Inside the Core: Andrew Milios
“Inside the Core” is a month-long interview series with members of the Fresno Grizzlies front office. Each interview will be unique in its own way and provide a glimpse into the path each member has forged on their way to working for the club.
Q: When did you move to California from your birthplace in Arizona?
Andrew Milios: I moved to California when I was only about four or five years old.
Q: Where did you attend high school in the area?
AM: I went to Woodcreek High School, which is in Roseville, and about 20 minutes north of Sacramento.
Q: What types of extra-curricular activities did you get involved with?
AM: I always loved to participate in sports, but I mainly loved to play baseball.
Q: What positions did you play?
AM: In baseball I pitched and also played outfield.
Q: Did you have a favorite baseball player or team?
AM: To be honest I can’t say that I have ever had a favorite baseball player. However, I have always been a die-hard Giants fan. My dad is from the Bay Area so he kind of taught us the ways of the orange and black.
Q: What would you say your favorite childhood memory was?
AM: Just getting to go to baseball games with the family. We all love baseball. We did tailgating, the whole nine. We grew up going to Candlestick Park so it was dirty and freezing cold, but that’s what I remember about going. We used to either tailgate or bring in our own food, because you could do that back then.
Q: What was your first part-time job?
AM: I was a busser at a restaurant in the Sacramento area. I started bussing tables, then I changed over to retail, and I also did construction. After that I became a server for the quick easy money in college.
Q: What did you see yourself doing right after high school?
AM: Going to college. It wasn’t even really a second thought; just wanted to go to college and delay getting a real job as long as possible (laughs).
Q: You graduated from Cal State Monterey Bay, what was your major?
AM: Communications. I had no idea what I wanted to do so it was either business or communications. Business had too much math and I am not good at math so I stuck with communications.
Q: Tell us about your college experience there.
AM: Go Otters! I enjoyed college a lot. I took full advantage of being in college in all aspects. I made sure I focused on school and got my degree, but I also enjoyed the other parts of college life, the friends, parties, and social aspects. Baseball was an important part of college for me and I really enjoyed playing through my last year of school.
Q: How was it living in the Bay Area for that time in your life?
AM: It was awesome. We were right on the beach. I grew up in the suburbs, then for junior college I lived up in the mountains at a town with only 5,000 people, and then I moved over to Monterey. In coming (to Fresno) and having lived in Arizona out in the desert, I’ve pretty much covered all types of landscapes.
Q: What was it like moving to Fresno after being in a coastal area?
AM: Hot. It was really hot, but I don’t mind it. You make of it what you will. If you look at the bad, that’s what you’re going to get out of it. If you practice looking at the good things in life, the good places and the good people, you can live anywhere, no matter how hot or cold.
Q: Did you consider anyone a role model in your life?
AM: Not one person specifically, just mainly my family. Everyone kind of played their role and had a part in my life, but the closest would be my mom, dad, and sister. They were always good examples and no matter what I did they were there to support me.
Q: Is your wife from the Fresno area?
AM: No, actually she’s from Quincy, which is a town of 5,000 people. She was going to junior college there and so was I. After that, she went to San Luis Obispo and I went to Monterey to finish school. She moved to Fresno after my first year with the Grizzlies.
Q: Where did you two meet?
AM: A mutual friend introduced us at a fundraiser in college. I remember before I really knew her seeing her at college football games and parties, too.
Q: Since baseball has played a large role in your life, what was it like taking your one-year-old daughter to her first baseball game?
AM: She was all over the place! The baseball game kind of became something else; it really wasn’t about the game at that point. It was fun for my wife and I because we both love baseball and we plan on bringing our kids to a lot of games. It kind of goes back to me with my family and enjoying time together at the baseball stadium. We love the noise, the smells, the good stuff and bad stuff. For a parent, those ‘firsts’ are what you always remember. The first San Francisco Giants game with our daughter we spent more time walking around the park than actually watching the game. I put her on the big Coca-Cola slide and I went down with her because she was too little to go on her own.
Q: So you’d like to continue the baseball tradition with your kids?
AM: Yes, definitely. Hopefully our daughter will like sports, but whatever she’s passionate about we will support. As long as we’re together as a family that’s all that really matters. As she gets older it will be more about the game and what’s going on down on the field, but until that time it’s more or less just getting her acclimated to the baseball environment and trying to have her love the game like we do.
Q: What is something that you like to do on your own free time now?
AM: It’s all family. Whether it’s going to the park or going out to eat. We do a lot of play dates and going out to other kids’ birthday parties. It seems like there is something going on every weekend. We like going on walks over at Woodward Park (North Fresno), to the playground, or the dog park. All free time outside of work is devoted to time with the kid, the wife, and other extended family when they’re in town.
Q: Being a devoted family man, did you envision still being around baseball at this point in your life?
AM: Well I was hoping it would be as a player (laughs). I found out pretty early on that I was going to be able to maybe play some college ball and that was about it. I didn’t even think about working in baseball for a job.
Q: How do you like overseeing sales for the Grizzlies?
AM: I love it. I love the people I work with and dealing with the community around us. We’re working for the most part with people who love baseball. When you find people who have a common interest as you do it makes it easier to come to work every day. A bad day here is better than most good days somewhere else. Hopefully I can do this the rest of my life, but if that’s not the case, I’ll be very sad if I ever have to leave this type of environment. I can’t imagine doing anything else.
Q: If there’s something that you could leave behind what would that be?
AM: I definitely don’t have an exact motto I live by; I simply try to enjoy what I do. I think that in everything you do, you will get out of it what you put in to it. If you’re really going to commit to something, go all in and you will get that in return. If you half-ass it, you’re going to get that kind of result. You can take that to any job I think.
Q: If you can use one word to describe yourself, what would it be?
AM: I would really have to say goofy. I mean there are plenty of times where I will get serious because the job needs to get done. Some things aren’t always nice or happy, but I’m lighthearted and I just try to enjoy what I do and the people I work with as much as possible. Again, this may not be forever so you want to enjoy it.
Q: We noticed you’ve been recognized with a few awards for your accomplishments. Which one has meant the most?
A: I’ve received a few recognitions, but I’d probably point to Business Street “40 under 40.” That meant a lot to me. My big thing is whether I am here for another 50 years or five, I’d like to leave this place as successful as possible. You don’t stick around for as long as you have and gone through some of the things (the Grizzlies) have gone through without being committed and all in. I think there are a couple of us that have pretty much thrown our name in the hat and it’s staying there for a while. We’re going to make sure we leave this place better than when we got here.