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John and Cait’s Annual Clubhouse Sale Preview

It’s that time of year again! The Brewers Clubhouse Sale starts tomorrow at 9 a.m. but John and Cait have a sneak preview of all the great deals for you! 

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The sale will take place in the Visiting Clubhouse at Miller Park, which has been transformed into a retail store offering fans savings of up to 75% on Milwaukee Brewers merchandise. 

Like last year, there are plenty of great items up for sale. You are sure to find something for every Brewers fan on your list and the many items available will allow you to get your Holiday shopping off to a solid yet economical start. (Psst! There are t-shirts starting at just $5!)

Jill Aronoff, Tom Jennings and their retail crew really did a great job in pulling everything together for what will be a fun two days for shoppers at Miller Park.

Here are some of the highlights, from John and Cait’s perspectives:

JOHN:

This must be Phil Rozewicz’ favorite week of the year, his office looks dark as members of the Brewers retail team have taken over his clubhouse to turn it into a retail wonderland for Brewers fans. Phil, enjoy your weekend off and we will see you next week! 

photo2.JPGWhen I first walked into the Visiting Clubhouse, one thing immediately caught my eye.  It was a die-cast 1:12 replica Harley-Davidson painted with a Brewers logo.  A neat gift for the Harley enthusiast or the Brewers fan who already has every bobblehead sitting on their desk. At any rate, this gift is a steal at only $20.
photo6.JPGAnyone who knows me knows of my love for all things USA. I always enjoy the American flag caps worn in MLB on Memorial Day, the Fourth of July and Memorial Day. This red hat with the American flag inside of the Brewers “M” logo is a great way to show your love for the Brewers and America.  This hat is another great deal at $20. (Note: Sizes and supplies for this item seemed to be extremely limited!)

photo4.JPGEver since I first visited their store in Philadelphia over 12 years ago, I have always been a fan of Mitchell & Ness. They basically started the retro jersey craze and they continue to be the industry leader in retro apparel. This hooded sweatshirt has a great feel to it and at only $50, it will also give a great feel to your pocketbook.
photo5.JPGAs I was flipping through some of the t-shirts, I came across this shirt. I was completely thrown off guard because I had never seen it in the store before!  Had I seen it, I would have picked it up.  Alas, here it is for only $20.   like the soft feel to the shirt and I love the Milwaukee script across the front (I was a huge proponent of bringing back the “Milwaukee” script uniforms). Banner is another great brand that makes quality gear.
photo8.JPGThe question I get most about the annual Clubhouse Sale is the availability of game-used and game-worn items.  For all you collectors out there, this is your best place to get those items–and buying them from the source guarantees theauthenticity of every item.

The sale has a great supply of game-used bats in all varieties (broken, new, used, pink) in prices ranging from $75 to $425.  A collection of used game balls, player locker name plates, lineup cards and helmets are also available with those items ranging in price from $10 – $150.

photo3.JPGWith the 40th anniversary season last year and the team wearing the special uniform patch, that mean the availability of game-worn uniforms with the 40th anniversary patch are plentiful.  From Corey Hart ($400) to–my personal favorite–the #99 Bat Boy jersey ($50), there are plenty of game-worn jerseys available.  Perhaps the best deal is John Axford’s game-worn rookie jersey priced at $250. 
photo7.JPGAdditionally, I did see a number of the Trevor Hoffman 600th Save commemorative prints for sale.  Some were autographed (and numbered as a limited edition of 51) and some were framed–all were a great deal.

1Hoffman01.jpgFinally, I noticed a large supply of authentic blue “Milwaukee” jerseys with the 40th Anniversary patch.  While these are not game-worn, they are still authentic and priced at only $100–a deep discount on an authentic jersey (and my personal favorite in the Brewers jersey collection.)

CAIT:

The Clubhouse Sale really does have something for everyone, so I decided that this year, I would give you my preview based on the diverse group of Brewers fans on my holiday shopping list.

