As I mentioned earlier last week, the #BREWITCHED pumpkin-carving contest is back by popular demand.
All you need to do is create a Brewers-themed pumpkin (carve it, paint it, or decorate it – it’s up to you!), take a pic and tag it on Instagram and/or Twitter using hashtag #BREWITCHED for a chance to win a Brewers prize pack.
To help you get started, we’ve even got Brewers pumpkin carving stencils available for download here on brewers.com, plus this nifty how-to video:
The expert carver who is not featured except for his hands in this video is Jeff Harding, our Director of Creative Design ＆ Strategy and Pumpkin-Carver Extraordinaire.
While I do appreciate a fun afternoon of pumpkin-carving, I’d rather leave the actual carving to Jeff and focus on my favorite part: baking (and eating!) the seeds!
Here’s my own how-to in case you need some inspiration on that end as well:
On Saturday, USO Wisconsin will host its first “Heroes of Wisconsin” Gala, a patriotic celebration honoring U.S. military members for exceptional service and commemorating the USO’s 75th anniversary.
The event will be held at the Italian Community Center in downtown Milwaukee. Keynote speakers include Wisconsin U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson, Milwaukee Bucks Vice President Alex Lasry, and Wisconsin’s Adjutant General, Major General Donald P. Dunbar. The program begins at 7 p.m. preceded by a cocktail reception.
“This event helps us raise money so that USO Wisconsin volunteers are able to connect more U.S. military and their families across the state,” says Josh Sova, executive director of USO Wisconsin. “It is also a time to celebrate five people whose lives of service to our country and our community are certain to be an inspiration to everyone.”
Those being honored include military service members from Wisconsin for their military and community service:
Lt. Col. Karl Zacharias – Army – Mondovi, WI
Staff Sgt. Jerome Vereen – Marine Corps – Myrtle Beach, South Carolina (Milwaukee resident)
Command Master Chief Chad Elliot – Navy – Milwaukee
Master Sgt. Thomas J. Atwood – Air Force – Lawrence, Kansas (Oak Creek resident)
Chief Petty Officer Tommar Franklin – Coast Guard – Chicago (Kenosha resident)
Sgt. William R. Wilson – Family of the Fallen – Racine
In addition, Bob Quinn, Executive Vice President – Finance and Administration with the Milwaukee Brewers, will receive the “Community Partner Award” and this year, five companies will be recognized as “Veteran Friendly Workplaces.” The finalists are:
Northwestern Mutual Life
The evening’s entertainment will be provided by The Radio Rosies, a vocal trio performing songs from the 30’s, 40’s, and 50’s during cocktail hour. The U.S. Navy Band Great Lakes is scheduled to play during dinner in the Pompeii Grand Ballroom.
I’m pretty excited about a new feature that is debuting today across many of our social media accounts.
It’s called “What’s in the Warehouse Wednesday (with Weyer)” or simply #WarehouseWednesday.
Each week, John Weyer, our Warehouse Manager, will pull out any one of the thousands of interesting items housed in the Miller Park warehouse and discuss it on video.
Depending on the nature of the item, we may also give that item away a lucky fan, like we’re doing in this very first installment. In the event that we feature an item that we can’t give away, we’ll find something else down there that fans can win. Take a look:
Now all you have to do is go over to our Twitter account (@Brewers) and RT our #WarehouseWednesday tweet for your chance to win a 2005 copy of “Between the Lines” magazine featuring Bob Uecker on the cover. We’ll pick a winner and John will personally send out the prize!
The Miller Park warehouse is so cavernous and has so many interesting items from old giveaway items and memorabilia to Gatorade jugs and HR files that we could probably do a daily feature with John and never run out of things to talk about; however, this feature will be something exclusive to the offseason and we’ll work at finding the most interesting items to share with you each week.
Oh–and if John looks familiar to you, that’s because you may have recognized him from a cameo in one of Tim Dillard’s videos last month called “The Last Uecker Clock”:
I hope you enjoy this as much as I am!
Headed to the pumpkin patch and/or planning to carve your gourds this weekend?
