It’s #ThrowbackThursday and today we’re gonna party like it’s 1999.
Here’s your chance to score Field Outfield tickets for the Brewers vs. Cubs game on Friday, April 25 for 1999 pricing—just $18!
All you have to do is enter “THROWBACK” as the coupon code on brewers.com.
This offer is valid until 11:59pm CT on Thursday, April 24, 2014.
In honor of this offer, I dug through my old ticket stubs and found this Brewers vs. Cubs stub… From exactly 15 years ago today. The Crew won, 5-4. Rafael Roque started. Guys in the lineup included Vina, Cirillo, Burnitz, Loretta and Jenkins. #Memories
While Tax Deadline Day is not a day typically greeted with much excitement, this year there is reason for Brewers fans to look forward to April 15.
For tomorrow only, Brewers tickets will be available for just $4.15 as part of the “Tax Day Triple Play,” presented by Baker Tilly.
Beginning at 9 a.m. tomorrow morning, fans can purchase tickets in the Loge Bleachers, Loge Outfield and Terrace Levels for the April 21, 22 and 23 games vs. the San Diego Padres for only $4.15.
Tickets will go on sale exclusively through Brewers.com/taxday at 9 a.m. tomorrow and will be available until 11:59 p.m. or until supply is exhausted. In order to take part in the offer, fans will need to enter the password TRIPLEPLAY.
There is a limit of eight tickets per game. More information on this special promotion can be found at Brewers.com/taxday.
-John and Cait
The “Brewers Baseball Academy presented by Kwik Trip,” 10 separate weeklong baseball/softball camps that will be held in various cities across Wisconsin this summer for kids ages 6-14, will be back for its second season and so is Tim Rappe. In addition to putting on the camps, last summer executive director Tim Rappe provided some baseball tips here on John and Cait…Plus 9 as well. Read on for more from Coach Tim!
“MOMENT OF TRUTH #2”:The First Domino to Fall in the Swing Sequence
In my last post I discussed the importance of starting in the optimum stance to generate bat accuracy and power at the point of contact. I labeled that MOMENT OF TRUTH #1. Today’s topic is a bit more controversial. I say “controversial” not because hitting experts don’t recognize that it happens; but rather because some may not give it the same emphasis as we do at the Brewers Baseball Academy. This single move can set up the hitter’s lower half for success or it can betray the entire swing…and it doesn’t come naturally for hitters so we need to teach it. That’s why I think it’s critical.
So, exactly what is MOMENT OF TRUTH #2? So many times I’ve heard baseball people debate regarding the first thing that moves when we launch the bat. Invariably, there is a group that believes that the hitter “just throws his hands” at the ball. Yes, the hitter does do that…but it is by no means the FIRST thing. In fact, it’s the last thing the hitter does prior to contact.
So what’s first? Drum roll please…The inside of the back knee pinches forward and down toward the inside ankle of the front foot. It’s the Knee Pinch that keeps the hitter from spinning on his back foot. It’s the Knee Pinch that launches the back hip, which is the power center. It is the Knee Pinch that prevents the hitter from rising up on his back leg. Yes, it’s the Knee Pinch that launches the hitter’s momentum into the baseball. Important? You betcha.
Take a look at former Brewers sluggers Robin Yount, Ben Oglivie and Geoff Jenkins. Check out the knee pinch.
This next shot is a great overhead of Ryan Braun. If Ryan hadn’t pinched his knee in the way I described, he will spin on his back foot (we used to call this “squishing the bug”) and the back heel will retreat toward the catcher. Clearly, that’s not what’s happening here. Why? Because this is the way it supposed to be done!
The Knee Pinch is difficult to teach in the context of this blog. But go ahead and use your DVR the next time Gomez, Braun or Lucroy launches a moon shot. Focus on the back knee and I think you will see exactly what I mean and exactly why I respectfully submit the Knee Pinch as MOMENT OF TRUTH #2.
In my next post I’ll focus on MOMENT OF TRUTH #3…”Bend Your Wrists and Wave Bye-Bye to a Good Swing.” Until then, if you’re gonna swing might as well swing hard.
Haley Smilow is a 12-year-old budding journalist who has had several interviews published with Baseball Youth Magazine, Junior Baseball Magazine and SI Kids and, in her brief career, she has already interviewed more than two dozen MLB players.
One of those players was Rickie Weeks. Below is a Q&A that was recently published in Baseball Youth Magazine, which is a magazine geared toward youth baseball players, that we thought our readers might also enjoy.
Thanks to Haley for sharing this with us and we wish you the best of luck in pursuit of your passion!
-John and Cait
HALEY: What is your favorite thing about Miller Park?
RICKIE: The fans are amazing and I have spent my entire career in Milwaukee.
