September 2012

We #BREWLIEVE!

For Brewers fans, it’s been quite the September to remember. Over the last 29 games, the Crew is 23-6 and, so far this month the Crew has gone 14-4, including three-game sweeps against the Atlanta Braves and the Pittsburgh Pirates.

The Crew is now 4-0-1 over their last 5 road series and has gone 12-5 over the last 17 road games.

During that time, according to the website coolstandings.com, the Brewers chances of making the 2012 Postseason have risen dramatically from .6% on September 1 to 17.5% as of today.

Currently, just one team—the St. Louis Cardinals—is ahead of the Brewers in the race for the second NL Wild Card spot. They lead by only 2.5 games as of the time of this post.

And, of course, there is still plenty of work to be done. The Brewers face a tough four-game set against the Washington Nationals and then a three-game series against the Cincinnati Reds, both teams that clinched playoff berths yesterday.

However, then we return home for our final six regular season games of the year, three against the Houston Astros (September 28-30) and three against the San Diego Padres (October 1-3).

And, as we know, thanks to you guys, the best fans in baseball, we’ve got a home field advantage at Miller Park that is second to none. The Brewers have always had one of the best home records in baseball. Last season the team set a franchise record with 57 wins at Miller Park. This season, the Brewers are 46-29 at home including winning 19 of their last 22 home games.  The Brewers tied a Miller Park record with nine straight wins from August 20 – September 12.

Brewers fans have remained positive this season and maintained that “never say die” attitude. Despite any apparent adversity, we all continue to believe in our team.

In fact, there’s a term for Brewers fans believing in the Crew. It’s something we’ve noticed that has been catching on across various social channels already and we’re jumping on board because, yes, like you, we #BREWLIEVE.

So, as of now, the Brewers are hanging in there, winning games and doing their part. You can do yours by coming out and showing your support for the team during the final homestand of the season and spreading the #BREWLIEVE message to your friends.

Tweet using the hashtag to tell them why you #BREWLIEVE in the Crew. Share the graphic on Facebook and/or download your I #Brewlieve Facebook Timeline image here.

While no one knows how things will pan out, one thing’s for sure: MLB’s addition of two more Wild Card teams and a single elimination game in each league has certainly added to the excitement of the playoff push.

On Wednesday morning, Commissioner Selig told MLB.com’s Mark Newman, “It’s been amazing. It’s fascinating to watch the different things that have happened. We’ve got great division races, we’ve got a little of everything. You really judge how well we’ve done by the number of teams Labor Day and then post-Labor Day that are still in the hunt. Even I didn’t think we could do this well.”

Keep the faith, Brewers fans! #BREWLIEVE!

-John and Cait
johnandcait@brewers.com

Note: With the second Wild Card format for 2012, the three division winners in each league will await the survivor of a one-game playoff between the Wild Card teams in each league. Both games are slated for Friday, October 5, two days after the end of the regular season. Barring weather disruptions, the Division Series field of four teams in each league will begin the following Saturday and Sunday.

Don’t Forget: Brewers Mini Packet Pick-Up is Today!

Tomorrow is race day!

I just picked up my packet and it made it all that more real. The Brewers Mini is finally here!

Packet Pick-Up for the Brewers Mini-Marathon will be held at Miller Park today (Friday, September 21) until 9:00 p.m. Please enter at the Clock Tower Entrance located on the 3rd base side.

Parking is available at Miller Park for free during the Packet Pick-Up today. As a reminder to everyone, there is NO race day packet pick-up.

Participants may have a friend or family member pick up their packet, however they must have a copy of your photo ID (paper or digital). Packet Pick-Up is organized alphabetically by last name.

The line, organized alphabetically by last name, was not too bad today around noon when I checked it out.

Your FREE Ticket Voucher will be in your packet, along with the following items:

  • Race participant T-shirt
  • Your bib number and safety pins
  • Your timing chip and instructions
  • Final instructions
  • Coupons for discounted merchandise and services

Here’s my packet! If you see #3085 out there, flag me down and say hello!

Also, don’t forget–you can donate your shoes!

