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As the NCAA Basketball Tournament gets underway, we’re all feeling a little bit of that March Madness.
And, although both UW-Milwaukee and UW-Madison are competing this year, the particular “March Madness” I’m referring to in this case is baseball related.
It’s been an especially long, tough winter and, all across the state, fans are suffering from major cases of cabin fever—and, much worse, Brewers fever. The ailment usually hits a crescendo, a state of madness, right about this time of year.
People started coming down with it in late January at Brewers On Deck. For one fleeting day, we got to see the Crew and get pumped up for the season. Then came Spring Training. Since mid-February, we’ve been teased by the sights of the steady string of warm, sunny days in Phoenix and the green grass, along with the sweet sounds of the crack of the bat, the ball smacking a leather glove, and Uecker‘s voice on the radio. These sights and sounds evoke an almost Pavlovian response from our other senses: We can almost smell the brats on the grill; we can almost taste the peanuts and Cracker Jack; and we can definitely feel the excitement in the air.
We’re now less than two weeks from Brewers Baseball returning to Milwaukee and the madness has hit full tilt. We’re ready for the Boys of Summer to return from Arizona and at least bring a little bit of spring back with them. We’re ready for America’s Pastime done the Wisconsin way, with tailgating, Sausage Races and Bernie’s slides. And the barrel? Oh yes, it’s ready to be rolled out. Just say when!
How will we cope the next two weeks? Well, we’ve got a few more Spring Training games that we can watch and listen to, plus two Exhibition Games at Miller Park. In addition to that, there’s that other March Madness that I alluded to, an entertaining diversion that makes that time until Opening Day go by quicker.
Like most of America, we’re sure you found time to fill out a bracket. That’s why we asked some of the Crew to do the same.
A few of the participants, like Brewers infielder Rickie Weeks and Brewers reliever Rob Wooten, really get into it. Rickie is a big basketball fan and Wooten in particular is a diehard fan of the University of North Carolina Tar Heels.
So big, in fact, that he even associates his teammate’s name with a rival team–Zach Duke who has nothing to do with the University, other than sharing a name:
Others, like Brewers pitchers Kyle Lohse and Wei-Chung Wang, really don’t follow basketball all that closely, but it’s still fun to participate in the bracket challenge.
Lohse says he “flipped a coin” and Wang, a 21-year-old from Taiwan, got help from some friends.
But that’s the thing with March Madness– the tourney can be so unpredictable that a basketball fanatic has just as much of a chance as a coin-flipper… or a dog.
Yep, that’s right, we even got the newest addition to the team, Hank the Ballpark Pup, and old friend Bernie Brewer in on the fun.
Bernie emailed their brackets to me this morning, noting for his: “I did an in-depth mascot analysis of each team; noting who I believe would win in a duel… oh and, in case you weren’t aware, I always root for the home team(s).”
Hank also appears to have taken team mascots into account; however, with a Final Four comprised of the Albany Great Danes, Connecticut Huskies, Gonzaga Bulldogs and Wofford Terriers, he appears to have stuck with his species.
“He’s also picked a lot of upsets in the other games… it appears Hank consistently roots for the ‘underdog,'” Bernie wrote. “It’s a risky move for a newcomer, choosing species over his new home teams. But I bet people will forgive him. He didn’t even pick AZ teams to go very far.”
Follow along with Brew Crew Bracketology below and see how their picks “net” out.
If you’ll notice, I filled out a bracket, too. Although I’m a Marquette girl and I’m bummed they aren’t in it, I do love the excitement of this time of year–both on the basketball and baseball fronts.
Yep. March Madness has set in.
I’ve got Brewers Fever and the only prescription is more Brewers Baseball.
Everyone’s got to get in shape for the season. While the players work out and practice, the mascots are hard at work getting ready for Opening Day, too. Bernie goes sliding at a local playground, and the Klement’s Famous Racing Sausages run time trials.
But what about the Brewers newest (and as of yet “unofficial”) mascot, Hank the #BallparkPup?
So far, Hank’s been joining the team in the Clubhouse, taking part in practice and posing for the “puparazzi” of media and Brewers fans who can’t wait to get their photos taken with him (see gallery below).
But it was another big day in camp for Hank as he trained with the Sausages, making his debut in the Klement’s Sausage Race.
If a photo is worth 1,000 words, this video is priceless. Brewers players and coaches also shared their comments as well:
Oh, and of course, there’s a gif:
Stay tuned for more updates on the #BallparkPup and #CactusCrew this Spring–games start tomorrow!
