August 2012

Brewers Community Foundation Week Rummage Sale Today at Miller Park!

I had a sneak peak at some of the items available at the Brewers Community Foundation Week Rummage Sale that is today at Miller Park. Game-used baseballs, former player jerseys (some autographed, some game-worn, some both), bats, hats, t-shirts and bobbleheads are some of the items available for purchase at this always popular event.

Meredith Malone and her crew were busy setting up the table early this morning and I took some photos of what was available for you.

Game used bats, broken bats and autographed bats beginning at $30

Game used bats, broken bats and autographed bats beginning at $30

This game-worn and autographed LaTroy Hawkins jersey can by yours for $100, that is if I don't get to it first as Hawkins is one of my all-time favorites.

This game-worn and autographed LaTroy Hawkins jersey can by yours for $100, that is if I don’t get to it first as Hawkins is one of my all-time favorites.

A sample of the jerseys available for purchase today, starting at $50

A sample of the jerseys available for purchase today, starting at $50

Game used baseballs are just $20!  You can buy one and tell your friends you made a great catch--all while supporting a great cause! Genius!

Game used baseballs are just $20! You can buy one and tell your friends you made a great catch–all while supporting a great cause! Genius!

The BCF Week table is located outside section 113 on the Field Level of Miller Park (First Base Side).  There are $2 posters, $5 t-shirts, hats, and pennants and locker name plates for $25.  The table will be ready for customers all day today!

–JOHN

johnandcait@brewers.com

Brewers Dominican Summer League Team Completes Service Project

The Milwaukee Brewers Dominican Summer League team this week completed a service project at Escuela Monte Cristi, a school in Ramon Santana, near the Brewers complex in San Pedro de Macoris, Dominican Republic.

The project was initiated by a group of players who made regular visits to the school.  The players and team administrators met with the director of the school to determine how they could help make improvements to the school with the objective of improving the quality of life and quality of learning for the students and teachers.

“Having those in our organization involved in the community is important at all levels, from the youngest players at our Dominican complex all the way up through our Major League team in Milwaukee,” said Brewers President of Baseball Operations – General Manager Doug Melvin. “By focusing on one key project, these young men learn how they can impact the lives of others by donating their time and skills to worthy causes.”

Below are some of the projects that players have handled with administrators at Escuela Monte Cristi this summer:

-          School Library: Books and educational supplies were purchased to create a library not only for the school, but also for the entire Monte Cristi community.

-          Kitchen Roof: The team worked to add a new roof to the kitchen at the school, improving conditions during food preparation.

-          Water Dispensers: The team worked with “FilterPure,” a non-profit organization that works on clean water solutions to install new water dispensers for each of the seven classrooms of the school.

-          Fans and Window Shades: The team installed new fans in the classrooms to make students and teachers more comfortable.  New window shades help promote proper airflow into classrooms and protect from weather conditions.

-          Septic Tank: Problems with the school septic tank have called for a replacement.  The team installed a new tank to ensure proper plumbing.

-          Basketball Hoops: The basketball hoops on the playground were beyond repair and through a donation by the Dominican Minister of Sports, the team installed the new equipment.

-          Paint and Landscaping: The team painted the outside of the school building. Also, through the help of former Brewers closer Salomon Torres and his workers at TOWERS (a company owned by Torres), the team provided the school with new landscaping.

-          Security Fence: A new fence was built around the school to keep animals and uninvited guests off school grounds, thus improving security for students.

The Grand Opening of the school will be this coming Monday.  Last summer, the club took part in a similar community service project at a local school in Km 26 of Villa Mella that included both exterior and interior upgrades.

The Brewers opened their new baseball academy in the Dominican Republic in November of 2011.  The team has had a presence in the Dominican Republic for a number of years but with this Academy, the team now has a training complex of its own. The Academy features two fields, batting cages, bullpens, a clubhouse, weight room and housing for players.

I created a map on Google Maps showing the location of the Brewers Complex (make sure your setting is on satellite) to give you an idea of where it is located.  The Brewers complex is next to the Braves complex (Atlanta’s is just to the west of the Brewers).  Just to the east of the Brewers complex is the Tigers complex (it appears to be under construction when this image was taken) and next to that is the Blue Jays complex.  Those four teams along with Anaheim, make up the San Pedro de Macoris division in the Dominican Summer League.

