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Yoga a “Om” Run with Brewers Players This Season

If you’ve been following us on social media, you are probably aware that, leading up to the past two seasons, the Brewers training staff has been incorporating yoga sessions into the players’ various workouts during Spring Training.

Well, this year, that practice extended beyond Spring Training and was added as optional weekly or biweekly workout sessions during each homestand.

“The mental part of baseball is so big. Having these guys experience an opportunity of how to calm their minds when they’re doing active movements is probably the biggest reason,” said Major League Strength and Conditioning Specialist Josh Seligman, who explained why he believes yoga is an important part of the mix.  “Then there’s obviously the secondary reason, which is flexibility when the muscle is under tension. It also kind of mixes it up for them and takes them out of their normal system. So, just the comprehensiveness of it. It’s also low-impact, so over a long season, it provides that recovery as well.”

Although optional, several players have seen and felt such great benefits that they have become devoted to a regular practice led by local yoga expert and studio owner, Pamela Bliss.

Instructor Pamela Bliss leads some members of the Crew through a yoga practice on the field.

Instructor Pamela Bliss leads some members of the Crew through a yoga practice on the field.

Bliss began her yoga practice 17 years ago when she became chronically ill, was in chronic pain, and didn’t know where else to turn.

“Yoga saved my life,” Bliss said. “Everything that was previously wrong has been healed. Honestly, what I can do today is a direct result of the practice. Physically, mentally, emotionally, spiritually—I’m a different human being because of yoga. Without my practice, I don’t know how I would manage and balance it all.”

And when Bliss says balance “it all,” she means it. In addition to working with the Crew, she owns  YogAsylum, a premier studio in Brookfield where she not only runs the business, but also teaches classes and runs a yoga teacher training program. Oh, and she recently acquired the Milwaukee School of Massage as well. Bliss’s credentials are impressive. She holds an M.A. in Transpersonal Psychology with concentration studies in Ecopsychology; and degrees in Nursing, Yoga, and Ecology. Bliss is also a meditation CD artist, intuitive medium, and inspirational speaker who presents at conferences internationally.

This week, I was fortunate to attend one of Bliss’s sessions to see what the guys are up to and chat with them and Bliss about the benefits of yoga—particularly as it relates to baseball and the players’ performance on the field.

“To me, the list of benefits is endless, but also measurable, because you do see a clear difference,” Bliss said. “Yoga is very experiential. You have to do it in order to receive its benefits. The more you put into it, the more you get out of it, so consistency is very important.”

In the 45-minute sessions for the Crew, Bliss mixes it up for the players. For example, the session I attended included traditional hatha, along with vinyasa flow, and some yin poses (longer holds) incorporated toward the end.

There is something extra-calming about practicing yoga barefoot in the outfield, as well as gazing up to this view in your poses.

There is something extra-calming about practicing yoga barefoot in the outfield, as well as gazing up to this view in your poses.

“For the guys, we work on addressing the six directions of the spine, strengthening the core, and really focusing on the hips,” Bliss explained. “By watching their movements, I clearly see the need for and benefit from hip openers, so those are things I make sure we work on every time.”

Bliss works with a wide range of individuals—all walks of life and all abilities—but she says working with baseball players is definitely unique.

“The first time I went down to Spring Training was to get an idea of what the players needed and see how I could help. I have to say it was the first time I had been in a yoga practice where sunflower seeds were being spit and there was all this chatter,” Bliss said with a laugh. “I knew then this was going to be an interesting process!  But everyone has been super receptive, super grateful, and the coaches are really happy about it…I know everyone really appreciates it.”

Pitcher Carlos Torres, who is among the regulars in Bliss’s sessions, is a big proponent of yoga as part of his extensive workout routine.

“There are different types of exercise that every team offers. Some of them will even go as far as ballet for agility and stuff like that, but yoga is one that team-to-team–while not every team is going to provide it–every team recommends it,” Torres said.

“As athletes, we’re taught to lift a lot of weights, we’re taught to be strong, we’re taught to be a lot of things, but you have to have strength within that flexibility and if you don’t, it’s useless strength,” he explained. “What yoga does is it builds that strength within that flexibility to actually translate your power that you’ve been working on the entire time to what it is you’re trying to do. For pitchers, it’s throw a ball. For some guys it’s hit, or steal bags and whatnot…. I hope that all teams provide it because I think it’s very beneficial to everybody.”

Outfielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis agrees; he likes the balance that yoga brings to his routine.

