We are pleased to welcome another special guest to today’s game. Thanks to Make-A-Wish Wisconsin and Arizona, today is Adam’s Wish Day at Maryvale.
Adam Fritz, 16, and his family traveled from New Berlin, Wisconsin to fulfill Adam’s wish to attend Brewers Spring Training and meet Ryan Braun.
Prior to the start of the Brewers vs. Reds game, Adam took a behind-the-scenes tour of Maryvale where he received his own uniform and had the chance to meet with several Brewers players during batting practice.
He also enjoyed some quality one-on-one time with Ryan Braun, talking with him and even getting to play catch.
Adam is a pitcher on his high school team back home and Ryan was very impressed by his arm.
“My favorite part was getting to meet Ryan Braun,” Adam told me. “We talked about baseball, where I’m from…and he told me I’m an inspiration to him.” Ryan, who gave Adam his batting gloves straight off his hands after BP, also surprised Adam with a baseball bat inscribed, “To Adam, Continued success in all that you do! Keep fighting! All my best-Ryan Braun.”
Adam also threw out the first pitch:
Here are a just a few photos from Adam’s special day:
Adam was accompanied by his parents, Kevin and Michele; his brother, Austin and his brother’s girlfriend, Lizzy. The family is here for the week and plans to tour Chase Field and attend another Brewers game at Maryvale.
We have a special guest with us at today’s game. Thanks to Make-A-Wish Wisconsin and Arizona, today is Kelci’s Wish Day at Maryvale.
Kelci, 9, and her family traveled from Milwaukee, Wisconsin down to Arizona on Saturday. They’re here until Wednesday and today and tomorrow are the crux of the trip–she’s fulfilling her wish to attend Brewers Spring Training.
Prior to the start of the Brewers vs. Royals game, Kelci took a behind-the-scenes tour of Maryvale, had the chance to meet with several Brewers players & coaches during batting practice (including her favorite player, Carlos Gomez) and also threw out the first pitch–to another favorite, Jonathan Lucroy:
Tomorrow, she has the opportunity to tour Chase Field and attend the Brewers game again.
When I asked Kelci why this was her wish, she said, “I like watching baseball.”
When I asked her why, she said, “There are barely any fights. I like how they bat and stuff.” Seems like as good a reason as any!
Here are a just a few photos from Kelci’s special day:
Kelci was accompanied by her parents, Dewey and Karen; her sister Kylee; her aunt, Lynn; and her grandmother, Ann.
Last summer in Brewers Community Foundation’s Ultimate Auction, Tracy bid on–and won– a “Player for a Day” experience for her husband John.
“It was an awesome Father’s Day present from my wife and my three kids,” John said. The couple have one son (8), and two daughters (5 and 7).
The prize package included roundtrip airfare to Arizona, tickets to the Brewers vs. Royals game at Maryvale and full VIP treatment, including a full uniform with personalized jersey and a locker in the clubhouse, a tour, the chance to be on the field and the opportunity to meet players.
The couple flew in from Iola, Wisconsin and were enjoying their time in the dugout when I caught up with them:
Have fun, guys, hope you enjoy the game!
Back in Milwaukee, unseasonably warm weather has everyone–including the grass–thinking spring.
This morning, the Michael Boettcher, Director of Grounds, and the Grounds Crew staff started pulling covers from the field at Miller Park:
Just another sign that we’re #OneDayCloser to Opening Day–28 days and counting!
Tonight, Bob Uecker was honored at the Vince Lombardi Award of Excellence Dinner Ball, held at the Pfister Hotel in downtown Milwaukee.
Created in 1990, the Vince Lombardi Award of Excellence Dinner Ball was created as a means of recognizing individuals who have made a Hall of Fame contribution to sport, profession or business in a manner that exemplifies appreciation of God, country, society, family and self, not only for the sport, profession or business involved, but to the men, women and children whose lives are enhanced by emulating those standards.
Congratulations to Bob Uecker on receiving this prestigious award; he has truly captured the spirit of commitment and pursuit of excellence, standards which define the legendary coach Vince Lombardi and the Vince Lombardi Cancer Foundation.
Yesterday, we released this photo of Brewers starting pitcher Kyle Lohse sporting a customized bathrobe with “Brewers” on the front and his name and number on the back:
The robe was a gift from fellow starter Matt Garza, who purchased one for each of the starting pitchers prior to reporting to camp.
After posting the photo of Kyle, we received lots of feedback and the story got picked up by numerous media outlets, so this morning, I caught up with Matt to get the story behind the robe:
FOX Sports Wisconsin and the Milwaukee Brewers today announced a 150-game television schedule for the 2015 season. FOX Sports Wisconsin will serve as the exclusive, local television home for the Milwaukee Brewers.
FOX Sports Wisconsin’s regular season coverage begins Monday, April 6, with the Brewers home opener against Colorado — the first of six televised games against the Rockies. Coverage will begin at noon with a special one-hour edition of Brewers Live from Miller Park.
