March 2013

Tim’s Tips: Bat Speed or Bat Control…Which is King?

Last week, I introduced to you Tim Rappé, Executive Director of our new Brewers Baseball Academy presented by Kwik Trip, eight separate week-long baseball/softball camps open to youth (ages 6-14) that will be held in various cities across Wisconsin this summer.

Along with signing up for the camps and getting excellent baseball instruction there, every so often, Tim will provide some baseball tips here on John and Cait…Plus 9 as well. See below for his insight on Bat Speed/Bat Control.

Enjoy!
-Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

BAT SPEED OR BAT CONTROL…WHICH IS KING?

It’s Monday morning in Maryvale and I’m doing one of my favorite spring training activities. That is, watching batting practice. The team is taking BP on the game field this morning and I’m reminded of an animated conversation last night about hitting…specifically, about bat speed versus bat control. I leave the religion and political conversations to others. But bring up hitting and it’s “go time.”

Anyway, I was asked to confirm a dad’s belief that bat speed is the single most important component of hitting success. I understand dad’s beliefs because I get asked about bat speed all the time. And it is obviously vital for success at the plate. But the obsession with increasing swing speed as the most important thing a hitter does is generally wrong. Here’s why.

If a hitter swings the bat at a heretofore unattainable 150mph (no one can) but fails to get the four inch sweet spot to the right place at the right time, the best result he can expect is a mis-hit. But the most likely result is a whiff.  Conclusion: Great bat speed without great bat control and timing is pretty close to meaningless.

Remember that one of the absolute goals of every swing is to generate maximum power at the point of contact. Clearly, bat speed is critical but not at the expense of accuracy and timing. A “Happy Gilmore” walking hack might generate great bat head speed but unless you’re playing slowpitch softball, the result will not be good. The good news is that that correct mechanics will not only lead to control of the bat but is the single most important thing a hitter can do to increase bat speed.

Alex Gonzalez shows how perfect timing results in maximum force at contact.

Alex Gonzalez shows how perfect timing results in maximum force at contact.

Why does watching the Brewers take BP remind me of the importance of bat control? Because every swing they take has a situational purpose. The 3-1 count swing is different than an 0-2 swing. Runner on 3b with less than two outs demands a different approach than 0-0 with the bases empty and so on and so on. As I’m writing, Carlos Gomez is told to hit behind the runner on first base and he does. Next pitch he’s told to drive the ball and he does just that.

Getting the bat head to the right spot at the right time requires unbelievable timing and accuracy and I maintain the most important and the most difficult aspect of hitting. That’s why, at the Brewers Baseball Academy, we use a progressive hitting approach that builds the hitter from the ground up. Over the past winter I did video analyses for over 700 young hitters and we will use that data along with a couple ideas I picked up at spring training to build a hitting strategy for every camper. You can count on it.

Despite all my huffing and puffing about timing and control, until next time, “If you’re gonna swing, might as well swing hard.”

-Tim Rappé

Tim.Rappe@Brewers.com

Congratulations, Jay Stoll….We’ll #SEEUAPRIL1!

As you are probably well aware, we’ve been counting down to Opening Day since January 1 (90 days out) across all of our social platforms in various ways and earlier this month, we put out a call to fans asking for photos showing us the answer to this question: How do you countdown to #Brewers Opening Day?

We received many great submissions to our #SEEUAPRIL1 Twitter & Instagram contest and today, we’re excited to announce the winner– Jay Stoll of Oak Creek, Wisconsin. Here’s Jay’s submission, below:

SEEUAPRIL1 Winner JAY STOLL

For his effort and creativity, Jay has won a pair of Terrace Box tickets to the home opener on Monday, April 1, 2013 as the Crew takes on the Colorado Rockies at 1:10pm!

Congratulations, Jay–we’ll #SEEUAPRIL1!

Cheers!

-Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

First Look at “What’s New” at Miller Park for 2013

Although a lot of the news made by the Brewers recently has been in Arizona at Spring Training, let’s not forget that Opening Day in Milwaukee is now less than two weeks away.  Sure, it’s absolutely freezing in Milwaukee, but with every passing day, we know we are closer to baseball.  Three improvement projects at Miller Park that were recently completed during the off-season were officially unveiled today.  We had a firsthand look and are here to show them to you.

