Last season, we encouraged fans to support local RBI Leagues by tweeting #WHIFF + @Brewers and you answered: resulting in $40,000 in donations for our local RBI Leagues!
RBI, or Reviving Baseball in the Inner Cities, is a urban youth baseball initiative that was developed by former scout and Major Leaguer John Young in Los Angeles in 1989 to provide youth an opportunity to learn and enjoy the game of baseball.
The RBI program encourages participating in baseball while providing youth with a positive, team-oriented activity that challenges them mentally and physically. The program also uses baseball to emphasize academics and community responsibility.
And now, the Head & Shoulders“Season of the Whiff” is back for 2015 with more opportunities to help secure funds for this great cause.
Like last year, the seven MLB teams with the most #Whiff tweets each month will win donations for their local RBI leagues.
Here’s how Brewers fans can help: When a Brewers pitcher strikes out an opposing batter, make sure to jump on Twitter and tweet: #WHIFF and include our handle, @Brewers.
Simple as this:
Retweets also count, so follow @Brewers and be sure to retweet our #Whiff tweets! Up to 27 #Whiff + @Brewers tweets per user per day will count to our totals.
That’s all you have to do! Each month, if we’re in the top 7 teams, we can win anywhere from $2,000 to $10,000 for our local RBI program.
So… I don’t know about you, but I’m never one to back down from a challenge. See a whiff, tweet a #Whiff @Brewers and let’s win some money for a great cause!
April Bobble of the Month; Limited Edition Ballpark Pup Gift-With-Purchase Help Kick Off Miller Park Retail Promotions
With just two days until the #BrewersOpener, everyone has Brewers fever and there’s lots to be excited about!
Earlier this week, we previewed what’s new at Miller Park, including new amenities and concession offerings and now, we’re letting you in on two special promotions hosted by the Brewers Team Store to kick off the season: the April Bobble of the Month and the Hank the Ballpark Pup gift with purchase. Read on.
1) April Bobble of the Month: Hank and Bernie
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 April Bobble of the Month will be available beginning tomorrow (Sunday, April 5) at the Brewers Team Store at Miller Park.
It features Bernie Brewer and Hank the Ballpark Pup in the stands:
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!
Speaking of Hank, the second retail promotion also involves our favorite Ballpark Pup:
2) Hank Gift-With-Purchase
Sorry fans, you’re not going to get Hank himself with a purchase, BUT if you spend $125 at the new Hank’s Hangout Merchandise Kiosk, you will receive this limited edition Ballpark Pup collectible for FREE:
This framed piece features a piece of a MLB-authenticated “Hank-worn jersey” and commemorates his Dog of the Year award.
This gift-with-purchase runs during our first homestand (April 6 – April 12), or while supplies last.
We’re in the homestretch here… see you Monday!
Last night on SportsCenter, host John Anderson talked about the Opening Day Excuses, notes that were authored by several of our players to help Brewers fans get out of any obligations and ensure they can watch the Brewers play on Monday.
A Green Bay native, Anderson is a big fan of the Crew and expressed his desire to get a note as well.
Well, today, he got his wish thanks to one Jonathan Lucroy:
Hope that works and we #SeeUApril6, John!
Earlier this offseason, we announced plans for several new additions to Miller Park, including the arrival of local food favorites Smoke Shack and Holey Moley. And today, we got to take a tour of these new ballpark additions and taste-test some of the new ballpark fare along the way. Ready? Here we go.
Caution: This will make your stomach growl….
1) Smoke Shack – a slow-smoked barbeque restaurant – will be located on Miller Park’s Plaza Pavilion, outdoors, behind section 109, along the west side of the stadium.
A slow-smoked barbeque restaurant, Smoke Shack will bring a selection of their menu to Miller Park, offering fans a variety of regional sauces to accompany their dry-rubbed barbeque that’s smoked to perfection. Smoke Shack will offer four options from their menu including three “sammiches” and an appetizer-style dish. The menu will also offer three sides to accompany the main selections. Menu items include Kansas City BBQ eggrolls, Smoked Chicken sammich, Carolina Pulled Pork sammich, BBQ Seitan sammich, and more. One featured item of note: The Ham-Dinger, a Holey-Moley glazed yeast doughnut stuffed with house smoked Berkshire ham.
For point of reference, Smoke Shack will be located next to AJ Bombers, which was new to Miller Park last season. That space has been reconfigured a bit to adjust for Smoke Shack’s arrival:
AJ Bombers will continue to serve up burgers, egg rolls, tater tots, custard, shakes and concrete concoctions. Look for stadium-exclusive burger & concrete concoction specials throughout the season!
