In January, we began our“Fan-Tastic Forty” promotion and awarded prizes for 40 consecutive days to various Season Seat Holders who renewed their ticket packages. For the fourth consecutive year, the team offered a variety of unique prizes and experiences during a 40-day period, including the Welcome to the Big Leagues prize. For this experience, the winner signs a one-day Major League contract which comes with a full uniform plus one day’s pay at the MLB minimum salary ($2,732.24).
Sandy Rusch, a Brewers Season Seat Holder since 1988, won the Welcome to the Big Leagues prize and was introduced at a press conference today at Miller Park.
“Along with players and performance, the fan base is very important,” said Brewers President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Doug Melvin. “We appreciate your support and we’re happy to have the opportunity to reward a fan for following the Brewers over the years.”
Sandy grew up in Milwaukee and has been a fan of baseball her entire life. Her love of the game is genetic with both her mom and dad having been huge fans of their beloved Milwaukee Braves. When she was only two months old the Braves won the 1957 World Series, and her parents took her to downtown Milwaukee to celebrate the victory with thousands of other “Bushville” fans. She’s been hooked ever since and attends Brewers Spring Training each March in Phoenix, and has followed the Brewers to more than 20 different cities and ballparks around the United States and Canada.
“Thanks to the Brewers for this opportunity,” Sandy said. “I know it’s cliché to say, but it really is the opportunity of a lifetime.”
Sandy also noted: “I’d like to thank my fellow teammates Aramis Ramirez, Jonathan Lucroy, Carlos Gomez and Francisco Rodriguez on being elected to to the All-Star Game.”
Her favorite current Brewers player is Jonathan Lucroy, and her all-time favorite players are Hank Aaron and Rob Deer. The 1987 Easter Sunday game is one of her favorite memories from County Stadium while her favorite memory at Miller Park is Game 5 of the NLDS when the Brewers beat the Arizona Diamondbacks.
“I couldn’t talk for three days after that,” Sandy said.
“I couldn’t either,” Doug interjected.
Sandy currently resides in Milwaukee, where she serves as Communication Manager for the City of Milwaukee Department of Public Works.
In addition to the salary and uniform, Rusch received VIP treatment prior to tonight’s game vs. the Philadelphia Phillies, 50 baseball cards with her likeness, a DVD of the highlight video shown at the press conference, a framed final page of her contract and the honor of throwing out the first pitch prior to the game:
Today was the Brewers Season Seat Holder luncheon, the second of two such events this season where Season Seat Holders with packages of 20+ games have the opportunity to attend.
The event, which takes place in the Skyy Lounge, includes a plated lunch (which was delicious!), a Q &A with Brewers players, and the opportunity to win prizes.
Today, Season Seat Holders were treated to a Q & A with Brewers outfielder Khris Davis and pitcher Kyle Lohse, emceed by Brewers TV Announcer Brian Anderson.
Questions ranged from workout routines and mentors to what they do with their free time and entrance music.
Some quotes and highlights:
Q: Khris, What do you talk about with opposing players when you get on base? Kyle, what does the catcher say to you when he visits the mound?
Khris: “I had an interesting conversation with the other Chris Davis. He said I reminded him of someone from the movie ‘Mr.3000′. Other than that, you pretty much just say, ‘What’s up?’”
Kyle: “I tell Luc not to even ask me what pitch I want to throw. I say, ‘You’re just gonna tell me something different anyway.’ That’s the kind of relationship he and I have. We’re tight.”
Q: Kyle, what do you tell your son (Kameron, age 7), who has started playing and has been in uniform around the clubhouse?
Kyle: “I just let him go have fun. Parents of the other kids on his teams ask me what they should do. I tell them to just let them have fun, don’t worry about techniques, just make them love the game. Kam loves coming to the park. It’s just one of those things where I’m fortunate enough to be able to do that and for him, he thinks coming in, high-fiving Ryan Braun is normal. One of these days he’ll be old enough to understand and really appreciate it.”
