Today the Brewers Wives partnered with USO Milwaukee and Baird to host an Operation Baby Shower for current & wounded military wives and wives of the fallen at the War Memorial in Milwaukee.
The day will be filled was filled with interactive games, presentations from medical experts and lunch donated by Maggiano’s Little Italy.
They have a “holiday” for practically everything nowadays and today is no exception as today (August 13) is National Left Handers Day.
In celebration of this joyous occasion, I caught up with some of the Brewers “lefties.”
Outfielder Ramon Flores is the team’s only true lefty. He bats and throws left-handed and eats and writes with his left hand as well.
The others–well, they mix it up:
Infielders Andy Wilkins and Scooter Gennett both bat left and throw right. Wilkins says he is right-handed at everything except for batting. “My dad told me I started throwing left and batting right and then I switched,” Andy said. Meanwhile, Scooter says he is also a lefty when it comes to golf.
Outfielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis has an interesting story about how he also came to bat left and throw right.
“When I was little, about 3 years old, before I was playing baseball, my parents got me a plastic golf set. That was all I wanted to do all day–hit the plastic golf set around. I ended up wearing the face off of it while swinging right-handed. I guess my parents didn’t want to buy me another one, so I just flipped it around and started golfing left-handed. After that, that’s when I started playing tee ball or whatever and I just felt more comfortable that way.”
I used to play tennis left-handed, but I stopped playing for awhile and now I play right-handed. I used to play street hockey left-handed. Everything else is right handed. My wife is left-handed though, so maybe we’ll have left-handed kids,” Kirk laughed.
And then there’s Jonathan Villar, who admits he is practically ambidextrous. The switch hitter throws right, eats left and says that while he’s better at writing with his right hand, he can also write with his left.
It was a busy morning at Miller Park today as the annual “PLAY Campaign” visited Miller Park giving some local Little Leaguers a memory of a lifetime. Sponsored by the Professional Baseball Athletic Trainers Society (PBATS) and the Taylor Hooten Foundation, the goal of the clinic was to educate local youth about how important it is to live healthy and active lives.
Michael Blazek, members of the Brewers Athletic Training staff, Don Hooton, Jr., and over 100 kids from local Little Leagues spent the morning at Miller Park taking part in drills, learning about the proper nutrition needed to compete and the dangers of performance enhancing drugs. The kids were also given positive messages about making healthy decisions and living a more active and healthy lifestyle.
Milwaukee is a yearly stop on the “PLAY” tour and event organizers love coming here because of the enthusiasm of the kids and the organization’s cooperation. Brewers Director – Medical Operations Roger Caplinger and Head Athletic Trainer Dan Wright have consistently played a big part in making sure the kids have a memorable experience with the campaign. “PLAY” was formed in 2004 to raise awareness about children’s health issues and the obesity epidemic in the United States. The Taylor Hooton Foundation joined PLAY in 2008 to merge its anti-steroid education message and generate awareness about one of the fastest growing drugs in America.
A special thanks to Caplinger, Wright, Brewers Strength and Conditioning Coach Josh Seligman; Brewers Assistant Athletic Trainers Dave Yaeger & Kevan Creighton of the Brewers Athletic Training Staff, Don Hooten, Jr. of the Taylor Hooten Foundation, and Joey Vandever of the Henry Schein Cares Foundation, and Erika Bowring of the Brewers Community Relations Department and the parents of the kids who participated in today’s event for making this day so special for the kids involved.
About the PLAY Campaign
Created in 2004 by the Professional Baseball Athletic Trainers Society (PBATS), the PLAY (Promoting a Lifetime of Activity for Youth) campaign was formed to raise awareness about children’s health issues and the obesity epidemic in the United States. PLAY has conducted more than 200 events inside all 30 Major-League ballparks, reaching tens of thousands of America’s young people with positive messages about making healthy decisions and living a more active and healthy lifestyle. The PLAY campaign is made possible by the generous support and participation of Major League Baseball Charities, the Taylor Hooton Foundation and the Henry Schein Cares Foundation.
