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Brewers Players & Coaches Attend Military Luncheon

Several Brewers players and coaches joined military families for a private tailgate lunch at the Milwaukee County War Memorial Center this afternoon.  Each branch of the military was represented.

Here are some photos from this special event:

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As part of the organization’s community initiative known as “Beyond the Diamond,” Brewers players and coaches participate in a series of community outreach events throughout the season. The program is built around a partnership between Brewers players, coaches, alumni, Brewers Wives and team personnel working hands-on in the community.  The community events are funded in part by Brewers Community Foundation and focus on the areas of health, education, recreation and basic needs.
-Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

Fisher House Wisconsin Groundbreaking Event a Success

Today, the Milwaukee Brewers and Brewers Community Foundation participated in the groundbreaking of Fisher House Wisconsin at the Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center in Milwaukee. The ceremony took place in front of a standing room crowd of over 400 people.

Included in the dignitaries were Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy, Brewers television play-by-play announcer Bill Schroeder, Executive Director, Brewers Community Foundation Cecelia Gore, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker and Congresswoman Gwen Moore (4th Congressional District, Wisconsin).

The afternoon ceremony began with the Pledge of Allegiance which was led by Medal of Honor Recipient Gary Wetzel.  A South Milwaukee native, Wetzel was awarded a Medal of Honor for actions he performed in the Vietnam War. It was an honor to be in the presence of someone so brave and the respect he was given all afternoon was incredible and well-deserved.

Gore, Walker and Moore all spoke at the event to talk about the importance of the Fisher House to Milwaukee and Wisconsin. Also on hand to speak today was Dan Buttery who spearheaded fundraising efforts to get Fisher House built here, and, Ken Fisher, Chairman and CEO of Fisher House Foundation. Fisher, an avid baseball fan, admitted to being a bit nervous as he will be throwing out the first pitch tonight at Miller Park.

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The Fisher House program is a unique, private-public partnership that supports America’s military in their time of need. The program recognizes the special sacrifices of our men and women in uniform, as well as the hardships of military service, by offering shelter and support during a medical crisis. Located on the grounds of VA hospitals and other military medical centers, Fisher House facilities give a comforting “home away from home” while a loved one is receiving care in an unfamiliar environment.

Fisher House provides an option for military and veterans’ families to be close to a loved one during hospitalization for an illness, disease or injury at the Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center in Milwaukee.  Nationwide, Fisher House served over 22,000 families last year at its 64 houses.

Currently, 8,000 Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans are utilizing the Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center for treatment of their wounds and injuries. Without Fisher House, they must arrange overnight accommodations at area hotels or with friends and family during their course of treatment.

The need is so great that the future Milwaukee home will be one of the largest built in the United States of America, allowing veterans and their families living beyond 50 miles from the Milwaukee VA hospital to stay overnight at no cost. Fisher House Wisconsin is scheduled to open in the Summer of 2015.

Fisher House Wisconsin will be over 13,000 square feet inside with 16 bedroom suites capable of accommodating up to eight people per suite. The warm and comfortable interior of the suites will be professionally decorated and beautifully furnished. Functionally, guests and their families will have access to well stocked kitchens and inviting living rooms, complete with a library and toys for children. Highly trained staff and caring volunteers are available to help all Fisher House guests.

For more information on Fisher House, please visit FisherHouse.org.

–JOHN

johnandcait@brewers.com

Lucroy and Schroeder to Participate in Groundbreaking Ceremony for Fisher House Wisconsin

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The Milwaukee Brewers and Brewers Community Foundation will take part in the groundbreaking of Fisher House Wisconsin tomorrow at the Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center in Milwaukee (5000 W. National Avenue). The ceremony will begin at 1 p.m. and feature appearances from Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy and television announcer Bill Schroeder. Brewers Community Foundation has made contributions to Fisher House Wisconsin over the past few years.

“Brewers Community Foundation has always been supportive of our veterans and armed forces,” said Cecelia Gore, Executive Director of Brewers Community Foundation. “Fisher House Wisconsin is a terrific organization that allows us to localize that support, and this will be great to have in our neighborhood.”

The Fisher House program is a unique, private-public partnership that supports America’s military in their time of need. The program recognizes the special sacrifices of our men and women in uniform, as well as the hardships of military service, by offering shelter and support during a medical crisis. Located on the grounds of VA hospitals and other military medical centers, Fisher House facilities give a comforting “home away from home” while a loved one is receiving care in an unfamiliar environment.

Fisher House provides an option for military and veterans’ families to be close to a loved one during hospitalization for an illness, disease or injury at the Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center in Milwaukee.  Nationwide, Fisher House served over 22,000 families last year at its 64 houses.

