BosBabes Ep 33: Getting to Know US!- Brittany and Ryan

BosBabes host Brittany Baldi and her MLB (Hall of Fame) relief pitcher boyfriend, Ryan Dull – allow a glimpse into their busy yet entertaining lives. In the very first “Get to know them” episode Britt and Ryan discuss how they met, traveling with their dog, trying new foods, and much more! Ryan also discusses what it was like growing up an Atlanta Braves fan and chasing his childhood dream of playing professional baseball. Ryan gives back to his hometown of Kernersville North Carolina in a big way! By supporting his local little league. Find out more by listening to the full episode.

Bosbabes Show Ep 32: NE Patriots Cornerback, Joejuan Williams

On this episode of BosBabes, host Brittany Baldi gets details into New England Patriots cornerback — Joejuan Williams life. Joejuan dishes details on growing up in Nashville TN and how his mother helped him with his tackling drills! Joejuan also chats about his 2019 draft day when Patriots Superbowl Champion Donta’ Hightower called his name– he was very excited!! What was it like for Joejuan to play college football at Vanderbilt? What is it like playing under Coach Belichick and having Cam Newton as a quarterback? Joejuan is also hosting his first ever charity event in Boston called -Games For Good – and it is to benefit Boston Medical Center. All of this and much more! Tune in for a fantastic lifestyle sports episode featuring a young driven athlete that rose to the top with lots of hard work!

Bosbabes Show Ep 31: Boston Pride Defender, Mallory Souliotis!

If you are a hockey fan! This episode is for you. Mallory Soulitois is anything but your average young woman! Not only does she play professional hockey for the Boston Pride, her career is stellar! She is in the medical field and graduated from Yale University! In this BosBabes episode Mallory discusses her emotions on draft day, playing both college and pro hockey, how she maintains balance in her life, how she gives back to the community…and much more. Also in this episode— Special interviews from Boston Bruins legends Terry O’Reilly and Frank Simonetti. You will also hear from Ray Bourque’s son Ryan, as he discusses what the -Bowl with a Bruin event – means to him.

Bosbabes Show Ep 30: Princess Program Foundations Alyssa Banks

A woman just 21 years of age, decided to put her love for princesses and helping others to good use! Alyssa Banks, a die hard Patriots fan idolized princesses and Hannah Montana as a child… she also always had a passion for wanting to help others and give back. On this special -charity themed- BosBabes episode, host Brittany Baldi dives deep into why spreading Christmas magic, hope, and putting smiles on ill children’s faces is a big reason Alyssa began the -Princess Program Foundation-, a non profit organization dedicated to offering at home and hospital visits to children in need of a smile.

Bosbabes Show Ep 29: US Track and Field Paralympic- Noelle Lambert

Noelle Lambert might seem like your every day, normal girl from Londonderry NH, however she is anything but that! Noelle Lambert grew up with a family filled with lots of love and support! She thrived playing and watching sports. She was a star lacrosse player in college…and then, the unthinkable happened – Noelle lost a leg during a moped accident. Listen to this BosBabes episode as Noelle details her triumph through tragedy. People like Tom Brady (NFL quarterback) , Roseann Sdoia (Boston Marathon bombing survivor), her college teammates and family all had her back during such a transformative time period in her life! Noelle even started her own foundation, aimed at helping those that need access to prosthetics called the * Born To Run Foundation *

Bosbabes Show Ep 28: Cara Maria, from MTVs The Challenge!

BosBabes host Brittany Baldi chatted it up with MTV The Challenge star, Cara Maria!! Did you know running a final could be dangerous? -Cara discusses it! What was it like growing up in the Boston area? Did you know she can paint very well and create some awesome -cosplay!? Get details on her and Paulie’s relationship….and much more!

Bosbabes Show Ep 27: LSU Women’s Bball player & NBA WAG- Mercedes Brooks!

LSU College Basketball Player Mercedes Brooks chats with BosBabes host Brittany Baldi all about growing up in Texas and having a great time with her family as a child. She is a recent LSU graduate and amazing college basketball player. She dates current Boston Celtic, Tremont Waters– she playfully chats about how Tremont won her over, at an LSU basketball gym…he had her shoot some 3 pointers for him! Listen in to this episode, you will learn how Mercedes enjoys giving back to the homeless community, she loves crab legs from Louisiana…and she even gives us information on the NBA BUBBLE!

