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Autograph Signing at the Brewers Team Store by Majestic Today

All-Star SS Jean Segura will sign autographs at the Brewers Team Store by Majestic this afternoon from 1-2 p.m.  CT.

Jean Segura

Signing courtesy of Majestic Athletic. One autograph per person. First come, first served. Sorry, no photographs.

Please note the Kyle Lohse autograph session will be rescheduled to a later date.

 

-Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

#BrewersShowIt Contest Winners Get an “Ax”-perience They’ll Never Forget

Today, the winners of our Nike #BrewersShowIt Twitter & Instagram contest got to claim their prize –a private shopping experience with Brewers pitcher John Axford at the Brewers Team Store by Majestic at Miller Park.

To enter, fans were simply asked to take a photo of themselves wearing their favorite Brewers Nike gear and post it to Twitter and/or Instagram using the hashtag#BrewersShowIt.

We had a tough time narrowing it down, but ultimately we chose our 45 winners.

Fifteen Grand and First Prize winners got to sit in on a Q&A with Ax. They also received an autographed baseball courtesy of Nike, plus two tickets to tonight’s game vs. the Phillies.

Questions covered the gamut of “What’s the fastest pitch you’ve ever thrown?” (He’s been clocked at 100 mph a couple of times); “Do you ever get hungry for a brat while out in the bullpen?” (No, they have a stash of snacks more appropriate for during a ball game with them in there during the games.); “What is your favorite ballpark (other than Miller Park)?” (PNC Park in Pittsburgh–gorgeous sightlines); and “Who was your hero growing up?” (Doug King, his first pitching coach) to questions about his tattoos and facial hair.

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Following the Q&A, those winners, plus 30 runners-up received a $50 gift card to the Brewers Team Store by Majestic and got to spend it by taking part in a private shopping experience with Ax, where he was hanging out behind the register, helping ring up and bag merchandise, taking photos, signing autographs and just generally shooting the breeze with the lucky fans.

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I talked to Grand Prize Winners Michelle and Mark Jahns from Waukesha, Wisconsin.

“I happened to see this contest on Brewers.com,” Mark told me. “I don’t go on Twitter too much, but when I saw it was a Nike contest, I knew we had a lot of Brewers Nike gear. We took a few different photos, but our favorite was the one in front of Target Field when we went to see the Brewers play the Twins last month.”

Here was their entry:

Michelle and Mark Jahns, Grand Prize winners in the #BrewersShowIt contest.

Michelle and Mark Jahns, Grand Prize winners in the #BrewersShowIt contest.

“It was cool to take part in the Q & A. I asked him about his hero growing up. It was nice to talk to a pro ball player,” Mark said of the experience.

DJ Slater was a runner-up in the contest and got to take part in the shopping experience.

“I saw info about the contest on Facebook,” said DJ, who comes to at least 20 games per year. “I have tons of Nike gear, so I thought I’d enter. I kept my photo real subtle, just showing the Nike undershirt. In fact, in my entry, I was wearing pretty much the same thing I’m wearing now.”

DJ’s entry:

DJ today:

DJ proudly shows off the Nike undershirt that helped him become a winner in the #BrewersShowIt contest.

DJ proudly shows off the Nike undershirt that helped him become a winner in the #BrewersShowIt contest.

What did DJ buy with his gift card?

“A new undershirt! They’ve changed the style slightly since I got this one, so I bought a new one,” he said.

“It was neat to meet John,” DJ said of the experience. “He was very nice and cordial, you could tell he was taking his time with everyone. They’re sports figures, but they’re still people, too.”

Everyone at the event had a great time and Ax enjoyed it as well.

“It was great,” he said. “The Q & A was fantastic and the fact that we did the shopping experience was fun.”

In fact, he has a little message for the winners:

Were you one of the winners? Tell us about your experience in the comments below or send us your photos on Twitter and/or Instagram using (of course) #BrewersShowIt.

Thanks to Nike, our folks in the Corporate Marketing & Retail Departments, the staff at the Brewers Team Store and of course, Ax for making this a fun event!

