The memory of the Bob Uecker statue unveil at Miller Park is still fresh in our minds. That celebration was fantastic and it is great to see that statue outside Miller Park next to Robin Yount, Hank Aaron and Commissioner Selig. Today, the Brewers announced plans for a new Uecker statue at Miller Park. Unlike the other statues that surround Miller Park’s Home Plate Plaza, this statue will be in the last row—yes, the last row of the Terrace Level at Miller Park.
The statue will pay tribute to the popular Miller Lite “All Stars” ad campaign which featured Uecker’s famous tagline, “I must be in the front row.” In the commercial, Uecker ended up in the last row—as will this new statue. The statue will sit atop the Uecker Seats in Miller Park’s Terrace Level (Section 422) and will feature an open seat next to it allowing for a perfect photo opportunity.
“I can’t think of a better place to put this statue,” Uecker said. “This will be great for fans and even better for pigeons. You might even be able to see a little part of the field.”
The statue was designed by Brian Maughan, the artist of the four statues outside Miller Park on the Home Plate Plaza—Hank Aaron, Allan H. “Bud” Selig, Robin Yount and Uecker. The statue will be made of bronze, but will also have color effects.
“Bob Uecker is synonymous with the Brewers and his famous ‘I must be in the front row’ tagline is iconic,” said Brewers Chief Operating Officer Rick Schlesinger. “This statue will definitely become a destination for fans visiting Miller Park.”
The statue will be dedicated on the afternoon of Friday, April 25 at Miller Park. More details will be provided closer to that date. Uecker will be at Brewers On Deck on Sunday at the Wisconsin Center, so I am sure we will hear more of his thoughts on the statue that day!
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 21 at 9 a.m. and continuing through Monday, February 17, fans can go to Brewers.com and register for the opportunity to purchase up to four tickets to Opening Day on Monday, March 31 against the Atlanta Braves. 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 21.
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 $180. 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 for more information.
Please note: A very limited amount of individual tickets will be available for Opening Day.
-John & Cait
Nearly 30 Milwaukee Brewers players plus a host of alumni, coaches, front office executives and broadcasters are scheduled to participate in Brewers On Deck, presented by Time Warner Cable, which is set to take place on Sunday, January 26 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. at the Wisconsin Center.
This is the signature off season event for the Brewers and is fun for the entire family. Keep in mind that this year, admission is FREE and tickets are not required. Just show up and walk in!
Here is the list Brewers fans have been waiting for!
*1/23/2014 Update: Unfortunately, Scooter is no longer able to attend Brewers On Deck.
Brewers On Deck will feature a number of activities for the entire family. Autographs and photos from Brewers players, coaches and alumni; interactive games in the Kids Area; Q&A sessions and game shows with Brewers players, coaches and broadcasters; vendor booths with baseball memorabilia; Brewers Community Foundation’s Treasure Hunt and many other activities will all be a part of Brewers On Deck.
Food donations will be accepted through the Hunger Task Force (peanut butter is requested by the Hunger Task Force, in particular). Donations can be dropped off at two main entrances to the Wisconsin Center, located at 4th Street and Wisconsin Avenue, and 4th Street and Wells Street.
Details regarding autographs include the following: Recipients of “PREMIER” autographs (players to be announced next week) will be chosen through a random selection process. Each fan in attendance will receive one Premier Entry sheet which may be redeemed at the Random Selection area outside the Main Exhibit Hall of the Wisconsin Center District. The Premier Entry sheet will be exchanged for a numbered coupon to be entered into the random selection process for any one of the select Brewers players. Coupon distribution will be available at 8 a.m. the day of the event and will continue up to an hour before each designated autograph session. There is no cost for coupons to enter the random selection process; however, those holding winning coupons must pay $10 at the respective autograph stage to collect their player signature. There will be 250 winners for each of the autograph sessions. The winning ticket numbers will be posted at the designated autograph stage no less than 30 minutes prior to each player’s session.
Players and staff not included in the PREMIER autograph list will not use the random selection process. Each of these players will sign 250 autographs at prices ranging from free to $10. A schedule of players, their session times, and distribution info will be posted next week. The autograph opportunities are for signatures on photo cards provided by the team; the Brewers cannot guarantee that any player will sign other memorabilia. For additional information, visit Brewers.com/ondeck.
Autograph proceeds benefit Brewers Community Foundation. Please note that cash is the only acceptable form of payment for autographs. The Brewers cannot guarantee that any player will sign other memorabilia, and personalization of items is solely up to the discretion of each player.
