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Brewers Head on First Road Trip of 2014; Will We See You There?

After a 3-game series against the Atlanta Braves to open the season at Miller Park, the Brewers are embarking on their first road trip of the season, with stops in Boston and Philadelphia where they will be part of two more Opening Days.

The team will begin with Interleague play in Boston against the Red Sox with three games this weekend, including tomorrow afternoon, which is Boston’s home opener. Then, the team will head to Philadelphia. Monday is the Phillies home opener, followed by an off day on Tuesday and two more games against the Phillies next Wednesday and Thursday before heading back home to Miller Park to take on the Pirates beginning Friday, April 11.

From what we’ve seen over the past few seasons, Brewers fans love to travel.  Every city we go to, there are Brewers fans making their presence felt, and, in talking to players and coaches, they notice and appreciate the support while away from Miller Park.

Nothing is better than seeing true Brewers fans hanging out before games during batting practice, cheering on the team after a Brewers road win and walking the streets in whatever city the Crew is in.

From seeing some of your tweets and hearing people talk, it sounds like the Brewers will be well supported in Boston and Philly with many  fans planning on making the trip.

John will be on the road trip with the team and he will be looking for Brewers fans in both cities.  If you plan on going to the games (or any games throughout the season for that matter), tweet and/or Instagram your photos using #BrewersRoadCrew as the hashtag.

We’ll collect them throughout the trip and post them here on the blog, as well as post them on our social sites.

In addition, you can upload them to our Brewers Fans on the Fly digital fan map and your photo just might be selected to be shown on the scoreboard during a game!

Are any fans planning meeting up anywhere before any of the games?  Let us know; we’ll also post any Brewers fans pregame events that fans might be planning.

Hopefully we’ll see some of you on the road–if not this trip, sometime this season!

Cheer loud and proud, Brewers fans!

–JOHN & CAIT

johnandcait@brewers.com

#MyBrewersOpener Contest during #BrewersOpener on Monday

Fans attending Opening Day at Miller Park on Monday now have the unique chance to be featured in an upcoming Instragram-built video project called #MyBrewersOpener.

We’re looking to create a commemorative “InstragraMovie” built solely from hundreds of Instagram photos — YOUR photos depicting YOUR experiences attending Opening Day at Miller Park.

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Capture it all — from the time your day starts until the final out. All you need to do is include #MyBrewersOpener in your Instagram pictures on game day and — even better — one lucky Instaphotographer could win four tickets to the Brewers game at Miller Park against the Cubs on April 27, 2014!

These videos are pretty cool, check out this one from last year’s World Series:

So make sure to document your whole day on Instagram, include the hashtag and celebrate the Brewers!

Please note: the official hashtag for Opening Day is simply #BrewersOpener, so use that elsewhere on social media (i.e. Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, etc.) to following the conversation. By adding in the “MY” on Instagram, that’s the best way we can find the photos you’ve meant to share with us/enter in the promotion.

Until then…#SeeUMarch31

Cait

JohnandCait@Brewers.com

Opening Day Ceremonies Set

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We just announced the ceremonies and special events for Monday’s Opening Day, a 1:10 p.m. start vs. Atlanta.  A reminder that tickets are sold out for Monday’s Opening Day, but tickets do remain for the other two games of the Atlanta series.

The ceremonial first pitch will be thrown out by a trio of Wisconsin-born Olympic heroes from the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi.  Matt Antoine, born in Prairie du Chien, Wis., was a bronze medalist in the Skeleton competition.  Brianna Decker, from Dousman, Wis. and Jessica Vetter, from Cottage Grove, Wis., were each members of the USA women’s hockey team that won the silver medal.  Decker now is on the University of Wisconsin women’s hockey team and Vetter is a graduate of the university.   It will be an honor to have these great athletes on hand to kick off the 2014 season.

An Opening Day tradition will continue Monday as Joseph Attanasio, father of Brewers Chairman and Principal Owner Mark Attanasio, will sing the national anthem.

All fans in attendance Monday will receive the always popular 2014 Brewers schedule magnet (honestly, is there a refrigerator in Wisconsin that doesn’t have one!?  It is a staple for all summer plans.)

