August 2013

Celebrate National Book Lover’s Day with Haudricourt’s “100 Things Brewers Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die”

Today is National Book Lover’s Day, so I thought I’d remind you of a great Brewers book that you can pick up to help you celebrate.

Earlier this season, I reviewed a new book about the Milwaukee Brewers entitled, “100 Things Brewers Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die.” The book was written by Tom Haudricourt of The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, with a foreword by Jim Gantner.

100 Things Brewers Fans Should Know and Do Before They Die

Haudricourt, who has covered the Milwaukee Brewers and baseball for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (and Milwaukee Sentinel) since 1985, has witnessed many of these items firsthand. This is his third book about the team (he is also the author of Brewers Essential and Where Have You Gone ’82 Brewers?) and “100 Things Brewers Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die” covers everything from Brewers Baseball arriving in Milwaukee (1970) through recent triumphs such as the 2011 NLCS appearance.

You can read the full review here. The book is currently available for sale in the Brewers Team Store by Majestic and online at brewers.com. You can also follow us on Twitter for your chance to win a copy today!

Once you’re done, I’d be curious to know what you think. Did Tom leave anything out? Let me know in the comments field below.

Happy reading!

-Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

An Open Letter to “Sarah” and Chad, the “Mystery Man,” at Miller Park

Chad the "Mystery Man" and  Sarah's son.

Chad the “Mystery Man” and Sarah’s son.

Dear Sarah and Chad,

We are baseball fans just like you and read Sarah’s blog about your interaction with each other this weekend at Miller Park.  It touched us here at Miller Park, like it obviously has so many people through social media (take a look at the long list of comments on Sarah’s blog! WOW!) and the general news media.  It was a great story of kindness in the spirit of baseball.

We want to reach out to you both and invite you back to Miller Park for a game as guests of the Brewers.  We want you to meet again so a proper “Thank You” can take place.  A thank you over the internet isn’t as meaningful as a thank you in person.  And what better place to do it than Miller Park!?  Anyway, if you are reading this, please get in touch us via e-mail at johnandcait@brewers.com.  Milwaukee is a close community and a lot of “friends of friends” as we all know–somehow this message will find you both.  We hope to make another special memory for you and your family.

Thanks for teaching everyone a lesson in kindness and Go Brewers!

–John and Cait (and the rest of the Brewers Staff at Miller Park)

johnandcait@brewers.com

Brewers Community Foundation Week Begins August 15, Ultimate Auction Begins Tomorrow

Brewers Community Foundation (BCF) Week begins Thursday, August 15 and features a week packed full of activities at Miller Park and around town to highlight the Foundation’s charitable impact in the community.  There really is something for everyone throughout this celebration of community.

BCF’s focused areas of interest are Health, Education, Recreation and Basic Needs with the activities throughout the week raising funds to support causes in the four areas.

BCF Week and the BCF Week Ultimate Auction are presented by The 2013 Leadership Council which is comprised of BMO Harris Bank, Delta Dental, Delzer Lithograph, Kapco, MillerCoors, Northwestern Mutual Foundation, Wisconsin Energy Foundation and West Bend Mutual.

One of the highlights of BCF Week is the “Ultimate Auction” which begins on Brewers.com tomorrow and will continue until August 20.  Fans will have the opportunity to bid on and win one-of-a-kind memorabilia items and unique experiences.  Fifteen exclusive packages will be available, including the opportunity to have a “Player-for-a-Day” experience at 2014 Spring Training, Mark Attanasio’s five front row seats next to the Brewers dugout for a game, and an all-expense trip to the Brewers Fantasy Camp.

Besides the online auction, fans can take part in BCF Week activities at the ballpark beginning with the next homestand that begins on August 15.  Every day of that homestand will host a different event or activity that can be found at the BCF Week tables on the Field Level concourse near Guest Relations (outside section 116).  With the current $10 voucher program going on at Miller Park for Brewers home games, this is a great opportunity to take advantage of special offers and fun activities.  Here is a rundown of BCF Week events and activities:

Thursday, August 15 – Autograph Alley

Fans will have the opportunity to take a photograph with various Brewers alumni starting when the gates open until 7:45 pm. Photos will be available for $10 per person at the BCF Week tables on the Field Level concourse next to Guest Relations (outside section 116). Fans will need to provide their own camera for their photos. The schedule of alumni is to be determined.   We will post them to the blog as they are announced.

KaBoom Playground Build

On August 15, Brewers players and wives, staff and alumni along with people in the community will help KaBoom organizers in building a new playground on the grounds of the YMCA on 12th and North Avenue. KaBoom Playground Build is part of Beyond the Diamond which is a series of community outreach events that will take place during the season from May-August.  These events involve partnering with Brewers Community Foundation, players/coaches, Brewers Wives, alumni and team staff, working hands-on in the community. The community events will be funded in part by Brewers Community Foundation and focus on the areas of health, education, recreation and basic needs.

