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Brewers Wives Basket Auction is on NOW! Bid on Brewers Players & Coaches Favorite Things

The Brewers Wives are helping to raise money for this very important initiative through a special auction on brewers.com.

From now through June 28, Brewers fans have the opportunity to bid on special baskets that Brewers players and coaches and their wives have put together representing the Crew’s favorite things.

All proceeds will benefit Lissy’s Place, which serves young women exiting the foster care system as well as homeless young women who have not come through the foster care system. Lissy’s Place helps young women end the cycle of poverty and homelessness through the development of educational, financial, health and personal skills to live independently.

Here’s a look at the different baskets up for bid:

1. Darnell Coles’ BBQ Basket (Created by Shari Coles)

COLES

Description:

• Brewers BBQ Tool Set
• Brewers BBQ Meat Brander
• Darnell Coles Autographed Picture
• Darnell Coles Autographed Jersey
• Darnell Coles Autographed Baseball
• Darnell Coles Bobblehead
• Tony Dungy Book
• Boston Baked Beans
• Lays Salt & Vinegar Potato Chips
• BBQ Sauce
• A1 Sauce
• Pay Day Candy Bars
• 2 – $50.00 Metro Market Grocery Gift Cards
• Cookie Jar

BID NOW

2. Mark Attanasio’s Favorite Things (Created by Debbie Attanasio)

ATTANASIO

Description:

• Certificate for 8 seats in the owner’s box by the Brewers dugout for a mutually agreed upon game for the 2015 or 2016 season
• 8 passes to The Selig Experience at Miller Park, for access prior to the opening of the gates (no waiting in line)
• Official Major League Baseball, in Lucite case, with Mark Attanasio’s signature and “Go Brewers”
• Brewers gear, all in size men’s XL with current team logo:
• “Triple Cliate” on-field game jacket with removable inner jacket (Majestic
Authentic Collection)
• Quarter-zip gray pullover sweatshirt (47 Brand)
• Navy denim adjustable hat with mesh adjustable back (Nike)
• Stainless steel shock-resistant Turbo watch (Sparo)
• Black custom Oakley sunglasses

• Fitbit One (wireless activity and sleep tracker)
• $200 certificate for dinner for 2 at any SURG restaurant (including Carnevor)
• Bag of Hershey’s Kisses with macadamia nuts (from Hawaii)
• Bag of milk chocolate baseballs
• Men’s brown-and-tan braided leather bracelet from Calabritto 28 in Capri, Italy
• Italian food and drink:
• Olivier Napa Valley mini bottle of pear white balsamic vinegar (imported from Modena)
• Riso della Sardegna Carnaroli rice for risotto (from Sardinia)
• Gentile Scialatielli pasta (from Napoli)
• Ricciole–sugar cookies (from Treviglio)
• Il Boschetto lemon-infused extra virgin olive oil, large bottle (from Toscana)
• Tenuta San Guido Guidalberto, 2012–a hard-to-find Supertuscan wine created by the same vintner that produces the well-known Sassicaia brand; in leather wine tote

• Movies, TV and Music:
• The Very Best of The Rolling Stones 1964-1971 (CD)
• Chronicle: The 20 Greatest Hits/Creedence Clearwater Revival, vol. 1 (CD)
• Diner (DVD; produced in 1982, written and directed by Barry Levinson)
• Blue Jasmine (DVD; produced in 2013; written and directed by Woody Allen)
• Breaking Bad: The Complete Series (DVDs, 21-disc set)

*This package contains alcohol; you must be 21 years old or older to bid on this item*

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3. Bench Coach Basket (Jerry Narron), Created by Donna Narron

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Description:

• 2015 Mother’s Day Line up card, Brewers vs Cubs, Autographed by Jerry Narron *Authenticated
• 2015 Mother’s Day game ball autographed by Jerry Narron
• Personally owned black fungo bat autographed by Jerry Narron
• Jerry Narron “#36″ Brewers jersey
• MLB Mother’s day wrist sweat bands
• Mother’s day Hank bobble-head
• Milwaukee Brewers pink souvenir bat
• Brewers (Coleman) tailgate chair
• Brewers (Coleman) cooler
• Brewers collapsible tote
• Brewers plates, napkins, cups and matching silverware
• Brewers fleece blanket
• Brewers baseball cap
• Brewers draw string back sack
• Brewers Hank T-shirt (size small)
• Brewers Hebrew script T-shirt (size large)
• 2 Brewers fan foam hands
• 2 Brewers Can Holder Koozies
• 1 Bible and Book of Scriptures (Jerry uses daily with his walk with the Lord)
• Sheaffer calligraphy pen and ink set (the exact kind Jerry uses daily on the line-up card)
• Inspirational cards and notecards
• Game Day snacks: Cracker Jacks, Animal Crackers, Reese’s Pieces, Reggie’s Sunflower Seeds, and Orbit gum…All Jerry’s Favorites