PLAY is a national public awareness campaign of the Professional Baseball Athletic Trainers Society (PBATS) in conjunction with MLB Charities, the Taylor Hooton Foundation and the Henry Schein Cares Foundation. The PLAY campaign, which will host events in all 30 Major-League ballparks in 2016, educates America’s young people about the importance of living a healthy and active lifestyle. PLAY events run approximately two hours in length with participants divided into groups and rotated through a series of stations. These stations touch on everything from healthy eating, injury prevention, strength and conditioning and education about the dangers of illegal performance and appearance-enhancing drugs.
Milwaukee Brewers Legends Robin Yount and Cecil Cooper Team Up with Pick ’n Save to Reward Wisconsin’s Best Tailgaters
Nobody tailgates like Wisconsinites.
This Saturday, Milwaukee Brewers legends Robin Yount and Cecil Cooper and Pick ’n Save will join forces in search of the “most Wisconsin” tailgates at Miller Park. From 4:30-5:30 p.m. before the Brewers vs. Reds Game on August 13,, Robin and Cecil will cruise around the parking lots of Miller Park handing out limited-edition condiments featuring Robin’s Relish, Cooper’s Ketchup and Fingers High Heat to fans that go above and beyond during tailgating.
So this Saturday, when you’re tailgating at Miller Park, be sure to bring your A-game! Hopefully these legends will pay you a visit!
Calling all artistic kids! The Milwaukee Brewers are looking for creative young fans to submit drawings to be featured on the cover of the Brewers’ “Brewers Gameday” program. The “Call to the Pen” contest begins today at 10 a.m. CT, and ends on Wednesday, August 24 at 11:59 p.m. CT. The winner will have his or her design featured on the cover of “Brewers Gameday” during the second to last home series of the 2016 season, September 20-22 against the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Parents and guardians may download the design template for their children at Brewers.com/calltothepen. Designs must be hand-drawn and stay within the allotted parameters shown on the template. Children must be of age 14 or under to be eligible to participate, and completed drawings may be scanned and uploaded to Brewers.com/calltothepen.
All submitted designs will be reviewed by an internal Brewers committee that will select a winner based on overall appearance, originality/creativity, style and quality of the submission. The winner will be contacted on or about August 25, and will be announced the first week in September.
Along with having his or her winning drawing featured on the “Brewers Gameday” cover, the winner will receive 500 copies of the program with his or her design on the cover, a meet and greet with Bernie Brewer and the Klement’s Racing Sausages and a gift certificate to the Brewers Team Store by Majestic, among other prizes.
Fans can find more information, complete rules and the design template at Brewers.com/calltothepen.
Each year the Baseball Tomorrow Fund teams up with Major League Baseball Clubs, to organize equipment collection drives to support the growth of youth baseball and softball.
This year the Brewers collected baseball and softball items from the players and front office staff to benefit Journey House, which provides recreational programs to children and families struggling from poverty. The baseball tomorrow fund has also awarded a $5,000 grant to Journey House to be used for the purchase of additional equipment for the Felix Mantilla Little League.
Tonight, Baseball Tomorrow Fund ambassador Hernan Perez was on hand to present the ceremonial Check to Michele Bria, Journey House CEO and former Milwaukee Braves player Felix Mantilla.
Congratulations to Journey House and Felix Mantilla Little League and thank you to everyone who contributed to this year’s equipment day collection!
For players, the song they choose for their walk-up or entrance music is often an important decision. What brief part of a song is going to send a message to the fans—and what do I want that message to be? Do I keep the same song that I had last year? What’s the hit that is going to produce the most hits? Is it a superstitious thing, do I want fans to sing along, or do I just use my favorite song right now?
If you’re like me and you’re attuned to the tunes, you probably enjoy seeing this list each year—and updating your iPod playlists accordingly.
DID YOU KNOW? Make sure you download the free Ballpark App! In addition to check-in offers, ballpark maps, game updates and more, one of the really cool features is “Ballpark Music.” Like a song you hear? Check it out on Ballpark–and you can even download it right there! No Shazam necessary!
