January 2012

BREWERS MAKE SCHOOL VISIT TO UNVEIL PEANUT CONTROLLED AREA

We just sent this press release out and I thought I would post it here as well since I feel like it is a pretty hot topic lately.  I hear from a lot of people who want to attend Brewers games at Miller Park, but can’t due to peanut allergies.  Brewers Chief Operating Officer Rick Schlesinger has heard those stories as well and the Brewers are ready to do something about it in 2012.  Read below for details on Miller Park’s new “Peanut Controlled Areas” for select games during the 2012 season!

BREWERS MAKE SCHOOL VISIT TO UNVEIL PEANUT CONTROLLED AREA

MILWAUKEE – Peanuts at ballparks are as much of a tradition as hot dogs, but not for everyone. In fact, for those suffering from peanut allergies, a ballpark experience can be very difficult to navigate.

 Earlier this month, Horizon Elementary School 6th Grade student Mathew Trotier wrote a letter to Milwaukee Brewers Chief Operating Officer Rick Schlesinger suggesting the creation of an area at Miller Park for children who suffer from peanut allergies. After reviewing logistics, the Brewers today surprised Trotier, who suffers from the allergy, at his school by announcing the creation of a program that will accommodate approximately 100 people in a peanut-controlled area for three Brewers home games in 2012.

“Our goal is to make Miller Park accessible to as many fans as possible, including those with mild peanut allergies,” Schlesinger said.

The three home games are Monday, May 7 against the Reds; Thursday, July 26 against the Nationals; and Friday, September 14 against the Mets.

The peanut controlled area seating will be in Club Outfield sections 306 and 307, and tickets will be $38 each.

Tickets are not yet on sale. Additional information related to the availability of the tickets and logistics related to the area will be announced later in February.

JOHN

johnandcait@brewers.com

Brewers On Deck Schedule

If you ever want to shorten the winter, just think about the upcoming baseball season and perhaps the best way to do that is the annual winter fan festival, Brewers On Deck.  It is finally here!

The Milwaukee Brewers are set to host Brewers On Deck, presented by Time Warner Cable, on Sunday at the Frontier Airlines Center in downtown Milwaukee.  Doors to the facility open at 7 a.m. and the exhibit hall will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  There is a whole host of activities planned as always.  If you have visited the event before, you probably know the drill, I will give you a little run down of activities here.

The event will feature a number of activities for the entire family, including autographs and photos from Brewers players and coaches, baseball clinics and the always popular “Game Shows” with players, prospects, and staff.  Look for some appearances from surprise Hollywood guests this year on the game shows–it will be a lot of fun.  The day’s activities also include interactive games in the Kids Area, Game Flashbacks with players, Q&A sessions, vendor booths with baseball memorabilia, the Brewers Community Foundation Treasure Hunt and more.

If you are looking for a little history, visit the Brewers Museum, I will most likely be hanging out around that area for most of the day.  We always have some unique items on display.

Oh are you looking for autographs!?  I’m sure you are as the autographs are always one of the most popular attractions of the event.  The same system for autographs will be used for Brewers On Deck that was introduced last year.  Recipients of autographs for Rollie Fingers, Zack Greinke and Robin Yount will be chosen through a random selection process.  Numbered coupons to be entered into the random selection process will be available the day of the event only and will be distributed beginning at 8am at the Frontier Airlines Center.  Coupon distribution will be available up to an hour before each designated autograph session.  To help you plan ahead a little bit, a schedule is listed below:

Rollie Fingers: 11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. signing on Stage 5; 8 – 10:30 a.m. coupon distribution, 11 a.m. announcement, 11:15 a.m. fan report

Zack Greinke: 1:30 – 2:15 p.m. signing on Stage 3; 8 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. coupon distribution, 1 p.m. announcement, 1:15 p.m. fan report

Robin Yount: 2 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. signing on Stage 1; 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. coupon distribution, 1:30 p.m. announcement, 1:45 p.m. fan report

Fans can receive one coupon per event admission ticket and can use that coupon to enter the random selection process for any one of the select Brewers players. There is no cost for coupons to enter the random selection process; however, those holding coupons that are chosen must pay $25 at the respective autograph stage to collect their player signature. There will be 250 winners for each of the identified autograph sessions.  If you number isn’t called, there will still be plenty of opportunities for autographs and interaction with Brewers players and coaches.

