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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 takes place in the Skyy Lounge, includes a plated lunch (which was delicious!), a Q &A with Brewers players, and the opportunity to win prizes.
Today, Season Seat Holders were treated to a Q & A with Brewers outfielder Khris Davis and pitcher Kyle Lohse, emceed by Brewers TV Announcer Brian Anderson.
Questions ranged from workout routines and mentors to what they do with their free time and entrance music.
Some quotes and highlights:
Q: Khris, What do you talk about with opposing players when you get on base? Kyle, what does the catcher say to you when he visits the mound?
Khris: “I had an interesting conversation with the other Chris Davis. He said I reminded him of someone from the movie ‘Mr.3000′. Other than that, you pretty much just say, ‘What’s up?'”
Kyle: “I tell Luc not to even ask me what pitch I want to throw. I say, ‘You’re just gonna tell me something different anyway.’ That’s the kind of relationship he and I have. We’re tight.”
Q: Kyle, what do you tell your son (Kameron, age 7), who has started playing and has been in uniform around the clubhouse?
Kyle: “I just let him go have fun. Parents of the other kids on his teams ask me what they should do. I tell them to just let them have fun, don’t worry about techniques, just make them love the game. Kam loves coming to the park. It’s just one of those things where I’m fortunate enough to be able to do that and for him, he thinks coming in, high-fiving Ryan Braun is normal. One of these days he’ll be old enough to understand and really appreciate it.”
Q: You both have chosen entrance songs by Dr. Dre. Why did you choose your particular entrance music?
Kyle: “I’m from Cali and grew up listening to Snoop, Dre, Biggie, old rap stuff. My song [“Next Episode” by Dr. Dre] is one of my favorites from back in high school.”
Khris: “I picked mine [“Xxplosive” by Dr. Dre] because I liked the drums. Dr. Dre puts out good beats.”
Q: Besides baseball, what sports do you like to watch? To play?
Kyle: “I like watching football and I actually enjoy watching golf, probably because I like to play golf and because I have friends on the PGA Tour and I like to see how they are doing.”
Khris: “I like to watch college basketball and in the offseason, I’ll shoot hoops. I also like to read and play video games.”
Q: Kyle, can you tell me the difference between your breaking ball, curve and slider?
Kyle: “Well, ‘breaking ball’ is a term that the TV announcers like to use if they are not sure if it was a slider or curve,” he said, pointedly and jokingly in the direction of Brian Anderson, who laughed along with him. Kyle then proceeded to grab a baseball and show the crowd his various grips for his repertoire of pitches:
Q: What type of bat do you like to use?
Khris: “I prefer swinging ash. The wood bends with an ash bat vs. a maple bat. I like the flex the ash bat gives when I hit.”
And, even though the question was directed a Khris, Kyle jumped in: “I prefer swinging the one that gets the most hits out of all the pitchers,” he joked, as he leads the pitching staff with 6 hits this season. Kyle went on to talk about how in reality, Yovani Gallardo is the best hitter of all the pitchers, which is why he was called upon to pinch-hit vs. the Orioles earlier this season– a decision that resulted in a walk-off double.
At the conclusion of the event, drawings were held for prizes which included baseballs signed by Khris and Kyle.
Thanks to those who came out today, fun was had by all.
The annual S.C.O.R.E. for Excellence Day presented by The Gordon Flesch Company took place today at Milwaukee College Prep School’s 38th Street Campus. The excitement level of these first through sixth graders was through the roof. They were probably the most fired up I have seen a S.C.O.R.E group in my seven or eight years of participating in the program! Brewers television play-by-play announcer Brian Anderson hosted the program. He was joined by Carlos Gomez, Scooter Gennett and, Brewers alum, Larry Hisle.
The S.C.O.R.E. program is one of the Brewers “Beyond the Diamond” program initiatives. S.C.O.R.E. is an acronym for School, Community, Opportunities, Role Models and Excellence with an emphasis on education, interaction and life skills. During the program, players engage students in a dialogue about the importance of these five S.C.O.R.E. elements. The program helps open communication between the students and their role models. T-shirts and game tickets were provided to each student in the school today. “Beyond the Diamond” is a series of community outreach events that take place throughout the Brewers season in partnership with Brewers Community Foundation and Brewers Community Relations.
Anderson called a few students up to hear their thoughts on what School, Community, Opportunities, Role Models and Excellence meant to them and Gennett, Gomez and Hisle each shared their thoughts as well.
Gennett talked about how helping in your community can be as simple as picking up trash in your neighborhood or checking on a neighbor. He also talked about the importance of having pride in your community.
Gomez talked about taking advantage of opportunities to improve your life. Specifically, he talked about how he took advantage of his abilities on the baseball field and continually worked hard to become a Major League Baseball player. Always working hard was the theme of what he had to show and it is clear that Gomez practices what he preaches.
