HANK, THE BALLPARK PUP, NOMINATED FOR “DOG OF THE YEAR” IN THE CW’S “WORLD DOG AWARDS”–VOTE NOW!

The Milwaukee Brewers’ lovable dog, “Hank, the Ballpark Pup,” has been nominated for “Dog of the Year” in the CW’s World Dog Awards. Hosted by George Lopez and set to air on the CW Network on January 15, 2015, the awards show puts the spotlight on man’s best friend and highlights special achievements by Hank and other canines alike.

 

Being nominated for “Dog of the Year” means Hank is one of five dogs who have made the biggest impact on pop culture in 2014. Votes will be tallied through January 9 to see which of the five dogs will be awarded the title.

 

Hank first appeared as a stray at Brewers Spring Training on February 17, the day of the first workout for pitchers and catchers. He became a fixture at camp and immediately captured the hearts of everyone at Maryvale Baseball Park, as well as pet lovers across the world. Stories on Hank appeared everywhere from the London Daily Mail to PEOPLE Magazine, and nearly every major national news and talk show across the United States.

 

Hank has teamed up with the Wisconsin Humane Society (WHS) to initiate fundraisers benefitting the efforts to feed, care for and shelter homeless animals. In addition, 20 percent of Hank merchandise sales, such as his book and other Hank collectibles, are also donated to the WHS. To date, the Brewers and Brewers Community Foundation have raised more than $150,000 through this program.

 

Hank’s rise to the pop culture limelight since first walking on the field in February has been nothing short of tremendous. He has warmed the hearts of thousands of Brewers fans and dog lovers alike and continues to make a positive impact on the Milwaukee community.

 

Fans are encouraged to vote for their favorite baseball dog on the CW’s website: http://cwtv.com/world-dog-awards/ under the category “Dog of the Year.” Voting will take place in two periods, the first continuing until December 22.  The second period of voting will occur between December 22 and January 9.

 

-Cait

@CMoyer

#SecretBrewer Kyle Lohse Announces Winner

This holiday season, fans across the league had an opportunity to win a gift from mystery MLB Stars via Twitter. The players were revealed partway into the contest, as were the gifts they were bestowing on lucky fans.

This year, Brewers pitcher Kyle Lohse was our #SecretBrewer:

 

Last week, Kyle revealed his gift:

 

And today, he announced the winner, Eric Carlson, via Twitter & video message (while wearing a Brewers Santa cap–nice touch, Kyle!):

Wow, Eric! What an excellent gift. Tickets, a ball, a jersey AND the chance to play Golden Tee with him. [For the uninitiated, Golden Tee is a video game often found in restaurants and pubs. That means the playing field is pretty level, even for a scratch golfer like Mr. Lohse. Hope you’re ready, Eric!]

Congratulations to you and thanks to all of the Brewer fans who participated in this fun contest.

Happy Holidays!

-Cait

@CMoyer

MLB Network’s “Face of MLB” Competition Returns; Vote for #FaceofBREWERS Today

Starting Monday, MLB Network set out to find the “Face of MLB” by creating a bracket-style tournament with results determined by fans on Twitter and Facebook.

Yesterday, in the Brewers “Face of the Franchise” preliminary round, Brewers fans could nominate a player candidate to be the #FaceofBrewers on social media.

The results were announced this morning on MLB Network’s offseason morning show Hot Stove and… you’ve selected Jonathan Lucroy as the Face of the Brewers.

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For the second round, MLB Network has created a bracket that seeds clubs against each other based on how they finished the 2014 season.

And, on the heels of winning Sporting News’ Best Ballpark poll, Brewers fans will have less than one month to rest their voting fingers because beginning, January 15, Hot Stove will ask fans to vote on Twitter and Facebook each day and decide a winner for the day’s head-to-head player matchup until the Face of MLB is determined.

That’s right, beginning January 15, Brewers fans should be prepared to vote like crazy for Jonathan Lucroy via social media. Stay tuned for more information.

