From Robin To Rickie

March 23, 2006

What Bugs You About The Brewers?

Filed under: Uncategorized — John Schmid @ 9:01 pm

We all know that the Brewers have done some very good things, both on the field and off.  The level of effort has since waned, but just a few years ago, the Brewers asked their fans how they wanted to see the organization improve the fan experience at Miller Park.  Management even held question/answer sessions with the fans.  This resulted in improvements such as more replays on the scoreboard, more interaction with the players, additional food offerings at the concession stands, etc.

Don’t get me wrong, the Brewers have made vast improvements since the Bando and Taylor eras.  While the experience at Miller Park was recently voted the most fan-friendly, there are still many things that bother Jamie and me about the Brewers organization and Miller Park.  We will be sharing those ideas with you periodically and we hope you will share you thoughts and ideas with us.

Here are just a couple issues off the top of my head:

  • When you buy nachos at the concession stand, you will get a full amount of nachos and cheese only about 20% of the time.  I guess those savings are directed toward other parts of the organization.
  • When they show fans “bad dancing” on the scoreboard, why do we see the same guy dancing under the railing game, after game, after game?  Isn’t digital video wonderful?
  • What is the problem with the Miller Park sound system?  After five years, the team and Stadium Board are still struggling to find a decent balance.  Jamie and I have sat in every level, behind the plate, and down the lines, yet the sound is very inconsistent.  Sometimes you cannot hear anything but a mumble and other times, the music is cranked so loud you cannot hear the person next to you.  One sound system feature Jamie and I love is the radio broadcast throughout the concourses and rest rooms.  Please, can we finally get the sound in the seating bowl corrected?
  • Jamie and I were at Miller Park a few Sundays ago.  Last year, they briefly had Prince Fielder jersey shirts.  We stopped at the Fan Zone and saw jersey shirts for Jenkins, Lee, Weeks, Hardy, Miller, etc.  I asked one of the employees if they had any Prince Fielder versions.  She said “no” and I asked when they would be getting them in.  She said “well, they usually don’t make them until the player becomes popular.”  What?

Anyway, let us know what bugs you about the Brewers!

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2 Comments »

  1. bugs me about the Brewers:

    1. Haven’t seen it yet but judging from what they have at the Kohl Center, the new ribbon board is a complete disaster and a terrible distraction from the game.

    2. Why do the Brewers bunt so much? Evertime Weeks squares to bunt i shed a little tear.

    3. Bullpen management. a 1 run lead with 2 on in the 8th is a better time to use your closer than bases empty three run lead in the 9th.

    Comment by jacob — March 27, 2006 @ 9:09 am

  2. Jacob,

    1. I haven’t seen the new ribbon boards either. With the removal of the manual scoreboards, I’m hoping they and the new scoreboard in left will show out-of-town scores, additional stats, etc. Hopefully, they won’t be running while the inning is occuring.

    2. Actually, Ned Yost attempts a sacrifice bunt about an average of NL teams (89 in 2005). Frank Robinson (115) and Clint Hurdle (114) were the most in 2005. What bugs me more is when the pitcher will be swinging away with the bases loaded. Times when a strikeout is more adventageous.

    3. I agree 100%. It will depend on how Yost uses his 8-man bullpen to start the season.

    Thanks for commenting!

    Comment by John Schmid — March 27, 2006 @ 9:26 pm


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