Travis Miller ’08 Is One of 9 to Dwell in 2013 MLB Fan Cave
MLB Fan Cave Dweller Travis Miller ’08 rings the opening bell at NASDAQ in late March.
By Bobbi Sue Tellitocci ’04
“Travis Miller is not a quitter.” It was these six words shared by a friend through social media that inspired Miller, a Marist graduate from the Class of 2008, to apply for Major League Baseball’s Fan Cave after being rejected in 2011 and again in 2012.
The Fan Cave, run by the Office of the Commissioner of Major League Baseball, selects nine “cave dwellers” out of more than 25,000 applicants to inhabit the Fan Cave, event space at 4th Street and Broadway in New York City’s Greenwich Village, and engage baseball fans through social media, videos, and Tweets. Dwellers are then eliminated by a combination of MLB and fans as the season progresses
Miller, a Red Hook, NY, native, moved to Chicago, IL, following graduation and was working as a freelance sportswriter for the Associated Press and other publications. When he received the call in March that he was going to the Fan Cave, Miller packed his bags, said goodbye to his beloved dog, Winston, and hit the road for New York City. “The hardest part was leaving my dog, but my roommate takes great care of him and I know I’ll be back with him soon enough.”
“My life has changed completely since I moved back to New York from Chicago,” says Miller. “As a freelance writer, I was covering baseball, basketball, and some college sports out in Chicago, so a huge difference is watching all of the games on TV as opposed to being at live events.”
As a sportswriter, Miller had to learn to put team biases aside in order to do his job. “A huge adjustment was being able to cheer as a fan again. The experience as a whole is great because it allows me to inject my personality into my work and be at the forefront of the evolution of social media in sports.”
Miller is not the first Marist alumnus to be selected as a Cave Dweller. Shaun Kippins ’09 was in the 2012 Fan Cave. Kippins was able to use the experience to secure a position at MLB.com where he now works in the advanced media department as a cameraman.
Marist alumni, parents, fans, and friends can help Miller in his quest to remain in the Fan Cave. “Simple social media interaction helps show the impact I’m making as a Cave Dweller,” says Miller. “You can follow me on Twitter (@AtTravisMiller) as well as @MLBFanCave. Tweet me to show MLB that I’m your favorite.”
Bobbi Sue Tellitocci ’04 is associate director of alumni and donor programs at Marist College.