Fans voted more than 2.5 million times in the second Face of MLB competition and during the finals between Eric Sogard and David Wright, #FaceOfMLB trended for over 7 hours. #EricSogard, #NerdPower and #DavidWright also trended during the voting period.

The Face of MLB bracket and voting details are available here.

-Cait

@CMoyer

BREWERS AMONG TOP SPORTS TEAMS SEARCHED ON GOOGLE; Milwaukee Ranked Eighth Among All Teams Queried in 2014

The Milwaukee Brewers were one of the most-searched sports teams on Google in 2014. The search engine’s “Year in Search,” formerly known as “Zeitgeist,” released its annual list of most searched topics in 2014. The Milwaukee Brewers ranked third among teams in Major League Baseball and eighth among all teams from any sport in searches through Google within the United States.

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The Brewers were most searched team in sports during April 20-26. Milwaukee had won five of six games during the stretch and was quickly off to an 18-6 start, leading the National League Central.

Users searched several terms related to the team that helped the Brewers become one of the most talked about teams on the web. “Brewers Schedule” and “Milwaukee Brewers Schedule” were the top two searches, followed by “Milwaukee Brewers Baseball,” “Brewers Baseball” and “2014 Milwaukee Brewers.” The terms that gained the most ground regarding the team in 2014 were “Hank Milwaukee Brewers,” “2014 Milwaukee Brewers” and “Milwaukee Brewers Dog.”

Milwaukee represented the area where the largest majority of searches occurred. Wausau-Rhinelander WI, Green Bay-Appleton WI, Madison WI and La Crosse-Eau Claire WI rounded out the top five, respectively.

The Brewers also have one of the most impressive audiences on social media platforms as well. The team’s Twitter, Facebook and Instagram platforms account for almost 1.5 million combined likes and follows; this year alone, we crossed the 200,000, 1,000,000 and 100,000 milestones on each site respectively.  In addition, traffic to the Cait Covers the Bases Blog (formerly John and Cait…Plus 9), has increased almost double that of 2013 with 15 more days to go. Among the non-traditional popular search terms that led folks to this blog are “Josh Murray,” “Brewers Walk-Up Songs” and “Wei-Chung Wang Wednesday.”

For more information regarding Google’s “Year in Search” and to see a blog post about the top queries from 2014, please visit www.google.com/2014.

-Cait

@CMoyer

MLB Network’s “Face of MLB” Competition Returns; Vote for #FaceofBREWERS Today

Major League Baseball’s most popular players will square off once again as fans decide which player from all 30 MLB clubs best represents the league in MLB Network’s second “Face of MLB” competition. Starting yesterday, MLB Network has set out to find the Face of MLB by creating a bracket-style tournament with results determined by fans on Twitter and Facebook. Results will be announced each weekday morning on MLB Network’s offseason morning show Hot Stove at 8:00 a.m. CT.

In the “Face of the Franchise” preliminary round, fans can nominate a player candidate from each of the 30 MLB clubs by voting on Twitter with #PLAYERFIRSTNAMELASTNAME and #FaceofCLUBNAME. Today is your day to vote for the #FaceOfBrewers.

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So, today, cast your vote for your favorite Brewer by using your favorite Brewers player’s name as the hashtag (i.e. #JonathanLucroy, #CarlosGomez) and #FaceofBREWERS on Twitter. And, new this year, fans can also vote on the MLB Network specific Facebook post for each round. Click here to cast your vote for the #FaceofBrewers on Facebook.

MLB Network has created a bracket that seeds clubs against each other based on how they finished the 2014 season and beginning January 15, Hot Stove will ask fans to vote on Twitter and Facebook each day and decide a winner for the day’s head-to-head player matchup until the Face of MLB is determined.

Fans voted more than 2.5 million times in the second Face of MLB competition and during the finals between Eric Sogard and David Wright, #FaceOfMLB trended for over 7 hours. #EricSogard, #NerdPower and #DavidWright also trended during the voting period.