The South Shore YMCA Teen Leaders Club, a teen volunteer group that runs events which benefit the immediate Milwaukee community, will be collecting new or gently used shoes during Packet Pick-Up and on Race Day. Donated shoes can be child to adult sizes and do not have to be running shoes. The collected shoes will be distributed to local charities to help those in need. Shoe donation will be available during all Packet Pick-Up hours and on Race Day near Key Check at Helfaer Field.

For more information on Packet Pick-Up please click here.

See you at the starting line!

-Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

Brewers Mini is on Saturday! Get in the Groove with These Music Suggestions!

The Brewers Mini-Marathon is just two days away!

By now if you’ve been training properly, you should be physically ready for the race.

All that’s left are the details. Making sure you maintain proper nutrition over the next two days,  dressing appropriately for the weather (The current forecast for Saturday calls for 47 degrees with a chance of rain. Be sure to remember your layers!), and, of course, if you choose to run with music, perfecting your Brewers Mini playlist.

Now, there are many ways to fine-tune your race day music lineup:

  • Stick with the music you’ve been using for your training
  • Fill your iPod with your favorite songs
  • Construct a playlist filled with Brewers Walk-Up Music
  • Download new music for motivation

However, since the Brewers Mini Marathon course is so unique, we thought it would be fun to give you song suggestions based on all of the landmarks you’ll be passing on the route.

Cait asked for suggestions via Twitter earlier this week and we’ve compiled some of our favorite ideas from fans and friends, along with our own, below, just for fun!

Miller Park (Starting Line)

“Ready to Run” by the Dixie Chicks

“Let’s Get It Started” by the Black Eyed Peas

“Run, Baby, Run” by Sheryl Crow

“Run Around” by Blues Traveler

“Going the Distance” by Cake

“Footloose” by Kenny Loggins

“Hit the Road Jack” by Ray Charles

“Long May You Run” by Neil Young

“Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin'” Michael Jackson

“Runaway” by Bon Jovi

“I Run to You” by Lady Antebellum

“Run to You” by Whitney Houston

 

 

Palermo’s Pizza (Mile 1-2)

“That’s Amore” by Dean Martin

“Scenes From An Italian Restaurant” by Billy Joel

“Tarantella Napoletana, No.8, Les Soirees Musicales: La Danza” by Jan Peerce

 

Potawatomi Bingo Casino (Mile 2-3)

“The Gambler” by Kenny Rogers

“All I Do Is Win” by DJ Khaled

“Poker Face” by Lady Gaga

“Take the Money and Run” Steve Miller Band

 

 

Harley-Davidson Museum (Mile 3-4)

“Born to Run” by Bruce Springsteen

“Low Rider” by War

“Highway to Hell” by AC/DC

“Bad to the Bone” by George Thorogood

“Wanted Dead or Alive” by Bon Jovi

“Life is a Highway” by Tom Cochrane

 

 

27th Street Bridge/Viaduct (Mile 5-6)

“Under the Bridge” by Red Hot Chili Peppers

“London Bridge” by Fergie

“59th Street Bridge (Feelin’ Groovy)” by Paul Simon

“Forrest Gump” by Digitalism

 

 

Mitchell Park Domes (Mile 6-7)

Floral Dome

“Every Rose Has Its Thorn” by Poison

“Morning Glory” by Oasis

“Crimson and Clover” by Tommy James & the Shondells

“Where the Green Grass Grows” by Tim McGraw

“Build Me Up Buttercup” by the Foundations

Desert Dome

“A Horse with No Name” by America

“Desert Sunrise” by Brett Dennen

Tropical Dome

“Kokomo” by the Beach Boys

“Margaritaville” by Jimmy Buffett

“Some Beach” by Blake Shelton

“Hot Hot Hot” by Buster Poindexter

“Coastal” by Kenny Chesney

 

 

35th Street Bridge/Viaduct (Mile 7-8)

“Anyone Seen the Bridge” by Dave Matthews Band

“Bridge Over Troubled Water” by Simon & Garfunkel

 

Cait’s Note: Lots of people like to add Eminem to their playlists… I always put him in around the 8 Mile mark. :)

 

 

Miller Valley (Mile 8-9)

