Player Wife: Ashley Eckstein
Wife of David Eckstein, (World Series Champion, ret.)
It’s hard not to be inspired by Ashley Eckstein’s spirit of adventure. The actress, designer, and philanthropist has worked tirelessly for more than a decade, appearing in more than 24 stage, film, and television productions while continuing to support many organizations and causes, including Mid-America Transplant Services, Donate Life, and The Ronald McDonald House. A self-proclaimed “Disney kid,” Ashley believes every girl can achieve her dreams. The Eckstein’s, both Florida natives, married on November 26, 2005 in a fairy tale wedding at - where else? - Walt Disney World.
In addition to doing film and voice work, Eckstein started Her Universe, a company that produces licensed merchandise targeted specifically for girls. The collection is “the place” for sci-fi and fantasy fangirls to share a love of storytelling and expression of Ashley’s brand of “geek chic.” In cooperation with Lucasfilm and the Syfy Network, Her Universe has created apparel, accessories, and cosmetics for dreamer fangirls of all ages.
You can catch Ashley as the voice of Ahsoka Tano on Cartoon Network’s hit show Star Wars: The Clone Wars every Friday night at 8:30/7:30C We hope Ashley’s tireless enthusiasm for life has inspired you as much as it inspired us!
Check out the links below for more information on Ashley and Her Universe!
http://heruniverse.com/ 
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0237065/bio 
http://www.ashleyeckstein.com/

Player Wife: Ashley Eckstein

Wife of David Eckstein, (World Series Champion, ret.)

It’s hard not to be inspired by Ashley Eckstein’s spirit of adventure. The actress, designer, and philanthropist has worked tirelessly for more than a decade, appearing in more than 24 stage, film, and television productions while continuing to support many organizations and causes, including Mid-America Transplant Services, Donate Life, and The Ronald McDonald House. A self-proclaimed “Disney kid,” Ashley believes every girl can achieve her dreams. The Eckstein’s, both Florida natives, married on November 26, 2005 in a fairy tale wedding at - where else? - Walt Disney World.

In addition to doing film and voice work, Eckstein started Her Universe, a company that produces licensed merchandise targeted specifically for girls. The collection is “the place” for sci-fi and fantasy fangirls to share a love of storytelling and expression of Ashley’s brand of “geek chic.” In cooperation with Lucasfilm and the Syfy Network, Her Universe has created apparel, accessories, and cosmetics for dreamer fangirls of all ages.

You can catch Ashley as the voice of Ahsoka Tano on Cartoon Network’s hit show Star Wars: The Clone Wars every Friday night at 8:30/7:30C We hope Ashley’s tireless enthusiasm for life has inspired you as much as it inspired us!

Check out the links below for more information on Ashley and Her Universe!

http://heruniverse.com/

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0237065/bio

http://www.ashleyeckstein.com/

CONTESTANT #30. FEMALE FAN.

NAME: KATE KOLAR

TEAM: TEXAS RANGERS

THE STORY OF HER FANHOOD: “I have loved baseball ever since I can remember. Even as a little girl I remember my dad teaching me the rules of the game in sports bars or in front of the TV on a Saturday night. I was actually raised to be an Astros girl, but that didn’t really work out. I moved to Dallas from Tampa Bay when I was 12 and absolutely fell in love with The Rangers. I really found myself loving the players, the sportsmanship, and team camaraderie that makes The Rangers special. To this day my dad and I still bond over the baseball and know that most any problem can be fixed with a trip to The Ballpark. I love meeting other fans and sharing victories with them because I know that we live for the same team and even if we only know each other for 9 innings, we are still best friends for that time.

WHY SHE’S THE ULTIMATE FAN: ”I love keeping up with The Rangers, learning new things, and becoming friends with other fans. I get stressed out during the games and talk about the players like I actually know them. Some girls love rockstars or actors, but I’m too busy swooning over the boys and their talent. One of my favorite memories was actually getting to go to Game 4 of the World Series last year and getting to see Derek Holland pitch beautifully against the Cardinals. I yelled, cheered, and chanted Mike Napoli’s name with everyone else in the stadium. It was incredible. Baseball is a huge part of my life and I wouldn’t have it any other way.”

