MILWAUKEE -- The Brewers will begin selling tickets at 9 a.m. CT on Wednesday for "Brewers On Deck," the club's annual offseason Fanfest scheduled for Sunday, Jan. 27, at Milwaukee's downtown convention center.Advance tickets are available at Brewers.com/ondeck and cost $15 for adults and $9 for children 14 and under. Tickets the day of the event are $20 for adults and $15 for children 14 and under. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Brewers Community Foundation. The event features autograph and photo sessions with Brewers players and coaches, interactive games in a kids area, question-and-answer sessions, game shows, vendor booths with baseball memorabilia and the Brewers Community Foundation Treasure Hunt, among other activities. The Brewers will again use a lottery system for some autograph sessions, details of which are available at Brewers.com/ondeck.
Hart out again, to get custom foot support
MILWAUKEE -- Brewers first baseman Corey Hart will be fitted with a custom foot support on Wednesday in an effort to ease the pain in his injured left arch and allow him rejoin the team's late postseason push.Hart, who was injured when he planted and changed directions on the basepaths on Sunday in St. Louis, missed a second straight start Tuesday, but did take some pregame swings in the batting cage in an effort to prove he could at least pinch-hit. He said the decision was up to Brewers medical staffers. Hart called that session "encouraging," but conceded he could be bothered by pain throughout what remains of the season. Because of the location of his injury, Hart was told an anti-inflammatory injection would only be administered as a last resort. "I think I can tolerate it, but it's not going to go away," he said. "I'm trying to find the right tape job, the right insert. I'm trying to get myself back in the lineup, but I'm obviously not going to be running very quick right now. "I already have a tear in there. I think right now we want to get all the initial swelling out so I can get back on the field, and if I fully tear it, I fully tear it. I want to get out there and do what I can. We're so close to the end right now, and where we are [in the standings], I want to try to play. If I make it worse, I make it worse, and we have the offseason to recover." Helping Hart's bid is the fact that the Brewers are nearing the end of a stretch of 20 games in as many days. They have an off-day Thursday, and another on Monday. "I'm hoping he's ready for Friday [against the Mets]," Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said. Asked about his level of pain, Hart said, "It's 10. "I think today is better than yesterday, and I feel like I was able to do more than I thought I would today. I can modify my swing. I can get by. It stinks, because I feel like my swing was pretty good, and I don't want to modify it, but I won't be able to swing like I normally swing because of my front foot [and] how I plant."
Brewers hold moment of silence, flyover on 9/11
MILWAUKEE -- Brewers television analyst Bill Schroeder wore a camouflage tie on Tuesday as a show of support for U.S. troops, one of countless small gestures at Miller Park on the 11th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.The most public gesture came before game time, when players and fans observed a moment of silence to honor those who lost their lives on that date in New York, Washington D.C. and western Pennsylvania, and as a tribute to first responders, law enforcers and military personnel. "Join us in keeping a pledge made 11 years ago: We shall not forget," public address announcer Robb Edwards said. Three color guards took the field, from the Milwaukee Sherriff's Office, Milwaukee Fire Department and Milwaukee Police Department. Menomonee Falls, Wis., Police Chief Anna Ruzinski sang the national anthem, followed by an ear-splitting flyover by four Madison-based F-16 Fighting Falcons from the Wisconsin Air National Guard 115th Fighter Wing.
Catcher Martin Maldonado has been taking grounders at first base and, with Hart sidelined by his foot injury, could start there Wednesday against Braves left-hander Paul Maholm, manager Ron Roenicke said. A left-handed hitter, Travis Ishkawa, started Tuesday in Hart's place against right-hander Tim Hudson."The left-hander puts us in a bind with all the left-handers [hitters] we have on the bench," Roenicke said. "Ishikawa is great defensively, but if I can get a right-hander there that's swinging the bat well, it helps our lineup. At least if we know [Maldonado] can play, it gives us an option."