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“Fetcher” Reports to Spring Training; Tries to Walk On As Member of 2014 Brewers

Bernie, watch your back.

Move over, Brat, Polish, Italian, Hot Dog and Chorizo—there’s a new Top Dog in town.

We’re not sure where he came from, but a little stray pup is quickly becoming not just the Brewers unofficial Spring Training mascot, but a valued member of the team.

The pooch, who has since been named Hank (after who else but Hank Aaron?), wandered into Brewers camp two days ago looking a little grubby but ready for play. In no time, this little dog has stolen more hearts than Tommy Harper stole bases in 1969.

A staff member took Hank to the vet where he received his shots and a bath, but this little scrapper’s jersey will never be spotless. His white uniform looks to be permanently shaded a little on the gray side in places, but when you get to know this little fella’s personality, you see it’s a perfect fit.

Hank spends each day roaming offices and playing fields, visiting with everyone from Doug Melvin, Ron Roenicke, players and coaches to ticket office and concessions staff. Hank is going home with members of the organization each night to a warm bed, and he recently completed a day at the Team Store where he picked out his favorite styles from the latest Brewers pet gear.

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So, what’s the next chapter? Stay tuned. Hank is in good hands and we’ll keep you posted on our most devoted “tail”-gater in the coming days.

For more updates from Brewers Spring Training in Phoenix, Arizona, be sure to follow the #CactusCrew hashtag on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

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After our posts yesterday, Hank has become a dog in demand! He spent the morning in the Clubhouse and did three TV interviews. He also took to the field for practice with his mentor, Yovani Gallardo.

Also, many of you are asking what is going to happen to Hank after Spring Training. Rest assured, Hank’s days as a stray are over, one way or another and he’ll continue to be well taken care of.

Here are some more photos from earlier today (How fitting is it that it’s “National Love Your Pet Day“?):

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Cheers!

Spring Training Equipment Truck Day at Miller Park Means Baseball Is Right Around the Corner

This has been an especially brutal winter in Milwaukee, there is no getting around that.  One sign that Old Man Winter is on his way out is the annual packing of the Brewers equipment truck for Spring Training.

What was once a simple job, is now an event.  An event that is the unofficial start to Spring Training and an event that has everyone thinking Brewers baseball.  Brewers Director of Clubhouse Operations Tony Migliaccio and his staff have planned this day for months, working on inventory of equipment and organizing all the gear to make sure today’s pack goes without a hitch.

The truck left Miller Park today at 3 p.m., packed full with everything the Brewers will need to run the operation at Maryvale Baseball Park in Phoenix.  The truck is scheduled to arrive in Phoenix on Sunday and will be unpacked Monday.  Pitchers and catchers report to camp Saturday, February 15 and the first official workout is Monday, February 17.  Soon enough, the pictures on this blog and the rest of Brewers.com will be showing Brewers players at camp, working out.  Green grass and sunshine is just around the corner.

Check out video from today’s event thanks to Brewers.com reporter Adam McCalvy:

 

Enjoy this photo gallery from today’s event at Miller Park and keep thinking Spring!

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–JOHN

johnandcait@brewers.com

Here’s Your Chance to “Trick-or-Treat” with the Klement’s Famous Racing Sausages!

Want to guarantee that someone in your group will win the Best Costume Contest this Halloween?

Try trick-or-treating with the Brewers mascots!

We are offering one lucky family the chance to spend Halloween with all five members of the Klement’s Famous Racing Sausages.  Beginning tomorrow, fans can visit brewers.com/auction to participate in an online auction with the top bidder winning the opportunity to trick-or-treat in their local neighborhood with the Brewers mascots.

The “Trick-or-Treat Auction” begins tomorrow at noon CT and concludes on Tuesday, October 15 at 5 p.m. CT. The auction starts at $250 with bid increments of $25.

Trick or Treat with the Racing Sausages

The top-bid winner will be notified by a Brewers representative and will be able to select from two different dates to trick-or-treat with Hot Dog, Italian Sausage, Bratwurst, Polish Sausage and Chorizo for one hour.  The dates to select from are either Sunday, October 24 after 4:30 p.m. CT or Thursday, October 31 between 4 and 8 p.m. CT.  The Klement’s Famous Racing Sausages’ appearance time will be for one hour and the winning neighborhood must be located within a 30-mile radius of Miller Park.

Net proceeds from the auction will benefit Brewers Community Foundation.

