This week’s Babe should be on everyone’s must follow list. Not only is she incredibly kind and genuine, she’s one of the most knowledgeable people I follow when it comes to sports. This week, Badass Babes interviews Jessica Kleinschmidt! Jessica’s love of baseball is so apparent in everything she does. You can’t fake passion, you can’t fake drive, and this girl’s got it in spades.
1. What is your earliest sports memory? What’s your favorite?
My earliest sports memory was probably when I played little league. I didn’t start until I was about 8 years old, but I remember instantly falling in love with it. I kept playing until Babe Ruth in high school then I had to switch to softball. It instantly became a way of our lives.
My favorite was the first MLB game I remember. When I was a baby my parents took me to a lot of Baltimore Orioles games, but I obviously don’t remember them.
The favorite was when I fell in love with the Oakland A’s. We got these amazing tickets because my daddy was the president of a little league in Reno, Nevada and we took the day trip to Oakland. The A’s were playing the Blue Jays. The moment we sat down, Eric Chavez went yard. I discovered Eric and I shared a birthday, Milton Bradley made a diving catch AND it turned out to be Moneyball year so it was extra special. This actually turned out to be the last MLB game my daddy and I shared together.
2. Who is playing in the World Series of your dreams?
If it was allowed to be two from the same division, I would love the A’s to play the Orioles, BUT that’s not the case.
I’ve become attached to the Astros and the Diamondbacks over the last couple of years, and to see them battle it out would be amazing. And I would really be rooting for the Diamondbacks in that scenario. (Don’t tell Jon Singleton — that family knows I love them)
3. What’s your favorite way to spend time between baseball seasons?
Crying in the fetal position. Hahaha.
I write and analyze some fantasy football. And there’s always off-season stuff to write in the baseball world. But other than that, nothing too crazy. I always plan a New Years Eve trip (my favorite holiday) so that’s something I always look forward to. Well that, and Spring Training.
4. What’s your biggest Twitter pet peeve?
I have noticed I’m getting bullied a lot more lately on Twitter. Like astronomically more than I’m used to. It’s a lot like when I first began as a blogger. I was called every name under the book.
It keeps getting worse. I hate having to choose between exposing some of these people and ignoring it. It’s difficult, but ignoring personal attacks might be the most annoying thing ever.
And subtweets, grow a pair and say
5. Who are your favorite people in sports media today and why?
I feel like a broken record, and he’s probably annoyed by it, but CJ Nitkowski is one of my favorite people in sports media. Anytime I need advice he’s there to help me out and give me a pep talk.
Jess Mendoza is amazing too. She reminds me why I do what I do. Julie DiCaro and Sarah Spain deal with a lot of shit and even though I’m not super close to any of them, I feel if I slid into their DMs and had any questions, they would be open to it.
6. What advice do you have for someone dreaming about a career in sports media?
DON’T DO IT! Hahaha kidding.
But really think about it.
It is not easy. It takes a lot of work to make this an actual career. You’re not going to get paid right away and when you do it’s not a TON of money at first (if ever). I’m lucky because I’m single and I don’t have a family to support (yet). And when you DO get paid, it will more than likely be freelance, but when you work hard and bring a unique personality to it, you’ll do great things.
A lot of people will doubt you. Tell them to screw themselves.
7. What’s one thing you would change about the industry?
I don’t know if I would change anything about the industry, but I would want more people outside of the industry to know that we all don’t know everything.
Fantasy writers especially. I know writer’s who have had their lives threatened because they didn’t predict Mike Trout would go 0-4. (and really who would?)
And also, these athletes are humans. They’re not a number. They go home to a family and live similar lives like we do. LAY OFF.
8. What are your goals for 2017?
I really want a full-time job in the industry. I love that I’m writing for multiple sites, but I feel belonging to a place that can claim me as their own would really be a goal of mine.
World peace of course. To cover the World Series would be great. (I was going to last year if the Giants made it, even had the credentials, but here we are).
Falling in love would be pretty cool, too.
9. What makes someone a badass?
Someone once randomly messaged me and said the one thing they admired about me was the fact that I was completely myself and didn’t apologize for it.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not always like that. I doubt myself all the damn time, but knowing I can be weird, annoying, completely myself, that makes me feel like a bad ass.