Currently, 8,000 Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans are utilizing the Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center for treatment of their wounds and injuries. Without Fisher House, they must arrange overnight accommodations at area hotels or with friends and family during their course of treatment.

The need is so great that the future Milwaukee home will be one of the largest built in the United States of America, allowing veterans and their families living beyond 50 miles from the Milwaukee VA hospital to stay overnight at no cost. Fisher House Wisconsin is scheduled to open in the Summer of 2015.

Fisher House Wisconsin will be over 13,000 square feet inside with 16 bedroom suites capable of accommodating up to eight people per suite. The warm and comfortable interior of the suites will be professionally decorated and beautifully furnished. Functionally, guests and their families will have access to well stocked kitchens and inviting living rooms, complete with a library and toys for children. Highly trained staff and caring volunteers are available to help all Fisher House guests.

The proposed budget for the project is $6 million, much of which will be funded by the Fisher House Foundation. However, fully half of the project cost will need private support from the community. For more information on Fisher House, please visit fisherhouse.org.

I will post photos from tomorrow’s event here on the blog.

–JOHN

johnandcait@brewers.com

 

Join Brewers Players & Coaches for a Special Koos for Kids Fundraiser Next Sunday

Brewers bullpen catcher and Racine native Marcus Hanel (otherwise known as “Koos”) has always had a desire to help children and so, about 10 years ago, he formed “Koos for Kids,” a charity focusing on helping terminally ill and disadvantaged children in the area.

Over the years, Koos for Kids has been able to help numerous terminally ill children by purchasing them laptops, iPads, zoo passes, airline tickets, animals…whatever it might be that makes their days a little brighter.

They’ve also purchased over 3000 winter coats for disadvantaged children in the local area, as well as organized and run the Challenger Baseball League, where over 60 children with special needs can come and be part of a team and learn the game of baseball.  And there are countless other ways they have helped the local community, thanks to the support of many businesses and caring individuals.

This coming Sunday, June 1, you have the opportunity to help support this terrific cause.

The Brewers take on the Chicago Cubs at 1p.m. that day and, following the game, Marcus, along with Brewers players and coaches, will be making their way to the Milwaukee County Zoo for a Koos for Kids event.

Koos for Kids Fundraiser

 

For just $25, you’ll receive a ticket to the zoo (good all day), zoo parking, dinner, a special Q&A with Brewers coaches emceed by Bill Schroeder and Sophia Minnaert, autographs from Brewers players and the opportunity to participate in auctions and raffles. Of course proceeds from the event go to the Koos for Kids organization, where they are used to give back to the community. 

Marcus recently tweeted out a list of players scheduled to appear at the event:

And, I spoke with Marcus the other day and he told me that sales for this annual event are strong, but if you hurry, you can still get in on the fun. Click here to reserve your ticket today!

Why not make it a doubleheader of Brewers fun? Be sure to get your tickets to the Brewers vs. Cubs series, too!

-Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

 

Bob Uecker Statue in the “Last Row” Dedicated This Afternoon

This afternoon, we unveiled the new Bob Uecker statue at Miller Park in a ceremony open to special guests. Unlike the statues that surround Miller Park’s Home Plate Plaza, this statue is in the last row—yes, the last row of the Terrace Level at Miller Park.

Among those in attendance at the ceremony, emceed by Bill Schroeder, were Bob’s family, Jerry Augustine, Jim Gantner, Gorman Thomas, Ken Sanders, Rollie Fingers, Robin Yount, current Brewers coaches and players, former broadcasting partners and Brewers front office staff.

Rollie and Robin both spoke at the event and, thanks to Gino Salomone, movie critic from FOX 6, a few of Bob’s friends from Hollywood sent along their well wishes.

Watch messages from Ty Burrell, Morgan Freeman, Don Rickles, Jason Bateman, Kevin Costner, and Arnold Schwarzenegger: 

The statue pays tribute to the popular Miller Lite “All Stars” ad campaign which featured Uecker’s famous tagline, “I must be in the front row.”  In those commercials, Uecker somehow always ended up in the last row—as will this statue.  The statue sits atop the Uecker Seats in Miller Park’s Terrace Level (Section 422).  It features an open seat next to it allowing for a perfect photo opportunity.

Photo: Scott Paulus/Milwaukee Brewers

Photo: Scott Paulus/Milwaukee Brewers

Photo: Scott Paulus/Milwaukee Brewers Baseball Club

Photo: Scott Paulus/Milwaukee Brewers Baseball Club

Starting with the Brewers vs. Cubs series at Miller Park this weekend, be sure to stop up, take your photo and tweet it and/or Instagram it using #IMustBeInTheFrontRow and we’ll collect & share our favorites across our social media sites.

