Welcome to DIG YOUR DREAM, a podcast hosted by @raydigmi - Tune in each week as we introduce you to inspiring individuals who are paving their own path and chasing their dreams in style. Get to know these passionate people from the worlds of fashion, professional sports, music, entrepreneurship and more. IT'S TIME TO DIG YOUR DREAM!
Today, on what would have been @mlb Opening Day - I share a tradition that I’ve had since I was a little kid! The night before Opening Day of each season, I watched the movie 🎥 “The Natural” - and it’s main character, Roy Hobbs, became a big part of my baseball story! So today, I share why I believe there is a little bit of Roy Hobbs in each of us - and ask a very important question: If you could make your dream come, but it may take 1, 5 or even 16 years to a get there...would you?
Today, I compare our current situation to that of a star athlete being setback by a significant injury. Yes, this is an extremely difficult time, but it doesn’t mean that the game is over! It means we all have to find a way to rehab, rebound, rebuild and make our COMEBACK!
Today, along with my wife Nicole, we talk about the importance of communication with family and friends during these uncertain times. With the help of technology like Zoom and Face Time, we all have the ability to reach out and see the people that matter the most!
Today, along with Digmi’s needy assistant, my daughter Stella Rose, we encourage you to trade the short term gains of fun and convenience for the long term victory of health and happiness! The ones we love the most are counting on us to do just that!
Today, I use the old baseball adage of “Every strikeout brings you closer to your next Home Run” as an analogy to the current situation regarding the Corona Virus; and the sacrifice of isolation that we are experiencing. Every day we go through this is one day closer to getting back to our “normal”
On Digmi Discussion Interview #30 - Ray Digmi catches up for GYM GUYZ Founder & CEO, Josh York.
Listen to Josh talk about how he took an idea of in-home personal training and turned it into a successful business that is now the fastest growing franchise in the fitness industry.
Josh talks about his entrepreneurial journey that has included many challenges that included maxing out 22 credit cards and almost missing payroll, and explains why he believes that a positive mindset is everything, how building relationships is the number one thing behind any successful business and why being normal does not work.
He passes along some advice to all entrepreneurs chasing their dreams during these challenging times and passes along some very hard but honest, personal critique as to why FEAR has held Ray back from taking Digmi to the next level; and find out how Gary Vaynerchuk played a role in getting Josh to be a guest on the Dig Your Dream podcast.
His passion and energy is behind inspiring and his truthful words will have you looking in the mirror asking yourself if you are doing everything you can to live the life of your dreams.
On this St.Patrick’s Day, I talk about the uncertain times that the COVID-19 pandemic has brought upon us and ask that we all stay patient and positive during this time. We will get through this...TOGETHER!!
On Digmi Discussion Interview #29, I catch up with former Major League Baseball Player and Long Island Ducks All-Star Pitcher, Joe Valentine.
Valentine, a native of Deer Park Long Island, talks about his unique and very loving family upbringing, how he feel in love with the game of baseball and how the game led him down south to play college ball in Alabama, where he quickly realized that LIFE can be extremely complicated.
He shares his draft day experience, what the moment was like when he found out he had just been called up to the Major Leagues.
Val shares some opinions on Performance Enhancing Drugs and the Sign Stealing scandal that has plagued the game of baseball.
He touches on what it meant for him to continue his professional career playing for his hometown Long Island Ducks, the transition from life as a baseball player to the real world and shares his thoughts on some social issues and why he has always supported THE GUY IN THE TIE,
Now in his most important role of his life as a loving husband and father, Joe Valentine has found happiness in his career and is committed to providing a life of love for his wife and daughters.
Today, I talk about the power of saying “I WON’T” - Believe it or not, saying “I Won’t” do something can help improve the direction of your life. So take some take and create a list of things that you won’t do anymore and see how things can quickly change for the better. Sometimes the best way to start something, is to subtract something!
Today, I pass along a life lesson learned from @tonyrobbins - If you want to change your life, you have to raise your standards! So ask yourself this?? Are you happy with the life you’re living?? If not, it’s time to raise your standards and change for the better! It’s starts with YOU!!
After a super long day full of @livedreambedigmi @thegatheringshops and @zonedsports, I talk about the importance of the good old fashioned “Push Up” and how doing this simple, yet challenging exercise will remind you that pushing yourself up will help you push yourself forward!
Today, from the new The Gathering Shops store location at Bell Works in Holmdel, NJ - I remind everyone to keep hanging stuff up - that’s right! Keep hanging it up and eventually it’s going to stick. If you keep working hard, chasing that dream, building that business...someone is going to notice.
Today, I talk about the importance of focusing on what you can control, not on what you can't. So many times, we are guilty of giving to much of our time and energy on things that are completely out of our control...like getting stuck in traffic. So remember, focus on what YOU can control - when you do that, you will feel more control of your life!
Today, I talk about a great lesson I learned this weekend while coaching at Zoned Sports Academy - A head coach of a team I help coach passed along his word of the day, which was EFFORT. And this coach had a very unique and creative way of defining the word!
On this last day of the first month of the new year - I wanted to remind everyone how important it is to offer your help to people. We have so much to offer, so much we can give back - let's start doing that more in 2020!
On Digmi Discussion Interview #28 - we share a great discussion with TEAM DIGMI members Ray Digmi, Tyler Glover, Ish Berrios and Keith McPherson during our first ever Digmi Friendsgiving last November. Get to know the team behind the dream and find out why they are all still here, why they still believe in the brand, what new styles and products they want to introduce in this new year and why they chose to reload rather than rebuild. A great discussion with a group of guys who are the definition of loyalty and passion!
Today, after missing the first couple of days of this week because "I just didn't feel like it" after this weekends tragic events, I talk about how changing the way we say something can change the way we live our lives!
Today, I talk about a very special night at Seton Hall University, where my wife and I were the special guests at the Seton Hall Baseball "First Pitch Dinner" - I had the great honor of being this years guest speaker and had the opportunity to express my gratitude to a university, a program and a coach that have changed my life! NEVER LOSE YOUR HUSTLE!
Today, I share a statement I read in an old journal of mine - an important reminder that our thoughts equal our results! So ask yourself this...how are you thinking?? Are thinking positively or negatively? A change in mindset can make a world of difference!
