Anderson and Johnson Visit with Brewers Season Seat Holders
Today was the Brewers Season Seat Holder luncheon, the second of two such events this season where Season Seat Holders with packages of 20+ games have the opportunity to attend.
The event, which took place in the Skyy Lounge, included a plated lunch, a Q &A with Brewers players, and the opportunity to win prizes.
Today, Season Seat Holders were treated to a Q & A with Brewers pitcher Chase Anderson and Pitching Coach Derek Johnson, hosted by Brewers radio broadcaster Jeff Levering.
Questions for Johnson ranged from the first conversation a new pitching coach will have with members of his staff, to specific questions about his favorite pitcher, pitch counts and more, while questions for Anderson centered around pitcher/catcher relationships and his bullpen work.
In his first year with the Club, Johnson talked about establishing relationships with his staff. He talked about reached out to each of the pitchers right after he accepted the position, with the goal of helping them feel comfortable as fast as possible.
“Really that was the reason for the phone call,” he said, “To try to figure out where these guys are at, what they want to do, and how can I help facilitate that.”
When asked about his favorite pitcher, Johnson said, “The guy that pitches every night. I don’t have a favorite; I can’t have a favorite. My favorite pitcher is the guy that’s on the mound for the Brewers at any given time. You root for them equally. You live and die with them.”
From the pitcher’s point of view, Anderson talked about his bullpen work with Johnson. “We try to focus on one thing and try to get better at that. If you try to focus on everything then you are going to mediocre at all of it, but if you focus on one thing then you can get good at that.” Anderson then turned to Johnson and asked, “What’s that thing you say, DJ? Be great…?”
“Be great at what you’re good at. I’ve only told him that like 700 and something times,” Johnson laughed.
Anderson also stressed the importance of the pitcher/catcher relationship. “I think that is super important. Maybe the most important relationship we have on the baseball field. When you’re in a game, your relationship between a pitcher and a catcher is huge. There are game when I’m pitching well; he just puts a sign down and I throw it to that spot. He trusts me and I trust him.”
Thanks to those who came out today, fun was had by all.