UC Davis alumna Amy Gutierrez — better known as Amy G. to San Francisco Giants fans — will be back on campus to meet with students and sign books Oct. 27. Gutierrez (B.A., communication, ’95) will speak to students studying communication and will be at the downtown UC Davis Store to sign books at 3–4 p.m.
She will speak to students about careers in sports broadcastings and journalism, addressing the particular issues women in the field face.
Gutierrez is an Emmy Award–winning reporter in her 10th season as the Giants’ in-game reporter on NBC Sports Bay Area. A Bay Area native, she's been in the broadcasting industry for 20 years covering teams such as the Oakland A's, San Jose Sharks, Oakland Raiders and San Francisco 49ers.
At UC Davis where she was known as Amy U’Ren, she played flute in the concert band and on the volleyball team. She and her husband, sports journalist Paul Gutierrez, and their two children live in her hometown of Petaluma.
Gutierrez will be at the UC Davis Store to sign her three illustrated books for children about baseball.
Smarty Marty's Got Game (2013) tells the story of Marty, who teaches baseball to her younger brother Mikey. Marty has always loved baseball and is known as "Smarty Marty" to her friends at school because she knows more about baseball than most grown-up baseball fans. The book was recently published in Spanish.
In the follow-up, Smarty Marty Steps Up Her Game (2017), Marty is the official scorekeeper for her brother’s Little League team. When the game announcer fails to show up for the first game, Marty is called to announce the game, but not everyone is happy about a girl announcer.
Smarty Marty's Official Gameday Scorebook (2015) is a guide to the ins and out of baseball scorekeeping.
“I didn’t realize until I wrote the picture book how much my life led me to this point,” Gutierrez said. “When I first got into the Giants job in 2008, it was exactly how Marty feels when she finds out how people feel about her.”
She said she hopes her books will speak to girls who might think that sports is too much of a boys’ game for them to get into, or to girls who feel they can’t do something because of their gender.
— Jeffrey Day, content strategist in the UC Davis College of Letters and Science