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Today we announced plans for several new additions to Miller Park in 2014, including something I am personally psyched about: the arrival of AJ Bombers. The popular restaurant and bar – with locations in Milwaukee and Madison – will occupy the outside space formerly known as the Plaza Pavilion, along the west side of Miller Park near the right-field gate.
AJ Bombers will offer cheeseburgers, egg rolls, tater tots, shakes, custards, specialty concrete mixers and more. The menu will also include homestand specials, such as city-themed burgers as well as player-favorite burgers. Their Milwaukee Burger was declared winner of the Travel Channel’s FOOD WARS.
You may have noticed that we teased this announcement this morning in conjunction with our #SeeUMarch31 countdown to Opening Day across our social platforms:
This was fitting as we really will see them here at Miller Park on March 31!
Can’t wait? Look for AJ Bombers at Brewers On Deck this weekend! Rumor has it they might be handing out samples…
Additional new upgrades at Miller Park include an expansion of the Brewers Team Store by Majestic, a new Authentics Kiosk for game-used merchandise, the installation of approximately 150 flat screen televisions throughout the concourses, and more. These projects are in addition to the previously announced “Brewers Wall of Honor,” the redevelopment of the Toyota Territory and a new Bob Uecker statue in “The Last Row.”
“It’s been a busy winter at Miller Park, and we’re excited to continue with our recent enhancements and construction projects as we focus on delivering the best fan experience possible,” said Brewers Chief Operating Officer Rick Schlesinger.“We are only a little more than two months out from Opening Day, and the activity inside Miller Park reminds us of that every day.”
Details about the new additions and projects at Miller Park include the following:
Brewers Team Store by Majestic Expansion
- The Brewers Team Store by Majestic, located in Miller Park’s Hot Corner, will undergo a 300-square foot expansion which will accommodate a larger footprint for “Brewed for Her” merchandise and apparel. The Brewers Team Store by Majestic is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m.
Toyota Territory Redevelopment
- The Toyota Territory in right-center field will undergo a redevelopment from a private group amenity to a destination open to all fans in attendance at Miller Park. The renovated Toyota Territory will convert what was previously a 24-person private group space into an area capable of entertaining over 100 fans. At 1,493 square feet, the Toyota Territory will offer a unique view to take in a game.
- The “Brewers Wall of Honor” will commemorate Milwaukee Brewers players, coaches and executives who played prominent roles with the organization. The Wall of Honor will be a permanent exhibit on an exterior Miller Park wall adjacent to the Hot Corner entrance. Honorees will be recognized with a bronze plaque affixed to the wall, with their image and a brief synopsis of their Milwaukee baseball career etched onto the marker. The plaques are designed by Matthews International, designers of the plaques for the National Baseball Hall of Fame.The Wall will be unveiled in June.
- Unlike the statues that surround Miller Park’s Home Plate Plaza, the new Bob Uecker statue will be in 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.” 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. The state was designed by Brian Maughan, the artist of the four statues outside Miller Park on the Home Plate Plaza.The Uecker Statue will be unveiled on April 25.
Brewers Authentics Kiosk
- Fabrication of a new custom portable millwork display for the Brewers Authentics Collection (game-used items) will be added in 2014. The Authentics kiosk will be placed along the first base side of the Field Level concourse behind the Klement’s Grand Slam Grill. Follow @MILAuthentics on Twitter for updates on the latest game-used merchandise available!
- The installation of approximately 150 flat screen televisions throughout the Miller Park concourses will replace existing CRT televisions, and will provide fans with the HD feed of the game.
- Three flag poles (one 25-foot flag pole and two 20-foot flag poles) will be installed on the landing behind Section 238, which is located beyond the left-center field wall. The American flag will fly on the 25-foot flag pole, while the Wisconsin State flag and a Brewers flag will fly on the 20-foot flag poles.
East Lot Tailgate Pavilions
- The East Lot Tailgate Pavilions will be refurbished with new wood fascia and signage.
Also on the construction front, the home clubhouse will undergo some minor renovations, including the addition of three lockers in the coaches’ locker room and an expansion of the players’ dining room area. Other improvements to Miller Park include updates to the executive office lobby, new flooring in the Brewers Team Store at the Home Plate Gate, the replacement of grow lights throughout Miller Park and the installation of a fire suppression system in the scoreboard control room and IT server room. In addition, the infield and outfield playing surface was replaced with new sod in October.
