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Bernie Brewer Arrives at Maryvale–Let the Spring Training Games Begin!

On Wednesday, I caught up with Bernie regarding his impending trip to Spring Training and today, I’m pleased to announce that not only have pitchers and catchers reported to Spring Training, but Bernie has as well!

Yes, that’s right, this year, Bernie is joining the #CACTUSCREW by taking in some games down here in Phoenix, Arizona.

So many of you were wondering: Just how does Bernie Brewer fly? On Southwest Airlines, of course!  Here’s a little video on his travels:

And, if you weren’t following along on Bernie’s Twitter account or on our Facebook page, you can also check out our photo gallery, here:

There’s much more fun to be had during the games this weekend, so stay tuned for more Bernie and Brewers updates!

PS: Bernie also added his photo our new Brewers Fans on the Fly interactive map, presented by Southwest, which shows where Brewers fans are all over the globe!  Check it out and add your own!

Go Brewers!

-Cait

johnandcait@Brewers.com

Head to Spring Training In Style With the Brewers Road Crew

Did the release of the Spring Training Schedule earlier this week get you ready for some Brewers baseball in the Arizona sun?  If so, the Brewers and Brewers Enterprises today announced plans for the Fourth Annual “Brewers Road Crew” Spring Training Trip.  This one-of-a-kind opportunity will again be offered to fans looking to join the Brewers in Spring Training as they prepare for the season in Phoenix.  Nearly every facet of the trip will be handled as Brewers Enterprises will arrange all the details for the March 13 – 17 trip.

As part of the experience, fans will enjoy two games at the Brewers Spring Training home, Maryvale Baseball Park, and one Brewers “road” game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick.  The trip will bring travelers face-to-face with members of the Brewers broadcast team, members of the Baseball Operations staff, and even former Brewers players and coaches through special receptions and tailgate parties.

Guests will stay four nights at the Hilton Embassy Suites (Biltmore) which features an outdoor, heated swimming pool, whirlpool, exercise room, on-site restaurant and complimentary shuttle service to Biltmore area attractions.  Guest rooms are two-room suites with a wet bar, microwave, refrigerator, coffee maker and two flat-screen televisions.  Complimentary made-to-order breakfasts and late-afternoon cocktail and hors d’oeuvre receptions are offered daily at the hotel.  The hotel is located next to the Biltmore Fashion Park on 24th Street and Camelback.  It is centrally located and just minutes away to activities at Maryvale Baseball Park, Old Town Scottsdale, Downtown Phoenix and Camelback Mountain.

As an added bonus, fans on the trip will receive a ticket to Opening Day at Miller Park on Monday, April 1, 2013 as the Brewers take on the Colorado Rockies.

Space is limited to 80 guests and the travel packages are on sale now.  The price for a single traveler is $2,495 and the price for a couple (double occupancy) is $4,295.  Each additional guest per room is $2,150.  For more information and to reserve your spot, please call 414-902-GOAZ (4629) or visit millerpark.com.  The full list of package inclusions follows:

PACKAGE ELEMENTS

-Non-Stop Round Trip Airfare from Milwaukee to Phoenix via Southwest Airlines

-Hotel Accommodations for four nights at Hilton Embassy Suites (Biltmore)

-Transportation to & from the airport, hotel and Spring Training complexes

-Tickets for three Spring Training games

-          March 13, 2013 vs. Arizona Diamondbacks (Salt River Fields)

-          March 15, 2013 vs. Cleveland Indians (Maryvale)

-          March 16, 2013 vs. Cincinnati Reds (Maryvale)

-Made-to-order breakfast each morning

-Cocktail & Hors d ‘Oeuvres Reception hosted each night by the hotel

-Tailgate Party before a game, with visits from Brewers alumni, minor league prospects, coaches and broadcasters

-A ticket to Opening Day at Miller Park (April 1, 2013 vs. the Colorado Rockies)

-A customized Brewers gift bag

-Private dinner reception in Scottsdale, Arizona

 

Additional opportunities available for guests to win on the trip:

-Run the Sausage Race or hold the finish line at a Spring Training game (Maryvale)

-Throw out a 1st pitch for a Spring Training game (Maryvale)

-Pairs of Brewers 2013 regular season game tickets

-Watch the game from the broadcast booth (Maryvale)

-Autographed memorabilia

If you are looking for the ultimate full service trip to Spring Training, this is it.  They cover all the basis and let you sit back relax and enjoy Brewers baseball and the Arizona sun.

