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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.
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!
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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"!]
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.
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 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.
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.
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.”
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
The Annual John and Cait Clubhouse Sale Preview is one of our favorite blog post to write each year. With the Christmas shopping season beginning a little early this year, the Clubhouse Sale comes early as well. It is the perfect opportunity to stock up on all of your favorite Brewers gear. The sale is Friday (Brewers Black Friday, or “Blue Friday,” if you will) and Saturday, from 8 a.m. – 7 p.m. and fans can expect savings of up to 75%! Shoppers can access the Clubhouse Sale by entering Miller Park at the Hot Corner entrance near the Brewers Team Store by Majestic and following the posted directions to the visiting clubhouse. Cash and credit cards will be accepted (no personal checks). Admission and parking is free.
Also,this year, we have a special opportunity for our blog readers at the bottom of the page, so read on!
As promised, here are a few of our favorite items available at the sale…
This Nike Track jacket was the most popular jacket sold at the store this year and is certainly a steal at just $60. The royal blue jacket is lightweight and great for late Spring and early Summer tailgates at Miller Park.
As always, there is a great selection of game-used items. Jerseys, hats, bats and balls are all available. Jerseys start at $150. Game-worn jerseys from current Brewers like Chris Narveson and Mike Fiers, former Brewers like Zack Greinke and Mike Cameron, Brewers coaches like Rick Kranitz and Ed Sedar and, one of the most coveted jerseys, the world famous #99 “BAT BOY” jersey! (Cait’s Note: My dad was a recipient of Bat Boy jersey one year and boy was that a hit!)
Game-used bats in the basket that are available for purchase include Carlos Gomez, Aramis Ramirez, George Kottaras, Mike Cameron, Logan Schafer, Taylor Green, Randy Wolf and even Ed Sedar’s fungo bat! All were authenticated.
The locker name plates included plates from the Brewers 40th Anniversary season and from the 2011 NLDS and NLCS.
This St. Patrick’s Day jersey would be great for your trip to Spring Training in 2013!
There were a number of Brewers Italian Heritage Day caps available for sale. Perfect for John, or any fan who wants to appropriately fit in at Milwaukee Bucks games with the proper colors!
Speaking of some Wisconsin Sports Pride, this jersey is perfect for a Brewers fan who wants to support their favorite football team and ball team at the same time. No need to choose between your Brewers jersey or Packers jersey when you come out to Miller Park on a Sunday in September or October. Wear this instead, people will know you’re rooting for both teams!
This great t-shirt features one of John and Cait’s favorite Brewers logos. The shirt has a soft feel and a great price.
These hats allow fans to show pride for their team and pride for America. A great addition to the hat collection of any Brewers fan.
This Nike t-shirt is features one of John’s favorite Brewers logos, the Milwaukee script. At only $15, it cannot be beat for value.
This Brewers grill cover and Fan Brands Grilling Iron are perfect special gifts for your favorite grillmaster in your tailgate group!
For the female fan who has everything, these Brewers purses will help her travel to the game in style!
Cait was on the lookout for the perfect gifts for her goddaughter, Makena. There were many children’s items to choose from, including this adorable tracksuit that she had to snap up!
Another option for the female fan, this Cutter & Buck sweatshirt dress is comfy, cozy and stylish!
Serious sports memorabilia and jersey collectors will want to check out this Rising Stars jersey!
There are also a lot of specials going on during the sale to make things even more fun!
Every 25th customer to make a purchase during the Clubhouse Sale will receive a free authenticated champagne bottle from a 2011 Brewers Postseason celebration (one per customer while supplies last). Additionally, a more-you-spend-the-more-you-save coupon will be offered. Coupons of 10/20/30% off will be offered to the Brewers Team Store by Majestic for those spending $100/$200/$300 at the Clubhouse Sale.
In addition to the merchandise, you can also purchase Brewers Kids Club packages at the sale (or online here) for just $25; sales reps will also be on hand to take your order for Brewers Holiday 4-Packs–the Brewers Clubhouse Sale truly is your one-stop shop!
The Brewers Team Store by Majestic will also feature a variety of activities during both days of the Clubhouse Sale. Eight prize drawings will be held at the team store on both days. Prizes will include shopping sprees and special Authentic Collection packages at the Brewers Team Store by Majestic. Children can have their photo taken with the Klement’s Famous Racing Sausages™ on November 30 from 10 a.m. – noon and with Santa on December 1 from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. at the Brewers Team Store by Majestic. Fans should bring their own cameras and the photos will be free of charge. Note: The Brewers Team Store by Majestic at Miller Park is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. For more information, contact the team store at (414) 902-4750.
And last but certainly not least….we mentioned earlier in this post that we had a special opportunity for our readers. Here it is: We are offering a special opportunity to gain early entry into the sale!
