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Broxton and Smith Visit with Brewers Season Seat Holders

Today was the Brewers Season Seat Holder luncheon, the first of two such events this season where Season Seat Holders with packages of 20+ games have the opportunity to attend.

The event, which took place in the Skyy Lounge, included a plated lunch, a Q &A with Brewers players, and the opportunity to win prizes.

Today, Season Seat Holders were treated to a Q & A with Brewers relievers Jonathan Broxton and Will Smith.

Jonathan Broxton and will Smith were the special guests at today's SSH Luncheon.

Jonathan Broxton and will Smith were the special guests at today’s SSH Luncheon.

Here are some highlights:

When asked what the guys talk about in the bullpen during the game, Will Smith said, “Stuff…. No, we have a pretty good group down there, so for the first five innings, we’ll cut up and goof around and pick on each other, but once the fifth inning rolls around we cut it out.”

When asked how they respond to adversity, Jonathan Broxton responded:

“It’s tough because when you do blow a game, it sits hard on you. It sat hard on me last night, but you have to get the point where you can turn the page before you leave the clubhouse to be able to pitch the next day. That’s the great thing about being a reliever: We get a chance today to go out there and give it our best. “

When asked who the biggest prankster on the team is, Will Smith pointed to Jonathan Broxton and responded:

“This guy! Don’t you EVER turn your back on him.”

Will Smith points to Broxton as the biggest prankster on the team.

Will Smith points to Broxton as the biggest prankster on the team.

When asked what they do for fun outside of baseball, Will Smith said, “During the season I enjoy sleeping. In the offseason, I like to play golf… play video games. I’m a dork.”

As for Jonathan, he said, “During the offseason I like to do a lot of hunting and fishing, playing golf. I love the outdoors so I spend a lot of time in the outdoors. During the season, I’m more laid back….I try to enjoy my family while I can during the season because we are on the road so much. It gets hard on us.”

On the heels of Mother’s Day, Will Smith was asked if he had any stories about his mom and baseball and he said, “My mom is like your standard mom. She was interested in everything, even if you would do real bad. So one day I’m in, I had just been moved to the bullpen while in Triple-A with Kansas City, and I give up a home run and we lose the game and all this stuff. Obviously, I’m mad. I go back to the clubhouse and look at my phone, and I have a text from my mom. She’s like, ‘Good job, just leave your home run pitch at home next time!’ And you can’t be mad at your mom so I just threw my phone in my locker and said ‘I’m outta here!’”

Will Smith talked about his mom, Kay, at the event today.

Will Smith talked about his mom, Kay, at the event today.

Thanks to those who came out today, fun was had by all. And special thanks to my intern, Aaron Oberley, for his help on this post!

Cheers,

-Cait

@CMoyer

 

 

 

BREWERS ANNOUNCE 2015 SPRING TRAINING BROADCAST SCHEDULE

Today we announced the Club’s 2015 Spring Training broadcast schedule that will include 16 radio broadcasts on 620 WTMJ and the Brewers Radio Network, 13 additional audio webcasts, and 12 games televised by FOX Sports Wisconsin.

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All games played in the Cactus League are scheduled for 1:05 pm Arizona Time (except for March 13, March 23 and March 24, which will start at 7:05 p.m., 1:05 p.m. and 6:40 p.m. Arizona Time, respectively).

The only games that will not be broadcast on either radio, TV or webcast are the Wednesday, March 4 exhibition against the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and a road split-squad game on Sunday, March 15 at the Rangers (NOTE: The Brewers home game against the A’s that day will be broadcast on radio and TV).

Hall of Fame announcer Bob Uecker and his partner Joe Block will call the games on the Brewers Radio Network, and Jeff Levering will fill in on select games. Television announcers Brian Anderson and Bill Schroeder will call the games on FOX Sports Wisconsin. Anderson, Block, Schroeder and Levering will team up on the Brewers.com webcasts. (NOTE: FOX Sports Wisconsin will simulcast the March 5 game against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim from FOX Sports West and the March 17 game against the San Diego Padres from FOX Sports San Diego.)

