Brewers and Panthers to Square Off in Exhibition Game in Phoenix in 2015

The Milwaukee Brewers are in the middle of Cactus League play preparing for the upcoming season, but the Club already has one game on their 2015 exhibition slate.  The Brewers today announced plans to play an exhibition game against the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee baseball team at Maryvale Baseball Park on a date to be determined.

“This game will be great for baseball in the state of Wisconsin,” said Brewers President and General Manager Doug Melvin.  “It’s a good opportunity for our organization to support the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee program, and will give our players a chance to connect with some of the state’s top young amateur talent.”

This is the first time the Brewers have faced a collegiate team in an exhibition game since 1983 when they played the Arizona State University men’s baseball team. It will mark the first time the Brewers have ever played the Panthers in an exhibition.

“We’re very excited about the opportunity to play the Milwaukee Brewers,” UWM Athletic Director Amanda Braun said. “UWM and the Brewers have had a long-standing partnership and we are proud to add to that partnership. The Panthers are the only Division I baseball team in the state, so we are Milwaukee neighbors with the Brewers in the baseball community and this will be a great way to celebrate the start of the season for both of us in 2015. It’s a tremendous opportunity for the team, our fans and the UWM community. It’s also great for Brewers fans and a nice way to bring our alumni together in a fun way in early spring.”

The Panthers play regular season games each year at Miller Park.  This year, the Panthers are set to play at Miller Park on May 15 vs. Wright State after the Brewers game at noon that day. The Panthers compete in the Horizon League and went 29-21 last season, including a Horizon League championship. Their first home game of this season is scheduled for March 26 vs. Edgewood at Henry Aaron Field in Milwaukee.

“First and foremost, I want to start by thanking the Milwaukee Brewers organization for this opportunity,” UWM baseball head coach Scott Doffek said. “I also want to thank Tom Luljak and Amanda Braun for helping to arrange this. This will be a fun day and a great experience for our team. All of our student-athletes look up to the Major League players and aspire to one day play at that level. This will also be a wonderful way to showcase our University and to engage our alumni in Arizona in a unique way.”

In the 2013 MLB First Year Player Draft, the Brewers selected Josh Uhen from UWM in the fifth round.  Uhen was named the Horizon League’s top pro prospect by Baseball America and was the highest-ever draft choice in Panther baseball history.  Five players from the UWM baseball program have been selected by MLB teams over the past three seasons.

Now, back to the last time the Brewers played a college team in an exhibition. In that game versus Arizona State on March 22, 1983 the Brewers won 6-3 behind a three-run homer by Roy Howell.

–JOHN

johnandcait@brewers.com

Collection Drive Added to Tomorrow’s “Ballpark Pup” Public Appearance at Miller Park

For tomorrow morning’s event featuring Hank the Dog at Miller Park, the Brewers are encouraging fans to bring new pet items with them to donate. A “Wish List” is below, and the items collected will be distributed to area animal rescue organizations.

 The Brewers also ask that fans leave their pets at home tomorrow as they will not be able to come into Miller Park or the store.

Logan Schafer sports his Hank t-shirt!

Logan Schafer sports his Hank t-shirt!

As a reminder, fans will be allowed entry into the Miller Park Hot Corner entrance at 6 am tomorrow, and the Team Store by Majestic will open at 7 am. Hank t-shirts and other memorabilia will be available for the first time to area fans and with the purchase of any Hank item, 20% of the retail price will be donated to the Wisconsin Humane Society. Plus, fans will have an opportunity to meet Hank that morning at Miller Park. (Note: As of 11am CT on 3/18/14, Hank merchandise is now available online as well.)

Hank first appeared at camp on February 17, the day of the first workout for pitchers and catchers. The Brewers have worked closely with the Arizona and Wisconsin Humane Societies since that first day, and their staff provided counsel on how best to care for Hank’s basic needs as he adjusted to his new surroundings. Hank’s circle of caregivers in Phoenix worked tirelessly to make sure that he had the best care possible until his “forever home” was determined.

Assorted additional Hank gear like pennants, locker name plates, buttons and kids gear will also be available.

