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World Dog Awards To Air Tomorrow; Tune in to the CW Network to See if Hank Wins Dog of the Year

Over the weekend, I shared images of Hank on the start of his journey to Los Angeles, where he attended the World Dog Awards.

Our very own Ballpark Pup is an official nominee for Dog of the Year at the award show, which was held and taped at the Barker Hangar in LA.

In Hank’s entourage are his adoptive mom, Marti Wronski, Brewers VP-General Counsel; his older brother, Jonah; and me.

I’ve got some more photos and footage from that trip to share with you, but my lips are sealed: you’ll have to tune in to the show tomorrow (January 15) at 7pm CT on the CW Network to find out which dog won!

Friday, January 9:

Hank traveled on Southwest Airlines flight 900 from General Mitchell International Airport to LAX:

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Hank checked in to  the Hotel Palomar, a very dog-friendly hotel, where he was greeted like the celebrity he is:

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Saturday, January 10:

Hank had a little downtime on Saturday morning, so he went for a walk:

After strolling down Rodeo Drive, he also located the three stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame dedicated to canines:

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Hank then walked the “Green Carpet” in advance of the award show:

Hank then attended the World Dog Awards, which was hosted by George Lopez:

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There, Hank met many celebrities–both human and canine. We’ve got a lot more great photos to share from the event, but I’ll wait to post them until after the show airs on Thursday.

Sunday, January 11:

Hank’s whirlwind Hollywood weekend came to an end as he traveled back home to Milwaukee:

Again, don’t forget tune in to the show tomorrow night at 7pm CT on the CW Network to see the results (at the very least, you’ll see Hank’s nomination). You’ll also want to follow @Brewers that night as we live tweet along with the show. 

Then, check back here and on our various social sites for more fun photos from the weekend.

-Cait

@CMoyer

BREWERS ANNOUNCE MINOR LEAGUE COACHING STAFFS

The Milwaukee Brewers today announced their Minor League coaching staffs for the 2015 season. Each staff of the organization’s top three levels remain the same from last year.

Gary Lucas joins the Brewers organization as pitching coach at Class-A Wisconsin. He spent the past 15 years as a pitching coach in the Twins organization, most recently at Class-A Fort Myers of the Florida State League in 2014. Also joining the Timber Rattlers staff is Liu Rodriguez. The former middle infielder was a coach with the Rookie Arizona Brewers last season. Steve Timmers begins his first season as strength and conditioning specialist at Wisconsin following two seasons in the Minor League system of the Braves.

The coaching staffs at Rookie Helena and Rookie Arizona remain the same from last season with the exception of Rodriguez, who is now at Wisconsin. Jose Ramos joins the Rookie Dominican Summer League Brewers as a pitching coach. He previously worked as a scout with the Brewers in the Dominican Republic. Alex Mena joins the staff as athletic trainer and Alistair Matthews begins his first season as strength and conditioning specialist.

The complete Minor League coaching staffs are listed below (new staff members are in bold):

COLORADO SPRINGS SKY SOX (AAA)
Manager Rick Sweet
Pitching Coach Fred Dabney
Coach Bob Skube
Athletic Trainer Aaron Hoback
Strength & Conditioning Specialist Andrew Emmick
BILOXI SHUCKERS (AA)
Manager Carlos Subero
Pitching Coach Chris Hook
Coach Sandy Guerrero
Athletic Trainer Steve Patera
Strength & Conditioning Specialist Nate Dine
BREVARD COUNTY MANATEES (A)
Manager Joe Ayrault
Pitching Coach David Chavarria
Coach Ned Yost IV
Coach Reggie Williams
Athletic Trainer Tommy Craig
Strength & Conditioning Specialist Jonah Mergen
WISCONSIN TIMBER RATTLERS (A)
Manager Matt Erickson
Pitching Coach Gary Lucas
Coach Chuckie Caufield
Coach Liu Rodriguez
Athletic Trainer Jeff Paxson
Strength & Conditioning Specialist Steve Timmers
HELENA BREWERS (R)
Manager Tony Diggs
Pitching Coach Rolando Valles
Coach Jason Dubois
Athletic Trainer Luke Greene
Strength & Conditioning Specialist Tim Gifford
ARIZONA BREWERS (R)
Manager Nestor Corredor
Pitching Coach Steve Cline
Coach Al LeBoeuf
Athletic Trainer Greg Barajas
DOMINICAN SUMMER LEAGUE BREWERS (R)
Manager Jose Pena
Pitching Coach Geraldo Obispo
Pitching Coach Jose Ramos
Coach Luis De Los Santos
Coach Victor Estevez
Coach Joan Abreu
Athletic Trainer Alex Mena
Strength & Conditioning Specialist Alistair Matthews

