July 2013

2013 Player Entrance Music-Updated 7/8/13

Entering the Brewers vs. Reds series, here’s an updated list of player entrance music for you.

However, it doesn’t take much for a player to change his tune, so to make sure you’re up-to-date, make sure you download the free MLB At The Ballpark App! In addition to check-in offers, ballpark maps, game updates and more, one of the really cool features is “Ballpark Music.” Like a song you hear? Check it out on At The Ballpark–and you can even download it right there! No Shazam necessary!

2013 AT-BAT WALK-UP MUSIC

Norichika Aoki: “Right Round” by Flo Rida

Yuniesky Betancourt: “No Hay Pa Nadie” by Los Desiguales

Jeff Bianchi: “Tonight” by Jeremy Camp

Ryan Braun: “Still in this” by B.o.B.

Juan Francisco- “No Aguantan Presionpa” by Secreto El Famoso & “Me Gusta Asi” by Nipo

Yovani Gallardo: “My Time” by Fabolous

Carlos Gomez: “Started from the Bottom” by Drake & “Papa Dios me Dijo” by Secreto

Tom Gorzelanny: “When the Levee Breaks” by Led Zeppelin

Sean Halton: “Jumpin’ Jack Flash” by the Rolling Stones

Donovan Hand: “Sweet Home Alabama” by Lynyrd Skynyrd

Kyle Lohse: “Next Episode” by Dr. Dre

Jonathan Lucroy: “Fight Inside” by Red

Martin Maldonado: “El Duro” by 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 & “Un Loco Como Yo” by Poeta Callejero

Rickie Weeks: “Rich as —-” by Lil Wayne

2013 PITCHING ENTRANCE MUSIC

John Axford: “New Noise” by Refused

Burke Badenhop: “Stranglehold” by Ted Nugent

Yovani Gallardo: “My Time” by Fabolous

Tom Gorzelanny: “When the Levee Breaks” by Led Zeppelin

Donovan Hand: The Superman Theme Song

Wily Peralta: “Ponteme Melia” by Chimbala

Francisco Rodriguez: “Sandunqueoso” by Tego Calderon

In case you weren’t aware, in addition to At The Ballpark, we do keep a list of these songs on brewers.com and try our best to update it accordingly, so you might want to bookmark this page for future reference. Last year, I also took most of these songs and turned then into a personal playlist on Spotify. I’m going to try to keep it updated during the season, so join me in listening if you’re like!

So now, what about you? What’s your favorite, or most memorable Brewers at-bat song? And, if you were a player, what song might you choose as yours?

-CAIT

johnandcait@brewers.com

What John and Cait Ate…The Johnson Controls Stadium Club

“When you come to a fork in the road, take it.”

-Yogi Berra

“When you come to a fork in the road, take it…and try these concessions!”

-John & Cait

This week in What John and Cait Ate:

Dining in the Johnson Controls Stadium Club

During each homestand, we will be meeting with John DiMartini, Executive Chef at Delaware North Sportservice/Miller Park to sample some of the latest and greatest Miller Park fare and review it here, for you.

This week, Chef John treated us to a some of the newest items in the Johnson Controls Stadium Club. When it comes to elegant dining with some of the best seats in the house, there is not anything quite like Johnson Controls Stadium Club at Miller Park.  In addition to providing an incredible experience on game days, the Johnson Controls Stadium Club is also a premier location available for holiday parties, wedding receptions or your next function on a non-game day!

Read on for a description, photos and reviews!

Located on the PNC Club Level in the left-field corner, the private Johnson Controls Stadium Club is an upscale dining experience, offering a panoramic view of the ballpark. The  200-seat, multi-tiered dining room offers a unique  view of the action on the field, a buffet featuring Chef John’s world-class cuisine, and an outdoor patio area for fans to enjoy the Miller Park atmosphere.

The Johnson Controls Stadium Club opens when the Miller Park gates open and the bar stops serving one hour after the game.  It is a great place to celebrate a special occasion before the game, meet with clients or even for a different take on “date night.”

Guests can choose to partake in an elegant buffet, order off a menu in the bar/lounge area, dine on the patio, or simply have drinks at the bar.

The buffet changes nightly, featuring a variety of starters,salads, two butcher block meats and several chef stations. The price for the buffet on day games/Sunday Brunch is $28. Evening games is $32. Drinks and desserts are offered a la carte. Reservations are required for the dining area where the buffet is served.