You’ll want to read this first because our #BREWITCHED pumpkin-carving contest is back by popular demand!
Here’s how it works: Submit an original photo of your Brewers-themed pumpkin. Carve it, paint it, or decorate it – it’s up to you! Tag it on Instagram and/or Twitter using hashtag #BREWITCHED for a chance to win a Brewers prize pack, which will include two tickets to Brewers On Deck and a baseball signed by Wily Peralta.
We’ll be accepting entries through Monday, October 31, so you have plenty of time to get in the Brewers “spirit.” Get your pumpkin, give it a Brewers flare and take some photos. For more information and complete rules, please visit brewers.com/brewitched. We’ll select three winners in this contest.
To help you get started, we’ve even got Brewers pumpkin carving stencils available for download here on brewers.com.
The Milwaukee Brewers announced their postseason award winners today as selected by a five-person panel from the Milwaukee Chapter of the Baseball Writers Association of America (BBWAA).
Left fielder Ryan Braun earned Brewers Most Valuable Player honors for the fourth time (2011-12 and 2015-16) and for the second consecutive season. Braun, who returned to left field following two seasons in right field, batted .305 with 30 HR, 91 RBI and 16 stolen bases in 135 games. He led the team in batting average, total bases (275), slugging percentage (.538) and OPS (.903). Others considered for the award were first baseman Chris Carter and infielder Jonathan Villar.
Junior Guerra was named Brewers Most Valuable Pitcher. Guerra, who became the first player acquisition under General Manager David Stearns when he was claimed off waivers from the White Sox on October 7, 2015, went 9-3 with a 2.81 ERA in 20 starts. The 31-year-old rookie produced 12 quality starts and held opponents to a .213 batting average. The team went 14-6 in his starts. Others considered for the award were Zach Davies, Tyler Thornburg and Carlos Torres.
Infielder Jonathan Villar earned Brewers Top Newcomer accolades. Villar, who was acquired via trade from Houston last November 19, batted .285 with 19 HR, 63 RBI and a Major League-leading 62 stolen bases in 156 games. He made 152 starts at three different infield positions (104g at SS, 40g at 3B, 8g at 2B). Villar joined Tommy Harper (73 in 1969) and Scott Podsednik (70 in 2004) as the only players in franchise history to lead the majors in stolen bases. Others considered for the award were first baseman Chris Carter, pitcher Junior Guerra and pitcher Carlos Torres.
Infielder/outfielder Hernan Perez was named Brewers Unsung Hero. Perez, who was a non-roster invitee to Spring Training, did not join the team until April 28. He batted .272 with 13 HR, 56 RBI and 34 stolen bases in 123 games. He made starts at third base (45g), right field (31g), second base (8g), center field (7g), first base (4g) and shortstop (1g). His 34 stolen bases ranked fourth in the National League. Others considered for the award were outfielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis and pitcher Carlos Torres.
First baseman Chris Carter captured the Good Guy Award, which is presented to the player who has the most outgoing, friendly presence in the clubhouse and interacts well with the media on a daily basis in a cooperative and pleasant manner. Carter signed with Milwaukee as a free agent last January 6. Others considered for the award were second baseman Scooter Gennett, catcher Martin Maldonado and infielder/outfielder Hernan Perez.
The Milwaukee Brewers today were presented with the “Community Partner of the Year Award” by the Milwaukee Business Journal. The presentation was made this morning at the publication’s Corporate Citizenship Summit, with the award accepted by Brewers Community Foundation Executive Director Cecelia Gore.
According to the Business Journal, the Brewers were presented with the honor for the organization’s “push to increase its outreach into the community and its many successes, including work with Sojourner Family Peace Center, Habitat for Humanity, Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee, Pearls for Teen Girls and bringing baseball to the youth of the community.”
The Brewers, through the Club’s Community Relations department and Brewers Community Foundation, are involved in numerous philanthropic events throughout the community. Most recently, the team hosted the “Give Back Game,” where ticket proceeds from the final home game on Sept. 25 were donated to four different charities: Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee, Make-A-Wish Wisconsin, the MACC Fund and the Wisconsin Humane Society. More than $335,000 was raised and donated to these causes.