Today, I share a statement that read in an old journal of mine - an important reminder that our thoughts equal our results! So ask yourself this...how are you thinking? Are you thinking positively or negatively? A change in mindset can make a world of difference!
On the day when "The Captain" Derek Jeter was elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame, I share one of his most famous quotes to remind each of us that you don't have to be Derek Jeter to give Derek Jeter effort!
Today, I pass along a message that my man Tyler Smarslok talked about on Digmi Discussion Interview #27 on the DIG YOUR DREAM podcast - the act of living each moment with a purpose can dramatically improve the quality of your life! Oh, and it's the 16th day of a new year...it's time to kick it in gear!
Today I talk about National Hat Day, and although it may not be an official holiday, it is for me and "The Guy In The Tie" - And I also take the time to wish two very important people in my life a very Happy Birthday...my mother-in-law Iris Herrador and Zoned Sports Academy owner Duke Baxter
Today, I share a story about how I recently found an old file folder with copies of the very first article written about Digmi and a copy of our very Digmi logo - two great reminders of why I started to build this brand and chase this dream. With this story, I hope to help all of your REMEMBER WHY YOU STARTED!
On Digmi Discussion Interview #27 - Ray Digmi sits down with former Kean University baseball standout, former Seton Hall University assistant coach and current Minnesota Twins minor league infield coach, Tyler Smarslok.
The Jackson, NJ native talks about his childhood growing up in a big athletic, the pride he has for his home state of New Jersey, how he fell in love with the game of baseball and developed into a Rawlings Gold Glove Award Winner at the collegiate level.
Following his playing career, Tyler transitioned from player to coach, beginning a career mentoring other young players - including a stop at my alma mater, Seton Hall University. Tyler takes the time to talk about his personal growth from young arrogant kid, to a young coach who now understands the responsibility of helping others become better baseball players, but more importantly, becoming young men!
Tyler also shares his thoughts on the Digmi brand and where he sees himself and “The Guy In The Tie” in 3, 5, 10 years from now.
Now ready to embark on the greatest opportunity of his career, as new minor league infield coach In the Minnesota Twins organization, Tyler is a great example of where hard work, dedication and having a growth mindset can take you.
A passionate personality who is a natural leader and educator - Tyler Smarslok is exactly what being Digmi is all about! A guy who continues to LIVE his DREAM and BE himself along the way.
Today, thanks to the inspiration of my good friend Mr. Steve Turso, I'd like to remind everyone out there that AGE IS JUST A NUMBER! At 65 years young, Steve is heading down to Port St. Lucie, Florida to participate in New York Mets fantasy camp! A true inspiration for me that age should never be a limitation - it should only be an asset!
I'M A DAD!! On the day after my daughter Stella Rose was born, I want to extend a Thank You to all who reached out with congratulatory and well wishes! My wife Nicole and I are beyond grateful for all the love and support our way!
Today, as most of us get back to our normal daily routines, I remind you to keep your eyes open and smile on your face in this new year. The person who will change your life for the better, may be just around the corner!
Today, on the first day of 2020, I want to remind everyone that wherever you were to close out 2019 was exactly where you needed to be to become the person you were meant to be! So go out there and create the life you want to live. Just think of how much progress you can make in a year - just think where you can be a year from now! But remember, part of the formula to achieving your best life, is YOU HAVE TO BELIEVE THAT YOU DESERVE IT!
Today, I share a quote from the movie "Life As We Know It" starring Katherine Heigel and Josh Dummel - "Having someone help you doesn't mean you fail, it just means that you're not in it alone" - A great reminder that it's ok, to ask for help! Remember, none of us can do it alone!
Today, I talk about how the holiday season really does bring out the best in people! And even though I love how nice people are to each other this time of year, it makes me wonder why we can't treat each other the same way all year?? So let's take a cue from all the holiday cheer...and treat one another with love and respect everyday of the year!
Today, I talk about the first Digmi Pop Up Shop we had out on Long Island, NY six years ago! It got me thinking how important it is for each of us to have the courage to just take the first step. We don't have to wait for "them" to say YES for us to make our move!
Today, I want to remind everyone how important it is to drink water! This advice may seem so simple, but it is so important! In order to be the best version of yourself, you need to be healthy. And the first step to being a healthier you, is to drink more water and stay hydrated. So do me a favor, cut back on those sugary drinks and alcoholic beverages and mix in some more water! Your body will thank you for it!
Today, I want to remind everyone out there that no matter how busy we are, how much work we have to do, that nothing comes before family! And a big shoutout to my little sister Amelia Nicole, who was born 27 years ago today!! Happy Birthday Sis'!!
Today, I want to remind everyone out there that you don't have to break the bank to get a great gift for someone you care about this holiday season! If you don't have a lot of money to spend on gifts, don't worry! The best gifts are the ones that come from the heart! Here's a suggestion...give someone you love a great picture in a beautiful frame! Trust me...they'll love it just as much as they love you!
Today, I challenge each of us to BE THE HERO IN YOUR OWN MOVIE - I recently saw some content that Joe Rogan put out, where he talks about making the choice to be the hero in your own movie! Thats right...take some time to rewind to a time in your life when you were awesome! When you were amazing and had all the confidence in the world. Trust me, there was a time! And if you did it then, you can do it again! All you have to do is BELIEVE!
Today, I talk about the choice we have between being optimistic or pessimistic! I challenge each of us to look at our glass as half full, rather than half empty! How you choose to see things can change the outcome of so many situations. Is your glass half full of opportunity? 0r is your glass half empty with problems? I choose to be OPTIMISTIC ONLY!
Today, my wife Nicole and I talk about the phrase that single handedly changed my life - TRUST THE TIMING OF YOUR LIFE - Remember, although it is super hard not to compare yourself to others accomplishments, achievements and timelines, it is super important to remember that your life is on your schedule! The right things will come at the right times. TRUST ME! Oh, by the way, IT"S OUR ANNIVERSARY!!
Today, I ask and encourage everyone to pay it forward this holiday season by surprising a stranger! That's right...surprise a complete stranger in line at your favorite coffee spot and pick up their tab. You'd be surprised how something so little can brighten their day or week and how this kind of gesture can make you feel as well. DIG THE SEASON to PAY IT FORWARD!
On this Thanksgiving Eve, the biggest travel day of the year, I want to remind everyone to take a deep breath, enjoy the view and enjoy the ride. Whether we hit some bumps in the road, get stuck in a ton of traffic or a flight gets delayed, just remember why you decided to travel in the first place. When you get there, you'll realize the journey was truly worth it!
