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In Marin / Q&A
1 What is your favorite Giants memory? Interviewing Jonathan Sanchez after he authored a no-hitter in 2009. I
loved the story line of the night, with Sanchez on the chopping
block and given a final start to prove he belonged. His father
was in the stands, visiting from Puerto Rico, watching his son
pitch at the MLB level for the first time ever. The emotion was
overwhelming and it was an honor to bring that moment to the
Giants fan base.
2 How has sports broadcasting changed since you began your career? There are more women. And I love it.
Especially seeing more women in positions of influence or
power. I also think there are just more positions in the industry
allowing for different skill sets to be highlighted.
3 Advice to young women aspiring to work in sports broadcasting? Know your sport. There is not the same
room for error when it comes to women versus men in this
industry. So if you’re not confident about something, don’t
try and sell it. Talk about what you know and learn, learn,
learn the rest.
4 Who were your first Giants interviews? In the same sea- son, Pablo Sandoval and Sergio Romo were called up. They
were two of my favorites as rookies. Always bright-eyed and
available for interviews. But also that same season Rich Aurilia,
Dave Roberts and Randy Winn were on the team. Known as the
“Rat Pack” of the Giants, those three are some of my favorite
people in sports and life. Always helpful and accommodating,
they helped me figure out my role as a rookie.
5 Most fun interview? Too many to pick just one. All of the postseason interviews from ’ 10,’ 12 and ’ 14 were extra
exciting, knowing what was on the line. It’s also always fun to
interview someone willing to “play,” like Jeremy Affeldt or Javier
Lopez. They each have a wicked sense of humor and can be super
sarcastic. Sarcasm, if understood, can be a reporter’s best friend.
For Amy Gutierrez, baseball has always been a family affair. Growing up as a fourth-generation
baseball lover and talking about it over the dinner table was great early preparation for
a career in sports broadcasting. After a stint covering basketball, the Emmy-winning
journalist moved to baseball and started covering the San Francisco Giants for
NBC Sports Bay Area in 2008. For a decade, Amy G — as she’s affectionately
known to viewers — has focused on the stories behind the headlines, sharing
the human side of the sport and insights into the Giants players. Recently, Gutierrez
took her storytelling approach beyond the diamond with her children’s book series
Smarty Marty. S TEPHANIE MAR TIN
6 Most challenging interview? Without naming names, there have been a few.
I’ve worked with all types of personalities.
Some guys are nervous, some are simply
uncomfortable talking about themselves. But
the challenge is why I do it. It’s very rewarding
when you get a player who isn’t known for talking
to open up and trust you.
7 Favorite thing to eat at AT&T Park? The Cha Cha Bowl hands down. It’s hall-of-famer
Orlando Cepeda’s recipe. So, contrary to popular
opinion, it’s not those World Series rings that motivate me, it’s the opportunity to eat a bowl.
8 Day or night game? Easy. Night. Traffic on day games is brutal.
9 How did you become an author? By chance really. I was approached by publisher Cameron
& Co. in Petaluma about writing a book about baseball for kids. But what really put things into motion
was the push from my grandmother. She passed away
November 12, 2012, and shortly thereafter I signed a
contract to write about a strong female character who
teaches her brother to love the game of baseball through
scoring the game. I named her Marty in honor of my
grandmother (Martha) and dedicated the book to her.
10 What inspired you to write your second book in the series? I think we’re in a very interesting time, politically
and socially. I have a 12-year-old son and 9-year-old daughter
and it is very important that my husband and I foster strong,
confident children with a voice and sense of achievability.
Smarty Marty turns the tables on gender stereotypes and
raises the question “why not a girl?” That’s a topic I’m
passionate about driving awareness of. m B