BREWERS RECEIVE NATIONAL SPORTS FORUM ADCHIEVEMENT OVERALL AWARD OF ADVERTISING EXCELLENCE FOR FOURTH YEAR IN A ROW
Greetings from Cincinnati, where I’m in town for the National Sports Forum, the largest annual cross gathering of the top sports marketing, sales, promotions and event entertainment executives from throughout the broad spectrum of teams and leagues, (i.e. MLB, NBA, NFL, NHL, MLS Minor Leagues, Racing, Colleges, etc.) in North America.
I’m pleased to tell you that today, we were selected as the recipient of the 2015 National Sports Forum ADchievement Overall Award of Excellence.
The NSF ADchievement Awards recognize the year’s most outstanding advertising campaigns in sports. The competition brings in hundreds of submissions from the top teams, agencies, leagues and collegiate athletics across the industry. This marks the fourth consecutive season that the Brewers have received this award.
In addition to the NSF ADchievement Overall Award of Excellence, the Milwaukee Brewers and Brewers Community Foundation were finalists in seven of eight categories, winning one of those categories: Best Social/Mobile Media.
We’re very honored to be the recipients of these awards, especially among the stiff competition from the best and brightest minds in the sports business. It is definitely a testament to our marketing team, so congrats to Teddy Werner, Kathy Schwab, Jeff Harding, Molly Arndt, Drew Alexander, Evan Entler and Brittany Luznicky for continuing to not only set, but raise the bar.
MILWAUKEE’S SMOKE SHACK AND HOLEY MOLEY, PLUS ENHANCED Wi-Fi ARE AMONG NEW ADDITIONS TO MILLER PARK IN 2015
Today, we announced plans for several new additions to Miller Park, including the arrival of local food favorites Smoke Shack and Holey Moley. Smoke Shack – a slow-smoked barbeque restaurant – will be located on Miller Park’s Plaza Pavilion, and Holey Moley – Milwaukee’s only craft doughnut shop – will be along the first base side of the Field Level concourse.
Additional upgrades at Miller Park include a Season Seat Holder Headquarters, a Loge Level Ticket and Guest Relations Kiosk, enhancements to the JCI Club Patio, new food options at concession stands and increased Wi-Fi connectivity throughout the ballpark. These projects are in addition to the Selig Experience, which was announced in December.
“Each year we look to bring new amenities to Miller Park to enhance the overall ballpark experience,” said Brewers Chief Operating Officer Rick Schlesinger. “We are excited to introduce new and unique dining options this year, along with a designated headquarters for season seat holders, improved connectivity and additional attractions for our fans. Combining these additions with the new Selig Experience, we are confident that the fan experience at Miller Park will continue to be among the best in all of sports.”
Details about the new additions and projects at Miller Park include the following:
- A slow-smoked barbeque restaurant, Smoke Shack will bring a selection of their menu to Miller Park, offering fans a variety of regional sauces to accompany their dry-rubbed barbeque that’s smoked to perfection. Smoke Shack will offer four options from their menu including three “sammiches” and an appetizer-style dish. The menu will also offer three sides to accompany the main selections. Menu items include Kansas City BBQ eggrolls, Smoked Chicken sammich, Carolina Pulled Pork sammich, BBQ Seitan sammich, and more. (For point of reference, Smoke Shack will be located next to AJ Bombers, which was new to Miller Park last season.)
Holey Moley Coffee and Doughnuts
- Holey Moley coffee and doughnuts offers a variety of craft doughnuts including cake, yeast raised, filled, fritters and more. A secret new specialty doughnut sandwich and Brewers-themed doughnuts will debut at the Miller Park location. Locally-roasted, freshly-brewed Hawthorne coffee will also be available.
Season Seat Holder Headquarters
- Located on the Field Level concourse along the first-base side, the Season Seat Holder Headquarters project involves the creation of a new 350-square-foot meeting area. Conveniently located for Season Seat Holders to meet their account executives face to face, the space will also serve as a distribution point for gifts and other items. The headquarters area will provide opportunities for all fans to inquire about the outstanding benefits involved in being a Brewers Season Seat Holder.
Loge Level Ticket and Guest Relations Kiosk
- The Brewers ticket office will be opening up a Loge Level Ticket and Guest Relations Kiosk during all home games for the 2015 season and beyond. The kiosk will supplement the Field Level ticket window by allowing fans to purchase tickets to future games while they attend home games. This kiosk will also be an aid for guest relations during the games, offering assistance to fans. The kiosk will be located on the Loge Level behind sections 221-222.