“Alcohol” by Brad Paisley

“Valley Girl” by Frank Zappa

“What Made Milwaukee Famous Made a Loser Out of Me” by Jerry Lee Lewis

“Pretty Good at Drinking Beer” by Billy Currington

“God is Great, Beer is Good and People are Crazy” by Billy Currington

“Beer Run” by Garth Brooks and George Jones

“Beer for My Horses” by Toby Keith

“Into the Valley” by Classixx

“Red Solo Cup” by Toby Keith

“Running on Empty” by Steely Dan

“Keg in the Closet” by Kenny Chesney

“Six Pack Summer” by Phil Vassar

 

 

Saz’s State House Restaurant (Mile 9-10)

“Something Like That (BBQ Stain)” by Tim McGraw

“Struttin’ with some BBQ” by Louis Armstrong

“Chicago” by Frank Sinatra (“State Street, it’s the great street…”)

 

 

Hill at Hawley Rd (Mile 10-11)

“Running Up That Hill” by Kate Bush

“The Climb” by Miley Cyrus

“Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” by Marvin Gaye

“Hurts Like Heaven” Coldplay

“I Go to Extremes” Billy Joel

 

 

Headed Back to Miller Park/Inside Miller Park (Miles 11-13)

“Centerfield” by John Fogerty

“Glory Days” by Bruce Springstreen

“Cheap Seats” by Alabama

“Batter Up” by Nelly

“Swing” by Trace Adkins

“Champion” by Kanye West

“My Hero” by Foo Fighters

“The Final Countdown” by Europe

 

Got more suggestions for us? What tunes, if any, will you be running to on Saturday? Share them below!

Don’t forget that the Brewers Mini also supports a great cause, the MACC Fund. We’re still about $300 short of our goal. If you would like to donate to Team John and Cait, you can do so by clicking here.  

See you at the starting line!

-John and Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

Brewers Announce Postseason Single-Game Ticketing Opportunity Details; Register Online Beginning Monday at Noon CT

Things have certainly been exciting around here!

Today we announced details for a Postseason Single-Game Ticketing Opportunity that will give fans an opportunity to register for the  right to purchase tickets to potential individual 2012 Postseason games held at Miller Park.

Beginning Monday, September 24 at noon CT.,fans interested in registering may go to brewers.com/postseason and look for the link to “Postseason Single-Game Ticketing Opportunity.”

With inventory expected to be very limited, it is likely that only a very small number of fans will be selected to purchase tickets through this registration opportunity.

“In 2011, we had over 200,000 fans register for a similar opportunity and we were only able to accommodate a very small fraction of them,” said Rick Schlesinger, Brewers Chief Operating Officer. “As such, we encourage fans looking for guaranteed Postseason ticket rights to contact our ticket sales office at (414) 902-HITS (4487) and place a deposit on 2013 Season Seats.”

Fans looking to ensure tickets to Postseason games at Miller Park may bypass this single game registration by placing a deposit on a Season Seat Plan for 2013.

Details on all Postseason ticket options follow:

POSTSEASON SINGLE-GAME TICKETING OPPORTUNITY

  • Registration for the  Wild Card and National league Division Series (NLDS) rounds will begin at  12:00 p.m. CT Monday, September 24 and will close at 11:59 p.m. CT, Sunday, September 30.
  • The Brewers will conduct  a random selection of winners from the pool of registrants for each of the three Postseason series. The Wild Card and NLDS winners will be notified via email on Tuesday, October 2 and will have the opportunity to purchase up to four (4) tickets to one (1) game of the Wild Card OR NLDS, while supplies last.
  • While registration for  the Wild Card and NLDS will close on September 30, it will remain open for the National League Championship Series and World Series. Winners for  those two rounds will be selected from the pool of registrants at later dates. Registrants (including winners of previous drawings) will be eligible for each drawing.
  • All 2012 Postseason tickets purchased for individual games through Brewers.com will be “print at home.”
  • There is no charge to  register for this opportunity, and additional rules and information are  available at brewers.com/postseason.

