If you know me personally (or follow me on Twitter ), you know I am a cat person. I don’t dislike dogs, it’s just that I’ve grown up with only cats my whole life and I currently own two, Crash and Cowbell.
So, needless to say, when it came to the successful Dawg Days of Summer Promotion at Miller Park the last couple of years, I have to admit I was a little jealous of my canine-loving friends who had the perfect excuse to play dress-up with their pups.
Well, now I can no longer be cat-ty, as I’m pleased to announce that our new promotion for 2013 is the “Brewers TAIL-Gate Contest,” sponsored by West Bend and open to pets of all types.
Fans can submit photos of their pets wearing Brewers gear, either by emailing them to email@example.com, or by bringing them in to the Brewers Team Store by Majestic. At select home games, two pet photos will be chosen to appear on the scoreboard and ”compete” to see who wins by fan applause. At the end of each month, we will showcase four winners from the previous contests and fans will then determine who that month’s winner is. Each month’s winner will receive a $150 gift card to the Brewers Team Store. [You may also click here to view the Brewers Tail-Gate Contest Flyer.]
From the monthly finalists, the fans will vote for one grand prize winner during the game on Saturday, August 31. The winning pet will receive a $500 gift card to the Brewers Team Store, as well as an opportunity to participate in a pre-game presentation prior to an early September home game.
How does West Bend fit in? This ties in well with West Bend’s Home and Highway Policy, which provides accidental injury coverage for your pet at no additional cost to you. Visit thesilverlining.com for details.
Entries will be featured in the Brewers Team Store throughout the season. There is also a variety of pet merchandise sold in the team stores at Miller Park and online at brewers.com, so make sure you check it out, dress up your pet and enter the TAIL-Gate contest!
The 2013 Milwaukee Brewers yearbook arrived at Miller Park today featuring 158 pages of beautiful Brewers photos, fun facts and historical information. Fans can buy a copy for only $10 at the Brewers Team Store by Majestic (an absolute steal) beginning today. The yearbook will be available for purchase at Brewers.com at a later date. I will keep you posted on when the yearbooks will be available online.
Brewers Coordinator – Media Relations, Ken Spindler heads up the yearbook project and again did a great job with the book. A story and photo collage on last year’s Bob Uecker statue ceremony, a recap of the 2012 season, a beefed up Player Development section with photos of every Brewers minor leaguer and family photos of current Brewers players and staff are some of the key features in the 2013 yearbook. The book also includes a historical section that looks back at some favorite Brewers moments throughout the years.
The Milwaukee Brewers and the Milwaukee Braves Historical Association inducted Gene Conley into the Braves Honor Roll today at Miller Park.
Conley pitched for the Milwaukee Braves from 1954 – 1958 and his Major League career lasted from 1952 – 1963. He was a member of the 1957 Braves World Series Championship team and a three-time MLB All-Star. In five of his 11 MLB seasons, Conley recorded ten or more wins and finished his career with a 91-96 record and 3.82 ERA. With the Milwaukee Braves, Conley was 42-43 with a 3.56 ERA.
Although Conley couldn’t travel to Milwaukee to today’s event, there were a number of former Braves in attendance today. Felix Mantilla, Ray Crone and Frank Thomas were all in attendance in addition to members of the Milwaukee Braves Historical Association: Bud Lea and Bob Buege.
“Gene has been my friend for many, many years and he is a great man,” Mantilla said. ”He was a very gifted athlete as we all know but he was a great teammate. He is deserving of this honor.”
There are now 12 members of the Milwaukee Braves Honor Roll, which also includes Warren Spahn (2004), Johnny Logan (2005), Andy Pafko (2006), Bobby Thomson (2008), Bob Uecker (2009), Felix Mantilla (2010), Eddie Mathews (2010), Joe Adcock (2011), Frank Torre (2011), Del Crandall (2012) and Hank Aaron (2012).
Conley has the distinction of being the only player to win championships in two of the four major American sports. Conley also played with the Boston Celtics (1952-53, 1958-61) and New York Knicks (1962-64) of the NBA and was a member of three NBA World Championship teams (1959, 1960 and 1961) with the Celtics. Conley’s wife, Kathryn, wrote a book on her husband’s life called “One of a Kind.” The book chronicles his unique career, a career that might never be matched.
