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Special Ticket Package Added for Jimmy Nelson Bobblehead Day; Includes AUTOGRAPHED Nelson Bobble, Plus Buffet & Drinks

On Sunday, July 31, all fans in attendance at the Brewers vs. Pirates game will receive a bobblehead featuring Jimmy Nelson!

Now, here’s your chance to come home from that game with your bobble SIGNED by Jimmy!

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Today, we’re launching a special ticket package in the Associated Bank Check Deck for that game. For just $89, you’ll get your game ticket,  a full buffet featuring Klement’s bratwursts smothered in sauerkraut, Klement’s hot dogs, BBQ smoked pulled pork, southern rubbed grilled chicken breast, brown sugar baked beans, corn on the cob, coleslaw, assorted cookies and brownies, unlimited soft drinks and two complimentary beers per adult, PLUS an AUTOGRAPHED Jimmy Nelson Bobblehead.

These packages are extremely limited! Click here to purchase. [Click on the “Buy Individual Tickets” button and select the July 31st game under the Associated Bank Check Deck Offerings.]

-Cait

MILWAUKEE BREWERS AND 620 WTMJ ANNOUNCE EXTENSION OF RADIO RIGHTS AGREEMENT

The Milwaukee Brewers and 620 WTMJ have agreed to extend their radio rights agreement and continue their longstanding partnership.

The announcement was made today by Brewers Chief Operating Officer Rick Schlesinger and Steve Wexler, Vice President/Radio, E.W. Scripps Company, which owns and operates WTMJ.

“The Milwaukee Brewers and WTMJ have one of the longest-standing partnerships in Major League Baseball, and today’s announcement continues a great tradition of bringing Milwaukee Brewers games and programming on radio to fans throughout Wisconsin,” Schlesinger said. “WTMJ is a heritage brand in Milwaukee, and they are committed to activating all of their resources to make this a terrific partnership with our organization.”

WTMJ-AM has served as the radio flagship of the Brewers for all but two seasons since the team moved to Milwaukee in 1970.  The prior agreement carried through the 2016 season.  No other terms of the new contract were disclosed.

“We’re big believers in localism at Scripps, and there are few things more local than Brewers baseball on WTMJ,” said Wexler. “We’re thrilled to continue this strong, mutually beneficial partnership with the Brewers”.

Tom Langmyer, Vice-President and General Manager of WTMJ said “in addition to WTMJ’s incredible footprint, we’re proud to continue operating the Brewers Radio Network so that Brewers baseball is available to fans in several states.”

WTMJ’s history as flagship radio station for the Brewers dates to 1970, when the team relocated from Seattle.  This season, Hall-of-Famer Bob Uecker is in his 46th year as voice of the Brewers.  He is joined in the booth by Jeff Levering (second year) and Lane Grindle (first season).

REGISTRATION ENDS SOON FOR BCF 5K FAMOUS RACING SAUSAGES RUN/WALK & HITTING 4 THE CYCLE BENEFIT BIKE RIDE

Time is almost up to register for the Brewers Community Foundation’s 5K Famous Racing Sausages Run/Walk and the Hitting 4 the Cycle benefit bike ride. The races, which will be held on July 30 and August 13, respectively, benefit a number of local organizations that, consistent with Brewers Community Foundation’s vision, focus on the areas of health, education, recreation and basic needs.

The 5K, hosted on July 30 at 8 a.m. features an all-new route that will once again make its way around the warning track of Miller Park. In addition, participants will get to test their skills against the Klement’s Famous Racing SausagesTM, as they also run the course. Each participant will receive a complementary Klement’s Hot Dog, a Miller Lite (if 21 or older), Aquafina Water and ticket voucher to a select future Brewers home game. Packet Pick-Up will be held on July 28 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. and July 29 from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Miller Park Ticket Windows 19-24. The cost to enter is $35, with proceeds benefiting Fisher House Wisconsin. Fans have until 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, July 27 to register and can do so at brewers.com/5k. The event is sponsored by Brewers Community Foundation’s Leadership Council, BMO Harris Bank, Delta Dental, Delzer, Johnson Controls, Lubar & Co., MillerCoors, Northwestern Mutual, We Energies Foundation Inc. and West Bend Mutual Insurance.

On Saturday, August 13, Brewers Community Foundation will once again give bike lovers and Brewers fans the opportunity to combine their two favorite activities. Fans will be able to select one of three bike routes, (22, 44, or 100 miles) that will culminate with a fun-filled tailgate party and that evening’s Brewers vs. Cincinnati Reds game. The cost to register is $50, with a $150 mandatory fundraising minimum, and fans can do so by visiting brewers.ride-mlb.com. Registration closes at 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, August 9, so riders are encouraged to act quickly. Proceeds of the event will benefit Urban Ecology Center, Dream Bikes and Capuchin Community Services.

