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To kick off the 2015, Major League Baseball has launched a new marketing campaign, which is simply “THIS.”
THIS is shorthand for “This is baseball.” A THIS moment illuminates an aspect of the game in a fresh, insightful and authentic way. It draws attention to those moments that only happen in baseball, those moments that illustrate why baseball is the most entertaining game in the world.
THIS is a social prompt that tells people that there is something that they must see and moments for which there is nothing left to say but simply – look at “THIS”.
The campaign aims to highlight athletic performance of players, the culture of the game, the relationship between the players, the clubs and the fans, and all of the wonderful personalities around baseball.
While the Brew Crew was down in Arizona from Spring Training, a crew from Major League Baseball captured THIS moments with Carlos Gomez, Scooter Gennett, Will Smith and Kyle Lohse.
First, THIS: Carlos Gomez. Foul Pole.
And then, THIS: Kyle Lohse. Scooter!
This was a really fun TV shoot to be a part of. Here are some extra photos from that day:
Also, as a footnote (and because I know he’d probably want me to mention it), each of the guys attempted to hit the foul pole with a baseball during the shoot and Kyle Lohse was actually the first one to do so, something you wouldn’t expect from a pitcher.
He then had fun trying it again…. this time with a golf ball and clubs. That didn’t take long:
Need some help playing hooky on Opening Day? We’ve got you covered. Brewers fans can now visit brewers.com/excuses to view and share excuse notes written by our team of ‘experts’ designed to get out of any obligation and make sure you are able to watch Brewers Opening Day on April 6.
For example, Kyle Lohse’s excuse note is the perfect one to use if you’re trying to get out of work:
He even thought to draft a version “for the ladies” to share:
Scooter Gennett’s got one to help you get out of any obligation with a significant other that day…although, now that I think about it, maybe you shouldn’t be sending an excuse note to that person so much as evaluating that relationship. If he/she doesn’t like the Brewers as much as you, that might be a bigger problem!
The other notes you’ll find include one from Mike Fiers to help you get out of chores; one from Will Smith to help you get out of class and one from “Dr. Matt Garza” to get you out of practice.
Here are some photos of the guys working on their notes earlier this Spring:
Visit brewers.com/excuses now to get and share your Brewers Opening Day excuse now to make sure you’re free next Monday when the Crew takes on the Rockies at 1:10pm CT.
And while these excuse notes should do the trick, if they’re still a little salty about you playing hooky, you can butter them up with some Brewers tickets. You’ll get a special offer from us once you share your note!
A couple of weeks ago, Brewers pitcher Will Smith penned a letter to “the other” Will Smith–as in the actor, producer and songwriter, Will Smith….yeah, that guy–inviting him to come visit him in Milwaukee this summer.
Well, it’s been a little while, and despite that video going viral and garnering national media attention for the campaign, our Will has been the first player checking his mailbox in Maryvale each morning, and he still hasn’t heard back.
So, we asked his teammates to pitch in. Check out what Rob Wooten, Jim Henderson, Jeremy Jeffress, Kyle Lohse and Mike Fiers had to say in response to our question: Why should Will meet Will?
Join in the #WillMeetsWill campaign on Twitter and Instagram to see if we can organize our efforts and get Will Smith out to Miller Park this summer to meet his namesake.
Or hey, Will, if you’re reading this… the Brewers play the Dodgers in LA July 10-12 and July 10 just happens to be our Will Smith’s birthday. Just sayin’.
Ah, the rare off-day during Spring Training. Yesterday was one of just two offdays for the Crew this spring and many of the players marked the occasion by heading out to the golf course for Bob Uecker’s Front Row Classic, which was held at Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale.
A number of the Brewers players and coaches, along with several other celebrities participated in the event, which benefited the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
Prior to the tournament, Bob addressed the crowd, as did Bailey, a 14-year-old whose Wish was granted in April of 2012. Bailey chose to go fishing in Hawaii and spoke eloquently about what that experience mean to him and his family in terms of raising their spirits.
Here are a few highlights from the day:
And, here’s a slideshow:
While no Brewers were in the winning groups, everyone had a blast; and, most importantly, the tournament raised over $30,000 for Make-A-Wish.
The baseball season is a long one–162 games in 180 days–and that doesn’t even count Spring Training and those 30 Cactus League games.
