We just received some terrific news–John and Cait… Plus 9 was the #3 blog in all of MLB Pro Blogs for 2013!
This is a great honor as we are always “competing” with a number of awesome blogs across the MLBlogs platform. Great new photo blogs like the SF Giants Photos Blog and Dodgers Photo Blog are tough to beat. Other front office insider blogs like Jamie Ramsey’s Better Off Red and the Mariners From the Corner of Edgar and Dave continue to provide us with inspiration for JCP9.
But really, it’s all thanks to you–our readers!
As we kick of 2014, we hope to continue to be your source for an inside look at the Brewers and what’s going on at One Brewers Way.
John & Cait
If you’ve been following our countdown, you know that we’re just 83 days away from Brewers Opening Day.
But even better than that–we’re less that 20 days away Brewers On Deck, presented by Time Warner Cable, the winter fan festival that bridges the gap between the Wisconsin winter and Spring Training, set to take place on Sunday, January 26, 2014 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. at the Wisconsin Center in downtown Milwaukee. Last fall, we announced that this year, Brewers on Deck is FREE for all attendees. (Typically, admission ranges from $9 to $20.)
Brewers On Deck will feature a number of activities for the entire family. Autographs and photos from Brewers players and coaches, interactive games in the Kids Area, Q&A sessions and game shows with Brewers players, coaches and broadcasters, vendor booths with baseball memorabilia, the Brewers Community Foundation Treasure Hunt and many other activities will all be a part of Brewers On Deck.
Details on autograph sessions and tickets will be announced later this month, but right now, we’re giving you the chance to win an autograph from your favorite player at the event!
Here’s what you do:
Between now and January 20, submit a Vine (:06) or Instagram (:15) video telling us who your favorite player is and why you should receive an autograph from him. (Be sure to use the hashtag #BREWERSONDECK so we can find them!)
We’ll pick 10 winners to receive the autograph of their favorite player at the event (subject to availability). For complete rules, click here.
We can’t wait to see your submissions and we also can’t wait to see YOU at Brewers On Deck! Stay tuned to the blog for more details on the event, including player confirmation and schedules as they are released!
Today we announced details of our “Fan-Tastic Forty” promotion that will award prizes to lucky fans who purchase Season Seat packages for the 2014 season. All fans purchasing or renewing ticket packages of 20 games or more will have an opportunity to win a variety of unique prizes and experiences spread out over 40 days. From Friday, January 17 through Tuesday, February 25, one Season Seat Holder per day will be selected to win a designated prize in the promotion.
Fans must purchase or renew a minimum 20-game package (or above that) to qualify for the drawing. Purchases made prior to today will already have an entry in the contest. Purchases made within the 40 days will be eligible for the next day’s drawing and the remainder of the prizes. For example, a purchase on January 29 will be eligible for all prizes from January 30 – February 25. The last day to purchase to be eligible for prizes is Monday, February 24.
“This has been one of our most popular programs to reward our valued Season Seat Holders,” said Brewers Chief Operating Officer Rick Schlesinger. “It offers our fans unique opportunities and prizes that create lasting memories.”
Fans looking to renew or get more information about new packages are welcome to call (414) 902-HITS (4487) or visit brewers.com/fan40. Full sweepstakes rules are also available at the website.
Prizes on the list for 2014 include a Brewers On Deck VIP Experience, an All-Inclusive Area Tour (tickets to watch games from each of the five All Inclusive seating locations), signing a Major League contract for a day (including big league pay), a $1,000 Shopping Spree in the Brewers Team Store by Majestic, and 2015 season tickets at 1982 pricing.
A complete list of prizes along with the date they will be selected follows:
January 17 – Team Store Shopping Spree. Win $1,000 to spend in the Brewers Team Store by Majestic.
January 18 – Brewers On Deck VIP Experience. Receive two free tickets to the annual fan fest, plus jump to the front of any autograph line for free autographs.
January 19 – Your Very Own Ticket. For one game during the 2014 season, your photo will be printed on every season ticket.
January 20 – Free Parking for the Season. Enjoy complimentary Preferred Parking for every game in your 2014 ticket plan.