Here’s a peek at their concrete custard specials by series for the month of April:
2) Holey Moley – Milwaukee’s only craft doughnut shop – will be located along the first base side of the Field Level concourse, just behind Section 111, near the Brewers Authentics Kiosk.
Doughnuts are made fresh daily along with freshly brewed coffee beverages – both hot and cold.
Exclusive to the stadium are their NEW Doughnut + Custard Sandwiches, which sell for just $6. Yes, doughtnuts AND custard. They went there. I tried the Peanut Butter Jelly Time and it was delish.
3) Other Featured Fare
Much ado has already been made about some of our other new ballpark concessions, including the Inside the Park Nachos aka “nachos on a stick,” the Down Wisconsin Avenue Brat and the Bratchos.
Take a look at these and other tasty treats being served up by Delaware North at the stadium this season:
4) Season Seat Holder Headquarters
Located on the Field Level concourse along the first-base side, the Season Seat Holder Headquarters is a new 350-square-foot meeting area. Conveniently located for Season Seat Holders to meet their account executives face to face, the space will also serve as a distribution point for gifts and other items. The headquarters area will provide opportunities for all fans to inquire about the outstanding benefits involved in being a Brewers Season Seat Holder.
5) Hank’s Hangout
New for 2015 is a kiosk called “Hank’s Hangout,” located down the right-field line. This kiosk offers the best supply of merchandise featuring everyone’s favorite Ballpark Pup….for humans and pets alike! And the best part is that purchases of Hank merchandise continue to benefit the Wisconsin Humane Society.
Additional upgrades at Miller Park include a Loge Level Ticket and Guest Relations Kiosk, enhancements to the JCI Club Patio, and increased Wi-Fi connectivity throughout the ballpark. These projects are in addition to the Selig Experience, which was announced in December and is slated to open to the public on Friday, May 29.
“Each year we look to bring new amenities to Miller Park to enhance the overall ballpark experience,” said Brewers Chief Operating Officer Rick Schlesinger. “We are excited to introduce new and unique dining options this year, along with a designated headquarters for season seat holders, improved connectivity and additional attractions for our fans. Combining these additions with the new Selig Experience, we are confident that the fan experience at Miller Park will continue to be among the best in all of sports.”
Uihlein-Wilson Architects designed the Season Seat Holders Headquarters and Loge Level Ticket and Guest Relations Kiosk. Design work for Smoke Shack and Holey Moley was handled by Flux Design.
So, yes, there’s lots to look forward to at Miller Park this season besides the fun and excitement of Brewers Baseball. We’ll #SeeUApril6….come hungry.
Singles Night, which was originally scheduled for April 8, has been moved to Wednesday, April 22 when the Crew takes on the Cincinnati Reds.
With the Singles Night ticket package, for just $39, you’ll get a game ticket in the Associated Bank Check Deck (our singles section for the night), a full buffet, two complementary drinks, and the opportunity to enjoy the game with other single Brewers fans. Plus, It’s Just Lunch will host a creative game to help everyone meet and mingle and create a relaxed, casual environment.
For more information, or to order tickets, call (414) 902-4641 or visit brewers.com.
Tonight, fans driving past Miller Park will notice that the stadium is glowing blue.
That’s in support of World Autism Awareness Day:
Here are some more photos of Miller Park dressed in blue to support Austim Speaks’ Light It Up Blue campaign:
April is Autism Awareness Month and fans are also invited to join the Brewers for Autism Awareness Night at Miller Park as the Crew takes on the St. Louis Cardinals on Saturday, April 25 at 6:10 p.m.
Be part of this special event as we celebrate the unique gifts of individuals with autism while raising awareness of autism spectrum disorders and advocating for the needs of individuals and families affected by autism. Autism Speaks Milwaukee will be on hand to help raise awareness by passing out information and answering questions.
To receive special savings on various locations in the ballpark for Autism Awareness Night, click here. Tickets will be on sale until Friday, April 24 or while supplies last. Don’t forget to wear your Brewers blue to support autism awareness.
Opening Day at Miller Park is just five days away as the Brewers will host the Colorado Rockies on Monday, April 6. Details for Opening Day are below.
Ticket Availability: Tickets for Opening Day are sold out. Tickets remain available for the remaining five games of the opening homestand.
- Parking Lots/Gate Opening Times: The Miller Park parking lots will open at 10 a.m. on Opening Day. The gates to Miller Park will open at 10:40 a.m. In coordination with new procedures established by Major League Baseball, all fans will be screened by metal detectors upon entering Miller Park. Fans are encouraged to arrive early to the gates to ensure they don’t miss first pitch.
- 50/50 Raffle: The 50/50 Raffle will begin when gates open at 10:40 a.m. Proceeds from the raffle support local nonprofit organizations.