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CONTESTANT # 28. FEMALE FAN

NAME: BETSY CHRISTIANS

TEAM: MINNESOTA TWINS

THE STORY OF HER FANHOOD:  ”Being born and raised in Nebraska, I never felt a strong allegiance to any team, no matter the sport. Because of this reason, I have always liked a variety of sports and teams but never would really call myself a fan. My father was born in Minnesota and was a casual fan of the Minnesota Twins, Timberwolves and Vikings. As a child, I would maybe watch an inning of the occasional Twins game if it was on ESPN, but I could never name player or the rules of baseball.

At the end of high school, I made my decision to leave Nebraska and head north to Minnesota, as it was my favorite place to visit as a child because of family. During the summer of 2009, I visited orientation for college and the first purchase I made in Minnesota was a navy hat with the iconic TC. My thought process was I wanted to get something that was symbolically Minnesotan and the Twins were that connection. Hearing stories from my father about going to Old Metropolitan Stadium made me want to have that kind of connection that I could never get in Nebraska. This is the beginning of my fandom. After coming back to Nebraska for the last months before school started, I absorbed as much as I could about the Twins. I learned the schedule to know when the Twins were playing the Royals so I could watch it at home. I started looking up current players, the history, and all the little tidbits about the team. (I realized I was 19 days old when the Twins won their second World Series in 1991).

When I was starting college, my routine was strongly based around the Twins schedule. I went to my first game in the Metrodome in its final season versus the Detroit Tigers and Carl Pavano was the starting pitcher. I will never forget my first Twins game. Game 163 marked the end of the regular season. The energy and stress of that game reinforced by very young love of this team and baseball overall. Since then, I realized the fanatic that I was meant to be. The next season began with the inauguration of Target Field. The new love for this team began with a beautiful stadium and rejuvenation of the team across the state. I went to two games the inaugural season, one lose and one win. Last season, I went to three games; all loses (but witnessed two Jim Thome homeruns in one game, 592 and 593). Obviously, I must go to four games this year. I am anxious for the new season and the many great plays that I will witness.”

WHY SHE’S THE ULTIMATE FAN: ”Even though my love for the Minnesota Twins is quite young (only three years), it is still very strong. Baseball is a historic game, based on great men, great plays and great years. I have witnessed history by simply going to a two to three hour game and have felt an instant bond with the thousand of fans across the United States. The Twins came at a time in my life at a great change and has allowed me to felt connected to the great state in which I now reside.”

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CONTESTANT #27. FEMALE FAN.
NAME: LAURA CROOK
TEAM: BOSTON RED SOX

THE STORY OF HER FANHOOD: “I was raised 20 minutes north of Boston by two Sox fans. I have clear memories of sitting in the back yard, watching my dad do yard work while we both listened to Sox games on the radio. My dad raised me to “despise the Yankees, but respect them as a team.” My father loves fairness. We went to Sox games as often as we could—usually sitting on the right field in the Bleachers. My childhood consists of a series of increasingly strange crushes on Red Sox players—Mo Vaughn (moved to the Angels in 98, thus breaking my 10 year old heart), Trot Nixon (who had the double-whammy of being both an out-fielder AND a lefty), El Guapo (the rotund pitcher who left in 2002, breaking my 14 year old heart), and my latest: Jacoby Ellsbury, who picked up where Trot left off, in terms of left-handed out-fielders. I moved to Chicago to attend college, and I moved to Los Angeles after I graduated, but I’ve never been able to consistently support any other team. I do like the Cubs (I’m a Red Sox fan—we’re all gluttons for punishment and the underdogs), and I’ve attended an Angels game (with a Royals fan), but no other team will ever replace the Sox in my heart.

