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University of Wisconsin Men’s Basketball Team Honored at Miller Park

Tonight the University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team was honored on the field prior to the Milwaukee Brewers vs. Los Angeles Dodgers game at Miller Park.

Wisconsin Head Coach Bo Ryan led many of the team’s players and staff on the field for pregame recognition. Ryan, along with seniors Josh Gasser and Duje Dukan and sophomore Nigel Hayes tossed first pitches.

In addition to the team being honored, Bucky Badger and the University of Wisconsin Marching Band were present. The band entertained fans near the Home Plate entrance to Miller Park before heading inside to perform the national anthem.

Here are some scenes from tonight’s pregame festivities:

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“On behalf of the Milwaukee Brewers, I would like to congratulate Coach Bo Ryan and the Badgers men’s basketball team for another fantastic season and an exciting trip to the national championship game,” said Brewers Chief Operating Officer Rick Schlesinger.

-Cait

@CMoyer

What Cait Ate: “The Chili Cheese Davis Burger” and other May Specials at AJ Bombers

“When you come to a fork in the road, take it.”

-Yogi Berra

“When you come to a fork in the road, take it…and try these concessions!”

-Cait

The “Chili Cheese Davis 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 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.

THE CHILI CHEESE DAVIS BURGER-$9

The AJ Bombers Player Burger of the Month is the Chili Cheese Davis Burger.

The AJ Bombers Player Burger of the Month is the Chili Cheese Davis Burger.

Making its debut tonight is the “Chili Cheese Davis Burger,” a special burger named after Brewers outfielder Khris Davis.

“The Chili Cheese Davis” includes a single patty cheeseburger topped with housemade chili, jalapeños and avocado. It is available exclusively at Miller Park for the month of May, so you’ll want to be sure to try it out soon.

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After one bite Khris declared his burger, "Awesome."

After one bite Khris declared his burger, “Awesome.”

In addition, AJ Bombers continues to offer special concrete custard concoctions by series. Here’s a look at what’s on deck for May here exclusively at Miller Park:

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I’ll be sure to check in with AJ Bombers often throughout the season to keep you informed on their newest menu items.

Don’t forget that you can always access our featured menu items via MLB.com’s Ballpark app to check out what’s new and exciting.

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!

Bon Appetit!

-Cait

@CMoyer

May the 4th Be With You: Win the Chance to Throw Out the First Pitch on Star Wars Night

In a not too distant future, in a ballpark very, very close to you, the Brewers will host Star Wars Night on Saturday, May 30 when Milwaukee duels (with bats, not light sabers) the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Unfortunately, all special ticket packages for Star Wars Night, which included a limited-edition Jonathan Lucroy “Jedi Luc” bobblehead, have sold out, but we’ve got a chance for you to win them!

Beginning today (May the 4th) through Monday, May 18, fans are invited to post an original video that reenacts their favorite Star Wars scene and/or delivers their favorite line from the film on Instagram and/or Twitter using the hashtag #PitchFirstIWill. One winner will be selected to win four Loge Infield Box tickets to the game, along with four Jedi Luc bobbles, PLUS the opportunity to throw out the first pitch prior to that night’s game. Click here for complete rules.

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And if you missed out on the package and you don’t win the contest, don’t worry. Fans can still be a part of Star Wars Night at Miller Park by purchasing single-game tickets to the May 30 game against the Arizona Diamondbacks. While those tickets will not include the “Jedi Luc” bobblehead, all fans in attendance will enjoy the unique atmosphere at Miller Park during Star Wars Night with pregame festivities, special in-game features, photo opportunities and appearances by a number of popular Star Wars characters. (Please note, fans looking to dress up for Star Wars Night are able to wear masks, but due to safety concerns, light sabers and toy weapons will not be permitted inside Miller Park.)

Limited special ticket packages for our other theme nights, including Major League Night and Zubazpalooza are still available. Tickets are limited and only those who purchase the special theme night ticket package are eligible to receive that night’s promotional item. All theme night tickets must be purchased in advance and can be obtained by calling the Brewers Group Sales department at 414-902-GRPS (4777) or by visiting Brewers.com/specialevents.

-Cait

@CMoyer

 

Craig Counsell Named Brewers Manager; Signs a Three-Year Contract Through 2017 Season

The Milwaukee Brewers have named Craig Counsell the 19th manager in franchise history, signing him to a three-year contract through the 2017 season. Counsell replaces Ron Roenicke, who was relieved of his duties last night. The announcement was made by President – Baseball Operations and General Manager Doug Melvin.

