If you’d told 23-year-old Ben Barker two years ago that in the spring of 2014 he would be watching Major League Baseball games for a living and hanging out with celebrities, he’d have laughed and called you crazy. Today, Barker, a native of Tyngsboro, works in the MLB FanCave, a cushy, living room-like office in Manhattan owned by Major League Baseball. Barker’s job? To sit in front of a television, watch literally every game of the 2014 MLB season, hang out with baseball players and celebrities, and contribute to a blog about the experience. “All I can call this is surreal,” Barker said. “Counting the playoffs, we could be here till November. I’m even more excited though, because in undergraduate school – I graduated in 2012 from Emerson – I majored in broadcast journalism with a heavy emphasis on sports. So this is fun and will ultimately help my career goals.” This is the fourth season that MLB has hosted FanCave, and Barker, who represents the Boston Red Sox in the Cave, is one of eight super fans chosen by MLB this season, out of 30,000 applicants. In addition to watching every Major League game together this season, the Cave Dwellers live together in a apartment provided by MLB a few blocks from the office. That, of course, is the perfect setting for “Off the Bat from the MLB FanCave,” a new TV show on MTV 2. “Off the Bat,” which is executive produced by Red Sox slugger David Ortiz, is hosted by longtime MTV personality Sway.
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