DEW DECK RENOVATIONS

The Dew Deck, a seating area above the right field bleachers that dates to Miller Park’s opening year, was renovated during the off-season. The signature addition to the area is a 26-foot high rock climbing wall, designed in the shape of a can of Mountain Dew.  The Famous Racing Sausages were the first to go up the wall today.

Only at Miller Park is this acceptable.

Only at Miller Park is this acceptable.

The wall will be open for about three hours every game day, and is designed to accommodate up to three climbers at a time.  I also went up the wall today and snapped some photos from the top.  It was pretty fun and would be a great addition to any group outing.  I think it will be a popular feature at the park.

The view from atop the wall.

The view from atop the wall.

A crowd of onlookers as I went up.

A crowd of onlookers as I went up.

Other improvements to the area will include new lighting, new ceilings, installation of flat panel televisions, repainting, and new signage.  The Dew Deck accommodates groups of 25 to 260 people (no individual ticket purchases are available).  The area features stadium seating, a private bar, and private restrooms. Tickets to this affordable party space include an all-you-can eat pregame tailgate buffet that begins when the Miller Park gates open and ends one hour after the first pitch. Individuals interested in hosting events at the new Dew Deck may call 414-902-GRPS for more information.

Cait snapped this photo of me and Sophia Minnaert going up the wall.  She yelled "Somebody left the gate oooooooooooppppennnnnn!!" when she reached the top.

Cait snapped this photo of me and Sophia Minnaert of FS Wisconsin going up the wall. She yelled “Somebody left the gate oooooooooooppppennnnnn!!” when she reached the top.

SKYY LOUNGE

The new SKYY Lounge on the Club Level at Miller Park.

The new SKYY Lounge on the Club Level at Miller Park.

Following the addition of a new Brewers Team Store retail site on the Club Level last year, the SKYY Lounge (formerly Home Plate Lounge) was enhanced this winter. The SKYY Lounge is located on the concourse of the Club Level behind home plate and is open to Club Level Suiteholders and all fans who have Club Level seating.

The project included the removal of an existing concessions stand, storage area and restroom, allowing for the creation of a new fixed “Chef’s Table” counter.  If you are a regular reader of our blog, you know of our love for the “Chef’s Table.”  We were able to sample some of the food items this afternoon (fuel for my climb up the rock wall) and they were delicious.  We will be back with the regular “What John and Cait Ate” features for the 2013 season, so I don’t want to give too much away about the food.  Chef John did, however, let us know that he hired a new pastry chef this year meaning there will likely be some fabulous new sweet treats available at the ballpark.

Featured upgrades include a new Concierge counter, new carpeting, and new furniture (modular seats, ottomans, barstools, dining chairs, and tables). In addition, there will be new lighting throughout the space.  The area is much more open, modern and social.

MILLER LITE PARTY DECK

This picture shows the new party deck, just to the left of the clocktower and above the loge bleachers in rightfield.

This picture shows the new party deck, just to the left of the clocktower and above the Loge bleachers in right field.

The latest in unique, All-Inclusive vantage points to take in a game was also unveiled today in the new Miller Lite Party Deck.  The Party Deck has a capacity of 70 and is situated above the Miller Park right field Loge Bleachers.  The view from up there was fascinating.  You can see the entire field and it is almost like you are hovering above the field.  People were asking today, “What was here before?”  Well, there was nothing there before, it is a completely new space that was added on this off season.  Once you see it, you will think it has been there since the ballpark opened, it really fits in.

Miller Lite Party Deck

Miller Lite Party Deck

It features 1,400 square feet of entertaining space and includes a new fixed bar, buffet counter, flat panel televisions and two levels of seating. The area is available for groups for select Brewers home games, offering an all-inclusive food and beverage experience as well as a private setting and a spectacular vantage point for viewing the game and Miller Park surroundings. Groups may reserve their space in the Miller Lite Party Deck and all group entertaining areas now. More information is available by calling the Brewers Group Sales office at 414-902-GRPS (4777) or at Brewers.com/allin.

There is a lot going on at Miller Park these days.  We are in the homestretch of the off-season and ready for April 1.  Stay tuned to the blog as we will have updates and other news leading up to Opening Day!

– JOHN

johnandcait@brewers.com

Introducing Tim Rappe, Executive Director of the Brewers Baseball Academy

Two weeks ago, we announced the exciting addition of the Brewers Baseball Academy, presented by Kwik Trip,   eight separate week-long baseball/softball camps open to youth (ages 6-14) that will be held in various cities across Wisconsin this summer.

