Our ninth All-Fan Giveaway of 2015 is a Bob Uecker Bobblehead! You can get yours when the Crew takes on the St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday, August 9.
Today, we revealed what that bobblehead will look like. It is modeled after his statue in the “front row” (read: last) at Miller Park:
Visit brewers.com/allfans to lock in your seats today!
For those of you scoring at home, this is one of two Uecker Bobbleheads that will be given away this season. The other comes in the form of his character from Major League, Harry Doyle. That is NOT an All-Fan Giveaway, however. To get that limited edition bobblehead (which talks!), you’ll need to purchase the special Major League Night ticket package at brewers.com/specialevents.
On Sunday, July 19, you can join Matt Garza and his fellow teammates for the Brewers Bowl-A-Thon. Enjoy a unique opportunity to pal around on the pins with your favorite Brewers players, all while helping raise money for the Sojourner Family Peace Center, a safe haven for abused women and children.
There are several packages from which to choose for interested participants, from the simple “Dug-Out Ticket,” which includes admission to the event and complimentary appetizers and beverages, to the “Grand Slam Sponsor Package.” The Grand Slam package includes a bowling lane for up to five guests, shoe rental, sponsorship opportunities, T-shirts, a VIP reception and much more. It also includes 10 Field Level tickets to a future Brewers game and an opportunity to watch the Brewers take batting practice on the field. To top it all off, Matt Garza will take a picture with you and your group at your lane.
Other great packages such as the “Brew Crew” and “The Batter” include unique prizes and features, all while helping raise money for a worthy cause.
The goal of the Sojourner Family Peace Center is to ensure the safety of victims of domestic violence and provide a pathway out of violence for victims and abusers, by making positive and lasting changes. The Center is the largest nonprofit provider of domestic violence prevention and intervention in Wisconsin, serving over 9,500 clients each year.
For more information on the Brewers Bowl-A-Thon, visit Brewers.com/beyondthediamond or call (414) 902-4532.
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.
This month’s honoree is Leon Dewitt Finney IV.
Leon is a sophomore at West Allis Central High School and is a hardworking student with a 3.0 GPA. Leon enjoys playing baseball as a pitcher and centerfielder in hopes to one day play for the big leagues. When Leon is not playing baseball, he is volunteering at Beckum-Stapleton Little League and volunteers as a pitching instructor with the younger RBI players. Leon has a great attitude and is considered a leader to his teammates.
Thanks, Leon for your passion for baseball and contributions to the community!
Leon was honored in a pregame ceremony tonight and tossed out a ceremonial first pitch:
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.
Brewers bullpen catcher and Racine native Marcus Hanel has always had a desire to help children and so, about 11 years ago, he formed “Koos for Kids,” a charity focusing on helping terminally ill and disadvantaged children in the area.
Why is the organization called Koos for Kids? Koos is Marcus’ nickname, which he says, came from his mother’s German accent.
“I’d be out in the backyard and get called in, so Marcus became Mar-koos,” he said. The name Koos then just stuck.
Over the years, Koos for Kids has been able to help numerous terminally ill children by purchasing them laptops, iPads, zoo passes, airline tickets, animals…whatever it might be that makes their days a little brighter.
They’ve also purchased over 3000 winter coats for disadvantaged children in the local area, as well as organized and run the Challenger Baseball League, where over 60 children with special needs can come and be part of a team and learn the game of baseball. And there are countless other ways they have helped the local community, thanks to the support of many businesses and caring individuals.
And, on Sunday, June 14, you have the opportunity to help support this terrific cause.
The Brewers take on the Washington Nationals at 1:10 p.m. that day and, following the game, Marcus, along with Brewers players and coaches, will be making their way to the Milwaukee County Zoo for an annual Koos for Kids event.
Here’s a photo from last year’s event:
For just $20, you’ll receive a ticket to the zoo (good all day), zoo parking, autographs from Brewers players and the opportunity to participate in auctions and raffles. Of course proceeds from the event go to the Koos for Kids organization, where they are used to give back to the community.
