Category: Contest

Announcement: A Brewer Nation Partnership

Many of you know that I spend some of my time as a Brewers “Insider” for sports talk radio stations The Big 920 and The Big 1070 in Milwaukee and Madison respectively. I work directly with The Mike Heller Show. (They are the same guys who have guest hosted the nationally syndicated Dan Patrick Show multiple times over the last four months.)

LOTFtallAnyway, the reason that I’m writing today is to announce another partnership that I’ve been fortunate to enter into.

I will be working with Legends of the Field to bring my readers some exclusive opportunites for autographed Brewers memoribilia via giveaways, special access to Legends of the Field player appearances and signings, periodic discounts for merchandise with a special discount code, and more!

For more information about Legends of the Field, click to visit their website and read about their history, their new owner Jim Lindenberg, and how they have three physical locations around southeastern Wisconsin which the website marketplace supplements.

More details will be available about individual events and contests as they come up, but we’re planning on a couple of things early on to get this relationship kicked off in a good way.

The best part? All you have to do to be included is follow the directions as they come up. There will be specific instructions and information included with each forthcoming opportunity.

If you want to get a jump on things, follow me (@BrewerNation) and Legends of the Field (@lotfautographs) on Twitter if you don’t already. (They’re also on Facebook.)

I was in their Delafield store yesterday evening, for example, and believe me when I tell you that their merchandise is top of the line. They have exclusive signing contracts with some of the Brewers players which means that you can’t get their autographs from any other company and no other company can bring that player in for a signing event.

And speaking of those signings? For each individual signing that Legends of the Field hosts this season, one Brewer Nation reader will win a free autograph! All you have to do is show up!

That’s just the tip of the iceberg, Brewer Nation. But in the meantime, be sure that you look to Legends of the Field for authentic, certified Brewers autographs at great prices.

Official Release: Opening Day Ticket Opportunity Details

The Milwaukee Brewers today announced specifics of an Opening Day Ticket Opportunity that will allow fans the chance to purchase tickets to Opening Day and weekend games at Miller Park prior to the sale of individual tickets.

Beginning tomorrow, January 21 at 9 a.m. and continuing through Monday, February 17, fans can go to and register for the opportunity to purchase up to four tickets to Opening Day on Monday, March 31 against the Atlanta Braves. Due to limited availability, the Opening Day Ticket Opportunity includes single seats, standing room only and some obstructed view seats. In addition, fans can register for a maximum of eight tickets to each of the weekend games (Friday-Sunday) at Miller Park.

Following registration, a pool of randomly selected winners will be chosen and provided access to an online pre-sale opportunity, based on available inventory. The winners will be notified on Friday, February 21.

There is no charge to register. This will be the only opportunity for fans to purchase single game tickets for Opening Day, other than a very small number set aside for fans lining up at the Box Office on the first day of individual game sales at Miller Park. Single game ticket sales will go on sale at a later date (exact date TBD).

Meanwhile, there are still options available for fans to guarantee their place at Miller Park for Opening Day and other popular games with 10-Packs starting as low as $180.  Each 10-Pack includes 10 Brewers home games, plus a bonus of Opening Day or any other game of the fan’s choice absolutely FREE. Fans interested in purchasing 10-Packs are encouraged to call 414-902-HITS (4487) or visit for more information.

Please note: A very limited amount of individual tickets will be available for Opening Day.

Brewers Announce Return of “Fan-tastic 40” Promotion



The Milwaukee Brewers today announced details of its “Fan-Tastic Forty” promotion that will award prizes to lucky fans who purchase Season Seat packages for the 2014 season. All fans purchasing or renewing ticket packages of 20 games or more will have an opportunity to win a variety of unique prizes and experiences spread out over 40 days. From Friday, January 17 through Tuesday, February 25, one Season Seat Holder per day will be selected to win a designated prize in the promotion.

Fans must purchase or renew a minimum 20-game package (or above that) to qualify for the drawing. Purchases made prior to today will already have an entry in the contest. Purchases made within the 40 days will be eligible for the next day’s drawing and the remainder of the prizes. For example, a purchase on January 29 will be eligible for all prizes from January 30 – February 25. The last day to purchase to be eligible for prizes is Monday, February 24.

“This has been one of our most popular programs to reward our valued Season Seat Holders,” said Brewers Chief Operating Officer Rick Schlesinger. “It offers our fans unique opportunities and prizes that create lasting memories.”

Fans looking to renew or get more information about new packages are welcome to call (414) 902-HITS (4487) or visit Full sweepstakes rules are also available at the website.