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 are on sale now via the internet at Brewers.com and by phone at 1-800-933-7890. Normal business hours are from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. CST. 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.

#BrewersSocial T-Shirt Revealed!

In case you missed it, yesterday we announced the results of the 2014 #BrewersMVT contest and you chose Carlos Gomez as the team’s Most Valuable Tweeter!

Now, you have the chance to join Carlos and the rest of the Brewers on Social Media Night at Miller Park on Monday, September 8 as the Crew takes on the Marlins. Your Social Media Night ticket package includes the opportunity to interact with Carlos Gomez during the pregame “Tweet Up” at Helfaer Field; a one-of-a-kind Social Media Night T-Shirt designed with input from Carlos; and a Loge Outfield Box ticket… all for just $25!

At the pregame Tweet Up, we’ll present Carlos with a special #BrewersMVT Trophy and he’ll be interviewed on-field at Helfaer by our guest host for the evening, Brewers Radio Broadcaster, Joe Block. Fans can submit questions ahead of time using #BrewersSocial.

There, you’ll also pick up THIS unique Social Media Night T-Shirt that we worked with Carlos to design:

Carlos Gomez Selfie Tee

 

That’s right, the #BrewersSocial t-shirt features the 2014 #BrewersTeamSelfie (taken by Carlos Gomez), along with Carlos’ twitter handle and number on the back, honoring him as the #BrewersMVT.

Speaking of selfies, at the event, you’ll also have the chance to take selfies with Bernie Brewer and the FOX Sports Wisconsin Girls and win a variety of prizes.

But you’ll have to hurry–tickets are limited and are only available through next Monday, September 1, or while supplies last at brewers.com/socialmedianight.

-Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

Carlos Gomez Named 2014 #BrewersMVT (Most Valuable Tweeter)!

The votes are in and you’ve chosen Carlos Gomez as the 2014 #BrewersMVT (Most Valuable Tweeter)!

And now, you have the chance to join Carlos and the rest of the Brewers on Social Media Night at Miller Park on Monday, September 8 as the Crew takes on the Marlins.

MB-14 Social Media Night-Congrats Carlos

Your Social Media Night ticket package includes the opportunity to interact with Carlos Gomez during the pregame “Tweet Up” at Helfaer Field; a one-of-a-kind Social Media Night T-Shirt designed with input from Carlos; and a Loge Outfield Box ticket… all for just $25!

At the pregame Tweet Up, we’ll present Carlos with a special #BrewersMVT Trophy and he’ll be interviewed on-field at Helfaer by our guest host for the evening, Brewers Radio Broadcaster, Joe Block. Fans can submit questions ahead of time using #BrewersSocial. There, you’ll also pick up your unique Social Media Night T-Shirt that we’re currently working with Carlos to design (stay tuned to the blog as we’ll unveil it soon!), plus have the chance to take selfies with Bernie Brewer and win a variety of prizes.

But you’ll have to hurry–tickets are limited and are only available through next Monday, September 1, or while supplies last at brewers.com/socialmedianight.

-Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

6:20 p.m. Start on 6/2 to Honor 620 WTMJ With Select $6.20 Tickets

If you were wondering the strange announcement a few weeks ago about our 6:20 p.m. start time, it all should start to make a little more sense to you today.  620 WTMJ radio will be honored by the Milwaukee Brewers with “620 WTMJ Day” at Miller Park on Monday, June 2. Get it!? 6:20 p.m. start on 6/2 to honor 620 WTMJ with select $6.20 tickets.

In honoring the 620 theme of the day, tickets in the Loge Outfield, Loge Bleachers, Terrace Box and Terrace Reserved categories will be available for just $6.20. In addition, the game time for the Brewers-Twins matchup has been moved from 7:10 p.m. to 6:20 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at Brewers.com/620WTMJ.

