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UW-Madison Basketball Coach Greg Gard Tosses First Pitch

University of Wisconsin-Madison Men’s Head Basketball Coach Greg Gard is here at Miller Park tonight, where he tossed out a ceremonial first pitch before the game vs. the A’s.

Greg Gard tosses the ceremonial first pitch before Brewers vs. Oakland on June 7, 2016. PHOTO: Scott Paulus/Milwaukee Brewers

Greg Gard tosses the ceremonial first pitch before Brewers vs. Oakland on June 7, 2016. PHOTO: Scott Paulus/Milwaukee Brewers

Gard was named the interim men’s head basketball coach on December 15, 2015. Taking the team over with an 8-5 record, he led the Badgers to a 22-13 record overall and a trip to the Sweet 16. Gard was officially named head coach on March 7, 2016.

-Cait

@CMoyer

MILLER PARK HOMESTAND HIGHLIGHTS: JUNE 7 – 12

Fans can join the Brewers all week as they welcome the Oakland Athletics and New York Mets to Miller Park tonight through Sunday. The homestand begins tonight at 7:10 p.m. with the first of two games against the Oakland Athletics. Following the A’s visit, the Crew will take on the reigning National League Champion New York Mets. Highlights include a complimentary Summerfest Weekday Admission Ticket promotion, Star Wars Day, Noah’s Ark Waterpark Ticket giveaway and a Barking Bobblehank All Fan giveaway. In addition, this homestand will feature the first Free-Shirt Friday of the summer.

Tuesday, June 7 vs. Oakland Athletics – 7:10 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.

Summerfest Weekday Admission Ticket Giveaway – The first 10,000 fans in attendance will receive a Summerfest Weekday Admission ticket.

Breast Cancer Showhouse VisitThe Brewers Wives will visit this year’s Wisconsin Breast Cancer Showhouse. WBCS, Inc. was founded in 1998 as an all-volunteer 501(c)(3) charitable organization by Nancè Kinney, a breast cancer survivor. Their mission is to support early stage breast cancer and prostate cancer research at the Medical College of Wisconsin. Throughout their history, generous homeowners have donated their houses to WBCS and work together with talented Milwaukee area designers to transform their home into a showhouse. This year’s showhouse is location on Oconomowoc Lake.

Alzheimer’s Awareness Night – Fans can visit Alzheimer’s Association information table on the Field Level across from Guest Relations to learn more about Alzheimer’s awareness.

Fair Days Double Play – Nothing says summer like Brewers Baseball and the State Fair. For just $15, fans will receive a Terrace Reserved ticket and one general admission ticket to the Wisconsin State Fair presented by U.S. Cellular®, August 4-14. For an additional $10 per package, fans can upgrade seats to Loge Outfield Box. The ticket package is not available for purchase on the day of the game.

Wednesday, June 8 vs. Oakland Athletics – 7:10 p.m.
Fair Days Double Play – See above

Allen-Field Elementary School Visit – Martin Maldonado and Junior Guerra will visit bilingual Allen Field Elementary School in Milwaukee. The players will meet and have an open dialogue with several second and third grade classes.

Southwest Airlines Trading Places Event – Jeremy Jeffress and Will Smith will participate in a Southwest Airlines Trading Places event at General Mitchell International Airport. Jeffress and Smith will interact with customers as they deplane, help board the flight and collect boarding passes. In addition, that morning several employees from Southwest will experience life in the big leagues as they play catch on the field and trade places with the players.

Thursday, June 9 vs. New York Mets – 7:10 p.m.
Brew Crew & the Zoo – For just $20, fans can get a Terrace Reserved ticket to the game, one adult general admission ticket to the Milwaukee County Zoo and a free lunch cooler. For an additional $10 per package, fans can upgrade their seats to Loge Outfield Box. The ticket package is not available for purchase on the day of the game.

Fair Days Double Play – See above

Fisher House Tour – Brewers players will visit the Fisher House on the grounds of The Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center. Players will have an opportunity to tour the new facility and meet with those who are currently staying there.

