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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?
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.
-John and Cait
Brewers Community Foundation is teaming up with Hunger Task Force to help feed Milwaukee-area families this holiday season with a number of events and opportunities.
The Thanksgiving week will begin with the WISN 12 Food For Families Phone Bank on Tuesday, November 26. A number of Brewers staff will work the phones, collecting donations that will benefit Hunger Task Force.
MILLER PARK FOOD DRIVE
In addition, Brewers Community Foundation, Hunger Task Force and CBS 58 will host a food drive at Miller Park on Wednesday, November 27. Food can be dropped off at Helfaer Field at Miller Park on November 27 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.
In a unique twist for fans and “art collectors” alike, Brewers Community Foundation is helping raise money for the Hunger Task Force through an online auction of player-designed “turkey hands.” Select Brewers players put their creative talents to work on the traditional Thanksgiving art project of hand-drawn “turkey hands,” which will be revealed on the Brewers social media platforms beginning on Monday.
The framed, original designs will be auctioned off on Brewers.com beginning November 21 at 5 p.m. CT. The auction will conclude on Sunday, December 1 at 11:59 p.m. CT.
-John and Cait
Be honest. How many of you have started holiday shopping? Anyone? Chances are you have not, but I am sure some of you are incredibly organized and are on a roll already. Whatever the case is with the holiday shopping, the Brewers are inviting you to give the gift of “our season” this holiday season. A perfect way to start is the always popular Milwaukee Brewers Holiday 4-Packs that will go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. CT.
Fans will be able to choose from five appealing 4-Pack options, including a new Fan’s Choice Plan. If holiday shoppers order by Thursday, December 19, their 4-Packs will be delivered in time for Christmas in special holiday carriers, ready for giving.
Brewers Holiday 4-Packs include many of the most anticipated games of the 2014 season and are built to fit any schedule–weekends, matinees, weeknights–whichever you prefer. Three of the five plans – the Matinee Plan, the Rivals Plan and the Weekend Plan – include one All-Fan Giveaway Date, while the Double Bobble Plan includes two All-Fan Giveaway Dates (listed below). The Fan’s Choice Plan allows fans to select four games of their choice from an assortment of 34 games.
In addition, the Brewers are offering a free Bernie Brewer ornament gift-with-purchase to fans with every pair of 4-Packs they buy.
Holiday 4-Packs range in price from $72 – $168 and are available in the Field Outfield Box, Loge Infield Box, Club Outfield Box, Terrace Box, Loge Bleachers and Terrace Reserved seat locations. All tickets are subject to availability while supplies last. Pricing is as follows and includes one ticket to four games:
|Field Outfield Box||$168|
|Loge Infield Box||$160|
|Club Outfield Box||$160|
Standard shipping and handling fees apply. Advance parking packages are also available. To make a purchase, visit Brewers.com/4packs or call (414) 902-HITS (4487). For information on all other ticket plans, call (414) 902-4090. The schedule for the 2014 Holiday 4-Packs is listed below.
