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Brett Phillips Surprises Fans During Spring Training Game

During yesterday’s game, I decided to give away some T-Shirts via our Twitter and Snapchat accounts.

I was simply going to send out a tweet asking fans to come find me to get a free Brewers shirt. I’ve been doing it with caps the last couple of days and it’s worked out really well.

As I was walking by with my stack of t-shirts, Brewers prospect Brett Phillips stopped me and said, “Hey what are you doing with those shirts?” I explained it to him. He thought it was cool. And then he said, “Can I come help?”

I must admit this took me aback a little because usually I’m the one asking the players to help us with our social media efforts; it’s not always the other way around.

Not one to refuse help, I let Brett, who was not playing in the game and was wearing his street clothes, come tag along.

We sent this out and then hung back and waited.

If you tweet it, they will come… soon enough, fans came over to claim the shirts and which point they were surprised to find that not only did they get a free shirt, but they also got to meet Brett Phillips, one of our top prospects and the “kid with the crazy laugh.”

But Brett didn’t stop there. He decided to have a little fun with the fans…. Check it out (if you’re on mobile, click on the MLB Network logo to watch!):

Hilarious! Thanks for all your help, Brett! We had a blast and while it would be nice to be able to bring you with me to every game, I’m really looking forward to seeing you tear it up on the field soon!

-Cait

@CMoyer

Cait’s A-to-Z Guide to Spring Training

If you’re headed out to Arizona to catch the #CactusCrew this spring, you likely have some questions about what to expect, so I put together a little A-to-Z Guide to help you out, complete with some of my personal recommendations.

Enjoy!

AUTOGRAPHS

One of the most fun parts of Spring Training is the relaxed atmosphere and the ability to often get up close and personal with your favorite Brewers players. While there are not set autograph sessions at Maryvale, you’ll find many players signing near the home dugout on the first base side before games and near the gate in right field near the end of the game.

BALLPARK

Maryvale Baseball Park is the home for the Brewers Spring Training games. This award-winning Cactus League facility, nestled in the west side of Phoenix, is a state-of-the-art complex with ample parking and easy access.

The ballpark features a recessed playing field and shaded concourse, which provides an uninterrupted view of the action. The ballpark’s 7,000 seats, plus lush outfield berm, assure an intimate baseball experience in a fan-friendly, relaxed setting. Simply stated, there’s not a bad seat in the house!

Maryvale is also centrally located and this year is only hosting day games, so  fans can possibly double up with a night game at another Cactus League venue to maximize the baseball viewing.

BANNERS & SIGNS

Banners and signs cannot be larger than 18″x 24″ and cannot include inappropriate content. NO handles or poles can be attached.

BATTING PRACTICE

See “Workouts” below.

BINOCULARS & CAMERAS

Binoculars are fine to bring to the game.

You may also bring your camera, but lenses cannot be longer than a driver’s license. Want to share your photos with us? Use #CactusCrew on Twitter and Instagram and you could win prizes!

CARRY-INS

Consistent with our game-day carry-in policy at Miller Park, fans may not bring any cans, glass containers or alcohol into Maryvale. Soda, water or juice must be in factory-sealed plastic bottles. Fans may bring food items into the stadium using appropriate containers.

Bags, purses, fanny packs or soft-sided coolers must be 16 by 16 by 8 inches or smaller and will be searched.

Hard-sided coolers are not allowed in the ballpark.

Guests MAY carry-in the following items:

  • Still-photography cameras (Compact)
  • Jackets or blankets after being patted down or searched
  • Banners, signs and flags without an attached pole (items cannot be affixed in any way to impeded the view of other fans). (See above).

All permitted items will be inspected at the gates prior to entry.

Guests MAY NOT carry-in the following items:

  • Drum Sticks
  • Alcohol
  • Noisemakers, whistles, air horns, musical instruments (plastic horns vary per event)
  • Glass bottles, metal cans, etc.
  • Professional camera equipment, video cameras, tripods, etc.
  • Animals (except service animals)
  • Weapons, explosives, pepper spray, tear gas, etc.
  • Fireworks, slingshots, smoke bombs, laser pointers, etc.
  • Large bags, large backpacks, suitcases, briefcases, beach bags, etc.
  • Water guns, toy/replica weapons, squirt bottles, soap bubbles, etc.
  • Beach balls, Frisbees, balloons, brooms, skateboards, roller blades, skates, etc.
  • Flags/Signs larger than 18″ x 24″
  • Sticks, poles, rods, drum sticks
  • Confetti or streamers
  • Umbrellas

CONCESSIONS

Just like at Brewers games, there will be many concession stands open for fans to purchase food and beverage. The Klement’s Racing Sausage Sampler ($9) and the Napa Valley Noodles ($7) are popular menu items at Maryvale.