Anderson introduced Hisle to the group as one of his role models. Hisle talked about how role models in the kids lives–teachers, parents or older siblings–can be of help when growing up.
The kids were very well-behaved, but very excited to have the Brewers at their school today. I didn’t think they could scream any louder, but then Anderson introduced The Famous Racing Sausages and, well, the kids turned it up and absolutely went bananas.
Milwaukee College Prep is a charter school in Milwaukee with three campuses and over 1400 kids. Principal Maggy Olson did a great job of welcoming the Brewers into her school today. We wish her and the rest of the fabulous teachers the best of luck the rest of this afternoon as the kids will be pumped up the rest of the afternoon! I will be fired up the rest of my day as the dance party before the event was pretty energizing!
A special thanks goes out to Kurt Konicke, branch manager for The Gordon Flesch Company, who attended the event and addressed the children. The Brewers Community Relations Department, Katina Shaw and Erica Bowring along with Andrew Lukinich and Mary DeLatt of the Brewers Corporate Marketing Department, were also there and put a lot of work into making sure the children of Milwaukee College Prep had a day they will never forget. Looking at the faces of these kids today, the hard work of every one involved did pay off.
Today, we, along with FOX Sports Wisconsin, announced a 150-game television schedule for the 2014 season. FOX Sports Wisconsin will serve as the exclusive local television home for the Milwaukee Brewers. Select Brewers games also will be televised nationally on FOX Sports and FOX Sports 1.
FOX Sports Wisconsin’s regular season coverage begins Monday, March 31, with the Brewers’ home opener against Atlanta — the first of seven televised games against the Braves.
Other highlights from the 2014 schedule include: eighteen games against the division rival Chicago Cubs, a pair of home-and-home series with the Minnesota Twins scheduled for June 2-5, and three games against the defending World Series champion Boston Red Sox.
Brian Anderson will continue to serve as the primary play-by-play announcer with newcomer Matt Lepay joining analyst Bill Schroeder in the broadcast booth for select telecasts. Craig Coshun also will serve as play-by-play announcer for select telecasts late in the season while continuing his role as the main host for Brewers Live pre and postgame shows. Brewers Live airs before and after Brewers telecasts with Jeff Grayson, Telly Hughes and Sophia Minnaert reporting as well as analysis from former first base coach Davey Nelson and former Brewer Jerry Augustine.
FOX Sports Wisconsin also will televise a total of fourteen Brewers home spring training games in 2014. For the complete schedule, click here.
All games are broadcast in high definition.
2014 Milwaukee Brewers Broadcast Schedule
Date Day Opponent Time
Mar. 31 Monday Atlanta 1:00 PM
Apr. 1 Tuesday Atlanta 7:00 PM
Apr. 2 Wednesday Atlanta 12:00 PM
Apr. 4 Friday at Boston 1:00 PM
Apr. 5 Saturday at Boston 6:00 PM
Apr. 6 Sunday at Boston 12:30 PM
Apr. 7 Monday at Philadelphia 2:00 PM*
Apr. 9 Wednesday at Philadelphia 6:00 PM
Apr. 10 Thursday at Philadelphia 6:00 PM
Apr. 11 Friday Pittsburgh 7:00 PM
Apr. 12 Saturday Pittsburgh 6:00 PM
Apr. 13 Sunday Pittsburgh 1:00 PM
Apr. 14 Monday St. Louis 7:00 PM
Apr. 15 Tuesday St. Louis 7:00 PM
Apr. 17 Thursday at Pittsburgh 6:00 PM
Apr. 18 Friday at Pittsburgh 6:00 PM
Apr. 19 Saturday at Pittsburgh 6:00 PM
Apr. 20 Sunday at Pittsburgh 12:30 PM
Apr. 21 Monday San Diego 7:00 PM
Apr. 22 Tuesday San Diego 7:00 PM
Apr. 23 Wednesday San Diego 7:00 PM
Apr. 25 Friday Chicago Cubs 7:00 PM
Apr. 26 Saturday Chicago Cubs 6:00 PM
Apr. 27 Sunday Chicago Cubs 1:00 PM
Apr. 28 Monday at St. Louis 7:00 PM
Apr. 29 Tuesday at St. Louis 7:00 PM