Here are some other key notes:

- When Tweeting about Opening Day, please use the hashtag #BrewersOpener.

- Parking Lots open at 10 a.m. on Monday.

- Gates to Miller Park open at 11 a.m. on Monday.

- If you do have tickets to Opening Day and are planning on driving to and parking at Miller Park, it is recommended that you plan ahead.  Fans may buy parking passes in advance for all home dates at Miller Park through the Miller Park box office, Brewers.com or by phone at 414-902-4000.  Parking passes for Opening Day are available, but in limited supply.

We are looking forward to a fun day!  See you Monday!

-JOHN and CAIT

johnandcait@brewers.com

 

 

 

 

Brewers and Leinenkugel’s Summer Shandy Team Up for “Arctic Tailgate” on Saturday, March 1 at Miller Park

Two of the most anticipated annual “signs of summer” are coming together to form the perfect storm for Brewers fans, and it’s all happening in just a few short weeks at Miller Park.

Today we announced that we have set Saturday, March 1 as the date for this year’s Arctic Tailgate party, which marks the beginning of individual ticket sales at Miller Park. Individual game tickets will go on sale at 9 a.m. that day. This is the eighth year that the Arctic Tailgate will mark the start of individual ticket sales.

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New this year, campers in line at Miller Park will have a chance to warm up in a Leinenkugel’s heated tent. The tent will be open both Thursday and Friday from 5:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

To celebrate the coming of summer, the first statewide serving of Leinenkugel’s Summer Shandy will be available to a limited number of guests, 21 and older (NOTE: Fans must be in line at 5 pm on either Thursday or Friday to receive a wristband redeemable for one complimentary Leinenkugel product). Also, Pepsi products will be available both nights for those under 21.

In addition, the Leinenkugel’s Airstream will make an appearance at Miller Park, along with visits on Thursday and Friday from Dick Leinenkugel of the famous brewing family.

As the largest summer seasonal craft beer, Leinenkugel’s Summer Shandy has developed a major league following since its debut in 2007. With increasing growth year over year, Summer Shandy has become synonymous with summer and America’s pastime.

On Saturday morning (March 1), the Box Office windows will open at 9 am for the sale of individual game tickets. Grebe’s Bakery, a new partner for the Brewers this year, will get the fun started with complimentary donuts for those in line. The Klement’s Famous Racing SausagesTM, Bernie Brewer and Brewers alumni players will be on hand to greet fans all morning. The first 2,000 fans in line will receive a hot dog and soda, compliments of Klement’s, Pepsi and Sportservice, as well as an Arctic Tailgate t-shirt. FOX Sports Wisconsin and 620 WTMJ will both serve as media sponsors, and the FOX Sports Wisconsin Girls will be in attendance on Saturday.

Only a very limited number of tickets for Opening Day will be available at this event (note: the Miller Park Box Office will be the only place where fans will be able to purchase individual Opening Day tickets on March 1; 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. Meanwhile, through Monday, February 17, fans can visit Brewers.com and register for the chance to be selected in an Opening Day opportunity to purchase up to four tickets to Opening Day and up to eight tickets to weekend games at Miller Park this season.

Tickets for individual Brewers home games can be purchased starting Saturday, March 1 at 9 a.m. at the Miller Park Box Office, at Brewers.com or by calling (414) 902-4000 (or 800-933-7890). 

Demand-based pricing, which provides the best ticket value for fans, will return for all Brewers games this season. The pricing will be implemented in almost all of the Miller Park seating categories (excluding All-Inclusive Areas, Suites, and the Uecker Seats).

Beginning with the first day of individual game sales (set for Saturday, March 1), pricing for all 81 games is subject to change. Fans should be reminded that they will usually receive the lowest price when they purchase their seats early. Fans will be able to purchase tickets at the Ticket Office or by visiting Brewers.com, selecting the “Tickets” tab and then clicking on the Single Game Tickets link. For more information regarding demand-based pricing by specific games, fans can visit Brewers.com/tickets.

Fans will also be able to purchase parking passes in advance for all home dates at Miller Park including Opening Day. All parking prices remain the same from last season. Advance General Parking passes are available for all games and are priced at $9 with Preferred Parking at $14 per pass. Bus passes can also be obtained in advance for $35. For Opening Day, there is a purchase limit of two advance parking passes per ticket order. A complete listing of the parking prices is shown below.

