Did he show you how to throw a fastball? Buy you your first baseball hat? Master the perfect condiment ratio for your ballpark hot dog? If your Dad taught you not only how to swing a baseball, but also the importance of good sportsmanship win or lose AND he’s the reason you cheer for the Brewers, he’s an All-Star in our books.
And we want to help you celebrate him!
This Sunday is Father’s Day and, as we head into the weekend, we’re looking for you to post photos that depict how a father figure in your life is an All-Star.
Post your photos to Instagram and/or Twitter using #BrewersAllStarDad beginning Friday, June 19 through Sunday, June 21.
We’ll judge all eligible entries to select our six winners based creativity/originality, photo quality and relevance to the contest theme.
Each winner will receive two tickets in Fox Sports Wisconsin’s Suite for winner and a guest (hopefully dad, if you can bring him!) to the Brewers vs. Mets game on Wednesday, June 24, along with two Vote Brewers t-shirts.
Select entries may also be shown on the Brewers vs. Rockies telecasts this weekend.
Today we announced the signings of three selections from the 2015 First-Year Player Draft. The signings include 15th pick outfielder Trent Clark, right-handed pitcher Cody Ponce (second round, 55th pick) and right-handed pitcher Nash Walters (third round, 90th pick). The announcements were made by Vice President of Amateur Scouting/Special Assistant to the General Manager Ray Montgomery.
Clark, 18, batted .552 with 3 HR, 24 RBI and 11 stolen bases during his senior season at Richland (TX) High School. He bats left-handed and plays center field. Clark was ranked as the number 10 prospect entering the draft according to Baseball America. He was scouted by area scout KJ Hendricks and national crosschecker Steve Riha.
“Looks like you’ve got the signature down, you been practicing?” Ray Montgomery asked.
“Since I was in fifth grade,” Clark replied with a grin.
Clark was also on hand to take batting practice with the team before a press conference at Miller Park:
Ponce, 21, recently completed his junior year at Cal Poly Pomona, going 5-3 with a 1.44 ERA in 13 starts. The 6’6 right-handed pitcher struck out 67 and walked 14 on the season. Ponce entered the draft as the number 36 prospect according to Baseball America. He was scouted by area scout Josh Belovsky.
Walters, 18, attended Lindale High School in Texas. The third-round draft pick was a 2015 Perfect Game Honorable Mention All-America and a member of the Texas-All Region First Team. He was scouted by KJ Hendricks.
All three signees stayed for the Brewers vs. Royals game, took part in various TV interviews and were recognized on the scoreboard during the game.
Here are a few more photos:
It was great to meet these three fine young men. I hope they took the time to soak it all in! Best of luck to each of them.
As part of the Brewers ongoing efforts in the Milwaukee community, the team is proud to help support The Salvation Army’s Feed the Kids Summer Meals Program. This afternoon, Brewers players, staff and Brewers Wives were on hand to help prepare meals at Red Arrow Park for underprivileged kids within the Milwaukee area.
Together with representatives from Mayor Tom Barrett’s office and other community leaders, several Brewers players Jean Segura, Wily Peralta and first base coach Mike Guerrero, along with Brewers Wives, joined The Salvation Army leadership & advisory board in preparing nearly 1,800 lunches.
Feed the Kids Summer Meals Program is a summer youth program designed to help meet the needs of area children. The Salvation Army along with the Brewers will prepare lunches that will be delivered to neighborhoods, parks and street corners in Milwaukee’s underserved areas. The objective of the program is to serve hungry children a nutritious meal during the summer months.
Tonight, following the Brewers-Nationals game, many Brewers players and coaches headed over to the Milwaukee County Zoo to take part in a special event benefiting bullpen catcher and Racine native Marcus Hanel’s charity–and raised close to $70,000 in the process.
Marcus 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.
Fans attending tonight’s event received a ticket to the zoo (good all day), zoo parking, autographs from Brewers players and the opportunity to participate in auctions and raffles–all for just $20.
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.
“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.
Here are some photos from tonight’s event:
Koos for Kids has 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.
To learn more about Koos for Kids, keep informed of upcoming events and learn how you can help, click here.
On Sunday, July 19, you can join Matt Garza and his fellow teammates for the Brewers Bowl-A-Thon, a fun event designed to help raise money for the Sojourner Family Peace Center, a safe haven for abused women and children.
I recently sat down with Matt to discuss the upcoming event and find out why this cause is so important to him.
“I’ve been raised to respect women. They shouldn’t be caused harm. They’re the mother of your children. They represent the future. And children….there should never be any anger, any aggression towards a child because it’s never their fault,” Matt said.
This year, WaterStone Bank and Brewers Community Foundation have teamed up to benefit Sojourner through the “K’s For A Cause” program. WaterStone Bank and BCF each make a donation to the Center for every strikeout recorded by a Brewers pitcher at Miller Park during the season (295 at home so far this season–37 of which have come from Garza).
As of this writing, the team has 295 K’s at home so far this season, 37 of which have come from Garza.
“It’s an important cause and I’ve got to try even harder to strike more guys out,” Matt said.
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.
Funds raised through the “K’s for a Cause” program as well as through the Bowl-a-Thon will be used to help with the creation of the new Family Peace Center facility in addition to supporting the organization in general. Fellow starter Kyle Lohse recently visited the construction site which is slated to open later this year. The new building will be located at 619 West Walnut Street in Milwaukee and this co-located center will offer coordinated services for those impacted by domestic violence. In addition to moving and expanding the current shelter, Sojourner Truth House, and the 24-hour hotline, Sojourner is joined with Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, the Milwaukee Police Department, and the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office, among others at the site.