The Face of MLB bracket and voting details are available here.

-Cait

@CMoyer

BREWERS ANNOUNCE NEW FAN EXPERIENCE HONORING BUD SELIG AT MILLER PARK

Today we announced the construction of a new fan experience at Miller Park, a state-of-the-art attraction to honor retiring Commissioner of Baseball and former Brewers Owner Allan H. (Bud) Selig.

Known as the “Selig Experience,” the exhibit will be located on Miller Park’s Loge Level in the left field corner. A highlight of the attraction will be a multimedia presentation that tells the story of Selig’s role in saving Major League Baseball in Milwaukee, his successful efforts to bring the Brewers to the city, and his tireless efforts to promote and grow the game in his hometown.

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Miller Park already is known as a premiere destination for baseball fans, and the Selig Experience will take that to the next level. It will serve as a year-round attraction, adding another extraordinary enhancement to the overall fan experience.

“Commissioner Selig is the one person who ensured that the city of Milwaukee would continue as a Major League city, even when virtually all others had lost hope,” said Brewers Chief Operating Officer Rick Schlesinger. “We want to mark his legacy with much more than a museum, and we believe the Selig Experience will tell his story in one of the most unique fan attractions in all of sports.”

L-R: Brad Shelton, Commissioner Selig and Rick Schlesinger at today's press conference.

L-R: Brad Shelton, Commissioner Selig and Rick Schlesinger at today’s press conference.

The exhibition space totals approximately 1,400 square feet, and will include authentic artifacts from Selig’s tenure as the Brewers owner. It will celebrate the fans’ love of the game, as told through the story of the Brewers founder.

The main multimedia show builds to a surprising 3D encounter with the Commissioner himself inside an authentic reproduction of Selig’s County Stadium office, using a technology found in only a handful of exhibits around the world. After the show, Milwaukee fans will be delighted to take a sneak peek into Selig’s office for themselves.

The design and production of the Selig Experience is being led by BRC Imagination Arts, an experience design firm that turns brands into destinations. For more than three decades, its masterful storytellers have been chosen by iconic brands and cultural attractions all over the world to inspire and engage their audiences.

“This exhibit is as much a celebration of the passionate Milwaukee Brewers fans as it is an homage to Commissioner Selig,” said Brad Shelton, Creative Director at BRC Imagination Arts. “We’re telling an emotional story of how the Brewers’ first fan brought professional baseball back to his friends and neighbors. Whether they take a quick tour between innings or spend more time examining every detail, this is an immersive experience that no Brewers fan will forget.”

Selig’s dedication to baseball has paralleled his love of his hometown of Milwaukee. His first significant move as an executive was to return Major League Baseball to Milwaukee in 1970, when he founded the Milwaukee Brewers. In its first decade, the Brewers featured some of the great teams of that era, which eventually led to an American League pennant and World Series appearance in 1982.

During his tenure as Brewers owner, Selig earned United Press International’s 1978 Executive of the Year award, and the franchise was honored with seven “Organization of the Year” awards.

In the 1990s, Selig began his efforts to build a new ballpark in Milwaukee to replace the aging County Stadium, and Miller Park opened for its first season of play in 2001.

“I am humbled that the Brewers will chronicle the remarkable journey of the franchise through a fan experience at Miller Park named in my honor,” said Commissioner Selig. “The story of the Brewers revolves around the great sports fans of Milwaukee and Wisconsin, whose passion drove me to work toward bringing the National Pastime back to my hometown.  Given my affinity for history, I believe this exhibit will illustrate the extraordinary sense of community that the Brewers have always inspired.”

Earlier this year, the Brewers also announced that the Club will retire uniform #1 in Selig’s honor, signifying his role as founder of the franchise. The retired number will be displayed in time for Opening Day. Additionally, he was honored with a statue at Miller Park, which was unveiled on August 24, 2010.