Assorted additional Hank gear like pennants, locker name plates, buttons and kids gear will also be available.

Hank made frequent appearances at Spring Training games in a concourse booth, where fans lined up for an opportunity to have their photo taken with Hank in exchange for a voluntary donation to the Humane Society. Through these and other opportunities, Hank has already helped raise thousands of dollars to support the cause.

Hank arrived in Milwaukee last night on a Southwest Airlines charter flight.

ANIMAL CARE WISH LIST

Canned or dry puppy, cat and kitten food

Dog and cat toys (no stuffed toys, please)

Dog and Cat treats

Dog harnesses

Cat litter

Stainless steel food and water bowls

– John and Cait

johnandcait@brewers.com 

Vote Now on the 2014 Brewers Base Jewel Design

Help us decide what design to put on the side of the 2014 Brewers bases!

Vote on Twitter by tweeting @Brewers using the designated hashtag for your selection below, comment on our Base Jewel Design post on Facebook, or click here.

Voting end at 2pm CT on Thursday, March 20!

2014 Base Jewel Vote

-Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

Red Carpet Rolled Out For Hank’s Arrival in Wisconsin

Hank is officially a resident of Wisconsin.

It was quite a scene at Milwaukee’s General Mitchell International Airport this evening as dignitaries, media and friends were all on hand to welcome Hank to his new home. Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett and Anne Reed, President & CEO of the Wisconsin Humane Society were on hand to give an official welcome.

The Southwest Airlines charter plane from Phoenix that carried Hank was full of Brewers sponsors and employees landed around 6:25 p.m.  The media lined up for the first shot of Hank and those on hand clapped and cheered as Brewers Chief Operating Officer Rick Schlesinger walked Hank up the jetway to the gate.  Hank and the dignitaries did a number of interviews for the media before heading home.

As Hank and the group proceeded from the gate to the main concourse at the airport, everyone was greeted with another surprise.  Several hundred people were gathered behind the security checkpoints to greet Hank.  Fans of all types had their cameras ready and cheered as Hank came up and greeted the public.  The city has really caught on to Hank and that was clear by the crowd on hand at the airport tonight.

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The public will get a chance to meet Hank at Miller Park on Tuesday when the official Hank shirts and other items go on sale at the Brewers Team Store by Majestic.  The gear will go on sale at Miller Park at 7 a.m. and fans will be permitted to line up beginning at 6 a.m. that day.  There will be a limit of four t-shirts per person (no limits on other items).  Hank will make his first Wisconsin public appearance at the Brewers Team Store by Majestic from about 7 – 8 a.m. on Tuesday for fans who purchased the shirts to get a photo with the “ballpark pup.”

–JOHN

johnandcait@brewers.com

Hank to Make Guest Appearance at Miller Park to Raise Funds for Humane Society; By Popular Demand, Hank Gear to Be Available Tuesday at 7am CT

Hank “The Ballpark Pup” will make a grand arrival in Milwaukee tonight via Southwest Airlines charter flight, setting foot/paw on the grounds that he can now call his “forever home.”  The once-homeless dog who has taken the hearts of Brewers fans, players employees, and pet lovers everywhere will arrive at Milwaukee’s General Mitchell International Airport at 6:25 pm.

Brewers fans will be able to take part in the excitement and contribute to a great cause starting on Tuesday when Hank t-shirts and other memorabilia will arrive and be available to the public at the Brewers Team Store by Majestic at Miller Park.  With the purchase of any Hank item, 20% of the retail price will be donated to the Wisconsin Humane Society. Plus, fans will have an opportunity to meet Hank that morning at Miller Park.

Hank gear is also available at the Brewers Team Store at Maryvale Baseball Park in Phoenix with 20% of the sales of those shirts being donated back to the Arizona Humane Society.

A small advance shipment of items hit the shelves in Maryvale this weekend, and supplies were quickly exhausted.

“There are two questions that everyone has asked from the very first days of Hank’s arrival: ‘Where will he live?,’ and ‘Will there be Hank-themed apparel?,’ said Brewers Chief Operating Officer Rick Schlesinger. “We’re thrilled to be partnering with the Wisconsin and Arizona Humane Societies in helping not only raise funds to benefit the cause, but also elevate awareness for the problem of stray animals in Wisconsin, Arizona and beyond.”

