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Nominate an All-Star Teacher to Represent the Brewers at the 2014 All-Star Game!

Major League Baseball, PEOPLE magazine and Target are looking for outstanding teachers!

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Building off of previous years success for “All-Stars Among Us” and “Tribute for Heroes”, Major League Baseball will be partnering with PEOPLE magazine and Target in 2014 to honor our nation’s teachers.

The joint initiative entitled “Target presents PEOPLE All-Star Teachers” will celebrate baseball’s commitment to education and generate excitement for the All-Star Game on FOX. The program will culminate in a celebration of thirty teachers, one to represent each Club, at Target Field with a pre-game moment during the 2014 Midsummer Classic on FOX.

Now through May 6, fans have the opportunity to nominate a teacher to represent their favorite Club on AllStarTeachers.com. MLB, PEOPLE and Target will pare each group of nominees down to three teachers per Club with fans voting online for their favorites June 5-29. Following the fan vote, 30 teachers, one representing each Club, will be selected to attend the 2014 All-Star Game. All 30 teachers will be integrated into the All-Star Week festivities and honored with a moment during the pre-game ceremony at the All-Star Game.

-Cait

JohnandCait@Brewers.com

 

 

Fans Can Vote for All-Star Game MVP Tonight

Right now, the 84th All-Star Game is being televised nationally on FOX and while you’re watching Carlos Gomez and Jean Segura represent Milwaukee, you can have a say in voting for the MVP.

Here’s how:

Log onto MLB.com now through the end of the Midsummer Classic to vote for the Ted Williams All-Star Game Most Valuable Player Award presented by Chevrolet via the 2013 All-Star Game MVP Vote sponsored by T-Mobile. Fans can also vote on Twitter using the appropriate hashtag (Brewers fans, use #SeguraMVP and #GomezMVP). The winner of the award will be announced at the end of the game, and fans’ ballots will represent 20 percent of the official vote determining the winner.

Immediately following the conclusion of the All-Star Game, the winner will receive the Arch Ward Trophy, which was first presented in 1962 as a tribute to the man who founded the All-Star Game in 1933. That first presentation went to Leon Wagner of the Los Angeles Angels and to Maury Wills of the Los Angeles Dodgers, because two All-Star Games per year were played in those days.

These are the players who have won the award since fan voting was introduced in 2003:

2003: Garret Anderson, Angels

2004: Alfonso Soriano, Rangers

2005: Miguel Tejada, Orioles

2006: Michael Young, Rangers

2007: Ichiro Suzuki, Mariners

2008: J.D. Drew, Red Sox

2009: Carl Crawford, Rays

2010: Brian McCann, Braves

2011: Prince Fielder, Brewers

2012: Melky Cabrera, Giants

-Cait

JohnandCait@Brewers.com

Time Warner Cable Brewers-Themed Food Truck Hits Streets of NYC For All-Star Week

Last week, I wrote about how Time Warner Cable is celebrating its role as  the designated “Official WiFi Provider” of Major League Baseball All-Star Week by dishing up complimentary baseball and regional-themed food from branded food trucks–served by All-Stars–throughout All-Star Week.

Well, today the Milwaukee Brewers truck was at Broadway and 96th Street, near the TWC retail store from 11am – 4pm ET.

On our menu was of course, the “Milwaukee Brat – pork and beef bratwurst, sauerkraut and spicy brown mustard”.

In addition, former Brewers pitcher Jesse Orosco, made an appearance at the Milwaukee food truck. Orosco played for the Crew from 1992-1994. He is a 2x All-Star (1983 & 1984 with the Mets) and 2x World Series champion (1986-Mets & 1988-Dodgers). Although he retired in 2003, Orosco still holds the MLB record for most career games pitched (1251).

Blog reader Joel Reamer who lives in New York wrote me to say, “I live right around the corner from 96th and Broadway so I came home for lunch today for some Brewers Bratwurst action. No stadium sauce unfortunately (and where was the Bratwurst Racing Sausage?!?) but for $5 got a brat, chips and drink served to me by Jesse freaking Orosco and was given a Go-Go bobblehead to boot, with the proceeds going to Sandy. Not bad.”

