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Every dog has his day…in the Clubhouse, right? More on the Brewers #BallparkPup

In case you missed it, yesterday we told you about Hank, a little stray pup who is quickly becoming not just the Brewers unofficial Spring Training mascot, but a valued member of the team.

And, in the last 24 hours, Hank has become a dog in demand! He spent the morning in the Clubhouse and has conducted multiple TV interviews over the course of the day.

Here are some more photos from earlier today (How fitting is it that it’s “National Love Your Pet Day“?):

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He also took to the field for practice with his mentor, Yovani Gallardo:

Also, many of you are asking what is going to happen to Hank after Spring Training. Rest assured, Hank’s days as a stray are over, one way or another and he’ll continue to be well taken care of.

For more “#BallparkPup”dates, follow the hashtag #BallparkPup on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. In addition, for more from Brewers Spring Training in Phoenix, Arizona, be sure to follow the hashtag #CactusCrew.

-Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

Call Me Maybe?

Thanksgiving is right around the corner and the Brewers have a number of activities to get in the giving spirit. 

This afternoon–along with a number of my Brewers front office counterparts–I will be manning the phones for the WISN-TV 12 Food For Families Food Bank from 3 – 5 p.m.  We will be at the WISN-TV studios answering phones and taking donations that will benefit the Hunger Task Force.

I’m not sure the phone number to call to donate quite yet, but when I get that number, I will be sure to update the blog.  If you call in, make sure to ask for me!  I want to make sure those phones are ringing all afternoon with generous donations for the Hunger Task Force.  Tune in and make a donation!

Yesterday, Brewers bullpen catcher Marcus Hanel, and his wife, Jill, distributed 300 coats for children at Gilbert Stuart School on Milwaukee’s north side through their “Koos for Kids” organization.

Tomorrow, a number of Brewers staff and players will be at Helfaer Field from 8 – 11 a.m. collecting food for the Brewers Community Foundation, CBS 58 and Hunger Task Force Food Drive.  While Brewers personnel will staff the Helfaer Field drop off location in the morning, food can be dropped off at tomorrow between 4:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. 
 
Each vehicle stopping by to donate food items will receive a Brewers bobblehead, a gift bag and other items while supplies last. A number of Brewers special guests and CBS 58 News Team members will be on hand throughout the day to collect donations.

Finally, don’t forget about another opportunity to help Brewers Community Foundation and the Hunger Task Force through an online auction of player-designed “turkey hands.”  Jim Henderson, Jonathan Lucroy, Brandon Kintzler and Tyler Thornburg put their creative talents to work on the traditional Thanksgiving art project of hand-drawn “turkey hands.”  The auction will conclude on Sunday at 11:59 p.m. CT.  

The Thanksgiving holiday is great time to show how thankful we all are for what we have and a perfect way to do that is giving back to your community in any way that you can.  Stay tuned to the blog for updates from the phone bank this afternoon and from the food drive at Helfaer Field tomorrow!

–JOHN

johnandcait@brewers.com

 

Guess the Gobbler #4

Last week, we told you that Brewers Community Foundation has teamed up with Hunger Task Force to help feed Milwaukee-area families this holiday season with a number of events and opportunities, including collecting donations via the WISN Food for Families Phone Bank (11/26) and hosting a Food Drive at Miller Park (11/27).

We also mentioned that we would be revealing player-designed “turkey hands” across our social platforms this week. In a unique twist for fans and “art collectors” alike select Brewers players put their creative talents to work on the traditional Thanksgiving art project.

We’ve been revealing them all week:

Monday’s gobbler was created by Brandon Kintzler!

Tuesday’s gobbler was created by Tyler Thornburg!

Wednesday’s gobbler was created by Jonathan Lucroy!

Here’s the final piece of art–can you guess which Brewers player created this gobbler?

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The answer will be revealed later today, so stay tuned to the blog!

Following that, beginning at 5pm CT TODAY, fans can bid on the framed, original designs, which will be auctioned off on Brewers.com. The auction will conclude on Sunday, December 1 at 11:59 p.m. CT.