–JOHN

johnandcait@brewers.com

Brewers Announce 2013 Spring Training Schedule

If you live in Milwaukee, you saw the first couple snowflakes of the winter last night.  Don’t let that get you down.  Think spring everyone because I am very happy to present you with the Brewers 2013 Spring Training schedule!

With this being a World Baseball Classic year, the report dates and games start even earlier, making everyone’s winter a bit shorter.  Pitchers and catchers with zero to three years of Major League service time are scheduled to report to Spring Training on Tuesday, February 12.  All position players and pitchers and catchers with three-plus years of Major League service have a report date of Friday, February 15, 2013.

The first game is Saturday, February 23 at Maryvale Baseball Park against Oakland.  The Brewers will play a total of 35 Spring Training and exhibition games in 2013, including 17 at Maryvale Baseball Park in Phoenix and two games at Miller Park.

The Brewers will play games at Maryvale against NL Central rivals Cincinnati on Saturday, March 16 and against the Chicago Cubs on Friday, March 22.  Other home highlights include a St. Patrick’s Day game (Sunday, March 17) against Los Angeles in Glendale and a game versus Team Canada’s World Baseball Classic entry on Tuesday, March 5.

The team has two split squad games scheduled during the spring.  The slate includes Monday, February 25 vs. San Diego (SS) and at Cincinnati, and Sunday, March 24 vs. Colorado and at San Diego.

The last home game at Maryvale Baseball Park for the Brewers is set for Wednesday, March 27 against Kansas City.  The Brewers will return home to Miller Park to play two games against the White Sox to round out the exhibition season, scheduled for Friday, March 29 at 7:10 p.m. and Saturday, March 30 at 1:10 p.m.

All Brewers games played in the Cactus League are scheduled for 1:05 pm starts (Arizona Time), except for Wednesday, March 13 at the Diamondbacks (7:10 p.m. local/9:10 p.m. CT start).

Tickets for the Milwaukee Brewers home Spring Training games at Maryvale Baseball Park will go on sale at 9 am CT on Monday, December 3 via the internet at Brewers.com and by phone at 1-800-933-7890.  Normal business hours are from 9am – 5pm CST.  Sales at the Maryvale Baseball Park Box Office will begin on Monday, February 4, 2013.  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 games at Miller Park against the Chicago White Sox will go on sale at a later date.

We will release a promotional and broadcast schedule later.  Please note that games and times are subject to change.

2013 Brewers Spring Training Schedule

2013 Brewers Spring Training Schedule

Here is the Spring Training Schedule 2013 as a .PDF list.

–JOHN

johnandcait@brewers.com

 

2012 Brewers TV Shoot Underway

Greetings from sunny Arizona!

I’m sorry, I don’t mean to rub it in, especially since I hear we are in for some bad weather back in Milwaukee. But don’t worry, I’ve got proof that spring—or at least Spring Training games–are just around the corner!

The Crew opens up this Sunday, March 4 against the San Francisco Giants down here at Maryvale Baseball Park, but before we can start playing games, we’ve got a few more orders of business to finish up–like shooting our 2012 TV spots.

The past couple of years we’ve come down to Arizona with our agency partner, 2-Story Creative, to film our TV spots and this year is no different. (Click here for posts related to our  2011 spots and here for 2010 spots.)

We got down here on Sunday to start all of the prep work, including building sets, gathering spots, holding a tech scout and meeting to go over final details, but today officially marked the first day of shooting.

Although I can’t give away the “plots” of this year’s spots, I can give you a little behind-the-scenes peek at the filming process. Check out this gallery below.

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Unfortunately, you’re going to have to wait until Opening Day to see the spots, but fortunately, that’s only 38 days away. :)

-Cait

johnandcait@brewers.com

Scenes from Brewers Camp Thursday

It was a busy day around Maryvale Baseball Park today with this morning’s Norichika Aoki press conference and more position players reporting before tomorrow’s official report day.

The sun is shining and temperatures are above average as today’s high will top off in the mid to upper 70s.  Plenty of action on the field as pitchers and catchers continued their on field workouts while a growing group of position players participated in some informal hitting and fielding drills.

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Tomorrow, all position players will report to camp before Saturday’s first official workout.

