Today we are pleased to announce that every member of the team’s roster has committed to participate in Brewers Community Foundation (BCF) and Community Relations activities for the 2016 season. Through the various BCF and Brewers Community Relations initiatives; players, coaches and front office staff are helping to make a difference in our community.
Player participation started before the team even arrived in Milwaukee. During Spring Training, members of BCF and Community Relations had the pleasure of speaking with each player individually about the challenges in the Milwaukee community and the team’s commitment to having an impact on children and their families in the areas of health, education, recreation and basic needs.
In addition to financial support, those on the Brewers roster committed to participate in a number of community and philanthropic initiatives. Beyond the Diamond is an umbrella program and an integral part of the Brewers outreach effort, and it features community involvement activities and opportunities to serve and generate additional support for quality nonprofit organizations. The Brewers Bowl-A-Thon, a Brewers Block Party and Children’s Hospital visits are several of the initiatives in this year’s Beyond the Diamond program.
Brewers Community Foundation supports nearly 200 organizations annually. This year’s involvement includes support for diverse organizations such as; Ronald McDonald House Charities, Sharp Literacy, Inc., Milwaukee Habitat for Humanity, Wisconsin Humane Society, Fisher House Wisconsin, Milwaukee Public Library, Make-A-Wish Wisconsin and several Little League groups including Beckum-Stapleton Little League, Felix Mantilla Little League and the RBI Program.
For more information about Brewers Community Foundation and the Brewers Community Relations Beyond the Diamond initiatives, please visit brewers.com/bcf and brewers.com/beyondthediamond, respectively.
April 20 is National Look-alike Day, so it’s fitting that we’re playing the Twins tonight.
In honor of this “holiday,”I also surveyed some of the Brewers to find out if they ever get told that they look like someone else, or if they think another teammate looks like someone else. Here’s what I uncovered.
I started by approaching the Brewers bullpen as a whole. “Question for you guys. ‘Look-alike Day’ is next week, so I was just curious if any of you ever get told you look like anoth….” I barely got the question out when everyone began pointing at Michael Blazek, who they think bears a striking resemblance to Bryce Harper of the Washington Nationals.
Blazek said he has also been told he reminds some people of Kevin Bacon; I also mentioned that to me he looks a bit like Michael C. Hall as “Dexter.”
Turns out Blazek wasn’t the only one in the bullpen who has been told he has a double. Corey Knebel looks a bit like the QB for the Washington Redskins (and fellow University of Texas alum) Colt McCoy, whereas Jeremy Jeffress gets likened to Paul Pierce of the Los Angeles Clippers.
I next approached Scooter Gennett who told me, “No one. I’m one of a kind!” Yes. Yes, he certainly is:
Pitcher Taylor Jungmann has said he’s been asked to sign a Tyler Thornburg card once or twice. “I’m like ‘Look at the height on the card!'” said Jungmann, who at 6’6″ tall has a good 7″ on Thornburg.
While Kirk Nieuwenhuis said that he doesn’t think he himself looks like anyone, he does think Domingo Santana looks a bit like retired NBA player Tracy McGrady.
And in talking to Chase Anderson, he told me that’s gotten compared to Will Ferrell in the past. I never would’ve thought that until he mentioned it, but now that he’s said it, I can see the resemblance in his smile and eyes.
Of course most Brewers fans are already aware of the more than striking resemblance pitcher Matt Garza bears to the Count from Sesame Street… so much so that it spawned the Count Garza Gnome Giveaway last season.
“I get ‘the guy from the All-State commercials,'” first baseman Chris Carter responded when I surveyed him. That “guy” is Dennis Haysbert, who also played Pedro Cerrano in the movie Major League for those of you scoring at home.
And last but not least, ever since the Club introduced David Stearns as our new GM last fall, fans have been quick to point out that he looks quite similar to a certain 6x Brewers All-Star.
“I got Andy Pettitte a lot when I was in New York and now it’s been Ryan Braun since I’ve been here,” Stearns said with a chuckle.So, there you have it. Some Brewers doppelgängers in honor of National Look-alike Day. Do you agree with these assessments? Think there’s one we missed? Do you ever get mistaken for a celebrity or athlete (or at least compared to one)? Let me know in the comments below!
As for me, I’ve been told that I look a bit like Renee Zellweger or Leann Rimes. Not sure I really see either one, but they are both lovely ladies, so I’ll take it as a compliment.
Special Ticket Package Added for Superhero Night; Includes AUTOGRAPHED Lucroy Bobble, Plus Buffet & Drinks
Calling all caped crusaders and masked crime fighters – find the nearest phone booth, squeeze into your tights and fly to the Fortress of Miller Park for Superhero Night, presented by Kwik Trip. On Saturday, April 30, join the fight as the Brewers look to defeat their arch-enemy, the nefarious Miami Marlins.
