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Brewers Honor the Late Bruce Seid with Jersey Patch, Outfield Wall Sign

Beginning tonight, the Brewers will wear a patch honoring Bruce Seid, Director of Amateur Scouting and member of the organization for 17 years, who passed away unexpectedly earlier this week while visiting his family in Las Vegas. He was 53.

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A sign bearing his name has also been installed in the outfield at Miller Park:
Bruce Seid Sign at Miller Park
“We are stunned and devastated by the news of Bruce’s passing,” said Brewers President of Baseball Operations – General Manager Doug Melvin.
“He was a great friend to all of us, and no words can describe the sense of loss we feel. There are only a few people who have been with the Brewers as long as Bruce, and he was a kind and highly-respected member of our organization. There are also very few who worked with the passion and dedication to the Brewers that Bruce did. A number of current players on our roster were given the opportunity to play Major League Baseball because of Bruce, and he was so proud of them. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife, Erika, and all of Bruce’s family.”
Memorial arrangements are pending.
-Cait
JohnandCait@brewers.com

Meet Reagan Imhoff, National Goodwill Ambassador for MDA

Today, we were pleased to host 9-year-old Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) National Goodwill Ambassador Reagan Imhoff and her parents, Jenny and Joe, here at Miller Park.

The Imhoff family resides in New Berlin where Reagan is a charming, happy and outgoing fourth-grader who enjoys art, social studies and recess.

In her free time, she told me she enjoys drawing, dancing and playing with her dolls-especially her American Girl collection.

Reagan works on a special drawing for Jonathan Lucroy.

Reagan works on a special drawing for Jonathan Lucroy.

She is also a long-time Brewers fan (“Ever since I was six!” she told me, proudly).

However, one thing that sets Reagan apart from her classmates is that she has spinal muscular atrophy (SMA, type 2), a genetic disease affecting the part of the nervous system that controls voluntary muscle movement. Because of this progressive neuromuscular disease which is most commonly diagnosed in infancy, Reagan has never been able to crawl or walk. In addition  SMA has led to difficulty eating enough food by mouth to maintain her weight and grow, so Reagan is mainly fed through a g-j tube. Her respiratory muscles are also very weak, which makes coughing and taking deep breaths while sleeping difficulty, leading to an increased tendency for pneumonia and other problems. Scoliosis also presented complications early on for Reagan which resulted in the need for spinal surgery when she was just 4. Leg and hip pain have also been an increasing problem for her.

Despite all of these challenges, Reagan remains positive and upbeat, choosing to tell her personal story as a National Goodwill Ambassador for MDA. In this capacity, Reagan is working to help raise awareness and understanding of muscle disease and inspire support of the organization.

Beginning in 1952, when public awareness and understanding of muscle disease were almost non-existent, MDA put a human face on its mission by calling upon young people affected by these diseases to serve as National Goodwill Ambassadors. To date, the program has had 39 such ambassadors, boys and girls affected by a variety of neuromuscular disorders, who have traveled the nation to meet with sponsors, supporters and luminaries, playing an essential role in motivating millions to help MDA through donations or volunteer action.

Reagan had served as a Wisconsin Ambassador for three years before being tapped for the National spotlight. Reagan’s mom, Jenny, told me that they’ve been all over the county this year, including Arizona, Nashville, Las Vegas, Chicago, Daytona, San Antonio, Houston, Los Angeles and San Diego.

Of her travels, Reagan tells me that Nashville is her favorite place, “because it was really fun and the people are really nice,” she said.

But today, Reagan got an experience that ranks right up at the top–she got to meet her favorite player, catcher Jonathan Lucroy, along with Brewers pitchers Matt Garza and Kyle Lohse and bullpen catcher Marcus Hanel, during BP.

Reagan also threw out the first pitch before tonight’s Brewers vs. Cardinals game:

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It was a pleasure to meet Reagan and her family; they are lovely people and I can see why this charismatic youngster was chosen to be an ambassador at the national level.

You can meet Reagan and mingle with current and former professional athletes at the annual MDA Muscle Team Gala on Thursday, November 13 at SURG Restaurant Group’s new event space on Milwaukee Street.  For more information call 262-432-7992 or visit www.mdamuscleteamwisconsin.com.

 

-Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

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DraftServ Units to be Introduced at Miller Park; New Technology Allows Fans to Pour Their Own Beverage

Today we  announced the installation of two brand new DraftServ machines at Miller Park. After making its Major League debut at the 2014 MLB All-Star Game in Minnesota, the self-service beverage dispensers will be rolled out at Miller Park tonight prior to the 7:10 p.m. game against the St. Louis Cardinals.