For more information on the Dominican Summer League, follow this link.

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–JOHN

johnandcait@brewers.com

Let’s Get a Picture…

In honor of team photo day at Miller Park, we thought we’d share this pretty funny video we came across, featuring Ryan Braun:

 

John will be back with some updates on our team photo shoot later today!

-Cait

johnandcait@brewers.com

Chef’s Table For the Phillies Series

This might have been one of the most predictable Chef’s Tables this season, but at the same time will probably be one of the most popular.  Philadelphia is known most for their Cheesesteak and Miller Park’s version is delicious.

Served with or without saute’ed peppers and onions and delicious cheese sauce, this will surely not disappoint.  Plus, a side of house made chips accompanies the meal.

Geno's? Pat's? Try Miller Park's Cheesesteak this weekend!

Geno’s? Pat’s? Try Miller Park’s Cheesesteak this weekend!

All sandwiches are made to order.

All sandwiches are made to order.

The full menu for the four-game series vs. Philadelphia.

The full menu for the four-game series vs. Philadelphia.

All of this can be yours for the four-game series beginning tonight for just $9.50.  They are available at the Chef’s Table outside section 215 on the Loge Level at Miller Park.  Try one tonight!

–JOHN

johnandcait@brewers.com

New Track Jackets & Famous Racing Sausages Figurines Hit the Team Store at Miller Park

When I was working with the Brewers Team Store by Majestic to highlight our new custom phone etching station at Miller Park, it occurred to me that we should be featuring more of the cool new retail items that the store carries on a regular basis.

As someone who loves to shop almost as much as she loves baseball, I can’t believe it’s taken me this long to find an excuse to peruse the store during work hours…. In addition to the standard t-shirts and caps, I’ve got Brewers tank tops, earrings, flip flops, you name it–heck, my cats even have a Brewers pet mat! I mean, I get so excited when getting new Brewers gear that when the cashier asks me how I’d like to pay, I whip out my credit card and hum, “Da-da-da-da-da-da….CHARGE!”

Okay, okay, you get the point.

Anyway, today I went down to the store just for you so I could check out these two hot new items you won’t want to miss during the next homestand, which starts tonight! Read on.

Men’s Track Jacket by Stitches

$90

This men’s track jacket from Stitches, available in both a current “M” logo and a retro logo style, has arrived just in time for some cooler weather on the horizon. This lightweight, full zip jacket will be perfect for some of those evening games in September, or for back-to-school. The jacket is available in sizes S-XXL.

Famous Racing Sausages Figurines

$10 each*

These Famous Racing Sausages figurines are a new item this year and they are oh, so cute! Exclusive to Miller Park, these vinyl figurines stand just under 4″ tall. Collect all five for a full set!

*As much as I love to shop, I also love to save. And….I’m happy to tell you that the Brewers Team Store by Majestic has agreed to offer a special savings for John and Cait…Plus 9 readers! Today (August 16) through Sunday, August 19, when you visit the store and purchase these little weenies, you’ll get 10% off when you mention “John & Cait”.
So there you have it! Make sure you check out the Brewers Team Stores at Miller Park while you’re here this homestand. Or, anytime, really–they’re open on non-gamedays, too.
Both John and I will  try to review more items for you in the coming weeks. It’s a tough job, but someone’s got to do it!
-Cait
JohnandCait@brewers.com
[For specific retail questions, including current store hours, please call the Brewers Team Store by Majestic at (414) 902-4750. Remember that the mlb.com shop also carries a great selection of cool Brewers gear, so you can shop online 24/7.]

Brewers Community Foundation Week Officially Kicks Off Thursday at Miller Park

“What’s Good?” asks the Brewers Community Foundation.

Rickie Weeks helps kids smile brighter by supporting “Team Smile.”  Yovani Gallardo supports youth baseball programs in Milwaukee like the Felix Mantilla Little League and the RBI Program.  Ryan Braun supports Habitat for Humanity.