Apr. 30 Wednesday at St. Louis 12:30 PM*
May 1 Thursday at Cincinnati 6:00 PM
May 2 Friday at Cincinnati 6:00 PM
May 3 Saturday at Cincinnati 6:00 PM
May 4 Sunday at Cincinnati 3:00 PM
May 5 Monday Arizona 7:00 PM
May 6 Tuesday Arizona 7:00 PM
May 9 Friday N.Y. Yankees 7:00 PM
May 10 Saturday N.Y. Yankees 6:00 PM
May 11 Sunday N.Y. Yankees 1:00 PM
May 13 Tuesday Pittsburgh 7:00 PM
May 14 Wednesday Pittsburgh 7:00 PM
May 16 Friday at Chicago Cubs 1:00 PM*
May 17 Saturday at Chicago Cubs 1:00 PM
May 18 Sunday at Chicago Cubs 1:00 PM
May 19 Monday at Atlanta 6:00 PM
May 20 Tuesday at Atlanta 6:00 PM
May 21 Wednesday at Atlanta 6:00 PM
May 22 Thursday at Atlanta 6:00 PM
May 23 Friday at Miami 6:00 PM
May 24 Saturday at Miami 3:00 PM
May 25 Sunday at Miami 12:00 PM
May 26 Monday Baltimore 1:00 PM*
May 27 Tuesday Baltimore 7:00 PM
May 28 Wednesday Baltimore 7:00 PM
May 30 Friday Chicago Cubs 7:00 PM
May 31 Saturday Chicago Cubs 3:00 PM 26
June 1 Sunday Chicago Cubs 1:00 PM
June 2 Monday Minnesota 7:00 PM
June 3 Tuesday Minnesota 7:00 PM
June 4 Wednesday at Minnesota 7:00 PM
June 5 Thursday at Minnesota 7:00 PM
June 6 Friday at Pittsburgh 6:00 PM
June 7 Saturday at Pittsburgh 3:00 PM
June 8 Sunday at Pittsburgh 12:30 PM
June 10 Tuesday at N.Y. Mets 6:00 PM
June 11 Wednesday at N.Y. Mets 6:00 PM
June 12 Thursday at N.Y. Mets 6:00 PM
June 13 Friday Cincinnati 7:00 PM
June 14 Saturday Cincinnati 6:00 PM (FOX)
June 15 Sunday Cincinnati 1:00 PM
June 16 Monday at Arizona 8:30 PM
June 17 Tuesday at Arizona 8:30 PM
June 18 Wednesday at Arizona 8:30 PM
June 19 Thursday at Arizona 2:30 PM*
June 20 Friday at Colorado 7:30 PM
June 21 Saturday at Colorado 3:00 PM
June 22 Sunday at Colorado 3:00 PM
June 23 Monday Washington 7:00 PM*
June 24 Tuesday Washington 7:00 PM
June 26 Thursday Colorado 7:00 PM
June 27 Friday Colorado 7:00 PM
June 28 Saturday Colorado 3:00 PM
June 29 Sunday Colorado 1:00 PM
July 1 Tuesday at Toronto 12:00 PM*
July 2 Wednesday at Toronto 11:30 AM*
July 4 Friday at Cincinnati 6:00 PM
July 5 Saturday at Cincinnati 3:00 PM
July 6 Sunday at Cincinnati 12:00 PM
July 7 Monday Philadelphia 7:00 PM
July 8 Tuesday Philadelphia 7:00 PM
July 9 Wednesday Philadelphia 7:00 PM
July 11 Friday St. Louis 7:00 PM
July 12 Saturday St. Louis 3:00 PM (FS1)
July 13 Sunday St. Louis 1:00 PM
July 18 Friday at Washington 6:00 PM
July 19 Saturday at Washington 6:00 PM
July 20 Sunday at Washington 12:30 PM
July 21 Monday Cincinnati 7:00 PM
July 22 Tuesday Cincinnati 7:00 PM
July 24 Thursday N.Y. Mets 7:00 PM
July 25 Friday N.Y. Mets 7:00 PM
July 26 Saturday N.Y. Mets 6:00 PM
July 27 Sunday N.Y. Mets 1:00 PM
July 28 Monday at Tampa Bay 6:00 PM
July 29 Tuesday at Tampa Bay 6:00 PM
July 30 Wednesday at Tampa Bay 11:00 AM
Aug. 1 Friday at St. Louis 7:00 PM
Aug. 2 Saturday at St. Louis 6:00 PM
Aug. 3 Sunday at St. Louis 1:00 PM
Aug. 5 Tuesday San Francisco 7:00 PM
Aug. 6 Wednesday San Francisco 7:00 PM
Aug. 8 Friday L.A. Dodgers 7:00 PM
Aug. 9 Saturday L.A. Dodgers 6:00 PM
Aug. 10 Sunday L.A. Dodgers 1:00 PM
Aug. 11 Monday at Chicago Cubs 7:00 PM
Aug. 12 Tuesday at Chicago Cubs 7:00 PM
Aug. 13 Wednesday at Chicago Cubs 7:00 PM
Aug. 15 Friday at L.A. Dodgers 9:00 PM
Aug. 16 Saturday at L.A. Dodgers 8:00 PM
Aug. 17 Sunday at L.A. Dodgers 3:00 PM
Aug. 19 Tuesday Toronto 7:00 PM
Aug. 22 Friday Pittsburgh 7:00 PM
Aug. 23 Saturday Pittsburgh 6:00 PM
Aug. 24 Sunday Pittsburgh 1:00 PM
Aug. 25 Monday at San Diego 9:00 PM
Aug. 26 Tuesday at San Diego 9:00 PM
Aug. 27 Wednesday at San Diego 9:00 PM
Aug. 29 Friday at San Francisco 9:00 PM
Aug. 30 Saturday at San Francisco 8:00 PM
Aug. 31 Sunday at San Francisco 3:00 PM
Sept. 1 Monday at Chicago Cubs 1:00 PM*
Sept. 2 Tuesday at Chicago Cubs 7:00 PM
Sept. 3 Wednesday at Chicago Cubs 7:00 PM
Sept. 4 Thursday St. Louis 7:00 PM
Sept. 5 Friday St. Louis 7:00 PM
Sept. 6 Saturday St. Louis 6:00 PM
Sept. 7 Sunday St. Louis 1:00 PM
