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Miller Park Time Lapse

I included this video in my post about our #SeeUApril6 Contest, but I felt like it deserved its own post as well.

Check out this awesome time lapse of the Miller Park game day experience, put together by Scott Paulus, our team photographer:

Ah, doesn’t that just make you long for summer? The good news is–each day we’re getting one day closer to Opening Day and the fun and excitement that we know will last all summer long.

-Cait

@CMoyer

The Countdown to Brewers Opening Day is On! Win 10-Packs, Opening Day Tickets, Roundtrip Airfare and More with our #SeeUApril6 Contest

The new year brings with it a new season and, a new countdown to Opening Day, Monday, April 6 when your Brewers take on the Colorado Rockies at 1:10pm at Miller Park.

As you know, Opening Day is practically a holiday in Milwaukee and looking forward to it helps us all get through the long, cold Wisconsin winter. As of today (Tuesday, January 13) we’re just 83 days away from kicking off the 2015 season at Miller Park and #OneDayCloser to all of this:

Last year, we asked you to join us in our countdown by creating original photo(s) showing how you were counting down to the Brewers Home Opener each day leading up to it and this year, we’re inviting you to do the same.

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Here’s how it works:

For example, Friday, January 16 is 80 days until Opening Day. Fans submitting their photos showing their “80” by 5pm CT the day prior (Thursday, January 15) will be eligible to have theirs selected as the one we post across all of our social media channels on Friday, January 16.  Simply tag your entries on Instagram and/or Twitter using hashtag #SeeUApril6.

Each day, we’ll select our favorite and post it across Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Google Plus and Tumblr, giving you credit, of course!

Like last year’s contest, we’ll be selecting a Grand Prize winner, but this year the pot has been sweetened.

Each of the daily winners will be eligible to win a Qualifying Prize along the way and from those Qualifying Prize Winners, we’ll select a Grand Prize winner to win a pair of Brewers 10-Packs, Opening Day tickets AND roundtrip airfare on Southwest Airlines!

Perhaps you could use that flight to join the #BrewersRoadCrew and see the team on the road this season.

For complete rules as well as some of the first few photos we’ve selected, click here.

I can’t wait to see what you all come up with!

#SeeUApril6!

-Cait

@CMoyer

Additional Benefits to Timeless Ticket Announced

Already designed for the Brewers fan who wants the ultimate gift, the Milwaukee Brewers today announced a new, added value to the limited edition Timeless Ticket. The unique offer includes one ticket to any Brewers Opening Day or Postseason game, plus an added opportunity to redeem it for a ticket to nine additional Brewers home games (excluding Opening Day and Postseason). 

The Timeless Ticket consists of a brass ticket personalized with an engraving of the owner’s name. Only 1,000 of the items will be produced. Additional facts about the Timeless Ticket:

  • Each ticket is individually numbered, comes complete with a certificate of authenticity and is packaged in a specially-designed gift box.
  • Each ticket is authenticated by Major League Baseball and includes its own registered ID number under the MLB Authentication program.
  • The ticket weighs approximately one pound, is 6.25” by 3.5,” and sits in a wood display base.
  • The cost of the ticket (which includes the brass engraved ticket and the actual ticket to the game of the owner’s choosing) is $1,000.
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This unique opportunity allows the owner to redeem their Timeless Ticket for an actual ticket to any single future Brewers game at Miller Park, whether it’s in 2015 or 2050, or whether it’s Opening Day or the 7th game of the World Series. Plus, the package now includes ticket vouchers to attend nine additional Brewers regular season games of the owner’s choice (excluding Opening Day and Postseason).

To redeem the ticket, the owner just needs to contact the Brewers Box Office with their unique Timeless Ticket information as well as a photo ID and the date of the game he or she would like to attend. After redemption, the owner of the Timeless Ticket will keep the personalized brass statue to display. In addition, Timeless Ticket holders may purchase up to three additional companion tickets for the redeemed game at the single game box office price.

All ticket redemptions are subject to availability and owners of the Timeless Ticket are advised to contact the Brewers Box Office with their selected game as early as possible. Redemptions for the Timeless Ticket will be become available once dates for public ticket sales have been announced.

