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Lock Up a Great Gift They Can’t Wait to Open with New Brewers Key Chains!

While you’re here this weekend shopping at the Brewers Clubhouse Sale, don’t forget that sometimes, presentation is just as important as the present itself!

That’s why we’ve come up with a fun use for the new personalized Brewers key chains available in the Brewers Team Store by Majestic.

For just $5, turn a great gift into something extra special that they can’t wait to open by attaching the key chain to the outside of your gift and using it as a name tag. Voila! Two presents in one!

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Or, Brewers key chains can stand on their own as a gift, too–the key to the perfect stocking stuffer this holiday season.

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So, make sure you stop in at the Brewers Team Store and get yours (available in current or retro logos) while you’re here–they’re made at our etching station (where you can also pick up an etched phone case, or get your phone etched) while you wait!

-Cait

johnandcait@brewers.com

Where’s Chorizo? Spring Madness at Miller Park!

Well, it was quite the eventful morning here at Miller Park!

If you haven’t heard by now, the fifth Klement’s Famous Racing Sausage, Chorizo, went missing this past Sunday, which first became apparent when he didn’t show up for the Sausage Race during the game.

Well, this morning, we finally found out what he was up to! In preparation for Spring Madness, Chorizo had been hard at work. Not only had he gone missing from Miller Park the last two days, but, similar to Bernie’s effort last year, Chorizo spent the hours mapping and planting over 2,000 Chorizo lawn ornaments in the grass areas surrounding Miller Park and its parking lots.

We found the missing link!

Each lawn ornament was affixed with a pouch that included game tickets for a Spring Madness game, set for May 21 through May 23 at Miller Park. The Brewers will host the San Francisco Giants during Spring Madness, and Brewers fans can save 50% on most all tickets $38 or less. In addition, Klement’s hot dogs and small Pepsi products are just $1 each for all three games.

Plus, there were also three “Grand Prize” ornaments containing the following prizes:

1.)     breakfast with Hall-of-Fame pitcher Rollie Fingers

Roy Nowak (left) found Chorizo and also won breakfast with Rollie Fingers (right) this morning!

2.)    an opportunity for four to watch batting practice from the field with one person tossing a ceremonial first pitch; and

3.)    a home visit from the Klement’s Famous Racing Sausages for a tailgate party with supplies provided by Pepsi, Klement’s and Miller

If you weren’t able to make it down to Miller Park this morning, or if you missed out on the lawn ornaments, don’t fret!

First, we are told the Brewers Team Store by Majestic will have a limited quantity in stock. We suggest you call the store at (414- 902-4750) to check availability first.

Second, there will be an online dutch auction at brewers.com, beginning on Thursday, May 17 and ending on Thursday, May 31 at 5 p.m., in which fans can bid on five Chorizo lawn ornaments.

Finally, everyone’s a “wiener” with this special ticket offer!

To celebrate Chorizo being found, we’re offering fans Field Outfield tickets for just $30 or Terrace Reserved tickets for just $10 for the upcoming Friday night or Sunday afternoon Marquee games against the Minnesota Twins (Friday, May 18 or Sunday, May 20). That’s a 50% savings or more off of Marquee prices for this Interleague rivalry! Like the Chorizo, you’ll want to act fast! Visit brewers.com/whereschorizo to purchase!

We hope you had as much fun as we did today! And of course, we hope to see you out at Miller Park for the Twins Series this weekend then Spring Madness, May 21-23!

-John & Cait

johnandcait@brewers.com

On to October! Brewers Fans Attend Playoff Rally to Send Division Champs to Postseason

Today, thousands of Brewers fans gathered at the Summerfest grounds for the Brewers Playoff Rally, a special event to help give our National League Central Division Champions a proper send-off into the Postseason.

The Brewers Playoff Rally began at 4:00 p.m. at the Miller Lite Oasis with an appearance by The Good Rebels (formerly Pan Am), a band out of Los Angeles led by Dan Attanasio, son of Brewers Owner Mark Attanasio. The band succeeded in getting the fans appropriately pumped up with lively original tunes, a few cover songs and some “Let’s Go Brewers, Let’s Go!” chants. And, as if he didn’t already have enough to celebrate, it also happened to be Mark Attanasio”s birthday today, so the band also led the crowd in a rousing sing along of “Happy Birthday” to him.

After The Good Rebels performance, Bernie Brewer and the Klement’s Famous Racing Sausages made an appearance on stage, followed by Brewers Hall of Fame broadcaster Bob Uecker, who was hosting the event, along with other Brewers broadcast personalities Bill Schroeder, Cory Provus and Craig Coshun; Hall of Famer Robin YountMark Attanasio; and General Manager Doug Melvin. Each received a warm welcome from the crowd.