WHY SHE’S THE ULTIMATE FAN: “There’s a line in the Drop Kick Murphy’s song “Tessie” (a cover of an old showtune that was the Red Sox anthem for a very long time, until it was replaced by Sweet Caroline), “Don’t blame us if we ever doubt you / you know we couldn’t live without you / Red Sox you are the only only only…” In a way, this perfectly sums up both my history with the Red Sox and Sox Nation as a whole. When I was growing up, there wasn’t a question that we would win the World Series. I don’t think my parents could ever even bear to hope. After all, they (and I) were born in the midst of the Curse of the Bambino. My dad used to say “not in your children’s lifetime. Not in your children’s, children’s lifetime.” He was being mostly silly, but I think there’s a part of him that believed it. After all, it hurts less to expect them to lose World Series than to hope they’ll win. After all, we allowed ourselves to hope, to dream, to plan in 2003, and we lost. To the Yankees. Again. And it hurt.


I was sixteen when the Red Sox won the world series.  It was late on the east coast, and it was a school night, but I didn’t want to go to bed, not yet.  My parents didn’t even suggest that I go to bed, because they knew (though they didn’t say—baseball is, of course, a deeply superstitious sport) that something might happen. Something I wouldn’t want to miss. I remember thinking that the winning play looked effortless, as though they didn’t have to win—not that inning, not that game.  It was only game four, after all. There was time.


I’m the ultimate fan because I’m a Boston girl, and all Boston girls grow up watching (and loving) at least one Boston sport with their dads. I’m the ultimate fan because even though I lost faith, even though sometimes I hated the Sox for pulling my dad’s attention away from me, I’m a Boston girl, and Boston girls always come back.”


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CONTESTANT #27. FEMALE FAN.

NAME: LAURA CROOK

TEAM: BOSTON RED SOX
THE STORY OF HER FANHOOD: “I was raised 20 minutes north of Boston by two Sox fans. I have clear memories of sitting in the back yard, watching my dad do yard work while we both listened to Sox games on the radio. My dad raised me to “despise the Yankees, but respect them as a team.” My father loves fairness. We went to Sox games as often as we could—usually sitting on the right field in the Bleachers. My childhood consists of a series of increasingly strange crushes on Red Sox players—Mo Vaughn (moved to the Angels in 98, thus breaking my 10 year old heart), Trot Nixon (who had the double-whammy of being both an out-fielder AND a lefty), El Guapo (the rotund pitcher who left in 2002, breaking my 14 year old heart), and my latest: Jacoby Ellsbury, who picked up where Trot left off, in terms of left-handed out-fielders. I moved to Chicago to attend college, and I moved to Los Angeles after I graduated, but I’ve never been able to consistently support any other team. I do like the Cubs (I’m a Red Sox fan—we’re all gluttons for punishment and the underdogs), and I’ve attended an Angels game (with a Royals fan), but no other team will ever replace the Sox in my heart.
WHY SHE’S THE ULTIMATE FAN: “There’s a line in the Drop Kick Murphy’s song “Tessie” (a cover of an old showtune that was the Red Sox anthem for a very long time, until it was replaced by Sweet Caroline), “Don’t blame us if we ever doubt you / you know we couldn’t live without you / Red Sox you are the only only only…” In a way, this perfectly sums up both my history with the Red Sox and Sox Nation as a whole. When I was growing up, there wasn’t a question that we would win the World Series. I don’t think my parents could ever even bear to hope. After all, they (and I) were born in the midst of the Curse of the Bambino. My dad used to say “not in your children’s lifetime. Not in your children’s, children’s lifetime.” He was being mostly silly, but I think there’s a part of him that believed it. After all, it hurts less to expect them to lose World Series than to hope they’ll win. After all, we allowed ourselves to hope, to dream, to plan in 2003, and we lost. To the Yankees. Again. And it hurt.
I was sixteen when the Red Sox won the world series.  It was late on the east coast, and it was a school night, but I didn’t want to go to bed, not yet.  My parents didn’t even suggest that I go to bed, because they knew (though they didn’t say—baseball is, of course, a deeply superstitious sport) that something might happen. Something I wouldn’t want to miss. I remember thinking that the winning play looked effortless, as though they didn’t have to win—not that inning, not that game.  It was only game four, after all. There was time.
I’m the ultimate fan because I’m a Boston girl, and all Boston girls grow up watching (and loving) at least one Boston sport with their dads. I’m the ultimate fan because even though I lost faith, even though sometimes I hated the Sox for pulling my dad’s attention away from me, I’m a Boston girl, and Boston girls always come back.”