–JOHN

johnandcait@brewers.com

Photos From Aoki Press Conference

One of the newest Brewers, Japanese outfielder Norichika Aoki, reported to camp at Maryvale Baseball Park today and we held a press conference to welcome him.  General Manager Doug Melvin, manager Ron Roenicke and interpreter Kosuke Inaji (who was with the Brewers last year serving as Takashi Saito’s interpreter) all took part in the press conference.  It was attended by a number of Milwaukee media who are down here as well as international media.

The Brewers signed Aoki to a two-year contract on January 17.  The Brewers were awarded the negotiating rights to Aoki on December 19 after the Tokyo Yakult Swallows of the Japanese Central League accepted the highest bid.

Aoki, who turned 30 on January 5, has played his entire eight-year professional career with Yakult, batting .329 with 84 HR, 385 RBI and 164 stolen bases in 985 games.  He has batted over .300 in six of his seven full seasons and was Central League batting champion in 2005 (.344), 2007 (.346) and 2010 (.358).  He was 2005 Central League Rookie of the Year and is a six-time Golden Glove Award winner.

Aoki has participated in both World Baseball Classic events (2006 and 2009), batting .310 with 8 RBI in 15 games, and competed in the 2008 Summer Olympics, batting .294 with 1 HR and 7 RBI in 9 games for Japan.  Aoki worked out for the Brewers on January 8 here at Maryvale Baseball Park.  He bats left and throws right and will wear #7 as a Brewer.

Aoki (left in jeans) arrives to Brewers camp today.

Aoki (left in jeans) arrives to Brewers camp today.

Doug Melvin along with Aoki, interpreter Kosuke Inaji and Ron Roenicke begin the press conference.

Doug Melvin along with Aoki, interpreter Kosuke Inaji and Ron Roenicke begin the press conference.

The group addressed questions from the media for around 30 minutes.

The group addressed questions from the media for around 30 minutes.

We can expect a large group of international media to follow Aoki all season long.

We can expect a large group of international media to follow Aoki all season long.

Aoki is planning on taking the field later this morning for an informal workout.

Aoki is planning on taking the field later this morning for an informal workout.

 

Aoki works with Inaji, Brewers Media Relations Director Mike Vassallo and Matt Vasgersian of MLB Network on a promotional read for the network.

Aoki works with Inaji, Brewers Media Relations Director Mike Vassallo and Matt Vasgersian of MLB Network on a promotional read for the network.

 

Aoki was scheduled to participate in an informal workout today at 11:30 a.m. Phoenix time.  I will hopefully have pictures of that later in the day.

– JOHN

john.steinmiller@brewers.com

Brewers Pitchers and Catchers Take the Field in Arizona

Action picked up at Maryvale Baseball Park this morning as Brewers pitchers and catchers took the field for their first official workout. After a morning meeting led by manager Ron Roenicke, the pitchers and catchers participated in about two and a half hours of drills, workouts and bullpen sessions.

In addition to the complement of pitchers and catchers who were involved in formal workouts, a number of position players took part in informal workouts. Included in that group were Nyjer Morgan, Mat Gamel, Logan Schafer, Taylor Green, Zelous Wheeler and Eric Farris.

Below are some photos from the action on the fields at the Brewers Maryvale complex.

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This routine is scheduled for the rest of the week until Saturday when the position players take part in their first official full workout. I will continue to post photos and updates from Maryvale throughout Spring Training, so stay tuned!

–JOHN

john.steinmiller@brewers.com

Inside the Brewers Winter Development Program at Maryvale Baseball Park

The Brewers have committed to making sure that its facilities at Maryvale Baseball Park are available for Brewers Major League and Minor League players 365 days a year.  Special Assistant to the General Manager/Director of Player Development/Training Center Reid Nichols and Assistant Director – Player Development/Training Center Tony Diggs do a fantastic job of maintaining and operating the facility year-round.

As a part of that commitment, the team scheduled a number of sessions and invite players to come in to work on training and conditioning for the upcoming season through structured programs.  These groups are different from the group of players out here for the Arizona Fall League.  It isn’t so much focused on baseball activity at this point as it is players working on conditioning and how to train their bodies the right way and support their health as they compete as professional athletes.

Nichols and Diggs direct the Winter Development Program with the aid of the rest of the Player Development staff.  Frank Neville and Kenny Patterson make sure players receive proper medical care.  Jeff Mester designs and implements the strength and conditioning plan.  Matt Kerls ensures the video is rolling and players can analyze their development on video.