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Fans 21 and older will be able to purchase a $15 or $25 card that will act similar to a credit card. Fans can use their card on one of two machines and can pour up to 24 ounces of beer in a single cup. Beverages available include Miller Lite, Miller High Life, Leinenkugel’s Summer Shandy, and Redd’s Apple Ale.

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There is a maximum of two drinks per person per transaction, and fans using the service will need to show their proof-of-age when they purchase the cards and again when they access the DraftServ unit.

Miller Park will become just the second Major League Baseball stadium to feature DraftServ units.

“We are always looking at the latest conveniences for fans as we add to the Miller Park experience,” said Rick Schlesinger, Brewers Chief Operating Officer. “The DraftServ technology is new to sports venues, and we are excited to be among the first organizations to bring it to a wide audience.”

The DraftServ units will be located behind section 127 near the Big B’s Diner on the third base side.

 -Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

MILWAUKEE BREWERS FINISH FIFTH IN THE HEAD & SHOULDERS AND MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL 2014 “SEASON OF THE #WHIFF” MONTHLY TWITTER COMPETITION FOR AUGUST

Head & Shoulders and Major League Baseball (MLB) announced the winners of the “Season of the #Whiff” Twitter competition for the month of August, 2014. As of September 1, we  racked up 33,042 #Whiff @Brewers tweets, securing fifth place for the month of August, resulting in a $5,000 donation to local Brewers RBI leagues. Overall, Head & Shoulders rewards the seven MLB Clubs with the most #Whiff tweets each month with a donation to their local RBI league(s) totaling $40,000.

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This brings the 2014 Brewers RBI leagues donation up to $35,000 on the season–no small chunk of change just for tweeting–as we’ve finished in second place once, third place three times, and now fifth place…plus September is still up for grabs!

Thanks to all who tweeted in the first five months of the season-let’s set our sights on finishing strong! All you have to do is tweet #WHIFF + @Brewers. Up to 27 #WHIFF + @Brewers tweets per user per day AND up to 27 #WHIFF retweets from the Club account count toward out monthly total.

Furthermore, for every “Whiff” (strikeout) recorded throughout the Majors during the 2014 Regular Season, Head & Shoulders will make an additional $1 donation to the national RBI program. The RBI program is the MLB youth initiative designed to give young people from urban and underserved communities the opportunity to play baseball and softball, encourage academic success and achievement, and teach important life lessons and values.

-Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

Join us for Marquette Cap Night on Friday, 9/26

Marquette University students, alumni and fans are invited to join us for Marquette Cap Night on Friday, September 26.

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Proudly display Marquette University colors as the Brewers take on the division-rival Chicago Cubs with your one-of-a-kind, MU-themed Brewers hat — FREE to all who purchase Marquette Cap Night tickets.

Through this special offer, MU students, alumni and fans will enjoy great savings with tickets available in the Terrace Box for as little as $18 and Field Outfield Box for $29.

Tickets are available at brewers.com/marquette. For groups of 25 or more, call (414) 902-4774.

 

-Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

#KCancer14: Today Major Leaguers & 108 Stitches host Strikeout Cancer Day

Today Major League baseball players will stand together as one and do their collective-best to “strikeout cancer,” when they host a player-led initiative to raise awareness and funds for cancer-related charities across the United States.

“Strikeout Cancer Day” is an extension to an ongoing initiative spearheaded by St. Louis Cardinals relief pitcher, Jason Motte. Today, players throughout the league will wear K Cancer t-shirts emblazoned with a large, backward K (the notation for a strikeout “looking” in baseball scoring) in colors representative of their team cities. Each team will be supporting a different cancer-based charitable organization, selected at the suggestion of one player representative on behalf of that team.

By wearing their K Cancer shirts on the way to the ballpark, in the clubhouse, in the batting cage, or after the game, the players hope their support for each other and their fans will bring attention to this initiative and encourage others to do what they can to “strikeout cancer.”

Fans who have purchased K Cancer shirts are encouraged to wear them today. Fans can support this initiative by purchasing K Cancer shirts at www.108stitches.com. Proceeds from every K Cancer T-shirt sold are split between the Jason Motte Foundation and the charity selected by the player representative, who in many cases has a personal attachment to the charity because of someone he knows who has or had cancer. In addition, the MLBPA will contribute its customary licensing fee to the brain tumor program at Columbia University Medical Center in memory of Michael Weiner, the former MLBPA executive director who passed away last November after a 15-month battle with brain cancer.

