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The baseball season is a long one–162 games in 180 days–and that doesn’t even count Spring Training and those 30 Cactus League games.
However, the pace is different in Spring Training. While the games are still important, the time down here is very much about taking a look at different players, trying out new things, working out the kinks and building team chemistry.
With two weeks of practice before the Spring games begin and with the bulk of the Cactus League games being day games, that also gives players a little more free time before they go back to work in Milwaukee and the grind sets in.
So what do a lot of the guys like to do with their down time in Arizona?
While first and foremost, many treasure the extra time with their families before the regular season gets underway:
Aside from that, they can also enjoy some of their hobbies that might fall by the wayside once the regular season starts, like going fishing:
On this Brewers roster in particular, however, you’ll find many of the pitchers in particular hitting the links.
Last year, during Spring Training, you’ll recall that Will Smith, Tyler Thornburg and I hit the links and took on Kyle Lohse in a match that ultimately led to him joining Twitter (#YoureWelcome!).
It’s been well-documented that Kyle is the best golfer on the team by far, but that doesn’t stop his teammates from trying to take him on in various challenges–scrambles, best ball with strokes per side, etc.
And, earlier this spring, I had the pleasure of tagging along with Kyle and a couple of the guys again on two separate occasions to take some pictures and video–all in the name of work, of course.
First, I headed out with Kyle and Matt Garza to Lookout Mountain Golf Club.
This award-winning course sits among the magnificent North Phoenix Mountains and offers panoramic views of the amazing Arizona landscape. Case in point: Hole #10 is the signature hole here at Lookout Mountain. You’re 14 stories high on the tee box and, from this video of Kyle’s tee shot on the hole, you can see that it lives up to its name “Picturesque Pointe.”
This outing was really not much of a match. Matt doesn’t profess to be a great golfer; he was just out there to have fun—with the goal to beat Kyle’s score on at least one hole.
While Matt didn’t achieve that goal this time, he did have what I’m told was a better day that usual and ended up tying Kyle on 4 holes.
Personally, this was my first round of the season, so I was a little rusty; the par-3 9th in particular had my number. The hole was 80-yds for me and I blew it over the green on the tee shot and it was all literally downhill from there. In this video of my shot, you’ll also see where Matt ended up on his tee shot on this hole (that’s Kyle narrating, obviously):
Despite this hole and another two blow-up holes, I was able to tie Kyle on at least 3 holes and actually beat him on 2. He and I each had two birdies in the round, which was cut short due to darkness.
One other thing worth noting from this outing: Matt Garza broke his 3-wood on a tee shot during the round. None of us are quite sure how this happened. One minute he was teeing it up and the next, he was holding his broken club. But even despite this setback and not beating Kyle on a hole, he was a great sport, never once showing frustration, just chatting the entire time and laughing a lot.
Here are a few more photos from that round:
The second time I had the pleasure of hitting the links, it was to test out a new product called the Golfboard.
When I saw the PGA tweet about this combination golf cart/seque/scooter/skateboard, I knew our guys would love it because many of our players use scooters as transportation between the parking lot and the Clubhouse at Miller Park.
The good folks at Golfboard were kind enough to set us up with two Golfboards for a round of golf at the Westin Kierland in Scottsdale, so I joined Kyle Lohse and Will Smith to document the experience.
After a brief tutorial, the guys quickly picked up on the boards, which are extremely easy to learn, fun, and most importantly for these guys, safe.
The guys were zipping around the course in no time flat. Here’s a short video Kyle took:
I also brought the GoPro and we hooked it up to the Golfboard. Here’s a tour of the 9th hole, courtesy of Kyle. (Note: The ride felt much smoother than this video portrays!)
And here’s a shot Kyle hit while the GoPro was still running:
Here are some other fun photos from the round:
It was a lot of fun out there on the course, getting to know these guys a little better away from the field.
Whether it’s fishing or golf, or another hobby, it is good to see the guys get a chance to relax and unwind now because we know once the regular season is underway, there will be little (if any) time for those things.
Speaking of time to relax and have fun, today is one of just two offdays in the Spring Training schedule and I’ll be back out on the golf course with Kyle, Will and a bunch of other players, coaches and celebrities for Bob Uecker’s Front Row Classic. Stay tuned for more photos and videos!
Special thanks to Lookout Mountain and Westin Kierland (and Troon Golf) for letting us hack on your courses; and of course, special thanks to Golfboard for letting us test drive your gamechangers.
Tonight, Bob Uecker was honored at the Vince Lombardi Award of Excellence Dinner Ball, held at the Pfister Hotel in downtown Milwaukee.
