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Biking for Baseball: One Man’s 11,750-mile Journey Finishes at Miller Park

On April 6, Mariners Opening Day at Safeco Field, Matt Stolz began to pursue an ambitious goal for a good cause: to ride his bike to all 30 MLB ballparks by the end of the season while raising money and attention for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Milwaukee and Biking for Baseball, a Denver-based nonprofit that helps raise awareness and money for Big Brothers Big Sisters and the Boys and Girls Clubs of America.

The 22-year-old Wisconsin native and recent University of Wisconsin graduate has a history of crazy charitable endeavors but he nothing like an 11,000+ mile ride across the country.

For the past six months, Matt has spent 180 nights on the road, pedaling 11,750 miles and finally, today, reaching his goal of biking to all 30 MLB ballparks.

Matt arrived around 10am this morning and the first thing he did was put on a clinic for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Milwaukee out at Helfaer Field.

“It was really great to see kids who had never before picked up a bat or ball start playing the game by the end of the clinic. And that it was right here in front of Miller Park was pretty special,” Matt said.

And after that?

“We started tailgating… I mean, what else would you do here in Wisconsin?”

For the majority of his trip, Matt cycled completely on his own, but said that sometimes people, even strangers, would reach out and want to ride with him for a day or two. He had no support vehicle and tried to get free lodging where he can from friends and family, or people he met during his journey.

“My favorite part of the trip was meeting the fans. I’m a huge baseball fan and I just enjoyed getting to meet other fans. Whether it was the Athletics fans in Oakland, the Braves fans in Atlanta, or the fans in New York, I enjoyed sharing my passion with individuals in every corner of the country. We may have different team alliances, but we all share a love of the game,” Matt told me.

While Miller Park is special to Matt because the Brewers are his home team and his family and friends were here to welcome him back, he says his favorite ballpark was PNC Park in Pittsburgh.

“The view is second to none,” he said.

That'll do, Pittsburgh, That'll do. One incredible view from PNC Park in Pittsburgh.

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Although he was getting to visit other ballparks, watching baseball and having fun meeting fellow fans, the journey was still physically and emotionally taxing for Matt. He said, “It was tough and there were hardships, but whether it was poison ivy, tornadoes, flooding or snow, I knew one way or another I was going to finish my goal. The challenges just made succeeding that much more triumphant.”

And succeed he did. Besides completing his journey, Matt raised about $30,000 in donations for a great cause along the way.

We’re proud of Matt and happy to have him and his family and friends out here at Miller Park tonight.






Brewers Minor League Awards Presented

We congratulate Jorge Lopez and Orlando Arcia as recipients of the 2015 Robin Yount Performance Awards, given to the Brewers Minor League Pitcher and Player of the Year.

Before tonight’s game, Brewers Manager Craig Counsell presented the awards to Jorge Lopez and Biloxi Shuckers Manager Carlos Subero, who was here to accept the award on behalf of Orlando Arcia.

Brewers Manager Craig Counsell was on hand to present the Minor League Awards.

Brewers Manager Craig Counsell was on hand to present the Minor League Awards. (PHOTO: Scott Paulus/Milwaukee Brewers)

Jorge was named the 2015 Minor League Pitcher of the Year. He spent the 2015 season with the Biloxi Shuckers, our Double-A Affiliate in the Southern League. There, he went 12-5 with a 2.26 ERA in 24 starts for the Southern League South Division Champions this season and his 2.26 ERA was only behind teammate Tyler Wagner for the lead.

Jorge struck out 137 batters, while walking 52. As he finished the season, he led the league in WHIP, tied for the league-lead in wins and placed third in strikeouts.

Jorge was named a mid-season and postseason Southern League All-Star as well as the Most Outstanding Pitcher of the Year. In addition, he was named Brewers Minor League Pitcher of the Month for each of the last three months of the season. Jorge made his Major League debut and became the 18th player in franchise history to earn the win his Big League debut.

We also surprised Jorge by airing a congratulatory message from Jorge’s girlfriend and young son in Cincinnati.

Brewers beat writer Adam McCalvy has the backstory.

The 2015 Minor League Player of the Year is Orlando Arcia who also spent the 2015 season with the Biloxi Shuckers. Orlando finished his first season at the Double-A level batting .307 with 37 doubles, 7 triples, 8 homers, 69 RBI and 25 stolen bases in 129 games.

