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Trip to Seattle a Homecoming for Davies

Astute fans have probably noticed a tattoo on Brewers pitcher Zach Davies‘ left forearm, but you may not have been able to make out exactly what it is:

Zach Davies September 2015 at Miller Park in Milwaukee. Scott Paulus/Brewers

Pitcher Zach Davies signs autographs at Brewers On Deck. Notice the Seattle tattoo on his left forearm.

Pitcher Zach Davies signs autographs at Brewers On Deck. Notice the Seattle tattoo on his left forearm.

Well, turns out that it is the Seattle skyline with the words “Remember Where You Come From.” Davies was kind enough to give us a close-up, as well as to take the time to sit down with me and chat about his tattoo and his love for the Emerald City, where the Brewers will head later this week. There, the Crew will take on the Mariners in Interleague play for the first time since 2013.

The Seattle native shows his love for his hometown on his forearm.

The Seattle native shows his love for his hometown on his forearm.

For Davies, Seattle holds strong sentimental value. It is where he was born and formed his earliest memories. And, although his immediate family moved to Arizona when he was 7, much of his extended family still lives there.

“I remember growing up there, not wanting to move,” Davies said. “I love the weather there. It just kind of fits my personality. It’s relaxed and place to just hangout.”

He’s also a big Seattle Seahawks fan:

Davies says he tries to go back and visit at least once a year, but there are times when he gets to go multiple times and fortunately for him, this year is one of them.

He says he has a couple of tattoos on his back, but he got the Seattle tattoo after he signed (with the Orioles) in 2011. Davies worked with the artist who sketched the design from a photo.

What does Davies enjoy most about Seattle that members of the Brewers Road Crew should check out this weekend?

“Downtown is awesome. You’ve got the Space Needle, you’ve got the marketplace (Pike Place Market), right by the water.  Right next to the Space Needle there is a music museum that I’ve always enjoyed going to,” Davies said.

“I also just enjoy taking in the landscape that I don’t get in Arizona,” he added, as the 23-year-old still lives in Arizona in the offseason. “My favorite restaurant is a seafood place right on the water, kind of across to get the city skyline view– Salty’s on Alki Beach.”

Known for his ’90s/grunge-type entrance music, like Nirvana and Bush, Davies admits that the city inspires his choices.

“It does,” he said. “The grunge genre has always been my favorite.”

Davies will face the Cubs today in the series finale at Wrigley, so unfortunately he will just miss pitching in his hometown; however, needless to say, Davies is excited to be going back where he came from this weekend.

-Cait

@CMoyer

It’s Hank!

The Great Pumpkin is fake. Paul is dead, Elvis lives, and man never walked on the moon. Sometimes myths and conspiracies have no end, no hard proof to end the debate.

But not today.

Through the wonders of advanced technology and modern medicine, baseball and dog lovers around the world can now rest easy. There is only one Hank, The Ballpark Pup.

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine William S. Rice of Lakeside Animal Hospital, who has cared for Hank since his arrival in Milwaukee in the spring of 2014, confirmed the identity of Hank in an examination yesterday. Dr. Rice compared original and current dental records, which were a match. In addition, a microchip implanted in Hank when he moved from Arizona was scanned yesterday, and identification number matched Hank’s registration in the database.

For a second opinion, another scan was performed this morning by Dr. Nancy Weiss, Wisconsin Humane Society Veterinary Director, which reconfirmed that Hank is…Hank.

“Every day at the Wisconsin Humane Society, we see animals transform from scraggly strays to healthier, stunning pets simply because of excellent care and good grooming,” said Anne Reed, President and CEO of The Wisconsin Humane Society. “In Hank’s case, it’s evident that his transformation is solely due to the loving care he receives from his family. In addition, Hank was microchipped and a simple scan of a chip can reveal an animal’s identification. This technology not only helps to reunite lost animals with their families, but in Hanks’s case, verifies that he is indeed the true Hank.”

Hank was microchipped and a simple scan of a chip can reveal an animal's identification. This technology helps to reunite lost animals with their families.

Hank was microchipped and a simple scan of a chip can reveal an animal’s identification. This technology helps to reunite lost animals with their families.

The conspiracy stemmed from a post on BrewCrewBall.com that alleged that Hank was an impostor after comparing photos from the spring of 2014 to more recent images.

“We couldn’t ignore the dissimilarities, and while we all had a good laugh at the theory, we wanted to take the steps to reassure everyone through absolute proof that there was no Hank double,” said Rick Schlesinger, Brewers Chief Operating Officer. “Hank is part of the Brewers family, and if anything, the interest in today’s story shows how one stray dog can capture the hearts of a community. Along those lines, we knew that this would be a great opportunity to work with our friends at the Wisconsin Humane Society to deliver important messages about animal care, tracking and adoption.”

