April 2012

Early Entry for Brewers Mini Ends Tonight!

Are you planning to join John and me by running in the Brewers Mini-Marathon on Saturday, September 22?  Then don’t forget to register by midnight tonight (Monday, April 30) to save $10 with the Early Entry fee of just $65. [After tonight, the price increases to $75 until July 31.]

Register now and you’ll get:

  • To race on a scenic and unique course past, around and through many Milwaukee landmarks. The course will begin and end at Miller Park, including an opportunity to run inside, along the playing field warning track.
  • terrific on-course support with 10 Aid Stations serving water & Gatorade, Misting Stations, and entertainment along the route.
  • free Brewers ticket voucher for any remaining 2012 regular season game or a game in April/May of 2013.
  • A swag bag including a tech shirt, plus a medal and  awards for top performers in each male and female age category.
  • Access to a fantastic post-race tailgate party at Miller Park with live music, free beer and great food!
  • Fundraising opportunities to support the MACC Fund and amazing prizes for top individual and group fundraisers.

Don’t forget to follow us here all season long as we train for the race and raise money to support the MACC Fund! We’ll have tips on getting the proper gear, what to eat to compete, training logs and more! After you register, make sure you join Team John & Cait!

For more information on the Brewers Mini, visit www.brewersmini.com.

Hope to see you there!



“Brewers Win, You Win” Promotion To Conclude Tonight

A quick reminder to Brewers fans who plan on staying up late to watch tonight’s Brewers-Padres game that it is the final Brewers game in April which means an end to the “Brewers Win, You Win” promotion.

Every win in April has meant $1 off Terrace Level tickets for the May 7 – 9 series at Miller Park against the Cincinnati Reds.  So far, the Brewers have notched 10 wins and look for an 11th win tonight (9:05 p.m. Milwaukee time first pitch, there will be a lot of sleepy Brewers fans at work tomorrow!).

Will Terrace Level tickets be $10 off or $11 off for the Brewers-Reds series next week?

Will Terrace Level tickets be $10 off or $11 off for the Brewers-Reds series next week?

The regular ticket price for Terrace Box seats is $23 and Terrace Reserved seats are $16. With 10 wins so far this month for the Brewers, the price of a Terrace Box ticket is currently $13 and Terrace Reserved seats are currently $6.  If the Brewers beat the Padres tonight, Terrace Box tickets will be just $12 and Terrace Reserved seats will be just $5.

Tickets will go on sale at 9 a.m. tomorrow morning at the Brewers Box Office, by phone at (414) 902-4000 or by visiting brewers.com/winwin.  Please keep in mind that fans will be limited to eight (8) tickets per order and sales are expected to be brisk so you might want to set your alarm after a late night of watching the Brew Crew!



Timber Rattlers Make Annual Visit to Miller Park Friday

The Brewers will kick off a road trip in St. Louis on Friday, but there will still be some action at Miller Park that night.  The Brewers’ Class-A affiliate, the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers and the Dayton Dragons, an affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds, will square off in a Midwest League Matchup set for a 7:05 p.m. start.

Every ticket will sell for just $10 (all seats reserved) and are on sale at Brewers.com, the Miller Park Box Office or by calling the Brewers Ticket Office at (414) 902-4000 or 1-800-933-7890.  Parking for all lots is $9.  Did I mention $1 hot dogs and sodas as well?!

The Timber Rattlers play just up the road from Miller Park in Appleton, Wis. at Time Warner Cable Field at Fox Cities Stadium.  Wisconsin is 10-9 and tied for second place in the division.  The Timber Rattlers are led by Appleton native Matt Erickson who played 11 professional seasons and made his Major League debut with the Brewers in 2004.

The scheduled  starting pitcher for Wisconsin on Friday is RHP Drew Gagnon (gan-yo), who owns a 0.89 ERA (20.1ip, 2er)–the second lowest ERA in the Brewers Minor League system this season.  Gagnon was the Brewers third round draft pick last summer from Long Beach State University.  He pitched with Rookie Helena last season.

Ken Spindler, Brewers Media Relations Coordinator and my neighbor in the Media Relations Press Box offices, is our “Minor League Guru.”  Spindler puts together a daily Minor League Report for media and the front office.  In preparation of Friday’s game, I am posting today’s edition here for you all to enjoy.