The 21-year-old finished his 2015 campaign among the Southern League leaders in several categories, including doubles, at-bats, total bases, extra-base hits, RBI, slugging percentage, runs and average. Orlando hit .400 with 3 homers and 10 RBI in the Shuckers quest for the Southern League Championship.

Orlando was named the recipient of the 2015 Rawlings Minor League Gold Glove Award for defensive excellence after an impressive all-around season at the plate and in the field, including just 13 errors in 585 total chances. This is the second consecutive season that a Brewers prospect has won the award. Orlando was named both a mid-season and postseason Southern League All-Star this year.

Accepting the award on Orlando’s behalf was Biloxi Shuckers Manager, Carlos Subero, who we also recognized tonight.

Carlos was recently named Southern League Manager of the Year. He led the Shuckers to a Southern League South Division First Half Championship and a 43-25 record, withstanding a 54-game road trip and into the Southern League playoffs during their inaugural season.

We also recognized area scout Charlie Sullivan who, along with Manolo Hernandez, were responsible for signing Jorge Lopez.

Jorge, Orlando and Carlos: Congratulations on a successful 2015 season!


Over $20,000 donated to Sojourner Family Peace Center Through “K’s for a Cause” Program in 2015

Before tonight’s game, CEO of Waterstone Bank Doug Gordon, Executive Director of Brewers Community Foundation Cecelia Gore and Director of Development for the Sojourner Family Peace Center Heather Wolfgram were joined on the field by Kyle Lohse for a special “K’s For a Cause” check presentation.

Each time a Brewers pitcher recorded a strikeout at Miller Park this season, fans watched the numbers rise on the K’s for a Cause strikeout meter in right field. As each strikeout piled up, Waterstone Bank made a financial contribution to the campaign. They were joined this year by pitcher Kyle Lohse, who pledged to make an additional contribution to Brewers Community Foundation.

Proceed from the K’s for a Cause campaign have been tallied and will be directed to the Sojourner Family Peace Center, a non-profit community organization that exists to end domestic violence and create peaceful communities.

The K’s for a Cause campaign has been a resounding success. Waterstone Bank, Brewers Community Foundation and Kyle Lohse were proud to announce that, together, they have raised a total of $20,100 for the 2015 season for the Sojourner Family Peace Center. This brings the a two-year grand total to $39,600!

Thanks to Waterstone Bank, Brewers Community Foundation and Kyle Lohse for their tremendous donation and their ongoing commitment to helping the good work of the Sojourner Family Peace Center.



Brewers Players Visit the Miller Park Parking Lots

Before tonight’s game, Brewers players and coaches were escorted on golf carts throughout the parking lots to surprise fans with gifts as a way of thanking everyone for their season-long support. After batting practice, the players hopped on the carts and went for the ride.

Every Brewers player and coach handed out Brewers goodies to fans in the parking lots to show appreciation for their support. Many gave high fives and some even stopped for a quick snack at a tailgate.



The Attanasio family also participated in the event:

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The gesture caught most fans by surprise as they really didn’t really expect to see Brewers players cruising through the lots on golf carts. It was a fun treat to see the reaction of the fans when they saw the players. There were a lot of double takes! It was also fun to see the reaction of the players, some of whom had never seen the extravagant tailgating that goes on before every Brewers game.

Were you in the parking lots tonight?  Share your story with us in the comments section below!



Ryan Braun Named “We Energies High-Energy Player of the Year”

Prior to tonight’s contest against the Chicago Cubs, Ryan Braun was named the 2015 “We Energies High-Energy Player of the Year.” The award honored Braun who was voted as the Brewers player that best personifies the characteristics of hard work, a positive attitude and an aggressive approach to playing the game as voted on by fans, media members and We Energies.

Barry McNulty, We Energies Director of Corporate Communications, presented Braun the award in an on-field ceremony prior to the first pitch against the Cubs. The ceremony also featured members of the Brewers organization including Manager and 2009 We Energies High-Energy Player of the Year Craig Counsell and Chief Operating Officer Rick Schlesinger.  Zach Stevens, winner of the “We Energies High-Energy Player of the Year” Grand Slam Prize, was also present.