GUARANTEED RIGHTS TO POSTSEASON TICKETS

  • The first option is for  fans to purchase a Full Season Ticket Plan for the 2013 season.  Fans  who select this option will be given the opportunity to purchase tickets  to ALL 2012 Postseason games at Miller Park, including the World Series      (while supplies last).
  • The second option is for  fans to purchase a 20-Game Plan for the 2013 season.  Those who  choose this option will be given the opportunity to purchase tickets to all 2012 Wild Card, NLDS and NLCS games at Miller Park (while supplies      last).
  • Fans interested in either one of these two options can visit brewers.com/postseason or call (414) 902-HITS (4487).

 -Cait

Johnandcait@brewers.com

Rickie Weeks Named Brewers Nominee for the 2012 Roberto Clemente Award; #VOTERICKIE!

Today Major League Baseball and Chevrolet, the official vehicle of Major League Baseball, announced that Rickie Weeks was named the Brewers 2012 nominee for the prestigious Roberto Clemente Award presented by Chevrolet.

Today marks the eleventh annual Roberto Clemente Day, which was established by Major League Baseball to honor Clemente’s legacy and to officially recognize local Club nominees of the Roberto Clemente Award presented by Chevrolet.

Rickie is one of the 30 Club finalists for the annual award, which recognizes a Major League Baseball player who best represents the game of baseball through positive contributions on and off the field, including sportsmanship and community involvement.  The award pays tribute to Clemente’s achievements and character by recognizing current players who truly understand the value of helping others. The Award is named for the 15-time MLB All-Star and Hall of Famer who died in a plane crash on New Year’s Eve 1972 while attempting to deliver supplies to earthquake victims in Nicaragua.

Each season, Rickie makes financial contributions to Brewers Community Foundation, the official charity of the Milwaukee Brewers Baseball Club, to support activities and programs targeted to youth recreation, scholarships and education throughout Wisconsin. This summer, he hosted the Team Smile dental clinic that took place at Miller Park, which provided free dental care for 200 children from the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee. He also made monetary contributions to the YMCA in support of their swimming program, which teaches central city kids how to swim.

Rickie has also partnered with Brewers Community Foundation to serve as a sponsor for the 2012-2013 “Teach for America, Sponsor-A-Teacher” initiative in Milwaukee and he has sponsored the production of the play – Jackie Robinson Story, which will debut in 2013 by Children’s First Stage Theatre Company.

In addition, since 2008, Rickie has financially supported the Rickie’s Rookies Ticket Program, which provides hundreds of game tickets and t-shirts to youth groups and organizations throughout Milwaukee and Wisconsin; he has also supported the American Diabetes Association, the Beckum-Stapleton Little League and the 2011 Fatherhood Initiative Trip where he hosted fathers and their children on a one-day trip to St. Louis for a ballgame, among other charitable events.

On Saturday, September 29 (Fan Appreciation Night, presented by Chevrolet), Rickie will be recognized as the Brewers 2012 Roberto Clemente Award nominee in a pregame ceremony at Miller Park.

Beginning today, fans can vote to select the national award recipient by visiting MLB.com/ClementeAward to vote for one of the 30 Club nominees. Participating fans will be automatically registered for a chance to win a trip to the 2012 World Series, where the national winner of the Roberto Clemente Award presented by Chevrolet will be announced. Voting ends at 11:59 p.m. ET on Sunday, October 14, and the winner of the fan poll will receive one vote among those cast by a selection panel.

– John and Cait

johnandcait@brewers.com

The Miller Park Scoreboard is Now Online

We get a lot of questions from fans here in the Media Relations Department.  Some are more common than others, but one of the more common questions we receive is about the Brewers scoreboard.

“I saw myself on the scoreboard during the game the other day, can I get a copy of that clip?”

Luckily, with the technology of our new high-definition scoreboard and the support of MLBAM, now you can.

The Brewers recently opened up a page on their website, brewers.com/bigscreen, where the in-game scoreboard feed is provided.

Did you participate in an in-game contest?  Was your birthday on the scoreboard?  Did you see your homemade sign on the screen?  Did your neighbor sing the National Anthem? Maybe your son was the “Play Ball” kid.  Whatever the case, these clips will all be available online.

Currently, videos are available from the June 29th game through the most recent game, September 16. Videos from earlier in 2012 will be added soon and all games moving forward will also be added.

You can share the video online with friends and family and embed the video on your site.  You can also purchase a DVD of the clip for $40.

