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Looking for a Few Good Brewers Fandidates for the MLB Fan Cave in 2013

In case you haven’t heard, the popular MLB Fan Cave will be coming back for third season in 2013 and once again we’re looking for some excellent “fandidates” to represent the Brewers in the Cave!

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This past season, the MLB Fan Cave hosted a plethora of fan events, concerts, MLB player and celebrity appearances, as well as the nine Cave Dwellers who attempted to watch every game of the 2012 MLB season while chronicling their experiences online through videos, blogs and social media.

Those individuals were selected via a stringent process: the original pool of over 22,000 applicants was narrowed down to 50; an online fan vote whittled it down to 30; and then those 30 fandidates were given a test-run down at Spring Training. The nine that survived were then pared down to the final three over the course of the season by using a combination of online voting along with a panel of judges. The final trio had a great reward: attending the 2012 World Series, where one eventual winner, Giants fan Ashley Chavez, was crowned before the end of the World Series.

As in 2012, MLB will once again be selecting multiple fans to live the dream baseball experience inside the MLB Fan Cave while watching all 2,430 games and interacting with current and retired baseball greats, popular recording artists and entertainers and we’d love to have a Brewers fan in the mix!

Last year, we were fortunate enough to have two fandidates make the Fan Cave Top 50: Kurt Peter and Stephen Sievwright—who also made the Top 30.

I caught up with Kurt and Stephen this week to do a little “Where Are They Now?” and get their advice to you when applying to represent the Crew in NYC.

We’ll start with Kurt.

When I caught up with Kurt, he told me that he’s been traveling a lot lately for a new job that he started recently. He’s enjoying the new gig and therefore, he will not be able to apply for the Fan Cave opportunity in 2013; however, he was able to reminisce with me and give me his thoughts on the experience.

“Last year, I was just sitting there watching MLB Network and I saw the commercial for the Fan Cave and I thought why not. Everyone puts the application videos on YouTube, so I checked them out. So many were videos of  people just sitting in front of a camera. I thought, ‘I can do better than that,’ so I decided to catch some eyes by doing a funny video.”

Kurt then learned he had made the Top 50.

“After that, basically we had two weeks to put our PR thing/marketing skills to work. I had never really done that before; it was new territory for me. I was following everyone else [the other fandidtaes] on Twitter and seeing what they were doing. I thought I should probably be doing the same, so I Googled every radio station and went to TV websites and used Twitter to try to reach out to people everywhere I could. Then I started creating extra videos. There were 12 days left to vote, so I made 12 videos: The 12 Days of Fan Cave.”

Kurt said that the whole experience and everyone he met through the process was great. If he were to enter again in 2013, he says he wouldn’t do anything differently.

“The most important thing is: Be yourself. As long as you just be yourself and don’t try to ham it up too much. They can see right through that,” he said.

Kurt also suggests that ideal applicants be more active on Twitter and that “it doesn’t hurt to have more than 50 followers.”

One thing that Kurt tweeted recently really hit home:

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In our call, he expanded more on that: “The people that are applying have to realize it’s not really about them. It’s about them promoting baseball to other fans, or even those who aren’t baseball fans yet. They should think of themselves as baseball liaisons.”

Personally, I think that’s really great advice–these Cave Dwellers are essentially ambassadors for the game!

Next, I caught up with Stephen.

Like Kurt, Steve is a Brewers fan who, out of 22,000 total entries, also made it to the Top 50.

But then Steve also made it into the Top 30 and was rewarded with a grueling trip to Arizona for Spring Training. Through the process, he got so close to the Fan Cave he could almost taste it and that’s left him craving more—so that’s why he’s applying again this year.

Here’s his take on the experience.

“The funny thing is last year, I went into it not expecting anything so to get the results that I got was pretty mind-blowing,” Steve said.

When Steve learned that he made the Top 50, he said he was basically told that he could do whatever he wanted to garner some attention/votes.

“Not being introduced to this side of the world, I didn’t know what was going on,” said the fandidate from a small town in northern Wisconsin. “I was getting calls from TV, newspaper and you, obviously. It was definitely a shock at first— and then the floodgates of creativity were opened. This process really opens up your creative side.”

When Steve found out he made the Top 30, it was a whirlwind: “After I found out, all of a sudden I’m jumping on an airplane down to Spring Training to do all of this stuff. I landed, I got to the hotel, I met everyone and then we got whisked off to Chase Field where we were already put through the wringer. I had to give an elevator speech inside the Diamondbacks press area. I had two days to prepare a one-minute speech and I spent two days worrying about it!”

With Steve applying again this year, it didn’t feel right to ask him for too much advice, but he was extremely open—and echoed much of what Kurt had to say.

“I think for anybody—the key is to just be creative, but be yourself. There is no rule that says you have to do it with one take, with one camera angle. You have two minutes to do whatever you want so be creative,” he said.