JCI Club Patio Enhancement
- The JCI Club Patio, which is located on the Club Level along the left-field line, will undergo a facelift for the 2015 season. Improvements include brand new tables and chairs on the patio as well as removing and re-facing countertops.
- Also new for 2015 will be several food options – created by Miller Park’s concessionaire, Delaware North, located in various concessions stands throughout the ballpark. In addition to the standard ballpark fare and other creative returning offerings, Delaware North will unveil items for 2015 such as bratchos (see below), bacon on a stick, Italian rope sausage, street tacos, and loaded tater tots, just to name a few. Bratchos is an epic combination of Klement’s sausages, kettle chips, cheese, fried sauerkraut, jalapenos and sour cream, all served in a cool Klement’s Racing Sausage bucket. In addition, baked potatoes will be featured in additional locations, with new topping options.
Increased Wi-Fi Connectivity
- Throughout the offseason, the Brewers IT department has worked to improve mobile connectivity throughout the stadium, allowing fans to access social media faster and connect with friends more easily. (NOTE: While Wi-Fi service is being significantly enhanced, there will still be limitations on capacity, especially during high-attendance games).
Selig Experience (opening mid-season)
- Previously announced, the “Selig Experience” will be located on Miller Park’s Loge Level in the left-field corner. A highlight of the attraction will be a multimedia presentation that tells the story of former Commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig’s role in saving Major League Baseball in Milwaukee, his successful efforts to bring the Brewers to the city, and his tireless efforts to promote and grow the game in his hometown.
- Miller Park already is known as a premier destination for baseball fans, and the Selig Experience will take that to the next level. It will serve as a year-round attraction, adding another extraordinary enhancement to the overall fan experience.
- The exhibition space totals approximately 1,400 square feet, and will include authentic artifacts from Selig’s tenure as the Brewers’ owner. It will celebrate the fans’ love of the game, as told through the story of the Brewers’ founder.
- The main multimedia show builds to a surprising 3D encounter with the Commissioner himself inside an authentic reproduction of Selig’s County Stadium office, using a technology found in only a handful of exhibits around the world. After the show, Milwaukee fans will also be delighted to take a sneak peek into Selig’s office.
Uihlein-Wilson Architects designed the Season Seat Holders Headquarters and Loge Level Ticket and Guest Relations Kiosk. Design work for Smoke Shack and Holey Moley was handled by Flux Design.
Brewers fans will want to tune in to Fox Sports Wisconsin tonight for the debut of “Brewers On Deck 2015,” a half-hour special with interviews and coverage of the event, which took place on January 25.
Here is a preview clip featuring Manager Ron Roenicke:
I’m told that other interviews to watch for include: Ryan Braun, Jonathan Lucroy, Carlos Gomez, Will Smith, Scooter Gennett and more–just another thing to help us bridge the gap between now and April 6!
The show will debut tonight at 10pm CT or immediately following Bucks Live postgame.
For more highlights from Brewers On Deck, check out our recap, here.
Today we announced the full promotional schedule for the 2015 season. The new Brewers Postgame Concert Series presented by Miller Lite and a record setting 20 All-Fan Giveaways highlight the jam-packed schedule, making Miller Park the place to be throughout the spring and summer of 2015.
We have scheduled 10 Bobbleheads, two gnomes, and one “Fan Vote” item over the course of the season among the All Fan Giveaways. In addition, all fans will receive a unique Brewers T-shirt at every Friday home game during the months of June, July and August. The T-shirt designs were chosen as part of an online vote and were revealed on stage at Brewers On Deck. Additional information about this year’s All-Fan Giveaways is available at Brewers.com/allfans.