Sept. 8 Monday Miami 7:00 PM
Sept. 9 Tuesday Miami 7:00 PM
Sept. 10 Wednesday Miami 7:00 PM
Sept. 11 Thursday Miami 7:00 PM
Sept. 12 Friday Cincinnati 7:00 PM
Sept. 13 Saturday Cincinnati 6:00 PM
Sept. 14 Sunday Cincinnati 1:00 PM
Sept. 16 Tuesday at St. Louis 7:00 PM
Sept. 17 Wednesday at St. Louis 7:00 PM
Sept. 18 Thursday at St. Louis 7:00 PM
Sept. 19 Friday at Pittsburgh 6:00 PM
Sept. 20 Saturday at Pittsburgh 6:00 PM
Sept. 21 Sunday at Pittsburgh 12:30 PM
Sept. 23 Tuesday at Cincinnati 6:00 PM
Sept. 24 Wednesday at Cincinnati 6:00 PM
Sept. 26 Friday Chicago Cubs 7:00 PM
Sept. 27 Saturday Chicago Cubs 6:00 PM
Sept. 28 Sunday Chicago Cubs 1:00 PM
*Denotes weekday day games that will be replayed in primetime
FS1: Game televised nationally on FOX Sports 1
FOX: Game televised nationally on FOX Sports
All Times Central
Schedule Subject to Change
-John and Cait
FOX Sports Wisconsin reaches more than 1.5 million homes and telecasts nearly 2,600 hours of locally produced programming per year. For more information on the Emmy Award-winning regional sports network, visit: FOXSportsWisconsin.com.
In case you missed the news today from Brewers On Deck, we, along FOX Sports Wisconsin, announced the addition of Matt Lepay to the television broadcast team.
Lepay will handle play-by-play for approximately 35 Brewers telecasts this season, filling in for Brian Anderson who will be handling national telecast work.
Lepay is a seven-time winner of the “Wisconsin Sportscaster of the Year” Award, presented by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association. Since 1994, Lepay has been the voice of Wisconsin Badgers football, and he is currently in his 26thth season as the men’s basketball play-by-play announcer.
“Matt is a great fit for this role, given his passion for sports in Wisconsin and his connection to fans throughout the state,” said Brewers Chief Operating Officer Rick Schlesinger. “We are thrilled to bring Matt on board, and look forward to his work on Brewers telecasts throughout the season.”
Lepay joined WIBA Radio in Madison in 1994 after a stint as sports director at WTSO Radio (also in Madison).
“Matt is obviously a knowledgeable sports mind and a professional who has established a strong connection with fans across the state of Wisconsin,” said Mike Dimond, Senior Vice President and General Manager for FOX Sports Wisconsin. “I think Brewers fans will really enjoy his approach to the game. We’re excited to have him as part of our broadcast team.”
A native of Dayton, Ohio, Lepay and his wife Linda reside in Cross Plains, Wis.
“I am honored and humbled to have this opportunity to be a part of the Brewers and Fox Sports Wisconsin broadcast team,” Lepay said. “I very much admire the work of Brian, Bill, Craig and everyone associated with the telecasts, and I am eager to join them this season. The chance to call baseball is a lifelong dream, and I thank the Brewers and FOX Sports Wisconsin for helping me realize that dream.”
Lepay will continue is his current role as the radio voice for Badgers football and basketball.
Craig Coshun will return for his 14th season of covering the Brewers, and will continue in his role as the lead pre- and post-game host for FOX Sports Wisconsin. He will also handle play-by-play for select Brewers telecasts of FOX Sports Wisconsin during Spring Training and the regular season.
-John & Cait
Today we announced the 2013 Spring Training broadcast schedule, which includes 34 games to be broadcast on a combination of Newsradio 620 WTMJ and the statewide Brewers Radio Network, FOX Sports Wisconsin and Brewers.com.
Nothing will get you through the cold, wet snowy days like today like the sweet sound of Hall-of-Fame radio announcer Bob Uecker and his partner Joe Block, who will call 16 Spring Training games on Newsradio 620 WTMJ and the statewide Brewers Radio Network.
