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The Selig Experience, a state-of-the-art attraction at Miller Park to honor Commissioner Emeritus and former Brewers Owner Allan H. (Bud) Selig, has been open for just about a month now and fans have been lining up for it at every game.
In addition, over the last few weeks, former Brewers players who have found themselves visiting Milwaukee with opposing Clubs have made it a destination as well.
Last week, former Brewers Ned Yost and Dale Sveum (now manager and hitting coach, respectively) visited the experience when they were in town the Kansas Royals:
And today, Hall-of-Famer and former Brewer Paul Molitor, who is in town as manager of the Minnesota Twins, had the chance to view the Selig Experience with Selig himself.
Afterward, I had the chance to speak with Molitor about the exhibit:
The attraction certainly is fantastic and Brewers fans both young and old will find that it stirs up many emotions.
Visit Brewers.com/SeligExperience for more information, including how to register in advance to see it.
Tonight, the Selig Experience, a state-of-the-art attraction at Miller Park to honor Commissioner Emeritus and former Brewers Owner Allan H. (Bud) Selig, was unveiled at a private function that included Selig and his family, current MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred, Brewers Owner Mark Attanasio, Manager Craig Counsell, Hank Aaron, Robin Yount, Bob Uecker, Rachel and Sharon Robinson, Barry Alvarez and several Brewers players and coaches, as well as other special guests.
The event kicked off with a program on the field at Miller Park, which included remarks from Uecker, Manfred, Attanasio and Selig, in addition to Brad Shelton, the Creative Director/Project Development at BRC Imagination Arts, the experience design agency that led the design and production of the Selig Experience.
“This is one of those really rare unique times in life where you see a little boy’s dreams come true,” Selig said. “When you look around and you walk Miller Park tonight… you see Henry Aaron sitting there, Robin Yount, Bob Uecker…The last 51 years are filled with really great memories.”
Following the program, guests were invited to view the Experience and enjoy dinner. Here’s your own sneak peek at the Experience:
Selig’s dedication to baseball has paralleled his love of his hometown of Milwaukee. His first significant move as an executive was to return Major League Baseball to Milwaukee in 1970, when he founded the Milwaukee Brewers.
In its first decade, the Brewers featured some of the great teams of that era, which eventually led to an American League pennant and World Series appearance in 1982.
During his tenure as Brewers owner, Selig earned United Press International’s 1978 Executive of the Year award, and the franchise was honored with seven “Organization of the Year” awards.
In the 1990s, Selig began his efforts to build a new ballpark in Milwaukee to replace the aging County Stadium, and Miller Park opened for its first season of play in 2001.
Hearing some of the reactions from the Brewers players and coaches, it’s easy to see that the Experience resonates with those who grew up in the area as well as those who may not know as much of the history of the city and team.
“It was definitely pretty cool. It was good to learn more about the history behind the team, Bud Selig, and Miller Park, even,” said pitcher Mike Fiers. “It was cool to see his office, the different pictures, the clips from some of the games, to see a lot of coaches now that you didn’t realize were part of Brewers history like that. Great experience. It really makes you appreciate everything we have here.”
“I knew most of the history, growing up just over the border, but it was still really cool to see. I texted Dale Sveum to tell him his home run on Easter Sunday (1987) made it into the Experience,” said Third Base Coach Ed Sedar.
Bullpen Catcher Marcus Hanel is a Wisconsin native, so the Experience was especially meaningful to him: “It was great. Very well done. I came to games at County Stadium when I was young. I was there for Robin Yount’s 3000th hit. I was in 5th grade in 1982. I remember all of that. Those were my childhood heroes. I love how they integrated the past with the present. Coming out of it, I was pretty pumped up. I thought they did a great job,” said Hanel.
The attraction will debut to the public tomorrow (Friday, May 29) when the gates to Miller Park open (5:40 pm) prior to the Brewers game against the Diamondbacks.
Visit Brewers.com/SeligExperience for more information, including how to register in advance to see it.
Rebranded for 2010, the Milwaukee Brewers Community Foundation is currently hosting its first ever Milwaukee Brewers Community Foundation Week. A series of in-park events have been planned including raffles that benefit the Brewers Community Foundation.
Highlighting the week is a commercial-free telecast of Tuesday’s Brewers-Diamondbacks game on FS Wisconsin. That’s right, on Tuesday fans tuning in at home will not see a commercial during the Brewers game. Things could get quite interesting for Brian Anderson and Bill Schroeder without any commercial breaks!
As a part of the telecast, a live auction will take place on brewers.com. The auction is currently open and will run through Tuesday night. If you happen to be attending the game that night, you will also be given the opportunity to bid on items via computer terminals set up at the ballpark.
Executive Director of the Brewers Community Foundation Cecelia Gore and the Brewers front office has worked hard to put together some unique items. The auction is filled with some of the most unbelievable experience and once-in-a-lifetime, behind the scenes opportunities offered by the Brewers for Brewers fans.
Fourteen items are available to fans looking to participate in the online auction. When I first saw the list, I was really excited and almost shocked that some of these opportunities were even being made available! If anything it shows the commitment by the Brewers organization to the Brewers Community Foundation and the organizations to which they contribute.