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4. Doug Melvin’s Favorite Things, created by Ellen Melvin

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Description:

•• 4 Field Level Tickets to a Milwaukee Brewers Game during the remainder of the 2015 season for a mutually agreed upon date (Restrictions may apply)
• 2 Center Court seats with Courtside Club access to a Milwaukee Bucks home game during the 2015-2016 season for a mutually agreed upon date
• Autographed Doug Melvin bobblehead
• Autographed Robin Yount baseball (2011 Honorary Pink Tie Guy) *Authenticated
• Autographed Hank Aaron baseball (2013 Honorary Pink Tie Guy) *Authenticated
• Autographed Commissioner Selig baseball (2015 Honorary Pink Tie Guy) Limited Edition “Thank You” Baseball, #1 of 2000
• 2 Pink Ties (From the Melvin’s Pink Tie Guy Events raising funds for breast cancer research, awareness and prevention programs)
• Step Up to the Plate apron and tote bag (From the Melvin’s fundraiser for breast cancer)
• Pink Pashmina (From the Melvin’s fundraiser for breast cancer)
• Wounded Warrior Project Hat, Headbands and Pullover Jacket (Another one of Doug’s favorite charities)
• $100 Gift Certificate to Buckley’s Restaurant & Bar (Be sure to have the carrot cake for dessert. It’s Doug’s favorite carrot cake. The best you will ever taste!)
• 4 Movie passes to any Marcus Theatre (Doug is an avid movie goer)
• Double Stuffed Oreos
• Popcorn
• Various movie candies
• 2 Western DVD’s
• A League of their Own DVD
• The Yogi Book
• $25 iTunes gift card (Doug loves music)
• 2 Pound of Starbucks Coffee (Pike Place and Veranda Blend)
• $25 Starbucks Gift Card
• Labatt’s Blue Beer (Doug loves his Canadian Beer)
• Bottle of Jack Daniels
• Bottle of Jack Daniels Honey
• Bottle of Gentlemen Jack
• Whiskey Stones
• 2 Whiskey Glasses
• Brewers Thermal Tote Bag
• Charcoal Grill (Doug loves to look out the window on game day and see all of the tailgaters)
• Brewers Grilling Set
• Brewers Cheese Board and Tool Set
• Tailgating Snacks
• 1 Dozen Titleist Golf Balls with Brewers Logo

*This package contains alcohol; you must be 21 years old or older to bid on this item*

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5. Catcher’s Basket (Jonathan Lucroy, Martin Maldonado & Marcus Hanel), Created by Sarah Lucroy, Janelise Maldonado & Jill Hanel


Catchers

Description:

Jonathan Lucroy’s Favorite Things
• Brewers Wine Glass
• Jonathan Lucroy Bobblehead ? 2014 All-Star Jersey
• Lucroy Star Wars Bobblehead
• French Press Coffee Pot
• 3 Camo Lucroy Hats
• 1 pair of autographed Lucroy Baseball Cleats
• Bottle of Decoy Pinot Noir
• Autographed Lucroy Batting Gloves
• 2 Lucroy Brewers T-shirts
• $30 Chipotle Gift Card
• Leather Brewers Bag

Martin Maldonado’s Favorite Things
• Wahl Clippers
• Selfie Stick
• The Black Series Table Tennis Set (During his childhood and before professional baseball, Martin used to compete in tournaments.)
• Retro Camo Brewers Bag
• Autographed Martin Maldonado Timber Rattlers Bobblehead
• Brewers Bottle Insulator
• Brewers Coasters
• Rugged Wireless Speaker (Martin loves music, especially salsa)
• Whiskey Rocks
• BBQ Tool Set
• Café Puro (Martin’s favorite Puerto Rican coffee)
• Maldonado T-shirt
• Autographed Brewers Hat
• Deluxe BBQ Set
• Brewers Pet Gear
• Bottle of Johnny Walker Black Label Whiskey
• Bottle of Coquito (An eggnog-like alcoholic beverage traditionally served in Puerto Rico. Martin loves to make it every Christmas.)
• Brewers Mug
• Pique Mi Madre Hot Sauce
• Brewers Bank Soup Can (Marin’s inner child still collects coins)
• Bimbo Cookies (Puerto Rican Cream Stuffed Cookies)
• Autographed Game Used Cleats
• 2 – #12 Wrist Bands
• 3 Pair of Game Used autographed Batting Gloves

