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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.
Congratulations to Pete Gourlie our Brewers candidate (or Fandidate, as I like to call him) who has made it into the second round of finalists seeking to be part of the 2013 MLB Fan Cave!
Following a couple of weeks of furious campaigning by the original group of fandidates, 30 finalists (including Pete) vying to be contestants in the 2013 MLB Fan Cave have earned a trip to Spring Training for the final step in their quest for their baseball dream job.
These 30 fans will travel to Arizona next week for a series of interactive challenges and interviews designed to determine the final group that will begin the 2013 season in the MLB Fan Cave in New York. [Since I will also be down in Arizona next week, I’m hoping to catch up with Pete and report back to you with another interview, so stay tuned!]
The 30 finalists emerged from an original group of 52 candidates culled from thousands of applicants. This original group of 52 included Pete and another Brewers fan, Kevin Kimmes. (You can read my interviews with each of them here.)
The finalists earned the trip to Spring Training in large part by actively campaigning for votes–so thank you, Brewers fans!–and promoting their candidacy through social media, media interviews and other creative means, including viral videos featuring players and celebrities, celebrity endorsements via Twitter, and even a proclamation from a local government official.
Overall, in just two weeks, the candidates combined to earn more than 400 endorsements from players and celebrities on camera and through Twitter (including actor Colin Hanks, David Price, Justin Verlander, David Ortiz, Jose Bautista and Dale Murphy) and participated in more than 200 interviews with national and local TV and radio, newspapers and online outlets.
The 30 finalists boast a wide range of backgrounds and occupations, including recent college graduates, journalists, bloggers, comedians, musicians, a chef, an announcer for a college Quidditch league, and a former reality show winner.
The ultimate group of winners will begin the season in the MLB Fan Cave with the goal of watching all 2,430 MLB games on a large wall of big screen Sony televisions while chronicling their experiences online through videos, blogs, and social media. Along the way, they will compete with one another over the course of the season in a series of challenges, with fans online helping decide who gets to stay in the MLB Fan Cave and who gets eliminated with one eventual winner crowned before the end of the World Series.
More than 400 celebrity visitors including nearly 200 current MLB players as well as musicians, actors, former players and others have visited the MLB Fan Cave since its launch in 2011, participating in more than 500 online videos for fans to share via social media.
In 2013, the MLB Fan Cave will return for a third season, following a year of tremendous growth in social media activity, fan engagement and video content, as well as a highly successful concert series featuring top musical acts. With more than 1.2 million combined followers on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, the MLB Fan Cave has built a large community of baseball fans that the Cave Dwellers will have a chance to interact with during the 2013 season. A unique event space at 4th Street and Broadway in New York City’s Greenwich Village mixing baseball with music, popular culture, media, interactive technology and art, the MLB Fan Cave is currently being redesigned to feature new technology and interactive elements.