MLB Network’s ROBERT FLORES kicked back for July 4 with his family in New Jersey, catching some fireworks and firing up the grill. Now, he’s set to head out of state for the weekend for his youngest son’s lacrosse tournament, a consistent theme during his family’s summers the past few years. Flores, affectionately known as “Flo” to his colleagues, is now in his third year at MLBN after leaving ESPN. He talked with THE DAILY about traveling for his sons’ tournaments, getting set to cover the All-Star Game in DC and how he prepares for early duty each weekday on “MLB CENTRAL.”
TRAVEL BALL: Both of my sons are big time lacrosse players. They can’t get enough of it. This weekend I’m headed out of state for a tournament for them. Our last three weekends have actually been dominated by lacrosse events — it’s a family affair and serves as part of our summer vacation. Growing up in the South I wasn’t really exposed to lacrosse but it’s something that both my sons really enjoy. It takes a commitment, but we enjoy it. There’s a little down time for me on these weekends. It’s almost a mini-working vacation. You get a chance to hang out and meet some of the parents and get to know them a little bit. We will leave Friday, probably get home Sunday afternoon and then will most likely just recover after being out in the sun the past two days.
SHOW TIME: I’ve recently started streaming myself playing video games on my YouTube gaming channel. I’ll try to squeeze some of that in this weekend. Right now I’m playing a lot of “MLB: The Show” — I’ll either stream myself playing or post a video about it. It’s a guilty pleasure of mine. I’m a die-hard Astros fan, though I do spread the love a little bit. I’m currently on a mode where I’m playing with essentially an All-Star team, but you can be sure there are quite a few Astros on there.
SETTING THE ALARM: The one big challenge with “MLB CENTRAL” is obviously keeping track of the late night games on the West Coast. That can be a challenge but I’m also a big fan of MLB Network Radio, and they do a nice job of recapping games from the night before that I always check out during my commute. Our show is fun because it’s a real collaborative effort. We’re constantly exchanging emails with each other and it creates a free flow of ideas and information.
IN THE MEANTIME: I like to work out, whether it’s going for a run or maybe some boxing. Just to decompress. I also like to get out with the family and do some things outside. It was a long winter in the Northeast this year, certainly in New Jersey. So anytime we get some nice weather we try to go out as much as possible. Nothing fancy — it could just be taking a walk. Anything to just get outside. A show my sons and I really enjoy is “BLACKISH” on ABC — and then we also find ourselves watching a lot of documentaries on Netflix. One good one was the “EVIL GENIUS” doc on the pizza bomber. Then there’s “DATELINE” and “48 HOURS.” I’m a sucker for those.
MIDSUMMER CLASSIC: This will be the first All-Star Game I’ve covered since joining MLB Net, but it won’t be the first in my career. My first was in ’95 at The Ballpark in Arlington — the hottest I have ever been in my life. I was down on the field for batting practice, maybe 3:00 in the afternoon in the middle of July and the heat was unbearable. I remember seeing ESPN’s KARL RAVECH just looking miserable in his shirt and tie with folks trying to fan him down. I’m sure it’ll be hot in DC but it won’t be anything like that. I’m excited to be a part of the Home Run Derby and the game itself where I’ll do postgame interviews for both. I’m also going to be emceeing the Celebrity Softball game on Sunday with LAUREN SHEHADI, so all in all it’ll be a lot of fun.
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