Earlier this week, Major League Baseball, Target and PEOPLE announced the 30 winners (one for each MLB team) in the “Target Presents PEOPLE All-Star Teachers” campaign, which celebrates remarkable current and retired teachers who make an impact on the lives of their students and communities.
Eric Vander Loop was selected by you to represent the Milwaukee Brewers in All-Star Week activities. He’ll be recognized during the pre-game ceremony of the 2014 MLB All-Star Game — Tuesday, July 15 with pre-game ceremonies beginning at 6:30 p.m. CT on FOX from Target Field in Minneapolis.
Today, we had Eric out to the ballpark, where he was recognized in a pregame ceremony.
Eric and his wife, Karen both teach at Woodland School in Appleton, Wisconsin. Of the 30 All-Star Teachers, Eric’s story was chosen to be featured in PEOPLE Magazine. You can read it here.
Congratulations, Eric and thank you for all of the good you do in the classroom and the community! We are proud to have you represent us in Minnesota and hope to catch up with you to hear about the experience!
Now, when fans purchase $150 or more of Official Players Licensed merchandise in the Brewers Team Stores at Miller Park, they will receive a free autographed baseball from a Brewers player.
Examples of merchandise include, but are not limited to: player tees, specialty player tees, player bobbles, pennants, jerseys of current players, 8×10 photos, etc. Game used items (i.e. Authentics Kiosk), as well as much of the newly arriving All-Star Gear (more on that to come!) are also included in this promotion.
The baseballs fans will receive will be randomized, but that’s part of the fun! This promotion ends on August 24, 2014, or while supplies last.
Fans once again showed the power of their vote this season as both Carlos Gomez and Aramis Ramirez were elected to start in this year’s All-Star Game, while Francisco Rodriguez and Jonathan Lucroy joined the All-Stars on the player vote. With a franchise-record-tying four players on the National League team, we’re marking the occasion by offering a ticket and merchandise package featuring each of the Club’s four All-Star representatives.
The four “My All-Star” ticket packages each include tickets to any four midweek games of the fan’s choice (beginning July 21) plus a limited-edition t-shirt featuring their favorite All-Star player – not available for sale anywhere else. Each package is priced according to the uniform number of the designated All-Star player, meaning that fans will not only be able to show their support for their favorite Brewers All-Star, they’ll be able to select from packages starting at just $16 per game.
Fans will receive one t-shirt for each ticket package purchased. Shirt sizes are Adult Medium and Extra Large.
“We have seen how Brewers fans over-deliver in their All-Star voting efforts, and this ticket plan will give fans another opportunity to show their support for their favorite All-Stars,” said Brewers Chief Operating Officer Rick Schlesinger. “With the team leading the Central Division and games becoming more meaningful every day, we expect these packages to be very popular as we head into the stretch run.”
The ticket plan details are as follows:
The “Aramis is My All-Star” Plan: Terrace Box tickets to any four midweek games plus a limited-edition t-shirt for $64 (based on his uniform number 16 – $16×4=$64)
The “Luuuuc is My All-Star” Plan: Loge Bleachers tickets to any four midweek games plus a limited-edition t-shirt for $80 (based on his uniform number 20 – $20×4=$80)
The “Gomez is My All-Star” Plan: Loge Outfield tickets to any four midweek games plus a limited-edition t-shirt for $108 (based on his uniform number 27 – $27×4=$108)
The “K-Rod is My All-Star” Plan: Field Diamond Box tickets (Sections 110 and 125 only) to any four midweek games plus a limited-edition t-shirt for $228 (based on his uniform number 57 – $57×4=$228)
Tickets are on sale now at Brewers.com/myallstar, or by calling (414) 902-GAME.
Brewers Fans: Can You Out-Tweet the Birds? FOX Sports 1 Launches Brewers vs. Cardinals Hashtag Battle
In advance of Saturday’s Brewers vs. Cardinals game, which will be televised nationally on FOX Sports 1, the channel has initiated a challenge: Which fan base has the most pride?
