June 2013

Off to the Races! Time to Start Training for the 5K, 10K or Brewers Mini!

This summer, we’re offering you a plethora of opportunities to run in, around and through Miller Park.

From the Brewers Community Foundation’s Famous Racing Sausages 5k Run/Walk (which is almost sold out-hurry!) to the Brewers Mini-Marathon +10K, there’s something for athletes of every level.

And, even if you’re fairly new to running, there are training programs designed to help you hit your stride.

For the second year in a row, we are pleased to announce that Performance Running Outfitters is the official Training Partner of the Brewers Mini-Marathon + 10k. Performance Running Outfitters is locally owned by Trae and Jessica Hoepner, who together we have over 20 years of coaching and 30 years of running expertise.

This year, PRO is offering two different training programs:

Brewers 10K Training Program

The Get Fit 10k program is geared towards the moderately fit runner, former runner, or beginning runner who has already finished a 5k and wants more of a challenge with weekly motivation. This is a progressive course which will focus on completing a longer distance each week.  Performance Running Outfitters will provide a training program, weekly emails with motivation and necessary information for runners.

It is recommended that you can run a 5k before beginning this program and have an “ok” from a medical professional with a clean bill of health. The program will begin on Tuesday, August 6 and meet for 8 weeks. Runners looking for additional group support are encouraged to attend PRO’s Thursday fun runs.

An informational meeting will be held on Tuesday, July 23 at 7pm at the PRO Brookfield & Shorewood Locations.

For a $65 fee (which does not include race registration), program participants will receive:

  • Tech Tee
  • Water bottle
  • Weekly emails with advice from coach
  • PRO Coupon – 20% OFF
  • Video gait analysis with footwear recommendation
  • Seminars on cadence & speed, nutrition & hydration, etc.

Brewers Mini-Marathon Training (13.1 Miles)

The PRO Half Marathon training program is geared toward the moderately fit runner who has already finished a 5k or 10k and wants more of a challenge with our weekly motivation. This is a progressive course which will focus on completing a longer distance each week.  Performance Running Outfitters will provide a training program, weekly emails with motivation and necessary information for runners.

It is recommended that you can run 4 miles before beginning this program and have an “ok” from a medical professional with a clean bill of health. The program kicks off on Saturday, July 13 and the group will meet each week for 12 weeks. Runners looking for additional group support are encouraged to attend PRO’s Thursday fun runs.

An informational meeting will be held next Wednesday, June 19 at 7pm at the PRO Brookfield location.

For a $75 fee (which does not include race registration), program participants will receive:

  • Tech Tee
  • Water bottle
  • Weekly emails with advice from coach
  • PRO Coupon – 20% OFF
  • Video gait analysis with footwear recommendation
  • Seminars on cadence & speed, nutrition & hydration, etc.

For more information, or to register for these programs, click here.

Good luck!

-Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

Brewers Wives to Host “Jerseys Off Their Back” Raffle at Miller Park on June 22

The Brewers Community Foundation is always finding creative ways to support their causes while at the same time, offering fans unique experiences.  After a two-year break, the Brewers Wives “Jerseys Off Their Back” Raffle is back!

The Brewers Wives are hosting this special event that will benefit Sharp Literacy on Saturday, June 22 when the Brewers face the Atlanta Braves. Raffle tickets will be sold throughout the game for $1 and lucky winners will have the opportunity to receive a jersey off the back of a Brewers player and have that jersey autographed.

Proceeds from the raffle ticket sales will go to the Brewers Community Foundation in support of SHARP Literacy.

Brewers Wives will be walking through the stands and staffing tables throughout Miller Park selling tickets until the 4th inning. A drawing for the Jerseys Off Their Backs raffle will be held and the winning tickets will be displayed on the scoreboard in the middle of the 5th inning until the 7th inning stretch.  We will also post the winning numbers here to the blog and tweet out the link so if you miss the scoreboard messaging, the winning numbers can be found here.

Fans who buy raffle tickets should look to the scoreboard at that time for the winning ticket numbers. Winning numbers will also be posted at the Brewers Community Foundation/Jersey Off Their Backs Raffle Table and at Guest Relations.