–JOHN

johnandcait@brewers.com

Check Out the Bleacher Creatures at Miller Park

If you’ve been following the blog, you know that this season we’ve been highlighting some new and cool items in the Brewers Team Store by Majestic at Miller Park.

Well, this week, I wanted to feature some new plush items in the store.

No, not that kind of plush! I’m talking the soft toy kind of plush.

On the heels of the wildly popular Bernie’s Chalet Figurine, I thought it would be fun to highlight another Bernie Brewer item and also, a Ryan Braun doll–yes, you read that right. See below!

Bernie Brewer Hand Puppet

$30

This Bernie Brewer Hand Puppet, made by Bleacher Creatures, is an adorable addition to any fan’s collection. Bleacher Creatures is an innovative sports licensing manufacturer  that produces a variety of children’s toys and collectibles for young sports fans – and those fans who are young-at-heart.
Ryan Braun Doll
$30
That Ryan Braun sure is a doll….literally! This Ryan Braun plush doll, also by Bleacher Creatures, is another fun addition to your collection.
I encourage you to check out these items the next time you find yourself at Miller Park. Don’t forget that the Brewers Team Store by Majestic is open on non-gamedays, too! Stop in sometime this week, or when you’re here for the Brewers Mini on Saturday!
-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.]

Ryan Braun Hits 200th Career Home Run

Congratulations to Ryan Braun who hit his 200th career home run today in the fourth inning!  Braun ranks sixth on the Brewers all-time list, just one home run behind Cecil Cooper.  Robin Yount is the franchise leader with 251 home runs.

Ryan Braun hit his 200th career home run tonight.

Ryan Braun hit his 200th career home run today.

Ryan has had another MVP-type season and let’s hope he can keep it going through October!

–JOHN AND CAIT

johnandcait@brewers.com

Chef’s Table For the Mets Series

The New York Mets are in town and there is nothing like a little New York Deli sandwich!  The Chef’s Table for the weekend series vs. the Mets will feature a New York Style Beef Brisket sandwich and Matzo Ball soup.

The sandwich will feature fresh hand carved beef brisket on marble rye with Swiss cheese, sauerkraut and ground mustard with fresh chips and a pickle.  The sandwich is $9.50.

In addition, the Chef’s Table will feature another New York Deli favorite, Matzo Ball Soup.  A bowl of soup is $6.25.

Both items are available this weekend only at the Chef’s Table on the Loge Level outside Section 215, so come out and watch the Brewers this weekend while enjoying a taste of the Big Apple.

–JOHN

johnandcait@brewers.com

Brewers Send Chipper Jones into Retirement with a Taste of Milwaukee

Atlanta Braves third baseman and eight-time All-Star Chipper Jones, who announced before the start of the season that this would be his last in Major League Baseball, has been receiving parting gifts from the opposing team when the Braves come to town.

Back in July, Tom Haudricourt, Brewers beat writer for Milwaukee Journal Sentinel asked Chipper what he would like to receive as a farewell gift from us in Milwaukee.

“A year’s supply of brats would be nice. I’ll take brats over cheese. I love brats; so does my family,” Chipper told Tom.

Well, tonight was Chipper’s final game in Milwaukee (barring any potential match-up in the Postseason, of course) and, in a short pregame ceremony before the Brewers beat the Braves by a score of 8-2, we made good on that special request.

The World Famous Klement’s Racing Sausages were on hand to present Chipper with a year’s supply of Klement’s Sausage and we even threw in a Weber Genesis S330 Propane Gas Grill to boot (read: this is not your standard tailgating grill, ladies and gents).

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We wish Chipper well in his future endeavors, including shifting his focus to another kind of game by continuing his show, Major League Bowhunter, an educational bowhunting program that airs on Sportsman Channel, a national hunting, shooting and fishing television channel headquartered in New Berlin, Wisconsin. [Full disclosure: That’s also where my husband works—shameless plug!]

So, in addition to that Klement’s sausage, perhaps Chipper will find some other ways to put that grill to use as well.

Entering tonight’s game, the career .304 hitter had batted .298 with 4 home runs in the 30 games he played at Miller Park. Chipper went 1 for 3 in tonight’s Brewers victory.

-Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

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