This just in!
Over the past couple of seasons, our technologically savvy mascot has embraced social media, primarily via his Twitter account, @Bernie_Brewer. Currently, Bernie leads all MLB mascots in followers via the network and earlier this year, he even hosted a scavenger hunt for fans by tweeting clues from it as well.
We connected with Bernie this morning and via email he wrote:
“I can’t talk, but I can type! Social media has finally given me the outlet to express my love for this team, previously only accomplished by sliding.”
The self-described “biggest Brewers fan on the planet,” Bernie entertains fans young and old during all home games from his Dugout located in the left field bleachers and as, he referenced in his e-mail, he is most famous for going down his slide after home runs and Brewers victories into his Kalahari Splash Zone.
During those home games, Bernie will often tweet about his slides and game updates, as well as conduct a “#Brewers Fan #RollCall” where he says “Section/Row/Seat RT!” and then tries to make visits to select fans at their seats.
During Tuesday home games, Bernie also hosts #BrewersTuesdayTrivia where he gives away tickets to the first fans who answer his questions correctly.
When the team is on the road, Bernie never misses a game.
“Thanks to my friends in the Brewers MIS Department and the good folks at Time Warner Cable, I can watch all of the road games on FS Wisconsin, listen to Uke and Cory on WTMJ, follow along online via MLB.TV or the MLB AT BAT app, and connect with fans everywhere–all from my Dugout. I live here year-round and it gets lonely when the team is on the road and of course, during the offseason, so it is nice to connect with fans via social media. It makes me feel like every day and every night I’ve got a sold-out crowd to interact with,” he wrote.
During those road games, Bernie often asks fans where their “#TweetSeats” are–that is, where the fans are watching the game and Tweeting from.
His followers have also been known to receive special ticket offers to upcoming games throughout the season.
“I’ve been extremely active on Twitter and of course I follow the team on Facebook, but I’ve never had the chance to interact with fans through the network before. I’m excited and honored that the MLB Fan Cave is affording me this opportunity.”
The MLB Fan Cave is a first-of-its-kind immersive fan experience in New York City’s Greenwich Village. The Fan Cave hosts the winners of the MLB Dream Job, who were chosen from a pool of nearly 10,000 applicants, Mike O’Hara and his Wingman, Ryan Wagner.
Mike and Ryan have been inhabiting the Fan Cave every day for the entire 2011 MLB season where they are watching all 2,430 regular season games plus every Postseason game while chronicling their experiences and sharing their viewpoints on baseball and pop culture through Facebook, Twitter, MLBFanCave.com, and regular appearances on MLB Network.
The Fan Cave features interactive fan activities; hosts regular visits from MLB players, baseball personalities and celebrities; and hosts parties and musical performances, as well as other events throughout the baseball season.
Earlier this season, two other members of the Brewers who are very active on Twitter also interacted with the MLB Fan Cave.
To connect with the Brewers via Facebook, Twitter and, of course, MLBlogs, click here.
To learn more about the Fan Cave, click here.
To learn more about Bernie Brewer, click here.
“When you come to a fork in the road, take it.”
“When you come to a fork in the road, take it…and try these concessions!”
-John & Cait
This week in What John and Cait Ate:
During each homestand, we will be meeting with John DiMartini, Executive Chef at Delaware North Sportservice/Miller Park to sample some of the latest and greatest Miller Park fare and review it here, for you.
Ironically, on the same day we set out on our concession stand grilled cheese taste test, Brewers Clubhouse Assistant Matt Smith was preparing grilled cheese sandwiches for the players and staff in the clubhouse kitchen. Smith said he makes his grilled cheese with “good old American cheese and Texas Toast.”
Read on for a description, photos and reviews!
The Classic Grilled Cheese-$4
This classic grilled cheese consists of American cheese on sourdough bread with guaranteed oo-ey, goo-ey goodness in every bite!
John: I was a hard grader when it came to the “classic” grilled cheese as I would put my mom’s “classic” grilled cheese against any other. Not a bad sandwich for a simple ballpark snack.
Cait: Although all of the sandwiches that we tried were very good; the classic was my favorite. True comfort food, it took me back to when I was little, sitting in mom’s kitchen; I remember thinking that the sandwiches were called “girl cheeses” and I even asked, “Why don’t they have boy cheese sandwiches?”
Now I’m rating the sandwiches as part of my job. Ah, I’ve come a long way. Anyway, it was no so surprise to me to learn that this was the number one seller as far as grilled cheeses go at Miller Park. Now if only I could get a good bowl of tomato soup to dip it in!
(out of 5)
Bacon Grilled Cheese- $6
John: The Wisconsin cheddar on this sandwich put it over the top for me. I love cheddar cheese and it complemented the bacon and tomato.
Cait: This sandwich was right up there with the classic grilled cheese for me; the dijonaisse, bacon, tomato added some interesting textures and flavors while the cheddar cheese had just tinge of sharpness to it. A nice, warm sandwich to enjoy on a cool, crisp fall day at the ballpark.
(out of 5)
Southwest Grilled Cheese- $6
John: This sandwich was amazing. I didn’t really know what to expect, but the flavor was great. Beware, it was kind of messy and might require a fork, but this was hands down the best sandwich at the stand. Delicious flavor in the chicken salad and a little bit of spice to it as well.