In addition to the Miller Park Ticket Office, fans will be able to buy tickets and parking at Brewers.com or by phone at (414) 902-4000. The Miller Park Ticket Office will be open until 5 p.m. on Saturday, March 1. Normal Box Office hours are from 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. Monday through Friday (beginning Monday, March 3), 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Saturdays and 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Sundays.

          2014 Miller Park Parking Information
Location

Advance

Day of Game

All Games

General Parking

$9

$10

Preferred Parking

$14

$18

Bus Parking

$35

$50

Handicap Parking

$9

$10

Note – Day of Game parking prices for Opening Day and Saturday/Sunday games from May – August include the following: General Parking – $15; Preferred Parking – $25; Bus Parking – $50; Handicap Parking – $15.

-John and Cait

JohnandCait@Brewers.com

Please note the following safety regulations for the Arctic Tailgate: Participants will not be permitted to set up camp prior to noon on Thursday, February 27. No hand-made or hand-built shelters shall be permitted. No shelters made of cardboard or wood will 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.

Opening Day Ticket Opportunity Begins Tomorrow

Today we announced specifics of an Opening Day Ticket Opportunity that will allow fans the chance to purchase tickets to Opening Day and weekend games at Miller Park prior to the sale of individual tickets.

Beginning tomorrow, January 21 at 9 a.m. and continuing through Monday, February 17, fans can go to Brewers.com and register for the opportunity to purchase up to four tickets to Opening Day on Monday, March 31 against the Atlanta Braves. Due to limited availability, the Opening Day Ticket Opportunity includes single seats, standing room only and some obstructed view seats. In addition, fans can register for a maximum of eight tickets to each of the weekend games (Friday-Sunday) at Miller Park.

Following registration, a pool of randomly selected winners will be chosen and provided access to an online pre-sale opportunity, based on available inventory. The winners will be notified on Friday, February 21.

There is no charge to register. This will be the only opportunity for fans to purchase single game tickets for Opening Day, other than a very small number set aside for fans lining up at the Box Office on the first day of individual game sales at Miller Park. Single game ticket sales will go on sale at a later date (exact date TBD).

Meanwhile, there are still options available for fans to guarantee their place at Miller Park for Opening Day and other popular games with 10-Packs starting as low as $180.  Each 10-Pack includes 10 Brewers home games, plus a bonus of Opening Day or any other game of the fan’s choice absolutely FREE. Fans interested in purchasing 10-Packs are encouraged to call 414-902-HITS (4487) or visit Brewers.com for more information.

Please note: A very limited amount of individual tickets will be available for Opening Day.

Fans can also participate in the #SeeUMarch31 countdown to Opening Day across our social media platforms for the chance to win a pair of 10-Packs, plus tickets to Opening Day. Click for details. 

-John & Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

Brewers 10-Packs with Free Opening Day on Sale Today!

The countdown to Opening Day is on – with 82 days to go – and fans can secure their seat to the season opener on Monday, March 31 vs. the Atlanta Braves as Brewers 10-Packs go on sale today at 10 a.mThere are four exciting plans to choose from, including an all-new Fan’s Choice plan for 2014.  All plans feature 10 home games, plus Opening Day or any other game of the fan’s choice for FREE (while supplies last).

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In addition to Opening Day, the Premier Plan, Friday Plan and Weekend Plan each includes an Interleague game against the New York Yankees and multiple All-Fan Giveaway dates.  The Premier Plan features an All-Fan T-Shirt Giveaway on Friday, August 22 and an All-Fan Bobblehead of Robin Yount wearing a 1974 Brewers uniform to commemorate the 40th Anniversary of his rookie season, set for Sunday, September 14.  The Friday Plan includes five All-Fan T-Shirt Giveaways and the Weekend Plan features a pair of bobblehead dates: Kyle Lohse bobblehead on Sunday, May 11 and a Klement’s Famous Racing Sausage Chorizo bobble wearing a “Cerveceros” uniform on Sunday, August 10.