While that is just a small slice of what Brewers players do for the community, there is plenty of good in our Milwaukee community. The Brewers and the Brewers Community Foundation are able to shed light on “What’s Good?” in the Milwaukee community and draw attention to those bright spots.  BCF week highlights those activities through a series of raffles, auctions and other activities that put “What’s Good” in the spotlight.  BCF’s focused areas of interest are related to the causes that highlight the Foundation’s charitable impact in the community.

Perhaps the highlight of BCF Week is the “Ultimate Auction” which is now live on Brewers.com now and will close Tuesday night.  There are some amazing prizes and experiences available to fans through this auction.  Photo opportunities with players, private hitting and pitching clinics with coaches, pre-game dinner with Brewers TV announcers Brian Anderson and Bill Schroeder.  But, perhaps one of the most unique prizes has to be a “Meet & Greet” with Nyjer Morgan who will also record your personal cell phone greeting!

Check in with the auction throughout the week.  All the auctions close at 11:59 p.m. CT on Tuesday, August 21.

There are many other events surrounding BCF Week, check out the schedule below:

Thursday, August 16 – Where’s Chorizo?

Fans have a chance to win a 2012 Team autographed Chorizo from the 2012 “Where’s Chorizo?” event. Also included in this raffle is a Chorizo t-shirt, a 2012 Marco Estrada autographed Cerveceros jersey as well as a backyard BBQ for 25 thrown by the Klement’s Famous Facing Sausages, complete with Klement’s, Miller and Pepsi products! Sausages will make an appearance to the winner’s home on a mutually agreed upon date. Raffle tickets will be sold at Miller Park and are 2 for $5, 10 for $20 or a wingspan for $50.  can you imagine the party you could throw with the Famous Racing Sausages!?

Friday, August 17 – Framed Baseballs Raffle

This is a great opportunity to celebrate Wisconsin’s two MVP’s.  Fans have a chance to win a very special framed piece with includes an autographed Ryan Braun baseball and an autographed Aaron Rodgers Gold baseball with a photo of the two MVP’s. Raffle tickets will be 2 for $5, 10 for $20 or a wingspan for $50.

Saturday, August 18 – Wives’ Mystery Grab Bag

Players’ wives will be selling autographed items from their husbands.  Fans can purchase each mystery bag for a $40 donation to the Brewers Community Foundation which is earmarked for various organizations.  The wives will be stationed at each entrance to Miller Park, as well as on the Club Level.  Mystery grab bags are always fun and knowing $40 will get you an autographed baseball from a Brewers player and knowing the money is going to a good cause is not a bad deal.

Sunday, August 19 – BCF Treasure Hunt

Fans always love game-used items.  Game-used items from past games and seasons will be available for purchase in a special treasure hunt at the Brewers Community Foundation table on the Field Level concourse near Guest Relations behind section 116. Items include bats, baseballs, jerseys and other items of interest.  I would recommend getting to Miller Park early that day to make sure you have an opportunity to get the best items.  I will try to visit early that day and post some items to Twitter.

Monday, August 20 – Brewers Players Favorite Things Raffle

I have always enjoyed this idea.  Not only do you learn what is Randy Wolf’s favorite cereal , what is Mat Gamel’s favorite candy bar or what is John Axford’s go to movie, but you have an opportunity to take these items home with you.  Fans have a chance to win a basket full of Brewers players favorite things. The baskets feature a wide variety of items that are favorites of Brewers players and coaches as well as autographed memorabilia. Raffle tickets will be sold 2 for $5, 10 for $20 or a wingspan for $50.

Tuesday, August 21 – Strike Out Breast Cancer Raffle presented by Froedtert Center for Diagnostic Imaging – CDI

Fans have a chance to win a few different items as Authentic White jerseys autographed by John Axford, Ryan Braun and Yovani Gallardo, an autographed Corey Hart Pink Jersey and a Pink Bat autographed by members of the 2012 Milwaukee Brewers will be raffled off. Raffle tickets will be 2 for $5, 10 for $20 or a wingspan for $50. All proceeds from this raffle will go to benefit After Breast Cancer Diagnosis (ABCD).

BCF Awareness Night

On Tuesday, August 21, fans will have an opportunity to learn more about the organizations that BCF supports every year while being able to participate in games and activities to win cool prizes.

