Brewers On Deck Schedule is Packed With Entertainment
Are you ready!? Perhaps one of the most anticipated events of the winter for Brewers fans is just three days away. Brewers On Deck, presented by Time Warner Cable, is set for Sunday at the Delta Center in downtown Milwaukee. Doors to the facility open at 7 a.m. and the exhibit hall is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Over 50 players and coaches, along with alumni, broadcasters and front office executives are scheduled to attend.
Cait and I will have our full preview of the event tomorrow, but I wanted to give you a quick run down of the schedule of events today to help play your day on Sunday. This is a pretty long blog, but bear with me, it is packed with useful information that will help you organize and enjoy your day on Sunday.
As always, The Klement’s Main Stage will include various Q&A sessions with top Brewers baseball executives, the coaching staff, game shows and a roundtable discussion with members of the Milwaukee media who cover the team.
In addition, the winner of the “Design a YOUniform” contest will be announced on the main stage. The “reveal” will be hosted by Brewers pitcher John Axford. The winner will receive a trip to Brewers Spring Training 2013 to see the winning design on the field at a game. This is scheduled as the first event on the main stage, so be sure to get there early to check it out.
The Brewers Interactive Stage will feature the Kids Only Question and Answer session, where youngsters interview players. Brewers Community Foundation will host a Treasure Hunt, featuring some hard to find Brewers items on sale as well as a live auction at 1:10 p.m. on the Interactive Stage. Additionally, BCF will hold a 50/50 Raffle. The winner will be announced at the Interactive stage after the live auction.
At 2:30 p.m. at the Interactive Stage, I will be hosting a webchat on Brewers.com with Mark Rogers and Burke Badenhop. I am asking fans to send questions in the comments section below ahead of time and hopefully I will be able to take some of your questions. Fans unable to attend the event can also join in the fun from Brewers.com on Sunday. Fans attending the event can join us live at the Q&A session with questions. You can also tweet me your questions using the #BrewersOnDeck hashtag.
Details on the autograph and programming schedules are listed below. Remember the schedule is subject to change, with the latest version and more information available at Brewers.com/ondeck. 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 personalizing items is solely up to the discretion of each player.
The same system for autographs that was used last year will be used on Sunday. Recipients of autographs for Ryan Braun, Yovani Gallardo, Rickie Weeks and Bob Uecker 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 8 a.m. at the Delta Center. Coupon distribution will be available up to an hour before each designated autograph session. A schedule is listed below:
Bob Uecker will sign from 11:00-11:45 on Stage 4. Coupons will be distributed from 8:00 – 10:00, winners will be announced at 10:30 and the fan report time is 10:45.
Ryan Braun will sign from 12:00-12:45 on Stage 6. Coupons will be distributed from 8:00 – 11:00, winners will be announced at 11:30 and the fan report time is 11:45.
Yovani Gallardo will sign from 1:00-1:45 on Stage 2. Coupons will be distributed from 8:00 – 12:00, winners will be announced at 12:30 and the fan report time is 12:45.
Rickie Weeks will sign from 2:00-2:45 on Stage 1. Coupons will be distributed from 8:00 – 1:00, winners will be announced at 1:30 and the fan report time is 1:45.
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 the identified autograph sessions.
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 priced at $10. 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 personalizing items is solely up to the discretion of each player.
11:00 – 11:45 Michael Gonzalez ($10)
12:30 – 1:15 Chris Narveson ($10)
2:00 – 2:45 Rickie Weeks ($25)
3:30 – 4:15 Marco Estrada ($10)
1:00 – 1:45 Yovani Gallardo ($25)
2:30 – 3:15 Martin Maldonado ($10)
3:45 – 4:30 Mike Fiers ($10)
10:30 – 11:15 Burke Badenhop ($10)
12:00 – 12:45 Carlos Gomez ($10)
1:30 – 2:15 Mat Gamel ($10)
11:00 – 11:45 Bob Uecker ($25)/Mark Attanasio (Free)
12:30 – 1:15 Brandon Kintzler ($10)
2:00 – 2:45 Jeff Bianchi ($10)
3:30 – 4:15 Tom Gorzelanny ($10)
11:30 – 12:15 Mark Rogers ($10)
1:00 – 1:45 John Axford ($10)
2:30 – 3:15 Wily Peralta ($10)
3:45 – 4:30 Jonathan Lucroy ($10)
12:00 – 12:45 Ryan Braun ($25)
1:30 – 2:15 Jim Henderson ($10)
All autograph proceeds benefit Brewers Community Foundation. Please note that cash is the only acceptable form of payment for autographs. Additionally, there will be a free autograph stage called the “Bonus” stage, which will include 13 players signing free autographs throughout the day.
The Newsradio 620 WTMJ Stage will broadcast live from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. and will include interviews with Brewers players and coaches. Fans using social media are invited to use the hashtag #BrewersOnDeck when tweeting about Brewers On Deck. Even if you aren’t able to attend the event, you can still take part by tuning in to the WTMJ broadcast and following via social media.
Tickets for the event are still available and 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. Tickets purchased at the door of the event on Sunday will be cash only.
There are a variety of parking structures and street lots surrounding the Delta Center. For more parking information, please visit www.parkmilwaukee.com.
Main Stage Schedule
10:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. – “Design a YOUniform” contest unveiling – hosted by Brewers pitcher John Axford. Three finalists: Ron Verrecchio from Catonsville, Maryland, Ben Peters from Richfield, Minnesota and Nicholas Fout from Madison, Wisconsin have all been invited to appear at Brewers On Deck to discuss their designs as they angle to win a trip to Spring Training.
10:40 a.m. – 11:10 a.m. – Meet the Coaching Staff – Brewers manager Ron Roenicke along with his coaching staff will participate in a Q&A session hosted by NewsRadio 620 WTMJ/Brewers play-by-play announcer Joe Block.
11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. – “Brewlywed” Game Show – Brewers players, coaches, prospects and alumni will participate in a game show to see who has what it takes to win it all. Joe Block will host the show.
12:30 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 – Burke Badenhop, Michael Gonzalez and Tom Gorzelanny – in a question and answer session with Brewers fans. The session will be hosted by Craig Coshun of FS Wisconsin.
1:45 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. – Milwacky Squares – A spin-off of “Hollywood Squares,” features Brewers Hall-of- Fame Radio Announcer Bob Uecker as the center square along with Brewers players and several surprise Hollywood guests. Brewers television voice Brian Anderson will host this classic game show.
2:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. – Rising Stars Q&A – Brewers prospects Clint Coulter, Kentrail Davis, Drew Gagnon, Mitch Haniger, Hunter Morris, Taylor Jungmann, Jimmy Nelson and Victor Roache will take questions from fans regarding the future of the organization on the field. Craig Coshun will host the Q&A.
3:30 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.” Brian Anderson will host the game show.
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, Drew Olson of ESPN Milwaukee Radio and Tim Allen from Sportsradio 1250 WSSP Radio.
Tomorrow, Cait and I will post a full preview of the event including our “not to miss” activities and other insider tips.