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Submit Photos of Your Hall of Fame Mom & Win Tickets in a Suite!

Did she buy you your first baseball hat? Sit through all your Little League games? Master the perfect condiment ratio for your ballpark hot dog? If your Mom taught you the importance of good sportsmanship win or lose AND she’s the reason you cheer for the Brewers, she’s a Hall of Famer in our books. And we want to help you celebrate her!

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Sunday, May 8 is Mother’s Day and we’re looking for you to post photos  that depict how a mother figure in your life is a Hall of Famer. Post your photos to Instagram and/or Twitter using #BrewersHOFMom beginning today (Sunday, May 1)through Sunday, May 8.

We’ll judge all eligible entries to select our six winners based creativity/originality, photo quality and relevance to the contest theme.

Each winner will receive two tickets in Fox Sports Wisconsin’s Suite for winner and a guest (hopefully mom, if you can bring her!) to the Brewers vs. Dodgers game on Wednesday, June 29.

Select entries may also be shown on the Brewers vs. Reds telecast on Mother’s Day.

Caitlin and Mom

-Cait

@CMoyer

Skittles Helps Settle Clubhouse Candy “Controversy” Between Jeffress & Smith

Throughout the Brewers Clubhouse it is well known that Brewers pitcher Jeremy Jeffress loves Skittles. And when Jeffress’ mom came to visit last week, she confirmed that he’s always loved them, ever since he was a little kid.

In fact, many fans have started to catch on to this and some have even given him packages of his beloved candy.

However, recently the Five Fruity Flavors were at the heart of a clubhouse controversy between Jeffress and fellow pitcher/best friend Will Smith. Smith, who is currently on the disabled list and did not travel with the team on the first road trip of the season, was assisting me with some social media during a game by tweeting and Snapchatting live from the clubhouse. (You can check out the tweets on the #LeftyBehind hashtag.)

Right before he left for the night, this happened and we caught it all on video:

Of course, Jeffress saw the tweet…

…and later returned the favor by stealing some candy out of Smith’s locker:

Of course this candy “war” was all in good fun, but Skittles wanted to make sure that their tasty treats wouldn’t cause any conflict in the clubhouse moving forward. So, they sent a special package. Here, Jeffress explains what he received:

Here’s a copy of the letter:

Skittles Letter to the Brewers

Jeffress was understandably stoked to receive such an awesome care package, which even included his absolute favorite, Sour Skittles!

Jeffress Skittles

A big thank you to Skittles on behalf of Jeffress and Smith for the care package. We appreciate you looking out for the Crew!

Side Note: Skittles are so beloved by Jeffress that he told me that he’s even named his curveball after the candy, henceforth it shall be known as “Skittles” and Jeffress will make opposing batters “Taste the Rainbow.”

-Cait

@CMoyer

 

 

 

Join Brewers Players & Coaches for a Special Koos for Kids Fundraiser on Sunday, May 15

Brewers bullpen catcher and Racine native Marcus Hanel (otherwise known as “Koos”) has always had a desire to help children and so, about 10 years ago, he formed “Koos for Kids,” a charity focusing on helping terminally ill and disadvantaged children in the area.

Over the years, Koos for Kids has been able to help numerous terminally ill children by purchasing them laptops, iPads, zoo passes, airline tickets, animals…whatever it might be that makes their days a little brighter.

They’ve also purchased over 3000 winter coats for disadvantaged children in the local area, as well as organized and run the Challenger Baseball League, where over 60 children with special needs can come and be part of a team and learn the game of baseball.  And there are countless other ways they have helped the local community, thanks to the support of many businesses and caring individuals.

In two weeks, on Sunday, May 15, you have the opportunity to help support this terrific cause.

The Brewers take on the San Diego Padres at 1p.m. that day and, following the game, Marcus, along with Brewers players and coaches, will be making their way to Hitters Baseball Academy in Caledonia for a Koos for Kids event.

Koos for Kids

 

For just $25, you’ll receive a ticket to the event, dinner, autographs from Brewers players, entertainment from the Jesse White Tumblers, and the opportunity to participate in auctions and raffles. Of course proceeds from the event go to the Koos for Kids organization, where they are used to give back to the community. 

The event has been held at the Milwaukee County Zoo in the past, but this year, Koos for Kids is trying something new at the Baseball Hitters Academy.

“I think this event will be an excellent opportunity for everyone to meet their favorite Brewers,” Hanel said. “We are also excited to announce that we’re offering a scholarship program. We’ll be giving $2500 each for college to two kids of need in Racine. They will get an opportunity to advance and go to school. It’s a pretty cool thing so we’re excited to implement that.”

