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:
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.
Tonight, the Great Lakes Chapter of the Bob Feller Act of Valor Foundation recognized Jimmy Nelson, the Brewers 2016 nominee, during a pregame ceremony at Miller Park.
Sixteen Major League Baseball players have been named finalists and we are proud that Jimmy has been recognized for his efforts in support of our servicemen and women.
Jimmy has been a consistent supporter of military initiatives such as: USO Milwaukee, Milwaukee VA Medical Center and Fisher House Wisconsin. For the past three years, he has contributed thousands of dollars towards these efforts. Jimmy donates game tickets to active and non-active military personnel and also regularly visits Veterans’ hospitals in Milwaukee, his hometown in Texas, and on the road.
Jimmy was warming up for tonight’s game, but Brewers Manager Craig Counsell joined us on the field to help in the announcement along with Force Master Terry Prince and several Petty Officers, who were also on hand to celebrate Navy Week Milwaukee.
Navy Week Milwaukee, which runs July 4-10, is designed to give area residents an opportunity to learn about the Navy, its people and its importance to national security and prosperity.
Tonight, we are also hosting a Navy Day at Miller Park which included Rear Admiral Stephen C. Evans throwing the first pitch, U.S. Navy Color Guard presentations, and more.
Thank you, Jimmy, for your commitment and dedication in support of our servicemen and women.
After this weekend’s series vs. the St. Louis Cardinals Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy is set to travel to San Diego to represent the Brewers in the 2016 All-Star Game.
Now, you can celebrate Luc’s second All-Star appearance with the new gear that just arrived at the Brewers Team Store. There area caps, t-shirts and jerseys to choose from. Take a look:
Merchandise is available while supplies last in the Brewers Team Store at Miller Park. You can also shop online at brewers.com.
Be sure to tune in to the game on Tuesday on FOX. Coverage starts at 6:30 pm CT.
If there’s something strange in your neighborhood, who ya gonna call? The Brew Crew! To celebrate the release of the new Ghostbusters™ movie, we are hosting Ghostbusters Day at Miller Park tomorrow (Saturday, July 9) as the Brew Crew looks to bust the St. Louis Cardinals. All fans who purchase this special Ghostbusters ticket package will receive a limited-edition Brewers quad-bobble featuring four Brewers players as the Ghostbusters.
Fans in attendance at the game can expect characters onsite for photo ops, the Ecto-1 will be parked on the third base plaza outside the ballpark and we will have an inflatable Stay Puft Marshmallow Man on the Field Level near AJ Bombers and inflatable Slimmer on the Loge Level (third base side) for photos.
In addition to the festivities, we will be offering two unique food offerings to celebrate the day. Fans can enjoy a “Let’s get Slimed Ice Cream,” which features a choice of ice cream, covered in a lime flavored “slime” topping. It will be available at the concession stands located near sections 126 and 227.
The team will also offer the “Spengler Treat,” a tempera battered Twinkie, fried till golden brown and covered in the same lime-flavored topping. The “Treat” will be available at the concession stands located near sections 118 and 421.
The Brewers return home from a six-game road trip to take on the St. Louis Cardinals in a three-game, weekend series before the All-Star break. Highlights include the third Free-Shirt Friday of the season, GhostbustersTM Day and a Bob Uecker Talking Alarm Clock Giveaway.
Friday, July 8 vs. St. Louis Cardinals – 7:10 p.m.
Free-Shirt Friday – All fans in attendance will receive a Brewers T-shirt, courtesy of 94.5 KTI Country. Choice of Adult M and Adult XL only. The shirt is a replica of Hank Aaron’s Brewers jersey.
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 through the end of the first inning. 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 and the Brewers vs. Cubs game.
Navy Day – Navy Week Milwaukee, which runs July 4-10, is designed to give area residents an opportunity to learn about the Navy, its people and its importance to national security and prosperity. On Friday, the Brewers are hosting a Navy Day at Miller Park which includes Rear Admiral Stephen C. Evans throwing the first pitch, U.S. Navy Color Guard presentations, and more. Milwaukee native, Force Master Chief Terry Prince, will also be in attendance.
Bob Feller Act of Valor Presentation – On Friday, the Great Lakes Chapter of the Bob Feller Act of Valor Foundation will recognize the Brewers 2016 nominee Jimmy Nelson during a pregame ceremony at Miller Park. Nelson will be recognized for his support and all that he does for our military men and women. Also joining the presentation will be 14 chief petty officers.
Saturday, July 9 vs. St. Louis Cardinals – 1:10 p.m.
Season Seat Holder Appreciation Day – Season Seat Holders receive 25% off food, beverage and merchandise during select games by simply presenting their Season Seat Holder ID Card. Season Seat Holders also enjoy the opportunity to enter Miller Park 30 minutes prior to the general public to watch the Brewers take batting practice. For more information, visit brewers.com/sshappreciation.