Q: You both have chosen entrance songs by Dr. Dre. Why did you choose your particular entrance music?
Kyle: “I’m from Cali and grew up listening to Snoop, Dre, Biggie, old rap stuff. My song ["Next Episode" by Dr. Dre] is one of my favorites from back in high school.”
Khris: “I picked mine [“Xxplosive” by Dr. Dre] because I liked the drums. Dr. Dre puts out good beats.”
Q: Besides baseball, what sports do you like to watch? To play?
Kyle: “I like watching football and I actually enjoy watching golf, probably because I like to play golf and because I have friends on the PGA Tour and I like to see how they are doing.”
Khris: “I like to watch college basketball and in the offseason, I’ll shoot hoops. I also like to read and play video games.”
Q: Kyle, can you tell me the difference between your breaking ball, curve and slider?
Kyle: “Well, ‘breaking ball’ is a term that the TV announcers like to use if they are not sure if it was a slider or curve,” he said, pointedly and jokingly in the direction of Brian Anderson, who laughed along with him. Kyle then proceeded to grab a baseball and show the crowd his various grips for his repertoire of pitches:
Q: What type of bat do you like to use?
Khris: “I prefer swinging ash. The wood bends with an ash bat vs. a maple bat. I like the flex the ash bat gives when I hit.”
And, even though the question was directed a Khris, Kyle jumped in: “I prefer swinging the one that gets the most hits out of all the pitchers,” he joked, as he leads the pitching staff with 6 hits this season. Kyle went on to talk about how in reality, Yovani Gallardo is the best hitter of all the pitchers, which is why he was called upon to pinch-hit vs. the Orioles earlier this season– a decision that resulted in a walk-off double.
At the conclusion of the event, drawings were held for prizes which included baseballs signed by Khris and Kyle.
Thanks to those who came out today, fun was had by all.
Tonight, we were pleased to welcome 16 Wisconsin students who will be attending college this fall with the help of the Brewers Community Foundation Scholarship Programs.
Four programs are currently offered through Brewers Community Foundation: The Allan H. Selig Scholarship, named in honor of MLB Commissioner Bud Selig; The Michael J. Bonan Scholarship; the Miller Park Community Scholarship Program; and the Player Scholarship Fund which this year was supported by Ryan Braun.
Since the scholarship program began in 2003, 116 students have received scholarships from Brewers Community Foundation Scholarship programs. Tonight, we added sixteen more.
Here’s the Class of 2014:
Allan H. Selig Scholarship Recipients:
• Verenis Estevez
• Darlan Perkins
• Brianna Christian
• Alexandria Muench
• Henry Healy
Michael J. Bonan Scholarship Recipients:
• Alex Bristol
• Ian Griffith
Miller Park Community Scholarship Recipients:
• Aaron Wilder
• Emily Thiede
Player Scholarship Recipients:
• Maleah Brody
• Jack Carroll
• Hope Dalebroux
• Adriana Sanchez
• Vanessa Skenandore
• Alma Lopez
• Erin May
In addition, LULAC Carlos Gomez Hispanic Scholarship recipients were also recognized tonight:
• Viridiana Banuelos-Barco
• Marisa Roman
• Carla Echeveste
• Destiny Watson
• Stephanie Mercado
• Adriana Cordero
Here are a few photos from the pregame ceremony:
Congratulations to these hardworking young men and women and thank you to Brewers Community Foundation for providing these opportunities!
We were pleased to have the new head coach of the Marquette University Men’s Basketball Team, Steve Wojciechowski, join us at Miller Park, along with his wife, Lindsay, and sons Jack and Charlie, where, prior to tonight’s Brewers vs. Phillies game, Steve tossed a ceremonial first pitch.
As a two-time Marquette University grad and an adjunct professor in the College of Communications, I was happy to have the chance to meet Steve and welcome him to Milwaukee.
We hope you enjoy Miller Park–Go Brewers!
“When you come to a fork in the road, take it.”
“When you come to a fork in the road, take it…and try these concessions!”