3:00PM CT Update: Today’s Gobbler was designed by Brewers pitcher Jim Henderson! Thanks for following along. Don’t forget you can bid on Jim’s  original artwork to help support Hunger Task Force beginning TODAY at 5pm CT on brewers.com.

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-John and Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

Guess the Gobbler #3

Last week, we told you that Brewers Community Foundation has teamed up with Hunger Task Force to help feed Milwaukee-area families this holiday season with a number of events and opportunities, including collecting donations via the WISN Food for Families Phone Bank (11/26) and hosting a Food Drive at Miller Park (11/27).

We also mentioned that we would be revealing player-designed “turkey hands” across our social platforms this week. In a unique twist for fans and “art collectors” alike select Brewers players put their creative talents to work on the traditional Thanksgiving art project.

Monday’s gobbler was created by Brandon Kintzler!

Tuesday’s gobbler was created by Tyler Thornburg!

 

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3:00PM CT Update: Today’s Gobbler was designed by Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy! Thanks for following along. Don’t forget you can bid on Luc’s original artwork to help support Hunger Task Force beginning tomorrow at 5pm CT on brewers.com.

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Such concentration!

Such concentration!

 

-John and Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

Guess the Gobbler #2

Last week, we told you that Brewers Community Foundation has teamed up with Hunger Task Force to help feed Milwaukee-area families this holiday season with a number of events and opportunities, including collecting donations via the WISN Food for Families Phone Bank (11/26) and hosting a Food Drive at Miller Park (11/27).

We also mentioned that we would be revealing player-designed “turkey hands” across our social platforms this week. In a unique twist for fans and “art collectors” alike select Brewers players put their creative talents to work on the traditional Thanksgiving art project.

Yesterday’s gobbler was created by Brandon Kintzler!

Here’s the second piece of art–can you guess which Brewers player created this gobbler?

Mb-13 BCF-HTF Thanksgiving Social Graphic-2-Guess

3:00PM CT Update: Today’s Gobbler was designed by Brewers pitcher Tyler Thornburg!  Thanks for following along. Don’t forget you can bid on Tyler’s original artwork to help support Hunger Task Force beginning this Thursday at 5pm CT on brewers.com.

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The artist at work.

The artist at work.

-John and Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

Guess the Gobbler and Help BCF & Hunger Task Force Strike Out Hunger this Holiday Season

Last week, we told you that Brewers Community Foundation has teamed up with Hunger Task Force to help feed Milwaukee-area families this holiday season with a number of events and opportunities, including collecting donations via the WISN Food for Families Phone Bank (11/26) and hosting a Food Drive at Miller Park (11/27).

We also mentioned that we would be revealing player-designed “turkey hands” across our social platforms this week. In a unique twist for fans and “art collectors” alike select Brewers players put their creative talents to work on the traditional Thanksgiving art project.

You’ll have your chance to “Guess the Gobbler” each day and then bid on the framed, original designs, which will be auctioned off on Brewers.com beginning this Thursday, November 21 at 5 p.m. CT.  The auction will conclude on Sunday, December 1 at 11:59 p.m. CT.

Here’s the first piece of art–can you guess which Brewers player created this gobbler?

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The answer will be revealed later today, so stay tuned to the blog!

3:30PM CT Update: Today’s Gobbler was designed by Brewers pitcher Brandon Kintzler!  Thanks for following along. Don’t forget you can bid on Brandon’s original artwork to help support Hunger Task Force beginning this Thursday at 5pm CT on brewers.com.

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Here's the artist at work.

Here’s the artist at work.

-John and Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

Brewers Community Foundation Announces $5 Million Mark Reached in 50/50 Raffle Ticket Sales

If you have been to a Brewers game in the last four years, surely you have seen the Brewers Community Foundation 50/50 Raffle Ticket sellers working the crowd in their bright orange t-shirts.  Today, at a press conference to announce the 50/50 Raffle has reached the $5 million mark in sales, the results of one program that BCF and the 50/50 Raffle have benefited was showcased.

