August 2013

Double Clutch Menu Item for the Angels Series: Teriyaki Marinated Chicken

The Brewers are back home and open a three-game weekend series with the Angels tonight at Miller Park.

The featured menu item at the Double Clutch beginning tonight is Teriyaki Marinated Chicken.  A roasted chicken marinated with teriyaki served with a delicious edamame slaw and sesame ginger dipping sauce.

Teriyaki Marinated Chicken

Teriyaki Marinated Chicken

Bring a fork, because you will definitely need it to enjoy this dish!  The chicken dinner is $10.

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

Get Your Authentics Grab Bag This Weekend

This weekend, as the Crew returns home to take on the Los Angeles Angels, you will have your chance to purchase a Brewers Authentics Grab Bag.

Priced at $50.00, these grab bags will contain either a 2012 game-used baseball and game-used cap, OR a 2012 game-used baseball and an authenticated player jersey. The items will be completely random–and that’s part of the fun!  (Sorry, no returns or exchanges.)

Game-used baseball & cap or game-used baseball & jersey? That's part of the fun!

Game-used baseball & cap or game-used baseball & jersey? That’s part of the fun!

There will be just 100 bags available, so you’ll have to hurry to the Authentics Kiosk located on the Field Level down the first-base line to get yours!

-Cait

JohnandCait@Brewers.com

Happy 110th, Harley-Davidson!

This weekend, Milwaukee is gearing up for one heck of a party in celebration of Harley-Davidson’s 110th Anniversary.

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Tens of thousands of riders from across the globe will congregate for four memorable days full of  bikes, music, and parties.

Harley-Davidson has long been a great partner of ours (note the H-D Deck & Crew H-D ticket package), and in 2008 for the 105th Anniversary Celebration, we were happy to host several events on the Miller Park grounds.

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This year, the Crew is in town to take on the Angels (Friday, Saturday and Sunday) and the Pirates (Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday), so there won’t be any concerts held here, but we’re still happy to be a part of the celebration–welcoming any riders who can make the time to take in a game while they are in town; hosting the Deeley Harley Canada Rally today; and also, as the starting point for a very important event on Saturday morning.

On Saturday, over 6,000 Harley-Davidson riders will make their way to Miller Park  to take part in a massive parade which begins at 10am and goes “all the way down Wisconsin Avenue” as Bob Uecker would say, eventually ending at the Summerfest Grounds. Only riders with parade passes are allowed to take part in this event and meet at Miller Park, but everyone else is invited to line the streets along the route. For more information, including a route map, click here. The official Anniversary site also has complete details on all of the events going on around the city. [Note: There is also a ride to the game on Monday from House of Harley. For more information on that, click here.]

We’re looking forward to seeing all of the bikes out here on Saturday morning, and hopefully many riders and visitors making their way to Miller Park to check out a game or two in between Anniversary events.

Cheers!

-John and Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

Bring Winter Accessories With You This Weekend for Brewers Community Foundation’s Drive For Charity

This weekend marks the third and final Brewers Community Foundation’s Drive for Charity of the year with a winter accessories drive during the Brewers series against the Los Angeles Angels.

Brewers Drive For Charity

Fans attending the games on Friday, Saturday and Sunday are invited to bring new or gently-used winter wear (hats, scarves, mittens and gloves) to donate. Each fan that donates will receive a collectible Brewers player pin–this weekend’s pin is of Jean Segura. Fans should drop off their items from the time the gates open through the second inning of each of the games this weekend.

-Cait

JohnandCait@Brewers.com

It Was An Interesting Office Lunch at Miller Park Today

The lunch hour at Miller Park today wasn’t your normal lunch hour.  While we do work at Miller Park and it is pretty common to see different events on the field throughout the day, today’s lunch event on the field was a little out of the ordinary.  OK, throw in the Famous Racing Sausages lifting a 575 pound tire and scaling a wall, it was definitely out of the ordinary.

In order to stir up some excitement for the upcoming Reebok Spartan Race on Saturday, November 2 at Miller Park, race organizers set up a number of obstacles for media and front office staff to experience before the big race.  It will be the first Spartan Race in the state of Wisconsin and the just the fourth inside an MLB ballpark.  These extreme races have been increasingly popular over the last few years and we are happy to host one at Miller Park.