Players and staff not included in the above autograph list will not use the random selection process. Each of those players will sign 250 autographs at prices ranging from free to $25. The autograph opportunities are for signatures on photo cards provided by the team; the Brewers cannot guarantee that any player will sign other memorabilia, and personalization of items is solely up to the discretion of each player.

All autograph proceeds benefit Brewers Community Foundation.  Please remember that cash is the only acceptable form of payment for autographs.  My advice here is to come with cash before you arrive as lines at the ATM can get long.

Details on the autograph schedule is listed below. The schedule is subject to change, with the latest version and more information always available at brewers.com/ondeck.

AUTOGRAPH SCHEDULE (subject to change)

Stage 1

11 – 11:45 a.m. – Bob Uecker ($25)/Mark Attanasio (free)

12:30 – 1:15 p.m. – Jonathan Lucroy ($10)

2 – 2:45 p.m. – Robin Yount ($25, see above)

3:30 – 4:15 p.m. – Eric Farris (free)/Brock Kjeldgaard (free)

Stage 2

11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. – Marco Estrada ($10)/Mike Fiers (free)

1 – 1:45 p.m. – Yovani Gallardo ($25)

2:30 – 3:15 p.m. – Shaun Marcum ($10)

3:45 – 4:30 p.m. – Corey Hart ($25)

Stage 3

10:30 – 11:15 a.m. – Aramis Ramirez ($25)

12:00 – 12:45 p.m. – Tim Dillard ($10)/Zelous Wheeler (free)

1:30 – 2:15 p.m. – Zack Greinke ($25, see above)

3 – 3:45 p.m. – Caleb Gindl (free)/Mike McClendon (free)

Stage 4

11 – 11:45 a.m. – Mat Gamel ($10)/Logan Schafer (free)

12:30 – 1:15 p.m. – Randy Wolf ($10)

2 – 2:45 p.m. – Alex Gonzalez ($10)/Martin Maldonado (free)

3:30 – 4:15 p.m. – Chris Narveson ($10)

Stage 5

11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. – Rollie Fingers ($25, see above)

1 – 1:45 p.m. – George Kottaras ($10)

2:30 – 3:15 p.m. – Rickie Weeks ($25)

3:45 – 4:30 p.m. – Taylor Green (free)/Brandon Kintzler (free)

Stage 6

10:30 – 11:15 a.m. – Manny Parra ($10)

12 – 12:45 p.m. – Nyjer Morgan ($10)

1:30 – 2:15 – John Axford ($10)

3 – 3:45 p.m. – Hollywood Guests (free)

In addition to those listed above, the following “Rising Stars” players will sign FREE autographs throughout the day in the Clinic Field area: Jed Bradley, Kentrail Davis, Khris Davis, Scooter Gennett, Taylor Jungmann, Hunter Morris, Michael Reed, Yadiel Rivera, Tyler Thornburg and Mike Walker.

Four stages will be set up throughout the convention hall, featuring programming and other activities throughout the day.  The Brewers Main Stage will include various question and answer sessions with top Brewers baseball executives, game shows featuring players, and a roundtable discussion with members of the Milwaukee media who cover the team on a regular basis.

The Brewers Interactive Stage will feature the Kids Only Question and Answer session, where youngsters interview players, and Game Flashbacks with fans watching great moments in Brewers history and talking to players that experienced those moments on the field.  The Newsradio 620 WTMJ Stage will broadcast live from 11am until 4pm and will include interviews with Brewers players and coaches.

Fans of all ages can visit the FOX Sports Wisconsin Stage to record their own sportscast tape. FOX Sports Wisconsin personalities will visit the Stage throughout the day for autograph opportunities.