The day of festivities will include 620 WTMJ live broadcasts from Miller Park throughout the day, starting at 12 p.m. with the Jeff Wagner Show and continuing at 3 p.m. with Wisconsin’s Afternoon News with John Mercure.  The game will be broadcast live at 6:20 p.m. by Bob Uecker and Joe Block.

“Brewers baseball on WTMJ Radio has been the soundtrack of summer in Wisconsin for decades​. Bob Uecker and Joe Block have a special relationship with listeners and we’re very pleased to join the Brewers in honoring fans for their tremendous support over the years,” said Tom Langmyer, Vice President and General Manager of Milwaukee Radio.  “620 WTMJ Day will honor our partnership with the Brewers and reward the loyal Brewers fans who have tuned into 620 WTMJ for decades.”

620 WTMJ on-air personalities will also make announcements in the stadium and participate in on-field activities.  Hosts Gene Mueller, Jeff Wagner and John Mercure (I hear Mercure has a mean fastball) will throw out the ceremonial first pitch for the game’s special start time at 6:20 p.m.

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“We appreciate the support of our friends at 620 WTMJ with all that they do to bring Brewers games into the homes of fans throughout the state,” said Brewers Chief Operating Officer Rick Schlesinger. “This promotion provides another great value to Brewers fans, and we look forward to what will be a great night at Miller Park as we host the Twins.”

$6.20 tickets are now available at Brewers.com.  Fans can use coupon code 620WTMJ (There is an 8-ticket limit per buyer).

For information, visit Brewers.com/620WTMJ.

–JOHN

johnandcait@brewers.com

Scooter Gennett and Khris Davis Visit the MLB Fan Cave along with Brewers Cave Crashers

While the Brewers are in New York to close out the 2013 season, Scooter Gennett and Khris Davis paid a visit to the MLB Fan Cave, where “Brewers Fest” was hosted in our honor.

The pair were on hand to serve up some Milwaukee-style fare complete, as you’ll note, with Secret Stadium Sauce.

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Also on hand were Brewers Sr. Director of Media Relations, Mike Vassallo and Brewers radio announcer, Joe Block,

as well as the winners of our Brewers Crash the Cave contest, Pamela, Tony and Jordan Dietz.

The family enjoyed their visit to the MLB Fan Cave, complete with a VIP tour and participation in a video shoot with Khris  and Scooter (stay tuned for that!).  MLB Fan Cave; Milwaukee Brewers Khris Davis and Scooter Gennett

If you’ll recall, we held a #BrewersFanCave Instagram contest earlier this season and the Dietz Family submitted this winning entry:

Pamela, Tony and Jordan will stay in New York and take in a game this weekend before heading back to Wisconsin.

I’m looking forward to connecting with them when they get back and hearing all about their trip!

Stay tuned for more here on the blog.

Cheers!

Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

Brewers Community Foundation Announces $5 Million Mark Reached in 50/50 Raffle Ticket Sales

If you have been to a Brewers game in the last four years, surely you have seen the Brewers Community Foundation 50/50 Raffle Ticket sellers working the crowd in their bright orange t-shirts.  Today, at a press conference to announce the 50/50 Raffle has reached the $5 million mark in sales, the results of one program that BCF and the 50/50 Raffle have benefited was showcased.

The “Miracle League” field is a custom-designed field that features a special cushioned, rubberized playing surface that allows access for the visually impaired and those in wheelchairs.  The league allows all children to play organized baseball, regardless of ability.  Joe Block hosted today’s press conference at the Miracle League field on 91st and Brown Deer on Milwaukee’s Northwest side.

“The Miracle League is a stellar example of our commitment to identify quality non-profit organizations that are making a difference,” said Executive Director of BCF, Cecelia Gore.