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The obstacles previewed today are versions of what are traditional to Spartan Races.  You will never see a course map (the Miller Park race is a 3-mile “Sprint”) or layout of what the obstacles are on the course.  It is their way of telling participants you never know what will be thrown at you and to always be ready.

The Miller Park race will differ from traditional Spartan Races in that it won’t include any mud, fire or water, but will allow participants the race through obstacles through the concourse.  It is more of a “cross fit” style race.  This is a very unique opportunity for fans to experience Miller Park like never before.

Reebok Spartan Race, voted Outside Magazine’s Best Obstacle Race in 2012, is the world’s leading obstacle racing series and the first of its kind to have global rankings. With 350,000 participants in 2012 and 60 events planned for 2013, Reebok Spartan Race is making this one of the fastest growing sports in the world.  The entire event will take place inside Miller Park allowing participants to compete in the same stadium as the Brewers.

“Based on the huge success of our Fenway Park and Citi Field events in Boston and New York respectively, we recognized the appeal of the more intimate stadium setting,” said Spartan Race founder Joe DeSena. “Fans will get to experience Miller Park in a rare, up-close-and-personal way as the course winds throughout the entire stadium – including stands and concourses – and ends on the field.”

“Spartan Race’s mission is to rip people off their couches and do what we as human beings were made to do: run, jump, sweat and climb,” DeSena asserted. “Our stadium races will offer a unique setting to do that.”

The Reebok Spartan 2013 calendar will include several Sprint Races at some of the nation’s favorite professional sports stadiums.  Other confirmed sites included Citi Field, in Flushing, N.Y., April 13 that brought 12,000 competitors, Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, Penn., September 28 and a return to Fenway Park, in Boston, Mass. Saturday, November 16.

For more information about Spartan Sprint at Miller Park, including entry fees and deadlines, spectator tickets, parking and children’s activities (yes there is a division for kids), or to register visit: http://www.spartanrace.com/miller-park-obstacle-racing-spartan-sprint-2013.html.  There you can enter this special discount code that will give you 15% off: SRMKE.

Also, to prepare for the race, Bernie Brewer will host a Spartan Workout at Helfaer Field on Saturday, October 5 from 8 – 10 a.m.  Fans can visit www.spartanraceworkout.com for information on how to register.

– JOHN

johnandcait@brewers.com

Johnny Hellweg Named to All-PCL Team

The Brewers are off today, so with no action on the field at the Major League level, we look to the Brewers minor leagues for some good news.  Nashville Sounds RHP Johnny Hellweg was today named to the 2013 All-Pacific Coast League Team.  The team consists of three pitchers–a right-handed starter, a left-handed starter and a reliever.

The 24-year-old is 11-5 with a 3.16 ERA (42er/119.2ip) in 22 starts for the Sounds this season. He ranks 2nd in the PCL in ERA and is tied for 2nd in wins, while leading the circuit in winning percentage (.688) and opponents average (.226).

Hellweg made his Major League debut during a stint with the Brewers in June and July.

Hellweg made his Major League debut during a stint with the Brewers in June and July.

Hellweg has gone 10-1 in his last 15 starts for the Sounds after opening the campaign by recording only one victory in his first seven outings.

The fireballer also struck out 84 batters on the year while leading the league with 79 walks issued and 13 hit batters.  The Missouri native — who was acquired by the Brewers along with Brewers All-Star shortstop Jean Segura in last season’s Zack Greinke trade with the Los Angeles Angels — has posted a team-best 11 quality starts, including eight victories in a row from May 31 through July 30, and worked 24.0 consecutive innings without allowing an earned run during a four-start stretch in June and July.

Johnny Hellweg, 2013 All-PCL Team

Johnny Hellweg, 2013 All-PCL Team

Hellweg made his Major League debut for Milwaukee during a four-game stint in late June and early July (0-3, 10.97) and was named the Brewers’ Minor League Pitcher of the Month in July.  The All-PCL squad is selected annually through voting by the league’s managers and media representatives.

Hellweg is the first Sound to be recognized on the All-PCL team since 2011, when third baseman Taylor Green was elected, and the first Nashville hurler chosen since R.A. Dickey and Adam Pettyjohn were both honored in 2007.