Here are some of his photos, enjoy:

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In addition, reader Bronwyn Bevin, who lives in New York, wrote in to say: ” I live in Brooklyn but couldn’t miss the chance to come out and represent my team.  I think my favorite part was being asked if I was from Milwaukee, and then trying to explain how someone from New Zealand who lives in New York ended up being a Brewers fan! Looking forward to the All Star game tomorrow, and can’t wait for September when the Brew Crew come to NY!”

Bronwyn visits the Brewers-themed food truck in NYC.

Bronwyn visits the Brewers-themed food truck in NYC.

I also heard from Chance Michaels who writes: “I’m a Brooklyn-based baseball historian and baseball fan who has to cheer the Brew Crew from afar.  I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to have a real Milwaukee brat.  Not bad, but not as good as at Miller Park – no Secret Stadium Sauce!”

Chance Michaels

Chance Michaels

Finally, I heard from Jake Russo, a transplanted Milwaukeeanwho didn’t seem to mind. That’s because, as you can see in the photo below, Jake brought his own Secret Stadium Sauce to the truck. He says it was a gift in a care package sent by his sister, Janel. “[She] sends me a postcard from Miller Park every time she goes to a game. I’d like to think she does it because she misses me cheering along side her, but in reality, it’s probably just to make me jealous.”

Jake also says he rarely misses a chance to see the Crew (or their food) when they are in town.

Jake brought his own Secret Stadium Sauce to the truck!

Jake brought his own Secret Stadium Sauce to the truck!

Donations from the food trucks will go to the Robin Hood Relief Fund, which helps New Yorkers impacted by Hurricane Sandy.

For more information on the All-Star promotion, please click here.

Did you also check out the food truck? Send me your photos at johnandcait@brewers.com!

-Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

Start Spreading the News: Time Warner Cable Brewers-Themed Food Truck To Hit Streets of NYC During All-Star Week

To celebrate its role as  the designated “Official WiFi Provider” of Major League Baseball All-Star Week, Time Warner Cable will have MLB All-Stars dishing up complimentary baseball and regional-themed food from branded food trucks throughout All-Star Week, beginning tomorrow, Friday, July 12 through Tuesday, July 16. The company will also provide open, complimentary access to its 2,700+ outdoor hotspots in New York City during this time. There, fans will be able to check MLB™ scores and get updates on the All-Star Week™ events, plus enter to win tickets to various All-Star Week™ events.

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For those Brewers fans in New York or headed there, the Milwaukee Brewers truck will be at Broadway and 96th Street, near the TWC retail store, on Monday, July 15 from 11am – 4pm ET.  On our menu is, of course, the “Milwaukee Brat – pork and beef bratwurst, sauerkraut and spicy brown mustard”. In addition, former Brewers pitcher Jesse Orosco, will be making an appearance at the Milwaukee food truck from 11am – 1pm ET on Monday. Orosco played for the Crew from 1992-1994. He is a 2x All-Star (1983 & 1984 with the Mets) and 2x World Series champion (1986-Mets & 1988-Dodgers). Although he retired in 2003, Orosco still holds the MLB record for most career games pitched (1251).

Donations will go to the Robin Hood Relief Fund, which helps New Yorkers impacted by Hurricane Sandy.

Fans can also share photos of their experience using #EnjoyBaseballBetter during MLB™ All-Star Week™ for the chance to win a set of tickets to All-Star FanFest (7/12-7/16) .

And–if you’re a Brewers fan who tracks down our truck, please make sure you email us your photos at johnandcait@brewers.com! We’ll want to share them on the blog.

This promotion also coincides with TWC’s expansion of TWC WiFi™ network into New York City. With over 1,700 public hotspots already available in Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island, the company this week launches 1,000 TWC WiFi™ Hotspots in Manhattan with plans to bring the total number of public hotspots in NYC to 10,000 by yearend – all available at no additional cost to customers with Standard Internet and above or on a pay as you go basis to non-subscribers.

For more information on the All-Star promotion, please click here.

-Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

You Asked, Carlos Gomez Answered in #AskTheAllStars

To thank Brewers fans for their support during this year’s #VoteBrewers campaign, today we sat down with All-Star Carlos Gomez the day after his game-winning catch to answer your questions which were submitted across various social media platforms as part of our #AskTheAllStars Twitter Q&A.

Did Carlos answer your question? Too find out, read the transcript/watch his video responses by clicking the image below:

You asked--and Carlos Gomez answered. Click the image to read the transcript!

