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As I wrote yesterday, 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 from Friday, August 16 through Sunday, August 18 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. (For a complete list of activities click here.)
And, beginning tonight, fans will have the opportunity to sign a giant card for Bernie when attending games leading up to his birthday, beginning this Friday. The birthday card will be located near the Southwest Airlines Nuttiest Fan display in the right-field corner on the Field Level.
Bernie’s best friends signed the card first and we hope to see your name on there soon, too!
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 from Friday, August 16 through Sunday, August 18 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. On Friday, August 16, the first 20,000 fans to enter the gates at Miller Park will receive a Bernie Brewer can coozie, compliments of Southwest Airlines. The giveaways continue throughout the weekend as 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).
Two special events are planned for Sunday, August 18 with the Kids Eat Free promotion and the Party on the Plaza. The Party on the Plaza will take place before Sunday’s game from 11am – 1pm with 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.
Additionally, fans will have the opportunity to sign a giant card for Bernie when attending games leading up to his birthday, beginning this Friday. The birthday card will be located near the Southwest Airlines Nuttiest Fan display in the right-field corner on the Field Level.
As the most popular Major League mascot on Twitter, Bernie is very tech-savvy so fans can join in the celebration online in the following ways:
- Tweet messages and/or photos on Instagram using the hashtag #LUVBernie. Fans can visit Brewers.com/luvbernie to see a compilation.
- In August, we will launch an app which will allow fans to integrate a digital Bernie Brewer mustache into photos and post them in celebration of Bernie’s birthday.
- Follow @Bernie_Brewer on Twitter! Bernie’s closing in on 31,000 followers at the time of this writing–wouldn’t it be great to get him to 40,000 by 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:
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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!
We’ve been working with the Twins to take our interleague rivalry and “border battle” to social media and next week, we’ve got a lot of fun in store for our fans from Twitter Tug-of-Wars, where fans will be asked to weigh in on questions, to a Follow Off (details to…well, follow…) and more! The new schedule format will have a Postseason feel to it as the teams will play four straight games, two in Milwaukee followed by two in Minneapolis.
To whet your appetite, here’s a really cool infographic created by one of our graphic designers, Molly Arndt, showing how both teams stack up for next week’s showdown:
[Note: This is a large graphic and file! For better viewing, click on the image, then click again when it opens in a new tab.]
-John and Cait
As exemplified by the VIP treatment Bernie Brewer received on his trip to Spring Training this year, it’s obvious that Southwest Airlines really loves Bernie Brewer and we know you do, too!
So, when you’re at Miller Park this season, be sure to visit the Southwest Airlines Bernie Brewer photo attraction located down the first-base line on the Field Level concourse. Take your photo there, tweet it to @Bernie_Brewer and/or post it on Instagram using the hashtag #LUVBERNIE. Then, check back at brewers.com/luvbernie all season long to see our gallery!
We might even highlight some of our favorites on Twitter, Instagram, our Facebook page or here on the blog!
There are many things that make Miller Park unique and Bernie Brewer sliding down his big yellow slide in left field to celebrate a Brewers home run or a Brewers victory is certainly one of them.
Over the years, many people–myself included– have wondered what it is like to slide down the slide.
Well, last year, I got to experience it for myself–and you can, too!
Yes, that’s right. Before every home game, you and your friends can join Bernie Brewer up in his dugout and feel the rush as you twist and turn down the slide. At $100 per person, packages are available for 2-8 people per game, offering those over the age of 8 a Miller Park experience like none other!
Last year, I took the slide for a test drive myself—all in the name of blogging.
I must admit, I am a little scared of heights, but I quickly overcame that as the view of the ballpark from up there is breathtaking and the ride on the slide itself was so fun. I felt like a little kid again.
Here, you can watch a video of me going down the slide. It was taken in two different angles–one by Bernie Brewer himself and the second by a roof camera.
This is definitely a unique offering, with amazing photo opportunities and a memory that will last a lifetime. For more information on how you can purchase your tickets for the Bernie’s Slide Experience, visit brewers.com/slide.
We’re just four days away from Opening Day and it seems like Brewers Fever is sweeping over the state!
Check out this very creative Pepsi display at the Pick ‘n Save on 76th and Coldspring! Looks like Bernie Brewer and the Klement’s Famous Racing Sausages are ready for Opening Day and are hydrated with Pepsi products!
If you’re out and about, make sure you keep your eyes open for these types of “pop” art displays from the merchandisers! Here are a few we captured last summer as well! We love it!
-John and Cait
Today, I went to my very first Spring Training game in many, many years! It was so very exciting!
I got to go down on the field before the game and even sit in the dugout!
I met all kinds of very cool Brewers fans and saw a lot of familiar faces, too.
When Ryan Braun hit that home run early in the game, I was so excited–but there’s no slide at Maryvale so I improvised: I slid down the big grassy hill on the berm instead (and I’ve got the grass stains to prove it)!
Of course, I was also so happy when we won!
After the game, I got in a little Spring Training of my own:
Can’t wait to return again tomorrow!
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:
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!
I just got word that Bernie Brewer is going to making his way down to Arizona this weekend for the Brewers Cactus League home opener vs. the Oakland A’s on Saturday.
Bernie broke the news in a tweet earlier today:
I sent him an email (you know, because he doesn’t talk) to find out more details.
“I’m leaving tomorrow, got a flight on Southwest. I heard we’re supposed to get a little snow here in Milwaukee–hope it doesn’t impact my flight… Looks like it’s going to be a little arctic for the Arctic Tailgate on Saturday!” [For those unfamiliar, that’s the date that individual tickets go on sale.]
“A little sad that I will miss my everyone at Arctic Tailgate–first time in seven years!-but I’m so excited to see all my friends, like Ax, Ryan, Luc, Rickie… so pumped! I’ve got all my bags packed already and I’m even taking some of my equipment. I figured why not… you know, bags fly free, might as well, and hopefully I’ll get to take a little BP!”
Bernie told me he’ll be taking in a practice on Friday and then the games this weekend, so if you’re down in Arizona as part of the #CactusCrew, be sure to keep your eyes peeled for Bernie!
I offered to give him a lift to the airport since I’ll be headed down there this weekend myself, so hopefully I’ll have an update for you on his travels. I’m sure he’ll also be tweeting along his journey, so remember to follow him here.
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.
You’ll also want to make sure you follow the #CactusCrew hashtag for Spring Training news, updates and chatter!
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.