Author: Will Sommer
I recently had the pleasure to e-mail a couple of questions to Julie Alexandria. Julie if you remember was the host of Beer Money for the first season, but now is host of Mets Weekly which premieres every Sunday at noon. If you haven't watched MW, be sure you do.
Will Sommer: Have you been a Mets fan your whole life?
Julie Alexandria: I grew up in a Mets fan household, my Dad was a die-hard Brooklyn Dodger fan - turned Mets fan; and my mom was a Mets fan who listened to the '69 series on a transistor radio between classes at Mount Saint Vincent. We were the kind of family who would watch the VHS tape of the '86 series on a saturday night. So yeah, I would say I was brought up around the Mets, pretty much making me a fan at a very early age. Gary "the kid" Carter was my favorite.
Sommer: How did you get the gig for Beer Money?
Alexandria: They actually approached me! I had done some web series, and they thought my personality and heckling of strangers on the street would work well for the show. We taped the pilot in November, and by January of '08 we had started filming the first season.
Sommer: How does Mets Weekly compare to Beer Money?
Alexandria: It’s a whole different approach. On beer money - it was all about spunk and sass - I could give bar patrons a hard time for not knowing how long the NY Marathon is. But with Mets Weekly, you are dealing with professional personnel, on and off the field, and that attitude would not be appropriate. I try to keep my claws in check.
Sommer: If you had to choose one show to host, which one would you choose MW or BM?
Alexandria: Both! Just kidding - I think I would have to go with Mets Weekly. Being a weekly show, I get to keep up with the team, cover spring training, and get to interview and play Wii with baseball players! What could be better?
Sommer: What opportunities has SNY brought to you?
Alexandria: SNY has given my hosting career a sense of legitimacy, at least to me, personally. To have done two shows for one of the biggest regional sports networks in the country, and to have incurred such an amazing fan base - it really has been wonderful. You say "SNY" and people know the reputation. Having a big name behind you just gives you even more confidence in other auditions.
Sommer: What is it like to interview all star players like D Wright or Carlos Beltran?
Alexandria: David Wright is one of the best players to interview - his charisma, and his pure love for the game make him a joy to sit down with. He just genuinely likes being there, and he’s one of the nicest you will ever meet. When I was in Port St. Lucie covering spring training, it was one of my first episodes, and I was nervous. But I feel like I have settled into a nice groove, with the players, and with the show. I feel like I have found my voice.