Then came the moment everyone was waiting for– the crowd went wild as the Division Champs filed onstage to thank fans for their support and, at the same time, get everyone excited for what we hope will be a long run into October.

For those that were there or who were watching on Fox Sports Wisconsin, you know that there were many memorable moments as the players were individually introduced and interviewed.

There was the raucous cheer for Brewers Manager Ron Roenicke; the spontaneous chants of “One More Year” and “M-V-P” that erupted from the fans  when Prince Fielder and Ryan Braun, respectively, were introduced; the extra-loud receptions for hometown hero Craig Counsell; and of course, the energetic Nyjer Morgan, who was the perfect player to lead off the rally and incite the fans with the “beast mode” gesture.

As the We Energies High-Energy Player of the Year, Morgan quickly became a fan favorite this year, due in part to his outgoing personality, passion, hard work and aggressive approach to playing the game.

“Is America ready for Tony Plush in the World Series?” Bill Schroeder asked him in an interview.

“I’m proud to be a Brewer right now! Ahhhhh!” Morgan exclaimed.

Fans were assured that Morgan is going to continue to be himself (and Tony Plush) by bringing that energy and spark to the team throughout the Postseason as Jerry Hairston, Jr. revealed this to the crowd,  “On the bus over here, Tony Plush said that if and when we win the World Series, he is going to do a Michael Jackson dance in front of all of you guys!”

And speaking of things Brewers fans have to look forward to, Mark Kotsay also gave the fans something to cheer about when he said that he hopes to be standing back on the stage in “three and a half weeks with a ring.”

And it was Kotsay who also said to the crowd, “I thought you guys would chant ‘one more year’ for Craig Counsell!”

Then they did.

“I was a 12-year-old in 1982. I waited with the rest of you. Now we’re going back almost 30 years later and we want to take it one step further than they did!” the Wisconsin native and fan favorite Counsell exclaimed.

He also gave well-deserved credit to the fans: “All you have to do is look at our home record and you know how much our fans meant to us,” he said.

Ryan Braun was the last to address the crowd.

“I hope today is the first of many celebrations for us,” he said.

After the players departed to more cheers, Five for Fighting took the stage.

Five for Fighting performs at the Brewers Playoff Rally on Thursday Photo: Scott Paulus

Five For Fighting, like The Good Rebels, is also out of Los Angeles. The band is fronted by singer/songwriter John Ondrasik and has multiple critically-acclaimed and award-winning records to their credit. Their breakthrough came in 2001 with the Grammy-nominated song “Superman” from the Platinum certified “America Town” (Aware/Columbia) CD.  In 2004, Ondrasik and the band recorded the Platinum-certified album, “The Battle For Everything,” which yielded the retrospective hit, “100 Years.” Other recent records include “Two Lights” (2006) and the first live Five For Fighting CD titled “Live” (2007).

Earlier in the afternoon, I had the chance to speak with Ondrasik.

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A born-and-raised native of the San Fernando Valley area of Los Angeles, Ondrasik’s interest in music and sports began at a young age. A fan of the L.A. Kings (NHL), Ondrasik named the band after a punishment in hockey–five minutes in the penalty box for fighting.

When it comes to baseball, Ondrasik admits that he is a Los Angeles Dodgers fan, but told me that it is easy to jump on the Brewers bandwagon.”

“It’s very exciting. It’s a fun team” he said.

As a California native, Ondrasik is also familiar with many names on the Brewers roster including pitcher Randy Wolf who spent two seasons with the Dodgers, Manager Ron Roenicke who spent 10 years with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim on their coaching staff, and Ryan Braun, who coincidentally attended the same high school as Ondrasik, Granada Hills High.

Ondrasik Tweets about fellow Californian Ryan Braun, post-rally.

As a big sports fan, Ondrasik says he has been fortunate to have the opportunity to play many special sporting events.

Prior to the Brewers Playoff Rally, his most recent sports-related appearance was a September 11th half-time tribute during the Cowboys vs. Jets game.

“It was a very respectful and very moving ceremony. There were a lot of survivors there, so that was an honor to play,” Ondrasik said.  “I’ve also had a lot of fun, too, whether it was the Daytona 500 or the NHL All-Star Game–again, as a sports fan, these kinds of things are really fun to do. My guitar player is also a huge baseball fan. He was actually born in Milwaukee, so he’s very excited to be here.”