You asked–and Carlos Gomez answered. Click the image to read the transcript!

Please note that we had also intended to ask Jean Segura your questions as well, but we weren’t able to get to that today–don’t worry, we’ve saved them all and we’ll make sure we get as many answered as we can prior to you tuning in to catch Jean, Carlos and the rest of baseball’s best in the MLB All-Star Game on Tuesday, July 16 on FOX!

Cheers!

-John & Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

Brewers All-Stars Set to Answer Your Questions Via Social Media Tomorrow

To thank Brewers fans for their support during this year’s #VoteBrewers campaign, tomorrow afternoon Brewers All-Stars Jean Segura and Carlos Gomez will answer your questions across our social media platforms, a week before they are set to play in the 2013 All-Star Game at Citi Field in New York.

Here’s how you can participate:

Submit your questions by 10am CT tomorrow on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook & Google Plus using the hashtag #AskTheAllStars. (You can post your questions in the comments field below, too!)

AsktheAllstarsThen, tomorrow afternoon, we’ll be tweeting responses from the players from @Brewers and also, in Spanish from @BrewersBeisbol, as well as posting some Instagram and Vine videos.

Afterwards, we’ll post a transcript of everything here and across our channels as a recap. Then, make sure you tune in to catch Jean, Carlos and the rest of baseball’s best in the MLB All-Star Game on Tuesday, July 16 on FOX!

Cheers!

-John & Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

MLB Launches Tumblr Campaign Manager Contest

Today MLB launched the “All-Star Campaign Managers Contest” on tumblr.

Here’s how it works:

Fans can create a Tumblr blog in support of your favorite All-Star Game candidate.

Populate the page with as many Tumblr worthy campaign posts that you deem fit.

Tag it #AllStarBlog so we can all follow along.

CM Contest

The best blog will win an All-Star jersey, plus get its ideas promoted on MLB’s tumblr. For more details and to enter, click here.

Here’s hoping Brewers fans get behind this and help support our #VOTEBREWERS campaign along the way!

I can’t wait to see what you come up with–have fun!

-Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

Vote Brewers Arrives at Miller Park Tonight

Online voting for the 2012 MLB All-Star Game has been underway for about two weeks and now fans at Miller Park can join in the fun as in-stadium balloting begins tonight.  Paper ballots will be available at Miller Park for tonight’s game and for 22 games after tonight, ending Tuesday, June 19.  Fans filling out and turning in ballots to the All-Star Polling District will be eligible for some great Brewers prizes.

Brewers fans have the well-earned reputation for filling the ballot boxes with All-Star votes for Milwaukee Brewers players year in and year out. With at least one Brewers player elected to start in every All-Star Game since 2007, including three elected starters last season, Milwaukee fans demonstrated that it doesn’t take the largest market to be heard as they voted for their favorite Brewers in almost unheard of numbers.  The 83rd Major League Baseball All-Star Game will be held on Tuesday, July 10 at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City and will air on FOX.

Ryan Braun at the 2011 MLB All-Star Game in Phoenix, Arizona.

Ryan Braun at the 2011 MLB All-Star Game in Phoenix, Arizona.

As announced in mid-April, Brewers players on this year’s All-Star ballot include C Jonathan Lucroy, 1B Mat Gamel, 2B Rickie Weeks, 3B Aramis Ramirez, SS Alex Gonzalez, OF Ryan Braun, OF Nyjer Morgan and OF Corey Hart.

Those visiting Miller Park are encouraged to vote early and often via paper ballot at the All-Star Polling District, set up during Brewers home games along the first base concourse beginning tonight and continuing through Tuesday, June 19. The Vote Brewers! campaign will feature event staff decked out at home games in promotional t-shirts as well as signage along the Miller Park fascia and behind the plate.

In addition, media partners FOX Sports Wisconsin and Newsradio 620 WTMJ will be promoting the initiative on broadcasts, and the World Famous Klement’s Racing Sausages will help distribute voting information around the city. There will also be voting parties staged during the balloting period including one tomorrow on the campus of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Corey Hart at the 2010 All-Star Game in Anaheim, California.

Corey Hart at the 2010 All-Star Game in Anaheim, California.