Cait: Of the three sandwiches, this was my least favorite, but I think because John liked it so much, our rating averaged out to the same as the others. Don’t get me wrong-the sandwich was definitely not bad; my rating was based mostly on a personal aversion to mayo and chicken salad.
(out of 5)
The Cheesy Grillwurst-$4.50
While not a grilled cheese, this offering definitely belongs at the Hot Cheese stand. What is it, you ask? Why, it’s the cheesy grillwurst! The cheesy grillwurst is a cross between a brat and a hot dog, with cheddar cheese bursts in every bite.
John: When you are in Wisconsin, why not mix sausage and cheese? Sounds like a great idea. The Klement’s cheesy grillwurst was pretty good. My favorite part about this particular stand is that they keep the Secret Stadium Sauce hot on the grill. Ask to have the grillwurst dipped in the sauce, it is fantastic. I’m told more and more stands are getting the option to “dip” in the Secret Stadium Sauce. I remember when going to games when I was younger at County Stadium having my hot dog dipped in the hot Secret Stadium Sauce. It is the best.
Cait: Personally, I had never heard of the cheesy grillwurst; however… our graphic designer and my good friend, Jeff Harding, sits next to me at work and he sure has. Now, there are only a couple of times that I can recall when Jeff has shown a lot of emotion on the job. One was when we clinched the Wild Card in 2008; the other was when I mentioned the cheesy grillwurst. [Okay, so maybe I'm exaggerating a little bit, but the guy was pretty pumped.]
Apparently, this is one of Jeff’s favorite foods and he carries many good memories associated with it as he says this product used to be served up at Lambeau Field. Jeff noted that in recent years, he has been disappointed that he could no longer find the cheesy grillwurst on the menu there. Well, little did he know that this year it’s been cooked and served on the same floor as our offices at Miller Park! This news made that cheese ball’s day and he’s made it clear that he’s going to seek one out this weekend.
As for my opinion: As you know from reading past reviews, I am not a meatlover, however I do think the cheesy grillwurst is pretty good and definitely worth trying.
(out of 5)
Where To Satisfy Your Craving: All of these items can be found at Hot Cheese, located behind Section 208 on the Loge Level, along with beverages and the ever-popular helmet cheese fries.
What about you? Do you have a favorite ballpark snack? Want to dispute our reviews? A question about concessions? Something you’d like to see featured here? Post your comments below!
We’ll be back with another edition of What John and Cait Ate during the next homestand and until then, stay cool and…Bon Appetit!
-John and Cait
In case you’re wondering, yes, that was current TNT game analyst and retired five-time All-Star NBA player, Reggie Miller, in attendance at the Brewers vs. Cardinals game last night and again, in the crowd today.
Miller was in Milwaukee to support his friends, Ryan Braun and Prince Fielder and tweeted about the game from his Twitter account @ReggieMillerTNT:
And, although he was cheering for the Crew last night, the California native (and neighbor of Ryan’s in the offseason) also made sure to add this disclaimer:
Miller played his entire 18-year career with the Indiana Pacers from the time he was selected by the team with the 11th pick of the 1st round of the NBA draft in 1987 to his retirement in 2005 and is one of four Pacers to have his jersey retired by the team.
Milwaukee sports fans might remember Miller as he often broke the hearts of Milwaukee Bucks fans. The Pacers and Bucks met in heated match ups in both the 1999 and 2000 NBA Playoffs. His 41 points in Game 5 of the Bucks-Pacers first round series help the Pacers survive an upset attempt by the Bucks.
During his career, Miller played more games with the same team than all but two players in NBA history (John Stockton and Karl Malone of the Utah Jazz) and was a member of the gold medal-winning Olympic men’s basketball team in 1996 and of Team USA for the 1994 and 2002 World Championships. Following his retirement, Miller joined Turner Sports in 2005 as a basketball analyst and provides features throughout the year on the network’s studio show, Inside the NBA as well as game-site analysis.
-John and Cait
It’s no surprise to us why we have the best home record in all of baseball right now— everyone knows Brewers fans are the best in the league. And, in the thick of a pennant race, that fan support is crucial–so that’s why we’re asking you to come out and support the Crew on Saturday, September 10 by going GOLD!
Remember the Gold “Cerveceros” jerseys the team wore earlier in the season? Those were a big hit with the players and the fans. On September 10, the Crew will again sport similar gold Brewers jerseys for the game against the Phillies and all fans who in attendance are encouraged to wear their Brewers gold to the game, too!
The Brewers Team Store by Majestic is stocking up on several new t-shirts in preparation for the event and and, beginning on Tuesday morning, September 6, at 6am, fans can be the very first to strike gold as the t-shirts, in addition to a limited number of the gold jerseys, will be available at the store during a special sale.
Here’s a quick rundown of the new merchandise:
- Gold tees with the Brewers script logo on the front.
- There will be select player name and number tees (Axford, Braun, Fielder and Weeks) available in gold.
- Finally, the T. Plush Tee is still a number one seller, so we’re betting that this new gold tee, emblazoned with his patented saying, “Ahhhhhh Gotta Go!” will be a hit as well. Where do we have to go? We’ve Gotta Go to the Postseason of course!
These items will be exclusive to the Brewers Team Store by Majestic at Miller Park.
Fans who wear their gold on September 10th also have the potential to be spotted by Brewers employees and rewarded for sporting their attire. Prizes include ticket vouchers, autographed baseballs, and other merchandise.
The rush is on! Get ready to go gold!
– JOHN AND CAIT