Today, MLB announced who would be participating in the 3rd regular season of the MLB Fan Cave. For the second straight year, they are going with nine baseball superfans to start off that will battle their way to stay throughout the season. Unfortunately, myself and fellow 3U3Der Jeremy Dorn weren’t able to crack the starting lineup and were eliminated in the top 30. However, we know that the people that made it to 4th and Broadway are going to bring a lot to the fans this season.
Favorite team: New York Mets
Travis has been a veteran of the MLB Fan Cave, making the top 30 in 2012 and narrowly missing out on making it to New York City. Not this year, where the New York native returns to his home state to cheer on the Metropolitans. He’s been widely regarded as the “mayor” of the MLB Fan Cave for bringing together his fellow contestants. He’s worked the past two seasons with the Associated Press, covering both the Cubs and White Sox, so don’t expect him to be intimidated when players come visit. He’ll turn into a puddle though if Taylor Swift shows up though. Travis’ Twitter handle is @attravismiller
Favorite team: Cincinnati Reds
Ben will be representing the defending NL Central champions in the Fan Cave. He’s originally from Cincinnati, Ohio and now lives in New York City, where we was previously making lobster rolls and being a writer for the Upright Citizens Brigade. He also created the YouTube series “Long-Haired Businessmen” that can be found here. He’ll be bringing the funny to the Fan Cave. Ben’s Twitter handle is @benweitmarschen.
Favorite team: Chicago White Sox
The Windy City gets their first Fan Cave representative in Marcus. Marcus is witty and came up big in the Fan Cave 30’s baseball puns videos. I worked with him and Ben in Arizona and they both are solid in front of the camera. He’s also opinionated on his teams, which will lead to some great talk on Twitter! Speaking of Twitter, you can check him out there with the handle @_MHa11.
Favorite team: Toronto Blue Jays
After not making the top 50 in 2012, April regrouped and finds herself heading down from the Great White North to New York City. It certainly doesn’t hurt that the Blue Jays completely retooled during the offseason and may be the AL East favorites. April runs the website JaysProspects.com and has personally interviewed a ton of players. She’s big on Twitter where you can join her 6,500+ followers @Alleycat17.
Favorite team: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
The Angels join the Braves and the Yankees as the only teams to have had multiple Cave Dwellers in MLB Fan Cave history. Farris has big shoes to fill from runner-up Ricardo Marquez, but Danny has the ability to do it. He’s funny, good-looking, and tall. He’ll be a hit with all fans. He also played actual baseball at Virginia Tech, giving him extra baseball knowledge of the game. Danny’s Twitter handle is @ohshootitsdan.
Favorite team: Boston Red Sox
Nick will be the first member of Red Sox Nation to try and watch every game during the course of the season. He’s a natural at being funny and will team up well with Ben on bringing funny skits to the Fan Cave. He performs with the Upright Citizens Brigade and is fantastic at improv. He’ll be able to make players feel comfortable around him. If they’re lucky he can hook them up with Boar’s Head sandwiches from where he used to work! You can check out his blog here. Nick’s Twitter handle is @grevalt.
Favorite team: Cleveland Indians
Alex will be coming to New York City from THE Ohio State University. (Sorry, they get upset if you don’t say it like that.) She’s a rocker on the outside, but a sweetheart on the inside. Alex will be loved by all fans I think. As I’ve said in a previous blog, if Alex can win the MLB Fan Cave, it’d be the biggest win for Cleveland and baseball in a long, long time. Alex’s Twitter handle is @alexjustice4all.
Favorite team: Los Angeles Dodgers
The Fan Cave battles between the two Los Angeles representatives will be fun that’s for sure. Aaron is fun-loving and outgoing, but also really knows the game. He was great in the trivia rounds during the top 30 and was the Dodgers correspondent with MLB Reports. You can find his personal blog here and his Twitter handle is @BertsBall.
Favorite team: Texas Rangers
I know she currently lives in Los Angeles, but Mina is a Texas girl through and through. She attended the University of Texas, so expect her to be doubly active when it comes time for the NCAA baseball tournament. She seems quiet, but is really creative and willing to put herself out there. During the Fan Cave process she showed that she can interview normal people and make it entertaining, I can’t wait to see what she does interviewing players. Mina’s Twitter handle is @minapark.
There’s your starting lineup for the MLB Fan Cave this season! Who’s your favorite to make it all the way through the season and watch all 2,430 MLB games? Let us know in the comments.
