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Fan Fest a success!

First of all, no baby…yet.  Just a false alarm (10-76 in police code) last night.
                                                Any day now, little fella!
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So, the Milwaukee Brewers On Deck event was a success.

Apparently, people started lining up @ 5am in the freezing cold so they could guarantee a spot in some of the autograph lines (Brewers fans are nuts-me included).

Trevor was officially introduced to Milwaukee.

Here are some pictures I promised Padres blogger – Kaybee of the man…
Trevor Hoffman @ Brewers On Deck 001.jpgTrevor Hoffman brought out on stage by Mr. Baseball-Bob Uecker to a packed auditorium at the Riverside Theater.  They concluded the show (in true “closer” fashion) with his introduction…and played “Hell’s Bells” to him walking out.

Trevor Hoffman @ Brewers On Deck 002.jpgBob Uecker asking Trevor, “why Milwaukee?”

To which Trevor responded, “Coach Macha, Owner Mark Attanasio and former teammate Mike Cameron all showed a lot of interest in me coming to Milwaukee.  ‘Cam’ said Milwaukee’s a great place to play and the fans really come out to support the team.”

Trevor Hoffman @ Brewers On Deck 003.jpgTrevor about to tell Uecker that he’s “pumped about being the new kid on the block.”  Trevor also said, “it’s like being re-energized.”

Trevor Hoffman @ Brewers On Deck 004.jpgTrevor talking about his new teammate Tony Gwynn, Jr.  He said, “the first time I saw Anthony, (we called him Anthony back then) he was about 10 years old and about this big.  Now, he’s a grown man and his talent has developed.” 

Trevor Hoffman @ Brewers On Deck 005.jpgTrevor donning his new Brewers jersey…signing a baseball for a fan that has one sweet cow-lick.

Trevor Hoffman @ Brewers On Deck 006.jpgTrevor inking another baseball…damn, he looks good in that uniform!

Trevor Hoffman @ Brewers On Deck 008.jpgIt’s about to be Trevor Time in Milwaukee!!

Trevor Hoffman @ Brewers On Deck 009.jpgHere you go young man…one signed baseball from the greatest closer the game has ever seen.

Trevor Hoffman @ Brewers On Deck 010.jpgTrevor with one of his newest fans…(not the Happy Youngster).

Man, I can’t wait to see this guy run out of the pen for the first time!!

     The day also included the introduction of a few of the Brewers newest coaches.

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From left to right-
New 3rd base coach-Brad Fischer.
New hitting coach (re-assigned to) Dale Sveum.
New bench coach-Willie Randolph.

Lots of experience on this staff.  Not pictured is new Manager-Ken Macha.

The day also included autographs!!

     Here’s some befor
e and after photos of the items we had signed…

Ryan Braun authentic jersey.

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Ryan Braun poster

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autographed Braun Bomber poster.jpgSweet…

     Here’s a picture of the young stud signing some autographs…
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And remember the three game home run baseballs I wanted to have signed by Prince Fielder?

Well, we were only able to get one signed, so I chose the one from July 7, 2008 to be the one.  We asked him to inscribe “97th career home run” next to his signature.  He asked a nearby volunteer how to spell the word “career.” 
Hey, at least the guy can play baseball…!

The other two game home runs from Fielder will have to wait for another day to be signed.

All in all, a great day.

Go Brewers!