Created in 1990, the Vince Lombardi Award of Excellence Dinner Ball was created as a means of recognizing individuals who have made a Hall of Fame contribution to sport, profession or business in a manner that exemplifies appreciation of God, country, society, family and self, not only for the sport, profession or business involved, but to the men, women and children whose lives are enhanced by emulating those standards.
Congratulations to Bob Uecker on receiving this prestigious award; he has truly captured the spirit of commitment and pursuit of excellence, standards which define the legendary coach Vince Lombardi and the Vince Lombardi Cancer Foundation.
Theme Nights Coming to Miller Park in 2015; Brewers to host Star Wars™, Major League™, Country, and Zubazpalooza Nights
Today, we’re excited to announce four theme nights that will be coming to Miller Park in 2015. Beginning at noon today, fans can buy special ticket packages to Country Night, Star Wars™ Night, Major League™ Night and Zubazpalooza. Special ticket packages for each theme night are limited and include entry to the game and a special themed promotional item.
On Friday, May 29, the Brewers will host Country Night when the team faces off against the Arizona Diamondbacks. While everyone in attendance will be treated to a special postgame concert by Grammy-nominated country artist Joe Nichols, fans who purchase the special Country Night ticket package will also receive a Milwaukee Brewers cowboy hat. Ticket packages are available in the Loge Outfield Box for $30 and Terrace Reserved for $18.
In a not too distant future, in a ballpark very, very close to you, the Brewers will host Star Wars Night on Saturday, May 30 when Milwaukee duels (with bats, not lightsabers) the Arizona Diamondbacks. A number of Star Wars characters will be making special appearances throughout the night, and fans who purchase the Star Wars Night ticket package will receive a limited-edition Jonathan Lucroy “Jedi Luc” bobblehead. Ticket packages are available in the Field Outfield Box for $39 and Terrace Reserved for $22.
Back by popular demand, Zubazpalooza returns to Miller Park for the third consecutive season on Friday, June 12, as the Brewers host the Washington Nationals. All fans who purchase the special Zubazpalooza ticket package will receive a pair of green and blue Zubaz pants with the Brewers 90’s logo. Tickets are available in the Loge Outfield Box for $34.
Finally, fans can take home the one and only Harry Doyle (aka Bob Uecker) immortalized in Bobblehead form, Tuesday, July 21 as the Brewers host the Cleveland Indians during Major League Night at Miller Park. Fans who purchase the special Major League Night ticket package will receive a limited-edition talking Harry Doyle bobblehead with famous quotes including: “This guy threw at his own kid in a father-son game,” “Personally, I think we got hosed on that call” and “Juuust a bit outside.” Ticket packages are available in the Field Outfield Box for $39, Loge Outfield for $29 and Terrace Reserved for $19.
Tickets are limited and only those who purchase the special theme night ticket package are eligible to receive that night’s promotional item. The Jedi Luc and Harry Doyle Bobbleheads are only available to the first 4,000 fans that purchase this exclusive package. All theme night tickets must be purchased in advance and can be obtained by calling the Brewers Group Sales department at 414-902-GRPS (4777) or by visiting Brewers.com/specialevents, beginning at noon today.
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Today we announced the Club’s 2015 Spring Training broadcast schedule that will include 16 radio broadcasts on 620 WTMJ and the Brewers Radio Network, 13 additional audio webcasts, and 12 games televised by FOX Sports Wisconsin.
All games played in the Cactus League are scheduled for 1:05 pm Arizona Time (except for March 13, March 23 and March 24, which will start at 7:05 p.m., 1:05 p.m. and 6:40 p.m. Arizona Time, respectively).
The only games that will not be broadcast on either radio, TV or webcast are the Wednesday, March 4 exhibition against the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and a road split-squad game on Sunday, March 15 at the Rangers (NOTE: The Brewers home game against the A’s that day will be broadcast on radio and TV).
Hall of Fame announcer Bob Uecker and his partner Joe Block will call the games on the Brewers Radio Network, and Jeff Levering will fill in on select games. Television announcers Brian Anderson and Bill Schroeder will call the games on FOX Sports Wisconsin. Anderson, Block, Schroeder and Levering will team up on the Brewers.com webcasts. (NOTE: FOX Sports Wisconsin will simulcast the March 5 game against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim from FOX Sports West and the March 17 game against the San Diego Padres from FOX Sports San Diego.)
Pitchers and catchers are scheduled to report to Spring Training on Friday, February 20. All position players have a report date of Wednesday, February 25. The first full workout is scheduled for Thursday, February 26.
