Thursday, February 28, 2013

Ryan Braun Hits First Home Run During First At Bat Of Spring Season



Ryan Braun helped the Brewers kick-off the spring season with a win on Saturday, putting up a home run in his first at-bat of 2013. Managing the team's only hit of the day off of Oakland A's starter Jesse Chavez, the outfielder's first inning bomb put Milwaukee ahead for all nine innings.

Braun was happy with the performance, even admiring at the length straight down the middle. Talking to reporters after the game, the career-dedicated Brewer said that with the power behind the ball on that homer, he knew he was at his best.

Proving a statement made before the game, Braun claimed he was in top shape earlier in the season than ever before. He attributed the advanced progress to efforts to prepare for next month's World Baseball Classic, in which he will represent the United States as a starting fielder.

Manager Ron Roenicke was equally as impressed. The second year manager commented on Braun's ability to get into high-gear faster than any player he has seen, even going so far as to say that the outfielder is simply capable of feats that others aren't.

Roenicke was also pleased with his young starting shortstop Jean Segura, who put up the Brewers other run of the day with a ground-out RBI. At just twenty-three, Segura has spent nearly all of his time in the minors, playing in his first ever Cactus League game that day. Taking the place of the aging Alex Gonzalez, he will be expected to learn quickly during the spring.

The team's young and inexperienced pitching corps also had a solid outing in their debut performance of the spring. Still competing for a spot in the rotation, right hander Mike Fiers got the start on Saturday, giving up a hit and a pair of walks over two innings. The young starter showed some nerves during the first, loading the bases on two outs, but recovered to escape any runs by striking out Chris Young to erase the threat. Holding the confidence during the Brewers at-bat, Fiers came back for a quick three-and-out second before ending his day.

Seven relievers held Oakland at bay following Fiers exit, including impressive final innings from Micheal Olmsted and Jesus Sanchez. The pair combined for three strikeouts in the eighth and ninth to maintain the win, as well as no hits. Santo Manzanillo gave up the team's only run to the A's, allowing an RBI-double to outfielder Shane Peterson.

Saturday, February 23, 2013

New Kids On The Block Summerfest Tickets | With Boyz II Men And 98 Degrees

New Kids On The Block will perform at Summerfest on July 2. Tickets for the show are available now. Backing the group will be none other than 98 Degrees and Boyz II Men. These three groups have over 200 million in album sales combined.

New Kids On The Block was a creation of Maurice Starr, who put out a casting call in the Boston area back in 1984. Hundreds of kids tried out, with Donnie Wahlberg being a standout in the crowd.  Eventually, the final lineup came to be.  It would be Donnie, Danny, Joey, Jonathan, and Jordan.

At first, the band failed to get traction in the Boston area.  Starr was convinced that he could take these boys to the top. He did that with the band's second album titled Hangin' Tough.  The song Please Don't Go Girl was a ballad that the band put all their efforts into.  After a retooling of their accompanying video, the song hit the top of the music charts.  The band would go on to find success for the next four years.

As with most "boy bands" their advancing age dictated that their expiration date had come.  By 1992, the band was facing allegations of lip syncing.  Couple that with the fact that musical tastes were changing, and it seemed that their time had passed.  Despite the writing on the wall, the band separated from the "star maker" Mr. Starr, and tried their best to continue as NKOTB. By that time, they were no longer playing huge venues.  They are now back once again and on tour with two other great boy bands.  Their devoted fans still come out in the thousands.  

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Rush Plays Summerfest July 4 | Clockwork Angels Tour 2013

Summerfest announced another headliner for 2013.  It will be none other than Rush on July 4, performing on the Marcus Amphitheater stage.  Rush tickets for this Summerfest show are available after February 25.  For this event, there will be no free admission to the lawn areas.  As always, a ticket to the Marcus Amp. headline show includes admission to the festival grounds.

Clockwork Angels Tour

Rush will be spending most of the summer on the road.  Their first Clockwork Angels tour date is set for April 23 in Austin.  They will head on over to Europe to perform through mid May to June 21.  From there, they come back to America.  The second half of their tour starts with a performance at the Giant Center in Hershey PA. Their Canadian portion of the tour will begin on July 6, in Hamilton Ontario. Summerfest runs from June 26 through July 7, with a break on July first and second.  

Monday, February 18, 2013

Will The Brewers Start Gallardo On Opening Day At Miller Park?


Attempting to maintain some level of anticipation, Brewers manager Ron Roenicke told reporters on the first day of Spring Training last week that he was still not certain who would start on the mound for Opening Day. Pestered by reporters, Roenicke did admit that it would be easy to guess who he had in mind for the first game of 2013 at Miller Park. Still, he insisted that he would follow tradition and allow spring training to be played out before making anything official. Barring a disaster, the manager was referring to his “go to” starter of the past four seasons, Yovani Gallardo.