Hanel also tells me that some of the players have some fun surprises planned for the event. “There’s kind of some fun stuff we’ve got intertwined that the boys are going to keep under wraps for now. Kind of a sneak attack on the people who are going to be there,” he laughed.

As far as auction items go, Hanel is excited about the unique items they have this year. “We have a Miller Park home plate signed by the whole team, Maldonado’s catching gear, game-used bats, really cool photos from (Brewers Team Photographer) Scott Paulus that have been signed by the players, Badgers stuff, Packers items…” he said.

Hanel says that sales for this annual event are strong, but if you hurry, you can still get in on the fun. Click here to reserve your ticket today!

Why not make it a doubleheader of Brewers fun? Be sure to get your tickets to the Brewers vs. Padres series, too!

-Cait

@CMoyer

 

MILLER PARK HOMESTAND HIGHLIGHTS: APRIL 29 – MAY 4

The Brewers return to Miller Park this evening as they host the Miami Marlins at 7:10 p.m. for the start of a six-game homestand. The Crew will play a three-game weekend series against the Marlins before welcoming the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim to Milwaukee for a three-game set. This will be the first time the Angels have traveled to Miller Park since August 30 – September 1, 2013.

BCF Drive for Charity – Brewers Community Foundation and Feeding America will be collecting peanut butter throughout the weekend series against the Marlins. Fans can donate jars of peanut butter or make a $5 donation during the Brewers Community Foundation Drive for Charity and receive a Chris Carter collectible pin. Peanut butter will be accepted from the time of gate opening through the second inning.

Friday, April 29 vs. Miami Marlins – 7:10 p.m.

Season Seat Holder Appreciation Day – Season Seat Holders receive 25% off food, beverage and merchandise during select games by simply presenting their Season Seat Holder ID Card. Season Seat Holders also enjoy the opportunity to enter Miller Park 30 minutes prior to the general public to watch the Brewers take batting practice. For more information, visit brewers.com/sshappreciation.

Miller Lite Beerpen – Every Friday home game, fans 21 and older can be a part of the Miller Lite Beerpen in the right-field Loge Bleachers. Fans can buy a Loge Bleacher ticket at the regular price and receive a free Miller Lite Brewers hat. For information, visit brewers.com/beerpen.

Student Nights – At Friday home games, high school and college students can purchase $10 Terrace Reserved tickets and $15 Loge Bleachers tickets. They also can enjoy a happy hour at certain concession stands from the time gates open through the end of the first inning. Happy hour pricing includes hot dogs, nachos, 12oz sodas and 12oz beers for $3 each. For more information, visit brewers.com/students. Excludes the Miller Lite Beerpen and Cubs game on July 22.

 

Saturday, April 30 vs. Miami Marlins – 6:10 p.m.

Superhero Night, presented by Kwik Trip – Miller Park will feature special superhero-themed in-game entertainment, costumed characters, photo opportunities and more, plus a limited-edition Jonathan Lucroy Superhero Bobblehead for fans who purchase a Superhero Night special ticket package. Ticket packages must be purchased by noon on Saturday. (NOTE: the bobblehead is only for fans who purchase the special Superhero ticket package).

Sunday, May 1 vs. Miami Marlins – 1:10 p.m.

Ryan Braun Franchise Home Run Leader Bobblehead – All fans in attendance will receive a Ryan Braun Franchise Home Run Leader Bobblehead, courtesy of U.S. Cellular®.

Prairie Farms Dairy Kids Base Run – Kids 16 and under can run the bases after Sunday home games, courtesy of Prairie Farms Dairy.

Kids Eat Free Sundays – Every Sunday home game, all kids 14 and under receive a voucher upon entrance to Miller Park good for a free hot dog, apple slices, a bottle of water and an ice cream treat, courtesy of Pick ‘n Save, Blue Bunny & Heinz.

University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee Baseball Game – Stick around after the Brewers vs. Marlins game to cheer on the UWM Panthers baseball team as they take on the Northern Kentucky Norse.

 

Monday, May 2 vs. Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim – 6:20 p.m.

Miller High Life Mondays – Terrace Reserved tickets are just $6 for all Monday home games with a 6:20 p.m. start time, courtesy of Miller High Life.

 

Tuesday, May 3 vs. Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim – 7:10 p.m.

Season Seat Holder Appreciation Day – Season Seat Holders receive 25% off food, beverage and merchandise during select games by simply presenting their Season Seat Holder ID Card. Season Seat Holders also enjoy the opportunity to enter Miller Park 30 minutes prior to the general public to watch the Brewers take batting practice. For more information, visit brewers.com/sshappreciation.