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And now, I’d like to introduce Tim Rappé, Executive Director of the Brewers Baseball Academy, who, from time to time, will be a guest blogger on John and Cait…Plus 9 (plus Tim)!

Tim Rappé (ruhPAY) is a veteran of the youth camp business as a result of 17 years with the Chicago White Sox and Chicago Bulls. Tim created and managed the youth player development program for both teams and served as president of the most respected summer camp program associated with any professional team in the country. He also served as president of the Bulls/Sox Training Academy from inception in 2001 through December of 2011.

Tim attended Brookfield Central HS and was an All American sprinter at UW-Madison. He was a draft pick of the Cincinnati Reds. With his background and also, as a father of five himself (whose oldest son played baseball at Virginia Tech and his oldest daughter plays softball at Ohio University), Tim is passionate about teaching  kids “the greatest game on the face of the earth.” He promises to do no less for the kids in Wisconsin.

So now, without further ado, here’s Tim!

-Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

Tim Rappe, Executive Director of the new Brewers Baseball Academy and guest blogger special to John and Cait...Plus 9!

Tim Rappe, Executive Director of the new Brewers Baseball Academy and guest blogger special to John and Cait…Plus 9!

In case you missed the news, recently the Brewers announced the launch of a summer camp program entitled the Milwaukee Brewers Baseball Academy. I am beyond honored to have been selected to serve as executive director of this new chapter in Brewers history. In future posts I will discuss a variety of topics – primarily instruction-based, but in this initial entry I want to make a couple very important points regarding what you can expect at a Brewers baseball and softball camp.

First, a confession….Quite often professional teams roll out sports camps that are more about creating a sponsorship opportunity with actual instruction taking a back seat. This promise I will make about the Brewers Baseball Academy: Our mission is to create the finest baseball/softball camp in America for kids in Wisconsin. Our success will be measured by how much your child improves from Monday to Friday. And, incidentally, we intend to have a blast along the way. Fun is an essential ingredient in the learning process and we’ll have a double dose of that.

So, if you have a boy or girl 6 to 14, have we got a camp for you! And it doesn’t matter if he or she is picking up a bat for the first time or is the stud shortstop on a select travel team. They will have fun, they will get better, and along the way, create memories that will last a lifetime. How cool is that?

We’ve got terrific sites in the Milwaukee area, Sun Prairie, Kenosha, Appleton, Oshkosh and Green Bay.

Check out all the details at www.brewers.com/camps to find out how you can be part of the inaugural year of the Brewers Baseball Academy. Or you can always email me at tim.rappe@brewers.com. Until next time, don’t forget: “If you’re gonna swing, might as well swing hard.”

-Tim Rappé

Tim.Rappe@Brewers.com

Greater Milwaukee Foundation and Brewers Community Foundation Team Up for Thursday’s “Match Day”

On Thursday community members have the opportunity to work together as a team and make a difference in the Greater Milwaukee area by participating in the second annual Match Day.  This one-day online event, coordinated by the Greater Milwaukee Foundation, in partnership with Brewers Community Foundation and other local funders, will support 21 different basic needs organizations that serve as a lifeline to thousands of individuals and families in need.

Match Day offers individuals, businesses and others a chance to support the organizations in our community that are helping meet individuals’ basic needs.  Individuals can donate to the Greater Milwaukee Foundation’s Basic Needs Fund or to one or more of the 21 participating agencies this Thursday.  Thanks to more than $750,000 in matching funds contributed by a pool of funders including Brewers Community Foundation, each donation made online on Thursday will be proportionately matched, up to $750,000.  The inaugural Match Day event raised more than $1.8 million last year.

Donations could feed a family that may otherwise go without food this week, aid a veteran who is struggling from post-traumatic stress disorder or provide shelter to someone who has just lost their home.


To make a donation, please visit www.matchdaymke.org on Thursday to help support the 21 Basic Needs Organizations in the Greater Milwaukee Area. Gifts can be made during the 24-hour online giving event on Thursday.  The minimum gift is $10.

Mark and Debbie Attanasio along with Brewers Community Foundation are the major sponsors for Match Day and have donated financially to this cause. Co-sponsors include The Faye McBeath Foundation and United Way of Greater Milwaukee.

