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Tomorrow, Thursday, March 13, community members have the opportunity to work together as a team and make a difference in the Greater Milwaukee area by participating in the third annual Match Day. This one-day online event, coordinated by the Greater Milwaukee Foundation, in partnership with Brewers Community Foundation and other local funders, will support 20 different basic needs organizations that serve as a lifeline to thousands of individuals and families in need.
Match Day offers individuals, businesses and others a chance to support the organizations in our community that are helping meet individuals’ basic needs. Individuals can donate to the Greater Milwaukee Foundation’s Basic Needs Fund or to one or more of the 20 participating agencies tomorrow. Thanks to $750,000 in matching funds contributed by a pool of funders including Brewers Community Foundation and The Ceres Foundation, each donation made online on Thursday will be proportionately matched, up to $750,000. Over the past two years, more than $4.6 million was raised overall through the event.
Donations could feed a family that may otherwise go without food this week, aid a veteran who is struggling from post-traumatic stress disorder or provide shelter to someone who has just lost their home.
To make a donation, please visit www.matchdaymke.org tomorrow to help support the 20 Basic Needs Organizations in the Greater Milwaukee Area. Gifts can be made during the 24-hour online giving event on Thursday. The minimum gift is $10.
Mark and Debbie Attanasio and Brewers Community Foundation are co-sponsors for Match Day, along with The Ceres Foundation, and have donated financially to this cause. Supporters include Erv and Beverly Colton, The Faye McBeath Foundation and United Way of Greater Milwaukee, along with numerous contributors.
The nonprofits benefitting from the funds raised include:
- Advocates of Ozaukee
- Cathedral Center
- Center for Veterans Issues
- Community Advocates
- Family Promise of Washington County
- Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin
- Food Pantry of Waukesha County
- Friends of Abused Families
- Guest House of Milwaukee
- Hebron House of Hospitality
- Hope Center
- Hope House of Milwaukee
- Hunger Task Force
- Milwaukee Rescue Mission
- Pathfinders Milwaukee
- Repairers of the Breach
- Salvation Army of Greater Milwaukee
- Sojourner Family Peace Center
- Walker’s Point Youth & Family Center
Friday, 3/14/14 Update: Thank you so much for all of your support for the 2014 Match Day! It was a huge success:
-John and Cait
Nearly 30 Milwaukee Brewers players plus a host of alumni, coaches, front office executives and broadcasters are scheduled to participate in Brewers On Deck, presented by Time Warner Cable, which is set to take place on Sunday, January 26 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. at the Wisconsin Center.
This is the signature off season event for the Brewers and is fun for the entire family. Keep in mind that this year, admission is FREE and tickets are not required. Just show up and walk in!
Here is the list Brewers fans have been waiting for!
*1/23/2014 Update: Unfortunately, Scooter is no longer able to attend Brewers On Deck.
Brewers On Deck will feature a number of activities for the entire family. Autographs and photos from Brewers players, coaches and alumni; interactive games in the Kids Area; Q&A sessions and game shows with Brewers players, coaches and broadcasters; vendor booths with baseball memorabilia; Brewers Community Foundation’s Treasure Hunt and many other activities will all be a part of Brewers On Deck.
Food donations will be accepted through the Hunger Task Force (peanut butter is requested by the Hunger Task Force, in particular). Donations can be dropped off at two main entrances to the Wisconsin Center, located at 4th Street and Wisconsin Avenue, and 4th Street and Wells Street.
Details regarding autographs include the following: Recipients of “PREMIER” autographs (players to be announced next week) will be chosen through a random selection process. Each fan in attendance will receive one Premier Entry sheet which may be redeemed at the Random Selection area outside the Main Exhibit Hall of the Wisconsin Center District. The Premier Entry sheet will be exchanged for a numbered coupon to be entered into the random selection process for any one of the select Brewers players. Coupon distribution will be available at 8 a.m. the day of the event and will continue up to an hour before each designated autograph session. There is no cost for coupons to enter the random selection process; however, those holding winning coupons must pay $10 at the respective autograph stage to collect their player signature. There will be 250 winners for each of the autograph sessions. The winning ticket numbers will be posted at the designated autograph stage no less than 30 minutes prior to each player’s session.