Prizes on the list for 2014 include a Brewers On Deck VIP Experience, an All-Inclusive Area Tour (tickets to watch games from each of the five All Inclusive seating locations), signing a Major League contract for a day (including big league pay), a $1,000 Shopping Spree in the Brewers Team Store by Majestic, and 2015 season tickets at 1982 pricing.

A complete list of prizes along with the date they will be selected follows:

January 17 – Team Store Shopping Spree. Win $1,000 to spend in the Brewers Team Store by Majestic.

January 18 – Brewers On Deck VIP Experience. Receive two free tickets to the annual fan fest, plus jump to the front of any autograph line for free autographs.

January 19 – Your Very Own Ticket. For one game during the 2014 season, your photo will be printed on every season ticket. 

January 20 – Free Parking for the Season. Enjoy complimentary Preferred Parking for every game in your 2014 ticket plan.

January 21 – Game of Catch with a Brewers Pitcher. Play catch with and receive pitching tips and instruction from a Brewers pitcher.

January 22 – Roundtrip Airfare for Two. Two roundtrip tickets from Southwest Airlines.

January 23 – Tour the Roof. Take a tour of the Miller Park roof and get the best view of the ballpark.

January 24 – VIP Luncheon. You and a guest will sit at the head table during the 2014 Season Seat Holder Luncheon in the Johnson Controls Stadium Club with two Brewers players and/or coaches and Brewers executives.

January 25 – Slide Down Bernie’s Slide. Take a trip down Bernie’s slide before a 2014 home game and then watch part of the game from Bernie’s Chalet.

January 26 – Party Suite for you and 29 Friends. Take in a 2014 home game with 29 of your friends from a spacious Party Suite, complete with food and beverage.

January 27 – Carlos Gomez Autographed Gold Glove Print. Receive a one-of-a-kind Carlos Gomez autographed Gold Glove Framed Print.

January 28 – Owner’s Seats at Miller Park. Sit in the owner’s seats for a game with three friends and enjoy a visit from Brewers executives.

January 29 – Shadow a Beat Writer. Follow beat writer Adam McCalvy during all pregame activities on the field and in the Clubhouse for a 2014 home game.

January 30 – You in the Team Photo. One fan will be included in an unofficial team photo with the 2014 Brewers roster and coaching staff.

January 31 – Field of Sweet Dreams Experience. You and three friends will enjoy a night under the stars while camping on the Miller Park outfield at the annual Field of Sweet Dreams event.

February 1 – Lesson With Brewers Hitting Coach. Win a private hitting lesson from Brewers Hitting Coach Johnny Narron while you and a guest take batting practice before a game at Miller Park.

February 2 – Baseball Signed by Opening Day Starters. Receive nine baseballs, each signed by a member of the Brewers Opening Day lineup.

February 3 – Tickets for Each All-Inclusive Area. Enjoy a game from each of Miller Park’s five All-Inclusive Areas with two tickets for five different games in the special seating areas.

February 4 – Pizza for a Year. Win a one-year supply of Palermo’s Pizza.

February 5 – Throw Out the First Pitch. Throw out the first pitch prior to a 2014 Brewers home game, plus receive a personalized Brewers jersey.

February 6 – Club Suite Party with Craig. Win a Club Suite for you and nine friends to a 2014 home game, complete with food and beverage, and enjoy a visit from Brewers alum Craig Counsell.

February 7 – $500 in Concession Vouchers. Receive $500 in food and beverage vouchers.

February 8 – Harley Deck Experience. Win 30 tickets for Miller Park’s popular Harley-Davidson Deck, complete with food and beverage, for a 2014 home game.

February 9 – Miller Lite/Brewers Neon Sign. Light up your basement bar or garage with a Miller Lite neon sign featuring the Brewers ball and glove logo.

February 10 – Autographed Baseballs. Take home a set of baseballs autographed by each member of the 2014 Brewers starting rotation.

February 11 – Turn Back the Clock Pricing. Receive 1982 pricing for your 2015 season tickets.

February 12 – Catered Tailgate Party. Enjoy a Pavilion party prior to a 2014 Brewers home game, catered by DNC Sportservice. Includes 20 game tickets.

February 13 – Signed Bat and Jersey. Win an autographed bat and jersey from your favorite Brewers player.

February 14 – Gehl Club 4-Pack. Enjoy the luxurious Gehl Club experience with three friends for four games during the 2014 season.

