On the Hot Seat with Rickie Weeks
By Kid Reporter Haley Smilow
Rickie Weeks patrols second base for the Milwaukee Brewers and has an exciting blend of speed and power in his game. Let’s find out how the 2011 National League All-Star handles questions on the Hot Seat with Kid Reporter Haley Smilow!
HALEY: What is your favorite thing about Miller Park?
RICKIE: The fans are amazing, and I have spent my entire career in Milwaukee.
HALEY: Are there any other ballparks that you particularly like?
RICKIE: Miami because I was born in Florida, and my family is there.
HALEY: What do you think of the tailgating at Miller Park?
RICKIE: It is absolutely nuts, and I appreciate the fans passion.
HALEY: Have you ever been a part of it?
RICKIE: No, they won’t let me!
HALEY: Which racing sausage is your favorite? What is your favorite sausage to eat?
RICKIE: Chorizo is the man and also my favorite to eat.
HALEY: Have you ever gone down Bernie’s slide?
RICKIE: No, but my wife has. I am scared too!
HALEY: Do you have a favorite restaurant in Milwaukee?
RICKIE: Carnevor. I love steak.
HALEY: Are you ever in Milwaukee during the winter, and how do you deal with the cold?
RICKIE: No, just for Winter Fest to see the fans, and I stay inside as much as possible.
HALEY: If you were not playing baseball what else could you see yourself doing?
RICKIE: Sports Management.
HALEY: Besides being drafted as the No. 2 pick, winning the NCAA Division I batting title twice and your appearance in the 2011 All-Star game, what other accomplishments are you most proud of?
RICKIE: Wow, good question. I would have to say going to the playoffs twice.
HALEY: What do you do before/after games when you are not in Milwaukee?
RICKIE: Get lots of sleep and talk to my wife.
HALEY: Do you have any superstitions or rituals?
RICKIE: I pray before going up to bat.
HALEY: What is the best practical joke you have ever seen?
RICKIE: It’s pretty lame but putting eye black under the rim of someone’s hat is always funny.
HALEY: What other sports do you like besides baseball.
RICKIE: I love football and basketball.
HALEY: Where does your love of baseball come from?
RICKIE: From my dad.
HALEY: What part of your game can you improve on?
RICKIE: All parts and work hard and focus.
HALEY: What is your favorite thing to cook?
HALEY: What do you respect most about your brother (Jemile Weeks)?
RICKIE: His hard work and dedication.
HALEY: What about his game?
RICKIE: That he is a switch hitter. I am envious that I can’t, and he is very fast.
HALEY: Who would be on Rickie Weeks’s All-Star Team?
RICKIE: All nine players? OK, how about Prince Fielder, Jemile and the rest of the Brewers.
HALEY: Best baseball movie?
RICKIE: 42. I am a big history buff, and Jackie was a big influence of mine.
HALEY: What advice would you give kids?
RICKIE: Stick to your dreams and the sky’s the limit.