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Are you ready!? Perhaps one of the most anticipated events of the winter for Brewers fans is just three days away. Brewers On Deck, presented by Time Warner Cable, is set for Sunday at the Delta Center in downtown Milwaukee. Doors to the facility open at 7 a.m. and the exhibit hall is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Over 50 players and coaches, along with alumni, broadcasters and front office executives are scheduled to attend.
Cait and I will have our full preview of the event tomorrow, but I wanted to give you a quick run down of the schedule of events today to help play your day on Sunday. This is a pretty long blog, but bear with me, it is packed with useful information that will help you organize and enjoy your day on Sunday.
As always, The Klement’s Main Stage will include various Q&A sessions with top Brewers baseball executives, the coaching staff, game shows and a roundtable discussion with members of the Milwaukee media who cover the team.
In addition, the winner of the “Design a YOUniform” contest will be announced on the main stage. The “reveal” will be hosted by Brewers pitcher John Axford. The winner will receive a trip to Brewers Spring Training 2013 to see the winning design on the field at a game. This is scheduled as the first event on the main stage, so be sure to get there early to check it out.
The Brewers Interactive Stage will feature the Kids Only Question and Answer session, where youngsters interview players. Brewers Community Foundation will host a Treasure Hunt, featuring some hard to find Brewers items on sale as well as a live auction at 1:10 p.m. on the Interactive Stage. Additionally, BCF will hold a 50/50 Raffle. The winner will be announced at the Interactive stage after the live auction.
At 2:30 p.m. at the Interactive Stage, I will be hosting a webchat on Brewers.com with Mark Rogers and Burke Badenhop. I am asking fans to send questions in the comments section below ahead of time and hopefully I will be able to take some of your questions. Fans unable to attend the event can also join in the fun from Brewers.com on Sunday. Fans attending the event can join us live at the Q&A session with questions. You can also tweet me your questions using the #BrewersOnDeck hashtag.
Details on the autograph and programming schedules are listed below. Remember the schedule is subject to change, with the latest version and more information available at Brewers.com/ondeck. Players will sign 250 autographs at prices ranging from free to $25. The autograph opportunities are for signatures on photo cards provided by the team; the Brewers cannot guarantee that any player will sign other memorabilia, and personalizing items is solely up to the discretion of each player.
The same system for autographs that was used last year will be used on Sunday. Recipients of autographs for Ryan Braun, Yovani Gallardo, Rickie Weeks and Bob Uecker will be chosen through a random selection process. Numbered coupons to be entered into the random selection process will be available the day of the event only and will be distributed beginning at 8 a.m. at the Delta Center. Coupon distribution will be available up to an hour before each designated autograph session. A schedule is listed below:
Bob Uecker will sign from 11:00-11:45 on Stage 4. Coupons will be distributed from 8:00 – 10:00, winners will be announced at 10:30 and the fan report time is 10:45.
Ryan Braun will sign from 12:00-12:45 on Stage 6. Coupons will be distributed from 8:00 – 11:00, winners will be announced at 11:30 and the fan report time is 11:45.
Yovani Gallardo will sign from 1:00-1:45 on Stage 2. Coupons will be distributed from 8:00 – 12:00, winners will be announced at 12:30 and the fan report time is 12:45.
Rickie Weeks will sign from 2:00-2:45 on Stage 1. Coupons will be distributed from 8:00 – 1:00, winners will be announced at 1:30 and the fan report time is 1:45.
Fans can receive one coupon per event admission ticket and can use that coupon to enter the random selection process for any one of the select Brewers players. There is no cost for coupons to enter the random selection process; however, those holding coupons that are chosen must pay $25 at the respective autograph stage to collect their player signature. There will be 250 winners for the identified autograph sessions.
Players and staff not included in the above autograph list will not use the random selection process. Each of those players will sign 250 autographs priced at $10. The autograph opportunities are for signatures on photo cards provided by the team; the Brewers cannot guarantee that any player will sign other memorabilia, and personalizing items is solely up to the discretion of each player.
11:00 – 11:45 Michael Gonzalez ($10)
12:30 – 1:15 Chris Narveson ($10)
2:00 – 2:45 Rickie Weeks ($25)
3:30 – 4:15 Marco Estrada ($10)
1:00 – 1:45 Yovani Gallardo ($25)
2:30 – 3:15 Martin Maldonado ($10)
3:45 – 4:30 Mike Fiers ($10)
10:30 – 11:15 Burke Badenhop ($10)
12:00 – 12:45 Carlos Gomez ($10)
1:30 – 2:15 Mat Gamel ($10)
11:00 – 11:45 Bob Uecker ($25)/Mark Attanasio (Free)
12:30 – 1:15 Brandon Kintzler ($10)
2:00 – 2:45 Jeff Bianchi ($10)
3:30 – 4:15 Tom Gorzelanny ($10)
11:30 – 12:15 Mark Rogers ($10)
1:00 – 1:45 John Axford ($10)
2:30 – 3:15 Wily Peralta ($10)
3:45 – 4:30 Jonathan Lucroy ($10)
12:00 – 12:45 Ryan Braun ($25)
1:30 – 2:15 Jim Henderson ($10)
All autograph proceeds benefit Brewers Community Foundation. Please note that cash is the only acceptable form of payment for autographs. Additionally, there will be a free autograph stage called the “Bonus” stage, which will include 13 players signing free autographs throughout the day.