I thought I would give you some of my thoughts on my favorite items up for auction:
Party in the Clubhouse – So we have all been to dinner parties before. Some have been fun, and others we just dread attending and are pretty boring and have a lot of awkward conversation. You can blow your friends away with this dinner party in the Visiting Team clubhouse at Miller Park (just make sure you clean up or Phil Rozewicz might be after you).
Up to 50 guests will enjoy the comforts of a Major League Clubhouse with food and non-alcoholic beverages. Cash bar can be made available upon request. Additionally, 25 members of your party will have the opportunity to take batting practice in the Brewers batting cages against Jim Gantner, Jerry Augustine and Marcus Hanel. Brewers GM Doug Melvin will also make a visit. Dinner, batting practice, visits from former Major Leaguers all make for a dinner party that all of which all your friends will WANT to attend. Sounds like a fantastic deal.
Hitting Clinic with Dale Sveum & Casey McGehee and Pitching Clinic with Trevor Hoffman & Rick Peterson – These two items are certainly once-in-a-life time opportunities. To have a half-hour instructional session with these professionals is priceless. No matter what your skill level, these two packages will make the dreams come true of any Brewers fan.
Sveum and McGehee will spend a half-hour with the winner of this prize and teach the finer points of hitting. I have seen these two work together on hitting from the first day of Spring Training on and both of them truly are masters of their craft.
Peterson and Hoffman between them have over 30 years of Major League Coaching and Playing experience. The chance to work with a future Hall of Famer in Hoffman and a pitching guru like Peterson will most definitely help the delivery of Little Leaguers with Big League dreams and Bill Schroeder’s “Fantasy Leaguers” alike.
Authentic Game-Used Baseball – I know it is pretty difficult to catch a foul ball or a home run at a Major League Baseball game. Once in awhile one comes my way in the press box (Ken Spindler normally catches it while Mike Vassallo and I duck out of the way for safety). This is a pretty good opportunity to own a game-used piece of Brewers history.
FOX Sports Wisconsin Broadcast Package – Being a proud graduate of Marquette University’s College of Communication, this is probably one of my favorite packages. The winner here will be given the opportunity to conduct a pre-game interview with a Brewers player or coach prior to a pre-selected Brewers game and have it air during “Brewers Live!” on FS Wisconsin. The winner will also get a tour of the FS Wisconsin television truck and tickets to the game. This is your opportunity to show Brewers fans watching across the country that you have what it takes to be the next Telly Hughes.
Racing Mini Sausages Opportunity – One of the best parts of Sunday day games (besides the press box breakfast) is watching the Famous Klement’s Sausage Race featuring what Official Scorer Tim O’Driscoll likes to call “the little weenies.” Every Sunday, the regular sausages participate in a relay race with the mini sausages. This is an amazing opportunity for your child and four friends (aged 5-8, 60 pounds or under) to run in the Famous Klement’s Sausage Race at a mutually agreed upon 2011 Sunday home game. This package includes 20 Loge Level tickets to that game and a pre-race visit from the Famous Racing Sausages to your child’s school (within a 45 mile radius from Miller Park). If your family has five kids, a photo of this event would make a pretty unique family photo.
Coach First Base at Spring Training – Brewers First Base Coach Ed Sedar’s job gives him arguably the best seat in the house, but that’s not to say he has an easy job. This package will give you the chance to perform your best Ed Sedar impression and coach first base during the 2011 Brewers Inter-squad Spring Training Game at Maryvale Baseball Park in Phoenix. Also included in the package are two round trip airfares on AirTran Airways for your travel to Phoenix, one full Brewers uniform with personalized jersey and a behind-the-scenes tour of Maryvale. Spring Training is one of my favorite times of the year and I highly suggest to any Brewers fan to make the trip. This is a great chance to make the trip and a special memory.
Groundskeeping Experience – If there is one thing you must know about the Brewers Director of Grounds Gary Vanden Berg and his army of groundskeepers, they work hard to make sure Miller Park is ready for every game at Miller Park. They take care of every inch of the field, grooming, raking and painting the meticulous surface everyday–hours before the first fan arrives and hours after the final out.
If you have ever wondered what it takes to keep the beautiful green grass at Miller Park the envy of every homeowner in Wisconsin, this package is for you. The winner here will have the opportunity to assist the crew with watering and preparing the field during pregame and then again with changing the bases in the 4th inning. The winner will then take home the base they changed along with two official Brewers grounds crew t-shirts and a vial of authentic Miller Park dirt. Two premium tickets are also included. If Vanden Berg sees that you are a hard worker, you might be able to get some tips on cutting those intricate patterns seen in the Miller Park outfield in your own backyard.
The auction is open now and will run through Tuesday night at Midnight CT. Some items have some bids while others have yet to see a bid placed. There is still some time, but I’m guessing once Tuesday’s game comes around and FS Wisconsin Is talking about the auction, a lot of those items will heat up.
Tune in to Tuesday’s broadcast on FS Wisconsin and on brewers.com and support the Brewers Community Foundation by bidding on some great items.