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New Brewers Player Tees Exclusive to Miller Park

With a new Brewers season upon us, there is always a lot of new things around the ballpark that you have been hearing about.  A new manager.  The new scoreboard at Miller Park.  Some new delicious concession items.  If you have visited the Brewers Team Store by Majestic in the last couple of days, you might have seen some new player t-shirts that debuted this week.

I first saw the shirts about a month ago during a photo shoot with the players at Spring Training.  We asked the players to model the shirts and those pictures are below.  The shirts were designed by Majestic and give unique twist on the traditional player jersey t-shirts that have been extremely popular at Miller Park.

The Ryan Braun and Casey McGehee shirts have a little “America’s Dairyland” touch to them while the “Jersey Shore” shore boys might put on Yovani Gallardo’s tattoo-inspired shirt when “T-Shirt Time” comes around.  Closers in baseball are often referred to as “Firemen” and Brewers closer John Axford’s shirt looks like something you would see at at Milwaukee Fire Station.

Available now are Axford, Braun and Prince Fielder.  Throughout the season, other players will be rolled out.  On May 1, the McGehee and Rickie Weeks shirts will be made available.  On June 1, the Zack Greinke and Corey Hart shirts will go on sale and the series will conclude on August 1 when the Craig Counsell and Gallardo shirts debut.

These shirts are available exclusively to the Brewers Team Story by Majestic and will look great in your collection of Brewers player t-shirts.  This shirts will sell for $30 each and are available in adult sizes.

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Which shirt is your favorite?  Let us know by placing your vote.

– JOHN

johnandcait@brewers.com

You Never Know Who Will Drop By Your Tailgate Party

As a gesture to say “Thank You” to fans for their continued support throughout the season, Brewers players and coaches rode golf carts through the Miller Park parking lots this afternoon shaking hands, saying “Thanks” and tossing t-shirts to tailgating fans.

I was lucky enough to hop on one of the carts and capture some photos along the way.  I rode with Craig Counsell, Joe Inglett and Kameron Loe.  These guys were having a fun the entire ride through the Yount and Uecker lots at Miller Park. They didn’t want to come back in!  The fans were caught off guard and were definitely surprised, but were cheering as we drove by.  It was a great experience and unforgettable for the fans and players as well.

Here are some of the pictures I snapped while riding along in the cart.

 

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The golf carts were lined up in the South Dock in the service level.  Around 30 carts took six different routes through the various parking lots at Miller Park.  Kudos to Katina Shaw, Erica Bowring and the volunteers around the Brewers Front Office who helped make this a smooth operation.

 

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Jonathan Lucroy waves to the camera as he and Brad Fischer get ready to depart.

 

axford.jpgJohn Axford waves and he speeds away.  He said he was going to throw mostly fastballs when throwing t-shirts to the fans, but hoped to sneak in a curveball or maybe a cutter.  I don’t know how that turned out for him, but regardless, I’m sure the fans were happy to see John and the t-shirts.

 

zackgamelkara.jpgZach Braddock, Mat Gamel and Kara Kabitzke of the Brewers front office get ready to depart.

 

group1.jpgA very energetic group of Brewers tailgaters enjoyed the visit from Brewers players.  This group encouraged our cart to stay for some brats and burgers, but we had more fans to visit.  It was pretty hard to resist the offer, the smell of the grill at a Miller Park tailgate party is something that I haven’t experienced in a long time!

 

inglettandyoungster.jpgJoe Inglett slaps a high five with a young Brewers fan.  The look on the faces of the fans as we drove through was great.  They were very surprised, but when they figured out what was going on, the cheers kept getting louder.

 

counsell.jpgCraig Counsell gets his picture taken from all different angles.

 

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Joe Inglett called Craig Counsell, a Whitefish Bay native, “The Mayor” as we drove through the lots.  He was shaking everybody’s hand to say thanks this afternoon.  Throughout the ride, fans yelled Counsell’s name and asked for “One more year.”  Truly a fan favorite, Counsell was enjoying himself as we rode around and talked to fans.

