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DNR Days Return to Miller Park for 2014

One cannot talk about Wisconsin traditions without including the great outdoors, and that starts with activities such as hunting, fishing and Brewers baseball.  In celebrating these great traditions, the Milwaukee Brewers and Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) have partnered once again to create a ticket deal exclusive to Wisconsin’s 1.5 million Hunting or Fishing license holders.

You’ll enjoy special savings on Brewers tickets–$26 for Field Outfield and $17 for Terrace Box—and each ticket purchased includes a blaze orange Brewers cap.

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The offer is available for the following games:’

Friday, April 25 Brewers vs. Cubs @ 7:10p

Monday, May 26 Brewers vs. Orioles @ 1:10p

Tuesday, June 24 Brewers vs. Nationals @7:10p

Thursday, July 24 Brewers vs. Mets @7:10p

Saturday, August 23 Brewers vs. Pirates @6:10[p

Friday, September 12 Brewers vs. Reds @7:10p

Sunday, September 28 Brewers vs. Cubs @ 1:10p

To take advantage of this offer, visit brewers.com/DNR and have your DNR Hunting or Fishing License Transaction Number ready.  (Note: If you do not have your transaction number, please contact the DNR at (888) 936-7463.) Those who do not have a Wisconsin DNR Hunting or Fishing License can purchase one for as low as $5 through the Wisconsin DNR or select retail locations.

-Cait

JohnandCait@Brewers.com

Brewers Announce Partnership With Shatterproof

The Milwaukee Brewers and Brewers Community Foundation today announced a partnership with Shatterproof, a national organization that is committed to protecting children from developing addiction to alcohol or other drugs and ending the stigma and suffering of those affected by this disease. 

 On May 6 at Miller Park, when the Brewers take on the Arizona Diamondbacks, the Brewers will celebrate “Shatterproof Day” and Brewers Community Foundation will present a grant to the organization.  Shatterproof staff will be at Miller Park distributing literature to raise awareness for the cause, and a representative from the organization will toss the ceremonial first pitch that evening.

That same day, Shatterproof will host the “Shatterproof Challenge” in downtown Milwaukee, where approximately 80 participants will rappel down the side of the Hyatt Regency hotel. Brewers outfielder Logan Schafer will autograph a baseball for each participant and Brewers representatives will be on hand to support the initiative. Those who would like to learn about how they can participate in this event can do so at https://secure.shatterproof.org/page/content/milwaukee-2014/.

“We appreciate the work that Shatterproof does to address the issue of addiction in our society,” said Brewers Chief Operating Officer Rick Schlesinger. “The work that it does is critical, not just to prevent addiction before it has a chance to take hold, but also to battle the stigma attached to the disease.”

Shatterproof was founded by Gary Mendell after he lost his son, Brian, to the disease of addiction.  Shatterproof is building an organization to educate and empower families, educators, healthcare providers, legislators and others to address addiction on a national scale. For more information on Shatterproof, please visit www.shatterproof.org.

–John and Cait

johnandcait@brewers.com

Singles’ Night at Miller Park is Tuesday, April 1!

Two weeks from tonight, the 2014 Brewers season will officially be underway. We’ll be into our second game of the year, against the Atlanta Braves, a 7:10pm start.

It also happens to be Singles Night, hosted by It’s Just Lunch!

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For just $48, you’ll get your ticket to the game in the Dew Deck a full buffet, two drinks per person and the chance to mix and mingle with other single Brewers fans. When you think about it, Miller Park is the perfect place to meet someone–you’ll already have your mutual love of the Crew in common… and who knows? You just might meet someone with whom you can spend the rest of the season coming to games…and if everything continues to go well, you can always have your wedding at the place where you met!

But I’m getting waayyyy ahead of things here.  Even if you don’t meet the person of your dreams, you’re guaranteed to have fun, so for a good time, call (414) 902-GRPS (4777) or purchase your ticket here.

Cheers!
-Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

 

Glowing & Growing at Miller Park

We were so happy to see that the tarp had come off of the field last week; seeing that lush, green grass at Miller Park reminds us that baseball (and spring!) is just around the corner.

This year, Brewers Director of Grounds Michael Boettcher and his staff have taken new measures to ensure that the grass is ready for Opening Day and stays extra-healthy all season, assisting their quality field maintenance program.

Last Monday, March 10, they started treating the field with grow lights. The lights run almost 24/7 on the infield and sidelines, giving the grass a reduced level of synthetic sunlight.

The Grounds Crew will treat everyday until the Exhibition Games next Friday and Saturday and then throughout the entire growing season (both at night and during the day when the team is out of town).