First, my dad. Dad is a big Brewers fan and avid golfer. I thought he’d look just dapper in this green polo shirt with the interlocking M and B with crossed bats logo. We brought this logo back for our 90s Weekend during our 40th Anniversary this year and you don’t see it too often anymore. In this shirt, Dad will be a trendsetter, for sure. And at $20 ($70 originally), this shirt is a steal.

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Next up…mom. Mom might just be a bigger fan than dad and she loves to entertain, so I thought she’d really appreciate this 3-bowl melamine serving set, which is going for just $15. This will be perfect for the Brewers parties she hosts.

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My husband…he doesn’t know it yet, but I’m seriously considering investing in a couple of seats from Miller Park. This offseason, we’re working on a few construction projects and one involves removing a few of the seats, so we’re putting them up for sale! They are $75 each or $100 for a pair and I think it would be so cool to have a pair to complement our baseball-themed rec room. Now we can even enjoy the away games from the comfort of our Miller Park seats! They’re a piece of history and also, a total conversation piece. (Note:  Not all seats will have the Miller Park logo on them. Also, you won’t actually be able to take the seat home with you from the sale, but you can reserve one and pick up your authenticated seat(s) next week!

MP seat.jpgMy 6-month-old baby goddaughter, Makena, will look so cute in this set of  adorable pink and white retro Brewers onesies. At just $10, I can get her some in a couple of different sizes so she can wear some now and then some to her first games next season!

onesies.JPGAll of my girlfriends and I have an annual tailgate every year. They all love the Brewers almost as much as me, so that’s why I knew they’d all appreciate these stylish Brewers bags/purses! Originally $30 and $50, these Tessuta Woven purses and this Touch by Alyssa Milano bag are all going for just $10 each.

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I have a few Brewers history buffs on my list and I think I will get them something to commemorate our 40th Anniversary (I just love that logo!). We’ve got t-shirts for $10 (originally $25) and beer steins for $5 (originally $10).

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Finally, if anyone has me on their gift list, here are a couple of neat things I found for the female fan. (Hint, hint, cough cough.) The first is this super-cute Brewers retro tank for just $10 (originally $30) and the second is this uber-soft hooded t-shirt that is selling for only $15.

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In addition to these fabulous sale items, shoppers can also purchase a Brewers Kids Club Membership Kit ($25) and of course, if you truly want to give the gift of the season, Holiday 4-Packs are on sale now!

We just want to remind everyone that quantities for all items (especially game-used items) is extremely limited. We don’t know how long each item will last, but we do know that with the great selection of the items and these awesome prices, merchandise will go fast.

The Clubhouse Sale runs this Friday and Saturday, December 3 and 4, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., in the Visiting Clubhouse at Miller Park.

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See you there!

-John and Cait

johnandcait@brewers.com

Milwaukee BBWAA Announces 2010 Award Winners

The Milwaukee Chapter of the Basball Writers Association of America today announced their Brewers 2010 Award Winners this morning.  Candidates received five points for a first-place vote, three points for a second-place vote and one point for a third-place vote.

The team Most Valuable Player was Casey McGehee who received a total of 19 points including three first-place votes.  McGehee finished his second full season in the Big Leagues with a .285 batting average along with 23 home runs and 104 RBI.  He was among the National League leaders in RBI (6th), hits (9th, 174) and doubles (10th, 38). 

McGehee edged out Rickie Weeks, who had 16 points, and Corey Hart, who finished with 14 points.

Yovani Gallardo was named the Brewers Most Valuable Pitcher.  Gallardo, named to the 2010 National League All-Star team, recorded his second straight 200+ strikeout season and finished with a team-high 14 wins.  Gallardo had 26 points in the voting, topping John Axford who recorded 22 points.

Axford swept the voting in the Top Newcomer Award garnering all six first-place votes.  Axford turned in an 8-2 record with 2.48 ERA and 24 saves.  His 24 saves were the most ever by a Brewers rookie and his fantastic season as the Brewers closer brought him in National League Rookie of the Year conversations. 

