May 2014

Double Clutch Menu Item for the Cubs Series: Chicago-Style Panini

The Cubs are in town this weekend and the Double Clutch stand is serving up a Chicago Style Panini. This one sounded a little strange on paper, but seeing in person, it was a much different story.

Looks great!

Looks great!

It’s a Chicago Dog, split open with sliced Italian Sausage, sliced tomato, sport peppers, provolone cheese, neon relish, celery salt and sliced onion, for $10. The famous Miller Park house made chips are served on the side.  It is a very interesting take on a Chicago classic. If you are a traditionalist, you might not be open to this. If you are willing to take a chance, it will be well worth it.

Fresh off the grill.

Fresh off the grill.

 

The Spaghetti in a Meatball is also available all weekend for $9.50.

As always, the Double Clutch is located outside section 215 on the Loge Level for the three weekend games of the Cubs series at Miller Park.

–CAIT

johnandcait@brewers.com

New #BrewersMini +10K Fundraising Incentive: Special Brewers Mini BobbleHank!

Have you signed up to run the Brewers Mini-Marathon or 10k this year? If not, there is still time!

If you’ve already committed, we hope your training is going well!

Whether you’re participating in the race, or you’ve thought about it, but don’t have the chance or the stamina this year, you can still participate in another race–the race to wipe out childhood cancer and related blood disorders—one child at a time as the fundraising efforts for the event benefit the MACC Fund (Midwest Athletes Against Childhood Cancer).

Over the past two years,  the Brewers Mini + 10K has raised over $145,000 for the MACC Fund by participants in this event. With your help, we can push that number even higher. 

And because incentives are helpful not only in racing, but also in fundraising, new for 2014, Brewers Enterprises has a great new one to keep you motivated:

Raise a minimum of $40 and receive a limited edition bobble head of Hank the Ballpark Pup sporting his Brewers Mini-Marathon + 10K gear!  Hank is one of the newest and most beloved members of the Brewers team after being found and adopted at Spring Training this year.


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Hank first appeared at camp on February 17, the day of the first workout for pitchers and catchers. The Brewers have worked closely with the Arizona and Wisconsin Humane Societies since that first day, and their staff provided counsel on how best to care for Hank’s basic needs as he adjusted to his new surroundings. Hank’s circle of caregivers in Phoenix worked tirelessly to ensure that he had the best care possible until his “forever home” was determined.

Hank made frequent appearances at Spring Training games in a concourse booth, where fans lined up for an opportunity to have their photo taken with Hank in exchange for a voluntary donation to the Humane Society. Through these and other opportunities, Hank has already helped raise thousands of dollars to support the cause.

Hank arrived in Milwaukee in mid-March on a Southwest Airlines charter flight and, although he has been adopted by a staff member at the Club, he has made several appearances at Miller Park and other events. Hank merchandise (sales from which benefit the Wisconsin Humane Society) continues to fly off the shelves and tickets for a Wisconsin Humane Society Day featuring a BobbleHank giveaway are virtually sold out.

That’s one more reason why you’ll want to sign up for the race and help fundraise for this important cause.  But you’ll have to act fast. These Hank bobbleheads are limited and available to only the first 2,750 race participants who raise $40 or more.  Only one bobble head per race participant, given for raising/donating a minimum of $40.  All funds raised benefit the MACC Fund.

Individual fundraisers will also have the chance to get their name entered in a raffle for great prizes.  The top three individuals or groups will win a special prize.

Prizes include everything from autographed baseballs and a game-used bat to a trip down Bernie’s slide and a party at Helfaer Field. For a full list of prizes, click here.

If you’re running the race and have already started fundraising, that’s great! Please know your support and efforts are much appreciated We’d also like to hear from you–what’s been working? Have you tried campaign emails or letters? How about a fundraising party, teaming up with others, or getting creative? Garage sales, bake sales and car washes are some easy and fun ideas to help boost your total.

So there you have it. On Saturday, September 20, we all have two common goals–to finish the race strong and to help support this important cause.

You’re already online,so just click here to start your fundraising efforts right away!

Cheers!

-Cait

 

JohnandCait@brewers.com

Bowling over the Twins as We Prepare for Next Week’s Border Battle

Got a few minutes to “spare”?

Let us tell you the story of the how we captured the Twins Bowling Ball and why we’ve been holding it hostage until next week’s Border Battle at Miller Park and Target Field.