Matt does not proclaim to be as adept at throwing strikes on the lanes as he is on the mound, but he says it will be a fun event to support this worthy cause.
“I think you have to bowl quite a bit to have an average… I’m just happy to hit the pins,” he laughed.
If he’s not the best bowler on the team, then who does he think might be?
“I say Lohse, just ’cause he’s had a lot of experience,” Matt said. And at first, I thought he meant Kyle was a big bowler… until he added, “He’s got a lot of years behind him,” a subtle dig at Kyle’s veteran status on the team.
As for the worst bowler on the team? “I think Luc because he doesn’t handle balls very well,” Matt joked again, jabbing at his catcher.
Well, regardless of bowling prowess, all attendees at this event are guaranteed to have a good time.
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 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 this worthy cause.
For more information on the Brewers Bowl-A-Thon, visit Brewers.com/beyondthediamond or call (414) 902-4532.
This spring, over 600,000 children participated nationwide in MLB’s free Pitch, Hit and Run Program.
Prior to today’s game, the Top 12 Boy and Top 12 Girl Qualifiers from Wisconsin competed at Miller Park in hopes of advancing to the national finals at the 2015 All-Star Game in Cincinnati. The 2015 finalists will be announced live on MLB Network on June 28.
Today, we recognized the Brewers MLB Pitch, Hit and Run presented by Scotts Team Championship participants prior to the Brewers vs. Nationals game. Scotts is proud to be the presenting sponsor of MLB’s Pitch, Hit and Run and is committed to providing safe, real grass fields for our youth and communities.
A special thanks goes out to the thousands of volunteers who helped coordinate the Pitch, Hit and Run program.
Today, we were pleased to have rock band O.A.R. out at Miller Park.
In addition to performing our second post-game concert of the 2015 season, the band also took part in our pregame ceremonies, hosted a meet and greet with fans and enjoyed the Brewers vs. Nationals game.
Here are some photos from their day in Milwaukee.
Although the Brewers lost 7-2 to the Nationals, the 36,000+ fans enjoyed an excellent show by O.A.R. following the game:
Today, prior to and during the Brewers vs. Nationals game, we are hosting a special “Brewed For Her” event in the Gehl Club at Miller Park, an event geared toward women showcasing multiple products that are sold in the Brewers Team Stores, along with fashion tips, and interactive beauty stations highlighting new Brewers hair and nail accessories.
The event began at noon today, 1.5 hours before gates opened to the general public. This allowed attendees to time to shop the stores, visit vendor booths, and take part in additional activities before the game began. Over 30 vendors participated in this event and attendees received a special 20% savings on merchandise purchased during the event.
The event kicked off with a Fashion Show in the Gehl Club emceed by Rick Schlesinger and Sophia Minnaert from FOX Sport Wisconsin.
Gone are the days of wearing men’s t-shirts to games and ill-fitting tank tops. The Brewers Team Store is chock-full of a variety of gear to suit any woman’s taste and almost any occasion such as attending a game, working out, or just being a weekend warrior. Plus, lots of other items for around the home and tailgating.
Here are a just a few photos of some of the offerings on display at Brewed for Her:
Hank the Ballpark Pup was also on hand for a special meet and greet with the fans.
In addition, attendees could enjoy a beer and wine tasting and beauticians were on hand during the event to offer advice and give demonstrations–the station to have your nails painted and/or hair styled with purchased Brewers accessories was very popular.
Attendees also received a Brewers vs. Nationals game ticket in the upscale Gehl Club at Miller Park, which included Hors d’oeuvres, an all-you-can-eat buffet and two complimentary beverages.
Each attendee also left with a special reusable Brewed for Her swag bag containing a variety of items; items varied in each bag, but here’s a sample:
Attendees also could stick around for the O.A.R. postgame concert–what a fun, full day!
Kudos to Jill Aronoff and all of the staff that helped bring this event together. This was the third year of the event and they really set the bar high for any events like this in the future!
Tonight, we were pleased to honor Alethia Tilford, a senior at Milwaukee Public Schools’ Ronald Reagan College Preparatory High School.
Alethia was recognized on the field prior to tonight’s game for being named a U.S. Presidential Scholar. Only 141 students from around the country earned the award, which is considered the highest honor for graduating school seniors. Alethia is one of only two winners from Wisconsin and the only winner from the Milwaukee area.
Of the nation’s 3.3 million graduating seniors, roughly 4300 candidates qualified for the 2015 awards determined by outstanding performance on the college board SAT and ACT exams, and through nominations made by chief state school officers. Candidates were invited to complete an application that included essays, self-assessments, secondary school reports and transcripts.
This month, Alethia and the other honorees will travel to Washington, D.C. to receive a Presidential Scholar Medallion.
Congratulations on this prestigious award!
Tonight Bernell Hooker, owner of the Milwaukee Aces, threw out a ceremonial first pitch prior to the Brewers vs. Nationals game.
The Aces are a first-year franchise team under the newly-formed Women’s American Basketball Association (WABA). It is the only women’s professional basketball team in Wisconsin.
The Aces won their inaugural game of the season with a score of 93-62 against the Springfield Lady Grizzlies. The team is positioned to inject a new excitement in women’s sports and entertainment.