December 2013

New for 2014: Exclusive Bobblehead for Brewers Season Seat Holders

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New for 2014, Brewers Season Seat Holders holding a 20-game plan or more will get this special gift, in addition to the great benefits they already receive: An exclusive Jean Segura bobblehead, featuring the shortstop in his 2013 All-Star jersey.

For more information on Brewers season ticket packages, visit brewers.com.

-Cait
JohnandCait@brewers.com

Brewers Statement on the Passing of Mike Hegan

The Milwaukee Brewers organization today issued the following statements on the passing of former Brewers player and broadcaster Mike Hegan:

“We are very saddened to hear the news of Mike’s passing,” said Brewers Chief Operating Officer Rick Schlesinger. “Mike was not only a dedicated player and broadcaster for the organization; he was a great friend to many and much-loved in the community. On behalf of everyone here at the Brewers, I want to pass along our deepest condolences to Mike’s family during this difficult time.”

Hegan was a member of the organization from the outset of the franchise, playing for the Pilots in Seattle and the coming to Milwaukee with the franchise move. He continued his career Oakland in 1971 but returned to the Brewers for the 1974 season. Hegan remained with the team through his retirement as a player in 1977.

Following his retirement, Hegan spent 12 seasons with the Brewers as a television and radio broadcaster.

Bob Uecker added the following: “Mike was a friend for a long time as a player and also as a broadcaster. My condolences to (wife) Nancy and the rest of the Hegan family.”

I am too young to remember Hegan as a player, but do remember him as a Brewers broadcaster.  Many who are my same age and grew up in the Milwaukee area probably also spent some time at his batting cages for either a birthday party or for some winter practice.

–JOHN

johnandcait@brewers.com

Brewers Announce Plans for Installation of “Brewers Wall of Honor” at Miller Park

The Milwaukee Brewers today announced plans for the creation of the “Brewers Wall of Honor” in 2014 at Miller Park.  The Wall of Honor will commemorate Milwaukee Brewers players, coaches and executives who meet a set criteria based on service to the club and/or career accomplishments.

The Wall of Honor will be a permanent exhibit on an exterior Miller Park wall next to the Hot Corner entrance.  Honorees will be recognized with a bronze plaque affixed to the wall, with their image and a brief synopsis of their Milwaukee baseball career etched onto the marker.

The plaques are designed by Matthews International, designers of the plaques for the National Baseball Hall of Fame as well as the plaques on the Milwaukee Braves Wall of Honor at Miller Park.  I have seen some renderings of the plaques and they look amazing.  This will be a great addition to Miller Park and will give a nostalgic look at some of our favorite players in team history.

“The Wall of Honor is designed to honor the many individuals who either spent a significant portion of their career with the Brewers, or have a significant legacy with the organization through various achievements,” said Brewers Chief Operating Officer Rick Schlesinger. “It’s designed as a complement to our Miller Park Walk of Fame, as well as our statues.”

Individuals who meet any of the following criteria during their time with the Milwaukee Brewers organization will be inducted into the Wall of Honor:

  •  2,000 or more plate appearances
  • 1,000 or more innings pitched
  • 250 appearances as a pitcher
  • Winner of a major award (MVP, Cy Young, Rookie of the Year, or Fireman of the Year)
  • Manager of a pennant-winning team
  • Individuals memorialized with statues on the Miller Park Plaza
  • Members of the National Baseball Hall of Fame who played for or managed the Brewers

Currently, there are 58 persons who meet the above criteria. This group of 58 will be recognized on the Brewers Wall of Honor during the 2014 season with an induction ceremony at Miller Park, scheduled for Friday, June 13. Honorees and their guests (as well as representatives of those who are deceased) will be invited to attend the unveiling ceremonies, as well as recognized during a program on the field prior to the game.

In addition to the 58 members of the inaugural class, there are seven active players in Major League Baseball that meet the criteria.  Upon retirement, players who meet the criteria will be added annually to the Wall of Honor.

