Parra Defeats Cotts in Soccer Penalty Kick Shootout

In anticipation of the friendly soccer match between Atlas F.C. and Newcastle F.C. that will be held at Miller Park, Brewers outfielder Gerardo Parra and teammate Neal Cotts competed in a penalty kick shootout for charity at Miller Park this afternoon.

A goal was set up in the outfield with  goalie Nick Vorberg, a former goalie for the Milwaukee Wave for more than a decade and a Pacific University Athletic Hall of Fame member, manning the net. Vorberg currently serves as the volunteer assistant with the Marquette University men’s soccer team and as an assistant coach with the Wave.  He is the Wave’s second all-time leader in goalkeeper wins.

Parra and Cotts competed in a best-of-five shootout to “ready the field,” as Miller Park will soon be converted to a soccer pitch configuration, with the two players taking alternate shots at the net.

Both players agreed that the loser of the shootout will donate $5,000 to a charity of the winner’s choice. Parra chose Wisconsin Hispanic Scholarship Fund as his charity, while Cotts went with Wisconsin Humane Society. Several teammates and coaches were also on hand to watch the event.

Representatives from the Hispanic Scholarship Fund and Wisconsin Humane Society were on hand to watch the Parra vs. Cotts Shootout against Goalie Nick Vorberg. (Photo via Sara Stathas/Milwaukee Brewers)

In round 1, Parra took the early lead, 1-0.

Gerardo Parra took the early lead and never looked back. (Photo via Sara Stathas/Milwaukee Brewers)

Gerardo Parra took the early lead and never looked back. (Photo via Sara Stathas/Milwaukee Brewers)

Neither scored in round 2.

In round 3, they both scored to make it 2-1.

Neal Cotts put up a good fight.

Neal Cotts put up a good fight. (Photo via Sara Stathas/Milwaukee Brewers)

In round 4, Parra clinched the win–and a $5000 donation to the Wisconsin Hispanic Scholarship fund–with one more goal.

Parra's final shot slips past Vorberg.

Parra’s final shot slips past Vorberg. (Photo via Sara Stathas/Milwaukee Brewers)

Final: Parra 3, Cotts 1. 

Final: Parra 3, Cotts 1.

However, everyone was a winner as it was announced that Wisconsin Humane Society would also be receiving a $1000 donation.

Here’s a video of the shootout:

Tickets are now on sale for Atlas. F.C. vs. Newcastle F.C. at Miller Park on July 14.  Prices range from $25 – $70 and parking is $20 in advance and $25 on the day of the match. Fans can purchase tickets online at Brewers.com/soccer, in person at the Miller Park Box Office, or by phone at 414-902-4000.

In addition, all fans who attend the match will receive a voucher at the gate that will allow them to receive $15 off a future Brewers home game in the month of August. The voucher is valid for 14 games in the month, excluding August 1, 2, 8 and 15. And the first 10,000 adults 18 and over will receive a reversible soccer scarf featuring the logos and colors of the Newcastle and Atlas Clubs, courtesy of Potawatomi Hotel and Casino.

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The match will start at 8 p.m. and the gates to Miller Park will open at 6:30 p.m.  Parking lots will open at 5 p.m.

-Cait

@CMoyer

 

“Hitting 4 the Cycle” Biking Event Just Six Weeks Away

Brewers Community Foundation (BCF)’s “Hitting 4 the Cycle” bike to the ballpark event is just six weeks from tomorrow!

On Saturday, August 8, BCF will host this inaugural event that will allow allow bike-lovers and Brewers fans to combine their two favorite activities.  Fans will be able to select one of four bike routes of various lengths that will all culminate with a fun-filled tailgate party and that night’s Brewers game vs. the St. Louis Cardinals.

Participants will have the option to select 100, 88, 44 or 22 mile routes. The 100 and 88 mile routes will start at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison and end at Miller Park, while the 44 and 22 mile routes will start and end at Miller Park.

The cost to register is $50, with a $150 mandatory fundraising minimum. The money that is raised through the event will go to four organizations – the Urban Ecology Center, Dream Bikes, Penfield Children’s Center and the Miracle League of Milwaukee. Each registered rider will receive a commemorative T-shirt, a game ticket for the Brewers vs. Cardinals game that night and a invitation to a celebratory tailgate party prior to the game.

BCF also has some great fundraising incentives, including Brewers tickets, a cycling cap, entry into a raffle for this custom Domane 6 Series bike (donated by the Lowlands Group) for anyone raising $500 or more, and much more.

