Fellas, we know you could probably use a little guidance when it comes to picking out the perfect gift for everyone on your list, so we thought we’d give you some help by creating this handy flow chart, below:
(Note: The file size is pretty large, so be sure to click on the image and then click again, so you can follow along and get your holiday shopping done in a jiffy!)
This holiday season, we’ re offering fans the chance to get in the spirit through a fun game called “You’ve Been Bernied.” Through various social media platforms and pay-it-forward goodwill, Brewers fans can participate in the game for a chance to win the gift of the season (the Brewers season, that is!)—a pair of Brewers Holiday 4-Packs—while at the same time, spread holiday cheer and “offseason’s greetings.”
Fans are encouraged to visit Brewers.com/bernied to participate in the game. There, fans can print out an “I’ve Been Bernied” sign and instruction sheet and pass it along with a special treat to “Bernie” their neighbors, friends or family and watch the game build throughout the community. For a chance to win the Brewers Holiday 4-Packs and other prizes, fans are invited to take photos of their treats and/or of themselves sporting a Bernie Brewer moustache and post the image to Twitter and/or Instagram using #IveBeenBernied.
Brewers Holiday 4-Packs have been on sale since mid-November and are a fantastic holiday gift. Each pair of Brewers Holiday 4-Packs comes with a Bernie Brewer collectible holiday ornament. Packages start at just $72 and plans are optimized to fit every schedule. For more information on Brewers Holiday 4-Packs, visit Brewers.com/4packs.
The “You’ve Been Bernied” contest runs through December 19th, so be sure to visit Brewers.com/bernied as soon as possible to start your own Bernie chain among family, friends and co-workers!
Here’s a fun gallery of some folks who have been Bernied so far!
And–Cait was even Bernied recently!
Have you Been Bernied or Bernied others? We want to hear from you, leave us a message in the comments below!
-John & Cait
In just 71 days, pitchers and catchers report to Spring Training. I know it isn’t even Christmas yet, but we are always thinking baseball here and today is another milestone as we approach the 2014 season. Today is the day Spring Training tickets go on sale.
Tickets for the Milwaukee Brewers home Spring Training games at Maryvale Baseball Park are on sale now via the internet at Brewers.com and by phone at 1-800-933-7890. Normal business hours for phone orders are from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. CT. Sales at the Maryvale Baseball Park Box Office will begin on Monday, February 3, 2014.
Tickets are available in four seating areas: Field Box ($23), Infield Reserved ($17), Outfield Reserved ($13) and Lawn Seating ($8). In addition, there will also be a limited number of advanced parking passes available for $5. Information on Spring Training season tickets can be obtained by calling the Milwaukee Brewers Ticket Office at (414) 902-4000.
Nearly every home Cactus League game will include a collectible bobblehead from this past season, offered to the first 2,000 fans in attendance. These giveaway dates include the following:
|Saturday, March 1||Los Angeles Dodgers||Carlos Gomez bobblehead|
|Monday, March 3||Chicago Cubs||Hank Aaron bobblehead|
|Thursday, March 6||Colorado Rockies||Ben Oglivie bobblehead|
|Friday, March 7||San Diego Padres||Cerveceros Day|
|Monday, March 10||Chicago White Sox||George Scott bobblehead|
|Saturday, March 15||Cincinnati Reds||Polish bobble|
|Monday, March 17||Chicago White Sox||Gorman Thomas bobblehead|
|Saturday, March 22||LA Angels of Anaheim||Harvey Kuenn bobblehead|
|Thursday, March 27||Cincinnati Reds||Ryan Braun bobblehead|
Tickets for the two exhibition games at Miller Park against the Kansas City Royals on Friday, March 28 and Saturday, March 29 will go on sale at a later date.
Pitchers and catchers are scheduled to report to Spring Training on Saturday, February 15. All position players have a report date of Friday, February 21. The first full workout is scheduled for Saturday, February 22.
If you love the Brewers, a trip to Spring Training is a great investment. Beautiful, sunny weather, Brewers baseball and a relaxed environment make it an enjoyable experience for Brewers fans of all ages.
This is one of our favorite blog posts of the year. The Clubhouse Sale seems to grow every year and seems to get better every year. There are always some gems and we dig deep to find them for you.
The sale is open to the public Friday and Saturday from 8 a.m. – 7 p.m. and features some amazing deals. Read on for our favorite finds and details about the event!
The first thing that caught my attention when I walked in and headed toward the ladies’ section were these separates from Major League Fitness:
You can buy each individually, or get the set! The jacket was originally $65 and is now selling for $35, while the pants were $50 marked down to $25.