The complete list of players who will grace the Brewers Wall of Honor at the unveiling ceremony in June of 2014 is as follows:

  • Hank Aaron
  • Jerry Augustine
  • Sal Bando
  • Chris Bosio
  • Johnny Briggs
  • Jeromy Burnitz
  • Mike Caldwell
  • Bill Castro
  • Jeff Cirillo
  • Jim Colborn
  • Cecil Cooper
  • Craig Counsell
  • Chuck Crim
  • Rob Deer
  • Cal Eldred
  • Mike Fetters
  • Rollie Fingers
  • Jim Gantner
  • Moose Haas
  • Bill Hall
  • Darryl Hamilton
  • Teddy Higuera
  • John Jaha
  • Geoff Jenkins
  • Harvey Kuenn
  • Sixto Lezcano
  • Pat Listach
  • Mark Loretta
  • Davey May
  • Bob McClure
  • Paul Molitor
  • Don Money
  • Charlie Moore
  • Jaime Navarro
  • Dave Nilsson
  • Ben Oglivie
  • Dan Plesac
  • Darrell Porter
  • Ken Sanders
  • George Scott
  • Kevin Seitzer
  • Bud Selig
  • Richie Sexson
  • Ben Sheets
  • Ted Simmons
  • Jim Slaton
  • B.J. Surhoff
  • Don Sutton
  • Gorman Thomas
  • Bill Travers
  • Bob Uecker
  • Jose Valentin
  • Greg Vaughn
  • Fernando Vina
  • Pete Vukovich
  • Bill Wegman
  • Bob Wickman
  • Robin Yount

John Axford, Ryan Braun, Prince Fielder, Yovani Gallardo, J.J. Hardy, Corey Hart and Rickie Weeks are the seven active players that, as of today, qualify for induction into the Wall of Honor following their retirement.  Active players closing in on the thresholds include Jonathan Lucroy and Carlos Gomez.

Further details about the ceremony on June 13, 2014 will be announced at a later date.

–JOHN

johnandcait@brewers.com

MLB Network’s “Face of MLB” Competition Returns; Vote for #FaceofBREWERS Today

Major League Baseball’s most popular players will square off once again as fans decide which player from all 30 MLB clubs best represents the league in MLB Network’s second “Face of MLB” competition. Starting yesterday, MLB Network has set out to find the Face of MLB by creating a bracket-style tournament with results determined by fans on Twitter. Results will be announced each weekday morning on MLB Network’s offseason morning show Hot Stove at 8:00 a.m. CT.

In the “Face of the Franchise” preliminary round, fans can nominate a player candidate from each of the 30 MLB clubs by voting on Twitter with the player’s name and #FaceofCLUBNAME (so cast your vote for your favorite Brewer by using #FaceofBREWERS). MLB Network has created a bracket that seeds clubs against each other based on how they finished the 2013 season and beginning January 21, Hot Stove will ask fans to vote on Twitter each day and decide a winner for the day’s head-to-head player matchup until the Face of MLB is determined.

Fans voted more than 1.6 million times in the first Face of MLB competition, revealing emerging MLB stars including Jason Heyward, Jason Kipnis and Andrew McCutchen up against veterans like Derek Jeter, Paul Konerko and Dustin Pedroia. Nearly 700,000 votes were cast for the final round in which Cincinnati Reds MVP first baseman Joey Votto was named the Face of MLB after edging out Los Angeles Dodgers All-Star outfielder Matt Kemp.

The Face of MLB bracket and voting details are available here.

-Cait

JohnandCait@Brewers.com

The Woman’s Guide to Choosing the Perfect Holiday Gift

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We recently posted a guide for men to help them find the perfect holiday gift, so we thought it only fair to provide one for the ladies, too.

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(Note: The file size is pretty large, so be sure to click on the image and then click again, so you can follow along and get your holiday shopping done in a jiffy!)

Good luck!

-Cait

JohnandCait@Brewers.com

A Man’s Guide to Choosing the Perfect Holiday Gift for Everyone on His List

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Fellas, we know you could probably use a little guidance when it comes to picking out the perfect gift for everyone on your list, so we thought we’d give you some help by creating this handy flow chart, below:

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(Note: The file size is pretty large, so be sure to click on the image and then click again, so you can follow along and get your holiday shopping done in a jiffy!)

