To say the MLB Fan Cave is baseball heaven is an understatement. The Cave Dwellers get to live, eat, sleep and devour baseball 24/7 from the confines of a baseball friendly environment in New York City, complete with everything you could possibly want to keep your diamond fever running high.
Topps had a chance to visit the Fan Cave this week and here’s what we saw:
Here’s the view outside the Fan Cave on Broadway and East Fourth. It’s the old Tower Records building.
As soon as you walk through the front doors you’re instantly struck by the uniqueness of the facility.
Massive light structures and televisions take up what would otherwise be under utilized space in the small lobby of the Cave.
Louisville Slugger made dozens of custom MLB Fan Cave bats, which hang from the ceiling in a track of lumber.
Just like at Miller Park in Milwaukee, the MLB Fan Cave has a home run slide.
Also at the Cave was a complete set of instruments, stocked with this special edition Fenway Park 100 Year Anniversary guitar.
Pepsi has a strong hold on branding in the Fan Cave. One wall has nearly one dozen players mixed between a massive Pepsi advertisement.
No, you’re not envisioning things. There is actually a Dirt Bar at the Fan Cave, complete with the gravel fixings from all 30 Major League clubs.
From those Dodgers pools balls to the MLB Fan Cave logo on the table to another MLB Fan Cave cue ball, it’s all crafted to an exact visual science of branding.
That’s supposed to be a giant hand throwing a baseball, complete with the yarn to prove it. On the individual leather ball pieces are signatures from the notable famous stars who come to the Fan Cave on an almost daily basis.
What would a Fan Cave be without some turf?
On the lower level, things are a bit more sleek…
… there’s even a pit of balls and a set of legs without any baseball meaning.
Also on the lower level is an old turnstyle from the original Yankee Stadium.
On Monday, Young The Giant performed as part of the MLB Fan Cave Concert Series, which runs throughout the entire 2012 season.
-Chris R. Vaccaro