|2014 Holiday 4-Packs|
|Double Bobble Plan|
|Sunday, April 27*||Chicago Cubs||1:10 p.m.||Carlos Gomez Gold Glove Bobblehead|
|Sunday, June 29*||Colorado Rockies||1:10 p.m.||Norichika Aoki Bobblehead|
|Tuesday, July 22||Cincinnati Reds||7:10 p.m.|
|Saturday, September 27||Chicago Cubs||TBD|
|Monday, May 26||Baltimore Orioles (I)||1:10 p.m.|
|Wednesday, June 25||Washington Nationals||1:10 p.m.|
|Thursday, July 10||Philadelphia Phillies||1:10 p.m.|
|Sunday, August 24*||Pittsburgh Pirates||1:10 p.m.||Jean Segura Bobblehead|
|Saturday, April 26||Chicago Cubs||6:10 p.m.|
|Sunday, June 15*||Cincinnati Reds||1:10 p.m.||Vintage Brewers Bobblehead|
|Monday, July 7||Philadelphia Phillies||7:10 p.m.|
|Thursday, September 4||St. Louis Cardinals||7:10 p.m.|
|Friday, May 30||Chicago Cubs||7:10 p.m.|
|Saturday, June 28||Colorado Rockies||TBD|
|Sunday, July 27*||New York Mets||1:10 p.m.||Fans vote on bobblehead at Brewers.com|
|Saturday, September 6||St. Louis Cardinals||TBD|
|Fan’s Choice Plan||(34 Games)|
|Wednesday, April 2||Atlanta Braves||12:10 p.m.|
|Sunday, April 13||Pittsburgh Pirates||1:10 p.m.|
|Tuesday, April 15||St. Louis Cardinals||7:10 p.m.|
|Wednesday, April 16||St. Louis Cardinals||12:10 p.m.|
|Monday, April 21||San Diego Padres||7:10 p.m.|
|Tuesday, April 22||San Diego Padres||7:10 p.m.|
|Wednesday, April 23||San Diego Padres||7:10 p.m.|
|Monday, May 5||Arizona Diamondbacks||7:10 p.m.|
|Tuesday, May 6||Arizona Diamondbacks||7:10 p.m.|
|Wednesday, May 7||Arizona Diamondbacks||12:10 p.m.|
|Tuesday, May 13||Pittsburgh Pirates||7:10 p.m.|
|Wednesday, May 14||Pittsburgh Pirates||7:10 p.m.|
|Thursday, May 15||Pittsburgh Pirates||12:10 p.m.|
|Tuesday, May 27||Baltimore Orioles (I)||7:10 p.m.|
|Wednesday, May 28||Baltimore Orioles (I)||7:10 p.m.|
|Monday, June 2||Minnesota Twins (I)||7:10 p.m.|
|Tuesday, June 3||Minnesota Twins (I)||7:10 p.m.|
|Monday, June 23||Washington Nationals||7:10 p.m.|
|Thursday, June 26||Colorado Rockies||7:10 p.m.|
|Tuesday, July 8||Philadelphia Phillies||7:10 p.m.|
|Monday, July 21||Cincinnati Reds||7:10 p.m.|
|Wednesday, July 23||Cincinnati Reds||1:10 p.m.|
|Thursday, July 24||New York Mets||7:10 p.m.|
|Tuesday, August 5||San Francisco Giants||7:10 p.m.|
|Wednesday, August 6||San Francisco Giants||7:10 p.m.|
|Thursday, August 7||San Francisco Giants||1:10 p.m.|
|Tuesday, August 19||Toronto Blue Jays (I)||7:10 p.m.|
|Wednesday, August 20||Toronto Blue Jays (I)||1:10 p.m.|
|Monday, September 8||Miami Marlins||7:10 p.m.|
|Tuesday, September 9||Miami Marlins||7:10 p.m.|
|Wednesday, September 10||Miami Marlins||7:10 p.m.|
|Thursday, September 11||Miami Marlins||7:10 p.m.|
|Friday, September 12||Cincinnati Reds||7:10 p.m.|
|Sunday, September 28||Chicago Cubs||1:10 p.m.|
|* Bobblehead Date|
|(I) = Interleague Game|
Did you follow along with our #Brewers14in14 All-Fan Giveaways Reveal this week?
In case you missed it, in 2014, we have slated 14 All-Fan Giveaway dates throughout the season.
There are eight Sundays when every fan in attendance will receive a bobblehead featuring different Brewers personnel. The bobbles feature current players, alumni, mascots, etc.—and we revealed them here and across all of our social media platform over the past past week.
In addition to our ever-popular bobblehead games, we’ve also unveiled a new promotion for 2014: T-Shirt Fridays–six Fridays when every fan in attendance will receive a Brewers t-shirt with various designs.
In case you missed it, the 2014 bobblehead lineup is as follows:
The T-Shirt Friday dates are as follows:
Friday, August 22: T-Shirt #6
While individual tickets won’t go on sale until early next year, you can still lock in your favorite giveaways with Season Ticket Packages!
Enjoy your weekend!
