Ralphie Aversa

Episode 30: Live from Cooperstown

We bring you episode 30 with a special group of guests live from Cooperstown, New York. It’s a town as timeless as the game of baseball. Me and the three guys I traveled with have a round-table discussion this week about our experience at the 2019 National Baseball Hall of Fame Induction. We’ll give you the do’s, the don’ts and the tips as we prepare for a second trip next year in anticipation of Derek Jeter’s election.

A big thank you to Rob Valenti, Anthony Restaino and his father Anthony Sr. for hopping on the podcast from our backyard deck at the AirBnB we rented. It was a great trip to the HOF (and keep in mind, this was BEFORE we met Mariano Rivera) and you’ll hear why during the episode.

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Episode 29: The London Series, NYY Steak and More with a 24-Year Season Ticket Holder

So excited for the second-half of what is shaping up to be a special season in Yankees Universe. We return from the All-Star break by first letting you know where you can buy the now sold-out Yankees short-sleeve hoodie that the players and manager have been wearing as the temperatures warmed up.

Then we move to our guest this week – it’s his first time on but he’s no stranger to the podcast as we’ve mentioned him a number of times and he’s a regular listener. Eric Lipkind has been a Yankee season ticket holder for 24 years. We’ll find out the benefits of that, plus his thoughts on attending the London Series.

As always, thanks for rating/reviewing/subscribing wherever you found us. It means the world!

Episode 28: Johnny Damon, Roger Clemens And More

Well, this is a rather interesting episode. I spent the weekend (and the better part of Tuesday night/Wednesday) hosting social media content for Mohegan Sun, the awesome resort in Uncasville, Connecticut. On Saturday, Mohegan Sun opened “novelle,” a new supper club/hip spot to eat and drink. I hosted the live red carpet broadcast on the resort’s Facebook page. The big guest of honor was Khloe Kardashian. However, a number of other celebrities were in attendance as well, including former Yankee stars Johnny Damon and Roger Clemens.

You’ll hear from both “Johnny Rocket” and “Rocket” plus the super-talented singer Ciara. I know, you’re scratching your head as to why she would be included. Here’s a hint: she may have been at a Yankee win the night before. Here’s another: you may know her husband as both a Super Bowl-winning Quarterback and a Yankee minor league player.

A huge thank you to Mohegan Sun for not only having me but for allowing me to use this audio for the Pinstripe Lanes Podcast. And of course, thanks to you for rating/reviewing/subscribing and listening!

Episode 27: YES Network’s Jack Curry On Cone Book!

We start off episode 27 by filling you in on where I’ve been (specifically, inside some parts of Yankee Stadium that previously I hadn’t seen), offering our prayers to David Ortiz for his recovery and talking about a few recent Yankee hats I’ve purchased/received.

Then, it’s on to the main attraction on this week’s show: YES Network analyst Jack Curry. Of course, Jack co-authored “Full Count: The Education of a Pitcher” with David Cone. Jack and I talk about the book’s creation and some of its more interesting chapters.

By the way, I bought the book and highly recommend it. I’ll tell you why in this episode.

And as always, thanks for rating/reviewing/subscribing wherever you found us!

Episode 26: John Oliver’s Comments, Ticketing, New Merch!

Yankees Universe was a bit up-in-arms over recent light-hearted comments from TV host, comedian and Mets fan John Oliver during a recent Mets game on PIX11. We’ll run back those comments, plus explain Oliver’s recent history with the Yankees (and yours truly) in this episode.

Also, I sold a ticket on the Gametime app for the first time this past weekend – we’ll chat about that and some of the new merchandise hitting the field over the next few weeks.

Finally – a few thoughts this week on the Fanatics acquisition of Steiner Sports’ inventory and what it means for Yankee collectors moving forward.

As always, thanks for rating/reviewing/subscribing wherever you get us!

Episode 25: Seth Everett on MLB.com’s Early Days, Baseball’s Current Challenges And More

It’s been a fun week! I took a last-second trip to Baltimore on Monday to see the Yankees’ comeback win against the Orioles. Now, as we publish our new episode, we can celebrate a sweep heading in to the holiday weekend. The Yanks will play a 3-game series in Kansas City against the Royals.

