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Did you follow along with our #Brewers14in14 All-Fan Giveaways Reveal this week?
In case you missed it, in 2014, we have slated 14 All-Fan Giveaway dates throughout the season.
There are eight Sundays when every fan in attendance will receive a bobblehead featuring different Brewers personnel. The bobbles feature current players, alumni, mascots, etc.—and we revealed them here and across all of our social media platform over the past past week.
In addition to our ever-popular bobblehead games, we’ve also unveiled a new promotion for 2014: T-Shirt Fridays–six Fridays when every fan in attendance will receive a Brewers t-shirt with various designs.
In case you missed it, the 2014 bobblehead lineup is as follows:
The T-Shirt Friday dates are as follows:
Friday, August 22: T-Shirt #6
While individual tickets won’t go on sale until early next year, you can still lock in your favorite giveaways with Season Ticket Packages!
Enjoy your weekend!
-John & Cait
The first time Erika Brown made the U.S. Olympic Curling team, guys like Paul Molitor, Robin Yount, and Juan Nieves graced the Brewers roster.
It was 1988 and the then 15-year-old was headed to Calgary for the XV Olympic Winter Games where curling would debut as a demonstration sport.
It’s now 2013 and Erika, a lifelong Brewers fan and Wisconsin native, is on the road to Sochi, hoping for the chance to compete in her third Olympics in a sport that’s always been a family affair.
Originally from Madison, Wisconsin, Erika began curling in 1980 at the age of 7, taking after her mom, dad and brother, who all played the sport.
“In 1988, I remember being there with my family. My parents were there. My dad was our coach and my mom was our alternate on our team. The ceremonies were overwhelming,” she reminisced.
Erika made her second trip to the Olympics 10 years later, in Nagano in 1998.
“I think in 1998, we all were more experienced. We had different expectations. We had competed at that time for 10 years on a world stage. Nagano was great. Curling had gained more recognition and popularity by that time. There was great fan support and fun crowds. It was amazing!”
Erika’s team won the Women’s Curling Championship in Green Bay earlier this year, which qualified them for the Olympic Team Trials. And it felt extra special that it happened in her home state in front of family and friends.
“There were lots of Wisconsin curling fans there and it was fun to be in such a fun sporting town, too. We were right near Lambeau Field.”
The Olympian also adds accomplished golfer to her resume—she was the Wisconsin State High School champ in 1990 and 1991 and twice the City of Madison women’s champion as well.
“I don’t get a chance to play as much as I want to anymore, but golf is a great compliment to curling. There are a lot of similarities—repetitive motion, timing, strategy,” Erika said.
Although Erika has since moved to Ontario with her husband (a three-time World Champion curler himself) and children, she’s still a Brewers fan at heart and follows the team from afar.
“Growing up, we were always Brewers fans. We were members of the Brewers Fan Club, the year they won the pennant, in 1982. I remember my dad would get home at 5pm and we would get in our van. We’d stop to get pizza and eat it on the drive to Milwaukee for the games. We went to 17 games that season, we were all into it.”
In addition to curling and golf, Erika was well versed in many other sports growing up, including little league.
“I played infield, so I tried to emulate Robin Yount,” she said with a laugh.
Gorman Thomas was her favorite player and Erika even has photos of herself with Stormin’ Gorman and many of the members of that ’82 team from a Kids Picture Day that season:
And, although she didn’t make it to any playoff games, she says she also has a photo from the night the Brewers won the pennant.
“It’s one of my favorite photos. My brother and I have all of our gear on the night they won the pennant and we’re in our living room, celebrating,” she said.
So, while Erika continues to cheer on the Brewers, we’ll continue to cheer on her and the other Olympic hopefuls on the road to Sochi.
Erika’s next stop is North Dakota for the Olympic Team Trials, Sunday, November 10 through Sunday, November 17.
