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Brewers Announce 2014 Spring Training Schedule

If you are reading this from Wisconsin, you might have had your first taste of frost last night, signifying winter is on its way. A bit depressing, but fear not my friends, I’m here to tell you that there are only 116 days until pitchers and catchers report to Maryvale Baseball Park for Spring Training.  Furthermore, I also am here to provide you with the 2014 Milwaukee Brewers Spring Training Schedule.

The team today announced the Club’s 2014 Spring Training schedule that will open on Thursday, February 27 at Phoenix Municipal Stadium against Oakland.  .  The Brewers will play a total of 29 Spring Training games in Arizona, including 14 at Maryvale Baseball Park, plus two exhibition games at Miller Park against Kansas City (March 28 and 29).

The Brewers will play games at Maryvale against their National League Central Rivals Chicago on Monday, March 3 and Cincinnati on Saturday, March 15.  The Brewers will also celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a game against Chicago-AL at Maryvale.

The team has two split squad games scheduled during the spring.  The slate includes Saturday, March 1 vs. Los Angeles (the Maryvale opener) and at Arizona and Sunday, March 9 at Chicago-NL and at Cleveland.

Maryvale Baseball Park

Maryvale Baseball Park

The last home game at Maryvale Baseball Park for the Brewers is set for Thursday, March 27 against Seattle.  The Brewers will return home to Miller Park to play two games against Kansas City on Friday March 28 at 7:10 p.m. and Saturday, March 29 at 1:10 p.m.

All games played in the Cactus League are scheduled for 1:05 pm Arizona Time.

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.

Tickets for the Milwaukee Brewers home Spring Training games will go on sale at 9 am CT on Friday, December 6 via the internet at Brewers.com and by phone at 1-800-933-7890.  Normal business hours are from 9am – 5pm CST.  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 $5.00.  Information on Spring Training Season Tickets can be obtained by calling the Milwaukee Brewers Ticket Office at 414-902-4000.  Tickets for the two games at Miller Park will go on sale at a later date.

Please note that games and times are subject to change.

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Date Time (local) (CT) Opponent Place
Thursday, February 27 1:05 PM 2:05 PM at Oakland Athletics Phoenix
Friday, February 28 1:05 PM 2:05 PM at San Francisco Giants Scottsdale
Saturday, March 1 1:05 PM 2:05 PM Los Angeles Dodgers Maryvale
1:05 PM 2:05 PM at Arizona Diamondbacks Talking Stick
Sunday, March 2 1:05 PM 2:05 PM at Colorado Rockies Talking Stick
Monday, March 3 1:05 PM 2:05 PM Chicago Cubs Maryvale
Tuesday, March 4 1:05 PM 2:05 PM at Oakland Athletics Phoenix
Wednesday, March 5 1:05 PM 2:05 PM Oakland Athletics Maryvale
Thursday, March 6 1:05 PM 2:05 PM Colorado Rockies Maryvale
Friday, March 7 1:05 PM 2:05 PM San Diego Padres Maryvale
Saturday, March 8 1:05 PM 2:05 PM Kansas City Royals Maryvale
DAYLIGHT-SAVINGS TIME BEGINS MARCH 9
Sunday, March 9 1:05 PM 3:05 PM at Chicago Cubs Mesa
1:05 PM 3:05 PM at Cleveland Indians Goodyear
Monday, March 10  1:05 PM 3:05 PM Chicago White Sox Maryvale
Tuesday, March 11 OFF DAY
Wednesday, March 12 1:05 PM 3:05 PM at Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Tempe
Thursday, March 13 1:05 PM 3:05 PM at San Diego Padres Peoria
Friday, March 14 1:05 PM 3:05 PM Arizona Diamondbacks Maryvale
Saturday, March 15 1:05 PM 3:05 PM Cincinnati Reds Maryvale
Sunday, March 16 1:05 PM 3:05 PM at Arizona Diamondbacks Talking Stick
Monday, March 17 1:05 PM 3:05 PM Chicago White Sox Maryvale
Tuesday, March 18 1:05 PM 3:05 PM Texas Rangers Maryvale
Wednesday, March 19 1:05 PM 3:05 PM at Seattle Mariners Peoria
Thursday, March 20 1:05 PM 3:05 PM at Colorado Rockies Talking Stick
Friday, March 21 1:05 PM 3:05 PM at Texas Rangers Surprise
Saturday, March 22 1:05 PM 3:05 PM Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Maryvale
Sunday, March 23 1:05 PM 3:05 PM at Cincinnati Reds Goodyear
Monday, March 24 OFF DAY
Tuesday, March 25 1:05 PM 3:05 PM San Francisco Giants Maryvale
Wednesday, March 26 1:05 PM 3:05 PM at Cleveland Indians Goodyear
Thursday, March 27 1:05 PM 3:05 PM Seattle Mariners Maryvale
Friday, March 28   7:10 PM Kansas City Royals Miller Park
Saturday, March 29   1:10 PM Kansas City Royals Miller Park

