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It’s #ThrowbackThursday and today we’re gonna party like it’s 1999.
Here’s your chance to score Field Outfield tickets for the Brewers vs. Cubs game on Friday, April 25 for 1999 pricing—just $18!
All you have to do is enter “THROWBACK” as the coupon code on brewers.com.
This offer is valid until 11:59pm CT on Thursday, April 24, 2014.
In honor of this offer, I dug through my old ticket stubs and found this Brewers vs. Cubs stub… From exactly 15 years ago today. The Crew won, 5-4. Rafael Roque started. Guys in the lineup included Vina, Cirillo, Burnitz, Loretta and Jenkins. #Memories
“When you come to a fork in the road, take it.”
“When you come to a fork in the road, take it…and try these concessions!”
-John & Cait
The “Thornburger” from AJ Bombers
During each homestand, we’ll sample some of the latest and greatest Miller Park fare and review it here, for you.
One of the most fun, new additions to Miller Park this season has been AJ Bombers. The popular restaurant and bar-with locations in Milwaukee and Madison-now occupies the outside space formerly known as the Plaza Pavilion, along the west side of Miller Park near the right-field gate.
AJ Bombers offers a selection of cheeseburgers, egg rolls, tater tots, shakes, custards, specialty concrete mixers and more. The menu also include homestand specials, such as the city-themed concrete mixers and tonight’s newest addition: The “Thornburger.”
Making its debut tonight, The “Thornburger” is a special burger named after Brewers pitcher Tyler Thornburg.
It’s a 1/4 lb patty topped with pepperoni, sautéed onions, lettuce, Texas BBQ sauce, Ranch dressing and pepper jack cheese. The appropriately named sandwich is the first of several city and/or player-themed burgers that AJ Bombers plans to offer this season.
Also on this homestand, AJ Bombers has featured the Malted Whoopie Pie Concrete Mixer (for the Pittsburgh Pirates Series) and the Gooey Butter Cake Concrete Mixer (available through the rest of the series vs. the St. Louis Cardinals).
We’ll be sure to check in with AJ Bombers often throughout the season to keep you informed on their newest menu items, just like we have been with the ever-popular Double Clutch!
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Where To Satisfy Your Craving: Fans can find AJ Bombers on the Field Level, in the outside space formerly known as the Plaza Pavilion, along the west side of Miller Park near the right-field gate.
What about you? Do you have a favorite ballpark snack? A question about concessions? Something you’d like to see featured here? Post your comments below!
-John and Cait
While Tax Deadline Day is not a day typically greeted with much excitement, this year there is reason for Brewers fans to look forward to April 15.
For tomorrow only, Brewers tickets will be available for just $4.15 as part of the “Tax Day Triple Play,” presented by Baker Tilly.
Beginning at 9 a.m. tomorrow morning, fans can purchase tickets in the Loge Bleachers, Loge Outfield and Terrace Levels for the April 21, 22 and 23 games vs. the San Diego Padres for only $4.15.
Tickets will go on sale exclusively through Brewers.com/taxday at 9 a.m. tomorrow and will be available until 11:59 p.m. or until supply is exhausted. In order to take part in the offer, fans will need to enter the password TRIPLEPLAY.
There is a limit of eight tickets per game. More information on this special promotion can be found at Brewers.com/taxday.
-John and Cait
Brewers Baseball is back and we are feeling pretty ‘Happy.’ So happy, in fact, we decided to create our own Brewers “Happy” video… so clap along if you feel like that’s what you wanna do!
-John and Cait
New for the 2014 season, we have announced 10 Season Seat Holder Appreciation Days in which all Brewers Season Seat Holders (SSHs) will receive special perks at Miller Park in addition to the benefits they already receive from being a Brewers SSH. These perks are as follows:
- 25% off food and beverage during the game at Miller Park
- 25% off merchandise in the Brewers Team Store by Majestic in the left-field corner
- Early access to Miller Park to watch the Brewers take batting practice (2 hours before game time)
The first SSH Appreciation Day of 2014 is this Friday, April 11 when the Brewers take on the Pittsburgh Pirates at Miller Park.
Remaining dates and details can be found at brewers.com/sshappreciation.
Not a 2014 Brewers Season Seat Holder? Not to worry. Just because the season is already underway, doesn’t mean you can’t sign up! Give our ticket reps at call at (414) 902-4100 and they’ll set you up with the best plan for you!
The Brewers continue their three-game series with the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park tonight. Since Interleague Play began, the Brewers don’t visit Boston very often, so it is always a treat to visit this historic ballpark.
Today, I took a tour of the ballpark along with Brewers Director of Media Relations, Mike Vassallo; Radio Play-by-play announcer, Joe Block; Radio Producer, Kent Sommerfeld, and his wife, Karen; Brewers.com beat writer, Adam McCalvy; FOX Sports Wisconsin host Craig Coshun and FOX Sports Wisconsin stats guru Brian Mikolajek.
The tour was organized by the Red Sox PR crew: Kevin Gregg, Abby DeCiccio and John Shestakofsky, something they like to do for teams who don’t visit Boston regularly. The tour was a definitely a treat. I have been fortunate to visit and tour Fenway Park before and it is an enjoyable baseball experience every time.
Enjoy the gallery below of great photos and some fun facts we learned along the way.
I learned a number of other fun-facts throughout the tour.
- The visiting and home clubhouse used to both be on the first base side of the field. In the 1950s, the visiting clubhouse was moved behind the visiting dugout on the third base side.
