Coming to Miller Park for Game 1 tomorrow? Here is your A to Z guide of things to know to know before heading out to the ballpark and watching Game 1. Here is the ticket you should use for tomorrow’s game:
BREWERS TEAM STORE BY MAJESTIC: The Brewers Team Store by Majestic will be open for ticketed fans at 8 a.m. There will also be satellite merchandise locations throughout the Miller Park parking lots-just look for the trailers!
CEREMONIAL FIRST PITCH: The first pitch will be thrown out by Bob Uecker.
GAME TIME: The first pitch is scheduled for 1:07 p.m. CT.
GATES OPEN: 11 a.m.
NATIONAL ANTHEM: The national anthem will be performed by Joe Attanasio.
PARKING LOTS: The Miller Park Parking Lots will open at 10 a.m.
PITCHERS: RHP Yovani Gallardo vs. RHP Ian Kennedy.
PROMOTIONAL ITEM: All fans in attendance will receive this rally towel courtesy of U.S. Cellular.
WEATHER FORECAST: Partly cloudy, 54.
WORLD SERIES MAGIC NUMBER: 11
See you there!
-John and Cait
Today, thousands of Brewers fans gathered at the Summerfest grounds for the Brewers Playoff Rally, a special event to help give our National League Central Division Champions a proper send-off into the Postseason.
The Brewers Playoff Rally began at 4:00 p.m. at the Miller Lite Oasis with an appearance by The Good Rebels (formerly Pan Am), a band out of Los Angeles led by Dan Attanasio, son of Brewers Owner Mark Attanasio. The band succeeded in getting the fans appropriately pumped up with lively original tunes, a few cover songs and some “Let’s Go Brewers, Let’s Go!” chants. And, as if he didn’t already have enough to celebrate, it also happened to be Mark Attanasio”s birthday today, so the band also led the crowd in a rousing sing along of “Happy Birthday” to him.
After The Good Rebels performance, Bernie Brewer and the Klement’s Famous Racing Sausages made an appearance on stage, followed by Brewers Hall of Fame broadcaster Bob Uecker, who was hosting the event, along with other Brewers broadcast personalities Bill Schroeder, Cory Provus and Craig Coshun; Hall of Famer Robin Yount; Mark Attanasio; and General Manager Doug Melvin. Each received a warm welcome from the crowd.
Then came the moment everyone was waiting for– the crowd went wild as the Division Champs filed onstage to thank fans for their support and, at the same time, get everyone excited for what we hope will be a long run into October.
For those that were there or who were watching on Fox Sports Wisconsin, you know that there were many memorable moments as the players were individually introduced and interviewed.
There was the raucous cheer for Brewers Manager Ron Roenicke; the spontaneous chants of “One More Year” and “M-V-P” that erupted from the fans when Prince Fielder and Ryan Braun, respectively, were introduced; the extra-loud receptions for hometown hero Craig Counsell; and of course, the energetic Nyjer Morgan, who was the perfect player to lead off the rally and incite the fans with the “beast mode” gesture.
As the We Energies High-Energy Player of the Year, Morgan quickly became a fan favorite this year, due in part to his outgoing personality, passion, hard work and aggressive approach to playing the game.
“Is America ready for Tony Plush in the World Series?” Bill Schroeder asked him in an interview.
“I’m proud to be a Brewer right now! Ahhhhh!” Morgan exclaimed.
Fans were assured that Morgan is going to continue to be himself (and Tony Plush) by bringing that energy and spark to the team throughout the Postseason as Jerry Hairston, Jr. revealed this to the crowd, “On the bus over here, Tony Plush said that if and when we win the World Series, he is going to do a Michael Jackson dance in front of all of you guys!”
And speaking of things Brewers fans have to look forward to, Mark Kotsay also gave the fans something to cheer about when he said that he hopes to be standing back on the stage in “three and a half weeks with a ring.”
And it was Kotsay who also said to the crowd, “I thought you guys would chant ‘one more year’ for Craig Counsell!”
Then they did.
