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Will Smith Poses as “Bill Schmidt,” Goes Undercover at Brewers on Deck

Somehow, in the midst of all the fun and excitement at Brewers On Deck, Brewers reliever Will Smith (not the actor) was able to go undercover, posing as a reporter for fake news channel WILL-13 (we picked Lancaster, Wisconsin because we wanted a town that started with an “L”).

We outfitted him with a jacket, credentials and a microphone and sent him out into the crowd with a videographer to interview some unsuspecting fans.

And it was awesome:

There was so much great material it was hard to pair it all down. There were also a lot of outtakes, including some interviews with his teammates, which we felt merited their own separate video:

“I had a really good time doing it,” Will told me. “It was a fun experience playing around with the fans.”

Did Will trick you? Let us know in the comments below!

For a full recap of Brewers On Deck, click here.

-Cait

@CMoyer

 

Brewers On Deck Wrap-Up

Thank you to the nearly 12,000 fans who streamed through the doors of the Wisconsin Center on Sunday for Brewers On Deck!

From autographs, photographs and interviews to game shows, merchandise and kids activities there was something for everyone and so much going on it was almost dizzying at times.

For me personally, it was a ton of fun working over at the Social Media Stage. I asked you to stop by, check it out and say hello and you did! We had some great crowds and I enjoyed meeting a lot of my Twitter buddies in person.

We’ve put some highlights from that stage up on brewers.com/ondeck.

There, you’ll find:

Photobombs from Carlos Gomez and Gerardo Parra:

Clips from “Heads Up” with Mike Fiers and Jimmy Nelson*:

*Sorry, guys, we had trouble with the video files from Rob Wooten & Tyler Thornburg‘s games.

The @TwitterlessSchafer Instagram Q&A with Logan Schafer:

Here is @twitterlessschafer's Instagram Q&A from #BrewersOnDeck! "Why no Twitter?"-@JulesK3

A video posted by brewers (@brewers) on

#MattChat60 with Matt Clark:

and Jim Henderson’s interview of new Brewers pitcher Corey Knebel:

In addition to those activities, we also had pitchers Jeremy Jeffress and Michael Blazek stop by for some social fun and games. There was Twitter Trivia, :15 of Favorites and Selfies in Seconds:

The Social Media Stage sure kept us busy, but we did find time to cover the rest of the event.

Here are some highlights that we posted on social media during the day:

A special #BrewersOnDeck cameo from the Dog of the Year, Hank the #BallparkPup!

A photo posted by brewers (@brewers) on

Will Smith and Brandon Kintzler. So much for #BullpenLove. #Brewlyweds #Brewers #BrewersOnDeck

A video posted by brewers (@brewers) on

Introducing….the official Barrelman Mascot, making his debut at #BrewersOnDeck!

A photo posted by brewers (@brewers) on

Clint Coulter engages in an intense game of ping pong at #BrewersOnDeck! #hyperlapse

A video posted by brewers (@brewers) on

In addition, here’s a gallery of some other pics we grabbed:

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And thank YOU for submitting your photos on Twitter & Instagram using #BrewersOnDeck! We’re currently going through them to determine our favorites for our contest, but there is still time to upload them to be eligible to win great prizes.

Thank you once again for attending Brewers On Deck. Opening Day is just 69 days away. #SeeUApril6!

 

-Cait

@CMoyer

 

 

OPENING DAY TICKET OPPORTUNITY BEGINS TOMORROW; Weekend Games also Included in Opening Day Opportunity at Brewers.com

Today we announced specifics of an Opening Day Ticket Opportunity that will allow fans the chance to purchase tickets to Opening Day and weekend games at Miller Park prior to the sale of individual tickets.

Beginning tomorrow, January 27 at 9 a.m. and continuing through Monday, February 16 at 11:59pm, fans can go to Brewers.com and register for the opportunity to purchase up to four tickets to Opening Day on Monday, April 6 against the Colorado Rockies. Due to limited availability, the Opening Day Ticket Opportunity includes single seats, standing room only and some obstructed view seats. In addition, fans can register for a maximum of eight tickets to each of the weekend games (Friday-Sunday) at Miller Park.

