Greinke headlines list of 'On Deck' attendees
Brewers fanfest set for Jan. 30, with new lottery autograph system
MILWAUKEE -- Zack Greinke will meet Milwaukee fans for the first time on Jan. 30 as part of "Brewers On Deck," a downtown fanfest that features autographs and photos, interactive games and other baseball-themed events.Greinke, acquired from the Royals last month, is one of 25 current Brewers players scheduled to appear along with the full coaching staff, a slate of prospects and some Milwaukee legends. The club is instituting a new lottery system for autographs of certain high-profile players and asked fans to take note. For those select players -- to be announced later -- fans must obtain a numbered coupon at the Frontier Airlines Center beginning at 9 a.m. CT. Coupon distribution will be available up to an hour before each designated autograph session. Fans will receive one coupon per event admittance ticket and can use their ticket to enter the random selection process for any one of the select Brewers players. There is no cost for coupons to enter the random selection process; however, those holding coupons that are chosen must pay $25 at the respective autograph stage to be donated to the Brewers Community Foundation. Winning coupon numbers will be announced over the public address system and posted at the respective autograph stages one hour prior to the player's autograph time. There will be 250 winners for each autograph session. Players and staff not included in the random selection process will sign 250 autographs each at prices ranging from free to $10. The autograph opportunities are for signatures on photo cards provided by the team -- the Brewers cannot guarantee that any player will sign other memorabilia. "In the past, we've always solicited feedback from the fans, and one of the top items has always been the autograph process, especially for the more popular players," said Brewers vice president of communications Tyler Barnes. "What we've had happen is we've had people lining up for hours and hours before the gates open, and then they go get into a line for one of our marquee players, even though that session may not start for several hours. The line ends up being many hundreds long, and we can only accommodate 250 people for each guy.
"With the coupon, people will have to pick which marquee player they want to go for. We want to spread this out as much as possible so more people get at least one autograph from one premium guy."
Tickets for the event are on sale now at Brewers.com/ondeck. Adult tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door, while tickets for children ages 14 and under are $9 in advance and $15 at the door.On the day of the event, only cash will be accepted for purchases made at the door and at the various autograph stages. Here is the full list of attendees: Current players: John Axford, Brandon Boggs, Zach Braddock, Ryan Braun, Craig Counsell, Chris Dickerson, Yovani Gallardo, Mat Gamel, Carlos Gomez, Greinke, Sean Green, Corey Hart, LaTroy Hawkins, Brandon Kintzler, George Kottaras, Jonathan Lucroy, Shaun Marcum, Mike McClendon, Casey McGehee, Chris Narveson, Wil Nieves, Manny Parra, Mark Rogers, Rickie Weeks and Randy Wolf. Coaches: Ron Roenicke, Garth Iorg, Rick Kranitz, Stan Kyles, Jerry Narron, Ed Sedar, Dale Sveum and John Shelby. Rising stars: Kentrail Davis, Eric Farris, Scooter Gennett, Caleb Gindl, Kyle Heckathorn, Erik Komatsu, Hunter Morris, Cody Scarpetta and Logan Schafer. Alumni: Jerry Augustine, Jim Gantner and Larry Hisle. The Brewers will release a detailed schedule of all Brewers On Deck events, including updated player attendees, later this month.
"Advance sales are a little bit ahead of last year, and we expect a very, very good crowd," Barnes said.