Marcus Hanel’s Favorite Things
• Gummi Bears
• Milk Chocolate
• 2 Marcus Movie Theatre Tickets
• Certificate for 2 Burgers at Georgie Porgies
• Starbucks Coffee
• Bottle of Kendall-Jackson Pinot Noir
• Autographed Marcus Hanel Baseball
• Autographed Marcus Hanel Catcher’s Mask
• Autographed Retro Brewers Hat

*This package contains alcohol; you must be 21 years old or older to bid on this item*

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6. Gerardo Parra’s Tackle Box, Created by Tania Parra

PARRA

Description:
• Tackle Box
• Oreos
• Came Chocolate Bars
• Black Thunder Chocolate Bars
• Power Bail Bite Lures
• Zoom Lures
• Assorted Pan Fish Lure Kit
• Signal Flares
• Pocket Knife
• Brewers Retro Tote
• Italian Bobblehead
• P.A.N. 100% White Corn Instant Dough
• Bottle of Water Stone Cabernet Sauvignon
• 17 piece Premium BBQ Set
• Game Used Bat
• Autographed Game Used Bat
• 1 Ugly Sticks Fishing Pole
• Cheese Balls
• $100 Brewers Team Store Gift Certificate
• Autographed Worn Tennis Shoes
• 2 Pairs of Autographed Game Used Batting Gloves
• 42 Movie
• Mitre Soccer Ball
• 2 Brewers Autographed Caps
• 3 Autographed Parra Baseball Trading Cards
• 3 Autographed Game Used Baseballs

*This package contains alcohol; you must be 21 years old or older to bid on this item*

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7.  Craig Counsell’s Wheelbarrow, Created by Michelle Counsell

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Description:
• Gardening Wheelbarrow
• Bottle of Bullet Bourbon
• Autographed Counsell T-shirt
• Autographed Game Used Bat
• NutriBullet Blender
• Brewers Fleece Blanket
• Yoga Mat
• Large Ceramic Flower Pot
• Pair of Gardening Gloves
• Pruning Sheers
• Gardening Spade
• Chefmate BBQ Tool Set
• Brewers Water Bottle
• $35 Gift Certificate to Buckley’s
• $25 iTunes Gift Card
• $25 Starbucks Gift Card
• Bottle of La Crema 2012 Pinot Noir
• Autographed Counsell Bobblehead
• 1 Large Bag of Miracle Grow Potting Mix
• Excaveggietor, Root Vegetable Removal Trowel

*This package contains alcohol; you must be 21 years old or older to bid on this item*

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8.  Carlos Gomez’s Favorite Things, Created by Gerandy Gomez

GOMEZ

Description:
• 2 Wine Glasses
• Bottle of California 37 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon
• Bottle of The Archivist 2013 Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon
• Bottle of Bogle Vineyard 2013 Merlot
• Cheese
• 4 Autographed Baseball Trading Cards
• Rabbit Electric Wine Opener
• Autographed Worn Cleats
• Autographed Game Worn Batting Gloves
• 2 Autographed Gomez Bobbleheads (box is autographed)
• 3 Autographed Baseballs
• Autographed Gomez Photo

*This package contains alcohol; you must be 21 years old or older to bid on this item*

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9.  Ryan Braun’s Beach Bag, Created by Larisa Braun

Braun

Description:

•• Blye Beach Bag
• Brewers Doonie & Burke Bag
• Puma Soccer Ball
• Spalding Basketball
• 2 Autographed Game Used Batting Gloves
• Autographed Baseball
• Bag of Haribro Gummy Bears
• His & Hers Glass Zulau Water Bottles
• Bottle of Zico Coconut Water
• Miami Hurricanes 2015 College World Series Dry Fit Nike Shirt (XL)
• Bag of Trail Mix
• Sour Patch Kids

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10.  Corey Knebel’s Favorite Things, Created by Danielle Matula

Knebel

Description:

• Popcorn – Movie Theater Butter
• Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups Minis
• Jack Links Peppered Beef Jerky
• Fudge Brownie Mix
• 5 Gum
• Lays Kettle Cooked BBQ Chips
• Starbucks Espresso Roast
• Bottle of Four Roses Small Batch Bourbon
• Autographed Baseball
• Autographed Hank Mini Baseball Bat

*This package contains alcohol; you must be 21 years old or older to bid on this item*

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11.  Brewers Bullpen Basket, Created by Jamie Cotts

