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Yankees fans test their skills on 'Bucks on the Pond'

Yankees fans test their skills on 'Bucks on the Pond'

Yankees fans test their skills on 'Bucks on the Pond'
Cecilia Jen is an education manager at a healthcare company and Davis Anderson III is sommelier at Maslow 6. They are transplanted New Yorkers now, with previous Major League Baseball loyalties, and MLB.com joined them for what is about to become one of the most famous dates of the season at Yankee Stadium.

A new episode of the game show "Bucks on the Pond" is being released every Tuesday and Thursday, and Tuesday included an unexpected appearance as contestants. Watching this one, you not only will find out exactly how many bucks they won, but you also will feel kind of like a chaperone, as romance blossoms along with a ballgame.

"It was a great time, and winning some cash is always a good thing," Jen said Monday in an email to MLB.com. "The show is great, it's a fun way to earn some extra cash, but it made me realize my baseball [at least Yankee] trivia knowledge isn't as great as I once thought it was."

"Bucks on the Pond" is hosted by Jeremy Brisiel, and you might be a part of it when you least expect it. Fans at the ballpark interact with MLB.com's studio through the magic of technology in conjunction with game action inside.

In creating a new experience for fans, MLB.com is giving people a chance to earn bucks while they spend bucks at the park. Let's say you got up to grab garlic fries between innings or you are at one of the souvenir stands on the concourse after the gates open. Or you are spotted standing near the Yankee Museum -- as four guys were in an earlier episode -- the place Jen and Anderson were found. Fans are selected randomly on the day the "Bucks" team is at that park.

Contestants are asked a trivia question -- general knowledge and baseball -- on each pitch during a half-inning of baseball. Get the question correct and win money. Get the question wrong and it's a strike. Three strikes and you're out.

The questions' difficulty and value increase with the number of outs in the on-field action: $5 easy questions to start, $10 medium-difficulty questions after one out, $20 hard questions after two outs. If the contestant lasts longer than the team's at-bat, they win the bucks in their bank.

At point during this episode, Anderson was on a roll.

"How do you know all this stuff?" Jen asked him.

"I pay attention," he said. "Very, very smart."

Watch for the cumulative effect, not only of correct answers and the bucks scoreboard, but also of the confidence on the date. After one correct answer, Anderson moves in for a hug.

"This kind of turned out be a very good idea," he said of being on the show.

After another correct answer, he moves in for the kiss.

Welcome to Major League Baseball, 2012, where MLB.com makes happy couples. Even those who aren't quite as adroit on Yankees trivia as others.

Anderson went to Florida State and moved to New York from Tampa, Fla. Jen is originally from Atlanta, a Braves fan. They were at the Stadium for a June Interleague Series game between the Bronx Bombers and the Braves, nearly two months after they had begun dating.

"Being at Yankee Stadium was a bit strange," Jen said. "I'm actually Atlantan, born and raised, so I was there to cheer on the Braves, hence my difficulty with some of the Yankee questions. But I was pretty happy with the final score of the game.

"I moved to New York about 5 1/2 years ago, way before I met Davis. I came to New York after finishing grad school in London, and I thought it would be too difficult to go back to Atlanta after having lived in London for a year and half, so I ended up here. Davis and I have been dating since April ... and we are still dating."

In addition to the Yankees, teams visited so far include the Orioles, Red Sox, Marlins, Dodgers, Royals, Astros, Cubs and White Sox. Be on the lookout for the "Bucks" crew at your ballpark.

Mark Newman is enterprise editor of MLB.com. Read and join other baseball fans on his MLB.com community blog. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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