Players and staff not included in the PREMIER autograph list will not use the random selection process. Each of these players will sign 250 autographs at prices ranging from free to $10. A schedule of players, their session times, and distribution info will be posted next week. The autograph opportunities are for signatures on photo cards provided by the team; the Brewers cannot guarantee that any player will sign other memorabilia. For additional information, visit Brewers.com/ondeck.
Autograph proceeds benefit Brewers Community Foundation. Please note that cash is the only acceptable form of payment for autographs. The Brewers cannot guarantee that any player will sign other memorabilia, and personalization of items is solely up to the discretion of each player.
Fans also have the opportunity to enter to win autographs from their favorite players via a #BrewersOnDeck Vine & Instagram contest, which runs through Monday, January 20.
Stay tuned for our annual preview of Brewers On Deck later this week!
–John and Cait
Congratulations to our five blog readers who won tickets to the Milwaukee Film Festival’s “An Evening with Paul Attanasio” last week.
We hope you enjoyed the event as much as we did!
For those of you who don’t know, Paul is the brother of Brewers Chairman and Principal Owner, Mark Attanasio and is an award-winning Hollywood writer/producer. He has worked on projects like Quiz Show, Donnie Brasco and House M.D.
On Saturday evening, Paul was a special guest at the Oriental Theatre and took part in a question and answer session where he discussed his career, influences and his thoughts on the film industry today with Artistic and Executive Director of the Film Festival, Jonathan Jackson.
We found the retrospective to be informative and incredibly interesting. Paul had attended Harvard Law School before he got an internship at the Washington Post. There, he ended up having the opportunity to audition for the role of film critic. At the young age of 24, he was selected and spent three years in the job.
During the event, Jonathan read an excerpt from a review Paul had written on the 1987 Sylvester Stallone movie, “Over the Top” and Paul laughed along with the audience as he admitted to being quite green and having “two gears”–one condescending and sarcastic about the film and one highly praising and glowing. Read Paul’s review of “Over the Top” here.
But Paul says he learned a lot during his time as a film critic and considers it his education in the industry. He made a lot of connections and he was able to develop his writing skills as well. He left the Post when producer Jerry Bruckheimer gave him a screenwriting job.
Flash forward to today and Paul’s been nominated for just about every industry award there is, including the Oscar, Emmy, and Golden Globe.
The audience was treated to clips from Paul’s movies and TV shows, followed by his insight into certain elements of the plot, characters, dialogue and more.
Toward the end of the evening, Paul looked ahead to his next projects, including reading the opening scene for The Vatican, a project he is working on with Showtime.
Finally, the audience had a chance to ask their own questions of Paul as the evening concluded.
Were you in attendance on Saturday night? We’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below! Have any recommendations for films that we can still have a chance to check out between now and Thursday, when the Festival wraps up? Please share!
If you haven’t had a chance to check out the Film Festival, we hope you can get there this week. More information on the festival including ticket information for all events can be found here.
–JOHN AND CAIT
With the Brewers season over, Brewers fans (and employees like myself) find themselves with a little more free time on their hands. Milwaukee is a great city and has a lot of activities to fill that void including an event that began late last week, The Milwaukee Film Festival.
Now you are probably thinking to yourself, ‘Why are John and Cait selling me on the Film Festival? What do they know about films?” I am not promising I am a movie expert by any means. I am your average fan of movies, but I just wanted to shed some light on an event that is fun and exciting in town. I also love some of the unique theaters in Milwaukee like the Oriental and Downer—both showcased throughout the festival. We are lucky to have an event like this in our city and I am happy that the Brewers recognize the importance of culture like this by sponsoring the festival.