I participated in one of these KaBoom Playground projects a few years ago in Dallas and I had a blast.  It was amazing to see how fast a vacant lot was transformed into a new playground.  I cannot wait to take part this year.

Friday, August 16 – BCF Carnival

Fans will have a chance to play Plinko, Brewers Prize Wheel and Bags for prizes at the BCF Week tables on the Field Level concourse next to Guest Relations (outside section 116). Prizes will include Brewers game tickets, bobble heads, hats, pins and authenticated Brewers Locker Name Plates.

Saturday, August 17 – Wives’ Mystery Grab Bag

Everyone loves a good "Mystery Bag!"

Everyone loves a good “Mystery Bag!”

Players’ wives will be selling autographed items from their husbands.  Fans can buy each mystery bag for a $40 donation to the Brewers Community Foundation which is earmarked for various organizations.  The wives will be stationed at each entrance to Miller Park, as well as on the Club Level.  I definitely will take part in this and will do some sort of contest for whatever autographed ball I win.  Stay tuned.

Sunday, August 18 – BCF Treasure Hunt

Game-used items from past games and seasons will be available for purchase in a special treasure hunt at the BCF Week tables on the Field Level concourse next to Guest Relations (outside section 116). Items include bats, baseballs, jerseys and other items of interest.

Pink Tie Guy

Doug Melvin with Commissioner Selg at the 2010 Pink Tie event.

Doug Melvin with Commissioner Selg at the 2010 Pink Tie event.

On August 18, the ‘Pink Tie-Guy’ event has returned by popular demand.  This year’s elegant evening will be held at Blu at the Pfister Hotel in Downtown Milwaukee. Donations of $1,000 per couple are requested. Donors receive a specially designed Pink Tie and attend a cocktail reception that include the Melvins, Honorary Pink Tie Guy Hank Aaron and a host of Brewers players, coaches and other front office staff.

Monday, August 19  – Bobble Bonanza

Brewers Bobble Heads will be available for $5 each at the BCF Week tables on the Field Level concourse next to Guest Relations (outside section 116). A certain allotment of each bobble head will be autographed by that player. Bobble heads include those from Norichika Aoki, John Axford, Carlos Gomez and former Brewers fan favorite Nyjer Morgan.

Tuesday, August 20 – Players Raffle

Fans have the chance to buy raffle tickets for $1 per ticket to win one of four autographed jerseys that are being raffled off. The four jerseys being raffled off are a Jonathan Lucroy Autographed Batting Practice Jersey, a Corey Hart Autographed Batting Practice Jersey, an Aramis Ramirez Cerveceros Jersey and a Yovani Gallardo Autographed Retro Jersey. After purchasing raffle tickets at the BCF Week tables on the Field Level concourse next to Guest Relations (outside section 116), fans can put their ticket into the bin for the player of their choosing. A winner will be drawn to win each player’s autographed jersey and announced during the game. The four lucky winners will have until the end of end of the 7th inning to claim their prize.  This is a great opportunity to make a small donation and possibly win a big prize!

Wednesday, August 21 – Brewers Community Foundation Clearance Sale

The BCF Clearance Sale is one of the most popular events during BCF Week.

The BCF Clearance Sale is one of the most popular events during BCF Week.

Fans will have another chance to buy game-used items from past games and seasons as well as other Brewers items at the Brewers Community Foundation table on the Field Level concourse near Guest Relations (behind section 116).  Items include bats, baseballs, jerseys and other items of interest.

Additionally, from August 15 – 21 at Miller Park, fans will have an opportunity to take part in “BCF Plinko.”  For a $5 donation, fans can play to win a prize with every drop.  Prizes will vary from game tickets to Drive for Charity pins, Brewers merchandise and mystery bags.

It will be an action packed week filled of many events and ways to take part.

–JOHN

johnandcait@brewers.com

Tonight’s Robin Yount Ceremony at Miller Park a Special Treat for Brewers Fans

Robin Yount is perhaps the most iconic player in Brewers history.  Any Brewers fan can tell you how much he meant to the teams he played on and to Milwaukee. Tonight, Yount was honored in a very special pre-game ceremony at Miller Park that celebrated the 20th anniversary of his retirement as a player. Also participating in the ceremony were fellow Hall of Famers Hank Aaron and Rollie Fingers, Brewers Chairman and Principal Owner Mark Attanasio and Brewers President of Baseball Operations Doug Melvin.

Yount, Aaron and Fingers (Getty Images)

Yount, Aaron and Fingers (Getty Images)

“Hard to believe it has been that long,” Yount said today.  “That saying ‘The older you get, the faster time goes by,’ I can attest to that.”