Brewers Community Foundation will host a Treasure Hunt, featuring some hard to find Brewers items on sale as well as a live auction at 11:30am on the Interactive Stage.  Additionally, Brewers Community Foundation will run two 50/50 Raffles throughout the day.

Tickets for the event are $15 in advance and $20 at the door for adults, and $9 in advance and $15 at the door for children 14 and under.  NOTE: Tickets purchased at the door of the event on Sunday will be cash only.  As I said earlier, please come prepared with cash as it will make things easier for you.  There are a variety of parking structures and street lots surrounding the Frontier Airlines Center.  For more parking information, please visit http://www.parkmilwaukee.com.

Here is a schedule of events on the various stages:

Main Stage Schedule

10:15 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. – Meet the Coaching Staff – Brewers manager Ron Roenicke along with his coaching staff will participate in a Q&A session hosted by Brian Anderson.

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. – Who Wants to be a Brewer? – Several Brewers players will participate in this trivia-style game show to see who has what it takes to win it all. NewsRadio 620 WTMJ/Brewers play-by-play announcer Joe Block will host the show.  This is the first opportunity for Brewers fans to meet new play-by-play announcer Joe Block.  I was fortunate to meet him the other day and I look forward to working with him this season.

12:15 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. – Meet Mark Attanasio, Doug Melvin, Gord Ash, Craig Counsell and the Newest Brewers – Brewers Chairman and Principal Owner Mark Attanasio, Executive Vice President – General Manager Doug Melvin, Vice President – Assistant General Manager Gord Ash, and Special Assistant to the GM Craig Counsell will join free agent acquisitions – Alex Gonzalez and Aramis Ramirez – in a question and answer session with Brewers fans. The session will be hosted by Brewers Hall of Fame Radio Announcer Bob Uecker.  I look forward to meeting Gonzalez and this is a great opportunity for fans to get up close to team executives.

1:15 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. – Milwacky Squares – A spin-off  of  “Hollywood Squares,” the newest game show to hit Brewers On Deck, features Brewers Hall of Fame Radio Announcer Bob Uecker as the center square along with Brewers players and several surprise Hollywood guests.  In my opinion, this is something you won’t want to miss.  Seeing Bob in the center square!?  I’m very excited for this.

2:15 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. – Rising Stars Q&A – Brewers prospects Jed Bradley, Kentrail Davis, Khris Davis, Scooter Gennett, Taylor Jungmann, Hunter Morris, Michael Reed, Yadiel Rivera, Tyler Thornburg and Mike Walker will take questions from fans regarding the future of the organization on the field.  Fans will get an up close look at the future and see the Brewers of tomorrow.

3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. – Brewers Face Off – It’s the Brewers “family” of current Brewers against the Brewers “family” of future stars in what will certainly turn out to be a “feud.”  Brewers television voice Brian Anderson will host this classic game show.  Another chance for some fun!

4:15 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. – Media Roundtable – Join host Craig Coshun in a discussion about the Brewers with members of the local media including Tom Haudricourt of The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Adam McCalvy of Brewers.com and Andrew Wagner of FoxSportsWisconsin.com.

For fans who will be unable to attend the event you can follow along on Twitter by using the “#OnDeck” hashtag.  Also, I will be moderating a live webchat on brewers.com with Corey Hart and Ron Roenicke beginning at 2 p.m.  Hart and Roenicke will be taking questions from fans online.

I look forward to seeing everyone at Brewers On Deck and if you see me, be sure to say hello!

-JOHN

johnandcait@brewers.com

Statement from Milwaukee Brewers Chairman and Principal Owner Mark Attanasio

The following statement was issued today by Chairman and Principal Owner Mark Attanasio on behalf of the Milwaukee Brewers:

“In working through the logistics of this weekend’s Brewers On Deck event in Milwaukee with Ryan Braun—and knowing how much he enjoys interacting candidly with Brewers fans—we came to the conclusion that this is too sensitive of a time in the confidential process for him to attend this year.

“I speak for everyone at the Brewers, including Ryan, in thanking our fans for their understanding and patience.”

