Today, about one in 10 Americans has diabetes. Another 86 million adults, or nearly one in four – has prediabetes These people are at higher risk for developing type 2 diabetes … as well as heart disease or stroke.
The American Diabetes Association together with Novo Nordisk and Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin are here tonight to encourage fans to learn more about the importance of diet and exercise in helping people live longer, healthier lives.
Our guests on the field before the game today wanted fans to know that diet and exercise can help prevent the onset of type two diabetes in those with prediabetes, and can reduce complications among people who have diabetes.
Michael Herold of Milwaukee has had type 2 diabetes for several years. When Michael’s weight spiraled out of control, he used diet and exercise to improve his health and, in doing so, lost 50 pounds and significantly reduced his blood glucose level.
Today, Michael is more active than he’s been in years and his new found health has changed his outlook on life. Through the guidance of the doctors at Froedtert and the Medical College of Wisconsin, Michael has seen that his lifestyle changes will continue to improve his chances of having fewer diabetes-related complications throughout his life.
We congratulate Michael, we wish him the very best in meeting his new goal to lose 50 more pounds, and we encourage fans to learn more about the importance of diet and exercise in preventing the onset of type two diabetes and living healthier lives in general.
Today was Brewers Team Photo Day at Miller Park.
The risers were set up in the infield early this afternoon and Brewers Team Photographer Scott Paulus and his staff were on hand to take the official 2014 photo.
Now, I don’t know about you, but I was never a big fan of “picture day” back in school.
Now imagine that times 100, factoring in getting together all of the players–in uniform–along with coaches and staff….without the added bonus of a free comb. You can only hope everyone is on time and hope that nobody blinks.
Add in guys making funny faces, bunny ears and the lot….
…and Carlos Gomez whipping out his cell phone to take a selfie in the middle of it:
and it seems like we could all be in for a long day.
However, Scott’s the ultimate professional and he’s been doing this for many, many years now. He know what he needs to do to get the guys in, out, and looking great each time.
But what happened today when Scott handed over his camera to Carlos Gomez after the official photo was taken?
#BrewersTeamSelfie, that’s what.
Here’s what that looked like from my point of view, as it was happening:
And Carlos kept clicking away. He cut off some guys in this one, but it’s too good not to share.
Ladies and gentlemen, your 2014 Milwaukee Brewers!
I may be slightly biased, but I think this photo beats Ellen’s any day.
The Brewers will be hosting a Job Fair at Miller Park on Monday, August 18 from 3-8pm and Thursday, August 21 from 8am-1pm for a variety of open positions: Usher/Ticket Taker, Bag Checker, Gate Attendant and Gate Screener.
We have over 150 part time positions to fill and are looking for positive, customer service focused employees to work within our team. Walk-ins are welcome and on-site interviews will be conducted as time allows. Please bring your resume and allow time to fill out a formal application!
Today, Lyle Overbay and Ronald McDonald House Charities Eastern Wisconsin (RMHC) donors came together for a milestone event at the Ronald McDonald House in Wauwatosa.
RMHC is in the final stages of an expansion project that will nearly double the size of the existing House with an additional 32 guest rooms, as well as a fitness center, music room and expanded dining facilities. Through July 2014, the campaign has raised $8.4 million toward a financial need of more than $10 million and today, RMHC was excited to announce that Lyle Overbay will serve as the official ambassador for the “home stretch” of the capital campaign to expand.
In honor of his number, RMHC will be counting down to the last 24 days of construction and the completion of the expansion project.
Brewers Community Foundation is a longtime partner of RMHC with support from other players including Robin Yount, Prince Fielder, Randy Wolf as well as the Brewers wives. For the last two years, RMHC has been the recipient of the Stolen Bases Happy Faces campaign in coordination with Northwestern Mutual Foundation.
About RMHC Eastern Wisconsin
Ronald McDonald House Charities of Eastern Wisconsin, Inc. is dedicated to easing the burden of families whose lives have been disrupted as a result of their child’s illness or injury. They provide a “home away from home” and caring outreach initiatives. More than 35,000 families from 568 Wisconsin communities, 48 states and 26 foreign countries have stayed at the Ronald McDonald House since it opened its doors in 1984. The Ronald McDonald House mission is supported by more than 500 volunteers.
Today at Milwaukee’s General Mitchell International Airport, Jean Segura took on some unusual jobs as he Traded Places with a crew from Southwest Airlines, the Club’s official airline.
Southwest Airlines invited Jean, along with Bernie Brewer and the Klement’s Famous Racing Sausages, to surprise some unsuspecting customers as Jean did everything that Southwest employees do on a daily basis. Marshal in planes, ride a tug, make boarding announcements and take boarding passes–it was all a part of the special event. It was great to see the look on the faces of passengers and airport workers when walking through the terminal with Jean and the mascots–and some of the reaction afterward on social media (I’m sure there will be more when they land!).
