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How Brewers Players Relax & Unwind Away from the Field During Spring Training

The baseball season is a long one–162 games in 180 days–and that doesn’t even count Spring Training and those 30 Cactus League games.

However, the pace is different in Spring Training. While the games are still important, the time down here is very much about taking a look at different players, trying out new things, working out the kinks and building team chemistry.

With two weeks of practice before the Spring games begin and with the bulk of the Cactus League games being day games, that also gives players a little more free time before they go back to work in Milwaukee and the grind sets in.

So what do a lot of the guys like to do with their down time in Arizona?

While first and foremost, many treasure the extra time with their families before the regular season gets underway:

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Aside from that, they can also enjoy some of their hobbies that might fall by the wayside once the regular season starts, like going fishing:

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On this Brewers roster in particular, however, you’ll find many of the pitchers in particular hitting the links.

Last year, during Spring Training, you’ll recall that Will Smith, Tyler Thornburg and I hit the links and took on Kyle Lohse in a match that ultimately led to him joining Twitter (#YoureWelcome!).

It’s been well-documented that Kyle is the best golfer on the team by far, but that doesn’t stop his teammates from trying to take him on in various challenges–scrambles, best ball with strokes per side, etc.

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It’s well-documented that Kyle Lohse is the best golfer on the team. Brandon Kintzler knows this all too well after losing a bet to Kyle last Spring and becoming batboy for a day as a result. Click  the image to read that story.

And, earlier this spring, I had the pleasure of tagging along with Kyle and a couple of the guys again on two separate occasions to take some pictures and video–all in the name of work, of course.

First, I headed out with Kyle and Matt Garza to Lookout Mountain Golf Club.

This award-winning course sits among the magnificent North Phoenix Mountains and offers panoramic views of the amazing Arizona landscape. Case in point: Hole #10 is the signature hole here at Lookout Mountain. You’re 14 stories high on the tee box and, from this video of Kyle’s tee shot on the hole, you can see that it lives up to its name “Picturesque Pointe.”

This outing was really not much of a match. Matt doesn’t profess to be a great golfer; he was just out there to have fun—with the goal to beat Kyle’s score on at least one hole.

Matt Garza and Kyle Lohse spend time together outside of the clubhouse.

Matt Garza and Kyle Lohse spend time together outside of the clubhouse.

While Matt didn’t achieve that goal this time, he did have what I’m told was a better day that usual and ended up tying Kyle on 4 holes.

Personally, this was my first round of the season, so I was a little rusty; the par-3 9th in particular had my number. The hole was 80-yds for me and I blew it over the green on the tee shot and it was all literally downhill from there.  In this video of my shot, you’ll also see where Matt ended up on his tee shot on this hole (that’s Kyle narrating, obviously):

Despite this hole and another two blow-up holes, I was able to tie Kyle on at least 3 holes and actually beat him on 2. He and I each had two birdies in the round, which was cut short due to darkness.

One other thing worth noting from this outing: Matt Garza broke his 3-wood on a tee shot during the round. None of us are quite sure how this happened. One minute he was teeing it up and the next, he was holding his broken club. But even despite this setback and not beating Kyle on a hole, he was a great sport, never once showing frustration, just chatting the entire time and laughing a lot.

Matt Garza holds up his 3-wood, a casualty of the day.

Matt Garza holds up his 3-wood, a casualty of the day.

Here are a few more photos from that round:

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The second time I had the pleasure of hitting the links, it was to test out a new product called the Golfboard.

When I saw the PGA tweet about this combination golf cart/seque/scooter/skateboard, I knew our guys would love it because many of our players use scooters as transportation between the parking lot and the Clubhouse at Miller Park.

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The good folks at Golfboard were kind enough to set us up with two Golfboards for a round of golf at the Westin Kierland in Scottsdale, so I joined Kyle Lohse and Will Smith to document the experience.

After a brief tutorial, the guys quickly picked up on the boards, which are extremely easy to learn, fun, and most importantly for these guys, safe.

Kyle Lohse and Will Smith quickly picked up on how to maneuver the Golfboards.

Kyle Lohse and Will Smith quickly picked up on how to maneuver the Golfboards.