While you’re visiting brewers.com/auction, make sure you check out all of the other items you can bid on– we’ve got game-worn jerseys and caps, autographed photos, and more! Be sure to check back often as new items are added all the time.

Best of luck!

-Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

Join Us for “Birthday Weekend at Bernie’s,” presented by Southwest Airlines

This season marks the 40th Anniversary since Bernie Brewer was introduced as the mascot of the Milwaukee Brewers and to celebrate, we’ll be hosting “Birthday Weekend at Bernie’s” presented by Southwest Airlines tonight, tomorrow and Sunday, as the Crew takes on the Cincinnati Reds.

 Birthday Weekend at Bernie's

A variety of activities are scheduled for this entire weekend at Miller Park, including giveaways, prizes, sing-a-longs and much more.  Here’s a brief rundown:

TONIGHT:

The first 20,000 fans to enter the gates at Miller Park will receive a Bernie Brewer can coozie, compliments of Southwest Airlines.

TOMORROW:

Roundtrip tickets on Southwest Airlines will be given away during each inning of the game on Saturday, August 17 (two roundtrip tickets will be awarded to a lucky fan each inning).

SUNDAY:

Take part in the Party on the Plaza from 11am – 1pm outside Miller Park, near Friday’s Front Row Sports Grill. There will be clowns, face painting, tailgate games, music and appearances by Bernie Brewer, the Klement’s Famous Racing Sausages and other local mascots, including Fang (Wisconsin Timber Rattlers), Roscoe (Milwaukee Admirals, Pounce (UW-Milwaukee), and more.

Then, upon entering the ballpark, vouchers will be distributed to fans 16 and under, good for one free Klement’s hot dog, small Pepsi product and Blue Bunny ice cream for the Kids Eat Free promotion.

MORE WAYS TO CELEBRATE:

SIGN HIS CARD: Fans  have the opportunity to sign giant cards for Bernie–we’ve filled three! The birthday cards are located near the Southwest Airlines Nuttiest Fan display in the right-field corner on the Field Level, so make sure you get over there and give the big guy your best!

#LUVBERNIE: Tweet messages and/or photos on Instagram using the hashtag #LUVBernie.  Fans can visit Brewers.com/luvbernie to see a compilation.

MOUSTACHE YOURSELF: Add a Bernie Brewer mustache into photos and post them in celebration of Bernie’s birthday.

Virtual Moustache Collage

FOLLOW HIM! Follow @Bernie_Brewer on Twitter! Bernie’s has just over 31,000 followers at the time of this writing–wouldn’t it be great to get him to 40,000 by the end of his his big weekend?!

For more information and tickets to “Birthday Weekend at Bernie’s,” please visit Brewers.com/bernie40.  A historical timeline of Bernie Brewer is included below.

Bernie Brewer Historical Timeline:

  • June 1970: 69-year-old superfan Milt Mason climbs to the top of the County Stadium scoreboard and vows not to come down until the Brewers draw a crowd of over 40,000.
  • August 1970: The Brewers drew a crowd of 44,387 on bat night, also drawing Milt, their adopted hero, down from his perch.
  • June 1973: Milt Mason passed away on June 12, 1973. The team dedicated their new mascot that year, Bernie Brewer, in Milt’s honor.
  • 1984: The bleachers at County Stadium were rebuilt and Bernie’s Chalet was replaced with a  sound tower, sending Bernie into early retirement.
  • 1993: Due to overwhelming demand, Bernie Brewer returned as the team’s mascot in 1993.

In addition, check out this brief video of the history of Bernie Brewer:

We’re also pleased to work with Southwest Airlines on this celebration, as there is a mutual “luv” between the two (if you’ll recall, Bernie made his trip to Spring Training thanks to Southwest earlier this year:

We hope you’ll join us as we pay tribute to Bernie over the next month!

Cheers!

-Cait

JohnandCait@Brewers.com

Race to Get Your Klement’s Famous Racing Sausage T-Shirts!

Everyone loves the Klement’s Famous Racing Sausages, so these new t-shirts are sure to be a hit!

Racing Sausage Tees - All

These t-shirts are available in adult sizes, small to x-large and are $45 each at the Brewers Team Store by Majestic at Miller Park.

Choose to represent your favorite Sausage, or get ‘em all!

And, starting tomorrow, Friday, August 2, when you buy one of these tees, you will get a FREE matching bottle opener. Offer good through Sunday, August 4, or while supplies last.

Racing Sausage Bottle Openers

Plus, don’t forget that starting tomorrow, all fans will receive a $10 voucher when entering the gates, which you will be able to use at the store!