Wednesday, August 22 – Brewers Community Foundation Clearance Sale

Fans will have another chance to purchase game-used items from past games and seasons as well as other Brewers items at the Brewers Community Foundation table located on the Field Level concourse near the Guest Relations behind section 116.  Again, get to Miller Park early!

Additionally, throughout BCF Week at Miller Park, fans will have an opportunity to participate in “BCF Pinko”–think everyone’s favorite Price is Right game.  For a $5 donation, fans can play BCF Pinko for the opportunity to win a prize with every drop.  Prizes will vary from game tickets to Drive for Charity pins, Brewers merchandise and the always popular mystery bags.

BCF Week is going to be a great opportunity to win some one of a kind Brewers items while at the same time giving back to the Milwaukee community.  The best part is that fans can take part for as little as $2.  Stay tuned to the blog as we will be posting updates and information to the blog and Twitter.  There will be a lot of great activities going on all week.

–John and Cait

johnandcait@brewers.com

Well-Trained: 6 Weeks To Go Until the Brewers Mini-Marathon!

With 6 weeks to go until the Brewers Mini, we’re in full-on training mode and you should be, too!

Dan Wright

Dan Wright

This week, we sat down with Dan Wright, Brewers Head Athletic Trainer, to make sure we are on track to succeed on September 22 and we’re going to share some of his tips with you!

Dan’s been with the Club for 11 seasons and has almost 25 years of professional athletic training experience overall.  Dan has also completed a number of full and half marathons himself, so in addition to his experience as an athletic trainer, he knows firsthand what it takes to run a race.

Overall, his two key tips for us were:

1. “Stay within yourself”

Dan noted that people should know themselves, their abilities and also, their limitations.

“Everybody runs at different levels and just as much as anything else, you need to stay within yourself in terms of your training regimen,” Dan said.  “What you do after your workouts to recover and how you recover depends on how you hard you train.”

Let your body ease into training and you are more likely to avoid injury.  You should be able to push yourself to train harder, but you should also know when to give yourself a rest.  A key to preventing injuries, Dan said, is trusting in your training. 

2. “Fit it in”

Dan acknowledged that training for races can be challenging, almost like a second job. Factor in a crazy schedule for full-time jobs like ours and it can be downright difficult! However, people who are most successful are good at making that time commitment and fitting it in, planning out when they can do their runs and sticking to a schedule. Basically, Dan encourages you to plan out your training and stick to that plan.

“It’s important to fit in the proper training for something like this to prevent injuries,” Dan said. “That can be difficult and a challenge to do the longer runs in and around our job schedule.  A big challenge here is fitting in the simple recovery.  Half-marathons are a little different than full marathons.  Full marathons can be like another job.  Your longer runs are longer and the recovery time is longer.  A half-marathon is a little easier to fit your long runs in—it is still a commitment—but more manageable.”

Dan also talked to us about common injuries for runners and how to prevent any basic injuries that runners experience. He gave us some good tips on the importance of training and recovery and reiterated the importance of proper nutrition.

Taking care of your feet, legs and back is important part of training for the race, but Dan is also a believer in that training mentally for the race is just as important as training physically.

“I never in my wildest imagination thought I would run a marathon in my life,” he said. “I was a sprinter growing up, but it is all about pace. Anyone can run a marathon; it is the mental mindset and staying within your pace. The training you do serves two purposes.  It is the physiological and strengthening of the body and it is also the mental training. The runs get longer as your continue training and that is as important to your mind as it is to your body.”

Read on for more of what we learned from Dan!

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JOHN

Athletic injuries can happen at any time to anyone. Sometimes they are freak injuries and sometimes it is a matter of poor maintenance of your body. When training for something like a half-marathon, it is important to realize that your body needs the proper preparation for workouts and the proper recovery from workouts. Without this care, injuries are more likely to occur.

Most running injuries start from the ground up, Dan told us. Simple things like blisters and other friction injuries can cause compensation and create more serious musculoskeletal injuries.