The guys were zipping around the course in no time flat. Here’s a short video Kyle took:

I also brought the GoPro and we hooked it up to the Golfboard. Here’s a tour of the 9th hole, courtesy of Kyle. (Note: The ride felt much smoother than this video portrays!)

And here’s a shot Kyle hit while the GoPro was still running:

Here are some other fun photos from the round:

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It was a lot of fun out there on the course, getting to know these guys a little better away from the field.

Whether it’s fishing or golf, or another hobby, it is good to see the guys get a chance to relax and unwind now because we know once the regular season is underway, there will be little (if any) time for those things.

Speaking of time to relax and have fun, today is one of just two offdays in the Spring Training schedule and I’ll be back out on the golf course with Kyle, Will and a bunch of other players, coaches and celebrities for Bob Uecker’s Front Row Classic. Stay tuned for more photos and videos!

Special thanks to Lookout Mountain and Westin Kierland (and Troon Golf) for letting us hack on your courses; and of course, special thanks to Golfboard for letting us test drive your gamechangers.

-Cait

@CMoyer

Dear Will Smith… Will Will Meet Will?

In the Brewers Clubhouse, pitcher Will Smith is affectionately referred to as “the third most famous Will Smith,” as his teammates lovingly rank the lefty behind the football player Will Smith (formerly of the New Orleans Saints) and, of course the Will Smith–the American actor, producer, rapper, and songwriter.

Growing up, one would guess that sharing a name with someone so famous could be viewed either positively or negatively. While having a famous name can grab attention, quite certainly, our Will Smith has heard his fair share of jokes in his 25 years on the planet.

One can choose to let it bother him or her, or one can embrace it.

And embrace it Will has. Last year, the Brewers bullpen starred in a Will Smith medley video; Will donned a Fresh Prince of Bel Air baseball jersey; and, this year at Brewers On Deck, Will went undercover to see what people really thought of the Brewers–and him, often getting confused for the actor.

But now, Will has decided that he’s had enough from afar. It is time he got the chance to meet the “other” Will Smith and he’s offering the the actor the chance to come visit him in Milwaukee.

He sat down the other day and penned this letter/invitation:

This is the start of the #WillMeetsWill campaign. Join in on Twitter and Instagram and we’ll see if we can organize our efforts and get Will Smith out to Miller Park this summer to meet his namesake.

-Cait

@CMoyer

 

Robe Warriors: Brewers Starters Sport Personalized Robes Thanks to Matt Garza

Yesterday, we released this photo of Brewers starting pitcher Kyle Lohse sporting a customized bathrobe with “Brewers” on the front and his name and number on the back:

The robe was a gift from fellow starter Matt Garza, who purchased one for each of the starting pitchers prior to reporting to camp.

After posting the photo of Kyle, we received lots of feedback and the story got picked up by numerous media outlets, so this morning, I caught up with Matt to get the story behind the robe:

 

-Cait

@CMoyer

Fox Sports Wisconsin and the Milwaukee Brewers Announce 2015 Telecast Schedule

FOX Sports Wisconsin and the Milwaukee Brewers today announced a 150-game television schedule for the 2015 season. FOX Sports Wisconsin will serve as the exclusive, local television home for the Milwaukee Brewers.

FOX Sports Wisconsin’s regular season coverage begins Monday, April 6, with the Brewers home opener against Colorado — the first of six televised games against the Rockies. Coverage will begin at noon with a special one-hour edition of Brewers Live from Miller Park.

Other highlights from the 2015 schedule include: nineteen games against divisional rival Chicago Cubs, seventeen match-ups against the St. Louis Cardinals, two series with the Minnesota Twins scheduled for June 5-7 and 26-28, as well as five games against the defending World Series champion San Francisco Giants.

Brian Anderson will continue to serve as the primary play-by-play announcer with Matt Lepay joining analyst Bill Schroeder in the broadcast booth for select telecasts. Craig Coshun also will serve as play-by-play announcer for select telecasts, while continuing his role as the main host for Brewers Live pre and postgame shows. Brewers Live airs before and after Brewers telecasts with Jeff Grayson, Telly Hughes and Sophia Minnaert reporting, as well as analysis from former first base coach Davey Nelson and former Brewer Jerry Augustine.

As previously announced, FOX Sports Wisconsin also will televise a total of 12 Brewers spring training games in 2015 beginning Thursday, March 5, with a match-up against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. For the complete schedule, click here.