The Toyota Territory, Brewers Team Store by Majestic expansion and Authentics Collection kiosk was designed by Uihlein-Wilson Architects. Design work for AJ Bombers was handled by Flux Design.
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!
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
The Milwaukee Brewers organization today issued the following statements on the passing of former Brewers player and broadcaster Mike Hegan:
“We are very saddened to hear the news of Mike’s passing,” said Brewers Chief Operating Officer Rick Schlesinger. “Mike was not only a dedicated player and broadcaster for the organization; he was a great friend to many and much-loved in the community. On behalf of everyone here at the Brewers, I want to pass along our deepest condolences to Mike’s family during this difficult time.”
Hegan was a member of the organization from the outset of the franchise, playing for the Pilots in Seattle and the coming to Milwaukee with the franchise move. He continued his career Oakland in 1971 but returned to the Brewers for the 1974 season. Hegan remained with the team through his retirement as a player in 1977.
Following his retirement, Hegan spent 12 seasons with the Brewers as a television and radio broadcaster.
Bob Uecker added the following: “Mike was a friend for a long time as a player and also as a broadcaster. My condolences to (wife) Nancy and the rest of the Hegan family.”
I am too young to remember Hegan as a player, but do remember him as a Brewers broadcaster. Many who are my same age and grew up in the Milwaukee area probably also spent some time at his batting cages for either a birthday party or for some winter practice.
For those of you who are fortunate enough to know Johnny Logan, you know he is really a special man. He always has a story, a teaching tip or an anecdote about something and everything. Today is a very special day at Miller Park as the Brewers formally inducted Logan into the Miller Park Walk of Fame.
In January, the team announced Logan received over 72% of the vote (32 votes) in Walk of Fame balloting, which includes members of the media throughout Wisconsin as well as Brewers executives. Logan’s election marks the first time since Lew Burdette (2010) that a player has been inducted.
Today, Logan visited Miller Park, as he often does. But this time, he did so with family and friends who were with him to share in his honor. Logan also visited the Brewers Media Interview Room where he talked to the press for a very memorable media session with his son, Jim, and former Braves teammate, Felix Mantilla.
“This is the biggest honor I received,” Logan said to open the session. ”I can’t tell you how happy I am to be here with my family and friends.
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.
“The Milwaukee Brewers are honoring one of the top shortstops in the 1950s,” Mantilla said. ”Logan came to Milwaukee in 1948, he liked this city so much that he is still here. I’m very proud to be here with my friend that I treat like a brother.”
Known for his quick wit and ability to tell a great story, Logan held court for just about 30 minutes in the Media Interview room.
He talked about when he was in fifth game and heard the New York Yankees were playing their farm team in Binghamton, N.Y. in an exhibition game. There were two obstacles he had that day before attending that game. The first was the game took place on a school day and the second was that his hometown of Endicott was seven miles away. That didn’t stop Logan, he “ran” the seven miles to see Joe DiMaggio and his beloved Yankees. But Logan soon discovered there was another problem he faced when he arrived at the stadium–he didn’t have a ticket.
“You mean you have to pay?!” Logan recalled asking the usher.
Logan found a “knothole” in the outfield wall and saw his childhood heroes that day. Somehow, he still made it home for dinner. When his mom asked how school was that day, Logan recalled his reply, “IT WAS GREAT!” He said to the group today, “Hey, baseball came first!”
Logan later remembered Mantilla trying to take his shortstop position.
“I was scared of Felix,” Logan said. ”He was good, a great athlete. He had such ability. I played so hard in competing with him because who wants to sit on the bench!?”
“It was a pleasure playing with Johnny,” Mantilla said. ”He had his own way of doing things, but that is why we all loved him.”
In terms of a favorite memory of his baseball career, he was quick to answer winning the 1957 World Series.
“Naturally,” Logan said. ”What a thrill to beat the Yankees.”
He also recalled how close those Milwaukee Braves teams were to winning other World Series titles.
“In 1958 we had the Yankees 3-games-to-1 and ended up losing the next three. In 1956 we lost the pennant by one game. That was the year Don Larsen pitched his perfect game in the World Series. If we were there, that would have never happened!”
In a pregame ceremony, hosted by Bob Uecker, Logan told “a few stories” and shared many laughs.
“I want to tell you that Milwaukee is my home,” Logan said. ”I want to thank the Brewers for this honor and I want to thank all the sportswriters for voting me in.”