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.
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.
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“?):
The Milwaukee Brewers and HOPSports, Inc., a global health and wellness network, will be implementing HOPSports Brain Breaks® as an extension of the Brewers Home Run Fitness program to help Wisconsin students become more physically active and engaged throughout the school day.
Thirty-five percent of Milwaukee high school students are considered overweight or obese, and we’ve pledged to take preventative and sustainable measures by targeting elementary students to promote healthy choices and behaviors.
In an effort to create healthy school cultures, we’ve gifted 500 Wisconsin teachers HOPSports Brain Breaks®, a technology-based educational solution which uses existing classroom space and technology to make physical activity in schools both interactive and fun. Elementary schools in Milwaukee, Waukesha, and West Allis are currently implementing HOPSports Brain Breaks® for the 2013-14 school year.
The “Brewers Brain Breaks” feature Bernie Brewer, helping Wisconsin students ready their bodies and brains for learning with 3-5 minute web-based digital content. Teachers are able to incorporate classroom lesson plans in HOPSports Brain Breaks® so that students continue to learn while being physically active.
“My students and I do Brain Breaks every day after the kids come back in the classroom after lunch recess,” said Laurie Probst of Waukesha STEM Academy-Randall Campus. “Brain breaks are highly motivating and get the kids centered and ready to tackle the afternoon’s work. The students enjoy the variety of videos and fun activities, and I see a lot of concentration and fun happening!”
The Brewers Home Run Fitness, program powered by HOPSports, follows the Coordinated School Health model recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as a strategy for improving student health and well-being in support of academic success. The HOPSports digital platform delivers key community wellness messaging directly to kids, and strengthens community partnerships to magnify the impact of a coordinated, community approach to school health.
The Milwaukee Brewers and HOPSports are accelerating sustainable behavior change in Wisconsin students by making physical activity an integral part of the school day. Fans can follow HOPSports on Twitter @HOPSports.
This has been an especially brutal winter in Milwaukee, there is no getting around that. One sign that Old Man Winter is on his way out is the annual packing of the Brewers equipment truck for Spring Training.
What was once a simple job, is now an event. An event that is the unofficial start to Spring Training and an event that has everyone thinking Brewers baseball. Brewers Director of Clubhouse Operations Tony Migliaccio and his staff have planned this day for months, working on inventory of equipment and organizing all the gear to make sure today’s pack goes without a hitch.
The truck left Miller Park today at 3 p.m., packed full with everything the Brewers will need to run the operation at Maryvale Baseball Park in Phoenix. The truck is scheduled to arrive in Phoenix on Sunday and will be unpacked Monday. Pitchers and catchers report to camp Saturday, February 15 and the first official workout is Monday, February 17. Soon enough, the pictures on this blog and the rest of Brewers.com will be showing Brewers players at camp, working out. Green grass and sunshine is just around the corner.
Check out video from today’s event thanks to Brewers.com reporter Adam McCalvy:
Enjoy this photo gallery from today’s event at Miller Park and keep thinking Spring!
We recently posted a guide for men to help them find the perfect holiday gift, so we thought it only fair to provide one for the ladies, too.
(Note: The file size is pretty large, so be sure to click on the image and then click again, so you can follow along and get your holiday shopping done in a jiffy!)
Fellas, we know you could probably use a little guidance when it comes to picking out the perfect gift for everyone on your list, so we thought we’d give you some help by creating this handy flow chart, below:
(Note: The file size is pretty large, so be sure to click on the image and then click again, so you can follow along and get your holiday shopping done in a jiffy!)
This holiday season, we’ re offering fans the chance to get in the spirit through a fun game called “You’ve Been Bernied.” Through various social media platforms and pay-it-forward goodwill, Brewers fans can participate in the game for a chance to win the gift of the season (the Brewers season, that is!)—a pair of Brewers Holiday 4-Packs—while at the same time, spread holiday cheer and “offseason’s greetings.”
Fans are encouraged to visit Brewers.com/bernied to participate in the game. There, fans can print out an “I’ve Been Bernied” sign and instruction sheet and pass it along with a special treat to “Bernie” their neighbors, friends or family and watch the game build throughout the community. For a chance to win the Brewers Holiday 4-Packs and other prizes, fans are invited to take photos of their treats and/or of themselves sporting a Bernie Brewer moustache and post the image to Twitter and/or Instagram using #IveBeenBernied.