FOX Sports Wisconsin reaches more than 1.5 million homes and telecasts nearly 2,600 hours of locally produced programming per year. For more information on the Emmy Award-winning regional sports network, visit: FOXSportsWisconsin.com

For the complete Brewers broadcast schedule, click here.

“BREWERS CHANCE 2 ADVANCE TICKET PLAN” RETURNS

Today we announced the return of a unique ticket promotion known as the “Brewers Chance 2 Advance Ticket Plan,” which allows fans the chance to upgrade their seats to the next highest ticket category every time the Brewers win.

Only a limited number of plans will be available, and they go on sale tomorrow, Wednesday, March 4.  Tickets for this promotion sold out in 2013 and 2014 – the first two years of the promotion – so fans will want to act quickly.  Last season, the Brewers won five games during the promotion and fans that purchased this ticket plan advanced to the Loge Infield Box.

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Here’s how it works: For just $99, you get tickets to nine select Tuesday games at Miller Park, plus the chance to advance all the way to the Field Diamond Box. You start with seats in Bernie’s Terrace for all nine games, but with each Brewers win, you upgrade your seating area. On Tuesday, May 12, you’ll sit in Bernie’s Terrace for the first game of the plan against the Chicago White Sox.  If the Crew wins, you’ll advance to the next seating tier for the following game in the plan.

Every time the Brewers win, you simply exchange your Bernie’s Terrace ticket for a ticket in the next best seating area for only $2.  You remain in that seat location until the Brewers win the next game in the plan.  If the Brewers don’t win, simply exchange your Bernie’s Terrace ticket at no cost for a seat in the same section where you last advanced – no backsliding.

Ticket Plan Game Dates:

Tuesday, May 12                     vs. Chicago-AL            7:10 p.m.

Tuesday, May 26                     vs. San Francisco         7:10 p.m.

Tuesday, June 16                     vs. Kansas City                        7:10 p.m.

Tuesday, June 23                     vs. New York-NL        7:10 p.m.

Tuesday, July 7                       vs. Atlanta                   7:10 p.m.

Tuesday, July 21                     vs. Cleveland               7:10 p.m.

Tuesday, August 4                   vs. San Diego               7:10 p.m.

Tuesday, August 18                 vs. Miami                     7:10 p.m.

Tuesday, September 1             vs. Pittsburgh               7:10 p.m.

Order of Seat Upgrades

  • Bernie’s Terrace
  • Terrace Reserved
  • Terrace Box
  • Loge Outfield
  • Loge Infield
  • Club Outfield
  • Field Outfield
  • Field Infield
  • Field Diamond

Ticket upgrades must be done in person at the Miller Park Ticket Office (between Windows 1-12 located behind home plate) anytime between the conclusion of the previous game and the start of the next game in the ticket plan. Box Office hours are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Saturdays from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sundays from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Tickets for this plan will be available tomorrow, beginning at 10 a.m.  Tickets can be purchased by calling (414) 902-GAME (4263) or by visiting Brewers.com/advance.  Service fees apply.

 

“BREWERS ON TAP” PODCAST LAUNCHES WEDNESDAY

Today, we announced the launch of a brand new podcast, Brewers on Tap, hosted by broadcaster Jeff Levering. The new podcast will feature all things Brewers including interviews with players and fans, trivia contests, social media updates and much more.

Brewers on Tap will be released weekly and will be free to download. Levering, the newest member of the Brewers broadcasting team, will interview players, speak with fans and members of the front office and talk Brewers baseball. Brewers on Tap will also air audio flashbacks, provide historical Brewers information and answer fan questions. During the season, the new podcast will look ahead at upcoming road trips and preview promotions that will take place at Miller Park.

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This is the first podcast that the Brewers have produced. The initial episode will be available for download on Wednesday, March 4. Each additional installment will be released every Wednesday. Fans can listen to Brewers on Tap by visiting brewers.com/podcast. Brewers on Tap will also be available as free download on iTunes.

-Cait

@CMoyer

Pitchers and Catchers Have Reported….Will You? #CACTUSCREW

Spring Training is finally upon us!

Are you headed to sunny, Phoenix, Arizona to see the Crew in Spring Training? Show us your favorite photo and you could be chosen to win a Brewers prize package!

