Congrats to #BrewersRoadCrew Winner, Ashley Honzik!

Ashley Honzik couldn’t believe it when she received word that she had been chosen to join the Brewers in San Diego for their final road series of the 2015 season.

“I thought, ‘Is this for real?’ When I submitted my photo, I knew there was a chance of winning a prize, but I was really just doing it for fun,” Ashley told me when we met up before yesterday’s Brewers vs. Padres game at Petco Park.

Ashley won the opportunity by being part of the #BrewersRoadCrew. All season long, we’ve encouraged fans who travel to support the team on the road, or who support the Brewers while on vacation or living afar, to submit their photos to, as well as share them with us on Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag.

We’ve picked one winner during each roadtrip this season to win a Southwest Airlines gift card and then, early in September, we drew the grand prize–a trip for two to see the Crew in San Diego.

Ashley submitted the winning photo of herself with her dad, Mark, back in June when the two traveled to catch the Brewers in Kansas City:

“That was right around Father’s Day, so we did a father-daughter trip,” Ashley said. “When I found out I won, I knew right away that I was going to take my dad. We’re both diehard Brewers fans.”

“I was in shock when she called me,” Mark said. “I said, ‘You’re kidding me.’ I mean, what are the chances…. I know there are a ton of great photos. I felt honored to get picked.”

The experience is extra-special for Mark, who lost his leg in an industrial accident in 1975. “October 10 will be the 40th anniversary of the accident and this seriously is the best gift ever to celebrate him and the fact that he’s able to do everyday things like go on a trip to watch his favorite team,” Ashley said. “He’s definitely one of the strongest people I know.”

Ashley said she’s been to about 6 or 7 ballparks and Mark’s been to about 5 or 6. The Honziks are from De Pere, Wisconsin, but they still travel down to Miller Park for at least 5-10 games every season.

For their prize, Ashley and Mark were flown out to San Diego courtesy of Southwest, where they stayed for two nights and attended two games (Wednesday night and this afternoon).

Neither Ashley nor her dad had ever been to San Diego, so they also squeezed in some other sightseeing, such as a boat tour, as well as sampled some of the great seafood the city has to offer.

Here are a few photos from their trip that Ashley was kind enough to share with me:

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Thanks to Ashley and Mark for being such awesome Brewers fans and thanks to  Southwest for supplying the prizes for the #BrewersRoadCrew contest.

And last but not least, thank you to all of the fans who have supported the Crew both on the road and at home all season long!



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