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CONTESTANT # 19. FEMALE FAN.

NAME: SONJA HALL

TEAM: BOSTON RED SOX

THE STORY OF HER FANHOOD: “The motto that I have always tried to abide by is, “it doesn’t matter when you become a fan, it just matters that you stay one until the end.” I became a casual Red Sox fan in 2001, but became diehard in 2006. The entire reason I’m a Red Sox fan is my sister. I owe everything to her. During the middle of the 2007 season, my big sister, Kristi, moved to Maine to live. I stayed in South Carolina. Any type of long distance relationship is difficult, but the Red Sox kept us close. I would talk to her on the phone for hours at a time, more often than not, our conversations revolved around the Red Sox. I can still remember sitting on my couch with the phone in my hand, her on the other end, crying tears of joy together after we won the WS in ’07. The Red Sox gave us a bond that couldn’t be broken. With the help of my sister, ESPN & MLB at bat, I made being an out of market Sox fan work.I watched what few games I could on national broadcasting & I checked NESN.com multiple times a day. & finally in 2009, I broke down and bought MLB.TV for myself. From 2007- 2009 I would count down the days until summer vacation, when I would go to Maine to visit. Maine was my paradise, complete with NESN on cable, Red Sox fans everywhere, and my sister. That was my life for almost three years until in 2009 I moved to Maine myself. The best decision I ever made was to move to Maine to finish high school. The summer of 2009 was a dream come true. That was when I attended my first and second Red Sox games! Each time of course, with my sister. Since moving here, my fandom has only deepened. I now have the opportunity to watch Red Sox baseball every night. I have the opportunity to go to Fenway more than I did. & I can discuss everything with my sister, my only true baseball buddy. I’ve come a long way since 2006. I’m no longer the clueless twelve year old that thought every player bunted! I’m now the 18 year old with knowledge of facts & enough opinions for everybody! The Red Sox to me aren’t just something that occupies my time. I recently learned about puzzle pieces that make us who we are. I know that in my human make-up, there is large piece just for the Red Sox. The people that I am acquainted with already know this, & the people that aren’t, learn it very fast. Although they consume my entire life, I wouldn’t have it any other way. In some ways I am still growing as a fan, & gaining knowledge & experience everyday. That’s why I never get tired of the Red Sox. There is something new to experience & learn with each game I watch.”

WHY SHE’S THE ULTIMATE FAN: ”To me, being the ultimate fan can’t be measured by how many games you go to, or how many jerseys you own. Being the ultimate fan means loving my team as much as I can. It not something you can prove to anybody. When I hear somebody giving praise to the Red Sox, I swell up with pride. My team makes me proud, and I hope I do the same for them. I’m a Red Sox fan for life. There is absolutely no way anybody could take that away from me.”

Sonja also included the photo of her and her sister because her sister was such a crucial part of her fanhood story! It won’t be considered in the selection process but we felt everyone should get to see and enjoy it. Thanks Sonja!

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CONTESTANT # 17. FEMALE FAN.