The Newsradio 620 WTMJ Stage will broadcast live from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. and will include interviews with Brewers players and coaches. Fans using social media are invited to use the hashtag #BrewersOnDeck when tweeting about Brewers On Deck. Even if you aren’t able to attend the event, you can still take part by tuning in to the WTMJ broadcast and following via social media.
Tickets for the event are still available and are $15 in advance and $20 at the door for adults, and $9 in advance and $15 at the door for children 14 and under. Tickets purchased at the door of the event on Sunday will be cash only.
There are a variety of parking structures and street lots surrounding the Delta Center. For more parking information, please visit www.parkmilwaukee.com.
Main Stage Schedule
10:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. – “Design a YOUniform” contest unveiling – hosted by Brewers pitcher John Axford. Three finalists: Ron Verrecchio from Catonsville, Maryland, Ben Peters from Richfield, Minnesota and Nicholas Fout from Madison, Wisconsin have all been invited to appear at Brewers On Deck to discuss their designs as they angle to win a trip to Spring Training.
10:40 a.m. – 11:10 a.m. – Meet the Coaching Staff – Brewers manager Ron Roenicke along with his coaching staff will participate in a Q&A session hosted by NewsRadio 620 WTMJ/Brewers play-by-play announcer Joe Block.
11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. – “Brewlywed” Game Show – Brewers players, coaches, prospects and alumni will participate in a game show to see who has what it takes to win it all. Joe Block will host the show.
12:30 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. – Meet Mark Attanasio, Doug Melvin, Gord Ash, Craig Counsell and the Newest Brewers – Brewers Chairman and Principal Owner Mark Attanasio, Executive Vice President – General Manager Doug Melvin, Vice President – Assistant General Manager Gord Ash, and Special Assistant to the GM Craig Counsell will join free agent acquisitions – Burke Badenhop, Michael Gonzalez and Tom Gorzelanny – in a question and answer session with Brewers fans. The session will be hosted by Craig Coshun of FS Wisconsin.
1:45 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. – Milwacky Squares – A spin-off of “Hollywood Squares,” features Brewers Hall-of- Fame Radio Announcer Bob Uecker as the center square along with Brewers players and several surprise Hollywood guests. Brewers television voice Brian Anderson will host this classic game show.
2:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. – Rising Stars Q&A – Brewers prospects Clint Coulter, Kentrail Davis, Drew Gagnon, Mitch Haniger, Hunter Morris, Taylor Jungmann, Jimmy Nelson and Victor Roache will take questions from fans regarding the future of the organization on the field. Craig Coshun will host the Q&A.
3:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. – Brewers Face Off – It’s the Brewers “family” of current Brewers against the Brewers “family” of future stars in what will certainly turn out to be a “feud.” Brian Anderson will host the game show.
4:15 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. – Media Roundtable – Join host Craig Coshun in a discussion about the Brewers with members of the local media including Tom Haudricourt of The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Adam McCalvy of Brewers.com, Drew Olson of ESPN Milwaukee Radio and Tim Allen from Sportsradio 1250 WSSP Radio.
Tomorrow, Cait and I will post a full preview of the event including our “not to miss” activities and other insider tips.
The Brewers go for the gold every season. Each of the 30 flags atop the Commissioner’s Trophy awarded to the World Series Champion are adorned in gold and it is the Brewers goal to one day have that trophy at Miller Park. With that in mind, the Brewers will be “going for gold” in a new gold alternate jersey next season.
This exciting Brewers uniform news was announced by the team early this morning. The new gold-colored alternate jersey will be worn on occasion beginning with the 2013 season. The jersey tops will officially make their debut by players and coaches on Sunday at “Brewers On Deck” at the Delta Center in Milwaukee.
The gold jersey will feature “Brewers” in blue script across the front (think about the “Cerveceros” jersey that the team has worn in recent years). It will join the primary white home jersey, the primary gray road jersey, the alternate blue “Brewers” jersey, the alternate blue “Milwaukee” jersey and the retro “Brewers” pinstripe jersey.
The last time the Brewers introduced an alternate jersey was 2010 when the team added the alternate blue “Milwaukee” jersey.
“Our players have worn a similar gold-colored jersey on our annual ‘Cerveceros Day,’ and the feedback from fans and players has been overwhelmingly positive,” said Brewers Chief Operating Officer Rick Schlesinger. “We believe that this jersey will be a very popular style, both on the field and at our retail locations.”
The players did react positively to the gold “Cerveceros” jersey the team has worn–the team won the only game they were worn last year. While normally, it is up to the starting pitcher to decide what uniform the team will wear for any game, baseball players can be very superstitious. If the team has a winning record in the gold jerseys, you could see them pretty regularly next year.
It was no coincidence that the team played the most games and had the best record–35-17–in the blue “Brewers” uniforms in 2012. Part of that could be due to the strong home record the team had, but the team went 10-10 in the home whites–proving there might be a little superstition when choosing a jersey.
The new uniform top will be available exclusively at Brewers On Deck and the Brewers Team Store by Majestic at Miller Park beginning Sunday. The Brewers Team Store by Majestic at Miller Park will exclusively carry the Brewers gold jersey through February 3. Those who purchase a gold Brewers jersey at Brewers on Deck will receive a free Brewers gold jersey chocolate bar.