“Craig has many years of Major League playing experience, and his three-plus years of learning all aspects of baseball operations helps prepare him for this managerial position,” said Melvin. “There will be challenges, but Craig has never shied away from leadership responsibilities on the field as a player or in his most recent role. I believe his on-field success as a player and his awareness for preparation should resonate in the clubhouse. Growing up in Milwaukee, it is very important for him to bring a winning culture and team success to Brewers fans.”

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Counsell, 44, joined the front office on January 17, 2012 as special assistant to the general manager. The former infielder enjoyed a 16-year Major League playing career, batting .255 with 42 HR, 390 RBI and 103 stolen bases in 1,624 games with Colorado (1995, ‘97), Florida (1997-99), Los Angeles (1999), Arizona(2000-03, 2005-06) and Milwaukee (2004, 2007-11). He was a member of World Series championship teams with Florida (1997) and Arizona (2001), and was named Most Valuable Player of the 2001 National League Championship Series.

“I am grateful and honored to have the opportunity to manage the team that I rooted for, played for and worked for in the front office,” said Counsell. “In the 10 years that I have been a member of the organization, I have grown to feel a great responsibility to baseball in the city of Milwaukee. This has been a difficult time for the Brewers, and we all share the responsibility. I understand the work ahead to be the team our fans deserve. We have challenges ahead of us and I look forward to working tirelessly to achieve our goals.”

Counsell, a 1988 graduate of Whitefish Bay High School and 1992 graduate of the University of Notre Dame, resides in Whitefish Bay with his wife, Michelle, their sons, Brady and Jack, and daughters, Finley and Rowan. His father, John, worked in the Brewers front office as director of the speakers bureau (1979-85) and director of community relations (1986-87).

A press conference will be held this morning at Miller Park.  Click here to watch it live. FOX Sports Wisconsin is also televising today’s press conference starting at 10:30 a.m.

11:20am CT Update: Here is a link to this morning’s press conference.

"He has a lot of passion, great energy and an edge for preparation." - Doug Melvin on Craig Counsell, the new Brewers Manager  (Photo courtesy of Scott Paulus/Milwaukee Brewers)

“He has a lot of passion, great energy and an edge for preparation.” – Doug Melvin on Craig Counsell, the new Brewers Manager
(Photo courtesy of Scott Paulus/Milwaukee Brewers)

ALL-TIME BREWERS MANAGERS (* Seattle Pilots)

Manager Years W-L PCT

Joe Schultz* 1969 64-98-1 .395

Dave Bristol 1970-72 144-209-1 .408

Roy McMillan 1972 1-1 .500

Del Crandall 1972-75 271-338 .445

Alex Grammas 1976-77 133-190 .412

George Bamberger 1978-80, ‘85-86 377-351 .518

Buck Rodgers 1980-82 124-102 .549

Harvey Kuenn 1975, 1982-83 160-118-1 .576

Rene Lachemann 1984 67-94 .416

Tom Trebelhorn 1986-91 422-397 .515

Phil Garner 1992-99 563-617 .477

Jim Lefebvre 1999 22-27 .449

Davey Lopes 2000-02 144-195-1 .426

Jerry Royster 2002 53-94 .361

Ned Yost 2003-08 457-502 .477

Dale Sveum 2008 7-5 .583

Ken Macha 2009-10 157-167 .485

Ron Roenicke 2011-15 342-331 .508

Craig Counsell 2015 – –

Brewers Walk-Up & Entrance Music: Updated 5/1/15

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!

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2015 AT-BAT WALK-UP MUSIC

Braun – “All Day” by Kanye West

Centeno – “Intenso” by Daddy Yankee

Davis – “Xplosive” by Dr. Dre

Fiers – “Og Bobby Johnson” by Que

Garza – “Toss it Up” by Tupac

Gennett – “I’m Good” by Trip Lee

Gomez, Carlos –  “The Time is Now” by John Cena & Tha Trademarc

“Billie Jean” by Michael Jackson

Gomez,  Hector –  “Ratata Ta Ta” by Omega El Fuerte

Jimenez – “Safe and Sound” by Rebelution

Lind – TBD

Lohse ­– “Next Episode” by Dr. Dre

Lucroy – “Gangsta’s Paraside” by In Fear and Faith

Maldonado – “Warriors” by Cosculluela

“GDRF” by Flo Rida

Nelson – “10 Bands” by Drake

Parra – “Fireball” by Pitbull

Peralta – “Ponteme Melia” by Chimbala

Ramirez – None (at his request)

Rogers –  “Never Scared” Instrumental by Bone Crusher

Schafer – “Return of the Mack” by Mark Morrison

Segura – “Tarzan” by El Alfa

 

2015 PITCHING ENTRANCE MUSIC

Cotts – “Perfect Insanity” by Disturbed

Fiers – The Saw Theme Song

Garza – “All Eyez on Me” by Tupac

Lohse – “Wake Up” by Rage Against the Machine

Nelson – “Sound of Madness” by Shinedown

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?

