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Brewers Give Back with #KindnessinMKE Event

Earlier today, players, coaches and staff fanned out across Milwaukee to give back to the community with surprise acts of kindness as part of the team’s #KindnessInMKE event. Virtually every member of the organization, from ownership to front office employees, the players and coaches, was encouraged to come up with a creative way to give back to the Cream City. Teammates in the organization, both on and off the field, surprised various unsuspecting patrons and non-profit organizations with acts that show their appreciation to the community that they call home.


The goal of the event was to do something impactful and fun. The activities began this morning with members of the front office visiting local charities to make unannounced donations and supply gifts to various nonprofits around southeast Wisconsin.

Personally, I began my day by stopping at Zilber Family Hospice, and dropping off a monetary donation toward their greatest needs. Zilber was very kind to my family when my grandmother spent her last days there a few years back and it felt good to be able to surprise them by giving back this morning.

Here’s a sampling of some of the other organizations touched by our staff:

At noon, the players began their rounds and spent a minimum of $500 each in gifts or donations at everything from retail stores to kids’ events – and everything in between. There were no rules, just encouragement for each player, coach and executive to come up with an idea that would be impactful and fun for them and their recipients. Here’s a look at some of their efforts:

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Participants and recipients tracked their activities by using the social media hashtag #KindnessInMKE throughout the day. It was even trending at one point!

We hope that everyone who was impacted by this initiative is inspired to pay it forward with their own acts of kindness!  We would love to see how you were impacted or how you are joining us in giving back. Share your story, photos and videos with us using the hashtag (#KindnessinMKE).

-Cait

@CMoyer

Brewers Community Achievers: Paul Druecke

The Brewers Community Achievers Program 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 is Paul Druecke, an essential part of Milwaukee’s growing conceptual art scene and a positive figure in Riverwest since the late ’90s.

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In 2000, Paul christened a portion of the Holton St. Bridge as Blue Dress Park and has co-hosted dozens of events there. The park represents people’s ability to imagine things as greater than what they appear and in 2010, Paul, along with a group of artists, historians and city planners, started an advocacy group to celebrate the existence and values of the park.

Paul’s years of dedication to the conceptual art community and his 15 years of volunteering commitment to the under-appreciated spaces in Milwaukee have brought awareness to the under-recognized parts of Milwaukee.

Thank you, Paul for your passion for the arts!

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

 

Hitting the Links at the 8th Annual Davey Nelson Celebrity Golf Tournament

Yesterday, I was fortunate enough to play in the Davey Nelson Celebrity Golf Tournament at the beautiful Irish Course at Whistling Straits in Kohler, Wisconsin.

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This was the eighth year of Davey’s tournament and the third at the Irish Course (in previous years, it’s been played at  Blackwolf Run).

Upon check-in, participants were provided with assorted goodies, including a shoe trees, a duffel bag and a rain jacket (which fortunately we didn’t need out there on the course!)

Then, the morning started off with golf pros walking the line at the driving range and a putting contest, along with a buffet brunch.

Each foursome in the tournament was paired with a celebrity golfer  to make up a five-person team. Team play consisted of a Scramble Format with team prizes awarded to the top finishers.

Among the many celebrities in the tournament were current Brewers personnel and alumni players:  Zach Davies, Ken Sanders, Gorman Thomas, Jerry Augustine, Jim Gantner, Paul Wagner, Greg Vaughn, Wes Obermueller, Doug Melvin, Jason Lane, Darnell Coles, Sal Bando, and Willie Mueller;  Randall McDaniel, Former NFL player; Greg Meyer, NFL Referee; Tony Smith, a former Milwaukee Bucks player; and Telly Hughes, sideline reporter for Fox Sports Wisconsin

My group consisted of former basketball player Tony Smith; former Brewers general manager Sal Bando; current Brewers coach Jason Lane; and my friend from Fox Sports Wisconsin, Brian Mikolajek.

The tournament was a shotgun start, so our group began on hole 9, a par four. We started off slow and scrambled for a couple of pars, but in the end, we never made a bogey and came away with one eagle and seven birdies to put us at -9 on the day (63).