Next, I noticed this striped hoodie top from Cutter & Buck. Last year, I purchased one of the Cutter & Buck sweatshirt dresses from the Sale and I absolutely LOVE it. It’s probably one of my favorite articles of clothing that I own and I wear it almost once a week. Thus, when I saw this long-sleeved top with a hoodie attached and felt the soft fabric, I knew I’d have to get this one, too:
The top was $90, now selling for $40. I can already tell it’s going to become another of my favorites!
In the last month, not one, but THREE of my friends have had babies. Thus, I was drawn to the infants, toddlers and kids area, where there are plenty of fun choices.
I couldn’t resist stocking up on these adorable Brewers sleepers, that are just $10 each, marked down from $20:
I also noticed a selection of maternity tops available for just $10 each (originally $35). One reads “Official Fan Supplier” and the other says “Mom’s Future MVP.” Too bad these weren’t available at the Sale last year, or I would have stocked up for my friends!
Other items to note include the Racing Sausage Tees, which are marked down for $35 to $15:
And the Majestic Thermabase Tech Fleece pullovers, which are selling for $40:
While you’re shopping for merchandise, you can also pick up other Brewers-themed gifts for the fans on your list, including the 2014 Brewers Kids Club Kit and Brewers Holiday 4-Packs, as members of our Ticket Sales team will be on hand at the event.
If you know me, you know that I am a uniform nerd. I love special uniforms, old uniforms, all types of uniforms. I have always highlighted these popular items for our previous previews, but this year it seemed like the selection is a lot better. There were a number of jerseys that I have never been on sale at a clubhouse sale before, like a number of 1969 Seattle Pilots jerseys and some throwback Braves jerseys that I had never seen.
In addition, they had a number of game used jerseys from Brewers players like Craig Counsell, Nyjer Morgan, Aramis Ramirez and others. Game worn and authentic uniforms are always some of the first items to go and quantities are limited on these one of a kind items.
Prices of the jerseys range from $50-$500. One photo couldn’t do the selection justice, so I made a little slideshow:
Also in the Brewers Authentics section were game-used baseballs from $10, game-used bats from $50 and game-worn hats from $25. The Authentics section is always one of the most popular spots at the Clubhouse Sale and items are extremely limited, so I recommend getting there as early as possible to get the best selection on these items.
I mentioned the availability of the “Design a Uniform” jersey from 2013, but there were also plenty of hats available in a variety of sizes. These were priced at $20.
Sure it has a date on it, but you can wear this unique Spring Training shirt in Phoenix and Milwaukee for many years! Plus, in 15 years, it will be a collectors item! Remember, everything old becomes new again! Priced at $15.
I always collected baseball cards as a kid and these 2013 Topps team sets would make a great stocking stuffer.
Every Clubhouse Sale there appears some items that I have never seen before. This Retro “tie-dye” style t-shirt is this year’s “never been seen item.” Made by “Gear for Sports,” it is only $15.
Plenty of hats for sale as well. Winter hats, fitted hats, snapback hats, floppy hats, kids hats–you name it. Priced from $10.
A reminder that every customer who makes a purchase will receive a free Brewers bobblehead bundle, while supplies last. Additionally, a “more-you-spend-the-more-you-save” coupon will be offered. Coupons of 10%/20%/30% off will be offered to the Brewers Team Store by Majestic for those spending $100/$200/$300 at the Clubhouse Sale.
Shoppers can access the Clubhouse Sale by entering Miller Park at the Hot Corner entrance near the Brewers Team Store by Majestic and following the posted directions to the visiting clubhouse. Cash and credit cards will be accepted (no personal checks). Admission and parking is free.
In addition, the Brewers Team Store by Majestic will also feature a variety of activities during both days of the Clubhouse Sale. Eight prize drawings will be held at the team store on both days. Prizes will include $250 shopping sprees and special Authentic Collection packages at the Brewers Team Store by Majestic. Children can have their photo taken with the Klement’s Famous Racing Sausages™ on December 6 from 10 a.m. – noon and with Santa on December 7 from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. at the Brewers Team Store by Majestic. Fans should bring their own cameras and the photos will be free of charge with any purchase.
The Brewers Team Store by Majestic at Miller Park is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. For more information, contact the team store at (414) 902-4750.
–JOHN AND CAIT
The Milwaukee Brewers and Milwaukee Admirals today announced the continuation of the “2-Man Advantage” ticket package that was originally introduced for the 2008 season. The joint ticket opportunity is a part of the partnership established by the two teams in 2005.
