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Brewers Gear Up for 2015 T-Shirt Fridays

Back by popular demand, T-Shirt Fridays will return to Miller Park for the 2015 season. All fans in attendance during each of the seven Friday home games from June through August will receive a complimentary Brewers–themed T-shirt (available in both medium and extra-large sizes). And for the first time, fans decided the designs for each of the seven T-Shirt Friday giveaways through an online vote earlier this year.

Down in Arizona, we had an early shipment of the t-shirts delivered to Maryvale and several of the Brewers players were excited to get the shirts–and model them–for us.

Take a look:

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Tickets for the T-Shirt Friday dates (as well as all of the other home games) are on sale now at brewers.com.

-Cait

@CMoyer

How Brewers Players Relax & Unwind Away from the Field During Spring Training

The baseball season is a long one–162 games in 180 days–and that doesn’t even count Spring Training and those 30 Cactus League games.

However, the pace is different in Spring Training. While the games are still important, the time down here is very much about taking a look at different players, trying out new things, working out the kinks and building team chemistry.

With two weeks of practice before the Spring games begin and with the bulk of the Cactus League games being day games, that also gives players a little more free time before they go back to work in Milwaukee and the grind sets in.

So what do a lot of the guys like to do with their down time in Arizona?

While first and foremost, many treasure the extra time with their families before the regular season gets underway:

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Aside from that, they can also enjoy some of their hobbies that might fall by the wayside once the regular season starts, like going fishing:

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On this Brewers roster in particular, however, you’ll find many of the pitchers in particular hitting the links.

Last year, during Spring Training, you’ll recall that Will Smith, Tyler Thornburg and I hit the links and took on Kyle Lohse in a match that ultimately led to him joining Twitter (#YoureWelcome!).

It’s been well-documented that Kyle is the best golfer on the team by far, but that doesn’t stop his teammates from trying to take him on in various challenges–scrambles, best ball with strokes per side, etc.

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It’s well-documented that Kyle Lohse is the best golfer on the team. Brandon Kintzler knows this all too well after losing a bet to Kyle last Spring and becoming batboy for a day as a result. Click  the image to read that story.

And, earlier this spring, I had the pleasure of tagging along with Kyle and a couple of the guys again on two separate occasions to take some pictures and video–all in the name of work, of course.

First, I headed out with Kyle and Matt Garza to Lookout Mountain Golf Club.

This award-winning course sits among the magnificent North Phoenix Mountains and offers panoramic views of the amazing Arizona landscape. Case in point: Hole #10 is the signature hole here at Lookout Mountain. You’re 14 stories high on the tee box and, from this video of Kyle’s tee shot on the hole, you can see that it lives up to its name “Picturesque Pointe.”

This outing was really not much of a match. Matt doesn’t profess to be a great golfer; he was just out there to have fun—with the goal to beat Kyle’s score on at least one hole.

Matt Garza and Kyle Lohse spend time together outside of the clubhouse.

Matt Garza and Kyle Lohse spend time together outside of the clubhouse.

While Matt didn’t achieve that goal this time, he did have what I’m told was a better day that usual and ended up tying Kyle on 4 holes.

Personally, this was my first round of the season, so I was a little rusty; the par-3 9th in particular had my number. The hole was 80-yds for me and I blew it over the green on the tee shot and it was all literally downhill from there.  In this video of my shot, you’ll also see where Matt ended up on his tee shot on this hole (that’s Kyle narrating, obviously):

Despite this hole and another two blow-up holes, I was able to tie Kyle on at least 3 holes and actually beat him on 2. He and I each had two birdies in the round, which was cut short due to darkness.

One other thing worth noting from this outing: Matt Garza broke his 3-wood on a tee shot during the round. None of us are quite sure how this happened. One minute he was teeing it up and the next, he was holding his broken club. But even despite this setback and not beating Kyle on a hole, he was a great sport, never once showing frustration, just chatting the entire time and laughing a lot.

Matt Garza holds up his 3-wood, a casualty of the day.

Matt Garza holds up his 3-wood, a casualty of the day.

Here are a few more photos from that round:

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The second time I had the pleasure of hitting the links, it was to test out a new product called the Golfboard.

When I saw the PGA tweet about this combination golf cart/seque/scooter/skateboard, I knew our guys would love it because many of our players use scooters as transportation between the parking lot and the Clubhouse at Miller Park.

