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2014 Robin Yount Performance Awards Presented

Tonight, we honored Jimmy Nelson and Clint Coulter,  recipients of the 2014 Robin Yount Performance Awards given to the Brewers Minor League Pitcher and Player of the Year.

Brewers Manager Ron Roenicke presented the awards to the athletes prior to tonight’s game.

Minor League Awards

The 2014 Minor League Pitcher of the Year is Jimmy Nelson. Jimmy spent the 2014 Season with the AAA Nashville Sounds. He posted a 10-2 record there with a 1.46 ERA in 16 starts. Opposing batters hit just .179 against him, the lowest of any starting pitcher in the league. He was named Brewers Minor League Pitcher of the Month in May and June and was the Pacific Coast League Pitcher of the Year.

 

The 2014 Minor League Player of the Year is Clint Coulter. Clint spent the 2014 season with the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers. In 2014, Coulter ranked among the league leaders in several offensive categories. He finished tenth in the Midwest League batting with .287 average, ranked first with 22 home runs, second in RBI with 89, first in on-base percentage at .410, second in slugging percentage at .520, fourth in runs scored with 84, third in walks drawn with 73, and fifth in extra-base hits with 53. Clint was also named to the Midwest Leagues’ Post-Season All-Star Team.

 

We also recognized area scout Shawn Whalen, responsible for signing Clint.

 

Congratulations to both Jimmy and Clint on a successful 2014 Season!

 

 

Nelson & Coulter Receive 2014 Minor League Pitcher and Player of the Year Awards Announced

Today we announced the recipients of the 2014 Robin Yount Performance Awards. Right-handed pitcher Jimmy Nelson was named Brewers Minor League Pitcher of the Year and catcher Clint Coulter was named Brewers Minor League Player of the Year.

Nelson, 25, went 10-2 with a 1.46 ERA in 17 games (16 starts) at Triple-A Nashville, including 114 strikeouts and 32 walks in 111.0 innings. He allowed just three home runs and held opponents to a .179 batting average. At the time of his promotion to Milwaukee on July 11, Nelson led the minor leagues in ERA, ranked third in the minors in strikeouts, and tied for the Pacific Coast League lead in wins.

Nelson, who entered the 2014 season as the top prospect in the organization according to Baseball America, was named the PCL’s starting pitcher for the 2014 Triple-A All-Star Game, but did not play due to his big league promotion. In addition, Nelson was named to the All-PCL Team and was named PCL Pitcher of the Year. In 11 starts with Milwaukee this season, he is 2-7 with a 4.38 ERA, including 52 strikeouts and 18 walks in 63.2 innings pitched.

The Brewers selected Nelson in the second round of the 2010 First-Year Player Draft from the University of Alabama.

Photo Courtesy: Mike Strasinger/Nashville Sounds

Photo Courtesy: Mike Strasinger/Nashville Sounds

Coulter, 21, played the entire season at Class-A Wisconsin, where he batted .287 with 22 HR and 89 RBI in 126 games. His 22 homers tied Wisconsin’s single-season HR mark (Khris Davis in 2010 and Victor Roache in 2013) and tied the Midwest League lead. He led the league in on-base percentage (.410) and hit by pitches (21). Additionally, he ranked among the league leaders in RBI (2nd), slugging percentage (2nd, .520), walks (3rd, 73), runs (T4th, 84), total bases (5th, 223), extra-base hits (5th, 53) and batting average (10th).

Coulter was selected as the starting designated hitter for the Western Division at the 2014 Midwest League All-Star Game and was named as the DH on the league’s Postseason All-Star Team. He was drafted by the Brewers in the first round of the 2012 First-Year Player Draft out of Union (WA) High School.

Photo Courtesy: Ann Mollica/Wisconsin Timber Rattlers

Photo Courtesy: Ann Mollica/Wisconsin Timber Rattlers

Miller Park to Host Midwest League Game on Saturday, May 24

On Saturday, May 24, the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers will play a Midwest League game at Miller Park. The Timber Rattlers will face the Beloit Snappers, the Class-A affiliate of the Oakland A’s. Game time is scheduled for 6:10 p.m.

“The Brewers and Timber Rattlers have had a solid partnership for a number of years and this is a great opportunity for our fans to see our future stars,” said Brewers Chief Operating Officer Rick Schlesinger.  “It’s also a great opportunity for these players to get the thrill of playing at a Major League stadium.”