The Unsung Hero Award went to pitcher Kameron Loe who finished with 14 points in the voting.  Loe began the season at Triple-A Nashville and joined the Brewers on June 1.  He went 3-5 with a 2.78 ERA in 53 relief appearances after being called up.  He struck out 46 and walked only 15 in 58.1 innings of work.  Loe edged rookie catcher Jonathan Lucroy by one point for this award.

One of our favorite awards in the Brewers Media Relations Department, the Good Guy Award, went to Trevor Hoffman who finished with 19 points.  Hoffman made history on the field this season, but also was an asset to the Brewers clubhouse.  Hoffman served as a leader and mentor to many of the younger Brewers players and always made himself available to the media, win or lose.  The future Hall of Famer beat out Craig Counsell, who was the two-time reigning Good Guy Award-winner, by four points for the award.

I pose this question to the readers of John and Cait…Plus Nine, what would your ballot have looked like for the 2010 Brewers Award Winners?  Do you agree with Milwaukee’s BBWAA writers?  If you need help with stats or information, check out my blog from last week with the season wrap-up notes.  E-mail us with your top three choices for each of the five awards listed above and we will see what the fans have to say.  Also, if you have any ideas for new award categories, let us know and maybe we can create the first-ever John and Cait…Plus Nine Brewers Team Awards.  Get the red carpet ready. 

–JOHN

johnandcait@brewers.com

 

 

 

Brewers Team Store by Majestic Offers Fans Opportunity For Free Brewers Yearbook

As the Brewers 40th Anniversary season winds down, the Brewers Team Store by Majestic at Miller Park is offering fans a great opportunity for a great keepsake.  Beginning tomorrow, fans spending $75 or more at the Brewers Team Store by Majestic will receive a copy of the 2010 Brewers Yearbook absolutely FREE.  The regular retail price is $10.

If you haven’t already picked up your copy of the book, this is a great opportunity.  My colleague Ken Spindler, Brewers Coordinator of Media Relations spent many long hours making sure this was the best Brewers year book ever.  Meredith Malone, Brewers Communications and Brewers Community Foundation Coordinator, served as co-editor for the book. 

Dennis Sell, part of the Miller Park Gamenight Scoreboard Crew and collector of all things Brewers history, provided a lot of insight on the historical perspective.  Sell has an amazing collection of Brewers artifacts and was instrumental in helping me get the Brewers Museum at Brewers On Deck together.  Mario Ziino, former Brewers Public Relations Director was also on the team that made the 40th Anniversary Yearbook a true collector’s item.

“We really wanted to capture a lot of the history with it being the 40th Anniversary of the team,” Spindler said.  “Looking back, this is the most extensive and complete Brewers yearbook to date.  We included every Brewers team photo which will make for many great memories from all Brewers fans.”

The 2010 yearbook has around 180 pages of articles, photos and other Brewers information–50 more pages than last year.  In addition to the historical element of the yearbook, it includes photos of the current team and photos of every player in the Brewers Minor League system–from Rookie Ball through the Big Leagues.  A number of articles about current players as well as the Brewers Farm System are also included in the yearbook.

Much like we did with the 2010 Brewers Media Guide, the 2010 Brewers Yearbook includes a spread with pictures of every previous Brewers Yearbook cover.  The cover of the 2010 Brewers Yearbook features a collage of Brewers past and present including George Pollard drawings of Robin Yount, Paul Molitor, Hank Aaron and Rollie Fingers

2010 Brewers Yearbook cover.jpgSpeaking of the Brewers Team Store by Majestic, remember that the new shipment of Trevor Hoffman 600 Saves t-shirts is scheduled to arrive tomorrow.  If you already picked up your voucher, you can redeem that beginning on Monday at Miller Park.  Keep in mind that these shirts are ONLY available at the Brewers Team Store by Majestic at Miller Park and will not be sold online or at any other retailers.