With every 10 ballots turned in to the All-Star Polling District, fans will receive one raffle ticket that will enter them in a drawing for the opportunity to win a collector’s item daily, ranging from game-used memorabilia to player autographs. A drawing will be held during every home game through June 19 and the winning ticket will be announced during the game.  Rules will be available at the Polling District.

At brewers.com, all fans voting 21 or more times for their favorite Brewers will be entered into a drawing to win Ryan Braun’s Miller Park Suite for a night, complete with tickets, food and a personal visit from the 2011 National League MVP. There is a maximum of 25 votes per email address. More information and rules may be found at brewers.com. Additionally, fans voting online will be eligible to purchase Field Outfield and Terrace Reserved seats for select Brewers games at a savings of up to 50% (details available after voting at brewers.com).

Rickie Weeks was the National League starting second baseman at the 2011 MLB All-Star Game in Phoenix, Arizona.

Rickie Weeks was the National League starting second baseman at the 2011 MLB All-Star Game in Phoenix, Arizona.

Last season, Ryan Braun led National League outfielders in voting for the fourth straight season and led all NL players in voting for the first time (5,928,004). He is the only Brewers player to ever be elected to start in four consecutive All-Star Games (did not play in 2011 due to injury). Rickie Weeks was selected to his first All-Star Game as the NL’s starting second baseman and Prince Fielder started and made his third All-Star appearance in 2011. In 2010, Braun and Corey Hart started for the Brewers (Hart was named as a starter after an injury to Atlanta’s Jason Heyward).

In 2009, Braun and Fielder joined Trevor Hoffman as All-Stars. In addition to Braun in 2008, Hart was named that year to the National League All-Star team via the Monster All-Star Final Vote. In 2007, Fielder received the second-most votes in the National League en route to his first career All-Star team, becoming the first Brewers player to be voted to the All-Star Game since Paul Molitor was selected at third base in 1988. A complete list of All-Stars in franchise history can be found on page 283 of the 2012 Brewers media guide.

The 2012 American League and National League All-Star Teams will be unveiled on Sunday, July 1 on the 2012 MLB All-Star Game Selection Show on TBS. Both the National League and American League teams will have eight fan-elected starters. The pitchers and reserves for both will be determined through a combination of “Player Ballot” choices and selections made by the two All-Star managers.
Fans can vote for the Major League All-Stars online at brewers.com/allstar through Thursday, June 28 at 10:59 p.m. CT.

–JOHN

johnandcait@brewers.com

John and Cait’s Top Ten Brewers Moments of 2011

It’s the time of year where everyone posts and comments on “End of the Year Lists.” From the top movies, music, and books of the year to the top restaurants, people and cars–it seems like there is a list for everything.  Well, John and Cait will not let you down, as we have compiled a list of our Top Ten Brewers Moments from what was a very memorable and historic season.

We worked together on this list.  Some comments are from Cait and other are from John. Some moments were John’s and others were Cait’s. You might agree with some and disagree with others, as all ten moments will surely be up for debate. You can share with us your top ten Brewers moments from 2011 through the comments section at the bottom of this post.

#10 – Late Night at Miller Park, Brewers vs. Rockies, May 20

Were you one of the 33,361 on hand to witness the Brewers vs. Rockies game as it kicked off at 7:10pm on a warm Friday evening in May at Miller Park? Maybe the better question is: were you still remaining 4 hours and 35 minutes later when Prince Fielder hit his 2-run walk-off blast in the bottom of the 14th? This memorable game featured a volley of scoring. Brewers led 1-0 after 1. Rockies led 2-1 after 3. Brewers tied it 2-2 in the 4th. Colorado took the lead 3-2 in the 5th and tacked on another run in the 6th, before the Brewers brought it back to 4-3 in the bottom of that inning.  A homer by Casey McGehee tied the game 4-4 in the 8th. The game went into extras and there was no more scoring until the Rockies took the lead in the 13th, 5-4. The Crew answered with a towering blast by Yuniesky Betancourt and it was back to even. The Rockies scratched their way back on top, 6-5 in the 14th, but then Fielder hit his booming 2-run, 422-footer to right and rewarded those Brewers fans who had stuck it out to the end by sending them home happy.

