I snapped two quick photos of the scoreboard demolition yesterday and then when I looked again today, I was shocked by the progress. Miller Park is beginning to look quite bare!
Yesterday, the video board started to come down.
Last week, the Miller Park sign came down and early this week, the side panel featuring advertisements was removed leaving only the video board and the matrix board.
Compare today’s photos with the shots that Adam McCalvy talked about last week and we are rolling right along at Miller Park.
This past weekend, five people from our office competed in the Men’s Health Urbanathlon in Chicago. For those of you who aren’t familiar with this event, it is basically a 15K race with a crazy obstacle course mixed in, ending with a stair climb at Soldier Field.
Jennacy Cruz, Manager of Event Services for Stadium Operations participated in the event, as did Jason Hartlund, VP-Brewers Enterprises. From the Consumer Marketing Department (my department), Chris Barlow, Director of Group Sales; Billy Friess, Director of Season Ticket Sales; and our VP, Todd Taylor, all completed the Urbanathlon.
L-R: Chris, Jason, Todd and Billy, geared up for the Urbanathlon.
Because Chris, Billy and Todd are in my department, I had heard a lot from them about the race and the training leading up to it. I was curious: How do you train for obstacles involving concrete barriers, monster truck tires, police barricades, marine hurdles, cargo nets and stadium steps? (Okay, for these guys the last one was pretty easy.)
Hearing about the race this weekend really got me thinking. Over the years, as guys like Ryan Braun, Casey McGehee and Corey Hart have had 100-RBI seasons or guys like Prince Fielder have hit 50 home runs, my other colleagues — the athletes off the field — have accomplished some pretty amazing things as well.
Basically, what it comes down to is that in working in sports, you often find that the athletes aren’t just on the field. Because people who work in sports tend to like sports, consequently they also tend to participate in sports as well.
At the risk of accidentally leaving someone out, here’s a small sample of some of our achievements:
Did you know that we have an Olympian on staff? Dave Tamburrino, Director of Corporate Marketing, was a member of the U.S. Olympic Speedskating Team in 1994 (Lillehammer, Norway) and 1998 (Nagano, Japan). Dave also finished 5th overall at the 1995 World All Around Speedskating Championships in Baselga Di Pine, Italy and was a member of the US National Speedskating Team (1988-1998) and the World All Around Speedskating Championships Team (1994-1998). Wow! I wonder if the rest of the Corporate Marketing department finds it hard to keep up with him. Currently, Dave plays hockey for the Cans Lumberjacks adult league team at the Pettit Center.
How cool is Olympian Dave Tamburrino? Ice cold!
Diny Hurwitz, our Data Analyst, is a cyclist. His first long distance bicycle trip was an 800-mile ride from Rochester, New York, to Bar Harbor, Maine, two months before he turned 16. He’s biked across the United States from Yorktown, Virginia to Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. He’s also traveled from south to north through Oregon along the Pacific Coast and rode a 500-miles loop over three mountain passes through the Colorado Rocky Mountains, reaching an altitude of 12,095 feet at Independence Pass. He’s even accidentally biked on the Autobahn in the Czech Republic during his trip to Central Europe (don’t ask!).
Diny Hurwitz, on a bike trip to Oregon (seen here sporting his Brewers Kickball t-shirt!).
It’s been said that the baseball season is a marathon, not a sprint and it seems like a lot of our staff has taken that quite literally. We’ve got lots of runners in our ranks and it would be really interesting to know how many miles in races we’ve logged collectively. Here are some highlights: Sarah Holbrook, Director of Corporate Marketing, has completed three marathons in Noank, CT, Minneapolis, MN, and Amsterdam, Holland. Teddy Werner, Director of Business Operations, has also run three marathons: Boston, New York City and Chicago. Maggie Aliota, Group Event Coordinator, has completed one full marathon, four half-marathons and one sprint triathlon. Prior to the Urbanathlon, Jennacy, Chris, Jason and Billy had all run numerous races, too.
This summer, I completed my first half-marathon as well (although, my main passion is yoga; I’m proud to say I’ve finally mastered the 8-Angle pose!) and last summer, my boss, Kathy Schwab, Senior Director of Marketing, and I participated in the Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure, a 60-mile walk over the course of three days in Chicago. We were proud of ourselves for not only completing the event, but for also raising over $5000 for the charity.
Here I am with my boss, Kathy (right) and our mascot, a pink Brewers monkey (appropriately dubbed “Pink Monkey”) after finishing the Breast Cancer 3-Day last August.
In February and March, many people on our staff find themselves down at Spring Training in Arizona, but just because we’re away from home, it doesn’t mean we’re on vacation. We’re still working and our exercise regimens do not take a hiatus. In fact, some members of our front office put themselves through their own version of spring training with extra-tough pre-season workouts. If you take a trip down there to see the Crew, plan to climb Camelback Mountain and you’ll likely see lots of people wearing Brewers gear. I’m proud to say that I conquered Camelback-and my fear of heights-as I climbed the mountain for the first time myself this year.