NAME: MEGAN HILL
TEAM: NEW YORK YANKEES
THE STORY OF HER FANHOOD:
"I feel like I was born a Yankees fan. Growing up, being anything other than a Yankees fan never even occurred to me. Both my parents were from the Bronx, and my God Mother was one of the biggest Yankees fan I ever knew. I remember her teaching me all the names of the starting line-up on a Yankee notepad she gave me. I’ve known the names of some of my favorite players like Don Mattingly, Paul O’Neil, Tino Martinez, and Derek Jeter since I was 6 years old. I can vividly remember almost every detail of my first Yankee game when I was 6 years old too. As soon as I could, I got my first tattoo at 18. And that first tattoo was a Yankees logo on my right ankle. I love being able to say that I literally bleed for my team.
Besides the tons of memorable moments I have witnessed in Yankee history, there are so many memories from my favorite player Derek Jeter that I feel so fortunate to have witnessed. The vision of him flying into the stand in 2004, and his 3,000th hit in 2011 are things that I will never ever forget. 
I will also never forget the 2009 World Series. After calling exactly how many games we would win it in, I had to travel the 3.5 hours (and on this particular night because of snow it took 4 hours) to get from my college to home, followed by 3 hours of sleep, getting up at 3 to get the 4:15 train, subway at 6, and arriving at my spot for the Victory Parade at 6:15. I stood in the cold and froze for over 4 hours, but once I saw my entire team, and how happy they were and the trophy, it was completely worth it. It was one of the best days of my life.”
WHY SHE’S THE ULTIMATE FAN:
"My room is covered completely covered in Yankees everything. I have so many Yankee t-shirts that they do not fit in my dresser drawer. I live and die by my Yankees. But no matter what, even if they had the worst record in the Major Leagues, I would still be as big of a fan as ever. I will always defend them, always support them, always root for them, and always love them. Always. 
Most importantly, there are pinstripes in my blood.”

Megan also included the photo of her awesome Yankees tattoo! It won’t be considered in the selection process but we felt everyone should get to see and enjoy it. 

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FEMALE FAN. FIRST LADY GRACE COOLIDGE.
BOSTON RED SOX
You read that right. Grace Coolidge, President Calvin Coolidge’s wife, was an avid baseball fan. She was so much of a baseball fan that she was nicknamed THE FIRST LADY OF BASEBALL. She was a life-long Boston Red Sox fan but while living in Washington D.C. she regularly attended Washington Senators’ games.  If she could not go to a game she would listen on the radio. She and President Coolidge were there to see the final game of the 1924 World Series between the Washington Senators and the New York Giants. This 12-inning game would be the only Washington Senators’ World Championship win. 
FUN FACT: During one Red Sox game she was hit by a foul ball which gave her a temporary bruise and bump on her forehead. Even that could not derail her passion for baseball!
"I venture to say that not one of you cares a hoot about baseball but to me it is my very life." —Grace Coolidge
(The picture above is of President and Grace Coolidge at a baseball game at which President Coolidge threw out the first pitch.)
For more information about Grace Coolidge check out this article written by David Pietrusza called Grace Coolidge: First Lady of Baseball.

FEMALE FAN. FIRST LADY GRACE COOLIDGE.

BOSTON RED SOX

You read that right. Grace Coolidge, President Calvin Coolidge’s wife, was an avid baseball fan. She was so much of a baseball fan that she was nicknamed THE FIRST LADY OF BASEBALL. She was a life-long Boston Red Sox fan but while living in Washington D.C. she regularly attended Washington Senators’ games.  If she could not go to a game she would listen on the radio. She and President Coolidge were there to see the final game of the 1924 World Series between the Washington Senators and the New York Giants. This 12-inning game would be the only Washington Senators’ World Championship win. 

FUN FACT: During one Red Sox game she was hit by a foul ball which gave her a temporary bruise and bump on her forehead. Even that could not derail her passion for baseball!

"I venture to say that not one of you cares a hoot about baseball but to me it is my very life." —Grace Coolidge

(The picture above is of President and Grace Coolidge at a baseball game at which President Coolidge threw out the first pitch.)

For more information about Grace Coolidge check out this article written by David Pietrusza called Grace Coolidge: First Lady of Baseball.

CONTESTANT # 15. FEMALE FAN.