–JOHN

johnandcait@brewers.com

2013 Player Entrance Music-Updated 8/26/13

Entering the Brewers vs. Nationals 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

Khris Davis: “Gangsta Rap Made Me Do It” by Ice Cube

Marco Estrada: “Sail” by AWOLNation

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

Yovani Gallardo: “My Time” by Fabolous

Scooter Gennett – “Courage to Grow” by Rebelution

Caleb Gindl: “The Show Goes On” by Lupe Fiasco

Carlos Gomez: “Started from the Bottom” by Drake &“No naci para perder” by Jose Reyes

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

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

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, “Me Da 3 Pito” by El Alfa & “Mariquiqui” by La Delfi

Tyler Thornburg: “Chelsea Dagger” by The Fratellis (Something I picked for him)

Rickie Weeks: “F*ck with Me You Know I Got It” by Jay-Z

2013 PITCHING ENTRANCE MUSIC

John Axford: “New Noise” by Refused

Burke Badenhop: “Stranglehold” by Ted Nugent

Alfredo Figaro: “Work hard play hard” by Wiz Khalifa

Yovani Gallardo: “My Time” by Fabolous

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

Jim Henderson: “I Got Mine” by the Black Keys

Wily Peralta: “Ponteme Melia” by Chimbala

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

Statement From Ryan Braun

The following statement was just issued by Brewers LF Ryan Braun:

“Now that the initial MLB investigation is over, I want to apologize for my actions and provide a more specific account of what I did and why I deserved to be suspended.  I have no one to blame but myself. I know that over the last year and a half I made some serious mistakes, both in the information I failed to share during my arbitration hearing and the comments I made to the press afterwards.

I have disappointed the people closest to me – the ones who fought for me because they truly believed me all along. I kept the truth from everyone.  For a long time, I was in denial and convinced myself that I had not done anything wrong.

It is important that people understand that I did not share details of what happened with anyone until recently. My family, my teammates, the Brewers organization, my friends, agents, and advisors had no knowledge of these facts, and no one should be blamed but me. Those who put their necks out for me have been embarrassed by my behavior. I don’t have the words to express how sorry I am for that.

Here is what happened.  During the latter part of the 2011 season, I was dealing with a nagging injury and I turned to products for a short period of time that I shouldn’t have used. The products were a cream and a lozenge which I was told could help expedite my rehabilitation.  It was a huge mistake for which I am deeply ashamed and I compounded the situation by not admitting my mistakes immediately.

I deeply regret many of the things I said at the press conference after the arbitrator’s decision in February 2012. At that time, I still didn’t want to believe that I had used a banned substance. I think a combination of feeling self righteous and having a lot of unjustified anger led me to react the way I did. I felt wronged and attacked, but looking back now, I was the one who was wrong.  I am beyond embarrassed that I said what I thought I needed to say to defend my clouded vision of reality.  I am just starting the process of trying to understand why I responded the way I did, which I continue to regret. There is no excuse for any of this.

For too long during this process, I convinced myself that I had not done anything wrong. After my interview with MLB in late June of this year, I came to the realization that it was time to come to grips with the truth. I was never presented with baseball’s evidence against me, but I didn’t need to be, because I knew what I had done.  I realized the magnitude of my poor decisions and finally focused on dealing with the realities of-and the punishment for-my actions.

I requested a second meeting with Baseball to acknowledge my violation of the drug policy and to engage in discussions about appropriate punishment for my actions. By coming forward when I did and waiving my right to appeal any sanctions that were going to be imposed, I knew I was making the correct decision and taking the first step in the right direction. It was important to me to begin my suspension immediately to minimize the burden on everyone I had so negatively affected- my teammates, the entire Brewers organization, the fans and all of MLB. There has been plenty of rumor and speculation about my situation, and I am aware that my admission may result in additional attacks and accusations from others.

I love the great game of baseball and I am very sorry for any damage done to the game. I have privately expressed my apologies to Commissioner Selig and Rob Manfred of MLB and to Michael Weiner and his staff at the Players’ Association. I’m very grateful for the support I’ve received from them. I sincerely apologize to everybody involved in the arbitration process, including the collector, Dino Laurenzi, Jr. I feel terrible that I put my teammates in a position where they were asked some very difficult and uncomfortable questions. One of my primary goals is to make amends with them.

