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Vail native bids for a spot in 'Fan Cave'

EAGLE COUNTY, Colorado - Calder Cahill is asking you to help him live in a cave.

Cahill is one of the 50 candidates campaigning for a spot in Major League Baseball's Fan Cave.

"Vote for Calder Cahill. Do it now. Do it often," Cahill said.

Voting ends 3 p.m. Wednesday, just so you know there's a deadline.

Cahill even provided easy-to-follow instructions.

"Click vote, click refresh, click vote, click refresh. Do it for an hour and you'll have a great time," he said.

Thousands of people entered; 52 remain and Cahill is one of them. Those 50 folks include at least one representative from each of the 30 MLB teams.

If he gets enough votes he goes to Arizona for spring training as one of the 30 finalists. Do well enough there and he gets to be one the Cave Dwellers.

Among their number are recent college graduates, journalists, bloggers, comedians, musicians, a chef, a piano teacher and a former reality show winner.

The Rockies are behind Cahill. They called him Thursday afternoon and he spent Friday touring Coors Field, so they could get put together some material to help Cahill's campaign.

It was an educational venture. Among other things, we learned that the Purple Row is Coors Field is exactly a mile high above sea level.

All baseball, all the time

Even if you live in Vail, you can get there from here. The Fan Cave is at 4th Street and Broadway in New York City's Greenwich Village.

The goal is to watch all 2,430 MLB games while chronicling it all through videos, blogs, and social media.

Eventually, everyone gets kicked out of the cave except one. Last year it was Ashley Chavez, a San Francisco Giants fan who's young and blonde and cute.

Chavez is also a cousin to Diana Layman, a Vail Valley local.

We're certain Cahill's opponents are all wonderful people who love their mamas very much, but this particular part of the universe seems to be turning in his direction.

Check out the page and you'll find one young woman is holding a cat. While we enjoy cats, they have no place in baseball.

Another is obviously confused. He's a Pittsburgh Pirates fan, but he's from Los Angeles.

Cahill is not confused. He's local and a Colorado Rockies fan to his very marrow.

"I was born and raised in Vail, so I'm about as local as they come," he said.

He wandered off to Florida to study marketing and media, but had the very good sense to come back when he was finished.

He started playing little league baseball. His dad was the coach. His dad took him to some of the first Rockies games, in Mile High Stadium before Coors Field.

"I became a baseball nut as a very early age," Cahill said.

The Rockies are 20 years old. Cahill isn't much older. He can't count the number of times he's been to Coors Field and he was too young to remember much about their first father/son Rockies road trip, except that he ate an "incredible" amount of Dippin' Dots.

Several highlights do stick with him, though.

Like the time Carlos Gonzales hit for the cycle in 2010. On his final at-bat Gonzales jacked an upper deck home run shot into section 307.

Or the time in 2007, Matt Holliday's head-first slide home for the win to send the Rockies into the playoffs for the first time. Days later Todd Helton threw his hands in the air after catching a pop-up to send the Rockies to the World Series.

Staff Writer Randy Wyrick can be reached at 970-748-2935 or rwyrick@vaildaily.com.


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