For those who don’t frequent Yankee Stadium, Bald Vinny is the guy who sits in the bleachers for every game and leads the “Roll Call,” during which everybody chants a player’s name and the player acknowledges the attention with a wave of the glove (or, in Damon’s case, something more demonstrative). Watch.
The Voice of Yankees Universe blog just posted an interview with Bald Vinny (I’m so glad nobody calls me Blonde Jane) and you can read it here. Presumably, he got to be famous for having a really loud voice and waving his arms in the air. He also sells T-shirts with “Bleacher Creature” on them.
I’m sure every stadium has its characters – from John Adams, the drummer at Progressive Field, to that guy who plays the bagpipes outside the Rogers Centre. Here I am with Yankee Stadium’s legendary Freddy the Pan Man, who is either adorable or annoying depending on your perspective.
So here’s my question. If I show up at a lot of games with the She-Fan Cam and pester enough patrons, will I become a Stadium fixture like Bald Vinny? Because I’ll be honest. I’m jealous of Bald Vinny. I want to sit in the bleachers and lead chants and have the players wave to me. I do.
There’s just one problem. I’m not willing to shave my head and look like this.