For only $19, fans get one “Stern & Bow” ticket to one of three Brewers promotion nights at the BMO Harris Bradley Center for an Admirals home game and one Terrace Reserved ticket to one of three select Brewers games at Miller Park during the 2014 season. The package is valued at $35. The dates available to fans for the ticket deal are as follows:
Brewers/Admirals Scarf Giveaway (First 2,500 Fans)
Brewers/Admirals 6-Pack Cooler Giveaway (First 2,500 Fans)
Brewers Buy-One, Get-One Free Ticket Voucher (All Fans)
For more information or to purchase tickets, please call the Brewers Ticket Office at 414-902-4000 or visit Brewers.com/admirals. These packages are also available by contacting the Milwaukee Admirals Ticket Office at414-227-0550. Packages will be available beginning Monday, December 9 at 9 a.m. through Thursday, April 3, 2014.
In addition to this special ticket package, the Admirals will continue to sport the “Ball and Glove” logo on their jerseys as the Brewers are the exclusive jersey sponsor of the team. Announcements during the game, dasherboard signage at the BMO Harris Bradley Center, radio spots during broadcasts and in-game promotions where fans can win Brewers prize packs are also a part of the partnership between the two clubs.
The Milwaukee Admirals are a member of the American Hockey League and are an affiliate of the Nashville Predators of the National Hockey League.
-John and Cait
We hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving!
We can’t believe the calendar has already flipped to December–which means the holiday season is in full swing.
If you’re looking for an extra-special gift for the Brewers fans on your list, don’t forget that there are plenty of game-used items available at the Brewers Team Store at Miller Park!
Also–don’t miss your chance to visit the Brewers Clubhouse Sale this Friday and Saturday at Miller Park!
- John & Cait
It was a very busy and cold morning at Helfaer Field today. As the Thanksgiving week continued, Brewers Community Foundation teamed up with Hunger Task Force and CBS 58 for a drive-thru food drive in the parking lot. Since I am finally thawing out from three hours in the sub-20 degree temperatures this morning, I thought I would post some photos from the activities this morning.
Ryan Braun, Michael Blazek and Marcus Hanel were on hand along with a number of Brewers employees collecting food and handing out bobbleheads to donors.
The food drive itself lasts until 6 p.m. tonight, so you can still donate throughout the day. It was a wonderful event and I was happy to be a part of it. The generosity I saw throughout the activities this week was awesome. This community should be proud of the way it gives back.
Don’t forget, you can also help the Hunger Task Force through the online “turkey hands” auction. The framed, original designs from Brandon Kintzler, Tyler Thornburg, Jonathan Lucroy and Jim Henderson are up for auction now on Brewers.com thru Sunday, December 1 at 11:59 p.m. CT.
If you’ll recall, this past season, we launched the Brewers Baseball Academy presented by Kwik Trip, eight separate week-long baseball/softball camps open to youth (ages 6-14) which were held in various cities across Wisconsin this summer.
All season, in addition to putting on the camps, executive director Tim Rappe provided some baseball tips here on John and Cait…Plus 9 as well. Read on for the latest installment from Coach Tim.
TOP SIX THINGS I HEARD THIS SUMMER THAT MADE ME CRINGE
Right out of the box I will admit that just because we wear a Major League uniform doesn’t mean we have all the answers. I am not afraid to question what I believe and have made adjustments in my teaching approach over the years as a result. That being said, I’m also not afraid to go toe-to-toe with things I hear that are fundamentally wrong; especially those that pose a threat to the health of the athlete.
Here are some of my “favorites” from this past summer…
#1. “Are You Teaching the NEW Way of Hitting?”
Oh boy. Part of my role with the Brewers is to attend seminars, study video, observe Spring Training, and generally keep up with new approaches to teaching our game. 99% of the time, that question is traced to a private instructor or Internet Guru who is trying to make a name for himself by “discovering” something new or renaming something old for marketing purposes. Doesn’t mean they’re wrong…but they do add to the noise that tends to confuse people. We teach hitting the way that Carlos Gomez, Ryan Braun, Jonathan Lucroy and for that matter, Miguel Cabrera, swing the bat.
#2. “My Son Plays Travel Ball so He’s Probably Too Good for Your Camp.”
Ugh. Them’s fightin’ words. When you take a look at the resume of our coaching staff and the depth of our curriculum, it’s pretty much impossible to conclude that we can’t help an athlete of any level…unless he comes to camp with the mindset that he doesn’t want to learn.