Bullpen

Description:
• 50 Quart Coleman Cooler
• 2 Fold up Quad Brewers Chairs
• Brewers Keyring Bottle Opener
• 4 Brewers Koozies
• 2 Brewers Mason Jar Mugs
• Brewers Corn Hole Toss Bags
• Autographed Brewers Corn Hole Boards (One Board Signed By: Corey Knebel, Michael Blazek, Lee Tunnell, Will Smith Jeremy Jeffress, Neal Cotts, Jonathan Broxton, Francisco Rodriguez, Marcus Hanel)
• Neal Cotts Autographed Baseball
• Will Smith Autographed Baseball
• Michael Blazek Autographed Baseball
• Jonathan Broxton Autographed Baseball
• Jeremy Jeffress Autographed Baseball
• Corey Knebel Autographed Baseball
• Francisco Rodriguez Autographed Baseball
• Marcus Hanel Autographed Baseball
• Lee Tunnell Autographed Baseball

*This package contains alcohol; you must be 21 years old or older to bid on this item*

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12.  2014 Custom Made Cooler/Speaker Combo

Cooler

Description:

•Autographed by the 2014 Milwaukee Brewers: Lyle Overbay, John Axford, Marco Estrada, Kyle Lohse, Logan Schafer, Elian Herrera, Scooter Gennett, Martin Maldonado, Khris Davis, Mark Reynolds, Wily Peralta, Tyler Thornburg, Matt Garza, Rickie Weeks, Aramis Ramirez, Carlos Gomez, Jeremy Jeffress, Jonathan Lucroy, Yovani Gallardo, Brandon Kintzler, Rob Wooten, Will Smith, Jim Henderson, Burke Bandenhop, Ryan Braun

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-Cait

@Cmoyer

Miller Park Homestand Highlights: June 23-28

The Milwaukee Brewers return to Miller Park to open a six-game homestand tonight as the New York Mets visit Milwaukee for a three-game series, followed by a three-game weekend series vs. the Minnesota Twins.

Here’s what’s on tap.

Brewers Wives Online Basket Auction

Throughout the homestand, fans can bid on personalized baskets made by Brewers players and their wives. The baskets include favorite items from Mark Attanasio, Carlos Gomez, Jonathan Lucroy and many more. To view the auction items, visit www.brewers.com/wives. All proceeds will benefit Lissy’s Place, which serves young women exiting the foster care system as well as homeless young women who have not come through the foster care system. Lissy’s Place helps young women end the cycle of poverty and homelessness through the development of educational, financial, health and personal skills to live independently.

 

Tuesday, June 23 vs. New York Mets – 7:10 p.m.

Summerfest Weekday Admission Ticket Giveaway – The first 10,000 fans will receive a weekday admission ticket to Summerfest, the world’s largest musical festival. Summerfest begins on Wednesday.

Brewers Community Achiever – 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, June’s community achiever Margaret Wendt will be recognized during a pregame ceremony and will throw out the ceremonial first pitch.

Brew Crew & the Zoo – See the Brew Crew and the Zoo for one low price. For just $20, receive one Terrace Reserved ticket to select Brewers games, one adult general admission ticket to the Milwaukee County Zoo, and a free water bottle. Ticket package not available for purchase on the day of the game.

 

Wednesday, June 24 vs. New York Mets – 7:10 p.m.

RBI Athlete of the Month First Pitch – 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, June’s RBI Athlete of the Month Jonathan Pinales will be recognized during a pregame ceremony and will throw out the ceremonial first pitch.

 

Thursday, June 25 vs. New York Mets – 1:10 p.m.

Kids & Senior Citizens Discount Days – Every weekday afternoon home game, kids 14 and under and seniors 60+ save up to 50% on tickets. For information, visit brewers.com/fanvalues. The offer excludes Uecker Seats and All-Inclusive Areas.

 

Brew Crew & the Zoo – See the Brew Crew and the Zoo for one low price. For just $20, receive one Terrace Reserved ticket to select Brewers games, one adult general admission ticket to the Milwaukee County Zoo, and a free water bottle. Ticket package not available for purchase on the day of the game.

 

Brewers Community Foundation Drive for Charity – Friday through Sunday

The Brewers Community Foundation Drive for Charity will take place from Friday through Sunday. Each fan that donates toiletry supplies or makes a $5 donation will receive a Mike Fiers collectible pin. Donation tables will be set up from the gate opening through the second inning.

 

Friday, June 26 vs. Minnesota Twins – 7:10 p.m.

