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.
Over the last few days, the #CactusCrew participated in various photo and video shoots to make sure their images are captured for everything from scoreboard and baseball cards to marketing collateral and TV commercials.
The big “Photo Day” was Friday, but over the last few days, the marketing team was on hand, along with folks from CI Design and Brewers Team Photographer Scott Paulus, to capture additional footage for Brewers TV commercials and stills for use in advertising and marketing materials.
One player in particular was really getting into his photo shoot with Scott:
After posing for awhile, Scooter Gennett decided he wanted to make the photos look a little more…um, authentic:
And of course, we had to GIF it:
Spring Training is finally upon us!
Are you headed to sunny, Phoenix, Arizona to see the Crew in Spring Training? Show us your favorite photo and you could be chosen to win a Brewers prize package!
Create an original photo from Spring Training in Phoenix, Arizona. Then, tweet your photo to us on Twitter and/or post it to Instagram using hashtag #CACTUSCREW for your chance to win!
You’ll also want to make sure you follow the #CactusCrew hashtag for Spring Training news, updates and chatter!
Spring Training tickets are available at brewers.com/springtraining.
If you’re not headed to AZ this year, don’t sweat it. You can listen to, and even watch, some of the Brewers Spring Training games: click here for the complete Spring Training broadcast schedule.
Several Brewers alumni were on hand at today’s Arctic Tailgate event and our own Jeff Levering spoke to Gorman Thomas, Jerry Augustine, Don August and Larry Hisle to get their impressions on the event and the fan support. Check it out:
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Thanks to all the fans who came out to Miller Park today and for those of you who purchased tickets today- 101,000 tickets were sold, tied for second-highest sold in a single day in team history. View more photos from today’s event here.