One hammered baseballs, one chases them.
Hank the Ballpark Pup had the chance to meet his namesake, the great Hank Aaron, who is in town for Brewers Community Foundation’s annual “An Evening with Hank Aaron,” event.
Brandee and Steve Lendosky‘s son Derek passed away in an accident on August 4, 2013, just three days before his 10th birthday; this was a tremendous tragedy, but they have chosen to turn the experience into a way to both honor Derek’s life and spread his kindness to people they meet.
Random Acts Of Kindness (with no recognition needed) began happening in some of the most creative, inspiring and touching ways imaginable, spreading the message to “Do it 4 Derek” and think of others first.
And today is Derek’s Day at Miller Park.
Steve threw out the ceremonial First Pitch in Derek’s honor prior to the Brewers vs. Blue Jays game and Steve and his family, along with close to 500 others are at today’s game, performing random acts of kindness:
They’re here sporting bright green “Do it 4 Derek” tees and handing out $1000 in concession money and 16 signed baseballs (provided by the Brewers Community Relations department) to random fans.
If you are/were approached by someone in the group, there is no catch. They simply as that you visit their website to learn more (there you can view the Random Acts of Kindness Map and add to it) and, most importantly, that you pay it forward.
Today we are proud to recognize the 2014 Brewers Community Foundation Leadership Council partners.
For the second year in a row, Mark and Debbie Attanasio, along with Brewers Community Foundation have partnered with key organizations in a focused effort to make a difference in our community.
The 2014 Leadership Council has served as the presenting sponsor for six (6) of the Foundation’s key fundraising initiatives. This collaborative effort provides a perfect example of what is meant when we say “When we all play on the same team, everyone wins!”
The 2014 Leadership Council is as follows:
Mark and Debbie Attanasio
BMO Harris Bank
Delzer Lithograph Co.
Johnson Controls, Inc.
Lubar & Co. Inc.
Northwestern Mutual Foundation
We Energies Foundation
West Bend Mutual Insurance
Thank you for joining Brewers Community Foundation as they seek opportunities to make a difference in our community and impact the lives of children and their families in Greater Milwaukee and Wisconsin.
Today the Brewers Wives were in the community helping distribute lunches for the Salvation Army’s “Feed the Kids” Summer Meal Program.
Thank you for helping meet the needs of children in Milwaukee’s poorest neighborhoods.
If you haven’t already downloaded it, the FREE MLB.com At the Ballpark app offers an abundance of features to enhance your Miller Park experience such as: the ability to upgrade your seats, access to our A-to-Z Fan Guide, ballpark maps and directories, ballpark & player entrance music, social media clubhouse access, in-seat merchandise ordering, club videos and more.
Plus, when you check-in via the app, you have the chance to receive special offers and win prizes!
In fact, this Sunday, September 7, if we reach 1000 check-ins via the At the Ballpark app, one lucky fan will win this baseball, autographed by Ryan Braun.
Simply download MLB.com At the Ballpark® — FREE for your iPhone, iPod touch and Android device.
New this year, we’ve installed iBeacon technology at Miller Park, which means you should be checked in automatically if you’ve authorized the app to do so.
Boom! You’re entered to win just by walking in the door.
Just another perk of coming to the park.
The Brewers are back at Miller Park tonight to take on the Toronto Blue Jays and that means a new item at the Double Clutch Food Truck – Maple-Glazed Pork Belly BLT.
Atop the pork belly are oven-roasted tomatoes, bibb lettuce and roasted garlic aioli. This is served with a side of homemade chips for $10.25.
A staple of the Double Clutch, the Spaghetti-in-a-Meatball is also available again and features a 1/2 pound beef and veal meatball stuffed with spaghetti and mozzarella cheese and topped with marinara sauce. That is also $9.50
The Double Clutch stand is on the Loge Level outside section 215 (on the first base side of the press box).
I’m very excited because the Brewers Team Store just got in new Brewers Fitness Gear, including yoga mats and stability balls from Cirrus Fitness!
I have practiced yoga for many years and I can’t tell you how I excited I was to learn that the store was stocking Brewers yoga mats!
The yoga mat is 24″ x 72″ x 1/5″ and retails for $60.
The stability balls are available in 55″ and 65″ sizes for $55 each.
If you haven’t been to the store in awhile, you should stop in there the next time you’re at Miller Park–they also carry a variety of different fitness clothing from a wide selection of vendors, so you can also wear your support while you workout.
I’m told the store will be getting in even more fitness items moving forward, so check back often. And of course, I’ll try my best to let you know about it here on the blog!
“When you come to a fork in the road, take it.”
“When you come to a fork in the road, take it…and try these concessions!”
“High Heat” Burger from AJ Bombers
During each homestand, I’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: Wily Peralta’s “High Heat” Burger.
Wily Peralta’s “High Heat” Burger-$9
Making its debut tonight is Wily Peralta’s “High Heat” Burger.
For just $9, fans will get this AJ Bombers burger patty topped with chipotle ranch, swiss cheese, jalapenos and tomatoes, plus a side of tots. The sandwich is the fourth of several city and/or player-themed burgers that AJ Bombers plans to offer this season.
This burger is exclusive to Miller Park (i.e. not served at AJ Bombers’ restaurants) and available for a limited time.
AJ Bombers also offers different custard flavors pertaining to the visiting team/city. For the Blue Jays series, they’ve got Maple Doughnut Hole!
I’ll be sure to check in with AJ Bombers often throughout the season to keep you informed on their newest menu items, just like I 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!
Today, we announced that we have formed the “Brewers Creative Council,” a team of young professionals who will work with the organization to collectively evaluate and create new promotional ideas and marketing strategies for the organization.
A key focus of the council is to target a younger demographic of Brewers fans and potential Brewers fans.
“The best ideas sometimes come from outside sources,” said Brewers Chief Operating Officer Rick Schlesinger. “The Brewers Creative Council will give us the opportunity to learn from a diverse group of fans as we continue to enhance the Miller Park experience.”
I’m proud to tell you that I am heading up this group of talented individuals who will meet regularly to share ideas that will be developed into new concepts. They are:
Josh Derouin, Manager of Marketing Systems at PKWARE; Joel Tilleson, Associate Attorney at Falk Legal Group; Kathryn Reinardy, Digital Communications Manager at the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra; Andy Nelson, Public Relations Director at Pabst Theater Group; Lauren Hill, Director of Telefund at UW-Milwaukee; David Cohn, Director of Member Services and Communications at Wisconsin State Golf Association; Tarik Moody, Digital/Online Community Manager and Music Host at 88Nine RadioMilwaukee; and Arthur Ircink, Owner/Executive Producer of Wisconsin Foodie.
This weekend is another Brewers Community Foundation Drive for Charity with a school supplies drive during the Brewers series against the Pirates.
Fans attending the games on Friday, Saturday and Sunday are invited to bring new school supplies with them to Miller Park. In return, they will receive a special Brewers player pin. This weekend’s pin is of Jean Segura.
Fans should drop off their items from the time the gates open through the second inning of each of the games this weekend.
Fans wishing instead to make a donation of $5 can also receive the pin.