Imagine going from the stands to the dugout in only one day. Longtime Brewers season-ticket holder Jack Kalman did just that.
As part of the "Fantastic Forty" promotion held by the Brewers, fans could enter to win lots of prizes, including having your face on a ticket stub for a day or sitting in general manager Doug Melvin's box for a game.
The promotion was held back in the offseason to get fans thinking about baseball rather than the New York Giants upsetting their beloved Green Bay Packers in this past season's NFC Divisional Playoffs.
Kalman has been a season-ticket holder since 1975. He won the "Welcome to the Big Leagues" contest on February 24 and had his wish come true on Tuesday.
"We appreciate your loyalty as a fan," said Melvin during a press conference. "It's exciting to know we've had fans like you that have followed our organization for many years through the ups-and-downs. Fans as passionate as you are hard to come by."
During the press conference for Kalman, a simulated video was shown (mostly for laughs) of the one-day Brewer making a catch over the railing near the home dugout and also hitting a walk-off home run...in an empty Miller Park.
"My wife was concerned for me out there," said Kalman, 67. "I was out in right field (during the highlight shoot) and I couldn't see the ball, then they wanted me to bunt, and then run some bases. I started on first during my home run trot, and it seemed like the distance to second base was a national avenue."
"When you put yourself out on that field, you realize that these ballplayers are good."
Going into Wednesday's matinee against the Blue Jays, Milwaukee sat 31-37 on the year seven and a half games back of the Reds for the division lead.
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