August 2012

Uecker Statue Unveiled at Miller Park

All month long we’ve been celebrating our very own Mr. Baseball with photos, our favorite “Ueckerisms” and more all leading up to his statue dedication today.

In front of a crowd that included too many notables from the worlds of baseball and entertainment to list, his family, friends, colleagues and fans, Bob Uecker‘s statue was finally unveiled, ‘juuust a bit outside’ Miller Park.

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Music was provided by Doc Severinsen and his Big Band. Bob Costas was the emcee. Speakers included Mark Attanasio, Dick Ebersol, Commissioner Selig and Hank Aaron. Robin Yount sent in a taped message from Italy where he was attending a family wedding. The Mr. Belvedere cast was reunited. Hank’s wife, Billye, serenaded Bob with a beautiful rendition of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.”

And the laughs kept on coming. Oh, the laughs.

“My dad says that every time you make someone laugh, you add 15 minutes to his life,” Brewers Chairman and Principal Owner Mark Attanasio said, calculating that if that’s true, then Bob has personally extended his life by at least one year so far–or over 34,000 laughs.

Well, everyone in attendance and watching on FSWisconsin also extended their lives today as each person who spoke during the hour and a half long ceremony (including Bob himself, of course) had their own funny stories to share.

In his speech, Commissioner Selig called Bob “the best ambassador for this franchise” who “embodies goodwill, not only for the Brewers but for the sport of baseball” and today we were reminded once again just how fortunate we are to have him here in Wisconsin with us, providing the soundtrack of summer for Brewers fans everywhere.

Cheers to Bob Uecker, everyone!

-Cait

johnandcait@brewers.com

P.S. For those who missed out, FSWisconsin will be re-airing the ceremony after tonight’s game!

And don’t forget–we also want to hear from you! On Twitter, post any photos you may have, or share your favorite memories of Bob, or listening to Bob. Send us your well wishes and congratulations for him. Coming to the games this weekend? Share your photos near the statue!  As long as it’s Uecker-related, send it to us in 140 characters or less using the hashtag: #Uecker.

Not on Twitter? Share your stories by posting in the comment fields below our various Uecker-ism pictures on Facebook, or email your personal photos to: JohnandCait@brewers.com (Subject line: UECKER).

To see our collection of Ueckerisms, click here.

To learn more about Uecker’s history and the statue itself, click here.

Happy Uecker Statue Dedication Day!

All month long we’ve been celebrating our very own Mr. Baseball with photos, our favorite “Ueckerisms” and more across our various social media platforms, all leading up to his statue dedication today at 1:30 p.m. CT.

We’ve compiled our favorites in a slideshow below. Enjoy!

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For details on today’s event, click here.

And don’t forget–we also want to hear from you! On Twitter, post any photos you may have, or share your favorite memories of Uecker, or listening to Uecker, in 140 characters or less using the hashtag: #Uecker. Also, follow the hashtag today as many will be live-tweeting from the ceremony.

Not on Twitter? Share your stories by posting in the comment fields below our various Uecker pictures on Facebook, or email your personal photos to: JohnandCait@brewers.com (Subject line: UECKER).

We’ll be back with more from the ceremony later this afternoon!

-Cait

johnandcait@brewers.com

9th Annual Evening with Hank Aaron a Success

The 9th Annual “Evening With Hank Aaron,” presented by Brewers Community Foundation and the Forest County Potawatomi Foundation, was held last night in the NYCE Stadium Club at Miller Park.

The exclusive event with the Hall-of-Famer, husband, philanthropist and businessman included a dinner with notables Hank’s former teammates Felix Mantilla and Johnny Logan, as well as former Brewers player Craig Counsell, now Special Assistant to the General Manager; a silent auction and a Q&A session with Hank hosted by Bob Costas, broadcaster with NBC Sports and the Major League Baseball Network. Each guest also received a professional photo with Hank, and a special gift autographed by him.

