June 2013

Zubazpalooza Set for July 19 at Miller Park

Yes, you read that right….We’re hosting Zubazpalooza on Friday, July 19!

Brewers Zubazpalooza

Come out to Miller Park and “Embrace the Awesomeness” of Zubaz pants as your Crew takes on the Miami Marlins. Fans that purchase this special Zubazpalooza package will receive a Loge Outfield Box ticket to the game, plus a pair of Brewers Zubaz pants for just $34. Fans will be seated together as a group in Section 231. Tickets are limited and expected to sell quickly, so you’ll want to visit brewers.com/specialevents to secure yours today!

Brewers Zubaz Pants

Zubaz pants and shorts were made popular in the early 90s, created by two Minnesotan bodybuilders, Dan Stock and Bob Truax.

“We started the Zubaz brand out of a gym that we owned in Minnesota and our first customers were guys who loved the fit and comfort, something they couldn’t find in “normal” clothes due to the size of their bodies. The classic zebra pattern is one of the first prints that we did and it came to symbolize the Zubaz brand name as a crazy look for people who wanted to ‘Dare to be Different,‘” Dan and Bob say on Zubaz.com. “We always said that the look is what attracted people to their first pair and the comfort was what brought them back for their 2nd pair… or 3rd, 4th or 5th pair.”

After a few years, Dan and Bob eventually left the clothing business to move on to other endeavors, but decided to bring Zubaz back in 2007, introducing them to a whole new generation of fans.

Brewers Zubaz pants are not currently sold in stores and, with officially licensed  NFL team Zubaz pants retailing for $39.99 on Zubaz.com, this Zubazpalooza package, which includes pants and a game ticket for just $34 is a steal.

To purchase, please visit brewers.com/specialevents or call (414) 902-GAME (4263). Also, as a reminder, you can continue to visit brewers.com/specialevents all season long for the latest in our special events—from Educator’s Days and Halfway to St. Patrick’s Day to Zubazpalooza, there truly is always something for everyone at Miller Park.

So, what do you think? Did you rock Zubaz back in the day? Will you be rockin’ ‘em at Miller Park on July 19?

-Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

Former Milwaukee Braves Shortstop Johnny Logan Inducted Into Miller Park Walk of Fame

For those of you who are fortunate enough to know Johnny Logan, you know he is really a special man.  He always has a story, a teaching tip or an anecdote about something and everything.  Today is a very special day at Miller Park as the Brewers formally inducted Logan into the Miller Park Walk of Fame.

In January, the team announced Logan received over 72% of the vote (32 votes) in Walk of Fame balloting, which includes members of the media throughout Wisconsin as well as Brewers executives.  Logan’s election marks the first time since Lew Burdette (2010) that a player has been inducted.

From left to right: Jim Logan, Johnny Logan and Felix Mantilla.

From left to right: Jim Logan, Johnny Logan and Felix Mantilla.

Today, Logan visited Miller Park, as he often does.  But this time, he did so with family and friends who were with him to share in his honor.  Logan also visited the Brewers Media Interview Room where he talked to the press for a very memorable media session with his son, Jim, and former Braves teammate, Felix Mantilla.

“This is the biggest honor I received,” Logan said to open the session.  “I can’t tell you how happy I am to be here with my family and friends.

Logan played in Milwaukee from 1953 – 1961 and appeared in four All-Star Games as a member of the Braves. For his 13 year career, Logan hit .268 with 93 home runs and 547 RBI.  He was a member of the Braves World Series Championship team in 1957 and the National League Championship team in 1958.  Logan was signed by the Boston Braves in 1947 and made his Major League debut with Boston in 1951.  After playing in Milwaukee, he played three seasons with the Pittsburgh Pirates.

"I treat this man like my brother," Mantilla said of Logan.

“I treat this man like my brother,” Mantilla said of Logan.

“The Milwaukee Brewers are honoring one of the top shortstops in the 1950s,” Mantilla said.  “Logan came to Milwaukee in 1948, he liked this city so much that he is still here.  I’m very proud to be here with my friend that I treat like a brother.”

Known for his quick wit and ability to tell a great story, Logan held court for just about 30 minutes in the Media Interview room.

