Milwaukee Brewers: My eventful trip to Brewers Spring Training

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PHOENIX, ARIZONA - MARCH 06: Jhoulys Chacin #45 of the Milwaukee Brewers delivers a pitch against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the third inning of a spring training game at Maryvale Baseball Park on March 06, 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)
PHOENIX, ARIZONA - MARCH 06: Jhoulys Chacin #45 of the Milwaukee Brewers delivers a pitch against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the third inning of a spring training game at Maryvale Baseball Park on March 06, 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images) /
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MALIBU, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 13: Baker Mayfield (L) plays in a charity softball game to benefit “California Strong” at Pepperdine University on January 13, 2019 in Malibu, California. (Photo by Rich Polk/Getty Images for California Strong) /

Spring Training Trip – Day 2

Day 2 was probably the most eventful day of the entire trip. The night prior Travis Shaw teases a photo of a Brewers jersey with Mayfield on the back. The Cleveland Browns quarterback is a friend of Yelich and Shaw, a major Browns fan, and they invited him to come join the team for a few days.

As we showed up to AFFOP, we ran into the Triple-A team as the prepared to start practice. I was able to steal a few moments with pitchers Zack Brown and Trey Supak, as well as play a lot of catch.

The crowd was also very light. San Diego Padres fans didn’t travel as well and Manny Machado was not playing today, so many fans ditched. As we stood in line, my stepson was asked to be the junior announcer and hang out in the press box during the 4th inning. So far very eventful, but what happens next is unbelievable.

As we stood patiently waiting for players to come over to sign after batting practice, I notice long time MLB writer Tim Kurkjian on the field. I wander over from the first base line to behind home plate and was able to steal about three minutes with him. Then I was able to steal a few minutes with Milwaukee Brewers GM David Stearns while they watched Mayfield take batting practice. As I walk my way back to the rest of the group, I am seeing my wife holding her broken Fitbit in one hand and a baseball in the other.

She was hit in the wrist by a foul ball hit by Baker Mayfield. He was amazing, asking if she was ok and signing the ball for her.

During the second inning we made our way to the newly renovated press box, prepping the junior announcer for his big debut. While waiting my wife tells the Brewers staffers about her Baker Mayfield incident, Tom Haudricourt, beat writer for the Brewers hears the story and interviews her (thanks Twitter for making the connection happen).

As for the game, no Yelich, no problem, the Milwaukee Brewers scored six runs before the Padres got in the board and won easily, 6-2.

While the Brewers handled the Padres, we made our way out to the Low-A game to see prospects Brice Turang and Joe Gray Jr. play against the Dodgers Low-A team. The minor league games are fun, you are standing no more than 15 feet away from a pitcher throwing mid to upper 90s and hitter slam foul balls over your head. We walked away from that game with four minor league baseballs, making a seven-year-old boy very happy.

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