“With Curling, it’s such a combination of skills. Fitness has become a really integral part of the game. As a skip [Editor’s Note: The skip is the captain of the team, responsible for determining strategy], what I love is how strategic and cerebral it is and the experience is a huge factor. Having played for so long, that’s helpful and that’s why I like the position I play and the strategy that goes into the game. The other great thing is my teammates. We all work together and lift each other up. For me it’s created friendships and lifelong bonds.”
We already know Brewers fans are everywhere—and we hope there’s one more in Sochi next February.
This morning, Brewers Chairman and Principal Owner Mark Attanasio issued a letter to Brewers fans via brewers.com and in the Sports section of today’s Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
To read the letter in its entirety, please click here.
-John and Cait
In 2014, we’ve slated 14 All-Fan Giveaway dates throughout the season and we’ll be revealing them at brewers.com/allfans and across all of our social media platforms beginning Monday, November 4 through Friday, November 8. So check back each day, or get connected with us to be among the first to know who will be immortalized in bobble form next season and the other items we have in store for you.
This Halloween, our #BREWITCHED Instagram contest is back by popular demand!
Starting this Monday, submit an original photo of your Brewers-themed pumpkin. Carve it, paint it, or decorate it – it’s up to you! Tag it on Instagram using hashtag #BREWITCHED for a chance to win a Brewers prize pack, which will include a baseball signed by Aramis Ramirez.
The contest officially begins on Monday, but we wanted to give you a heads up in case you’re headed to the pumpkin patch and/or planning to carve your gourds this weekend.
We’ll be accepting entries through Thursday, October 31, so you have plenty of time to get in the Brewers “spirit.” Get your pumpkin, give it a Brewers flare and take some photos. For more information and complete rules, please visit brewers.com/brewitched beginning Monday. We’ll select three winners in this contest.
To help you get started, we’ve even got Brewers pumpkin carving stencils available for download here on brewers.com.
And, for inspiration, here are last year’s winners:
PS: For those unfamiliar, Instagram is a free, fast and fun way to share photos using most Apple or Android products. You can follow us on Instagram @Brewers. For those without Instagram, you can still view our photos, by visiting brewers.com/instagram.
If you’ll recall, this past season, we launched the Brewers Baseball Academy presented by Kwik Trip, eight separate week-long baseball/softball camps open to youth (ages 6-14) which were held in various cities across Wisconsin this summer.
All season, in addition to putting on the camps, executive director Tim Rappe provided some baseball tips here on John and Cait…Plus 9 as well. Read on for the latest installment from Coach Tim, a wrap up of the Brewers Baseball Academy Champions Day.
THE SECRET SAUCE IN EVERY CHAMPION’S RECIPE
At each Brewers Baseball Academy summer camp we have the kids participate in a Skills Competition that measures bat speed, running speed and field/throwing speed. We’ve found that breaking up the instruction with competitive events really spices up the day and the Skills Competition does the trick. Plus, it helps reinforce the very things that we are teaching the kids during the week.
A couple weeks ago, the top 70 scorers from the summer participated in Champions Day at Miller Park. In addition to the 70 competitors, there were another 300+ friends and family members in attendance. It was a gorgeous day, although I wished the grounds crew was preparing the infield for the playoffs rather than re-sodding…but that’s what next year is for.
The focus of this post is to ask whether or not placing kids in the cauldron of competition prepares them for what’s ahead. Trust me; the kids at Champions Day feel the pressure of competing for a trophy in front of a lot of people on the very field their baseball heroes perform. It’s only natural to feel that heart-pounding, sweaty palms, “where’s the restroom” sensation. The big question, of course, is whether or not the performer can park those feelings somewhere they won’t impede their physical and mental performance. Or do they give into them and essentially fall apart at the most critical time?
I submit that champions not only control those emotions but use them to propel his/her performance to new heights. That confidence, that belief in oneself, is the secret sauce in every winner’s recipe.