HALEY: Are there any other ballparks that you particularly like?
RICKIE: Miami because I was born in Florida and my family is there.
HALEY: What do you think of the tailgating at Miller Park?
RICKIE: It is absolutely nuts and I appreciate the fans’ passion.
HALEY: Have you ever been a part of it?
RICKIE: No, they won’t let me !
HALEY: Which racing sausage is your favorite? What is your favorite sausage to eat?
RICKIE: Chorizo is the man and also my favorite to eat.
HALEY: Have you ever gone down Bernie’s slide?
RICKIE: No but my wife has. I am scared to!
HALEY: Do you have a favorite restaurant in Milwaukee?
RICKIE: Carnevor, I love steak.
HALEY: Are you ever in Milwaukee during the winter and how do you deal w/ the cold?
RICKIE: No, just for [Brewers on Deck] to see the fans and I stay inside as much as possible.
HALEY: If you were not playing Baseball what else could you see yourself doing?
RICKIE: Sports Management
HALEY: Besides being drafted as the number two pick, and winning the NCAA Division 1 batting title twice and your appearance in the 2011 All Star game what other accomplishments are you most proud of?
RICKIE: Wow good question, I would have to say going to the playoffs twice.
HALEY: What do you do before/after games when you are not in Milwaukee?
RICKIE: Get lots of sleep and talk to my wife.
HALEY: Do you have any superstitions or rituals?
RICKIE: I pray before going up to bat.
HALEY: What is the best practical joke you have ever seen?
RICKIE: It pretty lame but putting eye black under the rim of someone’s hat is always funny.
HALEY: What other sports do you like besides baseball.
RICKIE: I love football and basketball.
HALEY: Where does your love of baseball come from?
RICKIE: From my dad.
HALEY: What part of your game can you improve on?
RICKIE: All parts, and work hard and focus.
HALEY: What is your favorite thing to cook?
HALEY: Who are some of your peers that got game?
RICKIE: You stumped me, but I am going to say my brother, Jemile.
HALEY: What do you respect most about your brother?
RICKIE: His hard work and dedication.
HALEY: What about his game?
EICKIE: That he is a switch hitter. I am envious that I can’t and he is very fast.
HALEY: Who would be on Rickie Weeks All-Star Team?
RICKIE: All nine players? Ok how about Prince Fielder, Jemile and the rest of the Brewers.
HALEY: Best baseball movie?
RICKIE: 42, I am a big history buff and Jackie was a big influence of mine.
HALEY: What advice would you give kids?
RICKIE: Stick to your dreams and the sky’s the limit.
Interview courtesy of Baseball Youth Magazine & Haley Smilow
Yes, you read that right….by popular demand, Zubazpalooza is back this season!
Come out to Miller Park and “Embrace the Awesomeness” of Zubaz pants as your Crew takes on the Chicago Cubs on Friday, May 30.
Fans that purchase a special Zubazpalooza package will receive a Loge Outfield Box ticket to the game, plus a pair of Brewers Zubaz pants for just $34.
Each game ticket will be accompanied by a voucher to be redeemed for a pair of Zubaz on Friday, May 30.
Fans will be seated together as a group in Sections 231 & 232. Based on the success of last year’s promotion, the limited tickets for this event are expected to sell quickly, so you’ll want to visit brewers.com/specialevents to secure yours today.
While last year’s Zubaz were our primary colors…
this year’s Zubaz are our retro colors and feature the Brewers ball and glove logo.
Zubaz pants and shorts were made popular in the early 90s, created by two Minnesotan bodybuilders, Dan Stock and Bob Truax.
“We started the Zubaz brand out of a gym that we owned in Minnesota and our first customers were guys who loved the fit and comfort, something they couldn’t find in “normal” clothes due to the size of their bodies. The classic zebra pattern is one of the first prints that we did and it came to symbolize the Zubaz brand name as a crazy look for people who wanted to ‘Dare to be Different,‘” Dan and Bob say on Zubaz.com. “We always said that the look is what attracted people to their first pair and the comfort was what brought them back for their 2nd pair… or 3rd, 4th or 5th pair.”
After a few years, Dan and Bob eventually left the clothing business to move on to other endeavors, but decided to bring Zubaz back in 2007, introducing them to a whole new generation of fans.
Brewers Zubaz pants are not currently sold in stores and, with officially licensed NFL team Zubaz pants retailing for $39.99 on Zubaz.com, this Zubazpalooza package, which includes pants and a game ticket for just $34 is a steal.
To purchase, please visit brewers.com/specialevents or call (414) 902-GAME (4263). Also, as a reminder, you can continue to visit brewers.com/specialevents all season long for the latest in our special events.