“My week goes from the sublime to the ridiculous,” Bob said in his introduction, referencing the fact that not only did he have the opportunity to interview Hank Aaron during the event, but that he will also be the emcee for Bob Uecker’s statue dedication on Friday.

The riveting interview touched on some of the adversity that Hank experienced en route to becoming the Home Run King.

Growing up in Mobile, Ala. Hank was told by his own father that he couldn’t be a pilot, something that he aspired to do as a young boy. “Forget about it boy, because there ain’t no colored pilots,” Hank recalled his father saying. When Hank told his father he would focus on baseball instead, his father told him, “You can forget about that too. Your only options are to become a school teacher or blow a saxophone.”

Hank didn’t let that stop him, though. And, when, as an 18-year-old, he attended a baseball camp with the Dodgers in Mobile and he was told, “Listen son, you’re too little, go home. You can’t play baseball,” he didn’t let that stop him either.

Coming up in the Negro and Minor Leagues, Hank started out as second baseman—batting cross-handed nonetheless—before he grew into the powerful home run hitter we remember him as.

And, even as his professional career flourished and he was chasing Babe Ruth’s home run record, there were a lot of people who wanted to see him break it, but there were also a lot of people who didn’t.

“The two years that I spent chasing Babe Ruth’s record were two years that I don’t talk about much because I have mixed feelings about it, really,” Hank said. During that time, he received a lot of hate mail and his family had to be protected.

In spite of those barriers, Hank prospered and is, as Bob noted, one of the two greatest players living today, along with Willie Mays.

“So, which one of you was better?” Bob asked.

Without missing a beat, Hank said, “I was! I say that jokingly. We played in many All-Star Games together and he truly was a great ballplayer, no question about that. But when I had a bat in my hand, I didn’t fear anybody. I didn’t think that anybody could get me out. I felt like I was in complete command of everything. I wasn’t worried about playing the outfield. I could steal a base when I wanted to; I felt like I had enough knowledge of how to run the bases. I didn’t have the strongest arm in the world, but I didn’t make too many mistakes throwing from right field. I felt like my baseball career was second to none and I didn’t take a backseat to anybody. I just played baseball. “

Hank talked about his two stints in Milwaukee, the city that bookended his career.  He hit his first home run as a Milwaukee Braves player and his last as a Milwaukee Brewers player.

“This is the greatest city in the world. I loved playing here in Milwaukee… I don’t remember ever being boo’ed  here….I always felt like I was treated fairly in Milwaukee. I was one of the first players to come through the system from Eau Claire to Jacksonville and I felt like I belonged in the city. I felt like people appreciated what I was doing.”

Throughout the night, fans were treated to a walk down memory lane as names like Joe Adcock, Wes Covington, Warren Spahn, Don Drysdale and more were bought up in a conversation that spanned a wide range of topics like pitchers Hank enjoyed facing, his greatest rivals and regrets, and how Hank and Bob each initially fell in love with the game.

And, while Hank’s statistical record speaks for itself, when Bob closed by asking him how he wishes to be remembered, Hank said,

“Not for whatever I did in baseball, but as someone who cared about other people. Baseball came easy to me, but I felt like there were other players who were capable of doing the things that I did.  The most important thing is how I tried to treat other people. I’ve tried to live my life that way.”

And indeed, Hank is already living this legacy with the Hank Aaron Chasing the Dream Foundation, created by Hank and his wife, Billye. The foundation’s goal is to help children with limited opportunities and financial barriers develop their special talents and pursue their dreams.

All proceeds from the event benefit the fund and are administered locally to help children in the Milwaukee area.

A slideshow from the event is below. I hope you will join me in 2013!

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-Cait

johnandcait@brewers.com

To learn more about Brewers Community Foundation’s Evening with Hank Aaron and how you can support both BCF and the Hank Aaron Chasing the Dream Foundation, click here or contact Meredith Malone at meredith.malone@brewers.com.

Brewers Set to Unveil Bob Uecker Statue on Friday at Miller Park

We’ve been celebrating Hall-of-Fame Broadcaster Bob Uecker all month with photos, our favorite “Ueckerisms” and more across our various social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest, all leading up to a statue unveiling this Friday juuust a bit outside of Miller Park.