Here’s a sample menu from  the night we dined in the Club:

Sample Johnson Controls Club at Miller Park Menu

The extensive buffet in the Johnson Controls Stadium Club.

For those ordering off the menu in the bar/lounge area, you can choose from several different starters, salads, ballpark staples, sandwiches and desserts.

The starters offered include: Bacon on a Stick (reviewed below), Signature Wings, Stadium Club Loaded Chips, Wisconsin Cheese Curds and Grand Slam Nacho Helmets, ranging in price from $10-$18; while the sandwich offerings include: Italian Style Roasted Pork, Double Grilled Cheese Patty Melt (reviewed below) and more, ranging in price from $11-$16.  Guests can also choose from a variety of desserts priced at $8  including: Brewers Tres Leche Parfait, Caramel Crunch Cheesecake, Brownie Peanut Crunch, and more.

The Brewers Tres Leche Parfait

The Brewers Tres Leche Parfait

The ever-popular “The Roof” is also still on the menu. The Roof is a dessert comprised of a rich Belgium chocolate brownie mounded with whole vanilla bean ice cream and drizzled with chocolate and caramel syrups, then topped with fresh whipped cream.  When you order The Roof, be prepared to share–the portion you receive will feed 2-4 people and is served in a souvenir margarita glass.

If you choose to sit on the patio, which offers an awesome view of the game, you will be able to order from a more limited menu.

The patio at the Johnson Controls Stadium Club is an excellent place to take in the game with a cold beverage and great food.

As we mentioned, on the night we visited the Johnson Controls Stadium Club, we were treated to several new offerings, so read on for more!

New Stadium Club Fare

The Wisconsin Roll

(Part of the Stadium Club Buffet)

The Wisconsin Roll--the Stadium Club's twist on sushi.

The Wisconsin Roll–the Stadium Club’s twist on sushi.

New this year, Chef John and his crew are offering sushi as part of the Johnson Controls Club buffet experience. The most popular roll? The Wisconsin Roll, pictured above.

“Many people come up to me after eating this and and say ‘I’ve never had sushi before,’ and I say, ‘You still haven’t,'” Chef John said. That’s because this roll is slightly, er…untraditional. It’s comprised of bratwurst, braised with beer and carmalized onions, sushi rice, cheese curds, Dijon aioli and rolled in crushed pretzels. The plate is then garnished with cheese curds and Stadium Sauce.  

It's a fun dish that you will want to try.

It’s a fun dish that you will want to try.

Want to also try “real” sushi? Never fear. The buffet also features other more standard rolls, including California Rolls and Ahi Tuna Rolls.

John: A creative idea from the start, this is something I was excited to try. I like sushi, but this is nothing like traditional sushi. A unique taste that is worth a try when sampling the Stadium Club buffet.  Are you not a fan of traditional sushi? Fear not.  You can still give this a shot!

Cait: Now I have had sushi before–in fact, I’m a big fan–so when I tasted the Wisconsin Roll, I had to ask Chef John exactly what it was that was giving this roll its sushi/fishy taste. The answer? The paper that is used to roll the sushi, apparently. I guess it is what I am used to tasting. The Wisconsin Roll is definitely a must-try if you’re visiting the buffet, but if you truly haven’t had sushi before, you should also try one of the others as well!

BBQ Brisket Skillet

$16

The Miller Park "house" smoked brisket is the highlight of this dish.

The Miller Park house-smoked brisket is the highlight of this dish.

The BBQ Brisket Skillet is house-smoked brisket on a bed of cheesy fries with charred onion and sweet corn poblano relish.

John: I am a HUGE fan of Miller Park’s smoked meats. No matter the brisket, pork, chicken, whatever it is, Chef John does a great job with the smoked meats and all are delicious. When you add that tender beef brisket with a plate of fries, cheese and some other toppings, you have a masterpiece. This was very tasty and could go well as a shared appetizer for the table or even as a full meal.

Cait: These fries were so good we couldn’t stop eating them even though we were both stuffed!

Wisconsin Fish & Chips

$16

Miller Park Fish Fry

Hankering for a good ole’ Wisconsin fish fry regardless of the time of the year or day of the week? Then try this cornflake-crusted haddock, fried to a golden brown and served with fresh cut french fries, cole slaw, tartar sauce, rye bread and butter.

John: I agree with Cait’s assessment on this.  A Wisconsin Fish Fry is a tradition and, while this one is very good, I would go with some of the more unique items available in the Stadium Club.

