Red Hook alum advances in MLB fan cave contest

New York Mets fan Travis Miller is among 30 finalists remaining in the 2012 MLB Fan Cave contest, announced Thursday afternoon.

After two weeks of online fan voting, the final 50 contestants were cut down to 30 based on votes, public image and ability to promote.
Miller was the only of three Mets fans to advance.

He will fly to Arizona on Tuesday to interview and take part in a three-day “Fan Cave Boot Camp” with the other 29 finalists. The winners of the competition will be chosen shortly after.

Miller, 26, is a 2003 graduate of Red Hook High School and a 2008 graduate of Marist College (B.A. in Sports Communications) in Poughkeepsie, NY. He is currently a freelance sportswriter in Chicago, covering the Cubs and White Sox for the Associated Press.

Thousands of applicants submitted writing samples and a two-minute video by the January 31 deadline. The MLB Fan Cave is located at the corner of 4th and Broadway in Manhattan, where the winners will watch all 2,430 regular season MLB games plus every postseason game while chronicling their experiences and sharing their viewpoints on baseball and pop culture through Facebook, Twitter, MLBFanCave.com, and regular appearances on MLB Network.

The Fan Cave was created in 2011 and two finalists were selected. This year, six finalists will be selected to compete in a reality-style web show, competing in challenges to remain in the Fan Cave, one being crowned champion before the deciding game of the World Series.

Miller worked as an intern at the Poughkeepsie Journal in the summer of 2007 and freelanced for the Journal and the Associated Press before moving to Chicago in October of 2009. He also interned at SportsNet New York in Manhattan in the fall of 2007.

He is the son of Gary and Ellen Miller of Red Hook, and grandson of Mary Ellen and the late Anthony J. Kondysar of Hyde Park.