 Scooter Gennett, Craig Counsell and Jeremy Jeffress pose with folks from the Lowlands Group--and the bike that fans who raise $500 or more can be entered to win.

Scooter Gennett, Craig Counsell and Jeremy Jeffress pose with folks from the Lowlands Group–and the bike that fans who raise $500 or more can be entered to win.

 

Learn more and sign up now at brewers.com/bcf.

 

-Cait

@CMoyer

Ryan Braun Named May We Energies High-Energy Player of the Month”

Ryan Braun has been named the May “We Energies High-Energy Player of the Month,” receiving 39 percent of the fan vote. Carlos Gomez came in second with 23 percent, while Francisco Rodriguez and Gerardo Parra finished third and fourth respectively, with 20 percent and 18 percent.

Each month, Brewers fans have the opportunity to vote for the Brewers player they feel was deserving of the We Energies High-Energy Player of the Month during the previous month of play. Fans can visit www.brewers.com/WeEnergies and choose between four finalists. Finalists are selected based on player stats, high-energy plays on the field and overall contribution to the team during the previous month. Votes from each Player of the Month voting period will be carried over to the final “We Energies High-Energy Player of the Year” vote to be held from Sept. 7 – 15.

Through the online voting campaign presented by We Energies, fans then have the chance to enter to win a number of great prizes, including Brewers game tickets or the Grand Slam Prize Pack. One lucky fan will be randomly selected to receive Field Diamond Box tickets for six guests and will participate in a pre-game ceremony on the field when the Brewers take on the Chicago Cubs on Friday, Oct. 2, 2015. The winner will also receive an autographed jersey signed by the High-Energy Player of the Year, the opportunity to throw out a ceremonial first pitch and the use of a Club Level suite for a 2016 Brewers home game.

Voting for the June Player of the Month will open on July 1 and will close on July 15. During the voting period and even after, fans are encouraged to visit brewers.com/WeEnergies to enter to win prizes.

Adam Lind was the April We Energies High-Energy Player of the Month.

Jonathan Lucroy won the We Energies High-Energy Player of the Year in 2014. Other past winners include Carlos Gomez (2013), Ryan Braun (2008 and 2012) Nyjer Morgan (2011), Rickie Weeks (2010), Craig Counsell (2009), Prince Fielder (2007) and Bill Hall (2006). For more information, please visit brewers.com/WeEnergies.

Bring Toiletry Items With You This Weekend for Brewers Community Foundation’s Drive For Charity

This weekend marks a Brewers Community Foundation Drive for Charity with a toiletries drive during the Brewers series against the Twins.

Fans attending the games on Friday, Saturday and Sunday are invited to bring new toiletry items (i.e., soaps, lotion, shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrush, deodorant, body wash, body spray, hairspray, etc.) with them to Miller Park. In return, they will receive a special Brewers player pin. This weekend’s pin is of Mike Fiers.

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Fans should drop off their items from the time the gates open through the second inning of each of the games this weekend.

Fans wishing instead to make a donation of $5 can also receive the pin. Also, for $20 you can get a pin and an autographed Fiers Drive for Charity Card.

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-Cait

JohnandCait@Brewers.com

7TH ANNUAL DAVEY NELSON CELEBRITY GOLF TOURNAMENT SET FOR MONDAY

This coming Monday, I am looking forward to joining Brewers Director of Alumni Relations and FOX Sports Wisconsin Broadcaster’s Dave Nelson as he hosts his seventh annual Davey Nelson Celebrity Golf Tournament on the Irish Course at Whistling Straits Golf Course in Kohler, Wisconsin.

The Tournament will begin at 10:30 a.m. and will be followed by a cocktail reception, silent as well as live auctions, and dinner.

All teams in the tournament will be comprised of a five-person group, and play will consist of a scramble format with team prizes awarded to the top finishers. Registrations are being accepted as a foursome and a celebrity golfer will be paired with each group to make up the five person team.

The list of celebrity participants include Jay Aldrich, Don August, Sal Bando, Mike Caldwell, Craig Coshun, Jim Gantner, Telly Hughes, Chris Jacke, Daniel Lee Martin, Greg Matzek, Randall McDaniel, Greg Meyer, Damian Miller, Charlie Moore, Willie Mueller, Wes Obermueller, Ken Sanders, Tony Smith, Gorman Thomas, Greg Vaughn, Paul Wagner, Steve Woodard and Robin Yount.

