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Brewers On Deck, Presented by Time Warner Cable, set for January 26 with FREE Admission

Today, we announced today that admission for Brewers On Deck, presented by Time Warner Cable, will be free of charge for all attendees in 2014.  Set to take place on Sunday, January 26, 2014 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. at the Wisconsin Center in downtown Milwaukee. Brewers On Deck is the winter fan festival that bridges the gap between the Wisconsin winter and Spring Training.

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“As another way to say ‘thank you’ to our fans for their incredible support this year, we wanted to do something very special as we head into the 2014 campaign,” said Brewers Chief Operating Officer Rick Schlesinger. “We are committed to delivering the best fan experience possible, both at Miller Park and in our off-site events, and we expect that free admission to Brewers On Deck will be very popular.”

Today’s announcement is part of a series of fan appreciation initiatives unveiled by the Brewers during the final two months of the season under an umbrella program known as “Fans First.”  Last month, the team provided $10 vouchers for free concessions, merchandise and game tickets at Miller Park to all fans during the month of August.

The free admission is applicable to the 2014 Brewers On Deck event only. Typically, admission ranges from $9 to $20.

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.

Details on autograph sessions and tickets will be announced at a later date.

-Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

Brewers Announce Winning Design in “Design A YOUniform” Contest

You probably voted and have been waiting to hear news on the winner.  Just moments ago at “Brewers On Deck,” Ben Peters, of Richfield, Minnesota was announced as the winner of the Brewers Design a YOUniform contest.  Peters’ design will be worn by the Brewers in exhibition games on March 22 in Phoenix at Maryvale Baseball Park and on March 30 in Milwaukee at Miller Park.  Merchandise including t-shirts and caps featuring the winning design is on sale now at Brewers On Deck and at the Brewers Team Store by Majestic at Miller Park.

Seeing the actual jersey and hat design in person got me really excited for this winning design.  The cream-colored jersey and navy blue hat look awesome.  I think they will be popular with fans.

Ben Peters - Richfield, Minnesota

Ben Peters – Richfield, Minnesota

As the winner, Peters will receive a trip to Brewers Spring Training 2013 to see the winning design on the field at a game. 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.  Peters 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.  He 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 his design.

“I’ve always loved vintage designs and the Barrelman logo was always a neat look” said Peters. “I wish I knew the name of the person who originally designed the Barrelman logo because I would like to thank him for inspiring me.”

The authentic jersey with the hats.

The authentic jersey with the hats.

In addition, the Brewers 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.

Last fall, Brewers fans were invited to submit their ideas for an alternate Brewers on-field uniform, and the contest resulted in an overwhelming number of fan entries. After receiving nearly 700 submissions for the Design a YOUniform contest, the Brewers announced the three finalists as selected by a panel of judges.

“The fans’ response to this promotion was tremendous, both in the number of entries received and the votes during the judging of the finalists,” said Brewers Chief Operating Officer Rick Schlesinger. “It was difficult to select a winner as the three finalist entries all had very solid support.”

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The three finalists – two of whom live outside of Wisconsin – were invited by the Brewers to travel to Milwaukee for Brewers On Deck at the Delta Center where Brewers pitcher John Axford announced Peters as the winner on the Klement’s Main Stage.  Ron Verrecchio from Catonsville, Maryland and Nicholas Fouts from Madison, Wisconsin were the other two finalists.

A photo of Peters and his winning design at Brewers On Deck today.

A photo of Peters and his winning design at Brewers On Deck today.

In addition to an online 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 judged the finalists.  Other judges included Jill Aronoff, Brewers Senior Director – Merchandise Branding and representatives from Majestic, New Era and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

–JOHN

johnandcait@brewers.com

John and Cait’s Annual Brewers On Deck Preview

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.

A beautiful map of the Brewers On Deck setup.

A beautiful map of the Brewers On Deck setup.

JOHN

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.

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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

johnandcait@brewers.com

Brewers On Deck Schedule is Packed With Entertainment

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.

Rickie Weeks signs an autograph at the 2012 Brewers On Deck.

Rickie Weeks signs an autograph at the 2012 Brewers On Deck.

Autograph Schedule

Stage 1                                                                                            

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)

Stage 2                                                                                                  

1:00 – 1:45           Yovani Gallardo ($25)

2:30 – 3:15           Martin Maldonado ($10)

3:45 – 4:30           Mike Fiers ($10)

Stage 3                                                                                                  

10:30 – 11:15      Burke Badenhop ($10)

12:00 – 12:45      Carlos Gomez ($10)

1:30 – 2:15           Mat Gamel ($10)

Stage 4                                                                                                  

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)

Stage 5                                                                                                  

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)

Stage 6                                                                                                  

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.

–JOHN

johnandcait@brewers.com

Brewers Go For the Gold and Announce Gold Alternate Jersey

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.

Here is a rendering of the gold Brewers jersey.

Here is a rendering of the gold Brewers jersey.

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.

Fans purchasing a Gold Brewers jersey at Brewers On Deck receive a gold jersey chocolate bar seen here.

Fans purchasing a Gold Brewers jersey at Brewers On Deck receive a gold jersey chocolate bar seen here.

]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.

–JOHN

johnandcait@brewers.com

Finalists Announced in Brewers “Design a YOUniform” Contest

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.

Ron Verrecchio - Catonsville, Maryland

Ron Verrecchio – Catonsville, Maryland

Nicholas Fout - Madison, Wisconsin

Nicholas Fouts – Madison, Wisconsin

Ben Peters - Richfield, Minnesota

Ben Peters – Richfield, Minnesota

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.

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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!

–JOHN

johnandcait@brewers.com

*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.

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Brewers On Deck Attendees Announced

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:

PLAYERS

John Axford

Burke Badenhop

Jeff Bianchi

Ryan Braun

Nick Bucci

Hiram Burgos

Khris Davis

Marco Estrada

Mike Fiers

Yovani Gallardo

Mat Gamel

Scooter Gennett

Caleb Gindl

Carlos Gomez

Michael Gonzalez

Tom Gorzelanny

Taylor Green

Corey Hart

Johnny Hellweg

Jim Henderson

Brandon Kintzler

Jonathan Lucroy

Martin Maldonano

Chris Narveson

Michael Olmsted

Wily Peralta

Josh Prince

Mark Rogers

Logan Schafer

Josh Stinson

Tyler Thornburg

Rickie Weeks

COACHES

Ron Roenicke

Joe Crawford

Marcus Hanel

Garth Iorg

Rick Kranitz

Jerry Narron

Johnny Narron

Ed Sedar

John Shelby

Lee Tunnell

MINORS

Clint Coulter

Kentrail Davis

Drew Gagnon

Mitch Haniger

Taylor Jungmann

Hunter Morris

Jimmy Nelson

Victor Roache

Matt Erickson (Mgr.)

ALUMNI

Jerry Augustine

Jim Gantner

Larry Hisle

Gorman Thomas

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!

–JOHN

johnandcait@brewers.com

Brewers Fan-Tastic 40 is Back for 2013!

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!

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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 21Tour the Roof. Take a tour of the Miller Park roof and get the best view of the ballpark.

January 22VIP 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 23Slide 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 6All-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 13Signed 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 20You 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.

 -Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

Flight Time and Mr. Belding to Join in the Fun at Brewers On Deck!

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!

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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!

Cheers!

-Cait

johnandcait@brewers.com

Our Uniform is Your Canvas: The Brewers Are Putting the “YOU” in “YOUniform”

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.

Where would you begin?

Where would you begin?

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).

Have at it!

Have at it!

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.

–JOHN

johnandcait@brewers.com

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