|2015 All-Fan Giveaway Dates at Miller Park|
|Rob Deer Bobblehead||April 12||Pittsburgh Pirates||Toyota|
|Wily Peralta Bobblehead||April 26||St. Louis Cardinals||U.S. Cellular®|
|Mother’s Day BobbleHank||May 10||Chicago Cubs||Pick ‘n Save|
|Bud Selig Bobblehead||May 31||Arizona Diamondbacks||IBS Dynaman|
|Ball & Glove Logo T-Shirt||June 12||Washington Nationals||Hupy and Abraham|
|Carlos Gomez 2014 All-Star Bobblehead||June 14||Washington Nationals||Pepsi|
|Luuuuuc (Lucroy) T-Shirt||June 26||Minnesota Twins||Kwik Trip|
|Paul Molitor Bobblehead||June 28||Minnesota Twins||Klement’s Sausage|
|Roll Out the Barrel T-Shirt||July 17||Pittsburgh Pirates||American Family Insurance|
|Khris Davis Bobblehead||July 19||Pittsburgh Pirates||Wisconsin National Guard|
|Brewers Baseball T-Shirt||July 31||Chicago Cubs||Xperience Fitness|
|Matt Garza Gnome||August 2||Chicago Cubs||Associated Bank|
|1970’s M Logo T-Shirt||August 7||St. Louis Cardinals||ORBIS Corporation|
|Bob Uecker Last Row Statue Bobblehead||August 9||St. Louis Cardinals||Palermo’s Pizza|
|Ball & Glove Logo in Wisconsin T-Shirt||August 14||Philadelphia Phillies||Master Printwear|
|Jonathan Lucroy Doubles Bobblehead||August 16||Philadelphia Phillies||Kwik Trip|
|Milwaukee Brewers Retro T-Shirt||August 28||Cincinnati Reds||Arise Health Plan|
|Vintage Brewer Bobblehead||August 30||Cincinnati Reds|
|Scooter Gennett Gnome||September 20||Cincinnati Reds|
|Fan Vote Item||October 4||Chicago Cubs|
Other promotional highlights include the following:
On Opening Day – Monday, April 6 vs. the Colorado Rockies – all fans in attendance will receive a Brewers magnetic schedule.
Spring Madness 414 returns to 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.
The 7th Annual Weather Day at Miller Park will take place on Thursday, April 23. On this day, the Brewers team up with Discovery World, the Mitchell Park Domes, the Milwaukee Public Museum, Ready Wisconsin and Storm Team 4 meteorologists from TMJ4 for a day of learning, baseball and fun. Students will enjoy a special lesson about the science of weather from the Storm Team 4 Meteorologists, complete with a visit from Bernie Brewer™ and the Klement’s Famous Racing Sausages – all before watching the Brewers take on the Cincinnati Reds at 12:40 p.m.
The 5-County, 5-Day Celebration will take place from May 4-8. To say thank you to the best fans in baseball, the Brewers are offering residents of Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Racine, Washington and Waukesha Counties 50% off select Brewers tickets to games versus the Dodgers and Cubs.
The first 10,000 fans 21 and older in attendance of the Brewers May 9 game against the Chicago Cubs will receive a Brewers Fan Flag courtesy of Miller Lite.
Come celebrate Mother’s Day with the Brewers when the team hosts the Chicago Cubs in the series finale on Sunday, May 10. All fans in attendance will receive a Hank, “The Ballpark Pup,” Bobblehead courtesy of Pick ‘n Save.
Joe Nichols kicks off the inaugural Brewers Postgame Concert Series presented by Miller Lite with a show that will rock the stadium after the game against the Arizona Diamondbacks on May 29. For over 15 years, Grammy-nominated artist Nichols has been one of country music’s brightest stars. Come join the fun as Nichols performs hits from his eight studio albums that include singles Brokenheartsville, Tequila Makes Her Clothes Fall Off and Gimmie That Girl.
The Brewers Postgame Concert Series presented by Miller Lite continues when rockers O.A.R. take the stage after the Brewers game against the Washington Nationals on June 13. The platinum-selling band recently released their eighth studio album, The Rockville LP, which features some of the band’s most diverse, intricate songs to date, including the smash-hit Peace. They are best known for their hit singles Hey Girl, Love and Memories, Crazy Game of Poker and Shattered (Turn the Car Around).
The Brewers will honor former player and long-time broadcaster Bill Schroeder when they induct him into the team’s Wall of Honor in a pre-game ceremony before the contest against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Friday, July 17. Schroeder becomes the 59th member of the “Wall of Honor,” the permanent display that honors Brewers legends located outside of Miller Park on the North side of the stadium.
The 17th Annual Brewers Community Foundation 5K Famous Racing SausagesTM Run/Walk is scheduled for Saturday, July 18, starting at 8 a.m. at the Klement’s Sausage Haus at Miller Park. All proceeds of the Run/Walk will support the programs of Brewers Community Foundation. For the registration fee, participants receive a commemorative T-shirt, a Terrace Reserved ticket voucher good for one of 10 Brewers 2015 home games, a bottle of Aquafina water, a Klement’s hot dog and a beer for participants 21 and older. The overall top male finisher and the overall top female finisher also receive a year’s worth of Klement’s meat products.
