Monday, June 4, 2012

Zoo With Roy's Awesome Emma Interviews Cole Hamels



Wait what Awesome Emma and Cole Hamels and a ZWR Microphone?! Oh you know.

So last week The Hamels Foundation (which does absolutely amazing work that will resonate for generations) sent out a press release noting a tremendous project/donation that I'll allow them to explain:
The Hamels Foundation will provide an educational play yard for Bayard Taylor Elementary School that is both sustainable and environmentally green. For over 100 years, the students of Bayard Taylor have played and exercised in an area that looks similar to an empty parking lot. Our goal is to renovate this space to teach lessons in technology, science, physical education, and teamwork by including a chess/checker station, an iPad/Tech learning center, a greenhouse, a playground, and more... ...The Hamels Foundation believes that the investment in Bayard Taylor will provide significant improvement to the quality of students’ lives.
Shortly thereafter the following exchange took place:

Zoo With Roy: "Ummm, did you mean to include me on this? Because I just write dumb stuff and make funny pictures..."
The Hamels Foundation: "Yes, donkey!"
ZWR: "Wait, for real?"
THF: "Dude, we love your site and the Cole Photoshops."   (Editor's Note: Tip of the cap to all those who have sent in submissions)
ZWR: "Yes, please."
THF: "So do you want to interview Cole, dummy?"
ZWR: "I have a better idea. Awesome Emma will interview Cole. I just have to ask her mom first, because she's ten years old."
THF: "Sure."

(Side conversation)
ZWR: "Can Emma interview Cole Hamels on Friday?"
Emma's Mom: "zOMG yes!"

(Back to THF)
ZWR: "Emma's allowed to interview Cole Hamels!"
THF: "Woot. We'll have our interns put together a Photoshop board and Cole will pick his favorite after Emma asks her hard-hitting questions."
ZWR: "Wait what okay, high five it, girl."

And on Friday, Awesome Emma, ZNN's first field correspondent--and also perhaps the cutest human being on Earth--sat down with Cole to discuss a host of topics (including his bed time). In real life. For real. It's pretty amazing. Enjoy:



FACE = BROKEN. You're not getting that kind of insight or charming look into the personal lives of our heroes anywhere else, folks. "Can you sign my press pass?"  (!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)

Major Thanks To:
The Hamels Foundation, for being great; Cole, for being a good sport and not ducking the tough questions;  "GTori", for his audio/visual genius and generosity; G-N Kang for allowing us to have fun with this; Awesome Emma's mom for giving her permission; Awesome Emma for doing such an excellent job (I'd have been too nervous, E) and letting Cole keep the pictures for his locker. I'm proud of you.

Yes, Please ^ Yes, Please Squared


Update: Awesome Emma's Awesome Report:
Hi, it’s Awesome Emma. Thanks to ZWR and the Hamels foundation, I had the opportunity to speak to Mr. Cole Hamels about his foundation and the work they do for kids. He recently gave a bunch of money to a school so they could have a playground. Before my interview with Mr. Hamels, I watched the check presentation ceremony. During some of it, I felt like I was going to cry. I was SO HAPPY to see the hard work that Mr. Hamels has done for the kids. When I saw how happy the students were, it made me REALLY happy inside. I think Mr. Hamels is doing something really good. I knew Mr. Hamels was a World Series MVP pitcher, but I never knew how remarkable of a person he was inside. 

Next, I was super excited to meet Mr. Hamels and interview him. I was all ready with my questions until I saw his good lookin’ face. He is THE MOST HANDSOME MAN I COULD EVER LOOK AT. It made me really really nervous. When I was walking over to him and getting ready for my interview, he gave me a big smile like he liked me and was happy to see me. He had BIG DIMPLES and when I saw those, I forgot my words. I did the best I could. He was really kind to me and he was answering my questions really clearly and he was staying on topic. I even got his autograph and someone asked me for my autograph!!!!! 

At the end, I showed Mr. Hamels the picture board of ZWR’s silly photo-shopped photos. Once he laid his eyes on the photos, he had a big smile on his face. It was a little bit of a tough decision for Mr. Hamels to pick his favorite one. He thought the photos were really funny and he asked if he could keep it in his locker. 

Thank you ZWR for giving me the opportunity to interview Mr. Hamels. This reminded me to be thankful for what I have and to put myself in other people’s shoes. I’m so happy the students are getting a playground. I also got to meet COLE HAMELS and INTERVIEW him!!!!! My day could not have been better :) 

P.S.  Please text the word HAMELS to 20222 to donate only $5 to his foundation.  This will help make even more kids smile.