Television announcers Brian Anderson and Bill Schroeder will call three games to be carried by FOX Sports Wisconsin: Monday, March 11 vs. Los Angeles; Wednesday, March 13 at Arizona; and Friday, March 29 vs. Chicago-AL at Miller Park. Two additional games – Tuesday, March 19 vs. LA of Anaheim and Sunday, March 24 at San Diego – will be produced by other FOX Sports regions (FS-West and FS-San Diego, respectively) but will be simulcast on FS-Wisconsin. Anderson, Schroeder and Block will also team up for 17 Brewers.com webcasts throughout the spring.
The Brewers open the 2013 Spring Training slate on Saturday, February 23 at Maryvale Baseball Park against the Oakland Athletics at 1:05 p.m. Arizona time. Milwaukee will play a total of 35 Spring Training games this season, including 17 at Maryvale Baseball Park and two exhibition games at Miller Park.
All Brewers games played in the Cactus League are scheduled for 1:05 p.m. starts (Arizona time), except for Wednesday, March 13 at the Diamondbacks (7:10 p.m. local/9:10 p.m. CT). The spring schedule closes out with a pair of exhibition games against the White Sox at Miller Park on March 29 (7:10 p.m.) and March 30 (1:10 p.m.).
Tickets for Brewers home Cactus League games are on sale at Brewers.com, by phone at 1-800-933-7890 and at the Miller Park and Maryvale Box Offices. Tickets are available in four seating areas: Field Box ($22), Infield Reserved ($16), Outfield Reserved ($13) and Lawn Seating ($8). Information on Spring Training Season Tickets can be obtained by calling the Milwaukee Brewers Ticket Office at 414-902-4000.
Tickets for the two exhibition games at Miller Park will go on sale at a later date. Please note that games and times are subject to change. For the complete Spring Training schedule, visit brewers.com/springtraining.
Without further ado, here is the official John and Cait preview of Brewers On Deck.
Below is a map of the event at the Delta Center that will help you plan your day.
Spend 10 Minutes: Walking through the Brewers Museum. OK, full disclosure here. I have spent a lot of time building this “museum” from an simple idea and pretty much no direction. I started collecting stuff from around Miller Park and it has grown to something I am very proud of. It grows a bit every year, but has some pretty cool regular features. I’m a history buff and baseball history is so fascinating to me. Take 10 minutes to enjoy some Brewers history! It will be set up all day and I will be there most of the day so walk through at some point and say hello.
Don’t Miss: “The Brewlywed Game” on the Main Stage at 11:30. The Brewers take on “The Newlywed Game” will be very entertaining. Stick around afterwards for a question and answer session with Mark Attanasio, Doug Melvin, Gord Ash, Tom Gorzelanny, Michael Gonzalez and Burke Badenhop.
Best New Addition: This year, there will be a “Bonus Stage” for autographs. Located near the Main Stage, select players will appear in 30 minute sessions and will sign autographs for fans. The schedule will be posted next to the stage and will include a mix of Brewers Major League players and future stars (you never know who will be the next Brewers All-Star!). Another new addition will come at the team store where fans can purchase t-shirts with the “Design a YOUniform” winning design and the new gold Brewers uniform.
Hidden Gem: The Brewers Community Foundation live auction. Some great items up for bid at 1:10 p.m. at the Interactive Stage. Bid on an opportunity to watch batting practice on the field before a Brewers game or the opportunity to “steal” 2nd base during a 2013 Brewers game. Some unique collectibles and opportunities are available at the auction.
A Reminder: About the Live Brewers.com webchat with Mark Rogers and Burke Badenhop at 2:30 p.m. at the Interactive Stage. Follow along if you cannot attend the event via social media by using the hashtag #BrewersOnDeck and submit questions below to Rogers and Badenhop.
Spend 15 Minutes: The results of our “Design a YOUniform” contest will be unveiled by Brewers pitcher John Axford from 10:15-10:30am on the Klement’s Main Stage. The three finalists (Ron Verrecchio from Cantonsville, MD; Ben Peters from Richfield, MN; and Nicholas Fout from Madison, WI have all been invited to appear at Brewers On Deck to discuss their designs as they angle to win a trip to Spring Training. As John mentioned, the team store will have t-shirts with the “Design a YOUniform” winning design available as well!
Don’t Miss: “The Milwacky Squares” Game Show, hosted by Brewers television announcer, Brian Anderson, on the Main Stage at 1:45pm. The Brewers spin-off of “Hollywood Squares” will be very entertaining as it features Brewers Hall-of-Fame Radio Announcer Bob Uecker as the center square, along with Brewers players and several Hollywood guests–including Dennis Haskins aka “Mr. Belding” from Saved By the Bell and “Flight Time” Lang of the Harlem Globetrotters.
Best New Addition: I might be a tad biased, but I’m pretty psyched about the #BREWERSONDECK Instagram/Twitter contest! Make sure you take plenty of photos from this year’s event at several of the photo ops stages or around the event in general. Then, post them to Instagram and/or Tweet them to @Brewers or @Bernie_Brewer using the hashtag #BREWERSONDECK for your chance to win tickets to a 2013 home game!