The Brewers outfielder received 56.8 percent of the total vote, whereas the other finalist, first baseman Adam Lind, received 42.3 percent. Braun was named to his sixth All-Star game and hit for a .285 average, .356 on base percentage and a .356 slugging percentage in 140 games in 2015. The eight-year veteran hit 25 home runs, giving him a total of 255 career home runs and making him the all-time franchise leader in the category, passing former leader, Robin Yount. Braun recorded his fourth career 20 stolen bases and 20 home run season, previously accomplishing the feat in 2009 (32/20), 2011 (33/33) and 2012 (41/30). He was also one of two players in the Major Leagues in 2015 with at least 20 home runs and 20 stolen bases, joining only Paul Goldschmidt of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

This is Braun’s third We Energies High-Energy Player of the Year award, as he previously won the award in 2008 and 2012. Other past winners include Jonathan Lucroy (2014), Carlos Gomez (2013), Nyjer Morgan (2011), Rickie Weeks (2010), Craig Counsell (2009), Prince Fielder (2007) and Bill Hall (2006).

We Energies High-Energy Player of the Year Award to be Announced Tonight

All the ballots have been counted and the Brewers and We Energies will announce the winner of the 2015 “We Energies High-Energy Player of the Year” in a pre-game ceremony prior to tonight’s game against the Chicago Cubs.  The award is presented to the Brewers player that best personifies the characteristics of hard work, a positive attitude and an aggressive approach to playing the game as voted on by fans, media members and We Energies.

The Brewers and We Energies also announced that Zach Stevens of Greenfield was chosen as the winner of the Grand Slam Prize package. Stevens voted for the award online at and had his name selected in a drawing. Stevens’ prize package includes participation in the “We Energies High-Energy Player of the Year” pre-game ceremony, the opportunity to throw out a first pitch prior to tonight’s game, six Field Diamond Box tickets for tonight’s game, an authentic autographed jersey signed by the 2015 We Energies High-Energy Player of the Year, and a Club Level luxury suite for a 2016 Brewers home game.

Sixty lucky fans who voted online also won a pair of Field Infield Box tickets for a Brewers home game this season, compliments of We Energies.

Jonathan Lucroy won the award 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).

Congrats to #BrewersRoadCrew Winner, Ashley Honzik!

Ashley Honzik couldn’t believe it when she received word that she had been chosen to join the Brewers in San Diego for their final road series of the 2015 season.

“I thought, ‘Is this for real?’ When I submitted my photo, I knew there was a chance of winning a prize, but I was really just doing it for fun,” Ashley told me when we met up before yesterday’s Brewers vs. Padres game at Petco Park.

Ashley won the opportunity by being part of the #BrewersRoadCrew. All season long, we’ve encouraged fans who travel to support the team on the road, or who support the Brewers while on vacation or living afar, to submit their photos to, as well as share them with us on Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag.

We’ve picked one winner during each roadtrip this season to win a Southwest Airlines gift card and then, early in September, we drew the grand prize–a trip for two to see the Crew in San Diego.

Ashley submitted the winning photo of herself with her dad, Mark, back in June when the two traveled to catch the Brewers in Kansas City:

“That was right around Father’s Day, so we did a father-daughter trip,” Ashley said. “When I found out I won, I knew right away that I was going to take my dad. We’re both diehard Brewers fans.”

“I was in shock when she called me,” Mark said. “I said, ‘You’re kidding me.’ I mean, what are the chances…. I know there are a ton of great photos. I felt honored to get picked.”

The experience is extra-special for Mark, who lost his leg in an industrial accident in 1975. “October 10 will be the 40th anniversary of the accident and this seriously is the best gift ever to celebrate him and the fact that he’s able to do everyday things like go on a trip to watch his favorite team,” Ashley said. “He’s definitely one of the strongest people I know.”

Ashley said she’s been to about 6 or 7 ballparks and Mark’s been to about 5 or 6. The Honziks are from De Pere, Wisconsin, but they still travel down to Miller Park for at least 5-10 games every season.

For their prize, Ashley and Mark were flown out to San Diego courtesy of Southwest, where they stayed for two nights and attended two games (Wednesday night and this afternoon).

Neither Ashley nor her dad had ever been to San Diego, so they also squeezed in some other sightseeing, such as a boat tour, as well as sampled some of the great seafood the city has to offer.

