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Brewers Debut 2012 TV Spots

Today is a very exciting day–the debut of our 2012 TV Spots!

As you know, in February, members of our Consumer Marketing Department (myself included), as well as our creative team comprised of 2-Story Creative and Metaphystico, went down to Arizona to film our 2012 TV spots featuring our players, as we’ve done for the past few seasons.

This year, as you’ll recall, we also had a special guest at our shoot.

Packers MVP Quarterback Aaron Rodgers paid a visit to his friends on the team, took part in Brewers Spring Training workouts and then participated in our shoot, along with the numerous other players who are appearing in this year’s spots, including Jonathan Lucroy, Yovani Gallardo, and our own MVP, Ryan Braun, among others.

We filmed five spots with Aaron–the first of which was released today. The four remaining Rodgers spots will be released every few weeks as we start the season–so look for a continuation of this story here on John and Cait…Plus 9 and on brewers.com/2012TV.

In addition to the spots with Rodgers, we also filmed new spots that feature only Brewers players.

You can view the new spots by clicking on the links below. Then, make sure you come back here and vote on your favorite!

3-Step Drop: Doug Melvin and Ron Roenicke know talent when they see it. This year at Spring Training they had their eyes on a promising rookie from Green Bay, Wisconsin.

Big Numbers: Aramis Ramirez loves baseball. He enjoys hanging out in the clubhouse, working on the field, wearing a Brewers uniform and most of all, putting up big numbers.

Translation: Mat Gamel is new to first base this year. Norichika Aoki is new to just about everything in the United States. Fortunately, Brewers Baseball is a universal language.

Radio Control: Pitcher Shaun Marcum is focused on control. Not just on the mound – all around the stadium. (Take note of a new cameo appearance by Yovani Gallardo at the end!)

It was a fun TV shoot and we’re very proud of the finished product. We hope you like the spots as much as we enjoyed working on them!

Click on the poll below to tell us which one is your favorite so far!

-Cait

johnandcait@brewers.com

A To Z Guide for Game 6 of the NLCS

Coming to Miller Park for Game 6 today?  Here is your A to Z guide of things to know to know before heading out to the ballpark and watching Game 6.  Here is the ticket you should use for today’s game:

NLCS Game 6 Ticket

NLCS Game 6 Ticket

BREWERS TEAM STORE BY MAJESTIC: The Brewers Team Store by Majestic has been open since 8 a.m. while the Brewers Team Store at Home Plate Gate will open at 4 p.m. There will also be satellite merchandise locations throughout the Miller Park parking lots.  The stores will be open until an hour after the game ends.There will also be satellite merchandise locations throughout the Miller Park parking lots-just look for the trailers!  

CEREMONIAL FIRST PITCH: The first pitch will be thrown out by a special surprise guest. 

GAME PROGRAM: A limited number of Milwaukee Brewers 2011 NLCS Game Programs will be available for $10.

GAME TIME: The first pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. CT.

GATES OPEN: 5 p.m.

NATIONAL ANTHEM: The national anthem will be performed by William Johnson of Milwaukee.

PARKING LOTS: The Miller Park Parking Lots will open at 4 p.m.

PITCHERS: RHP Shaun Marcum vs. RHP Edwin Jackson.

PROMOTIONAL ITEM:All fans in attendance will receive this rally towel courtesy of Potawatomi Bingo Casino:

NLCS Game 6 Rally Towel

NLCS Game 6 Rally Towel


RADIO: Listen to the game on 620 WTMJ or ESPN Radio.

ROOF STATUS: The roof and panels will be closed for today’s game. Fans and media may call the Brewers roof hotline for the latest update (414-902-4636). 

TV: The game will be televised exclusively on TBS.

WEATHER FORECAST: Sunny, 55.

WORLD SERIES MAGIC NUMBER: 6.

See you there!

-John and Cait

johnandcait@brewers.com

Want to Win 2012 Season Tickets? Tell Us What You Love About Miller Park!

At the beginning of the season, we were pleased to introduce our “What Do You Love About Miller Park?” advertising campaign for 2011, which was designed to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of our beloved ballpark through declarations of love.

There are so many things we love about Miller Park that it is hard to choose just one. But if you’re Ryan Braun and you have the tremendous power to hit home runs that help lead the Crew to victory, then it’s understandable why the thing he loves best is making Bernie Brewer go down his slide in left field. It’s the 10th Anniversary of Miller Park and we’re still finding new things we love about the place Ryan and the Crew call home.

All season long, we’re be celebrating our great ballpark and all of the things that make our very own Brewers experience so unique by highlighting the things that our players, fans and yes, even our mascots, love best in our print, online and outdoor ads.

And now, we want to hear from you. In the past 10 years, millions of fans have passed through the gates and many memories have been created, so we’d like to invite you to join us in an interactive contest as you tell us: What do YOU love best about the place your Brewers call home? It could your favorite memory, food, place to take in the game, or just what keeps you coming back again and again.

Just share your story here in 100 words or less, accompanied by a photo of you and family or friends at Miller Park and we’ll send one lucky winner back out to the ballpark again and again on us with two (2) 20-Game ticket packages for the 2012 season.

Other entrants are also be eligible to win great prizes, such as: four tickets to the Gehl Club for the Tuesday, August 30 game vs. St. Louis; one autographed John Axford jersey and bobblehead; one autographed Shaun Marcum jersey and ball; four tickets in the AirTran Airways Landing Zone for the Monday, September 26 game vs. Pittsburgh, or a $100 shopping spree to the Brewers Team Store by Majestic.

