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Throwback Thursday: The Two-Fisted Slopper

I was really excited about today’s Throwback Thursday post:

For those of you who don’t remember this guy, he’s known as the “Two-Fisted Slopper” and he was a staple on the scoreboard at County Stadium:

Even though I wasn’t old enough to drink during the County Stadium days, I vividly remember this public service announcement and was hoping many Brewers fans would find it nostalgic as well.

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Oh-and to settle some of the debate that exists surrounding the 2FS while we are at it, I have confirmed that he is the Two-Fisted SloPPer, not SloBBer, as many surmise.

Special thanks to Deron Anderson, Director of A/V Production, who tracked this down for me at my request. Do you have any other favorite scoreboard staples and/or memories from County Stadium? Post them in the comments below and I’ll try to dig them up for a future post!

-Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

 

Who Are the Brewers? Retro Logo Makes Appearance on Jeopardy!

Brewers fans would be $400 richer if they got this clue that aired on tonight’s episode:

The ball and glove logo really is, in my opinion, one of the best sports logos of all time. It’s awesome to me that to this day, you can point out the M & B in the logo and still amaze some people.

So glad we brought it back.

Speaking of bringing things back and Jeopardy!… looks like Alex Trebek’s ‘stache is back, too. And Bernie approves.

For those of you scoring at home, this is the second time we made the game show this season:

-Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

 

 

Brewers Announce BBWAA Awards

Today we announced the Brewers postseason award winners as voted by members of the Milwaukee Chapter of the Baseball Writers Association of America (BBWAA).

A total of seven ballots were cast for each award, assigning five points for first place, three for second and one for third.

Catcher Jonathan Lucroy earned Brewers Most Valuable Player Jwith all seven first-place votes (35 points). Lucroy was followed by center fielder Carlos Gomez, who received all of the second-place votes (21 points). Also receiving consideration was pitcher Francisco Rodriguez (3 points), pitcher Wily Peralta (2 points), right fielder Ryan Braun (1 point) and third baseman Aramis Ramirez (1 point).

Lucroy, a first-time All-Star selection this season, batted .301 with 13 HR and 69 RBI in 153 games. He led the team in games played (153), at-bats (585), batting average (.301), hits (176), extra-base hits (68), doubles (53), walks (66), on-base percentage (.373) and OPS (.837). With his franchise-record-tying 53 doubles, he became the first primary catcher to lead his league in that category. His 46 doubles as a catcher set a Major League record.

Jonathan Lucroy (28 points) also earned the Good Guy Award for the second straight season. He received five first-place votes. The other first-place votes went to pitcher Kyle Lohse (13 points). A total of seven players received votes.

Wily Peralta was voted Brewers Most Valuable Pitcher as he received six first-place votes (33 points). He was followed by Francisco Rodriguez (17 points). The other first-place vote went to Mike Fiers (5 points). Also receiving votes were Kyle Lohse (7 points), Will Smith (2 points) and Zach Duke (1 point).

Peralta went 17-11 with a 3.53 ERA in 32 starts. He led the team in wins (17), innings pitched (198.2), quality starts (22) and strikeouts (154). His 17 wins tied for fifth in the National League. Peralta had a pair of career-high five-game winning streaks this season, coming from June 5-26 and July 13 to August 7.

Pitcher Zach Duke (17 points) earned Brewers Top Newcomer ahead of Francisco Rodriguez (15 points). Duke received just one first-place vote, but was named on every ballot. Rodriguez received three first-place votes. The remaining first-place votes went to pitchers Matt Garza (14 points), Will Smith (9 points) and Jeremy Jeffress (6 points).

Duke went 5-1 with a 2.45 ERA in 74 relief appearances. He recorded 74 strikeouts in just 58.2 innings pitched. Duke was the only non-roster pitcher to make the Opening Day roster. From April 12 to May 10, he made 14 consecutive scoreless appearances (13.1ip). From June 22 to July 30, he had 16 consecutive scoreless appearances (14.2ip).

Zach Duke also earned Brewers Unsung Hero honors with four first-place votes (25 points). Also receiving firstplace votes were pitchers Mike Fiers (17 points) and Will Smith (11 points) and second baseman Scooter Gennett (6 points). Also named on ballots were pitchers Jeremy Jeffress (3 points) and Yovani Gallardo (1 point).

 

Thank You Letter “Key”

In case you missed it, last week, the following thank you message ran as a full-page ad in Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and we posted it online as well:

MB-14 Fan Thank You Ad-FINAL (1)

Since each player wrote his message individually and since each guy has his own unique handwriting, we received feedback from a few folks asking us to decipher which player wrote each message, so we created a little “key” for you:

MB-14 Fan Thank You Ad-KEY

 

We also posted some of the messages individually across our social platforms; in case you missed those, we’ve got a gallery for you:

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Cheers,

-Cait 

JohnandCait@brewers.com

2014 Brewers Fan Appreciation Video

If you were out at Miller Park this past weekend, you likely saw our 2014 Fan Appreciation highlight video run on the scoreboard. For those of you who missed it, or want to see it again, here you go:

-Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

Thank You to the Best Fans in Baseball

In case you missed it, the following thank you message ran as a full-page ad in today’s Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

MB-14 Fan Thank You Ad-FINAL (1)Yes, you truly are the best fans in baseball. Thank you for all of your support this season-whether it was in person at Miller Park, watching on TV, listening on the radio, following us on social media, or all of the above.