Tickets for the Milwaukee Brewers home Spring Training games are on sale now via the internet at Brewers.com and by phone at 1-800-933-7890. Normal business hours are from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. CST. Sales at the Maryvale Baseball Park Box Office will begin on Monday, February 9, 2015. Tickets are available in four seating areas: Field Box ($23), Infield Reserved ($17), Outfield Reserved ($13) and Lawn Seating ($8) In addition, there will also be a limited number of advanced parking passes available for $5. Information on Spring Training Season Tickets can be obtained by calling the Milwaukee Brewers Ticket Office at 414-902-4000.
Please note that games and times are subject to change.
The Milwaukee Brewers today announced that Jeff Levering will join the organization as the newest member of the Brewers radio broadcast team. Levering will serve as a play-by-play broadcaster on select road games on 620 WTMJ and the Brewers Radio Network, as well as provide content for the Brewers online, social and new media channels.
In his new role, Levering will handle three innings of play-by-play as he fills in on games missed by Brewers Hall of Fame broadcaster, Bob Uecker. For days when he is not on the air, Levering will provide video, photo, audio and written content for Brewers.com and various other Brewers social media platforms.
Levering’s first official day with the Brewers will be this Sunday as he will be welcomed on the Main Stage at Brewers On Deck (10 am-5 pm at the Wisconsin Center).
“Jeff will be a great addition to the organization, and this is an opportunity for him to contribute both in the radio booth and in our new media efforts,” said Brewers Chief Operating Officer Rick Schlesinger. “By creating this role, we have a consistent voice filling in when Bob elects to stay home on occasional road trips, and we add resources to our expanding social media outreach. We welcome Jeff to the organization and look forward to introducing him to Brewers fans at Brewers On Deck.”
Levering spent the past two seasons as the lead play-by-play broadcaster of the reigning International League champion Pawtucket Red Sox. In addition to his game-day broadcasting duties, he hosted the pre- and post-game shows, “PawSox” Insider, a weekly, one-hour radio magazine show; provided video content for the team website and wrote a blog, “45 Miles from Fenway,” which ranked in the Top-15 nationally among Minor League writers.
“I am thrilled beyond words to be joining the Milwaukee Brewers broadcast team as well as their talented front office,” Levering said. “Being part of a radio booth that features the legendary Bob Uecker and Joe Block is a tremendous honor, and a responsibility that I don’t take lightly. Calling games in the Major Leagues has been a dream of mine since I was a kid and to have a chance to realize it is truly amazing. I can’t thank the Brewers enough for their faith in me and allowing me the opportunity to work in such a terrific organization. My family is excited to immerse ourselves in Milwaukee and be diehard Brewers fans.”
Levering received his degree in broadcast journalism from Chapman University in Orange, California where he also played baseball all four years and was the starting designated hitter on the 2003 D-III National Championship baseball team in Appleton, WI. He and his wife, Ashley, have a son, Brock, who was born in October of 2014.
“We’re excited to integrate Jeff into the Brewers radio broadcast with Bob and Joe,” said Carl Moll, Director of Network Operations for Journal Broadcast Group. “His work in the minor leagues has been impressive and he’s ready to move to the Major League level.”
In case you missed Adam McCalvy’s story on brewers.com yesterday, for the third straight year, MLB, MLB Advanced Media (MLBAM), MLB Network and all 30 clubs have organized a Winter Meetings charity auction with an amazing assortment of baseball experiences and rare items to raise money for cancer research. The money will be donated to LUNGevity, the largest national lung-cancer-focused nonprofit, in memory of the late Baltimore Orioles public-relations director Monica Barlow, who battled lung cancer until her passing in February.
The is live now at MLB.com/lungevity and runs until Thursday at 10 p.m. CT.
Here are the three Brewers experiences up for bid:
— Meet Bob Uecker and Take Home His Game-Worn Sweater: Package includes four (4) Field Infield Box tickets to a mutually-agreed game, watch batting practice on the field pre-game, and a visit to Bob Uecker in the radio booth. Uecker will present you with his very own game-worn sweater, donned by the Brewers Hall of Famer during radio broadcasts.
— Calling all dog lovers — meet Hank: The winning bidder will have the opportunity to have your photo taken on the field with Hank, the Ballpark Pup, the Brewers living mascot who captured the hearts of fans worldwide when he wandered onto the Brewers facility last February and was adopted by the team. The package also includes a game-worn, Jim Henderson home Brewers jersey plus a dog jersey worn by Hank, and four (4) Field Infield Box tickets to a mutually-agreed game.