Both Brewers and Phillies players lined the railings of each dugout as Logan continued with stories of an Opening Day, the 1955 All-Star Game and the 1957 World Series. Logan could have gone all night long, but there was a game to play and there was (and is) only one man who could have made sure tonight’s game started on time.
“Johnny, we are getting close to game time, can you just stay here on the field during the game and keep talking?” Uecker joked, to which, of course, Logan replied with, “Yes!”
Uecker closed the ceremony with the following quip: “In honor of Johnny Logan, the Brewers have further informed me that tonight’s game has been cancelled.”
Other past Walk of Fame honorees include Hank Aaron, Rollie Fingers, Paul Molitor, Robin Yount in 2001; Commissioner Bud Selig and Cecil Cooper in 2002; Bob Uecker and Harry Dalton in 2003; Jim Gantner and Gorman Thomas in 2004; Don Money and Harvey Kuenn in 2005; Eddie Mathews, Warren Spahn and John Quinn in 2007 (the first year that former Braves players appeared on the ballot); and Lew Burdette in 2010.
Each inductee is honored with a granite plaque that is placed into the terrace area walkway that surrounds Miller Park.
If you are one who appreciates baseball history, this is definitely a day you won’t forget as a special man received a special honor. You could really see in the faces of the family and friends who attended the ceremony that they too will never forget this day. Logan did a great job and his friend Mantilla reminded him of that at the end of the press conference.
“Johnny you did a great job today,” Mantilla said.
Logan didn’t skip a beat with his reply.
“What the hell did I say? All I did was sit up here and talk about baseball! It was great.”
-John and Cait
The cliché “one of a kind…” is heard all too often, but the “2013 Milwaukee Brewers Ultimate Fan Experience” is something that would be next to impossible to replicate.
Through the sweepstakes, one lucky fan will be chosen to receive the following prize package:
- A Bob Uecker Game-Worn Sweater—a colorful, warm piece of history worn by a colorful man. The sweater comes complete with a Major League Baseball authentication hologram that shows Mr. Baseball wore the sweater during a Brewers radio broadcast this year.
- Yovani Gallardo’s Game-Worn 2013 Opening Day Jersey that was donned by the Brewers righthander for his fourth consecutive Opening Day start. The jersey is authenticated by Major League Baseball.
- Four Round-Trip Southwest Airlines Tickets between Milwaukee (either to or from) and any location served by Southwest Airlines.
- Four Field Diamond Box Tickets to any 2013 Milwaukee Brewers regular season game at Miller Park.
- A Chance to Slide Down Bernie Brewer’s Slide along with three of your friends.
- Bob Uecker Meet and Greet – Your group of four will meet “Ueck” on the field during batting practice before a Brewers game at Miller Park. You will then be able to watch batting practice on the field and have your photo taken in the Brewers dugout.
- Your Own Bobblehead – The Brewers will create a bobblehead in your image and produce the item for your personal collection.
Sweepstakes tickets are just $1, and the more times you enter, the better chance of winning. Tickets will be available at brewers.com/ultimatesweeps beginning today at 10 a.m. CT through Tuesday, June 11 at 10 a.m. CT. No purchase necessary. Entries are also accepted by writing to: Brewers Ultimate Fan Experience Sweepstakes, c/o Brewers Community Foundation, One Brewers Way, Milwaukee, WI 53214.
“We wanted to offer a package that was truly unique, and it all starts with an item like Ueck’s game-worn sweater,” said Brewers Chief Operating Officer Rick Schlesinger. “We think this will be a very popular contest with an appeal to Brewers fans of all ages.”
The winning name will be drawn on or around Monday, June 17. Net proceeds from the sweepstakes will benefit the programs supported by the Brewers Community Foundation. For complete rules and more information, please visit brewers.com/ultimatesweeps.
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.
Last August, we celebrated Mr. Baseball with photos, our favorite “Ueckerisms,” and more across our various social media platforms, all leading up to his statue dedication.
Well, today, in honor of Bob’s 78th birthday, we’re dusting off our favorites, compiled in the slideshow below. Enjoy!
Without further ado, here is the official John and Cait preview of Brewers On Deck.
Below is a map of the event at the Delta Center that will help you plan your day.