“Our players, wives and staff are passionate about giving back and making a positive impact in the communities where we live, work and play,” said Katina Shaw, Senior Director of Community Relations for the Brewers. “On behalf of everyone at the Brewers and Brewers Community Foundation, we are proud to receive the Community Partner of the Year Award and we will continue to go to bat for kids and families in Wisconsin.”
When owner Mark Attanasio purchased the team in 2005, one of his four cornerstone pledges was to be a leader in the community. To that end, Brewers Community Foundation has donated over $10 million to community causes since its inception in 2010.
Major League Baseball today announced the finalists for the 2016 Hank Aaron Awards, which has recognized the most outstanding offensive performer in each League since it was established in 1999. For the seventh year in a row, Baseball fans have a say in the winners of this prestigious award. Fans can vote for their American and National League selections online at MLB.com and the 30 Club sites through October 14.
The Brewers finalist for this award is Ryan Braun.
For the first time in the award’s history, fans can also cast their votes on Twitter by using a unique hashtag for each finalist. To vote for Ryan Braun, fans simply can tweet: #VoteBraun.
Fourteen finalists were named All-Stars this year and overall the 30 finalists combined to have been named All-Stars 76 times. The group also features 18 players under the age of 30, with 11 aged 25 or younger.
The complete list of finalists for the 2016 Hank Aaron Award are:
|American League||National League|
|Baltimore Orioles||Mark Trumbo (#VoteTrumbo)||Arizona Diamondbacks||Jake Lamb (#VoteLamb)|
|Boston Red Sox||David Ortiz (#VotePapi)||Atlanta Braves||Freddie Freeman (#VoteFreddie)|
|Chicago White Sox||José Abreu (#VoteAbreu)||Chicago Cubs||Kris Bryant (#VoteBryant)|
|Cleveland Indians||José Ramírez (#VoteJRam)||Cincinnati Reds||Joey Votto (#VoteVotto)|
|Detroit Tigers||Miguel Cabrera (#VoteMiggy)||Colorado Rockies||Nolan Arenado (#VoteNolan)|
|Houston Astros||Jose Altuve (#VoteAltuve)||Los Angeles Dodgers||Corey Seager (#VoteCorey)|
|Kansas City Royals||Eric Hosmer (#VoteHosmer)||Miami Marlins||Christian Yelich (#VoteChristian)|
|Los Angeles Angels||Mike Trout (#VoteTrout)||Milwaukee Brewers||Ryan Braun (#VoteBraun)|
|Minnesota Twins||Brian Dozier (#VoteDozier)||New York Mets||Yoenis Céspedes (#VoteYo)|
|New York Yankees||Didi Gregorious (#VoteDidi)||Philadelphia Phillies||Odubel Herrera (#VoteHerrera)|
|Oakland Athletics||Khris Davis (#khRushTheVote)||Pittsburgh Pirates||Gregory Polanco (#VoteCoffee)|
|Seattle Mariners||Nelson Cruz (#VoteBoomstick)||St. Louis Cardinals||Stephen Piscotty (#VotePiscotty)|
|Tampa Bay Rays||Evan Longoria (#VoteLongo)||San Diego Padres||Wil Myers (#VoteMyers)|
|Texas Rangers||Adrian Beltre (#VoteBeltre)||San Francisco Giants||Brandon Crawford (#VoteBCraw)|
|Toronto Blue Jays||Josh Donaldson (#VoteDonaldson)||Washington Nationals||Daniel Murphy (#VoteMurph)|
Also for the seventh consecutive year, a special panel of Hall of Fame players, led by Hank Aaron himself, will also vote on the winners of the award, which is officially sanctioned by Major League Baseball.
Ken Griffey Jr. has been added to the Hall of Fame panel which also includes Roberto Alomar, Johnny Bench, Craig Biggio, Eddie Murray and Robin Yount. These Hall of Famers – who combined for 17,010 hits, 8,844 RBI and 2,275 home runs – have all been personally selected by Aaron to lend their expertise to select the best offensive performer in each League.
