Today, Major League Baseball and PEOPLE magazine announced the 90 finalists (three per team) for the “Tribute for Heroes” campaign, a national initiative that recognizes veterans and military service members and builds upon MLB and PEOPLE magazine’s commitment to honoring our country’s heroes. The three finalists for the Milwaukee Brewers include Dan Buttery, Brandon Nontelle and Noel Reeson.
Fans are encouraged to visit TributeForHeroes.com to vote on their favorite stories now through June 30 and one winner from each of the 30 MLB Clubs will be included in All-Star Week festivities and recognized during the pre-game ceremony leading up to the 2013 All-Star Game at Citi Field on July 16th on FOX. A “Tribute for Heroes” winner will be featured in the July 22nd issue of PEOPLE which hits newsstands Friday, July 12, the week of the MLB All-Star Game.
Fans voting for a Brewers representative will have a very tough decision to make as all three candidates are extremely worthy of this recognition. Read on.
Dan Buttery, a native of Milwaukee, served in the United States Army. He commanded a combat engineer company that conducted 300 successful missions in Iraq from May 2003 to April 2004. The injuries he sustained in the line of duty there eventually ended his military services. Today, Buttery’s personal mission is supporting veterans and their families. In addition to working full-time, he is President of the Board at Fisher House Wisconsin. The Fisher House Foundation provides free housing for military and veteran family members whose loved ones are receiving medical treatment. Buttery devotes himself to bringing the first Fisher House to Wisconsin, the construction of which is slated for fall 2013.
Brandon Nontelle, a native of Altus, Oklahoma, has served as a combat airlift crew member with the United States Air Force. He has participated in dangerous operations all over the world, including a search and rescue effort in Antarctica. During many Afghan missions, his crew flew treacherously close to the ground to drop supplies to bases throughout the country. Nontelle has been awarded six Air Medals for combat missions, an Aerial Achievement Medal, and a Humanitarian Medal, among many other awards. He is a program director for ASPIRE, an after-school study program for at-risk kids in Altus, Oklahoma. In addition, he helped organize a Habitat for Humanity event and participates in numerous food drives.
Noel Reeson, who is from Hortonville, Wisconsin, is a member of the U.S. Army. She spent a four-year enlistment in the Navy on the USS Bataan. While at sea, her older brother died. She had previously lost her older sister and was offered a hardship discharge, which she declined. Feeling she could do more, Reeson enlisted in the Army to serve in Iraq with the 1st Cavalry and achieved the rank of Staff Sergeant. She incurred a deployment-related injury and went on to use her benefits to return to school, where she earned her degree as an agriculture equipment technician. She is a member of the VFW and American Legion.
Along with MLB and PEOPLE, a guest panel including General Peter W. Chiarelli (retired) and General John M. “Jack” Keane (retired) alongside MLB players Justin Verlander of the Detroit Tigers, Nick Swisher of the Cleveland Indians, Barry Zito of the San Francisco Giants, Jonny Gomes of the Boston Red Sox, Brad Ziegler of the Arizona Diamondbacks, Chase Headley of the San Diego Padres and Craig Stammen of the Washington Nationals assisted in the selection process for the 90 finalists.
The “Tribute For Heroes” campaign supports Welcome Back Veterans ,an initiative of Major League Baseball and the Robert R. McCormick Foundation, which addresses the needs of veterans after they return from service. Major League Baseball has committed more than $23 million for grants to hospitals and clinics that provide post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injury (TBI) treatment to veterans and their families in a public/private partnership with “Centers of Excellence” at university hospitals throughout the country.
As part of its 2013 charity initiative, “PEOPLE First: Help America’s Veterans,” PEOPLE is partnering with Welcome Back Veterans and three other nonprofit organizations that are committed to providing assistance to military men and women, and will feature them in multiple editorial stories in ‘PEOPLE’ throughout 2013.
Currently, Welcome Back Veterans funds programs at The University of Michigan, Rush University Medical Center, Duke University, Emory University, Weill Cornell in New York City, UCLA and the Boston Red Sox’ Home Base Program at Mass General Hospital in Boston. These institutions are developing new programs and strategies to improve the quality, quantity and access to PTSD and TBI treatment for veterans, particularly those returning from duty in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Are you the Sultan of Sound? Princess of the Playlist? The Master of the Mix?
Can you pick the perfect song for every celebration?
Then the #BrewersDJ Contest is for you!
Here’s how it works:
Come up with your best answer to this question: “If you were a MLB player, what would your entrance song be and why?” Post it on Twitter using the hashtag #BrewersDJ. If we select your song/response, you’ll win a pair of Field Level tickets to a Brewers home game where you’ll get to visit the Scoreboard Control Room and hear your song played in Miller Park!
