Last month, MLB Network set out to find the “Face of MLB” by creating a bracket-style tournament with results determined by fans on Twitter and Facebook. In Brewers “Face of the Franchise” preliminary round, Brewers fans could nominate a player candidate to be the #FaceofBrewers on social media and you selected Jonathan Lucroy as the Face of the Brewers.
Now, it’s your turn to help Vote for Luc as the Face of MLB!
MLB Network has created a bracket that seeds clubs against each other based on how they finished the 2014 season.The second round takes place today (Thursday, January 15) from 8am CT until 7am CT tomorrow.
Luc is pitted against the San Diego Padres’ Matt Kemp and we need your help voting like crazy for Jonathan Lucroy via social media.
Here’s how to make your votes count:
Any tweet containing both #JONATHANLUCROY and #FACEOFMLB will count toward our totals. Retweets also count, so be sure to follow @Brewers to help spread the word.
On Facebook, you’ll need to visit MLBNetwork’s Facebook Page and comment on this Lucroy vs. Kemp post using both #JONATHANLUCROY and #FACEOFMLB. This is very important…only comments that contain both hashtags made on that particular Facebook post will count.
This morning, Sen. Ron Johnson announced that Jonathan Lucroy will be his guest when the president offers his State of the Union address to Congress on Tuesday, Jan. 20.
The senator remarked: “Mr. Lucroy, the All-Star catcher for the Milwaukee Brewers, has become a hero to Wisconsin sports fans with his excellent performance on the field. But to me, he is an even bigger hero off the field: He is using his baseball fame to highlight some great Wisconsin charities.”
- He supports initiatives to support the finest among us, the Americans who have served in the armed forces, by supporting Fisher House Wisconsin, planned as a “home away from home” for the families of veterans receiving care at the Zablocki VA Medical Center in Milwaukee.
- He invites wounded heroes to Brewers games and meets with them, and he visits veterans hospitals in Wisconsin, in St. Louis, in Washington and on road trips.
- He regularly visits patients at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin.
- He traveled with veterans in November on an Honor Flight to visit the World War II and Korean War memorials in Washington.
- He has provided $5,000 scholarships to military families.
- Donated $10,000 to Open Arms Home for Children in South Africa.
- He has served as a spokesman for the Muscular Dystrophy Association’s Muscle Walk and the Brewers Community Foundation Drive for Charity. He has recorded public service announcements for the Brewers Community Foundation’s 5K Famous Racing Sausages Run Walk on behalf of the Fisher House.
- He works with the Make-A-Wish Foundation and with the Miracle League of Milwaukee, which provides opportunities for all children to play organized baseball, regardless of ability.
Jonathan said, “I am honored that Senator Johnson has asked me to be his guest at the State of the Union. We both share a passion for veterans and serving those who serve us, and I am looking forward to the privilege of being in our nation’s Capital for this once-in-a-lifetime experience.”
Sen. Johnson said, “The president inspired millions when he spoke of Americans of differing opinions coming together for the common good. Nearly two centuries ago, Alexis de Tocqueville was astonished at the way Americans came together voluntarily to solve problems left to the state or aristocrats in other countries. Mr. Lucroy’s charitable service illustrates these ideals by shining a light on the good work Wisconsinites are doing for their communities. It is an honor to in turn honor Mr. Lucroy.”
Over the weekend, I shared images of Hank on the start of his journey to Los Angeles, where he attended the World Dog Awards.
Our very own Ballpark Pup is an official nominee for Dog of the Year at the award show, which was held and taped at the Barker Hangar in LA.
In Hank’s entourage are his adoptive mom, Marti Wronski, Brewers VP-General Counsel; his older brother, Jonah; and me.
I’ve got some more photos and footage from that trip to share with you, but my lips are sealed: you’ll have to tune in to the show tomorrow (January 15) at 7pm CT on the CW Network to find out which dog won!