]Players and coaches can be photographed in the new uniform on Sunday at “Brewers On Deck.”
What do you think of the new gold Brewers jersey? Leave your comments below.
After receiving nearly 700 submissions for the Brewers “Design a YOUniform” contest that began last fall, the Brewers today announced the three* finalists. Today, a fan vote begins at Brewers.com/uniform where fans can have their say in the contest.
It was interesting to see the submitted designs. Some had a Milwaukee flair, some had a retro taste, some went back to the Milwaukee Braves roots, some touched on Arizona and Maryvale. The creativity shown by participants was great.
In the end, the panel narrowed it down and the final three submissions are shown below. I like the three finalists. All use touches of Brewers design elements, but at the same time, offer a fresh and unique look. I’m not giving away my favorite because I don’t want to sway anyone’s decision, but I would love to know your thoughts in the comments section below.
Verrecchio’s design has a good combination of two classic Brewers logos–the “Barrelman” and the “Ball-and-Glove.” I also like the royal blue color used. Another simple design element that I like in this one is the piping around the sleeves and down the center of the jersey. It really gives it a complete look.
Fouts uses two design combinations that I like a lot. The first is the use of “Milwaukee” on the jersey. I like when road jerseys use the name of the city/state they are from. Continuing on that theme, I love the logo that uses the state of Wisconsin with the classic “M” on the hat. That use of the state of Wisconsin on the hat is a tradition that I like to see as the Brewers are not just Milwaukee’s team, but belong to the entire state.
Peters’ blends classic with modern. He uses the current Brewers gold and navy colors and puts a classic twist on it with a great rendition of the “Barrelman” logo. Again, the state of Wisconsin is seen on the patch and the pieces of barley used in our current primary logo appear. The classic Brewers font and numbering give it an old-time feel.
All three finalists will travel to Milwaukee for “Brewers On Deck” at the Delta Center where the winner will be announced at 10:15 a.m. at the Klement’s Main Stage. In addition to the fan vote, a panel of voters including Axford, Brewers President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Doug Melvin and Brewers Chief Operating Officer Rick Schlesinger will judge the finalists. The fan vote will stay open until Tuesday, January 22 at 10 a.m. CT and will count as one vote among the panel of eight judges. Other judges include Brewers Senior Director – Merchandise Branding Jill Aronoff, and representatives from Majestic, New Era and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
The hats and uniforms from the winning design will be worn by all Brewers players and coaches at the Friday, March 22 Spring Training game at Maryvale Baseball Park against the Chicago Cubs. The winner will receive airfare for two, tickets to the game in Arizona to see the uniform in action. and $1,500 for hotel, ground transportation and other incidentals. The winner will also have the opportunity to select the jersey and hat worn by one player from that day, plus will receive ten t-shirts and hats made from their design. Not a bad prize package!
In addition, the Brewers announced today that the uniforms will also be worn at Miller Park on Saturday, March 30 as the Brewers take on the Chicago White Sox in an exhibition game. It will be nice for the Milwaukee fans to see the uniforms at Miller Park.
For fans interested in purchasing the unique Brewers gear, t-shirts and hats featuring the winning design will be available at the Brewers Team Store by Majestic at Miller Park and at the Brewers Team Store at Maryvale at a later date.
I think we have three pretty unique designs and I can’t wait to see how this contest plays out. I have been excited about it from the start and looking at the finalists makes me more excited to see who comes out on top. Good luck to all three finalists and don’t forget to cast your vote!
*Please note that originally, we planned to have four finalists and a fourth finalist was selected. However, upon contacting the individual who submitted the design after voting was completed last week, it was clear that this fourth finalist was not eligible to participate in the contest. With the complexities of clearing trademark and licensing issues with each design (a process that can require several weeks of advance notice), there was not time to replace the fourth finalist with an alternate design.
Brewers On Deck is just over two weeks away and today the team announced a list of attendees. As always, it is going to be a great event as the list of attendees is packed with over 50 current, former and future Brewers players. The list is as follows and is subject to change:
Matt Erickson (Mgr.)
A full schedule of events and autograph schedule will be announced in a week to ten days.
Brewers On Deck is Sunday, January 27 at the Delta Center in downtown Milwaukee from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. The event is presented by Time Warner Cable.
Tickets for Brewers On Deck are currently on sale. Advance tickets are $15 for adults and $9 for children ages 14 and under. Tickets may be purchased at the Miller Park ticket office, by calling the Brewers Ticket office at 414-902-4000, or online at Brewers.com/ondeck. On the day of the event, only cash will be accepted for purchases made at the door. Tickets the day of the event are $20 for adults and $15 for children 14 and under.
Cait and I will have a full preview of Brewers On Deck the week prior to the event.
See you there!
I’m very excited to tell you that the Brewers Fan-Tastic Forty–40 days , 40 drawings, 40 unique prizes and experiences–is back for the third year in a row!
The same promotion that saw fans win prizes like Klement’s Sausage for a Year, their photo on a ticket, and a big-league contract for a day in 2011 and 2012 is kicking off this month with more fun in store for Season Seat Holders in 2013.