Spend 10 Minutes: Walking through the Brewers Museum. OK, full disclosure here. I have spent a lot of time building this “museum” from an simple idea and pretty much no direction. I started collecting stuff from around Miller Park and it has grown to something I am very proud of. It grows a bit every year, but has some pretty cool regular features. I’m a history buff and baseball history is so fascinating to me. Take 10 minutes to enjoy some Brewers history! It will be set up all day and I will be there most of the day so walk through at some point and say hello.
Don’t Miss: “The Brewlywed Game” on the Main Stage at 11:30. The Brewers take on “The Newlywed Game” will be very entertaining. Stick around afterwards for a question and answer session with Mark Attanasio, Doug Melvin, Gord Ash, Tom Gorzelanny, Michael Gonzalez and Burke Badenhop.
Best New Addition: This year, there will be a “Bonus Stage” for autographs. Located near the Main Stage, select players will appear in 30 minute sessions and will sign autographs for fans. The schedule will be posted next to the stage and will include a mix of Brewers Major League players and future stars (you never know who will be the next Brewers All-Star!). Another new addition will come at the team store where fans can purchase t-shirts with the “Design a YOUniform” winning design and the new gold Brewers uniform.
Hidden Gem: The Brewers Community Foundation live auction. Some great items up for bid at 1:10 p.m. at the Interactive Stage. Bid on an opportunity to watch batting practice on the field before a Brewers game or the opportunity to “steal” 2nd base during a 2013 Brewers game. Some unique collectibles and opportunities are available at the auction.
A Reminder: About the Live Brewers.com webchat with Mark Rogers and Burke Badenhop at 2:30 p.m. at the Interactive Stage. Follow along if you cannot attend the event via social media by using the hashtag #BrewersOnDeck and submit questions below to Rogers and Badenhop.
Spend 15 Minutes: The results of our “Design a YOUniform” contest will be unveiled by Brewers pitcher John Axford from 10:15-10:30am on the Klement’s Main Stage. The three finalists (Ron Verrecchio from Cantonsville, MD; Ben Peters from Richfield, MN; and Nicholas Fout from Madison, WI have all been invited to appear at Brewers On Deck to discuss their designs as they angle to win a trip to Spring Training. As John mentioned, the team store will have t-shirts with the “Design a YOUniform” winning design available as well!
Don’t Miss: “The Milwacky Squares” Game Show, hosted by Brewers television announcer, Brian Anderson, on the Main Stage at 1:45pm. The Brewers spin-off of “Hollywood Squares” will be very entertaining as it features Brewers Hall-of-Fame Radio Announcer Bob Uecker as the center square, along with Brewers players and several Hollywood guests–including Dennis Haskins aka “Mr. Belding” from Saved By the Bell and “Flight Time” Lang of the Harlem Globetrotters.
Best New Addition: I might be a tad biased, but I’m pretty psyched about the #BREWERSONDECK Instagram/Twitter contest! Make sure you take plenty of photos from this year’s event at several of the photo ops stages or around the event in general. Then, post them to Instagram and/or Tweet them to @Brewers or @Bernie_Brewer using the hashtag #BREWERSONDECK for your chance to win tickets to a 2013 home game!
Hidden Gem: Again–the Brewers Social Media area–that’s where I’ll be when I’m not running around. Come get a special @Brewers item while they last and check out our exciting new digital fan map–Brewers Fans on the Fly, presented by Southwest Airlines, which will be officially unveiled at the event (more to come on the blog later about that, too!).
A Reminder: Don’t forget that the Hunger Task Force will be on hand at the event to collect your non-perishable food items. Bring your donations and look for them near the Brewers Community Foundation area.
See you on Sunday!
-John and Cait
All month long we’ve been celebrating our very own Mr. Baseball with photos, our favorite “Ueckerisms” and more across our various social media platforms, all leading up to his statue dedication today at 1:30 p.m. CT.
We’ve compiled our favorites in a slideshow below. Enjoy!
For details on today’s event, click here.
And don’t forget–we also want to hear from you! On Twitter, post any photos you may have, or share your favorite memories of Uecker, or listening to Uecker, in 140 characters or less using the hashtag: #Uecker. Also, follow the hashtag today as many will be live-tweeting from the ceremony.
Not on Twitter? Share your stories by posting in the comment fields below our various Uecker pictures on Facebook, or email your personal photos to: JohnandCait@brewers.com (Subject line: UECKER).
We’ll be back with more from the ceremony later this afternoon!