How does that song go? Baseball, hot dogs, shaving cream pie…. hmm… I’m not sure that’s it, but this week, the Crew sure has had some fun in the dugout after their victories, celebrating with post-game antics.
With the Crew going for 7 in a row today, they sure have made the game look as easy as, well… pie this week!
Take a look at the gifs and an amazing photo from this homestand.
After last night’s exciting win over the Cubs, Yovani Gallardo, Jonathan Lucroy, Carlos Gomez, Ryan Braun, Dave Nelson, my colleagues and I were all on hand early this morning for a special Brewers Season Seat Holder event for those who paid for their 2013 season tickets in full by the November 15 early renewal deadline.
Here are some photos from this fun event.
It’s always a pleasure to get to meet so many of our most loyal fans; we hope you had a wonderful time!
Working in marketing, I often get asked what our target demographic is…. but that’s not really an easy question because people of all ages truly love baseball and the reasons why fans come out to Miller Park (beyond the team on the field, of course) are endless (think: field trips, birthday celebrations, family reunions, company outings, client meetings, etc.).
Take today for example, I went from watching our annual Weather Day event where we hosted thousands of children for a pregame meteorology lesson from the TMJ4 Storm Team 4 meteorologists to sitting down with Earl Henry, a delightful gentleman who was here to celebrate his 99th birthday.
Earl’s granddaughter, Jill Finlayson, had contacted me earlier this month and told me about all of the things she was doing to make Earl’s 99th birthday a special one. Since he’s a Milwaukee native and a lifelong Brewers fan, bringing Earl out to Miller Park was right at the top of her list. Jill also made sure Earl arrived in style, in a GoRiteway limo.
Earl’s actual birthday was last Thursday, April 11 (which just happens to be the same birthdate as my dad), but today was the best day for them to come out and take in a game on this homestand.
Little did they know just how fitting it actually was.
You see, Earl’s career was dedicated to education and what better day for him to choose to come out (unbeknownst to him) than Weather Day, one of our biggest educational events.
Earl earned a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from the Milwaukee State Teachers College (MSTC). In 1937, he taught at Milwaukee’s Garden Homes School and later, the Boys’ Technical High School (another odd coincidence–so did my own grandfather. I wasn’t able to find out if they had crossed paths, but there was a good chance they may have.) before becoming vice-principal at Thirty-seventh Street School in 1947.
In 1954, Earl received his first principalship at Eugene Field School; in 1959, he became principal of Franklin School on the north side; and in 1967, he became the first principal of Stuart School, where he continued for 12 years until his retirement in 1979.
Earl’s wife Kay was also a dedicated kindergarten teacher in Milwaukee for her career and together, they created the Earl & Kathryn Henry Scholarship Fund at UW-Milwaukee. Now in it’s 10th year, the scholarship aims to benefit undergraduate students enrolled in UW-Milwaukee’s School of Education who plan to become elementary school teachers or school administrators, preferably in the Milwaukee Public School System.
I had the pleasure of speaking with Earl, who talked about his career and former students. He also reminisced about not only his days following the Milwaukee Braves and Brewers at County Stadium, but going back to the Borchert Field days of the minor league American Association Brewers, when he was a good friend of announcer Russ Winnie.
The American Association Milwaukee Brewers played for 50 years, from 1902-1952; they won their first American Association championship in 1913 and repeated the next year. All told the American Association Brewers won eight pennants in their fifty-one seasons.
This year, we’re honoring the 100th anniversary American Association Brewers on May 5. [Click for a photo of the Corey Hart bobblehead.]
For perspective, Earl just missed being born for that first championship, but he was there for their second, although he was just a baby.
It’s amazing to think about and what’s even more amazing is that Earl is still as spry as ever. He needs no help getting to his seat, his memory is sharp as a whip and boy, is he funny!
“I read in the paper that one of the Sausages was stolen,” Earl told me.
“Yes,” I confirmed. “We are glad he’s back.”
“I suppose that’s not the wurst thing that could happen,” Earl said, as he started to chuckle.
Yes, a wonderful family, a love of baseball and a great sense of humor–things that will get you far in life.
We wish Earl a very happy 99th birthday–and many more. We’re glad he could come out to celebrate with us today, where he could feel at home, especially surrounded by all of the teachers and children.
If you would like to donate to the Earl & Kathryn Henry Scholarship Fund, please click here. You can also join in wishing Earl a Happy 99th Birthday on the UW-Milwaukee School of Education’s Facebook Page.
This weekend, the Brewers Community Foundation’s Drive for Charity will kick-off with a toiletry-item drive during the Brewers series against the Chicago Cubs.
Fans attending the games on Friday, Saturday and Sunday are invited to bring new, full-size toiletry items such as toothpaste/toothbrushes, shampoo/conditioner, razors & shaving cream, bars of soap, bottles of body wash and deodorant. These items will be donated to the Guest House of Milwaukee.
Each fan that donates will receive a collectible Brewers player pin–this weekend’s pin is of pitcher Marco Estrada. Fans should drop off their items from the time the gates open through the second inning of each of the games this weekend.
For the complete 2013 Brewers Community Foundation Drive for Charity schedule, please see below.
