Meet Haley Smilow’s Assistant: Ethan Smilow’s Premiere Wrigley Field Interviews

Wednesday September 26th, 2012

 

Marc Smilow (Dad):  So today my 11-year-old daughter Haley comes to me and says: “dad… my assistant has an idea that we would like you to send Jonathan over at MLB Reports.”  Now my first reaction is what is Haley talking about? Her assistant!?  Then they proceed to show me the interview that they have been working on together.  So I would like to introduce you Haley’s assistant, Ethan Smilow.  Ethan is Haley’s seven year old brother and like his sister, is Yankees fan but loves the game of baseball. Haley is the MLB Junior Correspondent for MLB reports. Well now, baseball has certainly turned into a family affair in the Smilow household.

Ethan Smilow plays catcher, second base and right field for the West Little League Novas in New York City.  Ethan is also the reason we started our quest for 30 stadiums.  In the summer of 2010, the family was watching the Yankees vs. Royals on television and Ethan said, “I want to go to Kauffman Stadium and see the fountain one day.”  I turned to my wife and said yeah right, like we were ever going to Kansas City!!  One year later, we all were sitting at a game in Kauffman Stadium.  Over the last two summers we have been to 16 ballparks and learned that the rules of baseball don’t change at each location. But every ballpark has its own unique style, sites, food and history.  On a recebt family visit to Wrigley Field, Ethan found it interesting and unique that most of the ushers at the ballpark were the same age as his grandparents.  He couldn’t imagine his grandparents working at Wrigley.  So he decided to ask several of the usher some questions about Wrigley and this is what he found out:

 

ETHAN:  What is your name?

USHER: Ruth Kemnitz.

ETHAN:  Can I ask you your Age?

RUTH:  87 years old.

ETHAN:  How long have you been working at Wrigley?

RUTH:  For 21 years and working in aisle 26 for the last 8 years.  Before that I was a nurse.

ETHAN:  Favorite Wrigley memory?

RUTH:  The NLCS games in 2003 when the Cubs had a 3 -1 lead over the Marlins. What made it even more exciting was that the owner of the Marlins was sitting in my section.  Another favorite thing was being able to watch my favorite players Ryne Sandberg and Mark Grace.

ETHAN:  What would you tell the youth of today?

RUTH:  Do all that you can do, stay in school it is important to learn math and eat well.

 

ETHAN:  What is your name?

USHER: Marilyn Kuebler.

ETHAN:  Can I ask you your Age?

MARILYN: 76 years old.

ETHAN:  How long have you been working at Wrigley?

MARILYN: 6 years.

ETHAN:  Favorite Wrigley memory?

MARILYN:  When a women in her section lost her diamond engagement ring and it seemed hopeless that anyone would find it. After the game, the other  staff members and I continued to look and someone found the ring. They were able to give it back to the women.

ETHAN:  What would you tell the youth of today?

MARILYN:  Keep your faith in the Cubs and they will win a World Series.

 

ETHAN:  What is your name?

USHER: Darrell Windle.

ETHAN:  Can I ask you your Age?

DARRELL: 71 years old.

ETHAN:  How long have you been working at Wrigley?

DARRELL: 16 years.

ETHAN:  Favorite Wrigley memory?

DARRELL: I had the opportunity to meet with the Commander of the Space Shuttle Discovery and talked Cubs baseball and about how he took a Cubs Jersey into space with him and the fact that her was from Chicago.

ETHAN:  What would you tell the youth of today?

DARRELL:  Come to every baseball game that you can and play sports all you can and not video games.

 

 

ETHAN:  What is your name?

USHER: Deloris Cooper.

ETHAN:  Can I ask you your Age?

DELORIS: 79 years old.

ETHAN:  How long have you been working at Wrigley?

DELORIS:  8 years.

ETHAN:  Favorite Wrigley memory?

DELORIS: When Ron Santo was broadcasting the games.

ETHAN:  What would you tell the youth of today?

DELORIS: Follow your dreams and work hard in school.

 

ETHAN:  What is your name?

USHER: Carol Colacicco.

ETHAN:  Can I ask you your Age?

CAROL: 75 years old.

ETHAN:  How long have you been working at Wrigley?

CAROL:  9 years.

ETHAN:  Favorite Wrigley memory?

CAROL: On June 23rd, 1984 when Ryne Sandberg hit two home runs against the St Louis Cardinals one in the bottom of the ninth inning to tie the game up 9 – 9 and another in the 10th inning.

ETHAN:  What would you tell the youth of today?

CAROL: Follow your dreams and work hard in school.

 

(*The views and opinions expressed in this report are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of mlbreports.com*)

Haley Smilow is a sixth grader in New York City. During the school year when she is not busy with schoolwork, she enjoys playing soccer, reading, and hanging out with her friends. But her true passion is baseball and the New York Yankees! In August 2011, Haley and her family set out on a quest to visit all 30 ballparks over the next 4 years.  Join Haley on this journey as she talks baseball with players, club executives, ushers or just about anyone who willing to talk baseball.

Haley Smilow Social Networking Links:
http://www.twitter.com/smilow
http://www.wix.com/smilow/home-field-advantage
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Home-Field-Advantage/108037172615547

 


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