Friday, January 9:
Hank traveled on Southwest Airlines flight 900 from General Mitchell International Airport to LAX:
Hank checked in to the Hotel Palomar, a very dog-friendly hotel, where he was greeted like the celebrity he is:
Saturday, January 10:
Hank had a little downtime on Saturday morning, so he went for a walk:
After strolling down Rodeo Drive, he also located the three stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame dedicated to canines:
Hank then walked the “Green Carpet” in advance of the award show:
Hank then attended the World Dog Awards, which was hosted by George Lopez:
There, Hank met many celebrities–both human and canine. We’ve got a lot more great photos to share from the event, but I’ll wait to post them until after the show airs on Thursday.
Sunday, January 11:
Hank’s whirlwind Hollywood weekend came to an end as he traveled back home to Milwaukee:
Again, don’t forget tune in to the show tomorrow night at 7pm CT on the CW Network to see the results (at the very least, you’ll see Hank’s nomination). You’ll also want to follow @Brewers that night as we live tweet along with the show.
Then, check back here and on our various social sites for more fun photos from the weekend.
The Milwaukee Brewers today announced their Minor League coaching staffs for the 2015 season. Each staff of the organization’s top three levels remain the same from last year.
Gary Lucas joins the Brewers organization as pitching coach at Class-A Wisconsin. He spent the past 15 years as a pitching coach in the Twins organization, most recently at Class-A Fort Myers of the Florida State League in 2014. Also joining the Timber Rattlers staff is Liu Rodriguez. The former middle infielder was a coach with the Rookie Arizona Brewers last season. Steve Timmers begins his first season as strength and conditioning specialist at Wisconsin following two seasons in the Minor League system of the Braves.
The coaching staffs at Rookie Helena and Rookie Arizona remain the same from last season with the exception of Rodriguez, who is now at Wisconsin. Jose Ramos joins the Rookie Dominican Summer League Brewers as a pitching coach. He previously worked as a scout with the Brewers in the Dominican Republic. Alex Mena joins the staff as athletic trainer and Alistair Matthews begins his first season as strength and conditioning specialist.
The complete Minor League coaching staffs are listed below (new staff members are in bold):
|COLORADO SPRINGS SKY SOX (AAA)|
|Pitching Coach||Fred Dabney|
|Athletic Trainer||Aaron Hoback|
|Strength & Conditioning Specialist||Andrew Emmick|
|BILOXI SHUCKERS (AA)|
|Pitching Coach||Chris Hook|
|Athletic Trainer||Steve Patera|
|Strength & Conditioning Specialist||Nate Dine|
|BREVARD COUNTY MANATEES (A)|
|Pitching Coach||David Chavarria|
|Coach||Ned Yost IV|
|Athletic Trainer||Tommy Craig|
|Strength & Conditioning Specialist||Jonah Mergen|
|WISCONSIN TIMBER RATTLERS (A)|
|Pitching Coach||Gary Lucas|
|Athletic Trainer||Jeff Paxson|
|Strength & Conditioning Specialist||Steve Timmers|
|HELENA BREWERS (R)|
|Pitching Coach||Rolando Valles|
|Athletic Trainer||Luke Greene|
|Strength & Conditioning Specialist||Tim Gifford|
|ARIZONA BREWERS (R)|
|Pitching Coach||Steve Cline|
|Athletic Trainer||Greg Barajas|
|DOMINICAN SUMMER LEAGUE BREWERS (R)|
|Pitching Coach||Geraldo Obispo|
|Pitching Coach||Jose Ramos|
|Coach||Luis De Los Santos|
|Athletic Trainer||Alex Mena|
|Strength & Conditioning Specialist||Alistair Matthews|
I included this video in my post about our #SeeUApril6 Contest, but I felt like it deserved its own post as well.
Check out this awesome time lapse of the Miller Park game day experience, put together by Scott Paulus, our team photographer:
Ah, doesn’t that just make you long for summer? The good news is–each day we’re getting one day closer to Opening Day and the fun and excitement that we know will last all summer long.
The Countdown to Brewers Opening Day is On! Win 10-Packs, Opening Day Tickets, Roundtrip Airfare and More with our #SeeUApril6 Contest
The new year brings with it a new season and, a new countdown to Opening Day, Monday, April 6 when your Brewers take on the Colorado Rockies at 1:10pm at Miller Park.