“I was a 12-year-old in 1982. I waited with the rest of you. Now we’re going back almost 30 years later and we want to take it one step further than they did!” the Wisconsin native and fan favorite Counsell exclaimed.
He also gave well-deserved credit to the fans: “All you have to do is look at our home record and you know how much our fans meant to us,” he said.
Ryan Braun was the last to address the crowd.
“I hope today is the first of many celebrations for us,” he said.
After the players departed to more cheers, Five for Fighting took the stage.
Five For Fighting, like The Good Rebels, is also out of Los Angeles. The band is fronted by singer/songwriter John Ondrasik and has multiple critically-acclaimed and award-winning records to their credit. Their breakthrough came in 2001 with the Grammy-nominated song “Superman” from the Platinum certified “America Town” (Aware/Columbia) CD. In 2004, Ondrasik and the band recorded the Platinum-certified album, “The Battle For Everything,” which yielded the retrospective hit, “100 Years.” Other recent records include “Two Lights” (2006) and the first live Five For Fighting CD titled “Live” (2007).
Earlier in the afternoon, I had the chance to speak with Ondrasik.
A born-and-raised native of the San Fernando Valley area of Los Angeles, Ondrasik’s interest in music and sports began at a young age. A fan of the L.A. Kings (NHL), Ondrasik named the band after a punishment in hockey–five minutes in the penalty box for fighting.
When it comes to baseball, Ondrasik admits that he is a Los Angeles Dodgers fan, but told me that it is easy to jump on the Brewers bandwagon.”
“It’s very exciting. It’s a fun team” he said.
As a California native, Ondrasik is also familiar with many names on the Brewers roster including pitcher Randy Wolf who spent two seasons with the Dodgers, Manager Ron Roenicke who spent 10 years with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim on their coaching staff, and Ryan Braun, who coincidentally attended the same high school as Ondrasik, Granada Hills High.
As a big sports fan, Ondrasik says he has been fortunate to have the opportunity to play many special sporting events.
Prior to the Brewers Playoff Rally, his most recent sports-related appearance was a September 11th half-time tribute during the Cowboys vs. Jets game.
“It was a very respectful and very moving ceremony. There were a lot of survivors there, so that was an honor to play,” Ondrasik said. “I’ve also had a lot of fun, too, whether it was the Daytona 500 or the NHL All-Star Game–again, as a sports fan, these kinds of things are really fun to do. My guitar player is also a huge baseball fan. He was actually born in Milwaukee, so he’s very excited to be here.”
Five for Fighting also has a song about baseball. “The Best” was featured on the soundtrack for Everyone’s Hero a 2006 computer-animated film about the sport.
“A lot of the dads and moms out there who have Little Leaguers will appreciate that song about playing catch with your little ones,” Ondrasik said.
His interest in sports has also led to him writing a column for Sports Illustrated and a blogging job with the Kings.
So, as a self-proclaimed sports aficionado, where does Ondrasik think the Brewers will net out in Postseason play?
“Hopefully you win the World Series and we can play your victory party!” he said with a smile.
Fans at the event also had the chance to purchase the latest Brewers Postseason t-shirts, hats and other souvenirs at the Rally as the Brewers merchandise trailers were on site.
Just as a reminder, if you’re still looking to gear up before the home games against Arizona this weekend, you can visit the Brewers Team Store by Majestic at Miller Park, which has extended Postseason hours from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.
For more information on all of the Brewers Postseason information, check out brewers.com/postseason, which will be continually updated with information on everything pertaining to the Brewers Postseason.
I just thought I would share something that Brewers Media Relations Director Mike Vassallo and the Brewers Media Relations Department put together to help showcase Milwaukee’s two MVP candidates, Ryan Braun and Prince Fielder. Both have had fantastic seasons and deserve all the support and recognition. These two resumes were sent out to National media that vote on the MVP award. Best of luck to both Ryan and Prince! Here are their two resumes, maybe Brewers fans can help spread the word by showing these off and passing them around?
Enjoy game 162! Let’s hope for a Brewers win tonight and 11 more Brewers wins in October!
