Early this morning, I had the pleasure of touring the Roberto Clemente Museum with a group from the Brewers that included Brewers catcher Martin Maldonado, outfielder Ramon Flores, infielder Yadiel Rivera, Brewers Bullpen Coach Lee Tunnell and Third Base Coach Ed Sedar, along with a few other staff members.
The tour was arranged by Maldonado, who has visited many times before and knows the Executive Director and Curator, Duane Rieder, personally.
A native of Puerto Rico (like Maldonado and Rivera), Roberto Clemente was drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1954 and spent his entire 18-year career with the Club. During that time, he rose to become one of the greatest baseball players of his time, a 15-time MLB All-Star, Hall of Famer and recipient of every possible award given in Major League Baseball.
Off the field, Clemente built a reputation as a humanitarian. He died in a plane crash on New Year’s Eve in 1972 while delivering supplies to earthquake victims in Nicaragua, and he is remembered as much for his giving spirit off the field as his Hall of Fame career.
His legacy lives on at the Clemente Museum.
The Clemente Museum is housed in historic Engine House 25, located in the revitalized Lawrenceville section of Pittsburgh. Rieder has meticulously renovated Engine House 25 to showcase the world’s largest exhibited collection of baseball artifacts, works of art, literature, photographs, memorabilia, and related materials which focus on Roberto Clemente, his teammates, his personal life, and his humanitarian causes. The museum has a relationship with the Clemente family through archiving and preserving the family’s history.
As a small non-profit with limited resources, the museum is open by appointment for guided tours only, which means that our group had the place to ourselves this morning and had the privilege of hearing many remarkable stories behind the items from Rieder himself.
Whether it is the Gold Gloves, The Silver Slugger Award, The 1960 and ’71 World Series Rings, the cleats and home base from the ’71 series or the name of his wife, Vera, scratched into a vase Roberto made for her, visitors to the museum will leave knowing, more fully, what made Roberto Clemente a great man.
When I found out we were going to be touring the Clemente Museum I had no idea we would also be visiting a winery. Yes, that’s right, Engine House 25 also houses an operational winery and wine cellar, featuring Roberto Clemente Wines, among others.
A portion of the proceeds from the wine supports ongoing efforts to share the legacy of Roberto Clemente, and directly benefits Clemente’s wife, Vera, who even has her own limited edition rare label.
Amazing! Again, such a truly magnificient and unique place. I certainly had no idea what I was in store for me when I got up this morning.
Because Clemente’s storied name is synonymous with moral excellence, compassion and charitable work, each year, Roberto Clemente Day is celebrated around the baseball world to honor Clemente’s legacy and to officially recognize local Club nominees of the Roberto Clemente Award presented by Chevrolet, which recognizes a Major League Baseball player who best represents the game of baseball through positive contributions on and off the field, including sportsmanship and community involvement.
This year is the 15th annual observance of Roberto Clemente Day and MLB will be honoring Clemente’s legacy with games in Puerto Rico. The Marlins and the Pirates will play a two-game series in San Juan’s Hiram Bithorn Stadium on May 30-31. May 31 will be Roberto Clemente Day throughout Major League Baseball, giving the Pirates a chance to observe the occasion in Clemente’s home country.
A huge thanks to Rieder for a phenomenal tour. Rarely do you meet someone like him, whose passion and enthusiasm for what he does is so infectious.
I highly encourage all baseball fans to pay a visit to Pittsburgh and seek out the Clemente Museum–but remember, it’s by appointment only!
The Brewers return to Milwaukee for their second homestand of the season on Wednesday, April 20. The five-game stand will feature the annual 5-County, 5-Day Celebration. For each of those games, residents of Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Racine, Washington and Waukesha Counties can save 50% on almost every seat.
Great seats for the promotion are still available as the Minnesota Twins take on their adjacent state rival for a two-game set, Wednesday and Thursday, April 20-21. The celebration continues when Milwaukee opens their weekend series against the Philadelphia Phillies, Friday night at 7:10 p.m.
This promotion excludes seats in the Miller Lite Beerpen, All-Inclusive Areas and Uecker Seats.
In addition to the great savings, on Sunday, April 24, all kids 14 and under will 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.
For tickets and more information, fans are encouraged to go to Brewers.com/5county, call (414) 902-4000 or visit the Miller Park Box Office.
Brewers Community Foundation is proud to announce the 2nd Annual “Hitting 4 the Cycle” bike ride and event. On Saturday, August 13, Brewers Community Foundation will once again give bike lovers and Brewers fans the opportunity to combine their two favorite activities. Fans will be able to select one of four bike routes, (22, 44, 88, or 100 miles) that will culminate with a fun-filled tailgate party and that evening’s Brewers vs. Cincinnati Reds game.