Create an original photo from Spring Training in Phoenix, Arizona. Then, tweet your photo to us on Twitter  and/or post it to Instagram using hashtag #CACTUSCREW for your chance to win!

Workouts are underway at Maryvale! #CactusCrew #SpringTraining #Brewers (via @scottpaulus)

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You’ll also want to make sure you follow the #CactusCrew hashtag for Spring Training news, updates and chatter!

And don’t forget! You can also upload your photo our Brewers interactive map, presented by Southwest Airlines!

Spring Training tickets are available at brewers.com/springtraining.

If you’re not headed to AZ this year, don’t sweat it. You can listen to, and even watch, some of the Brewers Spring Training games: click here for the complete Spring Training broadcast schedule.

-Cait

@CMoyer

BREWERS SELL 101,000 TICKETS ON FIRST DAY OF INDIVIDUAL-GAME SALES

Today’s single-digit temperatures were ignored by the Brewers faithful today as thoughts of summer days at Miller Park filled the air. Fans queued up early at Miller Park to be the first to get single-game tickets, and combined with online purchases, the Brewers had one of the best days of single-game ticket sales in team history.

As of 3 pm, 101,000 tickets had been sold, tied for the second-highest sold in a single day in team history. The total of 101,000 is 10,000 more than last year on the first day of sales for individual games. (NOTE: the franchise record for tickets sold in a single day is 104,000, achieved on the first day of sales in 2009.)

In addition, the Club announced that Opening Day, April 6 versus the Rockies, is sold out, except for a limited number of tickets that remain as part of Season Seat packages (see below). Several additional games have limited inventory remaining.

“Once again, Brewers fans proved that spring and summer come early when it comes to being ready for baseball, and we appreciate their incredible support,” said Brewers Chief Operating Officer Rick Schlesinger. “We encourage everyone to purchase tickets in advance, not only because several games have limited inventory remaining, but also because the best deals with demand-based pricing are typically for tickets purchased early.”

Fans still have the opportunity to obtain tickets to Opening Day and all of the high demand games with the purchase of a partial or full Season Seat plan. Information on Season Seat plans is available by calling 414-902-HITS.

Games that have been the most popular with fans purchasing tickets today include Sunday, May 10 against the Cubs (Hank The Ballpark Pup Bobblehead, presented by Pick ‘n Save), Saturday, May 30 against the Diamondbacks (Star Wars Night), Saturday, June 13 against the Nationals (Brewers Postgame Concert Series featuring O.A.R., presented by Miller Lite) and Sunday, June 28 versus the Twins (Paul Molitor Bobblehead, presented by Klement’s).

As part of today’s Arctic Tailgate activities, the first 2,000 fans at the Box Office received a free Arctic Tailgate t-shirt, a Klement’s hot dog and a Pepsi, with donuts provided by Grebe’s Bakery.

Tickets remain on sale at the Miller Park Box Office, through brewers.com, by phone (414-902-4000) and at all tickets.com outlets.

 

Paul Molitor Bobblehead Revealed! Get Yours on April 26

Individual tickets go on sale on Saturday at 9am CT (or RIGHT NOW, if you take advantage of our special presale opportunity!) and, just in time, we’ve got a sneak peek at some of the bobbleheads for the 2015 season!

On Sunday, June 28, the Crew takes on the Minnesota Twins and you could take home this awesome bobblehead featuring Paul Molitor:

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Stay tuned to the blog and our social channels this week as we unveil more of the #20in15, then get ready to purchase your tickets on Saturday, February 28!

For a complete list of the Brewers 20 All-Fan Giveaways in 2015, click here.

- Cait

@CMOYER

Carlos Gomez Bobblehead Revealed! Get Yours on June 14

Individual tickets go on sale on Saturday at 9am CT (or Friday, if you take advantage of our special presale opportunity!) and, just in time, we’ve got a sneak peek at some of the bobbleheads for the 2015 season!

On Sunday, June 14, the Crew takes on the Washington Nationals and you could take home this bobblehead featuring Carlos Gomez in his All-Star jersey.

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Stay tuned to the blog and our social channels this week as we unveil more of the #20in15, then get ready to purchase your tickets on Saturday, February 28!

For a complete list of the Brewers 20 All-Fan Giveaways in 2015, click here.

- Cait

@CMOYER

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