This winter, the Brewers embarked on a $60-something million renovation of its spring training facility. And according to the team's' Tyler Barnes, there's more to come. The results are both dramatic and subtle.
Tim Dillard has spent most of his 15-year baseball career in the minor leagues. At 33, the relief pitcher is participating in Brewers Spring Training with little chance of making the big-league club, but still plenty of effort, optimism, wisdom and hilarity. We spoke to him recently in Phoenix.
To truly understand a life-changing moment, we must first answer the questions that brought us there, compelling the specific chain of incredible events. What were we doing on that wiffle ball field? Why was I standing there? And how long has Carolynn wanted to hurt me?
Ryan Braun is finally going to make his spring debut today as the Brewers host the White Sox in a split-squad game at Maryvale Baseball Park. The veteran holdover will start in left field, hit third in the lineup and is expected to get a couple of at-bats.
I've said this before, but sometimes Spring Training feels a lot like the movie "Groundhog Day." Events, games and trips tend to run together, because with only a few variations, you're basically doing the same thing every day (and of course, that's a very good thing). But yesterday, we did something that we've only done one other time in 18 years: we didn't go to a Brewers game.
When Brewers fans talk to me about Spring Training, I always see the same look in their eyes. "I've always wanted to do that," they say wistfully, like Arizona exists in some far-away land, where you sit right next to the field and talk to the players in between in innings. Well, actually, most of that's true. Except for the far-away land part.
If you thought the conversation for "best team in the NFC" is muddied, how about your fantasy league? Have you already clinched and are now looking ahead? Have you taken some of my advice and climbed back into the race? There is still work to be done with three weeks left (in most leagues) before the playoffs. We're here to help you get there.
The pressure is on a year after making an Final Four run for Bo Ryan and the University of Wisconsin. But with more than a half dozen key players returning, the Badgers have high hopes to not only repeat that success but contend for a national championship.
Milwaukeeans like to complain about winter a lot, and for some, it's more sincere than others. Hence, this week, OnMilwaukee.com asked the Social Circle if they would really move somewhere warm, if it were feasible.
The 2013 OnMilwaukee.com Arizona golf tour allowed us a chance to go back and see how a course that we reviewed a few years ago has held up, and it offered the opportunity to play three courses for the first time. We allowed for different budgets and for different layouts and got a taste of the best the region had to offer.
It's hard to call this spring training trip work. It definitely is, because as I do every year, I strive to take our readers along for the ride. Inevitably, when I tell people I come to Arizona, they always say, with a glint in their eyes, "I've always wanted to do that!" And I always tell them that they should.
While I await my first Spring Training game, which begins in a few hours, I dove right into the Southwestern food when Andy Tarnoff and I arrived in Phoenix yesterday.
Just as the Milwaukee Common Council did earlier, the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors has proposed a boycott of Arizona businesses in response to that's states pending legislation aimed at stemming the rush of illegal immigration.
Sunday and Monday consisted of one more Brewers game, a nap, some excellent sushi and a nightcap at a cool bar. The biggest fireworks were at the airport this morning, as TSA shut down the terminal, screaming "bravo" because someone presumably skipped through the security line.
The e-mails come in like clockwork, starting with a trickle just before Super Bowl Sunday and intensifying as St. Patrick's Day approaches. OnMilwaukee.com readers ask "What are some things I should do when I'm down there? Especially away from the ballpark ..." Here are some answers.