Racing sausage sampler

Bratwurst, Polish, Italian, Hot Dog and Chorizo all in one delicious dish!

Today's lunch at Maryvale: Napa Valley Noodles! #CactusCrew #SpringTraining #Brewers

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FAN SCREENING

Fans bags are subject to search upon entry to Maryvale Baseball Park.

GATES

Gates to the ballpark will open at 11:30 a.m. for the 1 p.m. games, subject to change.

There are two major gates at Maryvale. Avoid lines by familiarizing yourself with the different gates around the ballpark and plan to arrive early. All attendees will be required to go through bag check.

MARYVALE BASEBALL PARK

See “Ballpark” above.

PARKING

Parking lots open at 9 a.m. for 1 p.m. games. Parking is available day of game for $5.

The stadium is equipped with a number of ADA parking spaces. Maryvale Baseball Park is an award-winning ADA facility.

PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION & DROP-OFF

Special Needs Drop-Off: There is a Special Needs Drop-Off area right outside of Gate A (entering off of 51st Avenue). Golf carts are available for transportation as well.

Uber and Taxis will also pick-up and drop off at this area.

RE-ENTRY

Guests may not exit and re-enter Maryvale using the same ticket, but hand stamps are available at the gates.

ROAD GAMES

The great thing about the Cactus League is that all of the ballparks are relatively close to one another, so it’s always a short drive to catch the Cactus Crew! Here’s a great page that has lots of information on the other ballparks and what to expect.

ROOF STATUS

There’s no roof at Maryvale, but no reason to worry either because the weather is generally beautiful this time of year. The average low in March is 54 degrees (though it’s only “chilly” early in the mornings or later in the evenings) and the average high is 77 degrees. We’ve been experiencing a bit of a warmer spell so far this spring, so pack your shorts and bring your sunscreen!

TAILGATING

The parking lots at Maryvale will open at 9 a.m. and, just like at Brewers games, tailgating is permitted. Keep in mind that gates to the ballpark will open at 11:30 a.m. and the games are scheduled to start at 1 p.m. There are no portable toilets in the Maryvale parking lots.

THINGS TO DO

Disclaimer: The following is a list of things that I personally like to do in Arizona. It’s not endorsed by the Club, paid for by the Phoenix CVB, or anything official.:)

Baseball: Even if the Brewers aren’t playing at Maryvale, you can still catch them on the road, or take in another game between two different teams at another facility. Nobody ever said they had too much baseball.

Day Trips: While many Brewers fans are coming to Arizona solely for the baseball, there are also lots of things to see and do just outside of Phoenix. If you have the time, you could easily take a day or two and go to the Grand Canyon, Sedona, Flagstaff, Tombstone, Jerome, Carefree, or other spots close by.

Hiking: There are many great hiking trails and mountains to climb in the Phoenix area. The most popular spot is probably Camelback Mountain, but I’ve also tried Piestewa Peak (“Squaw Peak”), the White Tank Mountains, and Tom’s Thumb. Hikes range from easy to difficult, with a payoff of beautiful scenery and a sunset if you time it just right.

I hiked Tom's Thumb this year and the view was amazing!

I hiked Tom’s Thumb this year and the view was amazing!

#TouchTheRainbow #SquawPeak #Mountain #Arizona #CactusCrew

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Restaurants: So many restaurants, so little time! I’m a big fan of the Fox Restaurant Concepts spots. I’ve eaten at almost all of these places and have never been disappointed. I especially like True Food Kitchen! Another great spot is Don & Charlie’s. It’s a popular place because the food is good and the atmosphere is amazing. Sports fans will spend extra time gazing at the memorabilia. This place gets extremely busy, so be sure to plan ahead. I’ve had delicious Latin cuisin and margaritas at The Mission in Scottsdale. Don’t forget to order the made-to-order guacamole for your table! For dessert, my favorite spot is Churn. Their ice cream is fantastic. Expect a line out the door.

I could do a whole blog on dining choices alone, so tweet me (@CMoyer) if you need any other recommendations, or if you have one to share—I’m always looking for new places to try!