January 21 – Game of Catch with a Brewers Pitcher. Play catch with and receive pitching tips and instruction from a Brewers pitcher.
January 22 – Roundtrip Airfare for Two. Two roundtrip tickets from Southwest Airlines.
January 23 – Tour the Roof. Take a tour of the Miller Park roof and get the best view of the ballpark.
January 24 – VIP Luncheon. You and a guest will sit at the head table during the 2014 Season Seat Holder Luncheon in the Johnson Controls Stadium Club with two Brewers players and/or coaches and Brewers executives.
January 25 – Slide Down Bernie’s Slide. Take a trip down Bernie’s slide before a 2014 home game and then watch part of the game from Bernie’s Chalet.
January 26 – Party Suite for you and 29 Friends. Take in a 2014 home game with 29 of your friends from a spacious Party Suite, complete with food and beverage.
January 27 – Carlos Gomez Autographed Gold Glove Print. Receive a one-of-a-kind Carlos Gomez autographed Gold Glove Framed Print.
January 28 – 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 29 – Shadow a Brewers.com Beat Writer. Follow Brewers.com beat writer Adam McCalvy during all pregame activities on the field and in the Clubhouse for a 2014 home game.
January 30 – You in the Team Photo. One fan will be included in an unofficial team photo with the 2014 Brewers roster and coaching staff.
January 31 – Field of Sweet Dreams Experience. You and three friends will enjoy a night under the stars while camping on the Miller Park outfield at the annual Field of Sweet Dreams event.
February 1 – Lesson With Brewers Hitting Coach. Win a private hitting lesson from Brewers Hitting Coach Johnny Narron while you and a guest take batting practice before a game at Miller Park.
February 2 – Baseball Signed by Opening Day Starters. Receive nine baseballs, each signed by a member of the Brewers Opening Day lineup.
February 3 – Tickets for Each All-Inclusive Area. Enjoy a game from each of Miller Park’s five All-Inclusive Areas with two tickets for five different games in the special seating areas.
February 4 – Pizza for a Year. Win a one-year supply of Palermo’s Pizza.
February 5 – Throw Out the First Pitch. Throw out the first pitch prior to a 2014 Brewers home game, plus receive a personalized Brewers jersey.
February 6 – Club Suite Party with Craig. Win a Club Suite for you and nine friends to a 2014 home game, complete with food and beverage, and enjoy a visit from Brewers alum Craig Counsell.
February 7 – $500 in Concession Vouchers. Receive $500 in food and beverage vouchers.
February 8 – Harley Deck Experience. Win 30 tickets for Miller Park’s popular Harley-Davidson Deck, complete with food and beverage, for a 2014 home game.
February 9 – Miller Lite/Brewers Neon Sign. Light up your basement bar or garage with a Miller Lite neon sign featuring the Brewers ball and glove logo.
February 10 – Autographed Baseballs. Take home a set of baseballs autographed by each member of the 2014 Brewers starting rotation.
February 11 – Turn Back the Clock Pricing. Receive 1982 pricing for your 2015 season tickets.
February 12 – Catered Tailgate Party. Enjoy a Pavilion party prior to a 2014 Brewers home game, catered by DNC Sportservice. Includes 20 game tickets.
February 13 – Signed Bat and Jersey. Win an autographed bat and jersey from your favorite Brewers player.
February 14 – Gehl Club 4-Pack. Enjoy the luxurious Gehl Club experience with three friends for four games during the 2014 season.
February 15 – Guaranteed Giveaway. Receive every promotional item given away during the 2014 season, including all eight Bobbleheads and six t-shirts.
February 16 – Klement’s Tailgate Package. Receive a one-year supply of Klement’s sausage products, a grill and more.
February 17 – Lucroy Autographed Home Plate. Receive a home plate signed by Brewers Catcher Jonathan Lucroy.
February 18 – View From the Bullpen. Make sure to bring your glove when you and five friends sit in the Brewers bullpen as the Brewers take batting practice prior to a 2014 home game.
February 19 – 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 20 – You in the Brewers Television Booth. Spend an inning in the Brewers television booth during a 2014 home game.
February 21 – Signed Carlos Gomez and Jean Segura Print. Receive a framed autographed print of 2013 All-Stars Carlos Gomez and Jean Segura.
