Bald Vinny….Freddy the Pan Man….She-Fan?

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.
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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.
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27 Comments

I thought the Bald Vinny video was awesome. I imagine his seats will be the same at the new Yankee Stadium What a thrill it is to see the players acknowledge the fans. By the way, I am so glad that you do not want the Britney look.
Aaron
http;//mlbtribefan.mlblogs.com

Great video Jane! Is that one that you had or did you find that? I too am glad you don’t want to look like bald Britney.
Bob
http://nyyankeesrumors.com

Jane, My first trip to Yankee Stadium was last year in September. I was sitting in the bleachers very close to Bald Vinny. I had bought my ticket online from a Yankee season ticket holder who went beyond selling me the tickets. She told me what to do, where to leave my backup, to look for bold Vinny, etc. My friend had bought her ticket before me and I was telling her what was going to happen before the game started. she was like “how do you know this?” lol. I just went back to check how many emails I have from her.. 24! Thank you for reminding me of her. I will send her an email now.
emma
http://crzblue.mlblogs.com/

I think every stadium has one – though I’m not really sure that Fenway Park has some one quite like Vinny!

Julia
http://werbiefitz.mlblogs.com/

Yeah every stadium has their authentic individuals. We have three: the Cowbell Kid ( who the Yankee announcers hate with a passion), the Heckler ( he might not be able to pay for his $ 15,000 season ticket this year), and the Sign Lady ( she is always making signs even during the game.).

It is some of the spice that makes baseball better to watch than football. The small groups of people who band together at every stadium in the country to rpovide some form of vocal support are the backbone of the team’s spirit.

Believe me, they can hear you in the dugout when you scream and chant. It can either fire them up, or be an annoyance to their eardrums. Oops, dropped my cowbell again.

Rays Renegade

http://raysrenegade.mblogs.com

Jane and Renegade – Thanks. Now you two are making me want to go to the ballpark more! I love when the crowd gets into it. I’m sure the home team does too. I think every team has a few loud fans that rile everyone up…that’s what it’s all about. Fun!
Canuck
http://watercooler.mlblogs.com

I just received a email response from my ticket contact in New York! She said she will send me pics of the new Yankee stadium soon. Maybe I’ll send her a link to my blog. That trip to New York, took me afterwards to Pittsburgh to watch my beloved Bums. It was a crazy short trip.

Emma
http://crzblue.mlblogs.com/

Eww, bald was really not a good look for Twitney, she’s got kind of a lumpy head. Don’t know if the Phillies necessarily have a single well-known fan. Various players seemed to end up with fan groups – the one I always think of was the Wolf Pack (for Randy Wolf). There used to be a guy in the old Vet Stadium who would yell really loud “Everybody Hits! Woo Hoo!” Of course the Vet Stadium crowds were not always very big so it was easy to hear him, even on the TV broadcasts. BTW, Jane, I just posted my visit to Yankee Stadium – you’ll be pleased with the outcome of the game I saw.
Sue
Rants, Raves, and Random Thoughts

I need to make a Yankee game in NY before I die. lol

~ King of Cali
http://kingofcali.mlblogs.com/

Yes, every ballpark has characters that make the joint unique. We used to have Wally the Beerman (who was technically a vendor, but he seemed more like a fan), but sadly he passed away a little while ago. The Dome just won’t be the same without him.Speaking of domes, you could probably pull off the “Sigourney Weaver” look if your head isn’t as lumpy as Britney’s. -Erinhttp://plunking-gomez.mlblogs.com

Great video Jane, this is John Bonini form over at Voice of Yankee Universe. Although I do not think you should shave your head, some women have pulled it off. Ehem, G.I. Jane.

Jane,
Forget shaving your head. It would be just as memorable if you went to every game with your hair like Olivia Newton John’s at the end of Grease.
Hey, there’s an idea…And every time Mo strikes someone out you could lead the crowd in, “You’re the one that I want!”.
Well, I think it’s a good idea.
-Letsgoyankees

C’mon, Blonde Jane, a bald head is nothing that a pink Yankees hat couldn’t cover up (pink for Julia’s benefit, of course)! 😉 I couldn’t stay up for your interview last night (training for a marathon so I need all the sleep I can get!), but Canuck said it was great! Sorry I missed it! Do you know if it’s archived anywhere? Have a great weekend!

Scott
http://fotr.mlblogs.com

Jane,
You don’t have to shave your head! Everyone will come up with a great name for you!
-Elizabeth
http://redsoxgirl46.mlblogs.com

when I went last year to the Yankee Stadium, I was sitting far away from the bleachers, but my feet were itching to be there… my friends who went with me, it was the first Yankee game at Yankee Stadium, they couldn’t believe I knew the chants. There even was moment when they stared at me as if a head was growing out my forehead. I guess they had figured out I wasn’t lying about being a Yankee fan lol…

Oh my … you should watch the last roll call of 2008.. awesome… I just remembered being mad one day with Melky… he missed catching an easy fly out ball for signaling the creatures.. (or was it Ro-bin-son?)

Aaron, I think the bleachers will have a slightly different configuration in the new Stadium, but I’m sure Bald Vinny will be there with his chants no matter what.

Bob, I just pulled the video off YouTube. They had quite a few to choose from.

Emma, what a bonus that the person you bought the tix from gave you the whole scoop about what goes on in the bleachers. It’s quite a show, isn’t it?

