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Lucroy and Garza named Brewers Players of the Month for June

Jonathan Lucroy was named Brewers Player of the Month for June and Matt Garza was selected as Brewers Pitcher of the Month for June.

Lucroy batted .359 with 6 home runs and 20 RBI in 26 games during the month of June.  Garza went 3-1 with a 2.88 ERA in 6 starts, including 25 strikeouts over 40.2 innings pitched in June.

Both players were presented their awards prior to tonight’s game:
 

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-Cait

JohnandCait@Brewers.com

Milwaukee Brewers Winner Announced as Part of MLB, Target and Time, Inc.’s ‘PEOPLE’ “All-Star Teachers” Program

Major League Baseball, Target Corp (NYSE: TGT) and PEOPLE today announced the 30 winners in the “Target Presents PEOPLE All-Star Teachers” campaign, which celebrates remarkable current and retired teachers who make an impact on the lives of their students and communities. Eric Vander Loop has been selected by fans to represent the Milwaukee Brewers.

Vander Loop and his wife, Karen both teach at Woodland School in Appleton, Wisconsin. His parents are hardworking, inspiring, honest, and humble and that describes Eric as well. His three passions are family, teaching and baseball, and in his teaching, he educates his students to believe that they can make a difference in the world. A lifelong Brewers fan, Eric coached high school baseball for seven years. Eric started “River Studies Summer Fishing Program” 15 years ago for youth in the district, an initiative to raise funds annually to pay for student materials. Nine years later, he founded the “Unless” program after hearing that a student’s mother and another friend of the Vander Loops both had Stage 4 lung cancer. The students asked Eric what they could do to help, and he created “Unless” from a Dr. Seuss line: “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” To date, he continues to lead “Unless” and has raised $86,000.00 to date!

Vander Loop will join one winner representing each of the 30 MLB Clubs to be included in All-Star Week activities and recognized during the pre-game ceremony of the 2014 MLB All-Star Game — Tuesday, July 15 with pre-game ceremonies beginning at 7:30 p.m. ET / 6:30 p.m. CT on FOX from Target Field in Minneapolis.  As part of the pre-game ceremony, Tony-award winner Idina Menzel will perform the classic song “Forever Young” by 11-time Grammy Award winner Bob Dylan, who is a Minnesota native.

Fans nationwide cast their votes at AllStarTeachers.com to select 30 winners from a pool of 90 finalists.  Additionally, Eric Stonestreet, a Dodgers fan who plays a teacher on Modern Family; Matthew Morrison, a Mets fan who plays a teacher on FOX’s Glee; and AJ Calloway of Extra TV, a Yankees fan whose mom is a retired principal and sister is a current principal, served alongside New York Yankees Carlos Beltran and Los Angeles Dodgers Adrian Gonzalez as “All-Star Teachers” Ambassadors to support the program.

Target presents “PEOPLE All-Star Teachers” is just one part of Target, MLB and PEOPLE’s effort to celebrate teachers and raise awareness about the importance of education this baseball season. MLB Legends have attended 14 Target education-focused events in MLB communities throughout the first half of the season including Hall of Famer Ernie Banks, Vinny Castilla, Ron Cey, Cliff Floyd, Luis Gonzalez, Tim Laudner, Gary Matthews, Tony Oliva, Harold Reynolds, Michael Young, Edgar Martinez, Tim Wakefield, Mickey Lolich, Willie Horton, Chad Tracy and John Smoltz. Guests and fans can visit AllStarTeachers.com and ABullsEyeView.com/Baseball for updates and behind-the-scenes access to campaign activities leading up to the All-Star Game.

 

Davis & Lohse Visit with Brewers Season Seat Holders

Today was the Brewers Season Seat Holder luncheon, the second of two such events this season where Season Seat Holders with packages of 20+ games have the opportunity to attend.

The event, which takes place in the Skyy Lounge, includes a plated lunch (which was delicious!), a Q &A with Brewers players, and the opportunity to win prizes.

Today, Season Seat Holders were treated to a Q & A with Brewers outfielder Khris Davis and pitcher Kyle Lohse, emceed by Brewers TV Announcer Brian Anderson.

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Questions ranged from workout routines and mentors to what they do with their free time and entrance music.

Some quotes and highlights:

Q: Khris, What do you talk about with opposing players when you get on base? Kyle, what does the catcher say to you when he visits the mound?

Khris: “I had an interesting conversation with the other Chris Davis. He said I reminded him of someone from the movie ‘Mr.3000′. Other than that, you pretty much just say, ‘What’s up?’”

Kyle: “I tell Luc not to even ask me what pitch I want to throw. I say, ‘You’re just gonna tell me something different anyway.’ That’s the kind of relationship he and I have. We’re tight.”

 

Q: Kyle, what do you tell your son (Kameron, age 7), who has started playing and has been in uniform around the clubhouse?