The “Miracle League” field is a custom-designed field that features a special cushioned, rubberized playing surface that allows access for the visually impaired and those in wheelchairs.  The league allows all children to play organized baseball, regardless of ability.  Joe Block hosted today’s press conference at the Miracle League field on 91st and Brown Deer on Milwaukee’s Northwest side.

“The Miracle League is a stellar example of our commitment to identify quality non-profit organizations that are making a difference,” said Executive Director of BCF, Cecelia Gore.

Following today’s press conference, Milwaukee Miracle League players joined Brewers players Marco Estrada, Brandon Kintzler and Jonathan Lucroy on the field for a little exhibition game.

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“As a Brewers player, I’m really pleased and honored to be here to represent the team and players today,” Lucroy said.  “It’s important for me individually and my teammates here to contribute to these causes and help others who need it.  It gives me a lot of pleasure to do that for others.  My teammates talk very highly of the city and the people here.  The support we have from the fans and the organization itself is awesome, we love playing here.  It is a generous community and we , too, like to give back like so many fans have given back through the raffle.”

The BCF 50/50 Raffle is currently in its fourth season.  The raffle eclipsed the $1 million mark for the 2013 season on July 7—the earliest date that milestone has been reached since the inception of the raffle in 2010.

Now in its fourth season, tickets for the BCF 50/50 Raffle are sold for just $2 throughout Miller Park from the time gates open during every Brewers home game. For each game, half of the net proceeds are given to a lucky fan and the other half benefits Brewers Community Foundation.  Some of the non-profit programs previously supported by the Foundation include Arts at Large, Beckum Stapleton Little League, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee, COA Youth and Family Services, Felix Mantilla Little League, Girl Scouts of Wisconsin Southeast, Hunger Task Force, Milwaukee Habitat for Humanity, Make-a-Wish Foundation of Wisconsin, Sojourner Family Peace Center, Susan G. Komen of Southeast Wisconsin, UPAF, United Way, YMCA of Metropolitan Milwaukee, and YWCA.

“We’ve raised $1.4 so far this year to date, which is about $75,000 more than this time last year,” Gore added.  “I would say this has been a grand success.  We have the nicest raffle sellers I could ask for and they know that their efforts assist BCF with our ability to provide grants to more than 200 non-profit organizations.”

The press conference also featured a former 50/50 Raffle winner.  Theresa Porter, won the 50/50 Raffle on Opening Day in 2012 and took home over $20,000.  She took her family on a trip and continues to buy tickets at every game she attends.  That, in turn, convinces her entire row to buy tickets because she tells the story of winning the raffle at every game she attends.  Also, she is a breast cancer survivor herself and knows the importance the 50/50 Raffle to the Milwaukee community.

“After seeing the Miracle League Field here, it shows how this raffle really helps,” Porter said.  “As a breast cancer survivor, I feel that I too have benefited from what the raffle does on both ends.”

Through BCF, Mark and Debbie Attanasio continue their pledge to have the Milwaukee Brewers serve as leaders in the community. The BCF 50/50 raffle provides one of many opportunities to make a difference. Brewers Community Foundation harnesses the pride, passion and commitment of Brewers fans, players and other supporters to positively impact the lives of children and their families in Greater Milwaukee and Wisconsin.

Brewers Community Foundation, Inc. is the official charitable arm of the Milwaukee Brewers.

–JOHN

johnandcait@brewers.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

Getting to Know Your 2013 MLB Fan Cave Fandidates

Yesterday, I wrote about how MLB revealed the top 52 fans vying to be a contestant in the 2013 MLB Fan Cave–including two Brewers candidates (or FANdidates, as I like to call them), Peter Gourlie and Kevin Kimmes.

Now through Wednesday, February 13, fans can view video submissions from all 52 applicants on MLBFanCave.com and vote for their favorites.