 

Wednesday, May 4 vs. Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim– 12:40 p.m.

Kids & Senior Citizens Discount Days – Returning in 2016 for most weekday afternoon home games, kids 14 and under and seniors 60+ save 50% on tickets. Excludes Labor Day, All-Inclusive Areas and Uecker Seats.

Comedians Visit Miller Park

Comedian Gabriel “Fluffy” Iglesias, along with fellow comics Martin Moreno, Alfred Robles, and G. Reilly, came out to Miller Park early this afternoon to take a little batting practice and to meet with some of the Brewers players and coaches.

Iglesias, who was not at all camera shy, documented the afternoon with photos, video, tweets and Snapchats, much to my pleasure as Director of New Media:

Here are some additional photos from their afternoon at the ballpark:

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Iglesias, who also has a show called ‘Fluffy Breaks Even’ on Fuse, is in town for three shows at the Riverside (last night, tonight and tomorrow) and Coach Pat Murphy raised a good question:

For those of you scoring at home, Iglesias also joined us on the field for a first pitch back in 2014:

Everyone from the group was so kind and seemed to have a really great time. It was nice to get the chance meet them and spend some time with them this afternoon.  Good luck with the shows!

-Cait

@CMoyer

BREWERS “BEYOND THE DIAMOND” COMMUNITY INITIATIVE RETURNS FOR FOURTH YEAR IN 2016

The Milwaukee Brewers have announced the return of the organization’s community initiative, “Beyond the Diamond,” which features a series of community outreach events that will take place throughout the season.  The program is built around a partnership between Brewers players, coaches, alumni, Brewers Wives and team personnel, working hands-on in the community. The community events are funded in part by Brewers Community Foundation and focus on nonprofits providing quality programming in the areas of health, education, recreation and basic needs.

Spearheaded by Community Relations, in partnership with Brewers Community Foundation, “Beyond the Diamond” events this year will include the “Habitat for Humanity Build,” hospital and military visits, a playground build and much more.  Each month from May through August, players, coaches, alumni and team personnel will be divided into groups to attend the following community outreach events:

May 18 (Education)                Strike Out Bullying Contest Visit

Students from all public and private schools in Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Racine, Washington and Waukesha Counties are encouraged to create a video that demonstrates a positive message to “Strike Out Bullying.”  The winning entry will receive a grand prize which includes a visit from Brewers players as well as tickets and transportation to a game for their school. Teachers can submit their team’s video via the form at brewers.com/beyondthediamond. The winning video will be selected by a panel of judges assembled by the Brewers and will be assessed on a concise and positive message that incorporates creativity and originality. Brewers players will visit a winning school to deliver an important message about bullying and its impact.  The contest winner’s class will attend the Brewers game the next day as guests of the organization. Entries are accepted until April 25.

 

June TBD (Basic Needs)         Habitat for Humanity Build

Players, wives and front office staff will assist organizers from Habitat for Humanity and residents of the local community on a house build. The event is sponsored by Brewers Community Foundation.    

July 23 (Recreation)               Brewers Block Party 

A neighborhood block party at a local park will feature player appearances, food and fun games. The event will be free, compliments of the Brewers. The location will be announced later.

August 10 (Health)                 Children’s Hospital Visit

Brewers players, alumni and wives will make bedside visits and give Brewers memorabilia to kids at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin.

August 14 (Recreation)          Brewers Bowling Event

Hosted by Matt Garza and his fellow teammates, fans can enjoy a unique opportunity to pal around on the pins with their favorite Brewers players, all while helping raise money for Meta House, an agency that is dedicated to helping women who are struggling with drug and alcohol addiction reclaim their lives and rebuild their families. For more information and to sign-up today, visit http://www.brewers.com/bowling

August 26 (Recreation)          KaBoom Playground Build

Players, wives and front office staff will assist organizers from KaBoom! to build a new playground at Meta House. Players will also attend the ribbon cutting, thank volunteers, hand out Brewers Buddies tickets and take group photos. The playground build is sponsored by Brewers Community Foundation.

August 31 (Education)                        Read Aloud Day

Several members of the team will visit the Milwaukee Public Library and read to kids. Each kid will receive a Brewers activity book, signed by the players in attendance.

Additional information on each program will be distributed prior to each event.