Prince watches his game winning home run at Miller Park against Colorado on May 20 (photo courtesy of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Mark Hoffman)

Prince watches his game winning home run at Miller Park against Colorado on May 20 (photo courtesy of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Mark Hoffman)

#9 – Brewers Fans Rock the Vote; Fielder Blast Rocks the AL in 2011 All-Star Game at Chase Field

For the first time in our 43-year history, three players, a homegrown trio–Ryan Braun (first-round Draft pick in 2005), Prince Fielder (first-round Draft pick in 2002) and Rickie Weeks (first-round Draft pick in 2003)–were elected to start the All-Star Game, making the Crew the only NL team with multiple starters.

Braun was elected for his fourth straight All-Star start, leading NL outfielders in balloting for the fourth straight season, and this time leading all NL players in votes. Fielder, a three-time All-Star, was elected to his second start and Weeks was elected to his very first All-Star Game.

Although Braun did not end up playing in the 2011 All-Star Game due to a calf strain, this was still a memorable achievement for the Crew and the Brewers fans whose voting paid off!

More memories and history were also made at the actual game itself as Fielder’s three-run home run in the fourth inning at Chase Field gave the National League the lead in the game and contributed in a big way to its 5-1 victory over the American League.

With that blast, Fielder became the first player in Brewers history to hit a home run in the All-Star Game and after the game, he was named the Most Valuable Player in the All-Star Game, another first for our franchise.

#8 – Crew Turns Triple Play, Brewers vs. Dodgers, August 15

On Monday, August 15, four Brewers defenders combined on the sixth triple play in franchise history, a sensational play that bailed starter Randy Wolf out of a two-on, no-out jam in the second inning and aided in their 3-0 win over the Dodgers at Miller Park. The 4-6-3-2 triple play went like this: With Dodgers at first and second and nobody out in a scoreless game, James Loney hit a grounder up the middle. Josh Wilson  ranged to his right, gobbled up the baseball and flipped it with his glove to shortstop Yuniesky Betancourt for the first out. Betancourt threw to Prince Fielder at first for out No. 2, and Fielder, seeing Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp trying to sneak home, fired to catcher George Kottaras for the inning-ending tag.

In other news, the Crew also turned four double plays in this defensive clinic of a game.

Yuniesky Betancourt turns a triple play in the 2nd inning on August 15. (Photo courtesy Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Benny Sieu)

Yuniesky Betancourt turns a triple play in the 2nd inning on August 15. (Photo courtesy Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Benny Sieu)

#7 – Doug Melvin Named Baseball America’s Executive of the Year

Brewers Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Melvin was awarded the Baseball America Executive of the Year award for 2011.  Melvin and his staff worked hard to put a winner on the field and the bold moves that were made helped the Brewers to a National League Central Division Championship.

As anyone who works for Melvin would say, he is a treat. Very knowledgeable about the game and its many intricacies, Melvin is also a very kind and caring person. His success is well-deserved!

#6 – Ryan Braun Signs Contract Extension, April 21

On Thursday, April 21, Ryan Braun signed a $105 million, five-year contract extension adding to a seven-year deal he signed in May 2008, meaning that Braun will be a part of the Brewers franchise through 2020.

“I’m proud to be a Milwaukee Brewer, I really am,” Braun said on that historic day. “I’m going to be for the next 10 years. It’s an exciting day for me, my family, the organization. It’s like being part of a family.

“It’s truly special to me to come to work here every day, and I’m excited about being able to do that for the next 10 years. Thanks to the fans – that was the single biggest reason I wanted to stay here. To be in one of the smallest media markets in baseball and to have 3 million people to come watch us every year is incredibly special.

“The more time we spend in other cities, the more we recognize how special it is here. The fans are the single biggest factor. I’m excited, man, truly excited to be able to say I’m a Milwaukee Brewer from this point forward.”

Having Braun want to be the cornerstone of the Brewers franchise is a treat for Brewers fans. He truly enjoys playing here in Milwaukee and the fans will look forward to his play for many years to come.

#5 – Muhammad Ali Visits Brewers Spring Training Camp

This was a very special moment for the team at Spring Training. It was so neat to see the look in the eyes of Brewers players when Muhammad Ali entered the clubhouse. Being in the presence of such a powerful figure was inspiring to many of the players and staff members on hand that day. Although his health isn’t 100%, it was still amazing to see Ali in person, making for one of the most memorable days of 2011.

Ali with the Brewers team at Spring Training.

Ali with the Brewers team at Spring Training.