In addition, a series of limited edition “600 Saves” Lithographs are being produced and will be available for purchase in the Team Store. Fewer than 150 will be available to the public.  The Lithograph is the same artwork that was presented to Hoffman by the Brewers to recognize the 600th save. The painting was created by noted artist Janet Olney.  There will be only 51 copies (representing his uniform number) autographed and numbered by Trevor Hoffman (unframed are $250 each; framed are $500).  Only 60 prints not autographed and not framed ($25 each) will also be available.

–JOHN

johnandcait@brewers.com

 

John’s View of Trevor Hoffman’s 600th Save

Last night was filled with special memories at Miller Park.  Although much of it became somewhat of a blur with everything going on, it is certainly a night I will remember for the rest of my life.  It started as a normal Tuesday here at Miller Park.  I was just going through my normal routine to prepare for the game, as the game carried on, it seemed as though we were setting ourselves up for history.

Mike Vassallo, Ken Spindler, Tyler Barnes and I had kind of talked about a plan to handle Trevor Hoffman’s 600th save from a Media Relations end, but you don’t want to plan too much in these situations.  Sometimes you just have to let them happen.  When Trevor started warming up in the bullpen we knew we had to be ready to go. 

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The Brewers bullpen watches with excitement as Trevor Hoffman enters the game in the 9th inning of last night’s game.  The bullpen is a close knit group and you can see in this picture how excited they were for Hoffman’s big moment. (Photo: Scott Paulus)

We knew in advance that Trevor wanted his family with him on the field following the game so I went down to talk to Trevor’s wife, Tracy, and his three sons–Brody (14), Quinn (turned 13 today) and Wyatt (11).  I didn’t want to jinx anything, but I wanted to make sure they were aware of the plan.  Sure enough, as I’m telling them the plan, Colby Rasmus leads off the inning with a single, bringing the tying run to the plate. 

A sigh of relief came over when the next batter, pinch hitter Randy Winn, grounded into a double play.  It was at that point that I was sure Trevor was going to close this one out and 33,149 Brewers fans at Miller Park were going to witness history.  

I ran down to the clubhouse where I met Vassallo who was waiting in the tunnel leading to the dugout watching the end of the game.  We reviewed our plan just to make sure everyone was ready to go.  I would help get Trevor’s family on the field; we would let the players and Trevor celebrate on the field, then grab Trevor for a number of postgame interviews.  This was the order we had set: FS Wisconsin, MLB Network, our flagship radio station Newsradio 620 WTMJ, the Media Interview Room to talk to our local writers and finally, ESPN Baseball Tonight. 

I couldn’t see much of the field from my place in the tunnel, appropriately about the only thing I could see was Trevor on the mound.  The count was full to Aaron Miles when I saw Trevor wind up for the final pitch of the game.  I heard the ball hit the bat but couldn’t see where it was hit.  It was only the reaction of the crowd that allowed me to know this was it. 

The out was made as the ground ball came right to Craig Counsell who threw to Prince Fielder and Trevor lifted his arms high up in the air as he was mobbed by his teammates.  “Hell’s Bell’s” blasted through Miller Park and “599” was torn down to expose “600” on the sign above the Brewers bullpen.  Trevor Hoffman had done it.

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Jonathan Lucroy and Prince Fielder were the first to greet Trevor Hoffman following the game. (Photo: Scott Paulus)

The excitement on the faces of everyone will be etched in my head forever.  The Brewers players and coaches were truly excited for him because Trevor means so much to them as a teammate, true professional and role model.   

“I was so mobbed, I had no idea what was going on,” Trevor said today.  “I felt like the whole crowd kept coming in on me.  Prince was squeezing me so hard, it was great!  I think the whole bullpen made it faster than (Todd) Coffey’s regular time.  It was great to have everyone there.”

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Trevor Hoffman gets carried off the field by his Brewers teammates. (Photo: Scott Paulus)

The Brewers fans cheered as a historical moment in baseball history was celebrated in their presence to a beloved player.  Tracy Hoffman and the Hoffman boys ran down the field and threw their arms around their beloved husband and father.

