Kelci, 9, and her family traveled from Milwaukee down to Arizona to take a behind-the-scenes tour of Maryvale where she had the chance to meet with several Brewers players & coaches during batting practice (including her favorite player, Carlos Gomez) and also threw out the first pitch–to another favorite, Jonathan Lucroy.
Today, we were happy to have Kelci out to visit us again, this time at Miller Park. She was here today to film a video with Time Warner Cable Sports:
While here, Kelci and her mom, Karen, were interviewed and in between filming, Kelci found time to work on her homework… with a little help.
Mike Fiers, Matt Garza and Kyle Lohse “pitched in” to help her list off the state capitals. (For those scoring at home, Kelci told me later that Matt Garza was the most helpful at this task).
Kelci also got a giant hug from her favorite player, Carlos Gomez, after reuniting with him:
She even pitched a little pitcher’s batting practice to Kyle Lohse:
Here are a few more photos from Kelci’s afternoon at the ballpark:
As I write the Brewers are leading 5-0 in the first, including home runs by Scooter Gennett and Adam Lind, so it looks like her special day is going to be capped off by a pretty good game, too.
Johanna Kretschmer from Burlington Named Brewers Honorary Bat Girl Will Be Honored at Miller Park on Mother’s Day
Major League Baseball has announced the winners of the 2015 Honorary Bat Girl contest, which recognizes baseball fans who have been affected by breast cancer and demonstrate a commitment to eradicating the disease. The Honorary Bat Girl for the Milwaukee Brewers is Johanna Kretschmer from Burlington. Kretschmer will be honored when the Brewers host the Chicago Cubs, on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 10 in Milwaukee.
The Honorary Bat Girl program was introduced in 2009 to raise additional awareness and support for the annual “Going to Bat Against Breast Cancer” initiative celebrated on Mother’s Day. In seven years, thousands of unique testimonials have been submitted and more than 2 million fan votes have been cast. Going to Bat Against Breast Cancer is a Major League Baseball initiative supported by MLB charitable partners, Stand Up To Cancer and Susan G. Komen. This initiative raises awareness about the breast cancer cause, while also raising funds to support breast cancer research.
On Mother’s Day, players and on-field personnel will wear the symbolic pink ribbon on their uniforms along with pink wrist bands. Commemorative base jewels and dugout lineup cards also will be pink. Games will feature a pink-stitched Rawlings baseball, the official ball of MLB, as the official game ball. Many MLB players also will use pink bats, and pink Louisville Slugger bats, the Official Bat of Major League Baseball, will be stamped with the MLB breast cancer awareness logo. Many authenticated, game-used Louisville Slugger pink bats from Mother’s Day games will be auctioned exclusively on MLB.com to benefit the fight against breast cancer.
The Brewers Kids Club is the perfect gift idea for kids 14 & under.
For just $25, the Kids Club kit includes six Terrace Reserved ticket vouchers to select games, an official Kids Club cap, drawstring bag, water bottle, membership I.D. card with lanyard, Scooter Gennett poster, Hank the Ballpark Pup magnet and many other exclusive Kids Club opportunities–including participation in a parade around the warning track on August 30!
To purchase, call (414) 902-4000 or visit brewers.com/kidsclub.
The kits are also available at the Brewers Team Store by Majestic and Miller Park.
The Milwaukee Brewers and Brewers Community Foundation (BCF) have once again teamed up with Shatterproof, a national organization committed to protecting our children from addiction to alcohol or other drugs and ending the stigma and suffering of those affected by this disease.
During tonight’s game at Miller Park, when the team takes on the Los Angeles Dodgers, the Brewers will celebrate “Shatterproof Day.” Representatives from Shatterproof will be at Miller Park distributing literature and raising awareness for their cause.
Shatterproof is hosting Shatterproof Challenge Rappel Milwaukee today, a fundraiser where individuals and groups raise money to be able to rappel down the Hilton City Center.
Although I was not as brave as my former co-blogger John Steinmiller was last year, and did not participate in the event, I did attend it today in order to meet with the folks from the organization and to cheer on all of the fearless individuals work to help erase the stigma of addiction and tackle the disease.
Here are a few photos from the event:
In addition, Brewers Community Foundation made a $10,000 contribution towards the organization in a ceremony before tonight’s game:
Shatterproof was started by Gary Mendell who lost his son, Brian, to the disease of addiction. Following the tragic loss of his son, Gary committed himself to ensure others do not have to suffer the loss of a loved one due to the disease of addiction. Shatterproof is in its second year, and its building a dynamic-national movement to decisively tackle the disease of addiction to alcohol and other drugs and bridge the gap in addiction resources.
For more information on Shatterproof, please visit shatterproof.org. For information on Shatterproof Challenge Rappel Milwaukee visit rappelmilwaukee.org.