If you need a little inspiration, you can check out the songs selected by your favorite Brewers here.
For more details on this contest, including official rules, click here.
As for me, I’m not sure what my song would be–I’m going to have to think about that for awhile–great question! (If you have any ideas for me, be sure and leave them in the comments below.
In case you missed it, here’s a nice piece on Jean Segura’s incredible start to the season from MLB Network’s Alanna Rizzo.
Looking for something to do while the Brewers are out of town this week?
In keeping with Discovery World’s commitment to help educate children and adults alike about innovations in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, “The baseball exhibit explores the intersection between innovation and sports,” said Joel Brennan, President/CEO of Discovery World, who was kind enough to give us a personal tour of the exhibit and some other areas of the museum as well.
Indeed. The exhibit offers a look at the technical innovations to equipment – the bats, balls, mitts, uniforms – which dramatically changed the way America’s National Pastime has been played.
This new display at Discovery World traces these changes back to the 1850s and explains how they were done and why.
For example, visitors can explore the evolution of baseball mitts from fingerless gloves to today’s professional models:
And also check out baseball bats from the post-civil war models to those used by the likes of Ty Cobb, Eddie Matthews, Robin Yount and today’s stars:
There are also several other displays dedicated to jerseys, stadium lights and broadcasting:
Baseball history is so fascinating and visitors to this exhibit get a up close and personal look at a number of unique artifacts of the game. The way the museum weaves in the science and innovation of the game enhances the education experience.
And, while we were there, we both got to talking about how, although we’ve attended special events in the Pilot House and such, we hadn’t visited the museum itself since we were kids. We reminisced about field trips to the former locations, in the Milwaukee Public Library and Milwaukee Public Museum, with our favorite displays (the static electricity ball still exists, but the little chair that spins around is no longer there).
However, we’ve grown up a lot since then and so has Discovery World. Joel graciously showed us around the rest of the building and we were amazed at all of the other fun exhibits and to learn of the variety of interactive classes/events they offer. Not only is this a great place for kids, but it is also a great place for adults.
For example, here’s John getting a guitar “lesson” from Les Paul, part of a huge exhibit dedicated to one of the pioneers of the electric guitar and rock and roll:
There is also an exhibit dedicated to the Miller Park Roof, where visitors can learn how the roof operates and even open and close a replica themselves!
We were also fascinated to learn of the variety of programs offered for both kids and adults, including: a soda-making class; a “Goddess Brewing Series” (beer brewing for women, based on ancient goddesses–right up Cait’s alley!); wine & design; fragrance-making; as well as summer camps dedicated to making your own guitar, handbag, video game and more. Another great event for adults is the “Fish Fry & A Flick” summer movie series at Discovery World. The 2013 schedule hasn’t been announced yet, but that is an always popular event.
We only had an hour to spend at Discovery World, but we could have easily stayed the whole day.
Whether, you haven’t been to Discovery World in awhile like us, or you’re a member, we’re sure new fans and veteran fans alike will enjoy the baseball exhibit and the rest of the experience.
The baseball exhibit will be at Discovery World through August and is included with general admission to Discovery World (free for members).
For more information, including rates and hours, please visit discoveryworld.org.
-John and Cait
Today, the winners of our Nike #BrewersShowIt Twitter & Instagram contest got to claim their prize –a private shopping experience with Brewers pitcher John Axford at the Brewers Team Store by Majestic at Miller Park.
To enter, fans were simply asked to take a photo of themselves wearing their favorite Brewers Nike gear and post it to Twitter and/or Instagram using the hashtag#BrewersShowIt.
We had a tough time narrowing it down, but ultimately we chose our 45 winners.
Fifteen Grand and First Prize winners got to sit in on a Q&A with Ax. They also received an autographed baseball courtesy of Nike, plus two tickets to tonight’s game vs. the Phillies.
Questions covered the gamut of “What’s the fastest pitch you’ve ever thrown?” (He’s been clocked at 100 mph a couple of times); “Do you ever get hungry for a brat while out in the bullpen?” (No, they have a stash of snacks more appropriate for during a ball game with them in there during the games.); “What is your favorite ballpark (other than Miller Park)?” (PNC Park in Pittsburgh–gorgeous sightlines); and “Who was your hero growing up?” (Doug King, his first pitching coach) to questions about his tattoos and facial hair.