It was only appropriate that Trevor’s family was there.  His sons are a fixture in the clubhouse all summer long and Trevor has often mentioned how appreciative he is to Brewers GM Doug Melvin and Manager Ken Macha for allowing his kids and the other players kids a chance to come with them to work everyday.  With school starting recently, the decision to have the three Hoffman boys was up in the air–until Hoffman’s wife Tracy stepped in.

“It was kind of a wait and see attitude,” Trevor said today.  “I was more on the negative end of things.  I didn’t want them to bury themselves the first week of school and fall behind on everything.  Tracy didn’t care what I was saying; this is once in a lifetime.  Her thought was that this is something that needs to be done together.  She was right, wives are always right! To be able to share that moment together was important.”

After the on-field celebration had quieted down a bit, Trevor did his first interview with Mark Concannon of FS Wisconsin.  He was presented a painting honoring the monumental save, a gift from the team, by Melvin and Macha and his family donned special 600th save t-shirts.

1Hoffman01.jpgTrevor Hoffman along with his sons Wyatt, Quinn and Brody, wife Tracy and Brewers GM Doug Melvin. (Photo: Scott Paulus) 

“I was thinking about wall space at home to put the painting; I’m going to put it on display for everyone to see,” Hoffman said.  “In a couple of years I’m going to use it to remind people that it really was me!  I might invite people over for a picture viewing party.  But seriously, it’s a great gesture and will serve as a great memory.”

Following the on field ceremony, he did an interview with the MLB Network on their new, high-tech “Ballpark Cam.”  The neat thing about both of these interviews is that his teammates stood on the steps of the dugout and watched him, showing the respect they have for not only Trevor, but also the moment.  It was at this point that they too were fans.

After the on-field interviews were complete, Trevor joined his teammates for a toast in the clubhouse.  Trevor has never been shy with his words inside the clubhouse during special moments like these (I can remember the speech he gave to his teammates at Busch Stadium following Jason Kendall’s 2,000th hit, it was memorable) and this time was certainly no different.  He had the full attention of every single person in the clubhouse and spoke of respect for the game and respect of the team.  The words were quite inspirational; it was certainly a moment that I will never forget and I know everyone in the clubhouse felt the same way.

Trevor then went to do a live interview with Cory Provus from Newsradio 620 and then  to meet with the regular beat writers of the Brewers media corps.  (You can watch that interview session here.)  In this interview, you can really see how genuine this man really is.  He has the utmost respect for the team, his teammates and the game itself.  He is a true old school professional and someone who is most definitely a role model in this game.

Following the interview room, we had to get Trevor to one more interview and that was with ESPN for Baseball Tonight.  After that, we let him relax.  We really had him working hard last night from a media standpoint, but he did a great job and if you heard any one of the interviews he did last night, you would agree that his words were heartfelt.

 

trevor2.jpg  Trevor Hoffman signs game used baseballs in the Brewers clubhouse following his seemingly endless media tour.

After the interviews were complete, he signed a number of game-used balls from the game for MLB along with his hat from the game.  (Sidenote: If you didn’t know, Hoffman keeps a ball from every save he records.  He says he has a couple of “holes” from early in his career, but says he has about 95% of the collection complete.  He writes the date of the save on every ball.)    A number of those items will go to the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y.  He also posed with a number of teammates and staff members in the clubhouse for pictures.  Those pictures are memories that will last a lifetime. 

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Trevor still had time for a nice photo with me following all of his media activities for the night.

I didn’t leave the clubhouse until around 11:45 p.m. last night, and when I left a number of Trevor’s teammates were still waiting for him.  They wanted to share the moment with the man that they looked up to as a professional, as a teammate and, perhaps most importantly, as a friend.

Today, Trevor talked about the phone calls and texts he received from the many different people he has interacted with over his 18 year MLB career.