Uihlein-Wilson Architects is also contributing to the initial design of the space for the Selig Experience.

 

 

Wishing you a magical holiday season!

From all of us here at the Milwaukee Brewers, we wish you and yours a magical holiday season!

Cait

@CMoyer

Help Support the Battle for Blazo by Bidding on the Opportunity to Meet Ryan Braun and Jonathan Lucroy

SURG Restaurant Group owners Michael Polaski and Omar Shaikh are always seeking opportunities to give back to causes they are most passionate about: family and children.

Once they learned about Chris “Blazo” Blaszak’s story, they knew they had to help in whatever way possible. Chris is a loving father and husband who was diagnosed with stage four Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Mandible. Chris has 20 years of dedicated service in the United States Air Force 440th Unit Military Police, retired as a Desert Storm and Enduring Freedom military hero, deployed to Afghanistan as a result of the fight against the Taliban, and as a homicide detective and lieutenant of the Milwaukee Police Department, Chris has been committed to the safety of our hometown community and its people for 22 years.

Since August, Chris’s cancer has accelerated, which resulted in four 10-hour surgeries. With the help of local businesses and athletes, including Jonathan Lucroy and Ryan Braun, SURG is rallying funds to assist Chris’s family with a special auction at BattleForBlazo.com.

Here are two Brewers-related packages:

  • Meet Jonathan Lucroy: You and three guests will have the opportunity to meet Jonathan, take pictures, get a baseball bat autographed, watch Brewers batting practice, and stay to watch the game.
  • Meet Ryan Braun: You and three guests will have the opportunity to meet Ryan, take pictures, get a baseball bat autographed, watch Brewers batting practice, and stay to watch the game.

Visit BattleforBlazo.com to bid on one of these experiences (or any of the other unique offerings), or to simply make a donation; 100% of the proceeds from these efforts will be donated to a fund created for the Blaszak family.

-Cait

@CMoyer

“SANTA HANK” DELIVERS TOYS AND SUPPLIES TO WISCONSIN HUMANE SOCIETY

Early this morning, Hank, the “Ballpark Pup,” rang in holiday cheer with a visit to the Wisconsin Humane Society. Dressed as Santa, Hank and his elves delivered toys and supplies to dogs and cats at the facility.

“Wherever Hank goes, he brings cheer to those he meets along the way,” said Brewers Chief Operating Officer Rick Schlesinger. “With the holidays upon us, we wanted to have Hank visit the animals at the Wisconsin Humane Society as a reminder that many share a similar experience of being strays. The Humane Society does tremendous work and we appreciate their efforts as partners with the Brewers and Hank.”

Thousands of animals come through the doors of the Wisconsin Humane Society every year, and hundreds of them are looking for a “forever home.” Hank, a former stray, visited with his friends today, bringing loads of toys and supplies donated by the Milwaukee Brewers and Brewers Community Foundation.

“The holiday season is a wonderful time of year to open your heart and home to a needy animal,” said Anne Reed, Chief Executive Officer of the Wisconsin Humane Society. “The holidays are also one of the busiest times for us for adoptions, and we look forward to welcoming Hank back to visit with all of us and to make some new friends.”

 

The holiday décor included the limited-edition Hank holiday ornament, which decorated the tree on display at the Wisconsin Humane Society. The ornament is included as a bonus gift for every fan who purchases two of the Brewers popular Holiday 4-Packs.”

The Brewers and Brewers Community Foundation have raised more than $150,000 for the Wisconsin Humane Society this year through the sale of Hank-themed merchandise and other fundraisers. The newest Hank-themed merchandise will also be on display at the event.

Here’s some more fun and photos from today’s event:

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12/12/14 Update:  When the doors opened to the public at noon yesterday, the Wisconsin Humane Society had several families waiting in line for them outside their doors to adopt Myrtle and Minerva, a couple of the pups that were featured on our social media sites and the morning shows who came out to cover Santa Hank’s visit.

