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Red Carpet Rolled Out For Hank’s Arrival in Wisconsin

Hank is officially a resident of Wisconsin.

It was quite a scene at Milwaukee’s General Mitchell International Airport this evening as dignitaries, media and friends were all on hand to welcome Hank to his new home. Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett and Anne Reed, President & CEO of the Wisconsin Humane Society were on hand to give an official welcome.

The Southwest Airlines charter plane from Phoenix that carried Hank was full of Brewers sponsors and employees landed around 6:25 p.m.  The media lined up for the first shot of Hank and those on hand clapped and cheered as Brewers Chief Operating Officer Rick Schlesinger walked Hank up the jetway to the gate.  Hank and the dignitaries did a number of interviews for the media before heading home.

As Hank and the group proceeded from the gate to the main concourse at the airport, everyone was greeted with another surprise.  Several hundred people were gathered behind the security checkpoints to greet Hank.  Fans of all types had their cameras ready and cheered as Hank came up and greeted the public.  The city has really caught on to Hank and that was clear by the crowd on hand at the airport tonight.

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The public will get a chance to meet Hank at Miller Park on Tuesday when the official Hank shirts and other items go on sale at the Brewers Team Store by Majestic.  The gear will go on sale at Miller Park at 7 a.m. and fans will be permitted to line up beginning at 6 a.m. that day.  There will be a limit of four t-shirts per person (no limits on other items).  Hank will make his first Wisconsin public appearance at the Brewers Team Store by Majestic from about 7 – 8 a.m. on Tuesday for fans who purchased the shirts to get a photo with the “ballpark pup.”

–JOHN

johnandcait@brewers.com

Hank to Make Guest Appearance at Miller Park to Raise Funds for Humane Society; By Popular Demand, Hank Gear to Be Available Tuesday at 7am CT

Hank “The Ballpark Pup” will make a grand arrival in Milwaukee tonight via Southwest Airlines charter flight, setting foot/paw on the grounds that he can now call his “forever home.”  The once-homeless dog who has taken the hearts of Brewers fans, players employees, and pet lovers everywhere will arrive at Milwaukee’s General Mitchell International Airport at 6:25 pm.

Brewers fans will be able to take part in the excitement and contribute to a great cause starting on Tuesday when Hank t-shirts and other memorabilia will arrive and be available to the public at the Brewers Team Store by Majestic at Miller Park.  With the purchase of any Hank item, 20% of the retail price will be donated to the Wisconsin Humane Society. Plus, fans will have an opportunity to meet Hank that morning at Miller Park.

Hank gear is also available at the Brewers Team Store at Maryvale Baseball Park in Phoenix with 20% of the sales of those shirts being donated back to the Arizona Humane Society.

A small advance shipment of items hit the shelves in Maryvale this weekend, and supplies were quickly exhausted.

“There are two questions that everyone has asked from the very first days of Hank’s arrival: ‘Where will he live?,’ and ‘Will there be Hank-themed apparel?,’ said Brewers Chief Operating Officer Rick Schlesinger. “We’re thrilled to be partnering with the Wisconsin and Arizona Humane Societies in helping not only raise funds to benefit the cause, but also elevate awareness for the problem of stray animals in Wisconsin, Arizona and beyond.”

The gear will go on sale at Miller Park at 7 a.m. on Tuesday and fans will be permitted to line up beginning at 6 a.m. that day.  There will be a limit of four t-shirts per person (no limits on other items).

Hank will make his first Wisconsin public appearance at the Brewers Team Store by Majestic from approximately 7 – 8 a.m. on Tuesday for fans who purchased the shirts to get a photo with the “ballpark pup.”

“We couldn’t be more grateful to the Brewers for this generous and unexpected gift,” said Anne Reed, President & CEO of the Wisconsin Humane Society. “We depend upon community support to help more than 25,000 companion and wild animals every year, and it is astounding and inspiring to us that little Hank will help save the lives of so many homeless animals.”

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.

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.

3/17/14 Update: For those of you asking if you can purchase Hank gear online–we hope that the items will be available online soon, but unfortunately, they are currently not; however, you can call the Brewers Team Store at (414) 902-4750 and they will take your order over the phone and ship it to you!