It all began last November at the Major League Baseball Industry Meetings in Orlando, Florida.

These meetings are generally held every 2-3 years with the purpose of giving members of the 30 Clubs’ front offices an opportunity to gather, share best practices and learn from one another.

While the days are filled with keynote speakers and breakout sessions, the evenings provide the chance for a little team building and fun with co-workers and counterparts at other teams.

One such team-building event was a “30 Clubs in 30 Lanes” bowling tournament held at Splitsville Lanes in Downtown Disney.

A good time was had by all, the meetings wrapped, and everyone dispersed back home to their respective ballparks. In follow up, MLB sent each Club a special memento from the event:  team-branded bowling balls that  had been on display at the bowling alley. Splittsville But there was one catch… somehow we accidentally received the Twins bowling ball and they received ours!

The Twins sent ours back to us, but we decided to hold their ball hostage and have a little fun during our annual “Border Battle” with our interleague rivals, June 2-5, which starts with games at Miller Park on Monday and Tuesday and then moves to Target Field for games on Wednesday and Thursday.

Yes, that’s right, Minnesota. We still have your bowling ball, and here’s the deal: We’re going to treat these balls as a traveling trophy of sorts. The team who wins the season series next week will get to keep both bowling balls. In the event of a “split,” they’ll go to the team that scores the most runs in the series. Of course, we had to have a little fun with them first (‘cuz that’s how we “roll”), so we headed over to Bluemound Bowl:

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Funny. The Brewers bowling ball kept throwing strikes…

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…but it appeared that the Twins ball might have been defective.

We’re looking forward to hosting the Twins on Monday and Tuesday… here’s hoping we “knock ‘em down”!

If having a great time is right up your alley, be sure to come out and cheer on the Crew during the annual Border Battle next week.

As an added bonus, Monday’s game on 6/2 is 620 WTMJ Day. The game will start at 6:20pm CT and tickets are just $6.20!

Hope to see you at Miller Park!

-Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com  

BobbleHank Revealed!

In response to overwhelming popular demand, earlier this season we announced that we were adding a 15th all-fan giveaway to the schedule in 2014: a BobbleHank.

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Hank, the “Ballpark Pup,” will be featured as a ninth Bobblehead to be given away to all-fans as part of a Wisconsin Humane Society Day on Saturday, September 13 at Miller Park. The Brewers take on the Cincinnati Reds that evening at 6:10 pm.

And, we’ve got a sneak peek at an early rendering of the bobble for you here:

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The “Bobblehank” game is essentially sold out. We only have limited standing room and obstructed view tickets available through Brewers.com, at the Miller Park Box Office, and by calling 414-902-4000.

A portion of the proceeds from tickets sales for that game will be donated by the Brewers to the Wisconsin Humane Society’s “Hank Fund,” a pool that benefits stray animals in their care transferred from the Milwaukee Area Domestic Animal Control Commission, as well as stray animals at the WHS Ozaukee and Racine Campuses. Brewers players have stepped forward and also will contribute to the fund.

The team, in cooperation with the Wisconsin Humane Society, will sponsor numerous initiatives that evening, including an Adopt-a-Pet event on the Miller Park concourse where fans can meet four-legged friends available for adoption. In addition, all weekend long fans are encouraged by Brewers Community Foundation to bring new pet supplies that will be distributed to area rescue organizations as part of the “Drive for Charity.” Items that will be collected include canned or dry puppy, cat and kitten food; dog and cat toys (no stuffed toys, please); dog and cat treats; dog harnesses; cat litter; stainless steel food and water bowls. Those donating will receive a special commemorative pin with Hank’s likeness to mark the occasion.

For a complete list of the 2014 Brewers All-Fan Giveaways, click here.

