MLB Fan Cave Top 30 Invade Arizona; Good Luck, Pete!
Today while I was at the Cactus League home opener at Maryvale, I caught up with Pete Gourlie, the Brewers Fan Cave fandidate who made it to the Top 30 thanks in large part to your votes!
Pete has been down here since Monday when he and the other 29 finalists invaded Arizona and were put through the wringer by top MLB execs and former players in the quest to whittle that number down to somewhere around 10 finalists who will be chosen to head to New York to start the season in the MLB Fan Cave.
Pete described the process to me and although quite fun, it also sounded quite grueling. After they all arrived on Monday evening,on Tuesday, they went to Chase Field where they were put through several rounds of interviews, including having to give a :60 elevator pitch about themselves.
I asked Pete what he did for his speech and he told me that he used layers of clothing to represent attributes about himself which make him the ideal fandidate:
- First Layer: Jackie Robinson jersey: Pete has the utmost respect for the heritage and history of the game, those who made the game great.
- Second Layer: Fan Cave t-shirt: This, Pete hopes, represents his future.
- Third Layer: Ryan Braun Jersey, autographed by many members of the team, obtained through Pete’s diligence: This represents Pete’s tenacity and determination–and each autograph has its own story behind it.
- Fourth Layer: Corey Hart Condor t-shirt: Pete and his fellow Super Fans have given Corey Hart the nickname of the Condor and have even made shirts to that effect. This shows his creativity.
- Final Layer: Super Fan Tattoo: If you couldn’t already tell that Pete is indeed a Super Fan, his arm will do it for you:
Pete’s speech impressed me, let’s hope it also impressed the judges! After that, the fandidates had fun creating a Les Miserables parody video:
On Wednesday, Pete found himself in Surprise, the Spring Training home of the Kansas City Royals where he had a run-in with George Brett.
“This has all just been surreal,” Pete told me. “I just really appreciate everything that’s happened to me. I feel great about the whole process. I was true to myself and I’m feeling good about it, that they’ll really consider me.”
Although his Fan Cave auditions are over for now, Pete will remain down here in Arizona through next weekend for his annual Spring Training trip.
He said he’s going to try to relax and not think too much about it now, since it is out of his hands.
I sure hope we have a Brewers Fan Cave correspondent this year and I’m sure you do, too, so let’s keep our fingers crossed for Pete; we’re not sure exactly when the final selections will be made, but it’s likely to be within the next two weeks.