Brewers Community Achievers: Zachary Blohm

The Brewers Community Achievers Program presented by AllState 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.

The fourth honoree of 2014, Zachary Blohm, was recognized on the field prior to tonight’s Brewers vs. Reds game at Miller Park.

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As an Eagle Scout, one of the requirements is to get involved with a community project, but Zachary has gone beyond of what is expected. He is planning to expand and replace the existing playground area at Jefferson Elementary School in West Allis, which is currently inadequate for serving the needs of the school’s 600+ students, many of whom come from homes of low income households. The playground will be named after Zachary’s deceased sister, Veronica, who was premature and only lived for 37 days.

Zachary has spent the last year raising money, making plans, and getting construction and equipment quotes. He’s been working diligently with the Jefferson Elementary PTA and the school principal to coordinate fundraising events and attending numerous project meetings. He’s involved many community volunteers and local businesses in the fundraising projects. To date, Zachary has surpassed the original goal of $55,000, which will allow for the purchase of additional playground equipment.

Next month, the actual construction will take place and Zachary plans to recruit community volunteers to help with the build. This is quite an undertaking for a young man who is currently a high school freshman. He is a great example of what young people are capable of.

Thank you, Zachary, for your commit to provide kids with a safe place to play.

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.

-Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

Craft Brews at the Ballpark August 8

On Friday, August 8, the Brewers will partner with MillerCoors to bring fans Craft Brews at the Ballpark.

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The first 350 guests at this special event will receive a free Brewers pint glass, and all guests will enjoy a craft beer tasting prior to the Brewers vs. Dodgers game. Specialty beers available for sampling include Batch 19, Leinenkugel’s Canoe Paddler, Blue Moon Honey Summer Wheat and Pilsner Urquell.

Plus, attendees will also receive a free Brewers T-Shirt as part of that night’s All-Fan T-Shirt Giveaway.

Tickets are available in the field outfield box for just $37. Reserve your spot today at brewers.com/specialevents.

Wounded Warriors Join the Brewers in Washington, D.C. This Weekend

Last week, we told you that combat veterans Brian Schultz of Wisconsin Dells & Shane Kruchten of Oshkosh were joining the Brewers on the team’s road trip to Washington, D.C.  as special guests of Brewers President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Doug Melvin and his wife, Ellen, who are big supporters of the Wounded Warrior Project, an organization dedicated to raising awareness and enlisting the public’s aid for the needs of injured service members. It helps injured servicemen and women aid and assist each other and  provides unique, direct programs and services to meet their needs.

Clubhouse Assistant Matt Smith was the liaison for the two VIPs and their guests this weekend and he documented their trip from start to finish.

“I told them not to worry about trying to take photos of everything, that they should just relax and enjoy the experience, that I would capture it,” Matt told me.

And capture it, he did. Read on for their experience, peppered with some Tweets & Instagram posts from Shane.

Thursday, July 17:

Each veteran was permitted to bring one guest along on the trip, so on Thursday, Shane and his brother-in-law, Michael; and Brian and his friend, Marcel (another former Marine), reported to Miller Park. There, Shane and Brian found lockers waiting for them, set up with everything that the Brewers players have from BP uniforms to personalized equipment.

They took the field as part of the team’s optional workout and met with the local media before boarding the team charter to Washington, D.C.

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Friday, July 18:

In the morning, Brian and Marcel visited Arlington National Cemetery and later, all four met up to tour the National Mall.  They then reported to Nationals Park, where they found their visiting lockers waiting for them. They took part in batting practice and dined with the players. They were then formally introduced in a team meeting by Manager Ron Roenicke, where they gave a little bit of a personal background, before having the honor of helping Ron exchange lineup cards at home plate. They then took in the game from seats behind the Brewers dugout.

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Saturday, July 19:

The group joined front office staff, players and personnel on a tour of the White House in the morning. Then they watched guys hit in the cages before joining the starting pitchers to watch Jimmy Nelson throw his bullpen session. As a thank you to each of  the players for letting them wear the Brewers jersey, the pair handed out Wounded Warrior t-shirts to the team. They then stood on the front line for the national anthem and took in the game again from seats behind the Brewers dugout.

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Sunday, July 20:

The pair joined the starting pitchers again, this time for Kyle Lohse’s bullpen session, before assuming the roles of bat boys for that day’s game. Following the game, they presented the team with a signed flag which will hang in the batting cages at Miller Park.  The team donned their new Wounded Warriors t-shirt for the flight home, a whirlwind, fun-filled weekend for Brian and Shane.