Fans may purchase the Timeless Ticket by calling 414-902-4609, by visiting Brewers.com/TimelessTicket or by sending an email to BrewersTeamStore@Brewers.com.

 

Voting Begins for T-Shirt Fridays; Fans to Select 7 T-Shirt Fridays

Back by popular demand, T-Shirt Fridays will return to Miller Park for the 2015 season. 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).

This year, the promotion comes with a twist – fans will decide the designs for each of seven T-Shirt Friday giveaways.

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Beginning today, a dozen possible T-shirt designs are posted at Brewers.com/shirtvote. Fans are able to vote for their favorite designs, ranking their top seven choices in order from one to seven. Their first choice will receive seven points, their second choice will receive six, and continuing to their seventh and final vote which will receive one point. Voting will remain open until 11:59 p.m. CT on Monday, January 19.

Fans can vote on these designs to determine the 7 t-shirts to be given away to all fans this season.

Fans can vote on these designs to determine the 7 t-shirts to be given away to all fans this season.

Once the results are in, they will be tabulated and the seven winning designs will be revealed during a special presentation at Brewers On Deck on Sunday, January 25.

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.

 

Hank Heads to Hollywood for the World Dog Awards; Last Day to #VOTEHANK as Dog of the Year

Early this morning, Hank boarded a Southwest Airlines flight from General Mitchell International Airport to Los Angeles, where he will be attending the World Dog Awards.

Our very own Ballpark Pup is an official nominee for Dog of the Year at the award show, which will take place tomorrow at the Barker Hangar in LA.

In Hank’s entourage are his adoptive mom, Marti Wronski, Brewers VP-General Counsel; his older brother, Jonah; and me.

Here are some photos from the start of his journey:

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I’ll be documenting his travels here and on our various social media sites this weekend, but you’ll have to tune in to the show on Thursday, January 15 at 7pm CT on the CW Network to find out who won!

Help lock in Hank by casting your vote-voting ends tonight! Log on to WorldDogAwards.com to #VoteHank.

 

-Cait

@CMoyer

Happy National Bobblehead Day!

The word on the street is that today is National Bobblehead Day!

With countless Brewers bobbleheads given away to fans at games over the years and 10 more All-Fan Bobblehead Giveaway dates scheduled for 2015, it only seemed natural that we celebrate by posting a few photos/videos on our social media platforms.

Happy #NationalBobbleheadDay! What is your all-time favorite #Brewers Bobblehead?

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MLB and other teams across the league took the opportunity to do the same:

(To see more photos, just search #NationalBobbleheadDay on Twitter and/or Instagram.)

It also is fitting that we have a vintage bobblehead collector in residence, Brewers Vice President-Controller Joe Zidanic.

Brewers VP-Controller Joe Zidanic and his vintage bobblehead collection.

Brewers VP-Controller Joe Zidanic and his vintage bobblehead collection.

Walking through the Brewers offices, you won’t find a single cubicle or office void of a bobblehead and many staffers, especially if they have been here many years, have quite the collections.

Joe’s, however, is unique.

He began collecting these bobbleheads in the 1970s and 80s. A couple of them even date back to before he was born, when his dad started the collection.

As a boy, he remembers going to Municipal Stadium in Cleveland (where he grew up) and purchasing the bobbleheads there with his dad. They weren’t giveaways to fans back then, but they had an area where people could purchase bobbleheads of various teams.

Joe’s collection includes all NFL Teams and all MLB Teams, although of course there are a few exceptions. For example, he has a Montreal Expos bobblehead in place of a Washington Nationals one. Similarly, the Florida Marlins and Tampa Bay Devil Rays bobbles are now outdated.

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Joe’s collection includes vintage bobbleheads of every MLB team.

 

As far as football goes, for newer teams like the Seahawks, he has a plastic version of the Kewpie-esque faced dolls, because they simply don’t make ‘em like they used to.

