Don’t Miss MTV and MLB’s New Series “Off the Bat from the MLB Fan Cave”

Baseball fans will not want to miss “Off the Bat from the MLB Fan Cave”a weekly, 30-minute series with a 30 episode order that is hosted from the MLB Fan Cave in New York City this season.

The show first premiered on April 1 on MTV2. New episodes air on Tuesdays at 10 pm CT and episodes will be re-aired several times on the network each week.

The series launches a multi-year, cross-platform programming partnership between MLB and MTV – previously announced in November- that brings fans inside the intersection of pop culture and baseball. MLB players will share their love for pop culture and entertainment, while fans will gain behind-the-scenes access to the biggest stars in baseball.

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Each week, MLB players will be in-studio for interviews and segments with series hosts Sway, Fat Joe, Chris Distefano and Melanie Iglesias (who visited Hank in Spring Training), spotlighting the stars’ personalities and passions. Every episode of “Off the Bat from the MLB Fan Cave” will also feature on-location segments with players, diving deeper into their off-the-field interests that fans don’t ordinarily see, whether it’s a tour of their favorite restaurants or a look at their sneaker collection.

2013 World Series MVP David Ortiz of the Red Sox is serving as an Executive Producer of the series throughout the season and other MLB players have signed on to serve as Executive Producers of individual episodes.

For more information on the show (including a weekly episode synopsis and clips) and/or the MLB Fan Cave, click here.

-Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

 

 

 

Corbin Bernsen (aka “Roger Dorn” from Major League) Visits Miller Park

Yesterday marked the 25th anniversary of the release of “Major League,” arguably one of the greatest baseball movies ever made, and one with strong Milwaukee ties.

For those of you kiddos who weren’t born back in 1989, even you have to have seen this classic (and highly quotable) film about  a rag-tag group of fictional Cleveland Indians players that rise up to win the American League pennant. Much of the movie was actually shot at Milwaukee County Stadium, which doubles for Cleveland Municipal Stadium in the film, and the movie features our own Bob Uecker as the team’s broadcaster, Harry Doyle…. and, wait, why am I telling you all this? You HAVE seen this movie, haven’t you?

Actor Corbin Bernsen, who played the character of Roger Dorn, a one-time star third baseman, in the movie,  is in town today as part of the Milwaukee Admirals’ “Salute to Major League” night tonight vs. the Rockford IceHogs and one thing Corbin requested was to swing by the ballpark and check out the marker for County Stadium’s home plate, which is located on the third-base side plaza out at Helfaer Field.

Corbin was so happy to return to the grounds and it was clear that returning to this spot 25 years later, especially when so much has changed, was emotional and perhaps a bit overwhelming.

“I have to call David,” Corbin said right away, pulling out his phone and dialing David S. Ward, the film’s director.

"David? You'll never guess where I'm standing..."

“David? You’ll never guess where I’m standing…”

Corbin enjoyed  spending time out at Helfaer Field, reminiscing about his time in Milwaukee and how fast the time flies.

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He was even so kind as to record this Vine, a G-rated version of his original movie quote, which we’ll use to promote the #Whiff Contest this season.

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-Cait

JohnandCait@Brewers.com

Celebrating the 40th Anniversary of Hank Aaron’s Historic Home Run

On April 8, 1974, 40 years ago today,  as a member of the Atlanta Braves, Henry “Hammerin’ Hank” Aaron, considered by many to be the greatest baseball player ever, hit his historic 715th home run off of Dodgers veteran Al Downing at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium, a home run that broke Babe Ruth’s all-time record.

Here’s a great look back from Lyle Spencer. 

Aaron retired as all-time Home Run King with 755 career round-trippers, the last of which he hit on  July 20, 1976, while playing for the Milwaukee Brewers at County Stadium. For over 30 years, that home run has represented one of the most historic moments in Milwaukee Brewers history and all of Major League Baseball and there is a plaque situated in Brewers Lot 1, a preferred parking area located east of Helfaer Field, marking the landing spot of that final moon shot.

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- Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

First Brewers Season Seat Holder Appreciation Day is This Friday, April 11

New for the 2014 season, we have announced 10 Season Seat Holder Appreciation Days in which all Brewers Season Seat Holders (SSHs) will receive special perks at Miller Park in addition to the benefits they already receive from being a Brewers SSH. These perks are as follows:

  • 25% off food and beverage during the game at Miller Park
  • 25% off merchandise in the Brewers Team Store by Majestic in the left-field corner
  • Early access to Miller Park to watch the Brewers take batting practice (2 hours before game time)

The first SSH Appreciation Day of 2014 is this Friday, April 11 when the Brewers take on the Pittsburgh Pirates at Miller Park.

