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Celebrating the 40th Anniversary of Hank Aaron’s Historic Home Run

On April 8, 1974, 40 years ago today,  as a member of the Atlanta Braves, Henry “Hammerin’ Hank” Aaron, considered by many to be the greatest baseball player ever, hit his historic 715th home run off of Dodgers veteran Al Downing at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium, a home run that broke Babe Ruth’s all-time record.

Here’s a great look back from Lyle Spencer. 

Aaron retired as all-time Home Run King with 755 career round-trippers, the last of which he hit on  July 20, 1976, while playing for the Milwaukee Brewers at County Stadium. For over 30 years, that home run has represented one of the most historic moments in Milwaukee Brewers history and all of Major League Baseball and there is a plaque situated in Brewers Lot 1, a preferred parking area located east of Helfaer Field, marking the landing spot of that final moon shot.

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- Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

Double Clutch Menu Item for Braves Series: Chicken and Waffles

Chef John is at it again, putting his own touch on the soul food classic meal of Chicken and Waffles available for the Opening Series  at Miller Park’s “Double Clutch” stand.

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We think you’ll really enjoy the Buttermilk fried chicken and rosemary and thyme-infused waffles, covered with cayenne maple syrup, arugula, endive and pecan slaw–two to an order.

A popular dish in the South, the Chicken and Waffles are $9 and available through the Opening series with the Atlanta Braves.

Also available is a Smoked Turkey Chili, served in a bread bowl. That is $9 as well.

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The Double Clutch stand is on the Loge Level outside section 215 (on the first base side of the press box).

-John & Cait

johnandcait@brewers.com

Singles’ Night at Miller Park is Tuesday, April 1!

Two weeks from tonight, the 2014 Brewers season will officially be underway. We’ll be into our second game of the year, against the Atlanta Braves, a 7:10pm start.

It also happens to be Singles Night, hosted by It’s Just Lunch!

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For just $48, you’ll get your ticket to the game in the Dew Deck a full buffet, two drinks per person and the chance to mix and mingle with other single Brewers fans. When you think about it, Miller Park is the perfect place to meet someone–you’ll already have your mutual love of the Crew in common… and who knows? You just might meet someone with whom you can spend the rest of the season coming to games…and if everything continues to go well, you can always have your wedding at the place where you met!

But I’m getting waayyyy ahead of things here.  Even if you don’t meet the person of your dreams, you’re guaranteed to have fun, so for a good time, call (414) 902-GRPS (4777) or purchase your ticket here.

Cheers!
-Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

 

Join Us at Miller Park for the 6th Annual Weather Day!

On Wednesday, April 2, we’re turning Miller Park into Wisconsin’s largest classroom–again!

It’s the 6th annual Weather Day and students and teachers agree, Miller Park is the perfect atmosphere for a field trip!

Once again, the Brewers are teaming up with TODAY’S TMJ4 to create an exciting event that will give students an educational and fun-filled day at the ballpark.

Students will enjoy a special lesson on the science of weather from the Storm Team 4 Meteorologists and take part in an interactive Science Fair featuring Discovery World, Milwaukee Public Museum, Mitchell Park Domes, STEP Program presented by Ready Wisconsin, and TODAY’S TMJ4—all before settling in to watch the Brewers take on the Atlanta Braves.

Plus, exclusively for Weather Day attendees, hot dogs and small sodas are only $1 with the Weather Day concession voucher. With so many fun activities and a variety of affordable pricing options starting at just $9, Weather Day is sure to blow you away!

Click below to see some highlights from our previous Weather Day events, then visit brewers.com/weatherday to secure your tickets!

-Cait

JohnandCait@Brewers.com

The Countdown to Brewers Opening Day is On!

Happy New Year, Brewers fans!

The new year brings with it a new season and, a new countdown to Opening Day, Monday, March 31 when your Brewers take on the Atlanta Braves at 1:10pm at Miller Park.

As you know, Opening Day is practically a holiday in Milwaukee and looking forward to it helps us all get through the long, cold Wisconsin winter.

As of today (Friday, January 3), we’re just 87 days away from kicking off the 2014 season at Miller Park.

