Today, we proved that there is such a thing as a free lunch as we hosted three “pop-up” or surprise tailgates around the city:
Around 11am this morning, we started posting messages on our social media platforms encouraging fans to come join us for lunch at noon.
When fans arrived at Bayshore Mall’s Town Square, outside UWM’s Student Union and at the park on Water Street, across from the Milwaukee Public Market, they were treated to a free hot dog or brat, chips and a drink, served up by Brewers players.
Mascots were also on hand and free bobbleheads were distributed.
This was just a fun way to get the players out in the community and show fans how much we appreciate them as we head into the last weeks of the 2015 season.
Here’s a look at the festivities and some of the fan reaction on social media from each location.
Bayshore Mall’s Town Square
Relievers Will Smith and Tyler Thornburg were on hand to man the grills over at Bayshore.
Water Street, Across from Milwaukee Public Market
Downtown on Water Street, across from the Milwaukee Public Market, pitchers Corey Knebel, Tyler Cravy and Taylor Jungmann served up a lunch that hit the spot:
And finally, on UWM’s campus (without any pre-promotion since we knew we’d have a huge volume of hungry college kids to feed), Jeremy Jeffress, Logan Schafer and Scooter Gennett dished out grub and posed for many selfies:
The #CookoutWithTheCrew caused quite the buzz around the city over the lunch hour, so much so that we were trending:
Did you #CookoutWithTheCrew today? Be sure to post your photos on Twitter and/or Instagram using the hashtag and we’ll share our favorites!
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 Tyrese “Bubba” Mitchell.
Tyrese is a junior at Riverside University High School. As a catcher on the RBI Select League and Travel Team, Bubba is not just a great player, he’s also a good student. He maintains over a 3.0 GPA. He is a very dedicated player and a team leader who helps when anything is needed on or off the field. Bubba continues to grow as a young man and as a baseball player. Keep up the good work Bubba!
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 $40,000 last season, so keep tweeting to help us support our local program again in 2015! View the current standings at mlb.com/whiff.
Similar to yearbooks in years past, this season’s Milwaukee Brewers yearbook is chock-full of over 150 full-color pages of beautiful Brewers photos, fun facts and historical information.
However, the 2015 Milwaukee Brewers Yearbook is highlighted by a feature on Bob Uecker, who is celebrating 60 years in professional baseball this year.
The article is written by Brewers beat writer Adam McCalvy.
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 Senior 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.
We’ve also got your chance to win a copy of the yearbook signed by Mr. Baseball himself. Follow @Brewers on Twitter for details!
Today we announced that tickets for Brewers On Deck 2016 will go on sale tomorrow at 9 a.m. CT. Set to take place on Sunday, January 31, 2016 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. at the Wisconsin Center, Brewers On Deck is the winter fan festival that bridges the gap between the Wisconsin winter and Spring Training.
Advance tickets are $15 for adults and $9 for children 14 and under. Tickets on the day of the event are $20 for adults and $15 for children 14 and under. A portion of the proceeds from Brewers On Deck will benefit Brewers Community Foundation.
Fans who purchase a ticket before December 1st will receive a voucher for a ticket to a select 2016 April game.
Tickets may be purchased beginning Tuesday at 9 a.m. at the Miller Park ticket office, by calling the Brewers ticket office at 414-902-4000, or online at brewers.com/ondeck.
Brewers On Deck will feature a number of activities for the entire family. Autographs and photos from Brewers players, coaches and alumni, interactive games in the Kids Area and Fan Cave, Q&A sessions and game shows with Brewers players, coaches and broadcasters, vendor booths with baseball memorabilia, the Brewers Community Foundation Treasure Hunt and live auction, as well as many other activities will all be a part of Brewers On Deck.
The price structure for autographs, along with the schedule of players, their session times, and distribution information will be posted in early January 2016. Cash will be the only form of payment accepted at the pay stations in the autograph areas. For more information regarding the lottery process, visit brewers.com/ondeck. Additional details regarding the autograph schedules will be available at a
Roberto Clemente dedicated his life to helping others.