Kyle: “I just let him go have fun. Parents of the other kids on his teams ask me what they should do. I tell them to just let them have fun, don’t worry about techniques, just make them love the game. Kam loves coming to the park. It’s just one of those things where I’m fortunate enough to be able to do that and for him, he thinks coming in, high-fiving Ryan Braun is normal. One of these days he’ll be old enough to understand and really appreciate it.”

 

Q: You both have chosen entrance songs by Dr. Dre. Why did you choose your particular entrance music?

Kyle: “I’m from Cali and grew up listening to Snoop, Dre, Biggie, old rap stuff. My song ["Next Episode" by Dr. Dre] is one of my favorites from back in high school.”

 Khris: “I picked mine [“Xxplosive” by Dr. Dre] because I liked the drums. Dr. Dre puts out good beats.”

 

Q: Besides baseball, what sports do you like to watch? To play?

Kyle: “I like watching football and I actually enjoy watching golf, probably because I like to play golf and because I have friends on the PGA Tour and I like to see how they are doing.”

Khris: “I like to watch college basketball and in the offseason, I’ll shoot hoops. I also like to read and play video games.”

 

Q: Kyle, can you tell me the difference between your breaking ball, curve and slider?

Kyle: “Well, ‘breaking ball’ is a term that the TV announcers like to use if they are not sure if it was a slider or curve,” he said, pointedly and jokingly in the direction of Brian Anderson, who laughed along with him. Kyle then proceeded to grab a baseball and show the crowd his various grips for his repertoire of pitches:

Kyle demonstrated the different grips he uses for his pitches.

Kyle demonstrated the different grips he uses for his pitches.

Q: What type of bat do you like to use?

Khris: “I prefer swinging ash. The wood bends with an ash bat vs. a maple bat. I like the flex the ash bat gives when I hit.”

And, even though the question was directed a Khris, Kyle jumped in: “I prefer swinging the one that gets the most hits out of all the pitchers,” he joked, as he leads the pitching staff with 6 hits this season. Kyle went on to talk about how in reality, Yovani Gallardo is the best hitter of all the pitchers, which is why he was called upon to pinch-hit vs. the Orioles earlier this season– a decision that resulted in a walk-off double.

At the conclusion of the event, drawings were held for prizes which included baseballs signed by Khris and Kyle.

Thanks to those who came out today, fun was had by all.

Cheers,

-Cait

JohnandCati@Brewers.com

 

 

 

What Cait Ate: Carrot Cake Custard from AJ Bombers

“When you come to a fork in the road, take it.”

-Yogi Berra

“When you come to a fork in the road, take it…and try these concessions!”

-Cait

Carrot Cake Custard from AJ Bombers

During each homestand, I’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 player-themed burgers (Will Smith’s “Slider of Death” is still available this homestand) and city-themed concrete mixers, like this one, here for the Phillies Series only: Carrot Cake (because…Philadelphia Cream Cheese).

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I’ll be sure to check in with AJ Bombers often throughout the season to keep you informed on their newest menu items, just like I have been with the ever-popular Double Clutch!

Rating:

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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!

Bon Appetit!

-Cait

johnandcait@brewers.com

Double Clutch Menu Item for the Phillies Series: Philly Cheesesteak

The Brewers kick off a seven-game set tonight at Miller Park against the Philadelphia Philles and appropriately, we’ve got Philly Cheesesteak–with peppers, onions, provolone and cheese sauce on a hoagie roll– on the Double Clutch Menu for $10.25.

Geno's? Pat's? Try Miller Park's Cheesesteak this weekend!

Geno’s? Pat’s? Try Miller Park’s Cheesesteak this weekend!

In addition, the Spaghetti-in-a-Meatball will also be available for $9.50.

As always, the Double Clutch is located outside section 215 on the Loge Level at Miller Park.

–Cait

johnandcait@brewers.com

Brewers Finish 3rd in Head & Shoulders and MLB’s 2014 “Season of the #WHIFF” Monthly Twitter Competition for June

Head & Shoulders and Major League Baseball announced the winners of the “Season of the #Whiff” Twitter competition for the month of May 2014

Following a successful finish in the April & May contests, during the month of June we racked up enough #Whiff @Brewers tweets to once again secure third place in MLB, resulting in a $7,500 donation to local RBI leagues. Overall, Head & Shoulders will reward seven MLB Clubs with the most #Whiff tweets each month with a donation to their local RBI league(s) totaling $40,000.

Furthermore, for every “Whiff” (strikeout) recorded throughout the Major Leagues during the 2014 regular season, Head & Shoulders will make an additional $1 donation to the national RBI program. The RBI program is the MLB youth initiative designed to give young people from urban and underserved communities the opportunity to play baseball and softball, encourage academic success and achievement, and teach important life lessons and values.