Those who see their winning number must report to Guest Relations on the Field Level by the middle of the 9th inning to claim their prize.

Since 1996, SHARP Literacy has provided students with opportunities to develop a range of skills – reading, writing, oral communications, research, creating thinking and problem solving – SHARP creates a solid foundation for future learning and success. SHARP currently serves 5,000+ students in grades 1-5.

SHARP Mission: SHARP Literacy energizes urban school children to become confident, capable readers, writers and researchers, using the visual arts to engage young minds and reinforce learning.

If you are at the June 22 game, this is a great opportunity to support a worthwhile cause and have the opportunity to take home a very unique piece of memorabilia.

–JOHN

johnandcait@brewers.com

Brewers “Tribute for Heroes” Finalists Announced

Today, Major League Baseball and PEOPLE magazine announced the 90 finalists (three per team) for the “Tribute for Heroes” campaign, a national initiative that recognizes veterans and military service members and builds upon MLB and PEOPLE magazine’s commitment to honoring our country’s heroes. The three finalists for the Milwaukee Brewers include Dan Buttery, Brandon Nontelle and Noel Reeson.

Fans are encouraged to visit TributeForHeroes.com to vote on their favorite stories now through June 30 and one winner from each of the 30 MLB Clubs will be included in All-Star Week festivities and recognized during the pre-game ceremony leading up to the 2013 All-Star Game at Citi Field on July 16th on FOX. A “Tribute for Heroes” winner will be featured in the July 22nd issue of PEOPLE which hits newsstands Friday, July 12, the week of the MLB All-Star Game.

Fans voting for a Brewers representative will have a very tough decision to make as all three candidates are extremely worthy of this recognition. Read on.

Dan ButteryDan Buttery, a native of Milwaukee, served in the United States Army. He commanded a combat engineer company that conducted 300 successful missions in Iraq from May 2003 to April 2004. The injuries he sustained in the line of duty there eventually ended his military services. Today, Buttery’s personal mission is supporting veterans and their families. In addition to working full-time, he is President of the Board at Fisher House Wisconsin. The Fisher House Foundation provides free housing for military and veteran family members whose loved ones are receiving medical treatment. Buttery devotes himself to bringing the first Fisher House to Wisconsin, the construction of which is slated for fall 2013.

Brandon NontelleBrandon Nontelle, a native of Altus, Oklahoma, has served as a combat airlift crew member with the United States Air Force. He has participated in dangerous operations all over the world, including a search and rescue effort in Antarctica. During many Afghan missions, his crew flew treacherously close to the ground to drop supplies to bases throughout the country. Nontelle has been awarded six Air Medals for combat missions, an Aerial Achievement Medal, and a Humanitarian Medal, among many other awards. He is a program director for ASPIRE, an after-school study program for at-risk kids in Altus, Oklahoma. In addition, he helped organize a Habitat for Humanity event and participates in numerous food drives.

Noel ReesonNoel Reeson, who is from Hortonville, Wisconsin, is a member of the U.S. Army. She spent a four-year enlistment in the Navy on the USS Bataan. While at sea, her older brother died. She had previously lost her older sister and was offered a hardship discharge, which she declined. Feeling she could do more, Reeson enlisted in the Army to serve in Iraq with the 1st Cavalry and achieved the rank of Staff Sergeant. She incurred a deployment-related injury and went on to use her benefits to return to school, where she earned her degree as an agriculture equipment technician. She is a member of the VFW and American Legion.

Along with MLB and PEOPLE, a guest panel including General Peter W. Chiarelli (retired) and General John M. “Jack” Keane (retired) alongside MLB players Justin Verlander of the Detroit Tigers, Nick Swisher of the Cleveland Indians, Barry Zito of the San Francisco Giants, Jonny Gomes of the Boston Red Sox, Brad Ziegler of the Arizona Diamondbacks, Chase Headley of the San Diego Padres and Craig Stammen of the Washington Nationals assisted in the selection process for the 90 finalists.