 

 

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The Countdown to Brewers Opening Day is On! Win 10-Packs, Opening Day Tickets, Roundtrip Airfare and More with our #SeeUApril6 Contest

The new year brings with it a new season and, a new countdown to Opening Day, Monday, April 6 when your Brewers take on the Colorado Rockies at 1:10pm at Miller Park.

As you know, Opening Day is practically a holiday in Milwaukee and looking forward to it helps us all get through the long, cold Wisconsin winter. As of today (Tuesday, January 13) we’re just 83 days away from kicking off the 2015 season at Miller Park and #OneDayCloser to all of this:

Last year, we asked you to join us in our countdown by creating original photo(s) showing how you were counting down to the Brewers Home Opener each day leading up to it and this year, we’re inviting you to do the same.

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Here’s how it works:

For example, Friday, January 16 is 80 days until Opening Day. Fans submitting their photos showing their “80” by 5pm CT the day prior (Thursday, January 15) will be eligible to have theirs selected as the one we post across all of our social media channels on Friday, January 16.  Simply tag your entries on Instagram and/or Twitter using hashtag #SeeUApril6.

Each day, we’ll select our favorite and post it across Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Google Plus and Tumblr, giving you credit, of course!

Like last year’s contest, we’ll be selecting a Grand Prize winner, but this year the pot has been sweetened.

Each of the daily winners will be eligible to win a Qualifying Prize along the way and from those Qualifying Prize Winners, we’ll select a Grand Prize winner to win a pair of Brewers 10-Packs, Opening Day tickets AND roundtrip airfare on Southwest Airlines!

Perhaps you could use that flight to join the #BrewersRoadCrew and see the team on the road this season.

For complete rules as well as some of the first few photos we’ve selected, click here.

I can’t wait to see what you all come up with!

#SeeUApril6!

-Cait

@CMoyer

Additional Benefits to Timeless Ticket Announced

Already designed for the Brewers fan who wants the ultimate gift, the Milwaukee Brewers today announced a new, added value to the limited edition Timeless Ticket. The unique offer includes one ticket to any Brewers Opening Day or Postseason game, plus an added opportunity to redeem it for a ticket to nine additional Brewers home games (excluding Opening Day and Postseason). 

The Timeless Ticket consists of a brass ticket personalized with an engraving of the owner’s name. Only 1,000 of the items will be produced. Additional facts about the Timeless Ticket:

  • Each ticket is individually numbered, comes complete with a certificate of authenticity and is packaged in a specially-designed gift box.
  • Each ticket is authenticated by Major League Baseball and includes its own registered ID number under the MLB Authentication program.
  • The ticket weighs approximately one pound, is 6.25” by 3.5,” and sits in a wood display base.
  • The cost of the ticket (which includes the brass engraved ticket and the actual ticket to the game of the owner’s choosing) is $1,000.
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This unique opportunity allows the owner to redeem their Timeless Ticket for an actual ticket to any single future Brewers game at Miller Park, whether it’s in 2015 or 2050, or whether it’s Opening Day or the 7th game of the World Series. Plus, the package now includes ticket vouchers to attend nine additional Brewers regular season games of the owner’s choice (excluding Opening Day and Postseason).

To redeem the ticket, the owner just needs to contact the Brewers Box Office with their unique Timeless Ticket information as well as a photo ID and the date of the game he or she would like to attend. After redemption, the owner of the Timeless Ticket will keep the personalized brass statue to display. In addition, Timeless Ticket holders may purchase up to three additional companion tickets for the redeemed game at the single game box office price.

