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Brewers and Panthers to Square Off in Exhibition Game in Phoenix in 2015

The Milwaukee Brewers are in the middle of Cactus League play preparing for the upcoming season, but the Club already has one game on their 2015 exhibition slate.  The Brewers today announced plans to play an exhibition game against the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee baseball team at Maryvale Baseball Park on a date to be determined.

“This game will be great for baseball in the state of Wisconsin,” said Brewers President and General Manager Doug Melvin.  “It’s a good opportunity for our organization to support the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee program, and will give our players a chance to connect with some of the state’s top young amateur talent.”

This is the first time the Brewers have faced a collegiate team in an exhibition game since 1983 when they played the Arizona State University men’s baseball team. It will mark the first time the Brewers have ever played the Panthers in an exhibition.

“We’re very excited about the opportunity to play the Milwaukee Brewers,” UWM Athletic Director Amanda Braun said. “UWM and the Brewers have had a long-standing partnership and we are proud to add to that partnership. The Panthers are the only Division I baseball team in the state, so we are Milwaukee neighbors with the Brewers in the baseball community and this will be a great way to celebrate the start of the season for both of us in 2015. It’s a tremendous opportunity for the team, our fans and the UWM community. It’s also great for Brewers fans and a nice way to bring our alumni together in a fun way in early spring.”

The Panthers play regular season games each year at Miller Park.  This year, the Panthers are set to play at Miller Park on May 15 vs. Wright State after the Brewers game at noon that day. The Panthers compete in the Horizon League and went 29-21 last season, including a Horizon League championship. Their first home game of this season is scheduled for March 26 vs. Edgewood at Henry Aaron Field in Milwaukee.

“First and foremost, I want to start by thanking the Milwaukee Brewers organization for this opportunity,” UWM baseball head coach Scott Doffek said. “I also want to thank Tom Luljak and Amanda Braun for helping to arrange this. This will be a fun day and a great experience for our team. All of our student-athletes look up to the Major League players and aspire to one day play at that level. This will also be a wonderful way to showcase our University and to engage our alumni in Arizona in a unique way.”

In the 2013 MLB First Year Player Draft, the Brewers selected Josh Uhen from UWM in the fifth round.  Uhen was named the Horizon League’s top pro prospect by Baseball America and was the highest-ever draft choice in Panther baseball history.  Five players from the UWM baseball program have been selected by MLB teams over the past three seasons.

Now, back to the last time the Brewers played a college team in an exhibition. In that game versus Arizona State on March 22, 1983 the Brewers won 6-3 behind a three-run homer by Roy Howell.

–JOHN

johnandcait@brewers.com

Pet Adoption Day a Success

Yesterday was Pet Adoption Day at Maryvale Baseball Park  an event benefiting and organized by the Arizona Humane Society and our very own #BallparkPup, Hank and it was a success, raising awareness and dollars for a great cause. 

Although Hank made many guest appearances, he was not up for adoption. Four of his friends on site, and thousands more at shelters in Arizona, Wisconsin and elsewhere, were available (and, so far at least two of the dogs on site have found new homes).

Photo courtesy of Scott Paulus/Milwaukee Brewers Baseball Club

Photo courtesy of Scott Paulus/Milwaukee Brewers Baseball Club

Hank met each of the animals who were brought out by the Arizona Humane Society, and he did a half-inning in a photo boothwhere, for a donation to the Humane Society, Hank posed for fans with photos.

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There was also the opportunity for “pawtographs”–when purchasing a Brewers Spring Training Program, Brewers staff will use a rubber paw stamp to “sign” Hank’s photo.

Hank Pawtograph

Due to the heat, Hank was only able to accommodate a fraction of the fans who wanted photos, but more than $1,000 in donations have been raised through fan donations as a result of Hank’s photos & pawtographs.

Did you take a photo with Hank at a recent game? Have more great Spring Training photos to share with us? Be sure to tag #CactusCrew on Twitter and/or Instagram for your chance to win great Brewers prizes! Also, we’re using #BallparkPup for Hank-related posts, so you’ll want to tag that as well!

To learn more about pet adoption, you can visit the AZ Humane Society and/or the Wisconsin Humane Society.

-Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

“Pet Adoption Day” at Maryvale This Saturday

Are you planning on attending this Saturday’s Brewers vs. Royals game at Maryvale Baseball Park in Phoenix?

We’ve just announced that Saturday will be “Pet Adoption Day,” benefiting and organized by the Arizona Humane Society and our very own #BallparkPup, Hank.

AZ Humane Hank Pet Adoption Day

The Society will have animals available for adoption on site at the game and, for those donating to the Arizona Humane Society, Hank will also be available for photos immediately after the Klement’s Famous Sausage Race.

Plus, don’t forget to tag any photos you take  in Spring Training (of the #BallparkPup or otherwise) with #CactusCrew on Twitter and/or Instagram for your chance to win great Brewers prizes!

-Cait

JohnandCait@Brewers.com

Hank Listed as “Day to Day” with Minor Eye Ailment

Yesterday, Hank made his second trip to the vet office as he has a small issue with his left eye.

