Emily Jones Talks Baseball and Babies
08/06/2014 12:00 AM
08/06/2014 1:45 PM
She opened her front door, barefoot, sporting a perfect pedicure and impeccably outfitted in a sleek, sleeveless white dress.
“Henry, can you say hi?” she asked her 3-year-old son, who huddled behind her, accompanied by an excited boxer named Libby.
Texas Rangers field reporter Emily Jones McCoy appeared just as she does on camera — stylish and put together yet warm and laid back. The Fort Worth resident and mother of two small children (1-year-old Hattie was still napping upstairs) has built a reputation among fans and players for her professionalism in sports journalism that’s coupled with an easygoing, girl-next-door attitude.
Jones (the last name she goes by professionally) spent nearly 10 years with Fox Sports Southwest before she joined the ballclub exclusively last fall. Viewers recognize her for her lighthearted camaraderie and occasional comical banter with members of the team. (There’s even been an on-air prank or two.)
What they may not know is that off camera, she’s a successful mompreneur.
Despite a hectic work schedule that includes late-night ballgames and frequent travel, Jones also has built her own business in what little free time she has. Partnering two years ago with friend Kelly Teague Smith, Jones launched Posh Play ( www.poshplaymat.com), a line of fashionable, durable, PVC-free play mats, bibs and diaper-changing mats that come packaged in chic clutches.
“We were looking for a stylish yet functional alternative to what was on the market,” Jones says. “Most of the play mats, diaper changers and all of that were juvenile in appearance. We wanted something that was stylish but not sacrificing in function.
“Everything we have is completely and totally wipeable. And it doesn’t have the bad stuff that a lot of vinyls and other products on the market have. We feel like it’s the best of all worlds.”
Jones says Smith primarily handles the creative side of the business, but they often flip through magazines together for design inspiration and bounce ideas off friends and even staff at local retail stores where their products can be found.
Fort Worth retailers include Baby by Design, Climate and Lawrence’s, a newer client. Jones and Smith chose to manufacture in China because Posh Play’s PVC-free material is only made overseas, and they use an American import liaison to assist with the process.
The duo is expanding on the line to add snack sacks this fall. They’ve also aligned with New York-based designer Matthew Langille, who’s done work for Marc Jacobs, Adidas and Swatch, to launch their first print — an Aztec pattern.
“The response has been overwhelmingly positive,” Jones says. “We started the process and didn’t know exactly what we were doing, but we just kind of figured everything out along the way, which has been one of the fun parts about it — to do something totally out of my realm.”
Originally from Plainview, Jones has firmly planted her family’s roots in Fort Worth with a recent new home build.
“I love Fort Worth,” she says, hoisting a smiling Hattie on her hip while Henry explored the back yard for grasshoppers with Libby. “This is my home.”
Jones admits it takes tremendous organization to maintain her often frenzied schedule — one that might call for midday play time and snacks with Henry and Hattie before leaving them with the nanny or her mother-in-law until her husband, Mike, a mortgage broker, gets home from work. By that time, she’s likely already in the Rangers dugout, interviewing players while keeping cool and camera ready.
“It definitely has its challenges, but I have an awesome husband who is extremely hands on with our kiddos,” Jones says. “I’m extremely OCD, so I think that helps most of the time. Sometimes it makes me and those around me a little crazy. We have a really good support system of people who can help take care of the kids and help me stay organized.”
But Jones’ biggest piece of advice to mothers who work outside the home — especially those with odd hours and young children — is one she says she often needs to reiterate to herself.
“ ‘Chill out,’ ” she says. “Try to appreciate where you are and the stage that your kids are in and don’t try to be everything to everyone, which is a hard thing to do.”
No matter how or when the Rangers’ season ends — at press time, the prospects for the postseason weren’t looking good — Jones says she looks forward to a long break from work during the fall and winter months.
“When I worked for Fox, I didn’t have that.” she says. “I never had downtime in 15 years of television. I’d just done it year-round.
“I love the (Rangers) organization and it’s a lot of fun. We’ll see if this marriage continues to work between the Rangers and I and if I can continue to juggle.”
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