Cheers!

-Cait

JohnandCait@Brewers.com

Enter the #BrewersShowIt Contest to Win a Fun Shopping “Axperience”!

Beginning today, fans can enter to win a private Nike shopping experience with Brewers pitcher John Axford at the Brewers Team Store, plus tickets, autographed items and more. Read on.

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All you have to do is take a photo of yourself wearing your best Brewers Nike gear and post it to Twitter and/or Instagram using #BrewersShowIt–and that’s it, you’re entered!

Fans have until 11:59pm CT on next Wednesday, May 29 to submit their photos.

There will be 45 winners for this fun opportunity:

  • Nine Grand Prize winners will receive access to a private 20 minute meet and greet experience in the Brewers Team Store with Brewers pitcher John Axford, plus a 30 minute shopping experience on Saturday, June 8. They’ll also receive an autographed item courtesy of Nike, plus two Club Suite tickets for the Brewers vs. Phillies game that night.

 

  • Six First Place Winners will receive access to a private 20 minute meet and greet experience in the Brewers Team Store with Brewers pitcher John Axford, plus a 30 minute shopping experience on Saturday, June 8. They’ll also receive an autographed item courtesy of Nike, plus two Loge Outfield Box tickets for the Brewers vs. Phillies game that night.

 

  • Thirty Runners-Up will get a 30-minute shopping experience with John Axford in the Brewers Team Store by Majestic at Miller Park on Saturday, June 8, 2013.

For complete rules and details, please visit brewers.com/showit.

Good luck!

-Cait

johnandcait@brewers.com

Enter Your Pet in the Brewers TAIL-Gate Contest, sponsored by West Bend

If you know me personally (or follow me on Twitter :)), you know I am a cat person. I don’t dislike dogs, it’s just that I’ve grown up with only cats my whole life and I currently own two, Crash and Cowbell. 

So, needless to say, when it came to the successful Dawg Days of Summer Promotion at Miller Park the last couple of years, I have to admit I was a little jealous of my canine-loving friends who had the perfect excuse to play dress-up with their pups.

Well, now I can no longer be cat-ty, as I’m pleased to announce that our new promotion for 2013 is the “Brewers TAIL-Gate Contest,” sponsored by West Bend and open to pets of all types.

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Fans can submit photos of their pets wearing Brewers gear, either by emailing them to mypet@brewers.com, or by bringing them in to the Brewers Team Store by Majestic. At select home games, two pet photos will be chosen to appear on the scoreboard and “compete” to see who wins by fan applause.  At the end of each month, we will showcase four winners from the previous contests and fans will then determine who that month’s winner is.  Each month’s winner will receive a $150 gift card to the Brewers Team Store. [You may also click here to view the Brewers Tail-Gate Contest Flyer.]

From the monthly finalists, the fans will vote for one grand prize winner during the game on Saturday, August 31. The winning pet will receive a $500 gift card to the Brewers Team Store, as well as an opportunity to participate in a pre-game presentation prior to an early September home game.

How does West Bend fit in? This ties in well with West Bend’s Home and Highway Policy, which provides accidental injury coverage for your pet at no additional cost to you.  Visit thesilverlining.com for details.

Entries will be featured in the Brewers Team Store throughout the season.  There is also a variety of pet merchandise sold in the team stores at Miller Park and online at brewers.com, so make sure you check it out, dress up your pet and enter the TAIL-Gate contest!

Hogan, lounging in a Miller Park seat. All he needs is some Brewers gear!

Hogan, my parents’ cat, lounging in a Miller Park seat. All he needs is some Brewers gear!

-Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

Brewers 2013 Yearbook Available Today at Miller Park

The 2013 Milwaukee Brewers yearbook arrived at Miller Park today featuring 158 pages of beautiful Brewers photos, fun facts and historical information.  Fans can buy a copy for only $10 at the Brewers Team Store by Majestic (an absolute steal) beginning today.  The yearbook will be available for purchase at Brewers.com at a later date.  I will keep you posted on when the yearbooks will be available online.