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Tickets are on sale now. Ticket prices are $10 for Field Diamond Box seats and $5 for all other seat locations. Tickets can be purchased by visiting the Miller Park Box Office, online at Brewers.com, or by calling the Brewers Ticket Office at (414) 902-4000 or 1-800-933-7890.

“We are excited to be returning to Miller Park this year as it has been a fan favorite and it allows our fans in the Milwaukee area the opportunity to see some of the top prospects in the Brewers organization right in their own backyard, said Timber Rattlers President Rob Zerjav. “We also know it is a day our players mark on their calendar and gives them the chance to get a taste of what they are striving to achieve.”

The game will be a home game for Beloit, with Wisconsin as the visiting team.

 -Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

“The Beloit Snappers are pleased to return to Milwaukee to play our in-state rival, Wisconsin Timber Rattlers, once again,” said Dennis Conerton, President of the Beloit Professional Baseball Association.  “Our two earlier games in 2003 and 2004 were exciting experiences for both fans and players alike and we look forward to another opportunity to showcase our Major League players of tomorrow in the confines of beautiful Miller Park.”

This will mark the seventh time in team history that the Timber Rattlers will play a game at Miller Park. On August 14, 2003, the Timber Rattlers and the Beloit Snappers first met in a Midwest League battle, with the Snappers prevailing 4-2. At the time, the Snappers were the Class-A affiliate of the Brewers. The game featured future Brewers players such as Prince Fielder, Tony Gwynn, Manny Parra, and Rickie Weeks. The two teams also met on August 12, 2004 at Miller Park in a game that the Snappers won by a 5-0 score.

On April 24, 2009, the Timber Rattlers played at Miller Park as a Brewers affiliate for the first time and defeated the Chiefs, 5-3. The Timber Rattlers dropped a 6-1 decision to the Cedar Rapids Kernels on May 7, 2010. Wisconsin earned a 5-1 win over the Peoria Chiefs on June 29, 2011 and defeated the Dayton Dragons by a 3-0 score on April 27, 2012.

Other current Brewers who have played in Timber Rattlers games at Miller Park include Khris Davis, Scooter Gennett, Jim Henderson and Wily Peralta.

The Timber Rattlers have been a minor league affiliate of the Brewers since the 2009 season.

 

Brewers Announce 2014 Partner Ticket Packages

Today  a number of new Brewers ticket packages went on sale; these packages were created with Brewers partners to give fans opportunities to save money while enjoying Brewers baseball and other great Wisconsin summer traditions.

$15 Fair Days Double Play

Nothing says summer like Brewers Baseball and the State Fair. For just $15, fans will receive one Terrace Reserved ticket to select Brewers games during the 2014 season and one general admission ticket to the Wisconsin State Fair, presented by U.S. Cellular®, July 31 through August 10. For more information, visit brewers.com/statefair. This offer ends Wednesday, August 6, 2014 and is not available for purchase on the day of the game.

Brew Crew & the Zoo Ticket Package

For just $20, fans can get one Terrace Reserved ticket to select Brewers games and one 2014 adult admission ticket to the Milwaukee County Zoo, plus a free Brew Crew & the Zoo tumbler. For more information, visit brewers.com/zoo. This offer ends Tuesday, August 19, 2014 and is not available for purchase on the day of the game. The Zoo tickets are valid through December 31, 2014. Tickets are not valid in conjunction with any other offer.

Brewers – Summerfest Rock the Ballpark

The Brewers and Summerfest have teamed up again to bring baseball and music fans two awesome lineups and Milwaukee’s greatest hits. For just $24, get a ticket package that includes one Brewers Terrace Reserved ticket to either the May 26, June 3 or June 24 games, plus one Summerfest General Admission ticket, good any time during Summerfest 2014. For more information, visit brewers.com/summerfest. This offer ends Sunday, June 22, 2014 and the ticket package is not available for purchase on the day of the game.

Brewers – Timber Rattlers Fang-tastic Package

For just $13, get one Terrace Reserved ticket to the Sunday, September 7Brewers game at Miller Park and one Reserved Bleacher ticket to the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers game on Tuesday, August 12. The first 1,000 fans through the gates at the Timber Rattlers game get a Martin Maldonado Bobblehead. For more information, visit brewers.com/fangtastic. This offer ends Thursday, July 31, 2014 and the ticket package is not available for purchase on the day of the game.

