Whether you’re a fan of the San Francisco Giants or another team (we won’t hold it against you), we think you’ll be a fan of Amy G’s new chapter book, Smarty Marty Steps Up Her Game. For those of you who may not know, Amy Gutierrez, or Amy G, as she is known, is the San Francisco Giants in-game reporter for NBC Sports Bay Area. And not only that, she’s also a bestselling children’s book author and a native of our fair city, Petaluma.
We were introduced to Smarty Marty, a girl who loves baseball, in Amy G’s first Cameron Kids book, Smarty Marty’s Got Game, a picture book with illustrations by Adam McCauley, that was released in 2013 and has gone back to print several times. Marty has learned all she knows about baseball from her beloved grandmother, including how to keep score, and she shares her passion with her little brother, Mikey.
In Smarty Marty Steps Up Her Game, the first of an illustrated chapter book series, Marty and Mikey are back! Smarty Marty is the official scorekeeper for her brother’s Little League division. But when the announcer is a no-show for the first game, Marty is asked to fill in, inspiring her dream to not only score, but also to announce! But not everyone is happy about a girl announcing a baseball game. Will Smarty Marty step up her game? You’ll have to get the book when it releases Tuesday, April 4, and find out!
Until then, check out Smarty Marty’s interview of Amy G below!
SMARTY MARTY INTERVIEWS AMY G
How old were you when you were introduced to baseball?
My earliest baseball memory is from when I was four years old.
Do you remember the very first baseball game you went to?
I don’t remember my first game. I just remember ALWAYS being at the ballpark in my hometown. I also have many memories of going to A’s and Giants games as a kid.
Who is your favorite baseball player?
My favorite baseball player growing up was Dave Stewart. I loved Ricky Henderson, too, and really liked Will Clark.
Where did you grow up?
I grew up in Petaluma, California, where I live today.
Who was your best friend?
My best childhood friend was Carey. She played softball with me.
When you were my age, what did you want to be when you grew up?
When I was your age, I didn’t think much about what I wanted to be when I grew up. Life was so busy with ball games. But I did play pretend news anchor, so I must have had some idea TV was in my future.
When did you know you wanted to be a reporter?
In college I did several internships and felt fairly confident I would pursue a career in television. The reporter part developed later. My first job in TV was as a producer.
How did you become an in-game reporter?
Several years of producing features and pre/post game shows put me in the right place at the right time when a position opened up.
What is a challenge that you face in your work?
Being taken seriously.
Any advice for a girl who wants to become a sports reporter or announcer?
Prepare and KNOW the sport you cover. The margin for error in the male-dominated industry of sports is slim for women. Don’t give them something to criticize you for that you should know. And grow a VERY thick skin.
What is your favorite thing about your job?
Getting to interact with Giants fans, especially girl Giants fans who love baseball as much as I do!
Who is a mentor or an inspiration to you?
My children serve as an inspiration to be a good person every day. My husband, Paul, a sports journalist, has been a mentor and sounding board my entire career.
What do you do in the off-season?
Write books! I spend time with my children, host/emcee events, and run my own social media business.
Favorite quote you live by?
“It ain’t about how hard you hit, it’s how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward. That’s how winning is done.” – Rocky Balboa
Favorite ice cream flavor?
Peanut butter and chocolate!
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UPCOMING AMY G EVENTS
If you find yourself near our fair city on Saturday, April 8, at 7pm, please join us for the launch party at Copperfield’s Books!
On Sunday, April 9, from 2-3pm, head over to Diesel Bookstore for a cookout, raffle, and more Smarty Marty fun!
The fun continues Saturday, April 15, 5:30-7pm, at Athleta in San Francisco!
Amy Gutierrez is the San Francisco Giants in-game reporter for NBC Sports Bay Area. 2017 marks the 10th anniversary of Amy covering the SF Giants on the network. Raised in Petaluma, California, Amy G, as she is known, spent her childhood watching or playing sports. She learned to score baseball from her mom, to play baseball from her dad, and to love baseball from her grandmother. She is the author of Smarty Marty’s Got Game, illustrated by Adam McCauley, and Smarty Marty’s Official Gameday Scorebook.