 

Banner Day at Miller Park

The mild Milwaukee temperatures today made me realize that Opening Day is closer than we think!  Along with the spring-like weather comes a number of construction projects around Miller Park to get ready for the 2012 season.  One of the more exciting projects took place today at the ballpark: installation of the 2011 National League Central Champions sign.

The 11 foot sign was installed this morning on the fascia above Friday’s Front Row next to the Brewers other pennants.  It will serve as a great reminder to all fans and players of the many memories from last season.  The best part is that there is room for more!

A bracket that holds the sign was installed first.

A bracket that holds the sign was installed first.

The sign on the truck getting ready to go!

The sign on the truck getting ready to go!

Teamwork makes the dream work in the sign installation industry.

Teamwork makes the dream work in the sign installation industry.

Hoising the sign into place.

Hoisting the sign into place.

Putting the finishing touches on the sign installation.

Putting the finishing touches on the sign installation.

If you look closely at the other pennants, you can see dents from home run balls throughout the years.

If you look closely at the other pennants, you can see dents from home run balls throughout the years.

Brewers 2011 NL Central Division Champions Banner

Brewers 2011 NL Central Division Champions Banner

-John

johnandcait@brewers.com

That’s His Ticket!

Today, I caught up with one of our first winners in our FanTastic 40 promotion: Bob Sarsfield.

If you don’t know Bob, you will soon. That’s because, for one game during the 2012 season, Bob’s photo is going to be printed on a Brewers season ticket!

Bob showed up at our offices this afternoon ready for the shoot. He was greeted with quite the entourage– Jeff
Harding, our Senior Graphic Designer
, who will be designing the tickets; Kelly Candotti, our Marketing & Promotions Coordinator was on hand to supply props (a cap, a bat, etc.); Jason Massopust, his Account Executive; Billy Friess, Senior Director of Ticket Sales, me, covering the shoot for the blog, and cameras from several local television stations–as we escorted him to his shoot with Scott Paulus, our team photographer

Bob has been a Season Seat Holder on his own since 1989, but he has been a fan and had tickets with friends long before that. In fact, since the Brewers have been in Milwaukee, Bob has only missed one Opening Day: Tuesday, April 10, 1973. The reason he remembers it so clearly is because  April 10 is his birthday, and that year, the game against the Boston Red Sox was snowed out, the result of a snowstorm of 13 inches the night prior. In fact, the snowstorm was so bad that the team didn’t end up opening their season at home until that Friday, April 13, winning 2-0 over the Baltimore Orioles.

You never know what might happen when you go to a baseball game and Bob’s witnessed many other memorable moments over the years. Some of those highlights include:

    • Rickey Henderson breaking Lou Brock’s single-season stolen base record at County Stadium on August 27, 1982
    • Nolan Ryan’s 300th win at County Stadium on July 31, 1990
    • Robin Yount’s 3000th hit at County Stadium on September 9, 1992
    • Trevor Hoffman’s 600th save at Miller Park on September 7, 2010
    • The Brewers clinching their first-ever National League Central Division Title on September 23, 2011 at Miller Park
    • And much, much more!

Note: I've deliberately obscured Bob's face here. You're just going to have to wait until Sunday, July 15, 2012, the date Bob's chosen to have his image appear on his very own season ticket!

The shoot lasted about 25 minutes and Bob was a great sport. It was great to see this prize going to such a loyal Brewers fan.

“I’m very excited, this was completely out of the blue,” he said.

Season Seat Holders can look forward to seeing Bob’s finished ticket when their tickets arrive in late March. He’s chosen Sunday, July 15 as the date that he would like his image to appear on the ticket. That date, we’ll be hosting the Pittsburgh Pirates at 1:10pm.

Bob said he picked that date because it is his sister’s birthday and Jennie’s a big Brewers fan, just like him.

While we know that July 15 is too early to be a date that the Brewers might do something like clinch the division (that’s what happened on the date last year’s winner chose!), with baseball, you never know what might happen, so let’s hope that ticket is another keepsake for our fans! I know it will be for at least one no matter what.