Fans also have the opportunity to enter to win autographs from their favorite players via a #BrewersOnDeck Vine & Instagram contest, which runs through Monday, January 20.
Stay tuned for our annual preview of Brewers On Deck later this week!
–John and Cait
Today, we announced the complete schedule for the 2014 season, with all home and road game times.
We’ll open 2014 at home against the Atlanta Braves on Monday, March 31 with the start of a brief three-game homestand at Miller Park. The Brewers will then travel to Boston to play the Red Sox for three games, April 4-6, and to Philadelphia for a three-game set over four days with the Phillies, April 7-10.
In addition to traveling to Boston, the Brewers’ Interleague schedule will feature games against each team in the American League East Division, including a three-game weekend series against the New York Yankees at Miller Park from May 9-11. The Baltimore Orioles make a visit to Miller Park for the first time since the 2008 season when the teams meet from May 26-28. The following week, the Brewers will play back-to-back two-game series with the Minnesota Twins – June 2-3 at Miller Park and June 4-5 at Target Field.
The month of July begins with a two-game road series at Toronto and ends with a three-game series at Tampa Bay (Milwaukee last played in Toronto and Tampa Bay during the 2005 season). The Blue Jays will travel to Milwaukee for a two-game series at Miller Park from August 19-20 to close out Interleague play.
The longest homestand in 2014 will be 11 games from September 4-14 against St. Louis (4g), Miami (4g) and Cincinnati (3g). The team will have one 10-game road trip that will take place at Chicago-NL (May 16-18), Atlanta (May 19-22) and Miami (May 23-25). The final two road trips of the season include a pair of 9-game, 10-day trips. The first of the final two trips will take place in San Diego (August 25-27), San Francisco (August 29-August 31) and Chicago-NL (September 1-3), and the second will take place in St. Louis (September 16-18), Pittsburgh (September 19-21) and Cincinnati (September 23-25).
The Brewers will play at home on Mother’s Day, May 11 vs. New York-AL; Memorial Day, May 26 vs. Baltimore; and Father’s Day, June 15 vs. Cincinnati.
The Brewers will also play a pair of exhibition games before the start of the season at Miller Park against the Kansas City Royals. The two teams will meet Friday, March 28 at 7:10 p.m. and Saturday, March 29 at 1:10 p.m.
Weekday night games at Miller Park will start at 7:10 p.m. Weekday day games in April and May will start at 12:10 p.m. (except Memorial Day which is a 1:10 p.m. start), while all Sunday games and weekday day games from June through September will start at 1:10 p.m. Saturday home games will start at 3:10 p.m., 6:10 p.m. or 6:15 p.m.
All game dates and times are subject to change. Click here to download/print your copy of the 2014 Brewers Schedule.
John & Cait
To day we announced that we will rename the media/staff parking lot at Miller Park in honor of former Milwaukee Braves All-Star shortstop Johnny Logan. Logan was inducted into the Brewers Walk of Fame last season.
The “Logan Lot” joins 12 other parking lots around Miller Park that were renamed prior to the 2010 season in honor of some of the city’s baseball legends. The lots are adorned with the names of former Milwaukee Brewers and Braves players, with banners and other artwork notating the baseball greats. Uniformed members of the Brewers and Braves Walk of Fame are represented, with the first 12 parking lots named after Henry Aaron, Cecil Cooper, Rollie Fingers, Jim Gantner, Harvey Kuenn, Eddie Mathews, Paul Molitor, Don Money, Warren Spahn, Gorman Thomas, Bob Uecker and Robin Yount.
Logan played in Milwaukee from 1953 – 1961 and appeared in four All-Star Games as a member of the Braves. For his 13-year career, Logan hit .268 with 93 home runs and 547 RBI. He was a member of the Braves World Series Championship team in 1957 and the National League Championship team in 1958. Logan was signed by the Boston Braves in 1947 and made his Major League debut with Boston in 1951. After playing in Milwaukee, he played three seasons with the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Logan, a former area scout with the Brewers, passed away on August 9, 2013.
-John & Cait
Today, we announced a change to the 2014 promotional schedule: a Scooter Gennett Bobblehead will be distributed to all fans on Sunday, June 29. This collectible replaces the previously scheduled bobblehead of Norichika Aoki, who was traded to the Kansas City Royals.