Brewers Coordinator – Media Relations, Ken Spindler heads up the yearbook project and again did a great job with the book.  A story and photo collage on last year’s Bob Uecker statue ceremony, a recap of the 2012 season, a beefed up Player Development section with photos of every Brewers minor leaguer and family photos of current Brewers players and staff are some of the key features in the 2013 yearbook.  The book also includes a historical section that looks back at some favorite Brewers moments throughout the years.

Ryan Braun, Norichika Aoki and Yovani Gallardo are featured on the 2013 Yearbook cover.

Ryan Braun, Norichika Aoki and Yovani Gallardo are featured on the 2013 Yearbook cover.

–JOHN

johnandcait@brewers.com

Cait’s Summer Reading List: Reviewing Haudricourt’s “100 Things Brewers Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die”

I recently finished reading a new book about the Milwaukee Brewers entitled, “100 Things Brewers Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die.” The book was written by Tom Haudricourt of The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, with a foreword by Jim Gantner.

100 Things Brewers Fans Should Know and Do Before They Die

Haudricourt, who has covered the Milwaukee Brewers and baseball for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (and Milwaukee Sentinel) since 1985, has witnessed many of these items firsthand. This is his third book about the team (he is also the author of Brewers Essential and Where Have You Gone ’82 Brewers?) and “100 Things Brewers Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die” covers everything from Brewers Baseball arriving in Milwaukee (1970) through recent triumphs such as the 2011 NLCS appearance.

Mixed in among seminal and paramount moments in Brewers history are funny and bizarre items, along with things that true Brewers fans find essential to the game experience, like the Famous Racing Sausages, Bernie Brewer, tailgating and more. [John is even mentioned in a sidebar within the book, how cool is that?!]

With an average of 2.5 pages dedicated to each “thing,” the book is a quick and easy read. And, although I very much like Haudricourt’s style of sports reporting, this book is a welcome departure from that objective point of view.  Instead, each item reads like its own little vignette, complete with quotes—either directly from the person or people mentioned within it, or from another source, such as a newspaper or interview at that time.

In his introduction, Haudricourt notes, “The Brewers…do not have 100 years, or even half that, of history,” which is true, with the Club in just its 44th season–but that does not mean it does not have 100 (or more) items that merited inclusion in this book. And, although I am in my eleventh season with the Club (wow, I’ve been here for one-quarter of its existence!) and I was born and raised in Milwaukee as a Brewers fan, there are still many of these key moments of Brewers history that occurred before I was born (i.e. the 1982 World Series) or when I was too young to remember (1987 Team Streak).

And then I think about all of the Brewers fans who are younger than me, or those who have moved to Milwaukee in the last few years and this is really a book that needed to be written.

Whether you’re a die-hard fan from the days of Harvey Kuenn and Paul Molitor or a new supporter of Ron Roenicke and Ryan Braun, this book contains everything Brewers fans should know, see and do in their lifetime.

In fact, I’d go so far as to say that if you want to call yourself a True Blue Brew Crew fan, you should have to read this book and be tested on the contents, the most important facts about the team, traditions and what being a Brewers fan is all about. Players should be provided with a copy when they sign their contracts. What’s that saying? In order to know where you’re going, you have to know where you’ve been? In only 44 seasons, we have a rich history and I’m confident that in the direction we’re headed, it’s only going to get richer.

I don’t want to give too much of the book away, but I can tell you that I crunched some numbers to get my personal “stats”:

  • Of the 100 Things Brewers Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die, there are 14 “Things To Do” and I’ve done them all.
  • Of the 100 Things Brewers Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die, there are 86 “Things to Know” and, of course, after reading the book, I now know them all, but:
    • Of the 86 “Things to Know,” I was alive for 71 of them.
    • Of those 71, I remember being aware of 46 of them at the time (i.e. some happened when I was too young or wasn’t following as closely).
    • Of those 46, 29 of them happened since I started working here (2003).
    • From there, I tried to make a list of the ones for which I was actually physically present, but it got difficult to do, so I’ll just call out a few of the more specific things mentioned that I’m proud to say I witnessed in person:
      • April 27, 2004: Chad Moeller’s Cycle
      • April 28, 2004: Brewers huge comeback win against Cincinnati Reds
      • May 16, 2004: Ben Sheets’ 18 strikeouts vs. Atlanta Braves
      • September 28, 2008: Brewers Clinch the Wild Card
      • September 23, 2011: Brewers Clinch NL Central Title

I’ve also included a photo gallery of some of the “Things” included in the book, but you’ll have to read it then come back to place which ones I’m referencing!

