Another sign that Opening Day is fast-approaching (30 days from today!)….The World Baseball Classic is underway!
And, if you’re down in the Phoenix area this week, you’ll want to head over to Maryvale Baseball Park as the Brewers take on Team Canada’s World Baseball Classic entry this Tuesday, March 5, at 1:05pm.
That’s right, watch pitchers John Axford and Jim Henderson; infielder Taylor Green; and outfielder Rene Tosoni play an exhibition against the Brewers on Tuesday– with both Axford and Henderson scheduled to pitch against their teammates
And, as a special offer, we’ve got half-price tickets in the Outfield ($6.50) and Lawn ($4)– an absolute STEAL for fans! This offer is good at the Maryvale Box Office only. Oh, and I’m told that fans will receive mini-pennants that day, too!
The Maryvale Box Office is closed tomorrow, but will be open 9am-5pm on Monday and Tuesday.
Everybody loves Infographics and I wanted to share this one on the 2013 World Baseball Classic. The tournament begins tomorrow and will last through March 19. As I discussed in an earlier post, the Brewers originally had 14 players named to WBC rosters. That number grew to 15 when Nick Bucci was added to Team Canada. Bucci and Carlos Gomez of Team Dominican Republic, have both withdrawn from their respective teams.
Games will be broadcast on MLB Network. If you are in Phoenix for Brewers Spring Training, I highly recommend catching a game at either Chase Field or Salt River Fields. For more information visit www.worldbaseballclassic.com. If the graphic below isn’t big enough for you, you can click it to make it even bigger!
Today, I went to my very first Spring Training game in many, many years! It was so very exciting!
I got to go down on the field before the game and even sit in the dugout!
I met all kinds of very cool Brewers fans and saw a lot of familiar faces, too.
When Ryan Braun hit that home run early in the game, I was so excited–but there’s no slide at Maryvale so I improvised: I slid down the big grassy hill on the berm instead (and I’ve got the grass stains to prove it)!
Of course, I was also so happy when we won!
After the game, I got in a little Spring Training of my own:
Can’t wait to return again tomorrow!
MLB and New Era officially introduced a new series of batting practice caps as part of the MLB Authentic Collection that will be worn beginning with Spring Training. The new caps from New Era, the official cap of Major League Baseball, feature new performance technology as well as fresh designs for all 30 Clubs, including many popular logos that have never been featured on an official on-field cap.
The Brewers have two versions of the cap, one featuring the current, primary “M” and the other featuring the retro “ball-and-glove” logo. The caps are fitted.
The Diamond Era 59FIFTY incorporates new NE TECH™ performance technology, providing players with revolutionary light weight, moisture wicking caps. Made with a new state-of-the art performance diamond print fabric, the Diamond Era 59FIFTY is lighter for increased breathability. The cap also features SOLAREA™, 50+ UV protection that helps deflect the sun’s rays and COOLERA™ technology that wicks away sweat to keep players comfortable and dry.
The collection will be available for purchase next week at the Brewers Team Store by Majestic at Miller Park, the Brewers FanZone Store at Maryvale Baseball Park in Phoenix, on MLB.com and and at all major retailers beginning in March.
Can you believe it!? We are already packing up for Arizona and Spring Training. Tony Migliaccio and his Brewers clubhouse crew were busy this morning packing up the Spring Training equipment truck that leaves today around 3 p.m. for Arizona.
Everything that the team needs is packed up and sent down to Arizona. Bats, balls, shoes, hats, jerseys, workout gear, medical supplies, medical files, baseball files–you name it, it’s on the truck. We basically move our entire operation to Arizona for two months and most of what we need is packed on this truck.
The truck will leave this afternoon and make it to Arizona on January 23 where it is unpacked at Maryvale Baseball Park. This is a well-oiled machine and the clubhouse crew does a great job of making this large move very easy.
Brewers team photographer Scott Paulus and I snapped some shots of the action today in the Brewers clubhouse at Miller Park.
Special thanks to Migliaccio, Phil Rozewicz, Jason Shawger and the rest of the Brewers clubhouse crew pictured above for letting us get some behind the scenes access to the packing of the equipment truck today.
Did the release of the Spring Training Schedule earlier this week get you ready for some Brewers baseball in the Arizona sun? If so, the Brewers and Brewers Enterprises today announced plans for the Fourth Annual “Brewers Road Crew” Spring Training Trip. This one-of-a-kind opportunity will again be offered to fans looking to join the Brewers in Spring Training as they prepare for the season in Phoenix. Nearly every facet of the trip will be handled as Brewers Enterprises will arrange all the details for the March 13 – 17 trip.
As part of the experience, fans will enjoy two games at the Brewers Spring Training home, Maryvale Baseball Park, and one Brewers “road” game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick. The trip will bring travelers face-to-face with members of the Brewers broadcast team, members of the Baseball Operations staff, and even former Brewers players and coaches through special receptions and tailgate parties.