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The good folks at Golfboard were kind enough to set us up with two Golfboards for a round of golf at the Westin Kierland in Scottsdale, so I joined Kyle Lohse and Will Smith to document the experience.

After a brief tutorial, the guys quickly picked up on the boards, which are extremely easy to learn, fun, and most importantly for these guys, safe.

Kyle Lohse and Will Smith quickly picked up on how to maneuver the Golfboards.

Kyle Lohse and Will Smith quickly picked up on how to maneuver the Golfboards.

The guys were zipping around the course in no time flat. Here’s a short video Kyle took:

I also brought the GoPro and we hooked it up to the Golfboard. Here’s a tour of the 9th hole, courtesy of Kyle. (Note: The ride felt much smoother than this video portrays!)

And here’s a shot Kyle hit while the GoPro was still running:

Here are some other fun photos from the round:

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It was a lot of fun out there on the course, getting to know these guys a little better away from the field.

Whether it’s fishing or golf, or another hobby, it is good to see the guys get a chance to relax and unwind now because we know once the regular season is underway, there will be little (if any) time for those things.

Speaking of time to relax and have fun, today is one of just two offdays in the Spring Training schedule and I’ll be back out on the golf course with Kyle, Will and a bunch of other players, coaches and celebrities for Bob Uecker’s Front Row Classic. Stay tuned for more photos and videos!

Special thanks to Lookout Mountain and Westin Kierland (and Troon Golf) for letting us hack on your courses; and of course, special thanks to Golfboard for letting us test drive your gamechangers.

-Cait

@CMoyer

BREWERS ON DECK TO INCLUDE OVER 50 PLAYERS, COACHES, BROADCASTERS & ALUMNI

Nearly 50 Milwaukee Brewers players plus a host of alumni, coaches, front office executives and broadcasters are scheduled to participate in Brewers On Deck, which is set to take place on Sunday, January 25 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. at the Wisconsin Center.

Advance tickets are $15 for adults and $9 for children 14 and under.  Tickets on the day of the event are $20 for adults and $15 for children 14 and under.  A portion of the proceeds from Brewers On Deck will benefit Brewers Community Foundation. Tickets may be purchased at the Miller Park ticket office, by calling the Brewers ticket office at 414-902-4000, or online at brewers.com/ondeck.

This year the event will feature a community book drive that will help support Next Door’s Books for Kids program. The goal of the Books for Kids campaign is to help all children in Milwaukee’s central city, regardless of their family income or education levels, have books they can call their own. Local author Marla McKenna will help host the event. Fans are encouraged to bring new or gently used children’s books to donate. In appreciation for their contribution, fans who donate a book will receive a free copy of McKenna’s newest publication, “Mom’s Big Catch,” a story based upon events that took place at Miller Park.

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Once again food donations will be accepted through Hunger Task Force.  Donations can be dropped off at two main entrances to the Wisconsin Center, located at 4th Street and Wisconsin Avenue, and 4th Street and Wells Street.

Players, coaches and alumni scheduled to attend include (all subject to change):

PLAYERS COACHES ALUMNI
Michael Blazek Hector Gomez Gerardo Parra Darnell Coles Jerry Augustine
Ryan Braun Brooks Hall Wily Peralta Joe Crawford Cecil Cooper
Juan Centeno Jim Henderson Shane Peterson Matt Erickson Craig Counsell
Matt Clark Jeremy Jeffress Jason Rogers Mike Guerrero Rob Deer
Clint Coulter Taylor Jungmann Logan Schafer Marcus Hanel Jim Gantner
Khris Davis Brandon Kintzler Will Smith Rick Kranitz Larry Hisle
Mike Fiers Kyle Lohse Michael Strong Jerry Narron
Yovani Gallardo Adam Lind Tyler Thornburg Ron Roenicke
Scooter Gennett Jonathan Lucroy Rob Wooten Ed Sedar
David Goforth Hunter Morris John Shelby
Carlos Gomez Jimmy Nelson Lee Tunnell

Brewers On Deck will feature a number of activities for the entire family.  Autographs and photos from Brewers players, coaches and alumni; interactive games in the Kids Area; Q&A sessions and game shows with Brewers players, coaches and broadcasters; vendor booths with baseball memorabilia; Brewers Community Foundation’s Treasure Hunt, a 50/50 raffle, live auction and many other activities will all be a part of Brewers On Deck.

