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Spring Training Equipment #TruckDay at Miller Park Means Baseball Is Right Around the Corner

With a big snow storm dropping up to 10” on snow on us earlier this month and that pesky groundhog predicting six more weeks of winter, it is easy for us Wisconsinites to get a case of severe cabin fever.

But one sign that Old Man Winter is on his way out is the annual packing of the Brewers equipment truck for Spring Training.

What was once a simple job, is now an event  that is the unofficial start to Spring Training and an event that has everyone thinking Brewers Baseball.  Equipment Manager Jason Shawger and Manager of Team Travel and Clubhouse Operations Matt Smith and their staff have planned this day for months, working on inventory of equipment and organizing all the gear to make sure today’s pack goes without a hitch.

The truck is leaving Miller Park today, packed full with everything the Brewers will need to run the operation at Maryvale Baseball Park in Phoenix. Here are some more photos from today’s event:

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Empty #Brewers clubhouse at Miller Park. It's all on the truck. #TruckDay

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Another thing on a lot of folks’ minds this year when thinking about Spring Training is Hank the Ballpark Pup. It’s been almost a year now since Hank first wandered into our Spring Training facility and changed our lives—and the lives of many other stray animals— forever.

Many people have been inquiring as to whether or not Hank will be making a return trip to Arizona this year. The answer is no, he will not.

However, in his place, Hank did send along a care package to his friends at the Arizona Humane Society. Those boxes were loaded onto the truck today as well:

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The truck is scheduled to arrive in Phoenix on Sunday and will be unpacked Monday. Pitchers and catchers report to camp Friday, February 20 and the first official workout is Thursday, February 26.  Soon enough, the pictures on this blog and the rest of our social media channels be showing Brewers players at camp, working out.  Green grass and sunshine are just around the corner.

 -Cait

@CMoyer

 

Enjoy this photo gallery from today’s event at Miller Park and keep thinking Spring!

Hank the #BallparkPup Named “Dog of the Year” in The CW Network’s World Dog Awards

Our lovable dog, “Hank, the Ballpark Pup,” has been named “Dog of the Year” at the CW Network’s World Dog Awards! Hosted by George Lopez, the event aired on the CW Network tonight.

The Dog of the Year, Hank the Ballpark Pup, poses with World Dog Awards Host, George Lopez.

The Dog of the Year, Hank the Ballpark Pup, poses with World Dog Awards Host, George Lopez.

 

The awards show put the spotlight on man’s best friend and highlighted special achievements by Hank and other canines alike.

 

The “Golden Hydrant” was presented to Hank by Paris Hilton on stage at the Barker Hanger, the site of the event in Los Angeles. 

The Dog of the Year, Hank the Ballpark Pup, poses with Paris Hilton, Terrell Owens and his adoptive family.

The Dog of the Year, Hank the Ballpark Pup, poses with Paris Hilton, Terrell Owens and his adoptive family.

Hank traveled to Los Angeles via Southwest Airlines with a Brewers contingent to accept the award “in person.” Prior to the event, Hank walked the green carpet where he was greeted by members of the Hollywood and national media.

The “Dog of the Year” award was presented to the canine who made the biggest impact on pop culture in 2014. Hank was one of five finalists and was elected via a public vote on the CW Network website.

Hank first appeared as a stray at Brewers Spring Training on February 17, the day of the first workout for pitchers and catchers. He became a fixture at camp and 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.

Hank has teamed up with the Wisconsin Humane Society (WHS) to initiate fundraisers benefitting the efforts to feed, care for and shelter homeless animals. In addition, 20 percent of Hank merchandise sales, such as his book and other Hank collectibles, are also donated to the WHS. To date, the Brewers and Brewers Community Foundation have raised more than $150,000 through this program.

Hank’s rise to the pop culture limelight since first walking on the field in February has been nothing short of tremendous. He has warmed the hearts of thousands of Brewers fans and dog lovers alike and continues to make a positive impact on the Milwaukee community.

World Dog Awards To Air Tomorrow; Tune in to the CW Network to See if Hank Wins Dog of the Year

Over the weekend, I shared images of Hank on the start of his journey to Los Angeles, where he attended the World Dog Awards.

Our very own Ballpark Pup is an official nominee for Dog of the Year at the award show, which was held and taped at the Barker Hangar in LA.

In Hank’s entourage are his adoptive mom, Marti Wronski, Brewers VP-General Counsel; his older brother, Jonah; and me.

I’ve got some more photos and footage from that trip to share with you, but my lips are sealed: you’ll have to tune in to the show tomorrow (January 15) at 7pm CT on the CW Network to find out which dog won!

Friday, January 9:

Hank traveled on Southwest Airlines flight 900 from General Mitchell International Airport to LAX:

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Hank checked in to  the Hotel Palomar, a very dog-friendly hotel, where he was greeted like the celebrity he is:

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Saturday, January 10:

Hank had a little downtime on Saturday morning, so he went for a walk:

After strolling down Rodeo Drive, he also located the three stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame dedicated to canines:

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Hank then walked the “Green Carpet” in advance of the award show:

Hank then attended the World Dog Awards, which was hosted by George Lopez:

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There, Hank met many celebrities–both human and canine. We’ve got a lot more great photos to share from the event, but I’ll wait to post them until after the show airs on Thursday.

Sunday, January 11:

Hank’s whirlwind Hollywood weekend came to an end as he traveled back home to Milwaukee:

Again, don’t forget tune in to the show tomorrow night at 7pm CT on the CW Network to see the results (at the very least, you’ll see Hank’s nomination). You’ll also want to follow @Brewers that night as we live tweet along with the show. 

