Last Call: Fans navigate Miller Park's new security measures

Monday's first pitch pushed back 10 minutes to allow fans more time

Last Call: Fans navigate Miller Park's new security measures

MILWAUKEE -- Last Call is a spot for all the notes and anecdotes that didn't find a home elsewhere on the site. Today: Getting in the door.

• The Brewers quietly pushed Monday's first pitch by 10 minutes to allow fans more time to navigate enhanced security measures at Miller Park. At the direction of Major League Baseball, all fans at every game this season will be subject to metal detectors.

"Most reports were that the process went pretty well," Brewers spokesperson Tyler Barnes wrote in an email. "With our turnstile count, we had more people inside Miller Park for first pitch than any other time in the last half-dozen years' home openers. We have the fans to thank for that. They started moving into the ballpark early and that made a difference."

All season, fans will walk through a metal detector prior to having their tickets scanned. If the device detects the presence of metal, the guest will be checked with a hand-held wand. Bags will still be checked, just as they have been for the last several years. The Brewers will have an express lane at most gates for fans entering Miller Park without a bag or purse.

• Brewers general manager Doug Melvin sent a Monday morning text to new Rockies GM Jeff Bridich, a 37-year-old native of Whitefish Bay, Wis., who became MLB's youngest general manager when he was hired in October. Bridich watched Monday's game from a booth in the press box with a contingent of family that included his father, Dick, who teaches math at Marquette University High School near Miller Park.

"I sent him a note saying how exciting it should be for him and his family, to be a GM on his first day in his hometown," Melvin said. "I remember my first day as a GM. I'm up in the box and you're real excited. Your family is there, your friends are in the box."

• Manager Ron Roenicke offered pregame kudos to Brewers director of grounds Michael Boettcher, who is tasked with growing grass in a domed stadium during the Wisconsin winter.

"The grass is as thick as I've ever seen it," Roenicke said. "Michael did a great job to get the field in tremendous shape."

Adam McCalvy is a reporter for Read his blog, Brew Beat, and follow him on Twitter at @AdamMcCalvy. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.