— Private Pottery-Making Session with Scooter Gennett: Brewers second baseman Scooter Gennett is an artist at heart and he wants to share his talents with you. Over the years, Scooter has become something of an expert in making pottery. You and three friends will join Scooter at a local Milwaukee area pottery studio where you will spend an evening on a mutually-agreed date making your own pottery. Winner also receives four Field Infield Box tickets to a mutually-agreed game and a $200 gift card to any local Surg Restaurants, known for featuring some of the area’s finest dining experiences.
There are also plenty of unique experiences from around the league.
I encourage you to check out this auction and bid on these items to support an important cause near and dear to the hearts of the baseball family.
About LUNGevity & Monica Barlow:
Monica Pence Barlow began her career with the Orioles in 1999 as an intern in the Public Relations Department. She was later named Director of Public Relations in 2008, becoming one of the few women to hold that role in Major League Baseball. Monica passed away on Feb. 28, 2014 at the age of 36 due to complications from non-small cell lung cancer. Monica continued to work and live her life to the fullest, even after her diagnosis of Stage IV lung cancer in August 2009. She had a passion for the outdoors, animals and for farming (she grew up on a farm in Port Republic, VA). Her husband, Ben, her faith and her love of the Baltimore Orioles served as her inspiration. She was an ardent supporter of LUNGevity and proceeds from this year’s auction at the Winter Meetings will benefit this tremendous organization www.lungevity.org
Did you follow along with our Brewers #20in15 All-Fan Giveaways reveal last week?
In case you missed it, in 2015, we have slated a team-record 20 All-Fan Giveaway dates throughout the season.
There are 10 Sundays when every fan in attendance will receive a bobblehead featuring different Brewers personnel, two Sundays when all fans in attendance will receive Brewers gnomes for the first time ever, seven T-Shirt Friday dates (and you get to help choose the designs!) and one date where you will help determine the giveaway.
“Through surveys and various feedback forums, we know that our ‘All Fan Giveaways’ are one of the most popular added values that we offer at Miller Park,” said Brewers Chief Operating Officer Rick Schlesinger. “With that in mind, we are excited to be presenting a team-record 20 of these dates in 2015, which include not only Bobbleheads and t-shirts, but also the new Gnome items.”
In case you missed it, the #20in15 All-Fan Giveaways lineup is as follows:
The All Fan Giveaways start with the Rob Deer Bobblehead presented by Toyota on April 12 when the Brewers host the Pittsburgh Pirates at 1:10 p.m. This is the first Bobblehead for the former Brewers great, who spent five seasons with the Club and hit 137 home runs, while racking up 385 RBI.
All fans in attendance for the April 26, 1:10 p.m. game against the St. Louis Cardinals will receive a Wily Peralta Bobblehead, presented by U.S. Cellular. The Brewers 2014 Most Valuable Pitcher of the Year, this will be the first-ever Bobblehead of Perralta. Peralta notched career-highs with 17 wins and 154 strikeouts, which also led the team.
Helping celebrate Mother’s Day, “Hank the Ballpark Pup” will receive his second Bobblehead on May 10, when the Brewers host the Chicago Cubs at 1:10 p.m. Hank will be adorned in pink in honor of the holiday.
To commemorate his upcoming retirement, Commissioner Bud Selig will be recognized with a Bobblehead on May 31 when Milwaukee takes on the Arizona Diamondbacks at 1:10 p.m. Earlier this year, the team announced that they will retire uniform number one in 2015, in honor of Selig for his commitment to keep Major League Baseball in Milwaukee.
On June 14, all fans who attend the 1:10 p.m. game against the Washington Nationals will receive a Carlos Gomez Bobblehead. Gomez will be dressed in his 2014 National League All-Star jersey, celebrating his second consecutive All-Star nod.
On June 28, former Brewers great Paul Molitor will have his Bobblehead day. The Hall of Famer played 15 seasons in a Brewers uniform and appeared in over 1,800 games.
The next month on July 19, outfielder Khris Davis, who belted 22 homers in 2014, will be recognized with a Bobblehead giveaway as the Brewers host the Pirates
The Brewers will introduce a new promotion for the 1:10 p.m., August 2 game against the Chicago Cubs as all fans in attendance will receive a Matt Garza Gnome. This will mark the first of two gnomes that will be given away in 2015.
To recognize his 60th year in baseball, the Hall of Fame broadcaster Bob Uecker will have a Bobblehead day on August 9 when the Brewers host the St. Louis Cardinals at 1:10 p.m. The Bobblehead will be modeled after the statue that was unveiled last year in Uecker’s favorite spot – the last row of Miller Park.
The Brewers will recognize catcher Jonathan Lucroy and his record-breaking season with a Bobblehead on the August 16, 1:10 p.m. game against the Phillies. Lucroy finished the 2014 season with 53 doubles and 46 as a catcher. His 53 doubles matched a Brewers team record, while his 46 as a catcher set a new Major League record.