 

kamloe.jpgKameron Loe gets his picture taken by a couple of fans.  Loe said he had a great time driving through the parking lots and didn’t know the tailgating atmosphere at Miller Park was this much fun.

 

band.jpgThe Oconomowoc High School Marching Band received a special surprise as we pulled back into Miller Park.  Not only were they cheering loudly as we drove by, but I also heard the deep base of a tuba, smooth sound of a saxaphone and beat of some drums.   It was a great way to end the ride.

 

I hope this becomes a tradition at Miller Park.  I could see on the faces of all involved that everyone enjoyed themselves. 

With one more game left at Miller Park tomorrow afternoon, this was a great way for fans to show their support for the Brewers and the players to say “Thank you” to the great fans of Milwaukee. 

–JOHN

johnandcait@brewers.com

 

Many Happy Campers Attend Field of Sweet Dreams Event at Miller Park

 

If you’re not familiar with it, Field of Sweet Dreams, presented by Copps, Pick ‘n Save and Kemps, is a giant slumber party for 350Brewers fans of all ages, put on by Brewers Enterprises. You get to set up your tent on the field, watch the game and a movie on the video board, play games, enjoy great food and more. Last year was the first year of the event and it was a smashing success. Being in the Consumer Marketing department, I helped promote the event, so I thought I should see for myself what it is really like. I asked Sarah Chmiel, Manager of Brewers Enterprises and Queen of the Field of Sweet Dreams, if she’d be open to my covering the event for John and Cait…Plus 9. She was all for it.

In fact, when I told my husband, Brian what I was planning on doing, he laughed. Then, when he realized I was serious, he laughed even harder. And, since we don’t own a tent (Did I mention, I am not a camper?), I had to ask our next-door neighbors and good friends, Tim and Jana, if they had a tent that I could borrow. They asked who it was for and when I told them it was for me, they also laughed. However, I will say that when I explained what I’d be using the tent for and the premise of the event, they thought it was a very cool thing and hooked me up with an Eddie Bauer Backpacking Sport Dome Tent. Perfect, I thought. A Sport Dome Tent for my night in a sports dome.

Those alternatives simply would not do. I wanted the full Field of Sweet Dreams fan experience. Also, I didn’t like the fact that he was implying that he didn’t think I could do this on my own.

“Okay, well, I am not coming down there to bring you anything you’ve forgotten or to help you set up that tent then,” he said.

So, I went on my merry way, leaving Brian to his own devices for the night (no doubt pizza delivery, the Brewers game and season six of Entourage on DVD).

Yep. Sure thing-I will get right on that.A lady and her children walked by, “How’d you get stuck setting up the tent?” she called.

Nope, it really was just me. So, when one of the directions read, “With a person at each front corner of the tent, flex the fiberglass poles into an upward position, forming two arches,” I looked around.

I decided to channel my inner Girl Scout. Yes, I was a Girl Scout and before you ask, no, we didn’t go on many camping trips; and the ones we did take did not involve tents, thank you very much.

Since I’d worked up quite the appetite setting up my tent, I headed up the steps to the Field Level Concourse where a smorgasbord featuring BBQ pulled chicken, Italian beef, hot dogs, baked beans, salad, corn on the cob, chips, pickles, brownies and beverages awaited me and the other hungry campers.Many fans were engrossed in the Brewers game, which was being shown on the video board and piped over the sound system. Below the video board, personalized scoreboard messages ran in a loop.

He had heard about the event too late last year, so he made sure to get his tickets early this year. They were having a great time, hanging out and watching the game when I checked in with them.

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When I caught up with Jessica and Luther Himsel and their children, Elijah and Ruby, they had just returned to their tent after a jaunt at the Associated Bank Kids Zone.

Following the game, fans were treated to Shrek the Third on the video board and had the chance to grab some “midnight snacks,” of nachos, chicken tenders, ice cream, popcorn, peanuts, Cracker Jack and candy.

Note: I do not want this little vignette to discourage anyone from taking part in next year’s event; I take full responsibility for what I am about to disclose to you.