The “Tribute For Heroes” campaign supports Welcome Back Veterans ,an initiative of Major League Baseball and the Robert R. McCormick Foundation, which addresses the needs of veterans after they return from service. Major League Baseball has committed more than $23 million for grants to hospitals and clinics that provide post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injury (TBI) treatment to veterans and their families in a public/private partnership with “Centers of Excellence” at university hospitals throughout the country.

As part of its 2013 charity initiative, “PEOPLE First: Help America’s Veterans,” PEOPLE is partnering with Welcome Back Veterans and three other nonprofit organizations that are committed to providing assistance to military men and women, and will feature them in multiple editorial stories in ‘PEOPLE’ throughout 2013.

Currently, Welcome Back Veterans funds programs at The University of Michigan, Rush University Medical Center, Duke University, Emory University, Weill Cornell in New York City, UCLA and the Boston Red Sox’ Home Base Program at Mass General Hospital in Boston. These institutions are developing new programs and strategies to improve the quality, quantity and access to PTSD and TBI treatment for veterans, particularly those returning from duty in Iraq and Afghanistan.

-Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

Do you have what it takes to be a #BrewersDJ?

Are you the Sultan of Sound? Princess of the Playlist? The Master of the Mix?

Can you pick the perfect song for every celebration?

Then the #BrewersDJ Contest is for you!

Here’s how it works:

Come up with your best answer to this question: “If you were a MLB player, what would your entrance song be and why?” Post it on Twitter using the hashtag #BrewersDJ.  If we select your song/response, you’ll win a pair of Field Level tickets to a Brewers home game where you’ll get to visit the Scoreboard Control Room and hear your song played in Miller Park!

If you need a little inspiration, you can check out the songs selected by your favorite Brewers here.

For more details on this contest, including official rules, click here.

As for me, I’m not sure what my song would be–I’m going to have to think about that for awhile–great question! (If you have any ideas for me, be sure and leave them in the comments below.

Good luck!

Cait

JohnandCait@Brewers.com

Jean Segura Segment on MLB Network

In case you missed it, here’s a nice piece on Jean Segura’s incredible start to the season from MLB Network’s Alanna Rizzo.

Enjoy!
-Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

 

Discovery World’s Baseball Innovations Exhibit is a Home Run for Fans

Looking for something to do while the Brewers are out of town this week?

We took a break from the office to head over to Discovery World where now, for a limited time, there is a special baseball exhibit: MEARS presents: BASEBALL– Innovations That Changed the Game.

Discovery World

In keeping with Discovery World’s commitment to help educate children and adults alike about innovations in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, “The baseball exhibit explores the intersection between innovation and sports,” said Joel Brennan, President/CEO of Discovery World, who was kind enough to give us a personal tour of the exhibit and some other areas of the museum as well.

Indeed. The exhibit offers a look at the technical innovations to equipment – the bats, balls, mitts, uniforms – which dramatically changed the way America’s National Pastime has been played.

This new display at Discovery World traces these changes back to the 1850s and explains how they were done and why.

For example, visitors can explore the evolution of baseball mitts from fingerless gloves to today’s professional models:

And also check out  baseball bats from the post-civil war models to those used by the likes of Ty Cobb, Eddie Matthews, Robin Yount and today’s stars:

There are also several other displays dedicated to jerseys, stadium lights and broadcasting:

Baseball history is so fascinating and visitors to this exhibit get a up close and personal look at a number of unique artifacts of the game. The way the museum weaves in the science and innovation of the game enhances the education experience.

And, while we were there, we both got to talking about how, although we’ve attended special events in the Pilot House and such, we hadn’t visited the museum itself since we were kids. We reminisced about field trips to the former locations, in the Milwaukee Public Library and Milwaukee Public Museum, with our favorite displays (the static electricity ball still exists, but the little chair that spins around is no longer there).

However, we’ve grown up a lot since then and so has Discovery World. Joel graciously showed us around the rest of the building and we were amazed at all of the other fun exhibits and to learn of the variety of interactive classes/events they offer. Not only is this a great place for kids, but it is also a great place for adults.

