September 2012

UPDATED: Brewers Music…September Call-Up Edition

Back in April, to start the season, I wrote a post about players’ at-bat/entrance songs and have been working at keeping the list as current as possible.

Due to popular demand, I’m updating the list of 2012 music to include the songs for all of the roster moves/September call-ups as of late, 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

Eric Farris: “Gone Daddy Gone” by Gnarls Barkley

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

Yovani Gallardo: “My Time” by Fabolous

Carlos Gomez: “Yo Si Soy Rap” by Villanosam

Taylor Green: “Layla” by Eric Clapton

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

Shaun Marcum: “Inside the Fire” by Disturbed

Nyjer Morgan: “Function” by E-40

Wily Peralta: “Hero” by Skillet

Aramis Ramirez: None, at his request

Mark Rogers: “A-Punk” by Vampire Weekend

Logan Schafer: “Carry On My Wayward Son” by Kansas

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

Tyler Thornburg: “Chelsea Dagger” by The Fratellis

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

Shaun Marcum: “Burn It To The Ground” by Nickelback

Wily Peralta: “Lost Control” by Unwritten Law

Francisco Rodriguez: “Sandungueso” by Tego Calderon

Mark Rogers: “Lights Out” by P.O.D.

Tyler Thornburg: “Wanted Dead or Alive” by Bon Jovi

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!

Some people have also 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.

Finally,  the song played after Brewers victories is currently “All I Do is Win” by DJ Khaled.

Let’s hope we’re hearing that one many times during our last ten regular season home games at Miller Park!

-CAIT

johnandcait@brewers.com

Brewers 2013 Schedule Released

There is still plenty of baseball to be played in 2012, but today, Major League Baseball and the Brewers announced their 2013 schedule.

The Club’s 44th season in Major League Baseball will open at Miller Park for the second consecutive season.  Nothing like a true Opening Day at Miller Park!  The Brewers will face the Colorado Rockies on Monday, April 1 at 1:10 p.m. at Miller Park (Opening Day and April Fool’s Day will surely cause some excitement around town).

After the question of “When is Opening Day?” is asked, the next question always seems to be, “Who do we play in Interleague?”  The entire look of Interleague Play will change in 2013 as the Houston Astros will move to the American League West.  This will make for 15 American League teams and 15 National League teams, meaning there will be at least one Interleague series everyday of the season.  The Brewers and Astros will meet at Minute Maid Park, June 18 – 20.  Houston joins Milwaukee as the only MLB teams in history to switch leagues.

The Brewers Interleague schedule will feature two-game sets with the Texas Rangers, May 7 – 8 at Miller Park and August 13 – 14 in Texas.  Back-to-back two-game series with the Minnesota Twins–their “prime” Interleague opponent–will take place May 27 – 28 at Miller Park and May 29 – 30 at Target Field.

Two firsts will take place for the Brewers in 2013 Interleague Play.  The Oakland Athletics will make their first ever visit to Miller Park, June 3 – 5.  The Brewers and Athletics have not met since the 2002 season in Oakland.  The Brewers will also make their first trip to Seattle since 1997 and their first ever visit to Safeco Park to face the Mariners, August 9 – 11.  The Mariners visited Miller Park in 2010 and 2004.

The Brewers will close their interleague play at Miller Park against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim for a weekend series, August 30 – September 1.

The holiday schedule at Miller Park will be a little light as the Brewers will “open” and “close” summer at Miller Park.  The Brewers will play at home on Memorial Day, May 27 vs. Minnesota and on Labor Day, September 2 vs. Pittsburgh.

With the even split of 15 teams in each league and six, five team divisions, the schedule will be more uniform across the board in 2013.  Each club will play 19 games against divisional opponents.  Those 19 games will be played in six series–three at home and three on the road.  Each club will also play either six or seven games against non-divisional League opponents.  Those games will be played in two series–one at home and one on the road.

The Brewers longest homestand of 2013 will be ten-games and will see the Brewers face National League Central Division foes: Cincinnati (September 13 – 15), Chicago (September 16 – 19) and St. Louis (September 20 – 22).  The Brewers will also have a nine-game homestand against Pittsburgh (April 29 – May 1), St. Louis (May 2 – 5) and Texas (May 7 – 8).