The new Fan’s Choice Plan provides the ultimate flexibility for fans to select 10 games that fits their schedule from a list of 47 Brewers regular season home games.  The plan includes several Interleague matchups, a variety of weekday and weekend games, All-Fan Bobblehead dates and more. A complete list of all four 10-Pack Plans is attached.

Packages start at $180 per seat in the Terrace Reserved ($18 per game) and can also be purchased in the Terrace Box for $240 ($24 per game), the Loge Outfield Box for $340 ($34 per game), the Club Outfield Box for $400 ($40 per game, no wait service), the Loge Infield Box for $400 ($40 per game), the Field Outfield Box for $420 ($42 per game) and the Loge Diamond Box for $480 ($48 per game).

The Brewers 10-Packs offer several benefits, including savings off individual ticket prices and parking and a guaranteed seat location for the 10 games (exact seating is not guaranteed for Opening Day and seat location will vary with the Fan’s Choice Plan).  Fans interested in purchasing 10-Packs are encouraged to call (414) 902-HITS (4487) or visit Brewers.com/10packs for more information.

Also, fans can take advantage of exclusive benefits on 20-Game Plans, which offer more seating options, additional per-ticket savings and the opportunity to purchase tickets to postseason games played at Miller Park.  Fans can choose one of four pre-selected plans with guaranteed seat locations: Opening Day, Business, Saturday Plus, Sunday Plus or select the games that fit their schedule with the 20-Game Fan’s Choice Plan.  Plus, with the purchase of a 20-Game Plan, fans will be eligible for the Brewers “Fan-Tastic Forty” promotion, which offers 40 fantastic prizes given away over 40 days!

Fans can also join in sharing the excitement of counting down to Brewers Opening Day by following the Brewers on Twitter (@Brewers & @Bernie_Brewer), Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram and/or using the hashtag #SEEUMARCH31. Fans also have the opportunity to participate in the countdown for a chance to win a pair of 10-Packs, plus tickets to Opening Day! 

-John and Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

The Countdown to Brewers Opening Day is On!

Happy New Year, Brewers fans!

The new year brings with it a new season and, a new countdown to Opening Day, Monday, March 31 when your Brewers take on the Atlanta Braves at 1:10pm at Miller Park.

As you know, Opening Day is practically a holiday in Milwaukee and looking forward to it helps us all get through the long, cold Wisconsin winter.

As of today (Friday, January 3), we’re just 87 days away from kicking off the 2014 season at Miller Park.

Last year, we had fun coming up with countdown images across our various social media platforms:

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We also asked you to show us how you were counting down for a chance to win Opening Day tickets…. And we loved your creativity so much that this year, we’re hoping to rely on you to show us how you’re counting down each day. One Grand Prize winner will be selected to be in the crowd on March 31, plus receive a pair of Brewers 10-Packs!

Here’s how it works:

Join us in our #SeeUMarch31 countdown by creating original photo(s) showing how you count down to the Brewers Home Opener each day leading up to it. For example, Tuesday, January 7 is 83 days until Opening Day. Fans submitting their photos showing their “83” by 5pm CT the day prior (Monday, January 6) will be eligible to have theirs selected as the one we post across all of our social media channels on Tuesday, January 7.  Simply tag your entries on Instagram and/or Twitter using hashtag #SeeUMarch31.

Each day, we’ll select our favorite and post it across Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Google Plus and Tumblr, giving you credit, of course!

Just before Opening Day, each of the daily winners will be eligible to win the Grand Prize—a pair of Brewers 10-Packs plus Opening Day tickets!

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For complete rules, click here.

I can’t wait to see what you all come up with!

#SeeUMarch31,

-Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

Internationally Known

Lost in the Opening Day craziness of yesterday was a press release MLB sent out about foreign-born players on Opening Day rosters.  I thought it was really interesting because the Brewers have the most foreign-born players (14) of any MLB team representing the most countries (seven).  Not to mention we have a Canadian GM in Doug Melvin!  Certainly makes for a fun and diverse clubhouse!

Can you name all 14 internationally born Brewers?  Can you name the seven countries besides the USA?  Answers below the release that I have pasted here…

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – April 1, 2013

 

OPENING DAY ROSTERS FEATURE 241 PLAYERS BORN OUTSIDE THE U.S.