• Note: Daylight-Savings Time begins on March 9

• All Games/Times subject to change

–JOHN

JohnandCait@brewers.com

Brewers Take on Team Canada at Maryvale on Tuesday; Special Offer for Fans

Another sign that Opening Day is fast-approaching (30 days from today!)….The World Baseball Classic is underway!

And, if you’re down in the Phoenix area this week, you’ll want to head over to Maryvale Baseball Park as the Brewers take on Team Canada’s World Baseball Classic entry this Tuesday, March 5, at 1:05pm.

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That’s right, watch pitchers John Axford and Jim Henderson; infielder Taylor Green; and outfielder Rene Tosoni play an exhibition against the Brewers on Tuesday– with both Axford and Henderson scheduled to pitch against their teammates

And, as a special offer, we’ve got half-price tickets in the Outfield ($6.50) and Lawn ($4)– an absolute STEAL for fans! This offer is good at the Maryvale Box Office only. Oh, and I’m told that fans will receive mini-pennants that day, too!

The Maryvale Box Office is closed tomorrow, but will be open 9am-5pm on Monday and Tuesday.

-Cait

johnandcait@brewers.com

Everything You Need to Know About the World Baseball Classic

Everybody loves Infographics and I wanted to share this one on the 2013 World Baseball Classic.  The tournament begins tomorrow and will last through March 19.  As I discussed in an earlier post, the Brewers originally had 14 players named to WBC rosters.  That number grew to 15 when Nick Bucci was added to Team Canada.  Bucci and Carlos Gomez of Team Dominican Republic, have both withdrawn from their respective teams.

Games will be broadcast on MLB Network.  If you are in Phoenix for Brewers Spring Training, I highly recommend catching a game at either Chase Field or Salt River Fields.  For more information visit www.worldbaseballclassic.com.  If the graphic below isn’t big enough for you, you can click it to make it even bigger!

–JOHN

johnandcait@brewers.com

From the Diary of Bernie Brewer: Spring Training Home Opener

Dear Diary,

Today, I went to my very first Spring Training game in many, many years! It was so very exciting!

Baseball is Back!

I got to go down on the field before the game and even sit in the dugout!

I met all kinds of very cool Brewers fans and saw a lot of familiar faces, too.

When Ryan Braun hit that home run early in the game, I was so excited–but there’s no slide at Maryvale so I improvised: I slid down the big grassy hill on the berm instead (and I’ve got the grass stains to prove it)!

Home Run Slide

Of course, I was also so happy when we won!

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After the game, I got in a little Spring Training of my own:

Can’t wait to return again tomorrow!

GO BREWERS!

-BERNIE

Bernie Brewer Arrives at Maryvale–Let the Spring Training Games Begin!