Last Thursday, the Film Festival hosted its annual Opening Night Party at the Discovery World Museum on the lakefront. It was a great event with a lot of energy and excitement. A live performance from local singer/songwriter Evan Christian was featured along with the Milwaukee debut of Hypnotic Brass Ensemble.
Hypnotic Brass Ensemble came from New York City to perform and can be seen in Brothers Hypnotic, a featured film at this year’s Milwaukee Film Festival. They brought the house (or tent) down with their hip hop and jazz combo that filled the room with unique sounds.
Another part of this year’s film festival that is close to the Brewers is “An Evening With Paul Attanasio.” Paul is the brother of Brewers Chairman and Principal Owner, Mark Attanasio and is an award-winning Hollywood writer/producer. As a part of a special event this Saturday at the festival, Paul Attanasio will be honored. He has worked on projects like Quiz Show, Donnie Brasco and House M.D.
The event will take place at the Oriental Theatre at 7:30 p.m. Paul Attanasio will discuss his career, influences and his thoughts of the film industry today. I’m guessing he might also talk a little Brewers baseball as he closely follows his brother’s team.
Cait and I will be at Saturday’s event so if you have any questions about Paul Attanasio’s previous film projects or the industry in general, let us know and we will pass the question on to him and get it answered for our wrap up.
As a part of the Brewers Community Foundation sponsorship of the Milwaukee Film Festival, weekday Education Screenings for area elementary, middle and high school students have been made possible. Each day finds nearly 1,000 students at the Oriental Theatre for an incredible cinematic experience–complete with the Brewers Famous Racing Sausages to greet them on the way out!
I do have a list of movies that I would like to see before the festival ends next week (click here for a complete schedule). Again, I’m no expert and am not pretending to be a critic, but these films looked interesting to me and I thought I would share:
Muscle Shoals – Thursday, 7:00 p.m. Fox Bay Cinema Grill
Earth – Friday, 7:00 p.m. Oriental Theatre
Google and the World Brain – Friday, 7:30 p.m. Fox Bay Cinema Grill and Wednesday, October 9, 7:30 p.m. Downer Theatre
2001: A Space Odyssey – Saturday, 10;30 p.m. Oriental Theatre (I’ve seen it before, but never on the big screen!)
12 O’Clock Boys – Monday, 7:15 p.m. and Thursday, October 10 Oriental Theatre
More information on the festival including ticket information for all events can be found here.
What is your favorite baseball movie of all-time? Vote below or if I forgot your favorite, let us know in the comments section below.
Last night, Miller Park was packed with almost 44,000 fans who were, at one point, treated to a display of fireworks.
No, the Crew wasn’t in town–it was Sir Paul McCartney who was bringing the house down for a record crowd (for a non-baseball event) despite sweltering temperatures.
For a complete review of the show, check out Piet Levy’s from The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. He’s even got the setlist, which included songs such as “Eight Days a Week,” “Maybe I’m Amazed,” “Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da,” and two encores including, “Day Tripper,” and “Yesterday.”
We asked you to share your comments and photos using #OutThereMke, so we’ve pulled some of the reaction around the web. Enjoy!
Reader Ginny Prince from Bay View emailed some additional photos to me this afternoon:
And, as of 4:45pm today, I’ve created a Storify, compiling some of the best tweets we received. Click here to view.
Do you have more photos and/or comments from last night’s show that you’d like to share? Tweet and/or Instagram them using the hashtag #OutThereMKE or email them to firstname.lastname@example.org; I’ll be updating this post throughout the day!
DIY Network has joined forces with MLB Network for the “Pin Your Turf, We’ll Crash Your City” Pinterest Contest and Milwaukee could end up on the popular show Yard Crashers!
Milwaukee, along with eight other Major League cities, is featured on DIY Network’s Pinterest Board, where fans can pin postcards from the select cities starting now through Wednesday, May 8 for a chance to have licensed contractor Matt Blashaw and the Yard Crashers team ambush the winning baseball town. Shooting this summer and premiering in 2014, a special episode of Yard Crashers will feature the winning city’s ambush and surprise one lucky fan with a home run outdoor makeover.
