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FRANCISCO -- Erin Andrews went up to Giants second baseman Marco Scutaro beside the batting cage before Game 1 of the 108th World Series on Wednesday, her first Fall Classic on the job, and showed him a picture on her iPhone. They laughed about it. The photo was one of many that friends had texted her, showing the two of them sopping wet during a FOX trophy-celebration interview on Monday night that is now an indelible memory.
Such has been life so far in Andrews' new 2012 role as FOX's Major League Baseball reporter.
"Looking back at it, there are a couple of things going on in my mind," she said in the Giants' dugout, recalling that champagne rain scene after Game 7 of the National League Championship Series. "I was thinking, 'Oh, God, is the mascara running down my face for a Tammy Faye Baker moment?' And I felt so bad, because by the time Marco had come up there, the rain was coming down so hard, and the rain was dripping off my face, and I just spit all this water into his face. And I thought, 'Ohmygod, this is the MVP, this is terrible.'
"But then looking back on it, and I had a ton of text messages, you would have sworn I had just played with these guys. Everybody was complimenting me -- 'We can't believe you look so happy, you were smiling so much.' Well, I was smiling because stuff was getting in my eyes. It was just a mess. It was a huge moment for me to be able to do that, and I just knew it was typical Erin Andrews fashion that it was just a debacle."
Scutaro had just been named NLCS MVP, coming off a series in which he hit .500 and tied an LCS record with 14 hits.
"I have some great pictures," Andrews said. "A couple people have sent me a photo, where Marco is lifting up the trophy and it's just pouring rain and I'm a wet rat. I mean, come on, are you kidding me? That's one of the coolest things to be a part of.
"We had an umbrella. I actually interviewed Angel [Pagan] right before we went up on the stand, and I had the umbrella. But because the stage was so small, they couldn't have umbrellas up there, because there wouldn't have been room for everyone. I couldn't have been the only one with the umbrella, because I would have been hitting everyone. So they said, 'Ditch the umbrella.' I was just like, 'OK whatever, this is fine.'"
Andrews, of course, is no stranger to baseball fields, given her longtime role as ESPN's sideline reporter. She is a regular at State Farm Home Run Derbys past, and plays in the annual Taco Bell Legends & Celebrities Softball Game during All-Star Week. She grew up the son of a Red Sox fan, Steve Andrews. In some ways, the shift to baseball was a formality, but in her dual role that includes hosting a Saturday college football show for FOX, she said it has been a bit of a juggling act -- one she embraces wholeheartedly.
"This has been amazing, are you kidding?" she said. "I was running around today and feeling like I wasn't getting enough stuff done, with this series and then for college football. I just thought to myself, 'I'm working Game 1 of the World Series.' I started skipping down the street. I was like, 'This is so exciting.'
"Again, I know the interview looked funny and the rain was coming down, but it was just such a cool experience. Who gets to do stuff like that?"
Some Cardinals fans expressed their disappointment on Andrews' Facebook page that she was not able to be at the last home game at Busch Stadium, where the Cardinals were then in position to clinch the NL pennant had San Francisco not started its three-game winning streak. She had to tend instead to her college football role, and she said she will also have to take a one-game hiatus this series.
"I was bummed I wasn't going to be there, and I'm not going to do be able to Game 3 either, because I go back to L.A," she said. "But I'll be back for Game 4. I have a college football show on Saturday. Texas Tech-Kansas State is that game, and I do the studio show for FOX. I'll be back for the rest of the World Series after that. I was bummed to leave Game 5 of the NLCS because I thought if the Cards won, I was going to miss doing the trophy ceremony."
As it turned out, a trophy ceremony became her signature moment so far during her FOX stint.