Registration fees are $2,700 per foursome. A golf clinic led by American Club golf pros and a putting contest will take place at 9:00 a.m., and a light breakfast will be served prior to the start of the tournament. The tournament is limited to 30 foursomes. For those who do not care to golf, tickets to Monday night’s reception are available for $150 per person.

An additional preview event is scheduled for Sunday, June 28, consisting of a golf experience at Whistling Straits, Straits Course followed by a cocktail reception and dinner at the Championship Locker Room Terrace. Rates for the preview event are $6,400, which also includes registration for Monday’s event.

Proceeds will benefit Open Arms Home for Children in South Africa and Brewers Community Foundation. For sponsorship opportunities, additional information or to sign up for this memorable golfing experience, visit Brewers.com/davey or contact Meredith Malone at meredith.malone@brewers.com or (414) 902-4501.
 
Open Arms Home for Children is a non-profit organization that provides shelter, clothing, protection and basic healthcare for what is now home to many children orphaned due to the AIDS epidemic and other circumstances in South Africa. Davey Nelson has served as Board Director for the organization for over four years.

Stay tuned to the blog and our social media channels for photos and videos from this event, which is always a great time!
-Cait

@CMoyer

#BrewersAllStarDad Contest Winners Enjoy Game in FOX Sports Wisconsin’s Suite

Over Father’s Day Weekend, we asked you to post photos  that depict how a father figure in your life is an All-Star and you delivered beyond our wildest expectations.

It was really tough to narrow it down, but in the end, these six winners of our #BrewersAllStarDad contest were able to come out and join us for tonight’s game in FOX Sports Wisconsin’s suite.

#BrewersAllStarDad You're the best!!!

A photo posted by EliseW63 (@elisew63) on

Daddy and I at a game back in September of 2011 #IGetMySmileFromHim #BrewersAllStarDad @brewers

A photo posted by Nathania Massie (@nathania_5) on

#brewersallstardad He gave me his favorite jersey from 30 years ago and now I wear it to every game

A photo posted by Rachel Weber (@rachel.weber25) on

Thanks to everyone who submitted–you’re all All-Stars in our books!

 

-Cait

@CMoyer

RBI Athlete of the Month: Jonathan Javier Pinales

Reviving Baseball in the Inner Cities, or the RBI Program, is a MLB youth baseball initiative and partnership with the Boys & Girls Clubs. The RBI program was developed by former scout and Major Leaguer John Young in Los Angeles in 1989 to provide youth ages 9 to 17 the opportunity to learn and enjoy the game of baseball. Each month, we honor RBI student athletes on the diamond that portray dedication to academics, community involvement, leadership, reliability and monthly performance.

RBI, known as Reviving Baseball in the Inner Cities, is a MLB youth baseball initiative and partnership with the Boys & Girls Clubs. The RBI program was developed by former scout and Major Leaguer John Young in Los Angeles in 1989 to provide youth ages 9 to 17 the opportunity to learn and enjoy the game of baseball. Each month, the Milwaukee Brewers will honor RBI student athletes on the diamond that portray dedication to academics, community involvement, leadership, reliability and monthly performance.

This month’s honoree is Jonathan Javier Pinales.

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Jonathan is a senior at Riverside University High School and a dedicated baseball player who plays as shortstop. Jonathan loves baseball so much that when he wakes up in the morning, the first thing he grabs is his glove, to practice with his brother. He said that baseball is in his blood. Jonathan is a role model amongst his younger cousins and neighborhood kids. He displays disciplined and always polite towards his teammates and peers. When he’s not playing baseball, he volunteers for various youth groups in his community.

Thanks, Jonathan, for your passion for baseball and contributions to the community!

Jonathan was honored in a pregame ceremony tonight and tossed out a ceremonial first pitch:

 Jonathan Javier Pinales

Want to help support the RBI Program? It’s as simple as sending a tweet!

When a Brewers pitcher strikes out an opposing batter, make sure to jump on Twitter and tweet: #WHIFF  and include our handle, @Brewers.

That’s all you have to do! Each month, if we’re in the top 7 teams, we can win anywhere from $2,500 to $10,000 for our local RBI program. AND the team with the most #Whiff tweets for the season will receive an additional $20,000 donation! 

We won $40,000 last season, so keep tweeting to help us support our local program again in 2015! View the current standings at mlb.com/whiff.

-Cait

@CMOYER

A Special Delivery for Adam Lind

Recently, Brewers first baseman Adam Lind received a special package in the mail from a man named Daniel.