The MLB Club winner of the overall competition will earn a bonus donation worth $20,000 to their local RBI league(s). The winning Club will be announced during the 2014 MLB World Series – stay tuned to find out who will bring home the highest donation!

For more information,  visit www.MLB.com/Whiff.

Thanks to all who tweeted in the first three months of the season-let’s set our sights on finishing higher in the coming months! All you have to do is tweet #WHIFF + @Brewers. Up to 27 #WHIFF + @Brewers tweets per user per day will count toward out monthly total.

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-Cait

-JohnandCait@brewers.com

 

 

Aramis Ramirez Maintains Lead Among N.L. Third Basemen in Latest All-Star Vote Totals; #VOTEBREWERS through Thursday!

In the sixth and final All-Star update before the MLB All-Star rosters are announced on Sunday, Aramis Ramirez (1,790,777 votes) maintains his first place lead among National League third basemen, while outfielder Carlos Gomez (3,169,748) and first baseman Mark Reynolds (1,430,395) have moved into second place at their respective positions. Ramirez leads the Mets’ David Wright by 235,060 votes and Gomez trails Andrew McCutchen of the Pirates by just 4,062 votes for the overall lead among NL outfielders.

Catcher Jonathan Lucroy, currently second among NL catchers, has narrowed the gap behind St. Louis’ Yadier Molina. With 2,636,640 votes, Lucroy now trails Molina by 464,299 votes. Ryan Braun (2,509,770) remains fifth among NL outfielders and Khris Davis has moved up four spots to seventh among outfielders with 1,457,407 votes.

Around the infield, Jean Segura (1,729,054) ranks second at shortstop, trailing Colorado’s Troy Tulowitzki, and Rickie Weeks is fourth at second base with 1,127,907 votes.

Fans can vote for the Major League All-Stars online at Brewers.com through Thursday, July 3 at 10:59pm CT.

The 2014 American League and National League All-Star teams will be unveiled on the “Taco Bell™All-Star Selection Show” on ESPN at 6 p.m. CT on Sunday, July 6. Immediately following the announcement of the AL and NL All-Star rosters, fans will begin voting to select the final player for each League’s 34-man roster via the 2014 All-Star Game MLB.com Final Vote Sponsored by Experian.  Fans will cast their votes from a list of five players from each League over the balloting period.

 

 

Carlos Gomez Surprises Brewers Fans; Makes Sure They #VoteBrewers

Let this be a lesson in why you should always #VoteBrewers:

These Brewers fans were hard at work voting for the 2014 All-Star Game when they got a little surprise–Carlos Gomez sidled up beside them, checking to make sure they were voting for him and the rest of the Crew for the 2014 All-Star Game.

Brian’s reaction is priceless:

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Have you cast your votes yet? Be sure to help send your favorite Brewers to Minnesota in July. Vote now at brewers.com/allstar.

-Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

Olympians Craig & Erika Brown Visit Miller Park

Olympians Erika & Craig Brown, brother and sister,  lifelong Brewers fans and Wisconsin natives, were on hand to throw out the ceremonial first pitches prior to today’s game.

If you will recall, I wrote a feature on Erika back in January, as she prepared for the Sochi Olympics, so it was great to finally meet her and I know she enjoyed being back in her home state, with her family by her side.

The Brown family, full of Olympians!

The Brown family, full of Olympians!

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Craig and Erika Brown toss out the first pitches.

Originally from Madison, Wisconsin, Erika and Craig began curling at a young age, taking after their parents who also played the sport.

Both Erika and Craig participated in the Sochi Olympics, Erika as  member of the Women’s U.S. Olympic Curling Team, and Craig was a member of the Men’s U.S. Olympic Curling team.

Their father, Steve Brown, was also the U.S. Paralympic Wheelchair Curling coach at Sochi.

“It was an unbelievable family experience for all of us, including mother Diane, who was also a member of the 1988 Olympic team with Erika in Calgary,” Steve said.

We’re proud to have them all out at Miller Park today.
Go Brewers!

-Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

Bucks First Round Draft Pick Jabari Parker Visits Miller Park

On Thursday, the Milwaukee Bucks selected Duke forward Jabari Parker with the No. 2 pick in the 2014 NBA Draft; yesterday he made his first public appearance, greeting fans at the Milwaukee Public Market and then at Summerfest; and today, he visited Miller Park, where threw out the ceremonial first pitch prior to today’s game vs. the Colorado Rockies. 

He’s certainly wasted no time immersing himself in the Milwaukee culture and he seems to be having a lot of fun along the way. Here are some photos and videos of Jabari’s afternoon here at the ballpark:

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Photo Courtesy: Sara Stathas/Milwaukee Brewers

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Photo Courtesy: Sara Stathas/Milwaukee Brewers

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Welcome to Milwaukee, Jabari!

-Cait JohnandCait@brewers.com

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