Meet the BBB Staff

Bronx Bomber Ball is a website committed to bringing you the latest news on the New York Yankees, as well as relevant news around the MLB. As a group of die-hard Yankee fans, we look to bring you all, the fans, interesting content related to the Yankees. We are always looking to add consistent writers, so if you think you could contribute to our team, click HERE. Also, read our writers' biographies below and connect with them on social networks. As always, follow the BBB on twitter, instagram (@BronxBomberBall) and LIKE us on Facebook.

Managing Editor

Andrew Natalizio
A lifelong resident of northern New Jersey, the Yankees have been in Andrew's blood since birth. Ever since his grandfather would walk to Yankees games across the George Washington Bridge from nearby Fort Lee, NJ (with bugle in hand), the Yankees have been a part of the Natalizio family.  An old family legend is that his grandfather playing "Charge!" at the games in the 1940s & 50s is why you'll now hear that familiar tune at ballparks across the country.  Andrew is a 2013 graduate of Sacred Heart University in Connecticut and currently works full-time in New Jersey.  You can find him at Yankee Stadium every Friday night home game throughout the season in Section 210. You can connect with Andrew on LinkedIn HERE.

Content Manager

Alex Weir

Alex was born in Hartford, Connecticut, and has lived in Connecticut for most of his life. He grew up in a family where the only other Yankees fan is his mom; his dad is a diehard Blue Jays fan and the rest of his family are diehard Red Sox fans. He had always been a Yankees fan, but he never was a diehard fan until his attended his first Yankees game, where Alex Rodriguez proceeded to hit his 500th career home run. Ever since then, the Yankees have been a major part of his life. Alex's favorite Yankee of all-time is Alex Rodriguez.

Media Director

Matthew Luzzi
Matt was born in Boca Raton, Florida in 1996. His mom and dad are from New Jersey and New York, along with the rest of his family, so the Yankees have been a part of Matt’s life for as long as he can remember. Matt played baseball his whole life up until college, including travel baseball throughout Florida. Matt currently attends Florida State, and plans to pursue a career in sports journalism and/or broadcasting once he graduates. He is also a massive supporter of the New York Giants, New York Rangers, Brooklyn Nets, and the Italian National Team. Matt’s all-time favorite Yankee is Mariano Rivera. Matt is the host of the Bronx Bomber Babble Podcast.

Website Manager

Matthew Graziano
Matt was born and raised in Scotch Plains, New Jersey about an hour south of New York City. Matt graduated from Sacred Heart University in 2013 and is currently working full time. Matt’s Yankee fandom goes back several generations in his family. His grandfather owned a restaurant in Queens that many Yankees, including Whitey Ford, would often go to after games. In addition to the Yankees and the SHU Pioneers, Matt is a fan of the New York Giants, New Jersey Devils and the Los Angeles Lakers. Matt has been a Yankee fan all his life and his favorite all time Yankee is Derek Jeter. He is grateful for the opportunity to contribute to this community and looks forward to seeing a championship in 2022!

Staff Writers

Maxx Hotton

Maxx was born and raised on Long Island. Born in November 1994, he shares a birthday with Yankee Great Mariano Rivera (11/29/1969). Maxx is a 2017 graduate of Wake Forest University. Growing up an avid Yankee fan, his most cherished sports moment was when his all-time favorite player, Derek Jeter, asked him how his chicken tenders were during a 2006 Yankees-Athletics game at old Yankee Stadium. Maxx is not just a baseball fan. He also roots for the New York Islanders, New York Knicks, Indianapolis Colts, Notre Dame Fight Irish, Manchester United, and his Wake Forest Demon Deacons.

Gus Wetekamp

Gus was born in Chapel Hill, North Carolina but moved to Endwell, NY not soon after, where his lifelong love for the Yankees began. He is currently enrolled at Indiana University with a major in sports media. His other favorite teams include the UNC Tar Heels, Indiana Hoosiers, Manchester United, the Chicago Blackhawks, and the Indianapolis Colts. He is also interested in comic books and movies. His favorite Yankees include Derek Jeter, Robinson Cano, and Didi Gregorius. You can connect with Gus on LinkedIn here.

Mary Grace Donaldson
Mary Grace (or Gracie, as she’s often known) is a freelance writer, social media manager and singer, who holds a “day job” in her family’s automotive business. She became a Yankees fan at age seven when she was allowed to stay up past her bedtime to watch the 1996 World Series. She earned her dual Bachelor’s degree in Communications/Media Studies and Religious and Theological Studies from Salve Regina University, located in Red Sox Nation in Newport, Rhode Island, but had enough of New England and earned her Master’s degree in Public Communications/Media Studies from Fordham University, down the block from Yankee Stadium. Mary Grace and her dad (her sports writing inspiration and co-conspirator on all things Yankees) sat in the last row at Game Two of the 2009 World Series and took great pride in yelling Who’s Your Daddy to Pedro Martinez along with the rest of the Yankee Stadium crowd. She was also in attendance at Game Four of the 2017 ALDS, as well as Derek Jeter’s 3,000th hit game in 2011. She has met Joe Girardi, David Cone and her favorite Yankee of all-time, Mariano Rivera… but her current goal is to meet Aaron Judge. Mary Grace lives in her hometown of Long Island, NY, where she still watches as many games as she can with her dad, and where her mom knows that if there’s yelling in the house, it means the that Yankees did something good. She is excited to be part of BBB and to represent women in a genre in which they are often underrepresented.

Nick Simonelli

Born in Columbus, Ohio and raised in Manahawkin, New Jersey, Nick has been a Yankees fan for as long as he can remember. Nick’s father has been a lifelong Yankees fan, and raised him as such with tales of running on the field after a World Series victory and watching Yankee greats play in person. Nick’s personal favorite Yankees moment happens to be one he was in the bleachers for at Yankee Stadium: Alex Rodriguez’s 3000th hit. Arod stepped to the plate in the bottom of the first inning on a warm June day and hit a home run about 100 feet from where Nick was sitting to become the 29th member of the 3000 hit club, and created a moment Nick will never forget watching.

Christian DeMoro
Christian was born and raised in Freehold, New Jersey. He inherited his love for the Yankees from his father, with whom he attends several games a year. An incoming college freshman, Christian plans to study business, and would love to one day work in baseball operations if the opportunity presented itself. In addition to the Yankees, he is a supporter of the New York Giants and Knicks, and his all-time favorite Yankee is Alex Rodriguez.


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