April 2013

Vote Brewers! Balloting Party Scheduled for Thursday at UW-Milwaukee

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With the Vote Brewers! campaign underway and voting for the 2013 Major League Baseball All-Star Game in full-swing, the Brewers and UW-Milwaukee have planned a Vote Brewers! party on the UWM campus this Thursday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.  The party will take place at the UWM Union (2200 East Kenwood Boulevard).

Fans will have an opportunity to cast their votes online balloting via the laptop computers in the UWM Union All-Star Polling District. In addition, the Klement’s Famous Racing Sausages will be in attendance at the balloting party.

Eight Brewers players are featured on the ballot for the 84th Major League Baseball All-Star Game, to be held on Tuesday, July 16 at Citi Field in New York.  Players on this year’s All-Star ballot include 1B Corey Hart, 2B Rickie Weeks, SS Jean Segura, 3B Aramis Ramirez, C Jonathan Lucroy, OF Ryan Braun, OF Carlos Gomez and OF Norichika Aoki.  Write-in votes are also possible.

In-park balloting at Miller Park is underway and will continue through Friday, June 21, comprising 25 home dates.  With every 10 ballots turned in to the All-Star Polling District at Miller Park, fans will receive one raffle ticket that will enter them in a drawing for the opportunity to win a collector’s item daily, ranging from game-used memorabilia to player autographs. A drawing will be held during every home game through June 21 and the winning ticket will be announced during the game.  Rules will be available at the Polling District.

 

Fans can vote for the Major League All-Stars online at Brewers.com a maximum of 35 times per email address through Thursday, July 4 at 10:59 CT.  All fans voting 21 times for their favorite Brewers will be entered into a drawing to win Ryan Braun’s Miller Park Suite for a night, complete with tickets, food and a personal visit from the young Brewers slugger.  Fans voting online will also receive a buy-one, get-one offer for select Brewers home games.  More information and rules may be found at Brewers.com.

–JOHN

johnandcait@brewers.com

How Well ‘Do You Know Your Crew?

In case you weren’t aware (and we’re betting you weren’t), today is Hairstyle Appreciation Day. Yes, really.

According to HolidayInsights.com, “Hairstyle Appreciation Day celebrates uniqueness of all styles of hair. It allows us to express our individuality. Each generation of youth creates its own hairstyles, or comes back to style that were popular years ago. We include among the hairstyles, hair coloring and shaved heads.”

Anyway, it’s one of those random “holidays” that pop up and we thought we’d have some fun celebrating each unique ‘do on the Crew. The Brewers take their hair very seriously. Pitcher Hiram Burgos and catcher Martin Maldonado each serve as unofficial “Clubhouse Barbers.” They can often be seen in the clubhouse tightening things up before games with trimmers. See if you can guess who’s who!

 

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Check back later today and we’ll have the reveals! Update: All reveals have been posted. Hope you had fun!

-Cait

JohnandCait@Brewers.com

Autism Awareness Game Slated for Tomorrow

April is Autism Awareness Month and Major League Baseball is teaming up with Autism Speaks, the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization, in a league-wide effort to support Autism Awareness.

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Autism and autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are both general terms for a group of complex disorders of brain development, characterized, in varying degrees, by difficulties in social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication and repetitive behaviors. An estimated one in 88 children in the U.S. is on the autism spectrum – a ten-fold increase in prevalence over the last 40 years.

Founded in February 2005 by Suzanne and Bob Wright, the grandparents of a child with autism, Autism Speaks is dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders; and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families. Since its inception, the organization has committed more than $195 million to research and developing innovative resources for families.

To show our support, tomorrow night’s Brewers vs. the Pittsburgh Pirates game has been dedicated as our Autism Awareness Game.

Autism Speaks Milwaukee will be at the game and will have an information table set-up on the Field Level concourse. Brewers Community Foundation has provided them with tickets for the game and will be hosting special activities for select families during batting practice.

-Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

 

2013 Player Entrance Music-Updated 4/29/13

Entering this homestand, here’s an updated list of player entrance music for you.

However, it doesn’t take much for a player to change his tune, so to make sure you’re up-to-date, make sure you download the free MLB At The Ballpark App! In addition to check-in offers, ballpark maps, game updates and more, one of the really cool features is “Ballpark Music.” Like a song you hear? Check it out on At The Ballpark–and you can even download it right there! No Shazam necessary!

2013 AT-BAT WALK-UP MUSIC

Norichika Aoki: “Right Round” by Flo Rida

Yuniesky Betancourt: “Good Vibrations” by Marky Mark

Ryan Braun: “Still in this” by B.o.B.