On Wednesday, I caught up with Bernie regarding his impending trip to Spring Training and today, I’m pleased to announce that not only have pitchers and catchers reported to Spring Training, but Bernie has as well!

Yes, that’s right, this year, Bernie is joining the #CACTUSCREW by taking in some games down here in Phoenix, Arizona.

So many of you were wondering: Just how does Bernie Brewer fly? On Southwest Airlines, of course!  Here’s a little video on his travels:

And, if you weren’t following along on Bernie’s Twitter account or on our Facebook page, you can also check out our photo gallery, here:

There’s much more fun to be had during the games this weekend, so stay tuned for more Bernie and Brewers updates!

PS: Bernie also added his photo our new Brewers Fans on the Fly interactive map, presented by Southwest, which shows where Brewers fans are all over the globe!  Check it out and add your own!

Go Brewers!

-Cait

johnandcait@Brewers.com

Bernie Brewer Set to Travel to Spring Training; First Game on Saturday

I just got word that Bernie Brewer is going to making his way down to Arizona this weekend for the Brewers Cactus League home opener vs. the Oakland A’s on Saturday.

Bernie broke the news in a tweet earlier today:

Bernie Tweet

I sent him an email (you know, because he doesn’t talk) to find out more details.

“I’m leaving tomorrow, got a flight on Southwest. I heard we’re supposed to get a little snow here in Milwaukee–hope it doesn’t impact my flight… Looks like it’s going to be a little arctic for the Arctic Tailgate on Saturday!” [For those unfamiliar, that’s the date that individual tickets go on sale.]

“A little sad that I will miss my everyone at Arctic Tailgate–first time in seven years!-but I’m so excited to see all my friends, like Ax, Ryan, Luc, Rickie… so pumped! I’ve got all my bags packed already and I’m even taking some of my equipment. I figured why not… you know, bags fly free, might as well, and hopefully I’ll get to take a little BP!”

Bernie Brewer, shown here at a past Arctic Tailgate, won't be attending this year's event--he's headed to Arizona! (Photo courtesy of OnMilwaukee.com.)

Bernie Brewer, shown here at a past Arctic Tailgate, won’t be attending this year’s event–he’s headed to Arizona! (Photo courtesy of OnMilwaukee.com.)

Bernie told me he’ll be taking in a practice on Friday and then the games this weekend, so if you’re down in Arizona as part of the #CactusCrew, be sure to keep your eyes peeled for Bernie!

I offered to give him a lift to the airport since I’ll be headed down there this weekend myself, so hopefully I’ll have an update for you on his travels. I’m sure he’ll also be tweeting along his journey, so remember to follow him here.

Stay tuned!

-Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

MLB and New Era Introduce New Batting Practice Caps

MLB and New Era officially introduced a new series of batting practice caps as part of the MLB Authentic Collection that will be worn beginning with Spring Training. The new caps from New Era, the official cap of Major League Baseball, feature new performance technology as well as fresh designs for all 30 Clubs, including many popular logos that have never been featured on an official on-field cap.

The Brewers have two versions of the cap, one featuring the current, primary “M” and the other featuring the retro “ball-and-glove” logo.  The caps are fitted.

Primary Brewers Batting Practice and Spring Training cap

Primary Brewers Batting Practice and Spring Training cap.

Retro Batting Practice and Spring Training cap.

Retro Brewers Batting Practice and Spring Training cap.

The Diamond Era 59FIFTY incorporates new NE TECH™ performance technology, providing players with revolutionary light weight, moisture wicking caps.  Made with a new state-of-the art performance diamond print fabric, the Diamond Era 59FIFTY is lighter for increased breathability.  The cap also features SOLAREA™, 50+ UV protection that helps deflect the sun’s rays and COOLERA™ technology that wicks away sweat to keep players comfortable and dry.

The new Batting Practice and Spring Training hats are lined up in the equipment room at Maryvale Baseball Park ready for players arriving this week.