We must be in the front row!

We must be in the front row!

Prior to tonight’s 7:10 p.m. game against the Chicago Cubs at Miller Park, a presentation will be made on the field honoring Uecker and showcasing the statue.

The statue was designed by Brian Maughan, the artist of the four statues outside Miller Park on the Home Plate Plaza—Hank Aaron, Allan H. “Bud” Selig, Robin Yount and Uecker.

- John and Cait

JohnandCait@Brewers.com

FOX Sports Wisconsin and Milwaukee Brewers Announce 2014 Telecast Schedule

Today, we, along with FOX Sports Wisconsin, announced a 150-game television schedule for the 2014 season. FOX Sports Wisconsin will serve as the exclusive local television home for the Milwaukee Brewers. Select Brewers games also will be televised nationally on FOX Sports and FOX Sports 1.  

FOX Sports Wisconsin’s regular season coverage begins Monday, March 31, with the Brewers’ home opener against Atlanta — the first of seven televised games against the Braves.

Other highlights from the 2014 schedule include: eighteen games against the division rival Chicago Cubs, a pair of home-and-home series with the Minnesota Twins scheduled for June 2-5, and three games against the defending World Series champion Boston Red Sox.

Brian Anderson will continue to serve as the primary play-by-play announcer with newcomer Matt Lepay joining analyst Bill Schroeder in the broadcast booth for select telecasts. Craig Coshun also will serve as play-by-play announcer for select telecasts late in the season while continuing his role as the main host for Brewers Live pre and postgame shows. Brewers Live airs before and after Brewers telecasts with Jeff Grayson, Telly Hughes and Sophia Minnaert reporting as well as analysis from former first base coach Davey Nelson and former Brewer Jerry Augustine.

FOX Sports Wisconsin also will televise a total of fourteen Brewers home spring training games in 2014. For the complete schedule, click here.

All games are broadcast in high definition.

2014 Milwaukee Brewers Broadcast Schedule

Date                Day                             Opponent                   Time              

Mar. 31            Monday                       Atlanta                        1:00 PM

Apr. 1              Tuesday                       Atlanta                        7:00 PM

Apr. 2              Wednesday                  Atlanta                        12:00 PM

Apr. 4              Friday                          at Boston                     1:00 PM

Apr. 5              Saturday                      at Boston                     6:00 PM

Apr. 6              Sunday                        at Boston                     12:30 PM

Apr. 7              Monday                       at Philadelphia             2:00 PM*

Apr. 9              Wednesday                  at Philadelphia             6:00 PM

Apr. 10            Thursday                     at Philadelphia             6:00 PM

Apr. 11            Friday                          Pittsburgh                   7:00 PM

Apr. 12            Saturday                      Pittsburgh                   6:00 PM

Apr. 13            Sunday                        Pittsburgh                   1:00 PM

Apr. 14            Monday                       St. Louis                      7:00 PM

Apr. 15            Tuesday                       St. Louis                      7:00 PM

Apr. 17            Thursday                     at Pittsburgh                 6:00 PM

Apr. 18            Friday                          at Pittsburgh                 6:00 PM

Apr. 19            Saturday                      at Pittsburgh                 6:00 PM

Apr. 20            Sunday                        at Pittsburgh                 12:30 PM

Apr. 21            Monday                       San Diego                    7:00 PM

Apr. 22            Tuesday                       San Diego                    7:00 PM

Apr. 23            Wednesday                  San Diego                    7:00 PM

Apr. 25            Friday                          Chicago Cubs             7:00 PM

Apr. 26            Saturday                      Chicago Cubs             6:00 PM

Apr. 27            Sunday                        Chicago Cubs             1:00 PM

Apr. 28            Monday                       at St. Louis                   7:00 PM

Apr. 29            Tuesday                       at St. Louis                   7:00 PM

Apr. 30            Wednesday                  at St. Louis                   12:30 PM*

May 1              Thursday                     at Cincinnati                6:00 PM

May 2              Friday                          at Cincinnati                6:00 PM

May 3              Saturday                      at Cincinnati                6:00 PM

May 4              Sunday                        at Cincinnati                3:00 PM

May 5              Monday                       Arizona                       7:00 PM

May 6              Tuesday                       Arizona                       7:00 PM

May 9              Friday                          N.Y. Yankees              7:00 PM

May 10            Saturday                      N.Y. Yankees              6:00 PM

May 11            Sunday                        N.Y. Yankees              1:00 PM

May 13            Tuesday                       Pittsburgh                   7:00 PM

May 14            Wednesday                  Pittsburgh                   7:00 PM

May 16            Friday                          at Chicago Cubs           1:00 PM*