Hiram Burgos: “Work It Out” by Jurassic 5

Khris Davis: “Gangsta Rap Made Me Do It” by Ice Cube

Marco Estrada: “Rack City” by Tyga

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

Yovani Gallardo: “My Time” by Fabolous

Carlos Gomez: “Started from the Bottom” by Drake

Alex Gonzalez: “Zumba” by Don Omar

Blake Lalli: “Let It Rock” by Kevin Rudolf

Kyle Lohse: “Next Episode” by Dr. Dre

Jonathan Lucroy: “Fight Inside” by Red

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

Wily Peralta: “Big Poppa” by Notorious B.I.G.

Josh Prince: “Hero” by Skillet

Aramis Ramirez: None (at his request)

Logan Schafer: “Return of the Mack” by Mark Morrison

Jean Segura: “En Cualto Eh Que Tamo” by Chimbala

Rickie Weeks:  “Rich as —-” by Lil Wayne

2013 PITCHING ENTRANCE MUSIC

John Axford: “New Noise” by Refused

Burke Badenhop: “Strangehold” by Ted Nugent

Marco Estrada: “Bodies” by Drowning Pool

Mike Fiers: The Saw Theme Song

Yovani Gallardo: “My Time” by Fabolous

Wily Peralta: “Big Poppa” by Notorious B.I.G.

In case you weren’t aware, in addition to At The Ballpark, 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. Last year, 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!

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

Don’t #Whiff! Help Us Win $10,000 for the local RBI Leagues!

Starting on Opening Day, for every “whiff” (strikeout) across MLB during the 2013 regular season, Head & Shoulders with Old Spice has pledged to make a $1 donation to the MLB Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI ) program. The RBI program is the MLB youth initiative designed to give young people from urban and underserved  communities the opportunity to play baseball and softball, encourages academic success and achievement, and teaches important life lessons and values.

MLB fans can take part in the “Season of the #Whiff” on Twitter all season long and help their team & community–the MLB Club with the most tweets each month will earn $10,000 for their local RBI Leagues!

Here’s how YOU can help the cause in Wisconsin:

Celebrate strikeouts by Brewers pitchers by incorporating #WHIFF + @Brewers into your tweets. You’ll see us doing this all season long on our accounts, so we hope you’ll follow along!

Track our progress by following @HSforMen on Twitter or visiting the Head & Shoulders “Season of the #Whiff” page on Mlb.com.

We are currently in 3rd place for April with two days to go, but I know Brewers fans can continue to embrace this promotion and come on strong so we can come out on top! Pay attention and start tweeting @Brewers #Whiff!

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Thanks!

-Cait

johnandcait@brewers.com

What John and Cait Ate: Bloody Marys…with a Beef Straw!

“When you come to a fork in the road, take it.”

-Yogi Berra

“When you come to a fork in the road, take it…and try these concessions!”

-John & Cait

Miller Park Bloody Marys

During each homestand, we will be meeting with John DiMartini, Executive Chef at Delaware North Sportservice/Miller Park to sample some of the latest and greatest Miller Park fare and review it here, for you.

Bloody Mary-$11.25

Miller Park Bloody Marys

Let me start off by getting this out of the way: I like love am mildly obsessed with Bloody Marys. They are my drink of choice. Whether it’s 10am or 10pm, there is no bad time for a Bloody, in my opinion. I like my Bloody Marys spicy with a variety of fixin’s and I even consider myself somewhat of a connoisseur, trying them at varying restaurants and rating them on my own scale. I have my own personal Bloody Mary blog. I make it a point to attend the Tomato Romp on Milwaukee’s East Side each year; I have made a pilgrimage to the place where the Bloody Mary was purportedly invented (King Cole Bar in the St. Regis Hotel in New York City); and I have even made Bloody Mary-inspired recipes like a Bloody Mary salad or Bloody Mary burgers, which shows you how much I just crave that taste. I guess it helps that tomatoes are my favorite food to begin with.

Anyway, needless to say, I have my favorite spots to get a Bloody around the city. Thus, this is why you shouldn’t take this lightly when I say– without bias– that Miller Park is one of them.

SportService puts their own twist on the Miller Park Bloodys by combining Skyy Vodka and Ocean Spray Bloody Mary Mix, along with some extra spices like worcestershire sauce, Tabasco and celery salt. You can order them mixed to your liking–mild, medium or spicy, although, I’m told spicy is the preference of most Brewers fans. The drinks are then topped off with fixin’s like pickles, olives and, new this year, Benny’s Bloody Mary Beef Straws.

