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One of those players was Rickie Weeks. Below is a Q&A that was recently published in Baseball Youth Magazine, which is a magazine geared toward youth baseball players, that we thought our readers might also enjoy.
Thanks to Haley for sharing this with us and we wish you the best of luck in pursuit of your passion!
-John and Cait
HALEY: What is your favorite thing about Miller Park?
RICKIE: The fans are amazing and I have spent my entire career in Milwaukee.
HALEY: Are there any other ballparks that you particularly like?
RICKIE: Miami because I was born in Florida and my…
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I have never let someone else take the helm of my blog before, even on a one-time basis, but there is but one Haley Smilow. So maybe it is time for me to do some “paying it forward” and provide a forum for a budding M L B beat reporter/ interview guru. I know Haley doesn’t need a lot of help as her accolades and accomplishments already at a young age simply blow my mind.
I always try and encourage writers both young and mature to find their own groove and take their time writing what they enjoy, or what might inform or entertain people. To paraphrase a old saying, “If you enjoy what you do, it will never be work”. I have a feeling Haley will never have to work a day in her life, only enjoy what she does with passion and joy.
So please welcome my first ever guest blogger…
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Today I received a copy of Kiki Magazine which is a fashion magazine for “Girls with style and substance”. I am sharing this with my readers because my article with Amber Sabathia who is the wife of Yankees ace pitcher CC Sabathia was featured in this months issue. Amber and I talked about MLB fashion and what inspired her to start her clothing line CCandy Clothing.
Make sure you check out the complete article in Kiki Magazine.
INTERVIEW WITH ADRON CHAMBERS
As my dad and I head down to Florida at the end of March for Spring Training I am reminded how much baseball can change in one year. Last March I interviewed Adron Chamber when he played for the St. Louis Cardinals, he got called up during the post season for the series against the Dodgers. During the off season things changed for Adron who is now a member of the Houston Astro’s, but of course my question were never really about baseball but more about Adron as a person and I found out a lot of cool things about the 27-year-old Pensacola, Florida native.
INTERVIEW WITH JUSTIN TURNER
I have been fortunate enough to have had the opportunity to interview several Major League Baseball Players over the last couple of years. My family began a quest in 2011 to visit all 30 ballparks and by the end of this summer they will have completed the trip with our last 8 stadiums out West.
A New Addition To The MLB Press Corps: 12-Year-Old Haley Smilow
12-year-old reporter Haley Smilow with Detroit Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera during MLB’s 2013 All-Star festivities at Citi Field in New York. (Courtesy of Marc Smilow)
Listen to my complete interview on “Only A Game w/Bill Littlefield” on NPR WBUR 90.9
INTERVIEW WITH CODY ROSS
One of my favorite interviews was two days after my 11th Birthday. We were in Boston and I had a chance to sit down with Cody Ross. We talked about his favorite Ball Parks to play in, who he doesn’t like to face, what he does for pre and post game rituals and what he does on the road. As always I was not caught up in asking the Outfielder about his statics but more about his life in this candid interview. Amongst other topics we discussed included: What Cody does for charity work, what his favorite animal is…. Also who is the biggest practical joker in the MLB…and much much more.
Today my dad showed me a video from Macklemore that was a tribute to Dave Niehaus who was an announcer for the Seattle Mariners. It was really cool to watch and see him rap about how much he loves baseball and the Mariners. I wanted to share the video with everyone else that loves baseball.
INTERVIEW WITH CASEY JANSSEN
This was an interview that I did with Toronto Blue Jays relief pitcher Casey Janssen. It ended up being aired on MLB.com / Cut 4. It was really cool because this time I met Casey at the hotel when the Blue Jays were playing the Yankees in New York. This was different from some of my other interviews because I got to see how the team travelled.
Check out the full interview by clicking on the MORE button.
INTERVIEW WITH LEFTY SPECIALIST CRAIG BRESLOW
Craig Breslow is a pitcher for the Boston Red Sox. He throws left-handed, and is considered a lefty specialist. This year he has faced more right-handed hitters (98 plate appearances) than lefties (74) and actually has posted reverse splits (.225 vs. righties, .309 vs. lefties). Only one of each has taken him deep this season. With runners in scoring position, he has allowed just one extra-base hit in 43 plate appearances. Breslow a graduate of Yale University was given the nickname “smartest man in baseball” by Minneapolis Star Tribune Twins writer La Velle E. Neal III. Breslow helped lead the team and the bullpen deep into the playoffs and eventually the World Series. I had the opportunity to sit down with Craig and ask him a couple of questions that weren’t all about statistics and more about his personal life.