“The congratulatory messages were all across the board,” Hoffman said.  “My voicemail was filled, 100%.  Being able to speak to Commissioner Selig was big and getting a call from Robin (Yount) was a big surprise.  A guy of his stature in this organization and this community…that was big, I really appreciated that one.  It’s daunting to think about the time it’s going to take to get back to everyone, but I will find a way to do that.”

Trevor also learned from Brewers Clubhouse Assistant Jason Shawger last night that a highlight of the final out in Milwaukee was played on the scoreboard in between innings at PETCO Park in San Diego as the Padres took on the Dodgers.

 “They are in the middle of the pennant race; their focus is stay ahead of the Giants and for them to take the time to do that was a class move on their part,” Hoffman said.

Today, it was back to business as usual for Trevor.  He was out with his bullpen-mates before batting practice getting their usual conditioning work in.  The number might now read 600 on the outfield wall at Miller Park, but Hoffman–as a leader on the team–has not lost his focus.

“I think it just reaffirms that this machine will continue to go,” Hoffman said today.  “Yesterday, as good as it was, was a great memory.  Today, we are hearing the same music we have for the previous 160 days and it’s the same feeling today at the ballpark, it just moves on.  It was enjoyable and unbelievable for the moment, but, it just moves on.”

Thanks to Trevor for giving his teammates, Brewers fans and baseball fans all over the world a special moment to remember.

–JOHN

johnandcait@brewers.com

 

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John Previews the Brewers Community Foundation Week Auction

Rebranded for 2010, the Milwaukee Brewers Community Foundation is currently hosting its first ever Milwaukee Brewers Community Foundation Week.   A series of in-park events have been planned including raffles that benefit the Brewers Community Foundation.

Highlighting the week is a commercial-free telecast of Tuesday’s Brewers-Diamondbacks game on FS Wisconsin.  That’s right, on Tuesday fans tuning in at home will not see a commercial during the Brewers game.  Things could get quite interesting for Brian Anderson and Bill Schroeder without any commercial breaks!

As a part of the telecast, a live auction will take place on brewers.com.  The auction is currently open and will run through Tuesday night.  If you happen to be attending the game that night, you will also be given the opportunity to bid on items via computer terminals set up at the ballpark. 

Executive Director of the Brewers Community Foundation Cecelia Gore and the Brewers front office has worked hard to put together some unique items.  The auction is filled with some of the most unbelievable experience and once-in-a-lifetime, behind the scenes opportunities offered by the Brewers for Brewers fans.

Fourteen items are available to fans looking to participate in the online auction.  When I first saw the list, I was really excited and almost shocked that some of these opportunities were even being made available!  If anything it shows the commitment by the Brewers organization to the Brewers Community Foundation and the organizations to which they contribute.

I thought I would give you some of my thoughts on my favorite items up for auction:

Party in the Clubhouse - So we have all been to dinner parties before.   Some have been fun, and others we just dread attending and are pretty boring and have a lot of awkward conversation.  You can blow your friends away with this dinner party in the Visiting Team clubhouse at Miller Park (just make sure you clean up or Phil Rozewicz might be after you). 

Up to 50 guests will enjoy the comforts of a Major League Clubhouse with food and non-alcoholic beverages.  Cash bar can be made available upon request.  Additionally, 25 members of your party will have the opportunity to take batting practice in the Brewers batting cages against Jim Gantner, Jerry Augustine and Marcus Hanel.  Brewers GM Doug Melvin will also make a visit.  Dinner, batting practice, visits from former Major Leaguers all make for a dinner party that all of which all your friends will WANT to attend.  Sounds like a fantastic deal.

Hitting Clinic with Dale Sveum & Casey McGehee and Pitching Clinic with Trevor Hoffman & Rick Peterson - These two items are certainly once-in-a-life time opportunities.  To have a half-hour instructional session with these professionals is priceless.  No matter what your skill level, these two packages will make the dreams come true of any Brewers fan.  