Based on fan voting, quality of the original submissions, and the ability of the contestants to generate buzz and interest in their campaigns, MLB will narrow the field to 30 finalists who will then earn a trip to Spring Training in Arizona at the end of February, where they will compete in a variety of challenges to determine the final group of contestants.

These winners will begin the season in the MLB Fan Cave in New York City with the goal of watching all 2,430 MLB games on a large wall of big screen Sony televisions while chronicling their experiences online through videos, blogs, and social media. Along the way, they will compete with one another over the course of the season in a series of challenges, with fans online helping decide who gets to stay in the Fan Cave and who gets eliminated with one eventual winner crowned before the end of the World Series.

All 52 finalists have been hard at work rocking the vote since the announcement was made and this morning, I had the chance to catch up with these gentlemen so I can give you a little background on why you should, as always–VOTE BREWERS!

Peter GourliePeter Gourlie

Peter Gourlie, better known as “Super Fan Pete,” is a Wisconsin native. He is a 31-year-old mattress store manager. He’s been a Brewers fan for as long as he can remember, coming to at least a couple of games a year as a child even though he grew up north of Wausau, Wisconsin.

Peter believes fans should vote for him because, “I am the ultimate super fan. I go to 60-plus games per year, including on the road. I support the players through good times and bad,” he said.

 

 

And if you need anymore proof that Peter truly is a super fan, well, you need not look any further than his Brewers Super Fan tattoo!

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Since 2008, Peter and his friends have been traveling to Arizona to see the Brewers in Spring Training and he already has a trip planned for this year–only he now he hopes that during that trip he will be otherwise occupied as one of the Top 30 contestants for the MLB Fan Cave.

“If you’re selected as one of the Top 30 fans, you get to go to Spring Training in Arizona,” Peter said. “Well, I’ll already be down there. They can just send a car.”

To get there, he’s got to campaign hard and so far, he’s been able to garner a good buzz, primarily through Twitter and with the support of some of our current and former players–former Brewers pitchers Mitch Stetter (now with the Los Angeles Angels) and Manny Parra (now with the Cincinnati Reds) and current Brewers pitcher Brandon Kintzler all make appearances in Peter’s Fan Cave video, giving him ringing endorsements.

If he’s lucky enough to make it to the actual Fan Cave in New York, he’s not scared of the city, even though he’s never been there, or the prospect of living with 5-7 others for the season. “I’d be rooming with the best, most elite super fans from other teams,” Peter said. “We’ve all got baseball in common–something great to talk about.” Click here to vote for Peter. Also, follow him on Twitter: @SuperFanPete

Kevin KimmesKevin Kimmes

Kevin Kimmes is a 34-year-old insurance salesman from Green Bay, Wisconsin. A self-proclaimed entertainer, he’s worn many hats from special effects assistant to playing in bands and even managing pro wrestling. Most importantly, though, he’s passionate about baseball and he’s a lifetime Brewers fan.

“The Brewers have been such a big part of my life. My first memories are sitting in my grandpa’s garage listening to Uecker,” he told me. “I would love the opportunity to live every fan’s dream.

Living up in Green Bay, Kevin says he is not able to get to as many games as he’d like, but he catches all the games on TV and/or radio. He also stays in touch with our farm system–last year, he covered the Timber Rattlers for CreamCityCables.com.

Kevin has never been to New York before, nor has he been to see the Brewers in Spring Training, but he’s hoping that he’ll get to do both things this year if he remains in the running for the Fan Cave. “It would be great to be in the Fan Cave,” Kevin said. “We know that we all have the passion and drive to do this; we’re all baseball fans. You’d form friendships and bonds that you’ll take with you for life.”

As Kevin alludes to in his video, he recently got married last year. And, although his “man cave” might be relegated to a bathroom for now, he says that his wife is one of his biggest supporters in his quest to be a cave dweller. “She knows how much baseball means to me. She’s been behind me 100%.”

Click here to vote for Kevin. Also, follow him on Twitter: @KevinKimmes.