“It’s such a long season. We’re active everyday and, swinging as much as we do, that’s hard on your body. Yoga is really good for recovery and just limbering up and staying healthy,” he said. “If I go a few weeks without going, I can definitely feel it. In the offseason, it’s something that I have been trying to implement a little bit more over the last few years and it’s helped, so I think that it’s definitely a good thing.”

Corey Knebel‘s wife Danielle is a certified yoga instructor, so the pitcher is very familiar with the practice, which he has typically incorporated on his own during the offseason.

“This is the first year we’ve done it during the season. For me, I’m really tight. My hips are always tight, my legs are always tight, so it’s good to feel pretty flexible. I feel a big difference this year with it,” Knebel said.

Bliss helps pitcher Corey Knebel perfect his alignment.

Bliss helps pitcher Corey Knebel perfect his alignment.

And, while pitcher Matt Garza also says he reaps the benefits of flexibility, he enjoys the meditative side of the practice as well.

“I do yoga because it helps me control my breathing, it helps me get that under grasp. The stretching part is awesome. It really helps you get deep into stretches,” Garza said. “It used to be the stronger you are in the game, the better you are. It’s now how flexible you are. The more flexible you are, the better you can be in position and play your position. But I mainly like it because of the calming nature of the workout.”

Bliss added, “A lot of times people in general say, ‘It’s just physical,’ but it’s so far beyond that. In order to transcend the physical, you have to put in consistent effort — to invest in yourself to be your very best; what could be more important? That’s where these guys really get it and that’s what got them here; they are all in—that’s what makes this a lot of fun for me. It’s also a huge honor for me.”

And, as someone who is personally devoted to yoga, I was honored to share in this practice with Bliss and members of the Crew, if only for a day. Namaste!



Fun Had By All at Brewers Bowl-A-Thon

Tonight, fans joined Matt Garza and his fellow teammates for the Brewers Bowl-A-Thon, a unique opportunity to pal around on the pins with Brewers players, all while helping raise money for Meta House, a nationally recognized, gender-responsive substance abuse treatment program dedicated to helping women through the progression of recovery.

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The event took place at JB’s on 41 and in addition to Matt Garza, the host of the event, among those in attendance were: Scooter Gennett,  Hernan Perez, Keon Broxton, Jonathan Villar, Jacob Barnes, Chase Anderson, Jimmy Nelson, Carlos Torres, Jhan Marinez, Zach Davies, Corey Knebel, Michael Blazek and Bullpen Catcher Marcus Hanel.

Keon Broxton‘s team took home first place overall at the event, while Scooter Gennett had the high score among the Brewers players with a 159 and Corey Knebel had the lowest score of a 71.

A lot of the fun was documented on our Snapchat account, so be sure to add ‘Brewers’ so you don’t miss out! We also ran a Facebook Live stream over on Facebook.

In addition, there were many items included in a silent auction to raise additional money for Meta House, including a special batting practice experience, a Jimmy Nelson autographed jersey, a Bernie’s Slide Experience and more.

Meta House has been blazing new trails in women’s substance abuse treatment since their doors opened in 1963. The agency is noted as one of the first residential treatment facilities in the country designed specifically for women. In 1988, Meta House became one of the first substance abuse treatment centers to include children in the residential setting. Meta House ends the generational cycle of addiction by healing women and strengthening families.



11th-Annual Cerveceros Day at Miller Park

Tonight, as the Brewers take on the Reds at Miller Park, we are honoring Hispanic heritage in baseball with the 11th- annual Cerveceros Day. The Brewers are wearing special ‘Cerveceros’ (Brewers in Spanish) uniforms and the Reds and wearing Los Rojos jerseys.

Prior to the game, the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce held their annual Fiesta Tailgate out at Helfaer Field, where Jonathan Villar, Hernan Perez and first-base coach Carlos Subero made an appearance.

During the pregame ceremonies, Jorge Franco, Chairman, President & CEO of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Wisconsin relayed this special message to fans:

“On behalf of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Wisconsin, thank you for joining us today’s exciting Cerveceros Day here at Miller Park to celebrate diversity. As you can see, our beloved Milwaukee Brewers are in Spanish language attire in honor of our nation’s wonderful Hispanic culture and high-growth population.

Our special thanks to the Hispanic Chamber members and partners througout the state, including this year’s Fiest Tailgaters who joined us today at Helfaer Field. We greatly appreicate may Tom Barret, who joined us today at Helfaer Field. We greatly appreciate Mayor Tom Barrett who year-after-year joins us for this exciting event and who is an outstanding leader and friend to our entire Milwaukee Community. Our express and deepest gratitude to this year’s 2016  HCCW All-Star Partnership Award Recipient, i.e., Johnson Bank, for their outstanding support of the Hispanic Chamber.