The new Batting Practice and Spring Training hats are lined up in the equipment room at Maryvale Baseball Park ready for players arriving this week.

 The collection will be available for purchase next week at the Brewers Team Store by Majestic at Miller Park, the Brewers FanZone Store at Maryvale Baseball Park in Phoenix, on MLB.com and and at all major retailers beginning in March.

–JOHN

johnandcait@brewers.com

Pitchers & Catchers are Reporting…Are You?

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 of three people chosen to win a Brewers prize package!

Create an original photo from Spring Training in Phoenix, Arizona. Then, tweet your photo to @Bernie_Brewer on Twitter  and/or post it to Instagram using hashtag #CACTUSCREW for your chance to win! For more information and official rules, click here.

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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

Brewers Spring Training Broadcast Schedule Released

Today we announced the 2013 Spring Training broadcast schedule, which includes 34 games to be broadcast on a combination of Newsradio 620 WTMJ and the statewide Brewers Radio Network, FOX Sports Wisconsin and Brewers.com.

Nothing will get you through the cold, wet snowy days like today like the sweet sound of Hall-of-Fame radio announcer Bob Uecker and his partner Joe Block, who will call 16 Spring Training games on Newsradio 620 WTMJ and the statewide Brewers Radio Network. 

Television announcers Brian Anderson and Bill Schroeder will call three games to be carried by FOX Sports Wisconsin: Monday, March 11 vs. Los Angeles; Wednesday, March 13 at Arizona; and Friday, March 29 vs. Chicago-AL at Miller Park.  Two additional games – Tuesday, March 19 vs. LA of Anaheim and Sunday, March 24 at San Diego – will be produced by other FOX Sports regions (FS-West and FS-San Diego, respectively) but will be simulcast on FS-Wisconsin.  Anderson, Schroeder and Block will also team up for 17 Brewers.com webcasts throughout the spring. 

The Brewers open the 2013 Spring Training slate on Saturday, February 23 at Maryvale Baseball Park against the Oakland Athletics at 1:05 p.m. Arizona time.  Milwaukee will play a total of 35 Spring Training games this season, including 17 at Maryvale Baseball Park and two exhibition games at Miller Park.

All Brewers games played in the Cactus League are scheduled for 1:05 p.m. starts (Arizona time), except for Wednesday, March 13 at the Diamondbacks (7:10 p.m. local/9:10 p.m. CT).  The spring schedule closes out with a pair of exhibition games against the White Sox at Miller Park on March 29 (7:10 p.m.) and March 30 (1:10 p.m.).

Tickets for Brewers home Cactus League games are on sale at Brewers.com, by phone at 1-800-933-7890 and at the Miller Park and Maryvale Box Offices. Tickets are available in four seating areas: Field Box ($22), Infield Reserved ($16), Outfield Reserved ($13) and Lawn Seating ($8).  Information on Spring Training Season Tickets can be obtained by calling the Milwaukee Brewers Ticket Office at 414-902-4000. 

Tickets for the two exhibition games at Miller Park will go on sale at a later date.  Please note that games and times are subject to change. For the complete Spring Training schedule, visit brewers.com/springtraining.

-Cait

Getting to Know Your 2013 MLB Fan Cave Fandidates

Yesterday, I wrote about how MLB revealed the top 52 fans vying to be a contestant in the 2013 MLB Fan Cave–including two Brewers candidates (or FANdidates, as I like to call them), Peter Gourlie and Kevin Kimmes.

Now through Wednesday, February 13, fans can view video submissions from all 52 applicants on MLBFanCave.com and vote for their favorites.

Based on fan voting, quality of the original submissions, and the ability of the contestants to generate buzz and interest in their campaigns, MLB will narrow the field to 30 finalists who will then earn a trip to Spring Training in Arizona at the end of February, where they will compete in a variety of challenges to determine the final group of contestants.