The Milwaukee Brewers Player representative is Yovani Gallardo and his charity is Brewers Community Foundation (with funds earmarked for breast cancer prevention and research). Other Brewers pitchers are wearing the shirt today as well:

For the complete list of Player representatives and their chosen charities, please click here.

In addition to today’s league-wide #KCancer14 initiative, we’ll be hosting a special event of our own in support of breast cancer research and treatment this Saturday, September 6.  Join fight against breast cancer as the Brewers, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and thousands of Brewers fans partner together to “Pink Out” Miller Park. For more details on this event, click here. Hope to see you there!

 

-Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

 

What’s It Like To Be a Ballboy or Girl?

Have you every wondered what it’s like to be a ballboy or ballgirl, one of those people who gets to sit down the baselines at a Major League Baseball game, helping to warm up outfielders and snag foul balls?

Check out this feature, put together by Aaron Oberley, one of our MLB Advanced Media Real-Time Correspondents who also happens to be a Ballboy & member of our Brew Crew himself:

 

-Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

Help Support RBI Leagues, Win a Ball Signed by Robin Yount

Following successful third place finishes in each of the first three months of the season, in July we moved up to second place in the Head & Shoulders “Season of the #Whiff’ contest on Twitter! That means that this year to date, we’ve helped secure a $30,000 donation to local RBI leagues. Overall, Head & Shoulders will reward seven MLB Clubs with the most #Whiff tweets each month with a donation to their local RBI league(s) totaling $40,000.

We’re nearing the end of August and the race is close, but you can help us secure at LEAST third place again.

All you have to do is tweet #WHIFF + @Brewers. Up to 27 #WHIFF + @Brewers tweets per user per day will count toward out monthly total.

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We’re also throwing in an incentive to help us finish high. Tweet #Whiff + @Brewers this weekend for your chance to win this ball signed by Robin Yount. If we finish in third place or higher, one lucky fan who tweeted beginning on Friday when we announced the promotion through the end of the August competition will win the ball.

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In addition, for every “Whiff” (strikeout) recorded throughout the Major Leagues during the 2014 regular season, Head & Shoulders will make an additional $1 donation to the national RBI program. The RBI program is the MLB youth initiative designed to give young people from urban and underserved communities the opportunity to play baseball and softball, encourage academic success and achievement, and teach important life lessons and values.

The MLB Club winner of the overall competition will earn a bonus donation worth $20,000 to their local RBI league(s). The winning Club will be announced during the 2014 MLB World Series – stay tuned to find out who will bring home the highest donation!

For more information,  visit www.MLB.com/Whiff.

Thanks to all who tweeted in the first four months of the season-let’s set our sights on finishing on a high note!

-Cait

-JohnandCait@brewers.com

 

 

Score Authentic Collection Rewards at Miller Park

Starting Monday thru September 30 (or while supplies last), when you shop at any of the Brewers Team Stores at Miller Park and purchase Authentic Collection merchandise, you have the chance to win big!

A sampling of the Authentics Collection gear at Miller Park.

A sampling of the Authentics Collection gear at Miller Park.

Purchase Authentic Collection merchandise and receive a scratch-off card to become an instant winner! t. Prizes include shopping sprees, autograph baseballs, discounts on store items and a Grand Prize (tickets to a 2015 game, batting practice viewing session, shopping spree and meal in the Johnson Controls Stadium Club).

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No purchase necessary to enter. Purchase will not increase odds of winning. While supplies last. Visit the Brewers Team Store for official rules or call (414) 902-4750.

Prefer to shop online? Authentic Collection gear is available at brewers.com; however, the scratch-off promotion is only valid in-store.

 

FRIDAYS RESTAURANT TO RESUME REGULAR HOURS ON GAME AND NON-GAME DAYS

Today we  announced that Fridays restaurant at Miller Park will reopen for normal hours of operation on both game days and non-game days, beginning tomorrow – Saturday, August 30 at 5pm CT.

Fridays will operate on normal hours of operation but the menu will still be limited. Hours of operation are Sunday through Thursday from 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. and Friday/Saturday from 11 a.m. – midnight.

Fridays’ menu will be a condensed version of the “Fridays Favorites.” This includes a limited number of hot appetizers and entrees, plus desserts.

 

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