All ticket redemptions are subject to availability and owners of the Timeless Ticket are advised to contact the Brewers Box Office with their selected game as early as possible. Redemptions for the Timeless Ticket will be become available once dates for public ticket sales have been announced.

Fans may purchase the Timeless Ticket by calling 414-902-4609, by visiting Brewers.com/TimelessTicket or by sending an email to BrewersTeamStore@Brewers.com.

 

Voting Begins for T-Shirt Fridays; Fans to Select 7 T-Shirt Fridays

Back by popular demand, T-Shirt Fridays will return to Miller Park for the 2015 season. All fans in attendance during each of the seven Friday home games from June through August will receive a complimentary Brewers–themed T-shirt (available in both medium and extra-large sizes).

This year, the promotion comes with a twist – fans will decide the designs for each of seven T-Shirt Friday giveaways.

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Beginning today, a dozen possible T-shirt designs are posted at Brewers.com/shirtvote. Fans are able to vote for their favorite designs, ranking their top seven choices in order from one to seven. Their first choice will receive seven points, their second choice will receive six, and continuing to their seventh and final vote which will receive one point. Voting will remain open until 11:59 p.m. CT on Monday, January 19.

Fans can vote on these designs to determine the 7 t-shirts to be given away to all fans this season.

Fans can vote on these designs to determine the 7 t-shirts to be given away to all fans this season.

Once the results are in, they will be tabulated and the seven winning designs will be revealed during a special presentation at Brewers On Deck on Sunday, January 25.

While individual tickets are not yet on sale, fans can guarantee their spot at Miller Park for T-Shirt Fridays – plus receive free Opening Day tickets – with a Brewers 10-Pack, on sale now at brewers.com/10packs or by calling (414) 902-HITS (4487).

Fans can share in the excitement of counting down to Brewers Opening Day by following the Brewers on social media, and also enter to win a pair of 10-Packs, tickets to Opening Day and roundtrip airfare on Southwest Airlines,  by posting their creative countdown photos on Twitter and/or Instagram using the hashtag #SeeUApril6.

 

Hank Heads to Hollywood for the World Dog Awards; Last Day to #VOTEHANK as Dog of the Year

Early this morning, Hank boarded a Southwest Airlines flight from General Mitchell International Airport to Los Angeles, where he will be attending the World Dog Awards.

Our very own Ballpark Pup is an official nominee for Dog of the Year at the award show, which will take place tomorrow at the Barker Hangar in LA.

In Hank’s entourage are his adoptive mom, Marti Wronski, Brewers VP-General Counsel; his older brother, Jonah; and me.

Here are some photos from the start of his journey:

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I’ll be documenting his travels here and on our various social media sites this weekend, but you’ll have to tune in to the show on Thursday, January 15 at 7pm CT on the CW Network to find out who won!

Help lock in Hank by casting your vote-voting ends tonight! Log on to WorldDogAwards.com to #VoteHank.

 

-Cait

@CMoyer

Happy National Bobblehead Day!

The word on the street is that today is National Bobblehead Day!

With countless Brewers bobbleheads given away to fans at games over the years and 10 more All-Fan Bobblehead Giveaway dates scheduled for 2015, it only seemed natural that we celebrate by posting a few photos/videos on our social media platforms.

Happy #NationalBobbleheadDay! What is your all-time favorite #Brewers Bobblehead?

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MLB and other teams across the league took the opportunity to do the same:

(To see more photos, just search #NationalBobbleheadDay on Twitter and/or Instagram.)

It also is fitting that we have a vintage bobblehead collector in residence, Brewers Vice President-Controller Joe Zidanic.

Brewers VP-Controller Joe Zidanic and his vintage bobblehead collection.

Brewers VP-Controller Joe Zidanic and his vintage bobblehead collection.

Walking through the Brewers offices, you won’t find a single cubicle or office void of a bobblehead and many staffers, especially if they have been here many years, have quite the collections.

Joe’s, however, is unique.

He began collecting these bobbleheads in the 1970s and 80s. A couple of them even date back to before he was born, when his dad started the collection.

As a boy, he remembers going to Municipal Stadium in Cleveland (where he grew up) and purchasing the bobbleheads there with his dad. They weren’t giveaways to fans back then, but they had an area where people could purchase bobbleheads of various teams.