Hidden Gem: Again–the Brewers Social Media area–that’s where I’ll be when I’m not running around. :) Come get a special @Brewers item while they last and check out our exciting new digital fan map–Brewers Fans on the Fly, presented by Southwest Airlines, which will be officially unveiled at the event (more to come on the blog later about that, too!).
A Reminder: Don’t forget that the Hunger Task Force will be on hand at the event to collect your non-perishable food items. Bring your donations and look for them near the Brewers Community Foundation area.
See you on Sunday!
-John and Cait
The Top 100 MLB.com Blogs of 2012 was announced yesterday and we’re pleased to announce that thanks to you, John and Cait ranked number 6 in MLB Pro Blogs (up one spot from #7 in 2011)!
Thank you, as always, for reading–it’s a lot of fun for us and we’re looking forward to all the excitement that 2013 is sure to bring!
For the complete list of the Top MLB.com Blogs, click here. There are lots of great ones on the list, like Ben Rouse’s Brewers Mission 162 (#21 in MLB Pro Blogs), Brian Anderson’s House of Blogs (#69 in MLB Pro Blogs) Adam McCalvy’s Brew Beat (#12 in MLB.com Beat Writers), Brewer Nation (#8 in MLB.com Fan Blogs) and many more, so be sure to check them out!
-John and Cait
“What’s Good?” asks the Brewers Community Foundation.
Rickie Weeks helps kids smile brighter by supporting “Team Smile.” Yovani Gallardo supports youth baseball programs in Milwaukee like the Felix Mantilla Little League and the RBI Program. Ryan Braun supports Habitat for Humanity.
While that is just a small slice of what Brewers players do for the community, there is plenty of good in our Milwaukee community. The Brewers and the Brewers Community Foundation are able to shed light on “What’s Good?” in the Milwaukee community and draw attention to those bright spots. BCF week highlights those activities through a series of raffles, auctions and other activities that put “What’s Good” in the spotlight. BCF’s focused areas of interest are related to the causes that highlight the Foundation’s charitable impact in the community.
Perhaps the highlight of BCF Week is the “Ultimate Auction” which is now live on Brewers.com now and will close Tuesday night. There are some amazing prizes and experiences available to fans through this auction. Photo opportunities with players, private hitting and pitching clinics with coaches, pre-game dinner with Brewers TV announcers Brian Anderson and Bill Schroeder. But, perhaps one of the most unique prizes has to be a “Meet & Greet” with Nyjer Morgan who will also record your personal cell phone greeting!
Check in with the auction throughout the week. All the auctions close at 11:59 p.m. CT on Tuesday, August 21.
There are many other events surrounding BCF Week, check out the schedule below:
Thursday, August 16 – Where’s Chorizo?
Fans have a chance to win a 2012 Team autographed Chorizo from the 2012 “Where’s Chorizo?” event. Also included in this raffle is a Chorizo t-shirt, a 2012 Marco Estrada autographed Cerveceros jersey as well as a backyard BBQ for 25 thrown by the Klement’s Famous Facing Sausages, complete with Klement’s, Miller and Pepsi products! Sausages will make an appearance to the winner’s home on a mutually agreed upon date. Raffle tickets will be sold at Miller Park and are 2 for $5, 10 for $20 or a wingspan for $50. can you imagine the party you could throw with the Famous Racing Sausages!?
Friday, August 17 – Framed Baseballs Raffle
This is a great opportunity to celebrate Wisconsin’s two MVP’s. Fans have a chance to win a very special framed piece with includes an autographed Ryan Braun baseball and an autographed Aaron Rodgers Gold baseball with a photo of the two MVP’s. Raffle tickets will be 2 for $5, 10 for $20 or a wingspan for $50.
Saturday, August 18 – Wives’ Mystery Grab Bag
Players’ wives will be selling autographed items from their husbands. Fans can purchase each mystery bag for a $40 donation to the Brewers Community Foundation which is earmarked for various organizations. The wives will be stationed at each entrance to Miller Park, as well as on the Club Level. Mystery grab bags are always fun and knowing $40 will get you an autographed baseball from a Brewers player and knowing the money is going to a good cause is not a bad deal.
Sunday, August 19 – BCF Treasure Hunt
Fans always love game-used items. Game-used items from past games and seasons will be available for purchase in a special treasure hunt at the Brewers Community Foundation table on the Field Level concourse near Guest Relations behind section 116. Items include bats, baseballs, jerseys and other items of interest. I would recommend getting to Miller Park early that day to make sure you have an opportunity to get the best items. I will try to visit early that day and post some items to Twitter.
