June 2013

Double Clutch Menu Item for Braves Series: Chicken and Waffle Sliders

Chef John is at it again, putting his own touch on the soul food classic meal of Chicken and Waffle Sliders available this weekend at Miller Park’s “Double Clutch” stand.  This is probably the best one I have tried to date.

Thyme infused waffles and crispy fried chicken (boneless) served slider style–two to an order.  The chicken is topped with a homemade maple-dijon aioli and micro greens.  I urge you all to give this a shot because it is delicious.  The sweet taste of the waffles and maple aioli combined with the chicken makes for an awesome combination.  If I can help myself, I might try it each day this weekend.

A popular dish in the South, the Chicken and Waffle Sliders are $10 and available throughout the three-game weekend set with the Atlanta Braves.  They are meant to be eaten like a sandwich, but might be a bit messy so grab a fork and knife.  I can’t wait to hear your reviews, please share below.  I think you will all enjoy this.

The waffles are made fresh on the griddle at the stand.

The waffles are made fresh on the griddle at the stand.

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

The Klement’s Famous Racing Sausages Turn 20

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It started as a simple scoreboard animation and it now has sparked a tradition 20 years in the making.

Do you remember those first races on the old black-and-white scoreboard at Milwaukee County Stadium?  Bob Betts’ voice.  The Racing Sausages running over the Hoan Bridge.  The race to the finish.  It began as a novelty and has developed into a phenomenon.  When coming to Miller Park, it is definitely something that fans don’t forget.

On Thursday, June 27, the Brewers will celebrate this tradition as an important date in Brewers history.  On that date in 1993, the Klement’s Famous Racing Sausages came to life from animations on the Milwaukee County Stadium Scoreboard on a scoreboard to live racers.

The celebration starts at 6 a.m. at NorthPoint Custard, 2272 N. Lincoln Memorial Drive, along the Lake Michigan shores. The first 250 fans will receive a free sausage breakfast sandwich (of course), a coffee, and best of all, an exclusive 20th Anniversary Klement’s Famous Racing Sausages Commemorative T-Shirt. Fewer than 500 of the shirts will be made, and the event will be first come, first served. The Klement’s Racing Sausages will also be on hand.

The celebration will continue at Miller Park that afternoon as the Brewers take on the Chicago Cubs at 1 p.m.  A pregame ceremony will honor the Famous Racing Sausages and the race itself will feature the “Original Three Sausages”—The Bratwurst, The Italian and The Polish—with The Hot Dog and The Chorizo holding the finish line.

The Klement’s Famous Sausage Race began as a scoreboard animation in the early 1990s with just three characters—The Bratwurst, The Polish and The Italian—running toward Milwaukee County Stadium against a backdrop of  Milwaukee.

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In the fall of 1992, Milwaukee graphic designer Michael Dillon of McDill Design presented an idea to Gabe Paul who was the Vice President of Operations for the Brewers, to transform the race from the scoreboard to live action.  Paul was a little hesitant on advancing the idea, but that didn’t stop the creative mind of Dillon.  Dillon designed and created costumes of his own of the lovable characters.  He was ready and waiting for a call from Paul–that call came in the Spring of 1993.

The first live race was originally scheduled for Saturday, June 26, 1993.  That was a big weekend series at Milwaukee County Stadium, marking the first time Paul Molitor would play as an opponent against the Brewers as he joined the Toronto Blue Jays in 1993.  A scoreboard malfunction postponed the first race until Sunday.

On June 27, 1993, as the Sausages approached Milwaukee County Stadium on the scoreboard video, the left field doors swung open and—much to the surprise of players and fans–out came the larger-than-life mascots.  The three made their way to home plate with The Bratwurst (worn by Dillon) winning the first-ever live race.

Dillon said the first live race was a well-kept secret and received a mixed reception.  The fans went nuts.  The players and umpires?  Well, as you can see in the video, they didn’t seem very enthused (actually, they looked pretty confused).