 

Cait’s A-to-Z Guide for the June 18 Kenny Chesney Concert at Miller Park

On Saturday, June 18 Kenny Chesney returns to Milwaukee as part of his 2016 Spread the Love Tour! After breaking nine attendance records and selling over 1.3 million tickets on last year’sBig Revival Tour, the King of Summer is back at it again with 13 more stadiums and an even bigger lineup in 2016 as he joins forces with the biggest female country artist on the planet in Miranda Lambert.

In addition to Chesney and Lambert, the Miller Park concert will also feature four-time Vocal Group of the Year Little Big Town and emerging star Old Dominion, who broke onto the scene in 2015 with their smash hit “Break Up With Him”.

As a big country fan myself, I’ve been looking forward to this concert since we announced it last October.

And, just like you, I’m getting all geared up for the show. I’m planning my tailgate with friends, shining up my cowboy boots and I’m blasting my “Good Stuff” playlist on repeat.

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

A-to-Z Guide to the “Spread the Love” Concert at Miller Park

ALTERNATIVE TRANSPORTATION

Drop off: The Brewers do not recommend that you drop off children at Miller Park. Pick up will not be accessible on Miller Park property following the show as those streets will be closed for departing traffic only post-concert.

Shuttles For the Kenny Chesney concert, several local pubs/establishments offered shuttle service. Click here for a list of shuttles that run during Brewers games. We recommend reaching out to the specific pub/establishment to confirm if they will have a shuttle for the concert.

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

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

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

Buses: Please check with MCTS regarding service.

BANNERS & SIGNS

Cannot be larger than 18×24″ and cannot include inappropriate content. No handles or poles can be attached.

BINOCULARS & CAMERAS

Binoculars are fine to bring to the show. You may also bring your camera, but lenses cannot be longer than a driver’s license. Want to share your photos with us? Use #SpreadtheLoveTourMKE on Twitter and Instagram and we may feature our favorites on the blog! Sorry, video cameras are not permitted.

CARRY-INS

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

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

Hard-sided coolers are not allowed in the ballpark.

CONCERT LIGHTS

Strobes, lasers, motion lighting and pyrotechnics will be used throughout the show.

FIELD ACCESS

  • Anyone with a SANDBAR ticket MUST ENTER the Third Base Gate at Miller Park. Upon entering with a valid Sandbar ticket, ticket holders will receive the appropriate wristband needed to access the floor and enter the sandbar area. NO EXCEPTIONS.
  • Anyone with a FLOOR section ticket must obtain a field access wristband to access the Floor section seating. Wristbands can be picked up at designated tables on the Field Level concourse when gates open. Each individual must be present and have a floor seating area ticket in hand. Ticket must have a valid barcode and the perforation strip intact.
  • Wristband stations will be set up outside of Miller Park at the pedestrian bridge and by the Home Plate Gate on the Miller Park Plaza from 2:30-4:30pm.
  • Wristband stations will also be set-up inside of Miller Park on the Field Level concourse near sections 110, 118, and 126 and inside of the Hot Corner Gate near the Walls of Honor, beginning when gates open (4 p.m.)

We recommend allowing yourself enough time to get your wristband and get to your seat in time for the show.

GATES

Gates to the ballpark will open at 4 pm. The concert is scheduled to start at 5 pm.

When entering Miller Park, please be sure to allow for extra time for screening process, finding seats, buying memorabilia, and getting wristband (if you have field seats).

There are five major gates at Miller Park. Avoid long lines by familiarizing yourself with the different gates around the ballpark and plan to arrive early. All attendees will be required to go through fan screening which includes walking through metal detectors.

PARKING

Parking lots will open at 2 pm.

Attendees are strongly encouraged to purchase parking in advance of the show day. Parking is available in advance for $25, and $30 day of show. Please note, parking purchases on the day of show is CASH ONLY.  Parking is available online until Friday. June 10 or at the Miller Park Ticket Office until Friday, June 17.

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

RE-ENTRY

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

ROOF STATUS

The roof status is always a big question folks have when we host games or events here. Right now, however, that’s still TBD. As you know, in Wisconsin, things can change quickly, but we’ll do our best to keep you updated closer t the show. Be sure to follow us on Twitter for the most up-to-date information. Open or closed, one this is for sure–Miller Park will be rockin’!

SAFETY

Keep aisles clear. For your safety and those around you, we ask that you keep the aisles clear. Do not stand on seats. Standing on seats is very dangerous and will not be allowed by security.

Report problems immediately. If you need assistance please contact a Miller Park staff member or use the Guest Text Messaging system (Text “Brewers” and your issue to 69050). You may also utilize one of our two (2) Guest Services booths inside the ballpark. There is one on the Field Level behind section 116 and one on the Terrace Level behind section 419. Please do not allow someone or something to impact your experience in a negative manner and not notify us.