Minor League Report – April 25

I will post the Minor League Report for you to all read here on a weekly basis.  it is full of Minor League stats and notes from every Brewers affiliate.  Until then, enjoy watching the future members of the Milwaukee Brewers on Friday at the current home of the Milwaukee Brewers.



Brewers Debut Second Aaron Rodgers Spot

Right before Opening Day, we debuted our 2012 TV spots and let you know that there would be four additional sports featuring Packers MVP Quarterback Aaron Rodgers released throughout the season.

Well, today we released our second spot, called “Glare,” which you can see here: brewers.com/2012TV.

The three remaining Rodgers spots will be released every few weeks–so look for a continuation of this story here on John and Cait…Plus 9!

Again, it was a fun TV shoot and we’re very proud of the finished product. Kudos to 2-Story Creative and Metaphystico for their great work! We hope you like the spots as much as we enjoyed working on them!



Chef’s Table Feature for the Astros Series

Last week, we told you about the new Chef’s Table options and the new concession options that will change based on the opponent we’re playing.

This week’s featured rivalry fare is Texas Style Chili Pie in honor of the series vs. the Astros!

Here’s the menu:

Here is what it looks like when completed.  Looks great!

The Chef’s Table is located outside Section 215 on the Loge Level.

– John & Cait


Chef’s Table Feature for the Weekend Series vs. Colorado: Buffalo Burgers

Earlier in the week, we told you about the new Chef’s Table options and the new concession options that will change based on the opponent we’re playing.

Tonight’s featured rivarly fare is: Colorado Style Buffalo Burgers in honor of the series vs. the Rockies! Here’s the menu:




The Chef’s Table is located outside Section 215 on the Loge Level.

– John


What John and Cait Ate: New Food Network Favorites for 2012 & Rivalry Fare

“When you come to a fork in the road, take it.”

-Yogi Berra

“When you come to a fork in the road, take it…and try these concessions!”

-John & Cait

Hello readers!

We’re really excited to bring back the food review series that we started in 2011: 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.

Sportservice provides the food and drink concessions for 25 major league sports clients at 23 venues, including 10 Major League Baseball stadiums.  As the exclusive food, beverage and retail provider for Miller Park, Sportservice offers so many concession stands and such a wide variety of food options that fans dashing out of their seats for a quick snack between innings may be missing out on some of the best ballpark bites.

Don’t worry. We’re here to help.

When most fans think of ballpark fare, the first things that come to mind are—thanks to the song—peanuts and Crackerjack, as well as hot dogs, brats, maybe popcorn, etc.

Well no offense to the classics, but while baseball is still America’s favorite pastime, America’s palette has evolved.

“Our taste buds have evolved,” Chef John told us “With Food Network and things like that, people see unique foods and want to try them. The ballpark is not just a hot dog place anymore.”

Don't worry, Hot Dog, you'll still be a top-seller. Fans just appreciate more options!

Indeed. What John and Cait Ate will continue to prove that, so read on and feel free to chime in with comments of your own or questions you may have!

New Food Network Favorites for 2012

This year, Food Network is introducing at least two new items into each of the DNC Sportservice stadiums-the Buffalo Chicken Mac N’ Cheese and the Bacon Sloppy Joes. Intrigued? Read on.

Buffalo Chicken Mac N’ Cheese- $7.50

A new twist on an old favorite, the Food Network’s buffalo chicken mac n’ cheese is a baked macaroni and cheese tossed with spicy buffalo chicken and topped with bleu cheese bread crumbs.

John: I felt very American when eating this.  Baseball game.  Mac n’ cheese.  Buffalo chicken.  It was great.  I have been wanting to try this ever since I first saw it on Opening Day.  I didn’t feel cheated on the amount of chicken mixed in, I thought it was the perfect amount.  Very easy to eat and a portion that left me satisfied, but able to enjoy some other snacks throughout the game.

Cait: The is not the mac n’ cheese that your mom used to make. Even if hers was pretty good, this is better, guaranteed. The buffalo chicken has just the right amount of “kick” to it; that, combined with its texture, meshes very well with the cheese and the bleu cheese bread crumbs.