On Saturday, July 18, the Brewers will honor African-American heritage in baseball as they host the Pittsburgh Pirates in their annual Negro Leagues Tribute Game.
The team will celebrate Latin American culture with their annual Cerveceros Day, which is set for Saturday, August 8 vs. the St. Louis Cardinals.
Fans in attendance of the August 15 game against the Philadelphia Phillies will see the final event of the Brewers Postgame Concert Series presented by Miller Lite. Buffalo, New York natives the Goo Goo Dolls will play after the game and perform songs from their 20 plus year catalog, including hits such as Iris, Name, Slide, Black Balloon, Here Is Gone, Stay With You, Let Love In and Better Days.
Global superstars One Direction will take their highly anticipated On the Road Again 2015 stadium tour to Miller Park on August 25. With a staggering 94 number ones and over 46 million records sold in just four short years, One Direction have gone from energetic pop upstarts to international superstars. The band’s song writing becomes more personal with each record, and the record Four is set to be their most stunning yet. The album follows the global success of their huge sold out, Where We Are, stadium tour and the 3D film documentary, This Is Us. For tickets or more information visit Brewers.com/onedirection.
The fourth annual Brewers Mini-Marathon and 10K, Presented by Sendik’s is set for Saturday, September 26, 2015. Registration is available online at brewersmini.com. All participants receive a free Brewers ticket voucher good for select games at Miller Park in April or May of 2016, a participant medal and a “tech” shirt. A post-race party at Miller Park with live music will also take place. Prizes for the top finishers will be awarded.
In addition, several fan favorite season-long promotions will return in 2015. Once again, Autograph Saturdays for Kids presented by U.S. Bank® return to the home of the Brewers. Prior to five Saturday Brewers home games during the 2015 season (April 11, May 9, June 13, July 18 and August 1), fans 14 and under can receive autographs from select Brewers players and coaches.
The Brewers are excited once again to continue Kids and Senior Citizens Discount Days. Every weekday afternoon home game (excluding Opening Day, Bernie’s Terrace, Uecker Seats and All-Inclusive Areas) kids 14 and under and seniors 60+ save up to 50% on tickets.
Every Monday home game, fans can participate in Miller High Life Mondays. Terrace Reserved tickets are just $9, courtesy of Miller High Life.
Every Friday home game the Brewers will celebrate Student Nights. High school and college students can purchase $10 Terrace Reserved and $15 Loge Bleachers tickets. Student Night ticket buyers will also be able to purchase specially priced items at certain concession stands starting when Miller Park gates open up to first pitch. Items include hot dogs, 12oz soda and beer as well as nachos – all available for only $3. For additional details, visit brewers.com/students. Loge Bleachers tickets not available for Cubs games.
Every Friday home game at Miller Park this season will be Retro Friday. The team will don Brewers home throwbacks, featuring the Ball and Glove logo which was worn regularly by the team from 1978-1993.
Kids will once again be able to get the thrill of being in the game when the Prairie Farms Dairy Kids Base Run returns after Sunday home games for kids 16 and under.
Beginning on May 10th, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin Family Sundays at Helfaer Field returns. Prior to each Sunday game, Helfaer Field opens for fans to play catch in the outfield and take pictures with Bernie Brewer and the Famous Racing Sausages™. In addition, Children’s Hospital offers fun opportunities to learn about injury prevention, sports safety, heart health and more.
Youth players will want to be in attendance for the popular Little League Night on Tuesday, June 16 as the Brewers take on the Kansas City Royals. All Little Leaguers in uniform (registered in advance through local youth leagues) will have the opportunity to parade around the warning track in a pre-game ceremony. Other popular dates at Miller Park include Boy Scout Night (August 3 vs. San Diego), Girl Scout Night (July 31 vs. Chicago-NL) and American Legion Day (August 9 vs. St. Louis).
Single game tickers go on sale on Saturday, February 28 at the Brewers Arctic Tailgate!
Today we announced dates and details for this summer’s “Brewers Baseball Academy presented by Kwik Trip.” The Academy, now in its third season, is open to youth (ages 6-14) and includes 13 separate weeklong baseball/softball camps that will be held in various cities across Wisconsin this summer. A complete schedule of camp locations and dates is listed below.