Today I had the privilege of speaking to students at the Garfield Park Academy - where I shared my story of passion and perseverance. It reminded me of how important it is for each of us to become a positive influence on the youth in our communities - And how becoming a good role model can make a lifelong impact.
With the end of year just a few weeks away - we've also come to the end of another decade. Thats right - another 10 years have passed. As we get ready to head into a new year and new decade, I remind each of us that this is the time to get going, get started and build momentum, so that we are ready to make the next 10 years our best decade yet!
Today on my DIG YOUR DREAM Daily Dose, I talk about “GIVING” With the Thanksgiving Holiday just days away - I ask each of us to take the time to GATHER some things that we no longer use or wear and make our own personal care package for a stranger in need this holiday season! So many of us are so lucky to have more than we need - and I think it would be pretty cool to take some time to GIVE to those who need it more than us!
Today, I share a social media post from my man, Dana Cavalea. The former New York Yankees Strength & Conditioning Coach and best selling author, reminds us to stop making excuses and start making moves. What moves are you going to make as the end of the decade approaches?
Today I talk about the importance of Team Building - using my special weekend with Team Digmi, as we welcomed our newest teammate, Keith McPherson - No one player can win a championship on their own - who's on your team?
Today I talk about a post from @garyvee - where he states that being accountable is very different from “beating yourself up” - I, like I’m sure many of you, tend to beat myself up a lot more than I should. As I continue to understand how important it is to be accountable for your actions, behaviors and failures, I also have come to understand the importance of being my biggest my fan. Let’s discuss on today’s Daily Dose!
I spent today trying my best to paint part of our new house. The problem is, I am absolutely terrible at anything that has to do with being domesticated around the house - fixing things, building things, hanging things, etc. I never took the time to learn because I knew I was so bad at it. So today, I want to challenge you to GET OVER IT and try your best. Find an article on google or watch some videos on YouTube to help you learn a new skill. Don't let your fear of failure hold you back from becoming good at something.
On Digmi Discussion Interview #26, Ray Digmi catches up with MTV alum and Yes Network Contributor, Keith McPherson.
Keith and Ray had the opportunity to sit down and share his story recently at The Gathering Shops at the Garden State Plaza Mall - where we proudly showcased our recent Digmi X McPherson Collaboration collection.
Keith, known as the Mac Of All Trades, talks about his deep passion for the New York Yankees and how the hashtag #ReplaceFor28 led to his most exciting year, both personally and professionally.
Hear Keith talk about how “The Guy In The Tie” helped him get through a difficult time, what it means to become part of the Digmi team and how he plans on growing his personal brand in 2020.
A passionate personality and an incredible talent, Keith McPherson is everything that Digmi is all about and we are beyond proud to have him part of our family as we continue to chase this dream and build our brand.
This short interview is a prelude to the full length interview we will be doing with Keith in the coming weeks, so be sure to stay tuned for that.
On today's Daily Dose, I talk about time - and how we have all been guilty of saying things like "I don't have the time" or "I'm running out of time" or the most famous of all..."There's just not enough time in the day". But isn't there enough time in the day if something is important to us? It it's a priority. wouldn't we make the time? Today, I recommend that we all make the time to do something each day that will make you healthier and happier! If you do that, you just might earn a little bit more time here on earth!
Today I use the World Series Champions, the Washington Nationals, as an example of how important it is to stay in the fight. The Nationals were a team that no one expected to go on this incredible run - but they fought their way into the playoffs as a wild card team; and with the odds against them, they showed up to the dance and made some magic happen. It's amazing what can happen if you just get into the dance!
Today, I remind everyone to KEEP IT MOVING! That's right - with all of the moving I've been doing recently, it reminded me how important it is to keep moving along. Sometimes the path that you're on isn't the best way to the finish line. Sometimes you may have to carry pivot, change lanes and make a big move to help reach your destination. Remember, if you keep it moving, you're bound to make progress!
Today, I try to remind everyone out there listening that You're Not Too Old And It's Not To Late to do something that you are passionate about. So go out there and start that hobby, side hustle or dream you always wanted to chase. Remember, you'll never be as young as you are right now! And I give a little shoutout to newly named Chicago Cubs Manager - David Ross
On this Tip Tuesday, I share a tweet with some very wise words from my man Keith McPherson. Keith who recently joined the Digmi family in early 2019, is a MTV alum, YES Network contributor and die-hard New York Yankees fan (sorry Mets fans). He shared a tweet yesterday that I would hit home for all of us!
Today was a super long day...like 6am to 10pm long! I talk about how the difficult days make the good days taste even sweeter. I also talk about committing to consistency and why I decided to record my Daily Dose at almost 11pm!
Today, I pass along a Ray Digmi Recommendation - my latest book, by Marie Forleo, EVERYTHING IS FIGUREOUTABLE. This perspective changing phrase, that she picked up from her mother as a child, will help you look at your daily challenges with more optimism and confidence. This book and phrase has already helped me change the way I view everything that comes my way...And I have a feeling that it will do the same for you!
On todays Daily Dose, my special guest, my baby sister Jennifer Michelle Navarrete and I talk about the importance of having fun with family - especially when the days to do so are so few and far between!
Today, I talk about Los Angeles star pitcher Clayton Kershaw - who held himself accountable for his performance in a devastating Game 5 loss to the Washington Nationals. An example of class and maturity, his post game interview was an example that each of us can learn from.
Today, I talk about the dramatic Game 5 out in Los Angeles between the Dodgers and Washington Nationals - proving that you don't always have to be the best team throughout the season to make a big splash in the postseason. Whether its professional baseball or the business world, sometimes all you have to do is just get into the dance!
Today we talk about the big game 5's in Major League Baseball and what it takes to put yourself in a position to move on - And we talk about a very short, but powerful interview from Tampa Bay Rays slugger Tommy Pham
On this Daily Dose, I share a quote from the hit HBO show "Ballers", talk a little bit about the incredible journey of Minnesota Twins pitcher Ryan Dobnak and try to remind each of us that "A year or two can make a world of difference".