Happy shopping!

-Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

Sign Bernie’s Birthday Card at Miller Park, Starting this Weekend

As I wrote yesterday, this season marks the 40th Anniversary since Bernie Brewer was introduced as the mascot of the Milwaukee Brewers and to celebrate, we’ll be hosting “Birthday Weekend at Bernie’s” presented by Southwest Airlines from Friday, August 16 through Sunday, August 18 as the Crew takes on the Cincinnati Reds. A variety of activities are scheduled for this entire weekend at Miller Park, including giveaways, prizes, sing-a-longs and much more. (For a complete list of activities click here.)

Birthday Weekend at Bernie's

 

And, beginning tonight, fans will have the opportunity to sign a giant card for Bernie when attending games leading up to his birthday, beginning this Friday.  The birthday card will be located near the Southwest Airlines Nuttiest Fan display in the right-field corner on the Field Level.

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Bernie’s best friends signed the card first and we hope to see your name on there soon, too!

 

Cheers!

-Cait

JohnandCait@Brewers.com

Join us August 16-18 for “Birthday Weekend at Bernie’s,” presented by Southwest Airlines

This season marks the 40th Anniversary since Bernie Brewer was introduced as the mascot of the Milwaukee Brewers and to celebrate, we’ll be hosting “Birthday Weekend at Bernie’s” presented by Southwest Airlines from Friday, August 16 through Sunday, August 18 as the Crew takes on the Cincinnati Reds. 

 Birthday Weekend at Bernie's

A variety of activities are scheduled for this entire weekend at Miller Park, including giveaways, prizes, sing-a-longs and much more.  On Friday, August 16, the first 20,000 fans to enter the gates at Miller Park will receive a Bernie Brewer can coozie, compliments of Southwest Airlines.  The giveaways continue throughout the weekend as roundtrip tickets on Southwest Airlines will be given away during each inning of the game on Saturday, August 17 (two roundtrip tickets will be awarded to a lucky fan each inning). 

Two special events are planned for Sunday, August 18 with the Kids Eat Free promotion and the Party on the Plaza.  The Party on the Plaza will take place before Sunday’s game from 11am – 1pm with clowns, face painting, tailgate games, music and appearances by Bernie Brewer, the Klement’s Famous Racing Sausages and other local mascots, including Fang (Wisconsin Timber Rattlers), Roscoe (Milwaukee Admirals, Pounce (UW-Milwaukee), and more. Then, upon entering the ballpark, vouchers will be distributed to fans 16 and under, good for one free Klement’s hot dog, small Pepsi product and Blue Bunny ice cream for the Kids Eat Free promotion. 

Additionally, fans will have the opportunity to sign a giant card for Bernie when attending games leading up to his birthday, beginning this Friday.  The birthday card will be located near the Southwest Airlines Nuttiest Fan display in the right-field corner on the Field Level.

As the most popular Major League mascot on Twitter, Bernie is very tech-savvy so fans can join in the celebration online in the following ways:

  • Tweet messages and/or photos on Instagram using the hashtag #LUVBernie.  Fans can visit Brewers.com/luvbernie to see a compilation.
  • In August, we will launch an app which will allow fans to integrate a digital Bernie Brewer mustache into photos and post them in celebration of Bernie’s birthday.
  • Follow @Bernie_Brewer on Twitter! Bernie’s closing in on 31,000 followers at the time of this writing–wouldn’t it be great to get him to 40,000 by his big weekend?!

For more information and tickets to “Birthday Weekend at Bernie’s,” please visit Brewers.com/bernie40.  A historical timeline of Bernie Brewer is included below.

Bernie Brewer Historical Timeline:

  • June 1970: 69-year-old superfan Milt Mason climbs to the top of the County Stadium scoreboard and vows not to come down until the Brewers draw a crowd of over 40,000.
  • August 1970: The Brewers drew a crowd of 44,387 on bat night, also drawing Milt, their adopted hero, down from his perch.
  • June 1973: Milt Mason passed away on June 12, 1973. The team dedicated their new mascot that year, Bernie Brewer, in Milt’s honor.
  • 1984: The bleachers at County Stadium were rebuilt and Bernie’s Chalet was replaced with a  sound tower, sending Bernie into early retirement.
  • 1993: Due to overwhelming demand, Bernie Brewer returned as the team’s mascot in 1993.