Fans have been inquiring about details for the event and we have them for you here now:

In front of an audience of friends, family and dignitaries, the statue will be revealed at its home near Miller Park’s Home Plate Plaza in a ceremony that is scheduled to start at 1:30p.m. Bob Costas, broadcaster with NBC Sports and the MLB Network, will serve as emcee.

There is a very limited amount of standing room for the general public around the perimeter of the tent, and it is available free of charge on a first come, first served basis. For those at home or work, you can watch the ceremony live on FOX Sports Wisconsin.

If you’re unable to make the ceremony, you can still be one of the first people to see the statue in person at Miller Park as tickets still remain for Friday night’s game vs. the Pittsburgh Pirates at 7:10 p.m. Make sure you get there early, as Uecker will be throwing out a ceremonial first pitch.
Uecker’s statue will join those of Hank Aaron, Robin Yount and Commissioner of Baseball Allan H. “Bud” Selig. The Aaron and Yount statues were unveiled on April 5, 2001, the first year of Miller Park’s existence, and were donated by the Allan H. (Bud) Selig Foundation. On August 24, 2010, Selig became the third honoree when his statue was unveiled in an afternoon program.

The Uecker statue is cast in bronze, measures over seven feet in height not including the base, and was designed and produced by Brian Maughan, who (along with Douglas Kwart) also created the Aaron, Selig and Yount statues.

Watch as preparations are made to get the statue in place for Friday:

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We also still want to hear from you! On Twitter, post any photos you may have, or share your favorite memories of Uecker, or listening to Uecker, in 140 characters or less using the hashtag: #Uecker. 

Not on Twitter? Share your stories by posting in the comment fields below our various Uecker pictures on Facebook, or email your personal photos to: JohnandCait@brewers.com (Subject line: UECKER).

 

-Cait

johnandcait@brewers.com

 

Volunteers & Entertainment Needed! 5 Weeks To Go Until the Brewers Mini-Marathon!

With just 5 weeks to go until the Brewers Mini-Marathon, we hope you’ve hit your stride in your training! John and I are still chugging along.

If you haven’t heard, the race is now sold out, but even if you didn’t sign up in time, that doesn’t mean you can’t be involved with the inaugural event.

The 13.1 mile half-marathon beginning and ending at Miller Park on Saturday, September 22nd will take over 750 volunteers to ensure that all participants have a safe and fun experience.

I talked with Tai Pauls, Manager of Special Events for Brewers Enterprises and she told me that they are still in need of volunteers in a variety of locations and would welcome anyone to join them.

There are two ways to volunteer:

EVENT CREW VOLUNTEERS

Brewers Enterprises is looking for people who want to be a part of the Brewers Mini Event Crew. You can volunteer as an individual or as a group.

Individuals are needed to help out in a variety of areas including at packet pick-up, at the start & finish line, or at the post-race tailgate party. All individual shifts & jobs can be selected on the volunteer page of our website.

Volunteer Groups are also extremely important to help man the various Aid Stations along the course and they are still looking for groups to join them. At the Aid Stations groups will assist in distributing water to the runners and lend some moral support to runners like John and me by cheering us on the way. Tai encourages groups to embrace their stations and make them their own by displaying team/organization/company banners, colors, etc.  Other areas where groups can possibly be utilized are at the finish line, race results tents or packet pick-up the day before the event.

ENTERTAINMENT VOLUNTEERS

In addition to keeping things organized and safe for the runners, Tai’s goal is to make sure that we have an extremely fun and enjoyable experience.

To do this, they are seeking a variety of entertainment acts stationed along the course to entertain the runners.  Entertainment can include anything from bands or dancers to singers or other performers.

Entertainment groups will receive great exposure and promotion as a Brewers Mini entertainment act.  All bands, groups, etc. will be listed with logo and/or name on www.brewersmini.com and will be included in the email correspondence to all runners, a group of 5,000 people.

So, what’s in it for you?

