July 2013

Brewers 5K Run/Walk This Saturday! Still Time to Fundraise.

Although the Brewers Community Foundation 5K Famous Racing Sausages Run/Walk is sold out and the race is fast approaching, participants still have time to raise money to benefit Fisher House Wisconsin.

In 2013, Brewers Community Foundation will again be utilizing a fundraising component to raise additional funds that fall under one of the focused areas of interest for Brewers Community Foundation. This year all funds raised through this fundraising tool will be directed towards the Fisher House Wisconsin. The goal is to raise at least $100,000 to help Fisher House Wisconsin raise the necessary funds to break ground in 2013.

fisher-house-wi

Fisher House provides a “home away from home” for military and veterans’ families to be close to a loved one during hospitalization for an illness, disease or injury at the Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center in Milwaukee. Currently, veterans from 23 different states of all generations are traveling to the Milwaukee VA Medical Center for treatment at the Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) center, while 8,000 Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans are receiving treatment here in Milwaukee for their wounds or injuries. Veterans and their families living beyond 50-miles from the Milwaukee VA hospital are eligible to stay for free at the Fisher House if they need to overnight. The Fisher House program recognizes the special sacrifices of our men and women in uniform and ensures that they are provided with the comforts of home in a supportive environment. Due to this need, the future Milwaukee home will be one of the largest built in the United States. The anticipated ground breaking for Fisher House Wisconsin is scheduled for 2013.

Brewers Community Foundation is encouraging all participants to set a personal fundraising goal and challenge themselves to earn one of their unique fundraising incentives which include: concession vouchers, Brewers tickets, the opportunity to watch Brewers batting practice from the field, an autographed baseball and the opportunity to throw out a first pitch at a game.

To be considered for incentives, fundraising must be completed by this Friday, July 19, 2013 at 5:00 pm CT.

Participants can make a substantial impact by raising money by utilizing the fundraising tool. Email your friends, family and coworkers from your fundraising page and encourage them to make a difference in the lives of children and families, you can also like your page on your Facebook and Twitter social networking accounts.

Missed out on the race? You can still help Fisher House by making a donation.

Visit brewers.com/5ksausagerunwalk and click on the Fundraise tab to become a fundraiser, find a team and/or make a donation today.

-Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

Vote Brewers in USA Today’s #StadiumFoodKing Challenge

Last week, we asked Brewers fans to nominate their favorite Miller Park fare for USA Today’s  #StadiumFoodKing challenge.

Well, we asked and you listened because our Pulled Pork Parfait has made it past Round 1 (beating out the Mets’ fare) and  is up against the Padres’ Phil’s BBQ in Round 2’s National League challenge.  We’re currently trailing, but you have until Monday at 4pm CT to weigh in. Click here to Vote Brewers!

Brewers Stadium Food King

For background on the Pulled Pork Parfait, check out our review here.
Cheers!

Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

Start Spreading the News: Time Warner Cable Brewers-Themed Food Truck To Hit Streets of NYC During All-Star Week

To celebrate its role as  the designated “Official WiFi Provider” of Major League Baseball All-Star Week, Time Warner Cable will have MLB All-Stars dishing up complimentary baseball and regional-themed food from branded food trucks throughout All-Star Week, beginning tomorrow, Friday, July 12 through Tuesday, July 16. The company will also provide open, complimentary access to its 2,700+ outdoor hotspots in New York City during this time. There, fans will be able to check MLB™ scores and get updates on the All-Star Week™ events, plus enter to win tickets to various All-Star Week™ events.

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For those Brewers fans in New York or headed there, the Milwaukee Brewers truck will be at Broadway and 96th Street, near the TWC retail store, on Monday, July 15 from 11am – 4pm ET.  On our menu is, of course, the “Milwaukee Brat – pork and beef bratwurst, sauerkraut and spicy brown mustard”. In addition, former Brewers pitcher Jesse Orosco, will be making an appearance at the Milwaukee food truck from 11am – 1pm ET on Monday. Orosco played for the Crew from 1992-1994. He is a 2x All-Star (1983 & 1984 with the Mets) and 2x World Series champion (1986-Mets & 1988-Dodgers). Although he retired in 2003, Orosco still holds the MLB record for most career games pitched (1251).

