A few days ago I set up a third screen on my desk. I absolutely love having multiple screens, and this third screen is devoted to Twitter and my Google Calendar. The other two I use for web browsing, word processing and playing OOTP Baseball. Next week I will attempt to add a fourth screen… we’ll see how it goes.
In these few days, I’ve had Twitter up every time I’ve been sitting at my desk. And the very same Tweet keeps popping up, just said by different people about different teams: everyone is pushing this Stand Up 2 Cancer auction on MLB.com. Each team has put up a few stellar experiences for auction, with most of them ending on December 6th at around midnight eastern.
The Chicago Cubs and Milwaukee Brewers have joined the fun. Up for auction are three unique experiences from each team. Below is a description of each item with my commentary.
Owners Seats and Pre-Game Meet-and-Greet with TBD Cubs Player
Current Bid: $825
Four tickets and pre-game meet-and-greet with a TBD Cubs player (subject to availability). The auction winner and team can mutually agree to a date.
I imagine Tom Ricketts has some pretty great seats. And the possibilities are endless when the player is labelled “TBD.” Who would you pick? With Reed Johnson gone, I’d probably be asking for Anthony Rizzo, Starlin Castro or Matt Garza.
Racing Sausages and former Brewers Coach/Current TV Analyst Dave Nelson will attend a private party at your home on a mutually-agreed-upon date. This is a one hour apprearance and it must be within 30 miles of Miller Park.
It would be pretty sweet to host a fantasy league draft or something with the Racing Sausages in the room, but at least in Milwaukee I’ve found it’s not uncommon to see these guys walking about at charity events and such. As far as hanging out with Dave Nelson … I’m not too familiar with the guy. Just thank goodness it’s not Bill Schroeder.
Press Box Experience
Current Bid: $505
Four tickets and pre-game field passes to a regular season Cubs game, including a behind-the-scenes tour of the press box with an inning in the WGN Radio booth and an inning in the Cubs television booth (subject to availability and restrictions). The auction winner and team can mutually agree to a date.
Now we’re talking – this is the kind of “experience” I can get behind. When they say “an inning in booth,” does that mean sitting with Len Kasper and (gasp) talking for a bit? I highly doubt it, but that would be beyond cool if it were the case.
Slide Experience & Memorabilia Package
Current Bid: $575
Party of four gets to slide down Bernie’s Slide before the game plus four game tickets and Aramis Ramirez autographed baseball. The auction winner and team can mutually agree to a date.
Two great auctions in a row! I think every fan that’s seen a game at Miller Park has wanted to slide down Bernie’s slide. It looks super fun, and Aramis Ramirez is still on my autographs-to-get list.
Cubs Trolley Experience
Current Bid: $400
Four tickets and pre-game field passes to a regular season Cubs game, including a ride to and from the ballpark on the Cubs Trolley (subject to availability and restrictions). The Cubs Trolley brings the Cubs and the Wrigley Field experience to local communities and events for everyone to enjoy! Featuring special giveaways, interactive games, and the latest Cubs information, the Cubs Trolley brings the ultimate Cubs fan experience to you! The auction winner and team can mutually agree to a date.
The Cubs Trolley is equipped with:
•Six interior and two exterior flat-screen TVs
•Two PS3 video game consoles
•Wii video game console
•An iPod dock with an interior and exterior speaker and PA system
I’ll admit, I’ve never heard of this Cubs Trolley. It sounds pretty cool. But if this is something that the team runs normally on game days, I’m not sure what the big deal is. Perhaps it’s the thing that most excites me about this experience: the pre-game field passes. I would love an opportunity to stand on the field and explore a little bit.
Suite Experience & Memorabilia Package
Current Bid: $1,450
Suite for 12 people with food and beverage package plus a visit to the suite from Brewers GM Doug Melvin. Winning bidder also receives a game-used Corey Hart bat. The auction winner and team can mutually agree to a date.
The most expensive experience up for auction from the I-94 rivals is this suite package, with a visit from Doug Melvin. If I had to guess, I’d say that this will finish as the most expensive item. Divide the current price by you and your 11 friends, and you’re only looking at … $120 so far. Only.