KRISTINA FITZPATRICK

Kristina Akra, now Kristina Fitzpatrick is a multi-talented host and reporter with experience in sports, news, and entertainment.

 

multi-talented host and reporter with experience in sports and entertainment.

Currently, she is an on-air host & reporter for the MLB Network. Prior to joining MLB Network, Kristina worked as the in-game sideline reporter for the Washington Nationals.

Before the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network, Kristina was co-host of FoxSports South’s college football preview show, “SEC Gridiron Live.” From there, Kristina joined the FS South game broadcast crew as the sideline reporter for SEC Football.

During the 2010-11 NCAA Basketball season, Kristina worked as a sideline reporter for CoxSports and the Big East Network’s coverage of Providence College home games. She also hosted “Friars All Access,” with Providence Head Coach Keno Davis, giving fans an inside look at the PC Basketball Program.

In 2010, Kristina worked for Kraft Sports Productions, the in-house production company for the New England Patriots. She covered the Patriots year round as the host and co-producer of Patriots Today, a daily webshow on the team’s official site, Patriots.com. Kristina also contributed as a reporter for Patriots All Access, a weekly news magazine show airing on Boston’s CBS affiliate WBZ TV.

During her time at KSP, Kristina also worked as the sideline reporter for the MLS team, the New England Revolution. Also, while living in Boston, Kristina joined the cast of long –time New England tradition, “Community Auditions: Star of the Day” as a co-host alongside popular Boston Radio personality Ramiro Torres from Jammin’ 94.5FM.

Kristina began her career as a reporter for the University of Florida affiliated production company, GatorVision, conducting weekly reports and interviews for “GatorZone,” a show featuring Florida Gator athletics on SunSports. As a graduate of the University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications, Kristina has a background in news as a reporter, anchor, and weather anchor for WUFT News 5, Gainesville’s PBS affiliate.

A trained dancer, with over 20 years of experience in competing, choreographing and teaching, Kristina continued her craft as a student at UF as a 4-year member of the University of Florida “Dazzler” Dance Team.

 

Career Highlights

Currently, she is an on-air host & reporter for the MLB Network. Prior to joining MLB Network, Kristina worked as the in-game sideline reporter for the Washington Nationals. Before the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network, Kristina was co-host of FoxSports South’s college football preview show, “SEC Gridiron Live.” From there, Kristina joined the FS South game broadcast crew as the sideline reporter for SEC Football.

 

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Kristina Akra Now Kristina Fitzpatrick, Set to Co-Anchor “High Heat” on MLB Network

New York City-- MLB Network studio host Kristina Akra is pleased to announce that she will now be going by Kristina Fitzpatrick, after having married her boyfriend of 9 ½ years, John W. Fitzpatrick, CEO of Force Marketing in Atlanta. The wedding took place in Miami Beach on Saturday, March 8, 2014.

In addition, Fitzpatrick will be proudly joining Sirius XM Satellite Radio personality Christopher “Mad Dog” Russo for a brand-new show on the MLB Network, “High Heat with Christopher Russo.” The baseball talk show show will feature guests, MLB Network analysts and other elements, and will delve into all aspects of the national pastime.

“I’m so excited for this new journey in my life, both with my marriage and the new MLB Network show,” said Fitzpatrick. “I’m looking forward to working with Christopher Russo, and I know that my fans will enjoy our blend of baseball insights and opinions.”

“High Heat” begins airing on Monday, March 31, at 12:00 p.m. ET, and will continue for 46 weeks over 230 episodes. Further episodes will air at weekdays at 1:00 p.m. ET, except on days when a game telecast is scheduled at that time, in which case “High Heat” will air live at 12:00 p.m. ET.

Fans of Fitzpatrick can follow her new Twitter account, @ka_fitz, or visit her new website, which launches April 1 at http://www.kristinafitzpatrick.com.

ABOUT KRISTINA FITZPATRICK

Kristina Fitzpatrick, née Kristina Akra, is an MLB Network studio host who has co-hosted MLB Now and appeared across MLB Network programming. Formerly, she covered the Washington Nationals for MASN and co-hosted SEC GridIron Live on FoxSports South, and reported for several other sports networks. She is a graduate of the University of Florida, where she was a four-year member of the University of Florida “Dazzler” Dance Team. She resides with her husband, John Fitzpatrick, in Atlanta, Georgia, and can be found in Manhattan during baseball season.

 

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Milwaukee's all in...

After straight up lying to the entire baseball world and serving a 65 game suspension last season for the use of PEDs, Ryan Braun approached the plate on Opening Day for a second chance. Indeed that is exactly what he got in extra "special" fashion as he referred to it.

The Milwaukee fan base rose to their feet and cheered as loud as possible for the lying, cheating Braun and shocked all who witnessed it including myself.

Was there an email? Maybe he left it on the voicemails of season ticket holders he called...

"Everyone be sure to stand and clap when I approach the plate for the first time!"

Probably not the case but somehow the Brew Crew faithful got the message about a standing ovation. Not one fan, not two...but all were on their feet.

Not only are they cheering for Braun but they are going all in with it. If they have to back him up why not do it with some conviction, making a statement if you will. Do they have much of a choice?

Baseball is what it comes down to. Positive energy, fan support...it all is tied in to the winning mentality. The few hours he's in a Brewers uniform they are all for Ryan Braun. Doesn't mean they have to be in favor of all wrong that he has done.

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Opening Day:
When everyone feels like a kid again…

Cheers to baseball fans everywhere who have waited for this day to arrive! There’s nothing like the atmosphere at the ballpark when it comes to sporting events and opening day has that extra charm. It is the one day of the season that brings back every single memory you have of America’s Favorite Pastime.

I always think back to the first Opening Day I remember as a kid in South Florida in 1993, the Florida Marlins first Opening Day as well. I was 9 and we 4th allowed to eat lunch in our classroom that day so that we could keep an eye on the TV as the Marlins were introduced to their brand new fans all over South Florida. Charlie Hough was going for the Marlins and Orel Hershiser for the Dodgers.

It was a day to remember because it gave kids like me the opportunity to become a fan of such a great game. It meant trips to Joe Robbie Stadium all summer long with my family. And of course it also meant the cutest Marlins gameday gear and accessories any little girl could ask for. So cute that my sister Kat and I cleaned up at the school talent show with our bedazzled Marlins jerseys and hats.

The Marlins went on to win the game 6-3 with Jeff Conine going 4-4 on his way to becoming “Mr. Marlin.”

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