The camps will be conducted under the supervision of Tim Rappé, Executive Director of the Brewers Baseball Academy. Last summer, over 1,000 participants took part in the camps.
“In 2014, the Brewers Baseball Academy saw its attendance nearly double from the previous year,” said Rappé. “Based upon feedback from parents, our first two seasons were a major success, and this year we’re excited to add three more locations to accommodate the popularity of the Academy. We expect all of the camps to sell out this summer.”
Each camp runs Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. with instruction provided by experienced youth coaches. During one of the five camp days, campers are transported by bus to Miller Park for a one-of-a-kind experience as they are treated to a guest appearance from a current Brewers player. They will also receive instruction from a Brewers coach and have their photos taken.
A unique component of the Brewers Baseball Academy is a video motion analysis of each participant. Every camper’s swing will be recorded, analyzed and shared with the player and his/her parents. In addition, all participants will take part in baseball or softball skills competitions. Upon completion of the last camp, the top scorers will be invited to the Champions Day Finals at Miller Park. Boys and girls will compete separately in appropriate age groups.
The fee for the weeklong camp is $395 per child, which includes 30 hours of exceptional instruction, a complete Brewers uniform, four Brewers game tickets to one of three select games – compliments of Kwik Trip – and a V.I.P. day at Miller Park.
Registration is currently available at Brewers.com/camps. Registrations received prior to March 31 will receive a $25 discount. This discount may not be combined with any other discount. If registering two or more children, each child will receive a $25 discount when booked together. A limited number of spots are available for each camp location.
As the presenting sponsor of the Brewers Baseball Academy, Kwik Trip will award 240 random participants with $25 gift cards to their locations. One lucky camper from each host city will also receive a personalized camp jersey, along with a special presentation during the camp graduation ceremony.
Additional information can be found online at Brewers.com/camps. For questions, please contact Brewers Baseball Academy Executive Director Tim Rappé at Tim.Rappe@brewers.com or call (414) 939-8808.
|2015 Brewers Baseball Academy presented by Kwik Trip|
|Platteville||University of Wisconsin-Platteville||June 15-19|
|Fond du Lac, WI||Marian University||June 15-19|
|Green Bay, WI||Notre Dame Academy||June 22-26|
|Kenosha, WI||University of Wisconsin-Parkside||June 22-26|
|Waunakee, WI||Waunakee High School||July 6-10|
|Appleton||Fox Valley Lutheran High School||July 20-24|
|Delafield, WI||St. John’s Northwestern Military Academy||July 20-24|
|Milwaukee, WI||University School of Milwaukee||July 27-31|
|New Berlin, WI||New Berlin West High School||August 3-7|
|Wauwatosa, WI||Breitlow Park||August 3-7|
|Greendale, WI||Greendale High School||August 17-21|
|Whitewater, WI||University of Wisconsin-Whitewater||August 17-21|
Note - a 13th location from August 24-28 will be announced at a later date.
Note - a 13th location from August 24-28 will be announced at a later date.
If you’ve been following along, then you know that MLB Network has set out to find the “Face of MLB” by creating a bracket-style tournament with results determined by fans on Twitter and Facebook. In Brewers “Face of the Franchise” preliminary round, Brewers fans could nominate a player candidate to be the Face of our franchise on social media and you selected Jonathan Lucroy as the Face of the Brewers.
MLB Network has created a bracket that seeds clubs against each other based on how they finished the 2014 season.
Last month, Luc was pitted against the San Diego Padres’ Matt Kemp in Round 1 of the competition and won handily:
Thank you to all who voted–but today we need your help again!
Today, Luc is taking on the San Francisco Giants’ Buster Posey. You have until 7am CT tomorrow to cast your votes.
Here’s how to make them count:
Any tweet containing both #JONATHANLUCROY and #FACEOFMLB will count toward our totals. Each fan can vote up to 25 times from an account.
Retweets also count, so be sure to follow @Brewers to help spread the word.
On Facebook, you’ll need to visit MLBNetwork’s Facebook Page and comment on the Lucroy vs. Posey post using both #JONATHANLUCROY and #FACEOFMLB. This is very important…only comments that contain both hashtags made on that particular Facebook post will count and each fan may only vote once.
Today we announced that pitcher Teddy Higuera will be honored this season as he has been voted as the newest member of the Miller Park Walk of Fame. A total of 32 votes were cast and Higuera received 25 votes (78.1%), exceeding the threshold of 65% needed for election.
