When Brewers pitcher Chase Anderson takes the mound tonight, not only is he trying to mow down the St. Louis Cardinals, but he’s also helping to strike out poverty.
Before his last start (his first in a Brewers uniform), Anderson sent out this tweet.
I caught up with him to find out more about this initiative.
“In Spring Training, I met with a couple of guys–Milam Byers and Matt Price–and they work for Food for the Hungry,” Anderson said. “They asked if I would be willing to join their team and pledge per strikeout and try to get the Brewers fans and everybody into that so we can strike out poverty in the Dominican and keep going from there.”
Striking Out Poverty is a program within Food for the Hungry, a non-profit organization. Founded in 1971, Food for the Hungry provides emergency relief and long-term development programs with operations in more than 20 countries, seeking to end all forms of human poverty. Using solutions that are innovative and community-specific to the complex view of poverty, Food for the Hungry contributes to community-owned transformations that empower children, families and communities to invest in their own development.
Anderson says his eyes were opened when experiencing poverty up close during mission trips; it was those trips that gave him the desire to help more.
“My wife and I have gone on a mission trip the Philippines the last two offseasons. When we went over there and saw those kids…they are drinking dirty water out of the street and they don’t have any food to eat. Their single mom has nine kids, but they can’t feed one, so it kind of opened our hearts up to doing something like this,” Anderson said.
“We are excited that Chase has pledged all of his strikeouts this season to help end poverty in the Dominican Republic. We are honored to partner with him and Brewers fans to have an impact that reaches far beyond the ballpark,” Byers said.
Brewers fans can join Anderson in this effort by pledging a donation for every strikeout he records this season in support of Striking Out Poverty. Let’s hope not only for the Crew, but for those in need as well, that Anderson has many of those this year.
The eighth annual “Field of Sweet Dreams,” presented by Network Health, is set to take place on Saturday, August 6 at Miller Park. Brewers fans of all ages are invited to bring their camping gear and spend the night under the stars at Miller Park for this one-of-a-kind slumber party. Tickets will go on sale Wednesday, June 15 starting at 10 a.m.
Campers will have exclusive access to the newly renovated U.S. Cellular® Power Playground, take private tours of Miller Park and enjoy visits from the World Famous Klement’s Racing SausagesTM and Bernie Brewer. Guests will even have the opportunity to play catch on the same outfield as Brewers big leaguers.
To top it off, fans will take in the Brewers game against the Arizona Diamondbacks on the Miller Park scoreboard and enjoy a screening of a full-length, family-friendly movie after the game. The evening will wrap up with a bedtime story read by Brewers players before lights out.
Beyond the fun-filled activities, guests will also receive special gifts, dinner, snacks during the movie, breakfast in the morning, non-alcoholic beverages throughout the night and much more. Campers will have the opportunity to enter into a raffle to win Brewers tickets, memorabilia and one of kind fan experiences. All proceeds from the raffle will benefit Brewers Community Foundation.
Tickets are priced as follows:
Age 14 and older – $120
Age 3-13 – $80
Age 2 and under – FREE
NOTE: This event typically sells out quickly.
A responsible adult (parent or guardian) must accompany all guests under the age of 17, with a maximum of four (4) minors per adult (this will be strictly enforced upon registration). Alcohol will not be served or sold during the family-friendly event, and carry-ins of alcoholic beverages are strictly prohibited. Fans can order tickets beginning June 15 online at brewers.com/sweetdreams or by calling 414-902-4452.
Today former Brewer Carlos Gomez received a proclamation from Mayor Barrett and a resolution from the Common Council for his partnership with League of Latin American Citizens (LULAC) Council 333 for providing $28,000 worth of scholarships to 29 Latino students in Wisconsin.
Since becoming a member of the Houston Astros, Carlos Gomez has committed to working with LULAC in Houston; here in Milwaukee, Martin Maldonado & Wily Peralta will carry the tradition started by Gomez, creating the Pitch & Catch scholarship fund for Latino students in the city.
Tonight, the Great Lakes Chapter of the Bob Feller Act of Valor Foundation honored 2015 award winner Jonathan Lucroy in Milwaukee during a pregame ceremony at Miller Park. Jonathan was recognized for his support and all that he does for our military men and women. Also joining the presentation were 25 Sailors and Marines.
Lucroy has supported our troops for many years. From his work with Fisher House Wisconsin, inviting wounded heroes to home games each month as his guest, to giving more than $20,000 in scholarships to military families, his unwavering support of the men and women in the uniform is commendable. “I’m very grateful, honored and humbled to be recognized for my support. I appreciate the men and women who sacrifice their lives for our country,” said Lucroy last fall in accepting the award. During the 2014 and 2015 off-seasons, Lucroy joined veterans on the Honor Flight, traveling with 41 WWII and Korean War Veterans to Washington D.C.
While many know Bob Feller as one of the greatest pitchers to ever grace the baseball diamond, few remember that he also served our country when he made the selfless decision to enlist just days after the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941. Feller served on missions in both the Pacific and the North Atlantic, and earned the rank of Chief Petty Officer along with six campaign ribbons and eight battle stars. When asked about the most important victory he had won, Feller famously replied without hesitation, “World War II.”
Each November, the Bob Feller Act of Valor Award, through the unique connection of baseball and the United States Navy, honors a current Major League Baseball player, a United States Navy Chief Petty Officer, and a Hall of Fame member who embody the same principles and high achievement of Bob Feller. Since 2015, the Foundation also honors a Staff Noncommissioned Officer of the United States Marine Corps (USMC) with the Jerry Coleman Award. In addition, two Navy Peer-to-Peer Mentoring Awards are presented, one for an Afloat Command and one for a Shore Command. Last year’s honorees, along with Jonathan Lucroy, were George Brett, Chief Petty Officer Genell Cody, Staff Sergeant Rene Segura, USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70), and HOPPER Information Services Center, all of who possess the values, integrity, and dedication to serving our country that Bob Feller himself displayed.
