Results tagged ‘ #BallparkPup ’

Everyone Loves Hank: #BallparkPup Transcends Team Allegiances

As Brewers fans, you know the heartwarming “tail” well by now.

Hank, the little stray pup who wandered into Brewers Spring Training Camp in Phoenix, Arizona, on February 17, the day of the first workout for pitchers and catchers, quickly captured the hearts of Brewers fans, as well as pet-lovers across the world.

Hank’s story has blurred the lines of team allegiance, with fans of other teams tuning in for updates on the pup. And his story has even transcended the sport itself. We can’t tell you how many comments and letters we’ve received from people who say they don’t even follow baseball, but they love dogs, or pets in general, and can’t help but follow Hank.

Even players from other teams have fallen for Hank, as Diamondbacks pitcher Brandon McCarthy tweeted this during Spring Training:

And Brandon has continued to follow Hank’s story into the season:

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Brandon and his wife, Amanda, are dog lovers and have a 6-year-old Westie, a small white pup of their own, named Hobbes:

We can see a resemblance to Hank and why his story has caught their attention.

A series of tweets was exchanged between Brandon, Amanda and the Club…

Which led to arranging a meeting between Brandon and Hank today before batting practice at Miller Park:

“This dog is awesome. I get to meet a dog on the road, which is great anytime you have to leave your dog at home. There should be more dogs on the road, more dogs in public to play with, so having one on a baseball field combines some of my favorite things,” Brandon said.

Watch the full interview, here:

Yes, it was clear that Brandon and Hank enjoyed each other’s company, but don’t worry Brewers fans, it is clear where Hank’s allegiance rests.

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-Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

You and Your Dog Could Be Featured in the Brewers Pet Calendar with Hank!

This year, we’ll be creating a Brewers Pet Calendar, featuring photos of the players and coaches with their pets and/or animals from the Wisconsin Humane Society, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the organization….and you and your dog could be included!

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Here’s all you have to do:

Tweet and/or Instagram a photo of you with your dog using the hashtag #MyBallparkPup by Wednesday, May 7, 2014 and one lucky winner will be selected to appear in the Brewers Pet Calendar alongside Hank, the Ballpark Pup! 

The winner must be available the afternoon of Saturday, May 10 for the photo shoot. Click for official rules.

-Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

Home Away From Home: The “Hank House” to Debut at Miller Park Today

Hank, the “Ballpark Pup,” is getting a home at Miller Park.  The “Hank House,” a roomy, one bedroom Cape Cod-style dwelling, debuted today as the Crew opens a six-game homestand against the San Diego Padres at 7:10 p.m.

As you can see, the “Hank House” features a mini-slide and the #BallparkPup hashtag.

It will be positioned at “The Point” in centerfield for tonight’s game and as a mobile home, it will move around the ballpark throughout the season.  When Hank is at Miller Park, it will be his home and used for photo opportunities and appearances.

We think he likes it!

 

4/21/14 In-Game Update:

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-Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

Brew Crew Bracketology: Brewers March Madness Update

Back in Spring Training when the NCAA tournament got underway, we asked some of the Crew to fill out brackets.

Now we’re down to the Final Four (On Wisconsin!), so we thought we’d post the updated brackets here so you can follow along with Brew Crew Bracketology below and see how their picks are “netting” out.

As you can see, even Hank and Bernie Brewer got in on the fun and Bernie has even correctly picked 3 of the Final Four! He’s got Wisconsin in the National Championship game, so let’s hope he’s right!

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If you’ll notice, I filled out a bracket, too. Although I’m a Marquette girl and I’m bummed they aren’t in it,  I am cheering Wisconsin on loudly and I really do love the excitement of this time of year–both on the basketball and baseball fronts.

Bracket busted? Never fear. Brewers season is underway!

Cheers,

-Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

Plush Hank Toys Arrive Just in Time for Opening Day!

Now you can take home a Hank that’s almost as cuddly as the #BallparkPup himself!

Yes, plush Hank toys are available at the Brewers Team Store at Miller Park. They retail for $20 and 20% goes to the Wisconsin Humane Society.

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Even Scooter Gennett has a plush Hank toy.

 

-Cait

JohnandCait@Brewers.com

It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Brewers Season

Every season, the Pepsi displays at local stores keep getting better and better…

Like this one, found at the Pick ‘n Save on Coldspring Road:

Hank PNS Pepsi Display

Just another sign that Opening Day is getting closer… 2 more days, my friends!

-Cait
JohnandCait@brewers.com

 

We’ve Heard the Barking: Here’s Your BobbleHank; Financial Donations by Brewers and Players, Adopt-a-Pet and Pet Supply Collection Drive to Benefit Rescue Organizations Also Tied Into Wisconsin Humane Society Day

In response to overwhelming popular demand, we announced today that we are adding a 15th all-fan giveaway to the schedule in 2014: a BobbleHank.