You’ve only  got until Friday, July 29, so get ready to fall in love all over again with Miller Park as you take a trip down memory lane and then post your entry!

-Cait

johnandcait@brewers.com


New Video Board and TV Spots Debut at Miller Park

Today was an exciting day at Miller Park as we debuted both our new video board and TV spots at a media event this afternoon.

The scoreboard was designed, manufactured and installed by Daktronics, Inc. The new video board features a single screen, true 1080 display and is the fourth-largest scoreboard in Major League Baseball at 5,940 square feet.  The only larger boards are in Kansas City, Phoenix and Houston.

Let me tell you– it is AMAZING.

The new video board at Miller Park, pre-event.

 

The scoreboard, lit up during the event.

I didn’t want to spoil your first impression of the board by posting a video and these photos are cool, but they don’t do it justice, so I’m sorry, but you’re just going to have to come out to Miller Park and see it for yourself to really get the full effect!

Your first chance to see the board in person is this Saturday’s Rising Stars Minor League Game, set for 3:10pm. [Psst! All tickets are just $10!]  And, of course, next week when Brewers Baseball returns to Milwaukee for the 2011 Season!

[To learn more about the scoreboard, check out my interview with Deron Anderson, Director of A/V Production, from December, here.] 

During the event, we also showcased our new 2011 TV spots on the new board for the first time.  There are seven new spots this season.  The first three  are fan-centric and relate to the Miller Park experience, while the remaining four  are centered around the players and have a similar theme to last year’s spots.

The fan-centric spots were filmed locally last summer and the player spots were recently filmed at Maryvale Baseball Park in Phoenix and also, at Miller Park. [Read my post about the shoot in Spring Training, here.]

You can view the new spots by clicking on the links below. Then, make sure you come back here and vote on your favorite!  Plus…click here for outtakes from the shoot!

Fireworks: The baseball’s better at Miller Park. And, as one group of fans discovers, so are the fireworks.

Yard Work: Yes, we have to cut the grass at Miller Park. But, as these backyard fans discover, not during the game.

Remote: Your chances of capturing the Miller Park experience at home? Pretty “remote,” as these fans find out.

Radio Control: Pitcher Shaun Marcum is all about control. On the mound. And all around the stadium.

Batting Cage: Who wants to face Prince Fielder in the batter’s box? No man. And certainly no machine.

Setting the Table: Rickie Weeks does a beautiful job setting the table for his teammates. On the field. And off.

Not Open: Reliever John Axford loves closing things. And it’s a lot more than just baseball games.



The new spots will air in game broadcasts beginning with Opening Day in Cincinnati, this Thursday (gosh it feels good to type that), March 31.

-Cait

johnandcait@brewers.com

Impromptu Birthday Celebration for Shaun Marcum

In my six years here with the Brewers, I cannot remember a press conference turning into a birthday celebration, but that is what happened today at Miller Park.  In preparation for today’s Shaun Marcum introductory press conference, it occured to me and my Media Relations Department counterparts that it was Marcum’s 29th birthday today.  We thought it would be a good idea to have a cake at the press conference to make sure Shaun and his wife Stephanie felt welcome on their first visit to Milwaukee as a member of the organization (and, well, who doesn’t like cake?).

Media Relations Director Mike Vassallo and I ran to the grocery store this morning, found a sheet cake and had the bakery department make a special inscription.

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The finished product.

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Marcum cuts the first piece of cake.

As you can see the cake turned out great.  Marcum cut the first piece and shared it with his wife and I’m sure leftovers of the cake are floating around our offices (hint, hint, Loge Level breakroom) right now.  I had a piece and judging from the way it tasted, it will be gone pretty quickly.

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Marcum poses for his official Brewers headshot.

Marcum flew in from his home in Kansas City last night and had lunch with Brewers Executive Vice President-General Manager Doug Melvin prior to the press conference today.  He talked about returning to the Midwest not far from his Kansas City home to play was “a dream come true.” 

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Melvin helps Marcum put on his Brewers jersey for the first time in his career.

Marcum took questions from the media for about 20 minutes after being introduced by Melvin.

“One of our offseason goals was to acquire more pitching for our ball club,” Melvin said before introducing Marcum. “Prior to going to the Winter Meetings, we had some activity going on, but this came as a little bit of a surprise to us to be able to get a player of Shaun Marcum’s abilities.  We feel he can fit in with the top of our rotation which is really needed.  He gives us a better chance of winning than we had prior to the Winter Meetings.”

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Marcum missed the entire 2009 season due to Tommy John surgery and said he finished the 2010 season stronger than ever.

“Recovering from the injury was a long process,” Marcum said.  “For me to get fully recovered took about 18 months, some people have gotten back quicker, but at the same time, I got to do a lot of film watching, get my body in better shape and get me shoulder stronger.  When it came September, I felt stronger at that point in the season that I did in April and during the All-Star Break.  When I’m on the mound it’s (the injury) not something that I even think of.  I’m focused on getting hitters out.”

He finished the 2010 season with a 13-8 record alongside a 3.64 ERA with Toronto in probably one of the toughest disivions (the AL East) in all of baseball.  He also pitched a career-high 195.1 innings in last season. 

Following the press conference, Marcum signed some baseball cards for the Brewers front office and did a number of radio interviews before leaving for the airport to return home to Kansas City.

As you can tell from the photos, Marcum will wear number 18 for the Brewers.  He wore number 28 last season with Toronto.

Stay tuned to brewers.com as we will be posting the full video from the press conference a little bit later this afternoon.

–JOHN

johnandcait@brewers.com

 

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