He talked about when he was in fifth game and heard the New York Yankees were playing their farm team in Binghamton, N.Y. in an exhibition game.  There were two obstacles he had that day before attending that game.  The first was the game took place on a school day and the second was that his hometown of Endicott was seven miles away.  That didn’t stop Logan, he “ran” the seven miles to see Joe DiMaggio and his beloved Yankees.  But Logan soon discovered there was another problem he faced when he arrived at the stadium–he didn’t have a ticket.

“You mean you have to pay?!” Logan recalled asking the usher.

Logan found a “knothole” in the outfield wall and saw his childhood heroes that day.  Somehow, he still made it home for dinner.  When his mom asked how school was that day, Logan recalled his reply, “IT WAS GREAT!”  He said to the group today, “Hey, baseball came first!”

Johnny Logan, 1957

Johnny Logan, 1957

Logan later remembered Mantilla trying to take his shortstop position.

“I was scared of Felix,” Logan said.  “He was good, a great athlete.  He had such ability.  I played so hard in competing with him because who wants to sit on the bench!?”

“It was a pleasure playing with Johnny,” Mantilla said.  “He had his own way of doing things, but that is why we all loved him.”

In terms of a favorite memory of his baseball career, he was quick to answer winning the 1957 World Series.

“Naturally,” Logan said.  “What a thrill to beat the Yankees.”

He also recalled how close those Milwaukee Braves teams were to winning other World Series titles.

“In 1958 we had the Yankees 3-games-to-1 and ended up losing the next three.  In 1956 we lost the pennant by one game.  That was the year Don Larsen pitched his perfect game in the World Series.  If we were there, that would have never happened!”

In a pregame ceremony, hosted by Bob Uecker, Logan told “a few stories” and shared many laughs.

“I want to tell you that Milwaukee is my home,” Logan said.  “I want to thank the Brewers for this honor and I want to thank all the sportswriters for voting me in.”

Bob Uecker hosted a memorable on field ceremony.

Bob Uecker hosted a memorable on field ceremony.

Both Brewers and Phillies players lined the railings of each dugout as Logan continued with stories of an Opening Day, the 1955 All-Star Game and the 1957 World Series.  Logan could have gone all night long, but there was a game to play and there was (and is) only one man who could have made sure tonight’s game started on time.

“Johnny, we are getting close to game time, can you just stay here on the field during the game and keep talking?” Uecker joked, to which, of course, Logan replied with, “Yes!”

Uecker closed the ceremony with the following quip: “In honor of Johnny Logan, the Brewers have further informed me that tonight’s game has been cancelled.”

Other past Walk of Fame honorees include Hank Aaron, Rollie Fingers, Paul Molitor, Robin Yount in 2001; Commissioner Bud Selig and Cecil Cooper in 2002; Bob Uecker and Harry Dalton in 2003; Jim Gantner and Gorman Thomas in 2004; Don Money and Harvey Kuenn in 2005; Eddie Mathews, Warren Spahn and John Quinn in 2007 (the first year that former Braves players appeared on the ballot); and Lew Burdette in 2010.

A photo of the Johnny Logan plaque on the Miller Park Walk of Fame.

A photo of the Johnny Logan plaque on the Miller Park Walk of Fame.

Each inductee is honored with a granite plaque that is placed into the terrace area walkway that surrounds Miller Park.

If you are one who appreciates baseball history, this is definitely a day you won’t forget as a special man received a special honor.  You could really see in the faces of the family and friends who attended the ceremony that they too will never forget this day.  Logan did a great job and his friend Mantilla reminded him of that at the end of the press conference.

“Johnny you did a great job today,” Mantilla said.

Logan didn’t skip a beat with his reply.

“What the hell did I say? All I did was sit up here and talk about baseball!  It was great.”

-John and Cait

johnandcait@Brewers.com

Double Clutch Menu for the Phillies Series: Philly Cheesesteak

You all had to know this one was coming.  The classic Philly Cheesesteak is on sale at the Double Clutch stand at Miller Park during the current four-game set with the Philadelphia Phillies.

The sandwich features thinly sliced sirloin beef served fresh off a sizzling grill along with sautéed peppers and onions.  Provolone cheese and/or creamy cheese sauce top the sandwich which is served on a thick hoagie bun.  A side of house made Miller Park chips are on the side.  The meal is $10.

Rumor has it that Brewers bullpen catcher Marcus Hanel has been known to polish off a couple of cheesesteak sandwiches on Brewers road trips to Philadelphia.  I’m not sure on the exact count from the recent road trip (we keep track of a lot of stats, but not that stat!), but I might bring this down for him to try as he is the cheesesteak expert.  I had mine “wit out” and it was pretty good.  Since it is a four-game series, I might even have another one on Saturday!