- First Pitch: Retired Commissioner Emeritus and former Brewers Owner Allan H. “Bud” Selig will throw out the ceremonial first pitch on Opening Day. In honor of his achievements, the Brewers retired the number 1 and will unveil the “Selig Experience,” a state-of-the-art attraction at Miller Park, to the public on Friday, May 29.
- Brewers Magnetic Schedule Day: All fans in attendance will receive a Brewers 2015 magnetic schedule.
- The 13th Annual Klement’s Opening Day First Brat Relay Race: Prior to first pitch on Opening Day, the Klement’s Famous Racing Sausages will participate in the 13th Annual Klement’s Opening Day First Brat Relay Race, beginning at 10 a.m. at the Klement’s plant on Chase Ave. The Klement’s Famous Racing Sausages™ will deliver the “First Brat” all the way to Miller Park (weather permitting).
OPENING DAY PARKING INFORMATION
The Brewers are urging fans to plan ahead when considering parking options for all games at Miller Park, but in particular for Opening Day. Fans may purchase parking passes in advance for all home dates at Miller Park through the Miller Park Box Office, Brewers.com or by phone at (414) 902-4000. Please note, a limited number of parking passes are available for Opening Day.
There will not be overflow parking at Wisconsin State Fair Park this year.
Please tune in to AM 1180 for up to the minute information.
Fans are encouraged to share in the excitement around Opening Day by following the Club on its various social media platforms. Fans may participate in the conversation by tagging photos and updates on Twitter and Instagram with #BrewersOpener.
The Milwaukee Brewers and the Milwaukee Braves Historical Association will induct Hall of Famer Red Schoendienst into the Braves Honor Roll on Thursday, April 9 in a ceremony beginning at noon. The Braves Honor Roll is located on the Miller Park Field Level Concourse along the third base side (near the Main Gate).
A 10-time All-Star, Schoendienst played 19 seasons in the Major Leagues with the St. Louis Cardinals, New York Giants and the Milwaukee Braves. The second baseman appeared in 2,216 games, collected 2,449 hits and batted .289 lifetime. He was acquired by the Milwaukee Braves in a midseason trade from the Giants in 1957 and led the National League with 200 hits that season. His acquisition by the Braves played an integral role in claiming the 1957 World Series championship. The following season, Schoendienst appeared in 106 games for the Braves as he helped lead Milwaukee to a second straight pennant.
Altogether during his Major League career, Schoendienst finished in the top 10 in MVP voting four times, including third in 1957. He later went on to manage the Cardinals to a World Series title in 1967 and a National League pennant in 1968. Schoendienst was voted into the Baseball of Hall of Fame by the Veterans Committee in 1989.
The 92-year-old Schoendienst will not be able to attend the unveiling event.
There are 13 additional members of the Milwaukee Braves Honor Roll, including Warren Spahn (2004), Johnny Logan (2005), Andy Pafko (2006), Bobby Thomson (2008), Bob Uecker (2009), Felix Mantilla (2010), Eddie Mathews (2010), Joe Adcock (2011), Frank Torre (2011), Del Crandall (2012), Hank Aaron (2012), Gene Conley (2013) and Joe Torre (2014).
Need some help playing hooky on Opening Day? We’ve got you covered. Brewers fans can now visit brewers.com/excuses to view and share excuse notes written by our team of ‘experts’ designed to get out of any obligation and make sure you are able to watch Brewers Opening Day on April 6.
For example, Kyle Lohse’s excuse note is the perfect one to use if you’re trying to get out of work:
He even thought to draft a version “for the ladies” to share:
Scooter Gennett’s got one to help you get out of any obligation with a significant other that day…although, now that I think about it, maybe you shouldn’t be sending an excuse note to that person so much as evaluating that relationship. If he/she doesn’t like the Brewers as much as you, that might be a bigger problem!
The other notes you’ll find include one from Mike Fiers to help you get out of chores; one from Will Smith to help you get out of class and one from “Dr. Matt Garza” to get you out of practice.
Here are some photos of the guys working on their notes earlier this Spring:
Visit brewers.com/excuses now to get and share your Brewers Opening Day excuse now to make sure you’re free next Monday when the Crew takes on the Rockies at 1:10pm CT.
And while these excuse notes should do the trick, if they’re still a little salty about you playing hooky, you can butter them up with some Brewers tickets. You’ll get a special offer from us once you share your note!
On Friday, our very own Bernie Brewer will be in New York City to appear on Good Morning America.
Bernie, along with several of his other MLB counterparts, will take part in a special “GMA Opening Day” segment, which will culminate in a dance-off in Times Square.
Be sure to tune in to ABC beginning at 7am CT this Friday, April 3 for #GMAMascotMadness!