Following registration, a pool of randomly selected winners will be chosen and provided access to an online pre-sale opportunity, based on available inventory. The winners will be notified on Friday, February 20. Fans who win the chance to purchase tickets for Opening Day will be able to purchase tickets starting on Tuesday, February 24 at 9 a.m., while fans who win the chance to purchase tickets for weekend games will be able to do so starting on Wednesday, February 25 at 9 a.m.

There is no charge to register. This will be the only opportunity for fans to purchase single game tickets for Opening Day, other than a very small number set aside for fans lining up at the Box Office on the first day of individual game sales at Miller Park. Single game ticket sales will go on sale at a later date (exact date TBD).

Meanwhile, there are still options available for fans to guarantee their place at Miller Park for Opening Day and other popular games with 10-Packs starting as low as $160.  Each 10-Pack includes 10 Brewers home games, plus a bonus of Opening Day or any other game of the fan’s choice absolutely FREE. Fans interested in purchasing 10-Packs are encouraged to call 414-902-HITS (4487) or visit Brewers.com/10packs for more information.

Please note: A very limited amount of individual tickets will be available for Opening Day.

Brewers Reveal Winning T-Shirt Fridays Designs Selected through Fan Vote

In an event that concluded just moments ago, we unveiled the seven designs that will be used for the T-Shirt Friday All Fan Giveaways this year. The winners were announced in a special Main Stage event at Brewers On Deck, the team’s official off-season Fanfest.

All fans in attendance during each of the seven Friday home games from June through August will receive a complimentary Brewers–themed T-shirt (available in both medium and extra-large sizes). And for the first time, fans decided the designs for each of the seven T-Shirt Friday giveaways through an online vote.

From January 12 - 19, a dozen possible T-shirt designs were posted at Brewers.com. Fans were able to vote for their favorite designs, ranking their top seven choices in order from one to seven. Their first choice received seven points, their second choice received six, continuing to their seventh and final vote which received one point.

The results are in and the seven winning designs were revealed with Brewers players, alumni, broadcasters and mascots serving as the “stage models” for each design.

June 12 –Ball & Glove Logo (Powder Blue) presented by Hupy and Abraham

MB-15_TShirt Friday-Ball&Glove-Sky

June 26 – Luuuuuc (Navy Blue) presented by Kwik Trip

MB-15_TShirt Friday-LUUUC-Navy

July 17 – “Roll Out the Barrel” (Royal Blue)

MB-15_TShirt Friday-Roll Out the Barrel-Royal

July 31 – Brewers Baseball (Navy Blue)

MB-15_TShirt Friday-M State-Navy

August 7 – 1970’s M (Royal Blue) presented by ORBIS Corporation

MB-15_TShirt Friday-70s M-Royal Heather

August 14 – Wisconsin Ball & Glove (Yellow) presented by Master Printwear

MB-15_TShirt Friday-WI State Retro Logo-Yellow

August 28 – Milwaukee Brewers Retro (White) presented by Arise Health Plan

MB-15_TShirt Friday-Retro Brewers-White

While individual tickets are not yet on sale, fans can guarantee their spot at Miller Park for T-Shirt Fridays – plus receive free Opening Day tickets – with a Brewers 10-Pack, on sale now at brewers.com/10packs or by calling (414) 902-HITS (4487).

Fans can share in the excitement of counting down to Brewers Opening Day by following the Brewers on social media, and also enter to win a pair of 10-Packs, tickets to Opening Day and roundtrip airfare on Southwest Airlines, by posting their creative countdown photos on Twitter and/or Instagram using the hashtag #SeeUApril6.

-Cait

@CMoyer

Cait’s Brewers On Deck Preview

I can’t believe we are less than 15 hours away from Brewers On Deck 2015!

You can find the schedule and list of attendees here, but as we put the finishing touches on setup, I’ve also pulled together a preview for you.

Whether you already bought your tickets and are plotting out your day, or you’re still deciding on whether or not you’re going to attend tomorrow, I hope this preview is helpful (and puts you over the edge in deciding to come!).

First, below is a map of the event at the Wisconsin Center that will help you plan your day.