For the rest of the 1993 season, the Sausages raced live only at those games with particularly high attendance.  In 1994, the live Sausage race resumed on Sunday, May 29—the day the Brewers retired Robin Yount’s number 19 jersey—and became a fixture at every home game since—with Klement’s as the official sponsor.

Later in the 90s, The Hot Dog joined the race.  In 2006, The Chorizo joined the race for a one-day tryout.  The Chorizo became a regular racer in 2007 and rounds out the group of five racers fans see now.  On Sunday’s, a tradition has been started with the “Little Weenies,” where children get to take part in the race.

Today, The Klement’s Famous Racing Sausages are celebrities wherever they go.  The icons have traveled to Major League Baseball All-Star Games, had a cameo in the feature film “Mr. 3,000,” have gone missing, and survived assaults and kidnappings.  A total of 15 MLB teams were inspired by the Brewers Famous Racing Sausages and now have live races of their own.  Below are two of the ESPN “SportsCenter” commercials that the Famous Racing Sausages appeared in:

A special thanks to Michael Dillon and the staff at McDill Design for working with our staff on this fun promotion.  As the regular readers of the blog know, I love researching history and the history of this institution was fun to research with their group.  Thank you also to Klement’s for their ongoing partnership with the Brewers and the Famous Racing Sausages.

I’m sure everyone has a favorite memory of the Klement’s Famous Racing Sausages.  Share your memories of the Famous Racing Sausages with us below in the comments or via social media by using the hashtag #Sausages20.  For more fun facts and information, visit Brewers.com/sausages20.

–JOHN

johnandcait@brewers.com

Vote Brewers Campaign Hits the Homestretch

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There are just about two weeks left in the VOTE Brewers campaign.  While the last day to vote at Miller Park is Friday, you still have until July 4 to vote online.

The most recent voting returns announced on Sunday had four Brewers among the leaders.  Ryan Braun, Jean Segura, Carlos Gomez and Jonathan Lucroy are all within striking distance and all in need of Brewers fans help.

Baseball is a game of numbers, so lets talk numbers why these guys should be All-Stars.  All four players have some pretty incredible numbers.

- Gomez (12 hr/13 sb) and Segura (10 hr/20sb)  are two of seven players in MLB that have double figures in both home runs and stolen bases this season.

- Gomez also is one of six players in MLB that have double figures in home runs, stolen bases and doubles (17).

- Gomez and Segura are on pace to possibly record 20 doubles, 20 triples, 20 home runs and 20 stolen bases in the same season.  This is something that has only been accomplished seven times in MLB history! Willie Mays in 1957, Jim Bottomley in 1928, Jimmy Rollins in 2007, Jeff Heath in 1941, George Brett in 1979, Curtis Granderson in 2007 and good ole’ Wildfire Schulte in 1911 all have accomplished that feat.  This will be exciting to watch in the second half of 2013.

- Segura is the only player in MLB to have 10 hr and 20 stolen bases this season.

- Lucroy has been on a tear over the last few weeks, as he is tied for third in MLB in RBI since 5/31 with 17 and hitting .389 over those previous 15 games with 3 hr.  Since the beginning of 2012, only Posey (.919) and Yadier Molina (.885) have a higher OPS than Lucroy (.822) among N.L. catchers.

- While Braun is on the Disabled List, he too has been one of the best hitters in baseball, posting the highest OPS among all MLB outfielders at .963 since the beginning of last season.

- WAR.  What is it good for, you ask?  It is a pretty popular stat these days that stands for “Wins Above Replacement.”  It is used to measure the overall value of a player’s contribution to their team.  FanGraphs’ WAR has Gomez leading the National League and second in MLB and Segura ranked ninth in the N.L.

Braun trails the third and final outfield spot by just over 300,000 votes.  Gomez is 11th among N.L. outfielders, just over 900,000 votes shy of jumping into the top three.  Segura is just over 1.2 million votes behind Troy Tulowitzki and Lucroy is nearly 2 million votes shy of Buster Posey at catcher.  Now you might think I’m nuts because of those numbers and the amount of time.

