One of the best parts of this job is figuring out what topics will generate interest and discussion from the fans. You spend a couple of weeks working on a feature story about Yovani Gallardo’s progression from high school slugger to Major League pitcher, and hear very little. Then a couple of years later, you throw together a blog about 2011 bobblehead giveaways and Gallardo isn’t on the list, and you’re slammed with e-mails and Tweets.
- Participants will not be permitted to set camp prior to noon CT on Thursday, Feb. 24.
- No hand-made or hand-built shelters shall be permitted. No shelters made of cardboard or wood shall be permitted. Shelters with a footprint greater than 100 square feet are not permitted unless otherwise approved by the Brewers.
- Miller Park power sources are not available for public use and gas generators are not permitted on the property. Only State-Approved gas/propane heating/grilling units with fuel-valve turn-offs and self-contained charcoal/wood units are permitted; provided, however, that they must be a minimum distance of 25 feet from the building or shelters. Activity and items permitted on the premises are subject to the approval of the Brewers.
- The Brewers reserve the right to remove any shelter, items, or individuals from the property.
The Brewers quietly promoted one of their top front office officials this winter, giving Rick Schlesinger the title of chief operating officer. Schlesinger, who has been with the Brewers for more than eight years, had previously been known as the team’s executive vice president of business operations.
The Milwaukee Brewers today announced the Klement’s Famous Racing Sausage Kabobs as the winning food item in the “Create a Concession” contest. Courtney Ring of Sauk City submitted the idea and Ring’s menu creation will be added to the concession offerings at Miller Park in 2011.Over 10,000 votes were submitted by fans, who voted on four finalist submissions. The Klement’s Famous Racing Sausage Kabobs received 37.4 percent of the vote. Poutine with Cheese Curds finished second with 23.9 percent of the vote, Chicken Parmesan Sandwich finished with 21.9 percent of the vote and Tilapia Fish Tacos finished with 16.8 percent of the vote.Although Poutine with Cheese Curds finished second in the overall fan voting, it will also be added to the Miller Park menu for 2011.“This initiative gave us an opportunity to have fans participate directly in enhancing the Miller Park experience, and their response was phenomenal,” said Brewers Chief Operating Officer Rick Schlesinger. We had over one thousand suggestions for new items submitted as part of this contest, and given the success of the program, it’s likely that we’ll repeat it in 2012.”For submitting the winning recipe, Ring will receive four tickets to Opening Day at Miller Park as well as an opportunity to throw out the first pitch at a Brewers game during the 2011 season and watch the Brewers take batting practice from the field. The other three finalists – Chris Fifarek of Wauwatosa (Chicken Parmesan Sandwich), Chris Stoa of Milwaukee (Poutine with Cheese Curds) and Tim Tracz of Hales Corners (Tilapia Fish Tacos) – will all receive receive a Brewers prize package that includes game tickets, an autographed personalized Brewers jersey and an autographed baseball from a Brewers player.The contest began in late December with online submissions. More than 1,300 submissions were then narrowed down to ten semifinalists. In mid-January, a panel of 10 judges gathered in the Sportservice kitchen on the service level of Miller Park to taste and rate those 10 items. The panel included Brewers Chief Operating Officer Rick Schlesinger, Brewers Executive Vice President-General Manager Doug Melvin, former Brewers All-Star Gorman Thomas, SURG Restaurant Group Partner Omar Shaikh,, Nancy Stohs and Jan Uebelherr of The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, and Tom Olson, John Clope and John DiMartini, all of Sportservice Milwaukee.The panelists narrowed it down to four finalists and as a part of the festivities at Brewers On Deck on Sunday, January 30, fans were be able to sample their favorites from the four finalists.The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and Sportservice served as partners in the promotion.
The Brewers just announced that right-hander Roque Mercedes had cleared waivers and been outrighted to Triple-A Nashville. In a nice move, the club invited him to Major League camp.
The Klement’s Racing Sausages earned their keep Tuesday by helping the Brewers load the final moving truck bound for Spring Training. It’s an annual rite of spring that marks a sort of symbolic start to the baseball season — just ask Craig Counsell, who happened to drop by Miller Park on Tuesday morning to use the batting cage.
The Twins and left-hander Francisco Liriano avoided arbitration on Saturday by agreeing to terms on a $4.3 million contract for 2011, right at the midpoint of their filings. The deal could have an impact in the Brewers’ talks this week with right-hander Shaun Marcum.