Brewers fan signs one-day MLB contract

Brewers fan signs one-day MLB contract

Brewers fan signs one-day MLB contract
MILWAUKEE -- Larry Schaefer sat in the Brewers' media room with general manager Doug Melvin at his side, and the Fond du Lac, Wis., resident inked his one-day Major League contract.

Schaefer has been a Brewers season ticket holder since 2001 and was the winner of the Brewers "Welcome to the Big Leagues" contest. Schaefer's prize included the one-day MLB minimum salary of $2,274, a personalized Brewers uniform which he sported at the press conference and the opportunity to throw out the first pitch at Monday's game.

"I guess with the Florida Marlins signing 80-year-old Jack McKeon to manager today, there's nothing wrong with signing someone who was born in 1945," Melvin joked.

Schaefer served as president of Fond du Lac Baseball Inc. for 20 years and also managed in the Rock River League. He inked his one-day deal while recalling some of his favorite Brewers memories and spoke of his 95-year-old mother who was unable to attend, but who watches every Brewers game.

Schaefer said he doesn't root for individual players but said Prince Fielder's first career home run is one of his favorite moments. Monday afternoon's celebration of his contract, the tour of Miller Park and throwing out the first pitch ranked up near the top, too, he said.

"I didn't really realize what was happening at first," Schaefer said. "I thought, 'Hey, that's great,' but then it developed to something bigger and just having a Brewer uniform is great."

When asked what's going to go through his mind when he throws out the first pitch, Schaefer joked once again.

"Painful," he said. "It's going over the catcher's head. It might be only five feet from home plate, but it's going over his head."