May 17            Saturday                      at Chicago Cubs           1:00 PM

May 18            Sunday                        at Chicago Cubs           1:00 PM

May 19            Monday                       at Atlanta                     6:00 PM

May 20            Tuesday                       at Atlanta                     6:00 PM

May 21            Wednesday                  at Atlanta                     6:00 PM

May 22            Thursday                     at Atlanta                     6:00 PM

May 23            Friday                          at Miami                      6:00 PM

May 24            Saturday                      at Miami                      3:00 PM

May 25            Sunday                        at Miami                      12:00 PM

May 26            Monday                       Baltimore                    1:00 PM*

May 27            Tuesday                       Baltimore                    7:00 PM

May 28            Wednesday                  Baltimore                    7:00 PM

May 30            Friday                          Chicago Cubs             7:00 PM

May 31            Saturday                      Chicago Cubs             3:00 PM 26

June 1              Sunday                        Chicago Cubs             1:00 PM

June 2              Monday                       Minnesota                   7:00 PM

June 3              Tuesday                       Minnesota                   7:00 PM

June 4              Wednesday                  at Minnesota                7:00 PM

June 5              Thursday                     at Minnesota                7:00 PM

June 6              Friday                          at Pittsburgh                 6:00 PM

June 7              Saturday                      at Pittsburgh                 3:00 PM

June 8              Sunday                        at Pittsburgh                 12:30 PM

June 10            Tuesday                       at N.Y. Mets                6:00 PM

June 11            Wednesday                  at N.Y. Mets                6:00 PM

June 12            Thursday                     at N.Y. Mets                6:00 PM

June 13            Friday                          Cincinnati                   7:00 PM

June 14            Saturday                      Cincinnati                   6:00 PM (FOX)

June 15            Sunday                        Cincinnati                   1:00 PM

June 16            Monday                       at Arizona                    8:30 PM

June 17            Tuesday                       at Arizona                    8:30 PM

June 18            Wednesday                  at Arizona                    8:30 PM

June 19            Thursday                     at Arizona                    2:30 PM*

June 20            Friday                          at Colorado                  7:30 PM

June 21            Saturday                      at Colorado                  3:00 PM

June 22            Sunday                        at Colorado                  3:00 PM

June 23            Monday                       Washington                 7:00 PM*

June 24            Tuesday                       Washington                 7:00 PM

June 26            Thursday                     Colorado                     7:00 PM

June 27            Friday                          Colorado                     7:00 PM

June 28            Saturday                      Colorado                     3:00 PM

June 29            Sunday                        Colorado                     1:00 PM

July 1               Tuesday                       at Toronto                    12:00 PM*

July 2               Wednesday                  at Toronto                    11:30 AM*

July 4               Friday                          at Cincinnati                6:00 PM

July 5               Saturday                      at Cincinnati                3:00 PM

July 6               Sunday                        at Cincinnati                12:00 PM

July 7               Monday                       Philadelphia                7:00 PM

July 8               Tuesday                       Philadelphia                7:00 PM

July 9               Wednesday                  Philadelphia                7:00 PM

July 11             Friday                          St. Louis                      7:00 PM

July 12             Saturday                      St. Louis                      3:00 PM (FS1)

July 13             Sunday                        St. Louis                      1:00 PM

July 18             Friday                          at Washington              6:00 PM

July 19             Saturday                      at Washington              6:00 PM

July 20             Sunday                        at Washington              12:30 PM

July 21             Monday                       Cincinnati                   7:00 PM

July 22             Tuesday                       Cincinnati                   7:00 PM

July 24             Thursday                     N.Y. Mets                    7:00 PM

July 25             Friday                          N.Y. Mets                    7:00 PM

July 26             Saturday                      N.Y. Mets                    6:00 PM

July 27             Sunday                        N.Y. Mets                    1:00 PM

July 28             Monday                       at Tampa Bay              6:00 PM

July 29             Tuesday                       at Tampa Bay              6:00 PM

July 30             Wednesday                  at Tampa Bay              11:00 AM

Aug. 1              Friday                          at St. Louis                   7:00 PM

Aug. 2              Saturday                      at St. Louis                   6:00 PM

Aug. 3              Sunday                        at St. Louis                   1:00 PM

Aug. 5              Tuesday                       San Francisco             7:00 PM

Aug. 6              Wednesday                  San Francisco             7:00 PM

Aug. 8              Friday                          L.A. Dodgers              7:00 PM

Aug. 9              Saturday                      L.A. Dodgers              6:00 PM

Aug. 10            Sunday                        L.A. Dodgers              1:00 PM

Aug. 11            Monday                       at Chicago Cubs           7:00 PM