Monday, August 20 – Brewers Players Favorite Things Raffle
I have always enjoyed this idea. Not only do you learn what is Randy Wolf’s favorite cereal , what is Mat Gamel’s favorite candy bar or what is John Axford’s go to movie, but you have an opportunity to take these items home with you. Fans have a chance to win a basket full of Brewers players favorite things. The baskets feature a wide variety of items that are favorites of Brewers players and coaches as well as autographed memorabilia. Raffle tickets will be sold 2 for $5, 10 for $20 or a wingspan for $50.
Tuesday, August 21 – Strike Out Breast Cancer Raffle presented by Froedtert Center for Diagnostic Imaging – CDI
Fans have a chance to win a few different items as Authentic White jerseys autographed by John Axford, Ryan Braun and Yovani Gallardo, an autographed Corey Hart Pink Jersey and a Pink Bat autographed by members of the 2012 Milwaukee Brewers will be raffled off. Raffle tickets will be 2 for $5, 10 for $20 or a wingspan for $50. All proceeds from this raffle will go to benefit After Breast Cancer Diagnosis (ABCD).
BCF Awareness Night
On Tuesday, August 21, fans will have an opportunity to learn more about the organizations that BCF supports every year while being able to participate in games and activities to win cool prizes.
Wednesday, August 22 – Brewers Community Foundation Clearance Sale
Fans will have another chance to purchase game-used items from past games and seasons as well as other Brewers items at the Brewers Community Foundation table located on the Field Level concourse near the Guest Relations behind section 116. Again, get to Miller Park early!
Additionally, throughout BCF Week at Miller Park, fans will have an opportunity to participate in “BCF Pinko”–think everyone’s favorite Price is Right game. For a $5 donation, fans can play BCF Pinko for the opportunity to win a prize with every drop. Prizes will vary from game tickets to Drive for Charity pins, Brewers merchandise and the always popular mystery bags.
BCF Week is going to be a great opportunity to win some one of a kind Brewers items while at the same time giving back to the Milwaukee community. The best part is that fans can take part for as little as $2. Stay tuned to the blog as we will be posting updates and information to the blog and Twitter. There will be a lot of great activities going on all week.
–John and Cait
Yesterday, I participated in the Brewers Community Foundation’s Annual Thanksgiving Basket Delivery. The BCF along with its partners, 1290 WMCS-AM, the Milwaukee County Sheriff, Feeding America and Hunger Task Force presented 500 full Thanksgiving meals for those in need. The recipients of the meals were selected by WMCS-AM through letters and e-mails submitted to the station.
After a short press conference at Miller Park, we loaded up some boxes and headed over to the Guest House just north of Marquette University’s campus. The Guest House is a homeless shelter for men that gives more to men than a roof over their head, but also works to find jobs, health care, education and other social services for its guests.
We delivered over 15 full Thanksgiving meals to the Guest House that included everything you need for the traditional Thanksgiving meal–dressing, potatoes, cranberry sauce, cake mix, canned yams, corn, green beans, fruit, and, of course, a turkey. Cecelia Gore, Executive Director of the Brewers Community Foundation presented the Guest House with a $10,000 contribution. It was a great gesture in a time of giving.
Special thanks go out to Brewers television play-by-play announcer Brian Anderson and former Brewers great Larry Hisle for their assistance yesterday. You could see the excitement in the eyes of the recipients at the Guest House yesterday when they saw the former All-Star slugger (who is now an All-Star in the community). Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke and numerous representatives from 1290 WMCS-AM were also on hand for yesterday’s delivery.
The remaining meals will be distributed today and tomorrow by WMCS-AM.
Click this link to see some of the video highlights from yesterday.
From the Brewers family to your family, have a wonderful and safe Thanksgiving!
Rebranded for 2010, the Milwaukee Brewers Community Foundation is currently hosting its first ever Milwaukee Brewers Community Foundation Week. A series of in-park events have been planned including raffles that benefit the Brewers Community Foundation.
Highlighting the week is a commercial-free telecast of Tuesday’s Brewers-Diamondbacks game on FS Wisconsin. That’s right, on Tuesday fans tuning in at home will not see a commercial during the Brewers game. Things could get quite interesting for Brian Anderson and Bill Schroeder without any commercial breaks!
As a part of the telecast, a live auction will take place on brewers.com. The auction is currently open and will run through Tuesday night. If you happen to be attending the game that night, you will also be given the opportunity to bid on items via computer terminals set up at the ballpark.
Executive Director of the Brewers Community Foundation Cecelia Gore and the Brewers front office has worked hard to put together some unique items. The auction is filled with some of the most unbelievable experience and once-in-a-lifetime, behind the scenes opportunities offered by the Brewers for Brewers fans.
Fourteen items are available to fans looking to participate in the online auction. When I first saw the list, I was really excited and almost shocked that some of these opportunities were even being made available! If anything it shows the commitment by the Brewers organization to the Brewers Community Foundation and the organizations to which they contribute.