“There’s no need to put him on the disabled list,” said Brewers VP of Communications, Tyler Barnes. “In baseball terms, he’s just ‘day to day.’

While the main cause is not known, it is likely just related to allergies as the desert in Arizona is beginning to bloom. The vet  has prescribed medication for the next week until it clears up.

Ed Sedar with Hank, who is recovering from a minor eye ailment.

Ed Sedar with Hank, who is recovering from a minor eye ailment.

Hank fans need not fear. After a day of rest yesterday, Hank was seen out and about around Maryvale today where he took a stroll around the warning track

Hank takes a stroll around the warning track.

Hank takes a stroll around the warning track.

and also met with some of his adoring fans.

Get more Hank updates by following #BallparkPup on Twitter and Instagram.

-Cait

JohnandCait@Brewers.com

New Women’s Apparel for Spring Training 2014

Each year when I travel down to Arizona for Spring Training, one of my favorite things to do is to check out all of the fun apparel and merchandise sold in the Brewers Team Store at Maryvale.

Because the Spring Training logo changes from year to year as does the style, there’s always lots of new and fresh items in fun colors. You can also pick up non-Spring Training Brewers gear at the store, so it’s also fun to get a sneak peek of the 2014 line of Brewers apparel.

In this post, I’m going to focus on Brewers Spring Training gear for women. I’ll have subsequent posts previewing the Spring Training gear for men, the non-Spring Training gear for both men and women, kids and baby apparel and other fun items available in the shop.

Here is a gallery of all of the Women’s Spring Training Tees, Tanks & Pullovers:

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Stay tuned for more!

-Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

Getting a Good “Luc” at a Pitch: Jonathan Lucroy Wears a GoPro during BP

Ever wondered what a 90+ mph fastball looks like from the point of view of a Major League catcher? We were curious, too. So today, we strapped a GoPro camera to the chest of Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy during batting practice as Kyle Lohse took the hill.

Jonathan Lucroy straps on a GoPro camera before BP.

Jonathan Lucroy straps on a GoPro camera before BP.

Check back in a bit and we’ll have some awesome footage to share!

UPDATE: Here’s a quick glimpse of some of the footage we got today (in slo-mo):

2/25/14 Update: We have more footage from yesterday’s BP:

Lucroy and Lohse both enjoyed watching the footage.

Lucroy and Lohse both enjoyed watching the footage.

 

-Cait

JohnandCait@Brewers.com

Photo Day Fun at Maryvale Baseball Park

It was a busy day at Maryvale Baseball Camp with medical meetings where players listened to presentations from team doctors and nutritionists while representatives from Majestic were also on hand to measure players for uniforms.  Mixed in with all of that was photo day!

Photo day is always busy from a media relations perspective as we coordinate the photographers who come in to shoot headshots and posed shots of players while at the same time, ensure all the players go through the stations to get the proper photos taken.  It is an early morning and a long morning, but everything went pretty smoothly this morning and we have some great behind the scenes photos to share.

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Photos were taken by media outlets like the Associated Press and USA Today along with the Brewers team photographer Scott Paulus and Topps baseball cards.

In addition, we had fun using the Twitter Mirror, a special Twitter app used by events like the Oscars and the GRAMMYs, which transforms an ordinary iPad into a special selfie station.

We overheard players say “That was my favorite station” and “How much does that cost? I want one of those,” so we think they had fun… but of course, we’ve also got pictures (and a video) to prove it:

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– JOHN AND CAIT

johnandcait@brewers.com

Every dog has his day…in the Clubhouse, right? More on the Brewers #BallparkPup

In case you missed it, yesterday we told you about Hank, a little stray pup who is quickly becoming not just the Brewers unofficial Spring Training mascot, but a valued member of the team.

And, in the last 24 hours, Hank has become a dog in demand! He spent the morning in the Clubhouse and has conducted multiple TV interviews over the course of the day.

Here are some more photos from earlier today (How fitting is it that it’s “National Love Your Pet Day“?):

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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.

For more “#BallparkPup”dates, follow the hashtag #BallparkPup on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. In addition, for more from Brewers Spring Training in Phoenix, Arizona, be sure to follow the hashtag #CactusCrew.

-Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

“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!

Pitchers and Catchers Have Reported….Will You? #CACTUSCREW

Spring Training is finally upon us!

Are you headed to sunny, Phoenix, Arizona to see the Crew in Spring Training later this month or in March? Show us your favorite photo and you could be chosen to win a Brewers prize package!

Create an original photo from Spring Training in Phoenix, Arizona. Then, tweet your photo to us on Twitter  and/or post it to Instagram using hashtag #CACTUSCREW for your chance to win!

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You’ll also want to make sure you follow the #CactusCrew hashtag for Spring Training news, updates and chatter!

And don’t forget! You can also upload your photo our Brewers Fans on the Fly  interactive map, presented by Southwest Airlines!

Spring Training tickets are available at brewers.com/springtraining.

If you’re not headed to AZ this year, don’t sweat it. You can listen to, and even watch, some of the Brewers Spring Training games: click here for the complete Spring Training broadcast schedule.

-Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

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