A beautiful day on the golf course for a great cause!

A beautiful day on the golf course for a great cause!

Each hole also consisted of different challenges with opportunities to win various prizes for things like longest drive, longest putt, or closest to the hole.

Considering that our 63 was six shots better than my group last year, I felt like it was a very strong score–until we got back to the clubhouse and found that the winning group had posted a -18!

But, we had a ton of fun, which is the most important thing!We had wonderful weather, a fun day, the chance to play a beautiful championship course and, most importantly, we were helping a great cause: Open Arms Home for Children in South Africa and Brewers Community Foundation. Open Arms is a non-profit organization that provides shelter, clothing, protection and basic healthcare for what is now home to many children orphaned due to the Aids epidemic in South Africa. Davey has served as Board of Director for over five years.

Following golf, there was a reception and silent auction, followed by a live auction.

During dinner, we learned more about Open Arms and heard stories about the children whose lives we were helping, all by taking a day off of work to play golf.

My boss, Tyler Barnes, VP of Communications, was on hand to speak about his personal experience at Open Arms as he and his family had visited South Africa over the holidays.

The entire presentation was very touching and moving and I’m so happy that this event has been able to raise money to support the organization, which Davey and many others have dedicated a lot of time and energy into making a success.

For more information on Open Arms, please visit the website at http://www.openarmshome.com.

Here are some more photos from the day and I hope to see you out at the tournament next year!

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-Cait

@CMoyer

 

Check Out the ATI Club on July 10 for Just $59!

6/29/16 Update: Sorry folks! This offer sold out in less than 12 hours! Next time, you’ll need to be a bit quicker.:)

Ever wanted to check out one of our all-inclusive areas, but haven’t had the chance to yet?

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Well, here’s your chance! On Sunday, July 10, we’re offering individual tickets in the ATI Club for just $59. These tickets include a full buffet (BBQ chicken breasts, in-house smoked beef brisket with caramelized onions, mini Klement’s hot dogs and bratwursts, red potato salad, nacho bar with ground beef, a mixed green salad, assorted cookies and brownies, and unlimited soft drinks) and two beers per adult.

As an added bonus, Sunday, July 10 is also Bob Uecker Alarm Clock Day, so all fans in attendance will go home with one of these super-unique items.

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You’ll have to hurry. This offer is extremely limited and expected to sell out quickly, so visit brewers.com/allin and click on the buy individual tickets button to secure your seats today!

-Cait

@CMoyer

 

Braun and Lucroy among Leaders in NL All-Star Balloting

Jonathan Lucroy remains in fifth place among National League catchers and Ryan Braun remains fifth among NL outfielders in the fifth All-Star balloting update, which was announced today.  Lucroy (70g, .299, 10hr, 36rbi, 3sb) is first among NL catchers in triples (3) and ranks among NL catching leaders in batting average (2nd, .316), on-base percentage (2nd, .369), slugging percentage (2nd, .531), hits (2nd, 72), home runs (2nd, 10) and doubles (T4th, 13). Additionally, Lucroy has thrown out the most baserunners attempting to steal among all catchers this season (22-for-61; 36.1%).  Braun, a six-time-All, Star, is batting .324 with 14 doubles, 12 HR, 38 RBI and 6 stolen bases in 62 games.  Defensively, his 8 outfield assists rank tied for first among NL outfielders.

First baseman Chris Carter ranks among the National League leaders in HR (T3rd, 19). Shortstop Jonathan Villar (72g, .298, 6hr, 30rbi, 26sb) leads the Major Leagues in stolen bases (26) and is ninth in walks (37). He has reached base safely in 62 of his 72 games this season.
Vote Brewers now through Thursday, June 30th at 10:59 p.m. CT at brewers.com/allstar.
The complete All-Star balloting update release is available here.

Dear Will Smith…Attempt #2

Brewers reliever Will Smith’s quest to meet the actor Will Smith continued late last week as the pitcher recruited a couple of his fellow bullpen mates to help him make a video.