The Brewers will once again give away a “Vintage Brewers Bobblehead” on August 30 when the team takes on the Cincinnati Reds at 1:10 p.m. The Bobblehead is a nod to the past as it will be a replica of some of the first items of this kind created nearly 50 years ago. This year’s Vintage Brewer Bobblehead will be donning a Brewers retro jersey.
Scooter Gennett will join Matt Garza as the second player in 2015 to be honored with a Brewers Gnome giveaway. Gennett has hit for a combined .300 average in his first two seasons with the Brewers.
Finally, fans will decide the “All Fan Giveaway” item to be given away at the Sunday, October 4 (1:10 p.m.) season finale against the Chicago Cubs. An online vote will be conducted later to determine the giveaway.
For the second year in a row, “T-shirt Fridays” will return to Miller Park for 2015. On Friday home games during the months of June, July and August (June 12, June 26, July 17, July 31, August 7, August 14 and August 28), all-fans will receive a Brewers T-shirt. New this season, fans will have the opportunity to choose each of the seven T-shirt designs to be given away this season.
Beginning in January, several different T-shirt designs will be displayed at Brewers.com. Fans will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite designs, with the top seven winners being selected for “T-shirt Fridays.” The seven winners will be unveiled at Brewers On Deck on Sunday, January 25.
While individual tickets won’t go on sale until early next year, you can still lock in your favorite giveaways with Season Ticket Packages.
The complete promotional schedule for the 2015 season will be announced at a later date. For more information about All-Fan Giveaways and information on various ticket plans, fans are encouraged to visit Brewers.com/allfans.
Stay tuned for more details on the fan voting for the T-Shirt Fridays and the final All-Fan Giveaway of 2015.
This week we’re unveiling the Brewers #20in15—20 All-Fan Giveaways during the 2015 season!
If you followed along at brewers.com/allfans and on our social media sites so far this week, then you already know that so far, our All-Fan Giveaway lineup includes bobbleheads of Rob Deer, Wily Peralta, BobbleHank, Commissioner Selig, Carlos Gomez, Paul Molitor and Khris Davis, plus a Matt Garza Gnome.
This morning, we revealed that our ninth All-Fan Giveaway of 2015 is a Bob Uecker Bobblehead! You can get yours when the Crew takes on the St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday, August 9.
If you don’t win, don’t worry. Individual tickets will go on sale in spring. However, if you’d like to secure your tickets for this game early, the Uecker bobblehead is included in select season ticket packages which are on sale now.
Be sure to check back in the coming months as we also unveil the image of the actual bobblehead when we get it!
Stay tuned to the blog, our social channels and brewers.com/allfans all week as we unveil more of the #20in15!
In case you missed it, yesterday, Ryan Braun completed the “Ice Bucket Challenge” issued to him by former Brewers prospect and recent winner of The Bachelorette, Josh Murray.
In turn, Ryan Braun tagged Jonathan Lucroy, Kyle Lohse, and Carlos Gomez to step up the the plate and help #StrikeOutALS, which they did together, today:
Bob Uecker was standing by and we captured his reaction:
And here are some stills:
On Deck are Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers (challenged by Jonathan Lucroy); PGA golfer Jason Dufner (challenged by Kyle Lohse, likely as payback for the Stadium Shootout Golf Challenge); and FOX Sports Wisconsin’s Sophia Minnaert (challenged by Carlos Gomez).
ALS is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. ALS is also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease after the famed baseball player whose struggle with this disease and death in 1941 brought it national attention.
And recently, the disease has been gaining a LOT of attention from this Ice Bucket Challenge, started by ALS patients Pete Frates and Pat Quinn to help raise money and awareness for the disease. The challenge is quite simple: Fill up a bucket of ice water, as cold as you can get. Have someone record a video while you dump the bucket over your head. Then share on social media, issuing the challenge to three friends.
On Saturday, August 9, when the Brewers take on the Los Angeles Dodgers at 6:10pm, the Brewers wives will be stationed at tables throughout the ballpark, selling “Mystery Bags” that each contain an autographed baseball. You could receive a ball signed by a Brewers player on the active 25-man roster, Brewers Manager Ron Roenicke, or Hall-of- Famer Bob Uecker.
The Mystery Bags are limited, so you will want to find the Brewers Wives early that evening. The bags are $40 and proceeds will support the Next Door Foundation, an early education center that works with thousands of children and families throughout Milwaukee.
Get your tickets for the August 9 game at brewers.com.