Last year, we had fun coming up with countdown images across our various social media platforms:

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We also asked you to show us how you were counting down for a chance to win Opening Day tickets…. And we loved your creativity so much that this year, we’re hoping to rely on you to show us how you’re counting down each day. One Grand Prize winner will be selected to be in the crowd on March 31, plus receive a pair of Brewers 10-Packs!

Here’s how it works:

Join us in our #SeeUMarch31 countdown by creating original photo(s) showing how you count down to the Brewers Home Opener each day leading up to it. For example, Tuesday, January 7 is 83 days until Opening Day. Fans submitting their photos showing their “83” by 5pm CT the day prior (Monday, January 6) will be eligible to have theirs selected as the one we post across all of our social media channels on Tuesday, January 7.  Simply tag your entries on Instagram and/or Twitter using hashtag #SeeUMarch31.

Each day, we’ll select our favorite and post it across Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Google Plus and Tumblr, giving you credit, of course!

Just before Opening Day, each of the daily winners will be eligible to win the Grand Prize—a pair of Brewers 10-Packs plus Opening Day tickets!

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For complete rules, click here.

I can’t wait to see what you all come up with!

#SeeUMarch31,

-Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

This Sunday is Hank Aaron Bobblehead Day presented by U.S. Cellular

In 1963, as a member of the Milwaukee Braves, Hank became the first MLB player to hit over 40 home runs and steal 30 bases in a single season. He finished that year with 44 home runs and 31 stolen bases.

Earlier this season, we celebrated Ryan Braun’s 40-30 season with a bobblehead and this Sunday, we’ll be featuring Hank in a Milwaukee Braves uniform for his own special 40-30 bobblehead and you’ll want to be in attendance when the Crew takes on the New York Mets to score yours.

You’ll notice that the back of the jersey on the bobblehead reads “H. Aaron.” That’s because Hank’s younger brother, the late Tommie Aaron, a first baseman and left fielder, also played for the Milwaukee Braves at the time (1962-1963; 1965). [In addition, Tommie played with Hank for the Atlanta Braves (1968-1971). Fun Fact: Tommie hit a total of just 13 Major League home runs during his career, but when combined with Hank's 755, Tommie and Hank still hold the Major League record for the most career home runs between two brothers.]

For those keeping score at home, this will be the third Hank Aaron bobblehead that we’ve given away at Miller Park. The first was in 2002 and then in 2010, we celebrated the 40th Anniversary of Brewers Baseball with bobbleheads from various decades and Hank was our honoree from the 1970s. Don’t miss out on the chance to add this one to your collection!

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- Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

Double Clutch Menu Item for Braves Series: Chicken and Waffle Sliders

Chef John is at it again, putting his own touch on the soul food classic meal of Chicken and Waffle Sliders available this weekend at Miller Park’s “Double Clutch” stand.  This is probably the best one I have tried to date.

Thyme infused waffles and crispy fried chicken (boneless) served slider style–two to an order.  The chicken is topped with a homemade maple-dijon aioli and micro greens.  I urge you all to give this a shot because it is delicious.  The sweet taste of the waffles and maple aioli combined with the chicken makes for an awesome combination.  If I can help myself, I might try it each day this weekend.

A popular dish in the South, the Chicken and Waffle Sliders are $10 and available throughout the three-game weekend set with the Atlanta Braves.  They are meant to be eaten like a sandwich, but might be a bit messy so grab a fork and knife.  I can’t wait to hear your reviews, please share below.  I think you will all enjoy this.

The waffles are made fresh on the griddle at the stand.

The waffles are made fresh on the griddle at the stand.

A staple of the Double Clutch, the Spaghetti-in-a-Meatball is also available again and features a 1/2 pound beef and veal meatball stuffed with spaghetti and mozzarella cheese and topped with marinara sauce.  That is $9.

The Double Clutch stand is on the Loge Level outside section 215 (on the first base side of the press box).

–JOHN

johnandcait@brewers.com

42 a Must-See for Baseball Fans

Last night, I was privileged to attend a special screening of “42,” the highly-anticipated Warner Bros & Legendary Pictures biopic of the late, great Jackie Robinson, with a special reception for community leaders, hosted in part by Brewers Community Foundation.