Today, I caught up with Derrick Iseler of Security Insurance Services.
Don’t know Derrick? If you’re a Season Seat Holder, take a look at your ticket stub from Friday night’s game against the Marlins. You know, the game where we clinched our first division title in 29 years? That’s him.
For the rest of you, Derrick was the Season Seat Holder who won one of this year’s Fan-Tastic 40 prizes: to have his photo printed on one of our season tickets.
He’s also the guy who predicted, back on February 7, 2011, that the 2011 Brewers would be leading the division on September 23, 2011, the game he chose for his photo to grace the ticket.
Why September 23? September 23 was the date of his 33rd wedding anniversary to his wife, Cyndi.
“That works out great, we’ll celebrate at the ballpark,” Derrick said at the time, “and the Brewers will be leading the division then, or they’ll be right there!”
Needless to say, his prediction came true—and then some—and Derrick and his wife had a very happy anniversary celebration—complete with a little champagne!
Derrick’s company, Security Insurance Services, has been a Season Seat Holder since 1979 and before Derrick was a Season Seat Holder through his business, he was one of the Brewers original Season Seat Holders, signing on with the Club in 1970.
That means Derrick has been with the Club longer than he’s been married to his wife and that also means that Derrick has seen the Club through a lot, but, he says, nothing compares to what he, his wife and friends and family–who had all gotten together to tailgate before the game— and a crowd of 44,584 witnessed on Friday night.
“I think that will be my greatest memory of all time because of the chemistry of this team, the way they celebrated on the field, how they sprayed the fans with champagne…I even got hit in the foot with a cork!” Derrick said.
Although Derrick says he has been teased quite a bit by friends and family about being on the ticket, he made sure to tell me several times:
“It was just a wonderful opportunity. I want to make sure to thank the organization for everything. It was great.”
And we’re grateful for fans like Derrick, who come out to support the team year after year—that’s one of the reasons we designed the Fan-Tastic 40 program in the first place, to reward our Season Seat Holders for their exceptional support.
Before we ended our call, I just had to ask:
“Derrick, you had quite the prophecy back in February….care to make any other predictions for us?” I asked.
“Yes. World Series here we come!” he said.
Now wouldn’t that be just the ticket? We’ll have to wait and see!
Last night was a night that Brewers fans will never forget. Hopefully it is the beginning of a stretch of many great new Brewers memories. The party at Miller Park was like no other and we are going to continue the party on Thursday as Brewers fans are invited to the Summerfest grounds for a rally to send the National League Central Division Champions (that is pretty cool to say) into the Postseason.
The team will host a celebration on Thursday, September 29 at the Summerfest Grounds (Henry Maier Festival Park). The Brewers Playoff Rally will be free for all fans and will last from 4:00 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. at the Miller Lite Oasis. The entire Brewers team will make an appearance at the event to thank fans for their support while at the same time, pump up the fans for what we hope will be a long run into October. Fans will also be able to purchase the latest Brewers Postseason t-shirts, hats and other souvenirs at the Rally as the Brewers merchandise trailers will be on site.
The event is free to the public, but fans should keep in mind that there is limited capacity at the Miller Lite Oasis and the event is first-come-first-served. The gates will open at 3:30 p.m. This event was very popular in 2008 and with even more excitement surrounding the Postseason this year, we really expect this to be a great event.
The event will be hosted by Brewers broadcast personalities including Hall of Fame announcer Bob Uecker, Cory Provus, and Bill Schroeder. The rally will be carried live on FS Wisconsin from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. (set your DVRs!) NewsRadio 620 WTMJ will also broadcast from the event.
The entire Brewers team – players and coaches – will make an appearance from approximately 5:15 p.m. – 5:45 p.m. Appearances from Brewers alumni are also expected.
Live entertainment will be provided by Five for Fighting who will take the stage at 6 p.m. The band Pan Am will open the event at 4 p.m.