On Wednesday, I spent a day at the complex and followed around nine Brewers Minor Leaguers who were participating in this two-week session.  Follow along with the day of activities.

8:30 a.m. – Staff Meeting

Nichols and Diggs led a staff meeting that set the tone for the day.  They review the schedule of events and staff members went around the room to discuss their role in Wednesday’s activities.

Reid Nichols and Tony Diggs address the Training Center Staff at the start of the day.

Reid Nichols and Tony Diggs address the Training Center Staff at the start of the day.

9:15 a.m. – Dynamic Warm Up

The players start arriving around 8:30 a.m. and the pitchers and position players are split up to warm up.  The video below shows the pitchers warming up with the ladder run under Mester’s direction just to get the blood flowing and stretch out the muscles.

9:40 a.m. – Pitchers Bunting/Upper Body Lift

The pitchers stayed outside in the batting cages and divided into two groups for some bunting practice.

The first group (as seen in the video below) practiced bunting tennis balls out of a pitching machine.  Now why would professional baseball players take pitches of tennis balls?  It is all to train the eyes.  “Crosshairs”  mark some of the balls while others have “Os” and still others with nothing.  Players were  only to hit those with “crosshairs.”  It was more of an eye training exercise than one of fundamentals.

Players tried to hit only the balls with the "crosshairs" (the one on the left) and let the other ones go.

Players tried to hit only the balls with the "crosshairs" (the one on the left) and let the other ones go.

Another group practiced bunting from real baseballs out of a pitching machine.  There was another catch here.  Some balls were smaller “training balls.”  Again, this required the players to train their eyes as the smaller balls were much more difficult to hit.

The smaller ball in my hand compared to the regular sized baseball.

The smaller ball in my hand compared to the regular sized baseball.

While the pitchers were outside, the position players were working with members of the strength staff on a general upper body workout circuit.

Khris Davis

Khris Davis

Other days, players work on speed with hill workouts, or sometimes lower body workouts or workouts that focus on a players core.  The key to this all is that they are doing something different every day and most days they don’t even pick up a baseball, bat or glove.

12:00 p.m. – Spin Class

At 11:20 a.m., the group got in vans and drove about 15 minutes west to Lifetime Fitness in Goodyear.  This all-in-one fitness center has it all and players often come here to take specialized classes.  Today, it would be a yoga and spin class.  Amy, our instructor, took us on a high-intensity 30-minute ride.  I had never taken a spin class before, but heard a lot about them.  It was very intense, high-energy workout, but a good change of pace and a very good workout.  My legs were a little wobbly when we the class ended and I shot the video while I was spinning along with the class.

12:30 p.m. – Yoga

It is kind of hard to go from the fast-paced spin workout into yoga, but it was a good way to relax and end the day.  Amy brought the group through a 30-minute yoga session that calmed the body while at the same time focused on strength and balance of the core which is important especially to baseball players.  One might think it is a little strange to see a group of baseball players doing a yoga class, but the techniques of balance, flexibility and focus are beneficial all athletes.

This is just a sample of the type of day players will have in this session.  Yesterday, players in the program were going to take part in Skype interviews with a nutritionist who will talk to players one-on-one about eating the proper foods and fueling their bodies for competition.  Some nights feature organized events as well such as dinners, group outings or even community service projects to promote camaraderie among the teammates.

Thanks to Brewers players Khris Davis, Drew Gagnon, Sean Halton, Cody Hawn, Kyle Heckathorn, Jimmy Nelson, Nick Ramirez, Chad Thompson and Will West for letting me tag along for the day.  Fans should know these guys were all working hard on their dream of one day playing at Miller Park for the Milwaukee Brewers.

–JOHN

johnandcait@brewers.com

Brewers Announce 2012 Spring Training Schedule

Is it time for Spring Training yet?  It might not seem like it if you are living in Milwaukee and looking out the window this morning, but today the Brewers brought us one step closer to Spring and announced the schedule for 2012 Spring Training in Phoenix, Arizona.  The Brewers will play their 15th season at Maryvale Baseball Park in 2012.  The Spring Training schedule will open on Sunday, March 4 at Maryvale Baseball Park against the San Francisco Giants.  The Brewers will play a total of 34 Spring Training games including 16 at Maryvale.

The Brewers will play games at Maryvale Baseball Park against their NL Central Rivals Cincinnati on Thursday, March 8 and Thursday March 29 and Chicago-NL on Saturday, March 10.  The Brewers will celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a game against Los Angeles of Anaheim in Tempe.