In honor of the late Hall of Famer and humanitarian, Major League Baseball annually bestows the Roberto Clemente Award presented by Chevrolet to the player who best represents the game of baseball through sportsmanship, community involvement and positive contributions, both on and off the field. A player from each club is nominated and one player is elected as the Roberto Clemente Award winner presented by Chevrolet.
On Wednesday, Jonathan Lucroy will be recognized as the Brewers nominee. Fan voting and a special selection committee will determine the national winner, who will be announced at the World Series.
Fans can vote up until Friday, October 9 for Lucroy at chevybaseball.com.
Next weekend (Friday, September 18 through Sunday, September 20) is Brewers Community Foundation’s final Drive for Charity of the season and we’ll be collecting new winter gear during the Brewers series against the Reds.
Fans attending the games on Friday, Saturday and Sunday are invited to bring new hats, mittens and scarves with them to Miller Park. In return, they will receive a special Brewers player pin. This weekend’s pin is of Khris Davis.
Fans should drop off their items from the time the gates open through the second inning of each of the games this weekend. In addition, on Sunday, September 20, Fox Sports Wisconsin will join us in our efforts, asking fans to deliver their contributions and “stuff the bus.” Fox Sports Wisconsin’s Fan Express will be located on the 3rd base plaza at Miller Park when parking lots open.
Fans wishing instead to make a donation of $5 can also receive the pin.
Khris Davis has been named the August “We Energies High-Energy Player of the Month,” receiving 43 percent of the fan vote. Taylor Jungmann came in second with 26 percent, while Ryan Braun and Will Smith finished third and fourth respectively, with 25 percent and six percent.
This is the first time Khris Davis was named the We Energies High-Energy Player of the Month. Adam Lind won for April, June and July, while Ryan Braun won for the month of May.
Votes from the five We Energies High-Energy Player of the Month voting periods were tallied to select the two finalists for the 2015 We Energies High-Energy Player of the Year Award. Fans have the chance to vote for either Ryan Braun or Adam Lind as the player they feel exhibited the best high-energy plays on the field and overall contribution to the team throughout the course of the 2015 season. Fans can vote by visiting brewers.com/WeEnergies from Sept. 9 – 17.
Through the online voting campaign presented by We Energies, fans have the chance to enter to win a Grand Slam Prize Pack. One lucky fan will be randomly selected to receive Field Diamond Box tickets for six guests and will participate in a pre-game ceremony on the field when the Brewers take on the Chicago Cubs on Friday, Oct. 2, 2015. The winner will also receive an autographed jersey signed by the High-Energy Player of the Year, the opportunity to throw out a ceremonial first pitch, and the use of a Club Level suite for a 2016 Brewers home game.
Fan votes will be combined with media and We Energies votes to ultimately determine the 2015 We Energies High-Energy Player of the Year. Media voting will occur at Miller Park during the Brewers vs. Cardinals series on Sept. 15 – 17.
Jonathan Lucroy won the We Energies High-Energy Player of the Year in 2014. Other past winners include Carlos Gomez (2013), Ryan Braun (2008 and 2012) Nyjer Morgan (2011), Rickie Weeks (2010), Craig Counsell (2009), Prince Fielder (2007) and Bill Hall (2006). For more information, please visit brewers.com/WeEnergies.
The fourth annual Brewers Mini-Marathon and 10K, presented by Sendik’s is just around the corner on Saturday, September 26. There’s still time to get in your final training runs AND raise money for an important cause.
During the first three years of the Brewers Mini-Marathon and 10K, race participants have helped to raise over $215,000 with all fundraising proceeds benefiting the MACC Fund (Midwest Athletes Against Childhood Cancer, Inc.) and childhood cancer research in Wisconsin.
For over 35 years, the MACC Fund has raised over $41 million for childhood cancer and related blood disorder research. It is a cause that has touched many lives, most likely someone you may know.
The MACC Fund works with the Medical College of Wisconsin, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin and the University of Wisconsin Carbone Cancer Center. In addition, the MACC Fund also sponsors research centers in Madison and Milwaukee.
The Brewers have teamed up with the MACC Fund to raise money for their cause. The race is a great way to shed some light on how important the MACC Fund is to childhood cancer research.
