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An Open Letter to “Sarah” and Chad, the “Mystery Man,” at Miller Park

Chad the "Mystery Man" and  Sarah's son.

Chad the “Mystery Man” and Sarah’s son.

Dear Sarah and Chad,

We are baseball fans just like you and read Sarah’s blog about your interaction with each other this weekend at Miller Park.  It touched us here at Miller Park, like it obviously has so many people through social media (take a look at the long list of comments on Sarah’s blog! WOW!) and the general news media.  It was a great story of kindness in the spirit of baseball.

We want to reach out to you both and invite you back to Miller Park for a game as guests of the Brewers.  We want you to meet again so a proper “Thank You” can take place.  A thank you over the internet isn’t as meaningful as a thank you in person.  And what better place to do it than Miller Park!?  Anyway, if you are reading this, please get in touch us via e-mail at johnandcait@brewers.com.  Milwaukee is a close community and a lot of “friends of friends” as we all know–somehow this message will find you both.  We hope to make another special memory for you and your family.

Thanks for teaching everyone a lesson in kindness and Go Brewers!

–John and Cait (and the rest of the Brewers Staff at Miller Park)

johnandcait@brewers.com

Gomez and Segura Named to MLB All-Star Team

The day the All-Star Teams are selected is always an exciting day around the ballpark.  There is always a buzz knowing at least one player from your team will receive the honor of representing their team in the Midsummer Classic.

Today was no different at Miller Park as two Milwaukee Brewers were named to their very first MLB All-Star Team.  Carlos Gomez and Jean Segura will represent the Brewers at Citi Field in New York on July 16 in the MLB All-Star Game.  They were named reserves on the National League squad during the selection special on FOX.

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Gomez is hitting .319 (7th in NL) with 13 home runs and 41 RBI this season.  He also has 18 stolen bases (T5th in NL), 20 doubles and a National League-leading nine triples.  He is also third in the National League in both slugging percentage (.572) and extra-base hits (42).  He has picked up National League Player of the Week for the week of April 15 – 21 after batting .500 (9-for-18) with five runs, two home runs and three RBI in six games.

Not only have the offensive numbers of Gomez been impressive, but how about his defense?! Last night, he robbed a home run as he scaled the wall. Those plays have been routine for Gomez.

Segura is hitting .322 with 11 home runs and 33 RBI this season.  Although he is not considered a rookie, it is Segura’s first full season in the Major Leagues and he was named to his first Opening Day roster out of Spring Training.  A key piece in last year’s Zack Greinke trade with Los Angeles of Anaheim, Segura leads the Brewers with 26 stolen bases (2nd in the NL) and is the only player in the Major Leagues this season with ten or more home runs and 25 or more stolen bases.

Segura’s eight triples are tied for second in the National League and his 31 multi-hit games rank fourth in the NL.  He also enjoyed two double-digit hitting streaks during the month of June (10g and 12g).

Like Gomez, Segura’s defense has also been impressive all season as he has been very solid at shortstop.

Between the two of them, they have combined for 206 hits this season (Segura 109, tops in the National League, Gomez 97).  That ranks second among National League teammates, trailing only Yadier Molina (106) and Matt Carpenter (105) of St. Louis (211).

This is the first time since 2011 that the Brewers had more than one All-Star.  Last year was the first year the Brewers were represented with only one player since 2005.  This is also the first year since 2006 that the Brewers do not have a starter in the game.  Segura is the first Brewers shortstop selected to an All-Star team since J.J. Hardy was selected in 2007.

Make sure to support Gomez and Segura by tuning in to the game on Tuesday, July 16 on FOX.  It is always a great event and is a great showcase for the game.

–JOHN

johnandcait@brewers.com

“Beyond the Diamond” Initiative Continues Today with S.C.O.R.E. for Excellence Day presented by The Gordon Flesch Company

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The Brewers Beyond the Diamond program continued today with “S.C.O.R.E. for Excellence Day presented by The Gordon Flesch Company.”    Beyond the Diamond is a series of community outreach events that will take place throughout the season from May through August.  The program is built around a partnership with Brewers Community Foundation, which features Brewers players, coaches, wives, alumni and team staff working hands-on in the community.

Yovani Gallardo, Carlos Gomez, Alfredo Figaro and Wily Peralta visited  the over 600 energetic children at Vieau School to emphasize the importance of education.  S.C.O.R.E. is an acronym for School, Community, Opportunities, Role Models and Excellence with an emphasis toward education, interaction and life skills. During the program, players engaged students in a dialogue about the importance of these five S.C.O.R.E. elements. The program helps open communication between the students and their role models. T-shirts and game tickets will be provided, along with a $2,500 donation from Brewers Community Foundation toward academic programs.

Vieau is a bilingual school and the program for the kids was done mostly in Spanish.  The event was emceed by the Spanish play-by-play announcer for the Brewers, Andy Olivares of ESPN Deportes Milwaukee.  Figaro spoke of the importance of school while growing up in the Dominican Republic, Peralta talked about community, Gomez spoke about taking advantage of opportunities given to the youngsters and Gallardo talked about the role models in his life–his parents and teachers–and compared them to the role models in the lives of students.

Also participating in today’s event was Kurt Konicke of the Gordon Flesch Company, Vieau principal Eduardo Galvan and Dr. Gregory Thornton, Superintendent of Milwaukee Public Schools.  Special thanks go to Katina Shaw and Cecelia Gore for helping play today’s event and to Scott Paulus for the great photos.

The first event in the “Beyond the Diamond” initiative for the Brewers was a Habitat for Humanity build earlier this month.

–JOHN

johnandcait@brewers.com

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