WELCOME TO MILLER PARK
The very first stop of our baseball trip was Miller Park. I was ten when we went. When we went it was 2011. I rember seeing the stadium for the very first time and there was something about it that I loved. Outside the stadium there was tailgating everywhere and it was like nothing I’ve ever seen before. It was car after car and grill after grill. When we walked into Miller Park I had a big smile on my face and something felt right, that something clicked. I knew I was home, I knew baseball was my love and passion in life. The field is really nice and it was made for baseball. The field has the Brewers symbol on it behind home plate. We were sitting near the Brewers dugout and I got my first ball. The tickets are not too expensive at Miller Park and it was a great experience. It was really fun because we got to interact with the players and watch them up close. I also got to meet Bernie Brewer the Brewers loyal mascot. Bernie was cool and he is dressed like a man with a brewer’s shirt and a yellow mustache . Bernie also slides down the slide when the Brewers hit a home run, which was a lot between Ryan Braun and Prince Fielder. We also got to see the famous sausage race which was during the 4th inning. My favorite was the hot dog and he was the one I rooted for. I only rooted for the hotdog because he is the traditional baseball food and I didn’t really like any of them at the time. Hotdog won once when I was in Milwaukee. Since I was only ten at the time I rember wanting to see what the kids zone was like and so did Ethan. We walked to it the middle of the game. We thought it was pretty cool. In the kids zone you could race Corey Hart I beat him once after three tries. Ethan and I also biked and raced sausages. I won against Ethan in that. I don’t also rember much from Miller Park because I was only ten. Although one thing I do rember is that it was a good stadium and that they had good fans. The atmosphere was great and lots of the fans seemed passionate or a little drunk from the tailgating. In Miller Park as far as food goes it good but I was not a huge foodie so I didn’t have a care for it. Although there is the five-sausage meal that Miller Park is famous for. Miller Park has a special place in my heart and it was a great first stadium. Also if your in Milwaukee and headed to Miller Park make sure to check out Kopps frozen custard, it is awesome. If I were to rate Miller Park out of ten I would probably be an eight. I think overall Miller Park is worth your time but it is not my favorite park but then again I cannot just choose one favorite.
Smilow, 13, is not your ordinary fan she is also a reporter for Baseball Youth Magazine, Sports Illustrated Kids and Universo Beisbol. “It is my dream to interview a player at every stadium that my family and I visit.” Over the last four summers the Smilow family has traveled around the country trying to help Haley achieve this dream.
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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.
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
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.
This was an article I wrote for black history month for my SI Kids Reporters blog. February is Black History month and this made me think about the impact that African-Americans have had on the sports world. One of the biggest impacts, in my opinion, was the Negro Leagues. In August 2011, I was lucky enough to go to Kansas City to see a Royals vs. Yankees game. What I did not know was the history of baseball in K.C. is more then just the Royals.
Interview with Barry Enright
Barry Enright was drafted out of Pepperdine University by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the second round for the 2007 amateur draft. The right-handed pitcher made his major league debut on June 30, 2010. He pitched five innings and earned the win that day against the St. Louis Cardinals. Enright, 26, is in his second season with the Reno Aces, the Diamondbacks’ Triple-A affiliate. Enright was 9-5 with the Aces last season, and is 4-3 with 4.82 ERA (as of June 5, 2012) until he was traded to the Angels.
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