It’s been a big year for CBS Sports reporter Jenny Dell. The fan-favorite, who rose to fame at NESN covering the Boston Red Sox, celebrated the birth of her first child – a daughter named Madison – this past October. She also recently launched a cooking website called SIMply DELLicious with her college friend Tracy Simon.
We caught up with Dell this week and asked her 21 questions – some personal, some fun, some just flat-out ridiculous. The result? You’re all about to get to know her a lot better.
Read on to learn about Dell’s perfect day, her thoughts on potentially doing the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, what it’s really like going through IVF, and of course, her opinion of Baby Shark.
Let’s get started:
1. Right off the bat: baseball or football and why?
JD: That’s tough! Baseball brought me together with my husband (Will Middlebrooks) and provided me two of the best years of my life (working for the Red Sox) but football has my heart! To me, football is more action-packed and there is nothing like being on the field during a close game, feeling the intensity. It leaves you breathless!
2. If you were granted one final meal, what would it be?
JD: Easy. Hard shell, ground beef tacos with cheddar cheese and chunky salsa. My absolute favorite.
3. What’s a perfect day look like for you?
JD: Will and I would wake up to the sun shining into our room, we would go and get our 7-month-old daughter, Madison, out of her crib (her morning smiles are my favorite) and head downstairs to make a big breakfast! We would go on a hike, filled with beautiful sights and views and then head to the beach for a picnic lunch! We would spend the afternoon playing in the waves, and having some cocktails with our feet in the sand. (Hmmm…there is a band playing live music nearby. I think that’s a necessary addition). After a solid afternoon beach nap, we would head home, shower up and I would make a delicious dinner for all our family and friends! To cap off the night, we watch an exciting, down to the second, football game on TV…then my daughter sleeps an uninterrupted 12 hours straight (haha, you said perfect day, right?)
4. Would you ever move back to Boston?
JD: I would love to get an apartment in the heart of the city! I absolutely love the spring, summer and fall in Boston. After living in Arizona and Florida, I don’t think I can handle New England winters again, but I would love to have the option to spend a few nights!! Boston holds a very special place in my heart.
5. You’ve lived on both sides of the country. What’s the most overrated fast food place on the East Coast? What about the West Coast?
JD: I love fast food, so, this is tough for me. If I HAD to pick, In-N-Out on the West Coast. It’s a good burger but I’m not a huge fan of their fries. The East Coast… this isn’t East Coast specific, but I don’t love Subway.
6. What’s the most embarrassing song we’d find that you frequently play on Spotify/iTunes?
JD: Itsy Bitsy Spider. It’s my daughter’s favorite. (Help haha)
7. Which sports media person on television are you most entertained by?
JD: Can I pick two? My favorite combination was Don Orsillo and Jerry Remy. Call me biased, but they are two of the best! I would cry, laughing so hard, during their Red Sox game broadcasts. I think many Boston fans would agree with me.
8. A few months back, you joked on Instagram that you were waiting for the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition call. Would you actually do it?
JD: 10000% YES! That would be so much fun!! I would need a little heads up so I could get myself into post baby, bathing suit shape haha. Let’s do it!
9. What’s the last show you watched on Netflix?
JD: Not Netflix but Amazon Prime— The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. HILARIOUS. If you haven’t watched yet, give it a chance and be ready to laugh!!!
10. If you could only have one, would you rather have a personal chef, a personal driver or a personal masseuse?
JD: I LOVE to cook and even started my own food blog/virtual cookbook/YouTube cooking channel with my friend, Tracy. Check it out: www.SimplyDellicious.com With that said, having a personal chef would be a dream come true. I would love to learn from a professional every single day! Plus, it would be fun to have a little sous-chef in the kitchen who could help me prep and come up with different recipe ideas!
11. Which podcasts do you listen to regularly?
JD: I love the Serial podcasts. I travel/drive a good amount for work, and I enjoy listening to investigative journalism.
12. What’s your spirit animal?
JD: My college roommates would be upset with me if I didn’t say a Tiger. They nicknamed me “Show Tiger” years ago. Don’t ask.
13. You’re stranded on a deserted island and you can pick one person in sports media to help you survive and potentially get off of it. Who do you pick?
JD: My husband, Will Middlebrooks, recently became a MLB Analyst at CBS! So, I’ll pick him. (Awwwww, right?) We’re a pretty solid team!
14. LeBron James or Michael Jordan?
JD: Michael Jordan. Only because my husband is obsessed with his shoes and it provides me a solid gift for him. With that said, I love all the public outreach LeBron does for the community.
15. Now that you’re a mom, what are your thoughts on Baby Shark?
JD: Noooooo. Even reading the words Baby Shark gets the song stuck in my head— so thank you haha. I get it, kids love it, but if there was a way to push it out of my brain quicker, I wouldn’t mind it! Babbbby Shark do do do do do doooo…
16. You travel a lot. What’s the most annoying thing someone can do on an airplane?
JD: The loud talker. Oh. My. Goodness. Nothing is more annoying than a person who doesn’t know the level of their own voice and is just yelling on the plane. I’m either trying to get work done or trying to catch up on sleep when I fly— so, when you can hear someone yelling OVER your noise-cancelling headphones, it makes my blood boil! Haha.
17. Who is the nicest athlete (other than your husband) that you have ever covered?
JD: David Ortiz! My first day in the Red Sox clubhouse (Spring Training 2012), David pulled me aside and gave me the low down on what to expect and advice on how to handle myself. Since that day, he was like a big brother, always looking after me and making sure everyone was treating me right. He’s like a big, lovable, teddy bear.
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18. Which Game of Thrones character do you most associate yourself with?
JD: Arya— a little badass that can hold her own!! Resilient. Bold. Family Oriented.
19. What’s your favorite commercial on television right now?
JD: I love the Google TV Commercials. The one with the two little boys who get caught, covered in paint while sitting in the shower. The father asks which one of them had the idea, they both look at each other knowing that they’re in big trouble. Cracks me up, every time!
20. You lived in Scottsdale and you now live in Florida. Both are golf havens. Do you play? What’s your handicap?
JD: We just moved from one golf destination to another. Scottsdale to Boynton Beach, FL (near West Palm Beach). I NEED to start practicing. Now that my husband is retired from baseball, he’s been going to the driving range and playing 18 often and always asks me to join, but I think I might need some lessons before I’m ready to hit the links. Top Golf is a fun way to practice!
21. You gave birth to a beautiful baby girl back in October, and you were very forthcoming about your experience with IVF. What’s one aspect of the process that nobody can prepare you for?
JD: No one can prepare you for the emotional rollercoaster of IVF. There are so many highs, lows and unknowns. When you add in a ton of hormones, your emotions all over the place, it’s a stressful process. Celebrate the small victories along the way, and find someone you can talk to daily. I wouldn’t have been able to get through it without the support of my friend, Claire, who I met on an IVF Support Group on Facebook. She’s turned into one of my best friends and we still talk every single day.
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