He also added, “I think the most interesting thing about it is how much it will really change your life. Not just the fun stuff, meeting people. It broke down a lot of my personal barriers….Just go for it. You always hear that and it never means anything to you. But as soon as you make something out of nothing it feels amazing.”

So there you have it, excellent advice from two excellent sources. We wish Kurt well and Steve the best of luck this year! We also wish YOU the best of luck in submitting your entries because we’d LOVE to have a Brewers fan in the cave in 2013! Let’s hope I’m catching up with you this Spring to do an interview.

The entry deadline is January 25. For details, click here.

-Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

Congratulations to Stephen Sievwright, our Brewers Fan Cave Fandidate!

Congratulations to Stephen Sievwright 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 2012 MLB Fan Cave!

Following two weeks of furious campaigning that resulted in more than a million votes on MLBFanCave.com, 30 finalists (including Stephen) vying to be contestants in the 2012 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 2012 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 Stephen and report back to you with another interview, so stay tuned!]

The 30 finalists emerged from an original group of 50 candidates culled from more than 22,000 applicants. This original group of 50 included Stephen and another Brewers fan, Kurt Peter. (You can read my interviews with each of them from last week 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 300 endorsements from players and celebrities on camera and through Twitter (including Tony Gwynn, Torii Hunter, David Price, Stephen Strasburg as well as celebrities such as Jerry Ferrara, Michael Rapaport and Andrew Dice Clay) and participated in more than 150 interviews with national and local TV and radio, newspapers and online outlets.

“All 50 of the fans who emerged from the initial 22,000 applicants deserve incredible praise and a hearty thank you from all of us at Major League Baseball because they truly are among the most passionate and dedicated fans we’ve ever encountered,” said Tim Brosnan, Executive Vice President, Business, Major League Baseball. “We had to make some extremely difficult decisions in order to determine the top 30, and while the Spring Training trip will be a lot of fun for all involved, in a way we’re really not looking forward to having to send any more of these entertaining baseball fans home.”

The 30 finalists include men and women from across the U.S. and Canada and represent a wide range of backgrounds and occupations, including recent college graduates, journalists, bloggers, actors, musicians, a self-described “unemployed comedian,” a made-up superhero and a professional wrestler.

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.

In 2012, the MLB Fan Cave will return to the 15,000 square foot location at 4th Street and Broadway in the heart of New York City’s Greenwich Village that was formerly the home of Tower Records. The MLB Fan Cave is currently being redesigned to feature new technology and interactive elements. The MLB Fan Cave is a unique event space mixing baseball with music, popular culture, media, interactive technology and art. Supported by MLB Advanced Media, it also serves as a content factory providing baseball fans with a constant flow of online video and conversation via social media. The MLB Fan Cave has more than a quarter of a million combined followers on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/mlbfancave) and Twitter (@MLBFanCave).

-CAIT

johnandcait@brewers.com

Getting to Know Your 2012 MLB Fan Cave Fandidates

Late last week, I wrote about how MLB revealed the top 50 fans vying to be a contestant in the 2012 MLB Fan Cave–including two Brewers candidates (or FANdidates, as I like to call them),  Kurt Peter and Stephen Sievwright.

Now through Wednesday, February 22, fans can view video submissions from all 50 applicants on MLBFanCave.com and vote for their favorites. 

Based on fan voting, quality of the original submissions, and the ability of the contestants to generate buzz and interest in their campaigns, MLB will narrow the field to 30 finalists who will then earn a trip to Spring Training in Arizona at the end of February, where they will compete in a variety of challenges to determine the final group of contestants.

These winners will begin the season in the MLB Fan Cave in New York City 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 Fan Cave and who gets eliminated with one eventual winner crowned before the end of the World Series.

 All 50 finalists have been hard at work rocking the vote since the announcement was made and this morning, I had the chance to catch up with these gentlemen so I can give you a little background on why you should, as always–VOTE BREWERS!

Kurt Peter 

Kurt Peter, a native of Elm Grove, Wisconsin, is a 23-year-old assistant athletic director at a local high school. He’s been a Brewers fan for as long as he can remember, even though his brother was a Braves fan growing up and he sometimes faced peer pressure to change allegiances.

Kurt believes fans should vote for him because, “I have a good personality, I love the game of baseball and I will ask the questions that some people might not,” he said, referring to the Fan Cave participants’ opportunities to interview players and celebrities throughout the season. Though he assures me he’s a Brewers fan, he’s most looking forward to the possibility of meeting Texas Rangers LHP Derek Holland.