Fans can look forward to prizes such as:
- a Brewers On Deck VIP Experience
- A private movie screening for eight on monster scoreboard at Miller Park;
- Club Suite Parties with Craig Counsell or Doug Melvin;
- A sampling of each of Miller Park’s six all-inclusive areas during the 2013 season;
- 2014 season tickets at 1982 pricing;
- A tour of the Miller Park roof;
- And, my personal favorite: Shadowing brewers.com Beat Writer and popular blogger, Adam McCalvy for day
All fans who purchase or renew ticket packages of 20-games or more have the opportunity to win these prizes, plus an assortment of other unique prizes and experiences spread out over 40 days. From Wednesday, January 16 through Sunday, February 24, one Season Seat Holder per day will be selected to win a designated prize in the Fan-Tastic Forty promotion.
Purchases made prior to today already have an entry in the contest. Purchases made within the 40 days of the promotion will be eligible for the next day’s drawing and remainder of the prizes. For example, a purchase on January 19 will be eligible for all prizes from January 20 – February 24. The last day to purchase to be eligible for prizes is Friday, February 22.
Fans looking to renew or have questions about new packages are welcomed to call 414-902-HITS (4487) or visit brewers.com/fan40. Full sweepstakes rules are also available at the site.
A complete list of prizes along with the date they will be selected is as follows:
January 16 – Team Store Shopping Spree. Win $1,000 to spend in the Brewers Team Store by Majestic.
January 17 –Your Very Own Ticket. For one game during the 2013 season, your photo will be printed on every season ticket.
January 18 – Brewers On Deck VIP Experience. Receive two free tickets to the annual fan fest, plus jump to the front of any autograph line for free autographs.
January 19 – Free Parking for the Season. Enjoy complimentary Preferred Parking for every game in your 2013 ticket plan.
January 20 – Game of Catch with a Brewers Pitcher. Play catch with, and receive pitching tips and instruction from a Brewers pitcher.
January 21 – Tour the Roof. Take a tour of the Miller Park roof and get the best view of the ballpark.
January 22 – VIP Luncheon. You and a guest will sit at the head table during the 2013 Season Seat Holder Luncheon in the NYCE Stadium Club with two Brewers players and/or coaches and Brewers executives. Take home an autographed baseball from each player and/or coach.
January 23 – Slide Down Bernie’s Slide. Take a trip down Bernie’s slide before a 2013 home game and then watch part of the game from Bernie’s Chalet.
January 24 – Party Suite for you and 29 Friends. Take in a 2013 home game with 29 of your friends from a spacious Party Suite, complete with food and beverage.
January 25 –Owner’s Seats at Miller Park. Sit in the owner’s seats for a game with three friends and enjoy a visit from Brewers executives.
January 26 – Shadow a Brewers Beat Writer. Follow Brewers.com beat writer Adam McCalvy during all pregame activities on the field and in the Clubhouse for a 2013 home game.
January 27 – You in the Team Photo. You will be included in an unofficial team photo with the 2013 Brewers roster and coaching staff.
January 28 – Field of Sweet Dreams Experience. You and three friends will enjoy a night under the stars while camping on the Miller Park outfield at the annual Field of Sweet Dreams event.
January 29 – Miller Lite Beerpen Experience. Enjoy a 2013 home game in the Miller Lite Beerpen on a Friday night with 29 of your friends.
January 30 – Baseball Signed by Opening Day Starters. Receive nine baseballs, each signed by a member of the Brewers Opening Day lineup.
January 31 – Tickets for Each All-Inclusive Area. Enjoy a game from each of Miller Park’s six All-Inclusive Areas with two tickets for six different games in the special seating areas.
February 1 – Pizza for a Year. Win a one-year supply of Palermo’s Pizza.
February 2 – Throw Out the First Pitch. Throw out the first pitch prior to a 2013 Brewers home game, plus receive a personalized Brewers jersey.
February 3 – Club Suite Party with Craig. Win a Club Suite for you and nine friends to a 2013 home game, complete with food and beverage, and enjoy a visit from Brewers alum Craig Counsell.
February 4 – Signed & Framed Braun 40/30 Print. Receive a one-of-a-kind autographed print commemorating Ryan Braun’s 40/30 season.
February 5 – $500 in Concession Vouchers. Receive $500 in food and beverage vouchers.
February 6 – All-Inclusive Area Experience. Win 35 tickets in one of Miller Park’s All-Inclusive Area, complete with food and beverage, for a 2013 home game.
February 7 – Manage the Mini Sausage Race. Win all five spots as Mini Racing Sausages in the Sunday relay race during the 6th inning of a 2013 home game, plus 10 Field Level tickets to the game.
February 8 – You in Control. Watch three innings of a 2013 home game from the Scoreboard Control Room and see firsthand how the scoreboard works.
February 9 – Miller Lite/Brewers Neon Sign. Light up your basement bar or garage with a Miller Lite neon sign featuring the Brewers ball and glove logo.
February 10 – Autographed Baseballs. Take home a set of baseballs autographed by each member of the 2013 Brewers starting rotation.
February 11 – Turn Back the Clock Pricing. Receive 1982 pricing for your 2014 season tickets.
February 12 – Catered Tailgate Party. Enjoy a Pavilion party prior to a 2013 Brewers home game, catered by DNC Sportservice. Includes 20 game tickets.
February 13 – Signed bat and Jersey. Win an autographed bat and jersey from your favorite Brewers player.
February 14 – Gehl Club 4-Pack. Enjoy the luxurious Gehl Club experience with three friends for four games during the 2013 season.
February 15 – Guaranteed Giveaway. Receive every promotional item given away during the 2013 season including all 10 bobbleheads.