Brewers On Deck Map 2015

Spend 10 Minutes: Walking through the Brewers Museum, letting your kids be a Fox Sports Wisconsin Junior Announcer or checking out the memorabilia tables.

Don’t Miss:  The winning Brewers T-Shirt Friday design reveal on the Main Stage at 10:15am.  And the Game Shows! “The Brewlywed Game” is up first on the Main Stage at 12:30pm. The Brewers take on “The Newlywed Game” will be very entertaining. New this year is “The Brewers Call to the Pen,” a Pictionary-like drawing game, which starts at 3:15pm on the Main Stage.

Best New Addition: Yes, I’m completely biased, but also very excited about the Social Media Stage this year! All day long, we’re going to have fun and games on the half hour (10:30am, 11:30am, etc.) with appearances by players who are active on Twitter and Instagram. I’ll be your host for the day and not only will we entertain you, but we’ll be looking for some audience participation, as well! Stop by!

Another great new addition is the chance to play ping pong with the Crew. Games are free and players will be at the table all day. More details can be found in your program tomorrow.

Hidden Gem: The Brewers Community Foundation live auction. They’ve got some great items up for bid at Noon at the Interactive Stage. Also, don’t miss the Bonus Autograph Stage, where autographs are free all day long!

Reminders:

  • Bring your non-perishable food items to support Hunger Task Force and new or gently-used children’s books to donate to support Next Door’s Books for Kids program.
  • Use the hashtag #BrewersOnDeck to share your photos via Twitter and Instagram and you’ll be entered to win great prizes, including a trip down Bernie Brewer’s slide, tickets and more!

See you tomorrow!

-Cait

@CMoyer

Fun and Games in Store at the Social Media Stage at #BrewersOnDeck

If you’re like me, you’re getting super pumped up for Brewers On Deck on Sunday. For one day, we can all pretend it is 70 degrees and sunny when the boys of summer return to town.

The schedule for this year’s event in jam-packed with autograph & photo sessions, game shows, interviews, kids clinics and so much more.

I’m really excited to tell you about one new addition in particular. This year,  we’ve added some programming to the Social Media Stage. On the half hour (10:30am, 11:30am, 12:30pm, 1:30pm, 2:30pm, 3:30pm and 4:30pm), there will be all sorts of fun and games taking place. We’re talking selfies, photobombs, trivia, player visits and more. I don’t want to disclose too much, but I do need your help with two things:

1) We’ll be hosting an Instagram Q&A with  Brewers outfielder Logan Schafer!

Logan’s teammates jokingly tweeted about him using the hashtag #TwitterlessSchafer last season when it seemed he was one of the only guys on the team not to be on that social network. But that’s okay, not everyone has to be on every social site, right?

Something you might not know about Logan…he really enjoys photography! So instead of Twitter, Logan  joined Instagram last season… choosing the ironic handle of @TwitterlessSchafer.

At the event, live on stage, Logan will be answering questions that fans submit in advance via Instagram. We’ll be videotaping his responses and posting them when he’s through.

To submit your question to Logan, click here:

2) We’ll also be hosting a Twitter Q&A with Brewers  infielder Matt Clark!

Matt is active on both Twitter and Instagram, so make sure you’re following him on Twitter @MattClark60 and on Instagram at @MattTC60.

Submit your questions via Twitter using the hashtag#MattChat60.

At the event,on stage, Matt will be answering questions that fans had submitted in advance via Twitter and we’ll be posting his responses live from @Brewers.

Please get your questions in for both of these guys by 5pm on Saturday. That’s when we’ll be choosing our favorites to ask during Brewers On Deck.

I’ll be manning the Social Media Stage on Sunday (and probably running around all over the place, too), so please stop by to say hello and stick around for the fun and games!

ALSO! Don’t forget to Tweet and/or Instagram your photos from the event using #BrewersOnDeck for your chance to win great prizes!

See you Sunday!

-Cait

@CMoyer

Complete 2015 Brewers Schedule Announced; Updated Schedule Includes Home and Road Game Times

Today we announced the complete schedule for the 2015 season, with home and road game times included.