Today on Digmi Discussion Interview #25, we sit down with multiple start up entrepreneur and owner of Cheech's Own Coffee, Steven "Cheech" Chioochi
Cheech, a native of the Bridgewater, NJ, is the ideal entrepreneur, having been the force behind multiple start-up businesses, including Cheech’s Own Coffee Company, The Areli Group, his creative digital agency, and the Ville Fest, his inaugural film & art festival being held in downtown Somerville,NJ this October.
Catching up over a vanilla latte inside Cheech's Own Coffee Shop, listen to Cheech talk about how his love for coffee came about, the difference in the details and experience between having a cup of coffee in his shop compared to the experience one would have in a brand name coffee location.
Although the coffee shop is happy place, his full-time job is The Areli Group, his creative agency, that specializes in assisting businesses and brands design, develop and market their products. And if running a coffee company, and creative agency isn’t enough for you, Cheech is helping bring the Ville Fest to Somerville, this October. Thats right a film festival. I’ll let him tell you more about that.
Listen to Cheech share why he believes that “The Guy In The Tie” is on to something special, shares some hard lessons learned while starting a business and he passes along some words of encouragement to those who may have doubt that they too can live out their dreams.
If you look up the words entrepreneur and hustle in the dictionary, you just might find a picture of Steven Chioochi next to their definitions.
An awesome interview with a guy who is passionate about building businesses, giving back to his community and a really good cup of coffee.
On Digmi Discussion Interview #24 - we catch up with mixed martial artist, entrepreneur and motivational content creator, Eddie “Truck” Gordon.
Eddie, a native of Jamaica and Long Island New York resident, was a standout high school football player, who’s original goal was to play in the NFL. Attending Fordham University and taking advantage of a great education, Eddie was able to pivot into a career in finance, joining the corporate world, when a career in the gridiron no longer was an option. It was in the corporate world where Eddie enjoyed professional and financial success, but was leading an unhealthy lifestyle. At nearly 300 lbs, Eddie knew he had to make a drastic change.
During a trip with friends, Eddie watched a UFC fight on t.v., and immediately committed to a new lifestyle of health, training and a career. With a total shift in mindset, Eddie left his corporate office for the octagon, beginning a career in mixed martial arts that would take him to compete in the UFC and the winner of The Ultimate Fighter.
Listen to Eddie share his personal journey, how he describes that life changing career decision, why he believes in The Guy In The Tie and is a fan of the Digmi brand, and he shares some words of inspiration and direction for those who may be looking for encouragement to get out there and chase their dreams.
Still active in MMA, Eddie is an aspiring entrepreneur, recently opening his own gym, Fit Fam, where he helps train and inspire clients to build a better version of themselves. You may also hear Eddies voice on motivational videos, where he is a content contributor to MOTIVERSITY, the number one motivational video platform, as well as being a best selling author and Emmy Award winner.
An incredible example of how the power of mind shift and commitment can lead you to accomplishing things you never thought could be possible. Eddie “Truck” Gordon is exactly what being Digmi is all about. A man who set a goal, committed to it by ignoring the doubters, embracing the possibilities and staying true to himself.
On Digmi Discussion Interview #23, we catch up with former Major League Baseball player, entrepreneur and health & fitness guru, Cory Aldridge.
Cory, a native of Abilene, Texas, grew up athletic family, with his father playing professional football. And although Cory showed the same promise on the gridiron, it was his grandfather who was a respected baseball coach, that Cory to recognize his talents on the diamond. After choosing baseball over football, Cory dominated at the high school and travel/tournament level, gaining the attention of Major League scouts.
As a 17 year old, Cory was selected in the 4th round by the Atlanta Braves in the 1997 Major League Baseball amateur draft…leading to an 18 year professional baseball career.
Listen to Cory talk about his journey from small town Texas boy, to working his way up the minor league ladder all the way to Atlanta. Listen as he reflects on his career playing along side Hall of Famers, dealing with injuries and the remarkable 10 year journey it took him to collect his first Major League hit.
Hear Cory share his emotional memories being a part of the 2001 Atlanta Braves team that played the New York Mets at Shea Stadium in the first sporting event following the tragic events of 9/11
A supporter of Digmi since day 1, Cory shares why he always believed in “The Guy In The Tie” and passes along some honest but encouraging words for anyone out there who may doubt their ability to do what they love.
Following his playing days, Cory continues to mentor and coach upcoming baseball players in his native Texas, as well as offering education and insight in the field of health and fitness.
An extremely engaging and charismatic personality, my former teammate and roommate is a an example of how hard work, perseverance and keeping it real is a great combination of living your best life.
On Digmi Discussion Interview #22 - we catch up with former professional baseball player, University Of Miami Alum and current president of the sports & entertainment division of Global Wealth Management - Richard Giannotti
Richard, a native of south Florida ( who also spent part of his childhood days in the northeast) was a standout athlete, playing football, baseball and what many of us don’t know, hockey. But it was baseball that earned his love and he became a standout high school player, eventually earning a scholarship to play for the Hurricanes of the University of Miami.
During his time at Miami, Richard excelled in both the classroom and the baseball diamond, studying finance and helping lead his team to the College World Series.
His success on the field eventually caught the eye of professional baseball scouts, eventually being drafted by the Anaheim Angels.
Always business savvy, Richard helped to create his own fashion brand, Bubucheek, a project that he proudly gives credit to him learning valuable life lessons in business, branding and personal partnerships.
That valuable experience help lead him to his current position at Global Wealth Management - where he now advises and directs his clients, many of which are pro-athletes, on how to better save, protect and invest their finances.
Hear Richard talk about his ups and downs of his college an pro baseball career, his thoughts on our common threads of creating fashion brands and playing the Atlantic League, why he has always been a fan of Digmi and believes in the guy in the tie, why he resonates so stongly with The Rock’s character on the HBO hit show BALLERS (bet you didn’t know about his cameo appearance) and he passes along some encouraging words for anyone out there looking to get started on digging their dream.
An extremely honest, candid and well grounded guy, Richard Giannotti is a guy we can all learn from. His values, beliefs and perspectives are a formula on how to be the most successful version of yourself.
Our longest but most valuable interview yet, we hope you enjoy listening to this interview as much as we did hosting it.
So without further ado…
here is Digmi Discussion Interview #22 with former professional baseball player, University of Miami Alum and current president of sports & entertainment at Global Wealth Management,
On Digmi Discussion Interview #21, we introduce you to former Major League Baseball pLayer and current scout for the Miami Marlins, Clint Robinson
Clint a native of Arkansas, was a standout college baseball player at Troy University, eventually becoming a 25th round draft selection by the Kansas City Royals.