And the FanTastic 40 promotion–40 Days, 40 drawings, 40 unique prizes and experiences, all for our Season Seat Holders–is just beginning!  

There’s still time to get in the game and, the sooner you get in, the more scoring opportunities you’ll have.  So visit brewers.com/fan40 for more information, including complete rules and regulations!

-CAIT

johnandcait@brewers.com

Craig Counsell Joins Brewers Front Office

Last night, I attended the Dugout Club’s annual banquet dinner in Madison with Brewers Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Melvin.  After Doug addressed the group of over 500 people, he took some questions and was very candid with his answers.  There were a lot of the “usual” questions, but Doug was a little sheepish when he was asked a couple times about the status of Craig Counsell.

Doug didn’t want to give away the news of today’s announcement of Craig joining the Brewers front office as Special Assistant to the General Manager.  Counsell was introduced at a press conference this afternoon at Miller Park.

“I’m excited for this opportunity,” Counsell said.  “I’m excited for this challenge and I’m excited that I have a lot to learn.  That is what I want to do, I really want to learn.  I’m also excited that I won’t have to try and get hits anymore, that became a bit of a challenge at the end.”

Craig didn’t come out to Jimi Hendrix, but his new co-workers at One Brewers Way welcomed him by filling the media interview room.  Doug Melvin presented Craig with a new sport coat and a framed “Counsell” jersey to hang in his office.

“When I was 19, I met Sandy Alderson when he was general manager of the A’s,” Counsell said.  “For me, I thought to myself, that this is what I want to do when I grow up.  I want to be a GM, I want to do what Sandy Alderson does. Twenty years of playing kind of got in the way–which I am fortunate to have happen.  I thought back to it the other day and now I’m going to do what I wanted to do when I was 19 years old.”

What exactly is a “Special Assistant?”  It seems at first, Counsell will get his feet wet involving himself in as much as possible.  Counsell’s role with the club will involve a lot of “learning” and he said he will be in the office at Miller Park on a daily basis–after all, his wife, Michelle, said “he needed to get a job.”

“At first it is going to be a lot of learning,” Counsell said  “I’m going to help evaluate players, help in the Minor Leagues, hopefully, being a resource as a guy who just got done playing that can help the front office.  And then, I have to learn the baseball calendar.  Spring Training, the Draft, the trading deadline, the rhythm and flow of what the front office does everyday.”

Counsell, 41, completed his 15th Major League season as a player in 2011.  He owns a career .255 batting average in 1,623 games with Colorado (1995, ‘97), Florida (1997-99), Los Angeles (1999), Arizona (2000-03, ‘05-06) and Milwaukee (2004, ‘07-11).  He played on four teams that qualified for the postseason, including World Series championships with Florida (1997) and Arizona (2001).  He was named Most Valuable Player of the 2001 National League Championship Series after batting .381 in the Diamondbacks’ five-game victory against Atlanta.

Craig talked today about his favorite memories as a player were being able to play in two World Series Game Sevens–and coming out on the winning end of each one.  The Whitefish Bay native also talked about his love for the Brewers.

“The Brewers are important to me, there is a sense of loyalty for the memories we have created here,” Counsell.  “This allows me to work for an organization that has been important to me.”

Brewers.com beat writer Adam McCalvy asked if Counsell had officially signed his retirement papers or if he was waiting and leaving the door open to playing.

“This closes the window, I’m done for sure,” Counsell said.  “It was time (to retire).  I’m not planning on playing.”

Counsell follows in the footsteps of his father, John, who worked in the Milwaukee front office as Director of the Speakers Bureau from 1979-85 and Director of Community Relations from 1986-87 following a five-year playing career as an outfielder in the Twins organization (1964-68).  Counsell, a 1988 graduate of Whitefish Bay High School, currently resides in that same town with his wife, Michelle, their sons, Brady and Jack, and daughters, Finley and Rowan.