Shopping: There is a lot of great shopping in Arizona. Here’s a link to a great article that sums them up. Fashion Square is probably my favorite. I’m also a fan of the Tanger Outlet Mall in Westgate.

Tours & Events: While you’re here, you could always catch a tour of Chase Field if you want to check another ballpark off your list. I’ve also taken a tour of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin West, Frank’s Arizona home (his other home is in Spring Green, Wisconsin!), which was very cool. Other than that, I’d check out the VisitPhoenix.com for some good ideas on other sites to see or events that might coincide with your trip.

TICKETS

Please check brewers.com for ticket availability. You may also contact the Milwaukee Brewers Ticket Office at (800)-933-7890. Tickets are not sold by phone through the Maryvale Box Office. See also “Will Call” below.

TRAFFIC

From downtown Phoenix:

  1. Take I-10 west
  2. Exit 51 Avenue north
  3. Turn Right
  4. Enter stadium parking lot on 51st Ave. between Thomas Rd. and Indian School Rd.

WEATHER

In average low for Phoenix in March is 54 degrees (though it’s only “chilly” early in the mornings or later in the evenings) and the average high is 77 degrees. We’ve been experiencing a bit of a warmer spell so far this Spring, so pack your shorts and bring your sunscreen!

WILL CALL

Picking your tickets up at Will Call? Will Call is located at Maryvale Ticket Office which is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday. Tickets will be released with proper photo identification only.

WORKOUTS

On gamedays, gates to the ballpark open at 11:30 a.m. (Subject to change.) Generally, the Brewers will be taking batting practice until about noon CT prior to the 1 p.m. games. For road games, fans can still watch the Cactus Crew practice beforehand at Maryvale as gates to the ballpark open at 9 a.m. and workouts will generally happen on the Main Field from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Beautiful day for baseball. #CactusCrew #SpringTraining #ItAllStartsHere

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If you have any other questions, please call the Maryvale Ticket Office at 623-245-5500.

I hope to see you down here in Arizona! If you’re making it out to a game, let us know!

-Cait

@CMoyer

Traveling to Spring Training? Post Your Photos Using #CactusCrew!

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

Create an original photo from Spring Training in Phoenix, Arizona. Then, post your photo on Twitter  and/or post it to Instagram using hashtag #CACTUSCREW for your chance to win! For more information and official rules, click here.

Reminiscent of a knothole gang. #Brewers #CactusCrew #SpringTraining #ItAllStartsHere

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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 Road Crew  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

 

#MomJokeMonday: Will Smith tests out his mom’s corniest jokes on outfielder Brett Phillips

The first day I got to camp, Brewers Beatwriter Adam McCalvy asked me, “Have you heard Brett Phillips laugh yet?”

“What do you mean?” I asked.

Adam said I needed to hear (and see) it for myself. He also said that my goal for camp should be to capture it for Brewers social media.  A little while later, someone asked me the same thing. I was beginning to wonder what the buzz was all about.

Well, on photo day while I was busy running the Social Media station, Kevin Holden of Milwaukee’s CBS 58 affiliate happened to capture it on film and tweeted out the video, which generated a lot of buzz.

That was the first time that I heard Brett’s unique laugh, but I knew it wouldn’t be the last. It’s almost become a game for some of his teammates to try to make him laugh for their own amusement.

That’s where #MomJokeMonday comes in (No, we’re not talking about “Yo Mama” jokes here, I promise). In case you missed it, each Monday during Spring Training, we’ll be posting a Joke of the Day courtesy of Will Smith’s mom, Kay, who, according to Will, enjoys sharing corny jokes.

The idea came to me after Will randomly told me one of his mom’s jokes last season and I tweeted it out.

It got good response from fans (who doesn’t love a good pun), so I thought it might be something fun to do down in Spring Training while the guys are loose.

We kicked it off last week, but for this week’s installment, Will decided to bring Brett into the mix to test out some of jokes live on camera.

Here’s the result. I dare you to try to watch this while keeping a straight face:

Charlie Chaplin once said, “A day without laughter is a day wasted.” So, seeing as today’s Leap Day, hopefully these two helped you make the most of your extra day.

-Cait

@CMoyer

 

 

#CactusCrew Photo Day!

Today was Photo Day down at Maryvale.

Photo Day is always one of my favorite days in Spring Training.

Players move around to various stations set up for folks from Associated Press, Getty Images and USA Today to Topps Baseball Cards, Brewers team photographer Scott Paulus and… me!

For the past few years, I’m always the last stop for the guys and, although they may be tired of smiling, my goal is to get them to loosen up and have some fun.