In addition to being a part of this unique event, all volunteers and entertainers will receive:

  • An official Event Crew t-shirt
  • A ticket voucher good for a regular season game in April/May of 2013 (exclusions may apply, tickets are subject to availability)
  • An invitation to join the race participants at the post-race tailgate party at Miller Park

Depending on the volunteer assignment, the timeframe for race day on Saturday, September 22, is approximately 6am-11:30am (some jobs start later or end earlier). More information can be found on the sites below.

Event Crew Volunteer info – http://www.race-brewers.com/volunteers

Entertainment Volunteer info – http://www.race-brewers.com/entertainment

 

If you’re running the race and/or can’t volunteer yourself, please pass this along to anyone you know who might be interested in helping out. It is sure to be a fun day for runners and volunteers alike!

Thanks in advance for your assistance, we look forward to seeing you on September 22!

-John and Cait

JohnandCait@Brewers.com

Support the MACC Fund by making a donation to our team here! (More on fundraising to come!)

Ever Wonder What Bernie’s Slide Is Like?

There are many things that make Miller Park unique and Bernie Brewer sliding down his big yellow slide in left field to celebrate a Brewers home run or a Brewers victory is certainly one of them.

Over the years, many people–myself included– have wondered what it is like to slide down the slide.

Well, I finally got to experience it for myself–and now there are two different ways that you can, too!

1. Watch this “Bernie’s-Eye View” as he slides down the slide, holding a camera:

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2. Go down the slide yourself!

Yes, that’s right. Before every home game, you and your friends can join Bernie Brewer up in his dugout and feel the rush as you twist and turn down the slide. At $100 per person, packages are available for 2-6 people per game, offering those over the age of 8 a Miller Park experience like none other!

Last week, I took the slide for a test drive myself—all in the name of blogging.

I must admit, I am a little scared of heights, but I quickly overcame that as the view of the ballpark from up there is breathtaking and the ride on the slide itself was so fun. I felt like a little kid again.

Here, you can watch a video of me going down the slide. It was taken in two different angles–one by Bernie Brewer himself and the second by a roof camera.

This is definitely a unique offering, with amazing photo opportunities and a memory that will last a lifetime. For more information on how you can purchase your tickets for the Bernie’s Slide Experience, visit brewers.com/slide.

-Cait

johnandcait@brewers.com

Pepsi to offer Brewers Fans $10 & $20 tickets in Back-to-School Sale Starting Tomorrow

Do you consider Labor Day to be the unofficial end of summer? Got the back-to-school blues?

Savor what’s left of the summer with a special Brewers back-to-school offer presented by Pepsi!

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Pepsi is inviting Brewers fans to “Live for Now” and soak up all the fun at Miller Park on Labor Day Weekend with this special offer:

Tomorrow, starting at 9 a.m. CT, you can purchase Loge Outfield, Loge Bleachers and Terrace Box tickets for just $10 and Field Outfield tickets for $20 for the August 31, September 1 and September 2 games vs. the Pittsburgh Pirates, courtesy of Pepsi!
The tickets will remain on sale until 11:59 p.m. CT on Monday, August 27 or until tickets are sold out.  There is a limit of eight tickets per customer, per game.

The promotion is available at Brewers.com/pepsi, by phone (414-902-4000), or in-person at the Brewers Ticket Office at Miller Park.

Enjoy!

-Cait

johnandcait@brewers.com

Brewers Dominican Summer League Team Dedicates School

Last week, I posted a story about a service project that members of the Brewers Dominican Summer League team finished near the Brewers training complex in the Dominican Republic.  Yesterday, the school held its grand opening as the project was officially completed.  Children and teachers will start filling the renovated classrooms for the 2012-13 school year with new school supplies, books and better conditions for learning.  Players interacted with the students at the dedication and gave them books and supplies for the upcoming school year.

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Below is a picture of the team at the presentation.