It is also pleasure and an honor to have you follow this blog. Thank you so much for reading. I look forward to helping you bridge the gap from now until Opening Day… only 187 more days to go.

Cheers,

-Cait 

JohnandCait@brewers.com

Fan Appreciation Night Hits the Miller Park Parking Lots

As part of tonight’s Fan Appreciation Night presented by Chevrolet, Brewers players were escorted on golf carts throughout the parking lots to surprise fans with gifts as a way of thanking everyone for their season-long support. After batting practice, the players hopped on the carts and went for the ride.

Every Brewers player and coach handed out Brewers goodies to fans in the parking lots to show appreciation for their support. Many posed for selfies and shook hands with the fans:

Brewers players took a trip to the parking lots to engage with fans prior to tonight's game.

Brewers players took a trip to the parking lots to engage with fans prior to tonight’s game.

Will Smith, Jimmy Nelson and Matt Clark decided to start a game of bags with some fans and they even enjoyed some cookies from the group.

Will Smith and some of his teammates crashed a bags game.

Will Smith and some of his teammates crashed a bags game.

Matt Clark Jimmy Nelson

Jimmy Nelson and Matt Clark pose for a photo with a fan in the parking lot.

The gesture caught most fans by surprise as they really didn’t really expect to see Brewers players cruising through the lots on golf carts.  It was a fun treat to see the reaction of the fans when they saw the players. There were a lot of double takes! It was also fun to see the reaction of the players, some of whom had never seen the extravagant tailgating that goes on before every Brewers game.

Were you in the parking lots tonight?  Share your story with us in the comments section below!

-Cait

johnandcait@brewers.com

What Cait Ate: Salty Tootsie Roll 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

“Salty Tootsie Roll Concrete Mixer” from

AJ Bombers

During each homestand, I’ll sample some of the latest and greatest Miller Park fare and review it here, for you.

For the final weekend of the 2014 season,  AJ Bombers is serving up the Salty Tootsie Roll Concrete Mixer for the Brewers vs. Cubs series.

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For this series, AJ Bombers is also serving up the Luc’s Ragin’ Cajun Burger, a fan favorite from earlier this season.

Rating:

 

3 Sausages(out of 5)

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

Brewers Rank Among Top Organizations in ESPN Fan Satisfaction Rankings; Brewers Voted Fourth-Best Among MLB Teams

The results of ESPN The Magazine’s annual “Ultimate Standings: Fan Satisfaction Rankings” have been released and the Milwaukee Brewers placed fourth among 30 Major League Baseball teams and 23rd overall out of 122 professional sports franchises (MLB, NFL, NBA and the NHL). The MLB and overall rankings are the best for the Brewers since the 2009 survey.

More than 101,000 fans participated in the survey, which rated each franchise in eight categories. Fans voted the stadium experience at Miller Park as the team’s highest ranking at 10th-best among all organizations. In addition, the Brewers placed among the Top 25 in the categories of Affordability (#15), Ownership (#22) and Bang for the Buck (#22).

“The fans give us our final report card every year, and we are pleased they value the Brewers and the Miller Park experience at such a high level,” said Brewers Chief Operating Officer Rick Schlesinger. “One of our top priorities is to deliver the best fan experience in the industry, and that’s something that we focus on every day.”

The full rankings are available here.

The Brewers and Miller Park have placed among the top teams in several media and fan rankings over the past several years. Miller Park was named Wisconsin’s “Best Group Outing” by Wisconsin Meetings Magazine earlier this year. In addition, Scarborough – a marketing research company – established the Brewers as one of the top teams in Major League Baseball in terms of engaging their market. In 2012, Miller Park was deemed the best ballpark in Major League Baseball by the fans through ESPN’s “Battle of the Ballparks.”

 

 

BREWERS EXTEND PLAYER DEVELOPMENT CONTRACTS WITH DOUBLE-A BILOXI AND CLASS-A BREVARD COUNTY

Today we announced a four-year player development contract extension with Double-A Biloxi of the Southern League through the 2018 season and a two-year PDC extension with Class-A Brevard County of the Florida State League through the 2016 season. The announcements were made by Brewers President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Doug Melvin.

“We are excited to extend our contracts with Biloxi and Brevard County,” said Melvin. “We look forward to working with Ken Young and his ownership group as the team relocates from Huntsville to Biloxi and into a new ballpark. The top-notch facilities will give our players the necessary tools to further develop into Major Leaguers.”

The Brewers were affiliated with the Huntsville Stars since the 1999 season. Earlier this year, a Biloxi ownership group led by Ken Young purchased the Stars. Construction of a new ballpark in Biloxi, Mississippi is underway for the 2015 season.

“We’re looking forward to bringing baseball to Biloxi and are eager for this new chapter,” said Biloxi General Manager Buck Rogers. “The Brewers are a class act organization and we can’t wait to get started in our new ballpark.”

The Brevard County Manatees recently completed their 10th season as an affiliate of the Brewers, which began with the 2005 season. The Manatees play their home games at Space Coast Stadium in Viera, Florida. They are owned and operated by Central Florida Baseball Group, LLC.

“The Manatees are thrilled to continue the great working relationship with the Milwaukee Brewers,” said Central Florida Baseball Group Chairman Dr. Tom Winters. “The entire organization is first class.”

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