AB1974-L, a 12.75″ Limited Series glove now available in 3 colors). ” Lot’s of players have been asking me where I got this awesome looking glove,” says Barkett proudly, “I tell them, ‘ That’s (Pete Vinci’s) company and this is MY MODEL!’” Newly signed Detroit Tiger Johnny Damon praised the glove as “sweet looking” and jokingly asked Barkett if Vinci was an “Italian” company.
Joe DePastino (signature model JD1973-L) manager of the Michigan White Caps watches the Detroit Tigers on their training field before taking in a training game against Florida Southern College. (Final score: Tigers, 13. Florida Southern, 1)
Here’s Pete talking with Joe DePastino after the game as both wear their White Framed Vinci Sport Sun Glasses.
Check back as we post more highlights from Spring Training, 2010 in the coming weeks.
Everyone at Vinci would like to congratulate Carlos Torres on his award for the Triple-A starting pitcher of the year. Carlos pitched for both the Charlotte Knights and Chicago White Sox in the 2009 season. His first major league victory was an inter league game between the Chicago White Sox and the Chicago Cubs on September 3, 2009 at Wrigley field, where he pitched 7 shut out innings.
View the the article where Carlos won the MiLBY.
This only shows his minor league performance. Don’t you think we should highlight his major league performance, as well? The video below is of his first major league win. Way to go Bulldog!!
Vinci recently received recognition for supporting the 2009 Gwinnett Braves Grounds and Tarp Crew. Vinci has been a supporter of the Gwinnett Braves for over 5 years back when they were located in Richmond, Va and were known as the Richmond Braves. Since their transfer to Gwinnett county Georgia, we have continued to stay in contact with the team and staff.
We are very proud and honored to have received such a recognition. We will continue to support them and look forward to maintaining a strong relationship with the Gwinnett Braves and we wish them the best in all their future endeavors.
Carlos Torres pitched with a Vinci MV30 for the Chicago White Sox in the 2009 baseball season. We caught up with Torres to ask him a few questions on baseball, his life and his career.
Q: Who had the biggest influence on your career?
A-Like most men, their fathers were their biggest influence on their lives and careers. To tell you the truth, I never really like sports, it was the competition that I craved. When my father would get back home from work or after I would help him finish after practice, we would make sure to take time out to teach me the basics and anything else he could about sports. Drills and bullpens were usually our thing. That was really the only thing that was ours. In high school I wanted to stop playing a few times but never did because that was how my father and I shared feelings and emotions. And the only time I felt that if I didn’t keep playing he wouldn’t love me anymore, and so I kept at it. Waking up at 4:30 with me father to go to work and come back at 10 most nights was a lesson I never really understood until 2 years ago. It was his dedication to his family and his love for us that kept him working those long hours, picking up extra routes and never seeing the doctor because ” It doesn’t matter if I am sick”. That is dedication and hardworking. If there is anything someone I know will say about me it would have to be that I work hard and am dedicated. Lessons successfully learned from my father without knowing it. And I hope that while I am sitting here telling my daughter I love her everyday, that she might learn those same lessons from me that I learned from my father.
Q: What is your favorite baseball memory?
A- Don’t really have one. All of little league if I have to say. It was one of the few times you played because it was fun and pure.
Q: If you could play alongside any baseball player of all time who would it be?
A- Mariano Rivera. Not only because he is the most dominant reliever in the history of the game(dispite the number of saves Hoffman has) but he does it with one pitch. He throws one pitch and says “good luck”. Its a personality or ego that makes some people jump around like monkeys when theycollect a save. Maybe they strike out a guy and its “Lima time!” Rivera isn’t like that. He has the personality to throw one pitch at you and dare you to hit it, but give thanks to everyone but himself when in actuality, he is the main reason the Yankees are who they are with him on the team. Evidence was the playoffs this year. You can’t help but cheer for a ballplayer who is a hall of fame man, and player. I would love to learn from him.
Q: What is your favorite baseball movie of all time?
A-Sandlot. Just because those were the time where baseball was the best
Q: Growing up, who was your favorite baseball team?
A- I cheered for the A’s. And to tell you the truth I was a fan up until about 9 years ago. 9 years ago a few of my friends an I went to a Giants and A’s game at the A’s field. We were sharing stories and reminicing on the old days when before we knew it we got into an accident. The hood was crushed and anti-freeze leaked out and we were only 5 exits from the stadium. After exchanging information, we look off for the exit and found out that it is hard for a car to start without fluid to cool it down. We started the car on accident, headed to the on ramp with friends jumping in the sun roof out of fear of the car not starting if we stopped. We made it to the exit before we ditched the car in bushes off the highway, jumped into a car with a woman who was going to a Rave and tring to convince us it was Way better than the game, and made a mad dash from the light to the gate, just in time for the 2nd inning. With a mixed group of friends, we sat in our seats and got yelled at by A’s fans, for cheering. I tried peacefully to explain I was an A’s fan to friends who liked the Giants but after a few fights, I decided I was going to be a Giants fan and try to beat up all the A’s fans. Push comes to shove, it was an adventure that ends with the same car we ditched taking us to within an hour of our house and a few scuffles and now I’m a Giants fan.
Q: What is your favorite food to eat while at a baseball game?
A- As a kid I never had money to eat when we actually got a chance to go to a game. The game was reward enough, but watching games everyday I find it is the only time I eat seeds. Those are very baseball to me. Real food would be any sandwich or gatorade.
Q: If you were to pitch against any player of all time, who would it be and how would you pitch to him?
A-Barry Bonds. Despite whatever opinion anyone has about him, he is the greatest hitter that anyone alive has seen to date. I saw him get walked with 2 outs in the 9th inning, up by 2 and BASES LOADED!!! They literally walked in a run to not have to pitch to Barry Bonds which meant they were only up by one now with the bases still loaded. A man who averaged a home run every 12 swings of the bat, and who had more walks by himself then most teams. I have always wanted to see him in his prime, bat against Mariano Rivera in his prime. That would have been a matchup of a lifetime to see. Its a personality thing that would force me to challenge him. A healthy dose of fastballs and cutters is what I would throw him backdoor, inside and if I’m ahead then a curve but not unless I am. It wouldn’t be a pitch to him kind of at bat, kind of a throw, my number one and second best pitch and see what happens.
We at Vinci hold only the highest regard for Carlos and wish “Bulldog” good luck and prosperity.
CNN Small Business featured an article
about Vinci and how we broke into
the big leagues!
We are thrilled to be getting major media recognition. We also have a featured article in the upcoming November Fortune Small Business magazine.
“Vinci has cracked the big leagues, becoming the only glove manufacturer with less than $10 million in annual revenues to attract major league players.”
The article discusses how two of our Vinci-equipped players, Vladimir Nunez of the the Atlanta Braves and Carlos Torres of the Chicago White Sox, have both moved to the majors and brought their Vinci baseball gloves with them.
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