With no guarantees of ever reaching the big leagues, Clint had to prove himself every step of the minor league ladder. And prove himself he did. With All-Star selection, batting titles and a Triple Crown award, the Royals and other Major League teams had not choice but to notice his ability to hit, but most importantly persevere.
Clint not only made it to “the show” but did it 3 times with the Kansas City Royals, Los Angeles Dodgers and most notably the Washington Nationals; having the opportunity to play with and against some of the best players in the game.
Following his recent retirement, Clint took on a position of scout with the Miami Marlins, where he now evaluates players trying to accomplish the same goal he achieved.
Hear Clint talk about his journey to the Major leagues, what is was like getting his first big league hit, why he believes in the guy in the tie and what it meant to him to be the first professional athlete to sign with the Digmi brand, what its like working for an organization run by Derek Jeter and shares some wise words of perseverance for all those pursuing their dreams.
A great baseball player, family and friend, this is an awesome discussion with a guy who has lived out his dreams and continues to do just that.
DIGMI DISCUSSION interview #20 with former Seton Hall University Baseball All-American, Chicago Cubs draft pick and current Assistant Coach at New Jersey Institute of Technology, Giuseppe Papaccio.
Listen to Giuseppe talk about his upbringing, growing up in Nutley, NJ, where he fell in love with the game of baseball at a young age. That love for game led Giuseppe on a journey that helped him become a high school standout, college all-American , draft pick of the Chicago cubs and now rising college baseball coach, with positions at Manhattan College, Seton Hall University, Orleans Firebirds of the Cape Cod Summer League, and his current role as assistant coach at NJIT.
Giuseppe shares some of the lessons and experiences he learned at Seton Hall, talks about why he is so passionate about coaching and impacting the lives of young men, touches on how the game of baseball has evolved with analytics and who his ideal recruit would be.
An extremely positive person, who truly believes that “if you’re working at it and your trying to do it, little by little, anything can change for the positive”, Giuseppe also shares some of his favorite quotes, books to read, as well as some of his favorite life coach influencers.
A great discussion with a guy who has earned his opportunities by the hard work he has put in, Giuseppe Paccacio is a great example of where the combination of discipline, work ethic and a positive mindset can lead you.
Digmi Discussion Interview #19 introduces you to Elegant Music Group Partner/DJ/Event Host - Tom Gambuzza.
Tom, a fellow entrepreneur, shares his personal story growing up in Bergen County, excelling in academics and playing high school football at Bergen Catholic High school - eventually heading to Muhlenberg College where he earned a degree in psychology.
He shares his “AH HA” moment, where he knew the direction he was on after college was not the path that drove his passion. Listen to Tom explain how the support of his now wife lead to his decision to a world of entrepreneurship and helping build one of the most popular and successful DJ/event hosting companies in New Jersey. With over 500 events a year that include, weddings, anniversaries and graduations, Tom and his team work on some of the biggest days of their clients lives.
Hear him passionately talk about the importance of performing at a high level each and every night, the difference of the EMG standard, how he and why you should always bet on yourself, and why he believes that in order to be successful, you need to find out your non negotiable.
Tom passes along some wise words of encouragement for anyone out there chasing their dreams, shares why he believes in THE GUY IN THE TIE, and what celebrity he would like to have next to him as a co-host at one his events.
An very casual, yet candid interview with someone who truly embodies what our LIVE DREAM BE mantra is all about.
Tom says “I get to play music for people who are in love…and I find that really cool” . Well, we think its pretty cool too.
After listening to this interview, you’ll see why Nicole and I choose Tom and EMG to host our wedding. Besides saying ‘I DO’, it was the best decision we made regarding the biggest day of or lives.
On todays Daily Dose, we quickly talk about the powerful commercial/ad that Budweiser put out yesterday in honor of NBA great, Dwyane Wade. Showcasing Wade's recent jersey trade with fellow NBA stars during his final season, the ad shows 5 last jerseys to trade, with Wade not knowing who he is ultimately trading with. What you then see is the impact Wade has made on 5 people, non of which are fellow players, professional athletes or celebrities. They were regular people who faced tragedy and obstacles. And with the help and support of Wade, these 5 had powerful and emotional stories to share with the All-Star, and a message of love and gratitude. The ad was a slam dunk, reminding us that sports goes far beyond the game, and the players are more than what we see when they are in uniform. This ad should be a reminder that it is not the amount of money that is in our bank accounts that is our greatest legacy. Our legacy should be judged by the amount of people we positively impact throughout our journey. Here's to your D-Wade...An all-star on the court and a positive influence in the community. Congratulations on an incredible career! Oh...and a quick Happy Birthday shoutout to the best guy I know, my brother Angel!
Today, we recognize t.v. personality, Kathie Lee Gifford. After 11 years, she said good-bye to the TODAY Show on NBC to pursue other creative opportunities. The long time daytime host, who has been nominated for 11 Emmy Awards, is also a singer, songwriter and author. We share a quick clip of a recent interview she did, where she reminds us all not to wait for someone else to come along and help us achieve our dreams.
On this fun mobile DIG YOUR DREAM episode, Ray Digmi shares his opinion on why he believes that Major League Baseball needs to implement the designated hitter in the National League! Do you agree? Send us a comment and let us know what you think!
Digmi Discussion Interview #18 introduces you to former Major League Baseball All-Star and World Series Champion, Howard Johnson. "HoJo" was part of the iconic 1986 New York Mets World Series Championship, developing into one of the games best switch hitters. "HoJo" went on to play 13 big league seasons where he became a 2X All-Star, 2X World Series Champion and 3X member of the 30/30 Club (30 Home Runs & 30 Stolen Bases). Listen to him share his experiences playing with the likes of superstars Darryl Strawberry, Doc Gooden and Gary Carter; and what it was like winning in the Big Apple. Currently, he is the Triple-A hitting coach for the Texas Rangers, where he challenges his players to be 1% better every day. More importantly than being a ballplayer, "HoJo" is husband, father, and grandfather, who continues to stay to true to who he is and gives his best effort in all he does each and every day. An incredible interview for anyone who loves baseball, roots for the New York Mets or just needs some words of encouragement as they go about their own journey!
