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Baseball season really is coming, soon, I promise!
Pitchers and catchers report on Friday and today we announced the 2016 Spring Training broadcast schedule, which includes 16 radio broadcasts on NewsRadio 620 WTMJ, 14 televised games on FOX Sports Wisconsin and 10 webcasts at Brewers.com.
Hall of Fame announcer Bob Uecker and Jeff Levering will call the games on 620 WTMJ. Television announcers Brian Anderson and Bill Schroeder will call the action on FOX Sports Wisconsin. Craig Coshun and Matt Lepay will also handle play-by-play duties for select games. Anderson, Coshun, Levering and Schroeder will team up on the Brewers.com webcasts.
FOX Sports Wisconsin will simulcast four games, featuring productions from other FOX Sports regional networks. These dates include the following: March 19 at the Angels, March 21 vs. the Angels (split squad) and at the Diamondbacks (split squad), and March 27 at the Indians.
Tickets for home Spring Training games are on sale now at Brewers.com, by phone at 1-800-933-7890 or by visiting the Miller Park Box Office. Tickets can also be purchased at the Maryvale Baseball Park Box Office. Tickets are available in five seating areas: Diamond Box ($27), Field Box ($24), Infield Reserved ($18), Outfield Reserved ($14) 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.
Pitchers and catchers are scheduled to report to Spring Training this Friday. Position players have a report date of Wednesday, February 24. The first full workout is scheduled for Thursday, February 25.
Please note that games and times are subject to change.
Yesterday, I was fortunate enough to play in the Davey Nelson Celebrity Golf Tournament at the beautiful Irish Course at Whistling Straits in Kohler, Wisconsin.
This was the sixth year of Davey’s tournament, but just the second at the Irish Course (in previous years, it’s been played at Blackwolf Run).
Upon check-in, participants were provided with assorted goodies, including a pullover, duffel bag and umbrella (which fortunately we didn’t need out there on the course!)
Then, the morning started off with golf pros walking the line at the driving range and a putting contest, along with a buffet brunch.
Each foursome in the tournament was paired with a celebrity golfer to make up a five-person team. Team play consisted of a Scramble Format with team prizes awarded to the top finishers.
Among the many celebrities in the tournament were current Brewers personnel and alumni players: Craig Counsell, Robin Yount, Ken Sanders, Gorman Thomas, Jay Aldrich, Jerry Augustine, Jim Gantner, Paul Wagner, Mike Caldwell, Scott Podsednik, Greg Vaughn, Wes Obermueller, Brady Clark, and Willie Mueller; Randall McDaniel, Former NFL player; Greg Matzek, radio personality; Greg Meyer, NFL Referee; Tony Smith, a former Milwaukee Bucks player; and Craig Coshun, sideline reporter for Fox Sports Wisconsin.
It was fun to mix and mingle with everyone, including having the opportunity to catch up with Scott Podsednik and Brady Clark:
My group consisted of our celebrity, Greg Meyer, a NFL referee and longtime friend of Davey’s and Mike, Dan and Joe Stanislawski, from Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
The tournament was a shotgun start, so our group began on hole 8, a par five. We got off to a great start with a birdie, but we never really got into a great rhythm after that. Aside from a couple that Greg sank for us, it was one of those days where the putts just wouldn’t drop.
But, we had a ton of fun, which is the most important thing! We finished the day at -3 (69), which was good, but not good enough to win the tournament.
Each hole also consisted of different challenges with opportunities to win various prizes for things like longest drive, longest putt, or closest to the hole. Someone even had a hole-in-one on one of the par-3’s!
We didn’t mind at all because despite an early threat of rain (and a downpour on the way home!), we had wonderful weather, a fun day, the chance to play a beautiful championship course and, most importantly, we were helping a great cause: Open Arms Home for Children in South Africa and Brewers Community Foundation. Open Arms is a non-profit organization that provides shelter, clothing, protection and basic healthcare for what is now home to many children orphaned due to the Aids epidemic in South Africa. Davey has served as Board of Director for over four years.
Following golf, there was a reception and silent auction, followed by a live auction.
