April 2012

Special Ticket Promotion on Friday

Brewers fans, you’re in luck!  Be on the lookout for a special ticket promotion, which will be available for one day only, this Friday, April 13!

More details to come!

-Cait

johnandcait@brewers.com

 

John and Cait Present…Social Media in Sports Night!

It’s John and Cait here and we’re excited to tell you about a really cool event we’re hosting on Monday, May 7 prior to the Brewers vs. Reds game: John and Cait present…Social Media in Sports Night!

For just $59, you have the chance to purchase individual tickets in the ATI Club and the tickets will include a special pre-game panel/roundtable discussion featuring people from the sports industry as well as local sports media who use have had success with social media and use it in their everyday lives.

You’ll hear from:

  • Joe Block ( @Joe_Block ) Brewers Radio Broadcaster
  • Jon Greenberg ( @JonAdmirals ) President of the Milwaukee Admirals
  • Nick Monroe ( @NMonroe )Senior Sales & Retention Executive for the Milwaukee Bucks
  • Tina Wagner ( @Tina_J_Wagner ) Social Media Lead at UW-Milwaukee
  • …and more!

Plus- enjoy a special visit from Brewers players who are active in social media!

We’ll be your hosts for the event and it will take place in our Media Interview Room, so you’ll also get to go behind-the-scenes at Miller Park.

Tickets for the ATI Club are typically only available for group purchase, but through Social Media in Sports Night, we’re giving fans this special opportunity to purchase them individually. The tickets also include a pre-game buffet that begins when the Miller Park gates open and ends one hour after the first pitch, plus unlimited soft drinks and two beers per adult.

Fans will have the opportunity to ask questions at the event, but if there are any questions you’d like to submit ahead of time, please e-mail us at johnandcait@brewers.com. You’ll want to purchase your tickets early since the event will be limited to approximately 50 fans. To purchase your ticket now, click here.

We’re very excited about this event and we hope to see you there!  Stay tuned to the blog to see updates to the panel and other announcements.

-John ( @JStein1981 ) & Cait ( @Cmoyer )

johnandcait@brewers.com

Name That Tune…Brewers Edition

If you were at any of the games during Opening Weekend, along with taking in the new concession items (stay tuned for the return of “What John and Cait Ate” during the next homestand!) and other changes around the ballpark, you might have found yourself taking in some new music as well, especially as our players walked up to the plate, or our pitchers entered the games.

For players, this is often an important decision. What brief part of a song is going to send a message to the fans—and what do I want that message to be? Do I keep the same song that I had last year? What’s the hit that is going to produce the most hits? Is it a superstitious thing, do I want fans to sing along, or do I just use my favorite song right now?

And, it’s a big deal because sometimes, fans might not remember your exact career batting average or ERA with the team, but they just might remember your at-bat song.

Take these blasts from the past, for instance, which were very distinctive and will probably always stick out–in my mind, at least–as being associated with a certain player at a certain time: Tyler Houston using Baha Men’s “Who Let the Dogs Out” (2001);  Frank Catalanotto and Mark Kotsay using The Outfield’s “Your Love” (2009; 2011—“Josie’s on a vacation far away….”); or Brooks Kieschnick entering the game to George Strait’s “Cowboys Like Us” (2004).

Being a country music fan, I’m always especially alert when I hear a country song,  so, on Opening Day, when Mat Gamel approached the plate and I heard “…out in the sticks with the squirrels and the ticks…” sung by a familiar-sounding deep country voice, blare out over the PA, I had to know who it was.

Hence, if you’re like me and you’re attuned to the tunes, you’ll probably enjoy seeing this list—and updating your iPod playlists accordingly.

2012 AT-BAT WALK-UP MUSIC

Norichika Aoki: “Right Round” by Flo Rida

Ryan Braun: “A Dream” by Jay-Z

Yovani Gallardo: “My Time” by Fabolous

Mat Gamel: “Drinkin’ Beer and Wastin’ Bullets” by Luke Bryan (Cait’s Note: Aha! Luke Bryan!)

Carlos Gomez: “Papa Dios Me Dijo” by Secreto El Famoso Biberon; “Te Pue Cuida” by El Batallon

Alex Gonzalez: “Salio el Sol” by Don Omar

Zack Greinke: “Boulevard of Broken Dreams” by Green Day

Corey Hart: “Until the Whole World Hears” by Casting Crowns

Travis Ishikawa: “Ignition” by tobyMac

George Kottaras: “Sober” by Tool

Jonathan Lucroy: “Fight Inside” by Red

Shaun Marcum: “Till I Collapse” by Eminem

Nyjer Morgan: “Beastin’” by E-40; “Function” by E-40

Rickie Weeks:  “Ambition” by Wale

Randy Wolf: “Aenima” by Tool

2012 PITCHING ENTRANCE MUSIC

John Axford: “New Noise” by Refused

Tim Dillard: “Papa Americano” by DJ Kiley

Yovani Gallardo: “My Time” by Fabolous

Zack Greinke: “My Kind of Party” by Jason Aldean

Kameron Loe: “Of Wolf and Man” by Metallica

Francisco Rodriguez: “Sandungueso” by Tego Calderon

Randy Wolf: “Bottom” by Tool

In case you weren’t aware, we do keep a list of these songs on brewers.com and try our best to update it accordingly, so you might want to bookmark this page for future reference.