The Brewers will open the season at home against the Colorado Rockies on Monday, April 6 in the start of a six-game homestand over seven days. Following the opening series against the Rockies, the Brewers will play each of their next 22 games against National League Central Division opponents. After a three-game, weekend series against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the opening homestand, the Brewers travel to St. Louis and Pittsburgh for the first road trip of the season from April 13-19.

The Interleague schedule will feature games against each team in the American League Central Division, beginning against the Chicago White Sox at Miller Park from May 11-13. A week later, the team faces the Detroit Tigers on the road from May 18-20. The border battle with the Minnesota Twins includes a three-game weekend series at Target Field from June 5-7 and a home weekend series from June 26-28. The Brewers will play back-to-back two-game series with the Kansas City Royals – June 15-16 at Miller Park and June 17-18 at Kauffman Stadium. The team also plays a pair of two-game series against the Cleveland Indians – July 21-22 at home and August 25-26 at Progressive Field.

The longest homestand in 2015 will be 11 games from July 30 – August 9 against Chicago-NL (4g), San Diego (4g) and St. Louis (3g). Milwaukee will also host a 10-game homestand from May 4-13 versus Los Angeles-NL (4g), Chicago-NL (3g) and Chicago-AL (3g).

The team will make four, three-city road trips including three 10-game trips. The first 10-game road trip will take place at New York-NL (May 15-17), Detroit (May 18-20) and Atlanta (May 21-24). The final two road trips of the season are also 10-game trips. The first of the final two trips will take place in Cincinnati (September 4-6), Miami (September 7-9) and Pittsburgh (September 10-13), and the second will take place in Chicago-NL (September 21-23), St. Louis (September 24-27) and San Diego (September 29 – October 1).

The Brewers will play at home on Mother’s Day, May 10 vs. Chicago-NL and Memorial Day, May 25 vs. San Francisco.

Most weekday night games at Miller Park will start at 7:10 p.m. (April 20, May 4, May 11 and September 3 will start at 6:20 p.m.). Home weekday day games in April and May will start at 12:40 p.m. (except for Opening Day and Memorial Day, which will both start at 1:10 p.m.). Sunday home games and weekday day games at Miller Park from June through September will start at 1:10 p.m. with one exception (the final game of the regular season on Sunday, October 4 vs. Chicago-NL will begin at 2:10 p.m.). Most Saturday home games will begin at 6:10 p.m. (May 30 vs. Arizona and June 13 vs. Washington will begin at 3:10 p.m. and June 27 vs. Minnesota is slated for a 1:10 p.m. first pitch).

All game dates and times are subject to change. Click here for a PDF of the complete 2015 Brewers Schedule.

 

JEFF LEVERING JOINS BREWERS IN PLAY-BY-PLAY, NEW MEDIA ROLE

The Milwaukee Brewers today announced that Jeff Levering will join the organization as the newest member of the Brewers radio broadcast team.  Levering will serve as a play-by-play broadcaster on select road games on 620 WTMJ and the Brewers Radio Network, as well as provide content for the Brewers online, social and new media channels.

In his new role, Levering will handle three innings of play-by-play as he fills in on games missed by Brewers Hall of Fame broadcaster, Bob Uecker. For days when he is not on the air, Levering will provide video, photo, audio and written content for Brewers.com and various other Brewers social media platforms.

Levering’s first official day with the Brewers will be this Sunday as he will be welcomed on the Main Stage at Brewers On Deck (10 am-5 pm at the Wisconsin Center).

“Jeff will be a great addition to the organization, and this is an opportunity for him to contribute both in the radio booth and in our new media efforts,” said Brewers Chief Operating Officer Rick Schlesinger. “By creating this role, we have a consistent voice filling in when Bob elects to stay home on occasional road trips, and we add resources to our expanding social media outreach. We welcome Jeff to the organization and look forward to introducing him to Brewers fans at Brewers On Deck.”

Levering spent the past two seasons as the lead play-by-play broadcaster of the reigning International League champion Pawtucket Red Sox.  In addition to his game-day broadcasting duties, he hosted the pre- and post-game shows, “PawSox” Insider, a weekly, one-hour radio magazine show; provided video content for the team website and wrote a blog, “45 Miles from Fenway,” which ranked in the Top-15 nationally among Minor League writers.