February 16 – Klement’s Sausage for a Year. Receive a one-year supply of Klement’s sausage products.
February 17 – Signed and Framed Lucroy Print. Receive an autographed print of Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy.
February 18 – View From the Bullpen. Make sure to bring your glove when you and five friends sit in the Brewers bullpen as the Brewers take batting practice prior to a 2013 home game.
February 19 – Club Suite Party with Doug. You and nine guests will sit in a Club Suite for a game complete with food and beverage, and enjoy a visit from Brewers General Manager Doug Melvin.
February 20 – You in the Brewers Radio Booth. Spend an inning in the Brewers radio booth during a 2013 home game.
February 21 – Base signed by Aoki, Braun and Gomez. Win an authentic game-used base signed by the top three base stealers from the 2012 NL stolen base leading Brewers.
February 22 – Movie Night on the Big Screen. You and seven friends will enjoy a private movie screening on the scoreboard at Miller Park.
February 23 – Lesson with Brewers Hitting Coach. Win a private hitting lesson from Brewers Hitting Coach Johnny Narron while you and a guest take batting practice before a game at Miller Park.
February 24 – Welcome to the Big Leagues. Sign a one-day Major League contract, complete with full uniform plus one day’s pay at the MLB minimum salary.
Here’s some fun news for everyone coming to Brewers On Deck on Saturday, January 27, 2013:
“Flight Time” Lang of the Harlem Globetrotters and Dennis Haskins, of “Saved By the Bell,” will be joining us as celebrity guests this year!
Flight Time and his teammate appeared on “The Amazing Race” and finished in the top four twice. You can also catch the Globetrotters at their traditional New Year’s Eve games at Milwaukee’s BMO Harris Bradley Center. (Tickets and info for that event can be found harlemglobetrotters.com).
Dennis, best known for his role as the principal Mr. Belding on the sitcom ”Saved By the Bell,” will be returning to Brewers On Deck for the second year in a row. I pulled this video off YouTube, a flashback for many I’m sure!
For those not familiar, Brewers On Deck is the winter fan festival that bridges the gap between the Wisconsin winter and Spring Training.
“Hey Hey Hey…What is Going on There?” You Ask?
Well, as in the past, Brewers On Deck will feature a number of activities for the entire family. Autographs and photos from Brewers players and coaches, interactive games in the Kids Area, Q&A sessions and game shows with Brewers players, coaches and broadcasters, vendor booths with baseball memorabilia, the Brewers Community Foundation Treasure Hunt and many other activities will all be a part of Brewers On Deck.
Advance tickets are $15 for adults and $9 for children 14 and under. Tickets the day of the event are $20 for adults and $15 for children 14 and under. A portion of the proceeds from Brewers On Deck will benefit Brewers Community Foundation.
Tickets may be purchased at the Miller Park ticket office, by calling the Brewers Ticket office at (414) 902-4000, or online at brewers.com/ondeck. More details, including autograph session information can also be found at brewers.com/ondeck.
We’ll have more updates on Brewers On Deck to come, but I can assure you this event will be plenty of fun once again. And it is definitely worth purchasing in advance–especially as a great holiday gift for the whole family!
So I have been pretty excited about this promotion for some time now. It’s really been hard to keep this one a secret. I’m a self-proclaimed sports uniform/jersey/logo nerd. It’s OK, I’m cool with it. If you are like me, or have a knack for creativity and design or just want to put your mark on Brewers baseball, then this contest is for you.
The Brewers are inviting fans to take part in their “Design a YOUniform” contest. That is right. We are looking for fans to design a Brewers uniform and cap that the Brewers will wear during a 2013 Spring Training game.
Templates for the contest and complete rules will be available online at Brewers.com/uniform and at the Brewers Team Store by Majestic at Miller Park. The template allows fans to design the jersey top and cap and contestants can create their design digitally or by hand. Design templates will be available beginning Friday at 10 a.m. CT and the deadline to enter is 11:59 p.m. CT on Thursday, December 13. The completed designs can be uploaded to Brewers.com/uniform or dropped off at the Brewers Team Store by Majestic.
The first group of entries will be judged by an internal Brewers committee. That group will narrow the entries down to four finalists. On Tuesday, January 15 at 10 a.m. CT, the four finalists will be announced on Brewers.com. A fan vote will open up on Brewers.com that day and a panel of judges including Brewers pitcher John Axford, Brewers President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Doug Melvin, Brewers Chief Operating Officer Rick Schlesinger, Brewers Senior Director of Merchandise Branding Jill Aronoff, representatives from Majestic, New Era and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel will judge the four finalists (the fan poll will be weighted the same as one judge’s vote).
At Brewers On Deck on Sunday, January 27 at the Delta Center in downtown Milwaukee, the four finalists will be on hand to present their designs. Axford will announce the winner of the contest on the Main Stage at Brewers On Deck. Each of the four finalists will receive a trip to Milwaukee for Brewers On Deck including $250!
The winning uniforms and caps will be worn by Brewers players and coaches during the Brewers vs. Cubs Spring Training game on Friday, March 22 at Maryvale Baseball Park. The winning designer will receive a trip to Spring Training to see that game. The prize package for the winner is packed with goodies:
- Airfare for two people to Phoenix
- Game tickets for the March 22 Brewers vs. Cubs game at Maryvale Baseball Park
- A cash prize for hotel, transportation and other incidentals
- The opportunity to select one player’s jersey and cap from that day
- 10 t-shirts and 10 caps made from the design
Not to mention, the winner can brag about being the fan that won one of the coolest contests in team history.