The cost to register is $50, with a $150 mandatory fundraising minimum. The money raised will support a number of local organizations that, consistent with Brewers Community Foundation’s vision, focus on the areas of health, education, recreation and basic needs. Registrants/fundraisers may qualify for incentives outlined at brewers.ride-mlb.com. Urban Ecology Milwaukee, Dream Bikes, and St. Ben’s Community Meal Program are the beneficiaries identified for 2016.
“Brewers Community Foundation focuses on identifying opportunities to support organizations that are addressing critical issues in our community,” said Brewers Community Foundation Executive Director Cecelia Gore. “We are excited to launch the 2nd annual “Hitting 4 the Cycle” benefit bike ride. The ride provides another opportunity to participate in a fun activity while doing good for the community.”
Sponsors for the benefit include Prairie Springs: The Paul Fleckenstein Trust, The Lowlands Group, and UnitedHealthcare. The Wisconsin Bike Federation will also be actively supporting “Hitting 4 the Cycle.”
For more information or to register, please visit brewers.ride-mlb.com. To learn more about Brewers Community Foundation and register for other events, please visit brewers.com/bcf.
Thanks to the success of the initial rollout, the Milwaukee Brewers are proud to announce the Brewers Ballpark Pass is back for the month of May. Through this offer, fans can gain access to all 16 home games in the month for just $119. Tickets will be delivered digitally via their mobile device, and seats will vary from game to game. Seat locations include, but are not limited to: Terrace Box, Terrace Reserved, Loge Bleachers and Loge Outfield sections.
This limited offer will be available online-only at brewers.com/ballparkpass starting tomorrow, Friday, April 15 at 10 a.m. CT through 11:59 p.m. CT on Thursday, April 28. This will be the last monthly Ballpark Pass available this season, so fans will want to act quickly before it expires.
The Brewers Ballpark Pass allows access to every home game in the month of May for one low, set price. This includes exciting matchups against the Cubs, two games against the Cardinals, a Ryan Braun All-Fan Bobblehead giveaway, an Andy Grammer Postgame Concert, a Jonathan Lucroy Replica Jersey All-Kid Giveaway, a Paint-Your-Own Bernie Brewer Bobblehead All-Kid Giveaway, four games of special “4-1-4” concession pricing during Spring Madness, and much more.
The setup is simple. Fans can purchase a pass at brewers.com/ballparkpass and then download the MLB.com Ballpark app for their phone. Two hours before each home game, they will receive a text message alerting them of the seat location assigned for that game.
Seat locations will vary from game to game and will typically be located in the Terrace Box, Terrace Reserved, Loge Bleachers or Loge Outfield sections. The specific seating location will be identified on the day of each game, and fans will be able to manage their tickets and enter Miller Park directly via their phone. Fans can purchase a total of up to six (6) passes with one account.
The Brewers Ballpark Pass is fast, simple, flexible and most of all, it’s incredibly affordable. To learn more about how fans can access every Brewers home game in May for just $119, visit brewers.com/ballparkpass.
When Brewers pitcher Chase Anderson takes the mound tonight, not only is he trying to mow down the St. Louis Cardinals, but he’s also helping to strike out poverty.
Before his last start (his first in a Brewers uniform), Anderson sent out this tweet.
I caught up with him to find out more about this initiative.
“In Spring Training, I met with a couple of guys–Milam Byers and Matt Price–and they work for Food for the Hungry,” Anderson said. “They asked if I would be willing to join their team and pledge per strikeout and try to get the Brewers fans and everybody into that so we can strike out poverty in the Dominican and keep going from there.”
Striking Out Poverty is a program within Food for the Hungry, a non-profit organization. Founded in 1971, Food for the Hungry provides emergency relief and long-term development programs with operations in more than 20 countries, seeking to end all forms of human poverty. Using solutions that are innovative and community-specific to the complex view of poverty, Food for the Hungry contributes to community-owned transformations that empower children, families and communities to invest in their own development.
Anderson says his eyes were opened when experiencing poverty up close during mission trips; it was those trips that gave him the desire to help more.
“My wife and I have gone on a mission trip the Philippines the last two offseasons. When we went over there and saw those kids…they are drinking dirty water out of the street and they don’t have any food to eat. Their single mom has nine kids, but they can’t feed one, so it kind of opened our hearts up to doing something like this,” Anderson said.
“We are excited that Chase has pledged all of his strikeouts this season to help end poverty in the Dominican Republic. We are honored to partner with him and Brewers fans to have an impact that reaches far beyond the ballpark,” Byers said.
Brewers fans can join Anderson in this effort by pledging a donation for every strikeout he records this season in support of Striking Out Poverty. Let’s hope not only for the Crew, but for those in need as well, that Anderson has many of those this year.
The eighth annual “Field of Sweet Dreams,” presented by Network Health, is set to take place on Saturday, August 6 at Miller Park. Brewers fans of all ages are invited to bring their camping gear and spend the night under the stars at Miller Park for this one-of-a-kind slumber party. Tickets will go on sale Wednesday, June 15 starting at 10 a.m.