Yount’s 20-year Major League career was spent entirely in Milwaukee and he retired after the conclusion of the 1993 season.  His number 19 was retired in a ceremony on May 29, 1994 at Milwaukee County Stadium.

He finished his career with 3,142 career hits and was the first player to enter the National Baseball Hall of Fame as a Brewer after being inducted on July 25, 1999.  Yount broke into the big leagues at age 18.  He won the American League Most Valuable Player awards in 1982 (shortstop) and 1989 (outfield), becoming the third player in Major League history to win that award at two different positions.

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By looking at Yount today, he looks he could probably put on a uniform tonight and go 2-for-3 at the plate.

“I stay active,” Yount said.  “I certainly don’t have any workout regimen, but I don’t sit still long.  My parents passed off good genes.”

The ceremony itself was definitely memorable. Seeing three Hall of Famers together like that on the Miller Park field was a rare opportunity and something the fans in attendance tonight will not forget.

The celebration included a presentation of an original painting commissioned to remember the occasion.  The first 30,000 fans through the gates for the tonight’s game received a poster of the painting that presented to Yount during the ceremony.  Doug Melvin presented a $10,000 check from the Brewers Community Foundation on behalf of the Yount to the MACC Fund (Midwest Athletes Against Childhood Cancer).

“Robin’s contributions to the Brewers are far too numerous to list, and we’re looking forward to welcoming him back for this special occasion,” said Brewers Chief Operating Officer Rick Schlesinger. “His time in Milwaukee was marked by great personal and team success, and it’s an era that will forever be remembered as a magical time for baseball in Wisconsin.”

Yount's first pitch tonight. (Getty Images)

Yount’s first pitch tonight. (Getty Images)

Yount met with the media before the game at Miller Park and with all the news surrounding the recent suspension of Ryan Braun, the issue of violations of the MLB drug prevention and treatment program was a hot topic and one that Yount didn’t shy away from.

“I don’t have a comment on anyone individually, because you need to know all the facts and in Ryan’s case, I don’t have all the facts,” Yount said.  “Obviously this is a bump in the road for baseball, but I hope that maybe this will put an end to all of this once and for all.  Hopefully the guys that are testing the system will realize that maybe they can’t beat it.”

Yount continued to say what this all means for the game itself.

“It’s important to baseball that we get rid of this.  It is not something we want to focus as an industry.  We want to focus on the game itself.  This will pass.  There are no players bigger than the game.  It is not our brightest moment, but hopefully this will make the guys aware that they are not going to beat the system.”

For the 2006 season, and part of the 2008 season, Yount served on the Brewers coaching staff. He also spent some time with the coaching staff of the Arizona Diamondbacks.  Although he has been out of coaching for over five years now, he sounded pretty secure in the fact that he enjoys his life as a retired player today.

“I loved every second of the coaching that I did,” Yount said.  “I really enjoyed working with the guys.  My biggest issue was that it takes so much time and such a commitment and I have a lot of other things that don’t have to do with baseball that I enjoy and that I would have to give up.  I’m just not willing to give up these hobbies and free time, but that is not to say I didn’t enjoy the coaching that I did because I really did enjoy it.”

So what does Yount do with all that free time?  Plenty.  In addition to his hobbies of racing and dirt bikes, he has “Robinade”–his “old-school lemonade” that supports the MACC Fund–and, his latest venture, part ownership in the Lakeshore Chinooks baseball team of the summer Northwoods League.

“It’s (the Chinooks) been great, I was out there last weekend and we are playing really well in a playoff run,” Yount said.  “Everyone is excited.  In doing this we are promoting baseball.  It’s not just about the college kids that are playing the game, but we also have college kids running the show too behind the scenes.  They are getting a taste of what it is like to be involved with a sports franchise.  Hopefully someday it won’t be a player that makes it, but it is a guy selling merchandise now that will one day work in marketing with the Brewers.  I just think the opportunity that is provided out there is a good way to promote the game.”

Like many of my friends who I grew up with in Milwaukee, Robin Yount was our hero.  He was a great baseball player, a great person and he represented Milwaukee.  Tonight’s ceremony was a perfect reminder of how lucky every Brewers fan is to call Robin Yount a Brewer.

–JOHN

johnandcait@brewers.com

2013 Player Entrance Music-Updated 8/2/13

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: “ChaChaLaLa” Fandango Theme Song from WWE

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

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

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

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

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

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

2013 PITCHING ENTRANCE MUSIC

John Axford: “New Noise” by Refused

Burke Badenhop: “Stranglehold” by Ted Nugent

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

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

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

Give Yourself a Virtual Moustache in Celebration of “Birthday Weekend at Bernie’s,” presented by Southwest Airlines

As I’ve noted over the past few weeks, this season marks the 40th Anniversary since Bernie Brewer was introduced as the mascot of the Milwaukee Brewers and to celebrate, we’ll be hosting “Birthday Weekend at Bernie’s” presented by Southwest Airlines from Friday, August 16 through Sunday, August 18 as the Crew takes on the Cincinnati Reds. A variety of activities are scheduled for this entire weekend at Miller Park, including giveaways, prizes, sing-a-longs and much more.