Sveum and McGehee will spend a half-hour with the winner of this prize and teach the finer points of hitting.  I have seen these two work together on hitting from the first day of Spring Training on and both of them truly are masters of their craft. 

Peterson and Hoffman between them have over 30 years of Major League Coaching and Playing experience.  The chance to work with a future Hall of Famer in Hoffman and a pitching guru like Peterson will most definitely help the delivery of Little Leaguers with Big League dreams and Bill Schroeder’s “Fantasy Leaguers” alike.

Authentic Game-Used Baseball - I know it is pretty difficult to catch a foul ball or a home run at a Major League Baseball game.  Once in awhile one comes my way in the press box (Ken Spindler normally catches it while Mike Vassallo and I duck out of the way for safety).  This is a pretty good opportunity to own a game-used piece of Brewers history.

FOX Sports Wisconsin Broadcast Package - Being a proud graduate of Marquette University’s College of Communication, this is probably one of my favorite packages.  The winner here will be given the opportunity to conduct a pre-game interview with a Brewers player or coach prior to a pre-selected Brewers game and have it air during “Brewers Live!” on FS Wisconsin.  The winner will also get a tour of the FS Wisconsin television truck and tickets to the game.  This is your opportunity to show Brewers fans watching across the country that you have what it takes to be the next Telly Hughes

Racing Mini Sausages Opportunity - One of the best parts of Sunday day games (besides the press box breakfast) is watching the Famous Klement’s Sausage Race featuring what Official Scorer Tim O’Driscoll likes to call “the little weenies.”  Every Sunday, the regular sausages participate in a relay race with the mini sausages.  This is an amazing opportunity for your child and four friends (aged 5-8, 60 pounds or under) to run in the Famous Klement’s Sausage Race at a mutually agreed upon 2011 Sunday home game.  This package includes 20 Loge Level tickets to that game and a pre-race visit from the Famous Racing Sausages to your child’s school (within a 45 mile radius from Miller Park).  If your family has five kids, a photo of this event would make a pretty unique family photo.

Coach First Base at Spring Training – Brewers First Base Coach Ed Sedar’s job gives him arguably the best seat in the house, but that’s not to say he has an easy job.  This package will give you the chance to perform your best Ed Sedar impression and coach first base during the 2011 Brewers Inter-squad Spring Training Game at Maryvale Baseball Park in Phoenix.  Also included in the package are two round trip airfares on AirTran Airways for your travel to Phoenix, one full Brewers uniform with personalized jersey and a behind-the-scenes tour of Maryvale.  Spring Training is one of my favorite times of the year and I highly suggest to any Brewers fan to make the trip.  This is a great chance to make the trip and a special memory. 

Groundskeeping Experience - If there is one thing you must know about the Brewers Director of Grounds Gary Vanden Berg and his army of groundskeepers, they work hard to make sure Miller Park is ready for every game at Miller Park.  They take care of every inch of the field, grooming, raking and painting the meticulous surface everyday–hours before the first fan arrives and hours after the final out. 

If you have ever wondered what it takes to keep the beautiful green grass at Miller Park the envy of every homeowner in Wisconsin, this package is for you.  The winner here will have the opportunity to assist the crew with watering and preparing the field during pregame and then again with changing the bases in the 4th inning.  The winner will then take home the base they changed along with two official Brewers grounds crew t-shirts and a vial of authentic Miller Park dirt.  Two premium tickets are also included.  If Vanden Berg sees that you are a hard worker, you might be able to get some tips on cutting those intricate patterns seen in the Miller Park outfield in your own backyard.

The auction is open now and will run through Tuesday night at Midnight CT.  Some items have some bids while others have yet to see a bid placed.  There is still some time, but I’m guessing once Tuesday’s game comes around and FS Wisconsin Is talking about the auction, a lot of those items will heat up.

Tune in to Tuesday’s broadcast on FS Wisconsin and on brewers.com and support the Brewers Community Foundation by bidding on some great items. 