The gear will go on sale at Miller Park at 7 a.m. on Tuesday and fans will be permitted to line up beginning at 6 a.m. that day.  There will be a limit of four t-shirts per person (no limits on other items).

Hank will make his first Wisconsin public appearance at the Brewers Team Store by Majestic from approximately 7 – 8 a.m. on Tuesday for fans who purchased the shirts to get a photo with the “ballpark pup.”

“We couldn’t be more grateful to the Brewers for this generous and unexpected gift,” said Anne Reed, President & CEO of the Wisconsin Humane Society. “We depend upon community support to help more than 25,000 companion and wild animals every year, and it is astounding and inspiring to us that little Hank will help save the lives of so many homeless animals.”

Hank first appeared at camp on February 17, the day of the first workout for pitchers and catchers. The Brewers have worked closely with the Arizona and Wisconsin Humane Societies since that first day, and their staff provided counsel on how best to care for Hank’s basic needs as he adjusted to his new surroundings. Hank’s circle of caregivers in Phoenix worked tirelessly to ensure that he had the best care possible until his “forever home” was determined.

Hank made frequent appearances at Spring Training games in a concourse booth, where fans lined up for an opportunity to have their photo taken with Hank in exchange for a voluntary donation to the Humane Society. Through these and other opportunities, Hank has already helped raise thousands of dollars to support the cause.

3/17/14 Update: For those of you asking if you can purchase Hank gear online–we hope that the items will be available online soon, but unfortunately, they are currently not; however, you can call the Brewers Team Store at (414) 902-4750 and they will take your order over the phone and ship it to you!

3/17/14 Update: Hank gear is now available online here.

-Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

See Spring Training Through Hank’s Eyes with #HankCam

Technology really is amazing.

It allows us to  go places and see and do things that we never thought possible. And, as we know, it’s rapidly advancing all the time.

Like earlier this spring, when we outfitted catcher Jonathan Lucroy with a camera on his chest protector to see what a Major League pitch looks like from his point of view. We captured some great footage from an awesome angle, giving us another way to bring fans behind the scenes and closer to the game.

And… that got us thinking about all the other unique vantage points we can bring you in the future including…Hank’s. We wondered: Just what does Spring Training look like from the #BallparkPup’s point of view?

The answer? It’s pretty fantastic.

HankCam BallparkPup

“Wait a minute, you put the camera on me and then you put it on Hank….Does that make me the human Hank?” Jonathan Lucroy asked.

Ladies and gentlemen, we present to you…. #HankCam:

As he prepares to head north tomorrow, this was a great way for Hank to see Maryvale one more time and say “See ya later” to his buddies, who he will see in Milwaukee in just two weeks!

-Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

It’s Your Lucky Day! Brewers St. Patrick’s Day Gear on Sale Now

On Monday, the Crew will wear special green St. Patrick’s Day jerseys and caps during their game at Maryvale vs. the Chicago White Sox.

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Starting now, you can contact gameused@brewers.com or call 414-902-4479 to pre-order the players’ jerseys and caps. Player merchandise can also be ordered day-of-game at Maryvale and will be available after the game

In addition, St. Patrick’s Day Authentic Batting Practice Jerseys are available for retail in the Brewers Team Store in Maryvale for $99. Official On-Field Caps are available for retail in the Brewers Team Stores in Maryvale and at Miller Park for $45 and online at brewers.com.

There are also two St.Patrick’s Day t-shirts for sale at Maryvale and an assortment of other items available online at brewers.com.

-Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com 

Hanging Out With the Brewers Road Crew in Arizona

For the past four years, Jason Hartlund, Tai Pauls and the Brewers Enterprises team has organized a unique, one-of-a-kind trip to Spring Training with the Brewers Road Crew.

This year, I was fortunate to be down here in Arizona and socialize with some of the folks taking part in the 5th Annual Brewers Road Crew Spring Training Trip.

