Ally Williams is a sports fan.
With her knowledge, dedication and pure interest in sports, she’s trying to gain an advantage in the professional athletic world by entering contests that will bring her closer to the game. Last month, the 21-year-old Bay Area native attempted to get a trip to Indianapolis for the Super Bowl as a fan correspondent — specializing in the 49ers — which ultimately didn’t work out. Now she’s vying for a chance at Major League Baseball’s “Fan Cave” to root on the Giants.
“Fan Cave” is a reality TV show where contestants watch all 2,430 baseball games in the 2012 season. Contestants will use blogs, videos and social media to chronicle their experiences.
Along the way, however, fans will compete against one another in a series of challenges in order to stay in the Cave. Online viewers will help determine who stays and who goes. A winner will be crowned before the World Series, according to Major League Baseball.
Williams is one of 50 finalists currently being voted on for a shot at entering the Cave. She and her fellow potential contestants submitted two-minute videos to gain support. The more votes, the better a shot she has at the Cave.
Williams, whose video was filmed in and around AT&T Park, said her experience with social media — she uses Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Klout regularly, and interned with the Giants franchise in 2010 — could give her a leg up on the competition.
“My mix of baseball and on-camera experience would be a really good fit,” said Williams, who studied broadcasting at San Francisco State University.
Although she was not chosen to go to the Super Bowl, Williams said this is a better opportunity because she’s a bigger baseball fan.
“The Giants are my team,” said Williams, who lives in San Jose. “I have a huge love of baseball. I used to go to games when [the Giants] played at Candlestick, then when they moved to Pac Bell Park. I was 10 when it opened, and I got an opening-game hat. I still wear the hat.”
Williams is not the only Giants fan who could be a part of “Fan Cave,” as two other members of the San Francisco faithful are hoping to be chosen — Ashley Chavez and Mike Lazarus.
Lazarus, a Stanford University senior and 21-year-old San Francisco native, said his application for “Fan Cave” was on a whim after a discussion he had with friends about post-college plans.
Lazarus said he’s played baseball all his life — in addition to writing about it for the Stanford Daily newspaper — which gives him perspective on the sport. His only worry is possibly having to watch the rival Los Angeles Dodgers.
“Hopefully they’ll have a losing season,” Lazarus said.
If you want to help Ally Williams, Ashley Chavez, Mike Lazarus or any other fan become a part of Major League Baseball’s “Fan Cave,” voting lasts through Wednesday.
Vote at mlb.com/fancave