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Make-A-Wish Wisconsin Celebrates 30th Birthday at Miller Park

Make-A-Wish Wisconsin is celebrating its 30th birthday at Miller Park today!

Prior to today’s game, approximately 2,000 wish kids and their families, volunteers, medical referral sources and sponsors from across the state joined together for a special tailgate. The party included a buffet lunch, entertainment, carnival games, raffles, mascots and a program featuring Honorary Chair, Brewers pitcher Kyle Lohse.

 

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Following the tailgate, the guests entered Miller Park in time to see 8-year-old wish kid Caleb Teisl throw a ceremonial first pitch and 7-year-old Gianna Spittel take part in the Major League Moments promotion, along with a pre-game check presentation for $30,000 from Brewers Community Foundation, Kyle Lohse and Ryan Braun.

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Caleb Teisl threw out the first pitch prior to today's Brewers vs. Cardinals game.

Caleb Teisl threw out the first pitch prior to today’s Brewers vs. Cardinals game.

Make-A-Wish Wisconsin grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. Wishes are a special type of medicine that give children a break from doctors’ visits, hospital stays and treatments and provide them something positive with which to look forward.

I had the privilege of being part of Zach Sprader’s Wish Day recently at Miller Park and it truly is a special experience for not only the child, but everyone involved.

Zach Sprader visited with Bob Uecker and several Brewers players during his visit to Miller Park.

Zach Sprader visited with Bob Uecker and several Brewers players during his visit to Miller Park.

Since the organization was founded in 1984, it has granted more than 5,000 wishes. “This is an important moment in Make-A-Wish Wisconsin’s history,” said Patti Gorsky, President & CEO. “It’s a true celebration of the impact that thousands of wishes have made on wish kids, their families and communities across Wisconsin.”

Last year, the chapter granted a record-breaking 340 wishes, and currently more than 270 Wisconsin children are in the process of having their special wishes granted. Click here for more information about Make-A-Wish Wisconsin.

Today’s celebration is sponsored by Milwaukee Brewers and Brewers Community Foundation, Badger Mutual Insurance Company, GE Healthcare, Green Bay Packers, Mouse Moments Travel, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, MillerCoors, Robert W. Baird, Johnson Controls/Luxaire Heating and Air Conditioning and two anonymous donations.

-Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

 

An Inside Look at the Miller Park Grounds Crew

Recently, FOX 6 ran a nice feature on the Miller Park Grounds Crew. Click here for an  inside look at the guys who help make Miller Park’s field look so good.

As noted in the video, Director of Grounds Michael Boettcher and the Miller Park Grounds Crew will have a busy All-Star “break”–as soon as Sunday’s game vs. the Cardinals concludes, they’ll start turning the field into a pitch for the Chivas vs. Swansea City A.F.C. match on Wednesday. Following the match, they’ll transform it back.

Stay tuned this week as we’ll have photos and videos of that process for you here on the blog and across our social media platforms.

-Cait

JohnandCait@Brewers.com

Brewers All-Stars Presented with Jerseys

Prior to today’s game, our four Brewers All-Stars Carlos Gomez, Jonathan Lucroy, Aramis Ramirez and Francisco Rodriguez, were presented with their jerseys by a representative from Majestic Athletic, Manager Ron Roenicke and President of Baseball Operations & General Manager Doug Melvin.

 

Photo Courtesy: Scott Paulus/Milwaukee Brewers Baseball Club

Photo Courtesy: Scott Paulus/Milwaukee Brewers Baseball Club

Congratulations once again, we know you will represent us well in Minnesota.

Don’t forget that you can celebrate the Midsummer Classic and show your support for the Brewers All-Stars with official gear and the “My All-Star” Ticket Package, which includes a free t-shirt.

Tune in to the All-Star Game on FOX this Tuesday, July 15 at 7pm CT.

-Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

 

 

Pretty Muddy and Brewers to Host 5K Women’s Only Mud Run at Miller Park

Pretty Muddy, a national women’s only 5k obstacle course mud run, will be partnering with Milwaukee Brewers and Susan G. Komen Southeast Wisconsin Affiliate for its upcoming event to be held here at Miller Park on August 2. (And I’ve got an exclusive coupon code for you–read on.)

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Pretty Muddy is a 5k adventurous obstacle course mud run for any woman who wants to get outside, spend time with friends, and have fun.  The event includes 9-12 architecturally safe obstacles, tons of mud, and ends with a pretty epic finish line party.  For our August 2 event, part of the course will actually allow all participants to run/walk through the inside of the park and around the field.

The event expects to host over 5,000 participants and women of ALL fitness levels are encouraged to join teams, create costumes, and prepare themselves for 3 miles of achievement followed by entertainment, music, drinks, and a “Pretty Awesome” celebration.

Pretty Muddy hopes to raise thousands of dollars for the Komen Southeast Wisconsin Affiliate and kicked off its partnership by offering $17,500 in free registrations to breast cancer survivors.

“We are extremely excited to be partnering with the Brewers and Susan G. Komen to bring our event to Southeastern Wisconsin.  It will surely be our biggest and best event since our inception three years ago”, says Kevin Scharnek.

“We are thankful for Pretty Muddy joining us in the fight against breast cancer and helping to ensure that Southeast Wisconsin residents have access to life-saving breast health services,” said Nikki Panico, Executive Director of Komen Southeast Wisconsin. “We think Pretty Muddy is the perfect event for Survivors to unite, celebrate, and enjoy a day to let loose and have some fun”.

I participated in another women’s only mud run/obstacle course about two years ago with a group of friends and I have to say, we had a blast:

Cait (second from left) and her friends aren't afraid to get dirty.

Cait (second from left) and her friends aren’t afraid to get dirty.

And it would have been even more fun if it had been held at Miller Park. I’m definitely looking forward to the Pretty Muddy event here in August and, if our schedule allows, getting the girls back together for another round!

This truly is an event for women of all ages and activity levels. Some folks train intensely, while some roll out of bed and head to the race. You get out of it what you put into it, plus everyone has a good time and laughs– a lot.

With Pretty Muddy’s tie to Komen, not only will you be getting in some fitness and having fun, you’ll also be helping others at the same time.

“Our partnership with the Brewers and Komen falls perfectly in line with why we originally started Pretty Muddy,” says Kevin Scharnek, Pretty Muddy’s managing founder. “We created Pretty Muddy because we were inspired by the women in our lives that do so much for so many and we wanted to give a little bit back.”

For more information on Pretty Muddy, please visit www.prettymuddy.com. AND, as a thank you to all of my readers, for a limited time use promo code BREWERS at the checkout to save $20 on registration! 

-Cait

JohnandCait@Brewers.com

2014 Brewers Walk-Up & Entrance Music Update: 7/11/14

It’s been awhile since we’ve updated the walk-up/at-bat and entrance songs of the 2014 Brewers. A player can change his song day to day, but here is the most current list:

Walk-Up/At-Bat Music

Bianchi –“Reckless” by Jeremy Camp

Braun – “Dreams and Nightmares” by Meek Mill

Davis – “Xxplosive” by Dr. Dre

Estrada – “Bodies” by Drowning Pool

Gallardo – “My Time” by Fabolous

Garza – “Toss it Up” by Tupac

Gennett – “Tell the World” by Lecrae

Gomez – “Del Envidioso me rio” by Arcangel ft. Jose Reyes

“En La Lenta” by Cosculluela ft. Farruko

Gorzelanny –“When the Levee Breaks” by Led Zeppelin

Lohse ­– “Next Episode” by Dr. Dre

Lucroy – “With Me Now” by the Blacklite District

Maldonado – “Watch Out for this” by Major Lazer

“Odio (Remix)” by Baby Rasta

Nelson – “Fix Me” by 10 Years

Overbay – “Given to Fly” by Pearl Jam

“Break Away” by CFO$

Peralta – “Ponteme Melia” by Chimbala

Ramirez – None (at his request)

