2013 was a breakout year for myself and the Superfans. There were some highlights, and some lowlights, but all in all everything turned out pretty damn good.
I was chosen and worked my way up to the Top 30 for the MLB Fan Cave. I met a lot of great people, and networked some great new contacts along the way. I watched my friends that made it to NYC go through all the hubbub involved with it, and was really impressed with April (my Canadian friend) who knocked out article after great article. Danny Farris, who was in my group in Arizona, ended up taking the competition as the ultimate Superfan. 🙂 You deserve it, stud.
Back home here, we had a cold Opening Day, but it was well spent with Dynex Dan and Wayne. New doors were opened up too, mostly because of one Caitlin Moyer at the Brewers, always keeping an eye out for some great opportunities. May 5th is one that will always be a highlight for me. It was the day I got to throw out the first pitch. Not only that, but my catcher was Brandon Kintzler!
Brandon had a great year! He was healthy the whole time, and pretty damn consistent. This, along with the positive attitude (and maybe cuz of the billion autographs he signs for us) earned him the first ever Superfan Choice Award! It is the first in a long line of athletes who the Superfans choose to recognize for being a player of the fans. Brandon ended 2013 by having the wedding of a lifetime with his bride Melissa, a beautiful import of Canada. Yeah, I said it. Canadian girls are hot. 😉
It was a struggle of a year for our friend John Axford… more of a struggle for most of the fans to understand what he was going through, what he was dealt, and the defensive errors that occurred while he was on the mound. In the end, John was traded to the Cardinals, released, and signed with the Indians. It made me feel empty inside, seeing this guy I met back in ’09 during his first call-up leaving the organization. But more to come on THAT feeling.
Through tons of organization and communication, and most importantly, execution we planned the Ultimate Travel Channel Tailgate. Thanks again to Wolski’s Tavern and Lakefront Brewery for sponsoring the beverages! Adam Richman was a hoot to meet, and having BK and Donovan Hand stop by our tailgate was a welcomed surprise for everyone. Also, thanks to our VIP guests, a handful of Brewers’ wives/gf’s/friends for stopping by. You all are always welcome to come to the Parking Lot Party with us every year! I can’t say much for the editing and how small of a role I played on the actual show, since I don’t control their editing. Wish some were more grateful for what they got though, but I digress. Overall, I hope to see Adam Richman again this year. More on that later!
Another high note: Rob Wooten and Tyler Thornburg getting called up from AAA, and not just getting by, but seeing success at the big league level. Rob is one I have watched from his days in AA, and him and his wife were also blessed with a child this year. Rob, Tyler and BK also have helped me with a secret project which shall be revealed in a few weeks hopefully.
Finally, the most bittersweet moment of the year. Corey “The Condor” Hart, my favorite baseball player, signed with the Seattle Mariners. The guy who was always quick to toss us a ball, to sign our piles upon piles of cards, balls, pictures, bats, gloves, bobbleheads etc, and the guy who we cheered for no matter what. He was chosen as “our guy” by the Founding Fathers Superfans, and we will still follow his career. The sweet part would be him calling us out specifically in his Goodbye ad in the Journal Sentinel. Yeah, that just happened. Thank you Corey for ending our year on a high note. Good luck in 2014.
As for me, I look forward to another run at the MLB Fan Cave, meeting Hank Aaron, and going to an All-Star game this year. What kind of goals do you have?
PS – Shaggy is a Cubs fan!