MLB Dream Job winner Mike O'Hara and wingman Ryan Wagner, who will reach their official halfway point of 1,215 Major League Baseball regular season games watched on Thursday, will be flown to Phoenix and will take over the Chase Field swimming pool area behind right field.
Yes, the Dream Job gets dreamier. After watching every game so far and being visited by more than 90 celebrities and MLB players past and present -- most recently John Axford and Nyjer Morgan of the Brewers on Wednesday -- the Cavemen are headed for the 82nd All-Star Game soon.
"I'm looking forward to it," O'Hara said. "I'll get to see the game and get out of The Fan Cave for a bit. ... A sun tan is out of the question because of my fair, Irish skin, but maybe I can head back to New York with a solid farmer's tan. It will be great to hang at the pool. I used to be a lifeguard, so I can keep an eye on the swimmers in the event a home run assault should rain down on the pool."
There is a good chance of that, because Fan Cave West will be poolside for State Farm Home Run Derby, as well as the Midsummer Classic the following night.
The Fan Cave is a 15,000-square-foot, three-story den, featuring a Cave Monster with 15 TV screens at Broadway and Fourth Streets. It was designed by the crew of the hit TV show "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" -- specifically by Paul Dimeo, a Phillies fan who will be one of the players in the Taco Bell Legends & Celebrities Softball Game on All-Star Sunday. The big green scoreboard, which will show the important No. 1,215 on Thursday, will make the trip and will be poolside.
The popular giant orange Willie Mays paper mache statue representing "The Catch" from 1954 will not be able to make the trip, but they are going to set up a replica stand-up at Fan Cave West instead. It will have the same look and feel of Fan Cave -- including a bank of TV visuals -- but it will feel like a getaway for them. No word on whether they are bringing Jeremy Guthrie's favorite bike.
One of the nine MLB games scheduled for Thursday will be No. 1,215 watched by O'Hara and Wagner, marking the halfway point. At that time they will have "only" 1,215 games -- plus the Postseason -- to go. Fittingly, the two will mark the occasion on Social Media Day 2011, as the MLB Fan Cave is a fan engagement platform centered around shareable online content and fan interaction with O'Hara and Wagner via Facebook and Twitter.
O'Hara and Wagner will host regular visits by celebrities, All-Stars and MLB legends who are in town for the All-Star festivities, with the pair providing constant updates on the scene through Twitter and Facebook. O'Hara and Wagner will return to New York in time for the resumption of the MLB regular season on Thursday, July 14.
Since Opening Day, more than 7,000 tweets have been sent by @mikeyoh21, @rwags614 and @MLBFanCave. The pair has written more than 160 blog posts, and the visits they have received have resulted in more than 150 videos posted on MLBFanCave.com and distributed through social media and other digital channels.