However, the pace is different in Spring Training. While the games are still important, the time down here is very much about taking a look at different players, trying out new things, working out the kinks and building team chemistry.
With two weeks of practice before the Spring games begin and with the bulk of the Cactus League games being day games, that also gives players a little more free time before they go back to work in Milwaukee and the grind sets in.
So what do a lot of the guys like to do with their down time in Arizona?
While first and foremost, many treasure the extra time with their families before the regular season gets underway:
Aside from that, they can also enjoy some of their hobbies that might fall by the wayside once the regular season starts, like going fishing:
On this Brewers roster in particular, however, you’ll find many of the pitchers in particular hitting the links.
Last year, during Spring Training, you’ll recall that Will Smith, Tyler Thornburg and I hit the links and took on Kyle Lohse in a match that ultimately led to him joining Twitter (#YoureWelcome!).
It’s been well-documented that Kyle is the best golfer on the team by far, but that doesn’t stop his teammates from trying to take him on in various challenges–scrambles, best ball with strokes per side, etc.
And, earlier this spring, I had the pleasure of tagging along with Kyle and a couple of the guys again on two separate occasions to take some pictures and video–all in the name of work, of course.
First, I headed out with Kyle and Matt Garza to Lookout Mountain Golf Club.
This award-winning course sits among the magnificent North Phoenix Mountains and offers panoramic views of the amazing Arizona landscape. Case in point: Hole #10 is the signature hole here at Lookout Mountain. You’re 14 stories high on the tee box and, from this video of Kyle’s tee shot on the hole, you can see that it lives up to its name “Picturesque Pointe.”
This outing was really not much of a match. Matt doesn’t profess to be a great golfer; he was just out there to have fun—with the goal to beat Kyle’s score on at least one hole.
While Matt didn’t achieve that goal this time, he did have what I’m told was a better day that usual and ended up tying Kyle on 4 holes.
Personally, this was my first round of the season, so I was a little rusty; the par-3 9th in particular had my number. The hole was 80-yds for me and I blew it over the green on the tee shot and it was all literally downhill from there. In this video of my shot, you’ll also see where Matt ended up on his tee shot on this hole (that’s Kyle narrating, obviously):
Despite this hole and another two blow-up holes, I was able to tie Kyle on at least 3 holes and actually beat him on 2. He and I each had two birdies in the round, which was cut short due to darkness.
One other thing worth noting from this outing: Matt Garza broke his 3-wood on a tee shot during the round. None of us are quite sure how this happened. One minute he was teeing it up and the next, he was holding his broken club. But even despite this setback and not beating Kyle on a hole, he was a great sport, never once showing frustration, just chatting the entire time and laughing a lot.
Here are a few more photos from that round:
The second time I had the pleasure of hitting the links, it was to test out a new product called the Golfboard.
When I saw the PGA tweet about this combination golf cart/seque/scooter/skateboard, I knew our guys would love it because many of our players use scooters as transportation between the parking lot and the Clubhouse at Miller Park.
The good folks at Golfboard were kind enough to set us up with two Golfboards for a round of golf at the Westin Kierland in Scottsdale, so I joined Kyle Lohse and Will Smith to document the experience.
After a brief tutorial, the guys quickly picked up on the boards, which are extremely easy to learn, fun, and most importantly for these guys, safe.
The guys were zipping around the course in no time flat. Here’s a short video Kyle took:
I also brought the GoPro and we hooked it up to the Golfboard. Here’s a tour of the 9th hole, courtesy of Kyle. (Note: The ride felt much smoother than this video portrays!)
And here’s a shot Kyle hit while the GoPro was still running:
Here are some other fun photos from the round:
It was a lot of fun out there on the course, getting to know these guys a little better away from the field.
Whether it’s fishing or golf, or another hobby, it is good to see the guys get a chance to relax and unwind now because we know once the regular season is underway, there will be little (if any) time for those things.
Speaking of time to relax and have fun, today is one of just two offdays in the Spring Training schedule and I’ll be back out on the golf course with Kyle, Will and a bunch of other players, coaches and celebrities for Bob Uecker’s Front Row Classic. Stay tuned for more photos and videos!
Special thanks to Lookout Mountain and Westin Kierland (and Troon Golf) for letting us hack on your courses; and of course, special thanks to Golfboard for letting us test drive your gamechangers.