Update 1: I also took most of these songs and turned then into a personal playlist on Spotify. I’m going to try to keep it updated during the season, so join me in listening if you’re like!

Update 2: Some people have been asking about the song played after the Brewers hit home runs at Miller Park.  Here’s your answer: “Cherry Lips” by Garbage is the most regular one played, but we also play is “Slam” by Onyx. Also, the song played after Brewers victories is currently “All I Do is Win” by DJ Khaled.

So now, what about you? What’s your favorite, or most memorable Brewers at-bat song? And, if you were a player, what song might you choose as yours?

-CAIT

johnandcait@brewers.com

Brewers Mourn Loss of Steve Uecker

Although the Brewers lost the game today, it means nothing compared to losing a family member.  When a member of the Brewers family loses a member of its own family, we all suffer the loss.  Please keep the family of Bob Uecker in your thoughts and prayers tonight.

This release was just issued by the Milwaukee Brewers…

 

Steve Uecker, son of Brewers broadcaster Bob Uecker, passed away today at Froedtert Hospital in Milwaukee, from complications related to an illness known as San Joaquin Valley Fever. He was 52.

 

“This is a very difficult time for all of my family as we mourn the loss of my son Steve,” Bob Uecker said. “We appreciate the support of everyone connected to the Brewers: the players and coaches, the front office, and the fans. I also want to thank all of the doctors and staff at Froedtert Hospital for their efforts and care throughout this process.”

 

In addition to his father, Steve is survived by his mother Joyce, brother Bob Jr., sisters Sue and Leann, and several nieces.

 

“Bob is a great friend, and on behalf of everyone at the Brewers, Debbie and I want to extend our deepest sympathies to him and his family on the passing of his son Steve,” said Brewers Chairman and Principal Owner Mark Attanasio. “His loss is our loss, and we share his sadness today.”

 

A private memorial service will be held.

Bob and his family will be in all of our thoughts and prayers over the upcoming days.

-JOHN

johnandcait@brewers.com

 

Happy Opening Day!

Well, the day that we’ve all been waiting for is finally upon us–Opening Day! (Or #MillerParkOpener if you’re following along on Twitter!)

John and I look forward to another fun-filled season and hope you’ll follow along with us here on John and Cait…Plus 9.

Cheers to a great 2012….Now let’s PLAY BALL!

-Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

Going Green — Miller Park Field Is Ready for Opening Day

When I first saw the field at Miller Park after getting back from Spring Training, I thought I was looking at a field from Arizona!  The field at Miller Park looks great and is more than ready for Opening Day on Friday.  I can remember an Opening Day at Miller Park (I believe it was 2005) where giant propane heaters were on the field thawing out the frozen infield.  That certainly won’t be the case on Friday.

Today, led by the new Brewers Director of Grounds, Justin Scott, the “Opening Weekend” logo was painted on the beautiful green Miller Park grass.

Scott talked about the mild winter and how that affected the field this afternoon with local media.

“The actual challenge of the mild winter was that the cover kept the field warmer all winter and the turf never went as dormant as we probably would have liked it to,” Scott said.  “Just like people, turf needs some time off to rest and that is what winter normally provides.  We were partially dormant this winter and didn’t get the rest we needed, but certainly got the growth we needed.  We have been exceptionally fortunate with the weather that Mother Nature has provided us.”

Scott will have a learning curve coming from Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City–an open-air stadium–to Miller Park in Milwaukee.

“This being my first year, it is kind of like moving into a new house,” Scott said.  “There are always nooks and crannies that you learn.  I’m learning the shade pattern, what it needs with water.  My assistant, Michael Boettcher, and the crew, having been here before me, have been an invaluable resource and did a great job of putting things to bed in the fall.

Everyone will miss former Brewers Director of Grounds, Gary Vanden Berg who passed away last October. Scott knows Vanden Berg is irreplaceable, but will follow in his footsteps in providing great care to the Miller Park field.

“I knew Gary a little bit from our conferences and meetings, but I did not know him very well,” Scott said.  “I certainly knew what he meant to the Brewers and to the city with the long history he had.  That is certainly something that you cannot replace.  I’m just here to provide the Brewers with the best playing surface we can.”

Scott said he talked to Brewers manager Ron Roenicke about the field and the Brewers skipper talked of the importance of having a clean and even playing surface that players can rely on each game.

“His main concern is having a good, safe and highly playable field for the players,” Scott said.  “It’s my job to find the best way to provide that.”

Check out some photos from today’s logo painting below:

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–JOHN

johnandcait@brewers.com

Ben Rouse About to Embark on Dream Season With Brewers as “Mission 162″ Starts Friday

How about this for a dream season!?