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The showing, which took place at Mayfair Mall’s AMC Theatres, was one of just three private screenings in the entire country. In addition to Milwaukee, the other screenings took place in Washington D.C. (hosted by Michelle Obama) and in Atlanta, GA (with Hank Aaron in attendance), also last evening.

The movie is scheduled to open in theaters on Friday, April 12, but I’ve got a review for you here, plus details on a play based on Robinson’s life opening in Milwaukee called Jackie and Me.

First, in case you haven’t seen it, here’s the 42 trailer to whet your appetite:

Although the movie is called “42,” referencing Jackie Robinson’s jersey number, this story is not only about Jackie—it’s also about legendary Brooklyn Dodgers GM Branch Rickey, whose brave stand against prejudice forever changed the world by changing the game of baseball.

Because, in Rickey’s words, “There is more than playing. I wish it meant only hits runs, and errors-only the things they put in the box score. Because…a baseball box score is a democratic thing. It doesn’t tell how big you are, what church you attend, what color you are, or how your father voted in the last election.”

The movie opens in 1945 and chronicles Robinson’s journey from the Negro Leagues team the Kansas City Monarchs to the Brooklyn Dodgers’ AAA Club, the Montreal Royals and finally to his Major League debut on April 15, 1947 as a member of the Brooklyn Dodgers (a date we now commemorate across MLB as Jackie Robinson Day).

I will warn you that there are a few scenes that are tough to watch—but then you remember that this is not just a fictional movie; it’s something that actually happened less than 70 years ago, and you think about how, if it’s so hard for you to watch, how hard must it have been for Robinson to endure?

That’s the feeling the filmmakers are trying to convey. And they don’t just want you to sympathize with Robinson (although that’s a key theme in the film)—they want to illustrate the type of man that he was, how primarily with help from Rickey, his wife, and a reporter named Wendell Smith, he prevailed in the face of the greatest of adversity and went on to not only break the color barrier, but become the 1947 Rookie of the Year and stolen bases champion, a six-time All-Star, and World Series Champion (1955).

Story aside for a moment, the acting in this film is just superb. Chadwick Boseman, a relatively unknown actor, gives an amazing performance as Jackie Robinson and Nicole Beharie, an actress of similar stature is stunning and gorgeous in her role as his wife, Rachel. And although I will admit that I had my doubts when I heard Harrison Ford was playing Branch Rickey (especially after reading this article), he surprised me with a very believable and powerful portrayal. The other actors in the film, particularly those playing Robinson’s teammates or rivals, also did an excellent job. Whether it was someone lovable who sympathized with Robinson and reached out to him; or someone despicable (and there are plenty), you could tell that each character and line of dialogue was specifically chosen by screenwriter Brian Helgeland and really (excuse the pun) hits home.

One of my favorite people in the story is Pee Wee Reese the Brooklyn Dodgers’ All-Star shortstop, portrayed by Lucas Black. His prowess on the field aside, Reese is also famous for his support of Robinson through the most difficult times.

Here's a graphic from the movie's Facebook page, depicting a powerful scene between Reese & Robinson.

Here’s a graphic from the movie’s Facebook page, depicting a powerful scene between Reese & Robinson.

In the movie he says to Robinson, “Maybe tomorrow we’ll all wear 42. That way they won’t be able to tell us apart.”

It’s a moment of levity and a moment of foreshadowing because, as you’re likely aware, each year on April 15, in an inspiring, league-wide effort, Major League Baseball teams observe Jackie Robinson Day. On this day, all players and on-field personnel wear the number “42,” in honor of his indelible legacy and commemorating the historic date when Baseball truly became our national game. This year, because the Brewers have an off-day on Monday, April 15, we’ll celebrate Jackie Robinson Day on April 16 when the San Francisco Giants come to town.

There’s also another Brewers-Robinson connection: First Stage Children’s Theater will feature the play Jackie and Me at the Marcus Center for the Performing Arts in Milwaukee. It will be performed April 12 through May 5 and Brewers Community Foundation and Rickie Weeks are serving as sponsors of the production. Tickets can be ordered online at firststage.org.