April 19-21 vs. Cubs
Brewers Community Foundation invites you to drop off any new, full-size toiletry items during the Brewers Community Foundation Drive For Charity. Each fan that donates will receive a Milwaukee Brewers collectible player pin featuring Marco Estrada. Bring your donation to the Chicago Cubs series from the gate opening through the second inning.
June 21-23 vs. Braves
Brewers Community Foundation invites you to drop off new school or art supplies during the Brewers Community Foundation Drive For Charity. Each fan that donates will receive a Milwaukee Brewers Player collectible pin featuring Chris Narveson. Bring your donation to the Atlanta Braves series from the gate opening through the second inning.
August 30-September 1 vs. Angels
Brewers Community Foundation invites you to drop off any new or gently used winter wear during the Brewers Community Foundation Drive For Charity. Each fan that donates will receive a Milwaukee Brewers player collectible pin featuring Mike Fiers. Bring your donation to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim series from the gate opening through the second inning.
“When you come to a fork in the road, take it.”
“When you come to a fork in the road, take it…and try these concessions!”-John & Cait
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.
Pastries at the Park
This season, Miller Park has a new pastry chef, Chef Brett and she’s making herself known with desserts such as Lemon Poppyseed Shortcake, the Miller Park Bar, Vegan and Gluten-Free Carrot Cake, and Triple Decker Chocolate Fudge Cake will be available all season long for just $8.
Take a look at our mouth-watering gallery here:
The Candy Shop-$8.00
Fill up the acrylic cup on the left with as much of your favorite candies as it will hold for just $8 and take home the souvenir cup as well! (The glass mug is for root beer, keep reading!)
Is this talk of candy and desserts making you thirsty?
Root Beer Floats-$15-$25
New for 2013, Chef John, Chef Brett and their team are offering Root Beer Floats made with Sprecher Root Beer. The floats are available starting with a child-size for just $15, or an adult size (served in the souvenir glass mug pictured above) for $20. Adults also have the option of purchasing the float made with Sprecher Hard Root Beer for $25. A root beer float at a baseball game?! Just as American as a hot dog at a baseball game! You can’t go wrong. In addition, it’s great to know that it is made with Milwaukee’s famous Sprecher root beer.
Where To Satisfy Your Craving: The dessert display is located near the Home Plate elevators on the Club Level at Miller Park (see photo below). The dessert and root beer float carts also pay visits to the Suites. Desserts are also available in the Johnson Controls Stadium Club.
Rating (out of 5):
What about you? Do you have a favorite ballpark snack? A question about concessions? Something you’d like to see featured here? Post your comments below!
-John and Cait
Now that we’re entering the second homestand of the season, I thought I would post 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: “Tokyo Drift” by Teriayki Boys
Yuniesky Betancourt: “Good Vibrations” by Marky Mark
Ryan Braun: “Still in this” by B.o.B.
Khris Davis: “Gangsta Rap Made Me Do It” by Ice Cube
Marco Estrada: ‘The End of Heartache” by Killswitch Engage
Mike Fiers: “Bulls on Parade” by Rage Against the Machine
Yovani Gallardo: “My Time” by Fabolous
Carlos Gomez: “Started from the Bottom” by Drake
Alex Gonzalez: “Zumba” by Don Omar
Jonathan Lucroy: “Fight Inside” by Red
Martin Maldonado: “Yo naci pa Esto” by Don Omar
Wily Peralta: “Esto Es Calle” by Lapiz Conciente
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: “Esto Es Calle” by Lapiz Conciente
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?
MILWAUKEE – The Milwaukee Brewers today issued the following statement regarding the incident involving Yovani Gallardo last night:
“We have been made aware of the situation with Yovani and we take this matter very seriously. We have expressed our disappointment to him and know he understands that behavior of this nature is of great concern to everyone in the organization. Yovani has acknowledged the seriousness of this incident and is taking full accountability for his actions.”
In case you missed it, new for 2013, the Chef’s Table has transformed into a food truck called the Double Clutch, located outside Section 215 on the Loge Level. Instead of menu items related to our opponent, the Double Clutch aims to feature unique fare that would be something similar to that found on a food truck. The concessions will change frequently and offer a fun variety.
The features for the upcoming homestand (Brewers vs. Giants and Brewers vs. Cubs) are:
Smoked Brisket Grilled Cheese served on Texas Toast, made with Muenster cheese and topped with fried onions.
And, the popular “Spaghetti-n-a-Meatball,” a meatball stuffed with spaghetti, topped with sauce and provolone cheese, is also back for $9.00.
Check back here all season long for What John and Cait Ate reviews, including the updated Double Clutch items!
Last month, I introduced to you Tim Rappé, Executive Director of our new Brewers Baseball Academy presented by Kwik Trip, eight separate week-long baseball/softball camps open to youth (ages 6-14) that will be held in various cities across Wisconsin this summer.
Along with signing up for the camps and getting excellent baseball instruction there, every so often, Tim will provide some baseball tips here on John and Cait…Plus 9 as well. See below for his insight on the batting stance!
SWING DOWN OF THE BALL!?