Rating (out of 5):

Bacon Sloppy Joes-$7.50

Starting with a Fritos base, lay down a potato roll, slather it with ground beef and bacon that has been slow-cooked with tomatoes. Top that with pepperjack cheese and jerky fried onions and you’ve got Food Network’s Bacon Sloppy Joe.

John: Again, another true American meal with a twist.  Who doesn’t love bacon?!  And bacon mixed with Sloppy Joe?!  I’m in.  The cheese and fried onions added to the taste while the chips completed the meal.  The only problem I had with this is that it was, well, kind of sloppy.  Make sure to grab a fork when enjoying this ballpark snack.

Cait: The Bacon Sloppy Joe was very good, but since we tasted it at the same time as the Buffalo Mac N’ Cheese, I’m afraid it didn’t get a fair shake. I’d say the Buffalo Mac just about blows a lot of food choices out of the water, hence the somewhat average rating here.  However, the addition of the bacon, pepperjack cheese and fried onions definitely take this from a summer camp lunch to a gourmet sandwich–and a filling one at that!

Rating (out of 5):



Where To Satisfy Your Craving: You can find both of these items at the Food Network stand, located on the Loge Level, just down the third-base line.

Chef’s Table

When we met with Chef John, we learned that this season, DNC Sportservice is trying something new for each series by featuring a menu item inspired by the opposing team’s city available at the Chef’s Table stand.  Chef John seemed pretty excited about this area and it was definitely intriguing to us as well. We didn’t get to try tonight’s L.A.-style sliders, inspired by the visiting Los Angeles Dodgers, but they sure look great!  Rumor has it that Bison Burger sliders would be on the menu for the weekend series against the Colorado Rockies.

We’re going to do our best to keep you posted about this new rivalry-inspired fare during each homestand at Miller Park, so make sure you check back here often.


Not Yet Rated

Where To Satisfy Your Craving: The Chef’s Table stand is located on the Loge Level, down the first-base line, at the top of the stairs  next to the press box.

Well, that concludes our first food critique of 2012. We hope you enjoyed reading it half as much as we enjoyed tasting these new items. We also hope we’ve inspired you to step outside of your brat and beer routine (not that there’s anything wrong with that) next time you’re at Miller Park to check out the wide variety of concession offerings.

We’ll be back with another edition of What John and Cait Ate in May, during the Reds-Cubs homestand, May 7-13.

In the meantime, whet your appetite by reading some of last year’s food reviews (please note, some menu items and prices may have changed for 2012):

Smoked Turkey, Beef Brisket and the Famous BBQ Pulled Pork Parfait

Salads and More

Food Network Sandwiches

NYCE Stadium Club


Grilled Cheese

French Fries

What about you? Do you have a favorite ballpark snack? A question about concessions? Something you’d like to see featured here? Post your comments below!

Bon Appetit!

-John and Cait


Brewers Eclipse Two Million Tickets Sold on Earliest Date in Franchise History

The Milwaukee Brewers have only played three home games so far this season, but today made a very exciting attendance announcement.  The Club has reached two million tickets sold for the 2012 season, marking the fastest climb to the milestone in team history.  The two-million plateau was reached this morning.

The previous record for the fastest to two million came on April 19, 2001, the first year that the team played in Miller Park.  In comparison to last season when the Brewers set an all-time franchise attendance mark with nearly 3.1 million through the turnstiles, the two-million mark was reached on April 27.

“Brewers fans continue to over-deliver in every way,” said Brewers Chief Operating Officer Rick Schlesinger in a release just made by the club.  “We want to thank all of them for their incredible support.”

The five fastest years of reaching two million tickets sold include:

2012 – April 16

2001 – April 19

2009 – April 21

2011 – April 27

2010 – April 29

This means another great summer at Miller Park and fans are reminded to purchase tickets early.  Individual tickets may be purchased at brewers.com, by phone at (414) 902-4000, or at the Miller Park Box Office. Information on 10-Packs, Partial Season and Full Season plans is available by calling 414-902-4487.



Brewers To Host “Mini-Marathon” in September, Will Benefit the MACC Fund

For all of you runners out there, the Brewers made an exciting announcement today!

