Now that June is in full swing, I thought it would be a great time to look back at an unforgettable month of May that I was so fortunate to enjoy with so many great people. The month couldn’t have started off any better than spending it at one of my favorite places ever…”The Duck Pond”, Bethpage Ballpark, home to the “Back 2 Back” Atlantic League Champion Long Island Ducks. On Friday May 2nd, the Ducks had their 2014 season home opener which included the championship ring ceremony celebrating the 2013 Atlantic League Championship. After being a part of that organization for 8 seasons, it was extremely special to go back for the first time as a fan. Of course, as they always have, the Long Island Ducks fans made my appearance unforgettable with and incredibly warm welcome when I was announced to get my championship ring. It was so great to see so many familiar faces, both fans and teammates, and I was extremely grateful to be able to share such a special night with my family and close friends who came out to cheer me on one last time. That night was another reminder of how awesome my 8 years with that organization really was. It truly was great to be back.
Following the Long Island Ducks 2014 Home Opener and Championship Ceremony, I had to start preparing for the the first ever live edition of our DIGMI DISCUSSIONS Interview Series, which featured New York Mets Opening Day starting pitcher Dillon Gee at the DIGMI NATION Store on Thursday May 8th. With the help of the entire DIGMI Team, this event turned out to be one of our best. The DIGMI NATION Store hosted a full house of guests which included New York Mets fans, local customers, little league baseball players, and the video crew from News 12 Long Island, who all came out to hear Dillon talk about his journey to the Major Leagues, what it is like to play for the New York Mets and compete in the Big Apple, and why the DIGMI brand resonates so strongly with him. It was an incredible experience for me to have the opportunity to sit down one on one with Dillon and conduct this live edition of our DIGMI DISCUSSIONS Interview Series. I can’t say enough about how honest and candid he was answering our questions and interacting with our guests. Dillon was kind enough to take time after the interview portion of the event to talk with News 12 Long Island, as well as sign autographs for all of our guests. And to close out the night, Dillon and his family spent some time and took some pictures with our DIGMI Street Team. We couldn’t have picked a better player and person for our first live edition of our DIGMI DISCUSSIONS Interview Series.
Things just kept rolling as the Month of May continued. Our DIGMI DISCUSSIONS Interview with Dillon Gee was followed by an exciting week of baseball in the New York City area, as the New York Mets and New York Yankees would go head to head in this years “Subway Series”. To help promote this battle of New York teams, MTV2’s show OFF THE BAT had another one of our friends and supporters, Eric Young Jr. of the Mets on as one of their special guests. During the episode which featured Fat Joe and the MLB Fan Cave crew competing in their special “Segway Series”, EY Jr. was seen rockin’ the new DIGMI Subway T-shirt the entire episode. This would be the first time that DIGMI was seen on an MTV produced show. It was awesome to see one of our designs on a platform like MTV, and gave myself and all those involved with the DIGMI dream a very well deserved sense of accomplishment. Big thanks to EY Jr. for being a good friend and supporter of “The Guy In The Tie”.
Everyone knows I love the month of May…probably because its my birthday month. For most of my life, I was always playing baseball on my birthday. Not this year. For the first time since I can remember, I was able to make plans and so something a little different. Ok, maybe not that different haha! I mean it really couldn’t be my birthday without being at the ballpark right? So this year, thanks to my beautiful wife, I had the coolest and best birthday ever. Steph knows how much of a Derek Jeter fan I am, and how I want to see him and Yankees play as much as I can as this is is the last season of his career. Knowing that, she surprised me with some Yankees tickets for my birthday…but not at Yankee Stadium. She got us tickets to see the Captain in Chicago at Wrigley Field against the Chicago Cubs. Cmon!!!! How sick is that. The New York Yankees playing in arguably the most historic baseball stadium ever. It was dream come true. This place was more than its cracked up to be. The ivy covered wall, the Wrigley rooftops, and Wrigleyville were just some of what made this place so special. Without question, this was the greatest birthday gift I have ever gotten (ok, maybe tied with my new Ford Mustang I got when I turned 17 haha). Chicago was a blast, and I had so much fun spending the week out in the Windy City. From watching Derek Jeter line a base hit to right field, sitting in the bleachers in center field underneath their iconic scoreboard (the same scoreboard that Roy Hobbs hit a home run off of in The Natural), to hanging with some great new friends, shopping up a storm, enjoying an incredible dining experience at RPM Italian, and enjoying some Chicago style pizza, our trip to Chi-Town was unforgettable. I can’t wait to go back. Thanks Niiii for an awesome birthday present.
And this great month of May ended with the two hugs I’ve been waiting for the most…finally got to see my two little sisters after months of being away at college and abroad in Italy. It was so good to see Amelia and Jennifer at my parents Memorial Day BBQ. I can’t believe how grown up they have become, and can’t say enough just how proud of them I am. It is safe to say that I am the world’s proudest big brother. I Absolutely love these two girls, and they were the perfect ending to an awesome month of May. Hoping the rest of the summer is just as memorable!