The Astros are in town for a three-game series beginning tonight at Miller Park and the Chef’s Table is coming strong with another delicious dinner.
A beef brisket burrito is the featured item this week and is highlighted by the smoked beef brisket smoked in-house for 12 hours each day. The burrito is filled with black beans, fresh pico, avocado, cheese and sour cream. A side of cilantro wild rice accompanies the dish. Each burrito is made fresh to order.
The burrito is $9.25.
Fresh corn off the cob is also back on the menu for this series. If you haven’t tried that special item, I suggest you go for it as it is a perfect addition to the burrito.
As always, the Chef’s Table is located outside section 215 on the Loge Level at Miller Park. The burrito is available for this three-game series only!
Yesterday marked our seventh annual Negro Leagues Tribute at Miller Park.
As part of the Negro Leagues Tribute, the Brewers wore reproductions of uniforms worn by the Milwaukee Bears, the city’s 1923 representative in the Negro National League. The team played just one season before disbanding but featured some of the game’s most influential men, including Hall-of-Fame player/manager John Preston “Pete” Hill. The Washington Nationals also joined in the celebration by wearing the uniforms of the Homestead Grays, which played in the Negro Leagues from 1912-1950.
As part of our tribute, we also honored two former Negro Leagues players, Porter Reed and Mamie “Peanut” Johnson in a pregame ceremony.
Porter Reed is 90 years old and played as an outfielder with four different teams from 1946-1953–the Detroit Wolves, the Ligon All-Stars, the Omaha Rockets and the Houston Eagles. Porter was known for his speed and strong arm. Prior to his career in the Negro Leagues, he served in the United States Army from 1942-46 and played baseball on the military teams while stationed overseas in Saipan.
“When I was a young man, there wasn’t much to do, but play sports. In the summertime, we played baseball and in the fall, we played football,” Porter told me.
His neighborhood in Muskogee, Oklahoma, though, really influenced his career.
There was a baseball diamond about 60 yards from his house Porter also noted that two men in the neighborhood played for the Kansas City Monarchs, which inspired him to want to play in the Negro Leagues.
Porter told me he doesn’t have one favorite memory of his time, but he enjoyed playing all over the United States, against all of the different Negro Leagues teams. Porter played with and against players like Satchel Paige (more on him in a minute), Jackie Robinson and Roy Campanella.
It was an honor to speak to Porter, but personally, as a female, I was very excited to have the opportunity to meet and speak with Mamie “Peanut” Johnson. After facing rejection as a team member of the All American Girls Professional Baseball League due to race, Mamie turned a negative into a positive by becoming just one of three women to play in the Negro Leagues alongside the men (the other two were Connie Morgan and Toni Stone). Mamie was a right-handed pitcher and utility player for the Indianapolis Clowns from 1953-55.
“Where I came from in South Carolina, we had had nothing else to do when I was a child. Baseball was all we knew and we made our own baseballs with a stone, some twine and masking tape and that was our baseball. I learned how to play it pretty good when I was about 7 or 8 years old. The more I played, the better I got. The better I got, the more I wanted to play. And it just stuck with me. Baseball was just my thing and I enjoyed it and it was in mind as I got older that that was what I was going to do,” Mamie said.
Mamie moved to New Jersey and then to Washington, D.C. In Washington, D.C., she played sandlot ball with the men.
“One day a gentleman that was an old Negro League ballplayer asked me if I wanted to play pro baseball and I said, ‘Hell yeah! I’m ready. This has been on my mind for years. ‘ I was just at the right place at the right time. He sent me to meet the Clowns.”
Mamie said she went for a tryout that day… and the next day she was on the bus to Spring Training.
Mamie, who compiled a 33-8 record, earned her nickname “Peanut” when Kansas City Monarchs third baseman Hank Baylis taunted her because of her small size.