Reynolds – Barefoot Blue Jean Night” by Jake Owen

Schafer – “Return of the Mack” by Mark Morrison

Segura – “Pa Que Tu Me Saluda” by Don Miguelo

“Dando Coriente” by El Alfa

Weeks – “Trophies” by Drake

 

Pitching Entrance Music

Duke – “Outsiders” by Eric Church

Estrada – “Bodies” by Drowning Pool

Gallardo – “My Time” by Fabolous

Garza – “Ambitionz Az A Ridah” by Tupac

Gorzelanny –“When the Levee Breaks” by Led Zeppelin

Henderson – “Thunderstruck” by AC/DC

Lohse – “Wake Up” by Rage Against the Machine

Nelson – “Hell and Back” by Kid Ink

Peralta – “Ponteme Melia” by Chimbala

F. Rodriguez – “Sandunqueoso” by Tego Cableron

Smith – “Hell Yeah” by Rev Theory

Wooten – “Raise Up” by Petey Pablo

DID YOU KNOW? Make sure you download the free MLB At The Ballpark App! In addition to check-in offers, ballpark maps, game updates and more, one of the really cool features is “Ballpark Music.” Like a song you hear? Check it out on At The Ballpark–and you can even download it right there! No Shazam necessary!

In case you weren’t aware, in addition to At The Ballpark, we do keep a list of these songs on brewers.com and try our best to update it accordingly, so you might want to bookmark this page for future reference.

So now, what about you? What’s your favorite, or most memorable Brewers at-bat song? And, if you were a player, what song might you choose as yours?

-CAIT

johnandcait@brewers.com

Brewers Introduce InSeat Merchandise Ordering at Miller Park

We are excited to introduce InSeat Merchandise Ordering at Miller Park via Major League Baseball’s “At the Ballpark” app. The app, available for download on smart phones, which allows fans to check in and receive offers, track the game via MLB At Bat, view ballpark maps and menus, see & download player entrance music and more, now has a page dedicated to purchasing game-used products by fans, including day of game baseballs and bases.

There are numerous items that can be purchased through the application, including game-used merchandise such as baseballs, cracked bats, jerseys, helmets, autographs and hats. Merchandise will be delivered directly to fans in their seats during the game. Time of delivery will vary based on which product is ordered and when that product will be available (baseballs will not be available until after the first pitch). Certain items will not be available during the game due to Miller Park regulations. In those cases, a claim-check will be set up so fans can receive their items as they exit the ballpark.

If fans are not in their seats when the product is delivered, there will be a location set up where fans can pick up their merchandise at a later time. To arrange the pickup fans should contact authentics@brewers.com and include their name, order number and contact information in the email. When receiving their order, fans must present a valid ID as well as the last four digits of the card used to purchase the product.

Season ticket holder discounts are not valid with merchandise purchases. All sales are final at the time of purchase. Certificates of authenticity can be obtained at www.mlb.com/authentication, and entering the authentication number from the hologram sticker into the MLB referencing system. Fans should contact authentics@brewers.com for more information.

You can also follow @MILAuthentics on Twitter.

-Cait

JohnandCait@Brewers.com

Carlos Gomez Featured on FOX Sports 1’s “Back of the Shop” Tomorrow at Noon

BACK OF THE SHOP, a new series from FOX Sports Originals and Relativity Media, is an unfiltered look at conversations between some of today’s biggest names in sports and entertainment set in the back of Jordan Sport Barbershop, which sits a tape-measure home run away from Yankee Stadium.