T-Shirt Friday, presented by Kwik Trip – All fans in attendance will receive a Brewers T-Shirt, compliments of Kwik Trip. T-Shirt sizes include adult medium and adult extra-large only. This is the second in a series of seven All-Fan T-Shirt giveaways this season.

 

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.

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 until first pitch. 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. Loge Bleachers tickets not available for Cubs games.

 

Saturday, June 27 vs. Minnesota Twins – 1:10 p.m.

Brewers Coupon Book – The first 25,000 fans 18 and older will receive a Brewers coupon book, featuring coupons for tickets, merchandise and local sponsors.

Sunday, June 28 vs. Minnesota Twins – 1:10 p.m.

Klement’s Sausage Paul Molitor Bobblehead – All fans in attendance will receive a Bobblehead of former Brewers infielder Paul Molitor, courtesy of Klement’s Sausage.

Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin Family Sundays at Helfaer Field – Prior to Sunday home games, Helfaer Field will be open for fans to play catch in the outfield and take pictures with Bernie Brewer and the Klement’s Famous Racing Sausages™. In addition, Children’s Hospital offers fun opportunities to learn about injury prevention, sports safety, heart health and more.

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

 

Parra & Cotts to Compete in Soccer Penalty Kick Shootout Against Standout Pro/College Goalie

In anticipation of the friendly soccer match between Atlas F.C. and Newcastle F.C. that will be held at Miller Park, Brewers outfielder Gerardo Parra and teammate Neal Cotts will compete in a penalty kick shootout for charity on at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, June 26 at Miller Park.

On that day, Parra and Cotts will compete in a best-of-five shootout to “ready the field,” as Miller Park will soon be converted to a soccer pitch configuration. A goal will be set up in the outfield of Miller Park and the two players will alternate taking shots at the net.

The only thing standing between the two Brewers and the goal will be goalie Nick Vorberg, a former goalie for the Milwaukee Wave for more than a decade and a Pacific University Athletic Hall of Fame member.  He currently serves as the volunteer assistant with the Marquette University men’s soccer team and as an assistant coach with the Wave.  He is the Wave’s second all-time leader in goalkeeper wins.

After five kicks, the player with the most goals will be crowned as champion.

Both players have agreed that the loser of the shootout will donate $5,000 to a charity of the winner’s choice.  Parra has chosen Wisconsin Hispanic Scholarship Fund as his charity, while Cotts will go with Wisconsin Humane Society. Teammates, coaches and Manager Craig Counsell will attend the event to cheer on their mates.

Tickets are now on sale for Atlas. F.C. vs. Newcastle F.C. at Miller Park on July 14.  Prices range from $25 – $70 and parking is $20 in advance and $25 on the day of the match. Fans can purchase tickets online at Brewers.com/soccer, in person at the Miller Park Box Office, or by phone at 414-902-4000.

In addition, all fans who attend the match will receive a voucher at the gate that will allow them to receive $15 off a future Brewers home game in the month of August. The voucher is valid for 14 games in the month, excluding August 1, 2, 8 and 15. And the first 10,000 adults 18 and over will receive a reversible soccer scarf featuring the logos and colors of the Newcastle and Atlas Clubs, courtesy of Potawatomi Hotel and Casino.

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The match will start at 8 p.m. and the gates to Miller Park will open at 6:30 p.m.  Parking lots will open at 5 p.m.

-Cait

@CMoyer

 

It’s Father’s Day Weekend: Call Up Dad to Have a Catch

Father’s Day is always a great day at the ballpark. There’s just something special about taking in a game with your dad.

This year, the Brewers are celebrating in Colorado, but that doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate along with us!

First, we’ve got a few special Father’s Day e-cards that you can share:

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Also, don’t forget about our #BrewersAllStarDad contest. Submit your photos via Twitter or Instagram by Sunday night for your chance to win a night in Fox Sports Wisconsin’s suite.

Speaking of Brewers All-Star Dads, many of the Brewers players are fathers themselves. I’ve been hard at work collecting photos of Brewers players with their kids, and/or with their dads. I’ll be adding to this gallery over the weekend and you’ll see these photos on our social media platforms as well.

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We’re also celebrating with plenty of blue as as Major League Baseball has once again teamed up with the Prostate Cancer Foundation to dedicate Father’s Day to the fight against prostate cancer. Here are just a few of the examples of blue you might see when you tune in to the Brewers vs. Rockies game on Sunday:

  • MLB blue ribbon wristbands
  • Ribbon decals on uniforms
  • Blue dugout lineup cards
  • Father’s Day base jewels

Through the “Keep Dad in the Game” program, MLB will also be stressing the importance of regular prostate exams as a means of prevention and early detection of prostate cancer. This year also marks participation of MLB players in the 20th annual Home Run Challenge, through which fans can make a monetary pledge for each home run hit during all scheduled MLB games from Monday, June 15-Sunday, June 21. The program has raised approximately $45 million since its inception. Fans can pledge at homerunchallenge.org.