Five for Fighting also has a song about baseball.  “The Best” was featured on the soundtrack for Everyone’s Hero a 2006 computer-animated film about the sport.

“A lot of the dads and moms out there who have Little Leaguers will appreciate that song about playing catch with your little ones,” Ondrasik said.

His interest in sports has also led to him writing a column for Sports Illustrated and a blogging job with the Kings.

So, as a self-proclaimed sports aficionado, where does Ondrasik think the Brewers will net out in Postseason play?

“Hopefully you win the World Series and we can play your victory party!” he said with a smile.

Fans at the event also had the chance to purchase the latest Brewers Postseason t-shirts, hats and other souvenirs at the Rally as the Brewers merchandise trailers were on site.

The Brewers merchandise trailers were on-site at the Playoff Rally today; they will also be in the parking lots at Miller Park for all home games during the Postseason!

Just as a reminder, if you’re still looking to gear up before the home games against Arizona this weekend, you can visit the Brewers Team Store by Majestic at Miller Park, which has extended Postseason hours from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.

For more information on all of the Brewers Postseason information, check out brewers.com/postseason, which will be continually updated with information on everything pertaining to the Brewers Postseason.

–Cait

johnandcait@brewers.com

Many Happy Campers Attend Field of Sweet Dreams Event at Miller Park

 

If you’re not familiar with it, Field of Sweet Dreams, presented by Copps, Pick ‘n Save and Kemps, is a giant slumber party for 350Brewers fans of all ages, put on by Brewers Enterprises. You get to set up your tent on the field, watch the game and a movie on the video board, play games, enjoy great food and more. Last year was the first year of the event and it was a smashing success. Being in the Consumer Marketing department, I helped promote the event, so I thought I should see for myself what it is really like. I asked Sarah Chmiel, Manager of Brewers Enterprises and Queen of the Field of Sweet Dreams, if she’d be open to my covering the event for John and Cait…Plus 9. She was all for it.

In fact, when I told my husband, Brian what I was planning on doing, he laughed. Then, when he realized I was serious, he laughed even harder. And, since we don’t own a tent (Did I mention, I am not a camper?), I had to ask our next-door neighbors and good friends, Tim and Jana, if they had a tent that I could borrow. They asked who it was for and when I told them it was for me, they also laughed. However, I will say that when I explained what I’d be using the tent for and the premise of the event, they thought it was a very cool thing and hooked me up with an Eddie Bauer Backpacking Sport Dome Tent. Perfect, I thought. A Sport Dome Tent for my night in a sports dome.

Those alternatives simply would not do. I wanted the full Field of Sweet Dreams fan experience. Also, I didn’t like the fact that he was implying that he didn’t think I could do this on my own.

“Okay, well, I am not coming down there to bring you anything you’ve forgotten or to help you set up that tent then,” he said.

So, I went on my merry way, leaving Brian to his own devices for the night (no doubt pizza delivery, the Brewers game and season six of Entourage on DVD).

Yep. Sure thing-I will get right on that.A lady and her children walked by, “How’d you get stuck setting up the tent?” she called.

Nope, it really was just me. So, when one of the directions read, “With a person at each front corner of the tent, flex the fiberglass poles into an upward position, forming two arches,” I looked around.

I decided to channel my inner Girl Scout. Yes, I was a Girl Scout and before you ask, no, we didn’t go on many camping trips; and the ones we did take did not involve tents, thank you very much.

Since I’d worked up quite the appetite setting up my tent, I headed up the steps to the Field Level Concourse where a smorgasbord featuring BBQ pulled chicken, Italian beef, hot dogs, baked beans, salad, corn on the cob, chips, pickles, brownies and beverages awaited me and the other hungry campers.Many fans were engrossed in the Brewers game, which was being shown on the video board and piped over the sound system. Below the video board, personalized scoreboard messages ran in a loop.

He had heard about the event too late last year, so he made sure to get his tickets early this year. They were having a great time, hanging out and watching the game when I checked in with them.

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When I caught up with Jessica and Luther Himsel and their children, Elijah and Ruby, they had just returned to their tent after a jaunt at the Associated Bank Kids Zone.

Following the game, fans were treated to Shrek the Third on the video board and had the chance to grab some “midnight snacks,” of nachos, chicken tenders, ice cream, popcorn, peanuts, Cracker Jack and candy.

Note: I do not want this little vignette to discourage anyone from taking part in next year’s event; I take full responsibility for what I am about to disclose to you.