Here is the video that Conley sent for the presentation. It features a great interview as well as some unique action footage of Conley pitching for the Braves:
It is great to have an organization that appreciates the history of Milwaukee baseball like the Milwaukee Braves Historical Association. There were a lot of great stories tossed around at today’s event and I’m thankful to have been a part of it. The partnership that the Brewers have with the historical group is great and ensures that the memories of that beloved team will never die. I urge fans to check out the Braves Wall of Honor the next time you are at Miller Park. It is located on the Field Level between Home Plate and Third Base on the Concourse.
The Brewers Community Foundation’s 15th Annual 5K Famous Racing Sausages Run/Walk will be held at Miller Park on Saturday, July 20, starting at 8 a.m. and there is still time to sign up! All participants must be pre-registered and it is recommended that those interested register early for this event.The unique feature of this event is that participants actually get to test their skills against the Klement’s Famous Racing SausagesTM, who also run the course. The run will begin and end at the Klement’s Sausage Haus where the Brat, Hot Dog, Chorizo, Italian Sausage and Polish Sausage join the crowd on the course. The route also makes its way around the warning track of Miller Park. Brewers coaching assistant/digital media coordinator Joe Crawford will be the honorary starter for this year’s event.
For the $30 registration fee, participants in the Run/Walk receive a commemorative t-shirt, a Terrace Reserved ticket voucher good for one of eight Brewers 2013 home games, a bottle of Aquafina water, a Klement’s hot dog and a beer for participants 21 and older. The overall top male finisher and the overall top female finisher also receive a year’s worth of Klement’s meat products.
This year, the fundraising component returns as participants and fans are again encouraged to help raise additional funds to benefit Fisher House Wisconsin, a “home away from home” for military and veterans’ families to be close to a loved one during hospitalization for an illness, disease, or injury at the Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center in Milwaukee. . When registering to participate, fans will also be able to set up a fundraising page to help raise funds for Fisher House Wisconsin. Fundraising incentive levels start at $100 and increase incrementally to the Grand Prize, which includes a 2013 Brewers Team autographed baseball and an opportunity to throw out a first pitch. The top prize is awarded to the highest fundraiser that raises over $5,000.
Any questions regarding the 5K Famous Racing Sausages Run/Walk or the fundraising component can be directed to Meredith Malone at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow @BrewersCF on Twitter and use the hashtag #SAUSAGE5K.
Today, we were proud to honor our 2013 Brewers MLB Fan Cave Fandidates, Peter Gourlie and Kevin Kimmes.
Although they were ultimately not chosen to enter the MLB Fan Cave, Peter and Kevin represented us well in the contestant search this spring and we’re very proud that we have such dedicated Brewers fans.
To honor them and thank them for their hard work and dedication, we brought them out to throw ceremonial first pitches prior to the Brewers vs. Cardinals game today.
Brewers pitcher Brandon Kintzler, who played a role in Pete’s original Fan Cave submission video, was on hand, along with pitcher John Axford, to catch those pitches.
Take a look at the gallery below for some photos from today:
Thanks again, Pete & Kevin! It was a pleasure getting to know you this year and I look forward to staying in touch!
“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!”
-John & Cait
Bernie’s Blends Fruit Smoothies
During each homestand, we will be meeting with John DiMartini, Executive Chef at Delaware North Sportservice/Miller Park to sample some of the latest and greatest Miller Park fare and review it here, for you.
Fresh Fruit Smoothie -$5.50
It’s been a cool start to the baseball season in Milwaukee, there is no arguing with that fact. Lately, though, spring is in the air, the temperatures are rising, and nothing sounds more refreshing than a fresh fruit smoothie. Brand new to Miller Park this year, the “Bernie’s Blends” cart is located down the right-field line outside section 112. With four different options to choose from, the options will leave something for every one. We know we often push some outrageous food items here on occasion (Remember the ”Giant Slugger!?”), but it is good to know that there really is something for everyone to enjoy at Miller Park.