This is a cause that is near and dear to my heart. Prostate cancer affected my family when my dad was diagnosed with the disease in 2007 at age 59, after having a screening. He had surgery in early 2008 to remove his prostate. It was a scary time for our family, but after five years, he is now cancer-free and officially cured.

I’m so grateful that my dad is alive and well today and I hope that the efforts of MLB continue help keep more dads in the game.

I want to wish my dad a very Happy Father’s Day. I love you dad. Thank you for introducing me to this great game. I wouldn’t be where I am today without your love and support!

Happy Father’s Day to my dad and all the dads out there–Go BREWERS!

-Cait

@CMoyer

 

Brewers Visit Negro Leagues Baseball Museum

Early this afternoon, I had the pleasure of touring the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum (NLBM) with a group from the Brewers that included Manager Craig Counsell, Bench Coach Jerry Narron, Hitting Coach Darnell Coles, Coach John Shelby, infielder Jason Rogers, Brewers Wives and a few members of the front office.

Founded as a one-room office in 1990 at the corner of 18th Street and Vine, the site of the 1920 founding of the Negro National League, by 1997 it had grown to the 10,000-square-feet museum that we visited today.

Founded as a one-room office in 1990 at the corner of 18th Street and Vine, the site of the 1920 founding of the Negro National League, by 1997 it had grown to the 10,000-square-feet museum that we visited today.

Our tour guide, Raymond Doswell, led us on the NLBM’s unique tour, which circles a large field, with bronze statues of Negro Leagues greats at each position. One must pass through the exhibits telling the story of the league in order to gain access to the field at the end.

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Negro Leagues Museum

Part of the tour involves watching a short film entitled “They Were All Stars,” narrated by James Earl Jones.

Along the way, our tour guide told us the interesting stories behind the photos and artifacts that we were viewing, such as a ball signed by Jackie Robinson, Roy Campanella, Joe Black, Jim Gilliam and Ty Cobb; a letter regarding an assessment on then-Indianapolis Clown player Henry Aaron; a collection of baseballs autographed by Negro League veterans given to the museum by Geddy Lee (yes, that Geddy Lee, of the band Rush); and a copy of “Satchel’s Rules for a Good Life,” that prompted many to capture a photo.

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The Negro Leagues modern structure dates to 1920 when Andrew “Rube” Foster, a former player, manager, and owner for the Chicago American Giants, joined several others to start the Negro National League. Soon, other leagues formed throughout the United States, including Milwaukee in 1923.

In 1947, MLB’s Brooklyn Dodgers brought over Jackie Robinson from the Kansas City Monarchs to become the first African-American in the modern era to play on a Major League roster.

“It’s history, an important part of baseball history,” said Counsell. “I learned a lesson about American history and baseball history. You get a better understanding about how important baseball was in the African American communities in that time period.”

Jason Rogers echoed that sentiment.”I knew some of the history, but I enjoyed learning a lot more about it,” he said. “I liked it a lot. I’m glad I came.”

Here’s a brief interview with Jason about his visit:

 

Each year, the Club honors the Negro Leagues with a tribute game at Miller Park. As part of the event, the Brewers’ players wear uniforms of the Milwaukee Bears team that played one season in 1923. This year’s event will take place on Saturday, July 18 when the Brewers face the Pirates. More details pertaining to this year’s Negro Leagues Tribute Game will be released leading up to the event, so stay tuned.

A huge thanks to Raymond and the staff at the museum for a phenomenal tour. I highly encourage all baseball fans to pay a visit to Kansas City to see it.

Jason Rogers, Jerry Narron, Darnell Coles, Craig Counsell and John Shelby pose with the statue of Satchel Paige at the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum.

Jason Rogers, Jerry Narron, Darnell Coles, Craig Counsell and John Shelby pose with the statue of Satchel Paige at the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum.

 

-Cait

@CMoyer

 

 

#BrewersAllStarDad Contest Begins Friday

Did he show you how to throw a fastball? Buy you your first baseball hat? Master the perfect condiment ratio for your ballpark hot dog? If your Dad taught you not only how to swing a baseball, but also the importance of good sportsmanship win or lose AND  he’s the reason you cheer for the Brewers, he’s an All-Star in our books.

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And we want to help you celebrate him!

This Sunday is Father’s Day and, as we head into the weekend, we’re looking for you to post photos  that depict how a father figure in your life is an All-Star.

