FAN-TASTIC FORTY “WELCOME TO THE BIG LEAGUES” WINNER SANDY RUSCH JOIN TEAM
In January, we began our“Fan-Tastic Forty” promotion and awarded prizes for 40 consecutive days to various Season Seat Holders who renewed their ticket packages. For the fourth consecutive year, the team offered a variety of unique prizes and experiences during a 40-day period, including the Welcome to the Big Leagues prize. For this experience, the winner signs a one-day Major League contract which comes with a full uniform plus one day’s pay at the MLB minimum salary ($2,732.24).
Sandy Rusch, a Brewers Season Seat Holder since 1988, won the Welcome to the Big Leagues prize and was introduced at a press conference today at Miller Park.
“Along with players and performance, the fan base is very important,” said Brewers President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Doug Melvin. “We appreciate your support and we’re happy to have the opportunity to reward a fan for following the Brewers over the years.”
Sandy grew up in Milwaukee and has been a fan of baseball her entire life. Her love of the game is genetic with both her mom and dad having been huge fans of their beloved Milwaukee Braves. When she was only two months old the Braves won the 1957 World Series, and her parents took her to downtown Milwaukee to celebrate the victory with thousands of other “Bushville” fans. She’s been hooked ever since and attends Brewers Spring Training each March in Phoenix, and has followed the Brewers to more than 20 different cities and ballparks around the United States and Canada.
“Thanks to the Brewers for this opportunity,” Sandy said. “I know it’s cliché to say, but it really is the opportunity of a lifetime.”
Sandy also noted: “I’d like to thank my fellow teammates Aramis Ramirez, Jonathan Lucroy, Carlos Gomez and Francisco Rodriguez on being elected to to the All-Star Game.”
Her favorite current Brewers player is Jonathan Lucroy, and her all-time favorite players are Hank Aaron and Rob Deer. The 1987 Easter Sunday game is one of her favorite memories from County Stadium while her favorite memory at Miller Park is Game 5 of the NLDS when the Brewers beat the Arizona Diamondbacks.
“I couldn’t talk for three days after that,” Sandy said.
“I couldn’t either,” Doug interjected.
Sandy currently resides in Milwaukee, where she serves as Communication Manager for the City of Milwaukee Department of Public Works.
In addition to the salary and uniform, Rusch received VIP treatment prior to tonight’s game vs. the Philadelphia Phillies, 50 baseball cards with her likeness, a DVD of the highlight video shown at the press conference, a framed final page of her contract and the honor of throwing out the first pitch prior to the game: