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!
OPENING DAY: Monday, April 4 vs. San Francisco Giants 1:10 p.m.
Brewers Magnetic Schedule Day – All fans in attendance will receive a Brewers 2016 magnetic schedule presented By Pick ‘n Save and Sargento.
Tuesday, April 5 vs. San Francisco Giants 7:10 p.m.
Singles Night – What better place to meet someone than at a Brewers game? Join the Crew for Singles Night at Miller Park and take part in a special Mix & Mingle event hosted by It’s Just Lunch prior to watching the Brewers take on the San Francisco Giants. This special ticket package includes a ticket in the All-Inclusive Miller Lite Deck, a full buffet, two complimentary beers and the opportunity to meet other single Brewers fans in a relaxed, casual environment.
Wednesday, April 6 vs. San Francisco Giants 12:40 p.m.
Kids & Senior Citizens Discount Days – Returning in 2016 for most weekday afternoon home games, kids 14 and under and seniors 60+ save 50% on tickets. Excludes Opening Day, Labor Day, All-Inclusive Areas and Uecker Seats.
Friday, April 8 vs. Houston Astros 7:10 p.m.
Miller Lite Beerpen – Every Friday home game, fans 21 and older can be a part of the Miller Lite Beerpen in the right-field Loge Bleachers. Fans can buy a Loge Bleacher ticket at the regular price and receive a free Miller Lite Brewers hat. For information, visit brewers.com/beerpen.
Student Nights – Every Friday home game, high school and college students can purchase $10 Terrace Reserved tickets and $15 Loge Bleachers tickets. They also can enjoy a happy hour at certain concession stands from the time gates open through the end of the first inning. Happy hour pricing includes hot dogs, nachos, 12oz sodas and 12oz beers for $3 each. For more information, visit brewers.com/students. Excludes the Miller Lite Beerpen.
Saturday, April 9 vs. Houston Astros 6:10 p.m.
Season Seat Holder Appreciation Day – Season Seat Holders receive 25% off food, beverage and merchandise during select games by simply presenting their Season Seat Holder ID Card. Season Seat Holders also enjoy the opportunity to enter Miller Park 30 minutes prior to the general public to watch the Brewers take batting practice. For more information, visit brewers.com/sshappreciation.
Brewers Coupon Book – The first 25,000 fans 18 and older will receive a Brewers Coupon Book with a variety of special offers and Brewers ticket savings.
Autograph Saturdays for Kids presented by U.S. Bank – Prior to the game, kids 14 and under can receive autographs from select Brewers players and coaches. Autograph sessions will begin shortly after gates open and last for approximately 20 minutes. For each Autograph Saturday game, one child will be selected to win a VIP package compliments of U.S. Bank®. The VIP package includes four Loge Level tickets to that night’s game, on-field batting practice viewing and more! Fans can register at Miller Park Field Level Guest Relations or online at Brewers.com/autographsaturdays.
Sunday, April 10 vs. Houston Astros 1:10 p.m.
1980s Vintage Brewer Bobblehead – All fans in attendance will receive a 1980s Vintage Brewer Bobblehead, courtesy of Chevrolet.
Autism Awareness Day – The Brewers will host their third-annual Autism Awareness Day at Miller Park as Major League Baseball once again partners together with Autism Speaks to celebrate the unique gifts of individuals with autism, raise awareness of autism spectrum disorders and advocate for the needs of individuals and families affected by autism. In support of autism research and advocacy, the Brewers will make a $3 donation to Autism Speaks for every Autism Awareness ticket package sold.
Prairie Farms Dairy Kids Base Run – Kids 16-and-under can run the bases after Sunday home games, courtesy of Prairie Farms Dairy.
Kids Eat Free Sundays – Every Sunday home game, all kids 14 and under will receive a voucher upon entrance to Miller Park good for a free hot dog, apple slices, a bottle of water and an ice cream treat, courtesy of Pick ‘n Save, Blue Bunny & Heinz.
New this year at Miller Park, we’ll have six ice machines in the parking lots for your tailgating convenience!
The cost is $5 for a 10-lb bag, but the machines will only accept credit or debit cards only–no cash.
Ice will be available from the time when parking lots open through the end of game as long (unless we run out of ice.)
Here’s where you’ll be able to find the Leer, Inc. ice machines:
1 at Helfaer pavilion (first base line)
1 at Helfaer pavilion (third base line)
1 near the Sausage Haus
3 near Gantner’s Garden’s in the east lots
To make sure you don’t forget any other tailgate needs, be sure to reference our tailgate checklist on Pinterest!
Click HERE for Opening Day details.
Today we announced a new community partnership with MKE Fellows, an immersive program designed to provide African American college students from Milwaukee with the tools to become leaders in business and all areas of their lives.
MKE Fellows identifies high-potential, African American college student leaders from economically disadvantaged backgrounds and gives them the experience they need in order to compete in an ever-changing global economy. Students who are selected are given the guidance and opportunities to grow as leaders, and as individuals.
“The Milwaukee Brewers place a high value on working with the diverse communities in southeast Wisconsin,” said Brewers Chief Operating Officer Rick Schlesinger. “The MKE Fellows internship program creates an outstanding opportunity for us to build on our goal of identifying and encouraging development of talented, locally-based future business leaders.”
Four MKE Fellows will join the Brewers this summer as interns, gaining valuable experience in the business operations of the organization.
The program began at Morehouse College in 2012 with a goal of improving the life opportunities for a small number of Milwaukee-area students, and it has been successful in all regards. MKE Fellows seeks to groom young men from Milwaukee through quality education, plus develop them as leaders who can be emulated by countless others in the community.
