“Brewers On Deck” 2014 was a day to remember! There was some insane CLUTCHNESS from my mom (no surprise) and of course Sophie used her “Wonder Twin” powers to help capture autographs and images! Soph was my photographer!
As soon as I got there, I went immediately to get a Bob Uecker autograph voucher. My number was 330…remember that number! Then off to Marco Estrada, my guy! As I was standing in line with Sophie, I quickly ran to Brewers pitcher, Tyler Thornburg. One of the kindest guys of the day! I really like him now and I truly believed him when he said that he’d check out “Bleacher Boy.” I met up with Marco again and he recognized me and he still reads my blog!
To burn time before the certain Bob Uecker vouchers were called (remember 330?) I went to the Fox Sports Wisconsin announcer booth. I got into my “Uecker” mode and recorded a Fox Brewers Promo. I feel pretty natural behind the mic..future occupation!?! I also got a chance to chat with Bill Schroeder, the Brewers television announcer. He was friendly and just like what he seems like on T.V. I also met up with John Steinmiller, author of “John and Cait…Plus Nine.” John is a really cool guy and did some classy live stage interactive interviews! I just found out that John and my older brother, Zach happen to be friends! Hey John, I’m gonna take you up on your offer and visit you in the press box! Do you see Brewers manager, Ron Roenicke photo-bombing my picture?!
NICEST BREWER OF THE DAY: Mike Fiers! You are awesome man! Thanks for being so good to the fans, including myself. I hope you’re reading this!
Mark Reynolds, Donovan Hand, Logan Schafer, Elian Herrera, Sean Halton, Will Smith (no…not the Fresh Prince 😉 ), and Jimmy Nelson, you guys were great too! Thanks for taking time for me to talk to all of you. Welcome to Milwaukee Mark and Will!! Sorry, I couldn’t get a picture with all of them.
Oh yea…remember #330, the Uecker voucher? I also just found out that Mark Attanasio, THE OWNER would be with good ole’ Bob! Man, this was going to be great to spread my blog to the OWNER!! The voucher numbers were being released…….79-328. 328… 328….ARE YOU KIDDING ME!?! I missed it by 2..ONLY 2! My luck? I blame my mom…..lol. Terrible. The least I could do was wish him a HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
Insane clutchness from my mum! I was walking around, and who would’ve thought…former Brewer, Geoff Jenkins was right behind me! That’s when my mom starting yelling to me! I then asked for his signature and introduced to my blog. Geoff seemed very happy to be back in Milwaukee. The fans loved seeing him back as well.
My mom’s clutchness wasn’t done yet. I was near the WTMJ radio booth and my mom spotted Doug Melvin right behind me!! Doug Melvin is the General Manager of the Brewers not to mention a regular “down to earth” kind of guy! We chatted about my blog and when I asked for the scoop on Matt Garza, Doug replied, “We got him!” with a smile on his face.
This was a day to remember! SOOOO MUCH FUN! I recommend this family friendly fan festival (say that 3x fast) to all Brewer fans! Thank you Brewers for such an outstanding day!!!
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Sunday, January 27 was the Brewers fan fest, Brewers on Deck. I got tickets as a Christmas present and have been counting down to this day! Thank you Santa 😉
As soon as I got there, I had the opportunity to meet Telly Hughes, a Brewer T.V. host. He was very kind to me and I gave him one of my business cards. Yes, I created a card with my picture on it and, no, I didn’t photo shop those good looks. After that, straight to the Wily Peralta line. Wily is a huge Brewer pitching prospect and I’m a fan that thinks he will make positive contributions to benefit the team. Wily was a decent guy, but others I met were amazing! My dad and I waited in line for Brewer’s catcher, Jonathan Lucroy, for nearly 2 hours. Finally, I met him and gave him a card-something about a card says, “Hey, I’m Legit.” He seemed genuinely interested in my blog. My twin, Sophie, is a catcher and probably his biggest fan, so I had him address an autograph to Sophie. When I gave it to her at home she was screaming super happily! Jonathan was great! He took time to speak to me and truly listened rather then just blowing me off.
So, I’m walking around, “Holy Crap Dad, there’s Marco Estrada walking this way!” I ran up to him all excited! I definitely didn’t ask for an autograph because his ushers would’ve had a fit like last year. He listened to everything I said and He told me that he will definitely check out my blog! Many other Brewers told me this, but he seemed the most sincere. I’m not saying the others weren’t sincere, but he really seemed like he was fascinated by a 12 year old kid that likes baseball and writing. I felt the same way about the bullpen catcher, Marcus Hanel. I talked to him for like ten minutes! He is also from my hometown, so we were talking about home and what’s going on. Turns out I go to school with his niece. Lucky her, I’m just sayin….. He also accepted a card and just became the coolest and nicest guy from my town that I know of!
The day was wrapping up and I went over to the free autographs and pictures area. I believe prospects are kinder and more humble because they have less of an ego since they aren’t MLB stars yet. “SHOUT OUT!” to #4 first-base prospect Hunter Morris, Kentrail Davis, Jim Henderson and Johnny Hellweg. Those are some great guys! They didn’t have many people in line waiting so I could just take time talking with them.
Thank you to the many Brewer players who gladly accepted my card and are reading this now-I would love the opportunity to interview and feature any of these players. I appreciate your support. I ‘can’t wait for next year! What a blast! I can smell OPENING DAY !!!!
Hunter Morris and me!
My picture of Lucroy and I wasn’t loading or working correctly..sorry. I’ll try to fix it soon.