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Baseball Fan's Dream Is Two Guys' Job

Wendy Hope/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- There are jobs that take a lot of tools, and there are jobs that take a lot of training. Then there are jobs that take a lot of big-screen televisions -- 15 to be exact.

Mike O'Hara and Ryan Wagner get paid to sit in front of those televisions and watch baseball games. Every minute of every Major League Baseball game this season.

That's 2,430 games if you are keeping score -- and that's just the regular season.

They are the first inhabitants of Major League Baseball's Fan Cave. Their seven-month marathon of baseball watching is part publicity stunt and part reality show -- all of it designed to appeal to a new generation of baseball fans.

With 30 baseball teams, there can be 15 games to watch in a day. Some days, O'Hara and Wagner begin watching at a little after noon, and don't leave until the final out is made on the West Coast, well after midnight.

"If there was a pro level of watching baseball, we are in the minor leagues, learning how to be superstars," O'Hara says.

But this gig involves much more than lounging in front of televisions. Entertainers and athletes are always dropping by to hang out -- visits that are turned into videos posted online. The cavemen also write about baseball, pop culture and their Fan Cave experiences constantly on Twitter, Face book and

The Fan Cave is a fan's dream -- or at least a fan who is a guy, say, between the ages of 18 to 34.

Located in a former record store in lower Manhattan, it's essentially a gigantic den tricked out with a pool table, a DJ booth, an air hockey game, a tattoo parlor, a bar, a barber's chair, a graffiti wall, areas for musicians to perform and all kinds of baseball memorabilia.

In the middle of it all is the Cave Monster, a wall of 15 large-screen televisions that flicker all day with baseball games and MLB Channel programming. Gigantic 14-foot high windows allow passersby on the street to peer in and watch, too.

Nearly 10,000 people submitted audition tapes for the Fan Cave gig. O'Hara and Wagner were chosen not only because they are huge baseball fans, but also because they are entertainers.

O'Hara, 37, is a comedian, musician and a Yankees fan. Wagner, 23, is an actor in musical theater who roots for the Baltimore Orioles.

It's often said the baseball season is a marathon. There are so many games. But you won't hear O'Hara and Wagner complaining.

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