Carrot Cake Custard from AJ Bombers
During each homestand, I’ll sample some of the latest and greatest Miller Park fare and review it here, for you.
One of the most fun, new additions to Miller Park this season has been AJ Bombers. The popular restaurant and bar-with locations in Milwaukee and Madison-now 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 player-themed burgers (Will Smith’s “Slider of Death” is still available this homestand) and city-themed concrete mixers, like this one, here for the Phillies Series only: Carrot Cake (because…Philadelphia Cream Cheese).
I’ll be sure to check in with AJ Bombers often throughout the season to keep you informed on their newest menu items, just like I have been with the ever-popular Double Clutch!
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Where To Satisfy Your Craving: Fans can find AJ Bombers on the Field Level, in the outside space formerly known as the Plaza Pavilion, along the west side of Miller Park near the right-field gate.
What about you? Do you have a favorite ballpark snack? A question about concessions? Something you’d like to see featured here? Post your comments below!
With the September 13 “BobbleHank” game now limited to single seats and standing room only tickets, fans of Hank, “The Ballpark Pup,” can still get in on the fun as today we announced another promotion celebrating the team’s famous four-legger.
On Wednesday, August 6, all fans attending the Brewers versus Giants game at 7:10 pm will receive a full-size Hank Beach Towel, compliments of Meijer.
In addition, Hank (and his Hank House) will be available for a photo opportunity with the first 500 fans in line beginning when gates open that night (90 minutes before first pitch). The photo opportunity will take place on the Field Level concourse near the Right Field Gate entrance.
“Based on the fan response, the BobbleHank giveaway was easily one of our most popular promotions ever, and when the game quickly reached standing room only status, there were a lot of fans who were disappointed,” said Brewers Chief Operating Officer Rick Schlesinger. “We expect that the Beach Towel giveaway will be just as popular, and with Hank appearing at both of these games, it promises to be a fun evening at Miller Park for everyone.”
Tickets for the Hank Beach Towel night and all remaining Brewers games are on sale at the Miller Park Box Office, through brewers.com, or by phone at (414-902-4000).
The Brewers kick off a seven-game set tonight at Miller Park against the Philadelphia Philles and appropriately, we’ve got Philly Cheesesteak–with peppers, onions, provolone and cheese sauce on a hoagie roll– on the Double Clutch Menu for $10.25.
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.
The Milwaukee Brewers today had four players selected to the Major League Baseball All-Star Game. It marks only the fifth time in franchise history that the team has had four All-Stars. Center fielder Carlos Gomez (starter), third baseman Aramis Ramirez (starter), catcher Jonathan Lucroy and pitcher Francisco Rodriguez will represent the Brewers at this year’s Midsummer Classic, which will be played at Target Field in Minnesota on Tuesday, July 15 at 7pm CT.
In addition to the 2014 season, the Brewers had four All-Star selections in 1980 (Cecil Cooper, Paul Molitor, Ben Oglivie and Robin Yount), 1982 (Cooper, Rollie Fingers, Oglivie and Yount), 1983 (Cooper, Oglivie, Ted Simmons and Yount) and 2007 (Francisco Cordero, Prince Fielder, J.J. Hardy and Ben Sheets). The Brewers have multiple All-Star starters for the seventh time (1980, 1982, 1983, 2007, 2010, 2011 and 2014).
Gomez, 28, has been selected to his second All-Star Game and first as a starter. He was a first-time All-Star last season. Gomez finished second among National League outfielders in fan voting (4,068,745), trailing only the Pirates’ Andrew McCutchen (4,519,440) and just ahead of the Dodgers’ Yasiel Puig (4,059,746). He is batting .299 with 13 HR and 45 RBI in 80 games this season.
Ramirez, 36, has been selected to his third All-Star Game and second as a starter. He started the 2005 All-Star Game as an injury replacement for Scott Rolen. He was also an All-Star in 2008. Ramirez had 2,318,611 votes in fan balloting, finishing ahead of the Mets’ David Wright (1,979,883). He is batting .287 with 11 HR and 41 RBI in 63 games this season.