BUSTING ONE OF BASEBALL’S BIGGEST MYTHS
I confess. Years ago I preached the importance of swinging down on the ball. It sure made sense when you consider that the hands start at shoulder height and have to hit a ball that is obviously lower than that. So swinging down seemed to make a ton of sense and we sure didn’t want to encourage the dreaded uppercut.
But even as I taught the “swing down” concept, there was something gnawing at me that kept whispering that this just didn’t make the most sense. But I trusted my eyes and the advice that had been passed along to me. Isn’t it true that much of what we teach is because that’s how we were taught? The really good news is that most of that which is passed along remains true. Swinging down on the ball is not one of them. Here’s why:
The top of the pitching rubber is set at 10 inches above the ground. Most baseball pitchers throw the ball from an overhead position. The instant the ball leaves the pitcher’s hand, gravity begins to do its thing and a 90 mph pitch decelerates at about 1 mph every seven feet. When the ball crosses the plate it’s traveling diagonally down at about -10 degrees.
So, Coach Tim, what’s your point?
My point is that because the ball is traveling downward when it crosses the plate does it really make sense to swing down to make solid contact? The ANSWER: It doesn’t make sense at all. And thanks to high-speed video we can confirm that, at the point of contact, the ideal swing should be 7 to 10 degrees tilted upward. In other words…an uppercut. Getting the bat head on the same plane as the ball is undeniably the best way to “square up” a pitch. Video confirms that our major league hitters swing up at contact.
If you are hearing this for the first time, I realize that it may challenge what you were previously “sure” of. New video technology has rocked many of our traditional beliefs. But here’s why you don’t necessarily have to change a thing about how you coach, even armed with this new information. If you are teaching the correct starting position, correct hand path and proper finish, the likely result is a slight uppercut at contact. Mission accomplished.
The uppercut that we see from our young hitters that ends up in a pop up, a top-spin grounder or a whiff is the result of a severe 15-30 degree uppercut that does not match up with the downward angle of the pitch. At the Brewers Baseball Academy we don’t teach kids to uppercut. We teach the correct positioning of the body and the proper swing sequence. The resulting path of the bat head is where it should be…traveling about 10 degrees upward at contact.
The irony is that we want a slight uppercut but we don’t teach kids to uppercut because you will not like the result. Teach proper swing mechanics and the result will be more balls hit on the “screws.” Whether or not you decide to continue to shout out “SWING LEVEL!” to your hitters is up to you. But now you know the truth.
Until next time, “If you’re gonna swing, might as well swing hard.”
Paul McCartney has added one more U.S. date to his all-new 2013 “Out There” tour. On July 16, Paul will play at Miller Park, a historic, first-time concert for him at the venue, his first Milwaukee play since 2005’s ‘US’ Tour.
Tickets will be on sale beginning Friday, April 19 at 10 a.m. local time at Brewers.com/McCartney, the Miller Park Ticket Office, or by calling (414) 902-4000. American Express® Cardmembers can purchase tickets before the general public beginning Tuesday, April 16 at 10 a.m. through Thursday, April 18 at 10 p.m. All times central.
Paul McCartney’s “Out There” tour will feature brand new, never before seen production and, as ever, hours of material from the most beloved catalog in popular music, with Paul performing songs spanning his entire career–as a solo artist, member of Wings and of course The Beatles.
The McCartney live experience is a once in a lifetime opportunity. For approximately three hours, many of the greatest moments of the last 50 years of musical history–not to mention the soundtracks of entire lives–are magically brought to life as only Paul can do. Last year marked 40 years since Paul’s premiere tour as a solo artist and these past four decades have seen him play in a staggeringly impressive range of venues and locations, including outside the Coliseum in Rome, in Moscow’s Red Square, at the White House, a free show in Mexico to over 400,000 people and even a performance beamed into outer space! Having played with his peerless band of Paul ‘Wix’ Wickens (keyboards), Rusty Anderson (guitar), Abe Laboriel Jr. (drums) and Brian Ray (bass/guitar) for over ten years, Paul never disappoints.
Paul is throwing himself into 2013 with full force following yet another landmark year in 2012, which saw him conclude his record-breaking “On The Run” tour, release his Grammy-winning Kisses On The Bottom album, accept a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, play at both the Diamond Jubilee and Olympics Opening Ceremony, be named MusiCares Person of the Year, and headline 12-12-12 The Concert For Sandy Relief–to highlight just a few memorable moments. With the “Out There'” tour and a new studio album in the works, it looks like 2013 will show no signs of Paul slowing down.
The “Out There” tour will see Paul and his band travel the world throughout the year, visiting both places of historical significance to Paul and new spots for the very first time.
As previously announced, the tour will also be making stops May 18 and 19 in Orlando, FL at Amway Center, May 22 and 23 in Austin, TX at the Frank Erwin Center, May 26 in Memphis, TN at FedEx Forum, May 29 and 30 in Tulsa OK at the BOK Center, July 9 in Boston, MA at Fenway Park, July 12 in Washington DC at Nationals Ballpark, and July 19 in Seattle, WA at Safeco Field.
Stay tuned to www.paulmccartney.com for official news and updates.