But hang with me and take a look at some simple math here.  This blog post will be sent via social media to Brewers Facebook fans and Twitter followers which we can estimate is just over 750,000 possible people. Now, for argument sake, say our Twitter followers also are Facebook fans, so let’s bring that estimate to 500,000 Brewers social media gurus who follow the team.  If each of you votes the maximum of 35 times on Brewers.com, that will total 17.5 million votes.  Certainly enough to get those four voted in (and the rest of the Brewers!).

Don’t forget to campaign for your favorite Brewers players on social media:

  • #VOTEBREWERS
  • #LOCKINLUC
  • #IHARTNY
  • #PICKRICKIE
  • #VOTEARAMIS
  • #SENDSEGURA
  • #VOTEBRAUN
  • #GOFORGOMEZ
  • #ADDAOKI

The 2013 MLB All-Star Game will take place at CitiField in New York on Tuesday, July 16.  Tune in to the game on FOX.

Brewers fans, show why we are among the best and proudest fans in baseball.  Let’s pass the word around and finish strong in the 2013 MLB All-Star voting campaign! Vote Brewers!

–JOHN

johnandcait@brewers.com

Volunteers & Entertainment Needed For The Brewers Mini & 10K!

If you’re interested in participating in the Brewers Mini-Marathon +10K, but not necessarily by running, we’ve got some great options for you!

The 13.1 mile half-marathon and 10K, beginning and ending at Miller Park on Saturday, September 28th will take over 750 volunteers to ensure that all participants have a safe and fun experience.

I talked with Tai Pauls, Manager of Special Events for Brewers Enterprises and she told me that they are in need of volunteers in a variety of locations and would welcome anyone to join them.

There are two ways to volunteer:

EVENT CREW VOLUNTEERS

Brewers Enterprises is looking for people who want to be a part of the Brewers Mini +  10K Event Crew. You can volunteer as an individual or as a group. [Note: Since proceeds from the race go to the MACC Fun, this is also a great opportunity for a community service project!]

Individuals are needed to help out in a variety of areas including at packet pick-up, the full gear check area (new this year), at the start & finish line, as course marshals, as part of the bike team leading the race, or at the post-race tailgate party. All individual shifts & jobs can be selected on the volunteer page of the race website.

Volunteer Groups are also extremely important to help man the various Aid Stations along the course and they are still looking for groups to join them. At the Aid Stations, groups will assist in distributing water to the runners and lend some moral support to runners like John and me by cheering us on the way. Tai encourages groups to embrace their stations and make them their own by displaying team/organization/company banners, colors, etc.  Other areas where groups can possibly be utilized are at the finish line, race results tents or packet pick-up the day before the event.

Last year, sororities, charitable groups, school groups and local companies who manned their stations were integral to the race’s success.

Another unique opportunity for those who want to get their exercise, but don’t want to run the race, is to be part of the “Back of the Pack” team, the team that will walk behind the very last runners to help cheer people on and motivate them to keep going.  If any runners are having a hard time staying on pace you can help them take a break on the SAG Wagon. [NOTE: You must be able to physically walk 13.1+ miles for this position.]

ENTERTAINMENT VOLUNTEERS

In addition to keeping things organized and safe for the runners, Tai’s goal is to make sure that we have an extremely fun and enjoyable experience.

To do this, they are seeking a variety of entertainment acts stationed along the course to entertain the runners.   Entertainment can include anything from bands or dancers to singers or other performers. Last year, we had everything from local garage bands to performances by A Company of Kids.

Entertainment groups are considered volunteers as well, but will receive great exposure and promotion as a Brewers Mini +10K entertainment act.  All bands, groups, etc. will be listed with logo and/or name on www.brewersmini.com and will be included in the email correspondence to all runners.