Joe’s collection includes all NFL Teams and all MLB Teams, although of course there are a few exceptions. For example, he has a Montreal Expos bobblehead in place of a Washington Nationals one. Similarly, the Florida Marlins and Tampa Bay Devil Rays bobbles are now outdated.

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Joe’s collection includes vintage bobbleheads of every MLB team.

 

As far as football goes, for newer teams like the Seahawks, he has a plastic version of the Kewpie-esque faced dolls, because they simply don’t make ‘em like they used to.

He’s only got doubles of one team. Ironically, he notes, that’s the Twins:

Twins Bobbleheads

 

Here’s a closeup of the NL Central bobbles:

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You may recognize the Brewers bobble in the center. We’ve used him (along with opponent bobbles) in social posts promoting upcoming match-ups in the past:

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He was also the inspiration for last year’s popular Vintage Brewers Bobblehead Giveaway:

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In 2015, we’ll be giving out another Vintage Brewers Bobble, but this one will be a retro version:

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I think Joe’s bobbleheads are very cool and unique. Yes, it’s awesome to get one representing a mascot or player (my favorite so far has been the Carlos Gomez Gold Glove bobblehead, where he is leaping over the wall), but there is just something special about these throwback ones, too.

I’m grateful to Joe for sharing his collection with me; it is obvious that he enjoys collecting them and takes great pride in showing them off. He also wanted me to be sure to share a photo of his latest acquisition–a new Packers one:

Good luck on Sunday! #GoPackGo

Good luck on Sunday! #GoPackGo

Do you have a great bobblehead collection? What is your favorite bobble? Tweet them at @Brewers using #NationalBobbleheadDay and I’ll compile a gallery of the best submissions.

Happy National Bobblehead Day!

-Cait

@CMoyer

Go to Opening Day FREE with a Brewers 10-Pack; On Sale Tomorrow at 10 a.m.

As the calendar turns, each day brings us one day closer to the return of Brewers Baseball. Fans can secure their tickets to Opening Day for free with a Brewers 10-Pack, which go on sale tomorrow at 10 a.m. There are six enticing plans to choose from, including the popular Fan’s Choice Plan which returns for 2015. All plans feature 10 home games, plus Opening Day or any other game of the fan’s choice as their FREE 11th game.

In addition to tickets to Opening Day, each of the six plans offer a unique experience. The Weekend Plan features four giveaways, including the Mother’s Day Bobblehank on May 10, June 14’s Carlos Gomez All-Star Bobblehead, a bobblehead of National League All-Star Jonathan Lucroy on August 16 and an All Fan Giveaway item to be decided by fan vote and distributed on the final day of the regular season, Sunday, October 4. The Premier Plan includes contests against all four division rivals as well as a matchup against NL West Division rival, the Los Angeles Dodgers, on May 6. The Friday Plan includes a string of five “T-Shirt Friday” giveaways starting with the June 12 game against the Washington Nationals and ending on August 14 when the Brewers host the Philadelphia Phillies. To top it off, the Friday Plan includes access to the first ever Brewers Postgame Concert Series when country artist Joe Nichols rocks Miller Park after the May 29 game against the Arizona Diamondbacks.

The popular Fan’s Choice Plan returns for the 2015 season and provides the ultimate flexibility for fans to select 10 games that fit their schedule from a list of 49 Brewers regular season home games. The plan can include several Interleague matchups, a variety of weekday and weekend games, All-Fan Bobblehead dates, T-Shirt Fridays, and more. A complete list of all six 10-Pack’s including the Fan’s Choice plan, is attached.

Packages start at $160 per seat in the Terrace Reserved ($16 per game) and can also be purchased in the Terrace Box for $250 ($25 per game), the Loge Outfield Box for $340 ($34 per game), the Club Outfield Box for $420 ($42 per game, no wait staff), the Loge Infield Box for $420 ($42 per game), the Field Outfield Box for $420 ($42 per game) and the Loge Diamond Box for $500 ($50 per game).

