Anderson and Johnson Visit with Brewers Season Seat Holders

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 took place in the Skyy Lounge, included a plated lunch, a Q &A with Brewers players, and the opportunity to win prizes.

Today, Season Seat Holders were treated to a Q & A with Brewers pitcher Chase Anderson and Pitching Coach Derek Johnson, hosted by Brewers radio broadcaster Jeff Levering.

Questions for Johnson ranged from the first conversation a new pitching coach will have with members of his staff, to specific questions about his favorite pitcher, pitch counts and more, while questions for Anderson centered around pitcher/catcher relationships and his bullpen work.

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In his first year with the Club, Johnson talked about establishing relationships with his staff. He talked about reached out to each of the pitchers right after he accepted the position, with the goal of helping them feel comfortable as fast as possible.

“Really that was the reason for the phone call,” he said, “To try to figure out where these guys are at, what they want to do, and how can I help facilitate that.”

When asked about his favorite pitcher, Johnson said, “The guy that pitches every night. I don’t have a favorite; I can’t have a favorite. My favorite pitcher is the guy that’s on the mound for the Brewers at any given time.  You root for them equally. You live and die with them.”

From the pitcher’s point of view, Anderson talked about his bullpen work with Johnson. “We try to focus on one thing and try to get better at that. If you try to focus on everything then you are going to mediocre at all of it, but if you focus on one thing then you can get good at that.” Anderson then turned to Johnson and asked, “What’s that thing you say, DJ? Be great…?”

“Be great at what you’re good at. I’ve only told him that like 700 and something times,” Johnson laughed.

Anderson also stressed the importance of the pitcher/catcher relationship. “I think that is super important. Maybe the most important relationship we have on the baseball field.  When you’re in a game, your relationship between a pitcher and a catcher is huge. There are game when I’m pitching well; he just puts a sign down and I throw it to that spot. He trusts me and I trust him.”

Thanks to those who came out today, fun was had by all.

Cheers,

-Cait

@CMoyer

 

 

 

Garza Looking Forward to Brewers Bowl-a-Thon on Sunday

This Sunday, Brewers fans will join Matt Garza and his teammates for the Brewers Bowl-A-Thon. Participants will enjoy a unique opportunity to pal around on the pins with their favorite Brewers players, all while helping raise money for Meta House, a nationally recognized, gender-responsive substance abuse treatment program dedicated to helping women through the progression of recovery.

After last year’s fun-filled event, Matt Garza is really looking forward to Sunday.

Matt Garza's pretty good for bowling with his left hand!

Matt Garza’s pretty good for bowling with his left hand!

“The turnout was great and the feedback from everybody there was that they had a great time. It was just fun to see the players with their hair down and letting loose. I think the fans had a great time beating their favorite players, so that’s cool,” Garza said.

With a lot of new faces set to take to the lanes this time around, I asked Garza who he thought might be the best bowler on this year’s team.

“I don’t know. That’s a good question… (Michael) Blazek is someone who is kind of sneaky, but he is returning,” he said. “Out of new guys, I might give it to Jake Elmore. He looks like it could be a trait for him, a tool in his back pocket. He does everything on the field, so maybe he’s an avid bowler.”

As for the worst bowler? Matt says it will probably be him, since he will be bowling left-handed to protect his pitching arm.

But that’s okay because it’s all about having fun and raising money for a great cause: Meta House.

Meta House has been blazing new trails in women’s substance abuse treatment since their doors opened in 1963. The agency is noted as one of the first residential treatment facilities in the country designed specifically for women. In 1988, Meta House became one of the first substance abuse treatment centers to include children in the residential setting. Meta House ends the generational cycle of addiction by healing women and strengthening families.

“It’s huge to me. Children are our future and without the women to take care of them, there’s no reason to even be around. We need strong women to raise strong children–and strong daughters to carry on what we’re trying to build here in our near future. With six kids, I want other kids to have the same opportunities they have and have the same emotional state of mind and not be disrupted by abuse. I like what Meta House does and I’ve always been a huge advocate,” Garza said.

I’ll be there Sunday, so hopefully I’ll see many of you on the lanes! Otherwise, check back to the blog for fun photos and videos from the event.

 

 

MILLER PARK HOMESTAND HIGHLIGHTS: AUGUST 8 – 14

The Brewers return home tonight to take on the Atlanta Braves at 6:20 p.m. as Orlando Arcia, the team’s top rated prospect, makes his first appearance at Miller Park. This is the first game of a weeklong homestand, which concludes against the Cincinnati Reds. Highlights include the sixth Free-Shirt Friday, a Brewers Snapback Cap Giveaway, Cerveceros Day and the Craig Counsell Player/Manager Bobblehead Giveaway.

Monday, August 8 vs. Atlanta Braves – 6:20 p.m.