Good luck!

-Cait

JohnandCait@Brewers.com

Offseason’s Greetings, Brewers Fans: Have You “Been Bernied”?

This holiday season, we’ re offering fans the chance  to get in the spirit through a fun game called “You’ve Been Bernied.”  Through various social media platforms and pay-it-forward goodwill, Brewers fans can participate in the game for a chance to win the gift of the season (the Brewers season, that is!)—a pair of Brewers Holiday 4-Packs—while at the same time, spread holiday cheer and “offseason’s greetings.”

Fans are encouraged to visit Brewers.com/bernied to participate in the game.  There, fans can print out an “I’ve Been Bernied” sign and instruction sheet and pass it along with a special treat to “Bernie” their neighbors, friends or family and watch the game build throughout the community. For a chance to win the Brewers Holiday 4-Packs and other prizes, fans are invited to take photos of their treats and/or of themselves sporting a Bernie Brewer moustache and post the image to Twitter and/or Instagram using #IveBeenBernied.

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The game is based on the popular holiday activities by neighbors and friends such as “Elf-ing” at Christmas and “Boo-ing” at Halloween.

Brewers Holiday 4-Packs have been on sale since mid-November and are a fantastic holiday gift.  Each pair of Brewers Holiday 4-Packs comes with a Bernie Brewer collectible holiday ornament.  Packages start at just $72 and plans are optimized to fit every schedule.  For more information on Brewers Holiday 4-Packs, visit Brewers.com/4packs.

The “You’ve Been Bernied” contest runs through December 19th, so be sure to visit Brewers.com/bernied as soon as possible to start your own Bernie chain among family, friends and co-workers!

Here’s a fun gallery of some folks who have been Bernied so far!

And–Cait was even Bernied recently!

Have you Been Bernied or Bernied others? We want to hear from you, leave us a message in the comments below!

Happy Holidays!

-John & Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

Spring Training Tickets On Sale Today

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Bernie Brewer at Maryvale Baseball Park

In just 71 days, pitchers and catchers report to Spring Training.  I know it isn’t even Christmas yet, but we are always thinking baseball here and today is another milestone as we approach the 2014 season.  Today is the day Spring Training tickets go on sale.

Tickets for the Milwaukee Brewers home Spring Training games at Maryvale Baseball Park are on sale now via the internet at Brewers.com and by phone at 1-800-933-7890.  Normal business hours for phone orders are from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. CT.  Sales at the Maryvale Baseball Park Box Office will begin on Monday, February 3, 2014.

Tickets are available in four seating areas: Field Box ($23), Infield Reserved ($17), Outfield Reserved ($13) and Lawn Seating ($8).  In addition, there will also be a limited number of advanced parking passes available for $5.  Information on Spring Training season tickets can be obtained by calling the Milwaukee Brewers Ticket Office at (414) 902-4000.

Nearly every home Cactus League game will include a collectible bobblehead from this past season, offered to the first 2,000 fans in attendance.  These giveaway dates include the following:

Date Opponent Bobblehead Giveaway/Promotion
Saturday, March 1 Los Angeles Dodgers Carlos Gomez bobblehead
Monday, March 3 Chicago Cubs Hank Aaron bobblehead
Thursday, March 6 Colorado Rockies Ben Oglivie bobblehead
Friday, March 7 San Diego Padres Cerveceros Day
Monday, March 10 Chicago White Sox George Scott bobblehead
Saturday, March 15 Cincinnati Reds Polish bobble
Monday, March 17 Chicago White Sox Gorman Thomas bobblehead
Saturday, March 22 LA Angels of Anaheim Harvey Kuenn bobblehead
Thursday, March 27 Cincinnati Reds Ryan Braun bobblehead

Tickets for the two exhibition games at Miller Park against the Kansas City Royals on Friday, March 28 and Saturday, March 29 will go on sale at a later date.