- Fans are encouraged to tweet #CardsOnFS1 OR #BrewersOnFS1
- FOX Sports 1 will measure the total hashtags submitted and declare a winner on “America’s Pregame Show” Saturday at 2:30 pm CT, prior to the game at 3pm CT.
Just because they are birds, that doesn’t mean the Cardinals will get the most tweets. I have a lot of faith in Brewers fans and the support they have for the team, which spills over onto social media every day.
For FOX Sports 1 channel listings, click here. The Brewers return to FOX Sports Wisconsin on Sunday, pregame starts at 12:30pm CT.
The weather is finally turning nice and warm and it seems like (I hope, at least) summer is here to stay for awhile.
So why not consider ramping up your tailgate with our Homestand Highlight from the Brewers Team Store by Majestic?
Brewers Tailgate Games. Choose from Baseball Toss, Washer Toss or Ladderball. They are Brewers-branded, easy to assemble and fun for all ages.
Want a chance to show off your skills?
If you’re here for a Sunday game, be sure to stop by the Brewers Merchandise Trailers located near the Sausage Haus or Helfaer Field for a chance to compete in the Tailgate Games Challenge (bean bag toss and baseball toss)! Winners will receive $10 in “Bernie Bucks” which can be used toward merchandise in the Team Stores at Miller Park! And, if you don’t win, you still walk away happy because you’ll get a voucher to redeem at the Brewers Team Store by Majestic in the Hot Corner for a personalized key chain.
Brewers tailgate essentials are also available online at the brewers.com shop. In addition, we’ve created a Pinterest board dedicated to tailgating–visit it to keep up with the latest tailgate gear, checklists, tip and more.
Jonathan Lucroy was named Brewers Player of the Month for June and Matt Garza was selected as Brewers Pitcher of the Month for June.
Lucroy batted .359 with 6 home runs and 20 RBI in 26 games during the month of June. Garza went 3-1 with a 2.88 ERA in 6 starts, including 25 strikeouts over 40.2 innings pitched in June.
Both players were presented their awards prior to tonight’s game:
Milwaukee Brewers Winner Announced as Part of MLB, Target and Time, Inc.’s ‘PEOPLE’ “All-Star Teachers” Program
Major League Baseball, Target Corp (NYSE: TGT) and PEOPLE today announced the 30 winners in the “Target Presents PEOPLE All-Star Teachers” campaign, which celebrates remarkable current and retired teachers who make an impact on the lives of their students and communities. Eric Vander Loop has been selected by fans to represent the Milwaukee Brewers.
Vander Loop and his wife, Karen both teach at Woodland School in Appleton, Wisconsin. His parents are hardworking, inspiring, honest, and humble and that describes Eric as well. His three passions are family, teaching and baseball, and in his teaching, he educates his students to believe that they can make a difference in the world. A lifelong Brewers fan, Eric coached high school baseball for seven years. Eric started “River Studies Summer Fishing Program” 15 years ago for youth in the district, an initiative to raise funds annually to pay for student materials. Nine years later, he founded the “Unless” program after hearing that a student’s mother and another friend of the Vander Loops both had Stage 4 lung cancer. The students asked Eric what they could do to help, and he created “Unless” from a Dr. Seuss line: “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” To date, he continues to lead “Unless” and has raised $86,000.00 to date!
Vander Loop will join one winner representing each of the 30 MLB Clubs to be included in All-Star Week activities and recognized during the pre-game ceremony of the 2014 MLB All-Star Game — Tuesday, July 15 with pre-game ceremonies beginning at 7:30 p.m. ET / 6:30 p.m. CT on FOX from Target Field in Minneapolis. As part of the pre-game ceremony, Tony-award winner Idina Menzel will perform the classic song “Forever Young” by 11-time Grammy Award winner Bob Dylan, who is a Minnesota native.
Fans nationwide cast their votes at AllStarTeachers.com to select 30 winners from a pool of 90 finalists. Additionally, Eric Stonestreet, a Dodgers fan who plays a teacher on Modern Family; Matthew Morrison, a Mets fan who plays a teacher on FOX’s Glee; and AJ Calloway of Extra TV, a Yankees fan whose mom is a retired principal and sister is a current principal, served alongside New York Yankees Carlos Beltran and Los Angeles Dodgers Adrian Gonzalez as “All-Star Teachers” Ambassadors to support the program.
