Blog by: Samantha Johnson
Season 11 viewers of NBC’s hit television show “America’s Got Talent” were star-struck by 21-year-old Sal Valentinetti. The pizza deliveryman from Bethpage, New York blew the crowd away at his first audition by singing and crooning to Frank Sinatra’s “My Way.”
Since the end of his “America’s Got Talent” run, Sal has performed in concerts and tours across the country. Sunday, however, he spent his day like many other Americans: watching baseball at the ballpark. Sal, along with a group of friends, took to First Data Field in Port St. Lucie to catch the New York Mets play the St. Louis Cardinals.
Just for the record, Sal confessed to me that he actually is not a Mets or a Cardinals fan at all, but rather a fan of the New York Yankees: hence the black shirt under the hot, Florida sun.
I have to admit, I was surprised to learn that not very many people were familiar with his story. Although he only competed on “America’s Got Talent,” his fame has been shared through countless other mediums. I, however, was not about to pass up the chance to meet the charming, unique and talented Sal Valentinetti.
As he came closer, hotdog and beer in hand, I anxiously waved like a star-struck teenager. He waved back, and with a little encouragement from a classmate, I built up the nerve to walk over and say hello. He greeted me by saying, “Well, hello sweet thing,” at which point I responded by saying,” Oh my gosh! I can’t believe this is happening!”
As a third-year journalism student, you’d think I would be able to introduce myself and hold a steady conversation, but not with Sal. His overwhelming personality and charm took control, as I was at a loss for words. It was almost as if the roles were reversed, as he seemed to be interviewing me.
We talked briefly, we took a few pictures, and we went on our way. It was neat to experience the concept that not all celebrities and story ideas are on the baseball diamond. Sometimes the most interesting part of the baseball game isn’t about baseball at all.
Until next time, Sal…