Brewers fans can help increase our hometown score with each competitive re-pin of this image (you can click right on it and be taken to Pinterest):
So far, the Astros are in the lead, but since we know Brewers fans vote and share in droves when posed with a challenge, hopefully that will change very soon!
“People always ask me to come and crash their space,” said Matt Blashaw, host and licensed contractor of DIY Network’s Yard Crashers. “Now is your chance. Just show your club some Pinterest love and I may show up in your town, your yard, and give you a winning space!”
Along with the Brewers, the other Clubs we’re pitted against are: Pittsburgh Pirates, Colorado Rockies, San Francisco Giants, Oakland Athletics, Seattle Mariners, San Diego Padres, Houston Astros and the Minnesota Twins.
Starting in 2009, DIY Network and MLB Network partnered together for special episodes of DIY Network’s popular series, including Yard War: Baseball in 2010, House Crashers in 2011, Desperate Landscapes and Man Caves in 2012, and currently Mega Dens in 2013.
Official rules are available on DIYNetwork.com. Catch all new episodes of Yard Crashers on Monday nights at 9 p.m. CT on DIY Network.
About DIY Network
DIY Network, from the makers of HGTV and Food Network, is the go-to destination for rip-up, knock-out home improvement television. Currently in more than 58 million homes, DIY Network’s programming covers a broad range of categories, including home improvement and landscaping. The network’s award-winning website, DIYNetwork.com, consistently ranks among America’s top home and garden Internet destinations for entertaining videos, home improvement advice, step-by-step instructions, message boards, blogs, an interactive program guide and more. Headquartered in Knoxville, Tenn., DIY Network is wholly owned by Scripps Networks Interactive, Inc. (SNI). Viewers can also become fans of DIY Network and interact with other home improvement enthusiasts and do-it-yourselfers through Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest. DIY Network is available nationwide on DISH Network Ch. 111 and DIRECTV Ch. 230, and additional cable channel
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About MLB Network
MLB Network is the ultimate television destination for baseball fans, featuring the Emmy Award-winning MLB Tonight, live games, original programming, highlights, and insights and analysis from the best in the business, including Bob Costas, Peter Gammons, Jim Kaat, Al Leiter and Harold Reynolds. MLB Network debuted on January 1, 2009 as the largest launch in cable television history and is currently distributed in more than 70 million homes throughout the U.S. and Puerto Rico. For more information and to find MLB Network in your area, go to www.mlbnetwork.com.
Next Monday, the red-hot Brew Crew returns home for the start of our ever-popular 5-County, 5-Day Celebration.
From Monday, April 29-Friday, May 3, residents of Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Racine, Washington, and Waukesha Counties can purchase half-price tickets for all reserved seats (except the Miller Lite Beerpen, All-Inclusive Areas and the $1 Uecker Seats).
And, I was looking ahead to next week’s weather forecast and what’s that number I see there for Tuesday? 71?!? Perfect weather to get out of your house and into ours!
To purchase tickets for the 5-County, 5-Day Celebration, visit brewers.com/5county.
Wrapping up the rest of the homestand, we’ve got a 3:05pm start vs. the Cardinals on Saturday, May 4 and then Sunday, May 5 is Corey Hart Bobblehead Day, presented by Kwik Trip. You’ll want to get your tickets early to score that, too!
In case you’re wondering about his uniform, this collectible features Hart in a 1913 Brewers uniform, honoring the 100th Anniversary of that team’s first American Association Championship. We’ll be paying tribute to the 1913 Minor League Milwaukee Brewers of the American Association on that day as well. Both the Brewers and Cardinals will wear throwback uniforms from the 1913 season. The American Association Brewers, who played from 1902-52, won their first league championship in 1913. Overall, they won eight pennants during their 51 seasons of existence.
Hope to see you out here next week!
Last night, I was privileged to attend a special screening of “42,” the highly-anticipated Warner Bros & Legendary Pictures biopic of the late, great Jackie Robinson, with a special reception for community leaders, hosted in part by Brewers Community Foundation.