Five For Fighting, fronted by singer/songwriter John Ondrasik (On drah sick), has multiple critically-acclaimed and award-winning records to their credit. Their breakthrough came in 2001 with the Grammy-nominated song “Superman” from the Platinum certified “America Town” (Aware/Columbia) CD. In 2004, Ondrasik and the band recorded the Platinum-certified album, “The Battle For Everything,” which yielded the retrospective hit, “100 Years.” Other recent records include “Two Lights” (2006) and the first live Five For Fighting CD titled “Live” (2007). Pan Am is a band out of Los Angeles led by Dan Attanasio, son of Brewers Owner Mark Attanasio.
One more thing that people have been asking about it the weather. If you know me personally, you know I like the weather and living in Milwaukee it is something you always are thinking about. I checked the forecast for Thursday and is looks like it will be a beautiful Milwaukee fall day which would make the celebration even better.
Food and beverage will be available for purchase throughout the event. Parking will be available, at a cost of $5 per vehicle, in Lots G, H, M and P near Henry Maier Festival Park. Patrons should enter the Summerfest Grounds at the Mid Gate (Chicago Street and Harbor Drive).
For more information on this Rally and all of the Brewers Postseason information, check out brewers.com/postseason. This page will be continually updated with information on everything pertaining to the Brewers Postseason.
Gear Up for the Postseason: Special Event at the Brewers Team Store by Majestic in Progress NOW at Miller Park!
Your 2011 Milwaukee Brewers have clinched their first division title in 29 years and it’s time to celebrate!
With the largest selection of Brewers merchandise anywhere, the Brewers Team Store by Majestic at Miller Park is the official place to get all of your Brewers Postseason gear and there’s a special sale going on RIGHT NOW!
Yes, that’s right, you can come on down to Miller Park right now and celebrate with other Brewers fans as you snap up all the cool new gear! From the locker room t-shirts and caps so you can wear the same shirts from the players’ clubhouse celebration to long-sleeved t-shirts and sweatshirts, the Brewers Team Store by Majestic has it all so you can be ready to party on deep into October!
Can’t make it down right now? Don’t worry, the store has new extended hours–8am to 8pm daily–during the Postseason for all your shopping needs!
-John & Cait
Brewers fans, are you looking for something to do on your off day?
Tonight is the Opening Night for the 2011 Milwaukee Film Festival, which runs through October 2.
If you check out the event, held at Landmark Oriental Theatre on Milwaukee’s Eastside, you just might spot some familiar faces in the crowd. This year, Brewers closer John Axford has been involved with the festival through Brewers Community Foundation, one of the event’s sponsors.
If you remember my interview with John back in Spring Training when we were busy shooting our TV commercials, you’ll recall that John graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a BA in Film in 2005 and is quite the movie buff.
Through his involvement, John has been featured on billboards promoting the event and he also plans to attend the Opening Night party at Discovery World. Make sure to follow John on Twitter @JohnAxford for updates and also check out the Film Festival website, as rumor has it, there will be an interview with John posted shortly.
Catcher Jonathan Lucroy and pitchers Randy Wolf and Tim Dillard, are also planning to attend opening night festivities.
As part of their support, Brewers Community Foundation is sponsoring Take One: Milwaukee Children’s Film Festival, presented by PNC. Take One is also sponsored by Marcus Theatres.
“The film festival is so great for the community. The quality of film and exposure to other cultures is a tremendous asset that I think people should take advantage of. In particular, the Children’s Film Festival fits well Brewers Community Foundation’s focused interest in education,” said Executive Director of Brewers Community Foundation, Cecelia Gore.
The Children’s Film Festival is co-directed by Julia Magnasco, Education Director at First Stage Children’s Theater, and Brian Gallagher, the former Executive Coordinator of the Wisconsin International Children’s Film Festival; it features quality children’s cinema from around the world. Each screening includes discussions with filmmakers or educators, hands-on activities and take-home guides.
Take One films will screen on the weekends during the film festival, September 24 and 25 at the Oriental Theatre and the Marcus Ridge Cinema in New Berlin and also on October 1 and 2 at both the Oriental and the Marcus North Shore Cinema in Mequon.