During dinner, we learned more about Open Arms and heard stories about the children whose lives we were helping, all by taking a day off of work to play golf.
My boss, Tyler Barnes, VP of Communications, was on hand to speak about his personal experience at Open Arms as he and his family had visited South Africa over the holidays.
The entire presentation was very touching and moving and I’m so happy that this event has been able to raise money to support the organization, which Davey and many others have dedicated a lot of time and energy into making a success.
For more information on Open Arms, please visit the website at http://www.openarmshome.com.
Here are some more photos from the day and I hope to see you out at the tournament next year!
Today, we, along with FOX Sports Wisconsin, announced a 150-game television schedule for the 2014 season. FOX Sports Wisconsin will serve as the exclusive local television home for the Milwaukee Brewers. Select Brewers games also will be televised nationally on FOX Sports and FOX Sports 1.
FOX Sports Wisconsin’s regular season coverage begins Monday, March 31, with the Brewers’ home opener against Atlanta — the first of seven televised games against the Braves.
Other highlights from the 2014 schedule include: eighteen games against the division rival Chicago Cubs, a pair of home-and-home series with the Minnesota Twins scheduled for June 2-5, and three games against the defending World Series champion Boston Red Sox.
Brian Anderson will continue to serve as the primary play-by-play announcer with newcomer 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 late in the season 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.
FOX Sports Wisconsin also will televise a total of fourteen Brewers home spring training games in 2014. For the complete schedule, click here.
All games are broadcast in high definition.
2014 Milwaukee Brewers Broadcast Schedule
Date Day Opponent Time
Mar. 31 Monday Atlanta 1:00 PM
Apr. 1 Tuesday Atlanta 7:00 PM
Apr. 2 Wednesday Atlanta 12:00 PM
Apr. 4 Friday at Boston 1:00 PM
Apr. 5 Saturday at Boston 6:00 PM
Apr. 6 Sunday at Boston 12:30 PM
Apr. 7 Monday at Philadelphia 2:00 PM*
Apr. 9 Wednesday at Philadelphia 6:00 PM
Apr. 10 Thursday at Philadelphia 6:00 PM
Apr. 11 Friday Pittsburgh 7:00 PM
Apr. 12 Saturday Pittsburgh 6:00 PM
Apr. 13 Sunday Pittsburgh 1:00 PM
Apr. 14 Monday St. Louis 7:00 PM
Apr. 15 Tuesday St. Louis 7:00 PM
Apr. 17 Thursday at Pittsburgh 6:00 PM
Apr. 18 Friday at Pittsburgh 6:00 PM
Apr. 19 Saturday at Pittsburgh 6:00 PM
Apr. 20 Sunday at Pittsburgh 12:30 PM
Apr. 21 Monday San Diego 7:00 PM
Apr. 22 Tuesday San Diego 7:00 PM
Apr. 23 Wednesday San Diego 7:00 PM
Apr. 25 Friday Chicago Cubs 7:00 PM
Apr. 26 Saturday Chicago Cubs 6:00 PM
Apr. 27 Sunday Chicago Cubs 1:00 PM
Apr. 28 Monday at St. Louis 7:00 PM
Apr. 29 Tuesday at St. Louis 7:00 PM
Apr. 30 Wednesday at St. Louis 12:30 PM*
May 1 Thursday at Cincinnati 6:00 PM
May 2 Friday at Cincinnati 6:00 PM
May 3 Saturday at Cincinnati 6:00 PM