Miller High Life Mondays – Terrace Reserved tickets are just $6 for all Monday home games with a 6:20 p.m. start time, courtesy of Miller High Life.

Brewers Wives Online Basket Auction – Brewers Wives are excited to announce an online auction that will feature baskets filled with members of the Milwaukee Brewers favorite items. The baskets will be available for purchase in an online-only auction from Monday, August 8 through Sunday, August 14. The baskets are created by Brewers players and coaches’ wives and each basket contains at least one item autographed by their husband.

                                

Tuesday, August 9 vs. Atlanta Braves – 7:10 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.

Fair Days Double Play – Nothing says summer like Brewers Baseball and the State Fair. For just $15, fans will receive a Terrace Reserved ticket and one general admission ticket to the Wisconsin State Fair presented by U.S. Cellular®, August 4-14. For an additional $10 per package, fans can upgrade seats to Loge Outfield Box. The ticket package is not available for purchase on the day of the game.

 

Wednesday, August 10 vs. Atlanta Braves – 7:10 p.m.

Brew Crew & the Zoo – For just $20, fans can get a Terrace Reserved ticket to the game, one adult general admission ticket to the Milwaukee County Zoo and a free lunch cooler. For an additional $10 per package, fans can upgrade their seats to Loge Outfield Box. The ticket package is not available for purchase on the day of the game.

Pitch to Catch Scholarship Presentation – Since 1975, League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) Councils have provided scholarships to Hispanic students in the Milwaukee community. This year, Martin Maldonado and Wily Peralta partnered with LULAC 333 to create the Pitch to Catch Scholarship, providing 17 scholarships to Hispanic students who are interested in attending college in Wisconsin. The recipients will be recognized on the field prior to the game.

Fair Days Double Play – See above

 

Thursday, August 11 vs. Atlanta Braves – 1:10 p.m.

Brew Crew & the Zoo – See above

Fair Days Double Play – See above

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 Labor Day, All-Inclusive Areas and Uecker Seats.

Brewers Coupon Book Giveaway – The first 25,000 fans 18 and older will receive a Brewers Coupon Book with a variety of special offers and Brewers ticket savings.

 

Friday, August 12 vs. Cincinnati Reds – 7:10 p.m.

Free-Shirt Friday – All fans in attendance will receive a Brewers T-shirt, courtesy of Wisconsin Harley-Davidson. Choice of Adult M and Adult XL only.

KaBoom Playground Build – More than 200 volunteers from the Milwaukee Brewers, Meta House and organizers from KaBOOMand the community will join forces on Friday, August 12, to build a new playground at Meta House Transitional Housing. The design is based on children’s drawings created at a special design event in June. The playground is funded by Brewers Community Foundation and Brewers Wives.

PLAY Campaign – On Friday, the Brewers training staff will host the Professional Baseball Athletic Trainers Society (PBATS) and Major League Baseball’s PLAY Campaign. The program will feature kids from the Menomonee Falls Little League who have a goal to combat childhood obesity and promote a healthy and active lifestyle.

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 Night – 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, August 13 vs. Cincinnati Reds – 6:10 p.m.

Season Seat Holder Appreciation Day – See above

Autograph Saturday 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.

Brewers Wives Baby Shower Operation – Brewers Wives have partnered with USO Milwaukee and Baird to host an Operation Baby Shower for current & wounded military wives and wives of the fallen at the War Memorial in Milwaukee. The day will be filled with interactive games, presentations from medical experts and lunch donated by Maggiano’s Little Italy.

Brewers Snapback Cap – The first 10,000 fans in attendance will receive a Brewers Snapback Cap, courtesy of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Cerveceros Day – The Brewers will wear special ‘Cerveceros’ uniforms honoring Hispanic heritage in baseball as they square off against the Cincinnati Reds in the 11th-annual Cerveceros Day at Miller Park. As part of the fun, the Brewers will be offering Chorizo Nachos at the concession stand near Section 120. The platter will feature chorizo sausage, tortilla chips, queso blanco, pico de gallo and jalapenos.

 

Sunday, August 14 vs. Cincinnati Reds – 1:10 p.m.

Craig Counsell Player/Manager Bobblehead – All fans in attendance will receive a Craig Counsell Player/Manager Bobblehead, courtesy of Klement’s Sausage.

Kids Eat Free Sunday – 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.

Prairie Farms Dairy Kids Base Run – Kids 16 and under can run the bases after Sunday home games, courtesy of Prairie Farms Dairy.

Brewers Bowling Event – Join Brewers pitcher, Matt Garza and teammates for the Brewers Bowl-a-thon on Sunday, August 14. Enjoy a silent auction and of course, bowling with Brewers players while raising money for the Meta House, a nationally recognized substance abuse treatment program whose goal is to help women reclaim their lives and reunite with their families.