The team will have one ten-game road trip during 2013 that will take place in Cincinnati (May 10 – 12), Pittsburgh (May 13 – 16) and St. Louis (May 17 – 19).  Two nine-game road trips are also on the schedule.  The first will take place in Miami (June 10 – 12), Cincinnati (June 14 – 16) and Houston (June 18 – 20) and the second will take place in San Francisco (August 5 – 8), Seattle (August 9 – 11) and Texas (August 13 – 14).

The Brewers will also play a pair of exhibition games at Miller Park against the Chicago White Sox.  The two teams will meet Friday, March 29 at 7:10 p.m. and Saturday, March 30 at 1:10 p.m.

Weekday night games at Miller Park will start at 7:10 p.m.  Weekday day games in April and May will start at 12:10 p.m. (except Memorial Day which is a 1:10 p.m. start) while all Sunday games and weekday day games in June – September will start at 1:10 p.m.  Saturday home game times will be announced at a later date.

A reminder that all game dates and times are subject to change and road game times will be announced at a later date.  Also, expect the Spring Training schedule to be released sometime in October.

Here is a calendar version of the Brewers 2013 schedule in a .PDF format: MB-2013 Schedule.

–JOHN

johnandcait@brewers.com

Brewers On Deck Tickets On Sale Now!

Yesterday we announced that Brewers On Deck 2013, presented by Time Warner Cable, will take place on Sunday, January 27, 2013 , from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. at the Frontier Airlines Center. Tickets went on sale this morning.

Brewers On Deck is the winter fan festival that bridges the gap between the Wisconsin winter and Spring Training. As in the past, Brewers On Deck will feature a number of activities for the entire family.

Autographs and photos from Brewers players and coaches, interactive games in the Kids Area, Q&A sessions and game shows with Brewers players, coaches and broadcasters, vendor booths with baseball memorabilia, the Brewers Community Foundation Treasure Hunt and many other activities will all be a part of Brewers On Deck.

Advance tickets are $15 for adults and $9 for children 14 and under.  Tickets the day of the event are $20 for adults and $15 for children 14 and under.  A portion of the proceeds from Brewers On Deck will benefit Brewers Community Foundation.

Tickets may be purchased at the Miller Park ticket office, by calling the Brewers Ticket office at (414) 902-4000, or online at brewers.com/ondeck. More details, including autograph session information can also be found at brewers.com/ondeck.

We’ll have more updates on Brewers On Deck to come, but I can assure you this event will be plenty of fun once again. And it is definitely worth purchasing in advance--when you purchase your ticket by November 1, 2012, you’ll receive a voucher redeemable for a FREE TICKET to a select Brewers home game in April 2013!

Here’s a slideshow from last year’s event:

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Cheers!

-Cait

johnandcait@brewers.com

 

 

Brewers Remember September 11 at Miller Park

Like the rest of America, the Brewers today remembered the tragedies of September 11, 2001.  What will always be a somber day has also became a day to remember, a day to honor and a day to say thanks.  Some of Milwaukee’s first responders–firefighters, police officers, paramedics and EMTs–were on the plaza outside the home plate gate to welcome fans to Miller Park.  Color guards from those same groups presented flags during the National Anthem.

Outside Miller Park on Tuesday. Photo: Jeff Hanisch

Outside Miller Park on Tuesday. Photo: Jeff Hanisch

Some young Brewers fans get a tour from a Milwaukee Police Officer. Photo: Jeff Hanisch

Some young Brewers fans get a tour from a Milwaukee Police Officer. Photo: Jeff Hanisch

One of the highlights of the pregame ceremony was a fly-over of four F-16s from the Air Force 115th Fighter Wing in Madison.  I had a pretty good angle of the fly-over from the Miller Park roof ring above the scoreboard.  There, I watched with Lt. Col. Charlie Merkel of the 115th Fighter Wing who communicated with the planes via radio.  Staff Sgt. Jeremy Wilson of the 128th Air Refeuling Wing photographed from atop Miller Park along with Brewers team photographer Scott Paulus and Sr. Director, Stadium Operations, Bob Hallas.

Lt. Col. Merkel phoning in instructions to the F-16 pilots.