To start, choose a yogurt base or a frozen orange juice base. The fruit options include either a mixed berry blend that includes frozen strawberries, raspberries and blueberries or a strawberry-banana blend. The smoothie is blended fresh while you wait and is served in a 16 ounce cup.
Cait: I love smoothies, so this is a welcome addition to the selection at Miller Park; undoubtedly, these will be a hit during the hot summer months. I gravitated toward the mixed berry & yogurt combination and it was delicious. Very creamy and smooth and I liked that I felt like I was making a healthy choice. I highly recommend that you check out Bernie’s Blends next time you’re at the ballpark on a warm summer day.
John: Often at home, I throw all sorts of fruit in the blender and see what happens. I find the fresh fruit and yogurt blend to be a delicious and refreshing healthy treat and it is great that you can now get one here at the ballpark. If you are ever in the mood for something a little on the healthy side while at a Brewers game, this will definitely do the trick. Perfect consistency and flavor and just the right amount. I started with the yogurt blend and then mixed berries. I will definitely be back to try all the different combinations.
(out of 5)
Where To Satisfy Your Craving: Fans can find the Bernie’s Blends on the Field Level just outside section 112.
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!
-John and Cait
A four-game weekend series with the St. Louis Cardinals begins tonight at Miller Park. With that, we have a new food item at the Double Clutch stand on the Loge Level at Miller Park.
On the menu for the Cardinals series: Beef Barbacoa Tacos. Two soft shell tacos featuring slow braised beef chuck roast, smoked here at Miller Park. Topped with a green chipotle aioli and onions and served with cilantro rice and pickled veggies. The aioli is delicious and the beef is fresh and very tasty. The tacos can be a bit messy, so don’t forget a fork. This meal is $10.
The Spaghetti-in-a-Meatball is also again available featuring a 1/2 pound beef and veal meatball stuffed with spaghetti and mozzarella cheese and topped with marinara sauce. This is a favorite of mine and is $9.
The Double Clutch stand is on the Loge Level outside section 215 (on the first base side of the press box).
As you know, there’s always something fun brewing at Miller Park. Throughout the course of our season , we create several unique ticket offers that bring together Brewers fans who share a common interest. With a variety of Special Events such as Singles Night, Stitch N’ Pitch Night and Educator Days, fans are sure to find fun and excitement all year. Here is just a taste of some of these ticket offers:
All educators save up to 50% on select seats for the May 7, May 8, July 22, July 23 and July 25 Brewers home games at Miller Park.
Brewing a Cure
On May 20, we’re Brewing a Cure. Support breast cancer research by coming out to Miller Park to see your Milwaukee Brewers take on the Los Angeles Dodgers at 7:10 p.m. Terrace Reserved tickets are just $18 each and $9 of every ticket sold will be donated to the American Cancer Society for the fight against Breast Cancer.
Stitch N’ Pitch Night
On June 4, join fellow needle artists for the 7th annual Stitch N’ Pitch Night at Miller Park as the Brewers take on the Oakland A’s at 7:10 p.m. Fans can purchase a seat in the special Stitch N’ Pitch sections, starting at just $27. The first 1,000 needle artists to buy tickets and attend Stitch N’ Pitch Night at Miller Park will receive a free special edition Brewers Stitch N’ Pitch Hot Dog Bobblehead. To purchase tickets, visit brewers.com/stitch.
Healthcare workers will enjoy up to $10 savings on select seating locations for the September 2, September 13 and September 18 Brewers homes games at Miller Park.
Halfway to St. Patrick’s Day
On September 17, join in on our Halfway to St. Patrick’s Day celebration as the Brewers take on the Chicago Cubs at 7:10 p.m. This special ticket package includes a Loge Bleacher ticket to the game, plus a unique Brewers Halfway to St. Patrick’s Day Pint for the first 500 purchasers, all for just $22.
With something for everyone, great ticket savings and exciting Brewers Baseball, you won’t want to miss out., so check out brewers.com/specialevents for details; this page is updated with new offers throughout the season.