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Remaining dates and details can be found at brewers.com/sshappreciation.

Not a 2014 Brewers Season Seat Holder? Not to worry. Just because the season is already underway, doesn’t mean you can’t sign up! Give our ticket reps at call at (414) 902-4100 and they’ll set you up with the best plan for you!

-Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

 

Score Authentic Collection Rewards at Miller Park

Now through April 30, when you shop at any of the Brewers Team Stores at Miller Park and purchase Authentic Collection merchandise, you have the chance to win big!

A sampling of the Authentics Collection gear at Miller Park.

A sampling of the Authentics Collection gear at Miller Park.

 

Purchase Authentic Collection merchandise and receive a scratch-off card to become an instant winner!

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No purchase necessary to enter. Purchase will not increase odds of winning. While supplies last. Visit the Brewers Team Store for official rules or call (414) 902-4750.

Prefer to shop online? Authentic Collection gear is available at brewers.com; however, the scratch-off promotion is only valid in-store.

An Inside Look at Fenway Park

The Brewers continue their three-game series with the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park tonight.  Since Interleague Play began, the Brewers don’t visit Boston very often, so it is always a treat to visit this historic ballpark.

Today, I took a tour of the ballpark along with Brewers Director of Media Relations, Mike Vassallo; Radio Play-by-play announcer, Joe Block; Radio Producer, Kent Sommerfeld, and his wife, Karen; Brewers.com beat writer, Adam McCalvy; FOX Sports Wisconsin host Craig Coshun and FOX Sports Wisconsin stats guru Brian Mikolajek.

The tour was organized by the Red Sox PR crew: Kevin Gregg, Abby DeCiccio and John Shestakofsky, something they like to do for teams who don’t visit Boston regularly.  The tour was a definitely a treat.  I have been fortunate to visit and tour Fenway Park before and it is an enjoyable baseball experience every time.

Enjoy the gallery below of great photos and some fun facts we learned along the way.

 

 

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I learned a number of other fun-facts throughout the tour.

- The visiting and home clubhouse used to both be on the first base side of the field.  In the 1950s, the visiting clubhouse was moved behind the visiting dugout on the third base side.

- The ballpark played host to NFL games in the 1930s.  The Boston Redskins (now Washington Redskins) played home games here. The Boston Patriots (now the New England Patriots) games here in the 1960s as a member of the AFL.  The field ran east-west with the end zones ending up in rightfield and by the visiting dugout.

- The ballpark is on the National Register of Historic Places.

- The ten-year renovation/preservation plan for Fenway is nearing completion.  While there will always be things to maintain and update, most of the main projects that the current ownership group started have been completed.  Fenway Park has added about 3,000 seats in the last ten years.  The changes have allowed the ballpark to enter a new era, while at the same time, preserve its historical charm.

Thanks again to the Red Sox PR staff for accommodating our tour this afternoon.  It was a great time and I can’t wait to come back as a fan.  If you are a baseball fan, I highly recommend getting here to visit this gem.  It is a baseball experience that is unmatched.

The Brewers had a great win yesterday at Fenway Park, let’s hope for another win tonight and one more tomorrow!

–JOHN

john.steinmiller@brewers.com

 

Baseball in the Dominican Republic: Jean Segura

Next Friday, April 11, after the Brewers vs. Pirates broadcast, FOX Sports Wisconsin is set to air its first of three specials related to Brewers Baseball and the Dominican Republic which were filmed last November.

The first episode is a special on Jean Segura, who is from San Juan de la Maguana in the Dominican Republic.

The Brewers All-Star shortstop grew up in a poor neighborhood, in a small house that was home to as many as 10 people. In the program, Segura will take us through his childhood, when he helped his grandmother make candy that was sold to help feed the family, and baseball was played in a pasture with a home-made ball and a tree limb for a bat.

With a dream to play professionally, and rescue his family from a life of poverty, Segura quit school and devoted himself to baseball. As a teenager he overcame homesickness, the language barrier and a broken leg to succeed in the United States, becoming an All-Star in his first full season with the Club.

Episode two, which is slated to debut on May 14, will feature Carlos Gomez, who is from Santiago de los Caballeros  in the Dominican Republic.