He’s only got doubles of one team. Ironically, he notes, that’s the Twins:

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Here’s a closeup of the NL Central bobbles:

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You may recognize the Brewers bobble in the center. We’ve used him (along with opponent bobbles) in social posts promoting upcoming match-ups in the past:

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He was also the inspiration for last year’s popular Vintage Brewers Bobblehead Giveaway:

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In 2015, we’ll be giving out another Vintage Brewers Bobble, but this one will be a retro version:

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I think Joe’s bobbleheads are very cool and unique. Yes, it’s awesome to get one representing a mascot or player (my favorite so far has been the Carlos Gomez Gold Glove bobblehead, where he is leaping over the wall), but there is just something special about these throwback ones, too.

I’m grateful to Joe for sharing his collection with me; it is obvious that he enjoys collecting them and takes great pride in showing them off. He also wanted me to be sure to share a photo of his latest acquisition–a new Packers one:

Good luck on Sunday! #GoPackGo

Good luck on Sunday! #GoPackGo

Do you have a great bobblehead collection? What is your favorite bobble? Tweet them at @Brewers using #NationalBobbleheadDay and I’ll compile a gallery of the best submissions.

Happy National Bobblehead Day!

-Cait

@CMoyer

Go to Opening Day FREE with a Brewers 10-Pack; On Sale Tomorrow at 10 a.m.

As the calendar turns, each day brings us one day closer to the return of Brewers Baseball. Fans can secure their tickets to Opening Day for free with a Brewers 10-Pack, which go on sale tomorrow at 10 a.m. There are six enticing plans to choose from, including the popular Fan’s Choice Plan which returns for 2015. All plans feature 10 home games, plus Opening Day or any other game of the fan’s choice as their FREE 11th game.

In addition to tickets to Opening Day, each of the six plans offer a unique experience. The Weekend Plan features four giveaways, including the Mother’s Day Bobblehank on May 10, June 14’s Carlos Gomez All-Star Bobblehead, a bobblehead of National League All-Star Jonathan Lucroy on August 16 and an All Fan Giveaway item to be decided by fan vote and distributed on the final day of the regular season, Sunday, October 4. The Premier Plan includes contests against all four division rivals as well as a matchup against NL West Division rival, the Los Angeles Dodgers, on May 6. The Friday Plan includes a string of five “T-Shirt Friday” giveaways starting with the June 12 game against the Washington Nationals and ending on August 14 when the Brewers host the Philadelphia Phillies. To top it off, the Friday Plan includes access to the first ever Brewers Postgame Concert Series when country artist Joe Nichols rocks Miller Park after the May 29 game against the Arizona Diamondbacks.

The popular Fan’s Choice Plan returns for the 2015 season and provides the ultimate flexibility for fans to select 10 games that fit their schedule from a list of 49 Brewers regular season home games. The plan can include several Interleague matchups, a variety of weekday and weekend games, All-Fan Bobblehead dates, T-Shirt Fridays, and more. A complete list of all six 10-Pack’s including the Fan’s Choice plan, is attached.

Packages start at $160 per seat in the Terrace Reserved ($16 per game) and can also be purchased in the Terrace Box for $250 ($25 per game), the Loge Outfield Box for $340 ($34 per game), the Club Outfield Box for $420 ($42 per game, no wait staff), the Loge Infield Box for $420 ($42 per game), the Field Outfield Box for $420 ($42 per game) and the Loge Diamond Box for $500 ($50 per game).

Brewers 10-Packs offer several benefits, including a free ticket to Opening Day (or any other home game on the 2015 schedule), guaranteed seat location, a personal account representative and priority access to Postseason tickets. In addition, 10-Pack Ticket Plans offer great savings on ticket prices. Last season, 10-Pack holders saved up to 35% off the demand-based individual game price. Each 10-Pack account will also receive three (3) exchange vouchers that can be used to exchange tickets you cannot or did not use for tickets to another game.”

Fans interested in purchasing 10-Packs are encouraged to call (414) 902-HITS (4487) or visit Brewers.com/10packs for more information.

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. For details on the contest, visit brewers.com/countdown.