Myrtle (the elf we memed above) went home with Jamie and Pete of Menomonee Falls, where she’ll have a cat sibling to keep her company and a 1-year-old (human) sister to grow up with and Minerva went home with Jennee & Dan of Milwaukee. She’ll have two cat siblings and a dog brother who was also adopted from the Wisconsin Humane Society.

Here are some photos of the puppies with their new moms.

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Myrtle with her new mom, Jamie.

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Minerva, with her new mom Jennee.

It’s likely only a matter of time before Millie and the rest of the dogs and cats find their own happy homes–maybe it will be one of our readers, so be sure to write in and let me know so we can feature you!

12/12/14 Update #2: I just received word that Millie was also adopted! She found a home with the Kott Family from Ixonia:

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Millie and her new parents.

 

I’m so happy I can bring you this good news to kick start the weekend.

Be sure to let me know if you become a new cat or dog mom or dad!

-Cait

@CMoyer

Bid on Three Brewers Experiences to Help MLB Raise Money for Cancer Research

In case you missed Adam McCalvy’s story on brewers.com yesterday, for the third straight year, MLB, MLB Advanced Media (MLBAM), MLB Network and all 30 clubs have organized a Winter Meetings charity auction with an amazing assortment of baseball experiences and rare items to raise money for cancer research. The money will be donated to LUNGevity, the largest national lung-cancer-focused nonprofit, in memory of the late Baltimore Orioles public-relations director Monica Barlow, who battled lung cancer until her passing in February.

The is live now at MLB.com/lungevity and runs until Thursday at 10 p.m. CT.

Here are the three Brewers experiences up for bid:

Meet Bob Uecker and Take Home His Game-Worn Sweater:   Package includes four (4) Field Infield Box tickets to a mutually-agreed game, watch batting practice on the field pre-game, and a visit to Bob Uecker in the radio booth. Uecker will present you with his very own game-worn sweater, donned by the Brewers Hall of Famer during radio broadcasts.

Calling all dog lovers — meet Hank: The winning bidder will have the opportunity to have your photo taken on the field with Hank, the Ballpark Pup, the Brewers living mascot who captured the hearts of fans worldwide when he wandered onto the Brewers facility last February and was adopted by the team. The package also includes a game-worn, Jim Henderson home Brewers jersey plus a dog jersey worn by Hank, and four (4) Field Infield Box tickets to a mutually-agreed game.

Private Pottery-Making Session with Scooter Gennett: Brewers second baseman Scooter Gennett is an artist at heart and he wants to share his talents with you. Over the years, Scooter has become something of an expert in making pottery. You and three friends will join Scooter at a local Milwaukee area pottery studio where you will spend an evening on a mutually-agreed date making your own pottery. Winner also receives four Field Infield Box tickets to a mutually-agreed game and a $200 gift card to any local Surg Restaurants, known for featuring some of the area’s finest dining experiences.

There are also plenty of unique experiences from around the league.

I encourage you to check out this auction and bid on these items to support an important cause near and dear to the hearts of the baseball family.

-Cait

@CMoyer

 

About LUNGevity & Monica Barlow:

Monica Pence Barlow began her career with the Orioles in 1999 as an intern in the Public Relations Department. She was later named Director of Public Relations in 2008, becoming one of the few women to hold that role in Major League Baseball. Monica passed away on Feb. 28, 2014 at the age of 36 due to complications from non-small cell lung cancer. Monica continued to work and live her life to the fullest, even after her diagnosis of Stage IV lung cancer in August 2009. She had a passion for the outdoors, animals and for farming (she grew up on a farm in Port Republic, VA). Her husband, Ben, her faith and her love of the Baltimore Orioles served as her inspiration. She was an ardent supporter of LUNGevity and proceeds from this year’s auction at the Winter Meetings will benefit this tremendous organization www.lungevity.org

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