If you’ll recall, back in Spring Training 2014, Brewers pitcher Will Smith penned a letter to “the other” Will Smith–as in the actor, producer and songwriter, Will Smith….yeah, that guy–inviting him to come visit him in Milwaukee.

Well, that never came to fruition, but with ’90s Night on the horizon and these awesome shirts on tap as a giveaway with our special ’90s Night Ticket Package, Will thought that this time, he might get a response.

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One can only hope!

Be sure to join in the #WillMeetsWill campaign on Twitter and Instagram to see if we can organize our efforts and get Will Smith out to Miller Park this summer to meet his namesake.

-Cait

@CMoyer

 

GREG VAUGHN ATTENDS HIS ALL-FAN BOBBLEHEAD GIVEAWAY DAY

Today Greg Vaughn is in attendance as we honor him with his own Bobblehead day. All fans who turn out for the 1:10 p.m. contest against the Washington Nationals today received a Greg Vaughn ‘90s Bobblehead, presented by Pepsi.

Vaughn was the fourth overall selection by the Brewers in the 1986 First-Year Player Draft. He spent eight seasons in the Cream City where he batted .246 with 528 runs, 799 hits, 158 doubles, 13 triples, 169 home runs and a .333 OBP in 903 games. He ranks eighth all-time on the Brewers home run list.

The former outfielder got the game underway when he threw out the ceremonial first pitch.

He was also available for autographs shortly after the game began.

Good to have you back, Greg!

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Scotts Pitch, Hit and Run Team Championship Participants Recognized

This spring, over 650,000 children participated nationwide in Major League Baseball’s free Pitch, Hit and Run Program, presented by Scotts.

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Prior to today’s game, the top 24 qualifiers from Wisconsin competed at Miller Park in hopes of advancing to the national finals at the 2016 Major League Baseball All-Star Game in San Diego.

The 2016 National Finalists will be announced live on MLB Network tomorrow.

Congratulations to our Championship Team!

Congratulations to our Championship Team!

Special thanks goes out to the thousands of volunteers who helped coordinate the Pitch, Hit and Run program.

 

 

BREWERS SIGN TOP DRAFT SELECTION COREY RAY

The Milwaukee Brewers today announced the signing of first-round draft selection, outfielder Corey Ray (fifth overall) from the 2016 First-Year Player Draft. The announcement was made by Vice President of Amateur Scouting and Special Assistant to the General Manager Ray Montgomery.

Corey Ray took batting practice at Miller Park this afternoon and was formally introduced at a press conference.

Here are some great photos from this special day, taken by Brewers Team Photographer, Scott Paulus:

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Ray, who recently completed his junior season at the University of Louisville, batted .310 with 55 runs, 16 doubles, one triple, 15 home runs, 60 RBI and 44 stolen bases in 64 games. He compiled a .388 on-base percentage and a .545 slugging percentage this season. Ray was previously drafted by the Seattle Mariners in the 33rd round of the 2013 First-Year Player Draft out of Simeon Career Academy, but chose to enroll in college instead. The left-handed hitter was scouted by Area Scout Jeff Simpson.

Born in Chicago, Illinois, Ray, 21, participated in the Jackie Robinson West Little League and the Chicago White Sox Amateur City Elite program growing up. During his tenure at Louisville, he was named 2015 Baseball America Second Team All-America, 2015 NCBWA Second Team All-America, 2015 D1 Baseball Third Team All-America and to the 2015 USA Baseball Collegiate National Team. In addition, he was a 2015 All-ACC First Team selection and a member of the 2014 Louisville Regional All-Tournament Team.

In addition, the Brewers have signed the following draft selections: LHP Daniel Brown (7th round, Mississippi State University), 1B Ronnie Gideon (23rd round, Texas A&M University) and RHP Michael Gonzalez (24th round, Norwalk High School, CT). The Brewers have now signed each of their first 11 draft selections and 29 players from the 2016 First-Year Player Draft. Additionally, the team has signed RHP Jeremy Newton (non-drafted) from the University of British Columbia.

