“Another turning point, a fork stuck in the road
Time grabs you by the wrist, directs you where to go
So make the best of this test, and don’t ask why
It’s not a question, but a lesson learned in time
It’s something unpredictable, but in the end is right,
I hope you had the time of your life.”
Green Day – Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)
There’s a reason I’ve always been a huge baseball fan. Baseball is true; baseball is pure. Baseball never cheats, and baseball is guaranteed to be around every year starting in February when pitchers and catchers report. There have been ups, and there have been downs. I have witnessed greatness in playoff ball, and I’ve felt the agony of defeat… in, well, playoff ball…
Anyways, as many of you already know, I will not be asked to dwell in the MLB Fan Cave in New York City this year. I didn’t get much feedback as of now, but in retrospect, I feel I was true to myself and left it all out there in Arizona. Am I proud of what I have accomplished? You bet your ass I am. Am I sad that it has come to an end. More than you know. Think of it this way. Pretend you were dating someone so awesome, that you couldn’t believe it was happening. And then she said, sorry, I’m gonna go date a random D-bag because that’s how I roll. And then, uses the “It’s not you, it’s me.” line. Multiply times a billion. Yep, getting close.
It’s taken a few days, but the feelings have come and gone. I still talk to most of the people I met in Arizona on a daily basis, and I have been selling mattresses at work, making the schedule for next month and looking forward to Opening Day Brewers and Opening Day Cubs. I want to thank all of you who wished me well throughout this, and it means a lot to know that you are still proud of me with getting this far. I’ve had two great ideas for videos for next year, but alas, I’ve been thinking. If the true person that was questioned in front of the powers that be for the MLBFC is still the true person next year, will the outcome be the same? Perhaps. Perhaps not. The MLBFC could change their outlook and criteria for what they are looking for, realizing the pool of passion that is Brewers Baseball is exactly what is needed in New York. Or, perhaps in the next year I will grow into something more, something better, that will fit their current criteria as it stands. Either way, I look forward to the baseball season and plan to document the entire year in video, pictures, and blogs.
Plans are already being made for the Ultimate Tailgate Party at Miller Park April 1st, and I’m hoping this experience might offer me one or two fringe benefits with the Brewers. Perhaps throw out an opening pitch? That’d be awesome (I’d bring it to the plate all side-arm like Mitch Stetter). Maybe a behind the scenes tour including a visit to the locker room to meet some new faces and old friends? I wish! I’d really like some access to Attanasio’s box seats to get some great photographs for my hobby, and maybe early access to just sit and watch batting practice with no one in the stadium except Jay Mack, myself, and the Brewers. Quietly fulfilling and yes, it’s on my bucket list. I hope these are somewhat possible. I have seen how the other teams supported their finalists, and these things wouldn’t cost them a thing, but would give me such a great experience.
Otherwise, life goes on. Opening Day. Travel to Wrigley for autographs/Cubs Opening Day vs Brewers. Bobblehead games. Impromptu leave work early to catch 7 innings. Travel to Seattle in August. Rack up the games, first 30, then 40, followed by 50. Kinda hoping to NYC in September. Visit the coveted Cave if they should let me in. And possibly some Brewers playoff ball.
This chapter may be closed, but the book is far from over.
Oh, and actually meeting Ricardo Marquez was on my bucket list. I can cross that one off, and yes, it is possible, he’s funnier in real life! He’s got an open invite for the Superfan Experience at Miller Park any time.