Tomorrow’s episode, which was filmed while the Brewers were in town to play the Mets in mid-June, features Brewers All-Star Carlos Gomez showing off his rap skills, along with fellow Brewers All-Star Francisco Rodriguez, Mets outfielder Chris Young and Super Bowl Champion wide receiver Plaxico Burress.

Young, Jordan, Plaxico, Gomez, KRod

“I have my own studio at home,” Carlos says. “And every time that I have something on my mind that I have to say that I can’t say, I go to my studio, have a glass of wine, and speak out.”

Click here for a preview: Brewers’ All-Star Outfielder Carlos Gomez Shows Off His Rap Skills

Tune in tomorrow, Saturday, July 12 at Noon on FOX Sports 1. As a reminder, tomorrow’s Brewers vs. Cardinals game broadcast is also on FOX Sports 1, beginning at 2:30pm CT. And don’t forget to tweet #BrewersOnFS1 to show your support in the hashtag battle vs. the Cardinals!

 

-Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

Cait’s A to Z Guide to Next Week’s Chivas vs. Swansea City A.F.C. Soccer Match at Miller Park

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The World Cup may be wrapping up this weekend, but that doesn’t mean your Futbol Fever has to come to an end.

We’re looking forward to an exciting evening of soccer (including a Futbol Fiesta!–see below) in Milwaukee next Wednesday night as Chivas and Swansea City A.F.C. take part in the first-ever soccer match at Miller Park. 

7/15 UPDATE:   In preparation for tomorrow’s soccer match, Chivas will practice at Miller Park tonight at 6 p.m.  The practice is open to the public.  Parking is available in Brewers Lot 2 near Friday’s Front Row. Tonight’s practice and parking are both free of charge.

As of Monday afternoon, the Grounds Crew is hard at work preparing the field for a different kind of "pitch."

As of Monday afternoon, the Grounds Crew is hard at work preparing the field for a different kind of “pitch.”

Chivas, one of the most historic and successful clubs in Mexico, has captured 11 first division titles in and has raised two Copa México trophies. Additionally, the 108-year-old team is the only club in Mexico to exclusively field Mexican players, a concept that has made Chivas a steady contributor of players to the Mexican National Team. Standout players include former Sporting Kansas City forward Omar Bravo, Aldo DeNigris and Rafael Márquez Lugo.

Swansea City A.F.C., English Premier League side who were previous winners of the 2013 League Cup, will count on their biggest stars to lead the way, including midfielder Pablo Hernandez, forward Michu and midfielder Jonjo Shelvey.

(If you haven’t yet purchased your tickets, you can still do at brewers.com/soccer.)

As I’ve done with the concerts here in the past, I’ve compiled an A to Z Guide with everything you need to know about next week’s match.

CAIT’S A to Z GUIDE TO THE SOCCER MATCH AT MILLER PARK

CAMERAS

You may bring your compact, still photography camera. Want to share your photos with us? Use #MillerParkSoccer on Twitter and Instagram and I may feature my favorites on the blog!

CARRY-IN POLICY

Guests MAY carry-in the following items:

  • Still-photography cameras (Compact)
  • Jackets or blankets after being patted down or searched
  • Banners, signs and flags without an attached pole (items cannot be affixed in any way to impeded the view of other fans).
  • Soda, water or juice must be contained in factory-sealed plastic bottles
  • Bags, purses, fanny packs or soft-sided coolers must be 16″ x 16″ x 8″ or smaller
  • Food items in appropriate containers

All permitted items will be inspected at the gates prior to entry.