So there you have it! The two Brewers Fandidates for the 2013 MLB Fan Cave.

Are you still here? Stop reading and go vote for Peter and Kevin!

-Cait

johnandcait@brewers.com

Kintzler’s Dream Season Continues In Arizona

Brewers RHP Brandon Kintzler has had quite a complicated career for someone who is only 26 years old.  He joined the Brewers organization in 2009 after his contract was purchased from the American Association St. Paul Saints.  Prior his time with the Saints, he missed the entire 2006 season following arm surgery, spent time with Winnepeg of the independent league and with the Padres organization.  This year, after pitching in Double-A Huntsville and Triple-A Nashville, Kintzler was called up to the Big Leagues and made his Major League debut in September.

“This year has been a dream,” Kintzler said.  “I set goals for myself and after I had surgery in 2006, I set a goal to be in the Fall League in 2007.  I know it’s three years later that I am here, but it really has been a great year for me professionally.  The fact that I was in the Big Leagues this year and I’m on the 40-man is great.  I’m in a good position for next year and being here in the Fall League is really helping continue to develop.”

Kintzler has made seven relief appearances this fall and has a 1-0 record with a 3.60 ERA (10ip/4er), he has struck out nine and walked only two. 

 “It took me a little bit to get settled, but once I became settled in, I was able to get on a nice roll and everything is going well right now.  (Brewers pitching coach) Rick Peterson has had me work on hand movement and took my windup away.  My velocity went back up from when I was in Milwaukee which is good to see as well.”

Shortening the delivery of Kintzler and allowing him to hold runners on base was one thing the Brewers staff wanted to work on.  He has a different delivery and, according to the Las Vegas native, it has helped him out.

Surprise manager Mike Guerrero said he has been pleased with what he has seen with Kintzler so far this fall.

“He has really shown improvement all season long,” said Guerrero.  “Seeing his development from last Spring Training here in Arizona to know is great.  He was really pitching well with us in Huntsville early in the season; he continued to improve and was ultimately rewarded with a call up to the Brewers.  He throws had and with control and there is always a need for that on the Big League level.  His work ethic is something that will always keep him in conversations.”

Kintzler specifically pointed to the pregame workout routine that Trevor Hoffman organized with the Brewers bullpen on a daily basis for the last two seasons as something that is helping him physically.

“The Milwaukee guys stick together when working out (here in Arizona),” Kintzler said.  “We have really stuck with Trevor’s routine of running and working out on a daily basis.  He really had a big impact on all of us and we really learned a lot from him.”

A routine is something that Kintzler is excited about getting into once the Fall League season is complete.  After starting the season in Huntsville, then going to Nasvhille, finishing in Milwaukee and then continuing here in Arizona, Kintzler has had a whirlwind 2010.

 “It’s been a grind lately,” Kintzler said.  “After this, I want to get in a routine of working out but at the same time, getting a little rest.  February will be here fast and I want to be as strong as possible for Spring Training to compete for a job.”

Overall the experience and work Kintzler is getting here is something he is making the most out of and truly enjoying.

 “It’s a really fun team, we have a good group.  “It’s kind of funny that I’m the oldest guy on the team at only 26, but everyone meshes really well.  It was quiet the first day, but everyone really gets along now.  We are winning and Mike (Guerrero) really keeps it loose.”

TODAY’S GAME: Surprise is home against Scottsdale today with a 2:35 p.m. (Milwaukee time) first pitch.  There are four Brewers in today’s Rafters starting lineup: Logan Schafer leading off and playing centerfield, Eric Farris batting second and playing second base, Caleb Gindl batting third and playing right field and Hunter Morris batting sixth and playing third base.  Also playing in today’s game for Scottsdale is Washington Nationals top prospect and the 2010 First overall draft selection, Bryce Harper.  Harper is a member of the Scorpions “taxi” squad and since today is a Wednesday, he is eligible to play in today’s game.

–JOHN

johnandcait@brewers.com

 

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