Rivalry-inspired fare is back at Miller Park. As each opposing team comes to town, DNC SportService will feature “Specials by Series” near Section 229.
Here’s a look at what you can expect for the first homestand. I’ll update this list with the remaining specials by series for the month as I get them, so check back often!
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 “Miller Park Eats,” a tab that highlights our featured fare each month and includes an A-to-Z concession guide to where you can find all the yummy grub all season ling!
Brewers vs. Cardinals (July 8-10): St. Louis-Style BBQ Rib Tips
BBQ Tri Tips, Buttery Bun
Republicans and Democrats may seem divided, but it’s nothing compared to the heated battle that will take place over the next three days in Major League Baseball polls.
Just moments ago, Ryan Braun was named as one of the five candidates eligible for the 2016 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Final Vote for the National League to select the last player for the All-Star squad. And while the Brewers will launch an aggressive campaign to get out the vote, it will be up to Brewers fans to answer the call and vote early and often for their star outfielder.
Braun is seeking to become an All Star for the seventh time in his career, joining teammate catcher Jonathan Lucroy in San Diego for the 2016 Major League Baseball All-Star Game on July 12. Lucroy was selected to the squad by New York Mets Manager Terry Collins earlier today, earning his second appearance on the team by hitting .296 with a .355 on-base percentage and a .484 slugging percentage.
Braun is one of five candidates for the Esurance All-Star Final Vote along with 1B Brandon Belt (San Francisco), 3B Jake Lamb (Arizona), OF Starling Marte (Pittsburgh) and SS Trevor Story (Colorado).
Braun has appeared in 69 games this season and ranks among the Major League leaders in batting average (9th, .323). The right-fielder owns a .916 OPS and has collected 30 extra-base hits, including 16 doubles and 13 home runs. The 2007 NL Rookie of the Year, notched career hit number 1,500 on June 7 vs. Oakland and joined Robin Yount (3,142), Paul Molitor (2,281), Cecil Cooper (1,815) and Jim Gantner (1,696) as the only Brewers with 1,500 hits. In addition, Braun is the all-time franchise leader in home runs with 268.
Braun will need the fans’ support by voting online at brewers.com/vote and via SMS by texting N2 to 89269. Fans can vote as many times as they would like but the window is brief – voting ends on Friday, July 8 at 3 p.m. CT.
Additionally, fans can help send Braun to San Diego by tweeting with the hashtag #VoteBraun on Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. CT. Every Tweet with that hashtag will count as a vote for Braun.
To encourage voting, fans can look for special appearances around town to promote Braun’s candidacy.
Delaware North Sportservice (DN), the exclusive food, beverage and retail provider for Miller Park, will hold a job fair on Thursday, July 7 at the home of the Brewers. DN Sportservice is looking to hire Stand Attendants, Dishwashers, Cooks and InSeat Runners for the 2016 season.
The job fair will take place at Miller Park on Thursday, July 7 from 5-7 p.m. CT. Candidates must be at least 18 years of age to apply. Applicants are asked to enter the ballpark through the Hot Corner entrance (near Friday’s Front Row).
One of my favorite spots at Miller Park continues to be AJ Bombers. The popular restaurant and bar-with locations in Milwaukee and Madison- occupies the outside space formerly known as the Plaza Pavilion, along the west side of Miller Park near the right-field gate.
AJ Bombers offers a selection of cheeseburgers, egg rolls, tater tots, shakes, custards, specialty concrete mixers and more. The menu also include homestand specials, such as the city-themed concrete mixers as well as monthly player burger features.
This month’s featured burger is the Scooter Gennett Burger! Back by popular demand, this burger named for the Brewers infielder includes a 1/4 lb patty topped with American cheese, bacon, ketchup and mac n’ cheese.
Scooter’s burger is exclusive to Miller Park (i.e. not served at AJ Bombers’ restaurants) and available for a limited time.
In addition, AJ Bombers continues to offer special concrete custard concoctions by series. Here’s a look at what’s on deck for July here exclusively at Miller Park:
I’ll be sure to check in with AJ Bombers often throughout the season to keep you informed on their newest menu items.
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 “Miller Park Eats,” a tab that highlights our featured fare each month and includes an A-to-Z concession guide to where you can find all the yummy grub all season long!