For example, here’s John getting a guitar “lesson” from Les Paul, part of a huge exhibit dedicated to one of the pioneers of the electric guitar and rock and roll:

John Steinmiller Les Paul

There is also an exhibit dedicated to the Miller Park Roof, where visitors can learn how the roof operates and even open and close a replica themselves!

Miller Park Roof Discovery World

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We were also fascinated to learn of the variety of programs offered for both kids and adults, including: a soda-making class; a “Goddess Brewing Series” (beer brewing for women, based on ancient goddesses–right up Cait’s alley!); wine & design; fragrance-making; as well as summer camps dedicated to making your own guitar, handbag, video game and more. Another great event for adults is the “Fish Fry & A Flick” summer movie series at Discovery World.  The 2013 schedule hasn’t been announced yet, but that is an always popular event.

We only had an hour to spend at Discovery World, but we could have easily stayed the whole day.

Whether, you haven’t been to Discovery World in awhile like us, or you’re a member, we’re sure new fans and veteran fans alike will enjoy the baseball exhibit and the rest of the experience.

The baseball exhibit will be at Discovery World through August and is included with general admission to Discovery World (free for members).

For more information, including rates and hours, please visit discoveryworld.org.

-John and Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

#BrewersShowIt Contest Winners Get an “Ax”-perience They’ll Never Forget

Today, the winners of our Nike #BrewersShowIt Twitter & Instagram contest got to claim their prize –a private shopping experience with Brewers pitcher John Axford at the Brewers Team Store by Majestic at Miller Park.

To enter, fans were simply asked to take a photo of themselves wearing their favorite Brewers Nike gear and post it to Twitter and/or Instagram using the hashtag#BrewersShowIt.

We had a tough time narrowing it down, but ultimately we chose our 45 winners.

Fifteen Grand and First Prize winners got to sit in on a Q&A with Ax. They also received an autographed baseball courtesy of Nike, plus two tickets to tonight’s game vs. the Phillies.

Questions covered the gamut of “What’s the fastest pitch you’ve ever thrown?” (He’s been clocked at 100 mph a couple of times); “Do you ever get hungry for a brat while out in the bullpen?” (No, they have a stash of snacks more appropriate for during a ball game with them in there during the games.); “What is your favorite ballpark (other than Miller Park)?” (PNC Park in Pittsburgh–gorgeous sightlines); and “Who was your hero growing up?” (Doug King, his first pitching coach) to questions about his tattoos and facial hair.

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Following the Q&A, those winners, plus 30 runners-up received a $50 gift card to the Brewers Team Store by Majestic and got to spend it by taking part in a private shopping experience with Ax, where he was hanging out behind the register, helping ring up and bag merchandise, taking photos, signing autographs and just generally shooting the breeze with the lucky fans.

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I talked to Grand Prize Winners Michelle and Mark Jahns from Waukesha, Wisconsin.

“I happened to see this contest on Brewers.com,” Mark told me. “I don’t go on Twitter too much, but when I saw it was a Nike contest, I knew we had a lot of Brewers Nike gear. We took a few different photos, but our favorite was the one in front of Target Field when we went to see the Brewers play the Twins last month.”

Here was their entry:

Michelle and Mark Jahns, Grand Prize winners in the #BrewersShowIt contest.

Michelle and Mark Jahns, Grand Prize winners in the #BrewersShowIt contest.

“It was cool to take part in the Q & A. I asked him about his hero growing up. It was nice to talk to a pro ball player,” Mark said of the experience.

DJ Slater was a runner-up in the contest and got to take part in the shopping experience.

“I saw info about the contest on Facebook,” said DJ, who comes to at least 20 games per year. “I have tons of Nike gear, so I thought I’d enter. I kept my photo real subtle, just showing the Nike undershirt. In fact, in my entry, I was wearing pretty much the same thing I’m wearing now.”

DJ’s entry:

DJ today:

DJ proudly shows off the Nike undershirt that helped him become a winner in the #BrewersShowIt contest.

DJ proudly shows off the Nike undershirt that helped him become a winner in the #BrewersShowIt contest.

What did DJ buy with his gift card?