I had read that Mamie received some advice on her curveball from the legendary pitcher Satchel Paige. When I asked her about this, she confirmed it, telling me:
“I met him and it was such a pleasure. I didn’t realize who he really was, that he was one of the greatest pitchers that ever lived, you know? I didn’t realize it because we were just playing ball and then-hey! It meant so much to me to know that he was that kind, to help me.”
When Mamie was asked if she struck out anyone with that level of notoriety, she said, “‘I struck out a whole lot of fellas” and named Henry “Hank” Aaron, also a former Indianapolis Clown, among them, as well as the Negro Leagues All-Star catcher, Art “Junior” Hamilton (who was honored at Miller Park in 2007).
During her career, Mamie was part of the Clowns’ championship team in 1954. Of winning, “It felt beautiful!” she said.
“”To be able to say you were an equal to some of the best ballplayers that ever picked up the bat….I am proud to say I did it and I did it well!” Mamie exclaimed.
“When you have something that’s in you that you want to do and you get the opportunity to do that, It’s a tremendous feeling and this is how I started playing Negro League Baseball and it was so, so wonderful, I enjoyed it,” she said.
Following her baseball career, Mamie returned to school and became a nurse for over 30 years.
The ceremonies for both Porter and Mamie will continue today, beginning at 1:45 p.m. when they will be inducted into the Yesterday’s Negro League Hall of Fame at the Mother Kathryn Daniels Center located at 3500 W. Mother Daniels Way on the grounds of Milwaukee’s Holy Redeemer Church (COGIC). The event is open to the public.
In addition, the game-worn Milwaukee Bears uniforms from last night’s game will be available for auction on brewers.com starting at noon CT on Wednesday, August 1. The auction will end at 5 p.m. CT on Wednesday, August 15. The proceeds from the auction will go to Brewers Community Foundation to benefit the Yesterday’s Negro League Baseball Players Foundation and the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City.
Today, 4,000 people took part in the sold-out Brewers Community Foundation’s 14th Annual 5K Famous Racing Sausages Run/Walk and it was a huge success!
The top time was 15:40 by Jon Fink of Muskego and the top finisher in the mascot division was Italian!
Fundraising efforts for the event raised money for Fisher House Wisconsin, which provides a “home away from home” for military and veterans’ families to be close to a loved one during hospitalization for an illness, disease or injury at the Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center in Milwaukee.
For more on the event, follow @BrewersCF on Twitter and be sure to send your own updates and photos using the hashtag #5KSausageRunWalk. On Pinterest? You can also upload your photos with the hashtag and we’ll add them to our board!
If you ran today’s race, here is a .PDF with complete results: 2012 Results.
This event is a perfect precursor to the Brewers Mini-Marathon, which takes place 8 weeks from today, on Saturday, September 22. Registration is still open and you can save by signing up by Tuesday, July 31.
Read on for photos and our recaps of the day!
This is always such a fun race–a wide mix of serious, competitive runners, casual runners/joggers and walkers, groups of friends, co-workers & families.
I was part of Team Brewers, which consisted of nearly 40 members of our Brewers family. Among them were coaches, players’ wives and front office staff. It was great to see such a big turnout!
When we got to the starting line, we were asked to line up according to your pace. I chose to run with the 10-minute mile pack, based on the way my previous training has been going.
I started off strong, but my knee started bothering me again and I ended up taking a few walking breaks along the way. It was okay, though because it afforded me the opportunity to take some photos for you and appreciate the unique course/scenery!
Overall, I finished in just under 35 minutes–almost an 11-minute mile pace. I hope to improve upon that pace as I continue to train for the Brewers Mini.
As I said in my post earlier this week, I was looking for a 7:40 pace. I felt really good today and finished with a time of 22:48 which was a 7:21 pace! I was pretty pleased with that. I thought the course ran fast today, it was hot, but not too bad. There were some clouds that gave you some shade here and there.
I really didn’t know where I was throughout the race time-wise. I didn’t run with a watch or anything, just kind of pushed it the entire way. Running through Miller Park was pretty cool. I’m on the field everyday, so I’m used to it, but running through like that was a different experience. It was great to hear encouragement on the scoreboard from the players and the theme music to “Rocky” also added to the experience. I gave it a good extra kick through there.
