Sal "The Voice" Valentinetti has been one of the most popular singers to come out of Long Island. Rightly so, he has one of the best voices in the world.
When the girls hear him sing they act like the ones who screamed for Frank Sinatra in the 1940s.
In 1977, I met the great Sinatra at Patsy’s Italian Restaurant when I was there with the world champion New York Yankees. Shortly after that initial meeting the great Yanks manager Billy Martin, who was like a father to me, took me back to Patsys to have a private dinner with Mr. Sinatra and Sammy Davis Jr.
It was a meeting to help me with my low self esteem. It was a moment that was very important in my life, Something that I am eternally grateful to Billy for arranging and to Mr Sinatra for his words of wisdom.
When I told Bucky Dent and Mickey Rivers that Sal "The Voice" was going to play the part of Mr. Sinatra in the play "Batboy" they both exclaimed, "Perfect."
Bucky and Mickey were there at Patsy’s Italian Restaurant more than 40 years ago for the celebration dinner, and met Sinatra.
Frank actually got a big kick out of Rivers because he was so animated and actually was trying to act like Sammy Davis.
Sal Valentinetti almost brings Sinatra to life for me so much that I actually asked Sal Scognamillo, co-owner and executive chef of Patsys, to play the part of his father, Joe, who was there taking care of Frank. Doc Gooden who saw Frank Sinatra in concert on several occasions, thinks that the voice and charisma of Valentinetti can’t be topped.
Valentinetti also gets to stretch his acting skills by doing a scene where he plays the part of Yankee great Lou Piniella in a scene when the first woman reporter is allowed into the Yankee club house.
The reporter is played by the very popular Yankee Podcaster, Dani Cipolla.
The show is dedicated to an East Islip High School cheerleader, Carli Fragala, who is battling cancer.
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Ray Negron is a sports executive with over 40 years of experience in baseball. His first job came from a chance encounter with George Steinbrenner as a youth. He has become an American film producer, a best-selling author, and a philanthropist. His memoir is entitled, "Yankee Miracles: Life with the Boss and the Bronx Bombers." For more of his reports, Go Here Now.
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