Target presents “PEOPLE All-Star Teachers” is just one part of Target, MLB and PEOPLE’s effort to celebrate teachers and raise awareness about the importance of education this baseball season. MLB Legends have attended 14 Target education-focused events in MLB communities throughout the first half of the season including Hall of Famer Ernie Banks, Vinny Castilla, Ron Cey, Cliff Floyd, Luis Gonzalez, Tim Laudner, Gary Matthews, Tony Oliva, Harold Reynolds, Michael Young, Edgar Martinez, Tim Wakefield, Mickey Lolich, Willie Horton, Chad Tracy and John Smoltz. Guests and fans can visit AllStarTeachers.com and ABullsEyeView.com/Baseball for updates and behind-the-scenes access to campaign activities leading up to the All-Star Game.
In January, we began our“Fan-Tastic Forty” promotion and awarded prizes for 40 consecutive days to various Season Seat Holders who renewed their ticket packages. For the fourth consecutive year, the team offered a variety of unique prizes and experiences during a 40-day period, including the Welcome to the Big Leagues prize. For this experience, the winner signs a one-day Major League contract which comes with a full uniform plus one day’s pay at the MLB minimum salary ($2,732.24).
Sandy Rusch, a Brewers Season Seat Holder since 1988, won the Welcome to the Big Leagues prize and was introduced at a press conference today at Miller Park.
“Along with players and performance, the fan base is very important,” said Brewers President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Doug Melvin. “We appreciate your support and we’re happy to have the opportunity to reward a fan for following the Brewers over the years.”
Sandy grew up in Milwaukee and has been a fan of baseball her entire life. Her love of the game is genetic with both her mom and dad having been huge fans of their beloved Milwaukee Braves. When she was only two months old the Braves won the 1957 World Series, and her parents took her to downtown Milwaukee to celebrate the victory with thousands of other “Bushville” fans. She’s been hooked ever since and attends Brewers Spring Training each March in Phoenix, and has followed the Brewers to more than 20 different cities and ballparks around the United States and Canada.
“Thanks to the Brewers for this opportunity,” Sandy said. “I know it’s cliché to say, but it really is the opportunity of a lifetime.”
Sandy also noted: “I’d like to thank my fellow teammates Aramis Ramirez, Jonathan Lucroy, Carlos Gomez and Francisco Rodriguez on being elected to to the All-Star Game.”
Her favorite current Brewers player is Jonathan Lucroy, and her all-time favorite players are Hank Aaron and Rob Deer. The 1987 Easter Sunday game is one of her favorite memories from County Stadium while her favorite memory at Miller Park is Game 5 of the NLDS when the Brewers beat the Arizona Diamondbacks.
“I couldn’t talk for three days after that,” Sandy said.
“I couldn’t either,” Doug interjected.
Sandy currently resides in Milwaukee, where she serves as Communication Manager for the City of Milwaukee Department of Public Works.
In addition to the salary and uniform, Rusch received VIP treatment prior to tonight’s game vs. the Philadelphia Phillies, 50 baseball cards with her likeness, a DVD of the highlight video shown at the press conference, a framed final page of her contract and the honor of throwing out the first pitch prior to the game:
Today was the Brewers Season Seat Holder luncheon, the second of two such events this season where Season Seat Holders with packages of 20+ games have the opportunity to attend.
The event, which takes place in the Skyy Lounge, includes a plated lunch (which was delicious!), a Q &A with Brewers players, and the opportunity to win prizes.
Today, Season Seat Holders were treated to a Q & A with Brewers outfielder Khris Davis and pitcher Kyle Lohse, emceed by Brewers TV Announcer Brian Anderson.
Questions ranged from workout routines and mentors to what they do with their free time and entrance music.
Some quotes and highlights:
Q: Khris, What do you talk about with opposing players when you get on base? Kyle, what does the catcher say to you when he visits the mound?
Khris: “I had an interesting conversation with the other Chris Davis. He said I reminded him of someone from the movie ‘Mr.3000′. Other than that, you pretty much just say, ‘What’s up?’”