And that’s when I noticed that the flap for the tent’s “side room” wasn’t fully closed. Using my hand, I tried to do my best imitation of Ryan Braun in our TV spot (where he swats the fly into the wall with his hand and the tag reads “Ryan Braun. Yeah, the guy can hit.”). Well, clearly, this girl can’t hit, so I grabbed the notepad I had been using to jot notes for this post and began taking some stronger cuts, trying to move the bugs in the direction of the open vent. After about ten minutes or so, I was tired.

I laid back, resting my head on my brand-new, rolled up Brewers blanket. (Okay, so maybe in all the excitement of going camping, I had forgotten my pillow, but as I noted above, there was no way I was calling Brian to ‘fess up.) I marveled at the view from my tent, the open roof providing a superb view of the night sky. I considered what a fun evening I’d had and all of the cool Brewers fans I had met.

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As I felt myself surrendering to sleep and my own sweet dreams, I breathed a sigh of contentment in being able to survive on my own (okay, me and 349 others) in the great outdoors (okay, great outfield … at Miller Park … which just happens to be my place of employment), despite my misadventures in entomology.


I watched as the little tent city sprang to life and fans began heading to the restrooms to wash up, packing up and disassembling their tents before enjoying the breakfast buffet, which featured scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, hash browns, mini-muffins and bagels, fruit, juice, coffee and tea.

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Despite the sleep crusties and bleary-eyedness of some of the kids–for most of whom, I am sure staying up so late was a rare treat– I saw a lot of smiles on the faces of the fans. It had been a wonderful outing to cap off the summer and everyone, including me, was going home a…well, happy camper.

As a side note, I was so proud of myself for sticking it out and not spending the night in my air-conditioned, bug-free office, or just packing it in at midnight and going home, that I was thinking I just might plan on taking in the real Arctic Tailgate experience by camping out prior to the on-sale next February. Gives me plenty of time to work on attaching that fly to the tent.

johnandcait@brewers.com

Update: Information on the 2011 event can be found here! Tickets go on sale Tuesday, July 12 at 10am.

Craig Goes To Bat Ticket Package On Sale Now

I wanted to fill you all in on a very special ticket package called Craig Goes to Bat for Prostate Cancer, supported Associated Bank. For just $149, fans can purchase a ticket to the Gehl Club at Miller Park for the Friday, July 23 game vs. the Washington Nationals at 7:10p.

Fans taking advantage of the offer will be able to enjoy the full buffet in the Gehl Club, including two complimentary glasses of wine or beer. Fans will receive their Counsell autographed bat on the night of the game.

Proceeds from this event will flow to Brewers Community Foundation, the official charity of the Milwaukee Brewers Baseball Club, and all donations will be specifically earmarked for Prostate Cancer Foundation.

I hope you all will come out to Miller Park to join Craig Counsell and Associated Bank in supporting such a wonderful organization and cause!

 

-CAIT

johnandcait@brewers.com

Randy Wolf Set For Introduction to Milwaukee Media Today

The Randy Wolf signing is now official as the lefty passed his physical this morning in Milwaukee.  Wolf will be introduced to the Milwaukee media today at a 3 p.m. press conference at Miller Park.

 

Wolf’s contract is a three-year deal with a club option for the 2013 season. 

 

Here are a few numbers on Wolf:

  • The 33-year old went 11-7 with a 3.23 ERA in a career-high 34 starts with the Dodgers in 2009, 24 of those starts were quality starts tying him with Cliff Lee for the most among Major League lefties
  • His ERA in 2009 was his best since 2002 (3.20)
  • He owns a career record of 101-85 with a 4.13 ERA in 279 games (275 starts) and has spent time with Philadelphia (1999-2006), Los Angeles (2007, ’09), San Diego (2008) and Houston (2008)
  • His older brother, Jim, has been a Major League umpire since 1999 

 

In addition, Brewers General Manager Doug Melvin also announced the signing of veteran infielder Craig Counsell to a one-year contract.

Check out brewers.com and Adam McCalvy’s blog for more information on the Wolf signing.  I will also post some pictures following today’s press conference.

–John

johnandcait@brewers.com

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