Birthday Weekend at Bernie's

And, as the most popular Major League mascot on Twitter, Bernie is very tech-savvy so we have several ways fans can join in the celebration online.

The most fun is a new virtual moustache photo app that we launched today:

Visit the photo app by clicking here. Upload your photo, add a ‘stache and/or the logo, then share it with your friends! If you Tweet it, post it to Facebook and/or Instagram, be sure to use the hashtag #LUVBernie and include a special birthday greeting for Bernie as we’ll be compiling the greetings for him to view at brewers.com/luvbernie.

Here’s some more fun I had with the app today…

My cats, Cowbell & Crash. Whiskers are overrated.

My cats, Cowbell & Crash. Whiskers are overrated.

I took the liberty of giving Luc a facial hair upgrade. What do you think?

I took the liberty of giving Luc a facial hair upgrade. What do you think?

I hope you have as fun as I did, playing with the app and sending Bernie your best!

For more information and tickets to “Birthday Weekend at Bernie’s,” please visit Brewers.com/bernie40.  A historical timeline of Bernie Brewer is included below.

Cheers!

-Cait

JohnandCait@Brewers.com

Double Your Fun with $15 Brewers Fair Fridays

Today is the beginning of one of my favorite times of the year–the first day of the Wisconsin State Fair, presented by U.S. Cellular, which runs today through Sunday, August 11.

Fair Fridays

State Fair has been a great partner of ours here at the Brewers and we’ve had a popular ticket package with the Fair for several years now. This year, it’s $15 Brewers Fair Fridays.

MB-13 StateFair Social

For $15, you get a Brewers Terrace Reserved ticket to one of our Friday night home games, plus one general admission ticket to State Fair. Since Terrace Reserved tickets are typically around $18 and State Fair tickets are $10, you’re already saving $13 with the purchase of the package. AND now, with our announcement of the Fans Eat Free promotion, where, for the month of August,  all fans attending any of the 12 Brewers home games will receive a $10 voucher for free concessions, merchandise and game tickets at Miller Park, this offer is a steal!

This package is only on sale through the end of the Fair (Sunday, August 11), so you’ll have to hurry. The remaining five Brewers Fair Fridays (plus promotions you’ll double or triple-up on) are as follows:

  • Friday, August 2 vs. Washington Nationals @ 7:10pm (Tomorrow!)
  • Friday, August 16 vs. Cincinnati Reds @ 7:10pm
  • Friday, August 30 vs. Los Angeles Angels @ 7:10pm
    • Plus, Fans Eat Free!
  • Friday, September 13 vs. Cincinnati Reds @ 7:10pm
  • Friday, September 20 vs. St. Louis Cardinals @ 7:10pm
    • And, the first 20,000 fans 21 and older will receive a Brewers grilling set, courtesy of Potawatomi Bingo Casino.

Don’t forget that in addition to our Fair Fridays, we’ve also got a lot of other great deals that you can double-up on with Fans Eat Free this month, like our Brew Crew & the Zoo ticket offer, where you get a Brewers ticket to select games (August dates are 8/21 & 8/30 ), a Zoo ticket and a beverage tumbler for just $20; our Crew H-D Ticket package which gets you a Harley-Davidson Museum ticket and a Brewers Terrace Reserved Ticket (August dates are 8/2 & 8/21); Time Warner Cable Student Nights on Fridays (tickets are $9 or $11.50 and some include a t-shirt!); the Miller Lite Beerpen on Fridays (tickets are $23 and include a t-shirt); Miller High Life Mondays ($9 Terrace Reserved tickets every Monday); and Kids & Senior Citizens Discount Days (August date is 8/21).

For more information on these Fan Value offers, visit brewers.com/fanvalues.

Plus, check out our Promotions schedule for information on giveaways, like the Harvey Kuenn Bobblehead this Sunday.

See you soon!

-Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

Race to Get Your Klement’s Famous Racing Sausage T-Shirts!

Everyone loves the Klement’s Famous Racing Sausages, so these new t-shirts are sure to be a hit!

Racing Sausage Tees - All

These t-shirts are available in adult sizes, small to x-large and are $45 each at the Brewers Team Store by Majestic at Miller Park.

Choose to represent your favorite Sausage, or get ‘em all!

And, starting tomorrow, Friday, August 2, when you buy one of these tees, you will get a FREE matching bottle opener. Offer good through Sunday, August 4, or while supplies last.

Racing Sausage Bottle Openers

Plus, don’t forget that starting tomorrow, all fans will receive a $10 voucher when entering the gates, which you will be able to use at the store!

Happy shopping!

-Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

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