“People have great ideas for how they would design an alternate uniform for the team, and this is the ultimate opportunity for everyone to have their say,” said Schlesinger in a press release. “Participants can pick their favorite colors, original logos, and script, or they can utilize elements of the Brewers current uniforms with their own unique twist. It’s literally a blank template and a chance for everyone to show off their creative sides.”
Get creative Brewers fans, we cannot wait to see some of your designs.
If you ever want to shorten the winter, just think about the upcoming baseball season and perhaps the best way to do that is the annual winter fan festival, Brewers On Deck. It is finally here!
The Milwaukee Brewers are set to host Brewers On Deck, presented by Time Warner Cable, on Sunday at the Frontier Airlines Center in downtown Milwaukee. Doors to the facility open at 7 a.m. and the exhibit hall will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. There is a whole host of activities planned as always. If you have visited the event before, you probably know the drill, I will give you a little run down of activities here.
The event will feature a number of activities for the entire family, including autographs and photos from Brewers players and coaches, baseball clinics and the always popular “Game Shows” with players, prospects, and staff. Look for some appearances from surprise Hollywood guests this year on the game shows–it will be a lot of fun. The day’s activities also include interactive games in the Kids Area, Game Flashbacks with players, Q&A sessions, vendor booths with baseball memorabilia, the Brewers Community Foundation Treasure Hunt and more.
If you are looking for a little history, visit the Brewers Museum, I will most likely be hanging out around that area for most of the day. We always have some unique items on display.
Oh are you looking for autographs!? I’m sure you are as the autographs are always one of the most popular attractions of the event. The same system for autographs will be used for Brewers On Deck that was introduced last year. Recipients of autographs for Rollie Fingers, Zack Greinke and Robin Yount will be chosen through a random selection process. Numbered coupons to be entered into the random selection process will be available the day of the event only and will be distributed beginning at 8am at the Frontier Airlines Center. Coupon distribution will be available up to an hour before each designated autograph session. To help you plan ahead a little bit, a schedule is listed below:
Rollie Fingers: 11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. signing on Stage 5; 8 – 10:30 a.m. coupon distribution, 11 a.m. announcement, 11:15 a.m. fan report
Zack Greinke: 1:30 – 2:15 p.m. signing on Stage 3; 8 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. coupon distribution, 1 p.m. announcement, 1:15 p.m. fan report
Robin Yount: 2 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. signing on Stage 1; 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. coupon distribution, 1:30 p.m. announcement, 1:45 p.m. fan report
Fans can receive one coupon per event admission ticket and can use that coupon to enter the random selection process for any one of the select Brewers players. There is no cost for coupons to enter the random selection process; however, those holding coupons that are chosen must pay $25 at the respective autograph stage to collect their player signature. There will be 250 winners for each of the identified autograph sessions. If you number isn’t called, there will still be plenty of opportunities for autographs and interaction with Brewers players and coaches.
Players and staff not included in the above autograph list will not use the random selection process. Each of those players will sign 250 autographs at prices ranging from free to $25. The autograph opportunities are for signatures on photo cards provided by the team; the Brewers cannot guarantee that any player will sign other memorabilia, and personalization of items is solely up to the discretion of each player.
All autograph proceeds benefit Brewers Community Foundation. Please remember that cash is the only acceptable form of payment for autographs. My advice here is to come with cash before you arrive as lines at the ATM can get long.
Details on the autograph schedule is listed below. The schedule is subject to change, with the latest version and more information always available at brewers.com/ondeck.
AUTOGRAPH SCHEDULE (subject to change)
11 – 11:45 a.m. – Bob Uecker ($25)/Mark Attanasio (free)
12:30 – 1:15 p.m. – Jonathan Lucroy ($10)
2 – 2:45 p.m. – Robin Yount ($25, see above)
3:30 – 4:15 p.m. – Eric Farris (free)/Brock Kjeldgaard (free)
11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. – Marco Estrada ($10)/Mike Fiers (free)
1 – 1:45 p.m. – Yovani Gallardo ($25)
2:30 – 3:15 p.m. – Shaun Marcum ($10)
3:45 – 4:30 p.m. – Corey Hart ($25)
10:30 – 11:15 a.m. – Aramis Ramirez ($25)
12:00 – 12:45 p.m. – Tim Dillard ($10)/Zelous Wheeler (free)
1:30 – 2:15 p.m. – Zack Greinke ($25, see above)
3 – 3:45 p.m. – Caleb Gindl (free)/Mike McClendon (free)
11 – 11:45 a.m. – Mat Gamel ($10)/Logan Schafer (free)
12:30 – 1:15 p.m. – Randy Wolf ($10)
2 – 2:45 p.m. – Alex Gonzalez ($10)/Martin Maldonado (free)
3:30 – 4:15 p.m. – Chris Narveson ($10)
11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. – Rollie Fingers ($25, see above)
1 – 1:45 p.m. – George Kottaras ($10)
2:30 – 3:15 p.m. – Rickie Weeks ($25)
3:45 – 4:30 p.m. – Taylor Green (free)/Brandon Kintzler (free)
10:30 – 11:15 a.m. – Manny Parra ($10)
12 – 12:45 p.m. – Nyjer Morgan ($10)
1:30 – 2:15 – John Axford ($10)
3 – 3:45 p.m. – Hollywood Guests (free)
In addition to those listed above, the following “Rising Stars” players will sign FREE autographs throughout the day in the Clinic Field area: Jed Bradley, Kentrail Davis, Khris Davis, Scooter Gennett, Taylor Jungmann, Hunter Morris, Michael Reed, Yadiel Rivera, Tyler Thornburg and Mike Walker.