Here are a couple of photos from today’s press conference along with some of my favorite Craig Counsell photos from his career:

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I’m very fortunate to have worked with Craig as a player over the last five seasons and I look forward to working with him as a member of the Front Office.

–JOHN

johnandcait@brewers.com

FANS WANTED!

Are you a passionate baseball fan?

Do you have strong writing and verbal communication skills?

Are you organized? Do you excel at multitasking?

Are you comfortable in front of the camera?

Are you a social media maverick or maven?

If you answered “Yes” to all of the questions above, you might have what it takes to be the next resident in the MLB Fan Cave in New York!

Yes, the tremendously popular and ultracool MLB Fan Cave is back for 2012!

And this year, MLB is running a contest to select multiple fans to live the dream baseball experience in the 15,000 square foot location at 4th Street and Broadway in the heart of New York’s Greenwich Village (formerly the home of Tower Records). The 2012 MLB Fan Cave will be upgraded for the 2012 season (more on that next month) and it will start the season with a group of fan contestants, some of whom will be eliminated throughout the season until one ultimate winner is crowned before the end of the World Series.

Lucky winners will 1) watch every single baseball game played, 2) interact and film video content with current and former players, celebrities and musicians, 3) discuss the hottest baseball and pop culture topics through blog posts and social media 4) compete in exciting challenges with other fans to remain in the MLB Fan Cave – and much more.

Last year alone, more than 170 famous guests visited the MLB Fan Cave, including 66 current players, 28 former players and 76 assorted celebrities and musicians. You can check out the Fan Cave arsenal of videos here.

From a Brewers standpoint, you may recall a couple of appearances by John Axford and a interactive web chat with our very own Bernie Brewer:

And, in 2012, we hope to have even more interaction with the Fan Cave, which is why we’re putting out this call to all Brewers fans to get their entries in ASAP so we can represent Brew City in the Fan Cave in New York!

Recently, Kristin Loeser, Director of Suite Services by day and Brewers Fan Cave Scout in her spare time, set out to find some good applicants around Miller Park. You can check out her video search and learn more details about the Fan Cave here.

Unfortunately, she didn’t get too far in her search at Miller Park, so we’re relying on you!

To  enter, you’ll need to click here and fill out the contest form in its entirety. You will be asked to submit writing samples, a video, and a photo.

The top fan-submitted audition videos will be posted to MLBFanCave.com, where fans will have the opportunity to vote for those they find most entertaining in order to select the 2012 Fan Fave contestants. Fans will continue to vote for their favorite Fan Cave inhabitants throughout the season based on the digital content they produce while there.

Submissions must be received by Tuesday, January 31, 2012 by 11:59PM ET.

Good luck!

-Cait

johnandcait@brewers.com

New Brewers 10-Packs–with FREE Opening Day–On Sale Tomorrow!

Last season left you hungry for more.

And here is your chance to get it,  as our new Brewers 10-Packs go on sale tomorrow at 10 a.m.

Due to popular demand, we’ve added an extra game to the plans “formerly known as” 9-Packs so our new Brewers 10-Packs can give you more—more savings, more flexibility, more benefits, and most importantly, more opportunities to enjoy Brewers Baseball in 2012.

These plans are also a great way for Brewers fans to guarantee their place in the crowd on Opening Day–for FREE– as Brewers 10-Packs include ten of the best games, plus the most popular game of the year, Opening Day on April 6 against the St. Louis Cardinals (or any other game of the fan’s choice), for free, while supplies last. With ten great games, Opening Day for free and more perks—like regular pricing on Gold and Marquee Games, a guaranteed seat location and more ticket exchange options—you shouldn’t settle for less.

This season, we’ve got five exciting plans to choose from, starting at just $160. The Premier Plan, Rivals Plus Plan and Friday Plan all feature a border battle game against the division rival Chicago Cubs and an interleague matchup vs. the Minnesota Twins, while the Hot Summer Nights Plan includes two games against the Cubs along with two Gold Games.  The Weekend Plan includes a Marquee game against the Cubs on Sunday, May 13, which is also an All-Fan Giveaway date, in addition to nine other Saturday and Sunday home games (five of which are Gold Games).