-John and Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

Brewers 2014 Yearbook Available Today at Miller Park

The 2014 Milwaukee Brewers yearbook arrived at Miller Park today featuring over 150 full-color pages of beautiful Brewers photos, fun facts and historical information.   A recap of Carlos Gomez’s memorable Gold Glove season, the stories of Gomez’s and teammate Jean Segura’s paths from the Dominican Republic to becoming Major League All-Stars, and the 40th Anniversary of Robin Yount’s rookie season are just a few of the many highlights.  In addition, Brewers memories through the years provide an interesting recap down memory lane. Yearbook Cover 2014 Featuring a wide range of photos, player biographies and statistics, the Brewers Official Team Yearbook is the only publication that includes photos of every player in the organization – from rookie ball to the majors. A collector’s item that is ideal for autographs, the Brewers yearbook is now available for just $10 (an absolute steal!) and also makes a great gift idea for the Brewers fan who has everything. Brewers Manager – Media Relations, Ken Spindler heads up the yearbook project and has really outdone himself this year. Pick up your souvenir copy at the Team Store by Majestic inside Miller Park or online here. –Cait johnandcait@brewers.com

RBI Athlete of the Month: Darian Hemphill

Reviving Baseball in the Inner Cities, or the RBI Program, is a MLB youth baseball initiative and partnership with the Boys & Girls Clubs. The RBI program was developed by former scout and Major Leaguer John Young in Los Angeles in 1989 to provide youth ages 9 to 17 the opportunity to learn and enjoy the game of baseball. Each month, we honor RBI student athletes on the diamond that portray dedication to academics, community involvement, leadership, reliability and monthly performance.

This month’s honoree is Darian Hemphill.  Darian is a recent graduate of Rufus King International School, where she was a two-time sport student athlete. Darian grew up at the Mary Ryan Boys & Girls Club since she was 10 years old. She participates in soccer, basketball, volleyball and softball. She currently plays third base and shortstop.

Darian Hemphill

For the past two years, Darian has been volunteering as the Mary Ryan Football Team manager, the girls’ volleyball coach and helped run the Boys & Girls Clubs pitch, hit and run sectional competition. Darian will lead the first ever Milwaukee Brewers RBI Girls Softball Tournament team this summer as the team competes for the chance to advance to the 2014 MLB RBI World Series in August.

Congratulations, Darian, keep up the great work!

Want to help support the RBI Program? It’s as simple as sending a tweet!

When a Brewers pitcher strikes out an opposing batter, make sure to jump on Twitter and tweet: #WHIFF  and include our handle, @Brewers.

That’s all you have to do! Each month, if we’re in the top 7 teams, we can win anywhere from $2,500 to $10,000 for our local RBI program. AND the team with the most #Whiff tweets for the season will receive an additional $20,000 donation! 

We won $7500 in the month of April and we’re close to doing the same in May, so keep tweeting as our chances to help the local program are looking good! View the current standings at mlb.com/whiff.

-Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

What John and Cait Ate: “The BBDB” from AJ Bombers

“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

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“The BBDB” from AJ Bombers

During each homestand, we’ll sample some of the latest and greatest Miller Park fare and review it here, for you.

One of the most fun, new additions to Miller Park this season has been AJ Bombers. The popular restaurant and bar-with locations in Milwaukee and Madison-now occupies the outside space formerly known as the Plaza Pavilion, along the west side of Miller Park near the right-field gate.

AJ Bombers offers a selection of cheeseburgers, egg rolls, tater tots, shakes, custards, specialty concrete mixers and more. The menu also include homestand specials, such as the city-themed concrete mixers and the newest addition: Braun’s Bacon Double Burger–the BBDB.

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BBDB Braun Burger

Making its debut  tonight (on National Burger Day nonetheless),  The BBDB  is a special burger named after Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun.

It’s a double cheeseburger, topped with lettuce, tomato, mustard cheese sauce and Nueske’s bacon. The appropriately named sandwich is the third of several city and/or player-themed burgers that AJ Bombers plans to offer this season.

Braun’s burger is exclusive to Miller Park (i.e. not served at AJ Bombers’ restaurants) and available for a limited time.

And for dessert, be sure to try AJ Bombers new specialty concrete concoction here for one more night only: The Smith Island Cake, the official cake of Maryland, appropriate for the Orioles series.

 

We’ll be sure to check in with AJ Bombers often throughout the season to keep you informed on their newest menu items, just like we have been with the ever-popular Double Clutch!

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Where To Satisfy Your Craving: Fans can find AJ Bombers on the Field Level, in the outside space formerly known as the Plaza Pavilion, along the west side of Miller Park near the right-field gate.

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

Bon Appetit!