Four stages will be set up throughout the convention hall, featuring programming and other activities throughout the day. The Brewers Main Stage will include various question and answer sessions with top Brewers baseball executives, game shows featuring players, and a roundtable discussion with members of the Milwaukee media who cover the team on a regular basis.
The Brewers Interactive Stage will feature the Kids Only Question and Answer session, where youngsters interview players, and Game Flashbacks with fans watching great moments in Brewers history and talking to players that experienced those moments on the field. The Newsradio 620 WTMJ Stage will broadcast live from 11am until 4pm and will include interviews with Brewers players and coaches.
Fans of all ages can visit the FOX Sports Wisconsin Stage to record their own sportscast tape. FOX Sports Wisconsin personalities will visit the Stage throughout the day for autograph opportunities.
Brewers Community Foundation will host a Treasure Hunt, featuring some hard to find Brewers items on sale as well as a live auction at 11:30am on the Interactive Stage. Additionally, Brewers Community Foundation will run two 50/50 Raffles throughout the day.
Tickets for the event are $15 in advance and $20 at the door for adults, and $9 in advance and $15 at the door for children 14 and under. NOTE: Tickets purchased at the door of the event on Sunday will be cash only. As I said earlier, please come prepared with cash as it will make things easier for you. There are a variety of parking structures and street lots surrounding the Frontier Airlines Center. For more parking information, please visit http://www.parkmilwaukee.com.
Here is a schedule of events on the various stages:
Main Stage Schedule
10:15 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. – Meet the Coaching Staff – Brewers manager Ron Roenicke along with his coaching staff will participate in a Q&A session hosted by Brian Anderson.
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. – Who Wants to be a Brewer? – Several Brewers players will participate in this trivia-style game show to see who has what it takes to win it all. NewsRadio 620 WTMJ/Brewers play-by-play announcer Joe Block will host the show. This is the first opportunity for Brewers fans to meet new play-by-play announcer Joe Block. I was fortunate to meet him the other day and I look forward to working with him this season.
12:15 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. – Meet Mark Attanasio, Doug Melvin, Gord Ash, Craig Counsell and the Newest Brewers – Brewers Chairman and Principal Owner Mark Attanasio, Executive Vice President – General Manager Doug Melvin, Vice President – Assistant General Manager Gord Ash, and Special Assistant to the GM Craig Counsell will join free agent acquisitions – Alex Gonzalez and Aramis Ramirez – in a question and answer session with Brewers fans. The session will be hosted by Brewers Hall of Fame Radio Announcer Bob Uecker. I look forward to meeting Gonzalez and this is a great opportunity for fans to get up close to team executives.
1:15 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. – Milwacky Squares – A spin-off of “Hollywood Squares,” the newest game show to hit Brewers On Deck, features Brewers Hall of Fame Radio Announcer Bob Uecker as the center square along with Brewers players and several surprise Hollywood guests. In my opinion, this is something you won’t want to miss. Seeing Bob in the center square!? I’m very excited for this.
2:15 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. – Rising Stars Q&A – Brewers prospects Jed Bradley, Kentrail Davis, Khris Davis, Scooter Gennett, Taylor Jungmann, Hunter Morris, Michael Reed, Yadiel Rivera, Tyler Thornburg and Mike Walker will take questions from fans regarding the future of the organization on the field. Fans will get an up close look at the future and see the Brewers of tomorrow.
3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. – Brewers Face Off – It’s the Brewers “family” of current Brewers against the Brewers “family” of future stars in what will certainly turn out to be a “feud.” Brewers television voice Brian Anderson will host this classic game show. Another chance for some fun!
4:15 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. – Media Roundtable – Join host Craig Coshun in a discussion about the Brewers with members of the local media including Tom Haudricourt of The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Adam McCalvy of Brewers.com and Andrew Wagner of FoxSportsWisconsin.com.
For fans who will be unable to attend the event you can follow along on Twitter by using the “#OnDeck” hashtag. Also, I will be moderating a live webchat on brewers.com with Corey Hart and Ron Roenicke beginning at 2 p.m. Hart and Roenicke will be taking questions from fans online.
I look forward to seeing everyone at Brewers On Deck and if you see me, be sure to say hello!
The following statement was issued today by Chairman and Principal Owner Mark Attanasio on behalf of the Milwaukee Brewers:
“In working through the logistics of this weekend’s Brewers On Deck event in Milwaukee with Ryan Braun—and knowing how much he enjoys interacting candidly with Brewers fans—we came to the conclusion that this is too sensitive of a time in the confidential process for him to attend this year.
“I speak for everyone at the Brewers, including Ryan, in thanking our fans for their understanding and patience.”
Earlier this month, John gave you a glimpse into his offseason life and now it’s my turn to give you one into mine.
First of all, I would argue that the offseason is actually a busier time than during the season in my world.