So, what’s in it for you?

In addition to being a part of this unique event, all volunteers and entertainers will receive:

  • An official Event Crew t-shirt
  • A ticket voucher good for a regular season game in April/May of 2014

Depending on the volunteer assignment, the timeframe for race day on Saturday, September 28, is approximately 6am-11:30am (some jobs start later or end earlier). More information can be found on the sites below.

Event Crew Volunteer info – http://www.race-brewers.com/volunteers-2013

Entertainment Volunteer info – http://www.race-brewers.com/entertainment

If you’re running the race and/or can’t volunteer yourself, please pass this along to anyone you know who might be interested in helping out. It is sure to be a fun day for runners and volunteers alike!

Thanks in advance for your assistance, we look forward to seeing you on September 28!

 -Cait

JohnandCait@Brewers.com

Bring School or Art Supplies With You This Weekend for Brewers Community Foundation’s Drive For Charity

This weekend marks the second Brewers Community Foundation’s Drive for Charity of the year with a school and art supply drive during the Brewers series against the Atlanta Braves.

Fans attending the games on Friday, Saturday and Sunday are invited to bring new school and art supplies. Each fan that donates will receive a collectible Brewers player pin–this weekend’s pin is of pitcher Chris Narveson. Fans should drop off their items from the time the gates open through the second inning of each of the games this weekend.

DFC JuneThe final Brewers Community Foundation Drive for Charity is set for August 30-September 1 vs. the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, where BCF will be collecting new or gently-used winter wear.

-Cait

JohnandCait@Brewers.com

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 days. We’re proud to say we’ve advanced….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 June 24; Local Round 3 will run June 25-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

Polish Heritage Day Set for Sunday, June 23

Next Sunday, June 23, we’ll host Polish Heritage Day at Miller Park for the game vs. the Atlanta Braves and all fans in attendance will receive this Klement’s Famous Racing Sausages Polish Sausage Bobble.

Polish Bobblehead-Silo

The Polish Sausage is featured wearing a “Piwowarzy” jersey, which is the Polish translation for Brewers. The Brewers will also be wearing the Piwowarzy jerseys when they take the field at 1:10pm.

Jerseys will be available in the Brewers Team Store by Majestic for $200; caps are $45. These items will also be available on brewers.com.

Piwowarzy jerseys will be available in the Brewers Team Store by Majestic for $200; caps are $45. These items will also be available on brewers.com.

The Brewers have worn special “Cerveceros” uniforms for “Cerveceros Day” in each of the last eight seasons; wore “Bierbrauer” uniforms for “German Heritage Day” in 2011 and “Birrai” uniforms for “Italian Heritage Day” last year.

Piwowarzy T-Shirts (both men and women's sizes) will be available at the Team Store this weekend for $25.

Piwowarzy T-Shirts (both men and women’s sizes) will be available at the Team Store this weekend while supplies last for $25. These items will also be available on brewers.com.

As part of Sunday’s festivities, the Syrena Polish Folk Dance Ensemble will perform near the Miller Park gates and polka music will be played by a live band.  Jayme Dawicki, 2002 Miss Wisconsin, will sing the national anthem and God Bless America.  In addition, there will be an information table from Polish Heritage Alliance located on the Miller Park Field Level Concourse.

Fans can also save 10% on all Polish Sausage Famous Racing Sausages merchandise for the entire homestand (Friday, June 21 through Thursday, June 27) at Miller Park–including t-shirts, lawn gnomes and plush.

Save 10% on all Polish Sausage merchandise at the Brewers Team Store by Majestic during the upcoming homestand (6/21-6/27).

Save 10% on all Polish Sausage merchandise at the Brewers Team Store by Majestic during the upcoming homestand (6/21-6/27).

Finally, in preparation for Sunday, the Polish Sausage visited Polish Fest over the weekend to learn more about his heritage. Here’s a fun little gallery (click photos to enlarge). Enjoy and we hope to see you out here next weekend to celebrate with us!