Brewers season seat holder Ben Rouse has a dream to attend all 162 Brewers games in one season. In 2012, at the age of 25, he is “retiring early,” following his dream, and embarking on a quest he has dubbed “Brewers Mission 162.” Rouse reached out to the Brewers, and they are pitching in to help support him on the mission.

 

Rouse is not your average Brewers fan. In April 2007, he was diagnosed with Leukemia. He underwent treatment and it went into remission before it relapsed in 2009, and the search for a bone marrow donor began. The search resulted in Rouse receiving a matching umbilical cord blood transplant on Oct. 2, 2009. 

 

Rouse is healthy again and looking forward to what life has to offer. This has led Rouse to include a focus on raising awareness for the organization “Be The Match ®,” in his Brewers Mission 162 travels. Be The Match operates the world’s largest listing of potential marrow donors and donated cord blood units.

 

The Brewers are supporting Rouse and his mission by upgrading his current 2012 season ticket package so he can attend all 81 regular season home games.  Additionally, the Brewers will also provide him with one game ticket to every road game, a per diem for food and beverage for all 162 games, as well as Brewers licensed apparel.  Not a bad deal!

 

“Ben is a remarkable young man with a great story to tell,” said Brewers Chief Operating Officer Rick Schlesinger. “When Ben approached us, he was not asking for assistance. But as we listened to his plans, we realized we could help carry his message to a larger audience and make critical differences to the lives of many.” 

 

Throughout his mission, fans will be encouraged to visit www.bethematchfoundation.org/ben,  a site created by Be The Match Foundation for people to make a financial contribution and learn more about the cause.

 

“It took a near death experience to make me realize that you only live once, and if you want to do something, you should do it now,” Rouse said. “My initial goal was to attend all 162 games, but the interest and support the Brewers have shown has inspired me to make this bigger than myself. If only one person joins the donor registry or makes a donation because of me, it would make this journey worth it. I have always admired people who found a way to make a difference, and I feel as though this mission has presented me with an opportunity to do just that.”

 

Rouse will participate in broadcast appearances on FOX Sports Wisconsin during the season to discuss Brewers Mission 162. He will also write a blog about his experience for Brewers.com. 

 

“We are proud to work with Ben and support our shared mission to help all patients in need of a marrow transplant,” said Christine Fleming, president, Be The Match Foundation. “His amazing journey is an inspiration for us all.”

 

Originally from Fort Atkinson, Wis., and now a resident of Madison, Rouse graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in economics.  He has attended 278 Brewers games in his life, including 50 on the road.

 

About Be The Match®

Be The Match helps patients with leukemia, lymphoma and other diseases who need a marrow or umbilical cord blood transplant. People can join the Be The Match Registry® – the world’s largest listing of potential marrow donors and donated cord blood units – contribute financially and volunteer. Patients and their families can also turn to Be The Match for support and resources before, during and after transplant. Be The Match is operated by the National Marrow Donor Program® (NMDP), a nonprofit organization that matches patients with donors, educates health care professionals and conducts research so more lives can be saved. For more information, visit BeTheMatch.org or call

1 (800) MARROW-2.

 

–JOHN AND CAIT

johnandcait@brewers.com

Brewers Debut 2012 TV Spots

Today is a very exciting day–the debut of our 2012 TV Spots!

As you know, in February, members of our Consumer Marketing Department (myself included), as well as our creative team comprised of 2-Story Creative and Metaphystico, went down to Arizona to film our 2012 TV spots featuring our players, as we’ve done for the past few seasons.

This year, as you’ll recall, we also had a special guest at our shoot.

Packers MVP Quarterback Aaron Rodgers paid a visit to his friends on the team, took part in Brewers Spring Training workouts and then participated in our shoot, along with the numerous other players who are appearing in this year’s spots, including Jonathan Lucroy, Yovani Gallardo, and our own MVP, Ryan Braun, among others.

We filmed five spots with Aaron–the first of which was released today. The four remaining Rodgers spots will be released every few weeks as we start the season–so look for a continuation of this story here on John and Cait…Plus 9 and on brewers.com/2012TV.

In addition to the spots with Rodgers, we also filmed new spots that feature only Brewers players.

You can view the new spots by clicking on the links below. Then, make sure you come back here and vote on your favorite!

3-Step Drop: Doug Melvin and Ron Roenicke know talent when they see it. This year at Spring Training they had their eyes on a promising rookie from Green Bay, Wisconsin.

Big Numbers: Aramis Ramirez loves baseball. He enjoys hanging out in the clubhouse, working on the field, wearing a Brewers uniform and most of all, putting up big numbers.

Translation: Mat Gamel is new to first base this year. Norichika Aoki is new to just about everything in the United States. Fortunately, Brewers Baseball is a universal language.

Radio Control: Pitcher Shaun Marcum is focused on control. Not just on the mound – all around the stadium. (Take note of a new cameo appearance by Yovani Gallardo at the end!)

It was a fun TV shoot and we’re very proud of the finished product. We hope you like the spots as much as we enjoyed working on them!

Click on the poll below to tell us which one is your favorite so far!

-Cait

johnandcait@brewers.com

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