Of course I’ll recap the trip, but the big news on the podcast this week is our guest: sports reporter/host Seth Everett. His career has lasted nearly 25 years and spanned everything from TV (ESPN’s “Baseball Tonight”) to radio (Westwood One’s Olympics coverage) to the web (Forbes, MLB.com). We’ll talk about those early days of MLB’s online platform (when, I also first met him), the current challenges facing baseball and much more.

Seth is also the host of two podcasts, “Sports With Friends” and “Hall Of Justice.” Follow him on Twitter @Seth_Everett.

And as always, thank you for rating/reviewing/subscribing!

Episode 24: SeatGeek, New Bars, 5Ks, Rain Delays Oh My!

Yours truly flying solo for episode 24 with a plethora of information in an abbreviated episode. I’ll tell you what it was like in the ballpark Monday for the rain delay/postponement of the game (and how I knew they weren’t playing), my new go-to bar on River Ave., why I bought from SeatGeek the other night and much more!

Also – a quick chat about the fantastic Damon Runyon Cancer Research 5K in Yankee Stadium last weekend. I ran it again this year and had a blast while of course celebrating a great cause.

As always, thank you for rating/reviewing/subscribing and let’s go Yankees!

Episode 23: Shaun Clancy, Owner Of Foley’s NY!

Any podcast that is taped in your favorite bar, interviewing the guy who owns the bar, while you’re drinking a pint from Bronx Brewery… is a good podcast!

Our string of fantastic guests continues this week with Shaun Clancy. He’s originally from Ireland, and opened Foley’s (18 West 33rd Street, between 5th/6th) 15 years ago. It’s billed as “An Irish Bar with a Baseball Attitude.” Named for sportswriter Red Foley, the establishment boasts one of baseball’s largest memorabilia collections outside of Cooperstown. There are 3900 signed balls in the bar, including one Clancy claims is his “holy grail” (listen to the podcast to find out the signature).

Fun fact: It’s also home to the “Irish American Baseball Hall of Fame.” Clancy explains on the episode how that came to be.

Foley’s is a great place to watch any game, especially when the Yankees are on. It’s a great establishment, and you’ll learn why as you hear Shaun talk about his vision for the business, why he recognizes the unsung heroes of baseball and his inspiration behind all of the charity work done at the bar.

Foley’s is open 11a-2a daily and the kitchen stays open relatively late most nights. Find them on social media @FoleyNY and if you pop in, find Shaun and say hello.

And as always, thank you for rating/reviewing/subscribing!

Episode 22: Rick Cerrone On Baseball Digest And Great Yankee Stories

In between a story or two about me spending 24 hours in Las Vegas this week, we welcome BACK on to the Pinstripe Lanes Podcast Rick Cerrone. Rick’s career in sports and media spans over four decades. He currently serves as the Editor-In-Chief for the legendary publication Baseball Digest.

Ed note: We taped this last week; the new edition that we speak of in this week’s episode is available now!

Of course, Rick also served as the Senior Director of Media Relations for the New York Yankees from 1996-2006. He shares a few stories from those days, including working with Derek Jeter, assisting in the planning of new Yankee Stadium and a few celebrities/public figures he encountered during his time in the Bronx.

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Episode 20: Mark Lobel On The Lobel’s USDA Prime Steak Sandwich

Can you believe New Yankee Stadium opened 10 years ago? We’ll be looking back on the new Stadium throughout the course of this season. For starters, the ballpark ushered in a new era of Stadium food (#YankeeStadiYUM). And when you talk about the food offerings in the venue, you simply have to begin and end with the iconic Lobel’s USDA Prime Steak Sandwich.

In this episode, we speak with Mark Lobel, co-owner of Lobel’s, about the family business, the partnership with both the Yankees and Legends Hospitality, future menu offerings and much, much more.

As always, thank you for rating/reviewing/subscribing wherever you get this podcast!