On Digmi Discussion Interview #17, we introduce you to former professional baseball player and current professional baseball & life coach, Kevin Wilson. Kevin, who is also an Amazon Best Selling Author, shares some of his personal journey, his time in professional baseball, how he lives his "WHY", explains why "Hitting Is Simple, Just Not That Easy" and shares we he likes "The Guy In The Tie" and why he believes that "The Best Brands Have The Best Story". An awesome interview with a guy who truly get it; Not just the game of baseball, but the game of life.
Today, we talk about the importance of PATIENCE and the role it plays when building a business, personal brand or our selves. We share a clip from an interview between Tom Bilyeu and Marie Forleo, which aired recently on IMPACT THEORY. Please be sure to check out both of these phenomenal entrepreneurs and motivators via their social media platforms for daily content that will encourage and inspire you to be the best version of you!
Meet Ari Feinstein, a 15 year old sophomore at Bridgewater-Raritan High School in New Jersey, who dreams of one day putting on his high school baseball jersey. An impressive young man that reminds us that we are never to young or old to chase our dreams and ask the question "How Can I Help".
Ray Digmi and the Digmi team traveled out to Long Island to sit down with Darren Meenan, the owner/founder of THE 7 LINE, a lifestyle brand and community that supports the New York Mets, their players and fans. Darren shares his personal story growing up on Long Island, how THE 7 LINE started, why 2015 was an incredible year for both the Mets and him personally, his expectations of the 2019 Mets, why he likes the Digmi brand, and shares some wise words for any one out there chasing their dreams. A fun interview with a guy who has built a business around the love he has for his favorite baseball team, all the while creating a community where fans of the New York Mets can cheer together.
Digmi Discussion Interview #14 introduces you to former first round draft pick and current pitching prospect for the Colorado Rockies, Mike Nikorak. Listen to Mike talk about his journey growing up in a house full of siblings in Stroudsburg, PA to committing to play his collegiate baseball at the University of Alabama to signing his first professional baseball contract. From national standout to dealing with a major setback, Mike talks about how getting back to his roots has helped him get healthier and stronger as he heads out to Arizona for Spring Training next week. He also explains why he is proud to rock Digmi and why he believes staying true to yourself is the best advice he would give anyone out there chasing their dream. A guy who clearly has his sights set on where he's going, but sure hasn't forgotten where he's come from.
Digmi Discussion Interview #13 introduces you to former professional baseball player, Amazon best selling author and current head of player development at Zoned Sports Academy, Steve Nikorak. Steve shares his personal journey growing up in Stroudsburg, PA, with an inspiring family who helped him become a high school and collegiate standout, ultimately earning an opportunity to sign with the Chicago White Sox organization. Now, Steve has taken the same passion he had on the field to his role as coach and educator, helping mold the lives of young men and women looking to further their academic and athletic careers. Steve recently has accomplished some personal milestones; running and completing the New York City marathon and co-founding and creating DOMINATE THE DIAMOND tutorial platform. A son, brother, friend, coach, author, role model and more, Steve is the kind guy who anyone would be lucky to have in their corner and a great example of how far hard work and character can take you.
The Dig Your Dream podcast is back in 2109 with Season 2 - And to get things kicked off in the new year, Ray Digmi catches up with the newly named Mrs. Nicole Navarrete - That's right, Ray Digmi's wife! A very cool, relaxed and candid interview with a girl who really knows how to make people smile. Nicole shares a little bit about herself, what she does for living, what it was like to plan and wedding and get married and tells us why 2018 was her best year yet. She also passes along some life advice that we should all listen to and what it's like to have front row seat and watch this Digmi dream day in and day out. A very loving and passionate person who believes that family is everything, Nicole is an example of how you can get the most out of live when you work hard, smile and love big.
DIGMI DISCUSSION Interview #11 catches up with Strength/Fitness Pro, Author, Speaker and Successful Entrepreneur Jay Ferruggia. Jay shares his journey from New Jersey to southern California, how he struggled with confidence and overcame both personal and professional failures. After 25 years of helping others be the biggest and strongest versions of themselves, Jay has found his way to personal health and happiness and is passionate about helping others find the same. Listen as he shares some of his favorite books to read, why simplifying is so important, some advice on how to diet and why he tips his cap to Digmi and the progress we have made. If you're looking to change the direction of your life, this is the interview that will help you take the first step!
DIGMI DISCUSSION Interview #10 is with Major League Baseball player and former New York Mets Catcher, Johnny Monell. Hear about his journey from the Bronx to the Big Leagues, how he grew up rooting for one Captain and ended up playing alongside the other captain and what is was like to live out of his dream of getting to "The Show" and playing with and against some of the best players in the game; and hear Johnny share his memories of being introduced to "The Guy In The Tie" for the first time and why he is proud to be part of the Digmi family.
On today's Daily Dose, we take a look back to the last home run of my career, in Game 5 of the Atlantic League Championship against the Somerset Patriots. A moment that most people, including myself, thought could never have the chance of happening!
On today's Daily Dose, we share the incredible speech, "Inch By Inch", made by fictional character, Tony, D'Amato, Head Coach of the Miami Sharks, from the movie, ANY GIVEN SUNDAY, played by legendary actor, Al Pacino.
On DIGMI DISCUSSION Interview #9, we sit down with newly named Head Baseball Coach of Fairleigh Dickinson University Florham, Jamie Quinn, who talks about his 10 year journey of coaching at the collegiate and professional baseball levels, some of his favorite Digmi memories, and hear him share some wise words and advise for anyone out there who has the courage to chase their dreams. A great interview with a guy who stayed the course and made his dream a reality with hard work and determination.
On today's Daily Dose, we look back to 5 years ago today, when Ray Navarrete, not Ray Digmi, headed out to the "Duck Pond" to play his last regular season home game of his professional baseball career - And we remind everyone to tune in to the DAAB Podcast, the official sports podcast show of "The Guy In The Tie" for everything sports - Its always the right time to #DigTheDAAB - Make sure to tune in to the DIG YOUR DREAM podcast tomorrow for DIGMI DISCUSSION Interview #9 with newly named Head Baseball Coach of Fairleigh Dickinson University Florham, Jamie Quinn!