Lt. Col. Merkel phoning in instructions to the F-16 pilots.

The F-16s speed over Miller Park. Photo: Scott Paulus

The F-16s speed over Miller Park. Photo: Scott Paulus

I’m sorry if this video is a bit shaky, but my knees where trembling a bit as I was pretty high up on the ring of the Miller Park roof.

If you were here at Miller Park tonight (or if you live in the neighborhood), surely you heard the jets rumble by.  Merkle told me that the came in at about 1,000 feet and were traveling at a speed around 560 knots.  It took them just over 12 minutes to get to Miller Park from Madison.  They circled high over the ballpark a few times and then came from the east.  I can’t remember too many fly-overs in my eight years here with the Brewers (I organized one a few years ago and was disappointed when it was cancelled at the last minute due to low clouds), so tonight was surely a treat.

Miller Park from on top of the scoreboard tonight.

Miller Park from on top of the scoreboard tonight.

A special thanks to all of our servicemen and women and our first responders as we remember the lives lost on September 11, 2001.  We will certainly never forget and will always use this day to remember.

–JOHN 

johnandcait@brewers.com

Fan Appreciation Weekend to Take Place September 28-30 at Miller Park

The Brewers will celebrate Fan Appreciation Weekend at Miller Park during the final weekend series of the 2012 regular season, September 28-30 vs. the Houston Astros.  The weekend will include numerous giveaways and prizes and one lucky fan will even win a 2013 Chevrolet Camaro.

On Friday night, September 28, all fans in attendance will receive a coupon, courtesy of Subway and in addition, the first 10,000 fans in attendance will receive a “Rally ‘Stache,” compliments of Southwest Airlines.

For Saturday and Sunday’s games, all fans in attendance will receive a 2013 schedule magnet. In addition, for Saturday’s 6:10 p.m. game vs. Houston—Fan Appreciation Night presented by Chevrolet—all fans will also receive a 2012 Brewers team photo and will be entered for a chance to win fabulous prizes including a new 2013 Chevrolet Camaro.

On Saturday, September 29, one lucky fan could win a 2013 Chevrolet Camaro, similar to this one!

To close Fan Appreciation Weekend on Sunday afternoon, all fans will also receive a scratch-off card that will reveal prizes such as 2013 Brewers tickets, food and beverage vouchers and even a Miller Park Suite experience!

Tickets for all three games of Fan Appreciation Weekend and most remaining regular season home games are available at the Miller Park Box Office, online at brewers.com or by calling the Brewers ticket office at (414) 902-4000.

For more information on Fan Appreciation Weekend, visit brewers.com/fanappreciation.

 -Cait

johnandcait@brewers.com

Chef’s Table For the Braves Series

The Atlanta Braves are in town for a three-game series against the Milwaukee Brewers.  To celebrate, Miller Park is bringing a little “soul” to the Chef’s Table as it will feature Atlanta’s Famous Chicken and Waffles.

Two pieces of fried chicken drizzled with a siracha honey sauce served over two thyme scented waffles.  It’s the breakfast that you have always wanted for dinner!

 

 

 

Menu for the Braves series.

Menu for the Braves series.

The southern specialty will be available throughout the three-game set with the Braves at the Chef’s Table stand outside section 215 on the Loge Level.

–JOHN

johnandcait@brewers.com

Take Home or Visit Bernie’s Chalet at Miller Park

Earlier this season, I told you that we were going to be highlighting some new and cool items in the Brewers Team Store by Majestic at Miller Park.

Well, this week, while you’re out here watching the Brewers take on the Braves (Monday, September 10-Wednesday, September 12) and the Mets (Friday, September 14-Sunday, September 16), I encourage you to visit Bernie’s Chalet Custom Shoppe and also, check out the cool new Bernie’s Chalet figurine in the store.

Let’s start with Bernie’s Chalet Custom Shoppe, located in the Hot Corner at Miller Park on the Field Level (near the Brewers Team Store by Majestic and TGI Friday’s).

If you haven’t headed that way yet this season, what are you waiting for? The Shoppe, which is new this year, offers a wide variety of cool, customized merchandise. There, you can personalize jerseys, t-shirts and baseball bats!

Check out Bernie’s Custom Chalet, located on the Field Level of the Hot Corner at Miller Park!

