I’ve been waiting for this day for a long time… I re-applied for the MLB Fan Cave in New York City and am waiting to see how it pans out. Last year was amazing! I did more than I ever thought a fan could do, starting with applying the first time for this dream of mine. With guys backing me like Brandon Kintzler, and my group of Superfan friends, I found some success and made it to Arizona. Once there, I met some really awesome people (29 other finalists of which I still talk to most), some legends like George Brett, and even got to meet the brains behind it all, the visionary Tim Brosnan. That was the first of 4 elevated events I never anticipated in my lifetime.
Number 2 came from Caitlin Moyer, Director of New Media for the Milwaukee Brewers. Nonchalantly she asked me, hey, would you like to throw out the first pitch on May 5th? … ….. ARE YOU KIDDING ME?? I remember greats like Warren Spahn and Hank Aaron throwing out first pitches… I remember George W. Bush doing it, and had even seen WWE Superstar Shawn Michaels do it once at US Cell. I accepted, then decided to go around the powers-that-be (due to knowing the answer) and asked my friend Brandon Kintzler, the guy who gave me that little push last year for the Fan Cave, to be my catcher. He did it, and well, the rest is history. I surely one-hopped it and was nervous as hell, but I did it.
The 3rd came in July… after filling out 2 applications, getting screened, and multiple phone interviews, I convinced the Travel Channel that my crew and I throw an epic tailgate party. We were shown on Adam Richman’s show, Fandemonium, although most of what I did was edited out. Even after all the planning, the money, the soliciting of Wolski’s Tavern and Lakefront Brewery, the hours of time, I did gain one thing; a friend in Adam Richman. He even tweeted support for me for this year.
The baseball season ended on a quiet note… Rob Wooten got called up which was awesome, and he saw some success which I know will be repeated in 2014. In September, I managed to gather Woot, Kintzler and Tyler Thornburg to the secret location of the Brewers Fan Cave and we taped a few nonsense scenes that didn’t make sense… I promised they would in January, once the video came together. And it did! (See previous post).
Perhaps the best way for me to end the season though was on a low note that turned into a high note. Corey Hart, hands down my favorite ballplayer since he first came up to the Bigs, signed with another team. Not just another team though, an American League team, thus almost guaranteeing me that I wouldn’t see him play in person this year. It was what was best for him and his wife and kids, and I know his career will prosper in Seattle. I mean, he’s the man! The CONDOR! He left us, but he did not forget us… you can read for yourself in the newspaper clipping below.
For those of you who don’t know, the Condor Fan Club founders were Rob Gustafson (also an amazing videographer that created my videos), Chris Schatz, myself and Dan Bilke. The club expanded with other members like Dynex Dan, Wild Bill, Superfan Shaggy and many others We are thankful that he remembered us, and he will be missed.
And now, 2014, February, after my video and application have been submitted, I am restless waiting to hear back from MLB on what my future will hold…. Stay tuned folks… Share my video, pray for me, and don’t stop believin.