June 2013

Special Miller Lite Party Deck Offer!

Listen up, Brewers fans!

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote a post about our all-inclusive areas (that is, areas that include your game ticket + food & beverage), noting that we’re starting to offer more dates in each of our all-inclusive areas when you can purchase individual tickets in the spaces so you can experience them for yourself and of course, tell your friends!

Well, in keeping with that, here’s another special offer that I wanted to highlight for you, readers:

Purchase a ticket in the new Miller Lite Party Deck–which includes a full buffet and two drinks per person–for the Monday, July 8 Brewers vs. Reds game at Miller Park for just $39.

There are about 50 tickets available and at this price, they won’t be available for long, so you’ll want to act fast.

Here’s a little more info on the area.

Miller Lite Party Deck: The Miller Lite Party Deck is our newest All-Inclusive Area at Miller Park. Just above the right-field bleachers, guests will enjoy a pregame buffet, private bar, flat screen TV’s and plenty of opportunity to socialize with their group. Accommodates 25-70 people.

Miller Lite Party Deck at Miller Park

Menu Items: Milwaukee’s famous beer bratwursts smothered in sauerkraut with Secret Stadium Sauce on the side, Klement’s hot dogs, grilled sirloin burgers, chicken fingers, corn on the cob, popcorn & peanuts, assorted freshly baked cookies, soft drinks and two beers per adult.

Don’t forget that you can continue to visit brewers.com/allin all season long to scoop up more of these fantastic offers!

Here’s a little more information on each of the other areas, too–try one, or try them all!

ATI Club

ATI Club at Miller ParkLocated at field level, the ATI Club is a unique area in right field which gives you a player’s view of the action. With an upgraded menu in 2013, each ticket includes a pregame buffet that begins when the Miller Park gates open and ends one hour after the first pitch. Accommodates up to 75 people.

Menu items: In-house smoked beef brisket with caramelized onions and horseradish cream, BBQ chicken breasts, mini Klement’s hot dogs and Milwaukee’s famous bratwursts with all the necessary toppings, nacho bar, roasted red potato salad with mustard and herbs, mixed green salad, assorted cookies and brownies, soft drinks and two beers per adult.

Dew Deck

Dew Deck at Miller ParkThe Dew Deck is one of the most popular party areas in Miller Park. Newly remodeled for 2013, the signature addition to the area is a 25-foot high rock climbing wall. This area is located above the right-field bleachers and includes a pregame buffet that begins when the Miller Park gates open and ends one hour after the first pitch. Accommodates 25-260 people.

Menu Items: Milwaukee’s famous bratwursts smothered in sauerkraut with Secret Stadium Sauce on the side, Klement’s hot dogs, grilled sirloin hamburgers, BBQ chicken breast sandwiches, Wisconsin mac & cheese, corn on the cob, red wine vinaigrette coleslaw, assorted freshly baked cookies, soft drinks and two beers per adult.

Gehl Club

Gehl Club at Miller ParkNamed one of the top five luxury areas in all of baseball by Forbes Travel Guide, the Gehl Club is a deluxe space. Enjoy first-class amenities of the Gehl Club with a variety of seating options and a premium buffet which begins when the Miller Park gates open and ends at the conclusion of the 5th inning. The Gehl Club is sure to be a hit! Accommodates 25-260 people.

Menu Items: Dishes prepared by the Club Chef, carving station, appetizer and gourmet salad station, Klement’s hot dogs, Milwaukee’s famous bratwursts smothered in sauerkraut, nachos, popcorn, assorted desserts, coffee, soft drinks and two glasses of draft beer or house wine per adult.

Harley-Davidson Deck

Harley Davidson Deck at Miller ParkSwitch gears and test drive Miller Park’s Harley-Davidson Deck. Perched above the Brewers bullpen in left field, your group will enjoy the motorcycle décor in this venue which includes a pregame buffet that begins when the Miller Park gates open and ends one hour after the first pitch. Accommodates 42 people.