Brewers Wives Announce Online Basket Auction; Wives to Sell Baskets Filled With Their Husbands’ Favorite Things

Brewers Wives are excited to announce an online auction that will feature baskets filled with members of the Milwaukee Brewers favorite items. The baskets will be available for purchase in an online-only auction from Monday, August 8 through Sunday, August 14. The baskets are created by Brewers players and coaches’ wives and each basket contains at least one item autographed by their husband.

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All proceeds will benefit Meta House, which has assisted in women’s substance abuse treatment since 1963. Located in Milwaukee, the residential treatment facility is designed specifically for women. The center provides inpatient, residential treatment, a tiered outpatient program and a transitional living community. Meta House provides a vast array of services and treatment options that help participants address all of the issues they face as women and mothers.

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To bid and view the baskets, interested fans should go to www.brewers.com/wives

 

 

AJ Bombers Concrete Custard Concoctions & Player Burger: August 2016 Menu

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.

This month’s featured burger is the The BBDB:­ Ryan Braun’s Bacon Double Burger.­ Back by popular demand, this burger named for the Brewers outfielder is double cheeseburger topped with lettuce, tomato, mustard cheese sauce & Nueske’s bacon.

Ryan Braun Burger

Ryan’s burger is exclusive to Miller Park (i.e. not served at AJ Bombers’ restaurants) and available for a limited time.

In addition, AJ Bombers continues to offer special concrete custard concoctions by series. Here’s a look at what’s on deck for August 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!

Bon Appetit!

-Cait

@CMoyer

“Specials by Series”for August 2016

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 in August. I’ll update this list with photos as I get them, as well as the remaining specials by series for the month.

Brewers vs. Braves (August 8-11): BBQ Brisket & Grits

Brisket & Gits ATL

Creamy Grits, Cheddar Cheese

Brewers vs. Reds (August 12-14): Cincinnati Chili Nachos

CIN Chili Nachos

Tortilla Chips, Nacho Cheese, Cincinnati-Style Chili, Sour Cream

NEW! CELEBRATE STATE FAIR WEEK (AUGUST 8 – 14) WITH FUNNEL CAKE! ($8)

Funnel Cake

 Funnel Cake with Powdered Sugar; Location: Sections 118, 421

CERVECEROS NIGHT (AUGUST 13)- CHORIZO NACHOS ($9.25)

Chorizo Nachos

Chorizo Sausage, Tortilla Chips,  Queso Blanco, Pico de Gallo, Jalapenos (Near Section 120)

 

Brewers vs. Rockies (August 22-24): Colorado Green Chili Nachos – $9.25

Colorado Nachos

Tortilla Chips, Green Chili, Nacho Cheese, Pico de Gallo, Sour Cream

 

Brewers vs. Pirates (August 25-28): The Pittsburgh Brat

Pittsburgh Brat

Klement’s Bratwurst, Stadium Sauce, Coleslaw, Shoe String Potatoes

 

Brewers vs. Cardinals (August 29-31): St. Louis Style BBQ Rib Tips

Food Promo - Rib Tips

Pork Rib, BBQ Sauce

-Cait

@CMoyer

BREWERS COMMUNITY FOUNDATION AND DELTA DENTAL HOST ANNUAL “TEAM SMILE” EVENT AT MILLER PARK TODAY

Brewers Community Foundation is hosting its annual “Team Smile” event at Miller Park today. In partnership with Delta Dental, approximately 300 children from Boys & Girls Club and Journey House will receive full dental care.

Through this program, children receive free oral health education, dental screenings, dental treatment if needed, teeth cleanings and education on how the mouth and body are linked for overall health. In addition, there will be special appearances from the Klement’s Famous Racing Sausages and Bernie Brewer.

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This is the seventh year that Brewers Community Foundation will partner with “Team Smile” to provide dental care to children in the Milwaukee area.

 

-Cait

@CMoyer

About TeamSmile

TeamSmile is a non-profit organization that has created partnerships with professional sports teams, local dentists, dental organizations, dental schools, and area volunteers to help promote the importance of dental care. This event is funded by Brewers Community Foundation and Delta Dental.

BREWERS ACQUIRE TWO HIGHLY-TOUTED PROSPECTS FROM THE RANGERS

The Milwaukee Brewers have acquired outfielder Lewis Brinson, right-handed pitcher Luis Ortiz and a player to be named from the Texas Rangers in exchange for catcher Jonathan Lucroy and right-handed pitcher Jeremy Jeffress.  The announcement was made by General Manager David Stearns.

“While it is extremely difficult to part with players the caliber of Jonathan Lucroy and Jeremy Jeffress, we are excited to add more young and talented players to the organization as we continue to build toward future winning seasons in Milwaukee,” said Stearns.

Stearns added, “We would like to thank Jonathan for his seven years of not only All-Star play on the field, but for the leadership and dedication that he and his wife, Sarah, displayed throughout the community.  We also would like to thank Jeremy for his contributions to the Brewers, particularly his admirable work as a first-time closer this season.”