Following the Q&A, those winners, plus 30 runners-up received a $50 gift card to the Brewers Team Store by Majestic and got to spend it by taking part in a private shopping experience with Ax, where he was hanging out behind the register, helping ring up and bag merchandise, taking photos, signing autographs and just generally shooting the breeze with the lucky fans.
I talked to Grand Prize Winners Michelle and Mark Jahns from Waukesha, Wisconsin.
“I happened to see this contest on Brewers.com,” Mark told me. “I don’t go on Twitter too much, but when I saw it was a Nike contest, I knew we had a lot of Brewers Nike gear. We took a few different photos, but our favorite was the one in front of Target Field when we went to see the Brewers play the Twins last month.”
Here was their entry:
“It was cool to take part in the Q & A. I asked him about his hero growing up. It was nice to talk to a pro ball player,” Mark said of the experience.
DJ Slater was a runner-up in the contest and got to take part in the shopping experience.
“I saw info about the contest on Facebook,” said DJ, who comes to at least 20 games per year. “I have tons of Nike gear, so I thought I’d enter. I kept my photo real subtle, just showing the Nike undershirt. In fact, in my entry, I was wearing pretty much the same thing I’m wearing now.”
What did DJ buy with his gift card?
“A new undershirt! They’ve changed the style slightly since I got this one, so I bought a new one,” he said.
“It was neat to meet John,” DJ said of the experience. “He was very nice and cordial, you could tell he was taking his time with everyone. They’re sports figures, but they’re still people, too.”
Everyone at the event had a great time and Ax enjoyed it as well.
“It was great,” he said. “The Q & A was fantastic and the fact that we did the shopping experience was fun.”
In fact, he has a little message for the winners:
Were you one of the winners? Tell us about your experience in the comments below or send us your photos on Twitter and/or Instagram using (of course) #BrewersShowIt.
Thanks to Nike, our folks in the Corporate Marketing & Retail Departments, the staff at the Brewers Team Store and of course, Ax for making this a fun event!
MLB.com’s hit game show, “Bucks on the Pond,” powered by Ford, is slated to visit Miller Park!
“Bucks,” hosted by Jeremy Brisiel, has been to more than half of all Major League ballparks and is working its way through the full list. And, if you’re planning on attending the Brewers vs. Phillies game tomorrow (Sunday, June 9), you might be a part of it and have a chance to walk away with some cash!
Here’s how this new fan experience works: fans at Miller Park interact will interact with MLB.com’s studio through the magic of technology in conjunction with game action inside.
Contestants are asked a trivia question (relating to baseball and just general knowledge/pop culture) on each pitch during a half-inning of baseball. Get the question correct and win money. Get the question wrong and it’s a strike. Just like in baseball, it’s three strikes and you’re out.
The difficulty of the questions, and their value, increase with the number of outs in the on-field action. Start with easy $5 questions and after one out, the questions move to $10 medium-difficulty and $20 hard questions after two outs. If the contestant lasts longer than the team’s at-bat, they win the bucks in their bank.
New this year: If contestants cross the $100 mark during the show, they’ll be invited to participate in ”Say The Word” powered by Ford SYNC. Here, you can wager any part of your bank on the next question. Answer correctly and you win, answer incorrectly and you lose that amount … and it’s another strike.
Here’s a “Best Of” video from 2012 to give you a little taste of what it’s all about:
So, if you’re out here tomorrow for Carlos Gomez Bobblehead Day, make sure to be on the lookout–you just might get selected to be a contestant!
Also–stay tuned to the blog. We’ll have a recap here, as well as links to the show featuring Brewers fans.
Entering this weekend, here’s an updated list of player entrance music for you.
However, it doesn’t take much for a player to change his tune, so to make sure you’re up-to-date, make sure you download the free MLB At The Ballpark App! In addition to check-in offers, ballpark maps, game updates and more, one of the really cool features is “Ballpark Music.” Like a song you hear? Check it out on At The Ballpark–and you can even download it right there! No Shazam necessary!
2013 AT-BAT WALK-UP MUSIC
Norichika Aoki: “Right Round” by Flo Rida
Yuniesky Betancourt: “No Hay Pa Nadie” by Los Desiguales
Jeff Bianchi: “Tonight” by Jeremy Camp
Ryan Braun: “Still in this” by B.o.B.