MKE Fellows internships are a significant element in the program, but the approach is immersive and comprehensive. Areas of focus – the “Five Pillars” – include:
- Leadership and Professional Development
- Internship Matching/Job Experiences
- Social Support and Networks
Morehouse College remains as a key partner, but the program has expanded to include colleges and universities in Wisconsin.
For more information about MKE Fellows, please visit mkefellows.com.
It’s no joke–This Friday, our very own Bernie Brewer will be in New York City to appear on Good Morning America.
Bernie, along with several of his other MLB counterparts, will take part in a special “GMA Opening Day” segment.
Last year, if you’ll recall, Bernie and his mascot friends also took part in #GMAMascotMadness, which had included a dance-off:
We’re not sure what the mascots have in store for us this year, but we can only imagine that it will be a fun-filled segment, so be sure to tune in to ABC beginning at 7am CT this Friday, April 1 for #GMAMascotMadness!
Opening Day at Miller Park is just five days away as the Brewers will host the San Francisco Giants on Monday, April 4. Details for the Opening Day ceremonies are below.
Ticket Availability: This morning, 1,000 additional Standing Room Only tickets were released for public sale. They are available for purchase immediately.
- Parking Lots/Gate Opening Times: The Miller Park parking lots will open at 10 a.m. on Opening Day. The gates to Miller Park will open at 11:10 a.m.
- 50/50 Raffle: The 50/50 Raffle will begin when gates open at 11:10 a.m. Proceeds from the raffle support local nonprofit organizations.
- First Pitch: James Beckum will welcome baseball back to Milwaukee when he throws out the ceremonial first pitch on Opening Day. Beckum is a former semi-pro baseball player who barnstormed in the days of the Negro Leagues and helped form the Beckum-Stapleton Little League. Founded in 1964, the Beckum-Stapleton Little League has provided over 10,000 children the chance to play organized baseball. It is the longest existing African American Little League in the United States.
- National Anthem: Dan and Mike Attanasio will perform the first anthem of the year. They will carry on the tradition of their grandfather, Joe Attanasio, who traditionally sang the anthem on Opening Day from the time that the Attanasio family purchased the team.
- Brewers Magnetic Schedule Day: All fans in attendance will receive a Brewers 2016 magnetic schedule, presented by Pick ‘n Save and Sargento.
- The 14th Annual Klement’s Opening Day First Brat Relay Race: Prior to first pitch on Opening Day, the Klement’s Famous Racing Sausages will participate in the 14th Annual Klement’s Opening Day First Brat Relay Race, beginning at 10 a.m. at the Klement’s plant on Chase Ave. The Klement’s Famous Racing Sausages™ will deliver the “First Brat” all the way to Miller Park (weather permitting).
OPENING DAY PARKING INFORMATION
The Brewers are urging fans to plan ahead when considering parking options for all games at Miller Park, but in particular for Opening Day. Fans may purchase parking passes in advance for all home dates at Miller Park through the Miller Park Box Office, Brewers.com or by phone at (414) 902-4000. Please note, a limited number of parking passes are available for Opening Day.
There will not be overflow parking at Wisconsin State Fair Park this year.
Please tune in to AM 1180 for up to the minute information.
Today we announced that the Club will host an event to recognize the efforts of the Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center and The United Association Union of Plumbers, Fitters, Welders and Service Techs to train and hire military veterans for full-time employment.
The event will take place on Saturday, May 28 from 12-3 p.m. at Helfaer Field at Miller Park, and will include a fun-filled pregame tailgate party featuring games of catch on the field and other activities for veterans and their families, as well as VA and United Association executives. The exciting day will culminate inside Miller Park as the Brewers host all of the participants for the game against the division-rival Cincinnati Reds that afternoon. In addition, there will be networking opportunities for veterans who have been placed in full-time positions through one of these programs.
In addition to the party, the Brewers are making a financial donation to the VA’s Compensated Work Therapy Program/Veterans Industries, which offers vocational rehabilitation services to veterans. The program includes several subsets that offer services such as evidenced-based, supported employment services to veterans with a chronic mental illness, assistance with resume writing, interviews and applications, work as a therapy to veterans with a vocational obstacle, pre-vocational programs in selected work sites on the VA grounds and training for employment at the VA and in the community.
United Association offers several vocational opportunities for military veterans, including their “Veterans in Piping” program, which provides high-quality skills training and jobs in the pipe trades to active duty military personnel preparing to leave the service. The program consists of 18 weeks of highly specialized, intensive training in highly marketable skills such as welding, heating, ventilating, air conditioning and refrigeration (HVACR) and sprinklerfitting. United Association also provides participants with additional skill training opportunities after they complete this program by connecting them to their established apprenticeship training programs. In addition, these individuals can earn college credit through these opportunities that can be applied toward a college degree. Since 2008, they have trained over 700 veterans and placed 100 percent of their program graduates in quality jobs with good pay and healthcare and retirement benefits. This allows them the opportunity to provide for their families after their service to our country has been completed. The program has been praised by members of Congress, the Administration, current and former secretaries of labor, military leadership and the media.
“We are proud to support numerous initiatives related to active military members, veterans and their families, and along those lines we want to recognize the United Association and the Zablocki VA Medical Center for their efforts to build these critical programs,” said Brewers Chief Operating Officer Rick Schlesinger. “We look forward to hosting may of the individuals who have organized and executed these efforts, as well as those who have benefited directly from the initiatives.”