The goal with my station, for social media, is to allow the players to show their personalities a bit more and to create fun content for you, the fans.

This year, I used an app called Pocketbooth which is essentially the digital version of the old-fashioned photo booth.

The app takes four photos in a row and generates a fun photo strip, such as these:

You can view the entire #CactusCrew Photo Day gallery here.

It was a lot of fun watching these guys ham it up for the camera and it was a nice way to get know some of the new guys on the team a little better.

I don’t know about you, but seeing this stuff really gets me excited for baseball!

-Cait

@CMoyer

Bob Uecker’s Front Row Classic a Swingin’ Success

Ah, the rare off-day during Spring Training. Yesterday was one of just two offdays for the Crew this spring and many of the players marked the occasion  by heading out to the golf course for Bob Uecker’s Front Row Classic, which was held at Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale.

A number of the Brewers players and coaches, along with several other celebrities participated in the event, which benefited the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Prior to the tournament, Bob addressed the crowd, as did Bailey, a 14-year-old whose Wish was granted in April of 2012. Bailey chose to go fishing in Hawaii and spoke eloquently about what that experience mean to him and his family in terms of raising their spirits.

Here are a few highlights from the day:

And, here’s a slideshow:

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While no Brewers were in the winning groups, everyone had a blast; and, most importantly, the tournament raised over $30,000 for Make-A-Wish.

-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

Photo Day Fun at Maryvale Baseball Park

Today was photo day at Maryvale Baseball Park!

The day starts out earlier than normal as various photographers come in to shoot headshots and posed shots of the players.

Photos were taken by media outlets like the Associated Press, Getty Images and USA Today along with the Brewers team photographer Scott Paulus, our scoreboard folks, MLB Network and Topps baseball cards. Players rotate through the various stations:

In addition, we had fun using the Twitter Mirror, a special Twitter app used by events like the Oscars and the GRAMMYs, which transforms an ordinary tablet into a special selfie station.

We overheard players say “Yes, selfie station!” and “I’m coming back here later,” so we think they had fun… but of course, we’ve also got pictures to prove it:

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Brewers Senior Director of Media Relations Mike Vassallo and I also got in the fun:

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We stopped Kyle Lohse, a long-time Photo Day veteran, and asked him if he had a minute to give us for some advice on navigating photo day. Here’s what he had to say:

-Cait

@Cmoyer

Hank’s Donation Arrives at Arizona Humane Society

Hank isn’t making the trip to Spring Training this year, but the donation he put on the equipment truck for Arizona Humane Society was delivered today. Ashleigh Goebel and Barker the Basset Hound were on hand to accept it:

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-Cait

2015 Spring Training Schedule Announced: #CactusCrew Reports Beginning February 20

Today we announced the team’s 2015 Spring Training schedule, which consists of 31 Cactus League games, including 16 at Maryvale Baseball Park.

The Brewers will open the spring schedule on Wednesday, March 4, against the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee baseball team at Maryvale Baseball Park. This will mark the first time the Brewers will face a collegiate team in an exhibition game since 1983 when they played the Arizona State University men’s baseball team. It will also mark the first-ever contest between the Brewers and the Panthers.

The Brewers will host their National League Central rival Chicago Cubs on Saturday, March 14. The spring slate includes one scheduled split squad date on Sunday, March 15 vs. the Oakland Athletics at Maryvale Baseball Park and also against the Texas Rangers at Surprise Stadium. Following an off day on Monday, March 16 – the first of two off days (also off on Monday, March 30) – the Brewers will celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a game against the San Diego Padres in Peoria on Tuesday, March 17.

The Brewers will play three night games this spring. They include Friday, March 13 against the Seattle Mariners at Peoria Sports Complex (7:05 p.m. local start time); Tuesday, March 24 against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Talking Stick (6:40 p.m.); and Friday, March 27 with a 7:05 p.m. game against the Cincinnati Reds at Goodyear Ballpark. All other spring games are day games, most of which will begin at 1:05 p.m. Arizona time (the games on Thursday, April 2 and Saturday, April 4 will begin at 12:05 p.m.).

Pitchers and catchers are scheduled to report to Spring Training on Friday, February 20. All position players have a report date of Wednesday, February 25. The first full workout is scheduled for Thursday, February 26.