May 4 Sunday at Cincinnati 3:00 PM
May 5 Monday Arizona 7:00 PM
May 6 Tuesday Arizona 7:00 PM
May 9 Friday N.Y. Yankees 7:00 PM
May 10 Saturday N.Y. Yankees 6:00 PM
May 11 Sunday N.Y. Yankees 1:00 PM
May 13 Tuesday Pittsburgh 7:00 PM
May 14 Wednesday Pittsburgh 7:00 PM
May 16 Friday at Chicago Cubs 1:00 PM*
May 17 Saturday at Chicago Cubs 1:00 PM
May 18 Sunday at Chicago Cubs 1:00 PM
May 19 Monday at Atlanta 6:00 PM
May 20 Tuesday at Atlanta 6:00 PM
May 21 Wednesday at Atlanta 6:00 PM
May 22 Thursday at Atlanta 6:00 PM
May 23 Friday at Miami 6:00 PM
May 24 Saturday at Miami 3:00 PM
May 25 Sunday at Miami 12:00 PM
May 26 Monday Baltimore 1:00 PM*
May 27 Tuesday Baltimore 7:00 PM
May 28 Wednesday Baltimore 7:00 PM
May 30 Friday Chicago Cubs 7:00 PM
May 31 Saturday Chicago Cubs 3:00 PM 26
June 1 Sunday Chicago Cubs 1:00 PM
June 2 Monday Minnesota 7:00 PM
June 3 Tuesday Minnesota 7:00 PM
June 4 Wednesday at Minnesota 7:00 PM
June 5 Thursday at Minnesota 7:00 PM
June 6 Friday at Pittsburgh 6:00 PM
June 7 Saturday at Pittsburgh 3:00 PM
June 8 Sunday at Pittsburgh 12:30 PM
June 10 Tuesday at N.Y. Mets 6:00 PM
June 11 Wednesday at N.Y. Mets 6:00 PM
June 12 Thursday at N.Y. Mets 6:00 PM
June 13 Friday Cincinnati 7:00 PM
June 14 Saturday Cincinnati 6:00 PM (FOX)
June 15 Sunday Cincinnati 1:00 PM
June 16 Monday at Arizona 8:30 PM
June 17 Tuesday at Arizona 8:30 PM
June 18 Wednesday at Arizona 8:30 PM
June 19 Thursday at Arizona 2:30 PM*
June 20 Friday at Colorado 7:30 PM
June 21 Saturday at Colorado 3:00 PM
June 22 Sunday at Colorado 3:00 PM
June 23 Monday Washington 7:00 PM*
June 24 Tuesday Washington 7:00 PM
June 26 Thursday Colorado 7:00 PM
June 27 Friday Colorado 7:00 PM
June 28 Saturday Colorado 3:00 PM
June 29 Sunday Colorado 1:00 PM
July 1 Tuesday at Toronto 12:00 PM*
July 2 Wednesday at Toronto 11:30 AM*
July 4 Friday at Cincinnati 6:00 PM
July 5 Saturday at Cincinnati 3:00 PM
July 6 Sunday at Cincinnati 12:00 PM
July 7 Monday Philadelphia 7:00 PM
July 8 Tuesday Philadelphia 7:00 PM
July 9 Wednesday Philadelphia 7:00 PM
July 11 Friday St. Louis 7:00 PM
July 12 Saturday St. Louis 3:00 PM (FS1)
July 13 Sunday St. Louis 1:00 PM
July 18 Friday at Washington 6:00 PM
July 19 Saturday at Washington 6:00 PM
July 20 Sunday at Washington 12:30 PM
July 21 Monday Cincinnati 7:00 PM
July 22 Tuesday Cincinnati 7:00 PM
July 24 Thursday N.Y. Mets 7:00 PM
July 25 Friday N.Y. Mets 7:00 PM
July 26 Saturday N.Y. Mets 6:00 PM
July 27 Sunday N.Y. Mets 1:00 PM
July 28 Monday at Tampa Bay 6:00 PM
July 29 Tuesday at Tampa Bay 6:00 PM
July 30 Wednesday at Tampa Bay 11:00 AM
Aug. 1 Friday at St. Louis 7:00 PM
Aug. 2 Saturday at St. Louis 6:00 PM
Aug. 3 Sunday at St. Louis 1:00 PM
Aug. 5 Tuesday San Francisco 7:00 PM
Aug. 6 Wednesday San Francisco 7:00 PM
Aug. 8 Friday L.A. Dodgers 7:00 PM
Aug. 9 Saturday L.A. Dodgers 6:00 PM
Aug. 10 Sunday L.A. Dodgers 1:00 PM
Aug. 11 Monday at Chicago Cubs 7:00 PM
Aug. 12 Tuesday at Chicago Cubs 7:00 PM
Aug. 13 Wednesday at Chicago Cubs 7:00 PM
Aug. 15 Friday at L.A. Dodgers 9:00 PM