Thank you again con un cariñoso abrazo from your Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Wisconsin!”

The national anthem was led by Salvador Villanueva and a ceremonial first pitch was thrown by Guz Hernandez representing Cerveceros Day.

As part of the fun tonight, we’re also offering Chorizo Nachos at the concession stand near Section 120. The platter will feature chorizo sausage, tortilla chips, queso blanco, pico de gallo and jalapenos.


Happy National Left Handers Day!

They have a “holiday” for practically everything nowadays and today is no exception as today (August 13) is National Left Handers Day.

In celebration of this joyous occasion, I caught up with some of the Brewers “lefties.”

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Outfielder Ramon Flores is the team’s only true lefty. He bats and throws left-handed and eats and writes with his left hand as well.

The others–well, they mix it up:

Infielders Andy Wilkins and Scooter Gennett both bat left and throw right.  Wilkins says he is right-handed at everything except for batting. “My dad told me I started throwing left and batting right and then I switched,” Andy said. Meanwhile, Scooter says he is also a lefty when it comes to golf.

Outfielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis has an interesting story about how he also came to bat left and throw right.

“When I was little, about 3 years old, before I was playing baseball, my parents got me a plastic golf set. That was all I wanted to do all day–hit the plastic golf set around. I ended up wearing the face off of it while swinging right-handed. I guess my parents didn’t want to buy me another one, so I just flipped it around and started golfing left-handed. After that, that’s when I started playing tee ball or whatever and I just felt more comfortable that way.”

I used to play tennis left-handed, but I stopped playing for awhile and now I play right-handed. I used to play street hockey left-handed. Everything else is right handed. My wife is left-handed though, so maybe we’ll have left-handed kids,” Kirk laughed.

And then there’s Jonathan Villar, who admits he is practically ambidextrous. The switch hitter throws right, eats left and says that while he’s better at writing with his right hand, he can also write with his left.



Brewers Team Up With KaBoom for Playground Build

Today, more than 200 volunteers from the Milwaukee Brewers (including players, coaches, Brewers Wives and front office staff),  Meta House, organizers from KaBOOM!, and residents of the Milwaukee community joined forces to give area kids the childhood they deserve by building a new playground at Meta House Transitional Housing. The design is based on children’s drawings created at a special design event in June.

Brewers Community Foundation was the lead sponsor of this events as part of its Beyond the Diamond initiative, a series of community outreach events that take place during the season. These events involve partnering with Brewers Community Foundation, players/coaches, Brewers Wives, alumni and team staff, working hands-on in the community. The community events will be funded in part by Brewers Community Foundation and focus on the areas of health, education, recreation and basic needs. Today, the focus was recreation. 

The Brewers will take on the Cincinnati Reds tonight in the first game of a three-game set, but that didn’t stop members of the team including Jake Elmore and Corey Knebel, along with his wife, Danielle, from joining the rest of the group at the build site. Here are some photos I captured at today’s event:

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A playground is more than a playground. It’s a brain-expander, friend-maker, and muscle-builder. Play is central to a child’s ability to grow into a productive adult. It can transform children from sedentary, bored and solitary to physically, mentally and socially active. Since 1996, KaBOOM! has been dedicated to the bold goal of giving all kids – particularly those growing up in poverty in America – the childhood they deserve, filled with balanced and active play, so they can thrive. With its partners, KaBOOM! has built, improved and opened nearly 16,300 playgrounds, engaged more than one million volunteers, and served 8.1 million kids (#playmatters).

The new playground will bring more than 150 kids in Milwaukee one step closer to having the play-filled childhood they deserve. In building this playspace together, we are making it easier for all kids to get balanced and active play and making Milwaukee more playable.

Meta House served 424 women and 242 children in 2015. Though many of the families in treatment at Meta House are able to overcome addiction, the lack of a safe and supportive place to live presents challenges to these vulnerable women and their children. Meta Housing offers an average of 40 families each year with the opportunity for a stable place to begin their healthy and bright futures. For the past two years, the families living at Meta Housing haven’t had a safe place to play, but with the support of the Milwaukee Brewers and KaBOOM!, that’s going to change on August 12.

The playground is the 3rd built by the Milwaukee Brewers and KaBOOM!. Through this partnership, more children will have the joyful childhood they deserve. The Milwaukee Brewers supports KaBOOM! in promoting and protecting a child’s right to active play at home, at school and in the community.





About KaBOOM!