Take care of your feet,” Dan said. “That is the most important thing when beginning and maintaining a regular running program. Make sure you have the right shoes, the right amount of padding, wear the right socks. Especially if you are not a long- time runner, (foot injuries) are things that really develop first.  The feet get sweaty and you get a lot more friction. Once you start compensating for a friction injury, it works its way up.  Ankle soreness, knee soreness, back soreness.  Everything in your body works in alignment based on your strengths and body style beginning at the feet.  If you change that around from the ground up and you will hurt other muscles.”

Dan was pleased to know that both Cait and I were properly outfitted at Performance Running prior to beginning our training.

Stretching is another simple, but important step to preventing injury. Dan recommends a light warm-up run to get the body warm before a full stretch. Following that stretch, continue with your workout and then finish with another stretch while your body is warm and loose. This is the first step in allowing the muscles to recover.

Dan also talked specifically about hot and cold treatments in treating and preventing injuries.

“If you have the ability to contrast heat and cold treatments, take advantage of it. If you do a cold tub after a long training run, it is very invigorating.  It’s really cold at first, but you get a cardiovascular flush, and it calms everything down. But contrasting between heat and cold treatment helps. Any local aches and pains, ankles, knees and back, can benefit from icing. Without any type of injury or history, the contrasting hot and cold treatment can help.”

CAIT

Dan started out talking in general about injury prevention and healing as John mentioned, but then I started asking him specific questions about my nagging knee injury.

The advice he gave me? Heat, Stretch, Strengthen: heat to increase the elasticity and stimulate blood flow, stretching to increase range of motion and muscle coordination and strengthening to help heal and prevent future irritation.

Dan gave me a couple of specific exercises to try and also, provided me with a compression sleeve (see below) that he had on hand. He suggested that I try wearing it while running (in conjunction with heeding his other advice).

I wasn’t expecting all that when we went to meet with him, but I truly appreciate the support!

Since meeting with Day, I’ve run three times  so far and it seems to have helped! I’m going to continue training, but also remember to “stay within myself” as we move toward race day.

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So, good luck to all of you as you continue to train for the Brewers Mini–be safe!

We’ll be back next week with another post as we move closer to the big day!

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

-John and Cait

JohnandCait@Brewers.com

We’re Celebrating Mr.Baseball with Our Favorite Ueckerisms & More All Month Long

Back in March, we announced that the legendary “Mr. Baseball,” Bob Uecker, will be honored on Friday, August 31 with a statue placed outside of Miller Park near the Home Plate Plaza.

Well, it is now August and we’re extending our celebration of Mr. Baseball all month long with photos, our favorite “Ueckerisms” and more across our various social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

 

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. 

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 compile some of the best fan submissions and share them here on the blog.

An iconic figure for the franchise, Uecker has provided the soundtrack of summer to generations of fans listening to Milwaukee Brewers games on the Brewers Radio Network. His irreverent style and knowledge of the game are unrivaled and his talents have also been known to audiences worldwide for years through his work on television and film projects.

This year marks the 50th Anniversary of Uecker’s first Major League game and, while Uecker’s roots will always be in baseball (including six seasons as a player and 42 years as a Brewers broadcaster), his career includes an incredible base of performing and entertaining all featuring one common thread – he always leaves the audience laughing.

Uecker blasted onto the national scene as an entertainer in 1969. A visit with Al Hirt led to Johnny Carson booking Uecker for an appearance on the “Tonight Show.” The chemistry between Uecker and Carson was immediate, and it led to approximately 100 encore appearances. Uecker soon became one of the most sought-after guests on the Talk Show circuit as appearances followed on the “Mike Douglas” and “Merv Griffin” shows, “Late Night with David Letterman” and even a hosting role on “Saturday Night Live.”

Highly respected in the industry, Uecker was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame in 2001 and the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Hall of Fame this past spring.

Uecker’s credits go far beyond guest appearances and play-by-play. In 1985, he launched a television acting career as one of the stars of ABC’s sitcom “Mr. Belvedere,” which put 122 episodes into syndication. He also hosted two syndicated television shows, “Bob Uecker’s Wacky World of Sports” and “Bob Uecker’s War of the Stars.”

One of Uecker’s most memorable roles came as the anchor of arguably the most successful advertising campaign in the history of television – The “Miller Lite All-Stars.” For years, Uecker served as the captain of the crew that acted in spots promoting Lite Beer from Miller.