Juan Francisco- “I Made It” by Kevin Rudolf
Yovani Gallardo: “My Time” by Fabolous
Scooter Gennett- “Live Your Life” by TI and Rihanna
Carlos Gomez: “Started from the Bottom” by Drake & “Empezamos Desde Abajo” by Arcangel
Kyle Lohse: “Next Episode” by Dr. Dre
Jonathan Lucroy: “Fight Inside” by Red
Martin Maldonado: “Yo Naci pa Esto” by Don Omar and “Me Prefieres Ami’ by Arcangel and Don Omar
Wily Peralta: “Ponteme Melia” by Chimbala
Aramis Ramirez: None (at his request)
Logan Schafer: “Return of the Mack” by Mark Morrison
Jean Segura: “En Cualto Eh Que Tamo” by Chimbala
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- “Papa Dios” by El Sujecto Oro 24
Yovani Gallardo: “My Time” by Fabolous
Tom Gorzelanny: “Radioactive” by Imagine Dragons
Wily Peralta: “Ponteme Melia” by Chimbala
Francisco Rodriguez: “Sandunqueoso” by Tego Calderon
In case you weren’t aware, in addition to At The Ballpark, we do keep a list of these songs on brewers.com and try our best to update it accordingly, so you might want to bookmark this page for future reference. Last year, I also took most of these songs and turned then into a personal playlist on Spotify. I’m going to try to keep it updated during the season, so join me in listening if you’re like!
So now, what about you? What’s your favorite, or most memorable Brewers at-bat song? And, if you were a player, what song might you choose as yours?
The Brewers top two picks in the 2013 First-Year Player Draft, RHP Devin Williams and INF Tucker Neuhaus, joined local media in a brief conference call today. Both draftees had interesting stories to tell (spoiler alert: Neuhaus is a Packers fan) and seem eager to join the organization. Audio of the call is below:
RHP Devin Williams (54th overall)
Hometown: Florissant, Missouri
School: Hazelwood (MO) West High School
Bats: Right Throws: Right
Height: 6-3 Weight: 170
Born: September 21, 1994
INF Tucker Neuhaus (72nd overall)
Hometown: Tampa, Florida
School: Wharton (FL) High School
Bats: Left Throws: Right
Height: 6-3 Weight: 195
Born: June 18, 1995
We will update the MLB Draft here on the blog as it continues. The 2013 First-Year Player Draft, which is comprised of 40 rounds, will continue tomorrow at noon CT for Rounds 3-10. The Draft will resume on Saturday for Rounds 11-40 at noon CT and will continue through its conclusion.
Yes, you read that right….We’re hosting Zubazpalooza on Friday, July 19!
Come out to Miller Park and “Embrace the Awesomeness” of Zubaz pants as your Crew takes on the Miami Marlins. Fans that purchase this special Zubazpalooza package will receive a Loge Outfield Box ticket to the game, plus a pair of Brewers Zubaz pants for just $34. Fans will be seated together as a group in Section 231. Tickets are limited and expected to sell quickly, so you’ll want to visit brewers.com/specialevents to secure yours today!
Zubaz pants and shorts were made popular in the early 90s, created by two Minnesotan bodybuilders, Dan Stock and Bob Truax.
“We started the Zubaz brand out of a gym that we owned in Minnesota and our first customers were guys who loved the fit and comfort, something they couldn’t find in “normal” clothes due to the size of their bodies. The classic zebra pattern is one of the first prints that we did and it came to symbolize the Zubaz brand name as a crazy look for people who wanted to ‘Dare to be Different,‘” Dan and Bob say on Zubaz.com. “We always said that the look is what attracted people to their first pair and the comfort was what brought them back for their 2nd pair… or 3rd, 4th or 5th pair.”
After a few years, Dan and Bob eventually left the clothing business to move on to other endeavors, but decided to bring Zubaz back in 2007, introducing them to a whole new generation of fans.
Brewers Zubaz pants are not currently sold in stores and, with officially licensed NFL team Zubaz pants retailing for $39.99 on Zubaz.com, this Zubazpalooza package, which includes pants and a game ticket for just $34 is a steal.
To purchase, please visit brewers.com/specialevents or call (414) 902-GAME (4263). Also, as a reminder, you can continue to visit brewers.com/specialevents all season long for the latest in our special events—from Educator’s Days and Halfway to St. Patrick’s Day to Zubazpalooza, there truly is always something for everyone at Miller Park.
So, what do you think? Did you rock Zubaz back in the day? Will you be rockin’ ‘em at Miller Park on July 19?
For those of you who are fortunate enough to know Johnny Logan, you know he is really a special man. He always has a story, a teaching tip or an anecdote about something and everything. Today is a very special day at Miller Park as the Brewers formally inducted Logan into the Miller Park Walk of Fame.
In January, the team announced Logan received over 72% of the vote (32 votes) in Walk of Fame balloting, which includes members of the media throughout Wisconsin as well as Brewers executives. Logan’s election marks the first time since Lew Burdette (2010) that a player has been inducted.