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 also $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

MLB First-Year Player Draft Kicks Off Tonight

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It will be a very busy day at Miller Park today.  Of course, we have the Brewers-Phillies series kicking off at 7 p.m., we also have the Johnny Logan Walk of Fame induction ceremony pregame.  In addition to all of that, tonight marks day one of the three-day MLB First-Year Player Draft.

The MLB Draft is unique in that it takes place mid-season, unlike the other sports leagues that host drafts during the off-season.  That brings challenges and excitement at the same time.  Players picked tonight can be in the minor league system within weeks.

Brewers Director of Amateur Scouting, Bruce Seid, along with the rest of the Baseball Operations staff, have met in the Brewers draft room for about two weeks now.  Amateur scouts, Crosscheckers Scouting Supervisors and Brewers Medical representatives have all been scouring reports, watching video, hosting workouts at Miller Park and developing lists in preparation for the next three days.

Doug Melvin (l) and Bruce Seid (r) in the Brewers Draft Room at Miller Park in 2009.

Doug Melvin (l) and Bruce Seid (r) in the Brewers Draft Room at Miller Park in 2009.

the Brewers will make two selections on Day 1 of the First-Year Player Draft, which begins at 6 p.m. CT.  The team’s first pick will be at #54 in the second round.  They will also make a selection at #72 (Compensatory Balance Round B).  Milwaukee forfeited its first-round selection for signing right-handed pitcher Kyle Lohse as a free agent.

The First-Year Player Draft spans three days of activity from Thursday through Saturday, and will take place at the MLB Network Studio 42 in Secaucus, New Jersey.  Draft coverage will begin live on MLB Network and MLB.com at 6 p.m. CT tonight.  The Brewers’ first selection (#54) will take place at about 9:34 p.m. CT and pick #72 will take place at about 10:02 p.m. CT.  The Houston Astros have the first overall selection in tonight’s draft.

Representing the Brewers at the MLB Network Studio will be former Brewers pitcher Ken Sanders and Manager of Administration for Player Development Mark Mueller.

Clint Coulter (l) and Victor Roache (c), the Brwers 2012 First Round Picks and Bruce Seid (r) at a press conference.

Clint Coulter (l) and Victor Roache (c), the Brwers 2012 First Round Picks and Bruce Seid (r) at a press conference.

The selection rotation is determined by the clubs’ reverse order of finish at the close of the previous championship season.  The Draft, which is comprised of 40 rounds, will continue on Friday 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.  The complete draft order can be found here.  A live draft tracker can be found here.

–JOHN

johnandcait@brewers.com

Calling All Tailgaters! Adam Richman’s Fandemonium Set for July Miller Park Visit

The Travel Channel will make a July visit to Miller Park to tape Adam Richman’s new show, Fandemonium.  The show will seek Brewers “superfans” in the parking lot prior to the July 19 – 21 Brewers vs. Marlins series to capture some of the tailgating traditions that make Miller Park famous.

Representatives from the Travel Channel will be at Miller Park scouring the parking lots for mouthwatering food, unique tailgate setups and one-of-a-kind traditions.  Brewers fans can visit Brewers.com/fandemonium today to submit a form that will be reviewed by Travel Channel representatives.  The form asks fans to highlight noteworthy, interesting and unique tailgating plans.  Submitting an online form does not guarantee an appearance on the show, but allows fans an opportunity to express their interest in being considered for the show.

Brewers Fandemonium

Actor Adam Richman has hosted Man v. Food, Amazing Eats, Best Thing I Ever Ate and has appeared as a judge on Iron Chef America.

For more information, visit Brewers.com/fandemonium.

-Cait

JohnandCait@Brewers.com

Brewers Sign Jerry DeQuardo to Contract

In January, the Brewers began their “Fan-Tastic Forty” promotion and awarded prizes for 40 consecutive days to various Season Seat Holders who renewed their ticket packages. For the third consecutive year, the team offered a variety of unique prizes and experiences during a 40-day period, including the Welcome to the Big Leagues prize. For this experience, the winner signs a one-day Major League contract which comes with a full uniform plus one day’s pay at the MLB minimum salary ($2,677.60).