Then, check back here and on our various social sites for more fun photos from the weekend.

-Cait

@CMoyer

Hank Heads to Hollywood for the World Dog Awards; Last Day to #VOTEHANK as Dog of the Year

Early this morning, Hank boarded a Southwest Airlines flight from General Mitchell International Airport to Los Angeles, where he will be attending the World Dog Awards.

Our very own Ballpark Pup is an official nominee for Dog of the Year at the award show, which will take place tomorrow at the Barker Hangar in LA.

In Hank’s entourage are his adoptive mom, Marti Wronski, Brewers VP-General Counsel; his older brother, Jonah; and me.

Here are some photos from the start of his journey:

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I’ll be documenting his travels here and on our various social media sites this weekend, but you’ll have to tune in to the show on Thursday, January 15 at 7pm CT on the CW Network to find out who won!

Help lock in Hank by casting your vote-voting ends tonight! Log on to WorldDogAwards.com to #VoteHank.

 

-Cait

@CMoyer

Hank Meets Hank

One hammered baseballs, one chases them.

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Hank the Ballpark Pup had the chance to meet his namesake, the great Hank Aaron, who is in town for Brewers Community Foundation’s annual “An Evening with Hank Aaron,” event.

 

-Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

 

 

Brewers Pay Visit to Wisconsin Humane Society; Participate in PAL Graduation

This afternoon, Brandon and Melissa Kintzler, Tom Gorzelanny (and his son Gavin), Ed Sedar, the Klement’s Famous Racing Sausages, and Hank the Ballpark Pup participated in the Wisconsin Humane Society PAL Graduation.

PAL stands for People and Animals Learning and is a two-week summer camp for Milwaukee children, ages 10-13. The kids are paired up to train a shelter dogs over the course of the camp and take part in other confidence-building and violence prevention activities. Since the program began in 1993, there have been over 750 graduates from the program. (For more information, click here.)

At today’s graduation, the kids demonstrated their new dog-handling skills and received their diplomas.

Here are a few fun photos from the day:

Following the graduation, the Brewers contingent was given a behind-the-scenes tour of the facility by Anne Reed, President & CEO of the Wisconsin Humane Society. Here are a few more photos from that tour, including the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center:

Congratulations once again to the PAL graduates and thank you to the Wisconsin Humane Society for all of the good you do in the community!

 

-Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

New Retro Hank Tees Available at the Brewers Team Store

Those of you who have a “Hank”ering for a retro Ballpark Pup t-shirt are in luck. Look what just came in at the Brewers Team Store:

Retro Hank Tee 2

This tee retails for $29.00 and is available in Men’s sizes Small – 2XL.

 -Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

Hank Beach Towel Night at Miller Park

Fans attending tonight’s game can now take Hank to the beach.

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Okay, maybe not literally like these gals did, but all fans attending tonight’s game versus the Giants received a full-size Hank Beach Towel, compliments of Meijer.

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In addition, Hank (and his Hank House) were available for a photo opportunity for the first 500 fans in line beginning when the gates opened:

It's Hank Beach Towel Night and the guest of honor is in the house! #Brewers #BallparkPup

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And even opposing teams can’t resist Hank’s charms: San Francisco Giants Manager Bruce Bochy also requested to meet our famous Ballpark Pup:

 

 

-Cait

JohnandCait@Brewers.com

All-Fan Hank Beach Towel Day Announced

With the September 13 “BobbleHank” game now limited to single seats and standing room only tickets, fans of Hank, “The Ballpark Pup,” can still get in on the fun as today we announced another promotion celebrating the team’s famous four-legger.

On Wednesday, August 6, all fans attending the Brewers versus Giants game at 7:10 pm will receive a full-size Hank Beach Towel, compliments of Meijer.

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In addition, Hank (and his Hank House) will be available for a photo opportunity with the first 500 fans in line beginning when gates open that night (90 minutes before first pitch). The photo opportunity will take place on the Field Level concourse near the Right Field Gate entrance.

“Based on the fan response, the BobbleHank giveaway was easily one of our most popular promotions ever, and when the game quickly reached standing room only status, there were a lot of fans who were disappointed,” said Brewers Chief Operating Officer Rick Schlesinger. “We expect that the Beach Towel giveaway will be just as popular, and with Hank appearing at both of these games, it promises to be a fun evening at Miller Park for everyone.”

Tickets for the Hank Beach Towel night and all remaining Brewers games are on sale at the Miller Park Box Office, through brewers.com, or by phone at (414-902-4000).

-Cait

JohnandCait@Brewers.com

Hank the #BallparkPup to Make Meet & Greet Appearance at Next Tuesday’s Game

By popular demand, America’s favorite Ballpark Pup is making an encore appearance at Miller Park.

After meeting more than 700 fans for photos in a public appearance during the May 14 game, Hank, the Ballpark Pup, returns to the stage on Tuesday, June 24 as the Brewers take on the Washington Nationals at 7:10 pm.

Hank has quietly appeared at several games this year, but he has only made two public appearances at Miller Park since arriving in Milwaukee in March.

Hank’s return will come in the bottom of the 5th inning of the Brewers vs. Nationals game. For one inning, he will appear on the Field Level Concourse in the right field corner. Fans are welcome to visit and take photos of Milwaukee’s most famous pup with his very own “Hank House.”

Fans will have an opportunity to make a voluntary donation to the Wisconsin Humane Society during Hank’s appearance.

 

6/24 Update: Hundreds of fans lined up to see Hank tonight, it seems he is just as “pup”ular as ever!

HANK 6.24.14

-Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

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