Cait: Although very good, I wouldn’t “waste” my trip the Stadium Club on a fish fry when there are so many other more unique foods to try, such as…

Double-Grilled Cheese Patty Melt

$16

A mouthful, but definitely a fun treat.

A mouthful, but definitely a fun treat.

If you’ve conquered “The Beast”, here’s a new challenge for you: An 8 oz. all-beef patty served between two bacon grilled cheese sandwiches with shredded lettuce, tomatoes, pickles and Thousand Island dressing.

John: My friends know I am a sucker for a good grilled cheese sandwich, but a grilled cheese sandwich with a burger in the middle!?!? And bacon too!? Count me in! Now, this sandwich is a commitment. It is a challenge. It is also delicious. I found slicing it into quarters was the best way to eat it. It will definitely keep you satisfied throughout an entire baseball game.

Cait: Wow. I don’t even know what to say. Who keeps coming up with this stuff? This 8 oz hamburger is not served on a bun, it uses grilled cheese sandwiches as the bread! And there is bacon on the grilled cheese to boot! I had to use a knife and fork to cut this into pieces, it was too thick for me to eat like a normal sandwich. It was very good and very filling–you’ll likely need a buddy or three to help you polish this off!

Bacon on a Stick

$12

The bacon was delicious, but don't forget about the cheese curds that accompany this dish.  They were fantastic!

The bacon was delicious, but don’t forget about the cheese curds that accompany this dish. They were fantastic!

Served as an appetizer/snack, the bacon on a stick is maple-cured slab bacon skewered and served with cheddar cheese curds and jalapeno ranch dipping sauce.

John: I was really excited to try this. The thick sliced bacon was terrific. The juicy strips were delicious and filling–it reminded me of the thick cut bacon appetizer that is famous at the Peter Luger Steakhouse in New York. But, the surprise here for me was the cheese curds. These were probably the best deep fried cheese curds that I have ever tasted (spoken like a true Wisconsin born boy). Lightly breaded to perfection, they were great and the jalapeno ranch dipping sauce was a perfect complement.

Cait: Any time a food is served “on a stick,” it makes me think of Wisconsin State Fair, which is a good thing because they have some of the best and most unique foods around! However, the Stadium Club’s Bacon on a Stick is not your deep-fried, chocolate-dipped variety. In fact, if I didn’t know better, I wouldn’t have known it was actual bacon at all! It’s that thick slab bacon, that’s almost a ham consistency. It’s very tender and a little sweet (the maple-flavor)–delicious! I also enjoyed the cheese curds!

Rating:

    (out of 5)

Where To Satisfy Your Craving: The Johnson Controls Stadium Club is located in the left-field corner on the PNC Club Level at Miller Park.  The most convenient access to Johnson Controls Stadium Club is located at the north-east corner of the ballpark by the left-field gate. Club members and their guests should use Johnson Controls Stadium Club elevator or escalator to access the main Club entrance. Only Johnson Controls Stadium Club members and their guests have access to the club.

How Do I Get Access to the Club?: Only Johnson Controls Stadium Club members and their guests have access to the club. Entrants are required to present a valid master membership card and / or dated guest pass for entry into the club. All Milwaukee Brewers Season Seat Holders are eligible to apply for a limited number of Johnson Controls Stadium Club memberships. All Field, Loge, and Club Level seating full season ticket accounts with a minimum of two (2) full season tickets receive a complimentary membership to the Johnson Controls Stadium Club. All 20-Game Business Plan accounts in the same areas also receive a complimentary membership. Annual membership dues are $500.

Admission to Johnson Controls Stadium Club requires every person to present either a master membership card or a valid dated guest pass. Each primary owner is issued one membership card to the Club, which permits the bearer plus up to three (3) additional guests entrance to the club. The owner also receives four game-dated entrance passes (guest passes) for each scheduled Brewers home game.

To make dinner/lunch reservations, you can call (414) 902-4707. Reservations are not needed for the Lounge, Bar, or Patio areas of Johnson Controls Stadium Club. Food service in the lounge, bar, and patio areas will end at the completion of the seventh inning.

Click here for more details.

Cait: As a side note, I have mentioned in previous posts that I had my wedding reception at the Johnson Controls Stadium Club at Miller Park (then The .300 Club) and the food was excellent then as well. Almost six years later, our guests still rave about the great time they had at our reception and I know that the primary reason is the unique and memorable venue that sets things apart from your average banquet hall, restaurant or hotel, and the excellent food, of course! See below for more information on hosting events at Miller Park.

