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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, I finally got to experience it for myself–and now there are two different ways that you can, too!
1. Watch this “Bernie’s-Eye View” as he slides down the slide, holding a camera:
2. Go down the slide yourself!
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 2-6 people per game, offering those over the age of 8 a Miller Park experience like none other!
Last week, 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.
Calling all Brewers fans- customized phone covers are now available at Miller Park!
The Brewers Team Stores have offered a wide variety of covers for sale that fit many phones (in addition to iPad covers), for awhile now, but one of the cooler new things this season is the Etching Station, located in the Brewers Team Store by Majestic in the Hot Corner at Miller Park.
The store will etch your existing battery cover on most phones for just $20, or, if you don’t want to etch the phone itself/prefer to have a cover on your device, you can purchase a cover from the shop and have that etched for $30. [Please note that currently, the store only offers covers for the iPhone and select BlackBerrys.]
Fans can choose from a wide variety of Brewers logos and mascots. The store also offers all other MLB logos, as well as logos of other Wisconsin teams. Each cover/case can be personalized with up to 15 characters of text, so you can include your name, or a phrase like “Go Brewers!”
The whole etching process only takes about 90 seconds and is fun to watch.
Also, rumor has it that Bernie Brewer has been giving out some cover & etching prize packages via his Twitter account and, I’m told that if you see him at the games against the Reds this coming Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday, he just might have some coupons for you!
Please note: Etching is available on both game days and non-game days. Non-game day Brewers Team Store by Majestic hours are: Monday-Friday, 10am-7pm; Saturday, 10am-6pm; and Sunday, 11am-4pm. For specific questions, please call the store at (414) 902-4750.
If you were at Milwaukee’s General Mitchell International Airport today and saw some things that were out of the ordinary in Concourse D, your eyes weren’t playing tricks on you.
Yes, that was Yovani Gallardo guiding a Southwest Boeing 737 into gate D52. Yes, that was Bernie Brewer and the Famous Racing Sausages unloading luggage. And, yes, that was Jonathan Lucroy riding the tug, pushing Southwest flight 584 off to Phoenix.
Southwest Airlines, the Official Airline of the Milwaukee Brewers, invited Gallardo, Lucroy, Bernie and the Famous Racing Sausages to help out at the airport for an hour today. I accompanied Yovani and Jonathan to the airport today for their visit and it was an enjoyable day for everyone.
The entire operation is like clockwork. The ground crew can’t afford to be late or inefficient with their jobs as getting passengers to their destination quickly and safely is priority number one.
The plane landed in Milwaukee for a brief “stopover” before continuing on to Phoenix (where the Brewers will play this weekend). When the plane landed Yovani helped the ground crew guide the plane into the gate. He also later helped with luggage. At the same time, Jonathan was up at the gate greeting passengers who weren’t continuing on to Phoenix.
When it was time for the next group of passengers to get on the plane, Jonathan was right there making announcements and Yovani was scanning tickets. After the plane was loaded up, the Brewers battery returned to the tarmac to push the plane from the gate and send it off to Phoenix. Landed, unloaded, reloaded and back in the air all in about one hour.
“It was neat to see the behind-the-scenes operations here,” Lucroy said of the job shadow. ”I was really amazed at how fast everything went today.”
I’ve always loved airplanes and flying, so this was a treat for me too. It was great to see what it takes to get a plane to the gate on time and back up in the air. Even with the distraction of Yovani, Jonathan and the mascots, the crew knew where to be and when to be there to carry out their jobs.
Special thanks goes out to the Brewers Corporate Marketing Department, the crew from Southwest Airlines and our friends at Gen. Mitchell International Airport for helping with today’s event.
Good Morning, Everyone!
Well, I made it through the night and individual game tickets are now officially on sale as of 9am CT this morning. It’s still a party down here at Miller Park as we celebrate Brewers Arctic Tailgate, so if you’re not purchasing by phone at (414) 902-4000 or online at brewers.com, stop down for some fun and excitement!
Here’s the latest slideshow–enjoy!