That’s right, the first 100 readers to e-mail us at email@example.com will have the opportunity to come to Miller Park on Thursday from 6 p.m. – 7 p.m. We know how a lot of these items are limited and the line is pretty long on Friday morning, so we wanted to show our readers how much we appreciate their support by extending this offer to them. Send your e-mail to us and we will have your name on a list at the Brewers Team Store by Majestic at Miller Park and you and one guest will then be able to visit the Clubhouse Sale on Thursday night. Update: Sorry, friends, this opportunity received overwhelming response and entries are now closed! If you were selected, you’ll receive an email containing instructions by NOON CT today. If you didn’t email us in time, no sweat, you still have all day tomorrow, Friday, November 30 and Saturday, December 1 to shop to your heart’s content!
Thanks for reading and happy shopping!
–JOHN AND CAIT
The Annual Brewers Clubhouse Sale will take place on Friday, November 30 and Saturday, December 1 from 8 a.m. – 7 p.m. at Miller Park. The sale, which will take place in the visiting clubhouse, includes savings up to 75% on sale merchandise items. Fans can save on Brewers apparel, souvenirs and specialty items as well as rare, game-used merchandise, including jerseys and bats. Brewers sales representatives will also be available to handle requests for Holiday 4-Packs.
John and I will follow up next week with our annual Clubhouse Sale preview, but we wanted to let you know about the dates now so you can factor that into your holiday shopping season, which will officially kick off this week on Black Friday.
Other details to note for 2012:
- Every 25th customer to make a purchase during the Clubhouse Sale will receive a free authenticated champagne bottle from a 2011 Brewers Postseason celebration (one per customer while supplies last).
- A more-you-spend-the-more-you-save coupon will be offered this year. Coupons of 10/20/30% off will be offered to the Brewers Team Store by Majestic for those spending $100/$200/$300 at the Clubhouse Sale.
- Shoppers can access the Clubhouse Sale by entering Miller Park at the Hot Corner entrance near the Brewers Team Store by Majestic and following the posted directions to the visiting clubhouse. Cash and credit cards will be accepted (no personal checks). Admission and parking is free.
- In addition, the Brewers Team Store by Majestic will also feature a variety of activities during both days of the Clubhouse Sale. Eight prize drawings will be held at the team store on both days. Prizes will include shopping sprees and special Authentic Collection packages at the Brewers Team Store by Majestic. Children can have their photo taken with the Klement’s Famous Racing Sausages™ on November 30 from 10 a.m. – noon and with Santa on December 1 from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. at the Brewers Team Store by Majestic. Fans should bring their own cameras and the photos will be free of charge with any purchase.
The Brewers Team Store by Majestic at Miller Park is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. For more information, contact the team store at (414) 902-4750.
Can’t make it to the store? Don’t forget that brewers.com has lots of great holiday gift ideas, too!
If you’ve been following the blog, you know that this season we’ve been highlighting some new and cool items in the Brewers Team Store by Majestic at Miller Park.
Well, during the Crew’s six-game, final regular season homestand at Miller Park, we’re highlighting this awesome hooded sweatshirt, which is just perfect for some of the cooler fall weather that we’ve been experiencing lately.
Retro Logo Big Cotton Hooded Sweatshirt by Gear
Perfect for this “in-between” weather, the retro logo big cotton hooded sweatshirt, made by Gear, is jersey-lined with a drawstring cord and a front pouch pocket, and is available in sizes S-XXL. This particular sweatshirt is exclusive to all of the Brewers Team Stores located here at Miller Park and, at just $50, is a great deal.
If you’ve been following the blog, you know that this season we’ve been highlighting some new and cool items in the Brewers Team Store by Majestic at Miller Park.
Well, this week, I wanted to feature some new plush items in the store.
On the heels of the wildly popular Bernie’s Chalet Figurine, I thought it would be fun to highlight another Bernie Brewer item and also, a Ryan Braun doll–yes, you read that right. See below!
Bernie Brewer Hand Puppet
Earlier this season, I told you that we were going to be highlighting some new and cool items in the Brewers Team Store by Majestic at Miller Park.
Well, this week, while you’re out here watching the Brewers take on the Braves (Monday, September 10-Wednesday, September 12) and the Mets (Friday, September 14-Sunday, September 16), I encourage you to visit Bernie’s Chalet Custom Shoppe and also, check out the cool new Bernie’s Chalet figurine in the store.
Let’s start with Bernie’s Chalet Custom Shoppe, located in the Hot Corner at Miller Park on the Field Level (near the Brewers Team Store by Majestic and TGI Friday’s).
If you haven’t headed that way yet this season, what are you waiting for? The Shoppe, which is new this year, offers a wide variety of cool, customized merchandise. There, you can personalize jerseys, t-shirts and baseball bats!