Crew H-D

For just $20,fans can join Crew H-D and get a ticket package that includes a Brewers Terrace Reserved ticket to either the May 30 or July 10 game, one adult admission ticket to the Harley-Davidson Museum®, and either a souvenir replica poker chip (May 30) or can koozie (July 10). For more information, visit brewers.com/hdmuseum. This offer ends Wednesday, July 9, 2014 and is not available for purchase on the day of the game.

All packages are on sale now at brewers.com/fanvalues, at the Miller Park Box Office or by phone (414) 902-4000.

-John & Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

Double Your Fun with a Variety of Brewers Ticket Packages All Under $25

In the past, we’ve partnered with local events and attractions like State Fair, Summerfest, the Zoo, the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers, and the Harley-Davidson Museum to bring fun and value to Brewers fans’ summers and 2012 is no different.

Here’s a sneak peek at this year’s partner ticket packages, most of which are on sale now.

The Harley-Davidson Museum: Crew H-D Ticket Package

[Brewers Ticket + H-D Museum Ticket + Glass Mug = $20]

For just $20, join Crew H-D and get your ticket package that includes a Brewers ticket to one of 10 select games during the 2012 season, one adult admission ticket to the Harley-Davidson Museum® and a glass mug that you can claim on your next trip to Motor® Bar & Restaurant at the Museum. Ride to the ballpark, visit brewers.com/hdmuseum or call (414) 902-4000 today! Sale begins March 15 and offer ends September 30.

Milwaukee Admirals: 2-Man Advantage Ticket Package

[Brewers Ticket + Admirals Ticket = $16]

For just $16, fans will get one Bow ticket to the Admirals home game on Friday, March 30 vs. the Oklahoma City Barons and one Terrace Reserved ticket to the April 8 (vs. Cardinals), 20 (vs. Rockies) or 24 (vs. Astros) Brewers home games at Miller Park during the 2012 season. Psst! March 30 is also Brewers voucher night at the Admirals game where all fans in attendance will receive a special buy-one, get-one free ticket offer, providing even more bang for your buck.  Visit brewers.com/admirals. Offer ends March 30.

Milwaukee County Zoo: Brew Crew & the Zoo Ticket Package

[Brewers Ticket + Zoo Ticket + T-Shirt = $20]

For just $20, see the Brew Crew and the Zoo! Get one Terrace Reserved ticket to select Brewers games and one 2012 adult admission ticket to the Milwaukee County Zoo, plus a free Brew Crew & the Zoo t-shirt! Valid game dates include: June 19, July 4, July 26, July 31 and August 31.  For more information, please call (414) 902-4000 or visit brewers.com/zoo. Offer ends August 31. The zoo ticket is valid through December 31, 2012 and may not be used in conjunction with any other offer.

Summerfest: Brewers-Summerfest Rock the Ballpark Package

[Brewers Ticket + Summerfest Ticket + T-Shirt = $24]

The Brewers and Summerfest already give you two awesome lineups and Milwaukee’s greatest hits. And now, we’ve teamed up to bring you both for one low price with the “Rock the Ballpark” package. For just $24, get one ticket to select Brewers home games, one General Admission Summerfest ticket (valid any day 6/27-7/1, 7/3-7/8) and a special edition Brewers-Summerfest t-shirt.  For information, call (414) 902-4000 or visit brewers.com/summerfest. Offer ends June 26.

Wisconsin State Fair: Brewers $13 Fair Fridays

[Brewers Ticket + State Fair Ticket = $13]

At Miller Park, every Friday is a $13 Fair Friday! Your Fair Friday purchase includes one Terrace Reserved ticket to any Friday Brewers game during the 2012 season and one general admission ticket to the Wisconsin State Fair presented by U.S. Cellular®. For tickets, call (414) 902-4000 or visit brewers.com/statefair. Offer excludes Opening Day and ends July 31.

Wisconsin Timber Rattlers: Brewers-Timber Rattlers Fang-Tastic Ticket Deal

[Brewers Ticket + Timber Rattlers Ticket + T-Shirt = $20]

Get one Terrace Reserved ticket to the Brewers game on Friday, August 17 at 7:10pm and one voucher for select Wisconsin Timber Rattlers games played at Time Warner Cable Field at Fox Cities Stadium in Appleton, plus a special Brewers-Timber Rattlers t-shirt, all for just $20. For information, call (414) 902-4000 or visit brewers.com/timberrattlers. Offer ends August 16. Voucher excludes the Timber Rattlers Opening Day on April 5. Other restrictions may apply.