-CAIT

@CMoyer

Cerveceros Jersey Sale To Begin Monday

Just in time for Cinco de Mayo, Brewers Authentics is hosting a Cerveceros Jersey sale!

Authenticated Cerveceros jerseys from Spring Training Cerveceros Day games will be available starting at $55 to celebrate 5/5.

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WIN A ROAD TRIP TO SEE THE BREWERS PLAY IN WASHINGTON D.C.

The Milwaukee Brewers and American Family Insurance want to send you and three of your best friends on the road trip of a lifetime to see the team play the Washington Nationals in Washington, D.C.  One lucky grand prize winner will get an all-expense paid trip to Washington D.C. to see the Brewers take on the Nationals from August 20-23.

This once-in-a-lifetime opportunity will give four lucky Brewers fans the chance to see the team play on the road in our nation’s capital.  The winner will receive round trip airfare to and from Washington, D.C., hotel accommodation, ground transportation to and from the airport, an $800 pre-paid gift card, Lower Level tickets for four to two games against the Nationals and food vouchers for each game.

In addition, you and your friends will have the opportunity to participate in a meet and greet with a Milwaukee Brewers player, receive Brewers and American Family Insurance gear and the opportunity for an excursion around town.

“We’re pleased to partner with the Milwaukee Brewers to offer a dream trip for a fan – traveling to the nation’s capital to enjoy America’s favorite pastime and meet one of our Brewers,” says Myles Romero, brand and consumer marketing associate vice president with American Family Insurance.

The contest will open up for registration beginning on Friday, May 1 at 12:01 a.m. CT and will be open for 12 weeks, ending on Thursday July 31 at 12:00 p.m. CT.  Participants must be 21 or older and no purchase is necessary.  The grand prize winner will be selected by random drawing in the first week of August and does not need not be present to win.  A representative from Milwaukee Brewers will contact the winner on behalf of American Family Insurance.

To sign up or learn more, please visit amfam.com/brewers.  Eligible fans can also sign up at select Brewers games on May 8 through May 10 and on June 11 through 12 by visiting the American Family Insurance table display.

Brewers Announce 2015 Partner Ticket Packages

Today we announced several great ticket packages set to go on sale tomorrow, Friday, May 1 at 9:00 a.m. CT. The packages are created with the team’s partners to give fans unique opportunities to save money while enjoying Brewers baseball and other great Wisconsin summer traditions.

 

$15 Fair Days Double Play

Nothing says summer like Brewers Baseball and the State Fair.  For just $15, fans will receive one Terrace Reserved ticket to select Brewers games during the 2015 season and one general admission ticket to the Wisconsin State Fair, presented by U.S. Cellular®, August 6-16.  For more information, visit brewers.com/statefair.  This offer ends Sunday, August 16 and is not available for purchase on the day of the game.

 

Brew Crew & the Zoo

For just $20, fans can get one Terrace Reserved ticket to select Brewers games and one 2015 adult admission ticket to the Milwaukee County Zoo, plus a free Brew Crew & Zoo water bottle. For more information, visit brewers.com/zoo. This offer ends Tuesday, September 1 and is not available for purchase on the day of the game.  The Zoo tickets are valid through December 31, 2015 and not valid in conjunction with any other offer.

 

Rock the Ballpark

For just $22, get a ticket package that includes one Brewers Terrace Reserved ticket to either the May 25 – Memorial Day, June 12 or June 15 game, plus one Summerfest General Admission ticket, valid any time during Summerfest 2015.  For more information, visit brewers.com/summerfest.  This offer ends Sunday, June 14 and is not available for purchase on the day of the game.

 

T-Rats & Crew Turning Two

For just $15, get one Terrace Reserved ticket to the Sunday, August 30 Brewers game at Miller Park and a voucher for a Reserved Bleacher ticket to one of three select Timber Rattlers games – June 29, July 26 or August 24 – all of which feature a Bobblehead giveaway.  For more information, visit brewers.com/t-rats. This offer ends Monday, August 17 and is not available for purchase on the day of the game.