Lucroy, 28, has been selected to his first All-Star Game. He was selected via the player vote, finishing first among National League catchers with 420 votes. Lucroy is batting .329 with 9 HR and 44 RBI in 82 games this season. He entered today’s game leading the National League in multi-hit games (31) and among the league leaders in batting average (2nd), doubles (2nd), hits (T3rd), on-base percentage (4th), slugging percentage (5th), OPS (5th) and extra-base hits (5th).
Rodriguez, 32, has been selected to his fifth All-Star Game. He was also an All-Star in 2004, 2007 and 2008 with the Angels and in 2009 with the Mets. Rodriguez was selected via the player vote, finishing second among National League relievers with 138 votes, trailing only the Braves’ Craig Kimbrel (190). He is 3-2 with a 2.34 ERA and 27 saves in 42 appearances this season while holding opponents to a .187 batting average. His 27 saves tied Kimbrel for the Major League lead entering today’s game.
With just over 24 hours left in the 2014 All-Star voting period and many tight races throughout the league, many teams and fans are ramping up for the final push.
Recently some folks in the office came across this video, created by Cardinals fans, positioned as a rebuttal to the Jonathan Lucroy “political ad” released last month and I had to share it with you here:
I’ve got to hand it to them. It’s quite clever and well done…but I also hope it re-“energizes and motivates” Brewers fans in the final hours of the race to help #LockInLuc and all of your other favorite Brewers for this year’s team.
And, in all seriousness, it’s truly been great to see fans and teams really get into the races this year, taking such great pride in their teams, players and hometowns–all in good fun, of course.
So, if you haven’t already, go out there and do your part! Fans can vote for the Major League All-Stars online at Brewers.com through Thursday, July 3 at 10:59pm CT.
And, as a heads up for you loyal blog readers, you’ll want to be sure and follow @Brewers closely on Twitter tomorrow…we’ll be ramping up the final hours of the vote with #ThrowbackThursday photos and giveaways galore!
Then, on Sunday, tune in to the “Taco Bell™All-Star Selection Show” on ESPN at 6 p.m. CT, where the 2014 American League and National League All-Star teams will be unveiled. Immediately following the announcement of the AL and NL All-Star rosters, fans will begin voting to select the final player for each League’s 34-man roster via the 2014 All-Star Game MLB.com Final Vote Sponsored by Experian. Fans will cast their votes from a list of five players from each League over the balloting period.
Brewers Finish 3rd in Head & Shoulders and MLB’s 2014 “Season of the #WHIFF” Monthly Twitter Competition for June
Head & Shoulders and Major League Baseball announced the winners of the “Season of the #Whiff” Twitter competition for the month of May 2014
Following a successful finish in the April & May contests, during the month of June we racked up enough #Whiff @Brewers tweets to once again secure third place in MLB, resulting in a $7,500 donation to local RBI leagues. Overall, Head & Shoulders will reward seven MLB Clubs with the most #Whiff tweets each month with a donation to their local RBI league(s) totaling $40,000.
Furthermore, for every “Whiff” (strikeout) recorded throughout the Major Leagues during the 2014 regular season, Head & Shoulders will make an additional $1 donation to the national RBI program. The RBI program is the MLB youth initiative designed to give young people from urban and underserved communities the opportunity to play baseball and softball, encourage academic success and achievement, and teach important life lessons and values.
The MLB Club winner of the overall competition will earn a bonus donation worth $20,000 to their local RBI league(s). The winning Club will be announced during the 2014 MLB World Series – stay tuned to find out who will bring home the highest donation!
For more information, visit www.MLB.com/Whiff.
Thanks to all who tweeted in the first three months of the season-let’s set our sights on finishing higher in the coming months! All you have to do is tweet #WHIFF + @Brewers. Up to 27 #WHIFF + @Brewers tweets per user per day will count toward out monthly total.