Yes, you read that right–BEEF STRAWS,  a beef stick hollowed out into a glass-to-mouth transportation device.

Beef Straws at Miller Park

I came across this genius product on my own about six months ago (they are available at select retail locations). I tweeted about the straws and the next thing I knew, two packages arrived from Benny (Ben Hirko) himself.

A little background on the origin of it, from Benny, via the company’s website:

During my 15+ years in the restaurant/bar business I’ve always loved trying new things to make people smile. One evening while bartending I was chatting with 2 customers. They had brought beef snack sticks with them to enjoy while having a couple of beers. Always hungry, I asked for one. While snacking on the stick, I thought to myself these would taste fantastic in a bloody mary! I began thinking of the best way to use it, and immediately thought it should be a straw instead of just a stick. As a straw, the bloody mary would be able to soak into the beef and be a juicy snack all the way through. Armed with this new idea, I started making them at home for my friends and family. Everyone loved them, and after some research I thought I should make these available for everyone. I hope my idea can add a bit of fun, and great taste to your bloody marys for years to come.

After receiving the straws, I was anxious to make myself a bloody and let me tell you… It took me back to the days of my youth, using a Twizzlers to drink soda and add a bit of cherry flavor. In a more grown-up version, Benny’s straws absorbed the Bloody Mary goodness from the inside out as well as the outside in.

That’s why I was so very excited to hear that we’d be using Benny’s Bloody Mary Beef Straws in all of our Bloodys at Miller Park this season, becoming the first MLB Ballpark to do so.

I’m hoping you’ll enjoy the straws just as much as I have, especially in the Miller Park Bloody Mary.

These four Brewers fans from Rockford are also fans of the Miller Park Bloody Mary!

These four Brewers fans from Rockford are also fans of the Miller Park Bloody Mary!

Enjoy and remember to drink responsibly!

Rating:

(out of 5)

Where To Satisfy Your Craving: Fans can find the Miller Park Bloody Mary on the Field Level on two carts near the Home Plate Gate and on a cart near Section 117; they are also available on the Loge Level, near the Press Box and in the right-field corner.

NOTE: On Sundays, you can find a Build-Your-Own U-Skew Bloody Mary station near the Home Plate Bar on the PNC Club Level. Those are $12 each, made with Jimmy Luv’s mix, and include all the fixin’s you can fit on a skewer. Choose from options such as: celery, asparagus, sausage, cheese, mushrooms, hard boiled eggs, olives, pickles, cherry tomatoes and more.

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-Cait

johnandcait@brewers.com

Pin Miller Park and Yard Crashers Could Crash Milwaukee

DIY Network has joined forces with MLB Network for the “Pin Your Turf, We’ll Crash Your City” Pinterest Contest and Milwaukee could end up on the popular show Yard Crashers!

Milwaukee, along with eight other Major League cities, is  featured on DIY Network’s Pinterest Board, where fans can pin postcards from the select cities starting now through Wednesday, May 8 for a chance to have licensed contractor Matt Blashaw and the Yard Crashers team ambush the winning baseball town. Shooting this summer and premiering in 2014, a special episode of Yard Crashers will feature the winning city’s ambush and surprise one lucky fan with a home run outdoor makeover.

Brewers fans can help increase our hometown score with each competitive re-pin of this image (you can click right on it and be taken to Pinterest):

REPIN to help bring Yard Crashers to Milwaukee!

REPIN to help bring Yard Crashers to Milwaukee!

So far, the Astros are in the lead, but since we know Brewers fans vote and share in droves when posed with a challenge, hopefully that will change very soon!

“People always ask me to come and crash their space,” said Matt Blashaw, host and licensed contractor of DIY Network’s Yard Crashers. “Now is your chance. Just show your club some Pinterest love and I may show up in your town, your yard, and give you a winning space!”

Along with the Brewers, the other Clubs we’re pitted against are: Pittsburgh Pirates, Colorado Rockies, San Francisco Giants, Oakland Athletics, Seattle Mariners, San Diego Padres, Houston Astros and the Minnesota Twins.

Starting in 2009, DIY Network and MLB Network partnered together for special episodes of DIY Network’s popular series, including Yard War: Baseball in 2010, House Crashers in 2011, Desperate Landscapes and Man Caves in 2012, and currently Mega Dens in 2013.

Official rules are available on DIYNetwork.com. Catch all new episodes of Yard Crashers on Monday nights at 9 p.m. CT on DIY Network.

Happy pinning!