Here's a photo from my wedding reception in the Stadium Club at Miller Park. You just can't beat that backdrop!

Here’s a photo from my wedding reception in the Stadium Club at Miller Park. You just can’t beat that backdrop!

 

Did You Know?: Miller Park provides Milwaukee with year-round accommodations for both business functions and social events. Through our Brewers Enterprises division, Miller Park can accommodate groups of 25-300 people in our banquet rooms and our event planners are available to assist with all aspects of your event from special audio/visual set-up needs to entertainment recommendations. In-house catering by DNC SportService offers extensive menu options for any event as a gourmet buffet, sit-down dinner service or an upscale passed hors d’oeuvres reception. For more information, or to schedule your next event at Miller Park, please contact Brewers Enterprises at (414) 902-4452 or event.info@brewers.com.

What about you? Do you have a favorite ballpark snack? Want to dispute our reviews? A question about concessions? Something you’d like to see featured here? Post your comments below!

We’ll be back with another edition of What John and Cait Ate during the next homestand and until then, stay cool and…Bon Appetit!

-John and Cait

johnandcait@brewers.com

Gomez and Segura Named to MLB All-Star Team

The day the All-Star Teams are selected is always an exciting day around the ballpark.  There is always a buzz knowing at least one player from your team will receive the honor of representing their team in the Midsummer Classic.

Today was no different at Miller Park as two Milwaukee Brewers were named to their very first MLB All-Star Team.  Carlos Gomez and Jean Segura will represent the Brewers at Citi Field in New York on July 16 in the MLB All-Star Game.  They were named reserves on the National League squad during the selection special on FOX.

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Gomez is hitting .319 (7th in NL) with 13 home runs and 41 RBI this season.  He also has 18 stolen bases (T5th in NL), 20 doubles and a National League-leading nine triples.  He is also third in the National League in both slugging percentage (.572) and extra-base hits (42).  He has picked up National League Player of the Week for the week of April 15 – 21 after batting .500 (9-for-18) with five runs, two home runs and three RBI in six games.

Not only have the offensive numbers of Gomez been impressive, but how about his defense?! Last night, he robbed a home run as he scaled the wall. Those plays have been routine for Gomez.

Segura is hitting .322 with 11 home runs and 33 RBI this season.  Although he is not considered a rookie, it is Segura’s first full season in the Major Leagues and he was named to his first Opening Day roster out of Spring Training.  A key piece in last year’s Zack Greinke trade with Los Angeles of Anaheim, Segura leads the Brewers with 26 stolen bases (2nd in the NL) and is the only player in the Major Leagues this season with ten or more home runs and 25 or more stolen bases.

Segura’s eight triples are tied for second in the National League and his 31 multi-hit games rank fourth in the NL.  He also enjoyed two double-digit hitting streaks during the month of June (10g and 12g).

Like Gomez, Segura’s defense has also been impressive all season as he has been very solid at shortstop.

Between the two of them, they have combined for 206 hits this season (Segura 109, tops in the National League, Gomez 97).  That ranks second among National League teammates, trailing only Yadier Molina (106) and Matt Carpenter (105) of St. Louis (211).

This is the first time since 2011 that the Brewers had more than one All-Star.  Last year was the first year the Brewers were represented with only one player since 2005.  This is also the first year since 2006 that the Brewers do not have a starter in the game.  Segura is the first Brewers shortstop selected to an All-Star team since J.J. Hardy was selected in 2007.

Make sure to support Gomez and Segura by tuning in to the game on Tuesday, July 16 on FOX.  It is always a great event and is a great showcase for the game.

–JOHN

johnandcait@brewers.com

Double Clutch Menu Item for the Mets: Firecracker Sliders

Yesterday, we celebrated America’s holiday–the Fourth of July.  While the Brewers were on the road in Washington D.C. yesterday, we will continue the traditions that come with that holiday this weekend at Miller Park at the Double Clutch.

Featured on the menu this weekend as the Brewers face the Mets in a three-game weekend set will be Firecracker Sliders.  Two all beef sliders with a “firecracker” relish, pepperjack cheese, fried onions and a sweet molasses aioli.  The sliders are served along the famous housemade chips and a pickle.  The firecracker relish heats things up a bit, but compliments the sweet molasses aioli.  The meal is $9.00.

Nothing says "America" like Firecracker Sliders!

Nothing says “America” like Firecracker Sliders!