The chalet is super-cute and even includes a look inside Bernie Brewer’s bedroom (when he’s not in his dugout, of course!)

Get your personalized jersey, t-shirt or bat!

Bernie’s Chalet Figurine
$25*

This Bernie’s Chalet figurine is exclusive to Miller Park. Mention John and Cait this week and you’ll save 20%!

Brewers fans will recall Bernie’s original chalet at County Stadium and now, they can own a mini replica with this cute collectible figurine, exclusive to the Brewers Team Stores at Miller Park. [Side note: For a Bernie Brewer history lesson, click here!]
*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 (September 10) through Sunday, September 16, when you visit the store and purchase the chalet figurine, you’ll get 20% off when you mention “John & Cait”.
So there you have it! Make sure you check out the Brewers Team Stores at Miller Park–including Bernie’s Chalet Custom Shoppe– 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 #INSTAGRAMMA Contest Launched in Time for Grandparents Day!

This Sunday, September 9 is Grandparents Day and we’re celebrating with a fun Instagram contest!

How to Enter: Create an original photo of you or your child with your/their grandma or grandpa (or someone who is like a grandparent to you/them) together wearing Brewers gear and/or at Miller Park. Or, grandparents, take a photo with your grandchild! Tag it on Instagram using hashtag #InstaGRAMMA for a chance to win a set of four tickets to the game of your choice during Fan Appreciation Weekend (September 28-30).

We launched this contest on Tuesday and we’ll be accepting entries through Tuesday, September 18, giving you plenty of time to take some fun new photos and even come out to Miller Park next week when the Crew returns home to face the Braves and Mets to take some here. For more information and complete rules, please visit brewers.com/instagramma.

#INSTAGRAMMA #BREWERS

The photos that we’ve seen come in so far are awesome, so keep them coming! We’ll chose three winners in this contest.

For those unfamiliar, Instagram is a free, fast and fun way to share photos using most Apple or Android products.

You can follow us on Instagram @Brewers.  

Here’s the type of photo you can expect to see from us on Instagram!

For those without Instagram, you can still view our photos, by visiting  brewers.com/instagram.

My own grandparents are no longer with us, but they were all big Brewers fans of course (even the ones from Chicago–I converted them!), but my maternal grandmother was an especially avid fan. (She even once had a bird named J.J. after former Brewers player J.J. Hardy!) So in honor of Grandparents Day and this contest, I thought I would share a photo of her on Instagram, taken at Miller Park when I celebrated Mother’s Day with her, my aunt and my mom at Miller Park a few years ago.

Looking back now, I definitely wish I would have gotten one of the two of us together, so this weekend while you’re celebrating Grandparents Day, make sure to give the Grandparents a hug, take some great photos and share them with us!

-Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

 

 

Running For the MACC Fund, Just 3 Weeks to the Brewers Mini

It’s the homestretch for the Brewers Mini-Marathon. The event is sold out and if you have signed up and haven’t started training, what are you waiting for!? Less than three weeks until the big race!

In all seriousness, there is an important part of the Brewers Mini that we haven’t really touched on yet through the blog. There is the fundraising aspect to the race—raising money for a very important organization, the MACC Fund (Midwest Athletes Against Childhood Cancer).

For over 35 years, the MACC Fund has raised over $41 million for childhood cancer and related blood disorder research. It is a cause that has touched many lives, most likely someone you may know.

The MACC Fund works with the Medical College of Wisconsin, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin and the University of Wisconsin Carbone Cancer Center. In addition, the MACC Fund also sponsors research centers in Madison and Milwaukee.

The Brewers have teamed up with the MACC Fund to raise money for their cause. The race is a great way to shed some light on how important the MACC Fund is to childhood cancer research.  If you would like to donate to Team John and Cait, you can do so by clicking here.  You can also visit BrewersMini.com to donate in the name of any person running the Brewers Mini.

JOHN
The MACC Fund has always been something that has been a part of my life. My family has always been involved and I’m proud to call a number of leaders of the organization good friends. MACC Fund Executive Director John, Cary, MACC Fund President Jon McGlocklin and my dad, John F. Steinmiller, who has served on the MACC Fund Board of Directors, have always been good examples for me of how important this organization is to the community.

