Michael McGivern is a lifelong Twins fan hoping to take his fandom to the next level by representing the Twins in the MLB Fan Cave. We recently sat down with Michael for a Q&A to talk about why he belongs in the Fan Cave.
Twins: Being a native of St. Paul (much like Joe Mauer) what is your personal history of being a Twins fan?
McGivern: I was lucky to grow up in a family of baseball lovers. Of course I grew up idolizing Kirby Puckett, and, even in the down years of the '90s I was fascinated by the team. It has been so cool to see the Twins grow from the brink of contraction to the organization it is today with a stadium like Target Field. We are all so lucky to have been able to root for such great, high-character players like Mauer, [Justin] Morneau, [Denard] Span, [Michael] Cuddyer, [Johan] Santana, [Torii] Hunter, and [Joe] Nathan. It's hard NOT to be a fan of the Twins.
Twins: What do you think best qualifies you to represent the Twins in the Fan Cave?
McGivern: I worked in broadcasting for a few years, so I'm comfortable behind the mic and in front of the camera. Sitting in the Fan Cave and watching an entire day's slate of games doesn't phase me, since I pretty much do that anyways with my Extra Innings package.
Twins: Being in the Fan Cave requires a lot of social media savvy, what sort of social media experience do you have, and what would be some of the ways you would use social media in the Fan Cave?
McGivern: Currently I'm a social media manager for a software company here in Minneapolis. I also volunteer doing some social media work for a local nonprofit. Between those jobs and my personal accounts I manage 13 social media platforms on a daily basis. It's hectic but fun. I'd be sure to share all the exclusive content we'll be putting up. I also will share a ton of behind-the-scenes photos from the cave and NYC. You'll also get a lot of irreverent commentary about topics I know nothing about. Check me out on Twitter and Instagram @McGive_It_To_Me
Twins: Many big names, both baseball players and celebrities, make appearances at the Fan Cave. If you got a chance to meet anybody, who would it be and why?
McGivern: Great question! Too many baseball players to name here, but I would say the one celebrity I would die to meet is Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson. I'm throwing it out there right now, Rock. You. Me. Eyebrow-raising contest in NYC this summer. What say you?
Twins: Being in the Fan Cave would require you to be around other teams' dedicated fans. How would you handle the inevitable trash talk?
McGivern: For Christmas a few years ago my mom gave me "The Great Big Book of Insults" off of Amazon. It is hilarious, and I'll bring it along to stay on top of my game.
Twins: If you were voted in to the Fan Cave, what part of the experience would you look forward to most?
McGivern: I look forward to meeting the players the most. Social media has been a boon to give players a place to show their larger-than-life personalities. Ten years ago, the fans would just know a guy like Glen Perkins as just the hometown guy who is a great closer. Now, through social media, we know he has a fantastic personality to go along with his pitching abilities. I'd be so happy if I got the chance to help let the stars shine away from the field and in the cave.
Twins: Here's your chance: Tell the fans across Twins Territory why you belong in the Fan Cave.
McGivern: I'm so proud to be a Twins fan, and if there is one thing I know about Minnesotans and Twins Territory, it is that we take care of our own. Getting me to the Fan Cave would help a local guy attain a dream, it would help springboard numerous career opportunities and help represent a great organization we all love.
Cast your vote to send Michael to the Fan Cave here.