 In addition, check out this brief video of the history of Bernie Brewer:

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We’re also pleased to work with Southwest Airlines on this celebration, as there is a mutual “luv” between the two (if you’ll recall, Bernie made his trip to Spring Training thanks to Southwest earlier this year:

We hope you’ll join us as we pay tribute to Bernie over the next month!

Cheers!

-Cait

JohnandCait@Brewers.com

Brewers and Milwaukee Celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Famous Racing Sausages

Twenty years ago today, on a Sunday afternoon at Milwaukee County Stadium, the Famous Racing Sausages ran their first ever live race.  Today, the Milwaukee Brewers celebrated that historic event with a number of activities surrounding their game with the Chicago Cubs.

The day kicked off with a free breakfast at Bartolotta’s Northpoint Custard Stand on Milwaukee’s lakefront.  Brewers fans were out bright and early for their free sandwich, commemorative t-shirt and to congratulate The Sausages on 20 fun years of racing.  The weather cooperated and we had a beautiful event.

There was a sizable crowd waiting in line at 5:15 a.m. when I arrived and the 250 sandwiches and t-shirts were gone in just over an hour.  Everyone from people decked out in Brewers gear, curious joggers out for a morning run and people in suits off to work for the day stopped by to partake in the fun.

Brewers COO Rick Schlesinger and Michael Dillon of McDill Design–and the one who created the original costumes and won the first race–were on hand along with representatives from Klement’s.

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The event continued at Miller Park with a special pregame ceremony.  Video of the first sausage race in 1993 (shown below) played on the Miller Park scoreboard.  It was very interesting watching video from the County Stadium scoreboard on Miller Park’s HD super screen!

After fans enjoyed the video, a special ceremonial, pregame race took place.  The race itself included the original three sausages–The Bratwurst, The Polish and The Italian–with the two others–The Hot Dog and The Chorizo–holding the finish line.  The winner of the special race today? History repeated itself and The Bratwurst crossed the line first.

Following the race, Dillon tossed out a ceremonial first pitch along with representatives from Klement’s.  Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett issued a Mayoral Proclamation, calling today “Famous Racing Sausage Day” throughout the city to honor the 20 years of live races.  The Bratwurst even visited Brian Anderson and Bill Schroeder in the Brewers FS Wisconsin broadcast booth during the game.

The winner of the “real” race in the 6th inning was The Hot Dog.  Some close racing around home plate forced The Italian down to the ground.  He got up quickly and finished the race.

Thank you to our friends at Klement’s, McDill Design and Bartolotta’s Restaurants for all of their help in making this a successful and fun event.

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SPECIAL TRIVIA CONTEST!

I have one extra media kit from the media drops we did to promote today’s event.  It includes one of the limited edition t-shirts as well as a plush doll of the Bratwurst–the first ever winner of the live race.

A fabulous prize for any Brewers fan!

A fabulous prize for any Brewers fan!

To win this prize, please answer the following trivia question in the comments section below:

In 2007, The Chorizo officially joined the race as a full-time racer.  How many races did he win that year?

I will send that package to the first person to correctly answer that question in the comments section below.  Good luck!

–JOHN

johnandcait@brewers.com 

The Klement’s Famous Racing Sausages Turn 20

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It started as a simple scoreboard animation and it now has sparked a tradition 20 years in the making.

Do you remember those first races on the old black-and-white scoreboard at Milwaukee County Stadium?  Bob Betts’ voice.  The Racing Sausages running over the Hoan Bridge.  The race to the finish.  It began as a novelty and has developed into a phenomenon.  When coming to Miller Park, it is definitely something that fans don’t forget.

On Thursday, June 27, the Brewers will celebrate this tradition as an important date in Brewers history.  On that date in 1993, the Klement’s Famous Racing Sausages came to life from animations on the Milwaukee County Stadium Scoreboard on a scoreboard to live racers.

The celebration starts at 6 a.m. at NorthPoint Custard, 2272 N. Lincoln Memorial Drive, along the Lake Michigan shores. The first 250 fans will receive a free sausage breakfast sandwich (of course), a coffee, and best of all, an exclusive 20th Anniversary Klement’s Famous Racing Sausages Commemorative T-Shirt. Fewer than 500 of the shirts will be made, and the event will be first come, first served. The Klement’s Racing Sausages will also be on hand.

The celebration will continue at Miller Park that afternoon as the Brewers take on the Chicago Cubs at 1 p.m.  A pregame ceremony will honor the Famous Racing Sausages and the race itself will feature the “Original Three Sausages”—The Bratwurst, The Italian and The Polish—with The Hot Dog and The Chorizo holding the finish line.

