This year, the Brewers Team Store at Miller Park searched for the most passionate Brewers family with their brand new “Brought Up a Brewer” contest.
Earlier this season, fans had the chance to submit a family photo of their whole Crew wearing their favorite Brewers gear, along with a 100-words-or-less essay on how their family has been the most passionate Brewers fans throughout the generations.
A team of Brewers judges selected five finalists earlier this week and a grand prize winner was revealed during an on-field pregame ceremony before today’s game vs. the New York Mets.
Christine Zoltkowski’s winning essay and photo can be seen below.
In addition to being recognized during pregame, Christine received a $250 shopping spree, six tickets to today’s game, an autographed baseball, as well as a special goodie bag.
Here are the photos and essays from the four runners up, who all received a $100 shopping spree to the Brewers Team Store:
A simple-but-creative idea from a 10 year-old fan became a reality today.
Earlier this year, Tyler Webb, a young Brewers supporter from Strum, Wis., submitted a suggestion that Miller Park should offer blue corn tortilla chips along with yellow cheese sauce to create Brewers-themed nachos. The Brewers front office and concessionaire Delaware North Sportservice loved the concept, and now “Tyler’s Nachos” has made its debut.
“We were having nachos one day, and we ran out of our yellow chips that we usually use. So we used blue corn chips, and I noticed that they were Brewer colors. Then, we emailed Delaware North, and they said they liked the idea,” Tyler said.
Tyler’s Nachos will be available for purchase at the Section 216 Cactus League Nachos stand on the Loge Level, and will be included in the stand’s menu of items through the end of the month. To literally top it off, fans may also opt for an “M” Brewers logo in sour cream on the item.
To celebrate the occasion, Tyler and his family were invited out to enjoy the game in a suite at Miller Park and received gifts as part of a rollout ceremony.
“I think it’s exciting. I think getting to go to the game and getting a suite to watch today’s game is the coolest part,” Tyler said.
The Milwaukee Brewers made eight selections during day two of the 2016 First-Year Player Draft. The team selected right-handed pitcher Braden Webb out of the University of South Carolina in the third round (82nd overall) with their first pick of the day. The Brewers drafted seven additional players on day two of the three-day draft, including 4 pitchers, 2 infielders and 1 catcher.
The announcements were made by Vice President of Amateur Scouting/Special Assistant to the General Manager Ray Montgomery.
The complete list of selections can be found here.
In a time in the near future, in a ballpark near you, the Milwaukee Brewers will host Star WarsTM Night Presented by Kohl’s. Tomorrow (Saturday, June 11), join the Brewers as they duel (with bats, not lightsabers) the New York Mets at 3:10 p.m. in an epic battle against the Dark Side at Miller Park.
A number of Star Wars characters will make special appearances throughout the afternoon and evening.
In addition, fans can purchase limited edition Star Wars merchandise at the Brewers Team Stores at Miller Park:
We’ll also have some special Star Wars-themed concessions to choose from on Saturday:
Lightsaber Pretzel Bites-$6
Princess Leia Cinnabuns- $5
Fans are encouraged to dress in costume and are permitted to wear masks, but the Brewers ask all aspiring Jedis to leave their lightsabers at home. Any and all lightsabers, toy guns or weapons will not be permitted in Miller Park. Fans will still be permitted to use the Force, so long as they do not bring in an actual device.
For more information about Star Wars Night presented by Kohl’s or other theme nights at Miller Park, please call 414-902-4777 or visit Brewers.com/specialevents.
STAR WARS and related properties are trademarks and/or copyrights, in the United States and other countries, of Lucasfilm Ltd. and/or its affiliates. © & TM Lucasfilm Ltd.
NOTE: Only those fans who purchased the Star Wars Night ticket package will receive a limited-edition Stormin’ Gorman Stormtrooper bobblehead. A valid voucher is required to pick up the bobblehead.
Today, as part of the Brewers Beyond the Diamond community outreach initiative, we hosted a Milwaukee Habitat garage build at Miller Park.
Ryan Braun, Chase Anderson, Alex Presley and Michael Blazek joined some of the Brewers Wives and staff members to frame the garage that will accompany the Habitat home that Braun and Brewers Community Foundation are sponsoring on North 39th street. The garage will be framed in the parking lot near Helfaer field and will be on display for tonight’s game against the New York Mets. The framed walls will then be transported to the Washington Park neighborhood, on Milwaukee’s near west side, where they will be erected at the home.
Braun and Brewers Community Foundation are sponsoring one of 10 new construction homes Milwaukee Habitat will begin work on in 2016. The Brewers have been involved with Milwaukee Habitat since 2006. In addition to new construction, Milwaukee Habitat will be rehabbing 12 homes and completing 60 repair projects throughout the year; all part of their neighborhood revitalization strategy in the Washington Park neighborhood.
The Milwaukee Brewers selected outfielder Corey Ray from the University of Louisville with their first pick (fifth overall) of the First-Year Player Draft. Vice President of Amateur Scouting and Special Assistant to the G.M. Ray Montgomery made the announcement.
Ray, a junior at the University of Louisville, batted .319 with 55 runs, 16 doubles, a triple, 15 home runs, 60 RBI, 44 stolen bases a .396 OBP and a .562 slugging percentage this season. He was previously drafted by the Seattle Mariners in the 33rd round of the 2013 First-Year Player Draft out of Simeon Career Academy, but chose to enroll in college instead. The left-handed hitter is majoring in exercise science and was scouted by Area Scout Jeff Simpson.
