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Brett Phillips Surprises Fans During Spring Training Game

During yesterday’s game, I decided to give away some T-Shirts via our Twitter and Snapchat accounts.

I was simply going to send out a tweet asking fans to come find me to get a free Brewers shirt. I’ve been doing it with caps the last couple of days and it’s worked out really well.

As I was walking by with my stack of t-shirts, Brewers prospect Brett Phillips stopped me and said, “Hey what are you doing with those shirts?” I explained it to him. He thought it was cool. And then he said, “Can I come help?”

I must admit this took me aback a little because usually I’m the one asking the players to help us with our social media efforts; it’s not always the other way around.

Not one to refuse help, I let Brett, who was not playing in the game and was wearing his street clothes, come tag along.

We sent this out and then hung back and waited.

If you tweet it, they will come… soon enough, fans came over to claim the shirts and which point they were surprised to find that not only did they get a free shirt, but they also got to meet Brett Phillips, one of our top prospects and the “kid with the crazy laugh.”

But Brett didn’t stop there. He decided to have a little fun with the fans…. Check it out (if you’re on mobile, click on the MLB Network logo to watch!):

Hilarious! Thanks for all your help, Brett! We had a blast and while it would be nice to be able to bring you with me to every game, I’m really looking forward to seeing you tear it up on the field soon!

-Cait

@CMoyer

It’s Hank!

The Great Pumpkin is fake. Paul is dead, Elvis lives, and man never walked on the moon. Sometimes myths and conspiracies have no end, no hard proof to end the debate.

But not today.

Through the wonders of advanced technology and modern medicine, baseball and dog lovers around the world can now rest easy. There is only one Hank, The Ballpark Pup.

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine William S. Rice of Lakeside Animal Hospital, who has cared for Hank since his arrival in Milwaukee in the spring of 2014, confirmed the identity of Hank in an examination yesterday. Dr. Rice compared original and current dental records, which were a match. In addition, a microchip implanted in Hank when he moved from Arizona was scanned yesterday, and identification number matched Hank’s registration in the database.

For a second opinion, another scan was performed this morning by Dr. Nancy Weiss, Wisconsin Humane Society Veterinary Director, which reconfirmed that Hank is…Hank.

“Every day at the Wisconsin Humane Society, we see animals transform from scraggly strays to healthier, stunning pets simply because of excellent care and good grooming,” said Anne Reed, President and CEO of The Wisconsin Humane Society. “In Hank’s case, it’s evident that his transformation is solely due to the loving care he receives from his family. In addition, Hank was microchipped and a simple scan of a chip can reveal an animal’s identification. This technology not only helps to reunite lost animals with their families, but in Hanks’s case, verifies that he is indeed the true Hank.”

Hank was microchipped and a simple scan of a chip can reveal an animal's identification. This technology helps to reunite lost animals with their families.

Hank was microchipped and a simple scan of a chip can reveal an animal’s identification. This technology helps to reunite lost animals with their families.

The conspiracy stemmed from a post on BrewCrewBall.com that alleged that Hank was an impostor after comparing photos from the spring of 2014 to more recent images.

“We couldn’t ignore the dissimilarities, and while we all had a good laugh at the theory, we wanted to take the steps to reassure everyone through absolute proof that there was no Hank double,” said Rick Schlesinger, Brewers Chief Operating Officer. “Hank is part of the Brewers family, and if anything, the interest in today’s story shows how one stray dog can capture the hearts of a community. Along those lines, we knew that this would be a great opportunity to work with our friends at the Wisconsin Humane Society to deliver important messages about animal care, tracking and adoption.”

Hank’s story dates to February of 2014 when he wandered into the Brewers Spring Training complex in Maryvale, Arizona. Hank quickly became a fixture at Brewers camp, participating in workouts and becoming a media star on an international level. He moved to Milwaukee later that spring and was adopted by the family of Brewers Vice President and General Counsel Marti Wronski.

Hank and his "mom," Marti Wronski at today's press conference.

Hank and his “mom,” Marti Wronski at today’s press conference.

His rise to fame included being named “Dog of the Year” at the nationally televised World Dog Awards in 2015. And just last week, he appeared on stage at the request of Cesar Millan, “The Dog Whisperer.”

“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.

2/20/14 “#BallparkPup”date:

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 Tickets On Sale Today

Bernie Brewer at Maryvale Baseball Park

Bernie Brewer at Maryvale Baseball Park

In just 71 days, pitchers and catchers report to Spring Training.  I know it isn’t even Christmas yet, but we are always thinking baseball here and today is another milestone as we approach the 2014 season.  Today is the day Spring Training tickets go on sale.

Tickets for the Milwaukee Brewers home Spring Training games at Maryvale Baseball Park are on sale now via the internet at Brewers.com and by phone at 1-800-933-7890.  Normal business hours for phone orders are from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. CT.  Sales at the Maryvale Baseball Park Box Office will begin on Monday, February 3, 2014.

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.

Nearly every home Cactus League game will include a collectible bobblehead from this past season, offered to the first 2,000 fans in attendance.  These giveaway dates include the following:

Date Opponent Bobblehead Giveaway/Promotion
Saturday, March 1 Los Angeles Dodgers Carlos Gomez bobblehead
Monday, March 3 Chicago Cubs Hank Aaron bobblehead
Thursday, March 6 Colorado Rockies Ben Oglivie bobblehead
Friday, March 7 San Diego Padres Cerveceros Day
Monday, March 10 Chicago White Sox George Scott bobblehead
Saturday, March 15 Cincinnati Reds Polish bobble
Monday, March 17 Chicago White Sox Gorman Thomas bobblehead
Saturday, March 22 LA Angels of Anaheim Harvey Kuenn bobblehead
Thursday, March 27 Cincinnati Reds Ryan Braun bobblehead

Tickets for the two exhibition games at Miller Park against the Kansas City Royals on Friday, March 28 and Saturday, March 29 will go on sale at a later date.

Pitchers and catchers are scheduled to report to Spring Training on Saturday, February 15.  All position players have a report date of Friday, February 21.  The first full workout is scheduled for Saturday, February 22.

If you love the Brewers, a trip to Spring Training is a great investment.  Beautiful, sunny weather, Brewers baseball and a relaxed environment make it an enjoyable experience for Brewers fans of all ages.

–JOHN
johnandcait@brewers.com

Aaron Rodgers to Appear in 2012 Brewers TV Spots

You guessed it! We’re so happy to have Packers Quarterback and MVP Aaron Rodgers in the house with us today for our 2012 TV shoot!

MVPs: Aaron Rodgers and Ryan Braun pose together on set.

What’s he doing in the spots? You’re just going to have to wait to find out!

-Cait

johnandcait@brewers.com

Mystery Guest at Camp Today

We’ve got a special guest with us down in Spring Training today!

Any guesses?

Hint: Yes, Martin Maldonado is still #12 on our roster, but it’s not him…

-Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

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