MILLER PARK HOMESTAND HIGHLIGHTS: JUNE 24–30

The Brewers return home tonight to take on the Washington Nationals at 7:10 p.m. This is the first of six matchups between the two teams this season, which includes a three-game series beginning on July 4 in the nation’s capital. Following an off-day on Monday, the Crew opens a three-game series against the Los Angeles Dodgers to conclude the homestand. Highlights include the second Free-Shirt Friday of the season, a special Zubazpalooza ticket package, Girl Scout Night, the 11th Annual Negro Leagues Tribute Game, Greg Vaughn ’90s All-Fan Bobblehead Giveaway and Little League Night.

BCF Drive For Charity, Friday June 24 – Sunday, June 26: Brewers Community Foundation will be collecting full-size toiletry items (shampoo, toothpaste, soap bars, etc.) throughout the weekend homestand to be given to local charity Guest House. Donate or make a $5 contribution during BCF’s second Drive For Charity and receive a Jeremy Jeffress collectible pin. Items will be accepted from the time of gate opening through the second inning.

Friday, June 24 vs. Washington Nationals – 7:10 p.m.

Season Seat Holder Appreciation Day – Season Seat Holders receive 25% off food, beverage and merchandise during select games by simply presenting their Season Seat Holder ID Card. Season Seat Holders also enjoy the opportunity to enter Miller Park 30 minutes prior to the general public to watch the Brewers take batting practice. For more information, visit brewers.com/sshappreciation.

Free-Shirt Friday – All fans in attendance will receive a Brewers Ball and Glove logo T-shirt, courtesy of Hupy and Abraham. Choice of Adult M and Adult XL only.

Miller Lite Beerpen – Every Friday home game, fans 21 and older can be a part of the Miller Lite Beerpen in the right-field Loge Bleachers. Fans can buy a Loge Bleacher ticket at the regular price and receive a free Miller Lite Brewers hat. For information, visit brewers.com/beerpen.

Girl Scout Night – Girl Scout troops will enjoy specially discounted tickets and have the opportunity to participate in an on-field pregame ceremony.

Student Night – Every Friday home game, high school and college students can purchase $10 Terrace Reserved tickets and $15 Loge Bleachers tickets. They also can enjoy a happy hour at certain concession stands from the time gates open through the end of the first inning. Happy hour pricing includes hot dogs, nachos, 12oz sodas and 12oz beers for $3 each. For more information, visit brewers.com/students. Excludes the Miller Lite Beerpen and the Brewers vs. Cubs game.

ZubazpaloozaFans who purchase a special Zubazpalooza ticket package will receive their choice of Zubaz-print shorts or Zubaz-print leggings.

 

Saturday, June 25 vs. Washington Nationals – 3:10 p.m.

Negro Leagues Tribute Game, presented by Froedtert & Medical College of Wisconsin – The Brewers will wear vintage Milwaukee Bears uniforms and the Washington Nationals will wear uniforms of the Homestead Grays for the 11th Annual Negro Leagues Tribute Game at Miller Park. The game is presented by Froedtert & Medical College of Wisconsin.

 

Sunday, June 26 vs. Washington Nationals – 1:10 p.m.

Greg Vaughn ’90s Bobblehead Giveaway & Autograph Signing – All fans in attendance will receive a Greg Vaughn ’90s Bobblehead, courtesy of Pepsi. Vaughn will throw out the ceremonial first pitch and will sign autographs at 1:10 p.m. on the Field Level concourse near the big glove in the U.S. Cellular® Power Playground behind section 108.

Kids Eat Free Sunday – Every Sunday home game, all kids 14 and under will receive a voucher upon entrance to Miller Park good for a free hot dog, apple slices, a bottle of water and an ice cream treat, courtesy of Pick ‘n Save, Blue Bunny & Heinz.

Prairie Farms Dairy Kids Base Run – Kids 16 and under can run the bases after Sunday home games, courtesy of Prairie Farms Dairy.