We will be hosting an inaugural “Brewers Mini-Marathon” at Miller Park on Saturday, September 22nd.  The 13.1 mile race will start and finish at Miller Park, taking participants on a scenic route past a number of iconic Milwaukee landmarks along the way, such as Saz’s State House, the Miller Valley and Miller Brewery, the Mitchell Park Domes, Potawatomi Bingo Casino, the Harley-Davidson Museum and Palermo’s Pizza. Runners will also run through the park along the warning track.

The event will come with plenty of fun and entertainment as all participants will receive a free Brewers ticket voucher good for select 2012 or 2013 games at Miller Park, a participant medal, a “tech” shirt and a post-race tailgate party outside Miller Park with live music.

Great on-course support will be provided with 10 aid stations featuring water and Gatorade, misting stations, and entertainment along the way.  Spectators will have plenty of free parking at Miller Park and will have the opportunity to watch racers run through Miller Park while being shown on the scoreboard.

2012 Mini Marathon Course Map

2012 Mini Marathon Course Map

Additionally, there will be an opportunity to raise money for the MACC Fund, benefitting childhood cancer research in Wisconsin.  Participants can organize their own fundraising page online at www.brewersmini.com and donors can make donations online.  Those raising money for the fundraising part will be eligible to win some great prizes.  A sampling of those prizes are listed here:

– Tickets to Opening Day 2013

– Holding the finish line tape for the Klement’s World Famous Sausage Race

– A private dinner for two at Home Plate at Miller Park

– The opportunity to toss out a Ceremonial First Pitch at a 2013 regular season game

– Two tickets to the MACC Fund’s “An Evening with Aaron Rodgers”

– A Miller Park roof tour

Participants can register for the race at www.brewersmini.com starting today.  The cost of the race is $65 for those registering by April 30, $75 for those registering between May 1 – July 31 and $85 for those registering between August 1 – September 19.  For those registering on packet pick-up day, September 21, the cost is $100.  Race packets can be picked up at Miller Park on Friday, September 21.  If you are looking to volunteer at the race, opportunities are for that are also available on the website.

We are also announcing today that we are planning to participate in the race! We are going to have a donor page set up here and will be raising money for the MACC Fund. We are also going to be keeping our readers updated on our training for the race so you can follow along and track your training as well.

John: On a personal level, this involves two things that are special to me.  I ran Cross Country while at Marquette High School (in fact, some of this course will be much of same route that we ran on a daily basis while training), so running has always been something that interests me.  I have great memories of running Cross Country in high school, it was challenging both mentally and physically and I learned a lot from my coach Jim Kearney.  I have never done a half-marathon before, but I’m up for the challenge.

Secondly, MACC Fund is also something that has always meant a lot to me.  I grew up attending MACC Fund events with my family and I know the difference they make in the lives of children with cancer.  I’m really happy the Brewers and MACC Fund are teaming up for this event.

Cait: Unlike John, I did not run in high school (I played golf instead), but I have completed a few 5K’s and one half-marathon since then. I wouldn’t consider myself a hardcore runner, but I do like to challenge myself by setting new fitness goals, like climbing Camelback Mountain when we’re down at Spring Training, participating in a 60-mile walk for breast cancer, etc.

My only other half-marathon was in Door County in May of 2010, so it’s  about time I started training for another race and this is great motivation! It’s certainly going to be a fun one, for a great cause. I really hope you’ll join us!

Stay tuned to the blog to follow along with our training for the race!



Special Friday the 13th Ticket Promotion Tomorrow!

Baseball’s got many superstitions, but fear of Friday the 13th isn’t one of them.

In fact, this Friday the 13th is your lucky day!

Tomorrow, starting at 9 a.m. CT, you can purchase tickets in the Loge Bleachers, Loge Outfield, Club Outfield and Terrace Box for the April 23, 24 and 25 games vs. the Houston Astros for just $4.13, courtesy of Potawatomi!

Click here and enter the code “LUCKYDAY” in the password box to get yours tomorrow.

Offer available while supplies last. Available online only. Limit of 8 tickets per game.

Happy Friday the 13th from the Milwaukee Brewers and Potawatomi!



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