For those of you attending the festival, you might also recognize another name in the program: MLB Commissioner Allan H.(Bud) Selig and his wife, Suzanne, are also major supporters of the film festival and have been since its inception in 2008. In recognition of their support, the Allan H. (Bud) and Suzanne L. Selig Audience Award is given each year to the overall audience favorite film in the feature and short film categories.
For a complete schedule of all Film Festival events, click here: http://www.milwaukee-film.org.
P.S. In speaking with Cecelia, I also discovered that a limited number of passes for Take One will be available at the Brewers Community Foundation 50/50 raffle tables during tomorrow night’s Brewers vs. Marlins game beginning at 7:10pm. Stop by, purchase your raffle tickets and you just might get to go to the festival on us!
If you have been reading Brewers manager Ron Roenicke’s comments lately, he isn’t looking ahead; he’s just focusing on one game at a time. I normally like to stick to the skipper’s ideology there, but sometimes you have to work ahead. Although there is still plenty of work to do in 2011 for the Brewers, Major League Baseball today announced the 2012 schedule.
The Club’s 43rd season in Major League Baseball will open at home against the St. Louis Cardinals on Friday, April 6 at 3:10 p.m. The 3:10 p.m. start time is due to April 6th being Good Friday. It’s always exciting to host a “true” Opening Day at Miller Park. This will mark the fourth Opening Day at Miller Park (2-1) and the 14th overall time the Brewers have opened the season at home (8-5). The Brewers have played the Cardinals three times on Opening Day and are 2-1 in those games.
Opening Day marks the first of a three-game set versus the Brewers NL Central rival and is followed by a trip to Chicago to play the Cubs for four games (April 9 – 12) and to Atlanta for three more with the Braves (April 13 – 15).
One of the first questions every year with the schedule (after, “When is Opening Day?”) is always “Who do the Brewers play in Interleague play?” As always, the Brewers will have a home and home series with the Minnesota Twins, their “natural” rival at Miller Park May 18 – 20 and at Minneapolis June 15 – 17. The rest of the Interleague schedule calls for a run of three-game series at Kansas City against the Royals (June 12 – 14); at home against the Toronto Blue Jays (June 18 – 20) and in Chicago to play the White Sox June (22 – 24).
The Brewers will have two, nine-game homestands in 2012. During the first, the Brewers will face the Los Angeles Dodgers (April 17 – 19), Colorado Rockies (April 20 – 22) and Houston Astros (April 23 – 25). The second nine-game homestand will see the Brewers face the Pittsburgh Pirates (June 1 – 3), Chicago Cubs (June 5 – 7) and San Diego Padres (June 8 – 10).
The team will have one 10-game road trip during the 2012 campaign that will take place in Pittsburgh (September 18 – 20), Washington (September 21 – 24) and Cincinnati (September 25 – 27). The Brewers will also have a nine-game road trip that will take them to St. Louis (April 27 – 29), San Diego (April 30 – May 2) and San Francisco (May 4 – 6).
The Brewers will play at home on several holidays including Easter Sunday (April 8, vs. St. Louis); Mother’s Day (May 13 vs. Chicago) and on the Fourth of July against the Miami Marlins (the “Florida” Marlins will become the “Miami” Marlins beginning next season as they open their new ballpark).
The Brewers will close out the 2012 regular season at Miller Park, October 1 – 3 against the San Diego Padres. This marks the first regular season games in October in Milwaukee since the 2001 season when the season went into October because of the break MLB took during the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
Another schedule note, the MLB All-Star Game will take place on Tuesday, July 10 in Kansas City.
Home start times for the 2012 season will again be 7:10 p.m. for night games Monday – Friday, 6:10 p.m. for most Saturday games (several are listed as TBD), 12:10 for weekday afternoon games in April and May (except Opening Day), and 1:10 p.m. for Sunday games and weekday afternoon games from June through September (except July 3 and 4, which are both 3:10 p.m., and Sept. 12 which is TBD). Road start times will be announced later in the winter. All game dates and times are subject to change. A complete 2012 Milwaukee Brewers schedule can be downloaded here: 2012 Brewers Schedule.
-John and Cait