For details on all of these great deals, including game dates and purchase information, fans can visit the individual links above, or the Fan Value Corner at brewers.com/fanvalues.  Most of the ticket packages are currently available for purchase at the Miller Park Box Office, online at brewers.com/fanvalues or by calling (414) 902-4000.

-Cait

johnandcait@brewers.com

Your Summer “Staycation” Starts with Miller Park


 I don’t know about you, but this year the marketing department is looking forward to summer even more than usual.

It could be the taste of warmer weather this week or that the days are getting longer, but mostly, I think it is the work we have been doing on all of the special ticket packages we have with local events and attractions like Summerfest, State Fair, the Zoo and more.

Everyone in our department has a favorite package and as we wait for the summer to heat up, I thought I’d give you the scoop on the hottest ticket packages to the coolest places in town. 

First up is Summerfest. If you’re like me, you’ve already circled all the acts you want to see.  At the risk of subjecting my musical tastes to scrutiny, I’m personally looking forward to seeing Sheryl Crow, Dierks Bentley and Phil Vassar this year. Yes, I am a country girl.  So, anyway, my friends and I will be going to Summerfest at least three times this year and I’m encouraging them to purchase our Brewers-Summerfest ticket package, which includes a Terrace Reserved ticket to one of the Brewers vs. Giants games (7/5, 7/6, 7/7 or 7/8), a general admission Summerfest ticket (good any day, June 24-July 4) and this awesome Brewers-Summerfest t-shirt:

 


P1000209.JPGAt just $25, this package is an absolute steal. Summerfest tickets are regularly $16 each and our Terrace Reserved seats are regularly $15 each, so that’s a $6 savings right there, plus you also get the tee. (Offer ends 6/23.)

Brew Crew and the Zoo

Next, we’ve got our Brew Crew and the Zoo ticket package… Just $18 gets you one Terrace Reserved ticket to select games at Miller Park (6/24, 7/8, 7/27, 8/9, 8/26 or 9/21), one 2010 adult admission ticket to the Milwaukee County Zoo and this really cool tote bag
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 Again, a fantabulous deal…a savings of over $10, plus the free tote bag! 

Kelly Candotti, our Consumer Marketing Coordinator, is always up for a visit to the Milwaukee County Zoo to see what new things they have in store, as well as her favorite animals, the penguins. Why penguins, you ask? Because what girl doesn’t like a tuxedo! I think she’s also planning on using her Zoo ticket for Zoo a la Carte, August 19-22. If you’re not familiar with Zoo a la Carte, it’s a really fun “Feast with the Beasts” food and music festival. The Zoo is typically open late and you can enjoy performances from some of the hottest local and national bands, while feasting on delicious fare from over 25 area restaurants.

I’ve also caught Kelly using her tote bag to carry around her knitting supplies, but that’s another story for another post…

Brewers-Timber Rattlers Fang-Tastic Ticket Package

In 2009, the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers became the Brewers’ Class-A Midwest League affiliate, which is great for the Baseball Operations side of our business. It is great for the Marketing side of our business as well. We’ve had a lot of fun developing cross-promotional opportunities, including: the creation of two different Bernie-Fang Bobble Heads; different in-game promotions at the T-Rats games (played at Time Warner Cable Field at Fox Cities Stadium in Appleton, Wisconsin); playing two Minor League games here at Miller Park; the creation of this joint ticket package and more.

With our Fang-Tastic Ticket Package (named after the Timber Rattlers’ mascot, Fang), for just $16, fans can get one Terrace Reserved ticket to select Brewers home games (5/29, 6/23, 7/5, 8/27 or 9/6), one Reserved Bleacher ticket to one of six Wisconsin Timber Rattlers home games in Appleton and this special Brewers-Timber Rattlers cap:

 


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Jeff Harding is our Graphic Designer here at the Brewers and besides being an all-around great guy to work with and in addition to being involved in promoting all of these ticket packages through our advertising and having designed the aforementioned Summerfest T-shirt, Zoo Tote Bag and Timber Rattlers Cap, Jeff has a special place in his heart for the Timber Rattlers.

Jeff was born and raised on a farm in Neenah, Wisconsin and has grown up going to the games up in Appleton (he remembers when the Timber Rattlers were called the Appleton Foxes); the team sparked his interest in baseball as a young lad and….here he is today!