Packet Pick-Up will be held at 88Nine – Radio Milwaukee on August 9. The event is sponsored by Prairie Springs, The Paul Fleckenstein Trust, United Healthcare, Kapco, The Lowlands Group and Marcus Investments.

Brewers Community Foundation harnesses the pride, passion, and commitment of Brewers fans, players and other supporters to positively impact the lives of children and their families in Greater Milwaukee and Wisconsin. Funding efforts strategically extend financial support to nonprofits that provide quality programming in the areas of health, education, recreation, and basic needs.

JONATHAN LUCROY WINS MILWAUKEE BREWERS HEART AND HUSTLE AWARD

The Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association (MLBPAA) today announced Jonathan Lucroy as the Milwaukee Brewers 2016 Heart and Hustle Award winner. This esteemed award honors active players who demonstrate a passion for the game of baseball and best embody the values, spirit and traditions of the game. The Heart and Hustle Award is also the only award in Major League Baseball that is voted on by former players.

“Jonathan has traveled with veterans to various memorials in Washington, D.C. and has also provided scholarships to military families,” said former MLB player Larry Hisle. “That shows great character and heart.”

The MLBPAA formed 30 committees, comprised of Alumni players with established relationships to each team. One player from each Major League team is chosen by the committees based on their passion, desire and work ethic demonstrated both on and off the field. These players will be recognized prior to an upcoming home game. As the season draws to a close, fans, all Alumni and active players will vote to select the final winner from the 30 team winners. The previous overall winners are David Eckstein (2005), Craig Biggio (2006, 2007), Grady Sizemore (2008), Albert Pujols (2009), Roy Halladay (2010), Torii Hunter (2011), Mike Trout (2012), Dustin Pedroia (2013), Josh Harrison (2014) and Anthony Rizzo (2015).

The final winner will be announced on November 15,2016 at the 17th Annual Legends for Youth Dinner in New York City. This event is the primary fundraiser for the series of free Legends for Youth Baseball Clinics. These clinics impact more than 15,000 children each year at 150 clinics, allowing them the unique opportunity to interact with and learn from players who have left a lasting impact on the game of baseball.

 

 

 

 

BASEBALL HALL OF FAME TOUR OPENS TOMORROW AT MILLER PARK

The historic Baseball Hall of Fame Tour (We Are Baseball) has made its way to Miller Park and is set to open to the public tomorrow (Friday, July 15) as the first-ever Major League city stop on its multi-year journey to dozens of cities across North America, bringing to fans a one-of-a-kind baseball experience through the illustrious history of the game with cutting-edge technology and digital media. Baseball fans in Milwaukee will be able to visit the one-of-a-kind mobile exhibit galleries in one of Miller Park’s parking lots through the end of the month.

Tickets are available now on the Tour’s official website, HallofFameTour.com.

We Are Baseball was developed with content provided by The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum and through a partnership with IMAX Corporation, MLBAM, Boston Red Sox chairman Tom Werner, CAA, and United Talent Agency, along with Arny Granat and Grand Slam Productions.

Today I was fortunate enough to get a sneak peek of the Tour, so here are some highlights that Iwas excited to check out.

IMAX MOVIE

Central to the fan experience is a mobile IMAX theater showcasing an original IMAX film highlighting the past, present and future of baseball. The 12-minute film is very moving and features never-before-seen new content as well as historical footage.

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TECHNOLOGY

To celebrate the shared experiences and bonds fans have for the sport, one-of-a-kind historical artifacts were curated by baseball historians and will be exhibited in unprecedented ways through state-of-the-art technology. This dynamic, customizable and sharable traveling exhibit will allow fans to “experience” the stories, traditions and stars covering baseball’s past and present like never before – from the game’s greatest luminaries, ranging from Honus Wagner to Willie Mays, Babe Ruth to Clayton Kershaw, and personalities and moments, like world renowned broadcaster Harry Caray or Bill Mazeroski’s legendary World Series-winning home run, to Fenway Park’s famed “Green Monster.” Examples include:

  • History Selfie: Put yourself into some of baseball’s most iconic moments and share with your friends, family and followers via social media

  • Hall of Fame Plaques in HD: Scroll through an interactive experience of the Hall of Fame plaques for every inductee

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  • Video Exhibit Cases: In a first-of-its-kind for baseball artifacts, utilize video screens to get the story behind a specific artifact before the artifact itself is revealed behind the screen.
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  • Personal Plaques: Using touch screen technology and high resolution cameras, take your own photo to create a personal Hall of Fame replica plaque and craft your own Hall of Fame story
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Take your photo and insert your own bio Mad Libs-style…create a plaque and email it to yourself to share online.