Guests will stay four nights at the Hilton Embassy Suites (Biltmore) which features an outdoor, heated swimming pool, whirlpool, exercise room, on-site restaurant and complimentary shuttle service to Biltmore area attractions. Guest rooms are two-room suites with a wet bar, microwave, refrigerator, coffee maker and two flat-screen televisions. Complimentary made-to-order breakfasts and late-afternoon cocktail and hors d’oeuvre receptions are offered daily at the hotel. The hotel is located next to the Biltmore Fashion Park on 24th Street and Camelback. It is centrally located and just minutes away to activities at Maryvale Baseball Park, Old Town Scottsdale, Downtown Phoenix and Camelback Mountain.
As an added bonus, fans on the trip will receive a ticket to Opening Day at Miller Park on Monday, April 1, 2013 as the Brewers take on the Colorado Rockies.
Space is limited to 80 guests and the travel packages are on sale now. The price for a single traveler is $2,495 and the price for a couple (double occupancy) is $4,295. Each additional guest per room is $2,150. For more information and to reserve your spot, please call 414-902-GOAZ (4629) or visit millerpark.com. The full list of package inclusions follows:
-Non-Stop Round Trip Airfare from Milwaukee to Phoenix via Southwest Airlines
-Hotel Accommodations for four nights at Hilton Embassy Suites (Biltmore)
-Transportation to & from the airport, hotel and Spring Training complexes
-Tickets for three Spring Training games
- March 13, 2013 vs. Arizona Diamondbacks (Salt River Fields)
- March 15, 2013 vs. Cleveland Indians (Maryvale)
- March 16, 2013 vs. Cincinnati Reds (Maryvale)
-Made-to-order breakfast each morning
-Cocktail & Hors d ‘Oeuvres Reception hosted each night by the hotel
-Tailgate Party before a game, with visits from Brewers alumni, minor league prospects, coaches and broadcasters
-A ticket to Opening Day at Miller Park (April 1, 2013 vs. the Colorado Rockies)
-A customized Brewers gift bag
-Private dinner reception in Scottsdale, Arizona
Additional opportunities available for guests to win on the trip:
-Run the Sausage Race or hold the finish line at a Spring Training game (Maryvale)
-Throw out a 1st pitch for a Spring Training game (Maryvale)
-Pairs of Brewers 2013 regular season game tickets
-Watch the game from the broadcast booth (Maryvale)
If you are looking for the ultimate full service trip to Spring Training, this is it. They cover all the basis and let you sit back relax and enjoy Brewers baseball and the Arizona sun.
If you live in Milwaukee, you saw the first couple snowflakes of the winter last night. Don’t let that get you down. Think spring everyone because I am very happy to present you with the Brewers 2013 Spring Training schedule!
With this being a World Baseball Classic year, the report dates and games start even earlier, making everyone’s winter a bit shorter. Pitchers and catchers with zero to three years of Major League service time are scheduled to report to Spring Training on Tuesday, February 12. All position players and pitchers and catchers with three-plus years of Major League service have a report date of Friday, February 15, 2013.
The first game is Saturday, February 23 at Maryvale Baseball Park against Oakland. The Brewers will play a total of 35 Spring Training and exhibition games in 2013, including 17 at Maryvale Baseball Park in Phoenix and two games at Miller Park.
The Brewers will play games at Maryvale against NL Central rivals Cincinnati on Saturday, March 16 and against the Chicago Cubs on Friday, March 22. Other home highlights include a St. Patrick’s Day game (Sunday, March 17) against Los Angeles in Glendale and a game versus Team Canada’s World Baseball Classic entry on Tuesday, March 5.
The team has two split squad games scheduled during the spring. The slate includes Monday, February 25 vs. San Diego (SS) and at Cincinnati, and Sunday, March 24 vs. Colorado and at San Diego.
The last home game at Maryvale Baseball Park for the Brewers is set for Wednesday, March 27 against Kansas City. The Brewers will return home to Miller Park to play two games against the White Sox to round out the exhibition season, scheduled for Friday, March 29 at 7:10 p.m. and Saturday, March 30 at 1:10 p.m.
All Brewers games played in the Cactus League are scheduled for 1:05 pm starts (Arizona Time), except for Wednesday, March 13 at the Diamondbacks (7:10 p.m. local/9:10 p.m. CT start).
Tickets for the Milwaukee Brewers home Spring Training games at Maryvale Baseball Park will go on sale at 9 am CT on Monday, December 3 via the internet at Brewers.com and by phone at 1-800-933-7890. Normal business hours are from 9am – 5pm CST. Sales at the Maryvale Baseball Park Box Office will begin on Monday, February 4, 2013. Tickets are available in four seating areas: Field Box ($22), Infield Reserved ($16), Outfield Reserved ($13) and Lawn Seating ($8). Information on Spring Training Season Tickets can be obtained by calling the Milwaukee Brewers Ticket Office at 414-902-4000. Tickets for the two games at Miller Park against the Chicago White Sox will go on sale at a later date.
We will release a promotional and broadcast schedule later. Please note that games and times are subject to change.
Here is the Spring Training Schedule 2013 as a .PDF list.