“Some of our Koos for Kids kids who are terminally get to attend the event. Last year, one of the kids, Colton, got to come on stage and meet the guys. He just recently passed away. So when you look back at the reason why you do things, that’s it. This is why we’re doing this. Just seeing kids being with their favorite Brewers, seeing them light up,” Marcus told me.
Stay tuned. Closer to the event, we’ll be following up to let you know the anticipated attendees.
Last year’s event raised over $70,000, so the bar has been set. Help raise it: Click here to reserve your ticket today.
Why not make it a doubleheader of Brewers fun? Be sure to get your tickets to the Brewers vs. Nationals series, too.
Delaware North Sportservice, the exclusive food and beverage service provider for the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park, is set to hold the first of several job fairs to recruit for immediate positions for the current 2015 season.
The job fairs will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. tomorrow (Thursday, May 14) and Tuesday, May 19 at the Miller Park Club Level, enter at Fridays Hot Corner.
Sportservice is seeking employees to fill a variety of part-time seasonal and game-day positions in general concessions, retail, premium dining and catering operations. Positions include supervisors, cooks, kitchen preparation staff, dishwashers, bartenders, servers, runners, porters, beer and food vendors, retail sales associates, concession stand attendants and cashiers.
Interested individuals will be asked to fill out an application and interview for positions during the job fair. Anyone interested in applying should be highly motivated and customer-service oriented. Sportservice is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants, including minorities and women, are encouraged to apply.
About Delaware North
Delaware North is one of the largest and most admired, privately-held hospitality companies in the world. Founded and owned by the Jacobs family for nearly 100 years, it is a global leader in hospitality and food service with operations in the sports, travel hospitality, restaurants and catering, parks, resorts, gaming and specialty retail industries. Delaware North has annual revenue exceeding $3 billion with 60,000 employee associates serving half a billion guests in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, and Asia.
Today was the Brewers Season Seat Holder luncheon, the first 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 relievers Jonathan Broxton and Will Smith.
Here are some highlights:
When asked what the guys talk about in the bullpen during the game, Will Smith said, “Stuff…. No, we have a pretty good group down there, so for the first five innings, we’ll cut up and goof around and pick on each other, but once the fifth inning rolls around we cut it out.”
When asked how they respond to adversity, Jonathan Broxton responded:
“It’s tough because when you do blow a game, it sits hard on you. It sat hard on me last night, but you have to get the point where you can turn the page before you leave the clubhouse to be able to pitch the next day. That’s the great thing about being a reliever: We get a chance today to go out there and give it our best. “
When asked who the biggest prankster on the team is, Will Smith pointed to Jonathan Broxton and responded:
“This guy! Don’t you EVER turn your back on him.”
When asked what they do for fun outside of baseball, Will Smith said, “During the season I enjoy sleeping. In the offseason, I like to play golf… play video games. I’m a dork.”
As for Jonathan, he said, “During the offseason I like to do a lot of hunting and fishing, playing golf. I love the outdoors so I spend a lot of time in the outdoors. During the season, I’m more laid back….I try to enjoy my family while I can during the season because we are on the road so much. It gets hard on us.”
On the heels of Mother’s Day, Will Smith was asked if he had any stories about his mom and baseball and he said, “My mom is like your standard mom. She was interested in everything, even if you would do real bad. So one day I’m in, I had just been moved to the bullpen while in Triple-A with Kansas City, and I give up a home run and we lose the game and all this stuff. Obviously, I’m mad. I go back to the clubhouse and look at my phone, and I have a text from my mom. She’s like, ‘Good job, just leave your home run pitch at home next time!’ And you can’t be mad at your mom so I just threw my phone in my locker and said ‘I’m outta here!’”
Thanks to those who came out today, fun was had by all. And special thanks to my intern, Aaron Oberley, for his help on this post!