Kyle’s Korner Volunteer DayKyle’s Korner is hosting a Volunteer Day at Miller Park, celebrating their Board members, volunteers & supporters. Member & supporter Jeremiah Johnson will be throwing out the ceremonial first pitch. Fans can visit the Kyle’s Korner information table on the Field Level across from Guest Relations to learn more about their outreach efforts. Kyle’s Korner is dedicated to helping grieving children, teens and their families who are coping with the death of a loved one.

Friday, June 10 vs. New York Mets – 7:10 p.m.
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.

Fair Days Double Play – See above

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.

Habitat for Humanity Garage BuildBrewers players, wives and front office staff will participate in a Habitat for Humanity Garage Build. The garages are being built for houses that were built during Habitat for Humanity’s Blitz Build Week that the Brewers sponsored. The building will take place at Miller Park on the Helfaer Field and Left Field Plazas.

Brew Crew & the Zoo – See above.

Free-Shirt Friday – All fans in attendance will receive a Bernie’s Chalet t-shirt, courtesy of CertaPro Painters®. Choice of Adult M and Adult XL only.

Rock the Ballpark – The Brewers and Summerfest have teamed up once again this year. For just $24, fans can get a Terrace Reserved ticket to the game and one Summerfest General Admission ticket, good any time during Summerfest 2016, June 29-July 3 & July 5-10. For an additional $5 per package, fans can upgrade their seats to the Loge Bleachers. The ticket package is not available for purchase on the day of the game.

Saturday, June 11 vs. New York Mets – 3:10 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.

Autograph Saturday for Kids presented by U.S. Bank – Prior to the game, kids 14 and under can receive autographs from select Brewers players and coaches. Autograph sessions will begin shortly after gates open and last for approximately 20 minutes. For each Autograph Saturday game, one child will be selected to win a VIP package compliments of U.S. Bank®. The VIP package includes four Loge Level tickets to that night’s game, on-field batting practice viewing and more! Fans can register at Miller Park Field Level Guest Relations or online at Brewers.com/autographsaturdays.

Noah’s Ark Waterpark Ticket Giveaway – All fans in attendance will receive a ticket to Noah’s Ark Waterpark.

Star Wars Day – The Force awakens at Miller Park on Saturday, June 11 as the Brewers join The Resistance to battle the newly-minted members of The First Order, the New York Mets. The ballpark will be transformed into a galaxy far, far away with special in-game features and appearances by a number of Star Wars™ characters. Plus, fans who purchase this special Star Wars™ Day ticket package will receive a limited-edition Stormin’ Gorman Stormtrooper bobblehead. The package is available at Brewers.com/specialevents.

Blue Crew Ticket Program On Saturday, the Brewers will partner with Major League Baseball umpires to offer memorable baseball game experiences 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, June 12 vs. New York Mets – 1:10 p.m.
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.

Major League Baseball Scott’s Pitch, Hit & Run Team Championship Competition – This spring, over 600,000 children participated nationwide in Major League Baseball’s free Pitch, Hit & Run program. Prior to the game, the top 12 boy and girl qualifiers from Wisconsin  will compete at Miller Park in hopes of advancing to the National Finals at the 2016 Major League Baseball All-Star Game in San Diego, CA. Winners from the competition will be recognized on the field during a pre-game presentation.

Barking BobbleHank – All fans in attendance will receive a Barking BobbleHank, courtesy of Palermo’s Frozen Pizza.

BREWERS TO MAKE THREE SELECTIONS ON DAY 1 OF 2016 MLB DRAFT

The Milwaukee Brewers will make three selections on Day One of the First-Year Player Draft, which begins Thursday evening at 6 p.m. CT. The team owns the fifth overall selection. The Brewers will also make selections at #46 (Second Round) and #75 (Competitive Balance Round B).

The First-Year Player Draft spans three days of activity from Thursday through Saturday and will take place at the MLB Network Studio 42 in Secaucus, New Jersey.  Draft coverage will begin live on MLB Network and MLB.com at 5 p.m. CT Thursday. The Brewers’ first selection (#5) will take place at approximately 6:27 p.m. CT, pick #46 will take place at approximately 9:28 p.m. CT and pick #75 will take place at approximately 10:15 p.m.