Included in our special Superhero Night ticket package is a limited-edition Jonathan Lucroy Superhero Bobblehead, featuring the Brewers catcher as his alter ego, “The Protector.” Tickets for the showdown are $18 for Bernie’s Terrace, $24 for Terrace Reserved, $25 for Loge Bleachers, $34 for Loge Outfield or $44 for Field Outfield Box.
We’re also pleased to offer a new special ticket package in the Associated Bank Check Deck for that game. For just $89, you’ll get your game ticket, a full buffet featuring Klement’s bratwursts smothered in sauerkraut, Klement’s hot dogs, BBQ smoked pulled pork, southern rubbed grilled chicken breast, brown sugar baked beans, corn on the cob, coleslaw, assorted cookies and brownies, unlimited soft drinks and two complimentary beers per adult, PLUS an AUTOGRAPHED Lucroy Superhero Bobblehead.
4/20/16 Update: The autographed Superhero Bobble package in the Associated Bank Check Deck is now sold out. However, there is still time to purchase the regular package which includes an unsigned bobble at brewers.com/themenights.
These packages are extremely limited! Click here to purchase.
New for the 2016 Border Battle games between the Minnesota Twins and Milwaukee Brewers are special base jewels, which will adorn the bases for each matchup between the Interleague rivals.
The unique base jewels feature the state outline and logos from each team, including a sublimated pattern specific to each Club’s home state.
First, second and third base from the games on April 20 and April 21 will be made available for purchase by Brewers Authentics. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to pre-order your base today. Game used bases are priced at $250 each, plus sales tax and shipping, if applicable.
I recently finished reading a new book about the Milwaukee Brewers entitled, “If These Walls Could Talk.” The book was written by Brewers TV announcer and former player Bill Schroeder (aka “Rock”) with Drew Olson, an on-air host for 540 ESPN and senior editor/columnist for ESPNWisconsin.com. The book also contains forewords by Bob Uecker and Craig Counsell.
Schroeder, who has been part of the Brewers family since he was drafted in 1979, chronicles the Brewers from his playing days through his current days as a broadcaster.
The book is broken up into five sections: Brewers Greats, Smorgasbord of Stories, Great Games, Behind the Scenes and In the Booth.
Divided up in such a fashion, the book is a quick and easy read.
In “Brewers Greats,” Schroeder talks about Brewers greats Bud Selig, Robin Yount, Paul Molitor and Bob Uecker.
In “Smorgasbord of Stories,” Schroeder provides answers to some commonly asked questions such as “What are you favorite restaurants in X city?” and “What are your favorite ballparks?” along with a firsthand account of the 1986 clubhouse explosion during Spring Training in Chandler, and a deep dive into Brewers nicknames throughout the years.
Schroeder then chronicles what he feels are some of the “Great Games” in Brewers history. There’s October 10, 1982 when the Brewers won the pennant; October 8, 2011-Game 5 of the NLDS; September 9, 1992, Robin Yount’s 3000th hit and many more, often giving a new perspective on some of the most memorable moments in Brewers history. In this chapter, Schroeder also picks his “All-Time Brewers Team.”
Folks who enjoy my “There is No Offseason For” stories will also enjoy Schroeder’s “Behind the Scenes” section of the book. Here, he sits down with members of the Brewers organization to give fans an inside look at Clubhouse operations, the logistics of team travel, the training room, plus video & replay. Along the way, Schroeder sprinkles in his own anecdotes; in this chapter, you’ll also learn more about memorable injuries and team pranks.
Finally, “In the Booth”is a look at how Schroeder grew up playing the game, played at Clemson, was drafted by the Brewers, played for the Brew Crew and the Angels and then transitioned in to a career in the broadcast booth. In this chapter, he talks about his relationships with his different broadcast partners over the years and provides a behind-the-scenes look at how a broadcast comes together.
Whether you’re a die-hard fan from the days of Harvey Kuenn and Robin Yount or a new supporter of the current team, you’ll enjoy this book. Even though I’ve worked for the Club for over 10 years now myself, I still learned a lot of interesting tidbits and read stories that were previously untold.
If These Walls Could Talk is currently available for sale in the Brewers Team Store by Majestic and at other booksellers.
Schroeder has also been doing some book signings in conjunction with the release. The next one is this Thursday, April 21, at Finn’s bar and restaurant in Wales at 7pm.
On May 14, Schroeder will also sign at the Brewers Team Store by Majestic in the Hot Corner on from 11am-1pm.