Pitchers and catchers are scheduled to report to Spring Training on Saturday, February 15.  All position players have a report date of Friday, February 21.  The first full workout is scheduled for Saturday, February 22.

If you love the Brewers, a trip to Spring Training is a great investment.  Beautiful, sunny weather, Brewers baseball and a relaxed environment make it an enjoyable experience for Brewers fans of all ages.

–JOHN
johnandcait@brewers.com

John and Cait’s 2013 Clubhouse Sale Preview

This is one of our favorite blog posts of the year.  The Clubhouse Sale seems to grow every year and seems to get better every year.  There are always some gems and we dig deep to find them for you.

The sale is open to the public Friday and Saturday from 8 a.m. – 7 p.m. and features some amazing deals. Read on for our favorite finds and details about the event!

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The first thing that caught my attention when I walked in and headed toward the ladies’ section were these separates from Major League Fitness:

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ML Fitness Pants

You can buy each individually, or get the set! The jacket was originally $65 and is now selling for $35, while the pants were $50 marked down to $25.

Next, I noticed this striped hoodie top from Cutter & Buck. Last year, I purchased one of the Cutter & Buck sweatshirt dresses from the Sale and I absolutely LOVE it. It’s probably one of my favorite articles of clothing that I own and I wear it almost once a week.  Thus, when I saw this long-sleeved top with a hoodie attached and felt the soft fabric, I knew I’d have to get this one, too:

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The top was $90, now selling for $40. I can already tell it’s going to become another of my favorites!

In the last month, not one, but THREE of my friends have had babies. Thus, I was drawn to the infants, toddlers and kids area, where there are plenty of fun choices.

I couldn’t resist stocking up on these adorable Brewers sleepers, that are just $10 each, marked down from $20:

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I also noticed a selection of maternity tops available for just $10 each (originally $35). One reads “Official Fan Supplier” and the other says “Mom’s Future MVP.” Too bad these weren’t available at the Sale last year, or I would have stocked up for my friends!

SAAG Maternity 1

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Other items to note include the Racing Sausage Tees, which are marked down for $35 to $15:

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And the Majestic  Thermabase Tech Fleece pullovers, which are selling for $40:

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While you’re shopping for merchandise, you can also pick up other Brewers-themed gifts for the fans on your list, including the 2014 Brewers Kids Club Kit and Brewers Holiday 4-Packs, as members of our Ticket Sales team will be on hand at the event.

JOHN

If you know me, you know that I am a uniform nerd.  I love special uniforms, old uniforms, all types of uniforms.  I have always highlighted these popular items for our previous previews, but this year it seemed like the selection is a lot better.  There were a number of jerseys that I have never been on sale at a clubhouse sale before, like a number of 1969 Seattle Pilots jerseys and some throwback Braves jerseys that I had never seen.

In addition, they had a number of game used jerseys from Brewers players like Craig Counsell, Nyjer Morgan, Aramis Ramirez and others.  Game worn and authentic uniforms are always some of the first items to go and quantities are limited on these one of a kind items.

Prices of the jerseys range from $50-$500.  One photo couldn’t do the selection justice, so I made a little slideshow:

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Also in the Brewers Authentics section were game-used baseballs from $10, game-used bats from $50 and game-worn hats from $25.  The Authentics section is always one of the most popular spots at the Clubhouse Sale and items are extremely limited, so I recommend getting there as early as possible to get the best selection on these items.

Game worn hats.

Game worn hats.

Game used baseballs from $10.

Game used baseballs from $10.

I mentioned the availability of the “Design a Uniform” jersey from 2013, but there were also plenty of hats available in a variety of sizes. These were priced at $20.

Probably my favorite Brewers cap.

Probably my favorite Brewers cap.

Sure it has a date on it, but you can wear this unique Spring Training shirt in Phoenix and Milwaukee for many years! Plus, in 15 years, it will be a collectors item!  Remember, everything old becomes new again! Priced at $15.

Soon to be retro Spring Training t-shirt.

Soon to be retro Spring Training t-shirt.