February 15 – Guaranteed Giveaway. Receive every promotional item given away during the 2014 season, including all eight Bobbleheads and six t-shirts.

February 16 – Klement’s Tailgate Package. Receive a one-year supply of Klement’s sausage products, a grill and more.

February 17 – Lucroy Autographed Home Plate. Receive a home plate signed by Brewers Catcher Jonathan Lucroy.

February 18 – View From the Bullpen. Make sure to bring your glove when you and five friends sit in the Brewers bullpen as the Brewers take batting practice prior to a 2014 home game.

February 19 – Club Suite Party with Doug. You and nine guests will sit in a Club Suite for a game, complete with food and beverage, and enjoy a visit from Brewers General Manager Doug Melvin.

February 20 – You in the Brewers Television Booth. Spend an inning in the Brewers television booth during a 2014 home game.

February 21 – Signed Carlos Gomez and Jean Segura Print. Receive a framed autographed print of 2013 All-Stars Carlos Gomez and Jean Segura.

February 22 – Evening With Hank Aaron. Two spots at a table for the 2014 Evening with Hank Aaron Dinner.

February 23 – Movie Night on the Big Screen. You and seven friends will enjoy a private movie screening on the scoreboard at Miller Park. 

February 24 – Season Seat Holder of the Year. Be treated like the VIP you are; throw out the first pitch, take batting practice at Miller Park, receive extra concession vouchers and more.

February 25 – Welcome to the Big Leagues. Sign a one-day Major League contract, complete with full uniform plus one day’s pay at the MLB minimum salary.

Meet Pete Gourlie, MLB Fan Cave Top 52 Finalist and Hopeful Cave Dweller

The MLB Fan Cave is a promotion for fans that was started by Major League Baseball for the 2011 season. That year, one person was picked to live in the Fan Cave and watch every single big league game all season long.

How did they accomplish this? With a video wall of 15 televisions and a living space conducive to staying up late for those west coast games. They flew the cave dweller to the All-Star Game in person thanks to the break allowing for travel, and a trip to the World Series was involved as well.

Last year, MLB expanded the pool of cave dwellers to nine and allowed for applicants to represent their favorite teams. Players stop by, there are special events at the Fan Cave including concerts. The cave dweller(s) got to interview players, be interviewed themselves and basically live the ultimate fan experience by immersing themselves in baseball.

Well, this year the Fan Cave has returned again and for the second straight year a pair of Brewers fans made the initial cut. They whittled the numerous applicants down to just 52.

The wannabe cave dwellers need to get votes, among other things, in order to reach the Top 30. Making it to that stage earns the hopefuls a trip to Spring Training in Arizona and a bevy of fun experiences.

From there, they can reach the ultimate goal of winning one of the coveted beds in the MLB Fan Cave.

The Fan Cave website has a description of the cave. “The MLB Fan Cave, located at 4th Street and Broadway in the heart of New York City’s Greenwich Village is a first-of-its-kind space mixing baseball with music, popular culture, media, interactive technology and art.”

Hoping to be living in the Fan Cave in 2013 is a man I’ve had the pleasure of meeting in person and getting to know via social media.


His name is Pete Gourlie and he is a Superfan of the Milwaukee Brewers.

I had a chance to catch up with Pete and wanted to help Brewers fans get to know him a bit.

BrewerNation: Thank you Pete for taking the time out of your busy schedule of generating votes for your Fan Cave dreams. First, help the readers get to know you a little bit. Where are you originally from?

Pete Gourlie: I come from Wisconsin’s Northwoods, the town of Merrill to be exact.  Growing up, I was outdoors a lot, playing little league, hunting and fishing, but also I loved listening to the Brewers games on the radio.  Guys like Dan “Sac Man” Plesac, Rob Deer, Robin Yount… I enjoyed looking at their baseball cards while listening to them play.


BN: How did you get into baseball?

PG: My father and my grandmother are the ones who introduced me to baseball.  She got me started with collecting baseball cards, and my dad would take me to games at County Stadium as a kid.  Once I was on my own in college and could go to games on my days off, I found being at Miller Park exhilarating and absolutely fell in love with the new stadium.


BN: Your Twitter handle is “@SuperfanPete“. There are others in the Superfan movement on Twitter as well. So, who exactly are the “Superfans”?

PG: The Superfans are an elite group of individuals that have an almost obscene love for the game of baseball.  It started with 4 of us back in 2007, but quickly expanded into a much larger group, with Superfans living in other states like Arizona, Illinois, California, and even one in Canada.  We are an equal opportunity group, and even have one Superfan that is a Cubs fan.  Don’t ask me how that works, but it does.  To be considered a Superfan, you have to truly love your team.  Cheer, never boo, and don’t give up hope.  Support all your players, not just the all-stars and the top-performers.