The showing, which took place at Mayfair Mall’s AMC Theatres, was one of just three private screenings in the entire country. In addition to Milwaukee, the other screenings took place in Washington D.C. (hosted by Michelle Obama) and in Atlanta, GA (with Hank Aaron in attendance), also last evening.
The movie is scheduled to open in theaters on Friday, April 12, but I’ve got a review for you here, plus details on a play based on Robinson’s life opening in Milwaukee called Jackie and Me.
First, in case you haven’t seen it, here’s the 42 trailer to whet your appetite:
Although the movie is called “42,” referencing Jackie Robinson’s jersey number, this story is not only about Jackie—it’s also about legendary Brooklyn Dodgers GM Branch Rickey, whose brave stand against prejudice forever changed the world by changing the game of baseball.
Because, in Rickey’s words, “There is more than playing. I wish it meant only hits runs, and errors-only the things they put in the box score. Because…a baseball box score is a democratic thing. It doesn’t tell how big you are, what church you attend, what color you are, or how your father voted in the last election.”
The movie opens in 1945 and chronicles Robinson’s journey from the Negro Leagues team the Kansas City Monarchs to the Brooklyn Dodgers’ AAA Club, the Montreal Royals and finally to his Major League debut on April 15, 1947 as a member of the Brooklyn Dodgers (a date we now commemorate across MLB as Jackie Robinson Day).
I will warn you that there are a few scenes that are tough to watch—but then you remember that this is not just a fictional movie; it’s something that actually happened less than 70 years ago, and you think about how, if it’s so hard for you to watch, how hard must it have been for Robinson to endure?
That’s the feeling the filmmakers are trying to convey. And they don’t just want you to sympathize with Robinson (although that’s a key theme in the film)—they want to illustrate the type of man that he was, how primarily with help from Rickey, his wife, and a reporter named Wendell Smith, he prevailed in the face of the greatest of adversity and went on to not only break the color barrier, but become the 1947 Rookie of the Year and stolen bases champion, a six-time All-Star, and World Series Champion (1955).
Story aside for a moment, the acting in this film is just superb. Chadwick Boseman, a relatively unknown actor, gives an amazing performance as Jackie Robinson and Nicole Beharie, an actress of similar stature is stunning and gorgeous in her role as his wife, Rachel. And although I will admit that I had my doubts when I heard Harrison Ford was playing Branch Rickey (especially after reading this article), he surprised me with a very believable and powerful portrayal. The other actors in the film, particularly those playing Robinson’s teammates or rivals, also did an excellent job. Whether it was someone lovable who sympathized with Robinson and reached out to him; or someone despicable (and there are plenty), you could tell that each character and line of dialogue was specifically chosen by screenwriter Brian Helgeland and really (excuse the pun) hits home.
One of my favorite people in the story is Pee Wee Reese the Brooklyn Dodgers’ All-Star shortstop, portrayed by Lucas Black. His prowess on the field aside, Reese is also famous for his support of Robinson through the most difficult times.
In the movie he says to Robinson, “Maybe tomorrow we’ll all wear 42. That way they won’t be able to tell us apart.”
It’s a moment of levity and a moment of foreshadowing because, as you’re likely aware, each year on April 15, in an inspiring, league-wide effort, Major League Baseball teams observe Jackie Robinson Day. On this day, all players and on-field personnel wear the number “42,” in honor of his indelible legacy and commemorating the historic date when Baseball truly became our national game. This year, because the Brewers have an off-day on Monday, April 15, we’ll celebrate Jackie Robinson Day on April 16 when the San Francisco Giants come to town.
There’s also another Brewers-Robinson connection: First Stage Children’s Theater will feature the play Jackie and Me at the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts in Milwaukee. It will be performed April 12 through May 5 and Brewers Community Foundation and Rickie Weeks are serving as sponsors of the production. Tickets can be ordered online at firststage.org.