Other highlights from the 2015 schedule include: nineteen games against divisional rival Chicago Cubs, seventeen match-ups against the St. Louis Cardinals, two series with the Minnesota Twins scheduled for June 5-7 and 26-28, as well as five games against the defending World Series champion San Francisco Giants.
Brian Anderson will continue to serve as the primary play-by-play announcer with Matt Lepay joining analyst Bill Schroeder in the broadcast booth for select telecasts. Craig Coshun also will serve as play-by-play announcer for select telecasts, while continuing his role as the main host for Brewers Live pre and postgame shows. Brewers Live airs before and after Brewers telecasts with Jeff Grayson, Telly Hughes and Sophia Minnaert reporting, as well as analysis from former first base coach Davey Nelson and former Brewer Jerry Augustine.
As previously announced, FOX Sports Wisconsin also will televise a total of 12 Brewers spring training games in 2015 beginning Thursday, March 5, with a match-up against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. For the complete schedule, click here.
FOX Sports Wisconsin reaches more than 1.5 million homes and telecasts nearly 2,600 hours of locally produced programming per year. For more information on the Emmy Award-winning regional sports network, visit: FOXSportsWisconsin.com
Last season, the Brewers Team Store released limited edition bobbleheads available for fans to purchase.
These bobbleheads were such a hit that they’re doing it again. The 2015 Mascot Bobble of the Month Series will feature seven bobbles, with one new bobble being released each month, March – September.
The first Bobble of the Month is a BobbleHank, which will be available beginning March 5 at the Brewers Team Store at Miller Park AND in Maryvale. It retails for $99.
Only 250 of these bobbles will be sold, so be sure to act quickly to add this limited edition piece to your collection!
For those asking, a supply will be available online at a yet to be determined date; I’ll do my best to keep you posted.
Today we announced the return of a unique ticket promotion known as the “Brewers Chance 2 Advance Ticket Plan,” which allows fans the chance to upgrade their seats to the next highest ticket category every time the Brewers win.
Only a limited number of plans will be available, and they go on sale tomorrow, Wednesday, March 4. Tickets for this promotion sold out in 2013 and 2014 – the first two years of the promotion – so fans will want to act quickly. Last season, the Brewers won five games during the promotion and fans that purchased this ticket plan advanced to the Loge Infield Box.
Here’s how it works: For just $99, you get tickets to nine select Tuesday games at Miller Park, plus the chance to advance all the way to the Field Diamond Box. You start with seats in Bernie’s Terrace for all nine games, but with each Brewers win, you upgrade your seating area. On Tuesday, May 12, you’ll sit in Bernie’s Terrace for the first game of the plan against the Chicago White Sox. If the Crew wins, you’ll advance to the next seating tier for the following game in the plan.
Every time the Brewers win, you simply exchange your Bernie’s Terrace ticket for a ticket in the next best seating area for only $2. You remain in that seat location until the Brewers win the next game in the plan. If the Brewers don’t win, simply exchange your Bernie’s Terrace ticket at no cost for a seat in the same section where you last advanced – no backsliding.
Ticket Plan Game Dates:
Tuesday, May 12 vs. Chicago-AL 7:10 p.m.
Tuesday, May 26 vs. San Francisco 7:10 p.m.
Tuesday, June 16 vs. Kansas City 7:10 p.m.
Tuesday, June 23 vs. New York-NL 7:10 p.m.
Tuesday, July 7 vs. Atlanta 7:10 p.m.
Tuesday, July 21 vs. Cleveland 7:10 p.m.
Tuesday, August 4 vs. San Diego 7:10 p.m.
Tuesday, August 18 vs. Miami 7:10 p.m.
Tuesday, September 1 vs. Pittsburgh 7:10 p.m.
Order of Seat Upgrades
- Bernie’s Terrace
- Terrace Reserved
- Terrace Box
- Loge Outfield
- Loge Infield
- Club Outfield
- Field Outfield
- Field Infield
- Field Diamond
Ticket upgrades must be done in person at the Miller Park Ticket Office (between Windows 1-12 located behind home plate) anytime between the conclusion of the previous game and the start of the next game in the ticket plan. Box Office hours are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Saturdays from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sundays from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Tickets for this plan will be available tomorrow, beginning at 10 a.m. Tickets can be purchased by calling (414) 902-GAME (4263) or by visiting Brewers.com/advance. Service fees apply.
Today, we announced the launch of a brand new podcast, Brewers on Tap, hosted by broadcaster Jeff Levering. The new podcast will feature all things Brewers including interviews with players and fans, trivia contests, social media updates and much more.
Brewers on Tap will be released weekly and will be free to download. Levering, the newest member of the Brewers broadcasting team, will interview players, speak with fans and members of the front office and talk Brewers baseball. Brewers on Tap will also air audio flashbacks, provide historical Brewers information and answer fan questions. During the season, the new podcast will look ahead at upcoming road trips and preview promotions that will take place at Miller Park.
This is the first podcast that the Brewers have produced. The initial episode will be available for download on Wednesday, March 4. Each additional installment will be released every Wednesday. Fans can listen to Brewers on Tap by visiting brewers.com/podcast. Brewers on Tap will also be available as free download on iTunes.