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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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!