-Cait

johnandcait@brewers.com

About DIY Network

DIY Network, from the makers of HGTV and Food Network, is the go-to destination for rip-up, knock-out home improvement television. Currently in more than 58 million homes, DIY Network’s programming covers a broad range of categories, including home improvement and landscaping. The network’s award-winning website, DIYNetwork.com, consistently ranks among America’s top home and garden Internet destinations for entertaining videos, home improvement advice, step-by-step instructions, message boards, blogs, an interactive program guide and more.  Headquartered in Knoxville, Tenn., DIY Network is wholly owned by Scripps Networks Interactive, Inc. (SNI). Viewers can also become fans of DIY Network and interact with other home improvement enthusiasts and do-it-yourselfers through Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.  DIY Network is available nationwide on DISH Network Ch. 111 and DIRECTV Ch. 230, and additional cable channel
designations may be found by checking local listings and DIYNetwork.com/tv.

About MLB Network

MLB Network is the ultimate television destination for baseball fans, featuring the Emmy Award-winning MLB Tonight, live games, original programming, highlights, and insights and analysis from the best in the business, including Bob Costas, Peter Gammons, Jim Kaat, Al Leiter and Harold Reynolds. MLB Network debuted on January 1, 2009 as the largest launch in cable television history and is currently distributed in more than 70 million homes throughout the U.S. and Puerto Rico. For more information and to find MLB Network in your area, go to www.mlbnetwork.com.

Reebok Spartan Race Brings Popular Sprint Event to Miller Park

What sports enthusiast hasn’t dreamed of standing on the field where their favorite team plays, gazing into the stands filled with cheering fans and hitting the winning home run or scoring the game-winning touchdown? Reebok Spartan Race promises that same adrenalin rush to competitors at the Wisconsin Spartan Sprint at Miller Park happening Saturday, Sept. 7, 2013 in Milwaukee.

Reebok Spartan Race, voted Outside Magazine’s Best Obstacle Race in 2012, is the world’s leading obstacle racing series and the first of its kind to have global rankings. With 350,000 participants in 2012 and 60 events planned for 2013, Reebok Spartan Race is making this one of the fastest growing sports in the world. Reebok Spartan Race is a timed event series featuring races at four escalating distances in locations worldwide that culminate in a World Championship Finale with cash and prizes for the champions – with a half-million dollars in cash and prizes awarded in 2012 alone. While featuring competitive elite heats, Reebok Spartan Races are for athletes of all levels and abilities.

To watch a video of the race at Citi Field, click here.

“Based on the huge success of our Fenway Park and Citi Field events in Boston and New York respectively, we recognized the appeal of the more intimate stadium setting,” said Spartan Race founder Joe De Sena. “Fans will get to experience Miller Park in a rare, up-close-and-personal way as the course winds throughout the entire stadium – including stands and concourses – and ends on the field.”

The Reebok Spartan 2013 calendar will include several Sprint Races at some of the nation’s favorite professional sports stadiums.  Other confirmed sites include Citi Field, in Flushing, N.Y., April 13 that brought 12,000 competitors, Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, PA, September 28, and a return to Fenway Park, in Boston, MA. Saturday, Nov. 16.

“Fans, stay tuned for announcements about future events coming to a stadium near you,” De Sena noted, adding that locations are being selected that already have a strong Reebok Spartan following.  “We’re picking places that are passionate about their sports,” he continued, “plus, we want to give our most loyal fans multiple opportunities within a calendar year to compete in a Spartan Race.”

Adult heats will start at 8 a.m. continuing in roughly one-minute, 10-person waves throughout the day, with individual start times assigned at the event. As with all Spartan events, points will be awarded and elite performers can win entry to a larger, even tougher Super Spartan event. The three-mile course is a head-to-head, time trial, speed-style event, with the unique twist of incorporating numerous, challenging obstacles for which Spartan Race is famous.

Each racer will receive a commemorative medal, t-shirt and photographs along with access to Miller Park and instant fame on its massive HD video board.

Children also can join in the challenge with the Jr. Spartan Adventure Race. Spectator access to the event will be free with a limited number of luxury viewing suites available.

“Spartan Race’s mission is to rip people off their couches and do what we as human beings were made to do: run, jump, sweat and climb,” De Sena asserted. “Our stadium races will offer a unique setting to do that.”

For more information about Spartan Sprint at Miller Park, including entry fees and deadlines, spectator tickets, parking and children’s activities, or to register visit: http://www.spartanrace.com/miller-park-obstacle-racing-spartan-sprint-2013.html.  As part of an exclusive offer ending May 3rd, readers can use the code “MILLER40” to receive a $75.00 registration price, a $40.00 value.

Fans can also visit http://www.spartanrace.com for more information. For videos, please visit www.spartanrace.tv.