On today's Daily Dose, we talk about the great comeback by the Green Bay Packers last night against the Chicago Bears and share the words from the star Quarterback on what being a true teammate is all about - As well as charismatic entrepreneurial personality Gary Vaynerchuk, who reminds us that for most of us adults, we are only at halftime and there is still a whole second half of the game to be played!
On today's Daily Dose, we talk about the first ever Digmi Personal PopUp Shop that we hosted last night - and share a quote from Ron Kaufman who asks us the meaning of our product to the people who are buying it.
On today's Daily Dose, episode #60, we share some inspiring quotes from the likes of actress Emma Watson, Dr. Seuss, and Oprah Winfrey, to get all of the students that headed back to school this week, feeling good about the new academic year.
On today's Daily Dose, we say hello to September and share a quote from Henry Rollins; As well as remind our listeners to go check out our special promo video we put together showing support for our friends over at CHEECHS OWN Coffee Company in Somerville, NJ, who enjoyed their grand opening this weekend!
On today's Daily Dose - we celebrate the King Of Pop, Michael Jackson's birthday, with some of his most memorable beats brought back to life with a new mix featuring Mark Ronson, titled, DIAMONDS ARE INVINCIBLE!
In our 8th Digmi Discussion, we catch up with current Rutgers University Baseball Assistant Coach, Jim Duffy. A former All-American 1st Baseman at Seton Hall University, Duffy went on to play professionally in the Houston Astros Organization before enjoying a successful collegiate coaching career; including being the head coach at Manhattan College and now in his current position at Rutgers University. Listen to "Duff" share some incredible stories from his playing days, to why he strongly believes that ATTITUDE IS A CHOICE, what he looks for when recruiting a college baseball player and why he believes that Digmi has a real chance to be a special brand. A class act that played and now coaches the game of baseball the right way, Jim Duffy is another example of a passionate personality who had the courage the LIVE his DREAM and BE himself!
On today's Daily Dose, we look back at last nights MLB Little League Classic, played at Bowman Field in Williamsport, PA, home of the Little League World Series. We hear from New York Mets 3rd baseman, Todd Frazier, who 20 years ago, lead his Toms River East team to the Little League World Series title.
On today's DAILY DOSE, we congratulate Digmi's own, Jamie Quinn, who was just named Head Baseball Coach at Fairleigh Dickinson -Florham University earlier this week. An inspiring story of passion and persistence, "Coach Q" has now accomplished one of his lifelong dreams!
On today's DAILY DOSE, we share a scene from the classic film, DEAD POETS SOCIETY, starring the late Robin Williams - who's character, teacher John Keating, introduces his students to the latin phrase, CARPE DIEM, and challenges them to make their lives EXTRAORDINARY!
On today's DAILY DOSE, I ask all of our listeners to go find nothing to do! In the middle of a peaceful weekend up in Lake George, NY, I was reminded just how important it is for all us to take some time to get away and live in the moment and enjoy the view. -RD
On today's DAILY DOSE, we recap a very special night out at Bethpage Ballpark, home of the Long Island Ducks, who retired the #3 jersey of legendary New York Mets World Series Champion and long time Ducks coach Buddy Harrelson. Recently diagnosed with Alzheimers disease, the Long Island Ducks wore purple #3 jerseys in his honor and commitment to standing by Buddy and his family during this battle. An emotional and moving ceremony that included family, friends, politicians and former players that shared their favorite experiences and expressed their sincere gratitude for all Buddy has done during his incredible career in the game of baseball and as a friend to so many!
On Episode #7 of the DIG YOUR DREAM podcast, Digmi founder Ray Digmi catches up with Major League Baseball veteran Eric Young Jr. "EY" has been a close friend and loyal Digmi brand supporter over the years. Recently called back up to "The Show", "EY" talks about what it was like growing up with a Major League Dad, his journey to the big leagues, why he REFUSES TO BE IGNORED, how he plans to FOREVER YOUNG and why he believes in "The Guy In The Tie". A passionate personality, "EY" embodies our brands motto of LIVE-DREAM-BE. A must listen for anyone out there who is chasing a dream!
On today's DAILY DOSE, we talk about "The King" LeBron James, and the opening of his I PROMISE SCHOOL. With the partnership between the LeBron James Family Foundation and the Akron Public School System, James and proudly opened the doors to its inaugural class earlier this week. With a brilliant career, LBJ has given so much back to the game of basketball, but with his new school, this may be his greatest contribution yet. - Also, we will catch up with Major League Baseball veteran Eric Young Jr. this afternoon. "EY" will be our special guest for Episode #7 of the DIG YOUR DREAM podcast, which will air tomorrow afternoon at 3pm.
On today's DAILY DOSE, we talk about street wear brand, THE HUNDREDS, and their recent 15th anniversary. One of the most respected street wear brands of our generation has been a great example of how to be unapologetically authentic, creating a community of loyal fans and customers. Since their founding in 2003, THE HUNDREDS are sold in retailers worldwide, and continue to have influence on the California culture of punk rock, hip hop, skate boarding and surfing. On their special anniversary, they shared "HEARD IT ALL. LISTENED TO NONE", an ode to the doubters and naysayers along their incredible journey.
On Episode #6 of the DIG YOUR DREAM podcast, UFC Star Fighter Eddie Alvarez sits down with Digmi Founder Ray Digmi at the Digmi Spring Pop-Up Shop at EVOLVE Clothing Gallery in Somerville, NJ back in May. Listen to "The Underground King" talk about his journey growing up in Philadelphia, his road to the UFC title, how he handled his toughest defeat and why he wears Digmi. An incredible interview with an impressive guy, both in and outside of the octagon. All listeners of this episode can enjoy 30% off the next Digmi purchase by using the special promo code: DIGMIEA18 - Be sure to check out Eddie Alvarez battle Dustin Poirier this Saturday night in Calgary!
On today's DAILY DOSE, we hear from successful entrepreneur and sports representation executive David Meltzer, who shares why he strongly believes that consistency can lead to exponential results; courtesy of Tom Bilyeu's IMPACT THEORY (which is Ray Digmi Recommended) - And we remind everyone to follow The AA Balls Podcast (DAAB Podcast), the official sports podcast show of "The Guy In The Tie" and tune in to Episode #28 today!
On today's Daily Dose, we tip our caps to Dan Lyons, shortstop of the Long Island Ducks, who collected his 1000th hit of his professional baseball career last night. "Mr. Flocktober" is a great example of passion and perseverance.