-John & Cait
The first time Erika Brown made the U.S. Olympic Curling team, guys like Paul Molitor, Robin Yount, and Juan Nieves graced the Brewers roster.
It was 1988 and the then 15-year-old was headed to Calgary for the XV Olympic Winter Games where curling would debut as a demonstration sport.
It’s now 2013 and Erika, a lifelong Brewers fan and Wisconsin native, is on the road to Sochi, hoping for the chance to compete in her third Olympics in a sport that’s always been a family affair.
Originally from Madison, Wisconsin, Erika began curling in 1980 at the age of 7, taking after her mom, dad and brother, who all played the sport.
“In 1988, I remember being there with my family. My parents were there. My dad was our coach and my mom was our alternate on our team. The ceremonies were overwhelming,” she reminisced.
Erika made her second trip to the Olympics 10 years later, in Nagano in 1998.
“I think in 1998, we all were more experienced. We had different expectations. We had competed at that time for 10 years on a world stage. Nagano was great. Curling had gained more recognition and popularity by that time. There was great fan support and fun crowds. It was amazing!”
Erika’s team won the Women’s Curling Championship in Green Bay earlier this year, which qualified them for the Olympic Team Trials. And it felt extra special that it happened in her home state in front of family and friends.
“There were lots of Wisconsin curling fans there and it was fun to be in such a fun sporting town, too. We were right near Lambeau Field.”
The Olympian also adds accomplished golfer to her resume—she was the Wisconsin State High School champ in 1990 and 1991 and twice the City of Madison women’s champion as well.
“I don’t get a chance to play as much as I want to anymore, but golf is a great compliment to curling. There are a lot of similarities—repetitive motion, timing, strategy,” Erika said.
Although Erika has since moved to Ontario with her husband (a three-time World Champion curler himself) and children, she’s still a Brewers fan at heart and follows the team from afar.
“Growing up, we were always Brewers fans. We were members of the Brewers Fan Club, the year they won the pennant, in 1982. I remember my dad would get home at 5pm and we would get in our van. We’d stop to get pizza and eat it on the drive to Milwaukee for the games. We went to 17 games that season, we were all into it.”
In addition to curling and golf, Erika was well versed in many other sports growing up, including little league.
“I played infield, so I tried to emulate Robin Yount,” she said with a laugh.
Gorman Thomas was her favorite player and Erika even has photos of herself with Stormin’ Gorman and many of the members of that ’82 team from a Kids Picture Day that season:
And, although she didn’t make it to any playoff games, she says she also has a photo from the night the Brewers won the pennant.
“It’s one of my favorite photos. My brother and I have all of our gear on the night they won the pennant and we’re in our living room, celebrating,” she said.
So, while Erika continues to cheer on the Brewers, we’ll continue to cheer on her and the other Olympic hopefuls on the road to Sochi.
Erika’s next stop is North Dakota for the Olympic Team Trials, Sunday, November 10 through Sunday, November 17.
“With Curling, it’s such a combination of skills. Fitness has become a really integral part of the game. As a skip [Editor’s Note: The skip is the captain of the team, responsible for determining strategy], what I love is how strategic and cerebral it is and the experience is a huge factor. Having played for so long, that’s helpful and that’s why I like the position I play and the strategy that goes into the game. The other great thing is my teammates. We all work together and lift each other up. For me it’s created friendships and lifelong bonds.”
We already know Brewers fans are everywhere—and we hope there’s one more in Sochi next February.
This morning, Brewers Chairman and Principal Owner Mark Attanasio issued a letter to Brewers fans via brewers.com and in the Sports section of today’s Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
To read the letter in its entirety, please click here.
-John and Cait
In 2014, we’ve slated 14 All-Fan Giveaway dates throughout the season and we’ll be revealing them at brewers.com/allfans and across all of our social media platforms beginning Monday, November 4 through Friday, November 8. So check back each day, or get connected with us to be among the first to know who will be immortalized in bobble form next season and the other items we have in store for you.
This Halloween, our #BREWITCHED Instagram contest is back by popular demand!