Aug. 16 Saturday at L.A. Dodgers 8:00 PM
Aug. 17 Sunday at L.A. Dodgers 3:00 PM
Aug. 19 Tuesday Toronto 7:00 PM
Aug. 22 Friday Pittsburgh 7:00 PM
Aug. 23 Saturday Pittsburgh 6:00 PM
Aug. 24 Sunday Pittsburgh 1:00 PM
Aug. 25 Monday at San Diego 9:00 PM
Aug. 26 Tuesday at San Diego 9:00 PM
Aug. 27 Wednesday at San Diego 9:00 PM
Aug. 29 Friday at San Francisco 9:00 PM
Aug. 30 Saturday at San Francisco 8:00 PM
Aug. 31 Sunday at San Francisco 3:00 PM
Sept. 1 Monday at Chicago Cubs 1:00 PM*
Sept. 2 Tuesday at Chicago Cubs 7:00 PM
Sept. 3 Wednesday at Chicago Cubs 7:00 PM
Sept. 4 Thursday St. Louis 7:00 PM
Sept. 5 Friday St. Louis 7:00 PM
Sept. 6 Saturday St. Louis 6:00 PM
Sept. 7 Sunday St. Louis 1:00 PM
Sept. 8 Monday Miami 7:00 PM
Sept. 9 Tuesday Miami 7:00 PM
Sept. 10 Wednesday Miami 7:00 PM
Sept. 11 Thursday Miami 7:00 PM
Sept. 12 Friday Cincinnati 7:00 PM
Sept. 13 Saturday Cincinnati 6:00 PM
Sept. 14 Sunday Cincinnati 1:00 PM
Sept. 16 Tuesday at St. Louis 7:00 PM
Sept. 17 Wednesday at St. Louis 7:00 PM
Sept. 18 Thursday at St. Louis 7:00 PM
Sept. 19 Friday at Pittsburgh 6:00 PM
Sept. 20 Saturday at Pittsburgh 6:00 PM
Sept. 21 Sunday at Pittsburgh 12:30 PM
Sept. 23 Tuesday at Cincinnati 6:00 PM
Sept. 24 Wednesday at Cincinnati 6:00 PM
Sept. 26 Friday Chicago Cubs 7:00 PM
Sept. 27 Saturday Chicago Cubs 6:00 PM
Sept. 28 Sunday Chicago Cubs 1:00 PM
*Denotes weekday day games that will be replayed in primetime
FS1: Game televised nationally on FOX Sports 1
FOX: Game televised nationally on FOX Sports
All Times Central
Schedule Subject to Change
-John and Cait
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.
In case you missed the news today from Brewers On Deck, we, along FOX Sports Wisconsin, announced the addition of Matt Lepay to the television broadcast team.
Lepay will handle play-by-play for approximately 35 Brewers telecasts this season, filling in for Brian Anderson who will be handling national telecast work.
Lepay is a seven-time winner of the “Wisconsin Sportscaster of the Year” Award, presented by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association. Since 1994, Lepay has been the voice of Wisconsin Badgers football, and he is currently in his 26thth season as the men’s basketball play-by-play announcer.
“Matt is a great fit for this role, given his passion for sports in Wisconsin and his connection to fans throughout the state,” said Brewers Chief Operating Officer Rick Schlesinger. “We are thrilled to bring Matt on board, and look forward to his work on Brewers telecasts throughout the season.”
Lepay joined WIBA Radio in Madison in 1994 after a stint as sports director at WTSO Radio (also in Madison).
“Matt is obviously a knowledgeable sports mind and a professional who has established a strong connection with fans across the state of Wisconsin,” said Mike Dimond, Senior Vice President and General Manager for FOX Sports Wisconsin. “I think Brewers fans will really enjoy his approach to the game. We’re excited to have him as part of our broadcast team.”