Tickets for the Milwaukee Brewers’ home Spring Training games will go on sale at 9 a.m. CT on Monday, December 8 at Brewers.com and by phone at 1-800-933-7890. Normal business hours are from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. CT. Sales at the Maryvale Baseball Park Box Office will begin on Monday, February 9, 2015. Tickets are available in four seating areas: Field Box ($23), Infield Reserved ($17), Outfield Reserved ($13) and Lawn Seating ($8). In addition, there will also be a limited number of advanced parking passes available for $5.  Information on Spring Training Season Tickets can be obtained by calling the Milwaukee Brewers Ticket Office at 414-902-4000.

Please note that games and times are subject to change.

 

Milwaukee Brewers 2015 Spring Training Schedule

 

Date                                        Time (local)    (CT)                Opponent                               Location

Wednesday, March 4            1:05 p.m.        2:05 p.m.        vs. UW-Milwaukee                Maryvale

Thursday, March 5                       1:05 p.m.         2:05 p.m.         at LA Angels of Anaheim      Tempe

Friday, March 6                       1:05 p.m.        2:05 p.m.        vs. Los Angeles Dodgers       Maryvale

Saturday, March 7                  1:05 p.m.        2:05 p.m.        vs. Texas Rangers                 Maryvale

DAYLIGHT-SAVING TIME BEGINS SUNDAY, MARCH 8

Sunday, March 8                         1:05 p.m.         3:05 p.m.         at Los Angeles Dodgers         Camelback Ranch

Monday, March 9                  1:05 p.m.        3:05 p.m.        vs. Kansas City Royals         Maryvale

Tuesday, March 10               1:05 p.m.        3:05 p.m.        vs. Cincinnati Reds               Maryvale

Wednesday, March 11               1:05 p.m.         3:05 p.m.         at San Francisco Giants          Scottsdale

Thursday, March 12             1:05 p.m.        3:05 p.m.        vs. Colorado Rockies                        Maryvale

Friday, March 13                         7:05 p.m.         9:05 p.m.         at Seattle Mariners                  Peoria

Saturday, March 14              1:05 p.m.        3:05 p.m.        vs. Chicago Cubs                   Maryvale

Sunday, March 15                 1:05 p.m.        3:05 p.m.        vs. Oakland Athletics            Maryvale

1:05 p.m.         3:05 p.m.         at Texas Rangers                     Surprise

Monday, March 16                                                     OFF DAY

Tuesday, March 17                 1:05 p.m.         3:05 p.m.         at San Diego Padres                Peoria

Wednesday, March 18            1:05 p.m.         3:05 p.m.         at Kansas City Royals             Surprise

Thursday, March 19             1:05 p.m.        3:05 p.m.        vs. San Francisco Giants      Maryvale

Friday, March 20                  1:05 p.m.        3:05 p.m.        vs. Arizona Diamondbacks  Maryvale

Saturday, March 21                1:05 p.m.         3:05 p.m.         at Texas Rangers                     Surprise

Sunday, March 22                 1:05 p.m.        3:05 p.m.        vs. Chicago White Sox          Maryvale

Monday, March 23                 1:05 p.m.         3:05 p.m.         at Colorado Rockies               Talking Stick

Tuesday, March 24                 6:40 p.m.         8:40 p.m.         at Arizona Diamondbacks      Talking Stick

Wednesday, March 25          1:05 p.m.        3:05 p.m.        vs. Oakland Athletics            Maryvale

Thursday, March 26             1:05 p.m.        3:05 pm          vs. Seattle Mariners               Maryvale

Friday, March 27                    7:05 p.m.         9:05 p.m.         at Cincinnati Reds                  Goodyear

Saturday, March 28              1:05 p.m.        3:05 p.m.        vs. Cleveland Indians                Maryvale

Sunday, March 29                   1:05 p.m.         3:05 p.m.         at Oakland Athletics               Mesa

Monday, March 30                                                     OFF DAY

Tuesday, March 31               1:05 p.m.        3:05 p.m.        vs. Cincinnati Reds               Maryvale

Wednesday, April 1                1:05 p.m.         3:05 p.m.         at Chicago Cubs                      Mesa

Thursday, April 2                    12:05 p.m.       2:05 p.m.         at San Diego Padres                Peoria

Friday, April 3                                    1:05 p.m.         3:05 p.m.         at Cleveland Indians               Goodyear

Saturday, April 4                  12:05 p.m.      2:05 p.m.        vs. Cleveland Indians            Maryvale

 

  • Home games in bold
  • Note: Daylight-Saving Time begins on March 8
  • All Games/Times subject to change
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