TAILGATING

The parking lots at Miller Park will open at 2 pm and, just like at Brewers games, tailgating is permitted. Keep in mind that gates to the ballpark will open at 4 pm and the concert is scheduled to start at 5 pm. More than 100 portable toilets will be available in the Miller Park parking lots along with restrooms at the Sausage Haus and Helfaer Field.

TICKETS

Please check brewers.com/Chesney for availability.

TRAFFIC

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

WEATHER

Check the weather and dress appropriately. Flat shoes are recommended. The field cover can be uneven to walk on with heels or flip flops. Please plan on the roof being open unless rain is in the forecast.

WILL CALL

Will Call is located at the Box Office near the Home Plate Gate. Those picking up tickets will be required to present a picture ID of the designated will call name and credit card used for the purchase. No third party WIll Call will be accepted for this event; please distribute tickets in advance.

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

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

See you there!

-Cait

@CMoyer

BILL BRUTON TO BE INDUCTED INTO MILWAUKEE BRAVES HONOR ROLL

The Milwaukee Brewers and the Milwaukee Braves Historical Association will induct former Milwaukee Braves outfielder Bill Bruton into the Braves Honor Roll.  An induction ceremony will take place at Miller Park on Monday, May 16, beginning at noon at the site of the Braves Honor Roll, which is located on the Miller Park Field Level Concourse along the third base side.

William Bruton of the Milwaukee Braves in his batting stance. Photo courtesy of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.

William Bruton of the Milwaukee Braves in his batting stance.
Photo courtesy of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.

The lightning-quick center fielder spent eight of his 12 seasons in the Major Leagues with the Milwaukee Braves from 1953-60.  He batted .276 with 48 HR, 327 RBI and 143 stolen bases with the Braves.

Bruton became an instant fan favorite when he hit a 10th inning home run to seal the victory in the Braves’ first-ever home game on April 14, 1953 vs. St. Louis.  Bruton, who finished fourth in NL Rookie of the Year voting, led the National League in stolen bases in each of his first three seasons.  The speedster led the NL in runs (112 in 1960) and triples twice (15 in 1956 and 13 in 1960).  During the 1958 World Series, Bruton batted .412 (7-for-17) with 1 HR and 2 RBI.

Bruton finished his career with the Detroit Tigers from 1961-64.  He passed away on December 5, 1995.  Bruton family members will be attending the May 16 ceremony.

Bruton will become the 15th member of the Milwaukee Braves Honor Roll.  Previous inductees include: Warren Spahn (2004), Johnny Logan (2005), Andy Pafko (2006), Bobby Thomson (2008), Bob Uecker (2009), Felix Mantilla (2010), Eddie Mathews (2010), Joe Adcock (2011), Frank Torre (2011), Hank Aaron (2012), Del Crandall (2012), Gene Conley (2013), Joe Torre (2014) and Red Schoendienst (2015).

 

Bring Peanut Butter With You This Weekend for Brewers Community Foundation’s Drive For Charity

This weekend marks a Brewers Community Foundation Drive for Charity with a peanut butter drive during the Brewers series against the Marlins.

Fans attending the games on Friday, Saturday and Sunday are invited to bring peanut butter with them to Miller Park to support Feeding America. In return for a donation of peanut butter (or $5, they will receive a special Brewers player pin. This weekend’s pin is of Chris Carter.

Chris Carter Brewers Pin

Fans should drop off their items from the time the gates open through the second inning of each of the games this weekend.

Fans wishing instead to make a donation of $5 can also receive the pin.

-Cait

@Cmoyer

“Specials by Series”for May 2016

Rivalry-inspired fare is back at Miller Park.  As each opposing team comes to town, DNC SportService will feature “Specials by Series” near Section 229.

Here’s a look at what you can expect for the first homestand. I’ll update this list with the remaining specials by series for the month as I get them, so check back often!

DID YOU KNOW? Make sure you download the free Ballpark App! In addition to check-in offers, ballpark maps, game updates and more, one of the really cool features is “Miller Park Eats,” a tab that highlights our featured fare each month and includes an A-to-Z concession guide to where you can find all the yummy grub all season ling!

Brewers vs. Marlins (April 29-May 1): Pork Tacos

Pork tacos

Cilantro, Onions, Queso Fresco, Lime

 

Brewers vs. Angels (May 2-4): Halo Dog

Halo Dog - LAA

Klement’s Hot Dog, Bacon, Charro Beans, Shredded Cheese, Pico de Gallo

 

Enjoy!

-Cait

@CMoyer

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