From participating in the Children’s Fashion Shows when I was little (oops, my mom must have misplaced those photos), playing in the Hoop-It-Up 3-on-3 basketball tournament with my friends growing up, the Women For MACC Pasta Fest, attending the Bucks MACC Fund Game, working with Bob and Brian’s Radiothon and seeing the “MACC Star” on our Christmas tree every year, the MACC Fund has always been something that has been a part of my life. Growing up in the Milwaukee community, it is hard to miss any of their events.

The hardworking people who are a part of the organization as well as the children who benefit from their research will certainly be on my mind on September 22 when running this race.

CAIT

Childhood cancer is the leading disease-related cause of death in children after the newborn period. While I do not have the same personal ties to the MACC Fund that John does, I do know that the MACC Fund is a wonderful organization supporting a very important cause.

So, if you thought about participating in the physical race yourself, but didn’t have the chance, you can still participate in another  race–the race to wipe out childhood cancer and related blood disorders—one child at a time.
If you’re running the race and have already started fundraising, that’s great! Please know your support and efforts are much appreciated We’d also like to hear from you–what’s been working? Have you tried campaign emails or letters? How about a fundraising party, teaming up with others, or getting creative? Garage sales, bake sales and car washes are some easy and fun ideas to help boost your total.

I’ve been checking out the Fundraising page on the brewersmini.com and I’m thrilled to see terrific numbers coming in so far!

And because incentives are helpful not only in racing, but also in fundraising, Brewers Enterprises has some great ones to keep you motivated!

Various levels have been established to qualify for individual and group prizes. The top individual and group fundraisers will get their choice of prize within their qualifying level, all other fundraisers will be entered into a drawing for the remaining prizes for which they qualify. 

Prizes include everything from autographed baseballs and rounds of golf to a private gourmet dinner for two at Home Plate in Miller Park and the opportunity to take batting practice! For a full list of prizes, click here.

So there you have it. On Saturday, September 22, we all have two common goals–to finish the race strong and to help support this important cause.

We hope that you will help support Team John and Cait, or become a fundraiser yourself!

-John and Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

Note: If you’d rather give of your time, the Brewers Mini is still looking for volunteers for race day and other tasks associated with the event! Click here for more.

Bernie Brewer: Behind the Moustache Submitted to DearMKE Project

This summer, VISIT Milwaukee, the city’s award-winning convention and visitors’ bureau, teamed up with film producer Jack Turner to produce “DearMKE,” a project they are describing as a “love letter to the city.”


“DearMKE started as a way for all of us to show others what we love about our city. It is growing into a film, twelve documentaries made by local filmmakers, and a citywide contest that lets all of us tell our story like only we can,” says the project’s website. “We all know what makes Milwaukee such a great place. Isn’t it time everyone else did too?”

Jack, who resided in Whitefish Bay as a teenager and boasts an impressive resume, is capturing the best of Milwaukee on film along with other local Milwaukee filmmakers,  but they are also asking for the help of local businesses and residents:

“Every neighborhood in Milwaukee holds memories and promises. Surprises and longtime connections. Revolutionary ideas and reflections. Amazing people and places. Every city block, every corner bar, every park, every school, every brick in every church steeple holds a story. Which one will you share about our DearMKE?”

The project calls for submissions via a video, photo, or written work.

To participate in this project, we compiled a history on the team’s number one fan, our lovable, mustachioed mascot. It’s called: Bernie Brewer: Behind the Moustache. Think you know the whole story about Bernie Brewer? Think again!


A special thanks to Cory Wilson, Matt Morell and Deron Anderson for their help putting this together and Bernie,  Bonnie, Bango, Robb Edwards, John Axford, Gorman Thomas and Mario Ziino for their time!

The trailer to this video resides on the project’s website, DearMKE.com, where you can also submit your own ideas, which could appear in Jack’s film, or be featured in one of twelve short documentaries.

Jack’s film will premier at the Milwaukee Film Festival later this month (more on that, including John Axford’s involvement, to come!) and each of the documentaries will premier once a month on the project’s website. You could also win a prize package featuring tickets and gift certificates from various Milwaukee attractions. Hurry, the deadline is October 12.

-Cait
JohnandCait@Brewers.com

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