Today, Logan visited Miller Park, as he often does. But this time, he did so with family and friends who were with him to share in his honor. Logan also visited the Brewers Media Interview Room where he talked to the press for a very memorable media session with his son, Jim, and former Braves teammate, Felix Mantilla.
“This is the biggest honor I received,” Logan said to open the session. ”I can’t tell you how happy I am to be here with my family and friends.
Logan played in Milwaukee from 1953 – 1961 and appeared in four All-Star Games as a member of the Braves. For his 13 year career, Logan hit .268 with 93 home runs and 547 RBI. He was a member of the Braves World Series Championship team in 1957 and the National League Championship team in 1958. Logan was signed by the Boston Braves in 1947 and made his Major League debut with Boston in 1951. After playing in Milwaukee, he played three seasons with the Pittsburgh Pirates.
“The Milwaukee Brewers are honoring one of the top shortstops in the 1950s,” Mantilla said. ”Logan came to Milwaukee in 1948, he liked this city so much that he is still here. I’m very proud to be here with my friend that I treat like a brother.”
Known for his quick wit and ability to tell a great story, Logan held court for just about 30 minutes in the Media Interview room.
He talked about when he was in fifth game and heard the New York Yankees were playing their farm team in Binghamton, N.Y. in an exhibition game. There were two obstacles he had that day before attending that game. The first was the game took place on a school day and the second was that his hometown of Endicott was seven miles away. That didn’t stop Logan, he “ran” the seven miles to see Joe DiMaggio and his beloved Yankees. But Logan soon discovered there was another problem he faced when he arrived at the stadium–he didn’t have a ticket.
“You mean you have to pay?!” Logan recalled asking the usher.
Logan found a “knothole” in the outfield wall and saw his childhood heroes that day. Somehow, he still made it home for dinner. When his mom asked how school was that day, Logan recalled his reply, “IT WAS GREAT!” He said to the group today, “Hey, baseball came first!”
Logan later remembered Mantilla trying to take his shortstop position.
“I was scared of Felix,” Logan said. ”He was good, a great athlete. He had such ability. I played so hard in competing with him because who wants to sit on the bench!?”
“It was a pleasure playing with Johnny,” Mantilla said. ”He had his own way of doing things, but that is why we all loved him.”
In terms of a favorite memory of his baseball career, he was quick to answer winning the 1957 World Series.
“Naturally,” Logan said. ”What a thrill to beat the Yankees.”
He also recalled how close those Milwaukee Braves teams were to winning other World Series titles.
“In 1958 we had the Yankees 3-games-to-1 and ended up losing the next three. In 1956 we lost the pennant by one game. That was the year Don Larsen pitched his perfect game in the World Series. If we were there, that would have never happened!”
In a pregame ceremony, hosted by Bob Uecker, Logan told “a few stories” and shared many laughs.
“I want to tell you that Milwaukee is my home,” Logan said. ”I want to thank the Brewers for this honor and I want to thank all the sportswriters for voting me in.”
Both Brewers and Phillies players lined the railings of each dugout as Logan continued with stories of an Opening Day, the 1955 All-Star Game and the 1957 World Series. Logan could have gone all night long, but there was a game to play and there was (and is) only one man who could have made sure tonight’s game started on time.
“Johnny, we are getting close to game time, can you just stay here on the field during the game and keep talking?” Uecker joked, to which, of course, Logan replied with, “Yes!”
Uecker closed the ceremony with the following quip: “In honor of Johnny Logan, the Brewers have further informed me that tonight’s game has been cancelled.”
Other past Walk of Fame honorees include Hank Aaron, Rollie Fingers, Paul Molitor, Robin Yount in 2001; Commissioner Bud Selig and Cecil Cooper in 2002; Bob Uecker and Harry Dalton in 2003; Jim Gantner and Gorman Thomas in 2004; Don Money and Harvey Kuenn in 2005; Eddie Mathews, Warren Spahn and John Quinn in 2007 (the first year that former Braves players appeared on the ballot); and Lew Burdette in 2010.
Each inductee is honored with a granite plaque that is placed into the terrace area walkway that surrounds Miller Park.
If you are one who appreciates baseball history, this is definitely a day you won’t forget as a special man received a special honor. You could really see in the faces of the family and friends who attended the ceremony that they too will never forget this day. Logan did a great job and his friend Mantilla reminded him of that at the end of the press conference.
“Johnny you did a great job today,” Mantilla said.
Logan didn’t skip a beat with his reply.
“What the hell did I say? All I did was sit up here and talk about baseball! It was great.”
-John and Cait