These winners will begin the season in the MLB Fan Cave in New York City with the goal of watching all 2,430 MLB games on a large wall of big screen Sony televisions while chronicling their experiences online through videos, blogs, and social media. Along the way, they will compete with one another over the course of the season in a series of challenges, with fans online helping decide who gets to stay in the Fan Cave and who gets eliminated with one eventual winner crowned before the end of the World Series.

All 52 finalists have been hard at work rocking the vote since the announcement was made and this morning, I had the chance to catch up with these gentlemen so I can give you a little background on why you should, as always–VOTE BREWERS!

Peter GourliePeter Gourlie

Peter Gourlie, better known as “Super Fan Pete,” is a Wisconsin native. He is a 31-year-old mattress store manager. He’s been a Brewers fan for as long as he can remember, coming to at least a couple of games a year as a child even though he grew up north of Wausau, Wisconsin.

Peter believes fans should vote for him because, “I am the ultimate super fan. I go to 60-plus games per year, including on the road. I support the players through good times and bad,” he said.

 

 

And if you need anymore proof that Peter truly is a super fan, well, you need not look any further than his Brewers Super Fan tattoo!

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Since 2008, Peter and his friends have been traveling to Arizona to see the Brewers in Spring Training and he already has a trip planned for this year–only he now he hopes that during that trip he will be otherwise occupied as one of the Top 30 contestants for the MLB Fan Cave.

“If you’re selected as one of the Top 30 fans, you get to go to Spring Training in Arizona,” Peter said. “Well, I’ll already be down there. They can just send a car.”

To get there, he’s got to campaign hard and so far, he’s been able to garner a good buzz, primarily through Twitter and with the support of some of our current and former players–former Brewers pitchers Mitch Stetter (now with the Los Angeles Angels) and Manny Parra (now with the Cincinnati Reds) and current Brewers pitcher Brandon Kintzler all make appearances in Peter’s Fan Cave video, giving him ringing endorsements.

If he’s lucky enough to make it to the actual Fan Cave in New York, he’s not scared of the city, even though he’s never been there, or the prospect of living with 5-7 others for the season. “I’d be rooming with the best, most elite super fans from other teams,” Peter said. “We’ve all got baseball in common–something great to talk about.” Click here to vote for Peter. Also, follow him on Twitter: @SuperFanPete

Kevin KimmesKevin Kimmes

Kevin Kimmes is a 34-year-old insurance salesman from Green Bay, Wisconsin. A self-proclaimed entertainer, he’s worn many hats from special effects assistant to playing in bands and even managing pro wrestling. Most importantly, though, he’s passionate about baseball and he’s a lifetime Brewers fan.

“The Brewers have been such a big part of my life. My first memories are sitting in my grandpa’s garage listening to Uecker,” he told me. “I would love the opportunity to live every fan’s dream.

Living up in Green Bay, Kevin says he is not able to get to as many games as he’d like, but he catches all the games on TV and/or radio. He also stays in touch with our farm system–last year, he covered the Timber Rattlers for CreamCityCables.com.

Kevin has never been to New York before, nor has he been to see the Brewers in Spring Training, but he’s hoping that he’ll get to do both things this year if he remains in the running for the Fan Cave. “It would be great to be in the Fan Cave,” Kevin said. “We know that we all have the passion and drive to do this; we’re all baseball fans. You’d form friendships and bonds that you’ll take with you for life.”

As Kevin alludes to in his video, he recently got married last year. And, although his “man cave” might be relegated to a bathroom for now, he says that his wife is one of his biggest supporters in his quest to be a cave dweller. “She knows how much baseball means to me. She’s been behind me 100%.”

Click here to vote for Kevin. Also, follow him on Twitter: @KevinKimmes.

So there you have it! The two Brewers Fandidates for the 2013 MLB Fan Cave.

Are you still here? Stop reading and go vote for Peter and Kevin!

-Cait

johnandcait@brewers.com

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