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Fox Sports Ohio girl Sara vividly remembers her days as a 5-year-old, when she would curl up with her father to watch Cleveland Indians games throughout the summer. At a young age, her father convinced her that watching the Tribe was more fun than playing with her toys outside.
The father-daughter duo made bets every time a new player stepped up to the plate, guessing whether or not the batter would record a hit and ultimately keeping track of the winner each at-bat.
To this day, Sara thinks of her father at Tribe games as she still guesses whether the batter will get a hit. The difference? Sara has moved from her living room couch to the Fox Sports Ohio (FSO) spotlight, where she cheers on her team in front of thousands of fans in Ohio.
Sara was hired nearly one year ago as one of the Fox Sports Ohio Girls. A Cleveland native, she assists with much of FSO’s communication and fan engagement.
“We do a lot of everything, but we really stick to our hometown teams,” she said. “We cheer on and root for all of our hometown teams.”
Sara typically attends Indians and Cavaliers games during each team’s respective season. Her co-worker, Kristine, represents the Cincinnati Reds, and both girls attend Columbus Crew games and Ohio State sporting events.
“She is awesome; we are like best friends,” Sara said of Kristine. “We come together for a lot of Columbus events; Columbus is kind of the central [location] for all of Ohio. It’s so good to work with someone who is your friend.”
Outside of filming FSO advertisements and attending sporting events in Ohio, the girls are presented with many opportunities to travel the country. She will be at the Fox Sports fantasy football draft in Los Angeles, and Kristine will attend the 2013 All-Star Game in New York.
Sara, whose father and grandfather are former Marines, said her trip to an army base in Germany with Fox Sports National (FSN) has been her most memorable experience thus far. The FSO Girls spent time with military families in the area, contributing to FSN’s “Bring Spring Training to the Troops” series.
“We went to [an] army base in Germany for a couple days and did all sorts of things with families living there,” she said. “We brought a little bit of home back to them. That was an amazing opportunity. Being able to give back to families was really cool.”
Sara was never much of an athlete, but she has always been a performer. She has most recently been hired as a Cleveland Indians in-park host, where she spends most of her free time.
“I just started, and it’s so much fun and I’m learning a lot,” she said. “Ryan [Pritt] — our resident in-park host — does an awesome job; he’s been showing me the ropes. I’m just so happy to be a part of the Indians because I’ve always loved being here as a fan and cheering them on. Being an even bigger part of that is really amazing.”
To learn more about the Fox Sports Ohio Girls, check out Foxsportsohiogirls.com or follow Sara and Kristine on Facebook or Twitter (@FSOhio_Girls).
–TribeVibe contributor Megan Golden
Sunday marks the first Indians Spring Training broadcast on television, and fans have wondered what’s in store after Fox Sports acquired SportsTime Ohio this past offseason.
And while there will be changes to the appearance on SportsTime Ohio, most everything else will remain the same, including the name SportsTime Ohio.
Also remaining the same are the on-air personalities that have marked Indians TV broadcasts for many years: Matt Underwood, Rick Manning, Al Pawlowski and Jason Stanford will return to their roles, while in-game reporter Katie Witham’s responsibilities will expand: She’ll travel with the team as well, and will be more closely connected to the dugout and clubhouse areas to bring viewers more real-time information as games progress.
Plus, “All Bets Are Off,” with Bruce Drennan, will return, as will “Chuck’s Last Call,” SportsTime Ohio’s late-night show that often appears directly after Indians games. On Opening Day, April 8, with first pitch set for 4:05, “All Bets Are Off” will air from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. and a special one-hour pregame show will air on Sports Time Ohio at 3.
What will change is part of the station’s branding, which will be “Fox-ified.” The Fox shield, as shown in the above picture, is now included and a prominent part of the SportsTime Ohio logo. In addition, the “Fox Box” – the network’s in-game display of score, count and runners on base – will be featured in the upper-left-hand corner of the screen. Fox’s iconic theme music – best described as, “duh duh duh duh duh duh DUH, duh duh duh duh duh duh DUH!” – also will be incorporated to the broadcasts on SportsTime Ohio.
Fox Sports executives said last week that SportsTime Ohio will benefit from the backing of Fox’s national network and regional sports networks. For instance: If the Fox RSN in Minneapolis tries something new that works, Fox can implement in other local markets. Or, vice versa: Fox can try new things with SportsTime Ohio, and implement elsewhere.
SportsTime Ohio will carry six Spring Training games:
- Sunday, March 17, 4:05 ET
- Monday, March 18, 4:05 ET
- Thursday, March 21, 4:10 ET
- Friday, March 22, 10:05 ET
- Sunday, March 24, 4:05 ET
- Tuesday, March 26, 4:05 ET
The network also will carry 159 regular-season games.
–TribeVibe contributor Joel Hammond
Cleveland Indians President Mark Shapiro sat down recently with Pat McManamon of FOXSportsOhio.com for an extended interview covering topics ranging from the club’s future plans to his own beginnings in baseball to his transition from General Manager to team President.
An excerpt from the interview is below, and you can read it in its entirety at FOXSportsOhio.com:
Question: Talk about these two years as president after so many years as a GM.
Answer: There’s not a day I don’t feel fortunate to have a job like this. Adding the business component in has been an incredible amount to learn. So two years in, I feel like I’ve learned a tremendous amount new about the business of baseball. Adding that to my experiences of my operation on the field has given me a pretty global perspective of the business of the game in Major League Baseball. To sit here at 45 years old and now I have a much more detailed understanding of the business side and the Major League Baseball function and the commissioner’s office as well as the on-field, I feel very fortunate to have that perspective.
Q: What one or two things were the most challenging to learn as you made the transition?
Click Here for the full transcript of the interview.