I understand it’s a blessing and a tremendous honor to play this game at the Major League level. I also understand the intensity of the disappointment from teammates, fans, and other players.  When it comes to both my actions and my words, I made some very serious mistakes and I can only ask for the forgiveness of everyone I let down.  I will never make the same errors again and  I intend to share the lessons I learned with others so they don’t repeat my mistakes. Moving forward, I want to be part of the solution and no longer part of the problem.

I support baseball’s Joint Drug Treatment and Prevention Program and the importance of cleaning up the game.  What I did goes against everything I have always valued- achieving through hard work and dedication, and being honest both on and off the field.  I also understand that I will now have to work very, very hard to begin to earn back people’s trust and support. I am dedicated to making amends and to earning back the trust of my teammates, the fans, the entire Brewers’ organization, my sponsors, advisors and from MLB. I am hopeful that I can earn back the trust from those who I have disappointed and those who are willing to give me the opportunity.  I am deeply sorry for my actions, and I apologize to everyone who has been adversely affected by them.”

 

Special Miller Lite Party Deck Offer!

Listen up, Brewers fans! Earlier this season, I wrote a post about our all-inclusive areas (that is, areas that include your game ticket + food & beverage), noting that we’re starting to offer more dates in each of our all-inclusive areas when you can purchase individual tickets in the spaces so you can experience them for yourself and of course, tell your friends! Well, in keeping with that, here’s another special offer that I wanted to highlight for you, readers:

Purchase a ticket in the new Miller Lite Party Deck–which includes a full buffet and two drinks per person–for the Sunday, September 1 Brewers vs. Angels game at Miller Park for just $39. [Bonus! This is also Gorman Thomas Bobblehead Day!]

There are about 50 tickets available and at this price, they won’t be available for long, so you’ll want to act fast.

Here’s a little more info on the area. Miller Lite Party Deck: The Miller Lite Party Deck is our newest All-Inclusive Area at Miller Park. Just above the right-field bleachers, guests will enjoy a pregame buffet, private bar, flat screen TV’s and plenty of opportunity to socialize with their group. Accommodates 25-70 people. Miller Lite Party Deck at Miller Park Menu Items: Milwaukee’s famous beer bratwursts smothered in sauerkraut with Secret Stadium Sauce on the side, Klement’s hot dogs, grilled sirloin burgers, chicken fingers, corn on the cob, popcorn & peanuts, assorted freshly baked cookies, soft drinks and two beers per adult.

Don’t forget that you can continue to visit brewers.com/allin all season long to scoop up more of these fantastic offers!

Cheers!

-Cait

JohnandCait@Brewers.com

Official Passport of the Milwaukee Brewers to Debut Tonight

Tonight, we are pleased to launch a new stamping experience for fans 16 and under.

Here’s how it works:

Participating fans can pick up their Official Passport of the Milwaukee Brewers presented by Southwest Airlines at the Brewers Team Store by Majestic in the Hot Corner at Miller Park – either during home games or non-game days – free of charge. Passports can also be picked up during home games at two other locations, including the Brewers Team Store at Home Plate Gate on the Field Level and the Brewers Team Store by Majestic on the Terrace Level.

Fans will be able to visit 12 different locations around Miller Park to collect stamps in their passports. Stampers will be located in designated areas on the Field Level and Terrace Level. As a daily prize, fans who gather the 25 corresponding stamps from that day’s game will win two tickets to an upcoming Brewers home game. Stamps will include the game’s starting pitcher, one relief pitcher, eight starting position players, six mascots, eight logos, and the Official Ballpark Traveler Stamp.

Fans must bring their passports to the Brewers Team Store by Majestic in the Hot Corner to redeem their prizes. The Official Ballpark Traveler Stamp will be awarded upon prize redemption. Fans will receive vouchers to redeem for tickets to Monday through Thursday non-Marquee games for the remainder of this season, or April and May games in 2014 (some restrictions may apply).

As a grand prize, once fans collect all 46 stamps and a Bonus Stamp, they must visit the Brewers Team Store by Majestic in the Hot Corner and fill out an entry form for a chance to win a VIP game experience. The VIP experience includes four game tickets, concession/retail vouchers, the chance to watch batting practice from the field and a game-used baseball from the game.  One grand prize winner will be drawn from eligible applicants at the end of every homestand.

Official rules are located at the Guest Relations booth on the Field Level at Miller Park.

We got our hands on one earlier today, here’s what you can expect:

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-John and Cait

johnandcait@brewers.com

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