3/17/14 Update: Hank gear is now available online here.

-Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

See Spring Training Through Hank’s Eyes with #HankCam

Technology really is amazing.

It allows us to  go places and see and do things that we never thought possible. And, as we know, it’s rapidly advancing all the time.

Like earlier this spring, when we outfitted catcher Jonathan Lucroy with a camera on his chest protector to see what a Major League pitch looks like from his point of view. We captured some great footage from an awesome angle, giving us another way to bring fans behind the scenes and closer to the game.

And… that got us thinking about all the other unique vantage points we can bring you in the future including…Hank’s. We wondered: Just what does Spring Training look like from the #BallparkPup’s point of view?

The answer? It’s pretty fantastic.

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“Wait a minute, you put the camera on me and then you put it on Hank….Does that make me the human Hank?” Jonathan Lucroy asked.

Ladies and gentlemen, we present to you…. #HankCam:

As he prepares to head north tomorrow, this was a great way for Hank to see Maryvale one more time and say “See ya later” to his buddies, who he will see in Milwaukee in just two weeks!

-Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

It’s Your Lucky Day! Brewers St. Patrick’s Day Gear on Sale Now

On Monday, the Crew will wear special green St. Patrick’s Day jerseys and caps during their game at Maryvale vs. the Chicago White Sox.

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Starting now, you can contact gameused@brewers.com or call 414-902-4479 to pre-order the players’ jerseys and caps. Player merchandise can also be ordered day-of-game at Maryvale and will be available after the game

In addition, St. Patrick’s Day Authentic Batting Practice Jerseys are available for retail in the Brewers Team Store in Maryvale for $99. Official On-Field Caps are available for retail in the Brewers Team Stores in Maryvale and at Miller Park for $45 and online at brewers.com.

There are also two St.Patrick’s Day t-shirts for sale at Maryvale and an assortment of other items available online at brewers.com.

-Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com 

Hank the #BallparkPup Added to Milwaukee Roster; Set for Travel to Wisconsin on Sunday

Less than one month ago, he was wandering the streets of Phoenix. Now, he’s officially a Milwaukee Brewer.

 

It was announced today that Hank, “The Ballpark Pup,” will make the move north to Milwaukee this Sunday on a Southwest Airlines Charter flight, joining Brewers executives, sponsors and family members on the flight to Mitchell International Airport.

Dignitaries expected to be on hand for Hank’s airport arrival include Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele and Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett.

From sun to snow, the next chapter of the pop culture icon begins this week.

“There are so many people who have been part of the ‘Hank story;’ fans, players and coaches, front office staff, media, and all of those in his circle of caregivers,” said Brewers President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Doug Melvin. “We’re grateful to have an opportunity to make Hank a permanent member of the Brewers family, but even more important, we’re thrilled that he is going to a great family that will ensure that he is loved and comfortable in his new Wisconsin home.”

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Hank first appeared at camp on February 17, the day of the first workout for pitchers and catchers, and he immediately captured the hearts of everyone at Maryvale Baseball Park, as well as pet-lovers across the world. Stories on Hank appeared everywhere from the London Daily Mail to PEOPLE Magazine, and nearly every major national news and talk show across the United States. The interest in Milwaukee has surged, with “Hank Updates” appearing nearly every day in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and other media outlets.

“We want to thank all of those who have made the effort to give Hank the care he needed down here in Arizona, as the top priority has always been to put his health and happiness first,” said Brewers Chief Operating Officer Rick Schlesinger. “In addition to this being a captivating story, our goal has been to shed more light on the issue of stray and homeless pets, a problem that is not unique to just Arizona and Wisconsin.”

The Brewers have worked closely with the Arizona and Wisconsin Humane Societies since the day that Hank first wandered into camp, and their staff provided counsel on how best to care for Hank’s basic needs as he adjusted to his new surroundings.

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.

“We are excited to welcome Hank as an official Milwaukee Brewer,” said Wisconsin Humane Society President & CEO Anne Reed. “We are so grateful for the amazing care he has received, and for the way the players and the Brewers organization have used Hank’s story to highlight the needs of homeless animals like him.  More than 10,000 animals were adopted from the Wisconsin Humane Society in 2013 and it is that incredible support which makes Southeastern Wisconsin such a kind and compassionate place for animals like Hank. We know he’ll love Milwaukee!”