Continuing through October 14, fans have the opportunity to select one American League and one National League winner from a list comprising of one finalist per Club. The winners of the 2016 Hank Aaron Award will be announced during the 112th World Series.
Past winners of the Hank Aaron Award include: Josh Donaldson and Bryce Harper (2015); Giancarlo Stanton and Mike Trout (2014); Miguel Cabrera and Paul Goldschmidt (2013); Cabrera and Buster Posey (2012); Jose Bautista and Matt Kemp (2011); Bautista and Joey Votto (2010); Derek Jeter and Albert Pujols (2009); Aramis Ramirez and Kevin Youkilis (2008); Alex Rodriguez and Prince Fielder (2007); Jeter and Ryan Howard (2006); David Ortiz and Andruw Jones (2005); Manny Ramirez and Barry Bonds (2004); Rodriguez and Pujols (2003); Rodriguez and Bonds (2001-02); Carlos Delgado and Todd Helton (2000) and Manny Ramirez and Sammy Sosa (1999).
The Hank Aaron Award was introduced in 1999 to honor the 25th Anniversary of Aaron breaking Babe Ruth’s all-time home run record, and, at that time, was the first major award introduced by Major League Baseball in more than 25 years.
In a press conference held this morning, the Milwaukee Brewers unveiled plans for a complete transformation of the food and beverage hospitality experience at Miller Park. The project will be the single largest upgrade to Miller Park by the club in every measure, from scope to financial investment, since the facility opened in 2001. The announcement was made by Brewers Chief Operating Officer Rick Schlesinger.
The new food and beverage program is inspired by the Brewers organizational mantra to “cherish our fans,” and promises to enhance Miller Park’s status as baseball’s top entertainment destination.
“Our promise to the fans is that we will further enhance what we believe is a best-in-class entertainment experience at Miller Park, and we know that the food and beverage program is central to this,” Schlesinger said. “We are going to completely transform the food and beverage experience for 2017 throughout Miller Park, from new concession stands and bars to reimagined offerings that reflect the traditions of Wisconsin and elevate the program to an even higher level of quality.”
Schlesinger was joined in speaking at today’s press conference by John Sergi, Co-Founder and Principal at Howard & Sergi, a consultancy that focuses on the F&B hospitality experience at sports venues; and Joe Sorge, President of Hospitality Democracy, a local company that owns and operates a number of highly-acclaimed Milwaukee restaurants. The Brewers have partnered with Howard & Sergi and Hospitality Democracy, as well as concessionaire Delaware North, to reimagine everything connected to the food and beverage experience at Miller Park.
The project will be funded entirely by Brewers ownership and Delaware North.
Here’s a look at some renderings:
The initiative will feature a comprehensive rebuild of Miller Park’s food and beverage infrastructure. It will encompass an architectural redesign throughout the ballpark, including a total of 11 concession stands in the brand new “First Base Ward” and “Third Base Ward” on the Field Level and two brand-new Field Level full-service bars with a variety of MillerCoors offerings and views of the field. The construction and rebranding of new stands, which will span all seating levels of the ballpark, will leverage the rich architectural history of Milwaukee. The project will install state-of-the-art equipment in the permanent concession stands and portable locations to enhance the quality of the offerings, as well as offer 33% more points of sale for faster service.
Another exciting element of the redesign is the “Local Brews” Bar on the right field side of the Loge Level. This new gathering spot will feature an expanded beer program with 30 taps serving craft beers from across Wisconsin for fans to enjoy.