As I came up the final 150 meters and could start to see the finish line, I knew a sub-23 minute time was within reach. I kicked it in a bit and heard the recognizable voice of Ed Sedar at the finish line yelling “Come on Steiny!” That was all I needed. I am proud to have finished in the top 180!
Congratulations to everyone who participated and finished the race today. Stay tuned for as we continue to provide updates on our training for the Brewers Mini!
-John and Cait
The Brewers Community Foundation’s 14th Annual 5K Famous Racing Sausages Run/Walk is tomorrow and, thanks to all of you who signed up early, the event is sold out — all 4,000 slots are gone!
This means that we are no longer accepting new entries or any walk-ups on the morning of the 5K Sausage Run/Walk. Only participants wearing race-issued numbers will be permitted onto the 5K Sausage Run/Walk course.
If you are all signed up and ready to run (or walk), packet pick-up took place earlier this week. If you didn’t get yours yet, don’t worry–packets will also be available to pick up on the day of the 5K Sausage Run/Walk between 6:30 and 7:15 am underneath the tent outside of the Sausage Haus.
The event will begin at 8 am for Runners and 8:15 am for Walkers near the Sausage Haus. We recommend that all registered participants arrive by 7:15 am to allow for parking and getting to the start line (obviously earlier if you don’t have your packet yet). Parking is free and available in the Miller Lot at Miller Park
Don’t forget to register to fundraise for Fisher House Wisconsin by going to www.brewers.com/5kfundraising. Great Brewers incentives are available for those that reach the fundraising targets.
If you’d just like to make a donation, you can contribute to our team here.
For updates on the event, follow @BrewersCF and be sure to send your own updates and photos using the hashtag #5KSausageRunWalk.
This event is a perfect precursor to the Brewers Mini-Marathon, which takes place on Saturday, September 22. Unlike the 5K, the Brewers Mini is still taking registrations and you can save by signing up by Tuesday, July 31.
See you at the finish lines!
I haven’t raced a competitive 5K in about a year, but I’m ready and excited for Saturday. It will be an early wake up call on Saturday after a night game on Friday, but I will be ready to go. Saturday will be warm, so make sure to stay hydrated!
Here is an outline of the race so participants can plan their race. If you have participated before, the route hasn’t changed, but if you are new, it would be a good idea to get somewhat familiar with the course.
There is a large contingent of Brewers employees that are participating as well as some media members running. That makes me a little more competitive, but we will see how things turn out. I’m hoping for a 7:40 pace which would be about 23:46. I think setting a goal for yourself (whatever it may be) is important in motivation. Does anyone have a similar goal for Saturday? I’ll be wearing bib number 12, so come find me and let’s race!
I’m all ready for the 5K on Saturday! Here’s a photo of my shirt and bib:
I’ve been training since May for the Brewers Mini, but I’ve had some setbacks along the way, including a knee that continues to bother me. The 5K this weekend will be a good test of my endurance and hopefully give me the confidence I need to continue training for the race in September.
Stay tuned for our results from the 5k and our next posts about the Brewers Mini.
-John and Cait
I lived in Washington D.C. during my junior year of college. It was an awesome experience all around, I really loved living there. The sights, the history, the people and the food make it very special.
I noticed two things about the food when living there. One, is that the international flavor of the city is definitely captured in the cuisine. All different types of food are available and that can turn a simple dinner into an authentic international dining experience. The second thing I noticed was that Washington D.C. was definitely ahead of the recent “Food Truck” trend. Fast forward ten years and you can’t really go anywhere without seeing a food truck touting unique food–they even have a television show devoted to the trend!
The specialty food item at the Miller Park Chef’s table for the Nationals series captures a unique International flavor in the spirit of Food Truck dining.
