Why a Rhode Island woman is getting Rocco Baldelli's congratulatory texts
Giana Manzi woke up to about a dozen texts offering her congratulations on the new job.
Only thing is, she's not the next manager of the Minnesota Twins. Rocco Baldelli is.
If you're trying to text Baldelli on becoming the youngest manager in baseball, there's a chance you have his old phone number that now belongs to Manzi.
"I just don't even know who's texting me," Manzi told espnW. "I'm like, 'I wouldn't even know if it was David Ortiz or something.'"
How? Well, the two of them both have 401 area codes as they're both from Rhode Island -- Baldelli from Woonsocket, Manzi from Cranston, about a half-hour away.
"I knew Rhode Island was small, but not this small," Manzi said with a laugh.
Manzi, a lifelong Red Sox fan, had gotten wrong-number calls in the past but thought nothing of them, even when they asked for Rocco. It wasn't until a couple of weeks ago that she received a text wishing Baldelli well for an interview.
She decided to have some fun and responded.
"I was like, 'LOL, yeah, man,'" she said. "And he said something like, 'If you need managerial tips, I coach my son's baseball team haha,' and I was like, 'Uh-oh, this is actually somebody.'"
Manzi found out she was talking with one of Baldelli's childhood friends and then started piecing everything together. Baldelli played high school ball in Warwick, was a first-round pick in 2000 and spent seven seasons in the majors from 2003 to 2010, including the 2009 season with the Red Sox.
Thursday morning, Manzi found out the 37-year-old Baldelli was named Twins manager.
"My friends this morning are like, 'You should start some rumors about all the things you're gonna do for the Twins,'" Manzi said. "I'm like, 'I'm not gonna cross that line.'"
Perhaps Baldelli will respond to one of Manzi's tweets and offer her Twins-Red Sox tickets. Or maybe she'll find a way to score a job as an assistant on Baldelli's staff.
"I think I would be a great third base coach, to be honest, but that's just me," she said.
Manzi works for LogMeIn, a software company based in Boston. Though she didn't get a new job today, she's always wanted to be a broadcast journalist for the Red Sox.
"This could be my moment," she said jokingly.
Of course, first thing's first: Baldelli needs to find a way to thank everyone who's trying to reach out to him.
"I'm thinking that Rocco will want to get his congratulations eventually," she said.