Last season, the Brewers Team Store released limited edition bobbleheads available for fans to purchase.
These bobbleheads were such a hit that they’re selling them again. The 2015 Mascot Bobble of the Month Series features seven bobbles, with one new bobble being released each month, March – September.
The May Bobble of the Month is available beginning today at the Brewers Team Store at Miller Park.
Just in time for Cinco de Mayo, this bobblehead features Chorizo and Hank the Ballpark Pup:
It retails for $99 and quantities are limited–only 250 will be produced–so you’ll want to hurry. I’m also told these will be available at a later date on brewers.com–I’ll do my best to keep you posted!
Tonight the University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team was honored on the field prior to the Milwaukee Brewers vs. Los Angeles Dodgers game at Miller Park.
Wisconsin Head Coach Bo Ryan led many of the team’s players and staff on the field for pregame recognition. Ryan, along with seniors Josh Gasser and Duje Dukan and sophomore Nigel Hayes tossed first pitches.
In addition to the team being honored, Bucky Badger and the University of Wisconsin Marching Band were present. The band entertained fans near the Home Plate entrance to Miller Park before heading inside to perform the national anthem.
Here are some scenes from tonight’s pregame festivities:
“On behalf of the Milwaukee Brewers, I would like to congratulate Coach Bo Ryan and the Badgers men’s basketball team for another fantastic season and an exciting trip to the national championship game,” said Brewers Chief Operating Officer Rick Schlesinger.
In a not too distant future, in a ballpark very, very close to you, the Brewers will host Star Wars Night on Saturday, May 30 when Milwaukee duels (with bats, not light sabers) the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Unfortunately, all special ticket packages for Star Wars Night, which included a limited-edition Jonathan Lucroy “Jedi Luc” bobblehead, have sold out, but we’ve got a chance for you to win them!
Beginning today (May the 4th) through Monday, May 18, fans are invited to post an original video that reenacts their favorite Star Wars scene and/or delivers their favorite line from the film on Instagram and/or Twitter using the hashtag #PitchFirstIWill. One winner will be selected to win four Loge Infield Box tickets to the game, along with four Jedi Luc bobbles, PLUS the opportunity to throw out the first pitch prior to that night’s game. Click here for complete rules.
And if you missed out on the package and you don’t win the contest, don’t worry. Fans can still be a part of Star Wars Night at Miller Park by purchasing single-game tickets to the May 30 game against the Arizona Diamondbacks. While those tickets will not include the “Jedi Luc” bobblehead, all fans in attendance will enjoy the unique atmosphere at Miller Park during Star Wars Night with pregame festivities, special in-game features, photo opportunities and appearances by a number of popular Star Wars characters. (Please note, fans looking to dress up for Star Wars Night are able to wear masks, but due to safety concerns, light sabers and toy weapons will not be permitted inside Miller Park.)
Limited special ticket packages for our other theme nights, including Major League Night and Zubazpalooza are still available. Tickets are limited and only those who purchase the special theme night ticket package are eligible to receive that night’s promotional item. All theme night tickets must be purchased in advance and can be obtained by calling the Brewers Group Sales department at 414-902-GRPS (4777) or by visiting Brewers.com/specialevents.
The Milwaukee Brewers have named Craig Counsell the 19th manager in franchise history, signing him to a three-year contract through the 2017 season. Counsell replaces Ron Roenicke, who was relieved of his duties last night. The announcement was made by President – Baseball Operations and General Manager Doug Melvin.
“Craig has many years of Major League playing experience, and his three-plus years of learning all aspects of baseball operations helps prepare him for this managerial position,” said Melvin. “There will be challenges, but Craig has never shied away from leadership responsibilities on the field as a player or in his most recent role. I believe his on-field success as a player and his awareness for preparation should resonate in the clubhouse. Growing up in Milwaukee, it is very important for him to bring a winning culture and team success to Brewers fans.”
Counsell, 44, joined the front office on January 17, 2012 as special assistant to the general manager. The former infielder enjoyed a 16-year Major League playing career, batting .255 with 42 HR, 390 RBI and 103 stolen bases in 1,624 games with Colorado (1995, ‘97), Florida (1997-99), Los Angeles (1999), Arizona(2000-03, 2005-06) and Milwaukee (2004, 2007-11). He was a member of World Series championship teams with Florida (1997) and Arizona (2001), and was named Most Valuable Player of the 2001 National League Championship Series.
“I am grateful and honored to have the opportunity to manage the team that I rooted for, played for and worked for in the front office,” said Counsell. “In the 10 years that I have been a member of the organization, I have grown to feel a great responsibility to baseball in the city of Milwaukee. This has been a difficult time for the Brewers, and we all share the responsibility. I understand the work ahead to be the team our fans deserve. We have challenges ahead of us and I look forward to working tirelessly to achieve our goals.”