The “DC TaKorean Food Truck Tangy Chicken Tacos” are a treat. Three soft shell tacos feature sweet chili marinated chicken along with ginger, soy and a lime crema sauce will definitely satisfy your taste buds. Served with wonton chips that are topped with a slightly spicy cucumber wasabi sauce go with the meal. If you are up for something different and delicious, I wouldn’t miss them.
These will be available for the National series only (remember it’s a four-game series so you have an extra day to sample them!). The Chef’s Table is outside section 215 on the Loge Level. The meal is $9.75.
With 1o weeks to go until the Brewers Mini and just one until the Brewers Famous Racing Sausages 5K Run/Walk, we’re in full-on training mode and you should be, too!
But what if, say, you work crazy hours or travel a lot for business? Or, since it’s that time of the year, you’re headed on vacation?
You don’t have to let those things become excuses or prevent you from staying on track. Read on to for some of our personal tips, then share your own in the comments field below!
Working in baseball, your hours can be crazy and unconventional. Night games followed by day games. Long homestands. Travel. Ask anyone, and they will tell you that it is not a normal 9-to-5 job. That makes working in a workout a little more challenging and makes the discipline needed to train a little greater.
I don’t travel on every Brewers road trip, but when I do travel, I always plan ahead knowing that I enjoy to maintain a routine of working out. Sometimes it means losing an hour of sleep and waking up a little earlier, but it is nice to continue your normal workout plan.
I look ahead to see where we are staying and check out the workout facilities. Having done this for awhile, I now know which cities have the “good” fitness centers and which cities have “bad” fitness centers. Doing a little advance research in hotel fitness centers is important. If you know ahead of time what to expect, it makes your workout on the road a little easier.
Some cities are also better suited for running outdoors than others Chicago, Pittsburgh, Kansas City, Washington D.C., Denver and Phoenix (depending on the time of year you are there) are great cities for running outside. Many hotels even provide maps with safe routes for running outdoors in case you are in an unfamiliar city. Running outside on the road is also a good way to become familiar with an unfamiliar city.
Another thing that people might find as an obstacle to working out on the road is packing extra gear. With airline baggage fees skyrocketing, every pound you save when packing your suitcase helps. There are things you can do when traveling to use as little space possible in your suitcase. Rolling your t-shirts always saves space and I usually travel with older shirts that I don’t mind throwing away when done, thus saving space (and laundry!) on the way home. There are also packing solutions that allow everything to keep fresh and clean.
I know when traveling my normal routine is something I won’t be able to achieve, but with a little planning ahead and some dedication, one can still maintain their workout routine so travel doesn’t interrupt training.
I don’t work quite as crazy hours as John, nor do I travel nearly as much for in my role, but I can tell you that my schedule is jam-packed, especially in the summer. It’s also a time when trips pop up. Your friends ask you to spend a weekend at their cabin up north, or maybe traveling to attend a wedding or other family gathering.
Most recently, my friends Emily and George got married in Brooklyn and I found myself in New York for a few days. As I was packing for my trip, I included some workout clothes, hoping I would be able to hit the gym at my hotel. However, I knew my days would be packed with wedding activities intermingled with sight-seeing–and the last thing I really wanted to do was “waste” any of my precious vacation time in the hotel gym. So, while I didn’t stick to my exact running schedule while I was gone, I still kept active by turning my sightseeing adventures into mini workouts.
Walking can be just as good of a workout as running, so instead of taking the subway each time I wanted to go some place, I plotted out how I could walk between places I needed or wanted to go, and it turned out to be quite easy to work in exercise.
Bonus! I also saw more sights by being on foot and saved a little cash by needing fewer cab and subway fares.
The moral of the story? While routine can be nice, you don’t always have to adhere to a strict regimen while training–in fact, sometimes it is good to give your body a break–but it is always a good idea to keep active. On your next trip, consider ditching the gym and immersing yourself in your surroundings with a run or walk!