Just remember, it may be “arctic” here in Milwaukee today, but Spring Training games start a week from tomorrow and Opening Day is just 41 days away!
Pitchers and catchers (and John!) reported to camp in Arizona this weekend, position players are scheduled to report on Friday, and this Saturday, it’s YOUR turn to report to Miller Park for the Brewers Arctic Tailgate as individual tickets go on sale at 9am!
This is the sixth year that the “Arctic Tailgate” party will mark the start of individual ticket sales and over the years, in spite of February usually being a cold, cruel month here, it’s become quite the Milwaukee tradition with some fans camping out days in advance (Note: For rules and guidelines, please see safety regulations below).
The Klement’s Famous Racing Sausages, Bernie Brewer and Brewers alumni players are always on hand to greet the fans and the first 2,000 fans in line receive a hot dog and soda, compliments of Klement’s, Pepsi and Sportservice, as well as an Arctic Tailgate t-shirt.
The hearty crowd, recalling past Opening Days that have been snowed out, or perhaps used to tailgating before Packers games at the Frozen Tundra, is not at all fazed by temperatures in single digits, snow, or swirling winds.
Indeed. Like the USPS quote, “Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays” these faithful fans from getting their hands on the hottest tickets before anyone else.
Many fans do it for the tradition and fun—it’s just like your typical pregame tailgate in the middle of July, with games of bags, brats on the grill, and cold beer (okay, maybe a little colder than normal)— but many also do it for the limited number of tickets for Opening Day that will be available at this event.
That’s right. The Miller Park Box Office will be the only place where fans will be able to purchase individual Opening Day tickets on February 25; no phone or online orders will be accepted. Each fan will be limited to a maximum of four tickets for Opening Day, based on availability.
Over the years, when I haven’t been down in Arizona during the event, I’ve been to Arctic Tailgate and I’ve talked with and interviewed fans, but I’ve always been there in the daytime, the day before the event; stopping by briefly the evening before; or working during the event on Saturday morning.
This year, I’ve decided to do something just a bit outside my comfort zone—I’m going to spend the night at Miller Park!
Now there have certainly been many late nights here at the office after games and I’ve camped out on the field before for our Field of Sweet Dreams event, but never in February. To be honest, I’m kind of a wimp when it comes to the cold, but I want to get the true experience that I’m helping promote to fans (plus it’s been the warmest February on record, so I figure now is the best time to do this!).
So, with that being said—if you’re at the event, look for me! I will be roaming around, taking photos, interviewing fans and live blogging from Arctic Tailgate. I might even have some surprises for fans as well!
Of course, if you don’t want to brave the cold, you can always live vicariously through me by following along here online and then get your tickets and parking at brewers.com or by phone at (414) 902-4000 beginning at 9am on Saturday.
The Miller Park Box Office will be open until 5 pm that day. Normal Box Office hours are 9 am – 7 pm Monday – Friday (beginning Monday, February 27), 9 am – 5 pm on Saturday and 11 am – 5 pm on Sunday.
For full details on the Arctic Tailgate event, click here.
Who should I look for on Friday night/Saturday morning?
Please note the following safety regulations for the Arctic Tailgate. Participants will not be permitted to set camp prior to noon on Thursday, February 23. No hand-made or hand-built shelters shall be permitted. No shelters made of cardboard or wood shall be permitted. Shelters with a footprint greater than 100 square feet are not permitted unless otherwise approved by the Brewers. Miller Park power sources are not available for public use and gas generators are not permitted on the property. Only State-Approved gas/propane heating/grilling units with fuel-valve turn-offs and self-contained charcoal/wood units are permitted; provided, however, that they must be a minimum distance of 25 feet from the building or shelters. Activity and items permitted on the premises are subject to the approval of the Brewers. The Brewers reserve the right to remove any shelter, items, or individuals from the property.
While John and his team were hard at work on the 2012 Media Guide earlier this week, I headed to New York City for some meetings with MLB.
While I was there, I decided to take a tour of the MLB Fan Cave.
Most of you may recall that last year, MLB ran a contest to select fans to live the dream baseball experience in the 15,000 square foot location at 4th Street and Broadway in the heart of New York’s Greenwich Village (formerly the home of Tower Records).