Off The Ice With The Goon Himself: Doug Smith

goon.jpgBOSTON, MA- You may have seen the movie. You may have read the book. Yet until you’re staring at the 6’2 “Goon” himself, you have no idea the terror his presence set into the minds of those he went toe-to-toe with on the ice as an enforcer. He’s tall, he’s focused, and he’s not afraid to take a couple punches from anyone who gets in the way of him protecting those around him.  Even outside of the game, the 6’2 former professional fighter Doug Smith instantly commands the room with his presence: if not for his height, the former fight man’s contagious smile and genuine kindness can be spotted a mile away.

The son of an amateur boxer, Smith says his father didn’t want him in the ring at all and refused to take him to any of his games. Yet it was Smith’s own mother who recognized his passion for the pastime, and secretly took him to watch his first fight without his father knowing. “I think from a young age I enjoyed that sport..My father thought it was dangerous but I wanted to at least try it.” Little did they both know at the time that this game would be the start of an incredible career that lead Smith to do a bit of boxing of his own that started him on the path to a book, movies, and a career he truly fell in love with.

How did that one his mother took him to kickstart his future as an enforcer? Despite discovering his love for fighting, Smith was still a teenager that loved to hang out with his friends just as much as anyone else who simple got roped into playing a game of hockey on a local pond. “I didn’t play hockey as a kid growing up. I didn’t start skating until I was 19 on a pond in Hanover, and a friend of mine persuaded me to learn to skate just to hang out. It really started to snowball in the fighting aspect, and they said ‘You know, if you could keep your balance, and you can fight, you can really do something with this.’ We never imagined it would go as far as it did.” Once he began officially working as an enforcer for the AHL, Smith realized he found his true passion. “I enjoyed the fighting aspect-I know it sounds crazy, but I enjoyed the competition,” said Smith was a sparkle in his eye just reminiscing on his favorite moments on the ice. Many thrilling fights, long road trips, black eyes and missing teeth later, Smith remains humble about his experience to this day. “Listen, my story is simple: I didn’t write books and I didn’t have movies because I won my fights. In fact, I probably lost most of my fights. But it was an underdog story-I didn’t have my first organized hockey game until I was 22 years old, and that’s really late. So I think the public absorbed it more as a longshot guy who just happened to make it.” Despite his success, Smith says although his mother spent many years supporting her son in every way possible in his road to success there is still one thing she’s refused to do: “She’s had no interest in watching the movie, and I don’t think she should, either. It’s too vulgar for her!” he explains.

Today, Smith continues to serve as a protector for those around him as an Officer with the Hanson Police Department, and gives back to his community through various charities including Skate For The 22 Foundation. On top of all he does daily, Smith confirmed for fans The Goon franchise isn’t going anywhere. “There might be a third movie,” he revealed to us with a sly smile.

Want to hear more from Doug Smith’s interview? Watch the full episode of his in-studio visit below!

 

Cheers to 2019: The BosBabes Celebrate First Annual Holiday Special With Big News!

When NFL Cheerleader & Founder of StrongHer Organization Alicia Capone walked into the studio on the evening of our 2019 Holiday Special, there was something very different about her. It wasn’t that she’d just been rushing from work to come and join us, and of course she wasn’t nervous about jumping into the studio with us like she’d done before. No, I recognized the smile ear to ear of a girl who’d just recently heard the words that were about to change both her name and her life: Alicia was rocking a GORGEOUS engagement ring, and was ready to share the news with the world.

Yet Alicia’s proposal was one that would bring envy to any true New England fan (and according to her mother, a hard secret to keep!). Much to her surprise, Alicia had been proposed to on the field of Gillette Stadium: and her now-fiancee had worked hard to make sure both of their families were there in person to watch it all happen. With a little help from her fellow cheerleaders, players’ families and even Coach Belichick himself, Alicia’s fairytale moment on the field became a reality with just enough tickets to make sure her family could be there to hold up signs when the big moment came. “Andrea (Andrea Cadigan, Head Cheerleader of the New England Patriots) kept hugging me so that I wouldn’t turn around and notice the signs or see my family in the stands,” Now looking back, no one was talking to me third or fourth quarter and there were all these little hints to put more makeup on or lipstick, one of my teammates started brushing my hair..I didn’t think anything of it!” As she was waiting to do what she thought was walking a former veteran on the field, she began to notice signs but says it all felt like a beautiful blur. “I remember being so excited that I can’t even remember what he said, or what I SAID, so I went up to him after the game and was like ‘I don’t remember if I said yes, but YES!’ just to make sure,” she laughed. This is actually pretty common to be so excited you don’t remember your proposal: co-host Emmalyn, who recently got married in September, said she felt the same way and was so excited she stood back in awe and their families had actually been nervous she’d said no! Of course, this wasn’t the case for either of the happy couples, and now Alicia says she has pictures and memories that will last her a lifetime as she and Sean diving head first into planning for a 2021 wedding.