5/17/16 Update: Here’s a brief video from the weekend’s signing event:
Early this morning, I had the pleasure of touring the Roberto Clemente Museum with a group from the Brewers that included Brewers catcher Martin Maldonado, outfielder Ramon Flores, infielder Yadiel Rivera, Brewers Bullpen Coach Lee Tunnell and Third Base Coach Ed Sedar, along with a few other staff members.
The tour was arranged by Maldonado, who has visited many times before and knows the Executive Director and Curator, Duane Rieder, personally.
A native of Puerto Rico (like Maldonado and Rivera), Roberto Clemente was drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1954 and spent his entire 18-year career with the Club. During that time, he rose to become one of the greatest baseball players of his time, a 15-time MLB All-Star, Hall of Famer and recipient of every possible award given in Major League Baseball.
Off the field, Clemente built a reputation as a humanitarian. He died in a plane crash on New Year’s Eve in 1972 while delivering supplies to earthquake victims in Nicaragua, and he is remembered as much for his giving spirit off the field as his Hall of Fame career.
His legacy lives on at the Clemente Museum.
The Clemente Museum is housed in historic Engine House 25, located in the revitalized Lawrenceville section of Pittsburgh. Rieder has meticulously renovated Engine House 25 to showcase the world’s largest exhibited collection of baseball artifacts, works of art, literature, photographs, memorabilia, and related materials which focus on Roberto Clemente, his teammates, his personal life, and his humanitarian causes. The museum has a relationship with the Clemente family through archiving and preserving the family’s history.
As a small non-profit with limited resources, the museum is open by appointment for guided tours only, which means that our group had the place to ourselves this morning and had the privilege of hearing many remarkable stories behind the items from Rieder himself.
Whether it is the Gold Gloves, The Silver Slugger Award, The 1960 and ’71 World Series Rings, the cleats and home base from the ’71 series or the name of his wife, Vera, scratched into a vase Roberto made for her, visitors to the museum will leave knowing, more fully, what made Roberto Clemente a great man.
When I found out we were going to be touring the Clemente Museum I had no idea we would also be visiting a winery. Yes, that’s right, Engine House 25 also houses an operational winery and wine cellar, featuring Roberto Clemente Wines, among others.
A portion of the proceeds from the wine supports ongoing efforts to share the legacy of Roberto Clemente, and directly benefits Clemente’s wife, Vera, who even has her own limited edition rare label.
Amazing! Again, such a truly magnificient and unique place. I certainly had no idea what I was in store for me when I got up this morning.
Because Clemente’s storied name is synonymous with moral excellence, compassion and charitable work, each year, Roberto Clemente Day is celebrated around the baseball world to honor Clemente’s legacy and to officially recognize local Club nominees of the Roberto Clemente Award presented by Chevrolet, which recognizes a Major League Baseball player who best represents the game of baseball through positive contributions on and off the field, including sportsmanship and community involvement.
This year is the 15th annual observance of Roberto Clemente Day and MLB will be honoring Clemente’s legacy with games in Puerto Rico. The Marlins and the Pirates will play a two-game series in San Juan’s Hiram Bithorn Stadium on May 30-31. May 31 will be Roberto Clemente Day throughout Major League Baseball, giving the Pirates a chance to observe the occasion in Clemente’s home country.
A huge thanks to Rieder for a phenomenal tour. Rarely do you meet someone like him, whose passion and enthusiasm for what he does is so infectious.
I highly encourage all baseball fans to pay a visit to Pittsburgh and seek out the Clemente Museum–but remember, it’s by appointment only!
The Brewers return to Milwaukee for their second homestand of the season on Wednesday, April 20. The five-game stand will feature the annual 5-County, 5-Day Celebration. For each of those games, residents of Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Racine, Washington and Waukesha Counties can save 50% on almost every seat.
Great seats for the promotion are still available as the Minnesota Twins take on their adjacent state rival for a two-game set, Wednesday and Thursday, April 20-21. The celebration continues when Milwaukee opens their weekend series against the Philadelphia Phillies, Friday night at 7:10 p.m.
This promotion excludes seats in the Miller Lite Beerpen, All-Inclusive Areas and Uecker Seats.
In addition to the great savings, on Sunday, April 24, 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.
For tickets and more information, fans are encouraged to go to Brewers.com/5county, call (414) 902-4000 or visit the Miller Park Box Office.
Brewers Community Foundation is proud to announce the 2nd Annual “Hitting 4 the Cycle” bike ride and event. On Saturday, August 13, Brewers Community Foundation will once again give bike lovers and Brewers fans the opportunity to combine their two favorite activities. Fans will be able to select one of four bike routes, (22, 44, 88, or 100 miles) that will culminate with a fun-filled tailgate party and that evening’s Brewers vs. Cincinnati Reds game.