Aug. 12            Tuesday                       at Chicago Cubs           7:00 PM

Aug. 13            Wednesday                  at Chicago Cubs           7:00 PM

Aug. 15            Friday                          at L.A. Dodgers           9:00 PM

Aug. 16            Saturday                      at L.A. Dodgers           8:00 PM

Aug. 17            Sunday                        at L.A. Dodgers           3:00 PM

Aug. 19            Tuesday                       Toronto                       7:00 PM

Aug. 22            Friday                          Pittsburgh                   7:00 PM

Aug. 23            Saturday                      Pittsburgh                   6:00 PM

Aug. 24            Sunday                        Pittsburgh                   1:00 PM

Aug. 25            Monday                       at San Diego                9:00 PM

Aug. 26            Tuesday                       at San Diego                9:00 PM

Aug. 27            Wednesday                  at San Diego                9:00 PM

Aug. 29            Friday                          at San Francisco           9:00 PM

Aug. 30            Saturday                      at San Francisco           8:00 PM

Aug. 31            Sunday                        at San Francisco           3:00 PM

Sept. 1             Monday                       at Chicago Cubs           1:00 PM*

Sept. 2             Tuesday                       at Chicago Cubs           7:00 PM

Sept. 3             Wednesday                  at Chicago Cubs           7:00 PM

Sept. 4             Thursday                     St. Louis                      7:00 PM

Sept. 5             Friday                          St. Louis                      7:00 PM

Sept. 6             Saturday                      St. Louis                      6:00 PM

Sept. 7             Sunday                        St. Louis                      1:00 PM

Sept. 8             Monday                       Miami                          7:00 PM

Sept. 9             Tuesday                       Miami                          7:00 PM

Sept. 10           Wednesday                  Miami                          7:00 PM

Sept. 11           Thursday                     Miami                          7:00 PM

Sept. 12           Friday                          Cincinnati                   7:00 PM

Sept. 13           Saturday                      Cincinnati                   6:00 PM

Sept. 14           Sunday                        Cincinnati                   1:00 PM

Sept. 16           Tuesday                       at St. Louis                   7:00 PM

Sept. 17           Wednesday                  at St. Louis                   7:00 PM

Sept. 18           Thursday                     at St. Louis                   7:00 PM

Sept. 19           Friday                          at Pittsburgh                 6:00 PM

Sept. 20           Saturday                      at Pittsburgh                 6:00 PM

Sept. 21           Sunday                        at Pittsburgh                 12:30 PM

Sept. 23           Tuesday                       at Cincinnati                6:00 PM

Sept. 24           Wednesday                  at Cincinnati                6:00 PM

Sept. 26           Friday                          Chicago Cubs             7:00 PM

Sept. 27           Saturday                      Chicago Cubs             6:00 PM

Sept. 28           Sunday                        Chicago Cubs             1:00 PM

*Denotes weekday day games that will be replayed in primetime

FS1: Game televised nationally on FOX Sports 1

FOX: Game televised nationally on FOX Sports

All Times Central

Schedule Subject to Change

-John and Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

FOX Sports Wisconsin reaches more than 1.5 million homes and telecasts nearly 2,600 hours of locally produced programming per year. For more information on the Emmy Award-winning regional sports network, visit: FOXSportsWisconsin.com.

Brewers Players & Broadcasters Wish Bernie a Happy Birthday

As we kick off Birthday Weekend at Bernie’s presented by Southwest Airlines, the birthday greetings continue to pour in.

Today, many of the Brewers players and a couple of the broadcasters had messages they wanted to send:

Follow us on Instagram for more fun all weekend (and year!) long!

And don’t forget–you can ‘Stache Yourself and share your own messages for Bernie on Twitter and/or Instagram using #LuvBernie. We’ll compile the best!

-Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

Brewers Spring Training Broadcast Schedule Released

Today we announced the 2013 Spring Training broadcast schedule, which includes 34 games to be broadcast on a combination of Newsradio 620 WTMJ and the statewide Brewers Radio Network, FOX Sports Wisconsin and Brewers.com.

Nothing will get you through the cold, wet snowy days like today like the sweet sound of Hall-of-Fame radio announcer Bob Uecker and his partner Joe Block, who will call 16 Spring Training games on Newsradio 620 WTMJ and the statewide Brewers Radio Network. 

Television announcers Brian Anderson and Bill Schroeder will call three games to be carried by FOX Sports Wisconsin: Monday, March 11 vs. Los Angeles; Wednesday, March 13 at Arizona; and Friday, March 29 vs. Chicago-AL at Miller Park.  Two additional games – Tuesday, March 19 vs. LA of Anaheim and Sunday, March 24 at San Diego – will be produced by other FOX Sports regions (FS-West and FS-San Diego, respectively) but will be simulcast on FS-Wisconsin.  Anderson, Schroeder and Block will also team up for 17 Brewers.com webcasts throughout the spring. 