I’m sure Fenway has its version of Vinny, Julia. There’s one in every crowd, as they say.

Renegade, the Heckler at the Trop has some pair of lungs. You can hear him when you watch the games on TV, but I was really amazed when I was there and he was sitting across the aisle. He’s louder than a cowbell any day.

I love when the crowd gets into the fun, Canuck. The chants at Yankee Stadium are special because the players get into them too.

I’ll go check out your Yankee Stadium post, Sue. Looking forward to it.

Yes, you do need to go to YS, King – hopefully LONG before you die!

Sorry about Wally the Beerman, Erin. I’ll be sad when Freddy the Pan Man goes, I’m sure. Not sure if I’d have a lumpy head like Britney, but I hope I don’t have to find out.

Hey, John. I think I’ll let Vinny be the bald one for now!

I’d love to be the official “Mo Chanter,” Letsgoyankees. I cheer for him at home whenever he strikes someone out, so I could just as easily do it at the Stadium.

You’re training for a marathon, Scott? Wow. I’m impressed. I have to force myself to do my five mile beach walk. I’m sorry you missed the interview too, but it was better that you got your sleep. No idea if it’s archived. I should probably check.

Thanks, Elizabeth. I’m keeping my hair, so don’t worry.

It’s so much fun to chant along with the Bleacher Creatures, Latinyankeerebel, no matter where you’re sitting. And you’re right about the final roll call of 2008. I almost posted it instead, but it made me too sad. And I think it was Cano who missed the ball because he was acknowledging the chant.

I’ve been a lifelong Yankee. But I never knew about the Roll Call until last spring in May when I went with my entire family and my brother explained that to me.

Chalk that one up on my deafness. Not that I’m using that as an excuse, I just don’t HEAR the Roll Call.

Seeing that video was awesome, and gave me goose bumps. I can’t wait for my first visit to the Stadium on May 2!

May 2nd? You’ll be going to the Stadium on my birthday, Ckaftan! I’m so jealous. Give the place a big hello from me!

Jane,
you can do whatever you put your mind to. You’re already an accomplished author, what the hell? Right?
I visited Yankee stadium last September and sat in the right field bleachers. The “roll call” experience was one of the coolest things I have ever been involved in as a baseball fan. I didn’t know who it was at the time, but I remember Bald Vinny and the rest of the crazies in the bleachers! A truly great experience.
“Happy”

http://thehappyyoungster.mlblogs.com/

The roll call is a lot of fun, Happy. Glad you got to the Stadium last fall and experienced it. Only in the Bronx, right?

Jane I am sure if you set up the She-Fan cam right outside Gate 4 entrance you too would get as many people stopping by as Bald Vinny does for his t shirts and you wold not even need to go bald just make a sign like Freddie (I still want to know how he gets ino every game maybe you could find that out).

Also after today’s game I might have to add that annoying person screaming in the background to the annoying people at the park list.

I heard that annoying person too, gcf! I did ask Freddy how he gets into every game and he said, “The Yankees made me an honorary guest.” It should only happen to me. Good idea about setting up the She-Fan cam outside Gate 4. (I love that entrance because I always buy my turkey sandwich at that Arthur Ave deli right inside.) It would be a fun gig for sure.

Hi, Jane …

The video of the Bleacher Creatures roll call made me feel like I was right there with all the fans during the beginning of that game !!! … I never watched a game in the bleachers during all my visits to Yankee Stadium througout the years … So, maybe at the new Stadium I will attend a game out in the bleachers? [those may be the only seats available] !!! … And, I have met “Freddy Sez” a few times at Yankee Stadium — even shook his hand; hit his frying pan with his spoon; and had a picture taken with him at the ticket booth in front of the Stadium !!! … Freedy is a great Yankees fan; and, an icon at Yankee Stadium just like the Bleacher Creatures !!! … Nice post , Jane !!!
Take care; and “Go Yankees” !!!
— Jimmy [27NYY], “BY&L”
http://baseballtheyankeesandlife.mlblogs.com/

Jimmy, I’ve never sat in the bleachers at Yankee Stadium either. I tried once but they were sold out, and I ended up in the Upper Tier. I think it’ll be even harder to get a bleachers seat in the new Stadium, because they’re putting a restaurant out there, aren’t they? It just seems like there will be fewer seats. And Freddy? He’s definitely a great Yankee fan. After all these years he’s still trekking around encouraging people to bang on the pan. Such stamina! Thanks for stopping by, Jimmy.

Yeah, Jane …

There is a “Hard Rock Cafe” overlooking centerfield in the new Yankee Stadium … That may be a good option to watch a game in the Stadium !!! … I actually did watch a game in the Hard Rock Cafe at the “Skydome” [before it was called the Rogers Centre] with a friend in Toronto many years ago !!! … It was fun to just be inside the Skydome, but watching the game was not the same as being in the stands !!! … I would def want to attend a game at the new Yankee Stadium, though, no matter where the seats are located, even in the Hard Rock Cafe !!! … “Go Yankees” !!!
Have a nice day, Jane !!!
— Jimmy [27NYY], “BY&L”
http://baseballtheyankeesandlife.mlblogs.com/

So that’s where the Hard Rock Cafe is going. Interesting, Jimmy. I, too, ate at the one at the Rogers Centre and it was fun having a view of the players. But you’re right – nothing beats watching from the stands, not even a really good cheeseburger!

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