Donations will go to the Robin Hood Relief Fund, which helps New Yorkers impacted by Hurricane Sandy.

Fans can also share photos of their experience using #EnjoyBaseballBetter during MLB™ All-Star Week™ for the chance to win a set of tickets to All-Star FanFest (7/12-7/16) .

And–if you’re a Brewers fan who tracks down our truck, please make sure you email us your photos at johnandcait@brewers.com! We’ll want to share them on the blog.

This promotion also coincides with TWC’s expansion of TWC WiFi™ network into New York City. With over 1,700 public hotspots already available in Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island, the company this week launches 1,000 TWC WiFi™ Hotspots in Manhattan with plans to bring the total number of public hotspots in NYC to 10,000 by yearend – all available at no additional cost to customers with Standard Internet and above or on a pay as you go basis to non-subscribers.

For more information on the All-Star promotion, please click here.

-Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

Brandon Nontelle Named as Brewers “Tribute for Heroes” Winner

Today, MLB and PEOPLE magazine announced the 30 winners of the “Tribute for Heroes” campaign, a national initiative that recognizes veterans and military service members and which builds upon both organizations’ commitment to honoring our country’s heroes. Brandon Nontelle has been selected by fans to represent the Milwaukee Brewers.

Brandon Nontelle

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.

Nontelle will join one winner representing each of the 30 MLB Clubs to be included in All-Star Week festivities, including a private tour of the 9/11 Memorial and Museum, a VIP reception on the Intrepid, the All-Star Red Carpet Show Presented by Chevrolet, and the Chevrolet Home Run DerbyThe winners also will attend and be honored during the pre-game ceremony leading up to the 2013 All-Star Game at Citi Field July 16th on FOX beginning at 6:30pm CT.

Fans nationwide cast their votes at TributeForHeroes.com to select 30 winners from a pool of 90 finalists. [To view the three Brewers finalists, click here.]

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, who were then voted on by fans to select the 30 winners.

The “Tribute For Heroes” campaign supports Welcome Back Veterans (welcomebackveterans.org, powered by MLB.com), 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.

Congratulations, Brandon! We hope you have a great time in New York–you will represent us well!

-Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

About PEOPLE magazine

PEOPLE revolutionized personality journalism in 1974 and is today the world’s most successful and popular magazine. Each week, the PEOPLE brand brings more than 53 million consumers the latest news, exclusive interviews and in-depth reporting on the most compelling people of our time.  In addition to unparalleled access to the entertainment community, the stories of real-life “Heroes Among Us” remain an essential component of PEOPLE’s editorial approach.  PEOPLE.com is the premier web destination for celebrity news, photos, style and entertainment coverage. With reporters across the globe, PEOPLE is headquartered in New York City.  For more information visit www.people.com.

About the 2013 Major League Baseball All-Star Game

The 84th Major League Baseball All-Star Game will be played on Tuesday, July 16th in New York City and will feature the best of the American League taking on the top players of the National League. Building up to the excitement of the All-Star Game, Major League Baseball will conduct a wide variety of special events and charitable activities for fans both inside and outside of Citi Field. At the ballpark, the events will include Taco Bell All-Star Sunday on July 14th featuring the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game and the Taco Bell All-Star Legends & Celebrity Softball Game, and Gatorade All-Star Workout Day on Monday, July 15th featuring the Chevrolet Home Run Derby on ESPN, ESPN Deportes and ESPN Radio. Outside of the ballpark, fans will have an opportunity to experience All-Star Week through a variety of special events including T-Mobile All-Star FanFest, the five-day interactive fan festival; the MLB All-Star 5K & Fun Run benefiting Sandy Relief presented by Nike, a charity run/walk on a baseball-themed route to benefit Robin Hood Relief Fund and Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City; and the MLB All-Star Red Carpet Show presented by Chevrolet, a free procession of All-Stars through the streets of Manhattan. The Midsummer Classic will be televised nationally on FOX, broadcast on ESPN Radio and will be shown around the world by Major League Baseball International. For more information about 2013 All-Star Summer, visit AllStarGame.com.