A native of Dayton, Ohio, Lepay and his wife Linda reside in Cross Plains, Wis.
“I am honored and humbled to have this opportunity to be a part of the Brewers and Fox Sports Wisconsin broadcast team,” Lepay said. “I very much admire the work of Brian, Bill, Craig and everyone associated with the telecasts, and I am eager to join them this season. The chance to call baseball is a lifelong dream, and I thank the Brewers and FOX Sports Wisconsin for helping me realize that dream.”
Lepay will continue is his current role as the radio voice for Badgers football and basketball.
Craig Coshun will return for his 14th season of covering the Brewers, and will continue in his role as the lead pre- and post-game host for FOX Sports Wisconsin. He will also handle play-by-play for select Brewers telecasts of FOX Sports Wisconsin during Spring Training and the regular season.
-John & Cait
The Fifth Annual Celebrity Golf Tournament hosted by Brewers Director of Alumni Relations and FOX Sports Wisconsin broadcaster Dave Nelson is scheduled to be held on Monday, June 24, 2013 on the Irish Course at Whistling Straits in Kohler, Wisconsin.
The Davey Nelson Celebrity Golf Tournament kick off at 10:30 a.m. with a Shotgun Start and will be followed by a cocktail reception, silent and live auctions, and dinner.
Last year, I was fortunate enough to attend this event, where I was paired with former Brewers pitcher Jay Aldrich. It was a really fun day for an important cause. You can read my review of the tournament, plus see more photos, here.
This year, celebrity guests scheduled to golf in the tournament include current Brewers players and personnel: Gord Ash, Tom Gorzelanny, Garth Iorg, Kyle Lohse, Doug Melvin, Chris Narveson and Ron Roenicke; former Brewers players Jay Aldrich, Sal Bando (also a Brewers GM), Jeff Cirillo, Geoff Jenkins, Damian Miller, Willie Mueller (who was also in the movie Major League as “Duke”), Greg Vaughn, Paul Wagner and Steve Woodard; Bruce Froemming, former MLB Umpire; Jason Grimsley, former MLB pitcher; Randall McDaniel, Former NFL player; Greg Matzek, radio personality; Greg Meyer, NFL Referee; Tony Smith, a former Milwaukee Bucks player; and Craig Coshun and Telly Hughes, sideline reporters for Fox Sports Wisconsin. [Celebrity golfers are subject to change.]
And, not only is the field stellar, but the course is amazing as well. In the previous years of the tournament, the outing has been held at Blackwolf Run in Kohler and now participants will have a new challenge as it moves to the Irish Course at Whistling Straits. All of the courses up at Kohler are phenomenal, so you really can’t go wrong.
The Irish Course, which was ranked #39 in Golf Digest‘s ranking of America’s 100 Greatest Public Golf Courses for 2013/2014 features “the grassland-and-dunes aspect of the Irish” and is just inland from the lake and interspersed by four streams.
One unique feature of the course is a flock of Scottish Blackface sheep which roam freely, harkening back to older times on Scottish links courses, where sometimes sheep were the only “lawnmowers” used.
Registrations are being accepted as foursomes only and a celebrity golfer will be paired with each group to make up a five-person team. Team play will consist of a Scramble Format with team prizes awarded to the top finishers. The tournament is limited to 30 foursomes and, if you haven’t signed up yet, I’m told there is still space available, but it is moving quickly! Registration fees are $2,500 per foursome.
Besides the tournament itself, a golf clinic led by American Club golf pros and a putting contest will take place at 9:30 a.m., and a buffet brunch will be served prior to play. After golf, there will be a cocktail hour with a Silent Auction followed by dinner and a Live Auction.
For those who do not wish to golf, tickets to the reception and dinner only are available for $150 per person.
An additional preview event has been added on Sunday, June 23rd, consisting of a golf experience at Whistling Straits followed by a cocktail reception and dinner at the Championship Locker with celebrity participants. Rates for the preview event vary pending participation and sponsorship level.