As a film actor, Uecker starred in what is widely regarded as one of the best baseball movies of all time, serving as a radio announcer in the film “Major League.” He followed that up with a reprised role in the equally popular “Major League II.”

Uecker’s national sports broadcasting experience included serving as color commentator for ABC Sports coverage of Monday Night Baseball, League Championship Series and World Series, and NBC’s Major League Baseball Game of the Week.

A former catcher who spent six seasons in the Major Leagues, Bob authored a book entitled “Catcher In the Wry,” a humorous look back on the years he spent with the Milwaukee/Atlanta Braves, St. Louis Cardinals and Philadelphia Phillies. One of his career highlights as a player came in 1964 when he was a member of the World Champion St. Louis Cardinals.

Despite his national attention and success, Uecker has always worked toward helping others. His charitable efforts benefit many organizations, including the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Uecker will be the fourth person to be honored with a Miller Park statue. Hank Aaron and Robin Yount were the first to be recognized with statues that were unveiled on April 5, 2001, the first year of Miller Park’s existence. The first two statues were donated by the Allan H. (Bud) Selig Foundation. On August 24, 2010, Major League Baseball Commissioner and former Brewers Owner Allan H. (Bud) Selig became the third honoree when his statue was unveiled in an afternoon program.

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

Specific details related to the statue unveiling & ceremony on August 31 will be announced later this month.

Please join as we celebrate all month long!

-Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

Field of Honor: Thousands Set to Honor -and Make- History at Miller Park Saturday

Stars and Stripes Honor Flight Milwaukee, in cooperation with the stockholders of We Energies, will present Field of Honor: A Salute to the Greatest Generation at Miller Park this Saturday, August 11.

This amazing, once-in-a-generation event seeks to re-unite World War II veterans and to honor these men and women by showing the world premiere feature length film, “The Story of Stars and Stripes Honor Flight” on Miller Park’s high-definition video board.

The film, produced by Freethink Media, captures the stories, spirit and wisdom of living World War II veterans.

If you’re not familiar with Stars and Stripes Honor Flight (SSHF), it is a moving cause. World War II veterans are dying at the rate of 1 every 90 seconds and SSHF is in a race against the clock to honor them.

The WWII Memorial in Washington, D.C. did not open until 2004 and many veterans are unable to visit it without assistance. So that’s where SSHF comes in—it is a branch of the National Honor Flight Network that was started in Wisconsin by Port Washington resident and Alderman Joe Dean. Honor Flight offers trips to Washington, DC free of charge to WWII veterans so that they can get the opportunity to see their memorials. The national program has 110 hubs in 34 states,

SSHF has completed 14 Honor Flights to Washington, D.C. flying over 1,800 veterans from southeast Wisconsin since the fall of 2008.

All net proceeds from the event at Miller Park will ensure that Stars and Stripes Honor Flight can continue to fly veterans to Washington, D.C. to see the memorials that stand in their honor.  There are currently 475 veterans on the SSHF wait list.

Filmmaker Dan Hayes was inspired to create the documentary in 2009 and collected over 100 hours of footage and stories from SSHF groups that were visiting the WWII Memorial in Washington, D.C. in the process. Watch the trailer for the film, below:

In addition to the documentary, the event will feature classic Wisconsin tailgating with veterans, World War II re-enactors, live music and a special viewing of the Pillars of Honor World War II Memorial before it goes to the Smithsonian.

Grace Weber will perform the national anthem as well as her hit single “Leave the Light On.”

Special appearances will also be made by the U.S. Navy Leap Frogs Parachute Demonstration Team and the Lima Lima Flight Demonstration Team, the world’s only original six aircraft civilian formation aerobatics team.

“This will be a spectacular, patriotic extravaganza!” said Joe Dean, Chairman of the Board for Stars and Stripes Honor Flight.

“At Honor Flight, we always do things in a big way. After our last Homecoming at Milwaukee’s Mitchell Airport drew a record capacity crowd of an estimated 7,000 people, it became obvious to us that there is a pent up desire in our community to honor these heroes. Since we have outgrown the airport, there is only one place big enough for an event like this–Miller Park!”
Speaking of record capacity, more than 30,000 people are expected to attend the Field of Honor, which would break the Guinness Book of World Records’ attendance for a film premiere. The current record is 27,022 set in Brazil in 2010 for a soccer documentary. [Note:  I'm told that all people need to be seated from the start of the film to the end (through the credits) to be counted.]