Get Your Brewers Specialty Player Tees!

Expand your collection of Brewers player tees by purchasing any of our new 2013 specialty designs, exclusive to Miller Park!

Choose from styles featuring Ryan Braun:

Braun Player Tee

Aramis Ramirez:

Ramirez Player Tee

 Jonathan Lucroy:

Lucroy Player Tee

Plus, two Nori Aoki designs:

Aoki Player Tee

The Braun, Ramirez, Lucroy tees and the Aoki Japanese Koi Fish design (white) are available in adult sizes while the Aoki retro tee (yellow) is available in both adult and youth sizes.

Both regular and specialty player tees retail for $30 each at the Brewers Team Stores at Miller Park, but on Wednesdays (that’s today!), fans can receive $5 as part of our Majestic Athletic Walk-Off Wednesdays promotion.

If you’re not familiar with this promotion, it’s something fun that we’ve been doing for several years now: Every Wednesday home game throughout the season, when you stop in any retail location at Miller Park before the 5th inning and purchase a player name and number tee, you’ll save $5 and if your player has a walk-off hit in that game, you’ll get a FREE replica jersey of that same player, plus tickets! If the Brewers don’t hit a walk off that Wednesday one lucky fan will still win a jersey.

So, if you’re headed to the Brewers vs. Reds game this afternoon, it’s a great excuse to pop into the store and pick up one of our new designs.

Plus, you can double-dip on another promotion we have going on for a limited time: With our Players Autograph Promotion, you will score a free autographed baseball when you purchase $150 worth of official Players Choice product in the Brewers Team Stores. Choose from 8x10s, t-shirts, jerseys and more and when you spend $150, we’ll throw in a free autographed baseball (randomly selected) while supplies last.

Can’t make it out to Miller Park anytime soon? Never fear–there’s also a large selection of player tees available on brewers.com. (Note: Product purchased online does not qualify for Walk-Off Wednesdays or the Players Autograph Promo.)

Happy shopping!

-Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

Cait’s A-to-Z Guide for Tuesday’s Paul McCartney Concert at Miller Park

On Tuesday, Paul McCartney will make his first visit to Miller Park with his 2013 “Out There” tour, featuring brand new, never before seen production and, as ever, hours of material from the most beloved catalog in popular music, with Paul performing songs spanning his entire career–as a solo artist, member of Wings and of course The Beatles.

As of Friday afternoon, here's the progress on the setup for the McCartney show at Miller Park.

As of Friday afternoon, here’s the progress on the setup for the McCartney show at Miller Park.

As of Monday afternoon, here is what Miller Park looks like as it prepares for Sir Paul.

As of Monday afternoon, here is what Miller Park looks like as it prepares for Sir Paul.

So what do you need to know to have a fun and enjoyable experience? Read on for our A to Z guide.

Paul McCartney Miller Park

Cait’s A-to-Z Guide to the “Out There” Concert at Miller Park

BINOCULARS & CAMERAS

Binoculars are fine to bring to the show.

You may also bring your camera, but lenses cannot be longer than a driver’s license. Want to share your photos with us? Use #OutThereMKE on Twitter and Instagram and we may feature our favorites on the blog!

Video cameras are not permitted.

CARRY-INS

Consistent with our game-day carry-in policy, fans may not bring any cans, glass containers or alcohol into Miller Park. Soda, water or juice must be in factory-sealed plastic bottles. Fans may bring food items into the stadium using appropriate containers, but only food purchased within Miller Park will be allowed into Suite areas.