Menu Items: Milwaukee’s famous bratwursts smothered in sauerkraut with Secret Stadium Sauce on the side, Klement’s hot dogs, pulled pork, southern-rubbed grilled chicken breasts, Wisconsin mac & cheese, corn on the cob, red wine vinaigrette coleslaw, assorted freshly baked cookies, soft drinks and two beers per adult.

The Miller Lite Party Deck is our newest All-Inclusive Area at Miller Park. Just above the right-field bleachers, guests will enjoy a pregame
buffet, private bar, flat screen TV’s and plenty of opportunity to socialize with their group. Accommodates 25-70 people.
Menu Items: Milwaukee’s famous beer bratwursts smothered in sauerkraut with Secret Stadium Sauce on the side, Klement’s hot dogs, grilled sirloin burgers, chicken fingers, corn on the cob, popcorn & peanuts, assorted freshly baked cookies, soft drinks and two beers per adult.

Toyota Territory

Toyota Territory at Miller ParkToyota Territory is the most comfortable spot in Miller Park. With extra-wide, extra-cushy seats, you’ll feel right at home as they take in the game from center field. And you’ll be right in the power alley for the Brewers top home run hitters! Accommodates 24 fans.

Menu Items: Tickets include $20 of concession cash per seat.

For more information on our all-inclusive areas, including pricing and game dates available for individual ticket purchase, please click on the individual links to each area above or check out brewers.com/allin.

 

Cheers!

-Cait

JohnandCait@Brewers.com

Brewers and Milwaukee Celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Famous Racing Sausages

Twenty years ago today, on a Sunday afternoon at Milwaukee County Stadium, the Famous Racing Sausages ran their first ever live race.  Today, the Milwaukee Brewers celebrated that historic event with a number of activities surrounding their game with the Chicago Cubs.

The day kicked off with a free breakfast at Bartolotta’s Northpoint Custard Stand on Milwaukee’s lakefront.  Brewers fans were out bright and early for their free sandwich, commemorative t-shirt and to congratulate The Sausages on 20 fun years of racing.  The weather cooperated and we had a beautiful event.

There was a sizable crowd waiting in line at 5:15 a.m. when I arrived and the 250 sandwiches and t-shirts were gone in just over an hour.  Everyone from people decked out in Brewers gear, curious joggers out for a morning run and people in suits off to work for the day stopped by to partake in the fun.

Brewers COO Rick Schlesinger and Michael Dillon of McDill Design–and the one who created the original costumes and won the first race–were on hand along with representatives from Klement’s.

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The event continued at Miller Park with a special pregame ceremony.  Video of the first sausage race in 1993 (shown below) played on the Miller Park scoreboard.  It was very interesting watching video from the County Stadium scoreboard on Miller Park’s HD super screen!

After fans enjoyed the video, a special ceremonial, pregame race took place.  The race itself included the original three sausages–The Bratwurst, The Polish and The Italian–with the two others–The Hot Dog and The Chorizo–holding the finish line.  The winner of the special race today? History repeated itself and The Bratwurst crossed the line first.

Following the race, Dillon tossed out a ceremonial first pitch along with representatives from Klement’s.  Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett issued a Mayoral Proclamation, calling today “Famous Racing Sausage Day” throughout the city to honor the 20 years of live races.  The Bratwurst even visited Brian Anderson and Bill Schroeder in the Brewers FS Wisconsin broadcast booth during the game.

The winner of the “real” race in the 6th inning was The Hot Dog.  Some close racing around home plate forced The Italian down to the ground.  He got up quickly and finished the race.

Thank you to our friends at Klement’s, McDill Design and Bartolotta’s Restaurants for all of their help in making this a successful and fun event.

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SPECIAL TRIVIA CONTEST!

I have one extra media kit from the media drops we did to promote today’s event.  It includes one of the limited edition t-shirts as well as a plush doll of the Bratwurst–the first ever winner of the live race.

A fabulous prize for any Brewers fan!

A fabulous prize for any Brewers fan!

To win this prize, please answer the following trivia question in the comments section below:

In 2007, The Chorizo officially joined the race as a full-time racer.  How many races did he win that year?

I will send that package to the first person to correctly answer that question in the comments section below.  Good luck!