Brewers 10-Packs offer several benefits, including a free ticket to Opening Day (or any other home game on the 2015 schedule), guaranteed seat location, a personal account representative and priority access to Postseason tickets. In addition, 10-Pack Ticket Plans offer great savings on ticket prices. Last season, 10-Pack holders saved up to 35% off the demand-based individual game price. Each 10-Pack account will also receive three (3) exchange vouchers that can be used to exchange tickets you cannot or did not use for tickets to another game.”

Fans interested in purchasing 10-Packs are encouraged to call (414) 902-HITS (4487) or visit Brewers.com/10packs for more information.

Fans can share in the excitement of counting down to Brewers Opening Day by following the Brewers on social media and also enter to win a pair of 10-Packs, tickets to Opening Day and roundtrip airfare on Southwest Airlines—by posting their creative countdown photos on Twitter and/or Instagram using the hashtag #SeeUApril6. For details on the contest, visit brewers.com/countdown.

-Cait

@CMoyer

MLB Network’s “Face of MLB” Competition Returns; Vote for #FaceofBREWERS Today

Starting Monday, MLB Network set out to find the “Face of MLB” by creating a bracket-style tournament with results determined by fans on Twitter and Facebook.

Yesterday, in the Brewers “Face of the Franchise” preliminary round, Brewers fans could nominate a player candidate to be the #FaceofBrewers on social media.

The results were announced this morning on MLB Network’s offseason morning show Hot Stove and… you’ve selected Jonathan Lucroy as the Face of the Brewers.

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For the second round, MLB Network has created a bracket that seeds clubs against each other based on how they finished the 2014 season.

And, on the heels of winning Sporting News’ Best Ballpark poll, Brewers fans will have less than one month to rest their voting fingers because beginning, January 15, Hot Stove will ask fans to vote on Twitter and Facebook each day and decide a winner for the day’s head-to-head player matchup until the Face of MLB is determined.

That’s right, beginning January 15, Brewers fans should be prepared to vote like crazy for Jonathan Lucroy via social media. Stay tuned for more information.

Fans voted more than 2.5 million times in the second Face of MLB competition and during the finals between Eric Sogard and David Wright, #FaceOfMLB trended for over 7 hours. #EricSogard, #NerdPower and #DavidWright also trended during the voting period.

The Face of MLB bracket and voting details are available here.

-Cait

@CMoyer

BREWERS AMONG TOP SPORTS TEAMS SEARCHED ON GOOGLE; Milwaukee Ranked Eighth Among All Teams Queried in 2014

The Milwaukee Brewers were one of the most-searched sports teams on Google in 2014. The search engine’s “Year in Search,” formerly known as “Zeitgeist,” released its annual list of most searched topics in 2014. The Milwaukee Brewers ranked third among teams in Major League Baseball and eighth among all teams from any sport in searches through Google within the United States.

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The Brewers were most searched team in sports during April 20-26. Milwaukee had won five of six games during the stretch and was quickly off to an 18-6 start, leading the National League Central.

Users searched several terms related to the team that helped the Brewers become one of the most talked about teams on the web. “Brewers Schedule” and “Milwaukee Brewers Schedule” were the top two searches, followed by “Milwaukee Brewers Baseball,” “Brewers Baseball” and “2014 Milwaukee Brewers.” The terms that gained the most ground regarding the team in 2014 were “Hank Milwaukee Brewers,” “2014 Milwaukee Brewers” and “Milwaukee Brewers Dog.”

Milwaukee represented the area where the largest majority of searches occurred. Wausau-Rhinelander WI, Green Bay-Appleton WI, Madison WI and La Crosse-Eau Claire WI rounded out the top five, respectively.

The Brewers also have one of the most impressive audiences on social media platforms as well. The team’s Twitter, Facebook and Instagram platforms account for almost 1.5 million combined likes and follows; this year alone, we crossed the 200,000, 1,000,000 and 100,000 milestones on each site respectively.  In addition, traffic to the Cait Covers the Bases Blog (formerly John and Cait…Plus 9), has increased almost double that of 2013 with 15 more days to go. Among the non-traditional popular search terms that led folks to this blog are “Josh Murray,” “Brewers Walk-Up Songs” and “Wei-Chung Wang Wednesday.”

For more information regarding Google’s “Year in Search” and to see a blog post about the top queries from 2014, please visit www.google.com/2014.

-Cait

@CMoyer

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