Earlier today, players, coaches and staff fanned out across Milwaukee to give back to the community with surprise acts of kindness as part of the team’s #KindnessInMKE event. Virtually every member of the organization, from ownership to front office employees, the players and coaches, was encouraged to come up with a creative way to give back to the Cream City. Teammates in the organization, both on and off the field, surprised various unsuspecting patrons and non-profit organizations with acts that show their appreciation to the community that they call home.
The goal of the event was to do something impactful and fun. The activities began this morning with members of the front office visiting local charities to make unannounced donations and supply gifts to various nonprofits around southeast Wisconsin.
Personally, I began my day by stopping at Zilber Family Hospice, and dropping off a monetary donation toward their greatest needs. Zilber was very kind to my family when my grandmother spent her last days there a few years back and it felt good to be able to surprise them by giving back this morning.
Here’s a sampling of some of the other organizations touched by our staff:
At noon, the players began their rounds and spent a minimum of $500 each in gifts or donations at everything from retail stores to kids’ events – and everything in between. There were no rules, just encouragement for each player, coach and executive to come up with an idea that would be impactful and fun for them and their recipients. Here’s a look at some of their efforts:
Participants and recipients tracked their activities by using the social media hashtag #KindnessInMKE throughout the day. It was even trending at one point!
We hope that everyone who was impacted by this initiative is inspired to pay it forward with their own acts of kindness! We would love to see how you were impacted or how you are joining us in giving back. Share your story, photos and videos with us using the hashtag (#KindnessinMKE).
The Brewers Community Achievers Program recognizes residents throughout the state of Wisconsin each month during the season for displaying extraordinary efforts in their community.
All adults and school-aged children throughout the state of Wisconsin are eligible to participate in the program. Fans can nominate their Community Achiever online or pick up a nomination form at the Guest Relations Booth on the Field Level Concourse at Miller Park during the season.
This month’s honoree is Paul Druecke, an essential part of Milwaukee’s growing conceptual art scene and a positive figure in Riverwest since the late ’90s.
In 2000, Paul christened a portion of the Holton St. Bridge as Blue Dress Park and has co-hosted dozens of events there. The park represents people’s ability to imagine things as greater than what they appear and in 2010, Paul, along with a group of artists, historians and city planners, started an advocacy group to celebrate the existence and values of the park.
Paul’s years of dedication to the conceptual art community and his 15 years of volunteering commitment to the under-appreciated spaces in Milwaukee have brought awareness to the under-recognized parts of Milwaukee.
Thank you, Paul for your passion for the arts!
Do you know someone who is a Community Achiever?
Perhaps they started a neighborhood clean-up program, volunteered to prepare meals for their elderly neighbors or even performed some feat of heroism. Nominate them today by clicking here.
Yesterday, I was fortunate enough to play in the Davey Nelson Celebrity Golf Tournament at the beautiful Irish Course at Whistling Straits in Kohler, Wisconsin.
This was the eighth year of Davey’s tournament and the third at the Irish Course (in previous years, it’s been played at Blackwolf Run).
Upon check-in, participants were provided with assorted goodies, including a shoe trees, a duffel bag and a rain jacket (which fortunately we didn’t need out there on the course!)
Then, the morning started off with golf pros walking the line at the driving range and a putting contest, along with a buffet brunch.
Each foursome in the tournament was paired with a celebrity golfer to make up a five-person team. Team play consisted of a Scramble Format with team prizes awarded to the top finishers.
Among the many celebrities in the tournament were current Brewers personnel and alumni players: Zach Davies, Ken Sanders, Gorman Thomas, Jerry Augustine, Jim Gantner, Paul Wagner, Greg Vaughn, Wes Obermueller, Doug Melvin, Jason Lane, Darnell Coles, Sal Bando, and Willie Mueller; Randall McDaniel, Former NFL player; Greg Meyer, NFL Referee; Tony Smith, a former Milwaukee Bucks player; and Telly Hughes, sideline reporter for Fox Sports Wisconsin.
My group consisted of former basketball player Tony Smith; former Brewers general manager Sal Bando; current Brewers coach Jason Lane; and my friend from Fox Sports Wisconsin, Brian Mikolajek.