“A new undershirt! They’ve changed the style slightly since I got this one, so I bought a new one,” he said.

“It was neat to meet John,” DJ said of the experience. “He was very nice and cordial, you could tell he was taking his time with everyone. They’re sports figures, but they’re still people, too.”

Everyone at the event had a great time and Ax enjoyed it as well.

“It was great,” he said. “The Q & A was fantastic and the fact that we did the shopping experience was fun.”

In fact, he has a little message for the winners:

Were you one of the winners? Tell us about your experience in the comments below or send us your photos on Twitter and/or Instagram using (of course) #BrewersShowIt.

Thanks to Nike, our folks in the Corporate Marketing & Retail Departments, the staff at the Brewers Team Store and of course, Ax for making this a fun event!

Cheers!

-Cait

JohnandCait@Brewers.com

MLB.com’s “Bucks on the Pond” to Visit Miller Park Tomorrow

Mlb.com Bucks on the PondMLB.com’s hit game show, “Bucks on the Pond,” powered by Ford, is slated to visit Miller Park!

“Bucks,” hosted by Jeremy Brisiel, has been to more than half of all Major League ballparks and is working its way through the full list. And, if you’re planning on attending the Brewers vs. Phillies game tomorrow (Sunday, June 9), you might be a part of it and have a chance to walk away with some cash!

Here’s how this new fan experience works: fans at Miller Park interact will interact with MLB.com’s studio through the magic of technology in conjunction with game action inside.

Contestants are asked a trivia question (relating to baseball and just general knowledge/pop culture) on each pitch during a half-inning of baseball. Get the question correct and win money. Get the question wrong and it’s a strike.  Just like in baseball, it’s three strikes and you’re out.

The difficulty of the questions, and their value, increase with the number of outs in the on-field action. Start with easy $5 questions and after one out, the questions move to $10 medium-difficulty and $20 hard questions after two outs. If the contestant lasts longer than the team’s at-bat, they win the bucks in their bank.

New this year: If contestants cross the $100 mark during the show, they’ll be invited to participate in “Say The Word” powered by Ford SYNC. Here, you can wager any part of your bank on the next question. Answer correctly and you win, answer incorrectly and you lose that amount … and it’s another strike.

Here’s a “Best Of” video from 2012 to give you a little taste of what it’s all about:

So, if you’re out here tomorrow for Carlos Gomez Bobblehead Day, make sure to be on the lookout–you just might get selected to be a contestant!

Also–stay tuned to the blog. We’ll have a recap here, as well as links to the show featuring Brewers fans.

 

Cheers!

-Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

2013 Player Entrance Music-Updated 6/7/13

Entering this weekend, 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.

Juan Francisco- “I Made It” by Kevin Rudolf

Yovani Gallardo: “My Time” by Fabolous

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

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

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

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

Yovani Gallardo: “My Time” by Fabolous

Tom Gorzelanny: “Radioactive” by Imagine Dragons

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

Interviews With Brewers Top Two Draft Picks

The Brewers top two picks in the 2013 First-Year Player Draft, RHP Devin Williams and INF Tucker Neuhaus, joined local media in a brief conference call today.  Both draftees had interesting stories to tell (spoiler alert: Neuhaus is a Packers fan) and seem eager to join the organization.  Audio of the call is below:

RHP Devin Williams (54th overall)

Twitter: @Dtrainn_23

Hometown: Florissant, Missouri

School: Hazelwood (MO) West High School

Bats: Right                   Throws: Right

Height: 6-3                   Weight: 170

Born: September 21, 1994


INF Tucker Neuhaus (72nd overall)

Twitter: @Gotheeem_neuy

Hometown: Tampa, Florida

School: Wharton (FL) High School

Bats: Left                     Throws: Right

Height: 6-3                   Weight: 195

Born: June 18, 1995


We will update the MLB Draft here on the blog as it continues.  The 2013 First-Year Player Draft, which is comprised of 40 rounds, will continue tomorrow at noon CT for Rounds 3-10. The Draft will resume on Saturday for Rounds 11-40 at noon CT and will continue through its conclusion.

–JOHN

johnandcait@brewers.com

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