Post your photos to Instagram and/or Twitter using #BrewersAllStarDad beginning Friday, June 19 through Sunday, June 21.

Here I am with my #BrewersAllStarDad before a Postseason game in 2011.

Here I am with my #BrewersAllStarDad before a Postseason game in 2011.

We’ll judge all eligible entries to select our six winners based creativity/originality, photo quality and relevance to the contest theme.

Each winner will receive two tickets in Fox Sports Wisconsin’s Suite for winner and a guest (hopefully dad, if you can bring him!) to the Brewers vs. Mets game on Wednesday, June 24, along with two Vote Brewers t-shirts.

Select entries may also be shown on the Brewers vs. Rockies telecasts this weekend.

-Cait

@CMoyer

BREWERS ANNOUNCE 3 SIGNINGS FROM 2015 MLB DRAFT

Today we announced the signings of three selections from the 2015 First-Year Player Draft. The signings include 15th pick outfielder Trent Clark, right-handed pitcher Cody Ponce (second round, 55th pick) and right-handed pitcher Nash Walters (third round, 90th pick). The announcements were made by Vice President of Amateur Scouting/Special Assistant to the General Manager Ray Montgomery.

Clark, 18, batted .552 with 3 HR, 24 RBI and 11 stolen bases during his senior season at Richland (TX) High School.  He bats left-handed and plays center field.  Clark was ranked as the number 10 prospect entering the draft according to Baseball America. He was scouted by area scout KJ Hendricks and national crosschecker Steve Riha.

Trent Clark signs his contract at Miller Park. (Photo Courtesy: Scott Paulus/Milwaukee Brewers Baseball Club)

Trent Clark signs his contract at Miller Park.
(Photo Courtesy: Scott Paulus/Milwaukee Brewers Baseball Club)

“Looks like you’ve got the signature down, you been practicing?” Ray Montgomery asked.

“Since I was in fifth grade,” Clark replied with a grin.

Clark was also on hand to take batting practice with the team before a press conference at Miller Park:

Trent Clark's enjoying his time on the field. #Brewers #MLBDraft (photo via @scottpaulus)

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Ponce, 21, recently completed his junior year at Cal Poly Pomona, going 5-3 with a 1.44 ERA in 13 starts.  The 6’6 right-handed pitcher struck out 67 and walked 14 on the season. Ponce entered the draft as the number 36 prospect according to Baseball America. He was scouted by area scout Josh Belovsky.

Walters, 18, attended Lindale High School in Texas. The third-round draft pick was a 2015 Perfect Game Honorable Mention All-America and a member of the Texas-All Region First Team.  He was scouted by KJ Hendricks.

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All three signees stayed for the Brewers vs. Royals game, took part in various TV interviews and were recognized on the scoreboard during the game.

Here are a few more photos:

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It was great to meet these three fine young men. I hope they took the time to soak it all in! Best of luck to each of them.

-Cait

@CMoyer

Brewers Support Salvation Army’s Feed the Kids Summer Meals Program

As part of the Brewers ongoing efforts in the Milwaukee community, the team is proud to help support The Salvation Army’s Feed the Kids Summer Meals Program. This afternoon, Brewers players, staff and Brewers Wives were on hand to help prepare meals at Red Arrow Park for underprivileged kids within the Milwaukee area.

The Brewers contingent at the Salvation Army Feed the Kids event.

The Brewers contingent at the Salvation Army Feed the Kids event.

Together with representatives from Mayor Tom Barrett’s office and other community leaders, several Brewers players Jean Segura, Wily Peralta and first base coach Mike Guerrero, along with Brewers Wives, joined The Salvation Army leadership & advisory board in preparing nearly 1,800 lunches.

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Feed the Kids Summer Meals Program is a summer youth program designed to help meet the needs of area children. The Salvation Army along with the Brewers will prepare lunches that will be delivered to neighborhoods, parks and street corners in Milwaukee’s underserved areas. The objective of the program is to serve hungry children a nutritious meal during the summer months.

-Cait

@CMoyer

 

Fun Times Had at the “Koos for Kids” Event at the Zoo

Tonight, following the Brewers-Nationals game, many Brewers players and coaches headed over to the Milwaukee County Zoo to take part in a special event benefiting bullpen catcher and Racine native Marcus Hanel’s charity–and raised close to $70,000 in the process.

Marcus has always had a desire to help children and so, about 11 years ago, he formed “Koos for Kids,” a charity focusing on helping terminally ill and disadvantaged children in the area.

