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Yes, That’s Brandon Kintzler Serving as Batboy in Tonight’s Game

A bet is a bet. And Brandon Kintzler lost one to Kyle Lohse. That’s why he’s the batboy for tonight’s Exhibition Game at Miller Park vs the Kansas City Royals.

Brandon Kintzler is tonight's bat boy.

Brandon Kintzler is tonight’s bat boy.

“I’m not nervous at all,” Brandon said. “Whatever entertains the guys to kick off the year. And I can’t wear big-league stuff. I have to wear my own jersey so everyone knows it’s me. In Rookie Ball, you have to batboy, so I have experience. I know to watch the umpire, watch what he needs. I’m probably going to get really tired; it will be my conditioning for the day.”

So what are the events that lead up to this? I sat down with both Brandon and Kyle individually to get both sides of the story, and, okay, I’ll admit it–stir the pot a little. Read on.

You see, it all started in Spring Training at Bob Uecker’s Front Row Classic, when Brandon was in the winning group:

“After that… He popped off that he was just as good as me,” said Kyle, who is basically a scratch golfer and well-known for his golfing prowess in the clubhouse.  “He didn’t back down from a one-on-one challenge. Leading up to it, he was even talking smack about how he out-drives me and maybe I might need strokes. I was like ‘Alright. Whatever. Pick a course, we’ll go play it.’ I wanted to be fair, so we picked a course that I hadn’t played, didn’t know anything about,” he said.

“We wanted a course that we hadn’t played,” Brandon confirmed. And that’s how they landed at Moon Valley Country Club. “I had heard it’s a long, tough course, a lot of target golf.”

Of course, after all of the buildup to the match, they had to put some stakes on it.

“I wouldn’t agree to a bunch of bets, so at the end he said–and I think he was joking–‘loser batboys Exhibition Game‘ and I said, ‘Okay, I’ll do that,” Brandon said. “Last time I played with him at his course, he beat me by one hole, and by like two strokes, so it wasn’t like it was going to be an unfair match.”

But this time, their match was not as close. Kyle ended up winning by 11 strokes, shooting a 74 to Brandon’s 85.

“It was definitely my chipping. And sand. I probably gave 8 strokes away from chipping and sand alone,” Brandon lamented. He also chalked it up to a lot of “bad luck.”

“There was one drive where we both hit in the fairway, but mine bounced left into the sand trap. It was literally two feet from his ball. I had a lot of bad luck,” Brandon, who played competitive Junior Golf a little as a teen, explained.

“You know old guys gotta get luck,” he continued, taking a not-so-subtle dig at Kyle, who is 35-years old and six years older than him.

“I outdrive him so, he’s gotta get luck. He needed all the luck he could get….Make sure you put that in there,” he added.

“And Kyle was really nice during the round,” he continued. ” He knows I had a lot of bad luck and he had some good luck, but then he shows up to the field and makes it sound like I was terrible. He even brought in a Championship belt. He said he crushed me, but they don’t know about the round before. He’s just mad because I have the Bob Uecker titleHe’s a totally different person on the course and off the course.

Kyle refutes this. “I show up,  I don’t know anything about the course, just like he doesn’t… and I beat him by 11 strokes. There’s not a lot of bad luck that happens when you’re on the fairways or greens, right? So when you’re constantly off the fairways and off the greens, I don’t know if you call that bad luck, or not being able to keep the ball in play. There are two ways you can look at it.”

“I got a couple grays in my beard,” he continued, “But you know, it is what it is. Older, wiser, better? I don’t know. My 74 could have been like a 68 if I had made some other putts. I didn’t miss too many greens. I went into it with prior experience, beating another guy on the team, another ‘young fella’–[Johnny] Hellweg. He popped off about my golf game… I gave him 20 strokes and I beat him by 41 so I went into it knowing…. With Brandon, the third hole was when I knew it was over because it was a driving hole, a par-4, even for me, a ‘short hitter,’ so I hit 3-iron. Just wanted to keep it in play. He hits driver, got lucky that it was in play, then had to play a shot under and through a tree, ended up in a bunker, went from that bunker to 60-yds past the green into a fairway bunker and from that bunker back into the same bunker he was just in, you know, so I knew then that experience was going to carry me through the match.”