As you know, Opening Day is practically a holiday in Milwaukee and looking forward to it helps us all get through the long, cold Wisconsin winter. As of today (Tuesday, January 13) we’re just 83 days away from kicking off the 2015 season at Miller Park and #OneDayCloser to all of this:
Last year, we asked you to join us in our countdown by creating original photo(s) showing how you were counting down to the Brewers Home Opener each day leading up to it and this year, we’re inviting you to do the same.
Here’s how it works:
For example, Friday, January 16 is 80 days until Opening Day. Fans submitting their photos showing their “80” by 5pm CT the day prior (Thursday, January 15) will be eligible to have theirs selected as the one we post across all of our social media channels on Friday, January 16. Simply tag your entries on Instagram and/or Twitter using hashtag #SeeUApril6.
Each day, we’ll select our favorite and post it across Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Google Plus and Tumblr, giving you credit, of course!
Like last year’s contest, we’ll be selecting a Grand Prize winner, but this year the pot has been sweetened.
Each of the daily winners will be eligible to win a Qualifying Prize along the way and from those Qualifying Prize Winners, we’ll select a Grand Prize winner to win a pair of Brewers 10-Packs, Opening Day tickets AND roundtrip airfare on Southwest Airlines!
Perhaps you could use that flight to join the #BrewersRoadCrew and see the team on the road this season.
I can’t wait to see what you all come up with!
Already designed for the Brewers fan who wants the ultimate gift, the Milwaukee Brewers today announced a new, added value to the limited edition Timeless Ticket. The unique offer includes one ticket to any Brewers Opening Day or Postseason game, plus an added opportunity to redeem it for a ticket to nine additional Brewers home games (excluding Opening Day and Postseason).
The Timeless Ticket consists of a brass ticket personalized with an engraving of the owner’s name. Only 1,000 of the items will be produced. Additional facts about the Timeless Ticket:
- Each ticket is individually numbered, comes complete with a certificate of authenticity and is packaged in a specially-designed gift box.
- Each ticket is authenticated by Major League Baseball and includes its own registered ID number under the MLB Authentication program.
- The ticket weighs approximately one pound, is 6.25” by 3.5,” and sits in a wood display base.
- The cost of the ticket (which includes the brass engraved ticket and the actual ticket to the game of the owner’s choosing) is $1,000.
This unique opportunity allows the owner to redeem their Timeless Ticket for an actual ticket to any single future Brewers game at Miller Park, whether it’s in 2015 or 2050, or whether it’s Opening Day or the 7th game of the World Series. Plus, the package now includes ticket vouchers to attend nine additional Brewers regular season games of the owner’s choice (excluding Opening Day and Postseason).
To redeem the ticket, the owner just needs to contact the Brewers Box Office with their unique Timeless Ticket information as well as a photo ID and the date of the game he or she would like to attend. After redemption, the owner of the Timeless Ticket will keep the personalized brass statue to display. In addition, Timeless Ticket holders may purchase up to three additional companion tickets for the redeemed game at the single game box office price.
All ticket redemptions are subject to availability and owners of the Timeless Ticket are advised to contact the Brewers Box Office with their selected game as early as possible. Redemptions for the Timeless Ticket will be become available once dates for public ticket sales have been announced.
Back by popular demand, T-Shirt Fridays will return to Miller Park for the 2015 season. All fans in attendance during each of the seven Friday home games from June through August will receive a complimentary Brewers–themed T-shirt (available in both medium and extra-large sizes).
This year, the promotion comes with a twist – fans will decide the designs for each of seven T-Shirt Friday giveaways.
Beginning today, a dozen possible T-shirt designs are posted at Brewers.com/shirtvote. Fans are able to vote for their favorite designs, ranking their top seven choices in order from one to seven. Their first choice will receive seven points, their second choice will receive six, and continuing to their seventh and final vote which will receive one point. Voting will remain open until 11:59 p.m. CT on Monday, January 19.