On Tuesday, April 2, the Brewers will play at Chicago-NL in Mesa at 12:00 p.m. and then play against Arizona at Chase Field at 6:40 p.m.  The Brewers will again play the Diamondbacks at Chase Field to close out the 2012 Spring Training schedule on Wednesday, April 4 at 12:40 p.m.

Pitchers and Catchers report to Spring Training on Saturday, February 18 2012 while Position Players report on Friday, February 24.

Tickets for the Milwaukee Brewers home Spring Training games will go on sale at 10 am CT on Monday, December 5 via the internet at brewers.com and by phone at 1-800-933-7890.  Normal business hours are from 9am – 5pm CST.  Sales at the Maryvale Baseball Park Box Office will begin on Monday, February 6, 2012.  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.

Also, fans can take part in the Official Brewers Road Crew Spring Training trip.  More information on that trip can be found here: Brewers Road Crew Spring Training trip.

Click the following link for Brewers Spring Training Online headquarters.

Click the following link for a .PDF of the 2012 Spring Training Schedule.

–JOHN

johnandcait@brewers.com

Well-Equipped: There is No Offseason for Tony Migliaccio

Tony Migliaccio sure knows his way around the clubhouse.

And he should. He’s the Director of Clubhouse Operations and the
Equipment Manager
for the Club and he’s played an integral role in the
clubhouse since Opening Day of 1978, when he started as a batboy and
clubhouse attendant for the visiting side of things.

“It was Paul Molitor‘s first game for the Brewers. I always look back
and kind of laugh that at the time, Molitor made the team and started
the season as shortstop, nobody had really heard of him. Robin [Yount] had some
health issues so he didn’t start on Opening Day, but Molitor did. There
was a picture in the paper back then of Molitor making a play and there
I was, the ball boy down the left-field line, just sitting there, you
know? His first day and mine,” Tony recalls.


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The 1978 Milwaukee Brewers Team Photo. Tony is
third from the left in the bottom row.   Paul Molitor is second from the
right in the fourth row.




The next season, Tony switched over to the home clubhouse, where he was a
batboy and a clubhouse attendant three more years before he became the
clubhouse assistant to then Equipment Manager, Bob Sullivan for
approximately four years. When Bob passed away, Tony was given the head
job as Director of Clubhouse Operations and Equipment Manager and he’s
had that ever since.

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Tony Migliaccio as Director of Clubhouse Operations & Equipment Manager.



Tony describes his role as having dual responsibilities:

“You work as the Equipment Manager and in that role, you order all the
equipment the players need to play the game–bats, balls, shoes, clothes, etc. On the
other side of it, we manage and operate the clubhouse, running the
day-to-day operations of that.That part of the job entails clothing
them and providing another service by feeding them breakfast, lunch and
dinner. We do what we can to get them on the field. Everyone has a role.
The trainers’ role is to keep them healthy on the field, the coaches’
job is to teach. Here, we keep a nice house, clothe them, feed them and
make sure they’re happy, play the game and have a good time.
” he
explained.

“I think everyday is unique. That’s kind of the neat part of it. You can
come in here and every day there is a different challenge or need. Our
role is to make the guys as comfortable as possible. They have enough
hurdles in the game, on the field, and so many other things going on
around them in their lives that we try to make it as comfortable for
them as we can and to create an enjoyable environment.”

Tony and I talked about the change in the uniforms over the years. As
time has progressed, the uniform specifications have gotten a little
more complicated, keeping Tony and his staff on their toes.

“You look at the guys on the field now and compare it to the late 1980s,
where it was all just cookie cutter- you know, 34″ waist pants and a
44″ jersey. Now we’ve got many options, for example, pants can be open
bottom, or more tapered. Some players may wear things bigger,
looser…The marketing of the game has changed as such that there is a
lot more variety–a couple of different jackets, a couple different
jerseys.”

Tony told me that the team never had BP tops in the 80s, they just wore
game jerseys. Now in essence, there are six different jerseys and each
player has to have more than one as a backup in case something happens.
When you multiply that times a 25-man roster, plus a few guys that Tony
knows will move up and down in the organization due to injuries,
pitching, etc. that he’ll also need to carry uniforms and equipment for,
you can see he has quite a bit to handle and monitor for inventory.

And, when it comes to Spring Training when a team has such a large roster, you can imagine that Tony is a very busy man.