Cheers!

-Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

PS-For tickets, call (414) 902-4000 or visit brewers.com.

MLB Launches Tumblr Campaign Manager Contest

Today MLB launched the “All-Star Campaign Managers Contest” on tumblr.

Here’s how it works:

Fans can create a Tumblr blog in support of your favorite All-Star Game candidate.

Populate the page with as many Tumblr worthy campaign posts that you deem fit.

Tag it #AllStarBlog so we can all follow along.

CM Contest

The best blog will win an All-Star jersey, plus get its ideas promoted on MLB’s tumblr. For more details and to enter, click here.

Here’s hoping Brewers fans get behind this and help support our #VOTEBREWERS campaign along the way!

I can’t wait to see what you come up with–have fun!

-Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

Designs of Final Brewers Bobbleheads Revealed

We are at the halfway point in terms of the 10 All-Fan Giveaway dates for 2013. So far, we’ve given away the following bobbleheads: Nori Aoki; George Scott; Corey Hart; Ryan Braun; and Carlos Gomez.

Coming up next homestand, we’ve got a Polish Sausage bobble (6/23), followed by Hank Aaron (7/7), and Harvey Kuenn (8/4).

Gorman Thomas and Ben Oglivie will round out the bobble lineup for 2013 and the designs of those final two Brewers bobbleheads for 2013 are in!

Gorman Thomas‘ likeness in a Seattle Pilots uniform (the first ever first round draft pick by the Pilots) will be given to all fans on Sunday, September 1.  That bobblehead is presented by the Wisconsin National Guard.

Thomas Bobblehead

On Sunday, September 15, the Brewers will give all fans a Ben Oglivie bobblehead presented by Waukesha Metal Products. Oglivie will be wearing the classic pinstripe “ball-and-glove” uniform.

Oglivie Bobblehead

This completes the announcements of designs of all ten Brewers bobbleheads for the 2013 season.

How many have you collected so far?

-John & Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

We’re Number One (Again)… Because of YOU!

We just received some terrific news–John and Cait… Plus 9  was the top MLB Pro Blog for the second month in a row!

April was a great month for us and and we carried that into a strong May here on the blog. This is a great honor as we are always competing with a number of awesome blogs across the MLBlogs platform. Great new photo blogs like the SF Giants Photos Blog and Dodgers Photo Blog are tough to beat.  Other front office insider blogs like Jamie Ramsey’s Better Off Red and the Mariners From the Corner of Edgar and Dave  continue to provide us with inspiration for JCP9.

But really, it’s all thanks to you–our readers!

It was a busy May for us and we hope to continue to be the place for an inside look at the Brewers. We would not be number one without our readers, so to celebrate, we thought we’d do another fun giveaway with trivia related to the blog.

The first person to answer the following questions in the comment field below will win a prize package consisting of:

JCP9 Prize May

Ready? Here’s what you need to answer–three questions designed for you to go back through our archives!

  • From the group of players that John saw in the 2011 Arizona Fall League, how many are currently with the Big League Brewers now?
  • Which former Brewers player was Cait paired with at the Davey Nelson Celebrity Golf Tournament in 2012?
  • We’ve hosted Social Media Night the last two years and a each time, a different Brewers player has made a guest appearance. Name the players.

Good luck!

UPDATE at 2:40pm CT: Congrats to Travis B. You’re the winner! Wow, that was quick!

Thanks again for reading everyone, it has truly been a pleasure to be able to engage with all of you; it was especially fun for us to meet those of you who came out to Social Media Night in person as well!

We are very fortunate to each have an inside look at the team and want to give you as much of a look inside the organization as we can. Please continue to let us know your comments, criticisms and ideas as we continue to provide our own behind-the-scenes look at Brewers baseball.  We love your feedback and will use it to hopefully stay number one in the rankings!

Cheers!
John and Cait

John andCait@Brewers.com

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