Higuera fell just two votes shy of election last year.
A lifetime Brewer, Higuera played nine seasons with the team. He started his career in 1985 and went 15-8 with a 3.90 ERA with 127 strikeouts, while finishing as the American League runner-up for Rookie of the Year. The following season, Higuera posted a 20 win season, going 20-11 with a 2.79 ERA, with 207 strikeouts and 17 complete games. He earned All-Star honors and finished second on the Cy Young Award ballot. Higuera followed his success by setting the franchise record for strikeouts in a season with 240 in 1987, as he went 18-10 with a 3.85 ERA. He went 94-64 with 3.61 ERA in his career, and currently ranks third among franchise leaders in career wins and strikeouts (1,081).
“We are thrilled to honor Teddy Higuera with a plaque on the Miller Park Walk of Fame,” said Brewers Chief Operating Officer Rick Schlesinger. “Teddy was a lifetime Brewer, and he still ranks among franchise leaders in many pitching statistics. Just as important, though, is that he’s always been an engaging personality and a terrific representative of those who have worn the Brewers uniform. We look forward to his return to Milwaukee and the opportunity to recognize his achievements with a permanent marker at Miller Park.”
Higuera will travel to Milwaukee and be recognized for the honor in a pre-game ceremony on Friday, August 14 as the Brewers face the Phillies at 7:10 pm.
Joe Adcock (20 votes) and Mike Caldwell (17) were the closest to qualifying among eligible former players and coaches.
There were a total of 29 Brewers players and seven Braves players on the ballot. The ballots included on-field personnel who wore a Brewers or Braves uniform for a minimum of three seasons but have been retired from playing/managing roles for at least three seasons. All players and managers receiving votes on at least 5% of the ballots will remain eligible in 2016.
Past inductees include Hank Aaron, Rollie Fingers, Paul Molitor, Robin Yount in 2001; Commissioner Bud Selig and Cecil Cooper in 2002; Bob Uecker and Harry Dalton in 2003; Jim Gantner and Gorman Thomas in 2004; Don Money and Harvey Kuenn in 2005; Eddie Mathews, Warren Spahn and John Quinn in 2007 (the first year that former Braves players appeared on the ballot); Lew Burdette in 2010 and Johnny Logan in 2013.
Each inductee is honored with a granite plaque that is placed into the terrace area walkway that surrounds Miller Park.
Today we announced the Club’s 2015 Spring Training broadcast schedule that will include 16 radio broadcasts on 620 WTMJ and the Brewers Radio Network, 13 additional audio webcasts, and 12 games televised by FOX Sports Wisconsin.
All games played in the Cactus League are scheduled for 1:05 pm Arizona Time (except for March 13, March 23 and March 24, which will start at 7:05 p.m., 1:05 p.m. and 6:40 p.m. Arizona Time, respectively).
The only games that will not be broadcast on either radio, TV or webcast are the Wednesday, March 4 exhibition against the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and a road split-squad game on Sunday, March 15 at the Rangers (NOTE: The Brewers home game against the A’s that day will be broadcast on radio and TV).
Hall of Fame announcer Bob Uecker and his partner Joe Block will call the games on the Brewers Radio Network, and Jeff Levering will fill in on select games. Television announcers Brian Anderson and Bill Schroeder will call the games on FOX Sports Wisconsin. Anderson, Block, Schroeder and Levering will team up on the Brewers.com webcasts. (NOTE: FOX Sports Wisconsin will simulcast the March 5 game against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim from FOX Sports West and the March 17 game against the San Diego Padres from FOX Sports San Diego.)
Pitchers and catchers are scheduled to report to Spring Training on Friday, February 20. All position players have a report date of Wednesday, February 25. The first full workout is scheduled for Thursday, February 26.
Tickets for the Milwaukee Brewers home Spring Training games are on sale now via the internet at Brewers.com and by phone at 1-800-933-7890. Normal business hours are from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. CST. Sales at the Maryvale Baseball Park Box Office will begin on Monday, February 9, 2015. Tickets are available in four seating areas: Field Box ($23), Infield Reserved ($17), Outfield Reserved ($13) and Lawn Seating ($8) In addition, there will also be a limited number of advanced parking passes available for $5. Information on Spring Training Season Tickets can be obtained by calling the Milwaukee Brewers Ticket Office at 414-902-4000.
Please note that games and times are subject to change.
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.