And that’s when I noticed that the flap for the tent’s “side room” wasn’t fully closed. Using my hand, I tried to do my best imitation of Ryan Braun in our TV spot (where he swats the fly into the wall with his hand and the tag reads “Ryan Braun. Yeah, the guy can hit.”). Well, clearly, this girl can’t hit, so I grabbed the notepad I had been using to jot notes for this post and began taking some stronger cuts, trying to move the bugs in the direction of the open vent. After about ten minutes or so, I was tired.

I laid back, resting my head on my brand-new, rolled up Brewers blanket. (Okay, so maybe in all the excitement of going camping, I had forgotten my pillow, but as I noted above, there was no way I was calling Brian to ‘fess up.) I marveled at the view from my tent, the open roof providing a superb view of the night sky. I considered what a fun evening I’d had and all of the cool Brewers fans I had met.

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As I felt myself surrendering to sleep and my own sweet dreams, I breathed a sigh of contentment in being able to survive on my own (okay, me and 349 others) in the great outdoors (okay, great outfield … at Miller Park … which just happens to be my place of employment), despite my misadventures in entomology.


I watched as the little tent city sprang to life and fans began heading to the restrooms to wash up, packing up and disassembling their tents before enjoying the breakfast buffet, which featured scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, hash browns, mini-muffins and bagels, fruit, juice, coffee and tea.

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Despite the sleep crusties and bleary-eyedness of some of the kids–for most of whom, I am sure staying up so late was a rare treat– I saw a lot of smiles on the faces of the fans. It had been a wonderful outing to cap off the summer and everyone, including me, was going home a…well, happy camper.

As a side note, I was so proud of myself for sticking it out and not spending the night in my air-conditioned, bug-free office, or just packing it in at midnight and going home, that I was thinking I just might plan on taking in the real Arctic Tailgate experience by camping out prior to the on-sale next February. Gives me plenty of time to work on attaching that fly to the tent.

johnandcait@brewers.com

Update: Information on the 2011 event can be found here! Tickets go on sale Tuesday, July 12 at 10am.

Getting on the “Bandz”-Wagon

I used to bite my nails as a kid, so my dad told me to wear a rubber band around my wrist and promised me that if I let them grow, I could get my nails done in the salon, “just like mommy.” That was an incentive if I’d ever heard one, so I put a plain, office supply-looking tan rubber band on my wrist. The purpose of the rubber band was two-fold. First, simply seeing the rubber band was supposed to remind me not to bite my nails. Second, if I happened to absentmindedly bite them anyway, each time I “caught” myself, I was to snap the rubber band. The snapping forced me to acknowledge my bad habit and it also provided a negative association with the habit. A month of rubber band-wearing later, I had grown my nails out long enough to get my first professional manicure (which, if you ask me, started a really bad habit…but that’s neither here nor there). 

The next time I took to wearing a rubber band around my wrist would be several years later, in 2004, when I donned a relatively unassuming yellow bracelet in support of the Lance Armstrong Foundation and cancer research. Those wristbands launched a trend, inspiring numerous other wristbands for charities and causes.

While the Livestrong wristbands are still going strong six years later with over 70 million sold, another trend is emerging amongst those who are more than likely too young to know who Lance Armstrong even is (sorry, Lance!).

Enter the “bandz”…. Multi-colored, rubber band-like bracelets made of silicone and die-cut into various shapes. Kids wear them, collect them and trade them with friends. On the wrist, they look like brightly colored rubber bands. When you take them off, they magically revert back to their original shape.

Since I don’t yet have kids of my own, I didn’t even know what these things were until I started reading articles about the “bandz” being banned from schools. Now I may be too old to be on the forefront of this trend myself, but I’m not too old to remember that when things start getting banned, that’s when they really start to skyrocket in popularity. The articles brought back memories of another wrist-accessory from my youth — the slap bracelet, banned because of risk of injury. Thankfully, these “bandz” don’t hurt anyone. They are becoming contraband only because they are so popular that they’re creating a distraction in classrooms.

Through the grapevine, I heard that there were Brewers “bandz” to be had, so I asked our Senior Director of Merchandise Branding, Jill Aronoff, what she knew about the products.

Jill said, “Yes, we do have them, for today anyways. These cute ‘bandz’ are flying off the shelves, but there are a few left in our Team Stores at Miller Park.”

Apparently, I learned from Jill, there are many companies churning the “bandz” out right now, but Team Beans/Forever Collectibles has created “Logo Bandz,” bringing MLB-licensed “bandz” and NBA, NHL, NFL and college versions to a ball park , arena or stadium near you.

