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Zachary Sprader Interviews Carlos Gomez

Earlier this season, thanks to Make-A-Wish Wisconsin, we held  Zachary Sprader Wish Day at Miller Park. Zachary came out to Miller Park for a game and received the VIP treatment with a behind-the-scenes tour of the clubhouse, the chance to meet with several Brewers players & coaches and the opportunity to meet Bob Uecker in the his radio booth.

A huge fan of the Brewers, that was truly Zachary’s wish come true.  And today, he had another cool experience–the chance to interview Carlos Gomez, thanks to Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. Check it out here:

Great job, Zachary–and thank you for being such a loyal fan. We’re big fans of you, too.

-Cait

JohnandCait@Brewers.com

Brewers Community Achievers: Lila Haile

The Brewers Community Achievers Program presented by AllState recognizes residents throughout the state of Wisconsin each month during the season for displaying extraordinary efforts in their community.

All adults and school-aged children throughout the state of Wisconsin are eligible to participate in the program. Fans can nominate their Community Achiever online or pick up a nomination form at the Guest Relations Booth on the Field Level Concourse at Miller Park during the season.

This month’s honoree was recognized on the field prior to tonight’s Brewers vs. Marlins game at Miller Park.

This month’s honoree is Lia Haile.

Lila Haile

At age 10, Lia started Lia’s Hopeful Hearts Club, to help host birthday parties and special events for the kids and families at Hope House, a homeless shelter in Manitowoc. In her first week, Lia recruited three elementary school friends to join her Club.

Over the last 18 months, Lia’s Club has grown to over 600 members. Everyone is welcome to join, but must commit to one hour of their time per year to help with Lia’s Hopeful Hearts parties, projects, events and donation drives. Lia’s Club has sponsored numerous baby showers, food drives, birthday parties, ice cream socials and family movie and game nights. The Club also makes “Welcome Home Bags” for every child who first enters the door at the homeless shelter. The bags contain hygienic products, night lights for the toddlers and diapers and wipes for the infants. On top of her annual book drive and back-to-school items drive, Lia gives speeches to local schools and churches to raise awareness of homelessness in her community. Lia has touched the lives of hundreds of homeless individuals in the last 18 months. She has created more than a Club, she has initiated and established a way to bring joy and hope to the homeless families in Manitowoc.

Do you know someone who is a Community Achiever?

Perhaps they started a neighborhood clean-up program, volunteered to prepare meals for their elderly neighbors or even performed some feat of heroism. Nominate them today by clicking here.

-Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

RBI Athlete of the Month: Dylan Mercer

Reviving Baseball in the Inner Cities, or the RBI Program, is a MLB youth baseball initiative and partnership with the Boys & Girls Clubs. The RBI program was developed by former scout and Major Leaguer John Young in Los Angeles in 1989 to provide youth ages 9 to 17 the opportunity to learn and enjoy the game of baseball. Each month, we honor RBI student athletes on the diamond that portray dedication to academics, community involvement, leadership, reliability and monthly performance.

This month’s honoree is Dylan Mercer.

Dylan Mercer 2

Dylan plays many positions, catcher, third base and outfield. He is an overall outstanding athlete. Dylan is coachable, respectful, hardworking and humble. He understands the importance of teamwork and interacts positively with his teammates as well as players on the opposing team. Not only is Dylan an incredible baseball player, he prides himself on excelling academically. He maintains a 3.6 GPA at Milwaukee School of Languages.

Dylan Mercer

Thanks, Dylan, for your passion for baseball!

Want to help support the RBI Program? It’s as simple as sending a tweet!

When a Brewers pitcher strikes out an opposing batter, make sure to jump on Twitter and tweet: #WHIFF  and include our handle, @Brewers.

That’s all you have to do! Each month, if we’re in the top 7 teams, we can win anywhere from $2,500 to $10,000 for our local RBI program. AND the team with the most #Whiff tweets for the season will receive an additional $20,000 donation! 

We won $7500 the first four months of the season, so keep tweeting as our chances to help the local program are looking good! View the current standings at mlb.com/whiff.

-Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

What Cait Ate: Key Lime Pie Custard from 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

“Key Lime Pie Concrete Mixer “from

AJ Bombers

During each homestand, I’ll sample some of the latest and greatest Miller Park fare and review it here, for you.

Tonight, to kick off a four-game series against the Miami Marlins & AJ Bombers is serving up the Key Lime Pie Concrete Mixer at Miller Park.

