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February 1, 2013

Morning News: MLB FanCave Edition

Filed under: Featured,General — Katie Cernek @ 7:00 am

Happy Friday morning, my good people!

I hope you all have exhilarating weekend plans with lots of computer time on the schedule because…

Yours truly has been selected as one of the top 52 finalist for the MLB FanCave!

Now, some of you may be wondering, “What is a FanCave? (I sure hope you are not wondering what an “MLB” is; if so, we need to talk. STAT.)

The MLB FanCave is an MLB Sponsored contest.The winners of the contest get to live in New York for the entire baseball season and watch every. single. game. (EVERY SINGLE GAME!!) of the 2013 season. They also get to interact with players from each team and celebrities, as well as tweet about and write blog posts about various topics regarding baseball and/or pop culture.

To enter the contest, one must write a 400-word essay and create a 1-2 minute video, both describing various baseball topics. A panel of judges selects approximately 50 entries to move on to the next round. This is where you come in: Once an applicant is selected to be in the Top 50 (in this case, 52), a fan vote determines if they get kicked out or if they move on to the next round.

So, essentially what would be just downright wonderful of all of you would be this: go here and click that little purple button as many times as humanly possible -you can vote as often as you’d like. The voting window is open until February 13th, and when that day comes, the folks in charge of voting will close the polls, get out their bifocals, and begin counting the votes. The 30 applicants with the most votes move on to the next round.

The “Next Round” is an invitation to Spring Training and more baseball-themed competitions. After this round, the Cave Dwellers are chosen and life in the FanCave begins.

Just click here to get to the voting page, vote some, and come back to it later during your work meeting, or the 2-hour lecture on plant respiration, etc. and vote some more!

This is an unbelievably exciting opportunity, and I would appreciate any and all help you could give!

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Katie Cernek is a regular contributor to VFTB. She grew up as a Cubs fan in rural Wisconsin and fondly remembers hearing stories of Fergie Jenkins, Billy Williams, Ernie Banks, and Ron Santo. You can find Katie on Twitter @heyitskatiec

  • Norm Bothwell

    That’s awesome Katie, don’t see the link to vote though…so here you go:

    http://mlb.mlb.com/fancave/vote.jsp#fbid=1BurO3suetL

  • http://elizababble.com/ Lizzie

    Congratulations, Katie, this is fabulous!!!! I’ll vote all day! And I’ll remind folks in whatever posts I publish between now and the 13th. Way to go!!!

  • Doug S.

    I’m on it Katie, best of luck. One could hit the page refresh button and vote all day. Will do what I can to help. Youre’ the only Cubs rep while some other teams have 3 and 4? Weird.

  • Josephine (D)

    I’ll definitely vote for you, Katie!  We need a Cubs fan in the Fan Cave!

  • Eddie Von White

    Katie – you are awesome!! Doug is right – just hit the page refresh and vote all day, every day for the next 13 days! 

  • Eddie Von White

    Thanks for leading the way Norm!

  • Doc Raker

    I will vote for you many times Katie. Are you concerned at all you may get burned out on baseball? Heading down to spring training with bunch of baseball super fans sound like a lot of fun.

  • Doc Raker

    I just voted multiple times, just like a good democrat is suppose to. Did you notice the guys with hometowns strangely different than their favorite team?there is a guy from NY city that is a Red Sox fan and a guy from Chicago who is a Mets fan, how does that happen?

  • http://swantron.com/ jswanson

    Perhaps they moved?  

  • http://swantron.com/ jswanson

    Good luck Katie…sounds like the best summer ever.  Maybe they’ll surprise you with Fast Tony hiding in a cupboard or armoire.

  • HLCBSL691

    I’m voting early and often, just like I do in elections.

  • Jeremiah Johnson

    I’m jealous, Katie. If you make it into the Cave, I expect an invitation to visit.

    Elsewhere in Cubs news, this is a bummer, but could have been much, much worse: http://espn.go.com/chicago/mlb/story/_/id/8901951/mark-grace-sentenced-jail-arizona-dui-case

  • HLCBSL691

    How is it a bummer? he was driving drunk!

  • Jeremiah Johnson

    It’s a bummer that he’s that stupid and irresponsible. Grace is one of my all-time faves, so while I’m glad he’s got to face the music, I’m disappointed by the whole situation.

  • Katie

    You guys are the best. Thank you for the support, and for generally being awesome and supportive people all the time.