-John and Cait

johnandcait@brewers.com

Brewers S.C.O.R.E. Big Today With Students at Milwaukee College Prep School

The annual S.C.O.R.E. for Excellence Day presented by The Gordon Flesch Company took place today at Milwaukee College Prep School’s 38th Street Campus. The excitement level of these first through sixth graders was through the roof. They were probably the most fired up I have seen a S.C.O.R.E group in my seven or eight years of participating in the program! Brewers television play-by-play announcer Brian Anderson hosted the program. He was joined by Carlos Gomez, Scooter Gennett and, Brewers alum, Larry Hisle.

The S.C.O.R.E. program is one of the Brewers “Beyond the Diamond” program initiatives. S.C.O.R.E. is an acronym for School, Community, Opportunities, Role Models and Excellence with an emphasis on education, interaction and life skills. During the program, players engage students in a dialogue about the importance of these five S.C.O.R.E. elements. The program helps open communication between the students and their role models. T-shirts and game tickets were provided to each student in the school today. “Beyond the Diamond” is a series of community outreach events that take place throughout the Brewers season in partnership with Brewers Community Foundation and Brewers Community Relations.

Anderson called a few students up to hear their thoughts on what School, Community, Opportunities, Role Models and Excellence meant to them and Gennett, Gomez and Hisle each shared their thoughts as well.

Gennett talked about how helping in your community can be as simple as picking up trash in your neighborhood or checking on a neighbor. He also talked about the importance of having pride in your community.

Gomez talked about taking advantage of opportunities to improve your life. Specifically, he talked about how he took advantage of his abilities on the baseball field and continually worked hard to become a Major League Baseball player. Always working hard was the theme of what he had to show and it is clear that Gomez practices what he preaches.

Anderson introduced Hisle to the group as one of his role models. Hisle talked about how role models in the kids lives–teachers, parents or older siblings–can be of help when growing up.

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The kids were very well-behaved, but very excited to have the Brewers at their school today. I didn’t think they could scream any louder, but then Anderson introduced The Famous Racing Sausages and, well, the kids turned it up and absolutely went bananas.

Milwaukee College Prep is a charter school in Milwaukee with three campuses and over 1400 kids. Principal Maggy Olson did a great job of welcoming the Brewers into her school today. We wish her and the rest of the fabulous teachers the best of luck the rest of this afternoon as the kids will be pumped up the rest of the afternoon! I will be fired up the rest of my day as the dance party before the event was pretty energizing!

A special thanks goes out to Kurt Konicke, branch manager for The Gordon Flesch Company, who attended the event and addressed the children. The Brewers Community Relations Department, Katina Shaw and Erica Bowring along with Andrew Lukinich and Mary DeLatt of the Brewers Corporate Marketing Department, were also there and put a lot of work into making sure the children of Milwaukee College Prep had a day they will never forget. Looking at the faces of these kids today, the hard work of every one involved did pay off.

–JOHN

johnandcait@brewers.com

Five Brewers Among National League Leaders in First Balloting Update for the 85th All-Star Game

The first update of National League voting totals for the 2014 MLB All-Star Game, announced today by Major League Baseball, includes five Brewers among the leaders at their respective positions.

Aramis Ramirez ranks second among National League third basemen with 282,843 votes, trailing only Colorado’s Nolan Arenado (318,111 votes). Ryan Braun is third among National League outfielders (446,780 votes) and Carlos Gomez ranks sixth in the outfield (370,630 votes). Colorado’s Charlie Blackmon (549,394 votes) and Pittsburgh’s Andrew McCutchen (467,378 votes) are the leading vote-getters among NL outfielders.

Catcher Jonathan Lucroy is fourth among NL catchers with 236,935 votes and Jean Segura is currently fifth at shortstop with 202,597 votes.

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Brewers fans have the well-earned reputation for filling the ballot boxes with All-Star votes for Milwaukee Brewers players year in and year out. With at least one Brewers player elected to start in five of the last seven All-Star Games since 2007, Milwaukee fans demonstrated that it doesn’t take the largest market to be heard as they voted for their favorite Brewers in almost unheard of numbers.

This season, eight Brewers players are featured on the ballot for the 85th Major League Baseball All-Star Game to be held on Tuesday, July 15 at Target Field in Minneapolis. Brewers fans will again have the opportunity to show their overwhelming fan support by helping decide which players will be named to the Midsummer Classic through the 2014 MLB In-Stadium All-Star Balloting Program and the 2014 All-Star Game MLB.com Ballot.

