Giants' TV reporter returns to her roots
Amy Gutierrez holds down two fun and rewarding jobs. Right now, the Petaluma resident is hard at work being a full-time mom to Zachary, 6, and Gracie 2, making sure they're fed, get to school, take their naps and laugh a lot.
Just last week, she was busy doing her other job — bringing the excitement of the San Francisco Giants' World Series victory and the follow-up parade to happy Bay Area fans through her position as field reporter for Comcast TV.
In that job, she covered the Giants at home throughout the regular season, and traveled to road games through the hectic stretch run in September. Of course, she also got to cover them throughout the playoffs and the World Series.
Both jobs are dream jobs, and the former Casa Grande High School athlete appreciates the opportunities she has had. "I'm very fortunate," she said. "I am so glad I've been fortunate enough to do something I love to do," said Gutierrez, also known as "Amy G."
Much has been made of how a collection of misfits and castoffs has been fashioned into world champions, but Gutierrez said she saw something special building.
"This is my third season (covering the Giants)," she explained. "What was neat for me was that I got to see the players like Pablo Sandoval, Tim Lincecum, Matt Cain and Brian Wilson when they first got here, and watch them grow into the team they became. They knew they had something special.
"They were able to put Barry Bonds behind them. It was a fresh start. I could see the youth and innocence in them."
Gutierrez admitted she became attached to the team, which is allowed, because officially, she isn't a news reporter. "Technically, I'm on the local staff at Comcast, notnews," she explained. "I'm like (Giants radio and TV announcers) Kruk (Mike Krukow) and Kuip (Duane Kuiper). It is hard not to get attached to a team, especially this team."
Gutierrez was the only local reporter to be given immediate field access after a Giants home win in the World Series.
"I was very fortunate to be on the field to see their immediate reaction. That was exciting, to be able to capture the moment," she said.
She was also with the Giants during the victory parade after their victory.
"That was very exciting," she said. "People were screaming and crying. You could just feel the overwhelming emotion. The players were overwhelmed. A lot of them were crying.
"Baseball is just a game, but this was a complete and utter bonding experience."
Guiterrez said it is an experience that may never be repeated, at least not in San Francisco. "It will never be like this again," she said. "This was the first. To the fans it was utter retribution.
"The power of sport is just amazing."
Guiterrez grew up a Giants fan in Petaluma, a town she returned to once she and husband Paul Guiterrez, now a sports writer for csnbayarea.com, began raising a family.
The former Amy U'Ren had a typical Petaluma upbringing, attending La Tercera Elementary School and Kenilworth Junior High School before moving on to Casa Grande, where she earned 11 varsity letters in volleyball, basketball and softball.
She went away to college at the University of California, Davis and then spent time in Washington, D.C., and Los Angeles.
"When I turned 30, we moved here to Petaluma to start a family, and it has been great. It is such a great location for both of us. It is close to the Bay Area, and is a great place to raise a family," she said.
"I love Petaluma. I try to mention it on the air whenever I get a chance."
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