I’m also told that fewer than 500 tickets remain for this even, which will bring together thousands of World War II veterans and veterans from other conflicts, their families, friends and communities.

Want to be part of history and honor it at the same time? Tickets are $11 per person. Call (414) 902-4000 or visit brewers.com/field of honor.

For a timeline of events, or more information, visit starsandstripeshonorflight.org.

-Cait

johnandcait@brewers.com

PLAY Campaign Visits Miller Park, Commissioner Selig On Hand For Hall of Fame Announcement

It was a busy morning at Miller Park today as the annual “PLAY Campaign” visited Miller Park giving some local Little Leaguers a memory of a lifetime.  Sponsored by the Professional Baseball Athletic Trainers Society (PBATS) and the Taylor Hooten Foundation, the goal of the clinic was to educate local youth about how important it is to live healthy and active lives.

Nyjer Morgan, members of the Brewers Athletic Training staff, Don Hooton, Sr., and over 100 kids from local Little Leagues spent the morning at Miller Park taking part in drills, learning about the proper nutrition needed to compete and the dangers of performance enhancing drugs.  The kids were also given positive messages about making healthy decisions and living a more active and healthy lifestyle.

Milwaukee is a yearly stop on the “PLAY” tour and event organizers love coming here because of the enthusiasm of the kids and the organization’s cooperation.  Brewers Director – Medical Operations Roger Caplinger and Head Athletic Trainer Dan Wright have consistently played a big part in making sure the kids have a memorable experience with the campaign.  “PLAY” was formed in 2004 to raise awareness about children’s health issues and the obesity epidemic in the United States.  The Taylor Hooton Foundation joined PLAY in 2008 to merge its anti-steroid education message and generate awareness about one of the fastest growing drugs in America.

As if things like getting an on-field instructional from Nyjer Morgan on the finer points of fielding and learning the proper stretching techniques from Brewers Strength and Conditioning Coordinator Josh Seligman on the field at Miller Park weren’t enough, the group of kids today were visited by a very special guest.

Major League Baseball Commissioner Allan H. “Bud” Selig was also on hand to stress the importance of remaining active and playing fair.  He addressed the kids after the on field part of the event in the Miller Park Media Interview Room.  The Commissioner took questions and I learned that his favorite player growing up was Joe DiMaggio.  He refused, however, to tell the group what his favorite baseball team is.

“The best part is there are 15 winners every night,” Selig said with a smile.

The Commissioner announced to the group that Major League Baseball has made a significant contribution to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Muesum’s newest education outreach program–“BASE” (Be A Superior Example).  The program, aimed at teaching healthy living for young athletes, encourages participants to “Be A Superior Example,” by signing a national registry to pledge to live and play free of performance-enhancing substances.

Through this program, kids who commit to living free of performance-enhancing substances will be able to sign a registry that will reside in Cooperstown, N.Y. at the Hall of Fame and Museum.

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I hope these kids are able to look back at today and realize how fortunate they are to have experienced what they did today.  The adults who were there speaking to the kids–from Commissioner Selig, to Morgan to Mr. Hooten, to the Brewers training staff–all spoke with passion and care for these kids.  They were not just “checking the box.”  You could tell they were having fun while at the same time were serious about sending a positive message to these kids.

A special thanks to Caplinger, Wright, Seligman and Dave Yaeger of the Brewers Athletic Training Staff, Don Hooten, Sr., Sam Radbill from the PLAY Campaign (a Whitefish Bay native who grew up playing Little League on Craig Counsell Field), Katina Shaw and Erika Bowring of the Brewers Community Relations Department and the parents of the kids who participated in today’s event for making this day so special for the kids involved.

For more information on the initiatives from today’s events and how you and your children can get involved, follow the links below:

TAYLOR HOOTEN FOUNDATION

BASEBALL HALL OF FAME “BASE” PROGRAM

PROFESSIONAL BASEBALL ATHLETIC TRAINERS SOCIETY

–JOHN

johnandcait@brewers.com

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