|Jay arrives at MLB FanCave registration|
|MLB FanCave Credentials|
|A group of us pose for a picture at our hotel before loading up for Chase Field|
|Time to board the MLB FanCave Bus!|
|#FanCave30 at Chase Field|
While at Chase Field, we got our first pep talk from Tim Brosnan, the Executive Vice President of Business at Major League Baseball. He reminded us that we made it to the top 30 for a reason, and to just be ourselves. He also let us know that we'd be soon be doing our 60 second pitches, but first, we feasted on some ballpark fare. I went straight to the hot dogs. I am a hot dog eating champ, after all.
|Ballpark Franks... a fitting lunch|
|A moment of reflection in the DBacks' dugout|
After the elevator pitches, which at least in my mind came pretty naturally to me as I wasn't nervous and thought I delivered exactly what I wanted to, some folks had more formal interviews with the MLB brass while the rest of us took off on an adventure around Chase Field filming a music video. Here's the result:
The time had then come for baseball trivia and karaoke. Eric Byrnes, former big leaguer and current MLB Network personality, hosted along with Ricardo Marquez, one of last year's cave dwellers. Team Gong 'Em Style (my team) took home the grand prize, a TV segment with the Phoenix FOX news crew the next morning!
|Team Gong 'Em Style with Kristin from My FOX Phoenix|
We weren't done at Chase Field just yet though. After trivia, we sang karaoke on the outfield terrace. Fellow #FanCave30 member Alex Justice and I did our best rendition of Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody. Enjoy:
The next day, after the morning news segment, I boarded a bus with eight others to head to Goodyear, AZ, Spring Training home to the Reds and Indians. We got to hang out at the Reds facility for a while and then filmed a segment with Jay Bruce... and I got PRANKED! I'll have to wait until the video is out to tell the whole story, but I did get to meet Jay Bruce, and after he stopped pretending to be pissed, he was a great fella.
|Posing with Jay Bruce of the Cincinnati Reds|
|Goofing off before my interview|
|Hayden Moss and I... one of many great people I met!|