The Brewers open the 2013 Spring Training slate on Saturday, February 23 at Maryvale Baseball Park against the Oakland Athletics at 1:05 p.m. Arizona time.  Milwaukee will play a total of 35 Spring Training games this season, including 17 at Maryvale Baseball Park and two exhibition games at Miller Park.

All Brewers games played in the Cactus League are scheduled for 1:05 p.m. starts (Arizona time), except for Wednesday, March 13 at the Diamondbacks (7:10 p.m. local/9:10 p.m. CT).  The spring schedule closes out with a pair of exhibition games against the White Sox at Miller Park on March 29 (7:10 p.m.) and March 30 (1:10 p.m.).

Tickets for Brewers home Cactus League games are on sale at Brewers.com, by phone at 1-800-933-7890 and at the Miller Park and Maryvale Box Offices. Tickets are available in four seating areas: Field Box ($22), Infield Reserved ($16), Outfield Reserved ($13) and Lawn Seating ($8).  Information on Spring Training Season Tickets can be obtained by calling the Milwaukee Brewers Ticket Office at 414-902-4000. 

Tickets for the two exhibition games at Miller Park will go on sale at a later date.  Please note that games and times are subject to change. For the complete Spring Training schedule, visit brewers.com/springtraining.

-Cait

Brewers Community Foundation Week Officially Kicks Off Thursday at Miller Park

“What’s Good?” asks the Brewers Community Foundation.

Rickie Weeks helps kids smile brighter by supporting “Team Smile.”  Yovani Gallardo supports youth baseball programs in Milwaukee like the Felix Mantilla Little League and the RBI Program.  Ryan Braun supports Habitat for Humanity.

While that is just a small slice of what Brewers players do for the community, there is plenty of good in our Milwaukee community. The Brewers and the Brewers Community Foundation are able to shed light on “What’s Good?” in the Milwaukee community and draw attention to those bright spots.  BCF week highlights those activities through a series of raffles, auctions and other activities that put “What’s Good” in the spotlight.  BCF’s focused areas of interest are related to the causes that highlight the Foundation’s charitable impact in the community.

Perhaps the highlight of BCF Week is the “Ultimate Auction” which is now live on Brewers.com now and will close Tuesday night.  There are some amazing prizes and experiences available to fans through this auction.  Photo opportunities with players, private hitting and pitching clinics with coaches, pre-game dinner with Brewers TV announcers Brian Anderson and Bill Schroeder.  But, perhaps one of the most unique prizes has to be a “Meet & Greet” with Nyjer Morgan who will also record your personal cell phone greeting!

Check in with the auction throughout the week.  All the auctions close at 11:59 p.m. CT on Tuesday, August 21.

There are many other events surrounding BCF Week, check out the schedule below:

Thursday, August 16 – Where’s Chorizo?

Fans have a chance to win a 2012 Team autographed Chorizo from the 2012 “Where’s Chorizo?” event. Also included in this raffle is a Chorizo t-shirt, a 2012 Marco Estrada autographed Cerveceros jersey as well as a backyard BBQ for 25 thrown by the Klement’s Famous Facing Sausages, complete with Klement’s, Miller and Pepsi products! Sausages will make an appearance to the winner’s home on a mutually agreed upon date. Raffle tickets will be sold at Miller Park and are 2 for $5, 10 for $20 or a wingspan for $50.  can you imagine the party you could throw with the Famous Racing Sausages!?

Friday, August 17 – Framed Baseballs Raffle

This is a great opportunity to celebrate Wisconsin’s two MVP’s.  Fans have a chance to win a very special framed piece with includes an autographed Ryan Braun baseball and an autographed Aaron Rodgers Gold baseball with a photo of the two MVP’s. Raffle tickets will be 2 for $5, 10 for $20 or a wingspan for $50.

Saturday, August 18 – Wives’ Mystery Grab Bag

Players’ wives will be selling autographed items from their husbands.  Fans can purchase each mystery bag for a $40 donation to the Brewers Community Foundation which is earmarked for various organizations.  The wives will be stationed at each entrance to Miller Park, as well as on the Club Level.  Mystery grab bags are always fun and knowing $40 will get you an autographed baseball from a Brewers player and knowing the money is going to a good cause is not a bad deal.

Sunday, August 19 – BCF Treasure Hunt

Fans always love game-used items.  Game-used items from past games and seasons will be available for purchase in a special treasure hunt at the Brewers Community Foundation table on the Field Level concourse near Guest Relations behind section 116. Items include bats, baseballs, jerseys and other items of interest.  I would recommend getting to Miller Park early that day to make sure you have an opportunity to get the best items.  I will try to visit early that day and post some items to Twitter.