Fundraising for the MACC Fund is supported by Brewers Community Foundation and runners. Participants can create their own fundraising page at BrewersMini.com and submit online donations.
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.
And because incentives are helpful not only in racing, but also in fundraising, Brewers Enterprises has some great ones to keep you motivated!
Individual fundraisers will have their name entered in a raffle for the chance to win great prizes. The top three fundraising groups will win a special prize.
This year, we have another exclusive fundraising incentive for registered runners who raise at least $40 for the MACC Fund. They will receive a limited edition Brewers Mini-Marathon and 10K running cap. The navy blue performance cap features the Brewers Mini and 10K logo on the front and the MACC Fund logo on the side. Runners who qualify for the cap will be notified this month and will be able to pick up their running caps at Packet Pick-Up on Thursday or Friday, September 24 and 25, in the Miller Park SKYY Lounge.
Last year a combined 7,200 runners, representing 39 states and six countries, participated in the Mini-Marathon (13.1 miles) and the 10K race (6.214 miles). The races both begin and end at beautiful Miller Park with unique courses that take participants past Milwaukee landmarks including the Miller Valley and the Mitchell Park Conservatory (The Domes). It also gives participants the opportunity to run inside Miller Park on the field warning track.
All participants will receive a free Brewers ticket voucher good for select games at Miller Park in April or May of 2016, a participant medal and a “tech” shirt. A post-race tailgate party at Miller Park with live music will also take place. Prizes for the top finishers will be awarded.
The cost for the Mini-Marathon and 10K, respectively, is $85/$65 for those registering online through September 20 and $100/$80 for those registering on packet pick-up day (if space is available). Packet pick-up will take place at Miller Park on September 24 and 25.
Complete race details, a course map and other information can all be found atBrewersMini.com and Brewers.com.
For players, the song they choose for their walk-up or entrance music is often an important decision. What brief part of a song is going to send a message to the fans—and what do I want that message to be? Do I keep the same song that I had last year? What’s the hit that is going to produce the most hits? Is it a superstitious thing, do I want fans to sing along, or do I just use my favorite song right now?
If you’re like me and you’re attuned to the tunes, you probably enjoy seeing this list each year—and updating your iPod playlists accordingly.
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 “Ballpark Music.” Like a song you hear? Check it out on Ballpark–and you can even download it right there! No Shazam necessary!
2015 AT-BAT WALK-UP MUSIC
Braun – “All Day” by Kanye West
Davis –“Choices” by E-40
Garza – “Toss it Up” by Tupac
Gennett – “Magic” by Future ft. T.I.
Herrera – “Las Auispas” and “ Soldado” by Juan Luis Guerra
Jungmann- “Y.M.C.A” by The Village People
Lind – “I Could Be The One” by Avicii vs. Nicky Romero
“Miami 2 Ibiza” by Swedish House Mafia & Tinie Tempah
Lohse – “Next Episode” by Dr. Dre
Lucroy – “Darkest Part” by Red
Maldonado – “Warriors” by Cosculluela
“Callejero” by Don Omar
Nelson – “10 Bands” by Drake
Peralta – “Ponteme Melia” by Chimbala
Perez –“Que Suenen los Tambores” by Victor Manuelle
Peterson – “The Chains” by Fleetwood Mac
Rogers –“We in da City” by Young Dro
Santana – “March Madness” by Future
“Blasé” by Ty Dolla $ign ft. Future Rae Sremmurd
Sardinas – “El Manicero” by Oscar de Leon
Schafer – “Da Cali Anthem” by Rusko
Segura – “La Napa” by El Alfa
2015 PITCHING ENTRANCE MUSIC
Garza – “All Eyez on Me” by Tupac
Jeffress – “Flex” by Rich Homie
Jungmann- “Cant Tell me Nothin” by Kayne West
Knebel – “Money for Nothing” by Dire Straits
Lohse – “R.I.C.O” by Meek Mill
Nelson – “Wings of Icarus” by Celldweller
Peralta – “Ponteme Melia” by Chimbala
Rodriguez – “Sandunqueoso” by Tego Cableron
Smith –“Hell Yeah” by Rev Theory
The song played after wins this season is “The Days” by Avicii.
And, in case you weren’t aware, in addition to 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.
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?