For the last several years, we’ve had a program called Brewers Fans First, but we don’t generally promote it, so you may not have heard about it.
For every home game, members of the Front Office staff take turns rewarding fans with various perks such as seat upgrades, merchandise & concession vouchers, the ability to come down to the field for BP or autographed items.
These fans are selected randomly and it is simply meant to surprise and delight; all we ask is that fans email us with any feedback about their experience and their experience with the Club in general if they are so inclined.
“Fans First” is one of my favorite things to do as an employee of the Club. It’s like getting to play Santa Claus. I enjoy interacting with fans and being a part of their trip the ballpark.
In my experience, many fans are even quite skeptical at first when I’ve approached them and tried to give them any of the items mentioned above; however, once I have the chance to explain what we’re doing, they quickly warm up.
A conversation might go something like this:
Cait: Hi there! My name is Cait and I’m the Director of New Media for the Brewers. How would you like to have dinner on us tonight?
Fan: No thanks. [Starts to walk away...]
Cait: Are you sure? There’s no cost involved. It’s just part of a program we’re running here called Brewers Fans First. I saw you and your family all decked out in your Brewers gear and wanted to reward you guys for being such great fans.
Fan: What’s the catch?
Cait: There’s no catch at all! All I ask is that you take this card and email us with any feedback on your experience tonight and thoughts on the Miller Park experience in general.
Fan: Okay…well, thank you very much! [Cue great conversation about the team.]
I also like it when I get an autographed ball to give out and I find the perfect child to give it to, often one who is wearing a t-shirt or jersey of that player. Sometimes you even find out it’s that child’s first game and then the poor parent has to explain to the child that no, this doesn’t happen at every game. (Sorry about that!)
Tonight, we followed our Data Analyst, Diny Hurwitz, on his Fans First journey.
Here are a couple of highlights:
We’ve also taken a version of this program to social media, rewarding/surprising fans who are tweeting about us and such.
We are so thankful to our faithful Brewers fans–you are the reason we do what we do!
In case you missed it, last homestand Carlos Gomez mascot-bombed Mark Reynolds’ Intentional Talk interview wearing a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles costume.
Carlos had purchased the costume to surprise his son, who is a big fan of the Turtles. The MLB Network clip instantly became a viral hit, so when I came across this on Twitter shortly thereafter, I knew I had to get one for Carlos:
I reached out to Ryan Young, Media Relations Coordinator for the Grizzlies, who had seen the clip, and I received this by the end of the week.
On Saturday, the Grizzlies (who happen to be the Triple-A affiliate of the San Francisco Giants, who open a 3-game set against us at Miller Park tonight) sported these Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles-themed jerseys during their game. They also had an appearance by the Turtles, gave away pizza at the game, and their mascot dressed up as Splinter.
A special thanks to Ryan and the Grizzlies for sending us the jersey for Carlos- it definitely brought a smile to his face!
And kudos to the Minor League teams for coming up with such creative jerseys! This is the second time this season I’ve had to wrangle up a special jersey for one of our players, the first being a Fresh Prince of Bel Air jersey for our own Will Smith.
FOX Sports Wisconsin today announced that they have added four Milwaukee Brewers games to the 2014 telecast schedule, including:
Date Day Opponent Time
August 7 Thursday San Francisco Giants *12:30 p.m.
August 14 Thursday Chicago Cubs *12:30 p.m.
August 20 Wednesday Toronto Blue Jays *12:30 p.m.
September 25 Thursday Cincinnati Reds *11:00 a.m.
With these additions, all remaining Milwaukee Brewers games will be televised by FOX Sports Wisconsin. Brewers Live will air before and after each game.
*Indicates re-air in primetime, 6:30pm.
FOX Sports Wisconsin reaches more than 1.5 million homes and telecasts nearly 2,600 hours of locally produced programming per year. For more information about the Emmy Award-winning regional sports network visit www.FOXsportswisconsin.com
Badgers students, alumni and fans are invited to join us for Badgers Cap Night on Friday, August 22.
Proudly display Wisconsin colors as the Brewers take on the division-rival Pittsburgh Pirates with your one-of-a-kind, Badgers-themed Brewers hat — FREE to all who purchase Badger Cap Night tickets.
Through this special offer, University of Wisconsin 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. As an added bonus, attendees will also receive a free Brewers T-Shirt as part of that night’s All-Fan T-Shirt Giveaway.
Tickets are available at brewers.com/wisconsin. For groups of 25 or more, call (414) 902-4774.