Brewers-State Fair Fridays

Our ticket package with State Fair (Brewers “Fair Fridays”) is always a fan-favorite. My boss, Kathy Schwab, Senior Director of Marketing, loves the pig races almost as much as she loves the Sausage Race here at Miller Park, so we make sure we get to see those every year. It’s also fun to see all of the different animals, exhibits and other forms of entertainment. On top of that, it is difficult to resist all of the delectable delights the Fair has to offer–from the flavored milk to the cream puffs to the abundance of offerings “on a stick”, State Fair has something for everyone.  For just $25, fans can get two Terrace Reserved tickets to one of four remaining Brewers “Fair Friday” games (5/28 (tomorrow!), 6/11, 7/23 and 8/27) and two Wisconsin State Fair adult gate admission tickets (valid any day, 8/5-8/15). Again, we wouldn’t be offering this package if it wasn’t such a fantastic deal. Brewers Terrace Reserved seats are $15 each and State Fair tickets are regularly $9 each, so that’s a $23 savings for fans. (Offer ends 7/30.)

Potawatomi Doubleheader

Our Data Analyst, Diny Hurwitz, is known in our office for being a little, oh shall we say… frugal? And with the way the economy is today, that’s definitely not a bad thing. So, needless to say, he knows a good deal when he sees one and the Brewers-Potawatomi Doubleheader is just that. For just $40, fans can get one Field Outfield ticket to select Tuesday Brewers games (6/29, 7/27, 8/10 and 9/21), plus a $25  Potawatomi Bingo Casino Restaurant Gift Card, valid for food and beverage at any of the casino’s five unique restaurants. Our Field Outfield tickets are $40 regularly, so one would be remiss to NOT purchase this package, which basically includes a free $25 gift card that can be used at Dream Dance Steak, RuYi, the Fire Pit Sports Bar & Grill, the Buffet or the Menomonee Valley Food Court. After dinner, you can enjoy some of the entertainment Potawatomi has to offer, like shows at the Northern Lights Theater.  Of course, some restrictions apply when purchasing this package, so make sure you visit brewers.com/potawatomi for details.

Harley-Davidson Double Play

Last, but certainly not least, we’ve got our Harley-Davidson Double Play. Our Manager of Emerging Markets, Thad McGrew, hails from California. While he loves baseball and the Brewers, and while he’d probably never admit this, he might even love basketball –particularly his Los Angeles Lakers– just a little more. Head coach of the Lakers, Phil Jackson, is one the many famous Harley-Davidson Motorcycle riders and thus, it’s really no surprise that our own Thad McGrew is also a big fan of the brand. That’s why visiting the Harley-Davidson Museum was on his list of must-see Milwaukee attractions when it opened in 2008. For just $16, fans can get one Terrace Reserved ticket to select Monday or Friday Brewers games and one 2010 adult admission ticket to the Harley-Davidson Museum. This package provides a great excuse for Thad and other Brewers fans to take their own road trip right down Canal Street to check out the Museum.

So there you have it. You don’t need to plan an exotic vacation this summer; you can have your own mini “staycation” by checking out each of our six different partner ticket packages that feature one common theme — Milwaukee Brewers Baseball.  When you put them all together, you’ve got yourself one busy — and super fun — summer. Enjoy!

-CAIT

There is No Offseason for…Brewers Enterprises

When most people think of Miller Park, they automatically conjure up thoughts of the fun they’ve had on game day. Jason Hartlund and his staff are trying to change that.

Jason is the Vice President of Brewers Enterprises, a relatively new division of the Milwaukee Brewers (2006) that oversees all non-baseball events and revenue for Miller Park.

We are fortunate to have a venue that provides a myriad of entertainment options–rain or shine–suitable for anything from 40,000 persons down to small groups and in his role, Jason oversees the operations and develops sales and marketing strategies to attract a broad mix of events in and around Miller Park, from conventions and concerts to corporate retreats, parties and so much more.

Jason climbed on board to steer the Brewers Enterprises ship in May of 2008 after beginning his Brewers career in the Corporate Marketing Department. Prior to joining the Brewers, he had served three seasons as Manager of Corporate Sales for the Green Bay Packers. 

With just five people, the Brewers Enterprises staff may be on the small side, but as you’ll see, they accomplish a great deal, working year-round to enhance your ballpark experience.