Ghostbusters Day – If there’s something strange in your neighborhood, who ya gonna call? The Brew Crew! To celebrate the release of the new Ghostbusters™ movie, the Brewers are hosting Ghostbusters Day at Miller Park on Saturday, July 9 as the Brew Crew looks to bust the St. Louis Cardinals. All fans who purchase this special Ghostbusters ticket package will receive a limited-edition Brewers quad-bobble featuring four Brewers players as the Ghostbusters.
In addition to the festivities, the Brewers will offer two unique food offerings to celebrate the day. Fans can enjoy a “Let’s get Slimed Ice Cream,” which features a choice of ice cream, covered in a lime flavored “slime” topping. It will be available at the concession stands located near sections 126 and 227. The team will also offer the “Spengler Treat,” a tempera battered Twinkie, fried till golden brown and covered in the same lime-flavored topping. The “Treat” will be available at the concession stands located near sections 118 and 421.
Stars & Stripes Tour of Honor Flight Participants – Over twenty former Stars & Stripes Honor Flight participants, including a Silver Star recipient and a lady veteran, will be recognized for their service and acknowledgement for their return from their tour from Madison to Washington, D.C. last week.
Blue Crew Ticket Program – On Saturday, the Brewers will partner with Major League Baseball umpires to offer a memorable baseball game experience for children awaiting adoption and at-risk youth in mentoring programs. Children will receive a VIP experience including tickets, a goody bag of “all things baseball,” and the unique opportunity to step onto the field for a souvenir baseball and photo. Umps Care Charities, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded by Major League Baseball umpires, created the Blue Crew tickets program to share the gift of baseball with children and strengthen relationships between children and the adults who aim to make a difference in their lives. More than 4,000 guests have participated in Blue Crew tickets since 2006.
Sunday, July 10 vs. St. Louis Cardinals – 1:10 p.m.
Bob Uecker Talking Alarm Clock Giveaway – All fans in attendance will receive a Bob Uecker Talking Alarm Clock, courtesy of Toyota.
Kids Eat Free Sunday – Every Sunday home game, all kids 14 and under will receive a voucher upon entrance to Miller Park good for a free hot dog, apple slices, a bottle of water and an ice cream treat, courtesy of Pick ‘n Save, Blue Bunny & Heinz.
Prairie Farms Dairy Kids Base Run – Kids 16 and under can run the bases after Sunday home games, courtesy of Prairie Farms Dairy.
The Milwaukee Brewers have acquired right-handed pitcher Aaron Wilkerson and second baseman Wendell Rijo from the Boston Red Sox in exchange for infielder Aaron Hill and cash. The announcement was made by General Manager David Stearns.
“In Aaron Wilkerson, we are adding a starting pitcher who has had tremendous success in the minor leagues and could be an asset to the Major League team in the near future,” said Stearns. “Wendell Rijo adds even more young talent and strength up the middle to our organization.”
Wilkerson, 27, had been pitching this season at Triple-A Pawtucket, where he was 4-2 with a 2.44 ERA in 9 games (8 starts). He was holding International League opponents to a .223 batting average (41-for-184, 5hr) with 54 strikeouts in just 48.0 innings pitched. He also pitched at Double-A Portland this season, going 2-1 with a 1.83 ERA in 8 starts. While at Portland, he held Eastern League opponents to a .175 batting average (28-for-160, 2hr) with 48 strikeouts in just 44.1 innings pitched.
Wilkerson, who was signed by Boston as a non-drafted free agent on July 18, 2014, owns an impressive career minor-league record of 22-7 with a 2.52 ERA in 54 games (44 starts). He has produced 293 strikeouts in just 279.0 innings pitched.
Prior to joining the Red Sox organization, the product of Cumberland University (TN), pitched the 2013 season for three independent league teams: Fort Worth – United League Baseball; Florence – Frontier League and Grand Prairie – American Association.
Rijo, 20, began the 2016 season at Double-A Portland, where he appeared in 51 games. He was transferred to Class-A Salem in late June and appeared in 11 games there prior to today’s trade.
Born in La Romana in the Dominican Republic, Rijo was signed by Boston as an international free agent on July 6, 2012. He owns a career batting average of .250 with 16 HR, 129 RBI and 50 stolen bases in 333 minor-league games (2012-2016). Following last season, he was ranked as the 15th-best prospect in the Red Sox organization and 19th-best prospect in the Carolina League by Baseball America.
Hill, 34, was acquired by Milwaukee last January 30 from Arizona, along with right-handed pitcherChase Anderson, shortstop Isan Diaz and cash, in exchange for shortstop Jean Segura and right-handed pitcher Tyler Wagner. He batted .283 (72-for-254) with 8 HR and 29 RBI in 78 games with the Brewers, making 71 starts (55g at 3B, 16g at 2B).
“Along with his statistical contributions, we thank Aaron for his veteran leadership and versatility during his time as a Brewer,” said Stearns.
Republicans and Democrats may seem divided, but it’s nothing compared to the heated battle that will take place over the next three days in Major League Baseball polls.