Heading out of town, whether it is for business or pleasure, can wreak havoc on your training plans. Who wants to go to bed early on the first night out of town so they can run 15 miles the next morning? How many of us can politely duck out of a 7am breakfast meeting to hit the track for a speed work out? I think the resounding answer is almost none of us!
With that said, time spent in planes, trains and automobiles does not mean your workouts (or eating habits) have to suffer, they just need to be adjusted, not abandoned.
I’m actually heading out of town Saturday morning with my family, but Saturday is my scheduled long run of 15 miles. (Did I mention I signed up for a 50K race the week before the half??) I also have a follow-up run of 7-8 miles on Sunday.
Let me be totally up front here, my will is not strong enough to turn down a crazy night with my huge, fun-loving family! However, I’m committed to being ready for all of my races this summer and fall, so I don’t want my workouts to be neglected.
Easy fix. I just moved everything up one day. Friday morning (today) I rose earlier than normal and was out the door by 6:30am to sneak in 15 miles before my work day. Saturday morning (tomorrow) I will once again rise a little earlier than normal and knock out my 7 mile run. The result? A weekend free of being tied down by a training schedule.
If you have a family vacation or work trip coming up, simply plan ahead. Take a look at your training schedule and see how you can shift your runs around. And keep this in mind, if you need to skip a run, make sure it is a short, easy distance not your long run of the week. Missing a five-mile jaunt in the middle of the week won’t ruin your training regiment, foregoing your first ever ten-mile run will cause you problems in the long run.
-John and Cait (& Trenni!)
The Cardinals are in town and the Chef’s Table features some St. Louis BBQ for fans to enjoy. St. Louis style rib tips with a sweet and tangy BBQ sauce and our favorite home made chips.
The rib tips dinner is $9.75. Also back this week is the fresh corn “off the cob” with your choice of sauce. That delicious side is $3.00.
Both items can be found during this three-game Cardinals series at Miller Park outside section 215 on the Loge Level.
If you played Little League in Whitefish Bay, chances are you probably grew up playing at Water Tower Park. For 35 years, it has been the home to village Little League teams.
Personally, I have many memories there growing up and playing Little League with some great friends and coaches. I remember my first game pitching (it didn’t go very well), I remember seeing the disappointment on my coach’s face after getting picked off at first base for the third out of an inning (Mr. Grebe, you were one of the best, take no offense), I remember bringing a bucket of baseballs to the park with my dad for extra practice. I remember being a member of the Brewers, Blue Jays, Reds, Angels and Giants.
Today, I made another memory there as I was on hand for the renaming and dedication of the park to Craig Counsell Park. Counsell, a native and current resident of Whitefish Bay also grew up playing Little League at the fields and today was on hand for the dedication along with his family. It was a simple ceremony but one that meant a lot to the community.
Counsell reminisced about growing up and playing baseball at the park before watching his own son, Jack, play for a Little League Championship at the very same fields later in the morning (Counsell just let me know that his team took home the title).
A large group turned out that included different generations of Little Leaguers. There were kids getting ready to play in league championship games this morning. Older “kids” like me who once played on the fields. Even some of Counsell’s former Little League teammates and their parents were at the park. It was neat to see all the different people there who spent part of their childhood at this park and who were excited to see the park passed on to another generation.
I learned a little history about the park as well. It became the home of the Whitefish Bay Little League in 1977 when village resident Tom Rice made it his goal to ensure the league had a permanent home. He led a fundraising effort that raised enough money to build the fields that were dedicated in June of 1977. Rice touched a generation of young baseball players—including Counsell—in the community with his vision, hard work and generosity.
Rice passed away in May and the World War II veteran was honored at today’s ceremony with a new flagpole that was named in his honor at the park. Rice’s wife, son and grandson were all on hand for today’s event. It’s good to know that Counsell won’t be the only hero remembered at this park for years to come.
A 1988 graduate of Whitefish Bay High School, Counsell graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1992 and was selected by Colorado in the 11th round of the 1992 First-Year Player Draft. He enjoyed a Major League career that began in 1995 with the Rockies and included time with Los Angeles, Arizona, Florida and Milwaukee.