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In addition to sponsoring this special trip for Brian and Shane, Doug and Ellen Melvin and their family support the Wounded Warrior Project all season long at Miller Park. Through a donation to Brewers Community Foundation, the Melvins also welcome a wounded service member from Wounded Warrior Project to one Brewers game each month. The special guest receives four field level seats to a Saturday Brewers home game and is recognized on the scoreboard at Miller Park for their service to our country.

“This is a cause that we can all get behind, and I am happy to support,” said Doug Melvin. “These young men and women make enormous sacrifices for all of us and Wounded Warrior Project helps them adjust to life back home after serving our country.”

For more on Brian and Shane, check out Adam McCalvy’s story on brewers.com.

To get involved and learn more about the Wounded Warrior Project, visit woundedwarriorproject.org.
-Cait
JohnandCait@brewers.com 

 

Brewers Host Fathers & Children as Part of the Milwaukee Fatherhood Initiative

In support of Mayor Tom Barrett’s Milwaukee Fatherhood Initiative, tonight, we are hosting 15 fathers & 15 kids at the Brewers vs. Reds game in a Suite.

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In addition, the attendees had the opportunity to take part in special experiences connected with the game.

One lucky father had the chance to throw out the ceremonial first pitch, one child got the opportunity to yell, “Play ball!”  and another child is serving as tonight’s Jr. PA Announcer.

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The purpose of the day if to reinforce the importance of parenting, and reward individuals who have committed to strengthening their own family ties.

 

-Cait

Johnandcait@brewers.com

 

Double Clutch Menu Item for the Reds Series: Cincy Sliders

The Brewers kick off a three-game series tonight at Miller Park against the Cincinnati Reds and we’ve got Cincy Sliders on the Double Clutch Menu for $10.25.
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These sliders consist of marinated sirloin, roasted onion aioli, caramelized onions and swiss cheese.

In addition, the Spaghetti-in-a-Meatball will also be available for $9.50.

As always, the Double Clutch is located outside section 215 on the Loge Level at Miller Park.

–Cait

johnandcait@brewers.com

$10 Seat Upgrades This Homestand Only via MLB At the Ballpark App

Here’s your chance to experience Brewers Baseball from some of the best seats in Miller Park!

For this week only, we’re offering you the chance to upgrade your seats to one of Miller Park’s premium seating locations such as the Club level, Dugout Box or even right behind home plate — all for just $10.

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Simply download MLB.com At the Ballpark® — FREE for your iPhone, iPod touch and Android device. Once you are inside Miller Park, click Upgrades and select your desired location. Seating upgrades will open to the public 30 minutes prior to first pitch and be available on a first-come, first-served basis while supplies last.

In addition to seat upgrades, the At the Ballpark app offers so much more to enhance your Miller Park experience, like special offers for checking in, access to our A-to-Z Fan Guide, ballpark maps and directories, ballpark & player entrance music, social media clubhouse access, in-seat merchandise ordering, club videos and more. All for FREE.

 Click here to download the app now.

-Cait

JohnandCait@Brewers.com

MILLER PARK OPERATIONS NEAR NORMAL FOR TONIGHT’S BREWERS VERSUS REDS GAME

After an overnight fire in the kitchen area of Fridays restaurant at Miller Park, most of the operations and fan accommodations will be back to normal for tonight’s 7:10 pm game against the Cincinnati Reds.

A few areas sustained water damage and will not be operational until further notice. These include Fridays Restaurant, the escalators and elevators in the left field area, the left field Loge concession stand, and the Miller Park Conference Center Meeting Rooms on the Club and Terrace Levels.

Fans who have tickets in the Fridays seating area will be contacted by the Brewers for alternate seating options.

LUCROY AUTOGRAPH SESSION SET FOR JULY 25

All-Star catcher Jonathan Lucroy will appear at the Miller Park Brewers Team Store by Majestic for an autograph signing this Friday, July 25 from 12:30 – 1:30 pm.

Autographs will be free, and the first 250 people in line will receive a wristband guaranteeing a signature. If time allows, additional fans will be accommodated until 1:30 pm.

Fans will be allowed to enter through the Miller Park Hot Corner entrance at 9 am, and autographs will be first come, first served. There is a limit of one autograph per person and no photos will be permitted in order to accommodate as many fans as possible.

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-Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

 

BREWERS TO HOST ANNUAL NEGRO LEAGUES TRIBUTE ON SATURDAY

This Saturday, July 26, the Brewers will host the franchise’s ninth annual Negro Leagues Tribute at Miller Park. Former Negro League players Ted Toles Jr. and Nathan “Sonny” Weston will be honored during a tailgate reception at Helfaer Field, beginning at 3 p.m., along with a special pre-game ceremony at Miller Park. An autograph session with both honorees will take place during the first 45 minutes of the game on the Field Level Concourse near home plate.