As for the belt? Kyle tells me it serves a dual purpose. “I went to the store and picked up a little belt so I could make sure he knew I was the champ, but we have card games in the clubhouse and we have a champion of the day. From now on, that person will get the belt.”

I think of it like back in the day when Tiger dominated,” Kyle told me. “You know, whenever he was in that final group, everyone kind of wilted around him? It was kind of the same thing. That’s what happened to Hellweg and I knew that if I just kept the ball in play–I don’t care if I get outdriven–I’m gonna keep it in play and put it on the green.  Not too many bad things can happen when you do that.”

And, long story short, that is how Brandon Kintzler ended up as a batboy for tonight’s game.

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But still, Brandon wants a chance at redemption: “I will get a rematch at some point,” he said.

Kyle is not so sure.

“What happens in boxing when the champ defends his title? Do they automatically give a rematch to the other guy, or does he have to fight a few more battles and work his way back up? The way I look at it, he got knocked out in the first round, he’s been knocked way down in status. I’m not even sure he’s third or fourth best golfer on the team right now with the play he put out. After he works his way up, he can challenge me again, but it’s going to be awhile.”

Speaking of challenges… in his interview tonight, Kyle failed to mention another golf match that took place earlier in Spring Training down in Arizona. We’ll have more on that to come here on the blog.

-Cait

JohnandCait@Brewers.com

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Brandon Kintzler

Brandon Kinztler bonded with Hank during Spring Training in AZ.

The team, in cooperation with the Wisconsin Humane Society, will sponsor numerous initiatives that evening, including an Adopt-a-Pet event on the Miller Park concourse where fans can meet four-legged friends available for adoption. In addition, all weekend long fans are encouraged by Brewers Community Foundation to bring new pet supplies that will be distributed to area rescue organizations as part of the “Drive for Charity.” Items that will be collected include canned or dry puppy, cat and kitten food; dog and cat toys (no stuffed toys, please); dog and cat treats; dog harnesses; cat litter; stainless steel food and water bowls. Those donating will receive a special commemorative pin with Hank’s likeness to mark the occasion.

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

Hank first appeared at camp on February 17, the day of the first workout for pitchers and catchers. The Brewers have worked closely with the Arizona and Wisconsin Humane Societies since that first day, and their staff provided counsel on how best to care for Hank’s basic needs as he adjusted to his new surroundings. Hank’s circle of caregivers in Phoenix worked tirelessly to ensure that he had the best care possible until his “forever home” was determined.

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

Hank made frequent appearances at Spring Training games in a concourse booth, where fans lined up for an opportunity to have their photo taken with Hank in exchange for a voluntary donation to the Humane Society. Through these and other opportunities, Hank has already helped raise thousands of dollars to support the cause.

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

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

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

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

-John and Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

The #CactusCrew’s Day Off

Ah, the rare off-day during Spring Training. Yesterday was the only one for the Crew this spring and many of the players marked the occasion  by heading out to the golf course as there were two different golf events that were held.

The first was Bob Uecker’s inaugural Front Row Classic, which was held at Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale.

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A number of the Brewers players and coaches, along with several other celebrities participated in the event, which benefited the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

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Over on the Minor League side, a group took part in an event at Tres Rios Golf Course in Goodyear, benefiting the Special Olympics of Phoenix.

Each foursome was comprised of three folks from the Brewers (including scouts, front office staff and players) and one Special Olympic golfer and they played best ball.  The theme this year was “Cowboy Golf ” and every golfer had to wear something that would depict the cowboy lifestyle (with a penalty of four strokes per team if a player had no cowboy gear on his person–but no boots, bad for greens!).

The Cowboy Golf event raised about $3,000 for Special Olympics of Phoenix.

The Cowboy Golf event raised about $3,000 for Special Olympics of Phoenix.

Participants included: Gord Ash, Mike Guerrero, Michael Reed, Jose Nunez, David Goforth, Drew Gagnon,  Taylor Jungmann, Brooks Hall and scouts Andy Pratt and Ryan Thompson.

In the end, first, second, last place, long drives, closest to pens all donated their winnings to Special Olympics. To go with the $2000 donation check, they also gave a little over a $1000 more in cash. The scramble winners shot 8 under.

-Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

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?

Mb-13 BCF-HTF Thanksgiving Social Graphic-1-Guess

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

 

 

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