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Early this morning, I had the pleasure of touring the Roberto Clemente Museum with a group from the Brewers that included Brewers catcher Martin Maldonado, outfielder Ramon Flores, infielder Yadiel Rivera, Brewers Bullpen Coach Lee Tunnell and Third Base Coach Ed Sedar, along with a few other staff members.
The tour was arranged by Maldonado, who has visited many times before and knows the Executive Director and Curator, Duane Rieder, personally.
A native of Puerto Rico (like Maldonado and Rivera), Roberto Clemente was drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1954 and spent his entire 18-year career with the Club. During that time, he rose to become one of the greatest baseball players of his time, a 15-time MLB All-Star, Hall of Famer and recipient of every possible award given in Major League Baseball.
Off the field, Clemente built a reputation as a humanitarian. He died in a plane crash on New Year’s Eve in 1972 while delivering supplies to earthquake victims in Nicaragua, and he is remembered as much for his giving spirit off the field as his Hall of Fame career.
His legacy lives on at the Clemente Museum.
The Clemente Museum is housed in historic Engine House 25, located in the revitalized Lawrenceville section of Pittsburgh. Rieder has meticulously renovated Engine House 25 to showcase the world’s largest exhibited collection of baseball artifacts, works of art, literature, photographs, memorabilia, and related materials which focus on Roberto Clemente, his teammates, his personal life, and his humanitarian causes. The museum has a relationship with the Clemente family through archiving and preserving the family’s history.
As a small non-profit with limited resources, the museum is open by appointment for guided tours only, which means that our group had the place to ourselves this morning and had the privilege of hearing many remarkable stories behind the items from Rieder himself.
Whether it is the Gold Gloves, The Silver Slugger Award, The 1960 and ’71 World Series Rings, the cleats and home base from the ’71 series or the name of his wife, Vera, scratched into a vase Roberto made for her, visitors to the museum will leave knowing, more fully, what made Roberto Clemente a great man.
When I found out we were going to be touring the Clemente Museum I had no idea we would also be visiting a winery. Yes, that’s right, Engine House 25 also houses an operational winery and wine cellar, featuring Roberto Clemente Wines, among others.
A portion of the proceeds from the wine supports ongoing efforts to share the legacy of Roberto Clemente, and directly benefits Clemente’s wife, Vera, who even has her own limited edition rare label.
Amazing! Again, such a truly magnificient and unique place. I certainly had no idea what I was in store for me when I got up this morning.
Because Clemente’s storied name is synonymous with moral excellence, compassion and charitable work, each year, Roberto Clemente Day is celebrated around the baseball world to honor Clemente’s legacy and to officially recognize local Club nominees of the Roberto Clemente Award presented by Chevrolet, which recognizes a Major League Baseball player who best represents the game of baseball through positive contributions on and off the field, including sportsmanship and community involvement.
This year is the 15th annual observance of Roberto Clemente Day and MLB will be honoring Clemente’s legacy with games in Puerto Rico. The Marlins and the Pirates will play a two-game series in San Juan’s Hiram Bithorn Stadium on May 30-31. May 31 will be Roberto Clemente Day throughout Major League Baseball, giving the Pirates a chance to observe the occasion in Clemente’s home country.
A huge thanks to Rieder for a phenomenal tour. Rarely do you meet someone like him, whose passion and enthusiasm for what he does is so infectious.
I highly encourage all baseball fans to pay a visit to Pittsburgh and seek out the Clemente Museum–but remember, it’s by appointment only!
Brewers Community Foundation is proud to announce the 2nd Annual “Hitting 4 the Cycle” bike ride and event. On Saturday, August 13, Brewers Community Foundation will once again give bike lovers and Brewers fans the opportunity to combine their two favorite activities. Fans will be able to select one of four bike routes, (22, 44, 88, or 100 miles) that will culminate with a fun-filled tailgate party and that evening’s Brewers vs. Cincinnati Reds game.
The cost to register is $50, with a $150 mandatory fundraising minimum. The money raised will support a number of local organizations that, consistent with Brewers Community Foundation’s vision, focus on the areas of health, education, recreation and basic needs. Registrants/fundraisers may qualify for incentives outlined at brewers.ride-mlb.com. Urban Ecology Milwaukee, Dream Bikes, and St. Ben’s Community Meal Program are the beneficiaries identified for 2016.
“Brewers Community Foundation focuses on identifying opportunities to support organizations that are addressing critical issues in our community,” said Brewers Community Foundation Executive Director Cecelia Gore. “We are excited to launch the 2nd annual “Hitting 4 the Cycle” benefit bike ride. The ride provides another opportunity to participate in a fun activity while doing good for the community.”
Sponsors for the benefit include Prairie Springs: The Paul Fleckenstein Trust, The Lowlands Group, and UnitedHealthcare. The Wisconsin Bike Federation will also be actively supporting “Hitting 4 the Cycle.”