–JOHN

johnandcait@brewers.com 

Career Hit #2000 Is a Solo Homer For Aramis Ramirez

Congratulations to Brewers third baseman Aramis Ramirez who tonight recorded his 2,000th career hit with a home run off Scott Feldman.  The solo homer sailed right into the Brewers bullpen where reliever Tom Gorzelanny caught it in his hat.

Ramirez, who turned 35 yesterday, is in his second season with the Brewers and has played in the Big Leagues with Pittsburgh and Chicago-NL.  He entered the season with 1,959 career hits.  He recorded his 1,000th career hit on July 15, 2005 vs. New York-NL with a single off Tom Glavine.  His first career hit came on June 3, 1998 and was a double off Greg McMichael.

Ramirez is also just 15 runs short of 1,000, 3 HR shy of 350 and 17 doubles away from 450 in his Major League career.

Ramirez is a two-time All-Star (2005 and 2008) and is seventh on the All-Time MLB list for home runs as a third baseman with 344.

–JOHN and CAIT

johnandcait@brewers.com

Brewers Partner with the Wisconsin DNR For a Special Ticket Package

One cannot talk about Wisconsin traditions without including the great outdoors, and that starts with activities such as hunting, fishing and Brewers baseball.  In celebrating these great traditions, the Milwaukee Brewers and Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) have partnered to create a ticket deal exclusive to Wisconsin’s 1.5 million Hunting or Fishing license holders.

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Tickets will be priced at $26 for Field Outfield and $17 for Terrace Box—a savings of up to $16—and each ticket purchased includes a blaze orange Brewers cap.  The offer is available for the following games:

-          Friday, July 19 vs. Miami

-          Tuesday, July 23 vs. San Diego

-          Friday, August 2 vs. Washington

-          Thursday, August 15 vs. Cincinnati

-          Friday, August 30 vs. Los Angeles of Anaheim

-          Friday, September 13 vs. Cincinnati

-          Thursday, September 19 vs. Chicago-NL

-          Sunday, September 22 vs. St. Louis

 

Tickets can be purchased beginning today by visiting Brewers.com/specialevents, clicking on the Wisconsin DNR special link and entering the Wisconsin DNR Hunting and Fishing License Transaction Number.  Those who do not have a Wisconsin DNR Hunting or Fishing License can purchase one for as low as $5 through the Wisconsin DNR or select retail locations.

–JOHN 

johnandcait@brewers.com

Double Clutch Menu Item for the Cubs Series: Chicago’s Greektown Gyro Nachos

The Chicken and Waffle Sliders were a hit over the weekend, selling out each day!  For the three-game series with the Cubs, the Double Clutch special menu item again goes regional.

Chicago’s Greektown Gyro Nachos will be featured during the Cubs series–an interesting take on a classic dish. Served in a bowl, the generous portion of crisp pita chips comes topped with shaved gyro meat, tomatoes, shaved onions, cucumbers, tzatziki sauce and feta cheese.

Gyro Nachos!

Gyro Nachos!

Bring a fork, because you will definitely need it to enjoy this dish!  The Gyro Nachos are $10.

A staple of the Double Clutch, the Spaghetti-in-a-Meatball is also available again and features a 1/2 pound beef and veal meatball stuffed with spaghetti and mozzarella cheese and topped with marinara sauce.  That is $9.

The Double Clutch stand is on the Loge Level outside section 215 (on the first base side of the press box).

–JOHN

johnandcait@brewers.com

 

Operation Warrior Wishes Visits Miller Park

Today, I had the pleasure of meeting Craig and Matt Steichen, the father-son duo behind Operation Warrior Wishes, a nonprofit organization that honors wounded veterans with VIP experiences and trips to sporting events across the country.

Craig and Matt had been traveling to different football stadiums, making it to one or two each year in an attempt to see them all when they had the idea to see them all in one year.

Their first thought was “Is that possible?” and after they realized it was (others have done it before), they decided they wanted to make it really special.