I always collected baseball cards as a kid and these 2013 Topps team sets would make a great stocking stuffer.

Every Clubhouse Sale there appears some items that I have never seen before.  This Retro “tie-dye” style t-shirt is this year’s “never been seen item.”  Made by “Gear for Sports,” it is only $15.

Plenty of hats for sale as well.  Winter hats, fitted hats, snapback hats, floppy hats, kids hats–you name it.  Priced from $10.

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A reminder that every customer who makes a purchase will receive a free Brewers bobblehead bundle, while supplies last.  Additionally, a “more-you-spend-the-more-you-save” coupon will be offered. Coupons of 10%/20%/30% off will be offered to the Brewers Team Store by Majestic for those spending $100/$200/$300 at the Clubhouse Sale.

Shoppers can access the Clubhouse Sale by entering Miller Park at the Hot Corner entrance near the Brewers Team Store by Majestic and following the posted directions to the visiting clubhouse. Cash and credit cards will be accepted (no personal checks). Admission and parking is free.

In addition, the Brewers Team Store by Majestic will also feature a variety of activities during both days of the Clubhouse Sale. Eight prize drawings will be held at the team store on both days. Prizes will include $250 shopping sprees and special Authentic Collection packages at the Brewers Team Store by Majestic. Children can have their photo taken with the Klement’s Famous Racing Sausages™ on December 6 from 10 a.m. – noon and with Santa on December 7 from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. at the Brewers Team Store by Majestic. Fans should bring their own cameras and the photos will be free of charge with any purchase.

The Brewers Team Store by Majestic at Miller Park is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m.  For more information, contact the team store at (414) 902-4750.

–JOHN AND CAIT

johnandcait@brewers.com

Brewers and Admirals Announce Return of “2-MAN ADVANTAGE” Ticket Package

The Milwaukee Brewers and Milwaukee Admirals today announced the continuation of the “2-Man Advantage” ticket package that was originally introduced for the 2008 season.  The joint ticket opportunity is a part of the partnership established by the two teams in 2005.

Brewers Admirals 2-Man Advantage

For only $19, fans get one “Stern & Bow” ticket to one of three Brewers promotion nights at the BMO Harris Bradley Center for an Admirals home game and one Terrace Reserved ticket to one of three select Brewers games at Miller Park during the 2014 season.  The package is valued at $35.  The dates available to fans for the ticket deal are as follows:

Saturday, January 11, 2014 – Milwaukee Admirals vs. Chicago Wolves  at 7:00 p.m. –

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Friday, March 14, 2014 – Milwaukee Admirals vs. Rockford IceHogs at 7:00 p.m. –

Brewers/Admirals 6-Pack Cooler Giveaway (First 2,500 Fans)

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Friday, April 4, 2014 – Milwaukee Admirals vs. Iowa Wild at 7:00 p.m. –

Brewers Buy-One, Get-One Free Ticket Voucher (All Fans)

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014 – Milwaukee Brewers vs. San Diego Padres at 7:10 p.m.

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Tuesday, May 6, 2014 – Milwaukee Brewers vs. Arizona Diamondbacks at 7:10 p.m.

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Tuesday, May 27, 2014 – Milwaukee Brewers vs. Baltimore Orioles at 7:10 p.m.

For more information or to purchase tickets, please call the Brewers Ticket Office at 414-902-4000 or visit Brewers.com/admirals. These packages are also available by contacting the Milwaukee Admirals Ticket Office at414-227-0550.  Packages will be available beginning Monday, December 9 at 9 a.m. through Thursday, April 3, 2014.

In addition to this special ticket package, the Admirals will continue to sport the “Ball and Glove” logo on their jerseys as the Brewers are the exclusive jersey sponsor of the team.  Announcements during the game, dasherboard signage at the BMO Harris Bradley Center, radio spots during broadcasts and in-game promotions where fans can win Brewers prize packs are also a part of the partnership between the two clubs.

The Milwaukee Admirals are a member of the American Hockey League and are an affiliate of the Nashville Predators of the National Hockey League.

-John and Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

 

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