Episode three, slated to debut sometime in June, will feature the Brewers Dominican Academy.

For a program preview, click here.

-Cait

JohnandCait@Brewers.com

Autism Awareness at Miller Park

Fans are invited to join the Brewers for Autism Awareness Night at Miller Park as the Crew takes on the Pittsburgh Pirates next Saturday, April 12 at 6:10 p.m.

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Be part of this special event as we celebrate the unique gifts of individuals with autism while raising awareness of autism spectrum disorders and advocating for the needs of individuals and families affected by autism. Autism Speaks Milwaukee will be on hand to help raise awareness by passing out information and answering questions.

In support of autism awareness, this past Wednesday night, Miller Park was also lit blue:

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To receive special savings on various locations in the ballpark for this Saturday’s game, click here. Remember to wear your Brewers blue to support autism awareness.

-Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

Brew Crew Bracketology: Brewers March Madness Update

Back in Spring Training when the NCAA tournament got underway, we asked some of the Crew to fill out brackets.

Now we’re down to the Final Four (On Wisconsin!), so we thought we’d post the updated brackets here so you can follow along with Brew Crew Bracketology below and see how their picks are “netting” out.

As you can see, even Hank and Bernie Brewer got in on the fun and Bernie has even correctly picked 3 of the Final Four! He’s got Wisconsin in the National Championship game, so let’s hope he’s right!

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If you’ll notice, I filled out a bracket, too. Although I’m a Marquette girl and I’m bummed they aren’t in it,  I am cheering Wisconsin on loudly and I really do love the excitement of this time of year–both on the basketball and baseball fronts.

Bracket busted? Never fear. Brewers season is underway!

Cheers,

-Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

Tim’s Tip: Moment of Truth #1-Get Set Up to Smash

The “Brewers Baseball Academy presented by Kwik Trip,” 10 separate weeklong baseball/softball camps that will be held in various cities across Wisconsin this summer for kids ages 6-14, will be back for its second season and so is Tim Rappe. In addition to putting on the camps, last summer executive director Tim Rappe provided some baseball tips here on John and Cait…Plus 9 as well. Read on for more from Coach Tim!

Enjoy!
Cait

JohnandCait@Brewers.com

“MOMENT OF TRUTH #1”: GET SET UP TO SMASH

In my last post I talked about the overwhelming value of using video to help your athlete. In our Brewers Baseball Academy summer camps we video the swing of every player. But that’s the easy part. Video is nothing more than a nice keepsake unless it’s transformed into a teaching tool and that takes some serious baseball smarts.

I’ve done over 2,000 swing analyses over the past couple years and I’ve identified four points in the swing that can make or break a hitter’s at bat. It’s those four “Moments of Truth” where kids have a tendency to mess up. I think the reason why these breakdowns occur is because there’s nothing particularly “natural” about these four key points in the swing. Kids don’t fall out of the crib doing them.

That these critical moments in the swing don’t come naturally is the bad news. The good news is that they can be taught.

MOMENT OF TRUTH #1: If you want to finish right, you need to start right. Many of the problems at contact are a function of bad posture at heel plant. What the hitter does prior to the front heel planting is, for the most part, a matter of personal style. However, at heel plant is when hitting instructors start “keeping score.”

Here is a great shot of Carlos Gomez at heel plant and the following six checkpoints are critical to starting a good swing.

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  1. Head up and turned so that both eyes can track the ball. No tilting!!
  2. Don’t let the camera angle fool you. At heel plant, Carlos’ head is right above his belt buckle and in the middle of his feet. He looks like his weight is evenly distributed front to back
  3. Knob of the bat is angled toward the catcher’s feet. Barrel is somewhat about his head
  4. Hands are at shoulder height and at or just inside his back elbow (toward the catcher)
  5. Knees are inside ankles and flexed in athletic position
  6. Toes are on a straight line toward the pitcher

Does your hitter have to look exactly like this? Or course not. But all good hitters at heel plant look remarkably similar. So, from our perspective it makes a whole bunch of sense for the Brewers Baseball Academy to make sure our kids understand this. If you start right there is no guarantee you’ll finish right. But, if you start wrong, there is not much chance of finishing right. Make sense?

In my next post I’ll focus on Moment of Truth #2…the first domino to fall in the swing sequence. Until then, if you’re gonna swing, might as well swing hard.

-Tim Rappé

Tim.Rappe@Brewers.com

 

 

 

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