The non-profits benefitting from the funds raised include:

 

  • Advocates of Ozaukee
  • Center for Veterans Issues
  • Community Advocates
  • Daystar
  • Family Promise of Washington County
  • Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin
  • Food Pantry of Waukesha County
  • Friends of Abused Families
  • Guest House of Milwaukee
  • Hebron House of Hospitality
  • Hope Center
  • Hope House of Milwaukee
  • Hunger Task Force
  • Milwaukee Rescue Mission
  • Pathfinders Milwaukee
  • Repairers of the Breach
  • Salvation Army of Greater Milwaukee
  • Sojourner Family Peace Center
  • The Cathedral Center
  • Walker’s Point Youth & Family Center
  • The Women’s Center

–JOHN

johnandcait@brewers.com

“Brewers Chance 2 Advance Ticket Plan presented by Potawatomi” Allows Fans to Upgrade Seats After a Brewers Win

It seems like the Brewers are always coming up with unique ticket ideas.  Ideas like the “Brewers Win, You Win” ticket plan, the “Holiday Four Packs,” “Ten Packs” and many others are just some of the many different options that cater to the different needs of each fan.

The Milwaukee Brewers today announced a new ticket promotion called “Brewers Chance 2 Advance Ticket Plan Presented by Potawatomi.”  This is something we have never done as it allows fans the chance to upgrade their seats to the next highest ticket category every time the Brewers win.  That is right, as if it wasn’t a reward enough to see a Brewers win, each time the Brewers win, your seats will be upgraded to a better location.

“This new ticket plan gives our fans another reason to root for a Brewers victory,” said Brewers Chief Operating Officer Rick Schlesinger. “You can’t lose, and if the Brewers win, so do you.”

Fans will be cheering extra loud at Miller Park on certain Tuesday nights this season.

Fans will be cheering extra loud at Miller Park on certain Tuesday nights this season.

Only a limited number of plans will be available, and they go on sale tomorrow (details below).

Here’s how the Ticket Plan works: For just $99, you will receive a ticket in the Bernie’s Terrace section to nine Tuesday home games at Miler Park (game dates are listed below).  Starting on Tuesday, April 30,  you will sit in Bernie’s Terrace and cheer for the Brewers to beat the Pirates.  If the Brewers win, you can upgrade to a Terrace Reserved seat for the May 7 game against the Texas Rangers by paying a $2 processing fee.  You will remain in the Terrace Reserved seat until the Brewers win the next game in the plan (when you have the opportunity to advance to the next best seating area (see below).  If the Brewers win the first eight games in the plan, you will have the opportunity to sit in the Field Diamond Box section for the final game.  If the Brewers do not win a game in the plan, simply exchange your Bernie’s Terrace ticket at no cost for a seat in the same section where you last advanced — no backsliding.

Ticket Plan Game Dates:
Tuesday, April 30 vs. Pirates 7:10 p.m.
Tuesday, May 7 vs. Rangers 7:10 p.m.
Tuesday, May 21 vs. Dodgers 7:10 p.m.
Tuesday, May 28 vs. Twins 7:10 p.m.
Tuesday, June 4 vs. Athletics 7:10 p.m.
Tuesday, July 9 vs. Reds 7:10 p.m.
Tuesday, July 23 vs. Padres 7:10 p.m.
Tuesday, August 20 vs. Cardinals 7:10 p.m.
Tuesday, September 3 vs. Pirates 7:10 p.m.
Order of Seat Upgrades:
1.) Bernie’s Terrace
2.) Terrace Reserved
3.) Terrace Box
4.) Loge Outfield
5.) Loge Infield
6.) Club Outfield
7.) Field Outfield
8.) Field Infield
9.) Field Diamond

Ticket upgrades must be done in person at the Miller Park Ticket Office (between Windows 1-12 located behind home plate) anytime between the conclusion of the previous game and the start of the next game in the ticket plan.  Box Office hours are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Saturdays from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sundays from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

 Tickets for this plan will be available tomorrow, beginning at 9 a.m.  Tickets can be purchased by calling (414) 902-GAME (4263) or by visiting Brewers.com/advance.  Service fees apply.

–JOHN

johnandcait@brewers.com

Brewers Baseball Academy to Debut this Summer with 8 Week-long Youth Camps

Today we are proud to announce the inaugural season of the Brewers Baseball Academy presented by Kwik Trip!

The Academy is open to youth (ages 6-14) and includes eight separate week-long baseball/softball camps that will be held in various cities across Wisconsin this summer. A complete schedule of camp locations and dates is listed below. The camps will be conducted under the supervision of Tim Rappé, executive director of the Brewers Baseball Academy.