NAME: ALISON HUGHES

TEAM: ST. LOUIS CARDINALS

THE STORY OF HER FANHOOD: “Growing up, The Cardinals were always a big part of my family. My Dad worked at Busch Stadium at a concession stand when I was a little kid and he used to always tells us stories about the Cardinals and all the crazy fans. When I got a bit older, my dad lost his job at Busch Stadium but would still tell us stories and he would always watch the games when they were on. My sister and I grew up watching baseballs games with our dad and grandpa in our little Cardinals t-shirts. As I grew up, baseball kind of faded from my life. It wasn’t until I was 19 years old that I really started to get into baseball again. I was a late bloomer but once I discovered the Cardinals again, my obsession and love of the game really began. My sister and I watched, or were at almost every game from the Cardinals 2011 season. Last season was the craziest, most amazing, roller coaster of an emotional ride for every Cardinals fan, but especially for me. My best friends and I would cry, laugh, and cheer til our voices were gone while watching our boys play. Becoming a baseball fanatic during this season in particular was really special to me. I got to see the Cardinals go from looking hopeless to winning the world series. More so than winning the World Series, was watching game 6. I’ve never felt so many emotions in my life. I went from crying from sadness to crying from happiness. I think game 6 will always go down in history as one of the best games ever played. Before that ever happened though, a day came where I knew I truly loved baseball.  On Wednesday October 12, my sister, my best friends and I bought tickets for the NLCS game 3. My best friend Rachel and I had left work and went straight down to Busch Stadium. I remember feeling so excited and nervous and when we got there, the atmosphere was amazing. It was one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever experienced, to see all these fans coming together to support their team. That game was during the Rally Squirrel/ Rally Towel obsession and so they gave out free towels that night and being able to swing that towel and see the hundreds of other fans swinging their towels, was amazing. I felt like I was a part of history. Ever since last season, my love for the Cardinals just keeps on growing.”

WHY SHE’S THE ULTIMATE FAN: “I absolutely love living in a baseball town, especially one as truly awesome as St. Louis. The Cardinals are a huge part of my life, all year round. I love my team and loving the Cardinals makes me apart of something special. Loving Cardinals baseball gives me the opportunity to have a special bond with my dad as well as with my friends who love the Cardinals too. I will always love my team and they will always be a part of my life that I hope to one day share with my daughters and nieces. The St. Louis Cardinals honestly do have the best fans in baseball!” 

Alison also included the photo of her, her dad, and her sister on Father’s Day of last year! They took him to the game and bought him the brand new Cardinals shirt that he’s wearing in the photo as a father’s day present. It won’t be considered in the selection process but we felt everyone should get to see and enjoy it. 

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CONTESTANT # 13. FEMALE FAN.

NAME: HEATHER HILL

TEAM: ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS

THE STORY OF HER FANHOOD: “As most know, the Diamondbacks are a relatively new team in baseball terms. They came to Arizona in 1998 as a brand-new franchise when I was eight, going on nine years old. My parents took me to games from the beginning, and although it took me a bit to catch onto the game of baseball, when I did, I was hooked. I’m twenty-two, going on twenty-three now, and I’ve loved watching the D-backs every year, good or bad, since. My parents have partial season tickets, and I go with them every chance I get.

When I was twelve, my parents took my brother and I to Game Seven of the 2001 World Series (on a whim, no less), and we managed to get face value seats about thirty minutes before the game started. The Diamondbacks were playing the Yankees, the proverbial favorite, and the series was tied. We were down by a run with Mariano Rivera pitching, and so many people thought we were doomed. The Diamondbacks managed to get the bases loaded, and then comes my favorite memory tied to this team. It was hearing the crack of Luis Gonzalez’s bat and watching that ball float over Derek Jeter’s head while sitting in the upper deck of (what was then called) Bank One Ballpark.

In addition to a World Series championship, I’ve been blessed to watch so many things that players in the Diamondbacks franchise have done, some of those things most baseball fans won’t ever see in a lifetime. I’ve watched a perfect game. I’ve seen a 20 strikeout game. I’ve seen numerous milestones passed in illustrious careers, along with plenty of rookie careers taking off. I’ve seen a 100 win season, and the list goes on.