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Now since the Brewers had a game last night, unfortunately none of our players were able to attend the screening. However, in Washington, in addition to the movie’s cast and crew, Bryce Harper of the Washington Nationals was in attendance on his off-day. He tweeted:

Likewise, some of the Atlanta Braves spent their off-day seeing the movie as well:

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I hope you’ll take our recommendations and go and see this amazing film. I can’t wait to hear what you think. Please share your comments/reviews below.

-Cait

johnandcait@brewers.com

Sunday, June 23: Klement’s Famous Racing Sausages Polish Sausage Bobble

On Sunday, June 23, we’ll host Polish Heritage Day at Miller Park for the game vs. the Atlanta Braves and all fans in attendance will receive a Klement’s Famous Racing Sausages Polish Sausage Bobble.

The Polish Sausage will be featured wearing a “Piwowarzy” jersey, which is the Polish translation for Brewers.

Individual tickets are on sale now!  Plus, the Klement’s Famous Racing Sausages Polish Sausage Bobble game is included in the 20-Game Sunday Plus Plan!

3/18/13 Update: This just in! A photo of the Polish Sausage Bobble–What do you think?

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-John and Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

We #BREWLIEVE!

For Brewers fans, it’s been quite the September to remember. Over the last 29 games, the Crew is 23-6 and, so far this month the Crew has gone 14-4, including three-game sweeps against the Atlanta Braves and the Pittsburgh Pirates.

The Crew is now 4-0-1 over their last 5 road series and has gone 12-5 over the last 17 road games.

During that time, according to the website coolstandings.com, the Brewers chances of making the 2012 Postseason have risen dramatically from .6% on September 1 to 17.5% as of today.

Currently, just one team—the St. Louis Cardinals—is ahead of the Brewers in the race for the second NL Wild Card spot. They lead by only 2.5 games as of the time of this post.

And, of course, there is still plenty of work to be done. The Brewers face a tough four-game set against the Washington Nationals and then a three-game series against the Cincinnati Reds, both teams that clinched playoff berths yesterday.

However, then we return home for our final six regular season games of the year, three against the Houston Astros (September 28-30) and three against the San Diego Padres (October 1-3).

And, as we know, thanks to you guys, the best fans in baseball, we’ve got a home field advantage at Miller Park that is second to none. The Brewers have always had one of the best home records in baseball. Last season the team set a franchise record with 57 wins at Miller Park. This season, the Brewers are 46-29 at home including winning 19 of their last 22 home games.  The Brewers tied a Miller Park record with nine straight wins from August 20 – September 12.

Brewers fans have remained positive this season and maintained that “never say die” attitude. Despite any apparent adversity, we all continue to believe in our team.

In fact, there’s a term for Brewers fans believing in the Crew. It’s something we’ve noticed that has been catching on across various social channels already and we’re jumping on board because, yes, like you, we #BREWLIEVE.

So, as of now, the Brewers are hanging in there, winning games and doing their part. You can do yours by coming out and showing your support for the team during the final homestand of the season and spreading the #BREWLIEVE message to your friends.

Tweet using the hashtag to tell them why you #BREWLIEVE in the Crew. Share the graphic on Facebook and/or download your I #Brewlieve Facebook Timeline image here.

While no one knows how things will pan out, one thing’s for sure: MLB’s addition of two more Wild Card teams and a single elimination game in each league has certainly added to the excitement of the playoff push.

On Wednesday morning, Commissioner Selig told MLB.com’s Mark Newman, “It’s been amazing. It’s fascinating to watch the different things that have happened. We’ve got great division races, we’ve got a little of everything. You really judge how well we’ve done by the number of teams Labor Day and then post-Labor Day that are still in the hunt. Even I didn’t think we could do this well.”

Keep the faith, Brewers fans! #BREWLIEVE!

-John and Cait
johnandcait@brewers.com

Note: With the second Wild Card format for 2012, the three division winners in each league will await the survivor of a one-game playoff between the Wild Card teams in each league. Both games are slated for Friday, October 5, two days after the end of the regular season. Barring weather disruptions, the Division Series field of four teams in each league will begin the following Saturday and Sunday.

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