Hank’s story dates to February of 2014 when he wandered into the Brewers Spring Training complex in Maryvale, Arizona. Hank quickly became a fixture at Brewers camp, participating in workouts and becoming a media star on an international level. He moved to Milwaukee later that spring and was adopted by the family of Brewers Vice President and General Counsel Marti Wronski.

Hank and his "mom," Marti Wronski at today's press conference.

Hank and his “mom,” Marti Wronski at today’s press conference.

His rise to fame included being named “Dog of the Year” at the nationally televised World Dog Awards in 2015. And just last week, he appeared on stage at the request of Cesar Millan, “The Dog Whisperer.”

Traveling to Spring Training? Post Your Photos Using #CactusCrew!

Are you headed to sunny, Phoenix, Arizona to see the Crew in Spring Training this month? Show us your favorite photo and you could be of three people chosen to win a Brewers prize package!

Create an original photo from Spring Training in Phoenix, Arizona. Then, post your photo on Twitter  and/or post it to Instagram using hashtag #CACTUSCREW for your chance to win! For more information and official rules, click here.

Reminiscent of a knothole gang. #Brewers #CactusCrew #SpringTraining #ItAllStartsHere

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You’ll also want to make sure you follow the #CactusCrew hashtag for Spring Training news, updates and chatter!

And don’t forget! You can also upload your photo our Brewers Road Crew  interactive map, presented by Southwest Airlines!

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.

-Cait

 

Pitchers and Catchers Have Reported….Will You? #CACTUSCREW

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!

Workouts are underway at Maryvale! #CactusCrew #SpringTraining #Brewers (via @scottpaulus)

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You’ll also want to make sure you follow the #CactusCrew hashtag for Spring Training news, updates and chatter!

And don’t forget! You can also upload your photo our Brewers interactive map, presented by Southwest Airlines!

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.

-Cait

@CMoyer

Everyone Loves Hank: #BallparkPup Transcends Team Allegiances

As Brewers fans, you know the heartwarming “tail” well by now.

Hank, the little stray pup who wandered into Brewers Spring Training Camp in Phoenix, Arizona, on February 17, the day of the first workout for pitchers and catchers, quickly captured the hearts of Brewers fans, as well as pet-lovers across the world.

Hank’s story has blurred the lines of team allegiance, with fans of other teams tuning in for updates on the pup. And his story has even transcended the sport itself. We can’t tell you how many comments and letters we’ve received from people who say they don’t even follow baseball, but they love dogs, or pets in general, and can’t help but follow Hank.

Even players from other teams have fallen for Hank, as Diamondbacks pitcher Brandon McCarthy tweeted this during Spring Training:

And Brandon has continued to follow Hank’s story into the season:

McCarthy Tweet

Brandon and his wife, Amanda, are dog lovers and have a 6-year-old Westie, a small white pup of their own, named Hobbes:

We can see a resemblance to Hank and why his story has caught their attention.

A series of tweets was exchanged between Brandon, Amanda and the Club…

Which led to arranging a meeting between Brandon and Hank today before batting practice at Miller Park:

“This dog is awesome. I get to meet a dog on the road, which is great anytime you have to leave your dog at home. There should be more dogs on the road, more dogs in public to play with, so having one on a baseball field combines some of my favorite things,” Brandon said.

Watch the full interview, here:

Yes, it was clear that Brandon and Hank enjoyed each other’s company, but don’t worry Brewers fans, it is clear where Hank’s allegiance rests.

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-Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

“Fetcher” Reports to Spring Training; Tries to Walk On As Member of 2014 Brewers

Bernie, watch your back.

Move over, Brat, Polish, Italian, Hot Dog and Chorizo—there’s a new Top Dog in town.

We’re not sure where he came from, but a little stray pup is quickly becoming not just the Brewers unofficial Spring Training mascot, but a valued member of the team.

The pooch, who has since been named Hank (after who else but Hank Aaron?), wandered into Brewers camp two days ago looking a little grubby but ready for play. In no time, this little dog has stolen more hearts than Tommy Harper stole bases in 1969.

A staff member took Hank to the vet where he received his shots and a bath, but this little scrapper’s jersey will never be spotless. His white uniform looks to be permanently shaded a little on the gray side in places, but when you get to know this little fella’s personality, you see it’s a perfect fit.

Hank spends each day roaming offices and playing fields, visiting with everyone from Doug Melvin, Ron Roenicke, players and coaches to ticket office and concessions staff. Hank is going home with members of the organization each night to a warm bed, and he recently completed a day at the Team Store where he picked out his favorite styles from the latest Brewers pet gear.

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So, what’s the next chapter? Stay tuned. Hank is in good hands and we’ll keep you posted on our most devoted “tail”-gater in the coming days.