BN: Describe the “Superfan treatment” for me.

PG: Certain players deserve to be recognized.  Specifically, those who go unnoticed a lot of the time, but strive to do the most they can with their talents.  We recognize these players by giving them great nicknames, always cheering for them, making signs so others know who they are, and giving them a good word of encouragement when we get a chance to talk to the players face to face.  For instance, Jonathan Lucroy.  When he first came up, we made a cool sign that said Jonathan Luc-Skywalker-Roy- The Force is Strong with this One.  It even had a picture of the Death Star with stitching like a baseball.  We’ve supported Luc since his first game, which I was in attendance for, in Minneapolis MN.


BN: Who are you current favorite players?

PG: My number one guy is Corey “The Condor” Hart.  Everyone knows he’s had some hot streaks, and a few rough patches.  No matter, we’ve ALWAYS cheered for him, and he knows that we are true Superfans who will always be there.  Another favorite is Mark Rogers, and I’m really excited to see what he can do for the Brewers this year.  Lucroy is one that I love to watch behind the plate too.  It’s hard to narrow it down though, because all of the players on the Brewers are fun to watch and interact with. 


BN: What would the MLB Fan Cave opportunity mean to you on a personal level?

PG: This is my dream, to do something with MLB, where I can absolutely feel comfortable with my deep love of the game.  I am so thrilled to see new places and meet new people, and I know that lifelong friendships will be forged, should I be chosen. Furthermore, the Fan Cave opens up many doors as far as careers are concerned.  For Ryan Wagner the first year, he got a job with the Orioles.  Ricardo Marquez, he’s working PR for the Fan Cave applicants this year.  The sky is the limit, and this opportunity wouldn’t last just one season, but could last my entire life!


BN: How about as a fan?

PG: It is the ultimate fan experience!  Sure, I sacrifice going to 50-60 games in person, but I still get to see ALL the games, and interacting with the players that stop by will be epic!  Concert series are just the icing on the cake!  Every ounce of me wants to experience this!  Plus, I hope to bring my tailgating skills into play sometime while in New York, again, pending on getting there! 


BN: What qualifications do you possess that would make you the right fit to live in the Fan Cave?

PG: One of the biggest qualifications I have is my ability to watch baseball hours on end.  I love it!  There’s always something going on, from homeruns, strike outs, or even people watching in the crowd.  My favorite games are those that go into the wee hours of the morning, with extra innings or “free baseball” almost a given with games that last that long.  I have such a deep passion for the sport that it is all I think about, all I dream about, what I live, and what I breathe.  It is the one thing that remains pure, that I can always go back to, and feel good about all the memories that wash over me when you see your team triumph.


BN: Beyond that, why should someone vote for Pete Gourlie over all others?

PG: I try to represent all that the Brewers have to offer. I wear a game-worn #42 Jackie Robinson Day jersey (originally worn by Brad Nelson in 2009). This jersey is one that I plan on wearing all year, because of what it represents for the sport. I have a deep respect for the titans of baseball that have come before us such as Hank Aaron and Mickey Mantle.  In the off-season, I go through all the pictures I take throughout the year, edit them, and frame them. I collect autographed pieces, and have a few unique items like an R2D2 cardboard cutout signed by Jonathan Lucroy, and a ball signed by Mark Rogers inscribed “Welcome to my neighborhood.” Please help me achieve my dream, and I will represent Milwaukee and the best fans in MLB while in New York!

So there you have it, Brewers fans. So please, take the 15 seconds out of your day to vote for Pete Gourlie at least once every day between now and the voting deadline on February 13th. Let’s get a Brewers fan into the Fan Cave, but more than that let’s get a Brewers fan like Pete Gourlie into the Fan Cave because he represents the best kind of fan. Through thick and thin, through wins and losses, through excellence and struggle, Pete Gourlie is there supporting his team not only for 162 games in 180 days each and every year but all off-season as well.

So click on the image and VOTE FOR PETE!


Brewers “Design a YOUniform” Contest Winner Announced

Yesterday at “Brewers On Deck,” Ben Peters, of Richfield, Minnesota was announced as the winner of the Brewers Design a YOUniform contest.  Peters’ design will be worn by the Brewers in exhibition games on March 22 in Phoenix at Maryvale Baseball Park and on March 30 in Milwaukee at Miller Park.  Merchandise including t-shirts and caps featuring the winning design is on sale now at Brewers On Deck and at the Brewers Team Store by Majestic at Miller Park.