Starting this Monday, submit an original photo of your Brewers-themed pumpkin. Carve it, paint it, or decorate it – it’s up to you! Tag it on Instagram using hashtag #BREWITCHED for a chance to win a Brewers prize pack, which will include a baseball signed by Aramis Ramirez.
The contest officially begins on Monday, but we wanted to give you a heads up in case you’re headed to the pumpkin patch and/or planning to carve your gourds this weekend.
We’ll be accepting entries through Thursday, October 31, so you have plenty of time to get in the Brewers “spirit.” Get your pumpkin, give it a Brewers flare and take some photos. For more information and complete rules, please visit brewers.com/brewitched beginning Monday. We’ll select three winners in this contest.
To help you get started, we’ve even got Brewers pumpkin carving stencils available for download here on brewers.com.
And, for inspiration, here are last year’s winners:
PS: For those unfamiliar, Instagram is a free, fast and fun way to share photos using most Apple or Android products. You can follow us on Instagram @Brewers. For those without Instagram, you can still view our photos, by visiting brewers.com/instagram.
If you’ll recall, this past season, we launched the Brewers Baseball Academy presented by Kwik Trip, eight separate week-long baseball/softball camps open to youth (ages 6-14) which were held in various cities across Wisconsin this summer.
All season, in addition to putting on the camps, executive director Tim Rappe provided some baseball tips here on John and Cait…Plus 9 as well. Read on for the latest installment from Coach Tim, a wrap up of the Brewers Baseball Academy Champions Day.
THE SECRET SAUCE IN EVERY CHAMPION’S RECIPE
At each Brewers Baseball Academy summer camp we have the kids participate in a Skills Competition that measures bat speed, running speed and field/throwing speed. We’ve found that breaking up the instruction with competitive events really spices up the day and the Skills Competition does the trick. Plus, it helps reinforce the very things that we are teaching the kids during the week.
A couple weeks ago, the top 70 scorers from the summer participated in Champions Day at Miller Park. In addition to the 70 competitors, there were another 300+ friends and family members in attendance. It was a gorgeous day, although I wished the grounds crew was preparing the infield for the playoffs rather than re-sodding…but that’s what next year is for.
The focus of this post is to ask whether or not placing kids in the cauldron of competition prepares them for what’s ahead. Trust me; the kids at Champions Day feel the pressure of competing for a trophy in front of a lot of people on the very field their baseball heroes perform. It’s only natural to feel that heart-pounding, sweaty palms, “where’s the restroom” sensation. The big question, of course, is whether or not the performer can park those feelings somewhere they won’t impede their physical and mental performance. Or do they give into them and essentially fall apart at the most critical time?
I submit that champions not only control those emotions but use them to propel his/her performance to new heights. That confidence, that belief in oneself, is the secret sauce in every winner’s recipe.
I think about all the travel tryouts that were conducted throughout Wisconsin in the last 60 days. We measure kids’ running speed. We hit them ground balls and watch the “carry” on their throws across the infield or outfield. We throw batting practice and watch their strokes. What we can’t do is put a dipstick in that part of the athlete that measures their ability to manage stress…to excel under pressure. If we could, I fear that many of us would come up a quart low.
Case in point. If you ever had the pleasure of standing in the third base coaching box you get a real sense of the kids who step into the batter’s box like they own it. It’s as though they lock the door behind them and nothing exists other than the next pitch. These kids will compete for me. On the other hand, I’ve had plenty of kids who stepped into the batter’s box in that same pressure cooker situation and looked as though there was a snake in it.
The remarkable “you can’t beat me” attitude is what separates good from great and it may very well be hard wired in the athlete’s DNA. Although, preparation, experience and multiple “learnable” techniques can make a huge difference. But the “will to win” that we see from the great ones may not be something we can teach. Then again, a few Sunday’s ago class was in session at Miller Park for 70 young athletes from the Brewers Baseball Academy…and they put on a show. You can click here to see the final rankings.
Until next time, “If you’re gonna swing, might as well swing hard.”