Are you familiar with the MLB Fan Cave?
Jun. 23, 2012; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Chicago Cubs fans hold up a sign during the fourth inning against Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Jennifer Hilderbrand-USA TODAY Sports
It’s essentially a bad ass contest where participants apply to be shacked up in a New York City loft and watch every single baseball game they want. Not only do they get to live the swanky life for an entire baseball season with other baseball fans, but they have to maintain a social media presence for the entire duration of the season.
Frankly, it’s a dream come true for any hardcore baseball fan.
Meet Katie Cernek, who is a good friend of the site and participant at large in the Cubs social media circle. She’s made the final top 50 participants for the MLB fan cave, is the only Cubs fan in the finals and needs your help getting votes. She’s even written you a little piece on why you should vote for her.
First of all, I would like to thank Andrew and everyone at Cubbies Crib for their support in this journey to the MLB FanCave. This is an opportunity that 12 year old me could only have dreamed about! If only I had known!
As you may know, I am the only Cubs fan that has made it this far in the contest, which is an unbelievable honor! The Cubs have one of the best fanbases around and I am humbled and thrilled to be representing the Cubs and their fans. Humbled, because I am a Wisconsin girl with an unshakeable love for the Cubs. Thrilled, because, well, who wouldn’t be thrilled to watch a season’s worth of baseball in New York in the coolest building on the planet?
Baseball is a huge part of my life, thanks in part to my father. From a very young age, I was inoculated with stories about Ron Santo, Ernie Banks, Fergie Jenkins, Ryne Sandberg, and Andre Dawson. When that fated night in 2003 hit (I’m so sorry to bring it up. It pains me.), my brother and I were in tears, mother furiously yelling at Alou/Bartman/Gonzalez all at once. Dad got home from work a few moments later, and promptly took the blame for inflicting our family with this fandom.
It seems only natural to carry that infliction on and demonstrate just how deep a Cubs fan’s love goes. It is more than a love for a player, or even a whole team. It definitely is not a bandwagon love, because I assume most of us were not alive 105 years ago.
This love for the Cubs is in our blood; it is a love for day games, the way the game strengthens family bonds, and the way your family grows by about 40,000 people when you step inside the Friendly Confines; but most importantly, it is a love for the game of baseball.
Because of that, I’m dedicating this journey to you, the Cubs family. This is something that I could not possibly do on my own. Let’s bring another W to the North Side!
You can vote as many times as you like (I think the max is 100 per day.) Let’s put a Cubs fan in the fan cave!