And, yes, we do have Brewers Logo Bandz for you, right here at our very own Team Store by Majestic Athletic at Miller Park, featuring shapes such as the state of Wisconsin, a silhouette of a batter, Bernie Brewer, home plate and our ‘M’ logo in various colors like navy, light blue, gold and red.


P1000275.JPGHere are the “bandz,” as shapes:
Here are the “bandz,” as they appear on my wrist:

Who knew that 20 years after my nail-biting phase ended, I’d be putting rubber bands over my manicured nails and on to my wrist just for fun? 

 

While trends will come and go, this one seems like it will be around for awhile. And, at just $8, for a pack of 20, it’s a low-risk investment.

So, what are you waiting for?  Be like me and jump on the “bandz”-wagon!

 

-Cait

johnandcait@brewers.com

 

Clubhouse Sale Gives Fans Chance To Score Savings on Brewers Gear

For the past 28 years, the Brewers have held a “Clubhouse Sale.”  It gives fans an opportunity to handle some Christmas shopping and at the same time, see a part of Miller Park they might not usually see: the Visiting Team Clubhouse.

This Friday and Saturday, from 9 a.m. – 7 p.m., the Visiting Clubhouse at Miller Park will be transformed into a retail store offering fans savings of up to 75% on Milwaukee Brewers merchandise.  Not only will there be great Brewers merchandise available for purchase, but also an opportunity to buy rare, game-used items like jerseys and bats.

This is a unique opportunity to not only get some holiday shopping done, but also a chance to see a part of Miller Park that is normally hidden to the average fan.

In addition, representatives will be available to handle requests for Holiday 4 Packs–another fantastic Holiday gift idea.  Shoppers can access the Clubhouse Sale by entering Miller Park at the Hot Corner entrance near the Brewers Team Store by Majestic and follow the signs to the Visiting Team Clubhouse.  Cash and credit cards will be accepted (no personal checks).    If you can’t make it to the Clubhouse Sale this weekend, please note that the Brewers Store by Majestic is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. -  6 p.m. 

 
Check back here on Thursday afternoon when we post pictures and preview some of the items available at the Clubhouse Sale.  I promise I won’t take any of the good stuff before the doors open on Friday!

–John

johnandcait@brewers.com

Brewers Announce Changes For Miller Park in 2010

Like we said in our first post, there is action 365 days a year here at Miller Park.  Construction has already started on a number of these offseason Miller Park ballpark improvements.  Here is a sneak peak of some of those changes and improvements that the Brewers announced today.

Terrace Store - Axon.jpgThe “Brewers Team Store on the Terrace Level” will be updated to mirror the award-winning “Team Store by Majestic” on the Field Level.  New lighting, store fixtures and an updated floor design will greet fans.  The store will be open during home games when Miller Park gates are open.
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Not every fan will be able to see this, but Brewers players will be greeted each day with an updated clubhouse entrance.  A fresh coat of paint and new carpeting will be among the improvements in the home clubhouse.  Pavilion1.jpg

In the right field corner of the Field Level outside of Miller Park, the team is constructing a Plaza Pavilion.  It involves upgrading the existing smoking area into an outdoor gathering location.  Fans will be able to enjoy the game with televisions and purchase food and beverage from stands located throughout the Pavilion.

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I’m a huge history buff and love reading about baseball history.  The updated Milwaukee Braves Wall of Honor will include new plaques, artwork, lighting and photo banners celebrating the National League team that called Milwaukee home from 1953 to 1965.  I think it is important that the Brewers don’t forget the team that preceded them and this will be a welcome update to Miller Park.

Continuing on the history trend, the parking lots surrounding Miller Park will be renamed in honor of some of Milwaukee’s baseball legends.  Twelve lots around Miller Park will be adorned with the names of former Milwaukee Brewers and Braves Playesr with banners and other artwork notating the new designations.  Included in the list are Henry Aaron, Cecil Cooper, Rollie Fingers, Jim Gantner, Harvey Kuenn, Eddie Mathews, Paul Molitor, Don Money, Warren Spahn, Gorman Thomas, Bob Uecker and Robin Yount.

Here is the updated Miller Park parking lot map:
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The “Uecker Lot” will include a special twist for fans that I think is going to be really popular.  Each game, 10 spaces will be reserved in “Uecker’s Front Row.” Attendants in the lots will select 10 cars paying cash for general parking at random to move up to the front row of the Uecker Lot for only $1.  There will be a special row of decorated “Uecker’s Front Row” parking spaces reserved for these randomly selected fans.  When that project is finished, I will be sure to post pictures.

John
johnandcait@brewers.com

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