When I was eighteen, I got a Diamondbacks tattoo on my hip that I sport proudly to this day. Some may call me crazy, I just call it dedication! I know that no matter what, I’ll always be a Diamondbacks fan, and not just because I have their logo tattooed on my body, but rather, thanks to my parents who taught me to love the game.”

WHY SHE’S THE ULTIMATE FAN: “So many of the memories I have are tied to baseball. I’ve watched other teams play in numerous places because I simply love watching the game. I’ve also gone all over the country to support my team from Oakland to Chicago and back home to Arizona. My room and wardrobe is filled with Diamondbacks knickknacks and gear. I may have a tattoo, but I know that even if I didn’t, this team is under my skin and a part of me forever. It doesn’t matter where I end up, I will always love my Diamondbacks!”

Heather also included the photo of her awesome tattoo! It won’t be considered in the selection process but we felt everyone should get to see and enjoy it.

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CONTESTANT # 12. FEMALE FAN.
NAME: CAITLIN O’BRIENTEAM: NEW YORK YANKEESTHE STORY OF HER FANHOOD: ”I’ve been watching the Yankees my entire life and I really can’t remember a time when I didn’t love them unconditionally. I can remember spending my summers as a little girl doing two things: 1) playing outside and 2) watching many, many Yankee games. Though I was very young when the Yankees won those three World Series in a row from ’98-’00, I can remember every detail and moment from the games. It’s kind of like these details and moments are permanently cemented in my brain, which is something most people find weird but I’m incredibly thankful for it. I believe it’s made me the fan I am today. I was heartbroken when the Yankees lost the WS in 2001 and again in 2003, but I loved this team too much to ever give up on them. And I still do. The Yankees winning it all in 2009 was – as silly as it sounds – one of the proudest moments of my life. I was so proud of my team, my boys. I’ve lived and died with this team since the time I was a little girl, they’ve never let me down, not once, and I know they’ll be a part of me forever, no matter what.”WHY SHE’S THE ULTIMATE FAN: ”I could say I’m the ultimate fan because I’ve been to hundreds of games. I could say I’m the ultimate fan because I’ve met tons of players. But I’d be lying. I like to think I’m the ultimate fan because of how much devotion I have to my team and the players who have put on the pinstripes to help my team be the best they can be. The Yankees have always been there for me, and I try my absolute hardest to always be there for them. To me, all fans that show this kind of devotion to their team is an ultimate fan! (:”
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CONTESTANT # 12. FEMALE FAN.

NAME: CAITLIN O’BRIEN

TEAM: NEW YORK YANKEES

THE STORY OF HER FANHOOD: ”I’ve been watching the Yankees my entire life and I really can’t remember a time when I didn’t love them unconditionally. I can remember spending my summers as a little girl doing two things: 1) playing outside and 2) watching many, many Yankee games. Though I was very young when the Yankees won those three World Series in a row from ’98-’00, I can remember every detail and moment from the games. It’s kind of like these details and moments are permanently cemented in my brain, which is something most people find weird but I’m incredibly thankful for it. I believe it’s made me the fan I am today. I was heartbroken when the Yankees lost the WS in 2001 and again in 2003, but I loved this team too much to ever give up on them. And I still do. The Yankees winning it all in 2009 was – as silly as it sounds – one of the proudest moments of my life. I was so proud of my team, my boys. I’ve lived and died with this team since the time I was a little girl, they’ve never let me down, not once, and I know they’ll be a part of me forever, no matter what.”

WHY SHE’S THE ULTIMATE FAN: ”I could say I’m the ultimate fan because I’ve been to hundreds of games. I could say I’m the ultimate fan because I’ve met tons of players. But I’d be lying. I like to think I’m the ultimate fan because of how much devotion I have to my team and the players who have put on the pinstripes to help my team be the best they can be. The Yankees have always been there for me, and I try my absolute hardest to always be there for them. To me, all fans that show this kind of devotion to their team is an ultimate fan! (:”

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