Signature Series – Jonathan Lucroy

Some of the cooler Lucroy autographs I’ve procured over the years!

Some of you may be aware of one of the Superfans’ favorite hobbies- graphing.  This is the shortened term for “autographing”, or in other words, we collect autographs.  Over the past 10 years, I’ve amassed a fairly large collection (along with Superfan Handy Jay and Superfan Shaggy) of autographs of which I have a room dedicated to them.  Today’s Signature Series Featured Athlete- Jonathan Lucroy!IMG_8382

This first picture is a sign from 2010 that I created while working a short stint at OfficeMax in Grafton.  We used this as a “training tool” to show how to use the spool printer and the laminator.  Now, I’m not saying I came up with the whole Star Wars/Lucroy connection and started whole thing, but this sign, along with the next unique piece of autographed memorabilia surely were some of the first pieces.

IMG_8383We took the Lucroy sign to various games, and we told him if he signs it, we will retire it.  Well, he did… and I did.

This next piece came from working at Best Buy with Superfan Handy Jay- it was part of a promotional display.  Lucroy signed it, “To SuperfanPete- I am your father!”  It’s hanging on my wall in the autograph room as well.

I do have a couple of baseballs, and a big metal sign with Lucroy signatures too, but one that I’d love to get would be his first hit.  I was sitting behind the Twins dugout with my buddy Grant and Superfan Dynex Dan back in 2010- 2nd row!  Of course I had my camera along, and yes, I got a pic of Lucroy’s first ever major league hit.

One of these days, hopefully I will get to cross paths with Luc, and get him on a 2014 All-Star ball, take a pic with him and shake his hand.  He was always a Superfan favorite, always had time to say hello, and signed some stuff when he could.  This last photo I found in some of the archived galleries- Lucroy was playing 1st, and the girl got to go out and stand by him for the national anthem.  This photo here, this sums it all up.

SAMSUNG CSCI doubt you’ll see this article, but Luc, I wanted to say thank you for all the great years in a Brewers uniform, and we appreciate your hustle and hard work on and off the field.

May the force be with you!

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Happy “Rick Monday” Monday!

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I decided to wait until today to blog due to it being the 40 year anniversary of one of the greatest plays in MLB history – so to speak.  40 years ago, in 1976, two protesters were attempting to burn an American flag in left field of Dodger stadium- Rick Monday wasn’t about to have any of that, so he ran out there, snagged up the flag drenched in lighter fluid, and escorted the stars and stripes to safety.  Rick, who had also served in the Marine Corps Reserve, understood what the flag stands for.  He still has the flag, and has been offered over $1,000,000 dollars for it but said he won’t part with it.

On to other news!  I was able to attend a game last Thursday with Superfan Handy Jay, and we stopped by the season ticket holder area and found our names on the Wall of Fame!IMG_5113

That’s a pretty nice way to say Thank You and I am impressIMG_5111ed with how the Brewers went about it.  We were able to pick up our limited edition Ryan Braun All-Star bobbleheads and our media guides (Don’t forget #PlesacBobble2017) and were blessed with some sweet seats right behind home plate.  While I don’t remember the score due to my selective memory, I do remember it being a great day for baseball.  Overall, the Brewers are still not the worst team in MLB, even if it looks like it from the bottom of the NL Central.  It’s going to be a tough week with the Cubs series and all of those (yuck!) Cubs fans, but I have a feeling the crew will come through it all with at least 1, maybe 2 wins.

Either way, I can’t wait to be back at Miller Park!  Oh, a few highlights from Thursday’s day game I forgot to mention:  The Chorizo biffed it around home plate (haha!) and a pleasant surprise that it was dollar hotdog day!  Which you all know means Handy Jay was deep-throatin those wieners one after another!  Until next time folks, Go Brew Crew!

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#PlesacBobble2017

Two of my Favorite Brewers Memories

Hello readers!  This week I debated on what to talk about.  First and foremost, the Brewers are 5 and 7, and last in the division, but far from last in MLB.  Our young squad has made a few moves (Broxton down to AAA, Davies back up to the bigs) and we’ll see how that works out.  All in all, after playing 4 arguably play-off teams (Giants, Astros, Cards and Pirates), I think we came through pretty decent.  Next, we have the Twins (of which we have a better record) and the Phillies (who have one more win than the Crew).  I believe we’re in for some great baseball, and Wednesday I will be “live at the game” courtesy of Steinhafel’s season tickets with the big boss man Steve and Superfan Wild Bill.

Now with that being addressed, I wanted to share two of my favorite Brewers memories.  These two are immortalized on my wall in large frames.  IMG_5102The first:

May 5, 2013.  Thanks to the wonderful Caitlin Moyer, I was blessed with the opportunity to throw out the first pitch.  I did it with another MLB Fan Cave Top 52 finalist (Kevin Kimmes) and I believe Chris Schatz took this pic of our catchers, Johnny Axford and Brandon Kintzler.  I pulled a few strings and kind of asked BK to be my catcher without letting the powers that be know (since I was pretty sure they wouldn’t be able to ask him), and once Ax found out how big of a fan Kevin was of him, he obliged as well.  The pitch wasn’t all that great, but the moment I crossed that line I surely just felt the energy that Miller Park creates around the greatest game in the world- Baseball.  Both Ax and BK autographed this large photo: Ax: “Thanks for being Super… FAN!”  and BK: “Pete, Warm up next time!  BRUTAL!!!!”  I have it framed with a ticket from the game, and an old (canceled) credit card of a photo of BK and myself from that day.  I still have the photo on my new credit card that I use for all my baseball purchases because it is good luck!  Still, one of the many baseball milestones that I have been blessed with as a Superfan. IMG_5103