For more information or to register, please visit brewers.ride-mlb.com. To learn more about Brewers Community Foundation and register for other events, please visit brewers.com/bcf.
Thanks to the success of the initial rollout, the Milwaukee Brewers are proud to announce the Brewers Ballpark Pass is back for the month of May. Through this offer, fans can gain access to all 16 home games in the month for just $119. Tickets will be delivered digitally via their mobile device, and seats will vary from game to game. Seat locations include, but are not limited to: Terrace Box, Terrace Reserved, Loge Bleachers and Loge Outfield sections.
This limited offer will be available online-only at brewers.com/ballparkpass starting tomorrow, Friday, April 15 at 10 a.m. CT through 11:59 p.m. CT on Thursday, April 28. This will be the last monthly Ballpark Pass available this season, so fans will want to act quickly before it expires.
The Brewers Ballpark Pass allows access to every home game in the month of May for one low, set price. This includes exciting matchups against the Cubs, two games against the Cardinals, a Ryan Braun All-Fan Bobblehead giveaway, an Andy Grammer Postgame Concert, a Jonathan Lucroy Replica Jersey All-Kid Giveaway, a Paint-Your-Own Bernie Brewer Bobblehead All-Kid Giveaway, four games of special “4-1-4” concession pricing during Spring Madness, and much more.
The setup is simple. Fans can purchase a pass at brewers.com/ballparkpass and then download the MLB.com Ballpark app for their phone. Two hours before each home game, they will receive a text message alerting them of the seat location assigned for that game.
Seat locations will vary from game to game and will typically be located in the Terrace Box, Terrace Reserved, Loge Bleachers or Loge Outfield sections. The specific seating location will be identified on the day of each game, and fans will be able to manage their tickets and enter Miller Park directly via their phone. Fans can purchase a total of up to six (6) passes with one account.
The Brewers Ballpark Pass is fast, simple, flexible and most of all, it’s incredibly affordable. To learn more about how fans can access every Brewers home game in May for just $119, visit brewers.com/ballparkpass.
The eighth annual “Field of Sweet Dreams,” presented by Network Health, is set to take place on Saturday, August 6 at Miller Park. Brewers fans of all ages are invited to bring their camping gear and spend the night under the stars at Miller Park for this one-of-a-kind slumber party. Tickets will go on sale Wednesday, June 15 starting at 10 a.m.
Campers will have exclusive access to the newly renovated U.S. Cellular® Power Playground, take private tours of Miller Park and enjoy visits from the World Famous Klement’s Racing SausagesTM and Bernie Brewer. Guests will even have the opportunity to play catch on the same outfield as Brewers big leaguers.
To top it off, fans will take in the Brewers game against the Arizona Diamondbacks on the Miller Park scoreboard and enjoy a screening of a full-length, family-friendly movie after the game. The evening will wrap up with a bedtime story read by Brewers players before lights out.
Beyond the fun-filled activities, guests will also receive special gifts, dinner, snacks during the movie, breakfast in the morning, non-alcoholic beverages throughout the night and much more. Campers will have the opportunity to enter into a raffle to win Brewers tickets, memorabilia and one of kind fan experiences. All proceeds from the raffle will benefit Brewers Community Foundation.
Tickets are priced as follows:
Age 14 and older – $120
Age 3-13 – $80
Age 2 and under – FREE
NOTE: This event typically sells out quickly.
A responsible adult (parent or guardian) must accompany all guests under the age of 17, with a maximum of four (4) minors per adult (this will be strictly enforced upon registration). Alcohol will not be served or sold during the family-friendly event, and carry-ins of alcoholic beverages are strictly prohibited. Fans can order tickets beginning June 15 online at brewers.com/sweetdreams or by calling 414-902-4452.
Today former Brewer Carlos Gomez received a proclamation from Mayor Barrett and a resolution from the Common Council for his partnership with League of Latin American Citizens (LULAC) Council 333 for providing $28,000 worth of scholarships to 29 Latino students in Wisconsin.
Since becoming a member of the Houston Astros, Carlos Gomez has committed to working with LULAC in Houston; here in Milwaukee, Martin Maldonado & Wily Peralta will carry the tradition started by Gomez, creating the Pitch & Catch scholarship fund for Latino students in the city.
One of my favorite spots at Miller Park continues to be AJ Bombers. The popular restaurant and bar-with locations in Milwaukee and Madison- 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 as well as monthly player burger features, which will return in May.
In addition, AJ Bombers continues to offer special concrete custard concoctions by series. Here’s a look at what’s on deck for April here exclusively at Miller Park:
I’ll be sure to check in with AJ Bombers often throughout the season to keep you informed on their newest menu items.