Campers will have exclusive access to the newly renovated U.S. Cellular® Power Playground, take private tours of Miller Park and enjoy visits from the World Famous Klement’s Racing SausagesTM and Bernie Brewer. Guests will even have the opportunity to play catch on the same outfield as Brewers big leaguers.
To top it off, fans will take in the Brewers game against the Arizona Diamondbacks on the Miller Park scoreboard and enjoy a screening of a full-length, family-friendly movie after the game. The evening will wrap up with a bedtime story read by Brewers players before lights out.
Beyond the fun-filled activities, guests will also receive special gifts, dinner, snacks during the movie, breakfast in the morning, non-alcoholic beverages throughout the night and much more. Campers will have the opportunity to enter into a raffle to win Brewers tickets, memorabilia and one of kind fan experiences. All proceeds from the raffle will benefit Brewers Community Foundation.
Tickets are priced as follows:
Age 14 and older – $120
Age 3-13 – $80
Age 2 and under – FREE
NOTE: This event typically sells out quickly.
A responsible adult (parent or guardian) must accompany all guests under the age of 17, with a maximum of four (4) minors per adult (this will be strictly enforced upon registration). Alcohol will not be served or sold during the family-friendly event, and carry-ins of alcoholic beverages are strictly prohibited. Fans can order tickets beginning June 15 online at brewers.com/sweetdreams or by calling 414-902-4452.
Today former Brewer Carlos Gomez received a proclamation from Mayor Barrett and a resolution from the Common Council for his partnership with League of Latin American Citizens (LULAC) Council 333 for providing $28,000 worth of scholarships to 29 Latino students in Wisconsin.
Since becoming a member of the Houston Astros, Carlos Gomez has committed to working with LULAC in Houston; here in Milwaukee, Martin Maldonado & Wily Peralta will carry the tradition started by Gomez, creating the Pitch & Catch scholarship fund for Latino students in the city.
Tonight, the Great Lakes Chapter of the Bob Feller Act of Valor Foundation honored 2015 award winner Jonathan Lucroy in Milwaukee during a pregame ceremony at Miller Park. Jonathan was recognized for his support and all that he does for our military men and women. Also joining the presentation were 25 Sailors and Marines.
Lucroy has supported our troops for many years. From his work with Fisher House Wisconsin, inviting wounded heroes to home games each month as his guest, to giving more than $20,000 in scholarships to military families, his unwavering support of the men and women in the uniform is commendable. “I’m very grateful, honored and humbled to be recognized for my support. I appreciate the men and women who sacrifice their lives for our country,” said Lucroy last fall in accepting the award. During the 2014 and 2015 off-seasons, Lucroy joined veterans on the Honor Flight, traveling with 41 WWII and Korean War Veterans to Washington D.C.
While many know Bob Feller as one of the greatest pitchers to ever grace the baseball diamond, few remember that he also served our country when he made the selfless decision to enlist just days after the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941. Feller served on missions in both the Pacific and the North Atlantic, and earned the rank of Chief Petty Officer along with six campaign ribbons and eight battle stars. When asked about the most important victory he had won, Feller famously replied without hesitation, “World War II.”
Each November, the Bob Feller Act of Valor Award, through the unique connection of baseball and the United States Navy, honors a current Major League Baseball player, a United States Navy Chief Petty Officer, and a Hall of Fame member who embody the same principles and high achievement of Bob Feller. Since 2015, the Foundation also honors a Staff Noncommissioned Officer of the United States Marine Corps (USMC) with the Jerry Coleman Award. In addition, two Navy Peer-to-Peer Mentoring Awards are presented, one for an Afloat Command and one for a Shore Command. Last year’s honorees, along with Jonathan Lucroy, were George Brett, Chief Petty Officer Genell Cody, Staff Sergeant Rene Segura, USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70), and HOPPER Information Services Center, all of who possess the values, integrity, and dedication to serving our country that Bob Feller himself displayed.
One of my favorite spots at Miller Park continues to be AJ Bombers. The popular restaurant and bar-with locations in Milwaukee and Madison- 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 as well as monthly player burger features, which will return in May.
In addition, AJ Bombers continues to offer special concrete custard concoctions by series. Here’s a look at what’s on deck for April here exclusively at Miller Park:
I’ll be sure to check in with AJ Bombers often throughout the season to keep you informed on their newest menu items.
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 long!
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. Giants (April 4-6): Chowder Bread Bowl-$12
San Francisco-style clam chowder in an artisan bread bowl
Brewers vs. Astros (April 8-10): Chopped BBQ Brisket Baked Potato
BBQ Brisket, cheddar cheese & sour cream
Brewers vs. Twins (April 20-21): Pork Rib Tips
Smoked Rib Tips, Sweet BBQ Sauce
Brewers vs. Phillies (April 22-24): Cheese Steak
Sirloin Steak, Onions & Peppers, Cheese Sauce, Hoagie Roll
Brewers vs. Marlins (April 29-May 1): Pork Tacos
Cilantro, Onions, Queso Fresco, Lime