Mother’s Day is always a special day at the ballpark; there are a lot of festivities going on to celebrate the special women in our lives.
First, we’ve got a few special Mother’s Day e-cards that you can share:
All those who came out to celebrate with us today got a special All-Fan Giveaway, a BobbleHank donning a pink bandana:
We’re also celebrating with plenty of pink, as part of the “Going to Bat Against Breast Cancer” program, which was started by Major League Baseball in 2006.
Some of the players will use pink bats made by Louisville Slugger, the Official Bat of Major League Baseball, stamped with the MLB breast cancer awareness logo. Game-used Louisville Slugger pink bats from Mother’s Day games that have been authenticated by MLB will be auctioned exclusively on MLB.com to benefit the fight against breast cancer.
Today, we’re also using pink-stitched Rawlings baseballs. the pink ribbon is appearing on the bases at each ballpark, the official dugout lineup cards are pink and the players are wearing pink wristbands, plus a variety of other pink accessories.
There are also a lot of pink shoes being worn today, like these:
Pink ribbon decals for breast cancer awareness are also being worn by all on-field personnel.
Many of the players took to social media to wish their moms a Happy Mother’s Day:
and I had also collected a few photos of some of the guys and their moms to share on our social media platforms:
In addition, we welcomed 2015 Honorary Bat Girl Winner, Johanna Kretschmer.
The Honorary Bat Girl program celebrates those who have been affected by breast cancer and who have gone above and beyond to demonstrate a commitment to fight this disease. Johanna is a two-time survivor of the disease and we were happy to have her out here today to throw out the first pitch.
To learn more about Major League Baseball’s commitment to the cause visit MLBCommunity.org.
I also want to wish my own mom a very Happy Mother’s Day. I love you mom, I wouldn’t be where I am today without your love and support!
Happy Mother’s Day to my mom and all the moms out there–Go BREWERS!
The Brewers are joining Major League Baseball and all MLB Clubs in once again promoting sun safety this spring and summer through the Play Sun Smart initiative, which launches throughout the league this month and will be marked at Miller Park on Tuesday, May 12. Additionally, players, coaches and staff from all 30 Clubs will serve as role models for fans by participating in skin cancer screenings and practicing sun-safe behaviors throughout the season.
Play Sun Smart is a joint effort by Major League Baseball, the Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA) and the American Academy of Dermatology (Academy), with the goal of promoting sun safety, raising awareness of skin cancer and offering prevention and detection tips to the baseball community. Since 1999, Academy dermatologists have conducted nearly 37,000 skin cancer screenings through this program. More than 1,200 suspicious lesions have been detected, including 155 melanomas, through the Play Sun Smart club screenings. Just like players and Brewers employees, fans are asked to practice safe sun behaviors and to find a free skin cancer screening in their area by visiting the Academy’s website at PlaySunSmart.org.
Current estimates are that one in five Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime. Early detection of skin cancer is essential as it is highly curable if detected early and treated promptly. Fans can spot skin cancer early by regularly looking over their entire bodies, including the back, scalp, soles, between the toes and on the palms. If there are any changes in the size, color, shape or texture of a mole, if a new mole develops or any other unusual changes in the skin occur, fans are encouraged to make an appointment to see their dermatologist immediately. For more information about sun safety and the Play Sun Smart program, please visit MLBCommunity.org.
The Play Sun Smart program is one of several cancer-related initiatives supported by Major League Baseball. Other initiatives include Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C), whose mission is to support groundbreaking scientific research aimed at getting new cancer treatments to patients quickly; the Mother’s Day Going to Bat Against Breast Cancer initiative, which is a program to help increase awareness of breast cancer and raise money towards the search for a cure; and the Prostate Cancer Foundation’s Home Run Challenge, which helps increase awareness of prostate cancer and raise money for the search for a cure as part of the MLB Father’s Day celebration. To learn more about sun safety and the Play Sun Smart program and also Major League Baseball’s various charitable initiatives, please visit MLBCommunity.org.