The cost to register is $50, with a $150 mandatory fundraising minimum. The money raised will support a number of local organizations that, consistent with Brewers Community Foundation’s vision, focus on the areas of health, education, recreation and basic needs. Registrants/fundraisers may qualify for incentives outlined at brewers.ride-mlb.com. Urban Ecology Milwaukee, Dream Bikes, and St. Ben’s Community Meal Program are the beneficiaries identified for 2016.
“Brewers Community Foundation focuses on identifying opportunities to support organizations that are addressing critical issues in our community,” said Brewers Community Foundation Executive Director Cecelia Gore. “We are excited to launch the 2nd annual “Hitting 4 the Cycle” benefit bike ride. The ride provides another opportunity to participate in a fun activity while doing good for the community.”
Sponsors for the benefit include Prairie Springs: The Paul Fleckenstein Trust, The Lowlands Group, and UnitedHealthcare. The Wisconsin Bike Federation will also be actively supporting “Hitting 4 the Cycle.”
For more information or to register, please visit brewers.ride-mlb.com. To learn more about Brewers Community Foundation and register for other events, please visit brewers.com/bcf.
Thanks to the success of the initial rollout, the Milwaukee Brewers are proud to announce the Brewers Ballpark Pass is back for the month of May. Through this offer, fans can gain access to all 16 home games in the month for just $119. Tickets will be delivered digitally via their mobile device, and seats will vary from game to game. Seat locations include, but are not limited to: Terrace Box, Terrace Reserved, Loge Bleachers and Loge Outfield sections.
This limited offer will be available online-only at brewers.com/ballparkpass starting tomorrow, Friday, April 15 at 10 a.m. CT through 11:59 p.m. CT on Thursday, April 28. This will be the last monthly Ballpark Pass available this season, so fans will want to act quickly before it expires.
The Brewers Ballpark Pass allows access to every home game in the month of May for one low, set price. This includes exciting matchups against the Cubs, two games against the Cardinals, a Ryan Braun All-Fan Bobblehead giveaway, an Andy Grammer Postgame Concert, a Jonathan Lucroy Replica Jersey All-Kid Giveaway, a Paint-Your-Own Bernie Brewer Bobblehead All-Kid Giveaway, four games of special “4-1-4” concession pricing during Spring Madness, and much more.
The setup is simple. Fans can purchase a pass at brewers.com/ballparkpass and then download the MLB.com Ballpark app for their phone. Two hours before each home game, they will receive a text message alerting them of the seat location assigned for that game.
Seat locations will vary from game to game and will typically be located in the Terrace Box, Terrace Reserved, Loge Bleachers or Loge Outfield sections. The specific seating location will be identified on the day of each game, and fans will be able to manage their tickets and enter Miller Park directly via their phone. Fans can purchase a total of up to six (6) passes with one account.
The Brewers Ballpark Pass is fast, simple, flexible and most of all, it’s incredibly affordable. To learn more about how fans can access every Brewers home game in May for just $119, visit brewers.com/ballparkpass.
When Brewers pitcher Chase Anderson takes the mound tonight, not only is he trying to mow down the St. Louis Cardinals, but he’s also helping to strike out poverty.
Before his last start (his first in a Brewers uniform), Anderson sent out this tweet.
I caught up with him to find out more about this initiative.
“In Spring Training, I met with a couple of guys–Milam Byers and Matt Price–and they work for Food for the Hungry,” Anderson said. “They asked if I would be willing to join their team and pledge per strikeout and try to get the Brewers fans and everybody into that so we can strike out poverty in the Dominican and keep going from there.”
Striking Out Poverty is a program within Food for the Hungry, a non-profit organization. Founded in 1971, Food for the Hungry provides emergency relief and long-term development programs with operations in more than 20 countries, seeking to end all forms of human poverty. Using solutions that are innovative and community-specific to the complex view of poverty, Food for the Hungry contributes to community-owned transformations that empower children, families and communities to invest in their own development.
Anderson says his eyes were opened when experiencing poverty up close during mission trips; it was those trips that gave him the desire to help more.
“My wife and I have gone on a mission trip the Philippines the last two offseasons. When we went over there and saw those kids…they are drinking dirty water out of the street and they don’t have any food to eat. Their single mom has nine kids, but they can’t feed one, so it kind of opened our hearts up to doing something like this,” Anderson said.
“We are excited that Chase has pledged all of his strikeouts this season to help end poverty in the Dominican Republic. We are honored to partner with him and Brewers fans to have an impact that reaches far beyond the ballpark,” Byers said.
Brewers fans can join Anderson in this effort by pledging a donation for every strikeout he records this season in support of Striking Out Poverty. Let’s hope not only for the Crew, but for those in need as well, that Anderson has many of those this year.