“In Spring Training you are doing a lot of the same things as you would
during the regular season, but you have twice as many players. We have
53 players here now and we’ll leave here with 25. So that’s the
difference with Spring Training, the magnitude, more people to take care
of, more to feed, more to clothe, more equipment to provide,
” Tony
said.

Tony remembers years ago when it seemed like Spring Training was looked
upon as the time that players would use to get in shape. They’d come
down to camp, play 20 games and then go back ready to start the season.
It was much lower key and the days were shorter.

“Now,” Tony said, “Players come down in shape, we play 30 games and
there are more services required. Sometimes, there are two games a day.
It is a little more intense than it used to be.”

“I have been fortunate that I’ve worked in all three facilities that
we’ve been in: Sun City, Chandler and here in Maryvale.You look at the
progression, even just in our area, at the space we’ve had and what
we’ve provided. In Sun City, we had a very tiny equipment room, but you
made it work, you adjusted things. We didn’t provide as much stuff for
the guys. Then we moved to Chandler and it was a little bigger, but now
we have this space, which is twice as big and we’ve already outgrown it
into renting storage facilities to house a lot of the equipment,” Tony
said.

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Here is just one area of Tony’s equipment room at Maryvale Baseball Park.


Just like the rest of us, there is no offseason for Tony Migliaccio and
his staff. 

Starting in January, trucks will leave Milwaukee bringing
everything down to set up for camp. Tony and his staff will arrive, help
take part in the Brewers Fantasy Camp, work through Spring Training and
then travel back to Milwaukee for Opening Day and play through the
summer. Then when all the games are done, while their hours are a little
more regular and they have weekends free, they still have to prepare
for the following year, taking inventory, working on the budget, and
planning.

Tony also travels with the team.

“I do 90% of the travel. I made every trip for probably about 15 or 16
years and then, 10 to12 years ago, we started breaking up the trips a
little bit so Visiting Clubhouse Manager Phil Rozewicz or Home Clubhouse
Assistant Jason Shawger
will make a trip or two. Out of Spring
Training, I will pretty much stay with the team throughout the first
month of April and wait until the middle or end of May to take a trip
off to stay at home, catch up in the office and at home,” Tony said.

In his job, Tony also has to be prepared for anything.

“When we travel throughout the year, part of our extra equipment stock
is carrying blank jerseys and numbers, everything you need to make a
jersey. In each city, we have a reciprocal relationship with the
visiting clubhouse staff that take care of us. They have a seamstress on
hand that they work with so if we get into San Diego late one night and
Vice President-Assistant General Manager Gord Ash calls and says ‘Hey,
we’re bringing up so-and-so,’ I can get to the park early that morning,
pull out everything I need, call our contact, have them come out and put
our jersey together within a couple hours,” he explained.

“Knock on wood, we’ve always got it there in time. I have heard there
have been situations with some teams where they make a move so quickly
that they have to have a player wear a jersey with another name on the
back just to get out there on the field. We’ve been lucky where its
worked out. That’s one great thing about Majestic Athletic being the
licensee and having all of the team for uniforms–they have a good bank
of knowledge as to everyone’s sizes.”

Tony takes extra precautions to be prepared and make sure he’s ready for
anything. When it became likely that we would make the trade for CC
Sabathia
in 2008, it was Fourth of July weekend and he knew that
Majestic shuts down for the holidays. Knowing CC’s size and that he had
such unique specs on his gear, Tony took the initiative to order his
uniforms the week before, to have them on hand just in case.

“I figured hey, you know what, if we don’t make the trade, it will be a collector’s item. It all worked out,” he recalled.

Speaking of 2008,  making the Postseason that year ranks in the top 10 of Tony’s favorite memories in his time with the Club.

“It pretty neat, the way it came down to the last day.The way it played out was pretty cool,” he said.

“I was also fortunate to be around during the World Series in the early
’80s. I was a young kid then,” Tony said. “Molitor’s 39-game hitting
streak
was pretty neat, Robin’s 3000th hit, 1987, that whole start of
winning 13 in a row, Nieves throwing a no-hitter. That was a pretty
unique thing, to start off that hot,” he said.

It was great catching up with Tony and taking a tour of his world, but
with his phone buzzing during our interview and guys stopping him along
the way, I knew I had to let him get back to work.

Here’s to hoping the 2011 season makes Tony’s list of favorite memories!

-CAIT
johnandcait@brewers.com

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