As the winner, Peters will receive a trip to Brewers Spring Training 2013 to see the winning design on the field at a game. The hats and uniforms from the winning design will be worn by all Brewers players and coaches at the Friday, March 22 Spring Training game at Maryvale Baseball Park against the Chicago Cubs.  Peters will receive airfare for two, tickets to the game in Arizona to see the uniform in action and $1,500 for hotel, ground transportation and other incidentals.  He will also have the opportunity to select the jersey and hat worn by one player from that day, plus will receive ten t-shirts and hats made from his design.

In addition, the Brewers the uniforms will also be worn at Miller Park on Saturday, March 30 as the Brewers take on the Chicago White Sox in an exhibition game.

Last fall, Brewers fans were invited to submit their ideas for an alternate Brewers on-field uniform, and the contest resulted in an overwhelming number of fan entries. After receiving nearly 700 submissions for the Design a YOUniform contest, the Brewers announced the three finalists as selected by a panel of judges.

jerseytshirt“The fans’ response to this promotion was tremendous, both in the number of entries received and the votes during the judging of the finalists,” said Brewers Chief Operating Officer Rick Schlesinger. “It was difficult to select a winner as the three finalist entries all had very solid support.”

The three finalists – two of whom live outside of Wisconsin – were invited by the Brewers to travel to Milwaukee for Brewers On Deck at the Delta Center where Brewers pitcher John Axford announced Peters as the winner on the Klement’s Main Stage.  Ron Verrecchio from Catonsville, Maryland and Nicholas Fouts from Madison, Wisconsin were the other two finalists.

In addition to an online fan vote, a panel of voters including Axford, Brewers President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Doug Melvin and Brewers Chief Operating Officer Rick Schlesinger judged the finalists.  Other judges included Jill Aronoff, Brewers Senior Director – Merchandise Branding and representatives from Majestic, New Era and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Brewer Nation Prize Closet Opening For First Time


Good evening Brewer Nation!

This may or may not come as a surprise to you, but I do all of this Brewer Nation stuff for free. Nobody pays me money for any of this. Due to that, I don’t have money to put back into it in way of prizes as a rule. That being said, I was fortunate enough to come across an extra pair of tickets to Brewers On Deck for this coming Sunday. I’ll save you the details as to why and how, but suffice it to say that I’m holding a pair that I cannot make use of.

Far be it from me to deny two additional Brewers fans entry to the annual winter Brewers fan fest. And rather than just give them to some personal friends who might not even use them, I’ve decided to give them away to a member of the Brewer Nation!

Therefore, in order to make it relatively fair for everyone to get involved and have a chance to win, I’ve decided to hold a little contest.

I want to make you work for it just a little bit though because I want someone to win the pair that actually really wants to win them. As a result, I’m sending you on a bit of a scavenger hunt across my blog.

Ten questions, relatively easy to answer. Send your answers in an email to: (if the link doesn’t launch your email client, then just copy and paste)

  1. What is the full date of the first blog post in the Brewer Nation archive? (Full date = month, day, year)
  2. Who is the fourth player on the Milestone Tracker?
  3. Who first wore #55 in a regular season game for the Brewers?
  4. Who most recently wore #29 in a regular season game for the Brewers?
  5. What ranking did the Brewer Nation earn in 2012 Top 100 MLBlogs?
  6. Who did I choose as the Brewers DHL “Hometown Hero”?
  7. What is the first name of the blog’s creator?
  8. What is the title of the earliest post in October of 2008?
  9. Who is being inducted into the Brewers Walk of Fame in 2013?
  10. When (year) was #72 worn during the regular season for the Brewers?
  11. What is the air speed velocity of an unladen swallow?

(Yes, I only asked for ten answers. You don’t have to respond to #11. I just couldn’t help myself.)

You have until Friday at noon CT to send your entry. Winner will be contacted at the reply to email address from whence the entry came. Then arrangement for the exchange will be made. In the event that the winner only wants one ticket, the second ticket will be offered down the winners list until a home is found.

I’m not simply taking the first correct entry. All correct entries by Friday at noon will have an equal chance of being selected as the winning entry. If no entries get all 10 answers correct, I will choose among the entries with nine correct, so on and so forth until a winner is found.

Do I need to say “Void where prohibited”, or “No purchase necessary”? Well, if I do, then I did.

Good luck and I hope you win. Yes, you.