Bags, purses, fanny packs or soft-sided coolers must be 16 by 16 by 8 inches or smaller and will be searched.

Hard-sided coolers are not allowed in the ballpark.

FIELD ACCESS

Anyone who has seats on the floor will need to obtain a wristband to access their seating area.

We recommend allowing yourself enough time to get your wristband and get to your seat in time for the show. Wristband stations will be set up near outside near the pedestrian bridge and near the Home Plate Gate on the Miller Park Plaza from the time the lots open (4:30 p.m.) until approximately 5:30 p.m. and inside on the Field Level concourse behind Big B’s Diner near section 126, at the top of sections 110 and 118 and inside of the Hot Corner Gate near the Walls of Honor, beginning when gates open (6 p.m.)

GATES

Gates to the ballpark will open at 6 p.m. The concert is scheduled to start at 8 p.m.

PARKING

Parking lots will open at 4:30 p.m. Advance parking is available for $25 until Monday, July 15 at the Miller Park Ticket Office. Parking is $30 day-of-show. These fees apply to all vehicles with the exception of buses. Please note: Advance parking means securing your space early and saving $5; it does not permit you “advance” entry into the park.

For directions and a map of the lots, please click here.

 

PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION
Buses  7/15 Update: Due to a high number of requests, MCTS will be running Route 90 service to Miller Park for concert. Route 90 will operate every 10-15 minutes starting two hours before the concert (approximately 6:00 pm) and will continue to run for a half hour after the concert ends. For more details, click here.

Shuttles For the Kenny Chesney concert, several local pubs/establishments offered shuttle service. We do not have a list, so I suggest checking with your favorites for more information.

Special Needs Drop-Off There is a Special Needs Drop-Off area; please view the map for directions.

Taxi Cabs Taxis may drop off and pick up using the transit area located outside Helfaer Field.

For directions and a map of the lots, please click here.

 

RE-ENTRY

Guests may not exit and re-enter Miller Park using the same ticket. However, in case of emergency, exceptions may apply. Please ask staff for assistance.

ROOF STATUS

The roof status is always a big question folks have when we host games or events here. Right now, however, that’s still TBD. As you know, in Wisconsin, the weather can change quickly, but we’ll do our best to keep you updated closer to the show. Be sure to follow us on Twitter ( @Brewers ) for the most up-to-date information. Open or closed, one thing is for sure–Miller Park will be rockin’!

7/16/13 Noon Update: I just heard from Senior Director of Stadium Operations, Bob Hallas, who has informed me that as of right now, it look s like the roof will be OPEN for tonight’s show!

TAILGATING

The parking lots at Miller Park will open at 4:30 p.m. and, just like at Brewers games, tailgating is permitted. Keep in mind that gates to the ballpark will open at 6 p.m. and the concert is scheduled to start at 8 p.m. More than 100 portable toilets will be available in the Miller Park parking lots.

TICKETS

Please check brewers.com/mccartney for ticket availability.

TRAFFIC

For information on freeway traffic and closures, please visit www.plan94.org.

WEATHER

7/15/13 Update: I just checked weather.com and, as of noon on Monday, here’s what they are saying we can expect for tomorrow:

Weather

WILL CALL

Picking your tickets up at Will Call? Brewers Ticket Office Will Call is located behind home plate near the Clock Tower.  Tickets will be released with proper photo identification only.

And there you have it–all you need to know before next Tuesday’s concert!

Are you coming to the concert? Let me know how you’re getting in the mood.

Also, don’t forget to share your photos with us using #OutThereMKE on Twitter and Instagram– We may feature our favorites on the blog!

Have a FABulous time!

-Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

You Asked, Carlos Gomez Answered in #AskTheAllStars

To thank Brewers fans for their support during this year’s #VoteBrewers campaign, today we sat down with All-Star Carlos Gomez the day after his game-winning catch to answer your questions which were submitted across various social media platforms as part of our #AskTheAllStars Twitter Q&A.