Just moments ago, Ryan Braun was named as one of the five candidates eligible for the 2016 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Final Vote for the National League to select the last player for the All-Star squad. And while the Brewers will launch an aggressive campaign to get out the vote, it will be up to Brewers fans to answer the call and vote early and often for their star outfielder.
Braun is seeking to become an All Star for the seventh time in his career, joining teammate catcher Jonathan Lucroy in San Diego for the 2016 Major League Baseball All-Star Game on July 12. Lucroy was selected to the squad by New York Mets Manager Terry Collins earlier today, earning his second appearance on the team by hitting .296 with a .355 on-base percentage and a .484 slugging percentage.
Braun is one of five candidates for the Esurance All-Star Final Vote along with 1B Brandon Belt (San Francisco), 3B Jake Lamb (Arizona), OF Starling Marte (Pittsburgh) and SS Trevor Story (Colorado).
Braun has appeared in 69 games this season and ranks among the Major League leaders in batting average (9th, .323). The right-fielder owns a .916 OPS and has collected 30 extra-base hits, including 16 doubles and 13 home runs. The 2007 NL Rookie of the Year, notched career hit number 1,500 on June 7 vs. Oakland and joined Robin Yount (3,142), Paul Molitor (2,281), Cecil Cooper (1,815) and Jim Gantner (1,696) as the only Brewers with 1,500 hits. In addition, Braun is the all-time franchise leader in home runs with 268.
Braun will need the fans’ support by voting online at brewers.com/vote and via SMS by texting N2 to 89269. Fans can vote as many times as they would like but the window is brief – voting ends on Friday, July 8 at 3 p.m. CT.
Additionally, fans can help send Braun to San Diego by tweeting with the hashtag #VoteBraun on Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. CT. Every Tweet with that hashtag will count as a vote for Braun.
To encourage voting, fans can look for special appearances around town to promote Braun’s candidacy.
Delaware North Sportservice (DN), the exclusive food, beverage and retail provider for Miller Park, will hold a job fair on Thursday, July 7 at the home of the Brewers. DN Sportservice is looking to hire Stand Attendants, Dishwashers, Cooks and InSeat Runners for the 2016 season.
The job fair will take place at Miller Park on Thursday, July 7 from 5-7 p.m. CT. Candidates must be at least 18 years of age to apply. Applicants are asked to enter the ballpark through the Hot Corner entrance (near Friday’s Front Row).
Earlier today, players, coaches and staff fanned out across Milwaukee to give back to the community with surprise acts of kindness as part of the team’s #KindnessInMKE event. Virtually every member of the organization, from ownership to front office employees, the players and coaches, was encouraged to come up with a creative way to give back to the Cream City. Teammates in the organization, both on and off the field, surprised various unsuspecting patrons and non-profit organizations with acts that show their appreciation to the community that they call home.
The goal of the event was to do something impactful and fun. The activities began this morning with members of the front office visiting local charities to make unannounced donations and supply gifts to various nonprofits around southeast Wisconsin.
Personally, I began my day by stopping at Zilber Family Hospice, and dropping off a monetary donation toward their greatest needs. Zilber was very kind to my family when my grandmother spent her last days there a few years back and it felt good to be able to surprise them by giving back this morning.
Here’s a sampling of some of the other organizations touched by our staff:
At noon, the players began their rounds and spent a minimum of $500 each in gifts or donations at everything from retail stores to kids’ events – and everything in between. There were no rules, just encouragement for each player, coach and executive to come up with an idea that would be impactful and fun for them and their recipients. Here’s a look at some of their efforts:
Participants and recipients tracked their activities by using the social media hashtag #KindnessInMKE throughout the day. It was even trending at one point!
We hope that everyone who was impacted by this initiative is inspired to pay it forward with their own acts of kindness! We would love to see how you were impacted or how you are joining us in giving back. Share your story, photos and videos with us using the hashtag (#KindnessinMKE).
The Brewers Community Achievers Program recognizes residents throughout the state of Wisconsin each month during the season for displaying extraordinary efforts in their community.
All adults and school-aged children throughout the state of Wisconsin are eligible to participate in the program. Fans can nominate their Community Achiever online or pick up a nomination form at the Guest Relations Booth on the Field Level Concourse at Miller Park during the season.
This month’s honoree is Paul Druecke, an essential part of Milwaukee’s growing conceptual art scene and a positive figure in Riverwest since the late ’90s.
In 2000, Paul christened a portion of the Holton St. Bridge as Blue Dress Park and has co-hosted dozens of events there. The park represents people’s ability to imagine things as greater than what they appear and in 2010, Paul, along with a group of artists, historians and city planners, started an advocacy group to celebrate the existence and values of the park.
Paul’s years of dedication to the conceptual art community and his 15 years of volunteering commitment to the under-appreciated spaces in Milwaukee have brought awareness to the under-recognized parts of Milwaukee.
Thank you, Paul for your passion for the arts!
Do you know someone who is a Community Achiever?
Perhaps they started a neighborhood clean-up program, volunteered to prepare meals for their elderly neighbors or even performed some feat of heroism. Nominate them today by clicking here.