For the second year in a row, Twins fans can help to send a local representative to New York City for MLB's Fan Cave. Michael McGivern, a resident of St. Paul, is one of 52 finalist for this year's version of the Fan Cave. He needs help from everyone in Twins Territory by voting for him as much as possible. Fans can vote at MLB.com and you can see his video on the site.
The MLB Fan Cave started in 2011 as two "cave dwellers" were selected to live in NYC for the entire season. As part of their position's in the Cave, they would be charged with watching every MLB game live, interviewing players that stopped to visit, and interacting with fans across a wide variety of social media.
Last season, Lindsey Guentzel was one of the nine finalist that was elected to the Fan Cave. It was nice for Minnesota fans to have a local connection in last year's Fan Cave. The hope for McGivern is that he can continue the tradition of the Twins being represented in NYC.
I recently had a chance to ask McGivern a few different Twins related questions. After reading through some of his great responses, make sure to vote for him as much is possible.
NoDak Twins Fan (NDTF): What's your earliest memory of the Twins?
McGivern (MM): My earliest memory of the Twins is probably just being in the car with my Dad listening to games. I don't know what was going on, but Herb Carneal had a way to keep you engaged. The first game I could remember going to was the day the Twins retired Kent Hrbek's number and the guy next to us had a sign that read "HRBEK! HOF!"
NDTF: If you could go back and be at any Twins game in history, what game would it be? Why?
MM: Game 7 of '91. I think game 163 against the Tigers was the most nerve-wracking three-and-a-half hours of my life, but wouldn't the Jack Morris game be 10-fold?
NDTF: What are your predictions for the Twins 2013 season?
MM: I think they are improved. If Willingham and the pitchers can stay healthy, they'll be closer to .500 than they will 90 losses. I wonder what the lineup will look like on August 1st?
NDTF: With some recent moves, the Twins farm system has become ranked as one of the best in baseball. Which prospects are you most excited to see over the next couple of years?
MM: Miguel Sano, Aaron Hicks, and Byron Buxton are going to get the most attention, and rightfully so, but I'm interested most in Alex Meyer because he wasn't a homegrown player who I could keep an eye on since he got drafted; we need high-upside arms' and the Twins have bee in a rut particularly because player we have received in big trades over the last several years have fizzled. Is Oswaldo Arcia in that aforementioned lineup Aug. 1?
NDTF: Which MLB player would you be most excited to meet if you are elected to the MLB Fan Cave?
MM: Other than a Twin I'd go with Mike Trout. Such an electrifying young player who has the potential to be his generation's Griffey or Mantle. There are a myriad of others, but he is at the top of my list.
Thanks again to Michael McGivern for the interview and fans across Twins Territory should get out and vote for him to make it to the MLB Fan Cave!