#4 – John Visits Fenway Park and Cait Presents/Club Wins SAMMY at the 2011 National Sports Forum

Since each fan has his or her own personal memories of 2011, we figured we should pick a moment that was unique to each of us this year, so here you have them: John’s visit to Fenway and Cait bringing home the SAMMY Award.

John: Prior to June, I had never been to Fenway Park in Boston. I made the weekend trip with the team and it definitely lived up to the hype. I enjoyed how they were able to transform a historic ballpark into the modern era while still keeping much of the historical foundation. I have heard many great stories about Fenway and I certainly was not disappointed. I try to visit one park I have never been to each year and was happy to cross this one off this list. I already have my new park picked out for 2012–Citi Field in New York!

John at Fenway Park

John at Fenway Park

The Green Monster

The Green Monster

Cait: I knew it was going to be a great year when the winning started in January at the National Sports Forum in Louisville, KY. As a Club, we were a finalist for the SAMMY Award (Sales, Advertising, Marketing or Management Idea of the Year) for a Season Seat Holder renewal campaign that had been particularly successful for us in 2010. Although we had been a finalist for the award for another campaign the previous year but had not won, and although I am not particularly fond of speaking in front of large groups of strangers, I was tasked with presenting our campaign at the conference and this time, we were triumphant. I was very proud to help bring home this award for our talented team.

With the SAMMY Award at the 2011 National Sports Forum (L-R: Senior Director of Marketing, Kathy Schwab; Senior Director of Ticket Sales, Billy Friess; Senior Manager of Advertising & Marketing, Caitlin Moyer)

#3 – Opening Day vs. Atlanta, April 4

Even though the Brewers fell to the Braves on this day, there is always something special about Opening Day. Everyone is excited, optimistic and energetic. Everything around the ballpark is fresh, clean and sparkling. From a working standpoint, there is a lot to get done. The rush up to Opening Day can be quite stressful filling in last minute details, but once the first pitch is thrown, we can relax and enjoy the game!

John with Ken Spindler and Mike Vassallo--the Media Relations crew--for our traditional Opening Day photo.

John with Ken Spindler and Mike Vassallo--the Media Relations crew--for our traditional Opening Day photo.

The Marketing Team on Opening Day (Back Row, L-R: Kathy Schwab, Jeff Harding, Kelly Candotti, Thad McGrew, Jim Bathey; Front Row, L-R: Molly Arndt, Diny Hurwitz, Caitlin Moyer)

#2 – Brewers Clinch the NL Central Division, September 23

The Brewers entered the game against the Marlins with a “Magic Number” of 2, meaning they not only needed to win, but also needed St. Louis to lose in order to clinch the division at Miller Park. The game was tied at 1 for much of the game, until Ryan Braun stepped up to the plate in the bottom of the eighth inning.

Cait: I was on-hand that night to help with a potential streamer launch if we were to win the game and St. Louis was to lose. I remember loading the cannons with the game still tied and making my way to my post, hoping against all hope that I’d get to shoot them that night. But the score of our game was tied and so was the Cubs-Cardinals game. The air was a little tense, and I will never forget leaning over to one of my co-workers and jokingly stage whispering, “Here’s where he hits the home run,” alluding to Ryan Braun’s heroic home run against the Cubs on the last day of the season in 2008 which sent us to the Postseason for then the first time in 26 years. And then he did it. Chills. I still get chills just thinking about it.

John: There was a special feeling in the ballpark that night. You just felt like it was our time to finish this off. Great crowd, Friday night, Yovani on the mound–it was all aligned for things to go our way. The game itself was kind of a blur. I know everyone remembers Braun’s home run, but remember Braun’s diving catch and laser-perfect throw to get Emilio Bonifacio out at first? To me that was the play of the game. It was a fantastic night and one I will never forget.

Nyjer Morgan, myself, Zack Minasian and Cory Melvin after the Brewers clinched the N.L. Central Division.

Nyjer Morgan, John, Zack Minasian and Cory Melvin after the Brewers clinched the NL Central Division.

The Crew went on to win 4-1 on that go-ahead, 3-run home run. Then, as if Braun’s blast wasn’t enough of a sense of déjà vu for the crowd of 44, 584, fans and players had to wait for the Cubs-Cardinals game to end in order to find out if they would clinch the division that night. In an ironic twist of fate, the packed house cheered loudly for the rival Cubs who had hit their own 3-run home run in the 8th and went on to prevail over the Cardinals 5-1 as confetti and streamers finally rained down from the rafters at Miller Park.

