3 Angels fans among 30 ‘Fan Cave’ finalists

The field of MLB Fan Cave hopefuls has been narrowed down to 30, and three of those vying to win the job are Angels fans residing in Anaheim.

Matthew James, Ricardo Marquez and Joseph Meehan are among the 30 finalists who will be making a trip to Arizona for Spring Training next week, “for a series of interactive challenges and interviews designed to determine the final group that will begin the 2012 season in the MLB Fan Cave in New York,” according to a release issued by Major League Baseball on Thursday.

In case you’re unfamiliar with how this whole thing works, the MLB Fan Cave started last year, with Mike O’Hara and Ryan Wagner (now the Orioles’ new PA announcer) living in a decked-out, 15,000-square-foot apartment on Broadway throughout the season, where they welcomed ballplayers and musical guests, took part in skits, chronicled their experience and, oh yeah, watched every single regular-season baseball game. During the All-Star break and postseason, they ventured out to the ballparks.

This year, it’ll have a new wrinkle. Here’s what the release stated …

The ultimate group of winners will begin the season in the MLB Fan Cave with the goal of watching all 2,430 MLB games on a large wall of big screen Sony televisions while chronicling their experiences online through videos, blogs, and social media.  Along the way, they will compete with one another over the course of the season in a series of challenges, with fans online helping decide who gets to stay in the MLB Fan Cave and who gets eliminated, with one eventual winner crowned before the end of the World Series.

For 2012, 22,000 hopefuls filled out applications, then 50 candidates were selected and, after more than a million votes on MLBFanCave.com, 30 were chosen.

You can see videos of the 30 finalists here. And here’s more info from the release.

And if you want to see a video of C.J. Wilson pretending to break dance, click here.

Here’s what we featured this week on Angels.com …

Monday: Pujols arrives, embraces new season and team
Tuesday: Spring offers Wilson relief from busy lifestyle
Wednesday: Injury strengthens Kendrys’ resolve for ’12 season
Thursday: Isringhausen set to prove himself
Friday: For starters, Angels are loaded in rotation


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