Brewers Sign Larry Schaefer to Major League Contract!
Many of you will remember that back in January, we launched a unique plan to award prizes to fans who purchased Season Seat packages for the 2011 season: The Milwaukee Brewers Fan-Tastic 40. All fans that purchased or renewed ticket packages of 20 games or more had the opportunity to win a variety of unique prizes and experiences spread out over 40 days.
Prizes included Klement’s Sausage for a Year, getting your photo on a Brewers 2011 Season Ticket and much more, ending with the final prize of signing a one-day Major League contract, complete with full uniform and one day’s pay at the MLB minimum salary.
A Brewers Season Seat Holder at Miller Park since 2001, Larry Schaefer of Fond du Lac won the prize and a press conference was held to formally welcome him to the team today, with many of Larry’s family and friends in attendance.
“When it came down to it, Larry is passionate about baseball and the Brewers and that was very important to us. We’re so happy to have Larry here,” said Brewers Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Melvin, when presenting Larry with his contract.
“This is a once in a lifetime chance and I’d like to thank the Brewers. This was a novel idea, to come up with something like this,” he said.
Larry has been President of Fond du Lac Youth Baseball and was the President of Fond du Lac Baseball Inc. for 20 years. He played and managed in the Rock River League where he was once named Most Valuable Player. Larry attended Oakfield High School and played first base.
In addition to the salary and uniform, Schaefer was also able to park in our VIP Lot and will be throwing out the first pitch at tonight’s game against the Tampa Bay Rays.
“I feel great, a real part of the Milwaukee Brewers,” Larry said. “But I do have one question: When we win the World Series, do I get a ring?”