Representing the Brewers at the MLB Network Studio will be former Brewers All-Star Ben Sheets and Vice President of Baseball Projects – Gord Ash. Sheets was selected by the Brewers in the 1st Round of the 1999 Draft (10th overall) and spent eight seasons with the team, from 2001-08, compiling an 86-83 record with a 3.72 ERA.

The Brewers have selected the fifth overall pick four times in team history: Rick O’Keefe in 1975, Ken Henderson in 1991, Mark Rogers in 2004 and most recently Ryan Braun in 2005.

The selection rotation is determined by the clubs’ reverse order of finish at the close of the previous season.  The Draft, which is comprised of 40 rounds, will continue on Friday at noon CT for Rounds 3-10. The Draft will resume on Saturday for Rounds 11-40 at 11:00 a.m. CT and will continue through its conclusion.

 

Submit Photos of Your All-Star Dad and Win Tickets in a Suite!

Did he show you how to throw a fastball? Buy you your first baseball hat? Master the perfect condiment ratio for your ballpark hotdog? If your Dad taught you not only how to swing a baseball bat, but the importance of good sportsmanship win or lose AND he’s the reason you cheer for the Brewers; he’s an All-Star in our books. We want to help you celebrate him!

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Sunday, June 19 is Father’s Day and we’re looking for you to post photos that depict how a father figure in your life is an All-Star.Post your photos to Instagram and/or Twitter using #BrewersAllStarDad through Sunday, June 19. We’ll judge all eligible entries to select our six winners based creativity/originality, photo quality and relevance to the contest theme.

Each winner will receive two tickets in Fox Sports Wisconsin’s Suite for winner and a guest (hopefully dad, if you can bring him!) to the Brewers vs. Diamondbacks game on Wednesday, July 27.

Select entries may also be shown on the Brewers vs. Dodgers telecast on Father’s Day.

 

-Cait

@CMoyer

#HankAndSeek: Barking BobbleHanks Placed Around the City

In advance of his June 12 All-Fan Bobblehead giveaway, this morning Hank, “The Ballpark Pup,” has helped distribute thousands of Barking BobbleHank Bobbleheads across the greater Milwaukee area and select other locations in Wisconsin in a scavenger hunt called, “Hank and Seek.” The scavenger hunt will culminate in an appearance by Hank at the Brewers Team Store by Majestic at 10 a.m Friday.

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Thousands of Barking BobbleHanks (the Bobblehead has a soundchip that barks) have been placed next to Hank’s favorite locations – fire hydrants and trees – throughout the greater Milwaukee area and select additional locations in Wisconsin. There is a sticker attached to the box instructing those who find the Bobbleheads to share a photo of their newly-acquired Barking Bobblehank on Instagram or Twitter by tagging @Brewers and using #HankandSeekto be eligible for exciting prizes, including pizza for a year, courtesy of Palermo’s Frozen Pizza, game tickets to the June 12 matchup with the New York Mets and a one-on-one meet and greet with Hank himself.

Please note: There is a limit of one Bobblehead per person.  The scavenger hunt will continue until all items have been claimed. More details and official rules can be found at brewers.com/hankandseek.

 

Happy #NationalRunningDay!

June 1 is National Running Day and in celebration, we’ve got a special promo code to help you save on registration for some upcoming Brewers events!

Use code “BrewersRun16” to save on registration for both the Brewers Mini-Marathon on September 10 and the 5K Famous Racing Sausages Run/Walk on July 30!  Use the code to register for the Brewers Mini-Marathon and save $10 off the half marathon or 10K race, and $5 off for the 5K distance.  The same code will help you save $5 off registration for the 5K Famous Racing Sausages Run/Walk.

Be sure to RACE to take advantage of this great deal. This offer is good for today only!

-Cait

@CMoyer

LPGA Golfer Lincicome Visits Miller Park

Welcome to LPGA Golfer Brittany Lincicome who is in town promoting the UL International Crown, which will be held in Gurnee, IL July 21-24.

Brittany traveled around the city earlier today before arriving at Miller Park where she threw out a ceremonial first pitch prior to tonight’s game vs. the Cardinals.