-Cait

JohnandCait@Brewers.com

About Reebok

Reebok International Ltd., headquartered in Canton, MA, USA, is a leading worldwide designer, marketer and distributor of sports, fitness and casual footwear, apparel and equipment. An American-inspired global brand, Reebok is a pioneer in the sporting goods industry with a rich and storied heritage in running, training and fitness. A subsidiary of the adidas Group, Reebok operates under the multiple divisions of the Reebok brand, Reebok-CCM Hockey and the Sports Licensed Division.  Reebok is the exclusive outfitter of CrossFit and the Reebok CrossFit Games and main event partner and official apparel and footwear supplier for the 2013 Red Bull X-Alps. For more information, visit Reebok at http://www.reebok.com. Or, discover Reebok at the following locations: http://reesha.re/plus; http://facebook.com/reebok; http://twitter.com/reebok; and http://youtube.com/reebok

 

Sign Up for the 2013 Brewers Mini-Marathon & 10K by Tuesday, April 30 and Save $20!

As the weather is finally starting to get nicer, it’s time to start thinking about getting back outside and being more active. So why not sign up for the Brewers Mini-Marathon and 10K, Presented by Sendik’s? And if you need a little more incentive, here it is: register by next Tuesday, April 30, you’ll save $20!

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2012’s inaugural Mini-Marathon (13.1 miles) was a big success. We raised over $111,000 in proceeds to the MACC Fund and sold out over a month before the race date.  More than 5,000 runners (including me and John!) represented 32 states. New for the second year of the “Brewers Mini” is the addition of a 10K race (6.214 miles) for the event which will be held on Saturday, September 28, 2013.

The half marathon and 10K begins and ends at beautiful Miller Park and offers a scenic and unique course that will take participants through many Milwaukee landmarks including the Miller Valley, the Harley-Davidson Museum, Mitchell Park Conservatory (The Domes), the Miller Park warning track and others. Prizes for the top finishers will be awarded.

This unique and scenic course will take you inside Miller Park, around the warning track!

This unique and scenic course will take you inside Miller Park, around the warning track!

All participants will receive a free Brewers ticket voucher good for select games at Miller Park in April or May of 2014, a participant medal and a “tech” shirt.  A post-race tailgate party outside Miller Park with live music will also take place.

Great course support will be provided with aid stations featuring water and Gatorade, misting stations, and entertainment along the way. Spectators will have plenty of free parking at Miller Park and will have the opportunity to watch racers run through Miller Park while being shown on the scoreboard.

Fundraising proceeds from the Brewers Mini-Marathon and 10K, Presented by Sendik’s will once again benefit the MACC Fund (Midwest Athletes Against Childhood Cancer, Inc.) and childhood cancer research in Wisconsin.  Participants can create their own fundraising page at www.brewersmini.com and donations can be made online.  Individual fundraisers will have the chance to get their name entered in a raffle for great prizes.  The top three fundraising groups will win a special prize.

 The cost for the Mini-Marathon and 10K, respectively, is $65/$45 for those registering this Tuesday April 30. The earlier you register, the more you save!

Complete race details, a course map and other information can all be found at http://www.brewersmini.com/.

-Cait

johnandcait@brewers.com

Ring Out Ahoya at Miller Park on Monday! – UPDATED WITH PHOTOS

Not going to lie here, Cait and I are a little biased here as we are both Marquette University grads, but we are very excited to announce that head coach Buzz Williams and the Marquette Men’s Basketball team will be at Miller Park on Monday, April 29 to be honored in a pregame ceremony.  The ceremony will start at 7 p.m.

Williams will throw out the ceremonial first pitch prior to the game and members of the team will join Williams on the field for a pre-game recognition.

The Golden Eagles were the regular season BIG EAST co-champions and advanced to the Elite Eight in the NCAA Tournament last month.  The team finished with an overall record of 26-9 and has the second longest home winning streak in the nation at 25 games.

We will post photos from this event during the game on Monday!

PHOTO UPDATES

Thanks to Aleta Mercer of the Brewers and Scott Kuykendall of the Marquette Athletics office for help in coordinating Marquette’s visit to Miller Park.  Buzz threw a strike!

Buzz Williams with Mark Concannon of FS Wisconsin

Buzz Williams with Mark Concannon of FS Wisconsin

Brewers team photographer Scott Paulus captured the first pitch perfectly!

Brewers team photographer Scott Paulus captured the first pitch perfectly!

The Marquette University Men's Basketball team.

The Marquette University Men’s Basketball team.

 

– JOHN

johnandcait@brewers.com

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