The second memory I have on my wall is a large photo of Corey Hart, Superfan Handy Jay and myself.  We took this photo I believe in 2011.  Corey signed it “To Pete, You’re a true fan”.  Ever since he came up with the Brewers many years ago, he was one of the guys we cheered for every time we were at the park.  He reciprocated by always taking time to say hi to us, toss us baseballs, and sign a ton of stuff for our growing collections.  It was a sad day when he went to play for Seattle, but in true Condor form, he gave us a shout-out in the Journal Sentinel.  We did get a chance to see him again on a road trip to Cleveland, when the Mariners played the Indians, and we cheered as hard as we ever did for him.  He treated us to a nice dinner that night after the game, and the rest is history.  The “business” of baseball means your friends that play most likely will have to go to another city, in another state, and for another team.  As we saw with a lot of our guys in the past- BK to Minnesota, Wooten to Atlanta, Axman to Oakland, and Hawkins all over the place until he retired.  I won’t even mention Manny Parra and the Cubs…. but yes, Manny’s still my guy.

UPDATE: Just found out that Manny Parra is recovering from Tommy John surgery- I believe it was 5 years ago he had bone spurs removed from his elbow, but with this, he should have a new arm ready to go for the second half of his career.  Come back strong my friend, I’ll be cheering for you (if it’s with the Cubs, I’m cheering on the inside!)

Finally in closing, I want to reiterate the need for Dan Plesac to get a bobblehead in 2017-

Show your support by tweeting the @Brewers with #PlesacBobble2017 to remind them of this great man’s accomplishments almost 30 years ago, which includes multiple records that still stand today in the organization!  We salute you, @Plesac19!

 

AZ or Bust!

brewers-spring-trainingHere it is, the night before the Superfans invade Phoenix!  This year involves a full ten days of fun in the sun with Superfan Handy Jay, Superfan Wild Bill and myself staying at Del Boca Vista –  Special shoutout to Superfan Dynex Dan and Superfan Wayne (The AZ  Connection) for accommodating us this year!

I did hear through the grapevine that Dan “Sacman” Plesac will be in Brewers camp on March 4th hosting the popular MLB Network show “30/30” – Hopefully the powers that be will realize how genuinely handsome this former Brewers 3x All-star and record holder is and will consider giving him his very own bobblehead next year!  #PlesacBobble2017 –  RT if you agree!  (see previous post as to Sacman’s laundry list of qualifications for deserving such an act of enshrinement)

Baseball is key to the trip, but we also plan on hitting up an NHL game (closest city to us with a team is Chicago, and you know how I feel about that place!), possibly a trip to the streets of Tombstone, or even a run out to Winslow, Arizona just to stand on the corner!  Gotta love Route 66!!!   In addition to all of that, we hope to visit a lot of good eateries (some re-visited, some for the very first time) and have some of the unique cuisine only found in the Phoenix/Scottsdale area… oh, and Chipotle too!

I will try to take a lot of pics this trip to illustrate our adventure the next few days!

Oh, and shoutout to Earthquake- just because he never says he gets mentioned.  We heart you Michael “Earthquake” Wenzel!

Long Overdue Brewers Bobbleheads: Top 5

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Living down the hall from someone who one would call a fanatic bobblehead collector, I often find myself wandering over to peruse my neighbor’s newest additions.  Having surpassed over 200 different unique bobbles (the majority Brewers), I couldn’t help but notice many names repeated in the iconic bobblehead ensemble- and this got us talking.

One might say, these are the Top 5 Brewers bobbleheads that need to happen soon-

  1. Ted Higuera – Teddy spent 9 years with the Brewers in the 80’s and 90’s.  He was the first Mexican born American League pitcher to record a 20-win season (’86) and in his first 4 years posted a 3.25 ERA with a record of 69-38 and 766 strikeouts.
  2. Dan Plesac – While being one of those guys that’s played for everybody, Dan spent ’86 – ’92 with the Brewers.  In that time, he set and holds a bunch of pitching records (5 total, holds 2nd in 2 more) and he was an all-star in ’87, ’88 and ’89.  This is one that really boggles the brain!
  3. Juan Nieves – April 15, 1987- The ONLY no-hitter ever thrown in Brewers history!  That should be more than enough- (perhaps for 30th anniversary we could see this?)
  4. Tom Trebelhorn – He managed the crew from ’86 – ’91, during that forgotten era that we saw such great players like the 3 guys mentioned above.  He ended his tenure with the Brewers with a winning record, 422-397.
  5. Easter Sunday Dale- This would make for a SOLID bobblehead, showing Dale Sveum hitting the game-winning homer on April 19, 1987— We’ve seen Rob Deer’s moment, now it’s time to show Easter Sunday Dale’s moment!

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In closing, we’ve seen a bunch of repeat bobbles like Braun, Uecker, even Yount getting one every few years- all the way to sausages, barrelmen, and even a dog- I feel it is time to embrace the post-world series 1980’s Brewers, and the glory that many of the later Generation X’ers/early millenials grew up watching.

Of course, in writing this blog I had to run down the hall to discuss these choices, and that has opened a can of worms.  Ryan and I started writing down our ideas (first and foremost- get a white board to write down ideas)- and now have a list of ten more “Honorable Mention” bobbles that we believe need to be celebrated and appreciated – but that is for another article!

Disagree with this top 5?  Have something to add?  Please feel free to respond in the comments section!  We’d love to hear what you think.