Jerry DeQuardo, a Brewers Season Seat Holder since 1978, won the Welcome to the Big Leagues prize and was introduced to the media today.

“This has been a wonderful experience,” DeQuardo said.  “I think this might be one of the best days of my life.  I keep wanting to pinch myself it has been so great.”

DeQuardo and Melvin at today's press conference.

DeQuardo and Melvin at today’s press conference.

He grew up in Milwaukee and currently resides in Brookfield. Jerry played second base for the Messmer High School baseball team and served as a bat boy and clubhouse staffer for the Milwaukee Braves from 1958 – 1960.  His all-time favorite players are Eddie Matthews and Stan Musial. Currently, he owns his own insurance firm, DeQuardo Insurance in Brookfield.

“I’ve been to hundreds and hundreds of games, I’ve even caught a few foul balls,” DeQuardo said.

In addition to the salary and uniform, DeQuardo will be able to park in the VIP lot before tonight’s game vs. the Oakland Athletics, receive fifty baseball cards with his likeness, a DVD of the highlight video shown at the press conference, a framed last page of his contract and throw out the first pitch before the game.

“I measured 60 feet, 6 inches out in my driveway.  I have practiced, I hope I don’t throw my arm out!” he said.

DeQuardo also was interviewed for MLB Network’s popular afternoon show “Intentional Talk” hosted by Chris Rose and Kevin Millar.  During the interview, Brewers relievers Brandon Kintzler and Donovan Hand walked over and congratulated DeQuardo on joining the team.

DeQuardo being interviewed for MLB Network's "Intentional Talk."

DeQuardo being interviewed for MLB Network’s “Intentional Talk.”

“This definitely makes being a Brewers season seatholder worthwhile,” DeQuardo said.

–JOHN

johnandcait@brewers.com

This Father’s Day, Give Day Two Gifts in One!

Looking for the perfect Father’s Day gift? Along with Brewers tickets, you can also get dad some new Brewers gear!

Brewers 47 Brand Father's Day Promo

And right now, when you purchase $150 or more of ’47 Brand merchandise at the Brewers Team Stores at Miller Park, you’ll receive this FREE commemorative Titleist half-dozen golf ball set (while supplies last).

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Here’s a peek at some of the cool ’47 Brand Merchandise in the store right now:

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And don’t forget—you can now get your caps embroidered!

While this Titleist Golf Ball Offerl is only available in the Brewers Team Stores at Miller Park, don’t forget to check out our brewers.com shop, which has plenty of other awesome gift ideas!

-Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

Double Clutch Menu For The Athletics Series: Green Chile Tacos al Pastor

It’s a little chilly in Milwaukee today and the Green Chile Tacos al Pastor on the menu at the Double Clutch Truck at Miller Park will surely warm you up.

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The pork is marinated in green chile salsa topped with a tasty chipotle cream sauce and lettuce, served three tacos to an order.  A scoop of cilantro lime rice is on the side and is $9.  It will be available throughout the Brewers-Athletics series this week at Miller Park.  The tacos had awesome flavor.

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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 also $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

Get Your Customized Cap at the Brewers Team Store

The next time you come out to Miller Park, be sure to check out our new embroidery machine, located in the Brewers Team Store by Majestic.

Just in time for Father’s Day, you can now buy any cap at the store and have it immediately embroidered in your own words for an additional fee ($10 per location–sides and/or back).

Brewers Embroidery

The whole process takes very little time and is fun to watch; here’s a snippet.

My finished hat!

My finished cap!

-Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

Please note: Embroidery is available on both game days and non-game days. Non-game day Brewers Team Store by Majestic hours are: Monday-Friday, 10am-7pm; Saturday, 10am-6pm; and Sunday, 11am-4pm. For specific questions, please call the store at (414) 902-4750.

Vote Brewers in the Business Journal’s Social Madness Competition

The Business Journal’s Social Madness competition kicked off this morning and we’re pleased to announce that the Brewers are in the running!

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 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.

And, if you needed more reason to do so, here are some links to some of our best social content over the past couple of months: Social Media Night , Shopping with Axford, Food Reviews, New Brew, #WheresPolish, Hairstyle Appreciation Day, Design a YOUniform, Countdown to Opening Day, and  Bernie’s Trip to Spring Training.

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

This first round (Local Round 1) ends on June 17. Local Round 2 will be June 18-24; Local Round 3 June 25-July 1; and Local Round 4 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

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