Guests MAY NOT carry-in the following items:

  • Drum Sticks
  • Alcohol
  • Noisemakers, whistles, air horns, musical instruments (plastic horns vary per event)
  • Glass bottles, metal cans, etc.
  • Professional camera equipment, video cameras, tripods, etc.
  • Animals (except service animals)
  • Weapons, explosives, pepper spray, tear gas, etc.
  • Fireworks, slingshots, smoke bombs, laser pointers, etc.
  • Large bags, large backpacks, suitcases, briefcases, beach bags, etc.
  • Water guns, toy/replica weapons, squirt bottles, soap bubbles, etc.
  • Beach balls, Frisbees, balloons, brooms, skateboards, roller blades, skates, etc.
  • Flags/Signs larger than 3” x 4”
  • Sticks, poles, rods, drum sticks
  • Confetti or streamers
  • Umbrellas

For additional information on Miller Park policies, please check out the Miller Park A to Z guide here.

CONCESSIONS

Just like at Brewers games, there will be many concession stands open for fans to purchase food and beverage. One special item that will be offered during Wednesday’s match are Bacon Wrapped Stuffed Poblanos (with cheese, chorizo, and cilantro lime rice). You can find them at the Double Clutch stand outside of Section 215 on the Loge Level for $10.25.

FUTBOL FIESTA

Come early and enjoy Futbol Fiesta! Futbol Fiesta is a free interactive fan zone with sponsor booths, games, giveaways, music and more.  Stop by the 3rd Base Plaza at Miller Park from 4:30-7:30 PM on your way to your seats to join in on the fun.

GATES

Gates to the ballpark will open at 6:30 PM. The match is scheduled to start at 8 PM.

MERCHANDISE

Select Chivas and Swansea merchandise/souvenirs will be available in the Brewers Team Stores at Miller Park, including some gear unique to Milwaukee/Miller Park, such as this t-shirt:

Hank Soccer Tee

PARKING

Parking Lots will open at 4:30 PM, coinciding with the start of Futbol Fiesta.

Parking is available to purchase in advance at the Miller Park Ticket Office. Advanced Parking rate is $20, $25 on day of the event. Parking is not available for purchase online or via phone within 7 days of the event.

Tailgating is permitted in all parking lots. However, if guests occupy parking spaces in addition to the spot purchased for their vehicle, they will be charged for the extra stalls taken. For more details about tailgating, please reference the Miller Park A to Z guide.

RE-ENTRY

Guests may not exit and re-enter Miller Park using the same ticket. However, in case of emergency, exceptions many apply. Please ask staff for assistance.

ROOF STATUS

This event is RAIN OR SHINE, thanks to the Miller Park roof! The roof status is always a big question folks have when we host games or events here. Right now, however, that’s still TBD. For information about the status of the roof, check out the Roof Hotline.

ROSTERS

The roster for Chivas includes Mexican national team defender Carlos Salcido, who recently participated in the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. A complete roster for both teams is included below:

CHIVAS ROSTER

GOALKEEPERS: Antonio Rodríguez, Luis Ernesto Michel

DEFENDERS: Kristián Álvarez, Omar Esparza, Jair Pereira, Gerardo Rodríguez, Carlos Salcido, Nestor Vidrio

MIDFIELDERS:Patricio Araujo, Fernando Arce, Israel Castro, Jorge Enríquez, Giovani Hernández, Sergio Nápoles, Ángel Reyna, Jesús Sánchez, Edgar Solís, David Toledo

FORWARDS: Omar Bravo, Aldo de Nigris, Carlos Fierro, Alberto García

HEAD COACH: Carlos Bustos

 

SWANSEA CITY ROSTER

GOALKEEPERS: David Cornell, Lukasz Fabianski, Gerhard Tremmel

DEFENDERS: Jordi Amat, Kyle Bartley, Ben Davies, Chico Flores, Stephen Kingsley, Angel Rangel, Jazz Richards, Neil Taylor, Dwight Tiendalli, Ashley Williams – Defender (captain)

MIDFIELDERS: Leon Britton, Nathan Dyer, Jay Fulton , Adam King , Wayne Routledge, Josh Sheehan, Jonjo Shelvey

FORWARDS: Alex Bray, Rory Donnelly, Marvin Emnes, Bafetimbi Gomis

HEAD COACH: Garry Monk

SHUTTLES

I’ve received many questions re: shuttle service from local establishments. Since this is not a normal Brewers game, you should check with each place individually to see what service, if any, they are offering for Wednesday’s event.

