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.


Chad Raines
Chad was born in a Naval hospital in Oak Harbor, Washington in 1997, an area relatively near Seattle. His Grandfather was the first in line in becoming a huge Yankee fan in a tradition that was passed down to his father who then passed it down to him and his brothers. Chad's been watching Yankees baseball for as long as he can remember. Chad is 21-years-old and is heading into his senior year at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Chad is the president of the Zeta Psi fraternity of the Upsilon chapter at UNC. He is an Economics and Sport Administration double major with a history minor. Ironically, Chad spent the summer of 2018 as an intern with the New York Mets, and he is now a Quantitative Analyst for the UNC baseball team. In the summer of 2019, Chad is working in the baseball operations department for the Tampa Bay Rays at their Triple-A affiliate, the Durham Bulls. After college, Chad wishes to start his career in a MLB front office working in baseball analytics or research and development. You can connect with Chad on Linkedin HERE.

Managing Editor

Ryan Thoms

Ryan was born and raised in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Ryan has played baseball since he was four years old, has helped coach multiple teams, and helps run local baseball tournaments. He became a Yankees fan from his dad, who as a coach and fan had a passion for the Yankees winning culture and professionalism on and off the field. Ryan is entering his fourth year at the University of Virginia and is majoring in Kinesiology. Ryan is not able to attend as many Yankee games as he would like due to where he lives, but is proud to say he was in attendance at Tropicana Field, when Ivan Nova blew out his arm and needed Tommy John surgery. He was also in attendance of the Yankees 2017 Wild Card game and considers that his favorite attended sporting event ever. He is also a fan of the Green Bay Packers, UVA Basketball, and the Philadelphia 76ers. His favorite Yankees include Alex Rodriguez, Andy Pettitte, Mark Teixeira, and Johnny Damon. You can connect with Ryan on LinkedIn HERE.

Administrative 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 Brooklyn, NY.  You can find him at Yankee Stadium every Friday night home game throughout the season in Section 209. You can connect with Andrew on LinkedIn HERE.

Associate Editors

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 watching some great baseball in the future!

Spencer Schultz
Spencer was born in Rockford, Illinois in October 1999 and has lived in Des Moines, Iowa for the majority of his life since then. Spencer is a junior in high school and is looking to either become a firefighter or sports journalist/broadcaster in his future. He’s looking to likely attend Iowa State University once he finishes high school. Spencer joined the BBB in July 2016. He’s been a huge Yankees fan his whole life. His hobbies include hanging with friends, playing basketball, and going to sporting events. His favorite athlete is LeBron James, who he considers the GOAT. Along with the Yanks, he’s a diehard fan of the North Carolina Tar Heels, yes the 2017 National Champions, the Pittsburgh Steelers, and of course the Cleveland Cavaliers. Spencer thanks everyone for checking out his articles and hopes to continue writing for this website for years to come.

Jake Graziano

Jake was born in 1998 and raised in Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania, a suburb of Scranton. Jake has a love for baseball both as a player (played through high school) and as a fan. He is a lifelong fan of the Yankees, and began following the team during the infamous 2004 season. His first Yankees memory is “The Dive” by Derek Jeter against the Red Sox. Jake’s favorite Yankees of all-time are Andy Pettitte, Mariano Rivera and Gary Sheffield. He tries to attend at least one or two Yankees games per season and his favorite game he has been to was a 9-4 comeback win over the Red Sox at Fenway in 2016. Jake is currently enrolled as a Broadcast and Digital Journalism major at Syracuse University. While baseball is his favorite sport, he is also a diehard fan of the Indianapolis Colts (inherited from his dad) and Syracuse University men’s basketball (thanks to Scrantonian Gerry McNamara).

Staff Writers

Alex Weir
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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 is currently a junior sports management major at Western New England University, and his favorite Yankee of all-time is Alex Rodriguez.

Dan Degregorio
Dan was born in Paterson, NJ in October of 1994. He grew up in a family that loved baseball, and he shared that passion from a very young age. Some of his earliest memories involved watching the Yankees dynasty of the late '90s and early 2000s. Dan participated in the game for 12 years, usually playing second base or left field. His favorite Yankees memory is Aaron Boone's walk-off home run in Game Seven of the 2003 ALCS. He is currently earning his journalism degree, hoping to write for the Yankees organization one day. 

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.

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.

AJ Welch

AJ was born and raised in South Jersey. AJ has been a diehard Yankees fan his entire life, even though the surrounding area is primarily Phillies and Philadelphia related sports fans, which made that ’09 World Series even sweeter. Growing up, his favorite players were Derek Jeter, Jorge Posada and Andy Pettitte. Some of his favorite memories associated with the Yankees are going to the old Yankee Stadium for the first time as a kid, as well as seeing Derek Jeter’s last home game in the new Yankee Stadium. He played baseball up until high school where back to back elbow surgeries put an end to his baseball playing days. A graduate of the University of South Carolina, and current Programmer Analyst, he enjoys writing about the Yankees in his free time. AJ is also an avid fan of the New Jersey Devils, Pittsburgh Steelers and the South Carolina Gamecocks.

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.

Chase Seibold

Chase was born in New York City in the summer of 2001. He later moved upstate to Rochester, New York where he currently resides. Chase has been a huge Yankees since he was four years old, when he started to imitate all of the Yankees’ batting stances with pinpoint accuracy. He is currently a Senior at Brighton High School, where he plays baseball and basketball, and loves to write about the Yankees in his free time.  Every summer he likes to attend as many Yankees games as possible. His favorite games that he attended are Derek Jeter’s last home game, and the game Mariano Rivera broke the all-time saves record. His favorite players on the current team are Aaron Hicks, and Gleyber Torres. Chase is also a huge fan of the Utah Jazz, New York Giants, and Syracuse Basketball. His dream is to someday work for an MLB organization.

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.


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