 

All packages will go on sale tomorrow and will be available at brewers.com/fanvalues, at the Miller Park Box Office or by phone at (414) 902-4000.

Gift With Purchase Promotion at Brewers Team Store This Homestand

Beginning on Monday, fans who purchase a Majestic Cool Base Jersey will receive this Mini New Era On-Field Cap set, while supplies last.

These mini caps are super cute! (Baseball is for size reference, not included in purchase. :))

These mini caps are super cute! (Baseball is for size reference, not included in purchase. :))

 

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The jersey was updated for 2015 and features Majestic’s Cool Base material which offers moisture wicking, better breathability and additional stretch for fans.

Get your Cool Base jersey in time for National Jersey Day on May 29 and sport the new jersey at Miller Park when cheering on the home team.

This offer is available at any of the four Brewers Team Store locations at Miller Park.

 

MLB and the Cincinnati Reds Mark the Start of All-Star Balloting for Baseball’s 2015 Midsummer Classic

Major League Baseball today marked the official start of All-Star Balloting for the 86th All-Star Game, which will be held on Tuesday, July 14th at Great American Ball Park, the home of the Cincinnati Reds.

 

MLB’s All-Star Balloting Program is the largest of its kind in professional sports.  Nearly 160 million ballots have been cast over the past five years, including a record 40.2 million ballots cast in 2012.  In addition, over 300 million votes were submitted in 2014.

 

For the first time, the All-Star Balloting Program will be conducted exclusively online.  Beginning today, fans around the world can cast their votes for starters 35 times exclusively at MLB.com and all 30 Club web sites – online or via their mobile devices – with the 2015 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot.

 

During the voting period, the Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot will be available in English and Spanish, and will offer audio CAPTCHA functionality for visually-impaired fans.  Traditional Chinese, Korean and Japanese versions of the online ballot will be available in May.  Banco BHD will sponsor online All-Star balloting in the Dominican Republic, making Spanish-language ballots available to fans in the Dominican Republic via LasMayores.com, the official Spanish-language Web site of Major League Baseball.

 

“As we launch our annual tradition of All-Star fan voting, Major League Baseball and the Reds look forward to the upcoming celebration of the Midsummer Classic in a city known for its enduring baseball history,” Baseball Commissioner Robert J. Manfred, Jr. said.  “Baseball fans represent the heart of our game, and through All-Star balloting, I am proud to bring the best that our sport has to offer to the great fans and community of Cincinnati this summer.”

 

Details regarding the unveiling of the 2015 American League and National League All-Star Teams will be available in the coming weeks.  The AL All-Star Team will have nine elected starters via the fan balloting program, while the NL All-Star Team will have eight fan-elected starters.  The pitchers and reserves for both squads – totaling 25 for the NL and 24 for the AL – will be determined through a combination of “Player Ballot” choices and selections made by the two All-Star managers – NL skipper Bruce Bochy of the defending World Series Champion San Francisco Giants and AL manager Ned Yost of the Kansas City Royals.

 

Following the announcement of the American League and National League All-Star rosters, fans will begin voting to select the final player for each League’s 34-man roster via the 2015 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Final Vote.  Fans will cast their votes from a list of five players from each League over the balloting period.  Now in its 14th season with more than 480 million votes cast, fans again will be able to make their Final Vote selections on MLB.com, Club sites and their mobile phones.

 

This year’s final phase of All-Star Game voting again will have fans participating in the official voting for the Ted Williams All-Star Game Most Valuable Player Award presented by Chevrolet.  During the Midsummer Classic, fans can vote exclusively atMLB.com and the 30 Club sites – online or via their mobile devices – with the 2015 All-Star Game MLB.com MVP Vote, and their collective voice will represent 20 percent of the official vote determining this year’s recipient of the Arch Ward Trophy.

 

The 2015 All-Star Game will be played at Great American Ball Park on Tuesday, July 14th.  The 86th All-Star Game will be televised nationally by FOX Sports; in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and RDS; and worldwide by partners in more than 200 countries via MLB International’s independent feed.  ESPN Radio and ESPN Radio Deportes will provide exclusive national radio coverage of the All-Star Game.  MLB Network, MLB.com and Sirius XM also will provide comprehensive All-Star Week coverage.  For more information, please visit allstargame.com.

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