  • Interactive Games: An interactive touch screen table will allow you to play fun games against your family, friends and other We Are Baseball visitors

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  • Mobile: Leveraging MLBAM’s mobile development and technology expertise, the Tour also will integrate iBeacon technology for location awareness into the experiences for fans with the free MLB.com Ballpark app.

JAUNT VR

The Tour partnered with pioneering virtual reality (VR) company Jaunt to give fans up close and personal experiences of being present next to the game’s brightest stars, on field, in the dugout and even in the clubhouse. Shot over a series of weeks and available only as part of the Tour, Jaunt captured footage at Spring Training camps for the Chicago Cubs, Los Angeles Angels, Los Angeles Dodgers, and Oakland A’s. They were also on field for the Boston Red Sox Fenway Park and Chicago Cubs Wrigley Field home openers and documented the ring ceremony for the 2015 World Series Champion Kansas City Royals.

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The VR experience was very cool. If you haven’t tried VR anywhere, you definitely need to check this out. You’ll get up close and personal with players on the field.

FANATICS

In partnership with the inaugural Hall of Fame Tour, Fanatics, the global leader in licensed sports apparel and official MLB digital commerce partner, will operate a pop-up retail store and provide a wide range of officially licensed gear and customized products for each city stop. Local fans will have the ability to shop a wide selection of Hall of Fame Tour merchandise and Baseball Hall of Fame throwback designs, while also sifting through city-by-city Cooperstown memorabilia and collectibles. Fans unable to visit in person will be able to showcase their passion and pride by shopping all Hall of Fame Tour merchandise online.

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There is a large merchandise trailer on site with lots of cool Hall of Fame items.

Along with Milwaukee, We Are Baseball will travel to five other cities in its first four months of operation in 2016, providing fans in those communities nearly 1,000 open hours of access to the exhibits, artifacts and immersive experiences provided from the vast collections of The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, N.Y. A detailed schedule for 2016 is below:

BASEBALL HALL OF FAME TOUR – 2016 SCHEDULE

Davenport, IA (Modern Woodmen Park)                  July 3-10

Milwaukee, WI (Miller Park)                                      July 15-31

Kansas City, MO (Kauffman Stadium)                      August 5-21

St. Louis, MO (Busch Stadium)                                 August 26 – September 11

Minneapolis, MN (Mall of America)                          September 16-29

Las Vegas, NV (Las Vegas Convention Center)        October 7-23

A Tour schedule for 2017 will be released as it becomes available. Visit HallofFameTour.com for complete details and the latest scheduling and ticket information.

Will Smith & DJ Jazzy Jeffress Prep for ’90s Night at Miller Park

Break out the neon, overalls and flannel, throw on your Walkman, and head to Miller Park as it transforms into County Stadium for ‘90s Night. On Saturday, July 30, it’s time to party like it’s 1999 as the Brewers will wear their throwback home white uniforms with the blue and green crossed bats logo when they take on the Pittsburgh Pirates. Miller Park will feature a number of tributes throughout the evening, including music from the era, special in-game features and more.

Fans who purchase the special ‘90s Night ticket package will also receive this limited-edition ‘90s-themed Will Smith player T-shirt, which is inspired by the popular ’90s TV Show, “The Fresh Prince,” which stars the actor Will Smith.

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Speaking of which, in case you missed it, recently pitcher Will Smith and his bullpen mates have extended a video invitation to the actor  in hopes of getting him to attend the game, but so far, they have not heard back.

And that brings us to the latest effort in support of the #WillMeetsWill campaign–Will Smith and Jeremy Jeffress (with the help of Brewers Team Photographer Scott Paulus) have recreated photos of Will Smith and DJ Jazzy Jeff, who formed the famous hip hop duo that was popular in the late ’80s and the ’90s, producing such hits together as “Summertime,” and “Parents Just Don’t Understand.”

Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you: Will Smith and DJ Jazzy Jeffress:

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Will also got in the Fresh Prince spirit:

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As you can imagine, these two BFFs had a blast during this shoot. Here’s a look at some behind-the-scenes footage:

Tickets for the event are $19 for Terrace Reserved or $39 for Loge Outfield Box, not including inflation! Get yours at brewers.com/themenights.