In the Brewers Clubhouse, pitcher Will Smith is affectionately referred to as “the third most famous Will Smith,” as his teammates lovingly rank the lefty behind the football player Will Smith (formerly of the New Orleans Saints) and, of course the Will Smith–the American actor, producer, rapper, and songwriter.
Growing up, one would guess that sharing a name with someone so famous could be viewed either positively or negatively. While having a famous name can grab attention, quite certainly, our Will Smith has heard his fair share of jokes in his 25 years on the planet.
One can choose to let it bother him or her, or one can embrace it.
And embrace it Will has. Last year, the Brewers bullpen starred in a Will Smith medley video; Will donned a Fresh Prince of Bel Air baseball jersey; and, this year at Brewers On Deck, Will went undercover to see what people really thought of the Brewers–and him, often getting confused for the actor.
But now, Will has decided that he’s had enough from afar. It is time he got the chance to meet the “other” Will Smith and he’s offering the the actor the chance to come visit him in Milwaukee.
He sat down the other day and penned this letter/invitation:
This is the start of the #WillMeetsWill campaign. Join in on Twitter and Instagram and we’ll see if we can organize our efforts and get Will Smith out to Miller Park this summer to meet his namesake.
Today was photo day at Maryvale Baseball Park!
The day starts out earlier than normal as various photographers come in to shoot headshots and posed shots of the players.
Photos were taken by media outlets like the Associated Press, Getty Images and USA Today along with the Brewers team photographer Scott Paulus, our scoreboard folks, MLB Network and Topps baseball cards. Players rotate through the various stations:
In addition, we had fun using the Twitter Mirror, a special Twitter app used by events like the Oscars and the GRAMMYs, which transforms an ordinary tablet into a special selfie station.
We overheard players say “Yes, selfie station!” and “I’m coming back here later,” so we think they had fun… but of course, we’ve also got pictures to prove it:
Brewers Senior Director of Media Relations Mike Vassallo and I also got in the fun:
We stopped Kyle Lohse, a long-time Photo Day veteran, and asked him if he had a minute to give us for some advice on navigating photo day. Here’s what he had to say:
Last night, a #BrewersSnowballFight broke out on Twitter, with Kyle Lohse launching a sneak attack:
It quickly spread from there:
Fans are encouraged to join in the fun by retweeting and tagging their friends. No need to wait ’til you get hit, go on the offensive!
On Instagram, fans can join in the fun by tagging their friends in the comments:
The snowballs are also flying over on Facebook, where you can simply share our post and tag your friends to keep it going:
Plus, we had to GIF it:
Behind the scenes, this was a really fun video to shoot. Well, for me, anyway. We were able to bring these guys out to Helfaer Field when they were in town for Brewers On Deck and since they hail from California (Lohse), Florida (Fiers) and Georgia (Smith), they weren’t quite used to the snow and cold. Also, Will and Kyle weren’t wearing the ideal footwear for the task…. but it all worked out!
We had a special frame built to hold a piece of plexiglass, placed our GoPro behind it, made a bunch of snowballs and let ’em have it.
Then, they let me have it:
….and I was caught off guard because I was too busy shooting additional footage on my phone, such as this photo which captures what I believe to be precisely the moment they decided to hit me:
It was all in good fun though; we were able to produce some cool videos and give Brewers nation one more fun thing to build excitement and help pass the time until Opening Day.
And the good news is that these guys will be trading their snowballs for baseballs very soon. Pitchers and catchers report in just 9 days!
Somehow, in the midst of all the fun and excitement at Brewers On Deck, Brewers reliever Will Smith (not the actor) was able to go undercover, posing as a reporter for fake news channel WILL-13 (we picked Lancaster, Wisconsin because we wanted a town that started with an “L”).
We outfitted him with a jacket, credentials and a microphone and sent him out into the crowd with a videographer to interview some unsuspecting fans.
And it was awesome:
There was so much great material it was hard to pair it all down. There were also a lot of outtakes, including some interviews with his teammates, which we felt merited their own separate video:
“I had a really good time doing it,” Will told me. “It was a fun experience playing around with the fans.”
Did Will trick you? Let us know in the comments below!
For a full recap of Brewers On Deck, click here.