“I am thrilled beyond words to be joining the Milwaukee Brewers broadcast team as well as their talented front office,” Levering said. “Being part of a radio booth that features the legendary Bob Uecker and Joe Block is a tremendous honor, and a responsibility that I don’t take lightly. Calling games in the Major Leagues has been a dream of mine since I was a kid and to have a chance to realize it is truly amazing. I can’t thank the Brewers enough for their faith in me and allowing me the opportunity to work in such a terrific organization. My family is excited to immerse ourselves in Milwaukee and be diehard Brewers fans.”

Levering received his degree in broadcast journalism from Chapman University in Orange, California where he also played baseball all four years and was the starting designated hitter on the 2003 D-III National Championship baseball team in Appleton, WI.  He and his wife, Ashley, have a son, Brock, who was born in October of 2014.

“We’re excited to integrate Jeff into the Brewers radio broadcast with Bob and Joe,” said Carl Moll, Director of Network Operations for Journal Broadcast Group. “His work in the minor leagues has been impressive and he’s ready to move to the Major League level.”

Jonathan Lucroy Attends State of the Union Address

Last night, Jonathan Lucroy attended President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address to Congress as the guest of Sen. Ron Johnson.

Lucroy was being honored for his charitable efforts, among them many associated with military veterans, most notably Fisher House Wisconsin, which services families of veterans receiving care at Milwaukee’s Zablocki VA Medical Center. In November, Lucroy traveled with veterans on an Honor Flight to visit the World War II and Korean War memorials in Washington, and he has also provided scholarships to military families.

The senator remarked: “Mr. Lucroy, the All-Star catcher for the Milwaukee Brewers, has become a hero to Wisconsin sports fans with his excellent performance on the field. But to me, he is an even bigger hero off the field: He is using his baseball fame to highlight some great Wisconsin charities.”

“It’s not about political affiliation,” Lucroy told Brewers.com’s Adam McCalvy. “But am I interested in politics? Yes, and this is a thing that not a lot of people get to experience, so why not go and experience it? I’m going to be able to go tour some stuff that people don’t get to tour, and see some things most people don’t get to see. I love history, so why not go and do it and get to tell my kids about it?”

MLB.com’s Anthony Castrovince also caught up with Lucroy today. Click here for that story.

-Cait

@CMoyer

SPRING MADNESS (414) RETURNS TO MILLER PARK IN 2015; Limited Time Special Ticket Offer Available January 23-25

Brewers On Deck is just days away and Spring Training is right around the corner, so to help get fans in the mood for the upcoming baseball season, the Brewers today announced that Spring Madness (414) will return after a popular 2014 debut.

The celebration of the coming of spring will arrive at Miller Park on Friday, April 10 through Sunday, April 12, when the team takes on the division rival Pittsburgh Pirates for a three-game series. For this one special weekend, fans can not only save 50% on designated tickets, the team will also honor Milwaukee’s area code with some of the most popular concession items priced at $1 and $4 for the second consecutive year.

Beginning at noon Friday, January 23 and continuing through Sunday, January 25 at 11:59 p.m., Brewers fans will have a unique opportunity to purchase a limited quantity of select tickets discounted at a 50% savings. The offer is available by visiting brewers.com/springmadness. Fans in attendance of Brewers On Deck will also have access to purchase select locations for the Spring Madness games by visiting any of the Ticket Sales Booths within the exhibition halls. All sales will be cash only at the event.

As an added bonus, the Brewers will celebrate the return of spring to the 414 area code with special deals on select concession items during all three Spring Madness games. All domestic draft, 16-ounce beers will be $4, small Pepsi products and hot dogs will be $1, and nachos will be $4.

“Spring Madness (414) was one of our most popular promotions when it debuted last year, and we’re giving fans the chance to get a jump on purchasing individual tickets to ensure their place at Miller Park for this special weekend,” said Brewers Chief Operating Officer Rick Schlesinger. “For anyone who is looking to knock the chill off the winter months, there’s no better way to ‘think spring’ than with this special offer.”

For more information, please visit brewers.com/springmadness or call 414-902-4000.

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