–JOHN

johnandcait@brewers.com

 

 

The Full Squad is Here

It was a pretty busy Friday in Brewers Camp today.  Today was the day that the position players reported to camp meaning the clubhouse was full with Brewers.  Alcides Escobar was the final Brewer to report (and, no that is not a negative thing for him because the team encouraged him to take some time off following his stint in the Venezuelan Winter League) and he participated in some batting practice and took some grounders with the rest of the infielders. 

It was nice to have the entire team together today and the full official workouts begin tomorrow.  The team will have workouts tomorrow through Tuesday and then have an intrasquad game at Maryvale Baseball Park on Wednesday.

The weather was perfect today, about 70 degrees and not a cloud to be seen.  I have a lot of pictures for everyone today, so I will get right to them.

 


P1000527.jpgBrewers Catcher Angel Salome goes over some questions in the visiting clubhouse at Maryvale Baseball Park.  Aleta Mercer and Deron Anderson set up and record short interviews with each player for scoreboard entertainment purposes during the regular season at Miller Park. 
 


P1000559.jpgBrewers Shortstop Alcides Escobar takes batting practice during his informal workout with the team this morning.
 


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P1000599.jpgTrevor Hoffman throws a bullpen session during today’s workout as head athletic trainer Roger Caplinger looks on.
 


P1000634.jpgManager Ken Macha addresses a group of Brewers pitchers and catchers at one of the stations during today’s workout.
 


P1000700.jpgLast year’s First Round Draft Pick Eric Arnett throws a bullpen session today.
 


P1000643.jpgInside the Brewers batting tunnel, a group from Froedert and the Medical College of Wisconsin set up sensors to record and analyze the throwing motion of Brewers pitchers.  Today, five pitchers participated in throwing in front of these sensors.  The sensors were hooked up to a computer that analyzed the throwing motion of each player.  The video will then be used by Brewers coaches, players and front office staff to help prevent injuries and improve performance.  Even the smallest adjustment can make for improvement in the delivery of each pitcher.  Players are encouraged to participate, but it is not mandated.


P1000644.jpgOver 40 of these little reflectors were attached to various spots on each pitchers body.  As you can see in the upper right of this picture, they even wore hats with the reflectors.


P1000690.jpgThis is what Dave Bush’s feet and legs looked like before he was ready to pitch.


P1000694.jpgHere is Dave Bush’s left arm with the reflectors.


P1000684.jpgThe computer screen shows little black dots.  Those are what the computer sees after the lights pick up the reflectors.  This is the outline of Yovani Gallardo as he was preparing to pitch.  You guys may think its odd that I didn’t post any pictures of the players actually pitching with all those little reflectors on.  There is a simple reason for that.  In order to get the most accurate reading of the each players body when in the pitching motion, the players had to pitch in, well, their underwear.  I really didn’t want to embarass anyone seeing as I have to work with these guys on a daily basis.  I hope you understand.  This is a family blog!  Anyway, this is the first of five days in which the team is doing this , so maybe there will be an opportunity to show some more photos.
 


P1000746.jpgHere is a “hot off the presses” copy of the 2010 Milwaukee Brewers Media Guide sitting on my desk.  The first shipment of guides came in to Phoenix today.  This is always the biggest offseason project of the Brewers Media Relations Department and it is always an exciting day when the hard copy of the guide is on my desk.  Mike Vassallo, Ken Spindler and I spent a lot of time on this year’s guide and we are happy it turned out well.  Fans can pick up their copy of the guide at the Brewers Team Store by Majestic and the FanZone at Maryvale Baseball Park beginning Monday afternoon.

Tomorrow is the first full workout for the team.  It should be another busy day here as a new routine begins.  I should have some more photos up for you this weekend.  Also, look for a behind the scenes tour of Maryvale Baseball Park in the next couple of days as well.  Some of you have never been able to come out here before and we want to make sure you are able to see what goes on here at Maryvale.  We should have that up for you all next week. 

–John

johnandcait@brewers.com

 

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