Brinson, 22, entered the 2016 season ranked by both Baseball America and MLBPipeline.com as the second-best prospect in the Rangers organization.  He is currently ranked 30th and 21st, respectively, in all of baseball by those outlets.

Brinson was selected by Texas in the first round (29th overall) of the 2012 First-Year Player Draft.  He batted .237 (72-for-304) with 11 HR, 40 RBI and 11 stolen bases in 77 games at Double-A Frisco this season.

Ortiz, 20, entered the 2016 season ranked by Baseball America as the fourth-best prospect in the Rangers organization.  He entered this season ranked by MLBPipeline.com as the fifth-best prospect in their organization and currently ranks third.  He is currently ranked 74th and 63rd, respectively, in all of baseball by those outlets.

Ortiz was selected by Texas in the first round (30th overall) of the 2014 First-Year Player Draft.  He went 4-6 with 3.48 ERA in 16 games (14 starts) between Class-A High Desert (7g, 6gs, 3-2, 2.60era) and Double-A Frisco (9g, 8gs, 1-4, 4.08era).

Lucroy, 30, batted .284 with 79 HR and 387 RBI in 805 games during seven seasons with the Brewers (2010-16), including .299 (101-for-338) with 13 HR and 50 RBI in 95 games this season.  The two-time All-Star (2014 and 2016) was selected by Milwaukee in the third round of the 2007 First-Year Player Draft.

Jeffress, 28, returned to the Brewers in 2014 and has gone 8-3 with a 2.36 ERA and 27 saves (all this season) in 148 relief appearances during that stretch.  He was originally selected by Milwaukee in the first round (16th overall) of the 2006 First-Year Player Draft.

BREWERS ACQUIRE PITCHING PROSPECT PHIL BICKFORD AND CATCHER ANDREW SUSAC FROM GIANTS

The Milwaukee Brewers have acquired right-handed pitcher Phil Bickford and catcher Andrew Susac from the San Francisco Giants in exchange for left-handed pitcher Will Smith.  The announcement was made by General Manager David Stearns.

Bickford, 21, was selected by San Francisco in the first round (18th overall) of the 2015 First-Year Player Draft.  He entered the 2016 season ranked by Baseball America as the third-best prospect in the Giants organization.  He is currently ranked by MLBPipeline.com as the top prospect in their organization (65th overall in baseball), and appeared in this year’s All-Star Futures Game in San Diego.

Bickford this season went a combined 5-6 with a 2.71 ERA in 17 starts between Class-A Augusta (11gs, 3-4, 2.70era) and Class-A San Jose (6gs, 2-2, 2.73era).  He has held opponents to a .208 batting average (70-for-336, 5hr) with 105 strikeouts in 93.0 innings pitched.  He made his professional debut last season, going 0-1 with a 2.01 ERA in 10 starts with the Rookie Arizona Giants.  He produced 32 strikeouts in just 22.1 innings pitched as he held opponents to a .169 batting average (13-for-77, 0hr).

Susac, 26, was batting .273 (57-for-209) with 8 HR and 36 RBI in 58 games at Triple-A Sacramento this season.  He has Major League experience with the Giants, batting .240 (53-for-221) with 6 HR and 33 RBI in 87 games from 2014-15.  Selected by San Francisco in the second round of the 2011 First-Year Player Draft, Susac was a member of the 2014 world champion Giants.

Smith, 27, was acquired by Milwaukee from Kansas City on December 5, 2013 in exchange for outfielder Norichika Aoki.  He went 9-8 with a 3.28 ERA and 1 save in 181 relief appearances as a Brewer, including 1-3 with a 3.68 ERA in 27 outings this season.

“Brewed For Her” ’90s Style

Tonight we are hosting the popular “Brewed for Her” event in the Gehl Club at Miller Park. This year, the event falls on 90s night and the theme is being carried over there as well.

“Brewed for Her” features style tips from fashion experts and top brand merchandise vendors, along with interactive fashion, nails, hair, and temporary tattoo stations. Vendors, fashion experts and beauticians are also hand to offer advice, give demonstrations and offer product information tonight.

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Booths were set up before gates opened, starting at 3:00 p.m. this afternoon, to give attendees a chance to learn more about specialty Brewers products and gather information. There was a fashion show and Hank, “The Ballpark Pup,”even made an appearance.

The event was limited to 200 participants and sold out quickly. Each ticket included all of the items mentioned above, plus a high-end buffet menu and two complimentary beverages, 20% off a special selection of women’s Brewers apparel and accessories and a special Brewers gift bag.

Enjoy the game, ladies! Be sure to post your photos on Twitter and Instagram using #BrewedForHer! We’ll share our favorites on social media!

 

-Cait

@CMoyer

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