TAILGATING

The parking lots at Miller Park will open at 4;30 pm and, just like at Brewers games, tailgating is permitted. However, if guests occupy parking spaces in addition to the spot purchased for their vehicle, they will be charged for the extra stalls taken. For more details about tailgating, please reference the Miller Park A to Z guide.Keep in mind that gates to the ballpark will open at 6:30 pm and the match is scheduled to start at 8 PM. Also, you won’t want to miss out on Futbol Fiesta,  a free interactive fan zone open from 4:30-7:30 PM.

TICKETS

Tickets are selling fast, but are still available for sale. Tickets can be purchased online at brewers.com/soccer, by calling the Miller Park Ticket Office at (414) 902-4000 or in person at the Miller Park Ticket Office windows. If you need accessible seating, please contact the ticket office in advance.

Tickets ordered in advance and left at Will Call may be picked up at the Miller Park Ticket Office during regular business hours and on the event day. Please bring proper photo identification, credit card used for purchase, and confirmation number to receive your tickets.

The Miller Park Ticket Office is located on-site at Miller Park, near the Home Plate Gate entrance. The Ticket Office is open Monday through Friday, 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM; Saturday, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM; and Sunday, 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM. The ticket office will have extended hours and ticket windows the evening of the event.

TRAFFIC

Heavy traffic and congestion is anticipated leading into the stadium area. City streets and highways are expected to be heavily congested near the stadium between pregame and following the match. To find out the best transportation to and from the stadium please visit the Miller Park A to Z guide and scroll to Directions to Miller Park.

WILL CALL

Tickets ordered in advance and left at Will Call may be picked up at the Miller Park Ticket Office during regular business hours and on the event day. Please bring proper photo identification, credit card used for purchase, and confirmation number to receive your tickets.

The Miller Park Ticket Office is located on-site at Miller Park, near the Home Plate Gate entrance. The Ticket Office is open Monday through Friday, 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM; Saturday, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM; and Sunday, 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM. The ticket office will have extended hours and ticket windows the evening of the event.

 

Thank you again for your support of international soccer in Milwaukee and we look forward to seeing you on Wednesday!

-Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

 

All-Star Gear is Here!

Earlier today, we announced the “My All-Star” Ticket Packages, which include a free t-shirt featuring one of the four Brewers All-Stars.

While the”My All-Star” tees are exclusive to those purchasing the package, we’re also pleased to note that we have official All-Star player tees and jerseys for each of our four All-Stars is in stock at the Brewers Team Store at Miller Park and on brewers.com.

Here’s a preview:

 

-Cait

JohnandCait@Brewers.com

Congrats to All-Star Teacher, Eric Vander Loop!

Earlier this week, Major League Baseball, Target and PEOPLE  announced the 30 winners (one for each MLB team) in the “Target Presents PEOPLE All-Star Teachers” campaign, which celebrates remarkable current and retired teachers who make an impact on the lives of their students and communities.

Eric Vander Loop was selected by you to represent the Milwaukee Brewers  in All-Star Week activities. He’ll be recognized during the pre-game ceremony of the 2014 MLB All-Star Game — Tuesday, July 15 with pre-game ceremonies beginning at  6:30 p.m. CT on FOX from Target Field in Minneapolis.

Today, we had Eric out to the ballpark, where he was recognized in a pregame ceremony.

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Eric and his wife, Karen both teach at Woodland School in Appleton, Wisconsin. Of the 30 All-Star Teachers, Eric’s story was chosen to be featured in PEOPLE Magazine. You can read it here.

Congratulations, Eric and thank you for all of the good you do in the classroom and the community! We are proud to have you represent us in Minnesota and hope to catch up with you to hear about the experience!

-Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

 

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