#3. “Girls Need to Learn a Different Way to Hit Because…Well, They’re Girls.”
I know that statement is not meant to be insulting to softball players…but it is. The male and female bodies get the bat to the ball in exactly the same way. Granted, there are some nuances but girls generate force at the point of contact just like guys. Just ask Jennie Finch, Crystl Bustos, Stacey Nuveman and Jessica Mendoza…probably the best U.S Olympic hitters of all time. Better yet, grab some video as I have and see for yourself. Of course, I’m not referring to slap hitting here.
#4. “I Heard You Should Never Use a Batting Tee Again.”
Yikes. There’s that Internet Guru again proclaiming that if you don’t do it his way, at best you are a terrible coach and at worst, a moron. Don’t use tees? Wrong. Wrong. Wrong. Every professional, collegiate and high school team relies on the tee to isolate swing mechanics before introducing a pitched ball. Statements like that may be a good way to sell a video but it also adds more confusing noise in the market. By the way, I bought video…and I got my money back.
#5. “I’m Going to Have My Son Throw Every Day Over the Winter to Add MPH’s to His Fastball.”
No. No. No. Sometimes more is not better and when it comes to the “care and feeding” of the arm, it definitely isn’t. The shoulder and elbow need rest in order to repair the strain of the long grind of the spring/summer season. Big Leaguers shut it down after the season and not just to play golf. Since 2000, there has been a 500% increase in elbow and shoulder injuries among young baseball and softball players. Almost all of that is attributed to overuse. Now when I say to shut it down I’m referring to all overhead activity like volleyball, football passing, dodgeball in gym class, badminton, etc. I know that’s not realistic but not throwing a baseball IS realistic. Work on core strength and hammer those difficult-to-work decelerators in the back. You will love the result come spring.
#6. “Coach, Am I Throwing the Curveball Correctly?”
You’re asking the wrong question. Yes, it’s true that a correctly thrown curveball is less stressful on your arm than one thrown incorrectly. And yes, there are some pro’s who started throwing junk very early in their young lives. There are also miles of scar tissue and shattered careers because of the unnecessary harm caused by curves and sliders. As a teacher of baseball and the Director of the Brewers Baseball Academy I will not teach the curve because it plays Russian Roulette with the pre-pubescent athlete. I know that’s controversial but winning isn’t worth the risk. Spot your fastball. Throw a change-up and study hitters’ weaknesses. The “W’s” will pile up.
OK, got all that off my chest. Until next time, “If you’re gonna swing, might as well swing hard.”
Thanksgiving is right around the corner and the Brewers have a number of activities to get in the giving spirit.
This afternoon–along with a number of my Brewers front office counterparts–I will be manning the phones for the WISN-TV 12 Food For Families Food Bank from 3 – 5 p.m. We will be at the WISN-TV studios answering phones and taking donations that will benefit the Hunger Task Force.
I’m not sure the phone number to call to donate quite yet, but when I get that number, I will be sure to update the blog. If you call in, make sure to ask for me! I want to make sure those phones are ringing all afternoon with generous donations for the Hunger Task Force. Tune in and make a donation!
Yesterday, Brewers bullpen catcher Marcus Hanel, and his wife, Jill, distributed 300 coats for children at Gilbert Stuart School on Milwaukee’s north side through their “Koos for Kids” organization.
Tomorrow, a number of Brewers staff and players will be at Helfaer Field from 8 – 11 a.m. collecting food for the Brewers Community Foundation, CBS 58 and Hunger Task Force Food Drive. While Brewers personnel will staff the Helfaer Field drop off location in the morning, food can be dropped off at tomorrow between 4:30 a.m. and 6 p.m.
Each vehicle stopping by to donate food items will receive a Brewers bobblehead, a gift bag and other items while supplies last. A number of Brewers special guests and CBS 58 News Team members will be on hand throughout the day to collect donations.
Finally, don’t forget about another opportunity to help Brewers Community Foundation and the Hunger Task Force through an online auction of player-designed “turkey hands.” Jim Henderson, Jonathan Lucroy, Brandon Kintzler and Tyler Thornburg put their creative talents to work on the traditional Thanksgiving art project of hand-drawn “turkey hands.” The auction will conclude on Sunday at 11:59 p.m. CT.
The Thanksgiving holiday is great time to show how thankful we all are for what we have and a perfect way to do that is giving back to your community in any way that you can. Stay tuned to the blog for updates from the phone bank this afternoon and from the food drive at Helfaer Field tomorrow!