For more updates from Brewers Spring Training in Phoenix, Arizona, be sure to follow the #CactusCrew hashtag on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

2/20/14 “#BallparkPup”date:

After our posts yesterday, Hank has become a dog in demand! He spent the morning in the Clubhouse and did three TV interviews. He also took to the field for practice with his mentor, Yovani Gallardo.

Also, many of you are asking what is going to happen to Hank after Spring Training. Rest assured, Hank’s days as a stray are over, one way or another and he’ll continue to be well taken care of.

Here are some more photos from earlier today (How fitting is it that it’s “National Love Your Pet Day“?):

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Cheers!

Pitchers and Catchers Have Reported….Will You? #CACTUSCREW

Spring Training is finally upon us!

Are you headed to sunny, Phoenix, Arizona to see the Crew in Spring Training later this month or in March? 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!

Spring Training

You’ll also want to make sure you follow the #CactusCrew hashtag for Spring Training news, updates and chatter!

And don’t forget! You can also upload your photo our Brewers Fans on the Fly  interactive map, presented by Southwest Airlines!

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.

-Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

Bernie Brewer Arrives at Maryvale–Let the Spring Training Games Begin!

On Wednesday, I caught up with Bernie regarding his impending trip to Spring Training and today, I’m pleased to announce that not only have pitchers and catchers reported to Spring Training, but Bernie has as well!

Yes, that’s right, this year, Bernie is joining the #CACTUSCREW by taking in some games down here in Phoenix, Arizona.

So many of you were wondering: Just how does Bernie Brewer fly? On Southwest Airlines, of course!  Here’s a little video on his travels:

And, if you weren’t following along on Bernie’s Twitter account or on our Facebook page, you can also check out our photo gallery, here:

There’s much more fun to be had during the games this weekend, so stay tuned for more Bernie and Brewers updates!

PS: Bernie also added his photo our new Brewers Fans on the Fly interactive map, presented by Southwest, which shows where Brewers fans are all over the globe!  Check it out and add your own!

Go Brewers!

-Cait

johnandcait@Brewers.com

Pitchers & Catchers are Reporting…Are You?

Spring Training is finally upon us!

Are you headed to sunny, Phoenix, Arizona to see the Crew in Spring Training later this month or in March? Show us your favorite photo and you could be of three people chosen to win a Brewers prize package!

Create an original photo from Spring Training in Phoenix, Arizona. Then, tweet your photo to @Bernie_Brewer on Twitter  and/or post it to Instagram using hashtag #CACTUSCREW for your chance to win! For more information and official rules, click here.

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You’ll also want to make sure you follow the #CactusCrew hashtag for Spring Training news, updates and chatter!

And don’t forget! You can also upload your photo our Brewers Fans on the Fly  interactive map, presented by Southwest Airlines!

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.

-Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

Brewers Spring Training Broadcast Schedule Released

Today we announced the 2013 Spring Training broadcast schedule, which includes 34 games to be broadcast on a combination of Newsradio 620 WTMJ and the statewide Brewers Radio Network, FOX Sports Wisconsin and Brewers.com.

Nothing will get you through the cold, wet snowy days like today like the sweet sound of Hall-of-Fame radio announcer Bob Uecker and his partner Joe Block, who will call 16 Spring Training games on Newsradio 620 WTMJ and the statewide Brewers Radio Network. 

Television announcers Brian Anderson and Bill Schroeder will call three games to be carried by FOX Sports Wisconsin: Monday, March 11 vs. Los Angeles; Wednesday, March 13 at Arizona; and Friday, March 29 vs. Chicago-AL at Miller Park.  Two additional games – Tuesday, March 19 vs. LA of Anaheim and Sunday, March 24 at San Diego – will be produced by other FOX Sports regions (FS-West and FS-San Diego, respectively) but will be simulcast on FS-Wisconsin.  Anderson, Schroeder and Block will also team up for 17 Brewers.com webcasts throughout the spring. 

The Brewers open the 2013 Spring Training slate on Saturday, February 23 at Maryvale Baseball Park against the Oakland Athletics at 1:05 p.m. Arizona time.  Milwaukee will play a total of 35 Spring Training games this season, including 17 at Maryvale Baseball Park and two exhibition games at Miller Park.

All Brewers games played in the Cactus League are scheduled for 1:05 p.m. starts (Arizona time), except for Wednesday, March 13 at the Diamondbacks (7:10 p.m. local/9:10 p.m. CT).  The spring schedule closes out with a pair of exhibition games against the White Sox at Miller Park on March 29 (7:10 p.m.) and March 30 (1:10 p.m.).

Tickets for Brewers home Cactus League games are on sale at Brewers.com, by phone at 1-800-933-7890 and at the Miller Park and Maryvale Box Offices. 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 exhibition games at Miller Park will go on sale at a later date.  Please note that games and times are subject to change. For the complete Spring Training schedule, visit brewers.com/springtraining.

-Cait
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