By: Kyle Thompson, News9.com Special Contributor
NEW YORK CITY--Just when I thought the Fan Cave was coasting towards the end of the season, we had our busiest week since we have been here...
One of the coolest things that we have been able to experience happened this week. ESPN's Baseball Tonight shot one of their shows live from the MLB Fan Cave. It was the first time that any of the Cave Dwellers had done live television, and it was crazy fun! It was chaotic, but it was a really cool experience for all of us. Also, we got to hang out with the hosts Karl Ravech and John Kruk for much of the afternoon and evening, and let's just say that their stories were amazing.
That alone would have made this week at the Cave one of the best of the season, but it just kept getting better. This week, they released the documentary Knuckleball!, and they had the premiere in NYC. Before the premiere, they did media inside the Fan Cave. As a part of that, three of the stars of the documentary, Hall of Famer Phil Niekro, two-time World Series champ Tim Wakefield, and NL Cy Young frontrunner R.A. Dickey, came through the Cave. It was great to hang out with those guys, but we got another surprise guest while they were here. Country music star Josh Turner came by to check out the place. He and I even played in a hotly contested game of pool. It was just amazing to get to chill out with some of the greatest knuckleballers and one of the biggest country stars at the same time.
Surely the week would cool off after all of that, right? Wrong!
Friday was the craziest and busiest day of the season. We had two different groups of players come in to shot skits with us. We had Oakland A's pitchers A.J. Griffin and Jerry Blevins come and shoot a "Bernie Lean" skit, and we had Florida Marlins pitchers Heath Bell, Steve Cishek, Ryan Webb, Chad Gaudin, Dan Jennings, Tom Koehler, Wade LeBlanc, and Chris Hatcher come through. Both groups were really great, and their videos should turn out really well. Then, we had Michael Chiklis (actor from The Shield, No Ordinary Family, and Vegas) come through to do an interview with the Dwellers. He was a really fun guy, and he even played guitar for all of us for a while.
In addition to all of that, I had a busy week with blogs and videos. As I have planned to do so for months, I ran the Stan Musial Cardinals Care 6K INSIDE the Fan Cave on the same day that it was going on in St. Louis. It was a very fun project, and I really like how the video turned out.
Here are the other blogs that I did:
-Debate: Harper or Heyward?
-New Wild Card Sets Up Wild Weeks
-AL MVP Debate: Cabrera or Trout?
-Best Knuckleball Pitchers of All Time
-Return of the Carp
-Player Poll: Best Hitting Combo in MLB
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I hope you have a great start to your week, and I will talk with you soon!
-Kyle D. Thompson