The baseballs, bats, uniforms and gloves arrived at Maryvale Baseball Park in Phoenix, Ariz. The, the binders, clipboards, video cameras and mascot bodies came. After that, the Milwaukee Brewers' players and coaches began reporting to training camp.
Stevens Worldwide Van Lines agent Anchor Moving Systems was responsible for getting all of the equipment and supplies from Miller Park to the Brew Crew spring training site.
Anchor, in Menomonee Falls, Wis., has moved equipment for the Brewers to training camp for the past 20 years, says Anchor President Bill Forrester, Jr.
In the end of January, a moving van full of what Bill calls "the real baseball stuff" haded to Arizona from Wisconsin. In early February, the "administrative items" -- plus a few extras -- filled half of a Stevens/Anchor truck, arriving at camp in plenty of time to be ready for the team. Some of those "extras" included the costumes for the fan favorite "racing sausages" between innings shows.
"We move all of the bats, jerseys and important paperwork -- and the sausages always go, too," Bill says. "It's getting to be spring and people are just beginning to think about baseball."
The Brewers' first full squad workout is Saturday, Feb. 27, with the first training season game six days later. Opening day in Milwaukee is April 5 at Miller Park.