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So, next time you drive by Miller Park at night and see that glow, you’ll be reminded of lush green grass and all of the fun, exciting Brewers Baseball you have to look forward to being played on it all season long!

-Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

Collection Drive Added to Tomorrow’s “Ballpark Pup” Public Appearance at Miller Park

For tomorrow morning’s event featuring Hank the Dog at Miller Park, the Brewers are encouraging fans to bring new pet items with them to donate. A “Wish List” is below, and the items collected will be distributed to area animal rescue organizations.

 The Brewers also ask that fans leave their pets at home tomorrow as they will not be able to come into Miller Park or the store.

Logan Schafer sports his Hank t-shirt!

Logan Schafer sports his Hank t-shirt!

As a reminder, fans will be allowed entry into the Miller Park Hot Corner entrance at 6 am tomorrow, and the Team Store by Majestic will open at 7 am. Hank t-shirts and other memorabilia will be available for the first time to area fans and with the purchase of any Hank item, 20% of the retail price will be donated to the Wisconsin Humane Society. Plus, fans will have an opportunity to meet Hank that morning at Miller Park. (Note: As of 11am CT on 3/18/14, Hank merchandise is now available online as well.)

Hank first appeared at camp on February 17, the day of the first workout for pitchers and catchers. The Brewers have worked closely with the Arizona and Wisconsin Humane Societies since that first day, and their staff provided counsel on how best to care for Hank’s basic needs as he adjusted to his new surroundings. Hank’s circle of caregivers in Phoenix worked tirelessly to make sure that he had the best care possible until his “forever home” was determined.

Assorted additional Hank gear like pennants, locker name plates, buttons and kids gear will also be available.

Assorted additional Hank gear like pennants, locker name plates, buttons and kids gear will also be available.

Hank made frequent appearances at Spring Training games in a concourse booth, where fans lined up for an opportunity to have their photo taken with Hank in exchange for a voluntary donation to the Humane Society. Through these and other opportunities, Hank has already helped raise thousands of dollars to support the cause.

Hank arrived in Milwaukee last night on a Southwest Airlines charter flight.

ANIMAL CARE WISH LIST

Canned or dry puppy, cat and kitten food

Dog and cat toys (no stuffed toys, please)

Dog and Cat treats

Dog harnesses

Cat litter

Stainless steel food and water bowls

– John and Cait

johnandcait@brewers.com 

Vote Now on the 2014 Brewers Base Jewel Design

Help us decide what design to put on the side of the 2014 Brewers bases!

Vote on Twitter by tweeting @Brewers using the designated hashtag for your selection below, comment on our Base Jewel Design post on Facebook, or click here.

Voting end at 2pm CT on Thursday, March 20!

2014 Base Jewel Vote

-Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

Red Carpet Rolled Out For Hank’s Arrival in Wisconsin

Hank is officially a resident of Wisconsin.

It was quite a scene at Milwaukee’s General Mitchell International Airport this evening as dignitaries, media and friends were all on hand to welcome Hank to his new home. Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett and Anne Reed, President & CEO of the Wisconsin Humane Society were on hand to give an official welcome.

The Southwest Airlines charter plane from Phoenix that carried Hank was full of Brewers sponsors and employees landed around 6:25 p.m.  The media lined up for the first shot of Hank and those on hand clapped and cheered as Brewers Chief Operating Officer Rick Schlesinger walked Hank up the jetway to the gate.  Hank and the dignitaries did a number of interviews for the media before heading home.

As Hank and the group proceeded from the gate to the main concourse at the airport, everyone was greeted with another surprise.  Several hundred people were gathered behind the security checkpoints to greet Hank.  Fans of all types had their cameras ready and cheered as Hank came up and greeted the public.  The city has really caught on to Hank and that was clear by the crowd on hand at the airport tonight.

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The public will get a chance to meet Hank at Miller Park on Tuesday when the official Hank shirts and other items go on sale at the Brewers Team Store by Majestic.  The gear will go on sale at Miller Park at 7 a.m. and fans will be permitted to line up beginning at 6 a.m. that day.  There will be a limit of four t-shirts per person (no limits on other items).  Hank will make his first Wisconsin public appearance at the Brewers Team Store by Majestic from about 7 – 8 a.m. on Tuesday for fans who purchased the shirts to get a photo with the “ballpark pup.”

–JOHN

johnandcait@brewers.com

Hank to Make Guest Appearance at Miller Park to Raise Funds for Humane Society; By Popular Demand, Hank Gear to Be Available Tuesday at 7am CT

Hank “The Ballpark Pup” will make a grand arrival in Milwaukee tonight via Southwest Airlines charter flight, setting foot/paw on the grounds that he can now call his “forever home.”  The once-homeless dog who has taken the hearts of Brewers fans, players employees, and pet lovers everywhere will arrive at Milwaukee’s General Mitchell International Airport at 6:25 pm.