- The ballpark played host to NFL games in the 1930s. The Boston Redskins (now Washington Redskins) played home games here. The Boston Patriots (now the New England Patriots) games here in the 1960s as a member of the AFL. The field ran east-west with the end zones ending up in rightfield and by the visiting dugout.
- The ballpark is on the National Register of Historic Places.
- The ten-year renovation/preservation plan for Fenway is nearing completion. While there will always be things to maintain and update, most of the main projects that the current ownership group started have been completed. Fenway Park has added about 3,000 seats in the last ten years. The changes have allowed the ballpark to enter a new era, while at the same time, preserve its historical charm.
Thanks again to the Red Sox PR staff for accommodating our tour this afternoon. It was a great time and I can’t wait to come back as a fan. If you are a baseball fan, I highly recommend getting here to visit this gem. It is a baseball experience that is unmatched.
The Brewers had a great win yesterday at Fenway Park, let’s hope for another win tonight and one more tomorrow!
Fans are invited to join the Brewers for Autism Awareness Night at Miller Park as the Crew takes on the Pittsburgh Pirates next Saturday, April 12 at 6:10 p.m.
Be part of this special event as we celebrate the unique gifts of individuals with autism while raising awareness of autism spectrum disorders and advocating for the needs of individuals and families affected by autism. Autism Speaks Milwaukee will be on hand to help raise awareness by passing out information and answering questions.
In support of autism awareness, this past Wednesday night, Miller Park was also lit blue:
To receive special savings on various locations in the ballpark for this Saturday’s game, click here. Remember to wear your Brewers blue to support autism awareness.
In March, we asked you to help us pick which design to put on the side of the 2014 Brewers bases via a vote across brewers.com, Twitter and Facebook.
As a follow-up, here’s a photo of one of the Opening Day bases with the fan-selected design on the side:
Thank you for your help!
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!
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.
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.
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:
Will and Tyler let me do the honors. I sank the birdie putt, bringing the match back to even.
“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.
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.
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.”
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.”
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.
If you were at any of the Exhibition Games this weekend, along with taking in the new changes around the ballpark, you might have found yourself taking in some new music as well, especially as our players walked up to the plate, or our pitchers entered the games.
For players, this is often an important decision. What brief part of a song is going to send a message to the fans—and what do I want that message to be? Do I keep the same song that I had last year? What’s the hit that is going to produce the most hits? Is it a superstitious thing, do I want fans to sing along, or do I just use my favorite song right now?
And, it’s a big deal because sometimes, fans might not remember your exact career batting average or ERA with the team, but they just might remember your at-bat song.
Take these blasts from the past, for instance, which were very distinctive and will probably always stick out–in my mind, at least–as being associated with a certain player at a certain time: Tyler Houston using Baha Men’s “Who Let the Dogs Out” (2001); Frank Catalanotto and Mark Kotsay using The Outfield’s “Your Love” (2009; 2011—”Josie’s on a vacation far away….”); or Brooks Kieschnick entering the game to George Strait’s “Cowboys Like Us” (2004).
So, if you’re like me and you’re attuned to the tunes, you’ll probably enjoy seeing this list—and updating your iPod playlists accordingly.
DID YOU KNOW? Make sure you download the free MLB At The Ballpark App! In addition to check-in offers, ballpark maps, game updates and more, one of the really cool features is “Ballpark Music.” Like a song you hear? Check it out on At The Ballpark–and you can even download it right there! No Shazam necessary!
2014 AT-BAT WALK-UP MUSIC
Bianchi – “Tonight” by Jeremy Camp
Braun – “Still in this” by B.o.B
Davis – “Gangsta Rap Made me do it” by Ice Cube
Estrada – “Bodies” by Drowning Pool
Gallardo – “My Time” by Fabolous
Garza – “Toss it Up” by Tupac
Gennett – “Courage to Grow” by Rebelution
Gomez – “All me” by Drake
Lohse – “Next Episode” by Dr. Dre
Lucroy – “You’re Going Down” by Sick Puppies
Maldonado – “Watch Out for this” by Major Lazer
“Odio (Remix)” by Baby Rasta
Overbay –“Given to Fly” by Pearl Jam
Peralta – “Ponteme Melia” by Chimbala
Ramirez – None (at his request)
Reynolds – “Barefoot Blue Jean Night” by Jake Owen
Schafer – “Return of the Mack” by Mark Morrison
Segura – “Pa Que Tu Me Saluda” by Don Miguelo
“Dando Coriente” by El Alfa
Weeks – “Trophies” by Drake
2014 PITCHING ENTRANCE MUSIC
Duke – “Outsiders” by Eric Church
Estrada – “Bodies” by Drowning Pool
Gallardo – “My Time” by Fabolous
Garza – “Ambitionz Az A Ridah” by Tupac
Henderson – “Thunderstruck” by AC/DC
Lohse – “Wake Up” by Rage Against the Machine
Peralta – “Ponteme Melia” by Chimbala
F. Rodriguez – “Sandunqueoso” by Tego Cableron
Smith – “Hell Yeah” by Rev Theory
In case you weren’t aware, in addition to At The Ballpark, we do keep a list of these songs on brewers.com and try our best to update it accordingly, so you might want to bookmark this page for future reference.
So now, what about you? What’s your favorite, or most memorable Brewers at-bat song? And, if you were a player, what song might you choose as yours?