Well, this year, instead of having just two people in the space for the entire season, the Fan Cave will start the season with a group of fan contestants who will get to 1) watch every single baseball game played, 2) interact and film video content with current and former players, celebrities and musicians, 3) discuss the hottest baseball and pop culture topics through blog posts and social media 4) compete in exciting challenges with other fans to remain in the MLB Fan Cave – and much more.
Last year alone, more than 170 famous guests visited the MLB Fan Cave, including 66 current players, 28 former players and 76 assorted celebrities and musicians. You can check out the Fan Cave arsenal of videos here.
From a Brewers standpoint, you may recall a couple of appearances by John Axford and a interactive web chat with our very own Bernie Brewer.
And, in 2012, we hope to have even more interaction with the Fan Cave. In January, we put out a call to all Brewers fans to get their entries in so Milwaukee could be represented in the Fan Cave….and it worked!
Now through Wednesday, February 22, fans can view video submissions from all 50 applicants on MLBFanCave.comand vote for their favorites. (There’s more on Stephen and Kurt to come next week, so start voting and stay tuned!)
Based on fan voting, quality of the original submissions, and the ability of the contestants to generate buzz and interest in their campaigns, MLB will narrow the field to 30 finalists who will then earn a trip to Spring Training in Arizona at the end of February, where they will compete in a variety of challenges to determine the final group of contestants.
These winners will begin the season in the MLB Fan Cave with the goal of watching all 2,430 MLB games on a large wall of big screen Sony televisions while chronicling their experiences online through videos, blogs, and social media. Along the way, they will compete with one another over the course of the season in a series of challenges, with fans online helping decide who gets to stay in the Fan Cave and who gets eliminated with one eventual winner crowned before the end of the World Series.
In 2012, the MLB Fan Cave will return to the same location in New York; however, it is currently being redesigned to feature new technology and interactive elements.
Check out some of the photos from my visit below and then get started voting for Kurt and Stephen!
Are you a passionate baseball fan?
Do you have strong writing and verbal communication skills?
Are you organized? Do you excel at multitasking?
Are you comfortable in front of the camera?
Are you a social media maverick or maven?
If you answered “Yes” to all of the questions above, you might have what it takes to be the next resident in the MLB Fan Cave in New York!
Yes, the tremendously popular and ultracool MLB Fan Cave is back for 2012!
And this year, MLB is running a contest to select multiple fans to live the dream baseball experience in the 15,000 square foot location at 4th Street and Broadway in the heart of New York’s Greenwich Village (formerly the home of Tower Records). The 2012 MLB Fan Cave will be upgraded for the 2012 season (more on that next month) and it will start the season with a group of fan contestants, some of whom will be eliminated throughout the season until one ultimate winner is crowned before the end of the World Series.
Lucky winners will 1) watch every single baseball game played, 2) interact and film video content with current and former players, celebrities and musicians, 3) discuss the hottest baseball and pop culture topics through blog posts and social media 4) compete in exciting challenges with other fans to remain in the MLB Fan Cave – and much more.
Last year alone, more than 170 famous guests visited the MLB Fan Cave, including 66 current players, 28 former players and 76 assorted celebrities and musicians. You can check out the Fan Cave arsenal of videos here.
From a Brewers standpoint, you may recall a couple of appearances by John Axford and a interactive web chat with our very own Bernie Brewer:
And, in 2012, we hope to have even more interaction with the Fan Cave, which is why we’re putting out this call to all Brewers fans to get their entries in ASAP so we can represent Brew City in the Fan Cave in New York!
Recently, Kristin Loeser, Director of Suite Services by day and Brewers Fan Cave Scout in her spare time, set out to find some good applicants around Miller Park. You can check out her video search and learn more details about the Fan Cave here.
Unfortunately, she didn’t get too far in her search at Miller Park, so we’re relying on you!
To enter, you’ll need to click here and fill out the contest form in its entirety. You will be asked to submit writing samples, a video, and a photo.