Brewers fans will be able to take part in the excitement and contribute to a great cause starting on Tuesday when Hank t-shirts and other memorabilia will arrive and be available to the public at the Brewers Team Store by Majestic at Miller Park.  With the purchase of any Hank item, 20% of the retail price will be donated to the Wisconsin Humane Society. Plus, fans will have an opportunity to meet Hank that morning at Miller Park.

Hank gear is also available at the Brewers Team Store at Maryvale Baseball Park in Phoenix with 20% of the sales of those shirts being donated back to the Arizona Humane Society.

A small advance shipment of items hit the shelves in Maryvale this weekend, and supplies were quickly exhausted.

“There are two questions that everyone has asked from the very first days of Hank’s arrival: ‘Where will he live?,’ and ‘Will there be Hank-themed apparel?,’ said Brewers Chief Operating Officer Rick Schlesinger. “We’re thrilled to be partnering with the Wisconsin and Arizona Humane Societies in helping not only raise funds to benefit the cause, but also elevate awareness for the problem of stray animals in Wisconsin, Arizona and beyond.”

The gear will go on sale at Miller Park at 7 a.m. on Tuesday and fans will be permitted to line up beginning at 6 a.m. that day.  There will be a limit of four t-shirts per person (no limits on other items).

Hank will make his first Wisconsin public appearance at the Brewers Team Store by Majestic from approximately 7 – 8 a.m. on Tuesday for fans who purchased the shirts to get a photo with the “ballpark pup.”

“We couldn’t be more grateful to the Brewers for this generous and unexpected gift,” said Anne Reed, President & CEO of the Wisconsin Humane Society. “We depend upon community support to help more than 25,000 companion and wild animals every year, and it is astounding and inspiring to us that little Hank will help save the lives of so many homeless animals.”

Hank first appeared at camp on February 17, the day of the first workout for pitchers and catchers. The Brewers have worked closely with the Arizona and Wisconsin Humane Societies since that first day, and their staff provided counsel on how best to care for Hank’s basic needs as he adjusted to his new surroundings. Hank’s circle of caregivers in Phoenix worked tirelessly to ensure that he had the best care possible until his “forever home” was determined.

Hank made frequent appearances at Spring Training games in a concourse booth, where fans lined up for an opportunity to have their photo taken with Hank in exchange for a voluntary donation to the Humane Society. Through these and other opportunities, Hank has already helped raise thousands of dollars to support the cause.

3/17/14 Update: For those of you asking if you can purchase Hank gear online–we hope that the items will be available online soon, but unfortunately, they are currently not; however, you can call the Brewers Team Store at (414) 902-4750 and they will take your order over the phone and ship it to you!

3/17/14 Update: Hank gear is now available online here.

-Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

See Spring Training Through Hank’s Eyes with #HankCam

Technology really is amazing.

It allows us to  go places and see and do things that we never thought possible. And, as we know, it’s rapidly advancing all the time.

Like earlier this spring, when we outfitted catcher Jonathan Lucroy with a camera on his chest protector to see what a Major League pitch looks like from his point of view. We captured some great footage from an awesome angle, giving us another way to bring fans behind the scenes and closer to the game.

And… that got us thinking about all the other unique vantage points we can bring you in the future including…Hank’s. We wondered: Just what does Spring Training look like from the #BallparkPup’s point of view?

The answer? It’s pretty fantastic.

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“Wait a minute, you put the camera on me and then you put it on Hank….Does that make me the human Hank?” Jonathan Lucroy asked.

Ladies and gentlemen, we present to you…. #HankCam:

As he prepares to head north tomorrow, this was a great way for Hank to see Maryvale one more time and say “See ya later” to his buddies, who he will see in Milwaukee in just two weeks!

-Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

It’s Your Lucky Day! Brewers St. Patrick’s Day Gear on Sale Now

On Monday, the Crew will wear special green St. Patrick’s Day jerseys and caps during their game at Maryvale vs. the Chicago White Sox.

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Starting now, you can contact gameused@brewers.com or call 414-902-4479 to pre-order the players’ jerseys and caps. Player merchandise can also be ordered day-of-game at Maryvale and will be available after the game

In addition, St. Patrick’s Day Authentic Batting Practice Jerseys are available for retail in the Brewers Team Store in Maryvale for $99. Official On-Field Caps are available for retail in the Brewers Team Stores in Maryvale and at Miller Park for $45 and online at brewers.com.

There are also two St.Patrick’s Day t-shirts for sale at Maryvale and an assortment of other items available online at brewers.com.

-Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com 

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