One Last Push

By Nathan Petrashek

As many (perhaps all) of you know, Cream City Cables writer Kevin Kimmes (@kevinkimmes) is a finalist for this year’s MLB Fan Cave.  If chosen, he’ll watch every single game of the 2013 season from Fam Cave headquarters in New York.

But he needs your help to get there.

Out of 52 finalists, 30 will be invited to Spring Training.  To make it there, Kevin needs your vote!

VOTE HERE as often as possible between between now and 4 p.m., when the Fan Cave will make its announcement.

Kevin’s campaign has shown quite a bit of creativity.  He’s released several videos (embedded below) showing his love for baseball and the Brewers.  Whatever the final outcome, I want to congratulate Kevin for stepping up to the plate and taking a shot at living his dream!  But for now, let’s just vote and hope he’ll be blogging on Cream City Cables from New York come April.

You Gotta Have Heart: What Being a Small Market Fan Means to Me

You gotta have heart, but a great mustache doesn’t hurt either.

by Kevin Kimmes

Yes, today’s title (well part of it) is taken from the musical “Damn Yankees”.

Already I can hear some of you saying, “A musical? That’s girl stuff!”, but in this case, oh how wrong you would be. See “Damn Yankees” is the story of a devoted Washington Senators fan named Joe Boyd who sells his soul to the devil so that the Senators can acquire a “long ball hitter” and finally beat the “damn Yankees”. It’s a story about unflinching devotion to your team even when you know that the outcomes will probably just break your heart.

Now replace Senators with Brewers, and Yankee’s with Cardinals, and you have a story that most Milwaukee fans can identify with because we, much like Joe, have seen our fair share of suffering over the years. It’s part of what being a small market fan means to me.

It means having the odds stacked against you:

From 1998 to 2012, Milwaukee played in the NL Central, the only division in all of baseball that was composed of 6 teams. So what, you say? Well, due to the fact that the division contained 1 more team than most (2 more than the AL West), Milwaukee’s chances of winning the division in any given year were a meager 16.67%. That’s 3.33% lower than most MLB teams.

It means being thankful for what you have:

When the Braves pulled up stakes and headed south to Atlanta, Milwaukee was left with a gaping hole where baseball had once resided. To their credit, the White Sox did try and remedy this to some extent by playing some games each year at County Stadium, but it just wasn’t the same as having a team to call our own. For this reason alone, I will always respect Bud Selig, not for being commission, but for returning baseball to a city that truly loves the game.

If you need further proof of this point, consider that Milwaukee ranked 11th in overall attendance last year despite being the team with the smallest market.

It means taking the highs with the lows:

My experiences at Miller Park have included being on hand the night that Milwaukee clinched the NL Central title for the first time and the day that they were officially eliminated from the 2012 playoff hunt. You learn to love the highs and accept the lows. It’s all part of loving the game.

It means staying true to your team, even when all hope is lost:

I ended the 2012 season by catching 3 out of the last 4 Brewers home games at Miller Park. Milwaukee was mathematically eliminated from the Wild Card hunt after losing the 1st of the 4 games, but I went to the remaining games anyway. Why? Because, you never know what you might see. In fact, for my troubles I got to see Martin Maldonado hit his first career grand slam, and Kameron Loe and Manny Parra pitch for the last time as Brewers.

Kevin Kimmes is a regular contributor to creamcitycables.com and an applicant for the 2013 MLB Fan Cave. You can follow him on Twitter at @kevinkimmes.

Beckett to the Future: My Fan Cave Campaign Gains a Huge Supporter

mlb-fan-caveby Kevin Kimmes

Last Thursday I received a few tweets from Chris Olds, editor of Beckett Baseball, as I was headed out to lunch. Anyone who follows me on Twitter knows that this is not the most uncommon thing as Chris and I exchange messages on nearly a daily basis usually riffing on sports, film and our sports card/memorabilia collections. What the messages contained however, was something completely unexpected.

I had sent a message to Chris a few days earlier with a link to my Fan Cave application (you can watch it here if you haven’t see it) mentioning that we had included my copy of the latest issue of Beckett Baseball in the video. He re-tweeted the link and I figured that was the end of it. Well, that was until Thursday came around.

The messages from Chris stated that he wanted to write an article around my video to help promote Beckett’s upcoming Super Collector issue and to promote the Fan Cave program. He had one question that he needed answered: “What do you think you will bring to the Cave if picked?”

On the surface, it’s a loaded question. I planned on writing a long eloquent response via email, but instead quickly tweeted back my answer: “I think that I’ll bring creativity and a love of the game that isn’t always found in the larger markets.”

The article went live on my way to lunch and can be viewed here: http://www.beckett.com/news/2013/01/will-beckett-baseball-make-it-to-the-mlb-fan-cave-oh-and-show-us-your-fan-caves/

To clarify my answer, I’m going to pull back the curtain a bit and share with you some of my accomplishments from before I became a baseball blogger, things that I’m really proud of and that many people don’t realize that I’ve done.

1) I’ve played bass and guitar since I was 19: As a member of both The Right Ons and Holly and the Non-Italians (now known as Holly and the Nice Lions) I played bass/guitar in the Green Bay area on a regular basis for about 5 years. Here are a few clips of “Baseball” by The Right Ons and “Down to the River” and “Chapter 1” by Holly and the Nice Lions.

2) I have my own IMDB listing: Yes, believe it or not, I am actually listed in the Internet Movie Data Base for a few special effects projects that I assisted with. Additionally, I am an active member of Table 8 Productions (we did the “Avengers on a Budget” video that went viral last summer) and I co-produced the award winning “An Outbreak at Meadowbrook Park” (not safe for work: language).

3) I’m a former pro-wrestling manager: I’ll let the video speak for itself on this one: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ft1TaiILIbg

So you see, being in front or behind a camera is nothing new for me. Now to add the ultimate feather to my (baseball) cap and become the latest Cave Dweller.

Thanks again to Chris Olds and Beckett for their support. I’ll be back tomorrow to discuss what it means to me to be a small market baseball fan.

Kevin Kimmes is a regular contributor to creamcitycables.com and an applicant for the 2013 MLB Fan Cave. You can follow him on Twitter at @kevinkimmes.