So, the pair teamed up with the Wounded Warrior Project, a nonprofit organization which raises awareness and enlists the public’s aid for the needs of injured service members, to select wounded veterans to accompany them on their journey.

Last season, they accomplished their goal, visiting all 32 NFL Stadiums and bringing joy to veterans from coast to coast.

But they didn’t stop there. Now, they’ve founded Operation Warrior Wishes and they’re expanding their reach.

“I’ve made it my lifelong mission,” Matt told me.

Today, Miller Park became Operation Warrior Wishes’ 11th MLB Ballpark when Craig and Matt brought BJ Ganem, Brian Stoltenberg and Ken Oliver out for the Brewers vs. Cubs game.

L-R: Matt, Brian, BJ, Ken and Craig

L-R: Matt, Brian, BJ, Ken and Craig

“It’s not about us,” Matt, who is a banker by day, said, “It’s what these guys do for us. That’s what matters.”

“The whole idea is to pay it forward,” Craig added.

BJ, Brian and Ken are all retired Marines from Wisconsin. BJ was one of Craig and Matt’s first guests on their original journey, joining the pair for a Packers game last year. He helped connect them with Brian and Ken through his work with the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund, facilitating their visit to Miller Park.

For Brian, this was his first trip to our stadium.

“It’s really awesome,” he said of Operation Warrior Wishes and the experience they helped provide, “It really gets you on an emotional level. You can’t really put it into words.”

BJ, Brian and Ken meet Jonathan Lucroy

BJ, Brian and Ken meet Jonathan Lucroy

 

-Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

For more information on Operation Warrior Wishes, visit their website at all32in17.com and/or follow them on Facebook & Twitter.

Continue to Vote Brewers in the Business Journal’s Social Madness Competition

Thanks to all of you who voted for us in the Business Journal’s Social Madness competition and interacted with us on social media over the last few weeks. We’re proud to say we’ve advanced again….but we still need your help!

Social Madness recognizes the companies with the best social media engagement across their Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Google+ accounts and here at the Brewers, we’re always working hard to bring you new and exciting content to share across our platforms, build new contests and enhance your user experience.

Help us continue to advance by giving us your vote at http://www.bizjournals.com/milwaukee/socialmadness (large companies category–click green “vote” icon to the right of the name and sign in to cast your vote); interacting with us on our social media channels (i.e. liking & sharing/retweeting posts); and telling your friends to do the same.

There are many rounds to this competition, so we’ll be in need of your help along the way.

This round ends on July 1 and Local Round 4 is July 2-July 8. If we advance to the Nationals, there will be another competition.

Thanks in advance for your help!

Go Brewers!

John & Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

5th Annual Davey Nelson Celebrity Golf Classic a Swinging Success

Last month, I previewed the Davey Nelson Celebrity Golf Classic at the Irish Course at Whistling Straits in Kohler, Wisconsin and today, I was fortunate enough to play in it.

This was the fifth year of Davey’s tournament, but the first year at the Irish Course (in previous years, it’s been played at  Blackwolf Run).

Here’s a short video to give you a feel for the course:

Upon check-in, participants were provided with assorted goodies, including a polo shirt, a shoe bag and towel. Then, the morning started off with golf pros walking the line at the driving range and a putting contest, along with a buffet brunch.

Each foursome in the tournament was paired with a celebrity golfer  to make up a five-person team. Team play consisted of a Scramble Format with team prizes awarded to the top finishers.

Among the many celebrities in the tournament were current Brewers players and personnel: Gord Ash, Doug Melvin and Ron Roenicke; former Brewers players Sal Bando (also a Brewers GM),  Jeff Cirillo, Geoff Jenkins, Damian Miller, Greg Vaughn and Steve Woodard; Bruce Froemming, former MLB Umpire Randall McDaniel, Former NFL player; Greg Matzek, radio personality; Greg Meyer, NFL Referee; Tony Smith, a former Milwaukee Bucks player; and Craig Coshun and Telly Hughes, sideline reporters for Fox Sports Wisconsin

It was fun to mix and mingle with everyone, including having the opportunity to catch up with Geoff:

My group consisted of our celebrity, Greg Meyer, a NFL referee and longtime friend of Davey’s, his brother, Brad, and  Mike and Joe Stanislawski, from Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

L-R: Joe, Cait, Brad, Mike, &Greg

L-R: Joe, Cait, Brad, Mike, & Greg

The tournament was a shotgun start, so our group began on hole 18, a par five. We got off to a somewhat slow start, but after awhile things really picked up and we clicked.

