Last month we told you about Major League Baseball’s plan to hire a blogger to watch every game this season and then write about the experience. Turns out they found two guys crazy enough to tackle the task.The guy on the left in that photo is Mike O’Hara, the “winner” of the job search. He was chosen out of a pool of 10,000 applicants.
The Silent Bob look-a-like in the photo is Ryan Wagner, O’Hara’s “Wingman.”. No really. That is what MLB is calling him. Although it is unclear what exactly his job will be. We assume he will be the guy running across the street to get the pizza.
We also now know a little bit more about how O’Hara and The Wingman will operate and watch 2,430 regular season games plus postseason action.
The two will be housed in what is being called “The MLB Fan Cave” at the corner of 4th and Broadway in Manhattan. If you are familiar with New York City, that is across the street from “The Cage” outdoor basketball courts. So we fully expect some really poor basketball skillz to be put on display at some point this season in one of the duo’s many video reports.
The “Fan Cave” will be equipped with three 60-inch televisions and twelve 32-inch screens. They will also be surrounded by 32 14-foot windows which will challenge local New Yorkers to maintain their ability to ignore everything around them.
In all, the Fan Cave promises a highly interactive experience for fans that want to visit the set. This includes the Pepsi Cafe, a Budweiser Game Room, a radar gun for fans to test their arm speed (trip to Dr. James Andrews not included), several Sony PlayStation 3s, artistic displays, and an 18-foot statue of Willie Mays.
We will have to wait and see if this project gains a following. But in the meantime, we have to commend MLB for taking such a bold move into the realm of social media.
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