Following today’s press conference, Milwaukee Miracle League players joined Brewers players Marco Estrada, Brandon Kintzler and Jonathan Lucroy on the field for a little exhibition game.

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“As a Brewers player, I’m really pleased and honored to be here to represent the team and players today,” Lucroy said.  “It’s important for me individually and my teammates here to contribute to these causes and help others who need it.  It gives me a lot of pleasure to do that for others.  My teammates talk very highly of the city and the people here.  The support we have from the fans and the organization itself is awesome, we love playing here.  It is a generous community and we , too, like to give back like so many fans have given back through the raffle.”

The BCF 50/50 Raffle is currently in its fourth season.  The raffle eclipsed the $1 million mark for the 2013 season on July 7—the earliest date that milestone has been reached since the inception of the raffle in 2010.

Now in its fourth season, tickets for the BCF 50/50 Raffle are sold for just $2 throughout Miller Park from the time gates open during every Brewers home game. For each game, half of the net proceeds are given to a lucky fan and the other half benefits Brewers Community Foundation.  Some of the non-profit programs previously supported by the Foundation include Arts at Large, Beckum Stapleton Little League, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee, COA Youth and Family Services, Felix Mantilla Little League, Girl Scouts of Wisconsin Southeast, Hunger Task Force, Milwaukee Habitat for Humanity, Make-a-Wish Foundation of Wisconsin, Sojourner Family Peace Center, Susan G. Komen of Southeast Wisconsin, UPAF, United Way, YMCA of Metropolitan Milwaukee, and YWCA.

“We’ve raised $1.4 so far this year to date, which is about $75,000 more than this time last year,” Gore added.  “I would say this has been a grand success.  We have the nicest raffle sellers I could ask for and they know that their efforts assist BCF with our ability to provide grants to more than 200 non-profit organizations.”

The press conference also featured a former 50/50 Raffle winner.  Theresa Porter, won the 50/50 Raffle on Opening Day in 2012 and took home over $20,000.  She took her family on a trip and continues to buy tickets at every game she attends.  That, in turn, convinces her entire row to buy tickets because she tells the story of winning the raffle at every game she attends.  Also, she is a breast cancer survivor herself and knows the importance the 50/50 Raffle to the Milwaukee community.

“After seeing the Miracle League Field here, it shows how this raffle really helps,” Porter said.  “As a breast cancer survivor, I feel that I too have benefited from what the raffle does on both ends.”

Through BCF, Mark and Debbie Attanasio continue their pledge to have the Milwaukee Brewers serve as leaders in the community. The BCF 50/50 raffle provides one of many opportunities to make a difference. Brewers Community Foundation harnesses the pride, passion and commitment of Brewers fans, players and other supporters to positively impact the lives of children and their families in Greater Milwaukee and Wisconsin.

Brewers Community Foundation, Inc. is the official charitable arm of the Milwaukee Brewers.

–JOHN

johnandcait@brewers.com

 

 

Brewers Players & Broadcasters Wish Bernie a Happy Birthday

As we kick off Birthday Weekend at Bernie’s presented by Southwest Airlines, the birthday greetings continue to pour in.

Today, many of the Brewers players and a couple of the broadcasters had messages they wanted to send:

#Brewers players gather to show how much they #LuvBernie on his birthday weekend.

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More birthday wishes for Bernie from the Crew! #Brewers #LuvBernie

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Bill Schroeder has a special message for Bernie. #LuvBernie #Brewers

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More #Brewers birthday wishes for Bernie. #LuvBernie

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Follow us on Instagram for more fun all weekend (and year!) long!

And don’t forget–you can ‘Stache Yourself and share your own messages for Bernie on Twitter and/or Instagram using #LuvBernie. We’ll compile the best!

-Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

Brewers Spring Training Broadcast Schedule Released

Today we announced the 2013 Spring Training broadcast schedule, which includes 34 games to be broadcast on a combination of Newsradio 620 WTMJ and the statewide Brewers Radio Network, FOX Sports Wisconsin and Brewers.com.