Counsell, a 1988 graduate of Whitefish Bay High School and 1992 graduate of the University of Notre Dame, resides in Whitefish Bay with his wife, Michelle, their sons, Brady and Jack, and daughters, Finley and Rowan. His father, John, worked in the Brewers front office as director of the speakers bureau (1979-85) and director of community relations (1986-87).
A press conference will be held this morning at Miller Park. Click here to watch it live. FOX Sports Wisconsin is also televising today’s press conference starting at 10:30 a.m.
ALL-TIME BREWERS MANAGERS (* Seattle Pilots)
Manager Years W-L PCT
Joe Schultz* 1969 64-98-1 .395
Dave Bristol 1970-72 144-209-1 .408
Roy McMillan 1972 1-1 .500
Del Crandall 1972-75 271-338 .445
Alex Grammas 1976-77 133-190 .412
George Bamberger 1978-80, ‘85-86 377-351 .518
Buck Rodgers 1980-82 124-102 .549
Harvey Kuenn 1975, 1982-83 160-118-1 .576
Rene Lachemann 1984 67-94 .416
Tom Trebelhorn 1986-91 422-397 .515
Phil Garner 1992-99 563-617 .477
Jim Lefebvre 1999 22-27 .449
Davey Lopes 2000-02 144-195-1 .426
Jerry Royster 2002 53-94 .361
Ned Yost 2003-08 457-502 .477
Dale Sveum 2008 7-5 .583
Ken Macha 2009-10 157-167 .485
Ron Roenicke 2011-15 342-331 .508
Craig Counsell 2015 – –
For players, the song they choose for their walk-up or entrance music is often an important decision. What brief part of a song is going to send a message to the fans—and what do I want that message to be? Do I keep the same song that I had last year? What’s the hit that is going to produce the most hits? Is it a superstitious thing, do I want fans to sing along, or do I just use my favorite song right now?
If you’re like me and you’re attuned to the tunes, you probably enjoy seeing this list each year—and updating your iPod playlists accordingly.
DID YOU KNOW? Make sure you download the free Ballpark App! In addition to check-in offers, ballpark maps, game updates and more, one of the really cool features is “Ballpark Music.” Like a song you hear? Check it out on Ballpark–and you can even download it right there! No Shazam necessary!
2015 AT-BAT WALK-UP MUSIC
Braun – “All Day” by Kanye West
Centeno – “Intenso” by Daddy Yankee
Davis – “Xplosive” by Dr. Dre
Fiers – “Og Bobby Johnson” by Que
Garza – “Toss it Up” by Tupac
Gennett – “I’m Good” by Trip Lee
Gomez, Carlos – “The Time is Now” by John Cena & Tha Trademarc
“Billie Jean” by Michael Jackson
Gomez, Hector – “Ratata Ta Ta” by Omega El Fuerte
Jimenez – “Safe and Sound” by Rebelution
Lind – TBD
Lohse – “Next Episode” by Dr. Dre
Lucroy – “Gangsta’s Paraside” by In Fear and Faith
Maldonado – “Warriors” by Cosculluela
“GDRF” by Flo Rida
Nelson – “10 Bands” by Drake
Parra – “Fireball” by Pitbull
Peralta – “Ponteme Melia” by Chimbala
Ramirez – None (at his request)
Rogers – “Never Scared” Instrumental by Bone Crusher
Schafer – “Return of the Mack” by Mark Morrison
Segura – “Tarzan” by El Alfa
2015 PITCHING ENTRANCE MUSIC
Cotts – “Perfect Insanity” by Disturbed
Fiers – The Saw Theme Song
Garza – “All Eyez on Me” by Tupac
Lohse – “Wake Up” by Rage Against the Machine
Nelson – “Sound of Madness” by Shinedown
Peralta – “Ponteme Melia” by Chimbala
Rodriguez – “Sandunqueoso” by Tego Cableron
Smith –“Hell Yeah” by Rev Theory
The song played after wins this season is “The Days” by Avicii.
And, in case you weren’t aware, in addition to Ballpark, we do keep a list of these songs on brewers.com and try our best to update it accordingly, so you might want to bookmark this page for future reference.
So now, what about you? What’s your favorite, or most memorable Brewers at-bat song? And, if you were a player, what song might you choose as yours?
Just in time for Cinco de Mayo, Brewers Authentics is hosting a Cerveceros Jersey sale!
Authenticated Cerveceros jerseys from Spring Training Cerveceros Day games will be available starting at $55 to celebrate 5/5.
Visit the Authentics Kiosk at Miller Park and online at brewers.com from May 4-10 (or while supplies last).