February 22 – Evening With Hank Aaron. Two spots at a table for the 2014 Evening with Hank Aaron Dinner.
February 23 – Movie Night on the Big Screen. You and seven friends will enjoy a private movie screening on the scoreboard at Miller Park.
February 24 – Season Seat Holder of the Year. Be treated like the VIP you are; throw out the first pitch, take batting practice at Miller Park, receive extra concession vouchers and more.
February 25 – 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.
Was one of your New Year’s resolutions to increase your fitness level and/or run a race? Great–let us help you with that!
The third annual “Brewers Mini-Marathon and 10K, Presented by Sendik’s” is set for Saturday, September 20, 2014. Registration is now available online at www.brewersmini.com.
Last year a combined 7,000 runners, representing 38 states, participated in the Mini-Marathon (13.1 miles) and the 10K race (6.214 miles). The races both begin and end at beautiful Miller Park and offer scenic and unique courses that will take participants around and through many Milwaukee landmarks including the Miller Valley, the Harley-Davidson Museum, Mitchell Park Conservatory (The Domes), and the Miller Park warning track. Prizes for the top finishers will be awarded.
All participants will receive a free Brewers ticket voucher good for select games at Miller Park in April or May of 2015, a participant medal and a “tech” shirt. A post-race tailgate party outside Miller Park with live music will also take place.
Great course support will be provided with aid stations featuring water and Gatorade, misting stations, and entertainment along the way. Refreshing snacks and water will be provided by Sendik’s at the finish line. Spectators will have plenty of free parking at Miller Park and will have the opportunity to watch racers run through Miller Park while being shown on the scoreboard.
Race participants helped to raise over $145,000 during the first two years of the Brewers Mini-Marathon and 10K, with all fundraising proceeds benefiting the MACC Fund (Midwest Athletes Against Childhood Cancer, Inc.) and childhood cancer research in Wisconsin. Fundraising for the MACC Fund is supported by the Brewers Community Foundation and participants can create their own fundraising page at www.brewersmini.com and submit online donations. Individual fundraisers will have the chance to get their name entered in a raffle for great prizes. The top three fundraising groups will win a special prize.
The cost for the Mini-Marathon and 10K, respectively, is $65/$45 for those registering by April 30, $75/$55 for those registering between May 1 – July 31, $85/$65 for those registering between August 1 – September 20 and $100/$80 for those registering on packet pick-up day (if space is available). The earlier you register, the more you save!
Race packets can be picked up at Miller Park on Thursday and Friday, September 18 and 19, 2014.
-John and Cait
Happy New Year, Brewers fans!
The new year brings with it a new season and, a new countdown to Opening Day, Monday, March 31 when your Brewers take on the Atlanta Braves at 1:10pm at Miller Park.
As you know, Opening Day is practically a holiday in Milwaukee and looking forward to it helps us all get through the long, cold Wisconsin winter.
As of today (Friday, January 3), we’re just 87 days away from kicking off the 2014 season at Miller Park.
Last year, we had fun coming up with countdown images across our various social media platforms:
We also asked you to show us how you were counting down for a chance to win Opening Day tickets…. And we loved your creativity so much that this year, we’re hoping to rely on you to show us how you’re counting down each day. One Grand Prize winner will be selected to be in the crowd on March 31, plus receive a pair of Brewers 10-Packs!
Here’s how it works:
Join us in our #SeeUMarch31 countdown by creating original photo(s) showing how you count down to the Brewers Home Opener each day leading up to it. For example, Tuesday, January 7 is 83 days until Opening Day. Fans submitting their photos showing their “83” by 5pm CT the day prior (Monday, January 6) will be eligible to have theirs selected as the one we post across all of our social media channels on Tuesday, January 7. Simply tag your entries on Instagram and/or Twitter using hashtag #SeeUMarch31.
Each day, we’ll select our favorite and post it across Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Google Plus and Tumblr, giving you credit, of course!
Just before Opening Day, each of the daily winners will be eligible to win the Grand Prize—a pair of Brewers 10-Packs plus Opening Day tickets!
I can’t wait to see what you all come up with!