The Klement’s Famous Sausage Race began as a scoreboard animation in the early 1990s with just three characters—The Bratwurst, The Polish and The Italian—running toward Milwaukee County Stadium against a backdrop of  Milwaukee.

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In the fall of 1992, Milwaukee graphic designer Michael Dillon of McDill Design presented an idea to Gabe Paul who was the Vice President of Operations for the Brewers, to transform the race from the scoreboard to live action.  Paul was a little hesitant on advancing the idea, but that didn’t stop the creative mind of Dillon.  Dillon designed and created costumes of his own of the lovable characters.  He was ready and waiting for a call from Paul–that call came in the Spring of 1993.

The first live race was originally scheduled for Saturday, June 26, 1993.  That was a big weekend series at Milwaukee County Stadium, marking the first time Paul Molitor would play as an opponent against the Brewers as he joined the Toronto Blue Jays in 1993.  A scoreboard malfunction postponed the first race until Sunday.

On June 27, 1993, as the Sausages approached Milwaukee County Stadium on the scoreboard video, the left field doors swung open and—much to the surprise of players and fans–out came the larger-than-life mascots.  The three made their way to home plate with The Bratwurst (worn by Dillon) winning the first-ever live race.

Dillon said the first live race was a well-kept secret and received a mixed reception.  The fans went nuts.  The players and umpires?  Well, as you can see in the video, they didn’t seem very enthused (actually, they looked pretty confused).

For the rest of the 1993 season, the Sausages raced live only at those games with particularly high attendance.  In 1994, the live Sausage race resumed on Sunday, May 29—the day the Brewers retired Robin Yount’s number 19 jersey—and became a fixture at every home game since—with Klement’s as the official sponsor.

Later in the 90s, The Hot Dog joined the race.  In 2006, The Chorizo joined the race for a one-day tryout.  The Chorizo became a regular racer in 2007 and rounds out the group of five racers fans see now.  On Sunday’s, a tradition has been started with the “Little Weenies,” where children get to take part in the race.

Today, The Klement’s Famous Racing Sausages are celebrities wherever they go.  The icons have traveled to Major League Baseball All-Star Games, had a cameo in the feature film “Mr. 3,000,” have gone missing, and survived assaults and kidnappings.  A total of 15 MLB teams were inspired by the Brewers Famous Racing Sausages and now have live races of their own.  Below are two of the ESPN “SportsCenter” commercials that the Famous Racing Sausages appeared in:

A special thanks to Michael Dillon and the staff at McDill Design for working with our staff on this fun promotion.  As the regular readers of the blog know, I love researching history and the history of this institution was fun to research with their group.  Thank you also to Klement’s for their ongoing partnership with the Brewers and the Famous Racing Sausages.

I’m sure everyone has a favorite memory of the Klement’s Famous Racing Sausages.  Share your memories of the Famous Racing Sausages with us below in the comments or via social media by using the hashtag #Sausages20.  For more fun facts and information, visit Brewers.com/sausages20.

–JOHN

johnandcait@brewers.com

#WHERESPOLISH Recap

It was quite the eventful morning here at Miller Park!

If you haven’t heard by now, the second Klement’s Famous Racing Sausage, Polish, went missing last Wednesday and this morning, we finally found out what he was up to! In preparation for Spring Madness, Polish had been hard at work. Not only had he gone missing from Miller Park, but, similar to Bernie’s effort in 2011, and Chorizo’s last year, Polish spent the hours mapping and planting over 2,000 Polish lawn ornaments in the grass areas surrounding Miller Park and its parking lots.

Each lawn ornament was affixed with a pouch that included game tickets for a Spring Madness game, set for May 20 through May 22 at Miller Park. The Brewers will host the Los Angeles Dodgers during Spring Madness, and fans can save 50% on  most tickets $34 or less. In addition, Klement’s hot dogs and small Pepsi products are just $1 each for all three games.

Brewers fans reacted quickly to the news, which broke at 5am, and descended upon Miller Park. In just under 90 minutes, all of the lawn ornaments were spoken for. What a fun morning!

Here are some highlights:

https://twitter.com/Brewers/status/333905658405601281

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-John and Cait

johnandcait@brewers.com

[Note: If you aren't able to make it down to Miller Park this morning, or if you missed out on the lawn ornaments, don't fret! We are told the Brewers Team Store by Majestic will have a limited quantity in stock. We suggest you call the store at (414) 902-4750 to check availability first.]

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