With the popularity of these plans and Opening Day just 92 days away, you’ll want to act quickly to secure your 10-Packs. For more information, or to order, you can call (414) 902-HITS (4487) or visit brewers.com/10packs.

And just a reminder, if you’re looking for even MORE,  you can take advantage of the exclusive benefits of 20-Game Plans, which offer even more seating options, additional per-ticket savings and the opportunity to purchase tickets to Postseason games played at Miller Park. Plus, with the purchase of a 20-Game Plan, fans will be eligible for the Brewers “Fan-Tastic Forty” promotion, which was announced on yesterday – 40 fantastic prizes given away over 40 days!

-Cait

johnandcait@brewers.com

This Year, the Winning Streak Starts in January with the Brewers Fan-Tastic 40

I’m very excited to tell you that the Brewers Fan-Tastic Forty–40 days , 40 drawings, 40 unique prizes and experiences–is back!

The same promotion that saw fans win prizes like Klement’s Sausage for a Year, their photo on a ticket, and a big-league contract for a day in 2011 is kicking off this month with more fun in store for Season Seat Holders in 2012.

Fans can look forward to prizes such as:

  • Spending an inning in the Brewers radio booth;
  • A private movie screening for eight on monster scoreboard at Miller Park;
  • A tour of the Miller Park roof;
  • And, my personal favorite: Shadowing brewers.com Beat Writer and popular blogger, Adam McCalvy for day

All fans who purchase or renew ticket packages of 20-games or more have the opportunity to win these prizes, plus an assortment of other unique prizes and experiences spread out over 40 days. From Monday, January 16 through Friday, February 24, one Season Seat Holder per day will be selected to win a designated prize in the Fan-Tastic Forty promotion.

Purchases made prior to today already have an entry in the contest. Purchases made within the 40 days of the promotion will be eligible for the next day’s drawing and remainder of the prizes. For example, a purchase on January 19 will be eligible for all prizes from January 20 – February 24. The last day to purchase to be eligible for prizes is Friday, February 17.

Fans looking to renew or have questions about new packages are welcomed to call 414-902-HITS (4487) or visit brewers.com/fan40. Full sweepstakes rules are also available at the site.

A complete list of prizes along with the date they will be selected is as follows:

January 16 – Team Store Shopping Spree. Win $1,000 to spend in the Brewers Team Store by Majestic during a private shopping session.

January 17 –Your Very Own Ticket. For one game during the 2012 season, your photo will be printed on every season ticket. 

January 18 – Signed Bat & Jersey. Win an autographed bat and jersey from your favorite current Brewers player.

January 19 – Free Parking for the Season. Enjoy complimentary Preferred Parking for every game in your 2012 ticket plan.

January 20 – Timber Rattlers Experience. Be in uniform as a member of the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers, the Brewers Class A Affiliate during their 2012 game at Miller Park.

January 21Gehl Club 4-Pack. Enjoy the luxurious Gehl Club experience with three friends for four games during the 2012 season.

January 22Pizza for a Year. Win a one-year supply of Palermo’s Pizza.

January 23Slide Down Bernie’s Slide. Get a chance to go down Bernie’s slide, just like the Brewers mascot.

January 24 – Party Suite for you and 29 Friends. Take in a 2012 home game with 29 of your friends from a spacious Party Suite, complete with food and beverage.

January 25 –Owner’s Seats at Miller Park. Sit in the owner’s seats for a game with three friends and enjoy a visit from Brewers executives.

January 26 – Shadow a Brewers Beat Writer. Shadow brewers.com beat writer Adam McCalvy from pregame through the 9th inning for a 2012 home game.

January 27 – You in the Team Photo. You will be included in an unofficial team photo with the 2012 Brewers roster and coaching staff.

January 28 – Private Party in the Clubhouse. Host a fully-catered party for you and 19 guests during the offseason in the Visitors’ Clubhouse at Miller Park.

