Benjamin Christiansen is not your run-of-the-mill baseball fan. The University of Oregon student is hoping to win a nationwide contest to live in Major League Baseball's "Fan Cave" from opening day through the final out of the World Series. And he's going to extremes to make it happen.
Christiansen has to beat out 49 other contestants nationwide to spend most of 2012 in New York City blogging, interviewing and chatting it up with big-leaguers. KVAL in Eugene reports the 29-year-old has a killer app: He's covered in enough tattoos to make an NBA player blush.
All of baseball's beloved mascots are represented on Christiansen's body, from Wally the Green Monster to the Phillie Phanatic.
"I wanted to get every major league team on my body somehow, and the best way possible was ribs to hips on each side, so American League on the right side, and National League on the other," he told KVAL. "I crammed a lot of research into it, but if I'm gonna put it on my body, might as well have some fun with it."
Despite being a ringer for Giants star reliever Brian Wilson, Christiansen is a big Oakland A's fan. While attending Oregon, the double major in magazine and news editorial journalism is a bartender at Max's Tavern in Eugene.
In addition to his body ink, Christiansen is a big league stat geek, keeping track of historical stats on a large collection of MLB caps.
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