Details regarding autographs include the following:  Recipients of “PREMIER” autographs (players to be announced next week) will be chosen through a random selection process. Each fan in attendance will receive one Premier Entry sheet which may be redeemed at the Random Selection area outside the Main Exhibit Hall of the Wisconsin Center District.  The Premier Entry sheet will be exchanged for a numbered coupon to be entered into the random selection process for any one of the select Brewers players.  Coupon distribution will be available at 8 a.m. the day of the event and will continue up to an hour before each designated autograph session.   There is no cost for coupons to enter the random selection process; however, those holding winning coupons must pay $10 at the respective autograph stage to collect their player signature.  There will be 250 winners for each of the autograph sessions.  The winning ticket numbers will be posted at the designated autograph stage no less than 30 minutes prior to each player’s session.

Players and staff not included in the PREMIER autograph list will not use the random selection process. Each of these players will sign 250 autographs at prices ranging from free to $10. A schedule of players, their session times, and distribution info will be posted next week.  The autograph opportunities are for signatures on photo cards provided by the team; the Brewers cannot guarantee that any player will sign other memorabilia.  For additional information, visit Brewers.com/ondeck.

Autograph proceeds benefit Brewers Community Foundation.  Please note that cash is the only acceptable form of payment for autographs. The Brewers cannot guarantee that any player will sign other memorabilia, and personalization of items is solely up to the discretion of each player.

A detailed schedule of all Brewers On Deck events will be released next week.

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

Second Brewers T-Shirt Friday on June 27

If you were following along with our #Brewers14in14 All-Fan Giveaway unveiling this offseason,  then you know that for six Friday home games during the 2014 season, all fans will receive a Brewers t-shirt, featuring a unique design for each game ( NOTE: T-shirts will be available in Adult XL and Medium).

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The second T-Shirt Friday will take place during the next homestand, on Friday, June 27, when the Brewers take on the Colorado Rockies.

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Here to model the latest Brewers tee is Brewers pitcher Brandon Kintzler:

 

-Cait

johnandcait@brewers.com

Wei-Chung Wang Wednesday is Back! #WCWW

Good morning and happy “Wei-Chung Wang Wednesday” (#WCWW)!

After a brief hiatus, the Brewers bullpen is back with a new Wei-Chung Wang Wednesday video.

This one involves…a trip to the zoo? Well, a cage anyway. They must have been inspired by Sunday’s Koos for Kids event.

The WCWW trend started back in Ape-ril.

These guys are simply bananas.

They love to have fun off the field, but once they’re on the field, they stop monkeying around and it’s all business.

Okay, I’ll stop now.

Enjoy!

-Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

Wisconsin Badgers get in on Wei-Chung Wang Wednesday Fun #WCWW

Good morning and happy “Wei-Chung Wang Wednesday” (#WCWW)!

Yes, it’s Wednesday again and the bullpen is back…and this time, with friends from the Wisconsin Badgers Men’s Basketball team.

Enjoy!

-Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

It’s Our Favorite Day of the Week: Wei-Chung Wang Wednesday! #WCWW

In case you missed it (and we really don’t know how you could have), for the last two weeks, the Brewers Bullpen has put out short music videos in honor of what they’ve dubbed “Wei-Chung Wang Wednesdays” or #WCWW.

Well, it’s Wednesday again and the bullpen is back…this time with a video called “Caught Looking by K-Rod”:

Enjoy!

-Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

It’s Wei-Chung Wang Wednesday! #WCWW

In case you missed it (and we really don’t know how you could have), last Wednesday the Brewers Bullpen put out a short Instagram music video in honor of what’ they’ve dubbed “Wei-Chung Wang Wednesdays” or #WCWW.

#wcww Wei-Chung Wang Wednesday! Everybody Wang Chung tonight!

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Well, it’s Wednesday again and the bullpen is back…this time with a little St. Louis style. Enjoy!

-Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

A Bet is a Bet: Kyle Lohse is Now on Twitter; Tweet #WelcomeKyle Messages to @KyleLohse26

As we noted last week when Brandon Kintzler served as batboy for the Brewers vs. Royals Exhibition Game at Miller Park… a bet is a bet.

And, while Kyle Lohse may have won the bet on his golf match against Brandon, he wasn’t quite so lucky earlier this spring when he took on Will Smith, Tyler Thornburg and yours truly.

Gather around, kids. This is the story of how Kyle Lohse joined Twitter.