On Episode #5 of the DIG YOUR DREAM podcast, we catch up with former Seton Hall University standout and current Minnesota Twins farmhand, Zack Granite. Zack made his Major League Baseball debut last season; which included playing against the New York Yankees in the ALDS.
On today's Daily Dose, we listen to the wise words from Emmy Award Executive Producer, Rushion McDonald, who expresses the importance of not letting your age by a limit to starting over and chasing a dream. We also announce that former Seton Hall University baseball standout and current Minnesota Twins farmhand Zack Granite will be the special guest on Episode 5 of the DIG YOUR DREAM podcast, that will air tomorrow!
On today's Daily Dose, we recap last night MLB's Home Run Derby, where hometown hero, Bryce Harper put on a power show to remember and who showed us that a son is never to old to have his father throw him some batting practice!
On todays DAILY DOSE, with the Major League Baseball Home Run Derby scheduled for tonight in Washington D.C., we take a look back on a magical moment in 2008, when then Texas Rangers slugger Josh Hamilton captivated the baseball world with an unforgettable hitting display on the biggest and brightest of all baseball stages...the old Yankee Stadium!
On today's DAILY DOSE - I share some insight on my Instagram post from yesterday, where I answered a question someone asked me earlier about Digmi - I hope you enjoyed my answer! We quickly talk about two guys who have worn and supported Digmi over the years had memorable night in Queens - Also, a reminder on my personal invitation to anyone out there who thinks have a life experience, inspiring story or passionate personality that is worth sharing on our TIP YOUR CAP blog or DIG YOUR DREAM podcast. Hit me up and lets see what we can do to get your story heard or read!
On Episode #4, we sit down with competitive body builder turned successful businessman, Anthony Monetti. Monetti, founder of BODHI by Anthony Monetti, takes us on his personal journey from young kid trying to find himself, to falling in love with fitness and nutrition and how that led him to walking his own path. An very candid and honest interview with a guy who shares both his triumphs and defeats and has used both to build the best version of himself and his business. This former MTV TRU LIFE star has big muscles, big personality and big dreams!
On todays Daily Dose, we share a clip from the movie INDEPENDENCE DAY, and talk about the significance of this holiday and why it is important to remember that WE ALL wear the same color uniform...The Red, White and Blue of the United States of America!
On todays DAILY DOSE, we talk about LeBron James' latest decision to head to Hollywood - and why hard work, sacrifice and success should earn someone the right to decide what path they want to travel. Also, we announce our special guest for our upcoming Episode #4, Anthony Monetti, competitive body-builder and former star of MTV's TRU LIFE.
A quick recap about our exciging day down in Asbury Park - From impromptu photo shoot on the boardwalk to a meeting that will bring "The Guy In The Tie" down the shore this summer - Another awesome day being Digmi!
On todays DAILY DOSE, we talk about the new trailer for CREED II, and after more than 30 years, it seems like ROCKY will have to witness another CREED vs. DRAGO fight! This Thanksgiving...we are going to find out the Apollo Creed didn't die for nothing!
On todays DAILY DOSE, we listen to the wise words of Mr. Miyagi, the iconic character from the movie THE KARATE KID - Find out how walking in the middle might get you squished...just like grape...haha!
On this DAILY DOSE, we use the examples of Ryan Little (my sister's new Husband & my new Brother-in-Law) and the 13u RedHawks from Zoned Sports Academy - and how the power of positive thinking & visualization can help you accomplish your goals and achieve your dreams!
On Episode #3 of the DIG YOUR DREAM podcast, we catch up with "The Bride To Be", my little sister, Amelia Navarrete. "Oats" talks about her little love story, her award winning academic year as a high school teach, and how she hopes one day to have the life that Mom and Dad were able to provide their children. A really cool interview between a proud brother and his sister who is having a cup of coffee the morning before she says "I Do".
On todays DAILY DOSE, we let motivational entrepreneur Gary Vaynerchuk remind us that it doesn't matter what are age, sex, or race is. The time is now to work and make your dreams a reality. It's time to STOP MAKING EXCUSES. Be sure to follow Gary Vaynerchuk on all his social media platforms - you'll be grateful you did!
On this DAILY DOSE, we share a clip from the movie RUDY and emphasize the importance of sticking it out and perservering during times of disappointment. We also announce that our special guest for Episode #3 will be the bride to be, my little sister Amelia Navarrete.
On todays DIG YOUR DREAM DAILY DOSE, we share a story of determination and redemption - Brandon Martorano, catcher for the University Of North Carolina Tar Heels, is playing in the College World Series in Omaha this weekend. Hear how one year made a big difference for this New Jersey native!
On Episode #2 of DIG YOUR DREAM - Host Ray Digmi sits down with Zoned Sports Academy CEO Duke Baxter, who shares his inspirational journey of how he took his love for the game of baseball motivate him to build one of the premier indoor baseball/softball facilities in the country. A businessman, coach, husband, father and friend (and did you know, Best Selling Author), "The Dukester" shares some valuable advice on how to live a life with passion, while always keeping a smile on his face, no matter what the challenge. This is a Digmi Discussion that you're going to want to tune into!
This DIG YOUR DREAM DAILY DOSE features some wise words of wisdom this Wednesday from Hollywood superstar actor Will Smith - who reminds us how powerful the act of self discipline is. Also, quick reminder to check back in tomorrow for Episode #2 featuring special guest Duke Baxter, CEO of Zoned Sports Academy!
Our DIG YOUR DREAM DAILY DOSE for Tuesday June 12, 2018 features some valuable tips from Academy Award winning actor Denzel Washington and our newest TIPYOURCAP.com article contribution from Digmi Team member Isaiah Allen, who reviews Kanye West's newest release, "Ye".
Our first Daily Dose features inspirational words from motivational speaker Les Brown as well as an update on the Digmi Home Run Derby being held on July 11th and the release of our newest Digmi tee shirt styles that are now available at select Tilly's store locations in New York, New Jersey and California.
The very first episode of DIG YOUR DREAM is a personal piece, "FROM BASEBALL TO BLOOMINGDALES", written and read by Digmi Founder, Ray Digmi. Originally written as a contribution article for TIPYOURCAP.com, Ray Digmi takes you on his personal journey of going from professional baseball to building a brand that landed on the shelves of one of the most iconic retailers in the fashion business.