Brewers Holiday 4-Packs have been on sale since mid-November and are a fantastic holiday gift. Each pair of Brewers Holiday 4-Packs comes with a Bernie Brewer collectible holiday ornament. Packages start at just $72 and plans are optimized to fit every schedule. For more information on Brewers Holiday 4-Packs, visit Brewers.com/4packs.
The “You’ve Been Bernied” contest runs through December 19th, so be sure to visit Brewers.com/bernied as soon as possible to start your own Bernie chain among family, friends and co-workers!
Here’s a fun gallery of some folks who have been Bernied so far!
And–Cait was even Bernied recently!
Have you Been Bernied or Bernied others? We want to hear from you, leave us a message in the comments below!
-John & Cait
As we kick off Birthday Weekend at Bernie’s presented by Southwest Airlines, the birthday greetings continue to pour in.
Today, many of the Brewers players and a couple of the broadcasters had messages they wanted to send:
Follow us on Instagram for more fun all weekend (and year!) long!
And don’t forget–you can ‘Stache Yourself and share your own messages for Bernie on Twitter and/or Instagram using #LuvBernie. We’ll compile the best!
This season marks the 40th Anniversary since Bernie Brewer was introduced as the mascot of the Milwaukee Brewers and to celebrate, we’ll be hosting “Birthday Weekend at Bernie’s” presented by Southwest Airlines tonight, tomorrow and Sunday, as the Crew takes on the Cincinnati Reds.
A variety of activities are scheduled for this entire weekend at Miller Park, including giveaways, prizes, sing-a-longs and much more. Here’s a brief rundown:
The first 20,000 fans to enter the gates at Miller Park will receive a Bernie Brewer can coozie, compliments of Southwest Airlines.
Roundtrip tickets on Southwest Airlines will be given away during each inning of the game on Saturday, August 17 (two roundtrip tickets will be awarded to a lucky fan each inning).
Take part in the Party on the Plaza from 11am – 1pm outside Miller Park, near Friday’s Front Row Sports Grill. There will be clowns, face painting, tailgate games, music and appearances by Bernie Brewer, the Klement’s Famous Racing Sausages and other local mascots, including Fang (Wisconsin Timber Rattlers), Roscoe (Milwaukee Admirals, Pounce (UW-Milwaukee), and more.
Then, upon entering the ballpark, vouchers will be distributed to fans 16 and under, good for one free Klement’s hot dog, small Pepsi product and Blue Bunny ice cream for the Kids Eat Free promotion.
MORE WAYS TO CELEBRATE:
SIGN HIS CARD: Fans have the opportunity to sign giant cards for Bernie–we’ve filled three! The birthday cards are located near the Southwest Airlines Nuttiest Fan display in the right-field corner on the Field Level, so make sure you get over there and give the big guy your best!
#LUVBERNIE: Tweet messages and/or photos on Instagram using the hashtag #LUVBernie. Fans can visit Brewers.com/luvbernie to see a compilation.
MOUSTACHE YOURSELF: Add a Bernie Brewer mustache into photos and post them in celebration of Bernie’s birthday.
FOLLOW HIM! Follow @Bernie_Brewer on Twitter! Bernie’s has just over 31,000 followers at the time of this writing–wouldn’t it be great to get him to 40,000 by the end of his his big weekend?!
For more information and tickets to “Birthday Weekend at Bernie’s,” please visit Brewers.com/bernie40. A historical timeline of Bernie Brewer is included below.
Bernie Brewer Historical Timeline:
- June 1970: 69-year-old superfan Milt Mason climbs to the top of the County Stadium scoreboard and vows not to come down until the Brewers draw a crowd of over 40,000.
- August 1970: The Brewers drew a crowd of 44,387 on bat night, also drawing Milt, their adopted hero, down from his perch.
- June 1973: Milt Mason passed away on June 12, 1973. The team dedicated their new mascot that year, Bernie Brewer, in Milt’s honor.
- 1984: The bleachers at County Stadium were rebuilt and Bernie’s Chalet was replaced with a sound tower, sending Bernie into early retirement.
- 1993: Due to overwhelming demand, Bernie Brewer returned as the team’s mascot in 1993.
In addition, check out this brief video of the history of Bernie Brewer:
We’re also pleased to work with Southwest Airlines on this celebration, as there is a mutual “luv” between the two (if you’ll recall, Bernie made his trip to Spring Training thanks to Southwest earlier this year:
We hope you’ll join us as we pay tribute to Bernie over the next month!