Yes, you read that right. You can now follow Kyle on Twitter: @KyleLohse26 and we suggest you do—be sure to tweet him your messages using #WelcomeKyle, too! Maybe we can even get him trending.

It all started when I went down to Phoenix for Spring Training with the idea of writing stories on what players do with free time in Arizona. Having noticed many of the players tweeting about playing golf, and being a lover of the sport myself, I decided that might be something fun to cover for the blog and our social media sites. I asked a couple of guys about it but was pointed in the same direction each time: “You have to talk to Kyle,” they said.

I started doing a little research and realized that, in addition to being a championship-caliber pitcher, he’s also a heck of a golfer. In 2009, he even made Golf Digest’s list of “150 Top Athlete Golfers,” coming in tied at #33 (with Wisconsin’s own Dan Jansen, oddly enough) and in 2011, he was named one of TotalProSports.com’s list of “11 Best Pro Athlete Golfers,” coming in at #9. He started playing when he was about 19, taking up the sport as something to do in the offseason. He is completely self-taught; he’s never had a lesson and he’s basically a scratch golfer. His lowest score was a 67 at TPC Scottsdale.

So, I talked to Kyle and he was open to playing a round of golf for the good of social media. Little did he know just how much social media he’d ultimately be in for!

We set a date at Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale, AZ (the same course that hosted Bob Uecker’s Front Row Classicand got  pitchers Will Smith and Tyler Thornburg to round out our foursome.

All that was left was to come up with some sort of challenge/stakes, as Kyle said, his first hint of smack talk emerging, “to make it interesting so I don’t get bored.”

Now, I’m an avid golfer, but nowhere near Lohse level, so in order to be fair, we decided to set some parameters.

In the past, he’d challenged some of his teammates, with a couple of guys teaming up and playing a scramble against his individual score, so we decided that Will, Tyler and I would play a team scramble format against Kyle’s individual score. It was also match play, meaning we would take our team score against Kyle’s on each hole to determine who “won the hole.” We would not be given any strokes.

“I think that if we beat you, you should have to join Twitter,” I suggested, fitting since not only am I the Director of New Media for the Club and referred to affectionately (I hope) as “Twitter Girl,” but Will and Tyler are also both avid users of Twitter themselves.

“Okay, fine, sure I’ll join Twitter,” Kyle said, shrugging it off. I could tell he didn’t think he’d have to worry about it.

As for Kyle’s bet with Will and Tyler, they agreed upon dinner as their bet—steaks as the stakes.

And with all of that squared away, we were off.

Our fearless foursome, L-R: Will Smith, me, Kyle Lohse & Tyler Thornburg.

Our fearless foursome, L-R: Will Smith, me, Kyle Lohse & Tyler Thornburg.

On the first hole, a par 4, our group got off to a hot start with a birdie and Kyle made par; however, we gave that right back with Kyle making a birdie on the second hole.

On the third hole, a par 5, we caught a break—Kyle made a bogey!—but then he quickly made up for it a couple holes later, sticking a shot on the 5th hole, a par 3, within a foot of the pin.

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Here’s Kyle’s shot on the 5th hole, a 153-yd Par 3.

On the 6th hole, I took great pride when I “outdrove” Kyle. Okay, so I had a 120yd advantage from the ladies’ tee and he used a 3-wood, but that wasn’t stopping me from rubbing it in and making him pose for this photo. I outdrove Kyle and I'm sticking to it.

On the 6th hole, I took great pride when I “outdrove” Kyle. Okay, so I had a 120-yd advantage from the ladies’ tee and he used a 3-wood, but that wasn’t stopping me from rubbing it in and making him pose for this photo. I outdrove Kyle and I’m sticking to it.

In Kyle’s mind, the 6th hole was a turning point in the match. He said that the fact that I “outdrove” him didn’t bother him as much as the approach shots:  “I think if I remember, we had about 151-yds in [Cait’s note: He had 151, we had 150.] and I was hitting a knockdown 9-iron and you were hitting your 3-wood. You got it on the green, which was huge because Thorny hit a line-drive over the green and Will hit his about 7-yds, so I thought I was looking pretty good there, but then you stepped up and put it on the green. That was a clutch hole for you.”

Both “teams” made par on the 6th, but then Kyle  birdied the 7th hole to take his first lead of the day… However, then I came through on the 8th hole, another par 3, hitting a great shot that rivaled Kyle’s on 5:

My approach on the famed 8th hole, a 172-yd Par 3, the turning point in the match.

