Where is Big Al now? His post-fame life detailed

By Chege Karomo — ON Jun 22, 2022
Alfred Delia
Alfred Delia, also known Big Al. during a 2018 Little League game | Photo by Peter Ackerman/Asbury Park Press

Alfred’ Big Al’ Delia rose to fame in 2018 after appearing on a promotional ESPN video about his baseball team’s advancement to the Little League World Series in Williamsport. Big Al said: “Hi, my name is Alfred Delia. At home they call me Big Al, and I hit dingers.”

A dinger is a baseball phrase meaning a home run. The clip fueled Big Al’s unlikely fame, landing him numerous national interviews, including an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! Professional baseball players, including Luke Voit and Todd Frazier, took photos with the budding star. 

As far as we can tell, Big Al is still hitting dingers

Big Al is still hitting dingers several years after his rise to fame. Asbury Park Press caught up with the baseball star in July 2021 and reported that he was leading the Middletown Senior All-Stars on another Little League Baseball run. 

At the time, Middletown was undefeated and had won Section 3 and District 19 titles. The team’s head coach, Tim St. Clair, told the outlet that Big Al still gets recognized:

“We were at a game in Freehold a couple of weeks and kids came up to the dugout in the middle of the game and asked, ‘Is that Big Al in there?’ He smiles a little and wants to focus on the game.”

St. Clair reiterated the team’s desire to win more silverware and stated that the players had learned to deal with high-pressure situations. He said:

“They’ve played a lot of postseason games, so there’s a lot of experience. When we get down by a couple runs, there hasn’t been any panic. There’s a confidence that comes with playing in a lot of high-pressure games.”

Considering Middletown’s success, we assume Big Al’s still getting home runs. “It’s been great to see,” St. Clair added. 

Middletown’s quest to reclaim the District 19 All-Star Tournament title begins in late June 2022, with Big Al likely to play a crucial role in the team’s success. 

Big Al enjoyed the fame brought by his 2018 clip

“I get recognized all the time,” Big Al told Asbury Park Press in July 2019. “It’s so crazy.” He told the outlet that strangers often approached him asking for a photo, including members of opposing teams. 

Big Al capitalized on his fame, meeting NBA stars and catching a ceremonial pitch from former New York Mets’ third baseman Todd Frazier before a Williamsport contest. Big Al also appeared on numerous television broadcasts.

“Now looking back, that was the best time in my life,” Big Al said. Big Al came to national attention because of a video, but he was already a star in Middleton. Former Middletown coach told App that he viewed Big Al as one of his team’s leaders:

“The team is led by three players from last year’s Mid-Atlantic regional team: Dylan Briggs, Joey Wall and Al Delia. These boys have been through some tough games, and I look for them to be the leaders on this team.”

Could we see Big Al go pro and hit dingers in the major leagues? Time will tell.