Toles Jr., 88, began his playing career in the Negro Leagues as a pitcher/outfielder with the Pittsburgh Crawfords in 1946, going 18-7 as a pitcher while batting .350. Later that season, he earned an invitation to tour with the Jackie Robinson All-Stars, where he played on the west coast portion of the tour. He also played for the Newark Eagles and was a member of the Cleveland Buckeyes’ Winter League traveling team in 1947. Toles Jr. was signed by the Cleveland Indians in 1950 and played in their minor-league system, along with the Philadelphia Athletics’ farm system. Additionally, he excelled as a boxer and track star.

Weston, 83, was an outfielder and first baseman with the Chicago American Giants in 1951. Following a season in the Negro Leagues, Weston was invited to spring training with the Chicago White Sox, but was the team’s final cut in the spring of 1952. He tried out for the Brooklyn Dodgers, but once again, was the final cut on a team that featured Hall of Famers Jackie Robinson, Roy Campanella, and Duke Snider, among other baseball greats. A native of East Chicago, Weston graduated from Bloom Township High School and worked at the Ford Motor Company Stamping Plant in Chicago Heights, Illinois for 42 years.

On Sunday, July 27, Toles Jr. and Weston will be inducted into the Yesterday’s Negro League Hall of Fame at the Mother Kathryn Daniels Center located at 3500 W. Mother Daniels Way on the grounds of Milwaukee’s Holy Redeemer Church (COGIC), beginning at 1:45 p.m. The Brewers are once again partnering with the MKDC and the church as a sponsor of the annual induction ceremonies and other initiatives. This event is open to the public.

In previous years, the Brewers honored outfielders George Altman and Lonnie Harris (2013); pitcher/utility player Mamie “Peanut” Johnson and outfielder Porter Reed (2012); pitchers Charlie “Whip” Davis and Johnny Washington (2011); pitcher Ollie Brantley and first baseman/outfielder Clinton “Butch” McCord (2010); infielder Harold “Buster” Hair Jr. and catcher James “Jim P” Tillman Sr. (2009); pitcher Eugene ‘Dick’ Scruggs and first baseman James ‘Red’ Moore (2008); and outfielder W. James ‘Jim’ Cobbin and catcher Arthur Hamilton (2007) as they were inducted into the Yesterday’s Negro League Hall of Fame.  During the Brewers’ first Negro Leagues Tribute in 2006, Buck O’Neil, James Sanders and Dennis Biddle were each honored.

The Milwaukee Bears, the city’s 1923 representative in the Negro National League, played only one season before disbanding but featured some of the game’s most influential men, including Hall-of-Fame player/manager John Preston “Pete” Hill.

Wounded Warriors Join the Brewers in Washington, D.C. This Weekend

Combat veterans Brian Schultz of Wisconsin Dells & Shane Kruchten of Oshkosh have joined the Brewers on the team’s road trip to Washington, D.C. this weekend as special guests of Brewers President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Doug Melvin and his wife, Ellen, who are big supporters of the Wounded Warrior Project, an organization dedicated to raising awareness and enlisting the public’s aid for the needs of injured service members. It helps injured servicemen and women aid and assist each other and  provides unique, direct programs and services to meet their needs.

Both Brian and Shane, who are big Brewers fans, came out to Miller Park for the team’s voluntary workout yesterday, and traveled with the team to Washington, D.C. Their trip will include a visit to the White House on Saturday, in addition to attending all three games of the series.

In addition to sponsoring this special trip for Brian and Shane, Doug and Ellen Melvin and their family support the Wounded Warrior Project all season long at Miller Park. Through a donation to Brewers Community Foundation, the Melvins also welcome a wounded service member from Wounded Warrior Project to one Brewers game each month. The special guest receives four field level seats to a Saturday Brewers home game and is recognized on the scoreboard at Miller Park for their service to our country.

“This is a cause that we can all get behind, and I am happy to support,” said Doug Melvin. “These young men and women make enormous sacrifices for all of us and Wounded Warrior Project helps them adjust to life back home after serving our country.”

 

Wounded Warriors Brian Schultz (Wisconsin Dells) & Shane Kruchten (Oshkosh) join the #Brewers in DC this weekend.

Wounded Warriors Brian Schultz (Wisconsin Dells) & Shane Kruchten (Oshkosh) join the Brewers in DC this weekend.

7/19 Update: When in D.C.: This morning, members of the team and front office staff joined our Wounded Warrior guests on a visit to the White House.

7/19 Update: When in D.C.: This morning, members of the team and front office staff joined our Wounded Warrior guests on a visit to the White House.

For more on Brian and Shane, check out Adam McCalvy’s story on brewers.com.

To get involved and learn more about the Wounded Warrior Project, visit woundedwarriorproject.org.
-Cait
JohnandCait@brewers.com 

 

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