Brewers players on this year’s All-Star ballot include C Jonathan Lucroy, 1B Mark Reynolds, 2B Rickie Weeks, 3B Aramis Ramirez, SS Jean Segura, OF Ryan Braun, OF Carlos Gomez and OF Khris Davis.

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At Brewers.com, all fans voting 21 or more times for their favorite Brewers will be entered into a drawing to win a prize package that includes: four Field Box tickets to a mutually agreed-upon game, an opportunity to go down Bernie’s slide (restrictions apply), an opportunity to watch batting practice that day from the field and a meet and greet with five-time All-Star Ryan Braun. There is a maximum of 25 votes per email address. More information and rules may be found at Brewers.com. Additionally, fans voting online will be eligible to purchase Field Outfield and Club Outfield seats for select Brewers games at a savings of up to 50% (details available after voting at Brewers.com).

Those visiting Miller Park are encouraged to vote early and often via paper ballot at the All-Star Polling District, set up during Brewers home games along the first base concourse. In-park balloting at Miller Park continues through Friday, June 15, comprising 23 home dates. The Vote Brewers! campaign features event staff decked out at home games in promotional t-shirts, and signage along the Miller Park fascia and behind the plate. In addition, media partners FOX Sports Wisconsin and Newsradio 620 WTMJ will be promoting the initiative on broadcasts, and the World Famous Klement’s Racing Sausages will help distribute voting information around the city. There will also be voting parties staged during the balloting period.

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With every 10 ballots turned in to the All-Star Polling District, fans will receive one raffle ticket that will enter them in a drawing for the opportunity to win a collector’s item daily, ranging from game-used memorabilia to player autographs. A drawing will be held during every home game through June 15 and the winning ticket will be announced during the game. Rules will be available at the Polling District.

Last season, Gomez and Segura represented the Brewers at the Midsummer Classic. Ryan Braun narrowly missed being elected a starter for the 2012 MLB All-Star Game after finishing fourth in voting among National League outfielders to Matt Kemp of the Los Angeles Dodgers by just over 100,000 votes. Braun was later named a starter to replace the injured Kemp.

In 2011, Braun led National League outfielders in voting for the fourth straight season and led all NL players in voting for the first time (5,928,004). He is the only Brewers player to ever be elected to start in four consecutive All-Star Games (did not play in 2011 due to injury). Rickie Weeks was selected to his first All-Star Game as the NL’s starting second baseman and Prince Fielder started and made his third All-Star appearance in 2011. In 2010, Braun and Corey Hart started for the Brewers (Hart was named as a starter after an injury to Atlanta’s Jason Heyward).

In 2009, Braun and Fielder joined Trevor Hoffman as All-Stars. In addition to Braun in 2008, Hart was named that year to the National League All-Star team via the Monster All-Star Final Vote. In 2007, Fielder received the second-most votes in the National League en route to his first career All-Star team, becoming the first Brewers player to be voted to the All-Star Game since Paul Molitor was selected at third base in 1988. A complete list of All-Stars in franchise history can be found on page 285 of the 2014 Brewers media guide.

Both the National League and American League teams will have eight fan-elected starters. The pitchers and reserves for both will be determined through a combination of “Player Ballot” choices and selections made by the two All-Star managers.

Fans can #VOTEBREWERS online at Brewers.com through Thursday, July 3 at 10:59pm CT.

-John and Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

Former Brewers Player Josh Murray on Season 10 of The Bachelorette

Josh Murray, drafted out of high school by the Brewers in the second round of the 2002 MLB amateur draft  is now hoping to be a different kind of top pick, appearing as one of 25 contestants on the 10th season of ABC’s The Bachelorette, which premiered on Monday, May 19.

The 29-year-old infielder was part of the organization from 2002-2006, spending time with our former minor league affiliates Ogden, Beloit and West Virginia. He played with Brevard County (a current affiliate) in 2005 and 2006. When Josh did not advance beyond single A ball, he enrolled at Georgia, where he joined the football team as a walk-on safety in 2009.

Josh Murray was selected by the Brewers in the second round of the 2002 Draft.

Josh Murray was selected by the Brewers in the second round of the 2002 Draft.

Earlier this month, Josh’s younger brother, former Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray, was selected in the fifth round of the 2014 NFL Draft, going to the Kansas City Chiefs.

-Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

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