Once the results are in, they will be tabulated and the seven winning designs will be revealed during a special presentation at Brewers On Deck on Sunday, January 25.
While individual tickets are not yet on sale, fans can guarantee their spot at Miller Park for T-Shirt Fridays – plus receive free Opening Day tickets – with a Brewers 10-Pack, on sale now at brewers.com/10packs or by calling (414) 902-HITS (4487).
Fans can share in the excitement of counting down to Brewers Opening Day by following the Brewers on social media, and also enter to win a pair of 10-Packs, tickets to Opening Day and roundtrip airfare on Southwest Airlines, by posting their creative countdown photos on Twitter and/or Instagram using the hashtag #SeeUApril6.
Early this morning, Hank boarded a Southwest Airlines flight from General Mitchell International Airport to Los Angeles, where he will be attending the World Dog Awards.
Our very own Ballpark Pup is an official nominee for Dog of the Year at the award show, which will take place tomorrow at the Barker Hangar in LA.
In Hank’s entourage are his adoptive mom, Marti Wronski, Brewers VP-General Counsel; his older brother, Jonah; and me.
Here are some photos from the start of his journey:
I’ll be documenting his travels here and on our various social media sites this weekend, but you’ll have to tune in to the show on Thursday, January 15 at 7pm CT on the CW Network to find out who won!
Help lock in Hank by casting your vote-voting ends tonight! Log on to WorldDogAwards.com to #VoteHank.
The word on the street is that today is National Bobblehead Day!
With countless Brewers bobbleheads given away to fans at games over the years and 10 more All-Fan Bobblehead Giveaway dates scheduled for 2015, it only seemed natural that we celebrate by posting a few photos/videos on our social media platforms.
MLB and other teams across the league took the opportunity to do the same:
(To see more photos, just search #NationalBobbleheadDay on Twitter and/or Instagram.)
It also is fitting that we have a vintage bobblehead collector in residence, Brewers Vice President-Controller Joe Zidanic.
Walking through the Brewers offices, you won’t find a single cubicle or office void of a bobblehead and many staffers, especially if they have been here many years, have quite the collections.
Joe’s, however, is unique.
He began collecting these bobbleheads in the 1970s and 80s. A couple of them even date back to before he was born, when his dad started the collection.
As a boy, he remembers going to Municipal Stadium in Cleveland (where he grew up) and purchasing the bobbleheads there with his dad. They weren’t giveaways to fans back then, but they had an area where people could purchase bobbleheads of various teams.
Joe’s collection includes all NFL Teams and all MLB Teams, although of course there are a few exceptions. For example, he has a Montreal Expos bobblehead in place of a Washington Nationals one. Similarly, the Florida Marlins and Tampa Bay Devil Rays bobbles are now outdated.
As far as football goes, for newer teams like the Seahawks, he has a plastic version of the Kewpie-esque faced dolls, because they simply don’t make ‘em like they used to.
He’s only got doubles of one team. Ironically, he notes, that’s the Twins:
Here’s a closeup of the NL Central bobbles:
You may recognize the Brewers bobble in the center. We’ve used him (along with opponent bobbles) in social posts promoting upcoming match-ups in the past:
He was also the inspiration for last year’s popular Vintage Brewers Bobblehead Giveaway:
In 2015, we’ll be giving out another Vintage Brewers Bobble, but this one will be a retro version:
I think Joe’s bobbleheads are very cool and unique. Yes, it’s awesome to get one representing a mascot or player (my favorite so far has been the Carlos Gomez Gold Glove bobblehead, where he is leaping over the wall), but there is just something special about these throwback ones, too.
I’m grateful to Joe for sharing his collection with me; it is obvious that he enjoys collecting them and takes great pride in showing them off. He also wanted me to be sure to share a photo of his latest acquisition–a new Packers one:
Do you have a great bobblehead collection? What is your favorite bobble? Tweet them at @Brewers using #NationalBobbleheadDay and I’ll compile a gallery of the best submissions.
Happy National Bobblehead Day!