For the concession menu, the Brewers will draw on Milwaukee’s rich food traditions and burgeoning restaurant scene to expand beyond the typical ballpark fare. Hospitality Democracy is a key part of the Milwaukee dining scene; the restaurant group features many popular brands such as AJ Bombers Hamburgers, Smoke Shack Barbeque, Zaffiro’s Pizza and Holey Moley Coffee and Doughnuts. Fans will not only be able to enjoy items from these restaurants at Miller Park, they will also experience offerings that the project team collectively worked to identify with feedback from fans. Many of those items will have ties to Wisconsin culinary tradition and include Mac and Cheese, Frozen Custard, Cheese Curds, plus Tacos and a new line of All-Natural Klement’s Sausages only available at Miller Park. These items will have expanded distribution from locations on all seating levels of Miller Park.
The press conference was completed today with a ceremonial demolition of one of Miller Park’s original concession stands, and construction on the redevelopment will begin immediately.
Uihlein-Wilson Architects is serving as the project architect and Hunzinger Construction is general contractor.
Fans looking for more information about the exciting changes coming to Miller Park can visit brewers.com/concessions.
Krista Zuba had just checked her 14th ballpark off her list when she took this photo and posted it on Twitter from PNC Park in Pittsburgh:
Little did she know that posting this photo would eventually help her get to ballpark #16 to close out the season.
Krista won the opportunity by being part of the #BrewersRoadCrew. All season long, we’ve encouraged fans who travel to support the team on the road, or who support the Brewers while on vacation or living afar, to submit their photos to brewers.com/roadcrew, as well as share them with us on Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag.
We’ve picked one winner each month this season to win a Southwest Airlines gift card and then, early in September, we drew the grand prize–a trip for two to see the Crew in Colorado.
For their prize, Krista and her friend Amanda were flown out to Colorado courtesy of Southwest, where they are staying for two nights and attending two games (tonight and tomorrow).
“Three years ago, I made these shoes and they’ve traveled with me to the ballparks. It was a joke at first and then it spiraled into something bigger,” said Krista, who says she attends between 30 and 50 home games per year in addition to traveling to see the Crew on the Road.
She uses her vacation from her job at Kohl’s Corporate to travel to see the Brewers whenever she can. She was in Texas earlier this week for a game where she checked off ballpark #15. This year, she also visited the California ballparks as well. “Saturday’s game will be my 25th on the season. It was a little slower this year because I did the California road trip in June,” she said.
Amanda goes to about half of the games with Krista, who says she usually attends the rest on her own; however, because her last name is Zuba, she says she always plans a big family outing on Zubazpalooza night and even had special shirts made for the occasion.
When she found out she had won the grand prize in the contest, at first she says she thought it was a joke. “It was very exciting. I wanted to hit 15 by the end of this season,which is why I had Texas booked, but I was like ‘Um, 16 is good too!'” she laughed.
Krista says that Chris Carter is her favorite player, so it was especially cool to be able to be here in Denver to see him hit his 40th home run tonight.
Along with checking off her 16th ballpark, Krista and Amanda are squeezing in some other sightseeing, such as a brewery tour, a trip to Red Rocks and a visit to Swanky’s, a local Wisconsin bar.
Thanks to Krista and Amanda for being such awesome Brewers fans and thanks to Southwest for supplying the prizes for the #BrewersRoadCrew contest.
And last but not least, thank you to all of the fans who have supported the Crew both on the road and at home all season long!
The Milwaukee Brewers have announced a two-year player development contract with the Carolina Mudcats of the Class-A Carolina League. The new contract will run through the 2018 season. The announcement was made jointly by Brewers General Manager David Stearns and Mudcats President and Majority Owner Steve Bryant.
“The Brewers are excited to announce a partnership with Steve Bryant and the Carolina Mudcats,” said Stearns. “The organization is committed to developing young talent and we strongly believe that the Mudcats will help us achieve that goal. We look forward to working with our new partner in the Carolina League.”
The Mudcats are a member of the Carolina League’s Southern division. The team plays their home games at Five County Stadium in Zebulon, North Carolina.
“Having met with the Brewers, and in looking at their system, we are confident that we are getting an organization that is loaded with young, talented prospects that we feel will enhance our program” said Bryant. “We are very impressed with the Brewers in that they share with us a desire to develop young talent at the Minor League level.”
This is the first time that the Brewers will have an affiliate in the Carolina League.