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 “Miller Park Eats,” a tab that highlights our featured fare each month and includes an A-to-Z concession guide to where you can find all the yummy grub all season long!
Rivalry-inspired fare is back at Miller Park. As each opposing team comes to town, DNC SportService will feature “Specials by Series” near Section 229.
Here’s a look at what you can expect for the first homestand. I’ll update this list with the remaining specials by series for the month as I get them, so check back often!
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 “Miller Park Eats,” a tab that highlights our featured fare each month and includes an A-to-Z concession guide to where you can find all the yummy grub all season ling!
Brewers vs. Giants (April 4-6): Chowder Bread Bowl-$12
San Francisco-style clam chowder in an artisan bread bowl
Brewers vs. Astros (April 8-10): Chopped BBQ Brisket Baked Potato
BBQ Brisket, cheddar cheese & sour cream
Brewers vs. Twins (April 20-21): Pork Rib Tips
Smoked Rib Tips, Sweet BBQ Sauce
Brewers vs. Phillies (April 22-24): Cheese Steak
Sirloin Steak, Onions & Peppers, Cheese Sauce, Hoagie Roll
Brewers vs. Marlins (April 29-May 1): Pork Tacos
Cilantro, Onions, Queso Fresco, Lime
Greetings from Miller Park on every Brewers fan’s favorite day of the year: Opening Day!
The festivities began early this morning with media availability at the ballpark beginning at 5am.
After that, the Brewers Front Office met on the field for the annual staff photo. Afterwards, we split up into departments and took additional pics, like this one with the marketing team:
Then, while hardy Brewers fans tailgated in 30-degree weather,
….it was time for the Crew to take batting practice.
Boy was it good to see these guys on the field again! They were excited, too:
It was good to see Will Smith, who is currently on the DL with a knee injury, in good spirits. He even told a special Opening Day edition of #MomJokeMonday on Snapchat:
Then it was time to get ready for the game.
The lineups were announced:
and the national anthem was sung:
and the ceremonial first pitch was tossed:
Now all that’s left to do is….
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!
2016 AT-BAT WALK-UP MUSIC
Anderson – “You Can’t Stop Me” by Andy Mineo
Braun – “Summer Sixteen” by Drake
Broxton – “What a Year” by Big Sean
“Rambo” by Bryson Tiller
Carter – “Mr. Carter” by Lil Wayne
Davies-“Bulls on Parade” by Rage Against the Machine
Flores –“Salida” by Ramon Jr.
Razor Theme Song from WWE
Gennett – “Juicy” by Notorius B.I.G.
Hill – “All Along the Watchtower” by Jimi Hendrix
Jungmann – “Y.M.C.A” by the Village People
Lucroy –“Blasphemy” by Bring Me the Horizon
Maldonado –“Shaky Shaky” by Daddy Yankee
“Plante Bandera” by Pusho
Nieuwenhuis – “Lift Your Head Weary Sinner” by Crowder
Nelson – “Like We Own the Place” by Ryan Caraveo
Peralta – “Panda (Remix)”
Presley – “Epic” by Faith No More
Rivera– “Callejero” by Don Omar
“Quien No Se Siente Patriota” by Andy Montanez
Santana – “Sigo Arriba” by Jay the Prince ft. Jose Reyes
Villar –“Alerta Roja” by Daddy Yankee
“Yo Soy Tu Papa” by Jay the Prince
Walsh – “PYT” by Michael Jackson
“Save the World” by Swedish House Mafia
2016 PITCHING ENTRANCE MUSIC
Anderson – “Neverland” by Andy Mineo
Garza – “All Eyez on Me” by Tupac
Jeffress – “Jersey” by Future
Jungmann – “Can’t Tell Me Nothing” by Kayne West
Knebel – “Money for Nothing” by Dire Straits
Nelson – “Wings of Icarus” by Celldweller
Peralta – “De Papa a Papa” by Secreto and El Famoso and Lapiz Conciente
Smith –“Hell Yeah” by Rev Theory
[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 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?
We are now just mere hours from the #BrewersOpener and believe me, we’re all just as excited as all of you.
To share in the excitement for Opening Day, Brewers players and staff took to the streets this morning delivering notes containing tickets, concession vouchers and other surprises to unsuspecting fans.
Fans quickly caught on and took to social media with photos of their notes and enthusiasm for the return of Brewers baseball:
What a fun way to kick off the start of the 2016 season!
And even if you weren’t one of the lucky fans to receive a note from the Crew, you can still join in the excitement of Opening Day!
On Facebook, be sure to add some Brewers flair to your profile photo:
test out the special new Snapchat lens and filter:
and most importantly, no matter where you’re supporting the Crew tomorrow–at the ballpark, office, school or home–be sure to wear your Brewers cap and support the MLB #CapsOn initiative!
See you tomorrow!