Q&A with Jonathan Levey, MLB Fan Cave Candidate
We are proud to have two candidates in the running for the MLB Fan Cave contest! We asked each of our candidates some questions to help you get to know them better and explain why they should represent the Cleveland Indians in the Fan Cave. Don’t forget to go vote for Jonathan here and follow him on Twitter @jlevey!
What is your favorite Tribe memory? Where were you and why does it stand out?
My favorite Tribe memory is when Tony Pena hit the walk-off home run with two outs in the 13th inning to win Game 1 of the 1995 American League Division Series versus the Red Sox. It gave me goosebumps as a fan, as it was the Indians’ first postseason win since the clinching Game 6 in the 1948 World Series. I was watching the game with my dad and stepmom. It was a school night so it was even more special to get to stay up late that night to witness the extra-inning heroics.
Who is your favorite Indians player of all time, and why?
My favorite Indians player of all time is Roberto Alomar, because I was a second baseman growing up and viewed him as an idol. Well, he was the best second baseman of his era, and I enjoyed every moment of his three seasons with the Tribe. I admired him so much that I went to Toronto in July 2011 to see the Blue Jays retire their first number, Roberto Alomar’s No. 12, one week after Alomar became the first Hall of Famer to be inducted as a Blue Jay.
There are two Indians fans as hopefuls for the Fan Cave. Why should fans vote for you? What makes you a great representative of the Cleveland Indians?
Fans should vote for me because I’m a fellow Clevelander and I’m a loyal, lifelong Indians fan. It would be a dream of an opportunity to be in the MLB Fan Cave and to represent the city of Cleveland and the Cleveland Indians.
If you could have one current Indians player on your side in a snowball fight, who would you pick and why?
I would have to pick Vinnie Pestano, because I think he has the best arm in the “Bullpen Mafia” and I like his fierce demeanor on the mound.
What was your reaction when they informed you that you were a finalist for the Fan Cave?
I was definitely happy that I made it, after all of the hard work and dedication in writing the essay and producing the video. I was not totally surprised though, as I was very set from the beginning that my goal was to make the top 50.
What’s something we would never guess by just looking at you?
I’m related to James Julius “Jim” Levey, a Major League shortstop who played from 1930 to 1933 for the St. Louis Browns. He was actually one of the first two-sport professional athletes, having also played halfback for the Pittsburgh Pirates of the National Football League from 1934 to 1936.
Mustard, Onion or Ketchup? Why?
Firstly, I prefer Ballpark Mustard over yellow mustard. There’s just something about Bertman’s Original Ballpark Mustard that gives a hot dog that delicious flavor. But a hot dog at Progressive Field wouldn’t be complete without onions and ketchup too! While we’re on the topic of favorite condiment, I have to admit that I always pull for Ketchup to win the Sugardale Hot Dog Derby … even though he is a notorious cheater.
If you could interview any player, who would you interview and what would you ask them?
If I could interview any player, it would be Nick Swisher, because he has Ohio roots, but has played for the Yankees, among others. Now that he’s with the Tribe, I would ask him what motivated him to return to the Buckeye State and how he expects to make an impact on the team and in the community.
What’s your favorite Tribe item and why?
I have a HUGE collection of bobbleheads. Actually, so many that I lost count several years ago. I have most of the Indians promotional bobbleheads from throughout the years, in addition to Lake County Captains bobbleheads. I have also bought bobbleheads on eBay from MLB teams coast to coast.
The MLB Fan Cave requires fans to watch A LOT of baseball. Describe why you like the sport and why you think you can handle a summer with nothing but baseball.
I’m very passionate about baseball. Spending lots of hours watching baseball will not be new to me, as I worked for seven unforgettable seasons with the Lake County Captains, putting in 14-hour days frequently throughout the season. Furthermore, a summer of nothing but baseball would be a dream come true. To spend the 2013 season in the MLB Fan Cave with other baseball enthusiasts would be an experience like no other.
— TribeVibe Contributor Courtney Shilling