Monday, August 20 – Brewers Players Favorite Things Raffle

I have always enjoyed this idea.  Not only do you learn what is Randy Wolf’s favorite cereal , what is Mat Gamel’s favorite candy bar or what is John Axford’s go to movie, but you have an opportunity to take these items home with you.  Fans have a chance to win a basket full of Brewers players favorite things. The baskets feature a wide variety of items that are favorites of Brewers players and coaches as well as autographed memorabilia. Raffle tickets will be sold 2 for $5, 10 for $20 or a wingspan for $50.

Tuesday, August 21 – Strike Out Breast Cancer Raffle presented by Froedtert Center for Diagnostic Imaging – CDI

Fans have a chance to win a few different items as Authentic White jerseys autographed by John Axford, Ryan Braun and Yovani Gallardo, an autographed Corey Hart Pink Jersey and a Pink Bat autographed by members of the 2012 Milwaukee Brewers will be raffled off. Raffle tickets will be 2 for $5, 10 for $20 or a wingspan for $50. All proceeds from this raffle will go to benefit After Breast Cancer Diagnosis (ABCD).

BCF Awareness Night

On Tuesday, August 21, fans will have an opportunity to learn more about the organizations that BCF supports every year while being able to participate in games and activities to win cool prizes.

Wednesday, August 22 – Brewers Community Foundation Clearance Sale

Fans will have another chance to purchase game-used items from past games and seasons as well as other Brewers items at the Brewers Community Foundation table located on the Field Level concourse near the Guest Relations behind section 116.  Again, get to Miller Park early!

Additionally, throughout BCF Week at Miller Park, fans will have an opportunity to participate in “BCF Pinko”–think everyone’s favorite Price is Right game.  For a $5 donation, fans can play BCF Pinko for the opportunity to win a prize with every drop.  Prizes will vary from game tickets to Drive for Charity pins, Brewers merchandise and the always popular mystery bags.

BCF Week is going to be a great opportunity to win some one of a kind Brewers items while at the same time giving back to the Milwaukee community.  The best part is that fans can take part for as little as $2.  Stay tuned to the blog as we will be posting updates and information to the blog and Twitter.  There will be a lot of great activities going on all week.

–John and Cait

johnandcait@brewers.com

On to October! Brewers Fans Attend Playoff Rally to Send Division Champs to Postseason

Today, thousands of Brewers fans gathered at the Summerfest grounds for the Brewers Playoff Rally, a special event to help give our National League Central Division Champions a proper send-off into the Postseason.

The Brewers Playoff Rally began at 4:00 p.m. at the Miller Lite Oasis with an appearance by The Good Rebels (formerly Pan Am), a band out of Los Angeles led by Dan Attanasio, son of Brewers Owner Mark Attanasio. The band succeeded in getting the fans appropriately pumped up with lively original tunes, a few cover songs and some “Let’s Go Brewers, Let’s Go!” chants. And, as if he didn’t already have enough to celebrate, it also happened to be Mark Attanasio”s birthday today, so the band also led the crowd in a rousing sing along of “Happy Birthday” to him.

After The Good Rebels performance, Bernie Brewer and the Klement’s Famous Racing Sausages made an appearance on stage, followed by Brewers Hall of Fame broadcaster Bob Uecker, who was hosting the event, along with other Brewers broadcast personalities Bill Schroeder, Cory Provus and Craig Coshun; Hall of Famer Robin YountMark Attanasio; and General Manager Doug Melvin. Each received a warm welcome from the crowd.

Then came the moment everyone was waiting for– the crowd went wild as the Division Champs filed onstage to thank fans for their support and, at the same time, get everyone excited for what we hope will be a long run into October.

For those that were there or who were watching on Fox Sports Wisconsin, you know that there were many memorable moments as the players were individually introduced and interviewed.

There was the raucous cheer for Brewers Manager Ron Roenicke; the spontaneous chants of “One More Year” and “M-V-P” that erupted from the fans  when Prince Fielder and Ryan Braun, respectively, were introduced; the extra-loud receptions for hometown hero Craig Counsell; and of course, the energetic Nyjer Morgan, who was the perfect player to lead off the rally and incite the fans with the “beast mode” gesture.

As the We Energies High-Energy Player of the Year, Morgan quickly became a fan favorite this year, due in part to his outgoing personality, passion, hard work and aggressive approach to playing the game.

“Is America ready for Tony Plush in the World Series?” Bill Schroeder asked him in an interview.