Counsell owns a career .255 batting average in 1,623 career games and scored the game-winning run in Game 7 of the 1997 World Series for the Florida Marlins. He was also a member of the World Series Champion Arizona Diamondbacks in 2001.
Everyone can remember the fun they had while playing Little League and today brought back a number of those memories as I haven’t visited Water Tower…..err, I mean, Craig Counsell Park in years. It was great to be back and hopefully the park will breed another Major Leaguer like Craig Counsell in the future! If not another Major Leaguer, maybe another Media Relations manager!?
The Pittsburgh Pirates are in town for a three-game series beginning tonight at Miller Park, and the featured item at the Loge Level Chef’s Table is “Polish Hill Pierogies & Kielbassa.”
Pierogies to Pittsburgh are like Brats to Milwaukee. What’s a pierogy, you ask?
Well, they’re dumplings made of unleavened dough, first boiled, then baked or fried usually in butter with onions – traditionally stuffed with potato filling, sauerkraut, ground meat, cheese, or fruit, typically semicircular in shape.
And, like our very own World Famous Klement’s Racing Sausages, the Pirates Pierogies are an important part of in-game entertainment for all Pirates games at PNC Park. Following the end of the 5th inning, the Pierogies take the field to run the 280-yard Pierogy Race. There are four different pierogies in the race: Sauerkraut Saul, Cheese Chester, Jalapeno Hannah and Oliver Onion.
The Pierogies also make various appearances in the community, ranging from parades to private functions and also non-profit events.
Chef John’s special for this series is basically, a Cheese Chester: three Potato and cheese pierogies sautéed in butter with caramelized onions:
and served with grilled kielbassa:
Pierogies battle with the Primanti Bros. sandwich for food supremacy in Pittsburgh and this version of the dish is excellent. Full of flavor, the sausage is a perfect compliment to the cheese filled pierogies. Add a pretzel roll on the side and it makes for a complete and delicious meal.
This meal is $9.25. As always, these items can be found at the Chef’s Table outside Section 215 at Miller Park–this weekend only!
–JOHN & CAIT
“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
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.
Swing for the Fences with the Giant Slugger
Today, we were treated to the Giant Slugger, SportService’s newest roster addition & superstar.
Read on for a description, photos and review!
The Giant Slugger- $26
The Giant Slugger is a 24-inch long Klement’s Hot Dog served on a pretzel bun. The two-foot long hot dog is loaded with chili, cheese, onions & jalapenos.
Watch as it comes to life:
The finished product weighs in at approximately two pounds, nine ounces. It is perfect for sharing as it can be easily cut up and is served in an easy to carry container with handles
John & Cait: We know we gave you a recent update from marathon training on how to eat healthy, but everyone needs to splurge here and there. This is a perfect opportunity. We not saying you need to eat the whole thing yourself (please, by all means, this is meant to be shared), but this is definitely something you and your group are going to want to try. It’s good enough with just the hot dog, chili and cheese, but add that to a pretzel bun!? Surely a masterpiece. It is easy to carry in a case with handles and everything! The crew at the stand will even cut it up for you and your group. Give it a shot. It’s fun, it’s a “social” snack, it’s National Hot Dog Month and it’s America.
Where To Satisfy Your Craving: The hot dog is available on the Loge Level at Miller Park at a portable stand outside Section 215 (just steps across from the Chef’s Table) and on the Field Level at the Plaza Grill outside of Section 110.
The Crew returns home for a six-game homestand vs. the Pirates and Cardinals, starting tomorrow, Friday, July 13. Make sure you come out to Miller Park and when you do, make sure you order the Giant Slugger. Then, share your photos with us! Tweet photos of you and your gang enjoying this treat to @Bernie_Brewer with the hashtag #GiantSlugger.
So what about you? What do you think of the Giant Slugger? Do you have another 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…Bon Appetit!