KaBOOM! is the national non-profit dedicated to giving kids the childhood they deserve by bringing play to those who need it most. Children today spend less time playing outdoors than any previous generation, a fact that is having disastrous consequences on their health, achievement levels, and overall well-being. Social entrepreneur Darell Hammond founded non-profit KaBOOM! in 1996 in Washington, D.C. with a vision of creating a great place to play within walking distance of every child in America because children need to play actively every day at home, in school and in their communities. Since then, KaBOOM! has mapped over 90,000 places to play, built more than 2,300 playgrounds, and successfully advocated for play policies in hundreds of cities across the country. KaBOOM! also provides communities with online tools to self-organize and take action to support play on both a local and national level.  For more information, visit


Calling all artistic kids! The Milwaukee Brewers are looking for creative young fans to submit drawings to be featured on the cover of the Brewers’ “Brewers Gameday” program. The “Call to the Pen” contest begins today at 10 a.m. CT, and ends on Wednesday, August 24 at 11:59 p.m. CT. The winner will have his or her design featured on the cover of “Brewers Gameday” during the second to last home series of the 2016 season, September 20-22 against the Pittsburgh Pirates.


Parents and guardians may download the design template for their children at Designs must be hand-drawn and stay within the allotted parameters shown on the template. Children must be of age 14 or under to be eligible to participate, and completed drawings may be scanned and uploaded to

All submitted designs will be reviewed by an internal Brewers committee that will select a winner based on overall appearance, originality/creativity, style and quality of the submission. The winner will be contacted on or about August 25, and will be announced the first week in September.

Along with having his or her winning drawing featured on the “Brewers Gameday” cover, the winner will receive 500 copies of the program with his or her design on the cover, a meet and greet with Bernie Brewer and the Klement’s Racing Sausages and a gift certificate to the Brewers Team Store by Majestic, among other prizes.

Fans can find more information, complete rules and the design template at


UPDATED 9/7/2016 Brewers Walk-Up & Entrance Music

For players, the song they choose for their walk-up or entrance music 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?

If you’re like me and you’re attuned to the tunes, you probably enjoy seeing this list each year—and updating your iPod playlists accordingly.

DID YOU KNOW? Make sure you download the free 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 Ballpark–and you can even download it right there! No Shazam necessary!

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Anderson – “Lights Come On” by Jason Aldean

Arcia –“Superman Sin Capa” by El Super Nuevo

Braun – “Back on Road” by Gucci Mane ft. Drake

Broxton “Too Much Sauce” by Future

“New Level” by A$AP Ferg

Carter – “Mr. Carter” by Lil Wayne

Davies – “It’s Tricky” by Run DMC

Elmore – “Nights on Fire” by David Nail

Gennett – “Live your Life” by TI and Rihanna

Maldonado –“Muy Fuerte” by Arcangel Ft Don Omar

Nieuwenhuis “Lift Your Head Weary Sinner” by Crowder

Nelson – “Like We Own the Place” by Ryan Caraveo

Perez – “Pepe” by Tito el Bambino

Pina – “Vaiven” by Daddy Yankee

Rivera – “Me Reclama” by DJ Luian

Susac – “Feel Good Drag” by Anberlin

Santana – “Se Acabaron los Hombres” by Tempo

“Orto Way” by Atomic

Villar – “Makina” by Los Teke Teke

“Corazon de Seda” by Ozuna


Anderson –“Til the Day I Die” by tobyMac

Boyer – “Sweet Emotion” by Aerosmith

Davies–  “Bulls on Parade” by Rage against the Machine

Garza – “All Eyez on Me” by Tupac

Knebel – “Life in the Fast Lane” by The Eagles

Marinez –  “Vengo De Atras en Vivo” by Omega El Fuerte

Nelson – “What Are You Waiting For” by Disturbed

Peralta – The New Day Theme song from WWE

Suter – Theme Song from Jurassic Park

Thornburg – “Locomotive Breath” by Jethro Tull

Torres – “Holy Ghost” by Jeezy

[Please note that these songs can change almost daily; I’ll try to keep this list as updated as possible!]

The song played after wins this season is “Good to Be Alive” by Andy Grammer.

And, in case you weren’t aware, in addition to Ballpark, we do keep a list of these songs on 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?



Anderson and Johnson 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 took place in the Skyy Lounge, included a plated lunch, a Q &A with Brewers players, and the opportunity to win prizes.

Today, Season Seat Holders were treated to a Q & A with Brewers pitcher Chase Anderson and Pitching Coach Derek Johnson, hosted by Brewers radio broadcaster Jeff Levering.