Now since the Brewers had a game last night, unfortunately none of our players were able to attend the screening. However, in Washington, in addition to the movie’s cast and crew, Bryce Harper of the Washington Nationals was in attendance on his off-day. He tweeted:
What an incredible showing tonight of the movie 42! So moving and just an unbelievable story! He’s a hero to all! #42 twitter.com/Bharper3407/st…
— Bryce Harper (@Bharper3407) April 3, 2013
Likewise, some of the Atlanta Braves spent their off-day seeing the movie as well:
— Chris Johnson (@C_Johnson28) April 2, 2013
Pumped to be at the 42 Movie screening tonight!!! #42Atlanta
— Cory Gearrin (@CoryGearrin) April 2, 2013
Special off day, having a chance to watch the movie “42”. Such an honor to enjoy the story of a legend. #42Atlanta
— Justin Upton (@JUP_8TL) April 2, 2013
I hope you’ll take our recommendations and go and see this amazing film. I can’t wait to hear what you think. Please share your comments/reviews below.
I’m very excited to tell you that the Brewers Fan-Tastic Forty–40 days , 40 drawings, 40 unique prizes and experiences–is back for the third year in a row!
The same promotion that saw fans win prizes like Klement’s Sausage for a Year, their photo on a ticket, and a big-league contract for a day in 2011 and 2012 is kicking off this month with more fun in store for Season Seat Holders in 2013.
Fans can look forward to prizes such as:
- a Brewers On Deck VIP Experience
- A private movie screening for eight on monster scoreboard at Miller Park;
- Club Suite Parties with Craig Counsell or Doug Melvin;
- A sampling of each of Miller Park’s six all-inclusive areas during the 2013 season;
- 2014 season tickets at 1982 pricing;
- A tour of the Miller Park roof;
- And, my personal favorite: Shadowing brewers.com Beat Writer and popular blogger, Adam McCalvy for day
All fans who purchase or renew ticket packages of 20-games or more have the opportunity to win these prizes, plus an assortment of other unique prizes and experiences spread out over 40 days. From Wednesday, January 16 through Sunday, February 24, one Season Seat Holder per day will be selected to win a designated prize in the Fan-Tastic Forty promotion.
Purchases made prior to today already have an entry in the contest. Purchases made within the 40 days of the promotion will be eligible for the next day’s drawing and remainder of the prizes. For example, a purchase on January 19 will be eligible for all prizes from January 20 – February 24. The last day to purchase to be eligible for prizes is Friday, February 22.
Fans looking to renew or have questions about new packages are welcomed to call 414-902-HITS (4487) or visit brewers.com/fan40. Full sweepstakes rules are also available at the site.
A complete list of prizes along with the date they will be selected is as follows:
January 16 – Team Store Shopping Spree. Win $1,000 to spend in the Brewers Team Store by Majestic.
January 17 –Your Very Own Ticket. For one game during the 2013 season, your photo will be printed on every season ticket.
January 18 – Brewers On Deck VIP Experience. Receive two free tickets to the annual fan fest, plus jump to the front of any autograph line for free autographs.
January 19 – Free Parking for the Season. Enjoy complimentary Preferred Parking for every game in your 2013 ticket plan.
January 20 – Game of Catch with a Brewers Pitcher. Play catch with, and receive pitching tips and instruction from a Brewers pitcher.
January 21 – Tour the Roof. Take a tour of the Miller Park roof and get the best view of the ballpark.
January 22 – VIP Luncheon. You and a guest will sit at the head table during the 2013 Season Seat Holder Luncheon in the NYCE Stadium Club with two Brewers players and/or coaches and Brewers executives. Take home an autographed baseball from each player and/or coach.
January 23 – Slide Down Bernie’s Slide. Take a trip down Bernie’s slide before a 2013 home game and then watch part of the game from Bernie’s Chalet.
January 24 – Party Suite for you and 29 Friends. Take in a 2013 home game with 29 of your friends from a spacious Party Suite, complete with food and beverage.
January 25 –Owner’s Seats at Miller Park. Sit in the owner’s seats for a game with three friends and enjoy a visit from Brewers executives.