As for Hank’s new home, he has been permanently adopted by the family of a Milwaukee Brewers executive. To date, the Brewers alone have received more than 1,000 offers from others to adopt Hank and provide him with a stable “forever home.” The offers have come from players, staff and countless fans and team corporate and philanthropic partners.

Fans can keep up with the latest news on Hank and tweet their welcome messages to the ballpark pup using the #BallparkPup hashtag.

-John & Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com 

Third Annual Match Day Scheduled for Tomorrow

Tomorrow, Thursday, March 13, community members have the opportunity to work together as a team and make a difference in the Greater Milwaukee area by participating in the third annual Match Day.  This one-day online event, coordinated by the Greater Milwaukee Foundation, in partnership with Brewers Community Foundation and other local funders, will support 20 different basic needs organizations that serve as a lifeline to thousands of individuals and families in need.

Match Day offers individuals, businesses and others a chance to support the organizations in our community that are helping meet individuals’ basic needs.  Individuals can donate to the Greater Milwaukee Foundation’s Basic Needs Fund or to one or more of the 20 participating agencies tomorrow.  Thanks to $750,000 in matching funds contributed by a pool of funders including Brewers Community Foundation and The Ceres Foundation, each donation made online on Thursday will be proportionately matched, up to $750,000.  Over the past two years, more than $4.6 million was raised overall through the event.

Donations could feed a family that may otherwise go without food this week, aid a veteran who is struggling from post-traumatic stress disorder or provide shelter to someone who has just lost their home.

To make a donation, please visit www.matchdaymke.org tomorrow to help support the 20 Basic Needs Organizations in the Greater Milwaukee Area.  Gifts can be made during the 24-hour online giving event on Thursday.  The minimum gift is $10.

Mark and Debbie Attanasio and Brewers Community Foundation are co-sponsors for Match Day, along with The Ceres Foundation, and have donated financially to this cause. Supporters include Erv and Beverly Colton, The Faye McBeath Foundation and United Way of Greater Milwaukee, along with numerous contributors.

The nonprofits benefitting from the funds raised include:

  • Advocates of Ozaukee
  • Cathedral Center
  • Center for Veterans Issues
  • Community Advocates
  • Daystar
  • Family Promise of Washington County
  • Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin
  • Food Pantry of Waukesha County
  • Friends of Abused Families
  • Guest House of Milwaukee
  • Hebron House of Hospitality
  • Hope Center
  • Hope House of Milwaukee
  • Hunger Task Force
  • Milwaukee Rescue Mission
  • Pathfinders Milwaukee
  • Repairers of the Breach
  • Salvation Army of Greater Milwaukee
  • Sojourner Family Peace Center
  • Walker’s Point Youth & Family Center

Friday, 3/14/14 Update: Thank you so much for all of your support for the 2014 Match Day! It was a huge success:

-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.

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

Pet Adoption Day a Success

Yesterday was Pet Adoption Day at Maryvale Baseball Park  an event benefiting and organized by the Arizona Humane Society and our very own #BallparkPup, Hank and it was a success, raising awareness and dollars for a great cause. 

Although Hank made many guest appearances, he was not up for adoption. Four of his friends on site, and thousands more at shelters in Arizona, Wisconsin and elsewhere, were available (and, so far at least two of the dogs on site have found new homes).

Photo courtesy of Scott Paulus/Milwaukee Brewers Baseball Club

Photo courtesy of Scott Paulus/Milwaukee Brewers Baseball Club

Hank met each of the animals who were brought out by the Arizona Humane Society, and he did a half-inning in a photo boothwhere, for a donation to the Humane Society, Hank posed for fans with photos.

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There was also the opportunity for “pawtographs”–when purchasing a Brewers Spring Training Program, Brewers staff will use a rubber paw stamp to “sign” Hank’s photo.

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Due to the heat, Hank was only able to accommodate a fraction of the fans who wanted photos, but more than $1,000 in donations have been raised through fan donations as a result of Hank’s photos & pawtographs.