There’s Sarah Chmiel, Manager of Brewers Enterprises. Her job is to think of creative uses for the ballpark.

“Sarah’s role has been developing many of the non-baseball events that have taken place here, such as the Field of Sweet Dreams, Baseball Boot Camp, the Brewers Road Crew, Miller Park Movies and the Border Battle, the minor league game that we hosted here last year, ” Jason explained. We’ll talk more about those events later.

Then there’s Tai Chamness, Manager of Special Events. She’s who you go to if you want to book your wedding, party or special event at Miller Park. 

“We have really focused on becoming more customer-service oriented with function spaces. That’s Tai’s specialty,” Jason said.

“We’ve been successful with holiday parties, tours, Helfaer Field, meeting room rentals and parking lot events this year,” Jason said. “But weddings have really taken off.”

As someone who had her own wedding reception at Miller Park and took her wedding photos on the field and in the Visitor’s Clubhouse back in 2007, I can certainly understand the allure. Baseball fans and non-baseball fans alike can appreciate the beautiful backdrop of the field looking out from the Metavante Club.

 

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Caitlin and Brian Fieldjpg                        Me and my husband, Brian, on our wedding day in August 2007.                


Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Caitlin Dugout Wedding.jpg            My favorite photo–me with Brian and the groomsmen– taken in the dugout.

The Brewers Enterprises staff will help you customize your Big Day every step of the way; they’ve seen it all–from a total baseball wedding complete with uniforms and ballpark fare to the most elegant affairs where the location takes a backseat to everything else.  You can have your ceremony at the park, or your reception, or both.

Throw in Cory Congemi, Coordinator of Helfaer Field and Miller Park Tours and Katie Wettstein, Special Events Coordinator, whose primary focus is on the Brewers Conference Center, and you have one busy crew.

 

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Conference Center.jpg                           The Aaron Room in the new Brewers Conference Center.

 

That’s why I found it amazing that Sarah and Jason were able to find enough time to sit down with me for this interview.

 

Thumbnail image for Chmiel and Hartlund.JPG                           Sarah Chmiel and Jason Hartlund are all about maximizing
                                        your experience at Miller Park year round.

 

Let’s take a look at what Brewers Enterprises is doing in the offseason and what’s on tap for 2010.

Right now, Sarah is in full travel agent mode, working on the Brewers Road Crew trip to Spring Training in Phoenix, March 10-14 (referenced in a previous post, found here).

 

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“This is something we have never done before. In speaking with the Ticket Department, we know that they get numerous calls asking about Spring Training trips each year. This is something fans have been waiting for and we hope it’s successful,” Sarah said.

“We are going to take a group of people down to Arizona and we’re going to provide them with airfare, hotel accommodations and transportation while they’re there.  They’ll get to see three Spring Training games,” Sarah explained.  She began to get animated as she started to list the additional perks of joining the Brewers Road Crew for this one-of-a-kind opportunity.

“They will have the chance to meet some of the higher-ups from the Front Office. We’ll have a tailgate party that the current players will come to at Maryvale Baseball Park. Some former players will hang out with them….oh and our broadcasters, Bill Schroeder and Brian Anderson, will be there, too,” she went on.

I found out that participants will also have a chance to win behind-the-scenes experiences while they’re there, like throwing out the First Pitch, running in the Sausage Race or sitting in with Bill and Brian during webcasts of the Spring Training games.  Plus, they’ll get gifts like a t-shirt, a ball for autographs and a player-issued tech fleece. Finally, every guest will receive a ticket to see the team when they come back to Milwaukee for Opening Day at Miller Park on April 5 vs. the Colorado Rockies.

By the time she’s finished her spiel, I’m practically reaching for my credit card. With more  benefits than even I knew about and at $3695 for a couple, minus all of the stress of planning a trip for myself, it also sounds like more than a great deal.

“We’d like to use this Road Crew concept to take fans on the road during the season even, for bigger trips with the team. The first of many, we hope,” Sarah said.

Along with the Road Crew event, Brewers Enterprises is busy making plans for all of the other special non-game day events here at Miller Park.

Last year, they introduced several new events to Brewers fans, like the Border Battle, Brewers Baseball Boot Camp, Miller Park Movies and the Field of Sweet Dreams.

First, the Border Battle. Last April, Miller Park hosted a Midwest League matchup between the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers and the Peoria Chiefs.