The twenty-seven year old will start his sixth season with the Brewers here in 2013. He’s more of a veteran now. Following in the footsteps of past leaders like Ben Sheets, CC Sabathia, and Zack Grienke, Gallardo says that he is ready for the added pressures of leadership, though it does feel a bit daunting at times.
Gallardo had a taste of his future status on the team late in 2012, following the trade of Zack Grienke and the loss of Randy Wolf. Putting-up an impressive eight wins in his final nine appearances of that season, the Mexican native brought the Brewers back within striking distance of the Wildcard race. This effort impressed the Brewers staff enough to entrust him with the top spot in the rotation this year.
It can be said that it was easy to put Gallardo atop the rotation, with his extensive experience as a starter. Throwing nearly 3500 pitches last season; he topped the National League in that category, and was second to just the Mets R.A. Dickey in quality starts throughout the league.
Despite that experience, some critics have questioned the team's decision to put so much faith in just a single starting ace. With 148 starts in his career, Gallardo bests the Brewers second-most experienced starter, Chris Narveson. The team's second-most talented starter, and the only other lock for a spot in the rotation according to Roenicke, is Marco Estrada. Estrada has just thirty-two starts under his belt. Beyond that, the Brewers three other contenders, Wily Peralta, Mike Fiers, and Mark Rodgers have only thirty-six starts in the majors between them.
Brewers general manager Doug Melvin states that every one of those starters has the full confidence of the Brewers staff going into camp. Citing an encouraging final few months of 2012, Melvin told reporters that his squad would be ready to compete come April.
Adding credence to the general manager's words was the above-average outings put up by Gallardo and crew last season. While Gallardo's performances speak for themselves, Peralta, Fiers, Estrada, and Rodgers combined for winning records in 2012.

Estrada had one of the best “strikeout to walk” ratios in the majors, managing 143 strikeouts to twenty-nine walks, over twenty-three starts. Fiers and Rodgers both had below 2.50 ERAs during their comparatively few starts in 2012. Narveson sat out most of the 2012 season with injuries, but a productive off-season and a solid start to spring training have made him a viable contender for one of three spots behind Estrada and Gallardo in 2013.

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Donald Driver Drops Puck At Admirals Game | BMO Harris Bradley Center Hockey Weekend

The Milwaukee Admirals hockey team and fans welcomed Packers wide receiver Donald Driver to the ice last Friday night. The fourteen year veteran, Super Bowl champion, and Dancing with the Stars winner made a public appearance at the BMO Harris Bradley Center, just a week after announcing his retirement.

The Packers all-time leading wide receiver in yards and receptions was to take part in a number of events during the game, as the Admirals honor his historic fourteen year career in Green Bay. Admirals president Jon Greenburg told reporters at the announcement that his organization felt obligated to celebrate Driver's dedication to Wisconsin and his fans, predicting the night was going to be something to remember.

While exact details of Driver's participation during the night had not been released, it was known that he would be involved in the initial puck drop, a fan-included intermission activity, as well as an exclusive live interview with PA announcer Matt Moore. Lee Denim Jeans sponsored the event. On top of that, special pink jerseys that the Admirals wore for all three-games of the weekend home stand were part of a silent-auction following Sunday's match-up.

Friday, February 8, 2013

Reports Of Ticket Scam In Milwaukee | Ticket King Is Your Trusted Source


Local Milwaukee news stations have been reporting on a group of criminals who are selling fake tickets right here in Wisconsin. This crime syndicate seems to be using computers in public libraries in our area, posting ads on Craigslist, and selling fake tickets. These criminals are working internationally, but locals have also been victims of this group.    


We want people to know that it's best to buy your tickets from a reputable ticket broker like Ticket King.  There are many folks who use Craigslist to resell their tickets.  Most of them are honest people.  Still, there is some risk involved when buying tickets from someone that you don't know.  Unfortunately, that lesson is learned all too late.  A fake ticket won’t get you into an event.  

Ticket King Is Your Most Trusted Source For Tickets 
What's the solution? Buy your tickets from a trusted source.  Ticket King has been in business for over twenty years.  We are members of the BBB and NATB (National Association of Ticket Brokers.) We have offices in Milwaukee and Green Bay, and we back up what we sell. If you have a concern or ticket issue, and you bought tickets from us, we're here to solve the problem.  We can be reached after hours, via our emergency line. You can't do that when you bought tickets through a classified ad online.  Ticket King will always be your trusted ticket source.    


Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Badgers Hockey Tickets | Ticket King For The Best In College Hockey

Badgers Hockey Tickets
Badgers Hockey fans can find great tickets from Ticket King. We carry all the games, both home and away.  Sit near the faceoff circle in the lower level, or try your luck behind the Badgers bench. If we don’t have the ticket you need, we can find it for you.  For 2013, Ticket King has a Kohl Center suite available for most games.  The suite accommodates 16 people. 

Badgers Hockey Home Games 2013

The Wisconsin Badgers will take on the Bemidji State Beavers next weekend. The puck drops at 7pm, both nights. Other home games at the Kohl center include:

  • February 15 versus Minnesota
  • February 24 and 25 versus Penn State

Badgers Hockey At The Alliant Energy Center

Wisconsin will play a pair of games at the Alliant Energy Center in 2013.  The St. Cloud State Huskies come to Madison on March 8 and 9.  Relive the past, and head to the Alliant Energy Center, where the Badgers used to play all of their home games!  Ticket King has plenty of seats around the blue line for that weekend.  See you at the game!