In case you missed it, we teased this announcement earlier this week:

Hank, the “Ballpark Pup,” will be featured as a ninth Bobblehead to be given away to all-fans as part of a Wisconsin Humane Society Day on Saturday, September 13 at Miller Park. The Brewers take on the Cincinnati Reds that evening at 6:10 pm.

Tickets to the game are available now through Brewers.com, at the Miller Park Box Office, and by calling 414-902-4000.

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A portion of the proceeds from tickets sales for that game will be donated by the Brewers to the Wisconsin Humane Society’s “Hank Fund,” a pool that benefits stray animals in their care transferred from the Milwaukee Area Domestic Animal Control Commission, as well as stray animals at the WHS Ozaukee and Racine Campuses. Brewers players have stepped forward and also will contribute to the fund.

“We had Hank down here with us for almost a month, and he became one of the most popular guys in the clubhouse,” said Brewers pitcher Brandon Kintzler, who actively supports the Wisconsin Humane Society through financial contributions and participation in other initiatives. “We wanted to do something special to benefit other animals who are stray, homeless or have other needs, and there’s no better cause than helping build this fund.”

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Brandon Kinztler bonded with Hank during Spring Training in AZ.

The team, in cooperation with the Wisconsin Humane Society, will sponsor numerous initiatives that evening, including an Adopt-a-Pet event on the Miller Park concourse where fans can meet four-legged friends available for adoption. In addition, all weekend long fans are encouraged by Brewers Community Foundation to bring new pet supplies that will be distributed to area rescue organizations as part of the “Drive for Charity.” Items that will be collected include 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. Those donating will receive a special commemorative pin with Hank’s likeness to mark the occasion.

“Hank has crossed every demographic and is so much more than just a sports or pop-culture phenomenon,” said Brewers Chief Operating Officer Rick Schlesinger. “We’re seeing that his story can brighten everyone’s day, but it also greatly benefits these worthy organizations that do so much good in our community.”

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.

“Our heartfelt gratitude to the Milwaukee Brewers and our local community cannot be overstated,” said Anne Reed, President & CEO of the Wisconsin Humane Society. “Hank has inspired us all with his storybook tale, and we so appreciate this generous donation, as well as the opportunity to showcase homeless dogs on Adopt-a-Pet Day.”

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 on March 16 on a Southwest Airlines charter flight and made his Miller Park debut last week as merchandise bearing his image was released at the Brewers Team Store by Majestic.  Twenty-percent of sales of Hank merchandise will be donated back to the Wisconsin Humane Society’s “Hank Fund.”

Hank sits with Brewers COO Rick Schlesinger at a media event this afternoon.

Hank sits with Brewers COO Rick Schlesinger at a media event this afternoon.

For a complete list of the 2014 Brewers All-Fan Giveaways, click here.

-John and Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

Hank Officially Signs #Brewers Contract; Milwaukee to be his “Fur-ever” Home

Making the team is one thing. Signing a contract is another.

Today, we presented Hank with an official contract, which he carefully reviewed. We hoped he wouldn’t drag his tail because we think we got the pick of the litter.

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But not to worry, after careful consideration, he “paw”-tographed it, giving it his stamp of approval.

Hank-contract-signed Yep-make no bones about it, Hank is now officially a member of the Brewers into perPETuity, calling Milwaukee his “fur-ever” home.

 

-Cait

JohnandCait@Brewers.com

Brew Crew Bracketology: Brewers March Madness Update

Last week when the NCAA Basketball Tournament got underway, we asked some of the Crew to fill out brackets.

Even Hank and Bernie Brewer got in on the fun!

As the next round begins on Thursday, we thought we’d post the updated brackets here so you can follow along with Brew Crew Bracketology below and see how their picks are “netting” out.

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If you’ll notice, I filled out a bracket, too. Although I’m a Marquette girl and I’m bummed they aren’t in it,  I do love the excitement of this time of year–both on the basketball and baseball fronts.

Bracket busted? Never fear. Opening Day (true March Madness!) is just 6 days away!

Cheers,

-Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

Hank Becomes Official Resident on National Puppy Day

You’re all probably wondering: “How did Hank spend National Puppy Day?”

Well, this afternoon, the Ballpark Pup made a trip to the Milwaukee Area Domestic Animal Control Commission (MADACC) to get his official Milwaukee County dog license. We’re proud to report he is now an official resident!

He has a shiny green tag and the papers – complete with a paw-print signature – to prove it. Hank continues to do very well at his forever home, and loves running around the Brewers offices.

Meanwhile in Phoenix, word seems to be getting out that Maryvale Baseball Park is the place to be for strays needing attention. “Arrow,” so named for the arrow-shaped mark on his back, wandered onto the Brewers Minor League fields this morning and is now being bathed and fed by Brewers staff. Arrow appears to be something of a Chihuahua and Beagle mix.

Arrow wandered onto the Brewers Minor League fields this morning and is now being bathed and fed by Brewers staff.

Arrow wandered onto the Brewers Minor League fields this morning and is now being cared for by Brewers staff.

Wheels are in motion to find his family and failing that, we’ll help get him to a good home.

 -Cait

JohnandCait@Brewers.com

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