Photos from my trip to New York City for the Twins/Yankees Series
I’ve watched 353 games since arriving in New York City on March 24th and by the end of today, I’ll have added another 14 to the total. Really, the MLB Fan Cave has barely scratched the surface. But in the 36 days since we watched the Mariners and the Athletics open the season in Japan, a lot has happened here at 4th & Broadway. We got to ring the NASDAQ bell with Tim Brosnan and Harold Reynolds. Mike and Mike came and broadcasted their show from the Fan Cave. We joined Kevin Millar, Al Leiter and Sean Casey as they helped light up the Empire State Building in honor of Opening Day. Aaron Lewis, the frontman from Staind, performed some of his solo stuff for us during the first MLBFanCave.com Concert Series show. We cheered on the Marlins as they opened their spanking new stadium while Far East Movement performed in our living room. Millar and Chris Rose broadcasted Intentional Talk from our couch. Three of the Nationals’ starting pitchers — Gio Gonzalez, Edwin Jackson & Ross Detwiler — were the first players to visit the Cave during the 2012 season. Bernie Williams came and hung out. The Fray performed. The Angels stopped by, bringing Peter Bourjos, LaTroy Hawkins, Howie Kendrick & Mark Trumbo along. On Jackie Robinson Day, the Cave Dwellers spent the afternoon with Sharon Robinson, a moment I’ll never forget. UFC Fighter Jon ‘Bones’ Jones came by the Cave, just days before defending the light heavyweight UFC Championship. We celebrated 100 years at Fenway Park with Jim Rice & Wally the Green Monster (AND the Red Sox World Championship trophies). The Minnesota Twins took over the Cave with visits from Joe Mauer, Matt Capps, Brian Duensing & Liam Hendriks (with post-game visits from Glen Perkins & Jeff Gray). Bonnie Raitt stopped by. Eddie Mata and I were on FOX’s Player Poll with Greg Amsinger, our segment currently being replayed at ballparks across the country. The Giants took over Manhattan and made Ashley Chavez the happiest girl in the world with visits from Sergio Romo & Pablo Sandoval. Red Sox fans from across New York City took over the Cave to celebrate the 100 year anniversary at Fenway, although Eddie Mata’s Yankees didn’t leave them with a win. Omar Miller from CSI: Miami randomly found himself at the corner of 4th & Broadway and came in to check out his fantasy team on the Cave Monster. We watched Phil Humber pitch a perfect game for the White Sox. Penn Jillette stopped by and all of us realized our futures in magic are limited. Logan Morrison of the Miami Marlins came back and took us on what has to be most uninformative tour in New York City history. Our fourth MLBFanCave.com Concert Series featured Daughtry with a surprise visit from Yankees relief pitcher Cody Eppley. The Tigers brought in Miguel Cabrera and Collin Balester, who wouldn’t agree to go easy on my Twins regardless of how many times I asked. The next day, we got to help surprise Justin Verlander’s biggest fan – 11 year-old Shayna Hersh – with a visit from the MVP/Cy Young winner, a day that left most of the Fan Cave in tears.
Yes, the month of April has been ridiculous and life here in New York City doesn’t appear to be slowly down anytime soon. Some days I feel the need to pinch myself because I can’t believe this is my life. I’m truly a blessed baseball fan.
Check out some of my favorite photos — most from my time with the Minnesota Twins — and keep checking in at MLBFanCave.com as the season continues. You can also follow along on Twitter with @MLBFanCave & @Lindsay Guentzel.
Let’s Go Twins!
Many of you know I’m applying to take over the MLB Fan Cave this April because, let’s face it — it could use a female’s touch. Below are a couple of videos I shot for my application: the first touches on one of my favorite moments in baseball, Game 163 – Tigers vs. Twins. The second lists very important reasons — both funny & serious — why MLB should choose me to be the Cave’s next occupant.
Take a look, show your friends, and please support me in the upcoming weeks as I try to add a little femininity to the MLB Fan Cave.
The MLB Fan Cave: One of my favorite moments in baseball history
The MLB Fan Cave: Why I should be chosen to take over in April
A huge thanks to my very talented friend Dustin Wasserman of Wass Productions for all this help!
So in 100 days, the Minnesota Twins will open the 2012 season out east against the Orioles. While 2011 wasn’t a season most fans want to remember, I felt it only appropriate to take a look back at some of the biggest highlights from April to September.
And yes, I know I’m rather fond of saying the words really & definitely…
Catch my application video for the MLB Fan Cave here.
When Michael Cuddyer & his wife Claudia welcomed twins girls into the world earlier this month, fans of the utility player breathed a huge sigh of relief. How could he sign with anyone but the Twins now that he had just welcomed his own pair into the world? It’s perfect!
As delightful as it would be if that were the case, there are other factors that will play a role in Michael’s decision to re-sign with Minnesota.
Right now, it sounds like he’s sitting on 3 years, $26 million. He made it clear early on that he was interested in talking about a 4th year option. That’s still there and could come out as a tie-breaker with the Rockies in play.
He also wants the Twins to be contenders in 2012. So does the rest of the team & everyone in Twins’ territory. Last year was rough on everyone and the attitude in the clubhouse right now isn’t pretty. No beef between players, just an over-all — WHAT HAPPENED THIS YEAR? — feeling that is a recipe for disaster when trying to rebuild after a down year. Michael’s leadership & veteran status would be bright spot for a pretty young squad & all of the new faces that will be joining it this season.
While a resolution seems to be within sight, both the Twins & the Rockies are pushing Michael for an answer. His camp has and remains to be very quiet, which is making both teams nervous and anxious for a resolution. In order for these squads to move forward in the off-season, a resolution needs to happen. Both teams have a lot of holes to fill and need to know where their money is going in order to do so.
Right now there are no ultimatums but a ‘final offer, take it or leave it’ could be coming soon unless Cuddyer’s camp makes some noise.
For the five of you who haven’t heard, notorious bachelor & Minnesota Twins catch Joe Mauer is officially off the market after proposing to girlfriend — and fellow Cretin-Derham Hall alum — Maddie Bisanz over the weekend. I broke the news here yesterday but if you’re looking for more info on the couple, check out these stories from WCCO, Kare 11, FOX 9, FOX Sports North & The Pioneer Press.
Sounds like the former MVP has found himself quite the catch! Hopefully she’s the lucky charm this squad needs to turn things around.
A big congrats to Minnesota Twins catcher Joe Mauer who proposed to girlfriend Maddie Bisanz over the weekend in Florida. While I’m sure ladies across the country are mourning the loss of the notorious bachelor, I’m happy for the kid. Hopefully she’ll be his good-luck charm this season!
Wonder if they’ll work St. Paul into the wedding plans — both attended Cretin-Derham Hall.