Eight All-Fan Bobblehead Dates, plus 6 All-Fan T-Shirt dates, are scheduled at Miller Park this season, completing the #Brewers14in14 All-Fan Giveaway schedule. The bobbles slated for 2014 are as follows:
Sunday, April 27 Carlos Gomez Bobblehead
Sunday, May 11 Kyle Lohse Bobblehead
Sunday, June 15 Vintage Brewer Bobblehead
Sunday, June 29 Scooter Gennett Bobblehead
Sunday, July 27 Fan Vote Bobblehead (details to come!)
Sunday, August 10 Klement’s Famous Racing Sausage Chorizo Bobble
Sunday, August 24 Jean Segura Bobblehead
Sunday, September 14 Robin Yount Bobblehead
For additional information regarding this year’s Milwaukee Brewers All-Fan Giveaways, click here.
A complete promotional schedule for the 2014 season will be announced at a later date.
-John and Cait
The countdown to Opening Day is on – with 82 days to go – and fans can secure their seat to the season opener on Monday, March 31 vs. the Atlanta Braves as Brewers 10-Packs go on sale today at 10 a.m. There are four exciting plans to choose from, including an all-new Fan’s Choice plan for 2014. All plans feature 10 home games, plus Opening Day or any other game of the fan’s choice for FREE (while supplies last).
In addition to Opening Day, the Premier Plan, Friday Plan and Weekend Plan each includes an Interleague game against the New York Yankees and multiple All-Fan Giveaway dates. The Premier Plan features an All-Fan T-Shirt Giveaway on Friday, August 22 and an All-Fan Bobblehead of Robin Yount wearing a 1974 Brewers uniform to commemorate the 40th Anniversary of his rookie season, set for Sunday, September 14. The Friday Plan includes five All-Fan T-Shirt Giveaways and the Weekend Plan features a pair of bobblehead dates: Kyle Lohse bobblehead on Sunday, May 11 and a Klement’s Famous Racing Sausage Chorizo bobble wearing a “Cerveceros” uniform on Sunday, August 10.
The new Fan’s Choice Plan provides the ultimate flexibility for fans to select 10 games that fits their schedule from a list of 47 Brewers regular season home games. The plan includes several Interleague matchups, a variety of weekday and weekend games, All-Fan Bobblehead dates and more. A complete list of all four 10-Pack Plans is attached.
Packages start at $180 per seat in the Terrace Reserved ($18 per game) and can also be purchased in the Terrace Box for $240 ($24 per game), the Loge Outfield Box for $340 ($34 per game), the Club Outfield Box for $400 ($40 per game, no wait service), the Loge Infield Box for $400 ($40 per game), the Field Outfield Box for $420 ($42 per game) and the Loge Diamond Box for $480 ($48 per game).
The Brewers 10-Packs offer several benefits, including savings off individual ticket prices and parking and a guaranteed seat location for the 10 games (exact seating is not guaranteed for Opening Day and seat location will vary with the Fan’s Choice Plan). Fans interested in purchasing 10-Packs are encouraged to call (414) 902-HITS (4487) or visit Brewers.com/10packs for more information.
Also, fans can take advantage of exclusive benefits on 20-Game Plans, which offer more seating options, additional per-ticket savings and the opportunity to purchase tickets to postseason games played at Miller Park. Fans can choose one of four pre-selected plans with guaranteed seat locations: Opening Day, Business, Saturday Plus, Sunday Plus or select the games that fit their schedule with the 20-Game Fan’s Choice Plan. Plus, with the purchase of a 20-Game Plan, fans will be eligible for the Brewers “Fan-Tastic Forty” promotion, which offers 40 fantastic prizes given away over 40 days!
Fans can also join in sharing the excitement of counting down to Brewers Opening Day by following the Brewers on Twitter (@Brewers & @Bernie_Brewer), Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram and/or using the hashtag #SEEUMARCH31. Fans also have the opportunity to participate in the countdown for a chance to win a pair of 10-Packs, plus tickets to Opening Day!
-John and Cait
We just received some terrific news–John and Cait… Plus 9 was the #3 blog in all of MLB Pro Blogs for 2013!
This is a great honor as we are always “competing” with a number of awesome blogs across the MLBlogs platform. Great new photo blogs like the SF Giants Photos Blog and Dodgers Photo Blog are tough to beat. Other front office insider blogs like Jamie Ramsey’s Better Off Red and the Mariners From the Corner of Edgar and Dave continue to provide us with inspiration for JCP9.