Major League Baseball Scott’s Pitch, Hit & Run Team Championship Competition – This spring, over 600,000 children participated nationwide in Major League Baseball’s free Pitch, Hit & Run program. Prior to Sunday’s game, the top 12 boy and girl qualifiers from Wisconsin  will compete at Miller Park in hopes of advancing to the National Finals at the 2016 Major League Baseball All-Star Game in San Diego, CA. Winners from the competition will be recognized on the field during a pre-game presentation.

 

Monday, June 27 – Off Day

 

Tuesday, June 28 vs. Los Angeles Dodgers – 7:10 p.m.

Baseball Card Giveaway – All fans in attendance will receive an oversized baseball card featuring Brewers infielder Scooter Gennett, plus a Topps baseball card pack, courtesy of Topps.

Little League NightLittle League Teams will enjoy specially discounted tickets and have the opportunity to participate in a pregame parade around the warning track.

Community Achievers – The Milwaukee Brewers community involvement initiative, known as the “Community Achievers Award,” recognizes residents throughout the state of Wisconsin each month during the season for displaying extraordinary efforts in their community. On Tuesday, Paul Druecke will be recognized as June’s Community Achiever. He will throw out the ceremonial first pitch before the game.

Play Sun Smart – The Brewers are joining Major League Baseball, all MLB Clubs, and players promoting sun safety this spring and summer through the Play Sun Smart initiative and encouraging fans about skin cancer screenings and practicing sun-safe behaviors throughout the season. In addition, USA Baseball, the National Governing Body for the sport of baseball in the United States, created an educational course about skin cancer awareness and sun safety in support of Play Sun Smart. The course is hosted by Darrell S. Rigel, MD, FAAD, a board-certified dermatologist and consultant for the New York Yankees. This free course is available to coaches, players, parents, and fans nationwide through USABaseball.Education.

 

Wednesday, June 29 vs. Los Angeles Dodgers – 7:10 p.m.

Season Seat Holder Appreciation Day – Season Seat Holders receive 25% off food, beverage and merchandise during select games by simply presenting their Season Seat Holder ID Card. Season Seat Holders also enjoy the opportunity to enter Miller Park 30 minutes prior to the general public to watch the Brewers take batting practice. For more information, visit brewers.com/sshappreciation.

Brew Crew & the Zoo – For just $20, fans can get a Terrace Reserved ticket to the game, one adult general admission ticket to the Milwaukee County Zoo and a free lunch cooler. For an additional $10 per package, fans can upgrade their seats to Loge Outfield Box. The ticket package is not available for purchase on the day of the game.

Rock the Ballpark – The Brewers and Summerfest have teamed up once again this year. For just $24, fans can get a Terrace Reserved ticket to the game and one Summerfest General Admission ticket, good any time during Summerfest 2016, June 29-July 3 & July 5-10. For an additional $5 per package, fans can upgrade their seats to the Loge Bleachers. The ticket package is not available for purchase on the day of the game.

RBI Athlete of the Month – Each month, an RBI (reviving baseball in the inner cities) athlete will be recognized for their dedication to academics, community involvement, leadership, reliability and monthly performance. On Wednesday, an RBI participant will be recognized as June’s RBI Athlete of the Month and will throw out the ceremonial first pitch.

 

Thursday, June 30 vs. Los Angeles Dodgers – 1:10 p.m.

Brew Crew & the Zoo – For just $20, fans can get a Terrace Reserved ticket to the game, one adult general admission ticket to the Milwaukee County Zoo and a free lunch cooler. For an additional $10 per package, fans can upgrade their seats to Loge Outfield Box. The ticket package is not available for purchase on the day of the game.

Brewers Coupon Book Giveaway – The first 25,000 fans 18 and older will receive a Brewers Coupon Book with a variety of special offers and Brewers ticket savings.

Kids & Senior Citizens Discount Days – On most weekday afternoon home games, kids 14 and under and seniors 60+ save 50% on tickets. Excludes Labor Day, All-Inclusive Areas and Uecker Seats.

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