As part of the experience, these fans got to take in the Brewers vs. Padres game yesterday at Peoria, and also enjoy two games here at our Spring Training home, Maryvale Baseball Park.

The trip includes roundtrip airfare, a four-night stay at the Hilton Embassy Suites (Biltmore), and numerous special receptions and tailgate parties, like the one I attended before today’s Brewers vs. Diamondbacks game.

The trip brings travelers face-to-face with members of the Brewers broadcast team, members of the Baseball Operations staff, and even former Brewers players and coaches. For example, at today’s event, I spotted Jerry Augustine, Ken Sanders, Jim Gantner, Bill Schroeder, Brian Anderson, Sophia Minnaert, and Minor Leaguers Eric Marzec, Kyle Heckathorn, Damien Magnifico and  Jacob Barnes.

I had the chance to talk to veterans on the trip–people who have traveled with the Brewers Road Crew since year one–and rookies–those joining the fun for the first time.

Phil and Brian Bauza, father and son, are a couple of the veterans.

Phil and Brian Bauza

Phil and Brian Bauza, a father-son duo, have joined the Brewers Road Crew on the trip to Arizona for the past five years.

Here, Brian explains what he enjoys about the trip:

Tony Aurit from Dodgeville, Wisconsin, booked the trip for the first time this year. “We get a 4-Pack every year and got the information on the trip in our package. We’ve never even been to Arizona before and this is great, just like I was hoping it would be. We will be back.”

Alexa Hoffman, a first time attendee from Milwaukee, poses with the Minor League attendees at the event.

Alexa Hoffman, a first time attendee from Milwaukee, poses with the Minor League attendees at the event.

George House from Glenwood City, Wisconsin, shown below with Jerry Augustine and Ken Sanders, told me, “This tailgate is the highlight so far, to be this close to the guys. I’m loving it and having fun. It’s exceeding my expectations by far. And this weather gives us hope that it can be warm, sunny and nice again in Milwaukee. Baseball is coming!

Jerry Augustine and Ken sanders pose with George House, a first-time member of the Brewers Road Crew.

Jerry Augustine and Ken sanders pose with George House, a first-time member of the Brewers Road Crew.

New Brewers pitcher Matt Garza even made a surprise appearance (literally!) as he photo bombed this photo of Jerry Augustine with  Sara and Denny Marx from Madison, Wisconsin. They have been to Spring Training twice before, but this is their first year with the Brewers Road Crew. What a great souvenir.

Matt Garza Photo Bomb

It seemed to me like everyone was having a great time and the group just keeps on growing. Hopefully next year, you’ll join them. I can’t wait to see you in AZ!

The Brewers Road Crew poses for a group photo.

The Brewers Road Crew poses for a group photo.

Plus, as an added bonus, fans on the trip receive a ticket to Opening Day at Miller Park as the Brewers take on the Atlanta Braves–looks like we’ll #SeeUMarch31!

-Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

Hank the #BallparkPup Added to Milwaukee Roster; Set for Travel to Wisconsin on Sunday

Less than one month ago, he was wandering the streets of Phoenix. Now, he’s officially a Milwaukee Brewer.

 

It was announced today that Hank, “The Ballpark Pup,” will make the move north to Milwaukee this Sunday on a Southwest Airlines Charter flight, joining Brewers executives, sponsors and family members on the flight to Mitchell International Airport.

Dignitaries expected to be on hand for Hank’s airport arrival include Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele and Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett.

From sun to snow, the next chapter of the pop culture icon begins this week.

“There are so many people who have been part of the ‘Hank story;’ fans, players and coaches, front office staff, media, and all of those in his circle of caregivers,” said Brewers President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Doug Melvin. “We’re grateful to have an opportunity to make Hank a permanent member of the Brewers family, but even more important, we’re thrilled that he is going to a great family that will ensure that he is loved and comfortable in his new Wisconsin home.”

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Hank first appeared at camp on February 17, the day of the first workout for pitchers and catchers, and he immediately captured the hearts of everyone at Maryvale Baseball Park, as well as pet-lovers across the world. Stories on Hank appeared everywhere from the London Daily Mail to PEOPLE Magazine, and nearly every major national news and talk show across the United States. The interest in Milwaukee has surged, with “Hank Updates” appearing nearly every day in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and other media outlets.