January 26 – Shadow a Brewers Beat Writer. Follow Brewers.com beat writer Adam McCalvy during all pregame activities on the field and in the Clubhouse for a 2013 home game.
January 27 – You in the Team Photo. You will be included in an unofficial team photo with the 2013 Brewers roster and coaching staff.
January 28 – Field of Sweet Dreams Experience. You and three friends will enjoy a night under the stars while camping on the Miller Park outfield at the annual Field of Sweet Dreams event.
January 29 – Miller Lite Beerpen Experience. Enjoy a 2013 home game in the Miller Lite Beerpen on a Friday night with 29 of your friends.
January 30 – Baseball Signed by Opening Day Starters. Receive nine baseballs, each signed by a member of the Brewers Opening Day lineup.
January 31 – Tickets for Each All-Inclusive Area. Enjoy a game from each of Miller Park’s six All-Inclusive Areas with two tickets for six different games in the special seating areas.
February 1 – Pizza for a Year. Win a one-year supply of Palermo’s Pizza.
February 2 – Throw Out the First Pitch. Throw out the first pitch prior to a 2013 Brewers home game, plus receive a personalized Brewers jersey.
February 3 – Club Suite Party with Craig. Win a Club Suite for you and nine friends to a 2013 home game, complete with food and beverage, and enjoy a visit from Brewers alum Craig Counsell.
February 4 – Signed & Framed Braun 40/30 Print. Receive a one-of-a-kind autographed print commemorating Ryan Braun’s 40/30 season.
February 5 – $500 in Concession Vouchers. Receive $500 in food and beverage vouchers.
February 6 – All-Inclusive Area Experience. Win 35 tickets in one of Miller Park’s All-Inclusive Area, complete with food and beverage, for a 2013 home game.
February 7 – Manage the Mini Sausage Race. Win all five spots as Mini Racing Sausages in the Sunday relay race during the 6th inning of a 2013 home game, plus 10 Field Level tickets to the game.
February 8 – You in Control. Watch three innings of a 2013 home game from the Scoreboard Control Room and see firsthand how the scoreboard works.
February 9 – Miller Lite/Brewers Neon Sign. Light up your basement bar or garage with a Miller Lite neon sign featuring the Brewers ball and glove logo.
February 10 – Autographed Baseballs. Take home a set of baseballs autographed by each member of the 2013 Brewers starting rotation.
February 11 – Turn Back the Clock Pricing. Receive 1982 pricing for your 2014 season tickets.
February 12 – Catered Tailgate Party. Enjoy a Pavilion party prior to a 2013 Brewers home game, catered by DNC Sportservice. Includes 20 game tickets.
February 13 – Signed bat and Jersey. Win an autographed bat and jersey from your favorite Brewers player.
February 14 – Gehl Club 4-Pack. Enjoy the luxurious Gehl Club experience with three friends for four games during the 2013 season.
February 15 – Guaranteed Giveaway. Receive every promotional item given away during the 2013 season including all 10 bobbleheads.
February 16 – Klement’s Sausage for a Year. Receive a one-year supply of Klement’s sausage products.
February 17 – Signed and Framed Lucroy Print. Receive an autographed print of Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy.
February 18 – View From the Bullpen. Make sure to bring your glove when you and five friends sit in the Brewers bullpen as the Brewers take batting practice prior to a 2013 home game.
February 19 – Club Suite Party with Doug. You and nine guests will sit in a Club Suite for a game complete with food and beverage, and enjoy a visit from Brewers General Manager Doug Melvin.
February 20 – You in the Brewers Radio Booth. Spend an inning in the Brewers radio booth during a 2013 home game.
February 21 – Base signed by Aoki, Braun and Gomez. Win an authentic game-used base signed by the top three base stealers from the 2012 NL stolen base leading Brewers.
February 22 – Movie Night on the Big Screen. You and seven friends will enjoy a private movie screening on the scoreboard at Miller Park.