28.2 Percent of Players Born Outside the U.S., Spanning 15 Countries and Territories

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              

         Two-hundred forty-one players on 2013 Opening Day 25-man rosters and inactive lists were born outside the 50 United States, Major League Baseball announced today.  This year’s percentage of 28.2 marks the fourth highest of all-time.

The 241 players born outside the U.S. come from the pool of 856 players (750 active 25-man roster players and 106 disabled or restricted Major League players) on March 31st rosters and represent 15 countries and territories outside the U.S.  This year’s 241 foreign-born players rank as the fourth-most in history.  The 28.2 percent trails only 2005, when 29.2 percent (242/829) of Opening Day players were born outside the U.S.; 2007, when 29.0 percent (246 players) were foreign-born; and last season, when 28.4 percent were born outside the U.S.  On 2012 Opening Day, 243 out of 856 players were born outside the U.S.

As it has each year since MLB began releasing this annual data in 1995, the Dominican Republic again leads the Major Leagues with 89 players born outside the U.S, the fourth-most the nation has ever produced on Opening Day rosters (highs: 99 in 2007, 91 in 2005 and 95 in 2012).  Venezuela ranks second with 63 players, its second-highest total ever on Opening Day rosters (high: 66 in 2012).  Canada ranks third with 17 players, its second-highest Opening Day figure ever (behind only its 19 in 2007).  Cuba is fourth overall with 15 players, surpassing its 11 in 2002 and 2011-2012 for its highest total since at least 1995.  Rounding out the totals are Mexico (14); Puerto Rico (13); Japan (11); Colombia and Panama (4 each); Curaçao (3); Australia, Nicaragua and South Korea (2 each); and the Netherlands and Taiwan (1 each).  Arizona Diamondbacks shortstop Didi Gregorius, who is currently on the disabled list, is just the third Opening Day player since 1995 to have been born in the Netherlands, joining infielder Robert Eenhoorn (1996 and 1998) and pitcher Rick VandenHurk (2008-2009).

The Milwaukee Brewers have the most foreign-born players with a total of 14 on a roster that spans a Major League-high seven different countries and territories – Canada, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Japan, Mexico, Puerto Rico and Venezuela.  The Texas Rangers have the next highest total at 13.  Three Clubs – the Colorado Rockies, the Detroit Tigers and the San Francisco Giants – each have 12 foreign-born players.  The Toronto Blue Jays have the most players from one nation outside the U.S. with seven Dominican players.  The Chicago Cubs and the Rangers have six Dominican players apiece, while the Colorado Rockies, the Detroit Tigers and the Giants each have six Venezuelan players.

BREWERS FOREIGN BORN PLAYERS

CANADA

John Axford

Taylor Green

Jim Henderson

CUBA

Yuniesky Betancourt

the DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

Alfredo Figaro

Carlos Gomez

Wily Peralta

Aramis Ramirez

Jean Segura

JAPAN

Norichika Aoki

MEXICO

Marco Estrada

Yovani Gallardo

PUERTO RICO

Martin Maldonado

VENEZUELA

Alex Gonzalez

 

There are quite the collection of Passports in the Brewers clubhouse!  Which country would you most like to visit among those that are home to current Brewers players? I think Japan would be a pretty cool place to visit. Share your answers with me in the comments section below.

–JOHN

johnandcait@brewers.com

 

 

The conclusion of the countdown to Opening Day! #SEEUAPRIL1

Ever since January 1, we’ve had fun counting down to Opening Day through images. As we look forward to tomorrow, there was no question what number one would be. It’s you– the #1 fans in all of baseball. Go Brewers! #SEEUAPRIL1

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Oh and in case you missed it, here’s a link to the ad we ran in today’s baseball preview section in The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Brewers 2013 Kickoff Ad!

In today’s edition, you’ll also find our special pullout insert and poster.

#SEEUAPRIL1

-Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

Brewers 2013 Opening Day Roster

Yesterday, I previewed the Opening Day and the events surrounding the game on Monday.  Today, I have for you the 2013 Milwaukee Brewers Opening Day Roster.

The roster includes 13 pitchers and eight players making their first career Opening Day roster.  Five players will begin the season on the disabled list.

Enjoy the 2013 season!

–JOHN

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