Key Lime Pie

Fall is upon us, but take one spoonful of this sweet and tangy key lime pie custard mixed with shortbread cookies and you’ll be transported to a beach in Florida, listening to Kenny Chesney in the background singing “my my my my key lime pie.”

Want something extra sweet? Be sure to “check-in” via the free MLB.com At The Ballpark App for a special 2-for-1 custard offer this homestand!

Rating:

 

3 Sausages(out of 5)

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

johnandcait@brewers.com

Bring Pet Supplies With You This Weekend for Brewers Community Foundation’s Drive For Charity

This weekend is the final Brewers Community Foundation Drive for Charity for 2014, with a pet supplies drive during the Brewers series against the Reds.

Fans attending the games on Friday, Saturday and Sunday are invited to bring new pet supplies with them to Miller Park. In return, they will receive a special Brewers pin featuring Hank the Brewers Ballpark Pup.

Hank Pin

Items that will be collected include canned or dry puppy, dog, cat and kitten food; dog and cat toys (no stuffed toys, please); dog and cat treats; dog harnesses; cat litter; towels; stainless steel food and water bowls.

Fans should drop off their items from the time the gates open through the second inning of each of the games this weekend.

Fans wishing instead to make a donation of $5 can also receive the pin.

Saturday is also Wisconsin Humane Society Day at Miller PArk. All fans in attendance that night will also receive a BobbleHank.

-Cait

JohnandCait@Brewers.com

Nelson & Coulter Receive 2014 Minor League Pitcher and Player of the Year Awards Announced

Today we announced the recipients of the 2014 Robin Yount Performance Awards. Right-handed pitcher Jimmy Nelson was named Brewers Minor League Pitcher of the Year and catcher Clint Coulter was named Brewers Minor League Player of the Year.

Nelson, 25, went 10-2 with a 1.46 ERA in 17 games (16 starts) at Triple-A Nashville, including 114 strikeouts and 32 walks in 111.0 innings. He allowed just three home runs and held opponents to a .179 batting average. At the time of his promotion to Milwaukee on July 11, Nelson led the minor leagues in ERA, ranked third in the minors in strikeouts, and tied for the Pacific Coast League lead in wins.

Nelson, who entered the 2014 season as the top prospect in the organization according to Baseball America, was named the PCL’s starting pitcher for the 2014 Triple-A All-Star Game, but did not play due to his big league promotion. In addition, Nelson was named to the All-PCL Team and was named PCL Pitcher of the Year. In 11 starts with Milwaukee this season, he is 2-7 with a 4.38 ERA, including 52 strikeouts and 18 walks in 63.2 innings pitched.

The Brewers selected Nelson in the second round of the 2010 First-Year Player Draft from the University of Alabama.

Photo Courtesy: Mike Strasinger/Nashville Sounds

Photo Courtesy: Mike Strasinger/Nashville Sounds

Coulter, 21, played the entire season at Class-A Wisconsin, where he batted .287 with 22 HR and 89 RBI in 126 games. His 22 homers tied Wisconsin’s single-season HR mark (Khris Davis in 2010 and Victor Roache in 2013) and tied the Midwest League lead. He led the league in on-base percentage (.410) and hit by pitches (21). Additionally, he ranked among the league leaders in RBI (2nd), slugging percentage (2nd, .520), walks (3rd, 73), runs (T4th, 84), total bases (5th, 223), extra-base hits (5th, 53) and batting average (10th).

Coulter was selected as the starting designated hitter for the Western Division at the 2014 Midwest League All-Star Game and was named as the DH on the league’s Postseason All-Star Team. He was drafted by the Brewers in the first round of the 2012 First-Year Player Draft out of Union (WA) High School.

Photo Courtesy: Ann Mollica/Wisconsin Timber Rattlers

Photo Courtesy: Ann Mollica/Wisconsin Timber Rattlers

NEW SECURITY PROCEDURES TO BE INSTALLED AT MILLER PARK

In coordination with new procedures established by Major League Baseball, today we announced that all fans will be screened by metal detectors on Thursday, September 11 against the Miami Marlins and again on Saturday, September 13 against the Cincinnati Reds.

Fans are encouraged to arrive early on those dates to accommodate the screenings.

The Brewers have screened fans at select gates this year for multiple games, but this will mark the first full-screening of all fans attending games. For other remaining regular season home games, the Brewers will continue to scan at select gates.