The Timber Rattlers became the Brewers’ Class A Midwest League affiliate at the beginning of last season and through our partnership with them, the Border Battle served as a great opportunity for fans to see some of the organization’s younger prospects play in a Major League environment. The Chiefs are the Chicago Cubs’ affiliate, so it also gave us the chance to showcase the players who will play key roles in the future of the Cubs-Brewers rivalry.
 

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Border Battle.jpg      Bernie Brewer and Timber Rattlers mascot, Fang, before the Border Battle in April 2009.

“We had over 17,000 fans attend,” Jason said. “We kept it extremely affordable. The focus was on making it easy for fans to come out and enjoy the ballpark. All seats were $10 and they were sold on a first-come, first-served basis, so if you got your tickets early, you could be sitting in the best seats in the house, behind home plate or the dugouts, for just $10.”

Brewers Enterprises plans on hosting a similar event this year; they’re just finalizing details, so be sure and stay tuned!

Brewers Enterprises also hopes to bring back Brewers Baseball Boot Camp

Baseball Boot Camp is an intense one-day affair where fans get to experience a day in the life of an actual ballplayer. 

“We have about 50 people who attend and we divide into four teams. The coaches are alumni players. Last year, they were Jerry Augustine, Jim Gantner, Gorman Thomas and Paul Wagner. The participants come in early in the morning and have access to the Visiting Clubhouse; they use the lockers and it’s staffed the same way it would be for the pros.  Then, the participants get a half-day of coaching and review of fundamentals. In the afternoon, they play games until one of the teams is crowned Champion,” Sarah explained.

“The Championship team is then brought back for a pre-game ceremony that includes a trophy presentation.”

All of the participants also receive an authentic, personalized jersey. In its inaugural year, the event was promoted around Father’s Day as a gift idea and the actual event took place in July.

Sarah said they have already gotten calls from the 2009 participants, wanting to sign up for 2010. 

Another successful inaugural event last year was the Field of Sweet Dreams. Last September, fans of all ages had the chance to take part in a giant sleepover on the field at Miller Park.

“It went really well,” Sarah said.  “It was a nice, affordable option for families.”

With space for 300 people and a portion of the proceeds benefitting Brewers Charities, Inc., the event sold out in less than a week.

Upon entering the ballpark, participants received a special gift. They then headed down to the field, where they were able to pitch their tents and enjoy a meal. 

For entertainment, the Associated Bank Kids Zone was open, folks could take tours of the park, there were raffle prizes given out and fans could send in scoreboard messages that rotated all night. 

The attendees watched the Brewers road game on the videoboard, followed by a movie. Before lights out, fans were treated to a bedtime story, Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown, read by Dave Bush and Corey Hart via the scoreboard.

In the morning, everyone was awakened by the sound of the boom cannons (fireworks) and Uecker’s home run call piped through the sound system. All attendees also got a keepsake of a personal, professional photo taken at home plate.

 

Thumbnail image for Field of Sweet Dreams.jpg                                       Field of Sweet Dreams, September 2009.

 

“I personally had a blast. It was a lot of fun,” Sarah recounted. “That was my favorite event from last year.”

Along with these events, Brewers Enterprises also hosted Miller Park Movies in 2009, bringing the nostalgia of the classic American drive-in movie theater to the parking lots of Miller Park.

Another memorable Brewers Enterprises production took place in August of 2008 for the Harley-Davidson 105th Anniversary Celebration, when H.O.G. members were treated to a special event that took place on the Miller Park grounds featuring concerts by artists like Sugarland and Kid Rock.

“These kind of events really show people that you can use the footprint of Miller Park in different ways,” Jason said.

In addition to planning and executing all of these events, Brewers Enterprises has also been retained by IMG to sell advertising in the game day program for the NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship this year. Rounds 1 and 2 will be at the Bradley Center. 

“It’s an example of how we have diversified and come up with different sources of revenue,” Jason noted.

Diversified indeed. From ballpark tours and meetings to Little League games and weddings; from concerts and sleepovers to boot camps and road trips, Brewers Enterprises does it all, proving that Miller Park is about more than just baseball. 

It also proves, once again, that there is no offseason.

-Cait

For more information on any of the events mentioned in this article, or to book your event at Miller Park in 2010, call Brewers Enterprises at (414) 902-4452.

Is there someone you’d like to see profiled in this feature? E-mail us at johnandcait@brewers.com.

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