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The book is currently available for sale in the Brewers Team Store by Majestic and at other booksellers.

Once you’re done, I’d be curious to know what you think. Did Tom leave anything out? Let me know in the comments field below.

Finally, I’ve got a copy to give away to one lucky blog reader who is the first person to email me (johnandcait@brewers.com) with the correct answer to the following trivia question:

What team did Doug Melvin swing a massive nine-player deal with on December 1, 2003, which six players did we acquire from that trade AND what was the common name Brewers fans used to reference those collective players at the time?

UPDATE: We have a winner! Congrats to Michael from Iowa who knew that this was a trade with the Arizona Diamondbacks in which the Brewers received: Wisconisn native Craig Counsell, second baseman Junior Spivey, first baseman Lyle Overbay, catcher Chad Moeller, and lefthanders Jorge De La Rosa, and Chris Capuano, players collectively known as the “Six-Pack”. [Note: I would have also accepted "Brewerbacks"!]

Happy reading!

-Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

MLB and New Era Introduce New Batting Practice Caps

MLB and New Era officially introduced a new series of batting practice caps as part of the MLB Authentic Collection that will be worn beginning with Spring Training. The new caps from New Era, the official cap of Major League Baseball, feature new performance technology as well as fresh designs for all 30 Clubs, including many popular logos that have never been featured on an official on-field cap.

The Brewers have two versions of the cap, one featuring the current, primary “M” and the other featuring the retro “ball-and-glove” logo.  The caps are fitted.

Primary Brewers Batting Practice and Spring Training cap

Primary Brewers Batting Practice and Spring Training cap.

Retro Batting Practice and Spring Training cap.

Retro Brewers Batting Practice and Spring Training cap.

The Diamond Era 59FIFTY incorporates new NE TECH™ performance technology, providing players with revolutionary light weight, moisture wicking caps.  Made with a new state-of-the art performance diamond print fabric, the Diamond Era 59FIFTY is lighter for increased breathability.  The cap also features SOLAREA™, 50+ UV protection that helps deflect the sun’s rays and COOLERA™ technology that wicks away sweat to keep players comfortable and dry.

The new Batting Practice and Spring Training hats are lined up in the equipment room at Maryvale Baseball Park ready for players arriving this week.

The new Batting Practice and Spring Training hats are lined up in the equipment room at Maryvale Baseball Park ready for players arriving this week.

 The collection will be available for purchase next week at the Brewers Team Store by Majestic at Miller Park, the Brewers FanZone Store at Maryvale Baseball Park in Phoenix, on MLB.com and and at all major retailers beginning in March.

–JOHN

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.”

Patch detail
Patch detail

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

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

First Brewers Fan-Tastic 40 Winner Announced

The Brewers Fan-Tastic 40 promotion–40 days of drawings for 40 unique prizes and experiences–is underway and the first winner is Marty Mathias!

Marty won a $1000 shopping spree in the Brewers Team Store by Majestic, so he can stock up on all the latest Brewers gear for the 2013 season.

Thanks to our friends at Clear Channel, we've got a billboard running to recognize Marty!

Thanks to our friends at Clear Channel, we’ve got a billboard running to recognize Marty!

All fans who purchase or renew ticket packages of 20-games or more have the opportunity to win a variety of prizes, plus an assortment of other unique prizes and experiences spread out over 40 days. For a complete list of prizes, click here.

From now until 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.

Congratulations, Marty and good luck to everyone else!

-Cait

johnandcait@brewers.com

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