Yes, that’s right—offseason, schmoffseason!
In my role as Senior Manager of Advertising & Marketing, my job responsibilities include: leading and initiating all general market advertising and marketing projects; serving as the internal lead for social media strategy sessions; initiating brainstorming sessions to discuss concepts for upcoming and current Consumer Marketing projects; evaluating and researching new Club opportunities, promotions and marketing initiatives; preparing proposals, drafting contracts and writing sales, marketing and evaluation reports; and of, course, co-authoring this blog!
Our Consumer Marketing Department, headed up by Vice President of Consumer Marketing, Jim Bathey, is comprised of Ticket Sales (Season Tickets, Group Tickets, Suite Sales, and Ticket Operations) and Marketing/Advertising. Under that umbrella, we have an internal creative team, led by my boss, Kathy Schwab, Senior Director of Marketing, that works to produce all of the advertisements and collateral. In sum, the easiest way to tell you what we do is to say that basically anything that you, the consumer, sees has most likely passed our desks in some way, shape, or form.
While I don’t physically design the look (we’ve got Sr. Graphic Designer Jeff Harding and Graphic Designer Molly Arndt to thank for that!), I have a hand in most projects from a creative concepting and copywriting standpoint to scheduling the workflow and making sure our deadlines are met.
Here are just a few of the things that help keep us out of trouble from November through March:
DEPARTMENTAL MEETINGS: Our internal creative team operates like its own creative agency, serving our “clients,” or the other departments within our organization. At the end of the season, we like to sit down with each department individually to discuss their creative needs for the upcoming year so we can begin to think about new ideas, get their projects on a calendar and budget our time accordingly. We meet with everyone from Brewers Enterprises and Community Relations to Accounting and Stadium Operations to make sure that we are ready to help them produce any materials that they might need.
SEASON SEAT HOLDER RENEWAL PACKET: Our first big offseason project is always the Season Seat Holder Renewal Packet. After the season ends, our Season Seat Holders have the first priority to renew their seats for the following season. Putting this packet together means reflecting on the previous season, gathering the new schedule and pricing charts for the upcoming season and updating any new benefit information. Coming off of such a special 2011 Season, we wanted to do something extra special for our Season Seat Holders, so they each received this commemorative 8×10 collage as part of their packet this year:
HOLIDAY 4-PACKS: When the baseball season lasts until nearly Halloween, it’s easy for the rest of the holiday season to sneak up on you. That’s why we have to work ahead in order to be ready to launch our campaign for our ever-popular Holiday 4-Packs. Typically, these packages go on sale about two weeks before Thanksgiving. This year they are available until December 20. Our marketing team works hard to develop a fully-integrated campaign that includes direct mail and print, online, outdoor, radio and TV advertising.
CLUBHOUSE SALE: We’re also charged with advertising our Brewers Clubhouse Sale, which, coincidentally, takes place this Friday and Saturday in the Visitors’ Clubhouse here at Miller Park. You’ll definitely want to check back on Thursday, as John and I are planning on posting our annual Clubhouse Sale Preview!
NEW SEASON TICKET PACKAGES: After renewals and the holiday season, we shift our focus to selling our new season ticket packages. Again, we create advertising campaigns and sales collateral to support these efforts.
BREWERS ON DECK: In January, we’ve got our annual winter fan fest, Brewers On Deck to look forward to. This year, Brewers On Deck takes place on Sunday, January 29 from 10am to 5pm at the Frontier Airlines Center in downtown Milwaukee. Typically, our department will work on the advertising for this event and our outside agency, 2-Story Creative, steps in to assist with all of the banners, signage and decor for the event itself.
SPRING TRAINING & TV COMMERCIALS: Just when the weather in Wisconsin is at its nastiest, I’ve been fortunate enough to be able to hop on a plane to Arizona where we work with the players to gather most of what we’ll need for our 2012 in-season advertising efforts. We try to limit our asks of the players once the season begins so that they can focus their efforts on the field; that means that we capture a lot of images—and shoot our TV commercials (with the help of 2-Story Creative)—before our Spring Training games even begin.
INDIVIDUAL ON-SALE (ARCTIC TAILGATE): We return from sunny Arizona to the Arctic…Tailgate, that is. As you know, the Arctic Tailgate, the date our individual tickets go on sale to the public, usually takes place in February. What does that mean for marketing? We have to produce the advertising around the event and create collateral pieces—the most important being the much-anticipated pocket schedule. Usually by that time of year, we’ll have most of our promotions set in place and then we can print our pocket schedules and get them in the hands, wallets and purses of eagerly-awaiting Brewers fans. For the next six months, that pocket schedule will also inadvertently serve as my day planner.
YOUR TICKETS, PARKING PASSES, ETC.: If you’re a Season Seat Holder, you know that the day your tickets arrive in the mail is a very special day. [I always think of this scene in the movie Fever Pitch and imagine many of our Brewers fans react the same way.] Well, did you ever think of the people behind those tickets? The ones who design them, print them, and make sure that your precise number of tickets with your exact seat location get delivered to you—along with your parking books and/or NYCE Club membership? All of those items in your packet have to be produced and that’s what we spend a lot of time on in February and March, making sure everyone is set for Opening Day.
Which brings us to… the start of the new season!
Eek! We’ve got a ton to accomplish in just 129 days! I better wrap this up.