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“Our promise is to create a world class Milwaukee Brewers baseball experience for every camper,” said Rappé. “Regardless of skill level, the camp will profoundly improve each player’s ability to play the game of baseball.”

Each camp runs Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. with instruction provided by experienced youth coaches. During one of the five camp days, campers are transported by bus to Miller Park for a one-of-a-kind experience as they will be treated to a guest appearance from a current Brewers player and have their photo taken. Campers will also receive instruction from Brewers coach John Shelby.

A unique component of the Brewers Baseball Academy is that a video motion analysis of each participant will be performed.  Every camper’s swing will be recorded, analyzed and shared with the player and his/her parents. In addition, all participants will take part in a baseball or softball skills competition. Each week, scores will be posted at Brewers.com/camps and upon completion of the last camp (August 12-16), the top scorers will be invited to the Champions’ Day Finals at Miller Park. Boys and girls will compete separately in appropriate grade groups.

The fee for the week-long camp is $395 per child, which includes 30 hours of exceptional instruction, a complete Brewers uniform, four Brewers game tickets to one of three select games – compliments of Kwik Trip – and a V.I.P. day at Miller Park.

Registration is currently available at Brewers.com/camps. Registrations received prior to March 31 will receive a $25 discount. This discount may not be combined with any other discount. If registering two or more children, each child will receive a $25 discount if booked together.  A limited number of spots are available for each camp location.

As the presenting sponsor of the Brewers Baseball Academy, Kwik Trip will award 120 random participants with $50 gift cards to their store. One lucky camper from each host city will also receive a personalized camp jersey, along with a special presentation during the camp graduation ceremony.

In addition, two registrations per host city will be given away through a promotion at Pick ‘n Save stores throughout the season. For details, visit participating Pick ‘n Save locations.

2013 BREWERS BASEBALL ACADEMY CAMPS

City

Site

Dates

Sun Prairie, WI

Sun Prairie High School

June 17-21

Green Bay, WI

Notre Dame Academy

June 24-28

Delafield, WI

St. John’s Northwestern Military Academy

July 1-5

Appleton, WI

Fox Valley Lutheran High School

July 8-12

Milwaukee, WI

University School of Milwaukee

July 15-19

Oshkosh, WI

Oshkosh West High School

July 22-26

Mukwonago, WI

Mukwonago High School

July 29-August 2

Kenosha, WI

Carthage College

August 12-16

Additional information can be found online at Brewers.com/camps. For questions, please contact Executive Director Tim Rappé at Tim.Rappe@brewers.com or call (414) 939-8808.

-Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

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The Milwaukee Brewers are proud to announce the inaugural season of the “Brewers Baseball Academy presented by Kwik Trip.” The Academy is open to youth (ages 6-14) and includes eight separate week-long baseball/softball camps that will be held in various cities across Wisconsin this summer. A complete schedule of camp locations and dates is listed below. The camps will be conducted under the supervision of Tim Rappé, executive director of the Brewers Baseball Academy.

“Our promise is to create a world class Milwaukee Brewers baseball experience for every camper,” said Rappé. “Regardless of skill level, the camp will profoundly improve each player’s ability to play the game of baseball.”

Each camp runs Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. with instruction provided by experienced youth coaches. During one of the five camp days, campers are transported by bus to Miller Park for a one-of-a-kind experience as they will be treated to a guest appearance from a current Brewers player and have their photo taken. Campers will also receive instruction from Brewers coach John Shelby.

A unique component of the Brewers Baseball Academy is that a video motion analysis of each participant will be performed.  Every camper’s swing will be recorded, analyzed and shared with the player and his/her parents. In addition, all participants will take part in a baseball or softball skills competition. Each week, scores will be posted at Brewers.com/campsand upon completion of the last camp (August 12-16), the top scorers will be invited to the Champions’ Day Finals at Miller Park. Boys and girls will compete separately in appropriate grade groups.

 

The fee for the week-long camp is $395 per child, which includes 30 hours of exceptional instruction, a complete Brewers uniform, four Brewers game tickets to one of three select games – compliments of Kwik Trip – and a V.I.P. day at Miller Park. 

 

Registration is currently available at Brewers.com/camps. Registrations received prior to March 31 will receive a $25 discount. This discount may not be combined with any other discount. If registering two or more children, each child will receive a $25 discount if booked together.  A limited number of spots are available for each camp location.