Camelback Mountain, Phoenix, Arizona: The climb was worth it for this view!
Not counting the experience on the Baseball Operations side, we’ve got semi-pro baseball players in our MIS and Suites Departments. There are company softball games against other local businesses. A kickball team comprised of people who work on the Loge Level. Volleyball and bowling leagues. A men’s pickup basketball league.
This kickball team, comprised of many people from our Loge Level, is playing for the championships next week.
Mention the words “P-90X” and you’ll have no trouble finding someone who’s been there, done that. And although we’re pretty busy during most of Wisconsin’s best golfing weather, there’s a good number of people (including me) who take advantage of any time they have to hit the links. We’ve got a former basketball coach on staff and people into dance, tennis and snowboarding.
Again, these are just the things I’m aware of. If I did an official office poll, I’m sure I’d find some more surprises.
So there you have it. The Brewers athletes off the field, a pretty competitive bunch!
What about you, readers? Comment below and let us know what cool feats you’ve accomplished!
The Milwaukee Chapter of the Basball Writers Association of America today announced their Brewers 2010 Award Winners this morning. Candidates received five points for a first-place vote, three points for a second-place vote and one point for a third-place vote.
The team Most Valuable Player was Casey McGehee who received a total of 19 points including three first-place votes. McGehee finished his second full season in the Big Leagues with a .285 batting average along with 23 home runs and 104 RBI. He was among the National League leaders in RBI (6th), hits (9th, 174) and doubles (10th, 38).
McGehee edged out Rickie Weeks, who had 16 points, and Corey Hart, who finished with 14 points.
Yovani Gallardo was named the Brewers Most Valuable Pitcher. Gallardo, named to the 2010 National League All-Star team, recorded his second straight 200+ strikeout season and finished with a team-high 14 wins. Gallardo had 26 points in the voting, topping John Axford who recorded 22 points.
Axford swept the voting in the Top Newcomer Award garnering all six first-place votes. Axford turned in an 8-2 record with 2.48 ERA and 24 saves. His 24 saves were the most ever by a Brewers rookie and his fantastic season as the Brewers closer brought him in National League Rookie of the Year conversations.
The Unsung Hero Award went to pitcher Kameron Loe who finished with 14 points in the voting. Loe began the season at Triple-A Nashville and joined the Brewers on June 1. He went 3-5 with a 2.78 ERA in 53 relief appearances after being called up. He struck out 46 and walked only 15 in 58.1 innings of work. Loe edged rookie catcher Jonathan Lucroy by one point for this award.
One of our favorite awards in the Brewers Media Relations Department, the Good Guy Award, went to Trevor Hoffman who finished with 19 points. Hoffman made history on the field this season, but also was an asset to the Brewers clubhouse. Hoffman served as a leader and mentor to many of the younger Brewers players and always made himself available to the media, win or lose. The future Hall of Famer beat out Craig Counsell, who was the two-time reigning Good Guy Award-winner, by four points for the award.
I pose this question to the readers of John and Cait…Plus Nine, what would your ballot have looked like for the 2010 Brewers Award Winners? Do you agree with Milwaukee’s BBWAA writers? If you need help with stats or information, check out my blog from last week with the season wrap-up notes. E-mail us with your top three choices for each of the five awards listed above and we will see what the fans have to say. Also, if you have any ideas for new award categories, let us know and maybe we can create the first-ever John and Cait…Plus Nine Brewers Team Awards. Get the red carpet ready.
The Brewers Media Relations Department today sent out their 2010 End of Season Notes and Stats Wrap Up. This file was sent out to the media and I am making it available for fans here via .PDF. It is the most complete and official wrap up of of the 2010 season and includes all sorts of stats and numbers from the Brewers all the way down through the Minor Leagues. If you are like me and love the Brewers and information, this packet is for you.
Also, stay tuned to John and Cait…Plus Nine over the next couple of weeks for some special reports from the Arizona Fall League. I will be heading down to Phoenix during the first week of November to check out what some of the Future Stars of the Brewers are doing in Arizona. I’m hoping to provide you with some insider information from the Arizona Fall League and get the readers involved by having players and Brewers Baseball Operations Staff answer your questions about the team.
Have a great weekend!
In the “good news” department for Brewers fans, Brewers principal owner Mark Attanasio announced in a letter to fans this morning that the team will put a price freeze on tickets for the 2011 season.
The Brewers were already ranked the eighth most-affordable fan experience in all of Major League Baseball in the 2010 Team Markting Report’s annual survey. In 2010 and 2011, the average ticket price at Miller Park is $22.10. That average is over four dollars less than the average for all 30 MLB teams in 2010 ($26.74).
Currently, Seaston Ticket Plans of 20 games or more are now on sale for the 2011 season. As always, check out Brewers.com for more information.
Here is a pricing map for 2011 (it was probably the easiest job for our graphic designer Jeff Harding, just change “10″ to “11″!).