My approach on the famed 8th hole, a 172-yd Par 3, the turning point in the match.

Will and Tyler let me do the honors. I sank the birdie putt, bringing the match back to even.

Tyler Thornburg gives me a high five after I made the birdie putt on 8. A disconcerted Kyle looks on.

Tyler Thornburg gives me a high five after I made the birdie putt on 8. A disconcerted Kyle looks on.

“You know there was a string of holes where, if you weren’t there, the boys would have fallen further behind than they were at the time. That one kind of stopped my momentum,” Kyle conceded. “It came down to that and me not making birdie on the next hole when I had 90-yds in on a par 5. I hit it about 5-yds too long and ended up making par, but that’s the kind of stuff that ends up happening out there on the course.”

If Kyle’s ball had landed on the green, there’s a good chance he would have made birdie on #9.

We remained all square through 9.

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Thru 9: All square.

Then, we made the turn.

We had fun with the GoPro in Spring Training and we even brought it out on the course with us. Here are drives by Lohse, Thornburg and Smith on #10, both at regular speeds and in slo-mo.

The guys even tested out the GoPro, taking this video of one of my shots.

This is one of my favorite shots of the day-- Kyle and Tyler using the GoPro and iPad app.

This is one of my favorite shots of the day– Kyle and Tyler using the GoPro and iPad app to capture my swing like I had been doing for them all day long.

Kyle started off the back with a bogey. He also made bogey on #12. Our team was able to hang in there, making pars during that stretch, and matching Kyle on holes 13-16, but we couldn’t get any more birdies to drop to put him away.

As we neared the end of the round, we started talking about what we’d do if we ended up tied—a chip-off? Putting challenge? Extra holes?

Fortunately, we didn’t need to worry about that. On the 17th, a short par 3 over water, both teams made par on the hole and the match reached dormie—Team Will, Tyler & Cait was two up with one to play and had effectively won the match.

“It always feels good to take down the best,” Tyler said. “Sometimes you have to knock them down a notch. You (Cait) really picked us up on a few holes and were always there for mental support.”

Here was Will’s reaction:

As for Kyle? He was a gracious loser, sticking around for the final hole and a post-round interview.

“I was kind of disappointed. I played well in our round. Really you’re asking kind of the impossible, to beat three people in a scramble, in match play. I think I had you guys in strokes,” Kyle said. “But I could go home at the end of the day and not be upset about that, knowing that I took on three people and almost pulled off the impossible.”

(Sorry, Kyle, if you're reading this, I added it up--we beat you by 2 strokes, FYI.)

(Sorry, Kyle, if you’re reading this, I added it up–we beat you by 2 strokes, FYI.)

And, when he returned to Milwaukee, he also held up his end of the bargain, and joined the Twitterverse.

“I’m not real happy about the reason why it is happening, but it will be interesting. I’ve never been in on any form of social media, so we’ll see how it goes,” Kyle told me today, after signing up for his account.

“Hopefully sarcasm comes through very well because I have a dry sense of humor and I’m sarcastic at times, so we’ll see what I’ve got.”

When I asked him what he plans to tweet about it, he said, “The random things that go on in the everyday life of a baseball player, I just want to keep it kind of light and fun, or try to anyways.”

As for his bet with Tyler and Will? “I still owe them dinner. We talked about it. We’ll find a good time.”

I take that back. THIS is my favorite shot of the day. Kyle Lohse, Will Smith and Tyler Thornburg, having fun on the course--I was trying to take an "epic' photo of them.av

I take that back. THIS is my favorite photo from the day: Kyle Lohse, Will Smith and Tyler Thornburg, having fun on the course–I was trying to take an “epic’ photo of them.

It was a lot of fun out there on the course, getting to know these guys a little better away from the field. They were relaxed and having a good time.

However, now that the season is underway, there won’t be much (if any) time for golf, but we can all look forward to following Kyle and the rest of the Brewers on Twitter this season. Stay tuned for insights into their day-to-day lives, interesting anecdotes and playful banter among teammates; for a complete Brewers Twitter Roster, visit brewers.com/connect.

 

4/25/14 Update:

Looks like Kyle made good on the other half of his bet to Tyler and Will last night!  A true man of his word, indeed.

 

-Cait

JohnandCait@Brewers.com

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