February 23 – Lesson with Brewers Hitting Coach. Win a private hitting lesson from Brewers Hitting Coach Johnny Narron while you and a guest take batting practice before a game at Miller Park.
February 24 – Welcome to the Big Leagues. Sign a one-day Major League contract, complete with full uniform plus one day’s pay at the MLB minimum salary.
Pitchers and catchers (and John!) reported to camp in Arizona this weekend, position players are scheduled to report on Friday, and this Saturday, it’s YOUR turn to report to Miller Park for the Brewers Arctic Tailgate as individual tickets go on sale at 9am!
This is the sixth year that the “Arctic Tailgate” party will mark the start of individual ticket sales and over the years, in spite of February usually being a cold, cruel month here, it’s become quite the Milwaukee tradition with some fans camping out days in advance (Note: For rules and guidelines, please see safety regulations below).
The Klement’s Famous Racing Sausages, Bernie Brewer and Brewers alumni players are always on hand to greet the fans and the first 2,000 fans in line receive a hot dog and soda, compliments of Klement’s, Pepsi and Sportservice, as well as an Arctic Tailgate t-shirt.
The hearty crowd, recalling past Opening Days that have been snowed out, or perhaps used to tailgating before Packers games at the Frozen Tundra, is not at all fazed by temperatures in single digits, snow, or swirling winds.
Indeed. Like the USPS quote, “Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays” these faithful fans from getting their hands on the hottest tickets before anyone else.
Many fans do it for the tradition and fun—it’s just like your typical pregame tailgate in the middle of July, with games of bags, brats on the grill, and cold beer (okay, maybe a little colder than normal)— but many also do it for the limited number of tickets for Opening Day that will be available at this event.
That’s right. The Miller Park Box Office will be the only place where fans will be able to purchase individual Opening Day tickets on February 25; no phone or online orders will be accepted. Each fan will be limited to a maximum of four tickets for Opening Day, based on availability.
Over the years, when I haven’t been down in Arizona during the event, I’ve been to Arctic Tailgate and I’ve talked with and interviewed fans, but I’ve always been there in the daytime, the day before the event; stopping by briefly the evening before; or working during the event on Saturday morning.
This year, I’ve decided to do something just a bit outside my comfort zone—I’m going to spend the night at Miller Park!
Now there have certainly been many late nights here at the office after games and I’ve camped out on the field before for our Field of Sweet Dreams event, but never in February. To be honest, I’m kind of a wimp when it comes to the cold, but I want to get the true experience that I’m helping promote to fans (plus it’s been the warmest February on record, so I figure now is the best time to do this!).
So, with that being said—if you’re at the event, look for me! I will be roaming around, taking photos, interviewing fans and live blogging from Arctic Tailgate. I might even have some surprises for fans as well!
Of course, if you don’t want to brave the cold, you can always live vicariously through me by following along here online and then get your tickets and parking at brewers.com or by phone at (414) 902-4000 beginning at 9am on Saturday.
The Miller Park Box Office will be open until 5 pm that day. Normal Box Office hours are 9 am – 7 pm Monday – Friday (beginning Monday, February 27), 9 am – 5 pm on Saturday and 11 am – 5 pm on Sunday.
For full details on the Arctic Tailgate event, click here.
Who should I look for on Friday night/Saturday morning?
Please note the following safety regulations for the Arctic Tailgate. Participants will not be permitted to set camp prior to noon on Thursday, February 23. No hand-made or hand-built shelters shall be permitted. No shelters made of cardboard or wood shall be permitted. Shelters with a footprint greater than 100 square feet are not permitted unless otherwise approved by the Brewers. Miller Park power sources are not available for public use and gas generators are not permitted on the property. Only State-Approved gas/propane heating/grilling units with fuel-valve turn-offs and self-contained charcoal/wood units are permitted; provided, however, that they must be a minimum distance of 25 feet from the building or shelters. Activity and items permitted on the premises are subject to the approval of the Brewers. The Brewers reserve the right to remove any shelter, items, or individuals from the property.