January 29 – Signed & Framed Greinke/Gallardo 200 Ks Print. Receive a one-of-a-kind autographed 200 strikeout commemorative print of Zack Greinke and Yovani Gallardo.

January 30 – Keeper of the Grounds. Be a groundskeeper for one game during the 2012 season.

January 31 – Miller Lite Beerpen Experience. Enjoy a 2012 home game in the Miller Lite Beerpen on a Friday night with 29 of your friends.

February 1 – Tour the Roof. Take a tour of the Miller Park roof and experience the best view of Miller Park.

February 2 – Throw Out the First Pitch. Throw out the first pitch prior to a 2012 Brewers home game, plus receive a personalized Brewers jersey.

February 3 – Hitting Lesson with Brewers Hitting Coach. Win a private lesson from Brewers Hitting Coach Johnny Narron while you and a guest take batting practice before a game at Miller Park.

February 4 – Signed & Framed Braun MVP Print. Receive a one-of-a-kind autographed commemorative MVP print of Ryan Braun

February 5$500 in Concession Vouchers. Receive $500 in food and beverage vouchers, courtesy of DNC Sportservice.

February 6Press Pass. Enjoy pre-game dinner and take in three innings from the Brewers Press Box.  Enjoy the remainder of the game from Field Diamond Box seats.

February 7 – Manage the Mini Sausage Race. Win all five spots as Mini Racing Sausages in the Sunday relay race during the 6th inning of a 2012 home game, plus eight Field Level tickets to the game. 

February 8 – You in Control. Watch three innings of a 2012 home game from the Scoreboard Control Room and see firsthand how the scoreboard works.

February 9 – Club Suite Party with Doug. You and nine guests will sit in a Club Suite for a game complete with food and beverage, and enjoy a visit from Brewers General Manager Doug Melvin.

February 10 – Autographed Baseballs. Take home a set of baseballs autographed by each member of the 2012 Brewers starting rotation.

February 11 – Movie Night on the Big Screen. You and seven friends will enjoy a private movie screening on the scoreboard at Miller Park.

February 12 – Catered Tailgate Party. Enjoy a Pavilion party prior to a 2012 Brewers home game, catered by DNC Sportservice. Includes 20 game tickets.

February 13Game of Catch with a Brewers Reliever. Play catch with, and receive pitching insight from a Brewers relief pitcher.

 February 14 – Watch the Action with Bernie. Enjoy the life of Bernie Brewer and watch three innings of a 2012 Brewers home game with him in his dugout.

February 15 – Owner’s Box Seats at Wrigley. Sit in the Visiting Owner’s Box at Wrigley Field. Includes transportation and tickets for two on the Amtrak Hiawatha Service.

February 16 – Klement’s Sausage for a Year. Receive a one-year supply of Klement’s sausage products.

February 17 – Club Suite with a Brewers Alum. You and nine guests will sit in a Club Suite for a 2012 home game, complete with food and beverage, and enjoy a visit from a former Brewers player.

February 18 – VIP Luncheon. You and a guest will sit at the head table during the 2011 Season Seat Holder Luncheon in the NYCE Stadium Club with two Brewers players and/or coaches and Brewers executives. Take home an autographed baseball from each player and/or coach.

February 19 – View from the Bullpen. You and five friends will sit in the Brewers bullpen as the Brewers take batting practice prior to a 2012 home game.

February 20You in the Brewers Radio Booth. Spend an inning in the Brewers radio booth during a 2012 home game.

February 21 – Signed Opening Day Baseballs. Take home a set of nine baseballs each autographed by a member of the Brewers starting lineup on Opening Day. 

February 22 – Signed and Framed NLDS Photo. Receive a signed photo of the celebration following the Brewers NLDS Game 5 win. 

February 23 – Turn Back the Clock Pricing. Receive 1982 pricing for your 2013 season tickets.

February 24 – Welcome to the Big Leagues. Sign a one-day Major League contract, complete with full uniform plus one day’s pay at the MLB minimum salary.

Good luck!

-Cait

johnandcait@brewers.com

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