 

 

BASEBALL HALL OF FAME TOUR OPENS FRIDAY AT MILLER PARK

The historic Baseball Hall of Fame Tour (We Are Baseball) is coming to Miller Park beginning this Friday (July 15) as the first-ever Major League city stop on its multi-year journey to dozens of cities across North America, bringing to fans a one-of-a-kind baseball experience through the illustrious history of the game with cutting-edge technology and digital media. Baseball fans in Milwaukee will be able to visit the one-of-a-kind mobile exhibit galleries in one of Miller Park’s parking lots from July 15-31.

Tickets are available now on the Tour’s official website, HallofFameTour.com.

We Are Baseball was developed with content provided by The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum and through a partnership with IMAX Corporation, MLBAM, Boston Red Sox chairman Tom Werner, CAA, and United Talent Agency, along with Arny Granat and Grand Slam Productions.

I will get a sneak peek of the Tour tomorrow and hope to have some pictures and video for you here, but in the meantime, here are some highlights that I’m excited to check out!

IMAX MOVIE

Central to the fan experience is a mobile IMAX theater showcasing an original IMAX film highlighting the past, present and future of baseball. The film will feature never-before-seen new content as well as historical footage.

TECHNOLOGY

To celebrate the shared experiences and bonds fans have for the sport, one-of-a-kind historical artifacts were curated by baseball historians and will be exhibited in unprecedented ways through state-of-the-art technology. This dynamic, customizable and sharable traveling exhibit will allow fans to “experience” the stories, traditions and stars covering baseball’s past and present like never before – from the game’s greatest luminaries, ranging from Honus Wagner to Willie Mays, Babe Ruth to Clayton Kershaw, and personalities and moments, like world renowned broadcaster Harry Caray or Bill Mazeroski’s legendary World Series-winning home run, to Fenway Park’s famed “Green Monster.” Examples include:

  • History Selfie: Put yourself into some of baseball’s most iconic moments and share with your friends, family and followers via social media
  • Hall of Fame Plaques in HD: Scroll through an interactive experience of the Hall of Fame plaques for every inductee
  • Video Exhibit Cases: In a first-of-its-kind for baseball artifacts, utilize video screens to get the story behind a specific artifact before the artifact itself is revealed behind the screen
  • Personal Plaques: Using touch screen technology and high resolution cameras, take your own photo to create a personal Hall of Fame replica plaque and craft your own Hall of Fame story
  • Interactive Games: An interactive touch screen table will allow you to play fun games against your family, friends and other We Are Baseball visitors
  • Mobile: Leveraging MLBAM’s mobile development and technology expertise, the Tour also will integrate iBeacon technology for location awareness into the experiences for fans with the free MLB.com Ballpark app.

JAUNT VR

The Tour partnered with pioneering virtual reality (VR) company Jaunt to give fans up close and personal experiences of being present next to the game’s brightest stars, on field, in the dugout and even in the clubhouse. Shot over a series of weeks and available only as part of the Tour, Jaunt captured footage at Spring Training camps for the Chicago Cubs, Los Angeles Angels, Los Angeles Dodgers, and Oakland A’s. They were also on field for the Boston Red Sox Fenway Park and Chicago Cubs Wrigley Field home openers and documented the ring ceremony for the 2015 World Series Champion Kansas City Royals.

FANATICS

In partnership with the inaugural Hall of Fame Tour, Fanatics, the global leader in licensed sports apparel and official MLB digital commerce partner, will operate a pop-up retail store and provide a wide range of officially licensed gear and customized products for each city stop. Local fans will have the ability to shop a wide selection of Hall of Fame Tour merchandise and Baseball Hall of Fame throwback designs, while also sifting through city-by-city Cooperstown memorabilia and collectibles. Fans unable to visit in person will be able to showcase their passion and pride by shopping all Hall of Fame Tour merchandise online.

Along with Milwaukee, We Are Baseball will travel to five other cities in its first four months of operation in 2016, providing fans in those communities nearly 1,000 open hours of access to the exhibits, artifacts and immersive experiences provided from the vast collections of The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, N.Y. A detailed schedule for 2016 is below:

BASEBALL HALL OF FAME TOUR – 2016 SCHEDULE

Davenport, IA (Modern Woodmen Park)                  July 3-10

Milwaukee, WI (Miller Park)                                      July 15-31

Kansas City, MO (Kauffman Stadium)                      August 5-21

St. Louis, MO (Busch Stadium)                                 August 26 – September 11

Minneapolis, MN (Mall of America)                          September 16-29

Las Vegas, NV (Las Vegas Convention Center)        October 7-23

A Tour schedule for 2017 will be released as it becomes available. Visit HallofFameTour.com for complete details and the latest scheduling and ticket information.