Kurt has never been to Arizona to see the Brewers in Spring Training but was planning a trip to go out to Arizona for the first time this year; however, now he hopes that trip will be as one of the Top 30 contestants for the MLB Fan Cave. To get there, he’s got to campaign hard and so far, he’s been able to garner a good buzz, primarily through Twitter and YouTube (click here to watch some of Kurt’s mini videos). It also helps that he works at a high school; all of the students know about his quest and have been helping him get the word out.

If he’s lucky enough to make it to the actual Fan Cave in New York, he’s not scared of the city (though he’s been there only once) or the prospect of living with 5-7 others for the season. “I’d be fine with it,” Kurt said, “I mean, they’re hardly strangers at this point. We’ve all connected since the announcement and we’re helping each other.” Click here to vote for Kurt. Also, follow him on Twitter: @FalconKP.

Stephen Sievwright 

Stephen Sievwright is a 28-year-old student from Stevens Point, Wisconsin. He’s been a Brewers fan since he was nine years old and took his first trip to County Stadium. It’s a memory that is still very vivid to him as he remembers getting to meet pitcher Jaime Navarro.

Stephen has a self-proclaimed dry sense of humor, which really comes through in his video essay. He feels he is best suited to represent the Brewers fan base in the Fan Cave because he takes it so passionately. “I will be watching every game whether it’s in Stevens Point or New York,” he told me. He also told me that he wants fans to know that he’s just a “normal guy from a really small town.”

Indeed, this process has given Stephen a new perspective on some things. “I was reading an article recently that said that Stevens Point has the best tasting tap water in all of the United States. It pointed out how the water came from a ‘tiny town of 25,000′,” he said. “I hadn’t really thought of it that way before, but when you compare it to a place like New York, it would certainly be interesting for me to be transplanted into a place of over 8 million people!”

Stephen has never been to New York before, nor has he been to see the Brewers in Spring Training, but he’s hoping that he’ll get to do both things this year if he remains in the running for the Fan Cave. He’s also hoping that Brewers closer John Axford will pay another visit to the Cave as that is the person he’s most looking forward to meeting.

When I asked him about his campaign strategy, he answered in his typical dry sense of humor style by saying, “Well, I just concluded an interview with the local paper. So we know that goes out to 25,000 people…oh, and I’ve got my sister locked away in a closet, voting and hitting refresh all day.” Click here to vote for Stephen. Also, follow him on Twitter: @Siev27.

So there you have it! The two Brewers Fandidates for the 2012 MLB Fan Cave.

Are you still here? Stop reading and go vote for Kurt and Stephen!

-Cait

johnandcait@brewers.com

Start Spreading the News! Two Brewers Fans are in the Running for the 2012 MLB Fan Cave!

While John and his team were hard at work on the 2012 Media Guide earlier this week, I headed to New York City for some meetings with MLB.

While I was there, I decided to take a tour of the MLB Fan Cave.

Most of you may recall that last year, MLB ran a contest to select fans to live the dream baseball experience in the 15,000 square foot location at 4th Street and Broadway in the heart of New York’s Greenwich Village (formerly the home of Tower Records).

Well, this year, instead of having just two people in the space for the entire season, the Fan Cave will start the season with a group of fan contestants  who will get to 1) watch every single baseball game played, 2) interact and film video content with current and former players, celebrities and musicians, 3) discuss the hottest baseball and pop culture topics through blog posts and social media 4) compete in exciting challenges with other fans to remain in the MLB Fan Cave – and much more.

Last year alone, more than 170 famous guests visited the MLB Fan Cave, including 66 current players, 28 former players and 76 assorted celebrities and musicians. You can check out the Fan Cave arsenal of videos here.

From a Brewers standpoint, you may recall a couple of appearances by John Axford and a interactive web chat with our very own Bernie Brewer.

And, in 2012, we hope to have even more interaction with the Fan Cave. In January, we put out a call to all Brewers fans to get their entries in so Milwaukee could be represented in the Fan Cave….and it worked!

After reviewing more than 22,000 entries, MLB recently revealed the top 50 fans vying to be a contestant in the 2012 MLB Fan Cave and two of them—Kurt Peter and Stephen Sievwright—are Brewers fans!

Now through Wednesday, February 22, fans can view video submissions from all 50 applicants on MLBFanCave.comand vote for their favorites. (There’s more on Stephen and Kurt to come next week, so start voting and stay tuned!)

Based on fan voting, quality of the original submissions, and the ability of the contestants to generate buzz and interest in their campaigns, MLB will narrow the field to 30 finalists who will then earn a trip to Spring Training in Arizona at the end of February, where they will compete in a variety of challenges to determine the final group of contestants.

These 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 Fan Cave and who gets eliminated with one eventual winner crowned before the end of the World Series.

In 2012, the MLB Fan Cave will return to the same location in New York; however, it is  currently being redesigned to feature new technology and interactive elements.

Check out some of the photos from my visit below and then get started voting for Kurt and Stephen!

-Cait

johnandcait@brewers.com

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