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  March 30, 2006
CSI: NY's Bat Man
by Craig Tomashoff

Carmine Giovinazzo takes swings at a batting cage he likes to visit when not working as hotheaded, good-hearted cop Danny Messer on "The story line is going to be what Danny went through before he was a cop," explains Giovinazzo. “It’s going to put me in a real predicament and be real intense.”
When a body is unearthed in the end zone at Giants Stadium, the discovery is surprisingly linked to Danny and the mysterious world of Tanglewood, his old gang of street thugs. “Danny is the Sonny Corleone of the show,” says creator Anthony Zuiker. “He’s always in trouble, has a bad temper and can’t shake his past.”
Danny’s background may be sketchy, but Giovinazzo comes from mainstream roots. He grew up in Staten Island, New York, and both his father and sister worked as police officers. Although he would eventually play a cop on TV, “we never could picture Carmine actually following in his father’s footsteps and being one,” says childhood buddy Keith Bolognese. “We thought he’d maybe play baseball.”
Giovinazzo, an all-star high-school shortstop, earned a baseball scholarship to Wagner College and an invitation to work out for the Chicago Cubs. A bad back forced him out of the game and into acting, but he still enjoys going up against a pitching machine.
“I don’t think Danny will settle down,” says Giovinazzo, stepping back into the cage.Crack! “He’ll be in more troublesome situations, on the edge of being fired.” Crack! “We’re not going to sew up this guy in a nice package.” In other words, he’ll keep on swinging.


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