After a successful launch last week with special guest Frank Catalanotto, the Italian American Baseball Foundation (IABF) Spaghetti & Baseballs Facebook Livestream hosts Chris Colabelloand Natalie Spedaliere welcome Chicago Cubs coaches Mike Napoli and Anthony Iapoce on Thursday, June 4, 2020 at 2 pm (EDT).  Mike Napoli has been a friend of the IAB...

Baseball is the family business, but whenever Dante Girardi’s playing days are over, he has a different career in mind: Fashion. To borrow a line from ZZ Top, Girardi, 18, said he grew up admiring some of baseball’s “sharp dressed men” such as Starlin Castro and Aroldis Chapman. Those players, who competed for Girardi’s father, former New York Yank...

Ever wanted to take a cooking class instructed by a renowned chef with one of your favorite Cubs players? Now’s your chance. Anthony Rizzo will put his culinary skills to the test on May 29.  In a Zoom cooking session, the Cubs first baseman will prepare Italian dishes under Chef Giuseppe Tentori‘s tutelage. Tentori, chef and owner of GT Fish & Oys...

The Italian American Baseball Foundation (IABF), a registered 501(c)(3) charity that is committed to the future of baseball and softball for Italians and Italian Americans, announces the inaugural IABF Spaghetti and Baseballs podcast on the IABF Facebook page beginning on Thursday, May 28, 2020 at 2 pm (EDT). IABF ambassador and MLB veteran Frank C...

Neil Thomas Proto has written a new book about former Yale University president and Commissioner of Major League Baseball, Bart Giamatti, titled Fearless: A. Bartlett Giamatti and the Battle for Fairness in America.  During Mr. Proto’s active and accomplished career as a lawyer, author, and teacher, he had engaged in extensive research, writing, an...

Every year, either on April 25 or Memorial Day, We the Italians visit Nettuno's Sicily-Rome American Cemetery to celebrate and pay respect to the American soldiers who helped liberate Italy. Last June 4, We the Italians laid a wreath at the cemetery on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Rome. It is a sacred place of peace and...

The JBB, a website dedicated to U.S. Junior College Baseball, recently revealed the 2020 JBB All-Americans and included 21-year-old Italian-born and developed catcher Giulio Monello as a member of the Second Team All-Americans. In his second year playing for the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division I Odessa Wranglers in Tex...

Per lanciatore dominare un’avversario con un strikeout é il massimo della perfezione, immaginiamo infliggerne 27 in una sola gara. Per il giocatore che compie quest’impresa é come arrivare al settimo cielo, se leggessimo una notizia del genere inmediatamente pensiamo che la sua squadra avrò portato a casa la vittoria. Ma la storia che stiamo per ra...

I’ve always loved spring training. It’s one of my favorite times of year. It just has a slower pace, a softer edge. It’s friendly. And it’s all about baseball — and I love baseball.  But this year it was a little bit tougher, more of a grind to get through every day. I’ve been to spring training with the Orioles in Sarasota every year since 2014, b...

Glance at Dan Fiorito’s bio in the Yankees’ media guide and it reads like a New York baseball love story. Born in Yonkers, where he still lives; Fordham Prep in The Bronx for high school; Manhattanville College in Purchase; four seasons as a Yankees minor league player; two as a coach and one as a manager in the Gulf Coast League. The memories burn...