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Photo: Scott Paulus/Milwaukee Brewers

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Brewers Community Achievers: Dr. Marla Lichtenberger

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 Dr. Marla Lichtenberger. Dr. Lichtenberger is a veterinary specialist and owner of Milwaukee Emergency Center for Animals. Her professional contributions are extensive, having served on the executive board of the Wisconsin Veterinary Medical Association, President of the Milwaukee Veterinary Medical Association and PR Chair for the College of Emergency and Critical Care committee. She is a frequent international speaker on emergency and critical care for small animals and exotics as well as a published researcher.

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After seeing and treating numerous police canines at her hospital, Dr. Lichtenberger was touched by the strong bond between human officer and canine. She was compelled to step in and help prevent serious injury and/or death of the canines, so she started the MECA Foundation. The MECA Foundation’s mission aims to provide total wellness for Wisconsin police K-9’s offering early veterinary care, purchasing and training forpolice departments, outfitting the K-9’s with protective vests, supplying the police K-9 unit with needed equipment and more.

Every year Dr. Lichtenberger holds the MECA “Vest a K-9 Fest” to raise funds to further her mission of providing every police canine throughout Wisconsin with a life-saving vest.

Dr. Lichtenberger’s compassion for animals and unparalleled dedication to educating and protecting our pets, our police canines, and all animals makes her a deserving recipient of the Community Achievers Award.

Thank you, Marla for making a difference in the community!

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.

-Cait

 

David Goforth visits the Sojourner Family Peace Center

Brewers pitcher David Goforth visited the Sojourner Family Peace Center earlier this afternoon to tour the site and meet with members of the staff.

Sojourner Family Peace Center is a non-profit community organization that exists to end domestic violence and create peaceful communities. Based on the nationally known and proven Family Justice Center model, the Sojourner Family Peace Center transforms the community’s response to family violence and ultimately make Milwaukee and its surrounding communities a healthier, safer and more peaceful place to live. This model is a best practice for delivering care to families impacted by domestic violence.

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Once again year, WaterStone Bank and Brewers Community Foundation are partnering to benefit Sojourner through the “K’s For A Cause” program. WaterStone Bank and BCF will each make a donation to the Sojourner Family Peace Center for every strikeout recorded by a Brewers pitcher at Miller Park during the 2016 season. The strikeout total for each game and the season is displayed on the “strikeout meter” sign at Miller Park, which is located on the right field fascia. Last season, the “K’s for a Cause” campaign raised a total of $20,100, bringing the two-year grand total to $39,600.

For more information on Sojourner Family Peace Center, please visit familypeacecenter.org. For information about Brewers Community Foundation, please visit Brewers.com/BCF.

Memorial Day at Miller Park

Today is Memorial Day and here at Miller Park, we are honoring those who have served in several ways.

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The USO was given 5,000 tickets for Military personnel and their families for today’s game and also played a role in shaping our pregame ceremonies.

For the pregame ceremonies, the USO provided today’s national anthem singer, Jennifer Schafer, who is a civilian; as well as ceremonial pitchers, representing each branch of military service.

The following groups also provided color guards for the game: United States Marine Corps Recruiting Station- Milwaukee; Navy Operational Support Center-Milwaukee; U.S. Army Recruiting Battalion- Milwaukee; and Wisconsin Air National Guard.

In addition, today, the Brewers are wearing special camouflage jerseys and caps.

Brewers Authentics will be selling the Memorial Day game-worn jerseys and caps at our Authentics Kiosk (located on the Field Level at Miller Park) and via the Brewers Charity Auction online. The game-worn memorabilia is available to be pre-ordered by contacting gameused@brewers.com and the auction is tentatively scheduled to start on Monday, June 6.

The Brewers Team Stores at Miller Park are also stocking the Memorial Day caps, jerseys, as well as a special camouflage t-shirt for a limited time.

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Finally, the Brewers, along with Major League Baseball, will participate in the National Moment of Remembrance during the game at approximately 3:00 p.m. when we will pause to remember the brave men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice in service of our country.

Thank you to those who have served and those who continue to serve our country.

 

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