Did Carlos answer your question? Too find out, read the transcript/watch his video responses by clicking the image below:

You asked--and Carlos Gomez answered. Click the image to read the transcript!

You asked–and Carlos Gomez answered. Click the image to read the transcript!

Please note that we had also intended to ask Jean Segura your questions as well, but we weren’t able to get to that today–don’t worry, we’ve saved them all and we’ll make sure we get as many answered as we can prior to you tuning in to catch Jean, Carlos and the rest of baseball’s best in the MLB All-Star Game on Tuesday, July 16 on FOX!

Cheers!

-John & Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

Can’t Get Enough of Carlos Gomez’s Catch?

Last night, with one on and two out in the top of the ninth and Rodriguez on the mound, the Reds Joey Votto sent K-Rod’s 2-2 offering deep to center field for what looked to be a two-run home run that would give the Reds a 5-4 lead.

But Carlos Gomez had other plans, making an awesome leaping catch, robbing Votto of the homer and recording the final out of the game.

Missed it? Can’t get enough of it? (I know I can’t.)

Take a look below for video/photos/reaction to the “Catch Seen ‘Round the Interwebs”:

First, the play itself (with different calls):

And, a GIF from MLB on SI.com:

This fun GIF from MLB on SI.com.

This fun GIF from MLB on SI.com.

How about Carlos watching the play and discussing it on MLB Network?

From ESPN:

Also: Vote on ESPN’s PollCenter.

From MLB via Instagram:

Gomez MLB Instagram

And Twitter:

And other reactions via Twitter:

Enjoy!

Also, don’t forget that we’ll be talking to Carlos, along with his All-Star teammate, Jean Segura, later today as part of our #AskTheAllStars promo!

-Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

Brewers All-Stars Set to Answer Your Questions Via Social Media Tomorrow

To thank Brewers fans for their support during this year’s #VoteBrewers campaign, tomorrow afternoon Brewers All-Stars Jean Segura and Carlos Gomez will answer your questions across our social media platforms, a week before they are set to play in the 2013 All-Star Game at Citi Field in New York.

Here’s how you can participate:

Submit your questions by 10am CT tomorrow on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook & Google Plus using the hashtag #AskTheAllStars. (You can post your questions in the comments field below, too!)

AsktheAllstarsThen, tomorrow afternoon, we’ll be tweeting responses from the players from @Brewers and also, in Spanish from @BrewersBeisbol, as well as posting some Instagram and Vine videos.

Afterwards, we’ll post a transcript of everything here and across our channels as a recap. Then, make sure you tune in to catch Jean, Carlos and the rest of baseball’s best in the MLB All-Star Game on Tuesday, July 16 on FOX!

Cheers!

-John & Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

Double Clutch Menu Item for the Reds Series: Skyline Chili Skillet

It wouldn’t be a series with the Reds without some famous Skyline Chili being featured at the Double Clutch!  However, your traditional chili bowl won’t be found at one of the most popular Miller Park concession stands.  Of course we have to put a special twist on a traditional meal.  For the three game series with the Reds the “Skyline Chili Skillet” will be featured at the Double Clutch.

The fried egg topping the bowl of chili was an interesting take on a traditional favorite.

The fried egg topping the bowl of chili was an interesting take on a traditional favorite.

Served in a bowl, the very healthy (meaning generous in this case) portion of Skyline Chili is mixed with fried potatoes and topped in a way I have never seen before–with a fried egg.  Of course, some traditional toppings like cheddar cheese, sour cream, caramelized onions and scallions are on top as well.  The meal is made to order, so feel free to take toppings off as you please.  The chili bowl is $9.00 and will be served throughout the three-game series.

As a lifelong Milwaukeean and graduate of Marquette University, I am partial to Real Chili.  To me, nothing beats it.  This dish, however, has a unique take on a classic.  I know it is hot and humid this week, but it is worth a look.

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

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