I think about all the travel tryouts that were conducted throughout Wisconsin in the last 60 days. We measure kids’ running speed. We hit them ground balls and watch the “carry” on their throws across the infield or outfield. We throw batting practice and watch their strokes. What we can’t do is put a dipstick in that part of the athlete that measures their ability to manage stress…to excel under pressure. If we could, I fear that many of us would come up a quart low.
Case in point. If you ever had the pleasure of standing in the third base coaching box you get a real sense of the kids who step into the batter’s box like they own it. It’s as though they lock the door behind them and nothing exists other than the next pitch. These kids will compete for me. On the other hand, I’ve had plenty of kids who stepped into the batter’s box in that same pressure cooker situation and looked as though there was a snake in it.
The remarkable “you can’t beat me” attitude is what separates good from great and it may very well be hard wired in the athlete’s DNA. Although, preparation, experience and multiple “learnable” techniques can make a huge difference. But the “will to win” that we see from the great ones may not be something we can teach. Then again, a few Sunday’s ago class was in session at Miller Park for 70 young athletes from the Brewers Baseball Academy…and they put on a show. You can click here to see the final rankings.
Until next time, “If you’re gonna swing, might as well swing hard.”
It’s true, Brewers fans really are the best fans in all of baseball.
Thank you so much for coming out to Miller Park and showing your support this season.
In case you missed it, here is a video that was played last weekend during the Brewers vs. Cardinals games at Miller Park. Perhaps you spot yourself in here somewhere?
In addition, several of our players have special messages for you as well:
Stay tuned to the blog and our social channels as we wrap up the 2013 season and look forward to 2014–we’ll have more to share.
Want to guarantee that someone in your group will win the Best Costume Contest this Halloween?
Try trick-or-treating with the Brewers mascots!
We are offering one lucky family the chance to spend Halloween with all five members of the Klement’s Famous Racing Sausages. Beginning tomorrow, fans can visit brewers.com/auction to participate in an online auction with the top bidder winning the opportunity to trick-or-treat in their local neighborhood with the Brewers mascots.
The “Trick-or-Treat Auction” begins tomorrow at noon CT and concludes on Tuesday, October 15 at 5 p.m. CT. The auction starts at $250 with bid increments of $25.
The top-bid winner will be notified by a Brewers representative and will be able to select from two different dates to trick-or-treat with Hot Dog, Italian Sausage, Bratwurst, Polish Sausage and Chorizo for one hour. The dates to select from are either Sunday, October 24 after 4:30 p.m. CT or Thursday, October 31 between 4 and 8 p.m. CT. The Klement’s Famous Racing Sausages’ appearance time will be for one hour and the winning neighborhood must be located within a 30-mile radius of Miller Park.
Net proceeds from the auction will benefit Brewers Community Foundation.
While you’re visiting brewers.com/auction, make sure you check out all of the other items you can bid on– we’ve got game-worn jerseys and caps, autographed photos, and more! Be sure to check back often as new items are added all the time.
Best of luck!
As part of last night’s Fan Appreciation Night presented by Chevrolet, Brewers players were escorted on golf carts through the parking lots to surprise fans with gifts as a way of thanking everyone for their season-long support. After batting practice, the players hopped on the carts and went for the ride.
All the players, that is, except for Norichika Aoki, who decided he wanted to drive. He hopped in the driver’s seat of one of the carts and took off!
Every Brewers player and coach handed out bobbleheads, t-shirts and other Brewers goodies to fans in the parking lot to show appreciation for their support.
Jean Segura even got in the act by flipping a burger on the grill at a tailgate and Tom Gorzelanny snuck a cookie from a group (both the burgers and the cookies looked and smelled great!).
The gesture caught most fans by surprise as they really didn’t really expect to see Brewers players cruising through the lots on golf carts. It was a fun treat to see the reaction of the fans when the saw the players. There were a lot of double takes! It was also fun to see the reaction of the players, some of whom had never seen the extravagant tailgating that goes on before every Brewers game.
Were you in the parking lot yesterday? Share your story with us in the comments section below!
–JOHN AND CAIT