Fans attending tonight’s event received a ticket to the zoo (good all day), zoo parking, autographs from Brewers players and the opportunity to participate in auctions and raffles–all for just $20.

Over the years, Koos for Kids has been able to help numerous terminally ill children by purchasing them laptops, iPads, zoo passes, airline tickets, animals…whatever it might be that makes their days a little brighter.

“Some of our Koos for Kids kids who are terminally get to attend the event. Last year, one of the kids, Colton, got to come on stage and meet the guys. He just recently passed away. So when you look back at the reason why you do things, that’s it. This is why we’re doing this. Just seeing kids being with their favorite Brewers, seeing them light up,” Marcus told me.

Here are some photos from tonight’s event:

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Koos for Kids has also purchased over 3000 winter coats for disadvantaged children in the local area, as well as organized and run the Challenger Baseball League, where over 60 children with special needs can come and be part of a team and learn the game of baseball.  And there are countless other ways they have helped the local community, thanks to the support of many businesses and caring individuals.

To learn more about Koos for Kids, keep informed of upcoming events and learn how you can help, click here.

-Cait

@CMoyer

 

Matt Garza: Throwing Strikes on the Mound & Lanes to Support Sojourner Family Peace Center

On Sunday, July 19, you can join Matt Garza and his fellow teammates for the Brewers Bowl-A-Thon, a fun event designed to help raise money for the Sojourner Family Peace Center, a safe haven for abused women and children.

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I recently sat down with Matt to discuss the upcoming event and find out why this cause is so important to him.

“I’ve been raised to respect women. They shouldn’t be caused harm. They’re the mother of your children. They represent the future. And children….there should never be any anger, any aggression towards a child because it’s never their fault,” Matt said.

This year, WaterStone Bank and Brewers Community Foundation have teamed up to benefit Sojourner through the “K’s For A Cause” program. WaterStone Bank and BCF each make a donation to the Center for every strikeout recorded by a Brewers pitcher at Miller Park during the season (295 at home so far this season–37 of which have come from Garza).

As of this writing, the team has 295 K’s at home so far this season, 37 of which have come from Garza.

As of this writing, the team has 295 K’s at home so far this season, 37 of which have come from Garza.

“It’s an important cause and I’ve got to try even harder to strike more guys out,” Matt said.

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The goal of the Sojourner Family Peace Center is to ensure the safety of victims of domestic violence and provide a pathway out of violence for victims and abusers, by making positive and lasting changes.  The Center is the largest nonprofit provider of domestic violence prevention and intervention in Wisconsin, serving over 9,500 clients each year.

Funds raised through the “K’s for a Cause” program as well as through the Bowl-a-Thon will be used to help with the creation of the new Family Peace Center facility in addition to supporting the organization in general. Fellow starter Kyle Lohse recently visited the construction site which is slated to open later this year. The new building will be located at 619 West Walnut Street in Milwaukee and this co-located center will offer coordinated services for those impacted by domestic violence. In addition to moving and expanding the current shelter, Sojourner Truth House, and the 24-hour hotline, Sojourner is joined with Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, the Milwaukee Police Department, and the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office, among others at the site.

Matt does not proclaim to be as adept at throwing strikes on the lanes as he is on the mound, but he says it will be a fun event to support this worthy cause.

“I think you have to bowl quite a bit to have an average… I’m just happy to hit the pins,” he laughed.

If he’s not the best bowler on the team, then who does he think might be?

“I say Lohse, just ’cause he’s had a lot of experience,” Matt said. And at first, I thought he meant Kyle was a big bowler… until he added, “He’s got a lot of years behind him,” a subtle dig at Kyle’s veteran status on the team.

As for the worst bowler on the team? “I think Luc because he doesn’t handle balls very well,” Matt joked again, jabbing at his catcher.

Well, regardless of bowling prowess, all attendees at this event are guaranteed to have a good time.

There are several packages from which to choose for interested participants, from the simple “Dug-Out Ticket,” which includes admission to the event and complimentary appetizers and beverages, to the “Grand Slam Sponsor Package.”  The Grand Slam package includes a bowling lane for up to five guests, shoe rental, sponsorship opportunities, T-shirts, a VIP reception and much more.  It also includes 10 Field Level tickets to a future Brewers game and an opportunity to watch the Brewers take batting practice on the field.  To top it all off, Matt  will take a picture with you and your group at your lane.

Other great packages such as the “Brew Crew” and “The Batter” include unique prizes and features, all while helping raise money for this worthy cause.

For more information on the Brewers Bowl-A-Thon, visit Brewers.com/beyondthediamond or call (414) 902-4532.

 

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