Nothing will get you through the cold, wet snowy days like today like the sweet sound of Hall-of-Fame radio announcer Bob Uecker and his partner Joe Block, who will call 16 Spring Training games on Newsradio 620 WTMJ and the statewide Brewers Radio Network. 

Television announcers Brian Anderson and Bill Schroeder will call three games to be carried by FOX Sports Wisconsin: Monday, March 11 vs. Los Angeles; Wednesday, March 13 at Arizona; and Friday, March 29 vs. Chicago-AL at Miller Park.  Two additional games – Tuesday, March 19 vs. LA of Anaheim and Sunday, March 24 at San Diego – will be produced by other FOX Sports regions (FS-West and FS-San Diego, respectively) but will be simulcast on FS-Wisconsin.  Anderson, Schroeder and Block will also team up for 17 Brewers.com webcasts throughout the spring. 

The Brewers open the 2013 Spring Training slate on Saturday, February 23 at Maryvale Baseball Park against the Oakland Athletics at 1:05 p.m. Arizona time.  Milwaukee will play a total of 35 Spring Training games this season, including 17 at Maryvale Baseball Park and two exhibition games at Miller Park.

All Brewers games played in the Cactus League are scheduled for 1:05 p.m. starts (Arizona time), except for Wednesday, March 13 at the Diamondbacks (7:10 p.m. local/9:10 p.m. CT).  The spring schedule closes out with a pair of exhibition games against the White Sox at Miller Park on March 29 (7:10 p.m.) and March 30 (1:10 p.m.).

Tickets for Brewers home Cactus League games are on sale at Brewers.com, by phone at 1-800-933-7890 and at the Miller Park and Maryvale Box Offices. Tickets are available in four seating areas: Field Box ($22), Infield Reserved ($16), Outfield Reserved ($13) and Lawn Seating ($8).  Information on Spring Training Season Tickets can be obtained by calling the Milwaukee Brewers Ticket Office at 414-902-4000. 

Tickets for the two exhibition games at Miller Park will go on sale at a later date.  Please note that games and times are subject to change. For the complete Spring Training schedule, visit brewers.com/springtraining.

-Cait

Social Media in Sports Night (#BrewersSMIS) Recap

Last night over 70 Brewers fans and social media aficionados joined us at Miller Park for our first Social Media in Sports Night.

John (@jstein1981) and Cait (@CMoyer) led a panel discussion in the Media Interview Room where a number of personalities with their feet in social media in the Wisconsin sports scene talked about how social media has changed the was they do business.

Brewers play-by-play radio voice Joe Block (@Joe_Block) kicked off the discussion with talking about how he integrates social media in his job. Block also expressed the important role Twitter played in helping him get to know Brewers fans.

Brewers pitcher Chris Narveson (@sleep_trick), who is recovering from surgery and is out for the year, also joined the discussion. He talked about how he was going to use Twitter to help him stay connected to fans during his rehab.

The main members of the panel included Jon Greenberg (@JonAdmirals) from the Milwaukee Admirals, Nick Monroe (@NMonroe) from the Milwaukee Bucks, Tina Wagner (@Tina_J_Wagner) from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and Garrison Cummings (@gwcummings) from the Green Bay Packers.

The group discussed what promotions have worked the best in the past, how they use social media to promote their brands, which social networks their organizations use, and who their favorite brands or people are that they follow on Twitter.

Following the discussion, the group watched the game from the ATI Club in right field.  Although the outcome of the game wasn’t great, the night was still a success.

Click below to view our slideshow from the evening:

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And here, we gathered all of the tweets surrounding the event on Storify!

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We’re hoping this is the first of many fun events like this, so we welcome any feedback or ideas you may have for the future!

Cheers!

-John and Cait

johnandcait@brewers.com

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