So, what do you think? Did you rock Zubaz back in the day? Will you be rockin’ ‘em at Miller Park on May 30?
Carlos Gomez, the winner of the 2013 Rawlings Gold Glove Award among National League center fielders, will be presented with his Rawlings Gold Glove Award in a pregame ceremony this Saturday at Miller Park. The ceremony will take place at 6 p.m. prior to the Brewers vs. Pirates game (and-Bonus!-it’s part of the 5-County, 5-Day Celebration).
Gomez won the 10th Gold Glove Award in franchise history and became the fifth different Brewer to earn the honor, joining George Scott (first base: 1972-76), Cecil Cooper (first base: 1979-80), Sixto Lezcano (outfield: 1979) and Robin Yount (shortstop: 1982). The Brewers had gone 30 seasons without a Gold Glove winner, which was the longest streak in the 57-year history of the award.
Gomez recorded a career-high 12 assists last season, which trailed only the Mets’ Juan Lagares (14) for the Major League lead among center fielders. He also made five home run-saving catches and did not commit an error over his last 32 games.
We will also be honoring this feat later this month, on Sunday, April 27 with the Carlos Gomez Gold Glove Bobblehead.
Tickets for games at Miller Park can be purchased by visiting the Miller Park Box Office, online at Brewers.com or by calling the Brewers Ticket Office at 414-902-4000 or 1-800-933-7890.
-John & Cait
Brewers Baseball is back and we are feeling pretty ‘Happy.’ So happy, in fact, we decided to create our own Brewers “Happy” video… so clap along if you feel like that’s what you wanna do!
-John and Cait
This Friday, the red-hot Brew Crew returns home for the start of our ever-popular 5-County, 5-Day Celebration.
From Friday, April 11-Tuesday, April 15, residents of Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Racine, Washington, and Waukesha Counties can purchase half-price tickets for all reserved seats.
To purchase tickets for the 5-County, 5-Day Celebration, visit brewers.com/5county.
Baseball fans will not want to miss “Off the Bat from the MLB Fan Cave”a weekly, 30-minute series with a 30 episode order that is hosted from the MLB Fan Cave in New York City this season.
The show first premiered on April 1 on MTV2. New episodes air on Tuesdays at 10 pm CT and episodes will be re-aired several times on the network each week.
The series launches a multi-year, cross-platform programming partnership between MLB and MTV – previously announced in November- that brings fans inside the intersection of pop culture and baseball. MLB players will share their love for pop culture and entertainment, while fans will gain behind-the-scenes access to the biggest stars in baseball.
Each week, MLB players will be in-studio for interviews and segments with series hosts Sway, Fat Joe, Chris Distefano and Melanie Iglesias (who visited Hank in Spring Training), spotlighting the stars’ personalities and passions. Every episode of “Off the Bat from the MLB Fan Cave” will also feature on-location segments with players, diving deeper into their off-the-field interests that fans don’t ordinarily see, whether it’s a tour of their favorite restaurants or a look at their sneaker collection.
2013 World Series MVP David Ortiz of the Red Sox is serving as an Executive Producer of the series throughout the season and other MLB players have signed on to serve as Executive Producers of individual episodes.
For more information on the show (including a weekly episode synopsis and clips) and/or the MLB Fan Cave, click here.
Yesterday marked the 25th anniversary of the release of “Major League,” arguably one of the greatest baseball movies ever made, and one with strong Milwaukee ties.
For those of you kiddos who weren’t born back in 1989, even you have to have seen this classic (and highly quotable) film about a rag-tag group of fictional Cleveland Indians players that rise up to win the American League pennant. Much of the movie was actually shot at Milwaukee County Stadium, which doubles for Cleveland Municipal Stadium in the film, and the movie features our own Bob Uecker as the team’s broadcaster, Harry Doyle…. and, wait, why am I telling you all this? You HAVE seen this movie, haven’t you?
Actor Corbin Bernsen, who played the character of Roger Dorn, a one-time star third baseman, in the movie, is in town today as part of the Milwaukee Admirals’ “Salute to Major League” night tonight vs. the Rockford IceHogs and one thing Corbin requested was to swing by the ballpark and check out the marker for County Stadium’s home plate, which is located on the third-base side plaza out at Helfaer Field.
Corbin was so happy to return to the grounds and it was clear that returning to this spot 25 years later, especially when so much has changed, was emotional and perhaps a bit overwhelming.
“I have to call David,” Corbin said right away, pulling out his phone and dialing David S. Ward, the film’s director.
Corbin enjoyed spending time out at Helfaer Field, reminiscing about his time in Milwaukee and how fast the time flies.
He was even so kind as to record this Vine, a G-rated version of his original movie quote, which we’ll use to promote the #Whiff Contest this season.