-Cait

@CMoyer

BILL SCHROEDER TO BE PLACED ON “BREWERS WALL OF HONOR”

Today we announced that former player and current TV analyst Bill Schroeder will be enshrined on the “Brewers Wall of Honor” at Miller Park in 2015. The “Wall of Honor,” which was unveiled in 2014, commemorates Milwaukee Brewers players and broadcasters that meet a set criteria based on service to the Club.

The “Wall of Honor” is a permanent display outside of Miller Park on the North side of the stadium adjacent to the Hot Corner entrance. Honorees on the wall each have a plaque with their photo and a brief synopsis of their career. The plaques are designed by Matthews International, designers of the plaques for the National Baseball Hall of Fame as well as the plaques on the Milwaukee Braves Wall of Honor at Miller Park.

A pre-game ceremony to honor Schroeder will be held on Friday, July 17 when the Brewers face the Pirates at Miller Park.

“I’d like to thank the Brewers organization for recognizing me for the work I have done on and off the field,” Schroeder said. “It has truly been a labor of love. I have experienced many great moments with the team over the years and being added to the Wall of Honor tops the list.”

In 2015, Schroeder will return for his 21st season in the Brewers broadcast booth. He began his career behind the mic as the Brewers’ color man after a distinguished playing career. Schroeder spent eight seasons in the big leagues with the Brewers and California Angels, posting a career-best .332 batting average in 1987. He caught Juan Nieves’ no-hitter on April 15, 1987 at Baltimore in the midst of the team’s Major League record-tying 13-0 start. In addition, he clubbed a career-high 14 home runs and had 42 RBI that season.

“Bill Schroeder is such an important and integral part of Brewers baseball, both past and present, and we’re thrilled to be able to honor him in this way,” said Brewers Chief Operating Officer Rick Schlesinger. “As a former player and longtime broadcaster, Bill’s loyalty and commitment to the Brewers run very deep, and his place on the Wall of Honor is much deserved.”

Members who meet any of the following criteria while wearing a Brewers uniform will be inducted into the Wall of Honor:

  • 2,000 or more plate appearances
  • 1,000 or more innings pitched
  • 250 appearances as a pitcher
  • Winner of a major award (MVP, Cy Young, Rookie of the Year, or Fireman of the Year)
  • Manager of a pennant-winner
  • Individuals memorialized as a statue on the Miller Park plaza
  • Members of the National Baseball Hall of Fame who have played for the Brewers

In addition, the above criteria has been updated to allow the team to honor longtime broadcasters who played for the team. Any alum who donned a Brewers uniform for any length of time and served as a primary broadcaster for at least 20 seasons with the team will be eligible for the “Wall of Honor.”

Last year’s inaugural class included 58 members enshrined on the Brewers Wall of Honor. John Axford, Ryan Braun, Prince Fielder, Yovani Gallardo, Carlos Gomez, J.J. Hardy, Corey Hart, Jonathan Lucroy and Rickie Weeks are the nine active players that, as of today, qualify for induction into the Wall of Honor following their retirement.

Further details regarding the ceremony will be announced at a later date.

#VOTEHANK for Dog of the Year

Yesterday, I shared that Hank, everyone’s favorite “Ballpark Pup,” has been nominated for “Dog of the Year” in the CW’s World Dog Awards, which will be hosted by George Lopez and set to air on the CW Network on January 15, 2015. the awards show puts the spotlight on man’s best friend and highlights special achievements by Hank and other canines alike.

Coincidentally, today, we received this holiday photo from Matt Clark, sporting one of the new Hank sweaters. Guess we know who he is voting for! And, is that a Hank ornament we spy on his tree?

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Fans are encouraged to #VOTEHANK at WorldDogAwards.com under the category “Dog of the Year.” Voting will take place in two periods, the first continuing until December 22.  The second period of voting will occur between December 22 and January 9.

-Cait

@CMoyer

Scooter Gennett on the Offseason, Football & More

Earlier this week, Scooter Gennett was out in Los Angeles where he took part in several different interviews where he talked about everything from the Brewers lineup and his offseason to the the origin of his nickname and college football.

In case you missed them, check them out here:

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-Cait

@CMoyer

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