Here are a few photos from their trip that Ashley was kind enough to share with me:

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Thanks to Ashley and Mark for being such awesome Brewers fans and thanks to  Southwest for supplying the prizes for the #BrewersRoadCrew contest.

And last but not least, thank you to all of the fans who have supported the Crew both on the road and at home all season long!



Gain Early Access to the Brewers Clubhouse Sale When Shopping at Brewers Team Store This Homestand

During the final homestand of 2015 (October 2-4), fans will receive a coupon for an early entry opportunity into the 2015 Brewers Clubhouse Sale when they spend $75 or more in the Brewers Team Store. Early Entry Coupons will grant the fan, plus one guest, the opportunity to shop at the Brewers Clubhouse Sale on December 3, one day before the sale is open to the general public.
The annual Brewers Clubhouse Sale is slated to be open to the public on Friday, December 4 and Saturday, December 5.


Orlando Arcia Wins Minor League Gold Glove Award

Minor League Baseball and Rawlings Sporting Goods Company, Inc. today announced Minor League Baseball’s recipients of the 2015 Rawlings Gold Glove Award® for defensive excellence.  Brewers prospect Orlando Arcia was awarded the Gold Glove at shortstop after an impressive all-around season at the plate and in the field, including just 13 errors in 585 total chances for the Biloxi Shuckers (AA).

Photo: Benton Reed/Biloxi Shuckers

Photo: Benton Reed/Biloxi Shuckers

This is the second consecutive season that a Brewers prospect has won the award, as outfielder Michael Ratterree received the Gold Glove with the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers (A) last year.

Arcia was named the organization’s Player of the year earlier this month and is widely regarded as one of baseball’s top prospects. He finished his first season at the Double-A level batting .307/.347/.453 with 37 doubles, seven triples, eight homers, 69 RBI and 25 stolen bases in 129 games. The 21-year-old finished his campaign was among the league-leaders in several categories including average (5th), at-bats (2nd, 512), RBI (4th), doubles (1st), slugging percentage (5th), extra-base hits (3rd, 52), runs (5th, 74) and total bases (2nd, 232). He set new career-highs in almost every hitting category including runs, hits, doubles, triples and home runs.
The Venezuelan native was signed by the Brewers as a non-drafted free agent in 2010. He was named both a mid-season and postseason Southern League All-Star this year. Arcia was honored with the League’s Player of the Week award for May 25-June 1 when he batted .400 (10-25) with 6 runs, 5 doubles, a homer, 5 RBI and 2 walks in six games. In addition, Arcia was selected to represent the World Team in the 2015 Futures Game at Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati. Arcia is ranked as the top prospect in the Brewers organization, according to


Arcia will receive his Rawlings Gold Glove Award, molded after the iconic award given to Major League Baseball’s top defensive players, during the 2016 season.


Jonathan Lucroy Named Recipient of 2015 Bob Feller Act of Valor Award

Today, the Bob Feller Act of Valor Award Foundation announced the winners of the 2015 Bob Feller Act of Valor Award and we’re proud to share that our own Jonathan Lucroy is included among the six recipients!
This year, in addition to Lucroy, the honorees are Hall-of-Famer George Brett, Chief Petty Officer Genell Cody, Staff Sergeant Rene Segura, USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70), and HOPPER Information Services Center.

Jonathan 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 uniform is commendable. During the 2014 offseason, Lucroy also joined veterans on the Honor Flight, traveling with 41 WWII and Korean War Veterans to Washington D.C.

“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,” Lucroy said.

The Bob Feller Act of Valor Award is an award named after the Hall of Fame pitcher who was the first Major League Baseball player to enlist in the United States Navy 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.”

Lucroy was recognized as one of 15 finalists across Major League Baseball for the award, created by Peter Fertig, with the support of the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, the USS Alabama Battleship Memorial, the Cleveland Indians, the Baseball Hall of Fame, the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association, and the gracious consent of Mrs. Anne Feller, the San Diego Padres, and the family of Jerry Coleman.

“It is truly inspiring to watch these players within Major League Baseball honor our U.S. Military and those who serve proudly today,” said Fertig.

Our thanks to Jonathan and all who support the actions, values and dedication of our servicemen and women. Lucroy is scheduled to be joined by the other honorees in Washington, D.C. on November 4.

To learn more about the Bob Feller Act of Valor Award, please visit




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