“I’m just thankful and grateful for an opportunity to play for a great organization,” Ray said in a conference call with the media shortly after his name was placed on the board in Secaucus.
On his reaction to hearing his name called, Ray said, “Happy. Relieved. It’s been an exciting year. This is an exciting time in my life.”
Asked where he sees himself fitting in with the organization, Ray said, “I think I’ll fit in as a top-of-the order type of hitter hopefully, somebody who gets the job done. Anything that they need me to do: bunt, hit and run, get on base, steal bases…whatever they need me to do– I will do that. I know there is one question on whether or not I can play center field, but I’m guaranteeing that I will work as hard as I possibly can to be an elite defender in center and hopefully I can play center and do some great things in Milwaukee.”
Born in Chicago, Illinois, Ray, 21, participated in the Jackie Robinson West Little League and the Chicago White Sox Amateur City Elite program growing up.
Ray said his family is happy that he was drafted by a team within driving distance from Chicago. “It’s close to home, but not as close to home as to where distractions are. I’m grateful to be close to home,”
During his tenure at Louisville, he was named 2015 Baseball America Second Team All-America, 2015 NCBWA Second Team All-America, 2015 D1 Baseball Third Team All-America and to the 2015 USA Baseball Collegiate National Team. In addition, he was a 2015 All-ACC First Team selection and a member of the 2014 Louisville Regional All-Tournament Team.
“Hard work. Surrounding myself around the right people. It’s been a combination of great leadership and great role models in my dad and my grandfather and the mentors that have mentored me and helped me throughout the years but I think it’s also a combination of luck,” Ray said. “The White Sox Amateur City Elite Team expanded and I was given the opportunity to be on one of those teams and instruction that I got from there and the opportunities that I was given definitely helped me.”
This marks the fifth time in franchise history that the Brewers have drafted with the fifth overall selection. The other selections at #5 overall included LHP Rick O’Keefe (1975), RHP Ken Henderson (1991), RHP Mark Rogers (2004) and 3B Ryan Braun (2005).
The Brewers have two more draft picks tonight, coming in the second round (#46) and the Competitive Balance Round B (#75 overall). The Draft will resume tomorrow at 12pm CT with rounds 3-10. Day three of the Draft will begin at 11am CT with rounds 11-40.
Currently, 8,000 Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans are traveling to Milwaukee VA Medical Center for treatment of their wounds and injuries.
The new Milwaukee home is one of the largest built in the United States of America, allowing veterans and their families living beyond 50-miles from the Milwaukee VA hospital to stay overnight at no cost at Fisher House Wisconsin. The Fisher House program is a unique private-public partnership that supports America’s military in their time of need.
Today, Kirk Nieuwenhis and Jacob Barnes received an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of this new beautiful facility. Let’s take a look:
Delaware North Sportservice (DN), the exclusive food, beverage and retail provider for Miller Park, will hold a job fair on Monday, June 13 at the home of the Brewers. DN Sportservice is looking to hire Concession Stand Attendants and experienced Line Cooks for the 2016 season.
The job fair will take place at Miller Park on Monday, June 13 from 5-7 p.m. CT. Candidates are asked to enter the ballpark through the Hot Corner entrance (near Friday’s Front Row).
Today at Milwaukee’s General Mitchell International Airport, relievers Will Smith & Jeremy Jeffress took on some unusual jobs as they traded places with a crew from Southwest Airlines, the Club’s official airline.
Southwest Airlines invited Will and JJ, along with Bernie Brewer and the Klement’s Famous Racing Sausages, to surprise some unsuspecting customers as they did everything that Southwest employees do on a daily basis. Unloading and boarding a flight, marshalling in an aircraft, and meeting their fans who were traveling through the airport–it was all a part of the special event.
Let’s take a look:
In addition, for the first time ever, Southwest Airlines Employees traded places with the Brewers on their home field. Employees had a rare opportunity to come out to Miller Park for a behind the scenes tour, sliding down Bernie’s slide, play catch on the field, and a chance to run the bases.
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 first baseman Chris Carter and Bench Coach Pat Murphy, hosted by Brewers radio broadcaster Jeff Levering.
Murphy kicked things off by explaining how Chris Carter earned the nickname “Sleepy” or “The Big Sleep.”
“Before we get started I’m going to tell the Sleepy story. There’s not really a story. Here’s the deal. You guys watch most of the games, right? This guy’s pulse rate is about 19. So in Spring Training, we kind of started calling him Sleepy. ‘Hey Sleepy,’ ‘Big Sleep.’ So now my dream is–I see how you guys are unbelievable fans and I see the way you guys support Luc when he goes to the plate (Luuuuuuuuuuccc!)….Hitting right after Luuuuuuuucccc is Sleepy, so what we do is ‘Sleeeeeeeeep-y!’…we get the whole crowd doing it,….that would be great!” Murphy said.
Here, Murphy demonstrates the cheer that he hopes will take off among fans.
The conversation was then opened to up to questions which ranged from “What was going through your mind when you hit those home runs against Oakland last night?” (“They shouldn’t have traded me!”) to talking about Murphy’s relationship to Craig Counsell as his former coach and how Murphy once broke Counsell’s nose.
Here are some more highlights:
Thanks to those who came out today, fun was had by all.