2016 AT-BAT WALK-UP MUSIC
Anderson – “Lights Come On” by Jason Aldean
Arcia –“Superman Sin Capa” by El Super Nuevo
Braun – “Back on Road” by Gucci Mane ft. Drake
Broxton –“Too Much Sauce” by Future
“New Level” by A$AP Ferg
Carter – “Mr. Carter” by Lil Wayne
Davies – “It’s Tricky” by Run DMC
Elmore – “Nights on Fire” by David Nail
Gennett – “Live your Life” by TI and Rihanna
Maldonado –“Muy Fuerte” by Arcangel Ft Don Omar
Nieuwenhuis – “Lift Your Head Weary Sinner” by Crowder
Nelson – “Like We Own the Place” by Ryan Caraveo
Perez – “Pepe” by Tito el Bambino
Pina – “Vaiven” by Daddy Yankee
Rivera – “Me Reclama” by DJ Luian
Susac – “Feel Good Drag” by Anberlin
Santana – “Se Acabaron los Hombres” by Tempo
“Orto Way” by Atomic
Villar – “Makina” by Los Teke Teke
“Corazon de Seda” by Ozuna
2016 PITCHING ENTRANCE MUSIC
Anderson –“Til the Day I Die” by tobyMac
Boyer – “Sweet Emotion” by Aerosmith
Davies– “Bulls on Parade” by Rage against the Machine
Garza – “All Eyez on Me” by Tupac
Knebel – “Life in the Fast Lane” by The Eagles
Marinez – “Vengo De Atras en Vivo” by Omega El Fuerte
Nelson – “What Are You Waiting For” by Disturbed
Peralta – The New Day Theme song from WWE
Suter – Theme Song from Jurassic Park
Thornburg – “Locomotive Breath” by Jethro Tull
Torres – “Holy Ghost” by Jeezy
[Please note that these songs can change almost daily; I’ll try to keep this list as updated as possible!]
The song played after wins this season is “Good to Be Alive” by Andy Grammer.
And, in case you weren’t aware, in addition to 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?
Today was the Brewers Season Seat Holder luncheon, the second of two such events this season where Season Seat Holders with packages of 20+ games have the opportunity to attend.
The event, which took place in the Skyy Lounge, included a plated lunch, a Q &A with Brewers players, and the opportunity to win prizes.
Today, Season Seat Holders were treated to a Q & A with Brewers pitcher Chase Anderson and Pitching Coach Derek Johnson, hosted by Brewers radio broadcaster Jeff Levering.
Questions for Johnson ranged from the first conversation a new pitching coach will have with members of his staff, to specific questions about his favorite pitcher, pitch counts and more, while questions for Anderson centered around pitcher/catcher relationships and his bullpen work.
In his first year with the Club, Johnson talked about establishing relationships with his staff. He talked about reached out to each of the pitchers right after he accepted the position, with the goal of helping them feel comfortable as fast as possible.
“Really that was the reason for the phone call,” he said, “To try to figure out where these guys are at, what they want to do, and how can I help facilitate that.”
When asked about his favorite pitcher, Johnson said, “The guy that pitches every night. I don’t have a favorite; I can’t have a favorite. My favorite pitcher is the guy that’s on the mound for the Brewers at any given time. You root for them equally. You live and die with them.”
From the pitcher’s point of view, Anderson talked about his bullpen work with Johnson. “We try to focus on one thing and try to get better at that. If you try to focus on everything then you are going to mediocre at all of it, but if you focus on one thing then you can get good at that.” Anderson then turned to Johnson and asked, “What’s that thing you say, DJ? Be great…?”
“Be great at what you’re good at. I’ve only told him that like 700 and something times,” Johnson laughed.
Anderson also stressed the importance of the pitcher/catcher relationship. “I think that is super important. Maybe the most important relationship we have on the baseball field. When you’re in a game, your relationship between a pitcher and a catcher is huge. There are game when I’m pitching well; he just puts a sign down and I throw it to that spot. He trusts me and I trust him.”
Thanks to those who came out today, fun was had by all.