The team at the presentation: Angel Ventura, Juan Ortiz, Jose Dicent (back), Raphachel Colatosti, Yosmer Leal, Yunior De La Cruz, Yunior Santana (back), Eliezer Montano, Juan Santiago (behind teacher), Juan De Leon, Alejandro Mendoza, Doni Arias (back), Jose Feliz (polo shirt in front), Joan De La Cruz (behind Feliz), Victor Diaz, Carlos Belonis, Jorge Lopez (glasses), Cesar Aranguren

The team at the presentation: Angel Ventura, Juan Ortiz, Jose Dicent (back), Raphachel Colatosti, Yosmer Leal, Yunior De La Cruz, Yunior Santana (back), Eliezer Montano, Juan Santiago (behind teacher), Juan De Leon, Alejandro Mendoza, Doni Arias (back), Jose Feliz (polo shirt in front), Joan De La Cruz (behind Feliz), Victor Diaz, Carlos Belonis, Jorge Lopez (glasses), Cesar Aranguren

I find it fitting that this happened during the same time the Brewers here in Milwaukee are celebrating Brewers Community Foundation Week, showing the commitment the organization has to giving back at every level.

–JOHN

johnandcait@brewers.com

UPDATED: Name That Tune…Brewers Edition

Back in April, to start the season, I wrote a post about players’ at-bat/entrance songs.

Due to popular demand, I’m updating the list of 2012 music for the second half of the season, with a special thanks to Cory Wilson and Matt Morell in our Scoreboard Operations Department.

See below!

2012 AT-BAT WALK-UP MUSIC

Norichika Aoki: “Right Round” by Flo Rida

Jeff Bianchi: “Tonight” by Jeremy Camp

Ryan Braun: “A Dream” by Jay-Z

Marco Estrada: “The End of Heartache” by Killswitch Engage

Mike Fiers: “Bulls on Parade” by Rage Against the Machine

Yovani Gallardo: “My Time” by Fabolous

Carlos Gomez: “Yo Si Soy Rap” by Villanosam

Corey Hart: “Born Again” by Newsboys

Travis Ishikawa: “Ignition” by TobyMac

Jonathan Lucroy: “Fight Inside” by Red

Martin Maldonado: “Yo Naci pa Esto” by Don Omar

Nyjer Morgan: “Function” by E-40

Aramis Ramirez: None, at his request

Cody Ransom: “We’ll Be Fine” by Drake

Mark Rogers: “A-Punk” by Vampire Weekend

Jean Segura: “Conto el Piquete” by El Alfa feat. El Shick

Rickie Weeks:  “Ambition” by Wale

2012 PITCHING ENTRANCE MUSIC

John Axford: “New Noise” by Refused

Marco Estrada: “Bodies” by Drowning Pool

Mike Fiers: Saw Theme Song

Yovani Gallardo: “My Time” by Fabolous

Kameron Loe: “Of Wolf and Man” by Metallica

Francisco Rodriguez: “Sandungueso” by Tego Calderon

Mark Rogers: “Lights Out” by P.O.D.

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.

Also, if you recall, 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!

Finally, 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

Chef’s Table Item for the Cubs Series

The Cubs are back in town for their third visit this season and the Chef’s Table has another new item from Chicago.  I encourage you all to enjoy Chicago’s Maxwell St. Meatball Sub this week at Miller Park.  The handmade meatballs are served on an Italian roll with provolone cheese and optional onions and giardinera.   The meatballs are smothered in fresh marinara sauce and the sandwich is served with the ever-popular house made chips.

Delicious Meatball Sub at the Chef's Table

Delicious Meatball Sub at the Chef’s Table

Felicia, a fixture at the Miller Park Chef's Table, serves up my sandwich.

Felicia, a fixture at the Miller Park Chef’s Table, serves up my sandwich.

The full menu.

The full menu.

It’s a little messy, so definitely grab a knife and fork, but it tastes great.  Enjoy one during the Brewers-Cubs three-game series at Miller Park this week.  The meal is $9.50 and can be found only at the Chef’s Table outside section 215 on the Loge level of Miller Park.

–JOHN

johnandcait@brewers.com

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