#1 – Game 5 of the NLDS, October 7

For those of you who were at Miller Park that Friday evening, you definitely understand why this would be #1. The excitement in the building was more than electric. The crowd was deafening. The sigh of relief let out by Brewers fans could be felt across the nation as Nyjer Morgan drove in Carlos Gomez for the game-winning run, sending the Crew to its first-ever National League Championship Series.

Here we are celebrating after Game 5 of the NLDS!

And…there you have it, our favorite moments of 2011. What are yours? Please feel free to debate in the comment field below.

Here’s to many more memorable moments in 2012!

- John and Cait

johnandcait@brewers.com

Brewers Announce 2012 Schedule

If you have been reading Brewers manager Ron Roenicke’s comments lately, he isn’t looking ahead; he’s just focusing on one game at a time.  I normally like to stick to the skipper’s ideology there, but sometimes you have to work ahead.  Although there is still plenty of work to do in 2011 for the Brewers, Major League Baseball today announced the 2012 schedule.

The Club’s 43rd season in Major League Baseball will open at home against the St. Louis Cardinals on Friday, April 6 at 3:10 p.m.  The 3:10 p.m. start time is due to April 6th being Good Friday.  It’s always exciting to host a “true” Opening Day at Miller Park.  This will mark the fourth Opening Day at Miller Park (2-1) and the 14th overall time the Brewers have opened the season at home (8-5).  The Brewers have played the Cardinals three times on Opening Day and are 2-1 in those games.

Opening Day marks the first of a three-game set versus the Brewers NL Central rival and is followed by a trip to Chicago to play the Cubs for four games (April 9 – 12) and to Atlanta for three more with the Braves (April 13 – 15).

One of the first questions every year with the schedule (after, “When is Opening Day?”) is always “Who do the Brewers play in Interleague play?” As always, the Brewers will have a home and home series with the Minnesota Twins, their “natural” rival at Miller Park May 18 – 20 and at Minneapolis June 15 – 17.  The rest of the Interleague schedule calls for a run of three-game series at Kansas City against the Royals (June 12 – 14); at home against the Toronto Blue Jays (June 18 – 20) and in Chicago to play the White Sox June (22 – 24).

The Brewers will have two, nine-game homestands in 2012.  During the first, the Brewers will face the Los Angeles Dodgers (April 17 – 19), Colorado Rockies (April 20 – 22) and Houston Astros (April 23 – 25).  The second nine-game homestand will see the Brewers face the Pittsburgh Pirates (June 1 – 3), Chicago Cubs (June 5 – 7) and San Diego Padres (June 8 – 10).

The team will have one 10-game road trip during the 2012 campaign that will take place in Pittsburgh (September 18 – 20), Washington (September 21 – 24) and Cincinnati (September 25 – 27).  The Brewers will also have a nine-game road trip that will take them to St. Louis (April 27 – 29), San Diego (April 30 – May 2) and San Francisco (May 4 – 6).

The Brewers will play at home on several holidays including Easter Sunday (April 8, vs. St. Louis); Mother’s Day (May 13 vs. Chicago) and on the Fourth of July against the Miami Marlins (the “Florida” Marlins will become the “Miami” Marlins beginning next season as they open their new ballpark).

The Brewers will close out the 2012 regular season at Miller Park, October 1 – 3 against the San Diego Padres. This marks the first regular season games in October in Milwaukee since the 2001 season when the season went into October because of the break MLB took during the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

Another schedule note, the MLB All-Star Game will take place on Tuesday, July 10 in Kansas City.

Home start times for the 2012 season will again be 7:10 p.m. for night games Monday – Friday, 6:10 p.m. for most Saturday games (several are listed as TBD), 12:10 for weekday afternoon games in April and May (except Opening Day), and 1:10 p.m. for Sunday games and weekday afternoon games from June through September (except July 3 and 4, which are both 3:10 p.m., and Sept. 12 which is TBD).  Road start times will be announced later in the winter.  All game dates and times are subject to change.   A complete 2012 Milwaukee Brewers schedule can be downloaded here: 2012 Brewers Schedule.

–JOHN

johnandcait@brewers.com

 

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