Kyle: “I tell Luc not to even ask me what pitch I want to throw. I say, ‘You’re just gonna tell me something different anyway.’ That’s the kind of relationship he and I have. We’re tight.”
Q: Kyle, what do you tell your son (Kameron, age 7), who has started playing and has been in uniform around the clubhouse?
Kyle: “I just let him go have fun. Parents of the other kids on his teams ask me what they should do. I tell them to just let them have fun, don’t worry about techniques, just make them love the game. Kam loves coming to the park. It’s just one of those things where I’m fortunate enough to be able to do that and for him, he thinks coming in, high-fiving Ryan Braun is normal. One of these days he’ll be old enough to understand and really appreciate it.”
Q: You both have chosen entrance songs by Dr. Dre. Why did you choose your particular entrance music?
Kyle: “I’m from Cali and grew up listening to Snoop, Dre, Biggie, old rap stuff. My song ["Next Episode" by Dr. Dre] is one of my favorites from back in high school.”
Khris: “I picked mine [“Xxplosive” by Dr. Dre] because I liked the drums. Dr. Dre puts out good beats.”
Q: Besides baseball, what sports do you like to watch? To play?
Kyle: “I like watching football and I actually enjoy watching golf, probably because I like to play golf and because I have friends on the PGA Tour and I like to see how they are doing.”
Khris: “I like to watch college basketball and in the offseason, I’ll shoot hoops. I also like to read and play video games.”
Q: Kyle, can you tell me the difference between your breaking ball, curve and slider?
Kyle: “Well, ‘breaking ball’ is a term that the TV announcers like to use if they are not sure if it was a slider or curve,” he said, pointedly and jokingly in the direction of Brian Anderson, who laughed along with him. Kyle then proceeded to grab a baseball and show the crowd his various grips for his repertoire of pitches:
Q: What type of bat do you like to use?
Khris: “I prefer swinging ash. The wood bends with an ash bat vs. a maple bat. I like the flex the ash bat gives when I hit.”
And, even though the question was directed a Khris, Kyle jumped in: “I prefer swinging the one that gets the most hits out of all the pitchers,” he joked, as he leads the pitching staff with 6 hits this season. Kyle went on to talk about how in reality, Yovani Gallardo is the best hitter of all the pitchers, which is why he was called upon to pinch-hit vs. the Orioles earlier this season– a decision that resulted in a walk-off double.
At the conclusion of the event, drawings were held for prizes which included baseballs signed by Khris and Kyle.
Thanks to those who came out today, fun was had by all.
Tonight, we were pleased to welcome 16 Wisconsin students who will be attending college this fall with the help of the Brewers Community Foundation Scholarship Programs.
Four programs are currently offered through Brewers Community Foundation: The Allan H. Selig Scholarship, named in honor of MLB Commissioner Bud Selig; The Michael J. Bonan Scholarship; the Miller Park Community Scholarship Program; and the Player Scholarship Fund which this year was supported by Ryan Braun.
Since the scholarship program began in 2003, 116 students have received scholarships from Brewers Community Foundation Scholarship programs. Tonight, we added sixteen more.
Here’s the Class of 2014:
Allan H. Selig Scholarship Recipients:
• Verenis Estevez
• Darlan Perkins
• Brianna Christian
• Alexandria Muench
• Henry Healy
Michael J. Bonan Scholarship Recipients:
• Alex Bristol
• Ian Griffith
Miller Park Community Scholarship Recipients:
• Aaron Wilder
• Emily Thiede
Player Scholarship Recipients:
• Maleah Brody
• Jack Carroll
• Hope Dalebroux
• Adriana Sanchez
• Vanessa Skenandore
• Alma Lopez
• Erin May
In addition, LULAC Carlos Gomez Hispanic Scholarship recipients were also recognized tonight:
• Viridiana Banuelos-Barco
• Marisa Roman
• Carla Echeveste
• Destiny Watson
• Stephanie Mercado
• Adriana Cordero
Here are a few photos from the pregame ceremony:
Congratulations to these hardworking young men and women and thank you to Brewers Community Foundation for providing these opportunities!