Proceeds will benefit Open Arms Home for Children in South Africa and Brewers Community Foundation. Open Arms Home for Children is a non-profit organization that provides shelter, clothing, protection and basic healthcare for what is now home to many children orphaned due to the Aids epidemic in South Africa. Dave Nelson has served as Board Director for several years.
For additional information, sponsorship opportunities, or to sign up for this memorable golfing experience visit http://www.brewers.com/davey or contact Meredith Malone at (414) 902-4501 or Meredith.Malone@brewers.com.
Updates on the event can be found on twitter by following Brewers Community Foundation ( @brewerscf ) or on the Facebook: Davey Nelson Celebrity Golf Tournament to Benefit Open Arms.
More about Davey Nelson:
Nelson enters his sixth season as an analyst for FS Wisconsin broadcasts. He also serves as Brewers Director of Alumni Relations and leads the team’s Speakers Bureau. In his front office role, Nelson maintains a database of former Brewers players as well as organizes events for Brewers alumni.
Prior to his current role, Nelson served as Brewers first-base coach from 2003-06. In 2001 and 2002, he was a minor-league outfield instructor. Nelson began his Major League coaching career in 1981 with Chicago-AL and later spent time coaching in Cleveland, Oakland and Montreal. In 1980, he was on the coaching staff at Texas Christian University.
Nelson enjoyed a 10-year Major League playing career from 1968-77. The former outfielder played for Cleveland, Washington, Texas and Kansas City. He was named to the American League All-Star team in 1973.
Born in Fort Still, Oklahoma, Nelson went on to graduate from Junipero Serra High School in California. He attended Compton Junior College for one year and Los Angeles State College for two years. Nelson also served in the Army Reserve for six years. He currently splits time between Bradenton, Florida and Milwaukee.
Today, thousands of Brewers fans gathered at the Summerfest grounds for the Brewers Playoff Rally, a special event to help give our National League Central Division Champions a proper send-off into the Postseason.
The Brewers Playoff Rally began at 4:00 p.m. at the Miller Lite Oasis with an appearance by The Good Rebels (formerly Pan Am), a band out of Los Angeles led by Dan Attanasio, son of Brewers Owner Mark Attanasio. The band succeeded in getting the fans appropriately pumped up with lively original tunes, a few cover songs and some “Let’s Go Brewers, Let’s Go!” chants. And, as if he didn’t already have enough to celebrate, it also happened to be Mark Attanasio”s birthday today, so the band also led the crowd in a rousing sing along of “Happy Birthday” to him.
After The Good Rebels performance, Bernie Brewer and the Klement’s Famous Racing Sausages made an appearance on stage, followed by Brewers Hall of Fame broadcaster Bob Uecker, who was hosting the event, along with other Brewers broadcast personalities Bill Schroeder, Cory Provus and Craig Coshun; Hall of Famer Robin Yount; Mark Attanasio; and General Manager Doug Melvin. Each received a warm welcome from the crowd.
Then came the moment everyone was waiting for– the crowd went wild as the Division Champs filed onstage to thank fans for their support and, at the same time, get everyone excited for what we hope will be a long run into October.
For those that were there or who were watching on Fox Sports Wisconsin, you know that there were many memorable moments as the players were individually introduced and interviewed.
There was the raucous cheer for Brewers Manager Ron Roenicke; the spontaneous chants of “One More Year” and “M-V-P” that erupted from the fans when Prince Fielder and Ryan Braun, respectively, were introduced; the extra-loud receptions for hometown hero Craig Counsell; and of course, the energetic Nyjer Morgan, who was the perfect player to lead off the rally and incite the fans with the “beast mode” gesture.
As the We Energies High-Energy Player of the Year, Morgan quickly became a fan favorite this year, due in part to his outgoing personality, passion, hard work and aggressive approach to playing the game.
“Is America ready for Tony Plush in the World Series?” Bill Schroeder asked him in an interview.
“I’m proud to be a Brewer right now! Ahhhhh!” Morgan exclaimed.