  • HLCBSL691

    Thanks for clarifying. I’d probably feel the same if this happened to Woody, especially more because he is the reason I feel in love with the Cubs.

  • Joe Aiello

    I have no patience for drunk driving. He’s lucky I wasn’t the judge or we’d be looking at the death penalty for putting my family’s life at risk.

  • Joe Aiello

    Don’t forget, “genrally” awesome means that we’re also semi-regularly sub-par.

  • Jeremiah Johnson

    I wouldn’t have griped about a longer sentence–when I say it could have been much, much worse, what I mean is he could have killed someone or himself.

  • wisconsinjpc

    Ah, the time-honored tradition of online ballot-box stuffing. Looks like my weekend schedule just got filled up!

  • http://swantron.com/ jswanson

    Good thing cartoon dolls can’t drink.  

  • HLCBSL691

    Yeah, I’m a Cubs fan thanks to a movie that has nothing to do with baseball, a movie that came out 3 years before I got into baseball when I was 7. Absolutely brilliant.

  • Gymjok

    For those of us technologically challenged –
    how do you hit the page refresh button and then what needs to be done?
    (you’ll need to be specific AND connect the dots very closely).

  • Chuck

    I resemble that comment.

  • http://swantron.com/ jswanson

    1) Look for an arrow in the shape of a circle at the top of your browser2) Click on the circle (refresh) with left mouse button3) Wait for web page to reload4) Click on purple button to cast additional vote for Katie
    5) Unplug keyboard
    6) Unplug mouse
    7) Tie mouse cord around head 
    8) Air guitar that keyboard like The Boss

  • HLCBSL691

    You can also hit the F5 button to refresh the page. I use the keyboard whenever I can. Better for the wrist the less you have to use the mouse. In fact, I haven’t used a mouse on a laptop for almost 6 years now.

    – Homer, Lenny, Carl, Barney, Sam, and Larry. 6 guys who cause 91% of all traffic accidents in Springfield.

  • Doc Raker

    I took ‘hometown’ to mean the town one grew up in but maybe it simply means the town of current residence.

  • Doc Raker

    I think Katie means I am the awesome part and the rest of you are the ‘generally’.

  • Doc Raker

    I am disappointed in Gracey, the guy can afford a cab. It’s hard when the Chicago party boy moves to a city in which cars, not cabs transport people. What is worse is that he could of had the Cubs broadcasting job with Bob’s departure. I really enjoyed Gracey’s broadcasts, so his irresponsbility has hurt us all along with endagering others safety.

  • HLCBSL691

    It should be mandatory that all cars have ignition interlock installed in them. I mean people who get their license back after DUI have to have it installed

  • Jedi

    Well it made me laugh.

  • HLCBSL691

    Any joke at my expense makes you laugh. Along with swan

  • Allan

    I voted 10 times for you

  • Buddy

    Just voted. Best of luck!

  • Buddy

     9) Eat your keyboard if Tony Campana knocks one out of the park.

  • Jedi

    That’s just not true CAPS – lest you forget when I defended your honor against your internet stalker.

  • HLCBSL691

    Most jokes do

  • http://elizababble.com/ Lizzie

    Don’t forget me! I laugh like hell. Especially when you bring it on yourself then get all pissy about it. Good times.

  • Katie

    Thank you, everyone! I really couldn’t do it without you guys! Thanks for reading my posts and commenting and being your always (not generally this time) quirky selves. :)

  • Doc Raker

    “Eating at Subway for lunch and dinner every day but Sunday, Quiznos on Sunday, is not quirky.” Seymour

  • http://www.Chicagocubstalk.blogspot.com/ ChicagoCubsTalk

    Just gave you my vote! hope you pull through in win! 

  • Doc Raker

    Me too CAPS! I find your sincere literalism very humorous in a Homer kind of way.

  • http://swantron.com/ jswanson

    You clearly belong in California.  Perhaps Raker needs an intern.  

  • Gymjok

    I didn’t know George Steinbrenner played guitar.
    OH I’m sorry, you probably mean Tony Danza. Mayor Richard J. Daley?

    PS- thanks for the help.
    I was told that button was the back button(to go to the previous page).
    I was hoping the refresh button was something different
    like the sports scores page where it says this page will refresh automatically, and one could set up the computer to refresh automatically to vote over and over on it’s own.

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