The top fan-submitted audition videos will be posted to MLBFanCave.com, where fans will have the opportunity to vote for those they find most entertaining in order to select the 2012 Fan Fave contestants. Fans will continue to vote for their favorite Fan Cave inhabitants throughout the season based on the digital content they produce while there.
Submissions must be received by Tuesday, January 31, 2012 by 11:59PM ET.
This just in!
Over the past couple of seasons, our technologically savvy mascot has embraced social media, primarily via his Twitter account, @Bernie_Brewer. Currently, Bernie leads all MLB mascots in followers via the network and earlier this year, he even hosted a scavenger hunt for fans by tweeting clues from it as well.
We connected with Bernie this morning and via email he wrote:
“I can’t talk, but I can type! Social media has finally given me the outlet to express my love for this team, previously only accomplished by sliding.”
The self-described “biggest Brewers fan on the planet,” Bernie entertains fans young and old during all home games from his Dugout located in the left field bleachers and as, he referenced in his e-mail, he is most famous for going down his slide after home runs and Brewers victories into his Kalahari Splash Zone.
During those home games, Bernie will often tweet about his slides and game updates, as well as conduct a ”#Brewers Fan #RollCall” where he says “Section/Row/Seat RT!” and then tries to make visits to select fans at their seats.
During Tuesday home games, Bernie also hosts #BrewersTuesdayTrivia where he gives away tickets to the first fans who answer his questions correctly.
When the team is on the road, Bernie never misses a game.
“Thanks to my friends in the Brewers MIS Department and the good folks at Time Warner Cable, I can watch all of the road games on FS Wisconsin, listen to Uke and Cory on WTMJ, follow along online via MLB.TV or the MLB AT BAT app, and connect with fans everywhere–all from my Dugout. I live here year-round and it gets lonely when the team is on the road and of course, during the offseason, so it is nice to connect with fans via social media. It makes me feel like every day and every night I’ve got a sold-out crowd to interact with,” he wrote.
During those road games, Bernie often asks fans where their “#TweetSeats” are–that is, where the fans are watching the game and Tweeting from.
His followers have also been known to receive special ticket offers to upcoming games throughout the season.
“I’ve been extremely active on Twitter and of course I follow the team on Facebook, but I’ve never had the chance to interact with fans through the network before. I’m excited and honored that the MLB Fan Cave is affording me this opportunity.”
The MLB Fan Cave is a first-of-its-kind immersive fan experience in New York City’s Greenwich Village. The Fan Cave hosts the winners of the MLB Dream Job, who were chosen from a pool of nearly 10,000 applicants, Mike O’Hara and his Wingman, Ryan Wagner.
Mike and Ryan have been inhabiting the Fan Cave every day for the entire 2011 MLB season where they are watching all 2,430 regular season games plus every Postseason game while chronicling their experiences and sharing their viewpoints on baseball and pop culture through Facebook, Twitter, MLBFanCave.com, and regular appearances on MLB Network.
The Fan Cave features interactive fan activities; hosts regular visits from MLB players, baseball personalities and celebrities; and hosts parties and musical performances, as well as other events throughout the baseball season.
Earlier this season, two other members of the Brewers who are very active on Twitter also interacted with the MLB Fan Cave.
To connect with the Brewers via Facebook, Twitter and, of course, MLBlogs, click here.
To learn more about the Fan Cave, click here.
To learn more about Bernie Brewer, click here.
The biggest Brewers fan on the planet–the loveable, mustachioed, home run & victory sliding Bernie Brewer–has gone missing and only Brewers fans can help find him!
News of the team mascot’s disappearance spread over the Twitterverse early Monday morning as it appears that Bernie is using his Twitter account, @Bernie_Brewer, to send messages and clues as to his whereabouts–all while planning a fun scavenger hunt for Brewers fans.
Here’s how it all went down.
After last Sunday’s sweep over the Pittsburgh Pirates, Bernie sent out the following tweet at 10:07pm:
With the team headed to Los Angeles, we all kind of wondered what his big day would entail, but then Bernie’s next tweet came at 5:30am.