Did you take a photo with Hank at a recent game? Have more great Spring Training photos to share with us? Be sure to tag #CactusCrew on Twitter and/or Instagram for your chance to win great Brewers prizes! Also, we’re using #BallparkPup for Hank-related posts, so you’ll want to tag that as well!

To learn more about pet adoption, you can visit the AZ Humane Society and/or the Wisconsin Humane Society.

-Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

“Brewers Chance 2 Advance Ticket Plan Presented by Potawatomi” Returns for Second Season

Today we announced the return of a unique ticket promotion known as the “Brewers Chance 2 Advance Ticket Plan Presented by Potawatomi,” which allows fans the chance to upgrade their seats to the next highest ticket category every time the Brewers win.

Only a limited number of plans will be available, and they go on sale tomorrow. Tickets for this promotion sold out in 2013 – the first year of the promotion – and fans will want to act quickly. Last season, the Brewers won six games during the promotion and fans that purchased this ticket plan advanced to the Field Outfield Box.

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Here’s how the Ticket Plan works: For just $99, you get tickets to nine select Tuesday games at Miller Park, plus the chance to advance all the way to the Field Diamond Box. You start with seats in Bernie’s Terrace for all nine games, but with each Brewers win, you upgrade your seating area. On Tuesday, May 6, you’ll sit in Bernie’s Terrace for the first game of the plan against the Arizona Diamondbacks. If the Crew wins, you will advance to the next seating tier for the following game in the plan.

Every time the Brewers win, you will simply exchange your Bernie’s Terrace ticket for a ticket in the next best seating area for only $2. You remain in that seat location until the Brewers win the next game in the plan. If the Brewers don’t win, simply exchange your Bernie’s Terrace ticket at no cost for a seat in the same section where you last advanced – no backsliding.

Ticket Plan Game Dates:
Tuesday, May 6 vs. Arizona 7:10 p.m.
Tuesday, May 13 vs. Pittsburgh 7:10 p.m.
Tuesday, May 27 vs. Baltimore 7:10 p.m.
Tuesday, June 3 vs. Minnesota 7:10 p.m.
Tuesday, June 24 vs. Washington 7:10 p.m.
Tuesday, July 8 vs. Philadelphia 7:10 p.m.
Tuesday, July 22 vs. Cincinnati 7:10 p.m.
Tuesday, August 5 vs. San Francisco 7:10 p.m.
Tuesday, August 19 vs. Toronto 7:10 p.m.
Order of Seat Upgrades:
1.) Bernie’s Terrace
2.) Terrace Reserved
3.) Terrace Box
4.) Loge Outfield
5.) Loge Infield
6.) Club Outfield
7.) Field Outfield
8.) Field Infield
9.) Field Diamond

Ticket upgrades must be done in person at the Miller Park Ticket Office (between Windows 1-12 located behind home plate) anytime between the conclusion of the previous game and the start of the next game in the ticket plan. Box Office hours are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Saturdays from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sundays from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Tickets for this plan will be available tomorrow, beginning at 10 a.m.  Tickets can be purchased by calling (414) 902-GAME (4263) or by visiting Brewers.com/advance.  Service fees apply.

 -John and Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

Hank Listed as “Day to Day” with Minor Eye Ailment

Yesterday, Hank made his second trip to the vet office as he has a small issue with his left eye.

“There’s no need to put him on the disabled list,” said Brewers VP of Communications, Tyler Barnes. “In baseball terms, he’s just ‘day to day.’

While the main cause is not known, it is likely just related to allergies as the desert in Arizona is beginning to bloom. The vet  has prescribed medication for the next week until it clears up.

Ed Sedar with Hank, who is recovering from a minor eye ailment.

Ed Sedar with Hank, who is recovering from a minor eye ailment.

Hank fans need not fear. After a day of rest yesterday, Hank was seen out and about around Maryvale today where he took a stroll around the warning track

Hank takes a stroll around the warning track.

Hank takes a stroll around the warning track.

and also met with some of his adoring fans.

Get more Hank updates by following #BallparkPup on Twitter and Instagram.

-Cait

JohnandCait@Brewers.com

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