Brewers unveil "On Deck" schedule

Brewers On Deck.jpgThe Brewers on Thursday announced programming details and a tentative autograph schedule for Brewers On Deck, the fanfest set for Sunday, Jan. 31 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Midwest Airlines Center in downtown Milwaukee.

Autograph sessions will be staggered during the event, and autograph tickets — ranging from free to $25 each and available for cash only — will be available on the day of the event only.  There will be 250 autograph coupons available for each player at the event, and coupons will be distributed one hour prior to each autograph session.  Proceeds from the autographs will go to Brewers Charities and other charitable causes.

Three stages will be set up throughout the convention hall, featuring programming and other activities throughout the day. The Brewers Main Stage will feature various question and answer sessions with top Brewers baseball executives, a pair of game shows featuring players and alumni, a fashion show showcasing the latest Brewers gear, and a roundtable discussion with members of the Milwaukee media who cover the team on a regular basis.

The Brewers Interactive Stage will feature the Brewers Anthem Challenge with fans vying for an opportunity to sing the National Anthem at Miller Park.  Also scheduled for the Brewers Interactive Stage is a question and answer session with the Brewers’ player development and scouting staffs as well as a live webchat with Brewers players.  The Newsradio 620 WTMJ stage will broadcast live from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and will feature interviews with Brewers players and coaches.

Brewers Charities will host a Treasure Hunt, featuring some hard to find Brewers items on sale.  Additionally, Brewers Charities will be collecting food to be donated to the Hunger Task Force of Milwaukee.  Collection barrels will be set up at the Brewers Charities area in the Midwest Airlines Center.

Fans will also be able to take part in the Brewers On Deck Scavenger Hunt, with discounted tickets waiting for those who complete the circuit. Inside the Midwest Airlines Center, fans will be invited to locate four player photos strategically placed around the different event attractions. Each photo will include a number or letter, which can then be used as a promotional code to purchase tickets online at a 50 percent savings for Brewers games on April 7, April 11, June 23 and June 24. For additional information on the Scavenger Hunt, visit

Tickets for the event are $15 in advance and $20 at the door for adults and $9 in advance and $15 at the door for children 14 and under.  Tickets purchased at the door of the event on Sunday will be cash only.

There are a variety of parking structures and street lots surrounding the Midwest Airlines Center.  For more parking information, the Brewers encourage fans to visit

Details on the autograph and programming schedules are listed below. The schedule is subject to change, with the latest version and more information always available at

Autograph Schedule

Stage 1                                                            
11:00 – 11:45      Yovani Gallardo ($10)      
12:30 – 1:15        Robin Yount ($25) 
2:00 – 2:45          Ryan Braun ($25) 
3:30 – 4:15          David Riske and Tim Dillard ($10)

Stage 2                                                                                
11:30 – 12:15      Jeff Suppan ($10)                                            
1:00 – 1:45           Todd Coffey ($10)                             
2:30 – 3:15           Manny Parra ($10)                          
3:45 – 4:30           Casey McGehee ($10)                     

Stage 3                                                                           
10:30 – 11:15                                                     
12:00 – 12:45      Corey Hart ($10)               
1:30 – 2:15           LaTroy Hawkins ($10)         
3:00 – 3:45           Carlos Gomez ($10)       

Stage 4
11:00 – 11:45      Jody Gerut and Josh Butler ($10)
12:30 – 1:15         Randy Wolf and George Kottaras ($10)
2:00 – 2:45           Gregg Zaun and Chris Smith ($10)
3:30 – 4:15           Claudio Vargas and Hernan Iribarren ($10)

Stage 5
11:30 – 12:15      Dave Bush and Chris Narveson ($10)
1:00 – 1:45           Trevor Hoffm
an ($25)
2:30 – 3:15           Carlos Villanueva ($10)
3:45 – 4:30           Mitch Stetter and John Axford ($10)

Stage 6
10:30 – 11:15
12:00 – 12:45      Rickie Weeks ($10)
1:30 – 2:15           Prince Fielder ($25)
3:00 – 3:45           Alcides Escobar and Mat Gamel ($10)

Main Stage Schedule

10:30 – 11:00      Q&A Session with Ken Macha and Rick Peterson
Local media and fans will take part in a 30-minute Q&A session.

11:30 – 12:15 “Who Wants to Be a Brewer?”
Watch Craig Coshun from Fox Sports Wisconsin host the Brewers version of a quiz show as Brewers pitchers Todd Coffey and LaTroy Hawkins will work with lucky fans to earn incredible prizes.

12:30 – 1:00 Q&A Session with Mark Attanasio, Doug Melvin and Gord Ash
Local media and fans will take part in a 30-minute Q&A session.

1:30 – 1:45 Carlos Gomez Press Conference
Local media will welcome Brewers outfielder Carlos Gomez with his introductory press conference.

2:15 – 2:30 Fashion Show
The latest Brewers apparel, including 40th Anniversary Brewers gear, will be displayed on the runway.

2:30 – 2:45 Brewers Alumni Q&A
Brewers alums Jeff Cirillo, Gorman Thomas and Greg Vaughn will take questions from fans.

3:15 – 3:45 Brewers vs. Alumni Feud
Ryan Braun, Prince Fielder, Trevor Hoffman, Randy Wolf, Dale Sveum, Jeff Cirillo, Greg Vaughn, Robin Yount and two lucky fans will participate in a Brewers version of a game show. Hosted by Brian Anderson.


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Will Jeff Cirillo be signing autographs?

Will Gorman Thomas be signing autographs?

Can you bring in items to be sign such as a bat from the 82 world series?

Cirillo and Gorman are not on the autograph schedule. Answering the third question, I’m told that yes, you can bring items to sign for everybody but Braun and Fielder, who for the sake of keeping the line moving will only be signing the team-provided photos. For your bat, just remember that each player will sign only one thing.

Braun and Fielder not signing items to keep the line moving is a joke. They only sign so many autographs anyway so why does it matter. Everyone else’s lines don’t matter. It’s about money plain and simple.

This turned out to be a huge farce. Got there at 10:05 was still in line at 10:45 with literally thousands in front of us. And hundreds more cutting into the line because there was no staff to organize the outting. Brewers charities got my $39 and I got nothing. We left at 10:45 and never even saw the 2nd level of the building.

Enjoy my money….

I guess I got a different experience from the On Deck. I got there at approximently 10:15 and was snaked around the convention center until after 11:00 but that eliminated massive chaos by everyone trying to get in all at once. I got many pictures of myself and friends for free of my favorite Brewers players. I also enjoyed the Q & A segments with players such as Zaun, Villanueva, and Parra. Food costs were high but that was to be expected. I saw many fans and children having a great time at the event. All the players seemed happy to be there even if they weren’t. Patience is a virtue and if you would have waited a bit longer, I think you would have thought the wait in line was well worth it.

I also want to thank everyone who pitched in to make this event a success. All your work was noted and I think majority of people had an excellent time. I also want to thank the players, especially Doug Davis. Doug just became a Brewer again every recently and it was nice to see him alter his schedule to make it to this event. It’s nice having you back in a Brewers uniform.

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