A visit to the link, brewers.com/wheresbernie, provided details of the event that Bernie is brewing this week.
It seems that with the assistance of the award-winning Milwaukee County Parks and other Wisconsin-based parks, Bernie is planning a statewide “Where’s Bernie?” scavenger hunt and Brewers fans across Wisconsin will have an opportunity to win unique and valuable prizes by participating.
In preparation for Spring Madness, Bernie Brewer has been hard at work. Not only has Bernie gone missing from Miller Park, but he’ll also be planting over 1,400 Bernie Brewer lawn ornaments across the state.
Four hundred of the lawn ornaments will have special prizes attached, and will be placed in parks throughout the 5-county metro Milwaukee area as well as in parks in Madison, Appleton, and Green Bay on the morning of Tuesday, May 24.
These 400 Bernie Brewer lawn ornaments will have pouches attached. Each pouch will contain Brewers game tickets, and many will also include additional prizes such as certificates for a night in a Miller Park Suite and game-used memorabilia; and Milwaukee County Parks passes for golf, water parks, and the Mitchell Park Domes. In addition, 100 of the lawn ornaments will be autographed by Brewers players and personnel. The scavenger hunt for fans will begin at 5 am the morning of Tuesday, May 24.
There will also be over 1,000 additional lawn ornaments, without prizes, placed in a single, undisclosed location. This location will be unveiled to fans through media outlets and on brewers.com on the morning of Tuesday, May 24. Beginning at 7 a.m., fans may come to the site to pick up their very own Bernie Brewer ornament.
In an email, one of the Famous Racing Sausages, who refused to be identified, told me:
“Bernie was just saying to me that he thought that the Wisconsin baseball fans have been ‘going mad’ with the un-spring-like weather this year. Watching them come in with coats and hats this weekend he commented,: ‘Look at them! They’ve got cabin fever and they’re ready to get out of their houses and spend some time at their local parks, including, of course, their favorite: Miller Park. I need to give them an excuse to do just that.’ Well, I’ll be doggoned!I guess that explains why he’s cooked up this promotion!”
Indeed. “Where’s Bernie?” comes in advance of our annual Spring Madness celebration from May 27-29 at Miller Park. The Crew hosts the World Series Champion San Francisco Giants during the Spring Madness weekend, and Brewers fans can save 50% on all tickets $30 or less. In addition, Klement’s hot dogs and small Pepsi products are just $1 each for all three games.
From now through May 23, Bernie will be using his Twitter account, @Bernie_Brewer, to give clues to fans about the location of where the 400 lawn ornaments with prizes will be placed. All of Bernie’s “Where’s Bernie?” related tweets will use the #wheresbernie hashtag to provide up-to-the-minute news on the promotion as well as clues to his whereabouts. Fans are invited to join in the conversation and share their guesses as to where the ornaments will be placed.
As of today, Bernie has already given clues to seven locations.
When I replied to ask if he knew of Bernie’s specific plans and hiding places, the unidentified Sausage wrote back, “No. I grilled him about it, but they’re more top-secret than the recipe for Secret Stadium Sauce. And even if I did know something, I really can’t talk about it. I do know he’s been giving out clues on Twitter. I really need to get on there and ketchup.”
Join in the fun! Visit brewers.com/wheresbernie for details and you could win great prizes!
Last Thursday, United Way of Greater Milwaukee (UWGM) held its Community Campaign Kickoff at Miller Park to announce its fundraising goal for 2010.
The Milwaukee Brewers and MillerCoors were sponsors for the event and Brewers Executive Vice President of Business Operations, Rick Schlesinger and Tom Cardella, President & CEO-Craft & Import Division for MillerCoors welcomed the crowd of over 500 people that had turned out to hear what this year’s goal would be.
Fittingly, the event began with the national anthem, sung by 11th-grade student, Imani Agara, who is a participant in the United Way-funded Teen Achievers program at the YMCA of Greater Milwaukee.
Last year, 100 percent (206) of program participants graduated from high school and went on to postsecondary education. United Way of Greater Milwaukee invests over $5 million each year in successful youth development programs, like Teen Achievers.