-Bryan Mapes (@IAmMapes)
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As many of you know, or more likely didn’t know. 3U3D came together through friendships and a love of baseball formed from the 2012 MLB Fan Cave competition. We all can’t imagine what it’d be like now if we had never met last year. The MLB Fan Cave is back for it’s third season and while we’d love and hope for us all to get in (along with a lot of our other friends), that might just be a pipe dream. We can assure you that we’re going to give it our best shot and we think any of us would be a great fit on 4th and Broadway. Without further adieu, enjoy our application videos!
Jeremy Dorn: Los Angeles Dodgers Fan
I’ve always loved baseball. From coach pitch to Little League to Varsity in high school, it’s been my favorite thing to do. Once the “become the next Derek Jeter” dream died, I turned my attention to another passion: writing. Eventually, I married sports and writing together on the blogosphere and worked my way up through the Bleacher Report ranks to become a Dodgers Featured Columnist. In 2012, my love affair with baseball really took off when I made the Fan Cave top 50. There, I met my girlfriend of 10 months now, my lovely 3U3D co-hosts, and many other great people who I’m lucky to call friends. Now, I spend most of my non-working hours watching, talking, writing, reading, and thinking baseball. And after much debate I decided to campaign again for this year’s Cave! Despite my location in San Francisco, my undying loyalty to the Dodgers will never waver. I hope you like my video and I would be thrilled to have your vote! Here’s to hoping you see and hear a lot more 3U3D from New York City this summer.
Brian Boynton: Texas Rangers fan
I have always been a baseball fan. I mean what kid didn’t pretend or even dream that they were pitching in a tie game, in the ninth inning, of Game 7, of the World Series? All kids have that dream and then most realize they will not get the opportunity to play baseball forever. I have always wanted to work in and around baseball. I may not have the ability to play baseball but watching every game on the Cave Monster has to be the next best thing, right? Making the Fan Cave Top 50 in 2012 really just made me like baseball that much more. Even though I wasn’t a Cave Dweller last season with every game I watched on T.V. I pretended I was. Meeting my 3U3D co-hosts has proven to me that there are people out there who enjoy discussing sports and especially baseball as much as I do. All year I have been thinking of skits I want to do and have a folder on my computer dedicated solely to those skits. I hope you enjoy my video and help me live out my adult dream of watching every game of the upcoming season live from the Cave. Lastly, who doesn’t want to hear a 3U3D recording from the Fan Cave?
Bryan Mapes: Atlanta Braves fan
I think that I would be perfect for the MLB Fan Cave not just because of my love of baseball, but my love of the Fan Cave as well. I was able to visit 4th and Broadway on a few occasions, including seeing The Fray and Young the Giant perform. I’ll never forget when Isaac Slade, the lead singer of The Fray, made a reference to Cal Ripken Jr.’s consecutive games streak and asked how long it was. I instinctively just blurted out “2,632 games” from the audience. Even funnier is that many of the Cave Dwellers knew it was me that had yelled out the answer. I also love social media from Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Tout, and more I enjoy them all. I was lucky enough to attend game 3 of the ALDS between the Yankees and the Orioles, when Raul Ibáñez hit the pinch-hit game-tying home run. I captured the moment from the bleachers and posted it to YouTube. It was seen by ESPN, they contacted me through Twitter, and used the footage their “Social Highlight” on SportsCenter the next day. That’s the power of social media. I also would love to find creative ways to raise money for baseball charities like Stand Up To Cancer and Baseball Assistance Team. Finally, I have so many ideas floating in my head I have a whole place in my phone filled with skits, interviews, and promotions to do in the Fan Cave should I make it. I would be ecstatic for that opportunity.
Angelo Fileccia: Detroit Tigers fan
I would be the ideal fan to be in the MLB Fan Cave because on top of what some might call an unhealthy infatuation with baseball, I’m able to network extremely well and have already built rapport with several major leaguers. I am completely comfortable talking to anyone, making him or her feel welcome and engaged in anything that we are doing. I’m very well rounded when it comes to topics like of pop culture, sports, and world news to name a few. I have a unique way of socializing with people and have been told by many people that I have a contagious personality. When it comes to meeting, interacting, and getting to know the MLB stars, I’m not the type to get star struck and act unprofessional by any means. While I wish I had the lifestyle, I understand what a MLB star goes through on a day-to-day basis. I feel it’s that type of knowledge that not everyone has but people want to know. It can also make for better interviews, skits, and all other interactions. In all, I’m passionate about what I do in life and I’m passionate about baseball. When baseball becomes my life, the greatest things will happen.
The 5th member of 3U3D, Kurt Peter, decided not to apply this year, but he had great things going on for him. Make sure you check him out on Twitter too @FalconKP! We would love to have your support in our quests for the Cave! Thanks from all of us at 3U3D!