Vanessa, a 25-year-old copywriter from Novato, CA, is representing the Oakland Athletics in the Fan Cave Top 52. She is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a degree in Advertising, and has grown up going to ballgames throughout the country with friends and family. Her favorite memories of the Oakland A's are watching the Big Three - Tim Hudson, Mark Mulder, and Barry Zito - develop into aces, and of course, attending 2012 ALDS Games 3-through-5 at the Coliseum and waving her yellow rally towel until her arms ached.
Applicants were selected based on their social media prowess, creativity, personality and passion for the game. All applicants submitted a two-minute video explaining why they would be a good fit for the New York-based fan site sponsored by Major League Baseball. Videos are viewable online at mlbfancave.com and viewers are encouraged to vote for their favorites. You can keep up with Vanessa's campaign by following her on Twitter (@vdemske.)
The 52 finalists will be narrowed to 30 on February 13, and those 30 will be flown to spring training in Arizona for the next phase of the contest. Of that group, nine will ultimately be selected to take up residence in the Fan Cave in New York City.
One lucky competitor will be selected as the winner at the 2013 World Series, so be sure to vote Van!