On the Hot Seat with Adron Chambers
Interview by Haley Smilow
St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Adron Chambers is currently battling the Los Angeles Dodgers in the National League Championship Series, but that couldn’t be tougher than sitting on the “Hot Seat” with Baseball Youth’s very own Kid Reporter Haley Smilow.
Haley caught up with Adron during Spring Training back in February and found out a lot of cool things about the 27-year-old Pensacola, Florida native.
Haley Smilow: Do you have a favorite ballpark and why? And is there a ballpark where you feel you always play well in?
Adron Chambers: One of my favorite ballparks is Wrigley Field because of all the history and nostalgia and I think I play best at home in St Louis.
Haley: Can you share with us your first memory as playing in the majors?
Adron: When I got called up in 2011. It was an amazing experience just being in the locker room with all my teammates, coaches, and they have TVs in the locker room. Then my first opportunity to play was being a pinch runner, and I was happy to be on the field.
Haley: What part of your game do you feel like you need to improve upon?
Adron: I feel that I could work on all aspects of my game. There is always room for improvement.
Haley: What brand of gear do you use?
Adron: Louisville Slugger bat, Rawlings fielding glove, Franklin batting gloves and Nike cleats.
Haley: Have you ever been the victim of a practical joke?
Adron: Yes, but it wasn’t really a practical joke; but as a rookie they made me put on a pretty red dress, and we all had to take pictures.
Haley: What did you want to be when you were a kid?
Adron: I wanted to be a professional football player. Football is my passion, but I love baseball as well.
Haley: Who would win in a mascot fight, Fred Bird or Slugger?
Adron : Fred Bird, of course you know he takes Jiu Jitsu.
Haley: If you were a superhero, who would it be?
Adron: Batman because he is a cool guy.
Haley: Do you have any pets, and what is your favorite animal?
Adron: I like dogs, cats, and I love most animals. I think my favorite animal is a pitbull. They are misunderstood dogs and really wonderful pets.
Haley: What is your favorite thing to cook?
Adron: Spaghetti, but I like to cook a lot. I can throw down some chicken and pork chops too.
Haley: What is your favorite restaurant in St. Louis?
Adron: Mike Shannon’s because I get to eat there for free.
Haley: Who has better barbeque, Kansas City or St. Louis?
Adron: St. Louis, of course, and I would say my friend’s joint Smoki O’s is the spot. I make the best barbeque in St. Louis.
Haley: During away games what do you generally do before the game?
Adron: We stay in 5-star hotels, so it is just great to relax in these nice hotels. When I am in New York it is fun to travel around the city and do a little sightseeing.
Haley: Do you have any other favorite sports besides baseball?
Adron: Football, basketball and soccer, I like to watch all of them.
Haley: If you were not playing baseball, what else could you see yourself doing?
Adron: My mom says I should have been a lawyer. Maybe I will try that after my baseball career is over. I love working with kids. We built a sporting facility in Pensacola, Florida where we educate kids about youth sports and help them develop their skills.
Haley: What was your favorite school subject?
Haley: Favorite ballpark food?
Adron: Philly cheesesteaks.
Haley: What is your favorite flavor of ice cream?
Adron: Butter pecan.
Haley: Best baseball movie?
Adron: Major League or Sandlot.
Haley: Five songs on your iPod you have on repeat?
Adron: Dwayne Woods “Stop Worrying,” Kirk Franklin “Storm Is Over” and songs from Kem, Brian McKnight and Jill Scott
Haley: What advice would you give to young players?
Adron: NEVER QUIT, seems simple but it is the best way.