“I’m proud to be a Brewer right now! Ahhhhh!” Morgan exclaimed.

Fans were assured that Morgan is going to continue to be himself (and Tony Plush) by bringing that energy and spark to the team throughout the Postseason as Jerry Hairston, Jr. revealed this to the crowd,  “On the bus over here, Tony Plush said that if and when we win the World Series, he is going to do a Michael Jackson dance in front of all of you guys!”

And speaking of things Brewers fans have to look forward to, Mark Kotsay also gave the fans something to cheer about when he said that he hopes to be standing back on the stage in “three and a half weeks with a ring.”

And it was Kotsay who also said to the crowd, “I thought you guys would chant ‘one more year’ for Craig Counsell!”

Then they did.

“I was a 12-year-old in 1982. I waited with the rest of you. Now we’re going back almost 30 years later and we want to take it one step further than they did!” the Wisconsin native and fan favorite Counsell exclaimed.

He also gave well-deserved credit to the fans: “All you have to do is look at our home record and you know how much our fans meant to us,” he said.

Ryan Braun was the last to address the crowd.

“I hope today is the first of many celebrations for us,” he said.

After the players departed to more cheers, Five for Fighting took the stage.

Five for Fighting performs at the Brewers Playoff Rally on Thursday Photo: Scott Paulus

Five For Fighting, like The Good Rebels, is also out of Los Angeles. The band is fronted by singer/songwriter John Ondrasik and has multiple critically-acclaimed and award-winning records to their credit. Their breakthrough came in 2001 with the Grammy-nominated song “Superman” from the Platinum certified “America Town” (Aware/Columbia) CD.  In 2004, Ondrasik and the band recorded the Platinum-certified album, “The Battle For Everything,” which yielded the retrospective hit, “100 Years.” Other recent records include “Two Lights” (2006) and the first live Five For Fighting CD titled “Live” (2007).

Earlier in the afternoon, I had the chance to speak with Ondrasik.

John Ondrasik of Five for FightingJohn Ondrasik of Five for Fighting

A born-and-raised native of the San Fernando Valley area of Los Angeles, Ondrasik’s interest in music and sports began at a young age. A fan of the L.A. Kings (NHL), Ondrasik named the band after a punishment in hockey–five minutes in the penalty box for fighting.

When it comes to baseball, Ondrasik admits that he is a Los Angeles Dodgers fan, but told me that it is easy to jump on the Brewers bandwagon.”

“It’s very exciting. It’s a fun team” he said.

As a California native, Ondrasik is also familiar with many names on the Brewers roster including pitcher Randy Wolf who spent two seasons with the Dodgers, Manager Ron Roenicke who spent 10 years with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim on their coaching staff, and Ryan Braun, who coincidentally attended the same high school as Ondrasik, Granada Hills High.

Ondrasik Tweets about fellow Californian Ryan Braun, post-rally.

As a big sports fan, Ondrasik says he has been fortunate to have the opportunity to play many special sporting events.

Prior to the Brewers Playoff Rally, his most recent sports-related appearance was a September 11th half-time tribute during the Cowboys vs. Jets game.

“It was a very respectful and very moving ceremony. There were a lot of survivors there, so that was an honor to play,” Ondrasik said.  “I’ve also had a lot of fun, too, whether it was the Daytona 500 or the NHL All-Star Game–again, as a sports fan, these kinds of things are really fun to do. My guitar player is also a huge baseball fan. He was actually born in Milwaukee, so he’s very excited to be here.”

Five for Fighting also has a song about baseball.  “The Best” was featured on the soundtrack for Everyone’s Hero a 2006 computer-animated film about the sport.

“A lot of the dads and moms out there who have Little Leaguers will appreciate that song about playing catch with your little ones,” Ondrasik said.

His interest in sports has also led to him writing a column for Sports Illustrated and a blogging job with the Kings.

So, as a self-proclaimed sports aficionado, where does Ondrasik think the Brewers will net out in Postseason play?

“Hopefully you win the World Series and we can play your victory party!” he said with a smile.

Fans at the event also had the chance to purchase the latest Brewers Postseason t-shirts, hats and other souvenirs at the Rally as the Brewers merchandise trailers were on site.

The Brewers merchandise trailers were on-site at the Playoff Rally today; they will also be in the parking lots at Miller Park for all home games during the Postseason!

Just as a reminder, if you’re still looking to gear up before the home games against Arizona this weekend, you can visit the Brewers Team Store by Majestic at Miller Park, which has extended Postseason hours from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.

For more information on all of the Brewers Postseason information, check out brewers.com/postseason, which will be continually updated with information on everything pertaining to the Brewers Postseason.

–Cait

johnandcait@brewers.com

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