We had a ton of fun in our group and each member contributed equally, playing to his or her strength.

We finished the day at -9 (63), which was good, but not good enough to win the tournament.

Each hole also consisted of different challenges with opportunities to win various prizes for things like longest drive, longest putt, or closest to the hole. Our team came close on a few of the challenges, but didn’t hold up in the end.

Davey Nelson Golf Winners

We didn’t mind at all because despite an early threat of rain, we had wonderful weather, a fun day, the chance to play a beautiful championship course and, most importantly, we were helping a great cause: Open Arms Home for Children in South Africa and Brewers Community Foundation. Open Arms is a non-profit organization that provides shelter, clothing, protection and basic healthcare for what is now home to many children orphaned due to the Aids epidemic in South Africa. Davey has served as Board of Director for over four years.

Following golf, there was a reception and silent auction, and then dinner with a live auction. During dinner, we learned more about Open Arms and heard stories about the children whose lives we were helping, all by taking a day off of work to play golf. It was a very touching and moving presentation and I’m so happy that this event has been able to raise money to support the organization, which Davey and many others have dedicated a lot of time and energy into making a success.

For more information on Open Arms, please visit the website at http://www.openarmshome.com.

Here are some more photos from the day and I hope to see you out at the tournament next year!

-Cait

johnandcait@Brewers.com

2013 Player Entrance Music-Updated 6/24/13

Entering the Brewers vs. Cubs series, 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: “No Hay Pa Nadie” by Los Desiguales

Jeff Bianchi: “Tonight” by Jeremy Camp

Ryan Braun: “Still in this” by B.o.B.

Marco Estrada: “Sail” by Awolnation

Alfredo Figaro: “Papa Dios” by El Sujeto Oro 24

Juan Francisco- “I Made It” by Kevin Rudolf

Yovani Gallardo: “My Time” by Fabolous

Scooter Gennett- “Live Your Life” by TI and Rihanna

Caleb Gindl- “Get Down on It” by Kool and the Gang

Carlos Gomez: “Started from the Bottom” by Drake & “Empezamos Desde Abajo” by Arcangel

Tom Gorzelanny: “Radioactive” by Imagine Dragons

Donovan Hand: “Sweet Home Alabama” by Lynyrd Skynyrd

Kyle Lohse: “Next Episode” by Dr. Dre

Jonathan Lucroy: “Fight Inside” by Red

Martin Maldonado: “Yo Naci pa Esto” by Don Omar and “Me Prefieres Ami’ by Arcangel and Don Omar

Wily Peralta: “Ponteme Melia” by Chimbala

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: “Stranglehold” by Ted Nugent

Marco Estrada: “Bodies” by Drowning Pool

Alfredo Figaro- “Papa Dios” by El Sujecto Oro 24

Yovani Gallardo: “My Time” by Fabolous

Tom Gorzelanny: “Radioactive” by Imagine Dragons

Donovan Hand: The Superman Theme Song

Wily Peralta: “Ponteme Melia” by Chimbala

Francisco Rodriguez: “Sandunqueoso” by Tego Calderon

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

Francisco Rodriguez Records 300th Career Save

Brewers reliever Francisco Rodriguez recorded his 300th career save today at Miller Park against the Atlanta Braves.  He is the 25th pitcher in MLB history to record 300 career saves.

Rodriguez, 31, joined the Brewers in 2011 and nine of his career saves have come as a Brewer.  He has 208 career saves as a member of Los Angeles of Anaheim and  83 as a member of the New York Mets.

Rodriguez signed a minor league contract with the Brewers in April and started the season at Brevard County before moving to Nashville and ending up in Milwaukee on May 16.

–JOHN and CAIT

johnandcait@brewers.com

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