Beside Alicia, yet another guest was waiting with a big surprise reveal of his own. Hold The Line Hockey Tournament Founder Nik Tasiopoulos who organizes the local charity event bringing former Bruins players to play vs. local first responders to benefit fallen heroes in our communities announced he and his fiance are expecting their first child in May. “For the first one, we like the name Jackson,” Nik said with a smile that confirmed  he and his fiance are planning for more children to come in the Tasiopoulos household. Yet that’s not all that’s in store for 2020: Nik revealed he and his fiance are also planning for a September wedding at Granite Links in Quincy, an elegant golf course that boasts a beautiful view of the Boston skyline. On top of all of that, Nik is already also planning for Hold The Line 2020 to benefit Officer Gresca and his family of Waltham. “It’s amazing how the first responder and hockey community overlaps, and we already have a waiting list of first responders ready to play in August of 2020.”

Looking to learn more about Alicia & Nik? Check out our full episode below!

 

In The Octagon With Charles Rosa

BOSTON- Fresh out of the ring from his Friday night victory in TD Garden, MMA Champion Charles “Boston Strong” Rosa greeted us outside of the studio with a smile from ear to ear and open arms for a big hug.

There was absolutely no inclination that just days prior, the Peabody native had been toe-to-toe with his opponent throwing swings in the octagon, breaking the record for most wins all-time in his hometown stadium of TD Garden. Except, of course, for a small mark under his right eye. “You can barely see that hit, huh?” I said, standing in awe of how well put together he looked after what I could only imagine was both a mentally and physically draining event. I had to ask, “What did you use to heal that up so fast?!” Rosa

smiled, “Nothin’ actually, I’ve always healed quick like that, I dunno. I just like to think it’s ’cause I’m healthy and take care of myself.” As we stood on the sidewalk in Quincy in what was a unique situation-a potential gas leak in studio just before we were set to air-Charles’ easygoing demeanor and genuine kindness radiated through his thick Boston accent and multiple thank you’s to the first responders of the Quincy Fire Department. This was all just a glimpse into the man we were about to get to know.

Once we got the all-clear and were finally ready to air, our first order of business tointroduce the guest of honor was rolling footage of him cooking up one of his standard pre-fight meals in the Johnson & Wales kitchen where he once attended. What’s on the menu? “Bland” chicken with just a bit of cayenne pepper, NO olive oil or salt and some fresh vegetables on the side. On the off days, however, Rosa’s favorite cheat meal is  homemade chicken parm! “Always on Sunday my Dad would have a big Italian dinner planned for us and we’d watch football,” says Charles, who grew up surrounded by family, food and sports. “The guidance counselor asked me what I wanted to do, and I said I wanted to play hockey, I wanted to be in the NHL. And they kinda laughed a little bit and said ‘You can’t go to school for that, what do you want to do? So, what are your other hobbies?’ And I said, well, I loved eating, I love cooking food- huge sports fan, huge food fan, huge Boston fan.” 

 

Yet his rough-and-tumble background stayed top of mind with fond memories of wrestling on his backyard full-size trampoline after sports games, and at 23 years old Rosa began training for jiu-juitsu.  “All my boys would come over after lacrosse practice, after hockey practice, whatever, and we’d go on the trampoline and jump and we’d just wrestle each other and pretty much play king of the mat,” he recalled, laughing at the irony that both himself and one of his childhood friends grew up to become professional fighters.

While they may be two of his favorite things, Rosa says it’s not just food & fights on mind. Hanging around Charles’ neck was a dog-tag shaped emblem that read the words “Chucky’s Fight,” representing his very own family’s charity foundation dedicated to knocking out substance abuse. “At 16 and 17, I lost my brothers to substance abuse,” he explained, telling the heartbreaking story of how his family dealt with the grief of losing  the two boys that Rosa had looked up to as role models. “I think the biggest thing about substance abuse and the drugs is education. I don’t think anybody goes out and says ‘Oh, I’m gonna go try heroin,’ like it kinda builds from starting from other drugs and maybe not being educated on it. So, that’s I think they key to solving that problem and that’s something my dad has dedicated his entire life to and that I go and help out. Sometimes I’ll go to schools, I’ll go to treatment centers, I’ll go to prisons and speak to the kids or adults about it and it’s been really successful.” The Chucky’s Fight foundation now helps those without funds to get into treatment centers and aid recovery, providing those who agree to make healthy lifestyle changes with a pendant to remind them of their commitment to recovery.

Want to learn more about Chucky’s Fight & Charles Rosa? Stay tuned for the link from his in-studio interview on The BosBabes!