“We want to thank all of those who have made the effort to give Hank the care he needed down here in Arizona, as the top priority has always been to put his health and happiness first,” said Brewers Chief Operating Officer Rick Schlesinger. “In addition to this being a captivating story, our goal has been to shed more light on the issue of stray and homeless pets, a problem that is not unique to just Arizona and Wisconsin.”

The Brewers have worked closely with the Arizona and Wisconsin Humane Societies since the day that Hank first wandered into camp, and their staff provided counsel on how best to care for Hank’s basic needs as he adjusted to his new surroundings.

Hank made frequent appearances at Spring Training games in a concourse booth, where fans lined up for an opportunity to have their photo taken with Hank in exchange for a voluntary donation to the Humane Society. Through these and other opportunities, Hank has already helped raise thousands of dollars to support the cause.

“We are excited to welcome Hank as an official Milwaukee Brewer,” said Wisconsin Humane Society President & CEO Anne Reed. “We are so grateful for the amazing care he has received, and for the way the players and the Brewers organization have used Hank’s story to highlight the needs of homeless animals like him.  More than 10,000 animals were adopted from the Wisconsin Humane Society in 2013 and it is that incredible support which makes Southeastern Wisconsin such a kind and compassionate place for animals like Hank. We know he’ll love Milwaukee!”

As for Hank’s new home, he has been permanently adopted by the family of a Milwaukee Brewers executive. To date, the Brewers alone have received more than 1,000 offers from others to adopt Hank and provide him with a stable “forever home.” The offers have come from players, staff and countless fans and team corporate and philanthropic partners.

Fans can keep up with the latest news on Hank and tweet their welcome messages to the ballpark pup using the #BallparkPup hashtag.

-John & Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com 

Sixth Annual Davey Nelson Celebrity Golf Tournament Set for June 30

 On Monday, June 30, Brewers Director of Alumni Relations and FOX Sports Wisconsin broadcaster Dave Nelson will host his 6th Annual Celebrity Golf Tournament at Whistling Straights Golf Course in Kohler, Wisconsin. The 18-Hole Davey Nelson Celebrity Golf Tournament will begin at 10:30 a.m. and will be followed by a cocktail reception, silent and live auctions and dinner.

All teams for the tournament will be comprised of a five-person group, and play will consist of a Scramble Format with team prizes awarded to the top finishers. Registrations are being accepted as a foursome and a celebrity golfer will be paired with each group to make up the five-person team. Registration fees are $2,700 per foursome. A golf clinic led by American Club golf pros and a putting contest will take place at 9:00 a.m., and a buffet brunch will be served prior to the start of the tournament. The tournament is limited to 30 foursomes. For those who do not plan to golf, tickets to the reception/dinner only are available for $150 per person.

An additional preview event is scheduled for Sunday, June 29, consisting of a golf experience at Whistling Straits Straights Course followed by a cocktail reception and dinner at the Championship Locker room. Rates for the preview event are $6,300 per foursome and includes Monday’s event.

Proceeds will benefit Open Arms Home for Children in South Africa and Brewers Community Foundation. For additional information, sponsorship opportunities or to sign up for this memorable golfing experience visit Brewers.com/davey or contact Meredith Malone at meredith.malone@brewers.com or (414) 902-4501. Also check out our Facebook page, Davey Nelson Celebrity Golf Tournament to Benefit Open Arms.

This event is always a fantastic time and I’ve been fortunate enough to participate in it the past few years. Check out the 2013 event recap for a taste of the fun you’ll have when you sign up!

 

-Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

Open Arms Home for Children is a non-profit organization that provides shelter, clothing, protection and basic healthcare for what is now home to many children orphaned due to the Aids epidemic in South Africa. Dave Nelson has served as Board Director for over four years. Brewers Community Foundation is the charitable arm of the Milwaukee Brewers Baseball Club and supports non-profits that provide quality programming in the areas of health, education, recreation and basic needs with a particular focus on low-income and disadvantaged youth and their families in greater Milwaukee and Wisconsin.

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