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, which will return in May.
In addition, AJ Bombers continues to offer special concrete custard concoctions by series. Here’s a look at what’s on deck for April 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!
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. Giants (April 4-6): Chowder Bread Bowl-$12
San Francisco-style clam chowder in an artisan bread bowl
Brewers vs. Astros (April 8-10): Chopped BBQ Brisket Baked Potato
BBQ Brisket, cheddar cheese & sour cream
Brewers vs. Twins (April 20-21): Pork Rib Tips
Smoked Rib Tips, Sweet BBQ Sauce
Brewers vs. Phillies (April 22-24): Cheese Steak
Sirloin Steak, Onions & Peppers, Cheese Sauce, Hoagie Roll
Brewers vs. Marlins (April 29-May 1): Pork Tacos
Cilantro, Onions, Queso Fresco, Lime
Greetings from Miller Park on every Brewers fan’s favorite day of the year: Opening Day!
The festivities began early this morning with media availability at the ballpark beginning at 5am.
After that, the Brewers Front Office met on the field for the annual staff photo. Afterwards, we split up into departments and took additional pics, like this one with the marketing team:
Then, while hardy Brewers fans tailgated in 30-degree weather,
….it was time for the Crew to take batting practice.
Boy was it good to see these guys on the field again! They were excited, too:
It was good to see Will Smith, who is currently on the DL with a knee injury, in good spirits. He even told a special Opening Day edition of #MomJokeMonday on Snapchat:
Then it was time to get ready for the game.
The lineups were announced:
and the national anthem was sung:
and the ceremonial first pitch was tossed:
Now all that’s left to do is….
For players, the song they choose for their walk-up or entrance music is often an important decision. What brief part of a song is going to send a message to the fans—and what do I want that message to be? Do I keep the same song that I had last year? What’s the hit that is going to produce the most hits? Is it a superstitious thing, do I want fans to sing along, or do I just use my favorite song right now?
If you’re like me and you’re attuned to the tunes, you probably enjoy seeing this list each year—and updating your iPod playlists accordingly.
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 “Ballpark Music.” Like a song you hear? Check it out on Ballpark–and you can even download it right there! No Shazam necessary!
2016 AT-BAT WALK-UP MUSIC
Anderson – “You Can’t Stop Me” by Andy Mineo
Braun – “Summer Sixteen” by Drake
Broxton – “What a Year” by Big Sean
“Rambo” by Bryson Tiller
Carter – “Mr. Carter” by Lil Wayne
Flores – Razor Theme Song from WWE
Gennett – “Church Clap” by KB
Hill – “All Along the Watchtower” by Jimi Hendrix
Jungmann – “Y.M.C.A” by the Village People
Lucroy – “Tear it Down” by We Came as Romans
Maldonado –“Shaky Shaky” by Daddy Yankee
“Plante Bandera” by Pusho
Nieuwenhuis – “Lift Your Head Weary Sinner” by Crowder
Nelson – “Like We Own the Place” by Ryan Caraveo
Peralta – “Panda (Remix)”
Presley – “Epic” by Faith No More
Rivera– “Callejero” by Don Omar
“Quien No Se Siente Patriota” by Andy Montanez
Santana – “Sigo Arriba” by Jay the Prince ft. Jose Reyes
Villar –“Alerta Roja” by Daddy Yankee
“Yo Soy Tu Papa” by Jay the Prince
Walsh – “PYT” by Michael Jackson
“Save the World” by Swedish House Mafia
2016 PITCHING ENTRANCE MUSIC
Anderson – “The Way” by Jeremy Camp
Garza – “All Eyez on Me” by Tupac
Jeffress – “Jersey” by Future
Jungmann – “Can’t Tell Me Nothing” by Kayne West
Knebel – “Money for Nothing” by Dire Straits
Nelson – “Wings of Icarus” by Celldweller
Peralta – “De Papa a Papa” by Secreto and El Famoso and Lapiz Conciente
Smith –“Hell Yeah” by Rev Theory
[Please note that these songs can change almost daily; I’ll try to keep this list as updated as possible!]
The song played after wins this season is “Good to Be Alive” by Andy Grammer.
And, in case you weren’t aware, in addition to Ballpark, we do keep a list of these songs on brewers.com and try our best to update it accordingly, so you might want to bookmark this page for future reference.
So now, what about you? What’s your favorite, or most memorable Brewers at-bat song? And, if you were a player, what song might you choose as yours?
The Brewers Team Store has a new promotion this month! From now through April 24, fans can receive a free replica on-field New Era cap with the new alternate logo when purchasing four items from six pre-determined categories. Visit the Brewers Team Store at Miller Park for details.
We are now just mere hours from the #BrewersOpener and believe me, we’re all just as excited as all of you.
To share in the excitement for Opening Day, Brewers players and staff took to the streets this morning delivering notes containing tickets, concession vouchers and other surprises to unsuspecting fans.
Fans quickly caught on and took to social media with photos of their notes and enthusiasm for the return of Brewers baseball:
What a fun way to kick off the start of the 2016 season!
And even if you weren’t one of the lucky fans to receive a note from the Crew, you can still join in the excitement of Opening Day!
On Facebook, be sure to add some Brewers flair to your profile photo:
test out the special new Snapchat lens and filter:
and most importantly, no matter where you’re supporting the Crew tomorrow–at the ballpark, office, school or home–be sure to wear your Brewers cap and support the MLB #CapsOn initiative!
See you tomorrow!