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Looking for John and Cait…Plus 9? Hold on, don’t go anywhere. You’re on the right site, but as of today, the name of the blog has officially changed to Cait Covers the Bases.
My long-time blogging partner and colleague John Steinmiller and I started this blog in November of 2009.
At that time, there was a popular TV show called Jon & Kate Plus 8 about a couple raising their eight children, and, since we were also a John and Cait duo, we thought it would be fun to play off of that for the name of our blog, adding the “9” as a nod to the baseball starting lineup.
Fast forward to 2014, coming up on the five-year anniversary of this Brewers front office blog. Jon and Kate Gosselin from the show have split up leaving Kate and her 8 on their own and our own John has left us for Arizona. (Kind of ironic, isn’t it?)
And so, the time has come to officially change the name of this blog. After much deliberation, I went with Cait Covers the Bases. Short and simple (with a little alliteration), but most importantly, it is also a mission statement.
The idiom “covers the bases” can mean “to give attention to every aspect of a situation ” or “to inform (someone) of all matters at hand” and that’s what I try to do for you–keep you informed on all of the happenings with the Crew and at Miller Park.
And of course, many believe this expression comes from our favorite sport, so to me, it makes perfect sense.
Writing for this blog has always been one of my favorite parts of my job in my role as Director of New Media for the Club, thanks to you, the readers. I love interacting with you, whether it is via the comments, email, at the games, at events, or on Twitter. And, thanks to you, this blog has consistently ranked in the top 3 of MLB Pro Blogs each month.
I look forward to continuing to cover all the bases for you for the 2015 season and beyond.
Brewers fans can join Jonathan Lucroy in the fight against muscle disease by attending the 4th Annual Wisconsin Muscle Team Gala on Thursday, November 13 at SURG Restaurant Group’s new event space on Milwaukee Street.
The Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) invites you to meet and mingle with Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy and UFC Lightweight Champion Anthony Pettis, other current and former Wisconsin professional athletes and high-profile business executives while enjoying craft cocktails and food pairings from SURG Restaurant Group’s best bartenders and restaurants including Carnveor, Umami Moto, Hom and more.
You can also bid on a variety of exciting experiences and items, including incredible sports memorabilia and a private meet and greet with Jonathan Lucroy during batting practice in silent and live auctions that will benefit MDA’s mission.
MDA is a nonprofit health agency dedicated to curing muscular dystrophy, Lou Gehrig’s Disease and other related illnesses by funding worldwide research. The Association also provided comprehensive health care, support services, advocacy and education.
By attending, you’ll play a crucial role in helping Wisconsin families impacted by muscular dystrophy achieve a victory in finding a cure–families, like that of 9-year-old Reagan Imhoff, who visited with Jonathan Lucroy at Miller Park earlier this year.
A National Goodwill Ambassador for MDA, Reagan and her parents, Jenny and Joe, visited Miller Park earlier this summer.
Reagan has spinal muscular atrophy (SMA, type 2), a genetic disease affecting the part of the nervous system that controls voluntary muscle movement. Because of this progressive neuromuscular disease which is most commonly diagnosed in infancy, Reagan has never been able to crawl or walk. In addition SMA has led to difficulty eating enough food by mouth to maintain her weight and grow, so Reagan is mainly fed through a g-j tube. Her respiratory muscles are also very weak, which makes coughing and taking deep breaths while sleeping difficulty, leading to an increased tendency for pneumonia and other problems. Scoliosis also presented complications early on for Reagan which resulted in the need for spinal surgery when she was just 4. Leg and hip pain have also been an increasing problem for her.
Despite all of these challenges, Reagan remains positive and upbeat, choosing to tell her personal story as a National Goodwill Ambassador for MDA. In this capacity, Reagan is working to help raise awareness and understanding of muscle disease and inspire support of the organization.
It was a pleasure to meet Reagan and her family; they are lovely people and I can see why this charismatic youngster was chosen to be an ambassador at the national level.
You can meet Reagan and mingle with current and former professional athletes at the annual MDA Muscle Team Gala on Thursday, November 13. Please contact the MDA office regarding sponsorships (including 10 tickets to the Muscle Team Gala) via phone at (262)432-7992 or email: email@example.com.
I hope to see you there!
I’m very excited because this morning, the Brewers page hit 1,000,000 “likes” on Facebook.
This is a big milestone and players, coaches and front office members wanted to thank you for your support:
We’re also celebrating by hosting a sweepstakes where one lucky fan will win a VIP Package consisting of the following:
- Four (4) Field Level tickets to a 2015 Regular Season Home Game
- The opportunity to view batting practice prior to the game
- The opportunity to participate in a meet and greet with a Brewers player or coach prior to the game
- and a Brewers prize pack
Be sure to look for the sweepstakes post on Facebook later today and “Like” it to be entered to win.
Thanks again for “liking” us–we “like” you, too!
This Halloween, our #BREWITCHED Instagram contest is back by popular demand!
Starting this Monday, submit an original photo of your Brewers-themed pumpkin. Carve it, paint it, or decorate it – it’s up to you! Tag it on Instagram and/or Twitter using hashtag #BREWITCHED for a chance to win a Brewers prize pack, which will include two tickets to Brewers On Deck and a baseball signed by Aramis Ramirez.
The contest officially begins on Monday, but we wanted to give you a heads up in case you’re headed to the pumpkin patch and/or planning to carve your gourds this weekend.
We’ll be accepting entries through Friday, October 31, so you have plenty of time to get in the Brewers “spirit.” Get your pumpkin, give it a Brewers flare and take some photos. For more information and complete rules, please visit brewers.com/brewitched beginning Monday. We’ll select three winners in this contest.
To help you get started, we’ve even got Brewers pumpkin carving stencils available for download here on brewers.com.
And, for inspiration, here are last year’s winners:
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.
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!
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:
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).
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:
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:
We also posted some of the messages individually across our social platforms; in case you missed those, we’ve got a gallery for you:
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:
In case you missed it, the following thank you message ran as a full-page ad in today’s Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
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.