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BREWERS BASEBALL ACADEMY continued

 

As the presenting sponsor of the Brewers Baseball Academy, Kwik Trip will award 120 random participants with $50 gift cards to their store. One lucky camper from each host city will also receive a personalized camp jersey, along with a special presentation during the camp graduation ceremony.

 

In addition, two registrations per host city will be given away through a promotion at Pick ‘n Save stores throughout the season. For details, visit participating Pick ‘n Save locations.

 

Additional information can be found online at Brewers.com/camps. For questions, please contact Executive Director Tim Rappé at Tim.Rappe@brewers.com or call (414) 939-8808.

Brewers Take on Team Canada at Maryvale on Tuesday; Special Offer for Fans

Another sign that Opening Day is fast-approaching (30 days from today!)….The World Baseball Classic is underway!

And, if you’re down in the Phoenix area this week, you’ll want to head over to Maryvale Baseball Park as the Brewers take on Team Canada’s World Baseball Classic entry this Tuesday, March 5, at 1:05pm.

WBC

That’s right, watch pitchers John Axford and Jim Henderson; infielder Taylor Green; and outfielder Rene Tosoni play an exhibition against the Brewers on Tuesday– with both Axford and Henderson scheduled to pitch against their teammates

And, as a special offer, we’ve got half-price tickets in the Outfield ($6.50) and Lawn ($4)– an absolute STEAL for fans! This offer is good at the Maryvale Box Office only. Oh, and I’m told that fans will receive mini-pennants that day, too!

The Maryvale Box Office is closed tomorrow, but will be open 9am-5pm on Monday and Tuesday.

-Cait

johnandcait@brewers.com

Miller Park Earns Travel Green Wisconsin Certification

Tourism Deputy Secretary Dave Fantle visited Miller Park today and presented the Club with the Travel Green Wisconsin certification.  In addition, we announced the Department of Tourism’s partnership with Brewers Radio Network, sponsoring the post-game show.

“Miller Park has received a lot of well-deserved recognition for creating a great fan environment,” said Fantle. “Now it’s receiving more recognition for its commitment to sustainable energy practices. The Brewers are a great example why Wisconsin is a major league state for visitors.”

Miller Park joins more than 350 Travel Green Wisconsin certified events, attractions, and destinations around the state committed to green initiatives. Sustainable practices include an annual Green Week that showcases many of Miller Park’s green initiatives and emphasizes the role of green-themed game promotions and community events in promoting environmental sustainability. The “Root, Root, Root for the Brewers” Plant-A-Tree program offsets the number of trees used to print the Club’s 2012 regular season tickets by purchasing one tree for every 20,000 tickets sold.   In 2012, over 9,000 pounds of used kitchen oil was recycled into Bio-Diesel and small changes such as not automatically putting lids on cups and straws in drinks for customers at concession stands saves 20 percent of those materials from ending up in a landfill. Miller Park is also LEED certified, the first retractable roof ballpark to earn that distinction.

Travel Green

In other news, starting in April, TravelWisconsin.com will be the presenting sponsor of the Brewers Radio Network post-game show following every regular season game. Totaling 162 games, the post game show broadcasts statewide and will be branded the “TravelWisconsin.com Post Game Show.”

“The sponsorship offers co-branding value with the Brewers and provides TravelWisconsin.com with a longer statewide presence through the peak summer and fall travel season,” said Fantle.

The mission of the Wisconsin Department of Tourism is to market the state as the Midwest’s premier travel destination for fun. By executing industry-leading marketing programs, providing reliable travel information and establishing strategic partnerships, we will play a significant role in delivering exceptional customer service and generating greater economic impact and jobs for Wisconsin. The portal for traveler information can be found at: www.travelwisconsin.com.

-Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

Everything You Need to Know About the World Baseball Classic

Everybody loves Infographics and I wanted to share this one on the 2013 World Baseball Classic.  The tournament begins tomorrow and will last through March 19.  As I discussed in an earlier post, the Brewers originally had 14 players named to WBC rosters.  That number grew to 15 when Nick Bucci was added to Team Canada.  Bucci and Carlos Gomez of Team Dominican Republic, have both withdrawn from their respective teams.

Games will be broadcast on MLB Network.  If you are in Phoenix for Brewers Spring Training, I highly recommend catching a game at either Chase Field or Salt River Fields.  For more information visit www.worldbaseballclassic.com.  If the graphic below isn’t big enough for you, you can click it to make it even bigger!

–JOHN

johnandcait@brewers.com

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