As many of you are aware of, I am currently involved in a contest to become an MLB Fan Cave dweller in New York City. You may think I just tossed a video together, spend too much time on Twitter and Facebook, and with a little luck, got to where I am. Far. From. It. The road to this point has been a long one, but full of fellow travelers helping me to get to where I am now.
It started with an idea amongst the group; Jay Mack, Shaggy, Pauly, Dynex Dan… just rolling around ideas for videos, until we talked about the blaze orange brewers hat that Mitch always disliked. I wore it while deer hunting this year. Then we thought about the other logos of the past years, and basically came up with a loose idea of what could be done. It didn’t seem like enough, so I rolled around the idea of player endorsements. Thinking outloud, I posted that thought on facebook, and the next day, Melissa Kintzler had sent me a video of BK doing just that: endorsing me for the MLB Fan Cave!
At that point, it was on! I reached out to the players I could get ahold of, and the first to respond were my good friends Mitch and Ali Stetter, who also said Manny Parra would do it if I asked, because apparently he’s pretty fond of me. Manny understands what we stand for, and how we support our guys. His new mantra of being ego free is one I myself am trying to embrace, which will allow my skills and talents to take me places.
So there I was, with a loose video idea, some endorsements, a day off and my buddy Rob Gustafson of http://www.robgustafsonphotography.com happened to be available to record and edit. It was go time, and we filmed on site at my store, and at Jay Mack’s house in his Brewers room. Yes, that isn’t my Brewers room, because I didn’t want to blow anyone’s mind with how totally awesome mine is. (waiting on some glass shelves to be honest).
We filmed it, RT’d it, submitted it and prayed. Then the big day….. and MLB delayed it. So yet another night of restless sleep, and then having to go to work, and suddenly, there it was. I was on the phone with the manager in Madison, when I interrupted him and said wow! I made the Top 50! Later on they added 2 more vids to make it a Top52. That’s when the week of little to no sleep started!
Phase 3: Generating interest and gaining votes. My networking throughout the years paid off. Meeting people and players (like John Axford, and LaTroy Hawkins) finally was going to be useful. My fellow Superfans and I tweeted our hearts out, and got back a good response. On top of that, Adam Rygg wrote one hell of a nice article about me on his blog, Brewer Nation. I met Adam at our friend Superfan Josh’s wedding. Which, by the way, he even had two of the racing sausages stop by the reception.
From this point, I’ve been on the news in Milwaukee, mentioned on 1 radio station, scheduled to be on a different news channel up north tonight and tomorrow, and I have a radio interview in less than an hour. It is surreal. And it started with my friends, the Superfans, and with Melissa Kintzler, recognizing my dream and the part that her and Brandon could play in getting me there. Then Mitch and Ali, Manny, all the players who endorsed me at Brewers on Deck (Taylor Green, Marcus Hanel, Craig Counsell, Marco Estrada, and my guy, Mark Rogers), the interviews from Jim at onmilwaukee.com, Caitlin from the Brewers, Big Rygg, and literally hundreds if not THOUSANDS of supporters out in Twitterland and on the Facebooks.
With less than 24 hours left in this stage, I can say with confidence that I gave it my all, and held nothing back. I pushed myself past my comfort zone to get some amazing results. I have a little more left for tomorrow during the day, and after that, I’ll be spent. My true best efforts will have been seen. I am confident that it will get me to the Top 30, and down to Arizona on Monday. Thank you to all I’ve mentioned, and to all I couldn’t fit in this article. You are my inspiration, the reason I am a Superfan.