Questions for Johnson ranged from the first conversation a new pitching coach will have with members of his staff, to specific questions about his favorite pitcher, pitch counts and more, while questions for Anderson centered around pitcher/catcher relationships and his bullpen work.

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In his first year with the Club, Johnson talked about establishing relationships with his staff. He talked about reached out to each of the pitchers right after he accepted the position, with the goal of helping them feel comfortable as fast as possible.

“Really that was the reason for the phone call,” he said, “To try to figure out where these guys are at, what they want to do, and how can I help facilitate that.”

When asked about his favorite pitcher, Johnson said, “The guy that pitches every night. I don’t have a favorite; I can’t have a favorite. My favorite pitcher is the guy that’s on the mound for the Brewers at any given time.  You root for them equally. You live and die with them.”

From the pitcher’s point of view, Anderson talked about his bullpen work with Johnson. “We try to focus on one thing and try to get better at that. If you try to focus on everything then you are going to mediocre at all of it, but if you focus on one thing then you can get good at that.” Anderson then turned to Johnson and asked, “What’s that thing you say, DJ? Be great…?”

“Be great at what you’re good at. I’ve only told him that like 700 and something times,” Johnson laughed.

Anderson also stressed the importance of the pitcher/catcher relationship. “I think that is super important. Maybe the most important relationship we have on the baseball field.  When you’re in a game, your relationship between a pitcher and a catcher is huge. There are game when I’m pitching well; he just puts a sign down and I throw it to that spot. He trusts me and I trust him.”

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







Garza Looking Forward to Brewers Bowl-a-Thon on Sunday

This Sunday, Brewers fans will join Matt Garza and his teammates for the Brewers Bowl-A-Thon. Participants will enjoy a unique opportunity to pal around on the pins with their favorite Brewers players, all while helping raise money for Meta House, a nationally recognized, gender-responsive substance abuse treatment program dedicated to helping women through the progression of recovery.

After last year’s fun-filled event, Matt Garza is really looking forward to Sunday.

Matt Garza's pretty good for bowling with his left hand!

Matt Garza’s pretty good for bowling with his left hand!

“The turnout was great and the feedback from everybody there was that they had a great time. It was just fun to see the players with their hair down and letting loose. I think the fans had a great time beating their favorite players, so that’s cool,” Garza said.

With a lot of new faces set to take to the lanes this time around, I asked Garza who he thought might be the best bowler on this year’s team.

“I don’t know. That’s a good question… (Michael) Blazek is someone who is kind of sneaky, but he is returning,” he said. “Out of new guys, I might give it to Jake Elmore. He looks like it could be a trait for him, a tool in his back pocket. He does everything on the field, so maybe he’s an avid bowler.”

As for the worst bowler? Matt says it will probably be him, since he will be bowling left-handed to protect his pitching arm.

But that’s okay because it’s all about having fun and raising money for a great cause: Meta House.

Meta House has been blazing new trails in women’s substance abuse treatment since their doors opened in 1963. The agency is noted as one of the first residential treatment facilities in the country designed specifically for women. In 1988, Meta House became one of the first substance abuse treatment centers to include children in the residential setting. Meta House ends the generational cycle of addiction by healing women and strengthening families.

“It’s huge to me. Children are our future and without the women to take care of them, there’s no reason to even be around. We need strong women to raise strong children–and strong daughters to carry on what we’re trying to build here in our near future. With six kids, I want other kids to have the same opportunities they have and have the same emotional state of mind and not be disrupted by abuse. I like what Meta House does and I’ve always been a huge advocate,” Garza said.

I’ll be there Sunday, so hopefully I’ll see many of you on the lanes! Otherwise, check back to the blog for fun photos and videos from the event.



Brewers Wives Announce Online Basket Auction; Wives to Sell Baskets Filled With Their Husbands’ Favorite Things

Brewers Wives are excited to announce an online auction that will feature baskets filled with members of the Milwaukee Brewers favorite items. The baskets will be available for purchase in an online-only auction from Monday, August 8 through Sunday, August 14. The baskets are created by Brewers players and coaches’ wives and each basket contains at least one item autographed by their husband.

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All proceeds will benefit Meta House, which has assisted in women’s substance abuse treatment since 1963. Located in Milwaukee, the residential treatment facility is designed specifically for women. The center provides inpatient, residential treatment, a tiered outpatient program and a transitional living community. Meta House provides a vast array of services and treatment options that help participants address all of the issues they face as women and mothers.

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To bid and view the baskets, interested fans should go to



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