Adam and Daniel have never met and are not related (at least not that they know of), but they share a surname.

And it was this simple fact that led Daniel Lind, a Paratrooper with 1st Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne) from 2011-2014, to get in touch with Adam–and send him a wonderful letter and a most amazing gift.

“One day I saw a highlight on SportsCenter and heard my last name… it was a Blue Jays highlight and they were talking about you. From that day on, I knew there was a Lind in MLB and thought it was pretty cool,” Daniel wrote.

Once Adam became a player for the Milwaukee Brewers, Daniel said he had no choice but to root for the Crew.

Enclosed with the letter is one of Daniel’s military uniforms.

“I thought since we shared a last name, it would be cool to send you one of my ‘jerseys’ for good luck,” Daniel wrote. He goes on to explain the meaning of each of the badges on the uniform, including one earned during his first mission in Afghanistan.

Adam Lind received a special "jersey" from a soldier who shares his surname.

Adam Lind received a special “jersey” from a soldier who shares his surname.

Adam was floored at the gesture and touched by the note, which ended with:

“I was fortunate enough to meet some of my best friends and travel all over Europe because I chose to wear this Uniform. I truly hope it brings you as much good fortune as it has brought me.”

As luck would have it, last night, with the Brewers vs. Mets game tied at 2, Adam had the game winning hit, doubling on a grounder to left field, allowing Carlos Gomez to score.

“I don’t even feel like I’m worthy of receiving such a gift,” said Adam, who will be sending one his own jerseys to Daniel. “I just play baseball. He risked his life in that uniform.”

-Cait

@CMoyer

 

 

SEASON SEAT HOLDER BOB TERWALL NAMED “BREWER FOR A DAY”

Milwaukee Brewers season seat holder Bob Terwall has won the organization’s “Brewer for a Day” grand prize. The prize is randomly awarded to a season seat holder who renewed his or her tickets at the start of the season. Terwall, a season seat holder since 2002, signed a one-day Major League contract, which includes a full uniform plus one day’s pay at the Major League minimum salary. He was introduced at a press conference earlier this afternoon at Miller Park.

A lifelong baseball fan, Terwall grew up cheering for the Milwaukee Braves. His favorite player was Eddie Mathews, later Robin Yount and today Jonathan Lucroy – all admired for their work ethic and professional approach to the game.

“I was a Braves fan from the get-go. I followed those teams as a young boy. I also admired Robin Yount and guys like that who played the game hard everyday.” said Terwall, who also once played against Jim Gantner.

Terwall was a member of the 1969 Wisconsin state champion baseball team with Kenosha Tremper and pitched for the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater in the early 1970s.  He continued playing the game in various independent leagues over the past 40 years. A native of Kenosha, Bob and his wife, Nancy, currently reside in Pleasant Prairie.

Bob signs his contact.

Bob signs his contract.

“We’re glad to have you. Thank you for your loyalty to the Brewers through good times and bad times. We need great fans like Bob. I think this is an exciting event that we’ve put together over the past four seasons,” said Brewers President of Baseball Operations/General Manager Doug Melvin.

In addition to the salary and uniform, Terwall will park in the VIP lot prior to tonight’s game against the New York Mets, receive fifty baseball cards with his likeness, a DVD of the highlight video shown at the press conference, a framed final page of his contract and he threw out the first pitch prior to the game:

-Cait

@CMoyer

A LEGO Miller Park on Display at Mayfair Mall

The LEGO Americana Tour is on display now at Mayfair Mall in Wauwatosa.

This free, traveling installation of larger-than-life LEGO models features replicas of iconic buildings and architectural structures including: the  U.S. Supreme Court Building, the U.S. Capitol Building, White House, Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial, Statue of Liberty, and more, plus…. our very own Miller Park!

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These one-of-a-kind, large scale models of American landmarks are made completely out of LEGO bricks by LEGO Master Builders. The different structures are spread out throughout the mall, so be sure to pick up a map when you arrive. The Miller Park model is located near center court and is behind glass.

UPDATE: I’ve received word from the creator of the LEGO Miller Park that the display Pwill be removed from Mayfair Mall tomorrow morning so it can be put on display at the Timber Rattlers LEGO Night. It will return to the MSOE library in downtown Milwaukee for long-term display begining midday on Friday.
The rest of the LEGO landmark models will remain at the mall until Sunday, June 28.

-Cait

@CMoyer

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