The tournament was a shotgun start, so our group began on hole 9, a par four. We started off slow and scrambled for a couple of pars, but in the end, we never made a bogey and came away with one eagle and seven birdies to put us at -9 on the day (63).
Each hole also consisted of different challenges with opportunities to win various prizes for things like longest drive, longest putt, or closest to the hole.
Considering that our 63 was six shots better than my group last year, I felt like it was a very strong score–until we got back to the clubhouse and found that the winning group had posted a -18!
But, we had a ton of fun, which is the most important thing!We had wonderful weather, a fun day, the chance to play a beautiful championship course and, most importantly, we were helping a great cause: Open Arms Home for Children in South Africa and Brewers Community Foundation. Open Arms 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 in South Africa. Davey has served as Board of Director for over five years.
Following golf, there was a reception and silent auction, followed by a live auction.
During dinner, we learned more about Open Arms and heard stories about the children whose lives we were helping, all by taking a day off of work to play golf.
My boss, Tyler Barnes, VP of Communications, was on hand to speak about his personal experience at Open Arms as he and his family had visited South Africa over the holidays.
The entire presentation was very touching and moving and I’m so happy that this event has been able to raise money to support the organization, which Davey and many others have dedicated a lot of time and energy into making a success.
For more information on Open Arms, please visit the website at http://www.openarmshome.com.
Here are some more photos from the day and I hope to see you out at the tournament next year!
6/29/16 Update: Sorry folks! This offer sold out in less than 12 hours! Next time, you’ll need to be a bit quicker.
Ever wanted to check out one of our all-inclusive areas, but haven’t had the chance to yet?
Well, here’s your chance! On Sunday, July 10, we’re offering individual tickets in the ATI Club for just $59. These tickets include a full buffet (BBQ chicken breasts, in-house smoked beef brisket with caramelized onions, mini Klement’s hot dogs and bratwursts, red potato salad, nacho bar with ground beef, a mixed green salad, assorted cookies and brownies, and unlimited soft drinks) and two beers per adult.
As an added bonus, Sunday, July 10 is also Bob Uecker Alarm Clock Day, so all fans in attendance will go home with one of these super-unique items.
You’ll have to hurry. This offer is extremely limited and expected to sell out quickly, so visit brewers.com/allin and click on the buy individual tickets button to secure your seats today!
Jonathan Lucroy remains in fifth place among National League catchers and Ryan Braun remains fifth among NL outfielders in the fifth All-Star balloting update, which was announced today. Lucroy (70g, .299, 10hr, 36rbi, 3sb) is first among NL catchers in triples (3) and ranks among NL catching leaders in batting average (2nd, .316), on-base percentage (2nd, .369), slugging percentage (2nd, .531), hits (2nd, 72), home runs (2nd, 10) and doubles (T4th, 13). Additionally, Lucroy has thrown out the most baserunners attempting to steal among all catchers this season (22-for-61; 36.1%). Braun, a six-time-All, Star, is batting .324 with 14 doubles, 12 HR, 38 RBI and 6 stolen bases in 62 games. Defensively, his 8 outfield assists rank tied for first among NL outfielders.
First baseman Chris Carter ranks among the National League leaders in HR (T3rd, 19). Shortstop Jonathan Villar (72g, .298, 6hr, 30rbi, 26sb) leads the Major Leagues in stolen bases (26) and is ninth in walks (37). He has reached base safely in 62 of his 72 games this season.
Vote Brewers now through Thursday, June 30th at 10:59 p.m. CT at brewers.com/allstar.
The complete All-Star balloting update release is available here.
Brewers reliever Will Smith’s quest to meet the actor Will Smith continued late last week as the pitcher recruited a couple of his fellow bullpen mates to help him make a video.
If you’ll recall, back in Spring Training 2014, Brewers pitcher Will Smith penned a letter to “the other” Will Smith–as in the actor, producer and songwriter, Will Smith….yeah, that guy–inviting him to come visit him in Milwaukee.
Well, that never came to fruition, but with ’90s Night on the horizon and these awesome shirts on tap as a giveaway with our special ’90s Night Ticket Package, Will thought that this time, he might get a response.
One can only hope!
Be sure to join in the #WillMeetsWill campaign on Twitter and Instagram to see if we can organize our efforts and get Will Smith out to Miller Park this summer to meet his namesake.