But really, it’s all thanks to you–our readers!
As we kick of 2014, we hope to continue to be your source for an inside look at the Brewers and what’s going on at One Brewers Way.
John & Cait
If you’ve been following our countdown, you know that we’re just 83 days away from Brewers Opening Day.
But even better than that–we’re less that 20 days away Brewers On Deck, presented by Time Warner Cable, the winter fan festival that bridges the gap between the Wisconsin winter and Spring Training, set to take place on Sunday, January 26, 2014 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. at the Wisconsin Center in downtown Milwaukee. Last fall, we announced that this year, Brewers on Deck is FREE for all attendees. (Typically, admission ranges from $9 to $20.)
Brewers On Deck will feature a number of activities for the entire family. Autographs and photos from Brewers players and coaches, interactive games in the Kids Area, Q&A sessions and game shows with Brewers players, coaches and broadcasters, vendor booths with baseball memorabilia, the Brewers Community Foundation Treasure Hunt and many other activities will all be a part of Brewers On Deck.
Details on autograph sessions and tickets will be announced later this month, but right now, we’re giving you the chance to win an autograph from your favorite player at the event!
Here’s what you do:
Between now and January 20, submit a Vine (:06) or Instagram (:15) video telling us who your favorite player is and why you should receive an autograph from him. (Be sure to use the hashtag #BREWERSONDECK so we can find them!)
We’ll pick 10 winners to receive the autograph of their favorite player at the event (subject to availability). For complete rules, click here.
We can’t wait to see your submissions and we also can’t wait to see YOU at Brewers On Deck! Stay tuned to the blog for more details on the event, including player confirmation and schedules as they are released!
Today we announced details of our “Fan-Tastic Forty” promotion that will award prizes to lucky fans who purchase Season Seat packages for the 2014 season. All fans purchasing or renewing ticket packages of 20 games or more will have an opportunity to win a variety of unique prizes and experiences spread out over 40 days. From Friday, January 17 through Tuesday, February 25, one Season Seat Holder per day will be selected to win a designated prize in the promotion.
Fans must purchase or renew a minimum 20-game package (or above that) to qualify for the drawing. Purchases made prior to today will already have an entry in the contest. Purchases made within the 40 days will be eligible for the next day’s drawing and the remainder of the prizes. For example, a purchase on January 29 will be eligible for all prizes from January 30 – February 25. The last day to purchase to be eligible for prizes is Monday, February 24.
“This has been one of our most popular programs to reward our valued Season Seat Holders,” said Brewers Chief Operating Officer Rick Schlesinger. “It offers our fans unique opportunities and prizes that create lasting memories.”
Fans looking to renew or get more information about new packages are welcome to call (414) 902-HITS (4487) or visit brewers.com/fan40. Full sweepstakes rules are also available at the website.
Prizes on the list for 2014 include a Brewers On Deck VIP Experience, an All-Inclusive Area Tour (tickets to watch games from each of the five All Inclusive seating locations), signing a Major League contract for a day (including big league pay), a $1,000 Shopping Spree in the Brewers Team Store by Majestic, and 2015 season tickets at 1982 pricing.
A complete list of prizes along with the date they will be selected follows:
January 17 – Team Store Shopping Spree. Win $1,000 to spend in the Brewers Team Store by Majestic.
January 18 – Brewers On Deck VIP Experience. Receive two free tickets to the annual fan fest, plus jump to the front of any autograph line for free autographs.
January 19 – Your Very Own Ticket. For one game during the 2014 season, your photo will be printed on every season ticket.
January 20 – Free Parking for the Season. Enjoy complimentary Preferred Parking for every game in your 2014 ticket plan.
January 21 – Game of Catch with a Brewers Pitcher. Play catch with and receive pitching tips and instruction from a Brewers pitcher.
January 22 – Roundtrip Airfare for Two. Two roundtrip tickets from Southwest Airlines.
January 23 – Tour the Roof. Take a tour of the Miller Park roof and get the best view of the ballpark.
January 24 – VIP Luncheon. You and a guest will sit at the head table during the 2014 Season Seat Holder Luncheon in the Johnson Controls Stadium Club with two Brewers players and/or coaches and Brewers executives.
January 25 – Slide Down Bernie’s Slide. Take a trip down Bernie’s slide before a 2014 home game and then watch part of the game from Bernie’s Chalet.