Brewers Block Party Returns

The Milwaukee Brewers are proud to announce the return of Brewers Block Party this summer. This marks the sixth season that the Brewers have hosted the event, and the first time since 2011.

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The Brewers 2016 Block Party will take place from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. on Saturday, July 23 at Village Park in Elm Grove (13600 Juneau Blvd.). The event will once again feature games and activities for the whole family, as well as appearances from Brewers players and coaches, Bernie Brewer and the Klement’s Famous Racing Sausages™. Free hot dogs, soda and potato chips (compliments of Klement’s, Pepsi and Sportservice, respectively) will be provided for the first 500 people. The Brewers Treat Truck and merchandise trailer will also be on hand for the festivities.

Brewers players and coaches will arrive around 11:45 a.m. and will attend for approximately one hour.  The players will first participate in a Q&A session hosted by Brewers radio personality Lane Grindle, followed by an autograph session for the first 1,000 attendees.  Specific player and coach appearances will not be announced in advance. Additional information can be found at brewers.com/blockparty.

Stars and Stripes Honor Flight Veterans Recognized at Miller Park

Today we welcome 20 veterans who are on their “Tour of Honor” today with the Stars and Stripes Honor Flight.

These veterans of World War II, The Korean War and the Vietnam War represent veterans who have served our nation in all branches of the military. They range in age from 71 to 100 years old and include an Army Paratrooper, a Platoon Sergeant, and a Navy Petty Officer who served in Korea aboard the USS Wisconsin:

Glenn Dohrmann or Cedarburg, a Korean War Army Veteran and Silver Star Recipient; Stan Larson of Menomonee Falls, a Korean War Air Force Veteran; Julius Mianecki of Kenosha, a Korean War Army Veteran; Otto Salomon of Glendale, a World War II Merchant Marine and Navy Veteran; Bob Sametz of Mequon, a World War II Air Force Veteran; Larry Wiest of New Berlin, a Korean War Army Veteran;  Jim Schuette of Sheboygan Falls, a Vietnam War Air Force Veteran; Lee Zwickey of Milwaukee, a Korean War Army Veteran; Jim Craw of Mercer, a Korean War Navy Veteran; Tony Margis of Waukesha, a World War II Army Veteran; Mike Plakut of Menomonee Falls, a World War II Navy Veteran; Harold Potterton of New Berlin, a Korean War Army Veteran; Bob Crouse of Mequon, a World War II Army Veteran; Patricia Fox-Pierce of Pewaukee, a Korean War Marine Corps Veteran; Don Pierce of Pewaukee, a Korean War Air Force Veteran; John Griebl of New Berlin, a World War II Army Veteran; Leonard Wayer of Oak Creek, a World War II Army Veteran; Harry Behrens of Milwaukee, a World War II Navy Veteran; Al Turner of New Berlin, a Korean War Army Veteran; and Sam Roland of Mundelein, a World War II Navy Veteran and 100 years old.

You can view the full ceremony on our Facebook page. Fans are also invited to stop by Section 208 to greet these local heroes during the game.

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Brewers All-Star Catcher Jonathan Lucroy is also a big supporter of the Stars and Stripes Honor Flight, having traveled with veterans to D.C. in the past; after the ceremony, he stopped over to personally shake each of the veterans’ hands and thank them for their service.

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Stars and Stripes Honor Flight flies World War II Veterans, Korean War Veterans and terminally ill veterans of any conflict on one day, all-expenses-paid trips to Washington, D.C. to see the memorials built in their honor. If you know a World War II or Korean War Vet who has not taken their Honor Flight, you can find out more information at StarsAndStripesHonorFlight.org.

-Cait

@CMoyer

A Wish Come True at Miller Park for Rayner

We have a special guest with us at today’s game.  Thanks to Make-A-Wish Wisconsin, today is  Rayner’s Wish Day at Miller Park.

Prior to the start of the Brewers vs. Cardinals game, Rayner had the chance to meet with several Brewers players & coaches. He also had the opportunity to meet his favorite player, Ryan Braun, and visit Bob Uecker in the his radio booth.

Here are a just a few photos from Rayner’s special day:

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Here’s hoping we’ll pull out another exciting win today. Rayner said we always win when he comes to games, so I’m feeling pretty good about this one.

-Cait

@CMoyer

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