Fans were assured that Morgan is going to continue to be himself (and Tony Plush) by bringing that energy and spark to the team throughout the Postseason as Jerry Hairston, Jr. revealed this to the crowd, “On the bus over here, Tony Plush said that if and when we win the World Series, he is going to do a Michael Jackson dance in front of all of you guys!”
And speaking of things Brewers fans have to look forward to, Mark Kotsay also gave the fans something to cheer about when he said that he hopes to be standing back on the stage in “three and a half weeks with a ring.”
And it was Kotsay who also said to the crowd, “I thought you guys would chant ‘one more year’ for Craig Counsell!”
Then they did.
“I was a 12-year-old in 1982. I waited with the rest of you. Now we’re going back almost 30 years later and we want to take it one step further than they did!” the Wisconsin native and fan favorite Counsell exclaimed.
He also gave well-deserved credit to the fans: “All you have to do is look at our home record and you know how much our fans meant to us,” he said.
Ryan Braun was the last to address the crowd.
“I hope today is the first of many celebrations for us,” he said.
After the players departed to more cheers, Five for Fighting took the stage.
Five For Fighting, like The Good Rebels, is also out of Los Angeles. The band is fronted by singer/songwriter John Ondrasik and has multiple critically-acclaimed and award-winning records to their credit. Their breakthrough came in 2001 with the Grammy-nominated song “Superman” from the Platinum certified “America Town” (Aware/Columbia) CD. In 2004, Ondrasik and the band recorded the Platinum-certified album, “The Battle For Everything,” which yielded the retrospective hit, “100 Years.” Other recent records include “Two Lights” (2006) and the first live Five For Fighting CD titled “Live” (2007).
Earlier in the afternoon, I had the chance to speak with Ondrasik.
A born-and-raised native of the San Fernando Valley area of Los Angeles, Ondrasik’s interest in music and sports began at a young age. A fan of the L.A. Kings (NHL), Ondrasik named the band after a punishment in hockey–five minutes in the penalty box for fighting.
When it comes to baseball, Ondrasik admits that he is a Los Angeles Dodgers fan, but told me that it is easy to jump on the Brewers bandwagon.”
“It’s very exciting. It’s a fun team” he said.
As a California native, Ondrasik is also familiar with many names on the Brewers roster including pitcher Randy Wolf who spent two seasons with the Dodgers, Manager Ron Roenicke who spent 10 years with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim on their coaching staff, and Ryan Braun, who coincidentally attended the same high school as Ondrasik, Granada Hills High.
As a big sports fan, Ondrasik says he has been fortunate to have the opportunity to play many special sporting events.
Prior to the Brewers Playoff Rally, his most recent sports-related appearance was a September 11th half-time tribute during the Cowboys vs. Jets game.
“It was a very respectful and very moving ceremony. There were a lot of survivors there, so that was an honor to play,” Ondrasik said. “I’ve also had a lot of fun, too, whether it was the Daytona 500 or the NHL All-Star Game–again, as a sports fan, these kinds of things are really fun to do. My guitar player is also a huge baseball fan. He was actually born in Milwaukee, so he’s very excited to be here.”
Five for Fighting also has a song about baseball. “The Best” was featured on the soundtrack for Everyone’s Hero a 2006 computer-animated film about the sport.
“A lot of the dads and moms out there who have Little Leaguers will appreciate that song about playing catch with your little ones,” Ondrasik said.
His interest in sports has also led to him writing a column for Sports Illustrated and a blogging job with the Kings.
So, as a self-proclaimed sports aficionado, where does Ondrasik think the Brewers will net out in Postseason play?
“Hopefully you win the World Series and we can play your victory party!” he said with a smile.
Fans at the event also had the chance to purchase the latest Brewers Postseason t-shirts, hats and other souvenirs at the Rally as the Brewers merchandise trailers were on site.
Just as a reminder, if you’re still looking to gear up before the home games against Arizona this weekend, you can visit the Brewers Team Store by Majestic at Miller Park, which has extended Postseason hours from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.
For more information on all of the Brewers Postseason information, check out brewers.com/postseason, which will be continually updated with information on everything pertaining to the Brewers Postseason.