Hey all, so I applied to represent team Italia in the MLB Fan Cave during the World Baseball Classic…
Yeah yeah Barnhart is pretty Germanic (my middle name is Marrali, if that helps), but my mom’s side is Sicilian and I grew up with Italian traditions. Italia definitely holds a special place in my heart, so much so that I minored in Italian while at OSU and spent the summer of 2006 studying abroad in Lecce.
It was the best summer of my life and I was blessed to experience Italian nationalism and sports fanaticism at its peak when the Azzurri defeated France to win the World Cup. I’ve never been a part of such a passionate display of sports happiness and I’ve been to multiple OSU/Michigan games and a few baseball rivalry games over the years.
By now I shouldn’t have to tell you how much I love baseball, this blog is a testament to my obsession. The second best summer of my life is well documented here as I traveled around the country visiting all 30 MLB ballparks. Combining two of my favorite things- baseball and Italia is a dream come true.
Think about it… Italia has given the world so much-
Artwork, fashion, architecture, pizza, Romeo and Juliet, Ferrari, the guy who discovered America (Christopher Columbus), and of course Fabio!
It’s time to give something just as awesome as all of those things combined back- baseball!!
I could help turn Italians from this:
If selected to represent team Italia in the MLB Fan Cave, I will do everything I can to get Italians behind their team and hopefully turn them into loyal fans of in my humble opinion, the world’s greatest sport. It shouldn’t be that much of a push either since the Italian squad just took care of Europe in the European Championship this past September. Now it’s time for Italia to hang with the world’s heavy hitters (pun intended) and make their mark! #ForzaItalia
Please help me out by tweeting at @MLBFanCave and
@WBCBaseball to let them know you want to see me (@alicia_barnhart) in the MLB Fan Cave for the WBC! If you don’t have a Twitter handle, feel free to voice your support on this post as I will be tweeting it out to them.
Thank you for your help, hopefully I will be sharing an amazing opportunity with you in March!!