January 26 – Party Suite for you and 29 Friends. Take in a 2014 home game with 29 of your friends from a spacious Party Suite, complete with food and beverage.
January 27 – Carlos Gomez Autographed Gold Glove Print. Receive a one-of-a-kind Carlos Gomez autographed Gold Glove Framed Print.
January 28 – Owner’s Seats at Miller Park. Sit in the owner’s seats for a game with three friends and enjoy a visit from Brewers executives.
January 29 – Shadow a Brewers.com Beat Writer. Follow Brewers.com beat writer Adam McCalvy during all pregame activities on the field and in the Clubhouse for a 2014 home game.
January 30 – You in the Team Photo. One fan will be included in an unofficial team photo with the 2014 Brewers roster and coaching staff.
January 31 – Field of Sweet Dreams Experience. You and three friends will enjoy a night under the stars while camping on the Miller Park outfield at the annual Field of Sweet Dreams event.
February 1 – Lesson With Brewers Hitting Coach. Win a private hitting lesson from Brewers Hitting Coach Johnny Narron while you and a guest take batting practice before a game at Miller Park.
February 2 – Baseball Signed by Opening Day Starters. Receive nine baseballs, each signed by a member of the Brewers Opening Day lineup.
February 3 – Tickets for Each All-Inclusive Area. Enjoy a game from each of Miller Park’s five All-Inclusive Areas with two tickets for five different games in the special seating areas.
February 4 – Pizza for a Year. Win a one-year supply of Palermo’s Pizza.
February 5 – Throw Out the First Pitch. Throw out the first pitch prior to a 2014 Brewers home game, plus receive a personalized Brewers jersey.
February 6 – Club Suite Party with Craig. Win a Club Suite for you and nine friends to a 2014 home game, complete with food and beverage, and enjoy a visit from Brewers alum Craig Counsell.
February 7 – $500 in Concession Vouchers. Receive $500 in food and beverage vouchers.
February 8 – Harley Deck Experience. Win 30 tickets for Miller Park’s popular Harley-Davidson Deck, complete with food and beverage, for a 2014 home game.
February 9 – Miller Lite/Brewers Neon Sign. Light up your basement bar or garage with a Miller Lite neon sign featuring the Brewers ball and glove logo.
February 10 – Autographed Baseballs. Take home a set of baseballs autographed by each member of the 2014 Brewers starting rotation.
February 11 – Turn Back the Clock Pricing. Receive 1982 pricing for your 2015 season tickets.
February 12 – Catered Tailgate Party. Enjoy a Pavilion party prior to a 2014 Brewers home game, catered by DNC Sportservice. Includes 20 game tickets.
February 13 – Signed Bat and Jersey. Win an autographed bat and jersey from your favorite Brewers player.
February 14 – Gehl Club 4-Pack. Enjoy the luxurious Gehl Club experience with three friends for four games during the 2014 season.
February 15 – Guaranteed Giveaway. Receive every promotional item given away during the 2014 season, including all eight Bobbleheads and six t-shirts.
February 16 – Klement’s Tailgate Package. Receive a one-year supply of Klement’s sausage products, a grill and more.
February 17 – Lucroy Autographed Home Plate. Receive a home plate signed by Brewers Catcher Jonathan Lucroy.
February 18 – View From the Bullpen. Make sure to bring your glove when you and five friends sit in the Brewers bullpen as the Brewers take batting practice prior to a 2014 home game.
February 19 – Club Suite Party with Doug. You and nine guests will sit in a Club Suite for a game, complete with food and beverage, and enjoy a visit from Brewers General Manager Doug Melvin.
February 20 – You in the Brewers Television Booth. Spend an inning in the Brewers television booth during a 2014 home game.
February 21 – Signed Carlos Gomez and Jean Segura Print. Receive a framed autographed print of 2013 All-Stars Carlos Gomez and Jean Segura.
February 22 – Evening With Hank Aaron. Two spots at a table for the 2014 Evening with Hank Aaron Dinner.
February 23 – Movie Night on the Big Screen. You and seven friends will enjoy a private movie screening on the scoreboard at Miller Park.
February 24 – Season Seat Holder of the Year. Be treated like the VIP you are; throw out the first pitch, take batting practice at Miller Park, receive extra concession vouchers and more.
February 25 – Welcome to the Big Leagues. Sign a one-day Major League contract, complete with full uniform plus one day’s pay at the MLB minimum salary.