This blissful ignorance ended sharply and painfully on September 20th.
An avid bowler with his own back alley in the Montville, New Jersey home he shares with his wife Lisa Valastro and children Sofia, 17, Buddy III, 16, Marco, 14 and Carlo, 10, Buddy was fixing a faulty pinsetter when his right hand was stuck in the machine.
“I’ve reset it a hundred times,” Buddy told people eight days after the incident. But this time, “I guess I looked the other way and then my hand got pinned.” Squeezing his dominant palm in the machine, he said he watched in horror as a one and a half inch metal spike was “pushed several times through the middle of my ring finger and middle finger.”
When blood began to gush (“It looked like a Halloween movie”) he froze, realizing that there was little he could do. “I thought I was going to faint,” he admitted later that day. But after five minutes of pure shock, “something happened and told me to be quiet,” he told People, “because at that point I knew I was stuck. I was stuck in the machine. That rod was through my hand and I knew I had to get out of there. “