49 comments:

  1. Well done ZWR and Awesome Emma, well done indeed.

    I also absolutely love that the Hamels Foundation was cool enough to set this up. Maybe FS09 should lay off the guy for a day or two.

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  2. Awesome Emma > Barbara Walters

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  3. IT'S SO CUTE I CAN'T EVEN DEAL WITH IT

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  4. I can't fathom how perfect this is

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  5. Warm and fuzzy

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  6. After that interview, FS09 should lay off Cole forever.

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  7. The internet is now broken.

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  8. This is awesome. Emma is adorable and lets be real, Cole's pretty cute himself.

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  9. So cute it made my head asplode.

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  10. zOMG. That is beyond awesome, all around. It's always a little reassuring to see players have a sense of humor about themselves.

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  11. A Star is Born, great job Emma

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  12. That was just what I needed on a Monday morning. Congrats, Awesome Emma! You did a great job!

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  13. That was one of the best things I've seen in a long time and I'm a giant cynic.

    Good job ZWR, Emma and of course the CHF (including Cole!)

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  14. I just...but they...it's so...AWWWWWWWW. AMAZING.

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  15. And this Grinch's small heart grew three sizes today.

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  16. ZWR is the best website in the history of forever I mean I can't even believe this

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  17. Well it's not even 11am on Monday and I'm pretty sure this is the best thing I'll see all week. Awesome Emma is awesome.

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  18. I now need a new pair of glasses and rhinoplasty due to the sheer facebreaking force of this interview. I'm going to start working with Baby Phan on her interviewing skills.

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  19. This post is too awesome to put into words! Awesome Emma rules!

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  20. Greates thing in the history of ever

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  21. I hope Cole didn't throw a ball at Awesome Em. "Yea, you think tough guys throw at 19-year-old guys, real men throw at 10-year-old girls!"

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  22. Damn these allergies... *sniff*

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  23. I haven't seen so many softballs lobbed at someone since the last time Hammels pitched.

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  24. This is so sweet it makes my teeth hurt! :)

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  25. There are no words. None. This is...it just...they... *sigh*

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  26. This makes me want to hug life

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  27. "He is THE MOST HANDSOME MAN I COULD EVER LOOK AT."

    Honey, you are TEN! You're not allowed to think boys are cute, let alone handsome!

    lol I'm just playing, but seriously, really great interview. Hey, ZWR, for the semi-blind, which photos did he pick?

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    1. i think these are the ones he pointed to:
      1 - http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_v11PMKHCteY/TLM1kBD4oGI/AAAAAAAABl8/_cOuytZF6sk/s400/cole-skee.jpg
      2 - http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_v11PMKHCteY/TLL7ROx9M7I/AAAAAAAABlE/vlSVFUG-hc8/s400/cole-ali.jpg
      3 - http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-02ldp_kBWgQ/T6BJWLkQTEI/AAAAAAAADLw/9epUTDpY8pM/s1600/splashmtn.jpg
      4 - the richard simmons masterpiece: http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-BbSUwRd-CWI/T6EjyM-h9wI/AAAAAAAABKM/TuDc1yHQDhg/s400/broadnpattison.jpg

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  28. This is the cutest thing I've ever seen in my life.

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  29. THAT'S NOT CHOOCH!
    That's great journalism!

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  30. We can close the internet now. Our work here is done.

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  31. Do you sell unbroked faces here, it seems I need one

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  32. awesome emma + cole hamels + cole hamels photoshops = best interview ever!

    *still can't quite believe this is real*

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  33. ZNN bug and microphone also face-breaking. Well done.

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  34. Awesome! +1 for ZWR, Hamels and The Hamel's Foundation

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  35. Well done, Awesome Emma and Cole Hamels!

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  36. this was fabulous-great experience for awesome emma & I think cole Hamels was totally overwhelmed. love it

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  37. Very well done! The awesomeness grows exponentially.

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  38. There needs to be a gif of the wink and nod at 4:26

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  39. Cheers Awesome E! Now what's next....

    Emma interviews the Phanatic on ZWR News Network?

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  40. Seriously, somebody needs to hook Awesome Emma up to interview Doc and/or Chase Utley. She is seriously awesome and she could help both their charitable organizations. But I really want to know what is Doc's bed time and to watch her give Chase a hard time about his secret knees...

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  41. Hi, your blog really touches me, have been reading it for awhile... Just wanted you to know about a website i started ReadYourBiblesChurch.com... It's a place for Bible study guides.. I also put a forum in that can be viewed from a mobile device.. I couldn't find where to contact you privately so I'm commenting, hope that is okay. :) God Bless!
    Jenn.

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