I thought I would give you some of my thoughts on my favorite items up for auction:
Party in the Clubhouse - So we have all been to dinner parties before. Some have been fun, and others we just dread attending and are pretty boring and have a lot of awkward conversation. You can blow your friends away with this dinner party in the Visiting Team clubhouse at Miller Park (just make sure you clean up or Phil Rozewicz might be after you).
Up to 50 guests will enjoy the comforts of a Major League Clubhouse with food and non-alcoholic beverages. Cash bar can be made available upon request. Additionally, 25 members of your party will have the opportunity to take batting practice in the Brewers batting cages against Jim Gantner, Jerry Augustine and Marcus Hanel. Brewers GM Doug Melvin will also make a visit. Dinner, batting practice, visits from former Major Leaguers all make for a dinner party that all of which all your friends will WANT to attend. Sounds like a fantastic deal.
Hitting Clinic with Dale Sveum & Casey McGehee and Pitching Clinic with Trevor Hoffman & Rick Peterson - These two items are certainly once-in-a-life time opportunities. To have a half-hour instructional session with these professionals is priceless. No matter what your skill level, these two packages will make the dreams come true of any Brewers fan.
Sveum and McGehee will spend a half-hour with the winner of this prize and teach the finer points of hitting. I have seen these two work together on hitting from the first day of Spring Training on and both of them truly are masters of their craft.
Peterson and Hoffman between them have over 30 years of Major League Coaching and Playing experience. The chance to work with a future Hall of Famer in Hoffman and a pitching guru like Peterson will most definitely help the delivery of Little Leaguers with Big League dreams and Bill Schroeder’s “Fantasy Leaguers” alike.
Authentic Game-Used Baseball - I know it is pretty difficult to catch a foul ball or a home run at a Major League Baseball game. Once in awhile one comes my way in the press box (Ken Spindler normally catches it while Mike Vassallo and I duck out of the way for safety). This is a pretty good opportunity to own a game-used piece of Brewers history.
FOX Sports Wisconsin Broadcast Package - Being a proud graduate of Marquette University’s College of Communication, this is probably one of my favorite packages. The winner here will be given the opportunity to conduct a pre-game interview with a Brewers player or coach prior to a pre-selected Brewers game and have it air during “Brewers Live!” on FS Wisconsin. The winner will also get a tour of the FS Wisconsin television truck and tickets to the game. This is your opportunity to show Brewers fans watching across the country that you have what it takes to be the next Telly Hughes.
Racing Mini Sausages Opportunity - One of the best parts of Sunday day games (besides the press box breakfast) is watching the Famous Klement’s Sausage Race featuring what Official Scorer Tim O’Driscoll likes to call “the little weenies.” Every Sunday, the regular sausages participate in a relay race with the mini sausages. This is an amazing opportunity for your child and four friends (aged 5-8, 60 pounds or under) to run in the Famous Klement’s Sausage Race at a mutually agreed upon 2011 Sunday home game. This package includes 20 Loge Level tickets to that game and a pre-race visit from the Famous Racing Sausages to your child’s school (within a 45 mile radius from Miller Park). If your family has five kids, a photo of this event would make a pretty unique family photo.
Coach First Base at Spring Training – Brewers First Base Coach Ed Sedar’s job gives him arguably the best seat in the house, but that’s not to say he has an easy job. This package will give you the chance to perform your best Ed Sedar impression and coach first base during the 2011 Brewers Inter-squad Spring Training Game at Maryvale Baseball Park in Phoenix. Also included in the package are two round trip airfares on AirTran Airways for your travel to Phoenix, one full Brewers uniform with personalized jersey and a behind-the-scenes tour of Maryvale. Spring Training is one of my favorite times of the year and I highly suggest to any Brewers fan to make the trip. This is a great chance to make the trip and a special memory.
Groundskeeping Experience - If there is one thing you must know about the Brewers Director of Grounds Gary Vanden Berg and his army of groundskeepers, they work hard to make sure Miller Park is ready for every game at Miller Park. They take care of every inch of the field, grooming, raking and painting the meticulous surface everyday–hours before the first fan arrives and hours after the final out.
If you have ever wondered what it takes to keep the beautiful green grass at Miller Park the envy of every homeowner in Wisconsin, this package is for you. The winner here will have the opportunity to assist the crew with watering and preparing the field during pregame and then again with changing the bases in the 4th inning. The winner will then take home the base they changed along with two official Brewers grounds crew t-shirts and a vial of authentic Miller Park dirt. Two premium tickets are also included. If Vanden Berg sees that you are a hard worker, you might be able to get some tips on cutting those intricate patterns seen in the Miller Park outfield in your own backyard.
The auction is open now and will run through Tuesday night at Midnight CT. Some items have some bids while others have yet to see a bid placed. There is still some time, but I’m guessing once Tuesday’s game comes around and FS Wisconsin Is talking about the auction, a lot of those items will heat up.
Tune in to Tuesday’s broadcast on FS Wisconsin and on brewers.com and support the Brewers Community Foundation by bidding on some great items.