Fans will need to remove all metal from their pockets before walking through the metal detectors. This includes items such as phones and keys; however, wallets, shoes and belts will not need to be removed. Bags will continue to be checked at the gates. The list of prohibited items at Miller Park has not altered, but fans are reminded that the Brewers will not hold any prohibited items. Fans will have the option of taking the item back to their vehicle or the team will dispose of it for them.

The new protocols are part of a broader security program initiated this season by Major League Baseball. The process of screening all fans at all games will be fully implemented for the Postseason and for all Major League Baseball games in 2015.

For more information, please visit brewers.com/fanscreening.

 

-Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

Scenes from #BrewersSocial: Recapping Brewers Social Media Night

Thank you to all of the fans who came out to Brewers Social Media Night tonight–and thank you to everyone who follows us on all of our social platforms year-round. We love seeing your photos and engaging with you. And, at events like these, it is great meeting you in person, too!

We had a great crowd of over 250 fans for our special event tonight, which started out with fans checking in at Helfaer Field and receiving their special t-shirt featuring the #BrewersTeamSelfie:

Fans Cheering

Fans then had the opportunity to take selfies of their own with the FOX Sports Wisconsin Girls, Bernie Brewer (a #MVT in his own right) and the Klement’s Famous Racing Sausages while waiting for the #BrewersMVT ceremony to begin.

Last month, fans elected Carlos Gomez the 2014 #BrewersMVT…. yes, that’s right…M-V-T. Most valuable tweeter. This is the first year that we’ve bestowed this award and, as you know, since so many of the Brewers players are active on Twitter, there was some stiff competition. But, you voted with your hashtags and your heart and selected Brewers All-Star and Gold Glove Winner Carlos Gomez as your favorite follow.

Perhaps it was the #BrewersTeamSelfie that put him over the edge, his photos of his teammates sleeping on the plane, or his fondness for the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, but whatever it was, it’s clear that Carlos Gomez keeps you entertained, not only on the field, but online as well.

We had a special award waiting for Carlos:

Brewers Radio Announcer (and avid tweeter) Joe Block was on hand to emcee the event:

Joe was about to present Carlos with his Golden Hashtag, but instead, Carlos surprised us all by pulling a fan out of the crowd to give it to him. “The fans voted for me, they should present it,” he said.

Ever the “social” butterfly, Carlos pulled out his phone and took a video of the crowd, which he posted to Instagram and Twitter on the spot:

Following the award ceremony, Carlos answered a few questions that had been tweeted in advance from fans. Then, we drew a grand prize: A Carlos Gomez package featuring the opportunity to take a selfie with Carlos on the field. Here’s the result:

Gomez Selfie

Many other fans walked away with prize packages as well:

Other Winners

Following the event, fans went inside Miller Park to watch the Crew take on the Marlins.

Hashtags

Here are some “best-of” tweets and Instagram posts from the fans throughout the night. You can find a comprehensive stream at brewers.com/socialmedianight.

 

Thank you also to FOX Sports Wisconsin for their coverage of our event:

 

Thank you once again to those who were able to join us and  those of you who follow us on social all year long! You make my job fun!

Oh, yes–one more thing.  Just a quick reminder that we’re closing in on one million fans on Facebook. If you’re not already following us there, please do! When we reach that milestone, one lucky fan will win a VIP package.

-Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

 

 

 

-Cait

JohnandCait@Brewers.com

 

Ramirez and Fiers named Brewers Players of the Month for August

Aramis Ramirez was named Brewers Player of the Month for August and Mike Fiers was selected as Brewers Pitcher of the Month for August.

Ramirez and Fiers

Ramirez batted .380 (38-for-100) with 8 doubles, a triple, 2 home runs and 13 RBI in 26 games during the month of August.

Fiers went 4-1 with a 1.80 ERA in 5 starts, including 41 strikeouts and just 6 walks in 35 innings pitched during August.

Both players were presented their awards prior to tonight’s game.

-Cait

JohnandCait@Brewers.com

Double Clutch Menu Item for the Marlins Series: Miami Cubano Sandwich

The Brewers kick off a four-game series tonight at Miller Park against the Miami Marlins and we’ve got a Miami Cubano Sandwich at the Double Clutch.

Roasted pork, ham and swiss with dijonaise and pickles and as side of homemade chips….delicious! This meal is $10.50.

Cubano

In addition, the Spaghetti-in-a-Meatball will also be available for $9.50.

As always, the Double Clutch is located outside section 215 on the Loge Level at Miller Park.

-Cait

johnandcait@brewers.com

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