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

Submit Your Miller Park Favorites for USA Today’s #StadiumFoodKing Challenge

USA Today has a very important question for MLB fans: Which stadium has the best food?

In their new #StadiumFoodKing challenge, USA Today is asking fans to nominate their favorite stadium foods by this Friday, July 5. Simply Tweet or Instagram photos of your nominations with the hashtag #StadiumFoodKing or email them to ftw@usatoday.com. Please make sure to include your full name, the city you’re from and a caption telling them about your nomination. For complete details on submission information and the challenge, click here.

Brewers fans know that from the brats to the Beast, Miller Park fare is top-notch, so let’s show ‘em–send in your photos now!

Need a reminder of some of the best items we have to offer? Take a walk down memory lane by looking at past editions of What John and Cait Ate.
Cheers!

Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

 

We Need Your Help! Vote Brewers in the Business Journal’s Social Madness Competition

Thanks to all of you who voted for us in the Business Journal’s Social Madness competition and interacted with us on social media over the last few weeks. We’re proud to say we’ve advanced to the final local round of this competition, which recognizes the companies with the best social media engagement across their Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Google+ accounts.

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.

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As we enter the last push of All-Star voting this week, we encourage you to take a moment to give us your vote in the Social Madness competition 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) as well and to tell your friends to do the same.We’ll also get credit each time you interact with us on our social media channels (i.e. liking & sharing/retweeting posts).

Thanks in advance!

Go Brewers!

John & Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

Catch Miller Park’s “Bucks on the Pond” Episode!

If you’ll recall, a couple of weeks ago, I wrote that MLB.com’s hit game show, “Bucks on the Pond,” powered by Ford, was slated to visit Miller Park.

“Bucks,” hosted by Jeremy Brisiel, has been to more than half of all Major League ballparks giving fans a chance to walk away with some cash by interacting with MLB.com’s studio through the magic of technology in conjunction with game action inside.

Well, today, that segment that was filmed at Miller Park on Sunday, June 9 is live on MLB.com. Tune in to check out how your fellow Brewers fans (and blog readers!) fared in the latest episode:

I also encourage you to check out Mark Newman of MLB.com’s story about these fans.

Cheers!

-Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

Carlos Gomez and Jim Henderson Trade Places With Southwest Airlines

Last week at Milwaukee’s General Mitchell International Airport, Carlos Gomez and Jim Henderson took on some unusual jobs as they Traded Places with a crew from Southwest Airlines.

Southwest Airlines invited Henderson and Gomez to surprise some unsuspecting customers as they did everything that Southwest employees do on a daily basis.  Marshal in planes, ride a tug, make boarding announcements and take boarding passes–it was all a part of the special event.  It was great to see the look on the faces of passengers and airport workers when walking through the terminal with two Brewers players.

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Below is a great video recapping the activities from that day courtesy of Southwest Airlines.  Henderson and Gomez team up for some great on board, pre-flight announcements which is one of the highlights of the clip.  Also, Southwest and the Brewers partnered with Make-A-Wish to make two dreams come true–meeting some players from her favorite team and taking a trip to Orlando.

 

–JOHN

johnandcait@brewers.com

This Sunday is Hank Aaron Bobblehead Day presented by U.S. Cellular

In 1963, as a member of the Milwaukee Braves, Hank became the first MLB player to hit over 40 home runs and steal 30 bases in a single season. He finished that year with 44 home runs and 31 stolen bases.

Earlier this season, we celebrated Ryan Braun’s 40-30 season with a bobblehead and this Sunday, we’ll be featuring Hank in a Milwaukee Braves uniform for his own special 40-30 bobblehead and you’ll want to be in attendance when the Crew takes on the New York Mets to score yours.

You’ll notice that the back of the jersey on the bobblehead reads “H. Aaron.” That’s because Hank’s younger brother, the late Tommie Aaron, a first baseman and left fielder, also played for the Milwaukee Braves at the time (1962-1963; 1965). [In addition, Tommie played with Hank for the Atlanta Braves (1968-1971). Fun Fact: Tommie hit a total of just 13 Major League home runs during his career, but when combined with Hank's 755, Tommie and Hank still hold the Major League record for the most career home runs between two brothers.]

For those keeping score at home, this will be the third Hank Aaron bobblehead that we’ve given away at Miller Park. The first was in 2002 and then in 2010, we celebrated the 40th Anniversary of Brewers Baseball with bobbleheads from various decades and Hank was our honoree from the 1970s. Don’t miss out on the chance to add this one to your collection!

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- Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

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