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Join Brewers Players & Coaches for a Special “Koos for Kids” Fundraiser on June 14

Brewers bullpen catcher and Racine native Marcus Hanel has always had a desire to help children and so, about 11 years ago, he formed “Koos for Kids,” a charity focusing on helping terminally ill and disadvantaged children in the area.

Why is the organization called Koos for Kids? Koos is Marcus’ nickname, which he says, came from his mother’s German accent.

“I’d be out in the backyard and get called in, so Marcus became Mar-koos,” he said. The name Koos then just stuck.

Over the years, Koos for Kids has been able to help numerous terminally ill children by purchasing them laptops, iPads, zoo passes, airline tickets, animals…whatever it might be that makes their days a little brighter.

They’ve also purchased over 3000 winter coats for disadvantaged children in the local area, as well as organized and run the Challenger Baseball League, where over 60 children with special needs can come and be part of a team and learn the game of baseball.  And there are countless other ways they have helped the local community, thanks to the support of many businesses and caring individuals.

And, on Sunday, June 14, you have the opportunity to help support this terrific cause.

The Brewers take on the Washington Nationals at 1:10 p.m. that day and, following the game, Marcus, along with Brewers players and coaches, will be making their way to the Milwaukee County Zoo for an annual Koos for Kids event.

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Here’s a photo from last year’s event:

For just $20, you’ll receive a ticket to the zoo (good all day), zoo parking, autographs from Brewers players and the opportunity to participate in auctions and raffles. Of course proceeds from the event go to the Koos for Kids organization, where they are used to give back to the community. 

“Some of our Koos for Kids kids who are terminally get to attend the event. Last year, one of the kids, Colton, got to come on stage and meet the guys. He just recently passed away. So when you look back at the reason why you do things, that’s it. This is why we’re doing this. Just seeing kids being with their favorite Brewers, seeing them light up,” Marcus told me.

Stay tuned. Closer to the event, we’ll be following up  to let you know the anticipated attendees.

Last year’s event raised over $70,000, so the bar has been set. Help raise it: Click here to reserve your ticket today.

Why not make it a doubleheader of Brewers fun? Be sure to get your tickets to the Brewers vs. Nationals series, too.

-Cait

@CMoyer

 

It’s Shatterproof Day at Miller Park

The Milwaukee Brewers and Brewers Community Foundation (BCF) have once again teamed up with Shatterproof, a national organization committed to protecting our children from addiction to alcohol or other drugs and ending the stigma and suffering of those affected by this disease.

During tonight’s game at Miller Park, when the team takes on the Los Angeles Dodgers, the Brewers will celebrate “Shatterproof Day.” Representatives from Shatterproof will be at Miller Park distributing literature and raising awareness for their cause.

Shatterproof is hosting Shatterproof Challenge Rappel Milwaukee today, a fundraiser where individuals and groups raise money to be able to rappel down the Hilton City Center.

Although I was not as brave as my former co-blogger John Steinmiller was last year, and did not participate in the event, I did attend it today in order to meet with the folks from the organization and to cheer on all of the fearless individuals work to help erase the stigma of addiction and tackle the disease.

Here are a few photos from the event:

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In addition, Brewers Community Foundation made a $10,000 contribution towards the organization in a ceremony before tonight’s game:

Shatterproof was started by Gary Mendell who lost his son, Brian, to the disease of addiction.  Following the tragic loss of his son, Gary committed himself to ensure others do not have to suffer the loss of a loved one due to the disease of addiction.  Shatterproof is in its second year, and its building a dynamic-national movement to decisively tackle the disease of addiction to alcohol and other drugs and bridge the gap in addiction resources.

For more information on Shatterproof, please visit shatterproof.org. For information on Shatterproof Challenge Rappel Milwaukee visit rappelmilwaukee.org.

-Cait

@CMoyer

What Cait Ate: “The Chili Cheese Davis Burger” and other May Specials at 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

The “Chili Cheese Davis Burger” from AJ Bombers

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

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.

THE CHILI CHEESE DAVIS BURGER-$9

The AJ Bombers Player Burger of the Month is the Chili Cheese Davis Burger.

The AJ Bombers Player Burger of the Month is the Chili Cheese Davis Burger.

Making its debut tonight is the “Chili Cheese Davis Burger,” a special burger named after Brewers outfielder Khris Davis.

“The Chili Cheese Davis” includes a single patty cheeseburger topped with housemade chili, jalapeños and avocado. It is available exclusively at Miller Park for the month of May, so you’ll want to be sure to try it out soon.

Khris Davis Burger

After one bite Khris declared his burger, "Awesome."

After one bite Khris declared his burger, “Awesome.”

In addition, AJ Bombers continues to offer special concrete custard concoctions by series. Here’s a look at what’s on deck for May here exclusively at Miller Park:

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I’ll be sure to check in with AJ Bombers often throughout the season to keep you informed on their newest menu items.

Don’t forget that you can always access our featured menu items via MLB.com’s Ballpark app to check out what’s new and exciting.

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

@CMoyer

Special Miller Lite Deck Offers During the Next Homestand

This coming homestand, we’ve got two special offers you can’t pass up! 

We’ve got tickets in the Miller Lite Deck–which includes a full buffet and two drinks per person–for select games at Miller Park for just $49.

This offer is valid for the following games:

Wednesday, May 6 vs. Los Angeles Dodgers

Monday, May 11 vs. Chicago White Sox

There are about 50 tickets available and at this price, they won’t be available for long, so you’ll want to act fast. Click here to score your tickets today!

Here’s a little more info on the area. Miller Lite Deck: The Miller Lite Deck is our newest All-Inclusive Area at Miller Park. Just above the right-field bleachers, guests will enjoy a pregame buffet, private bar, flat screen TV’s and plenty of opportunity to socialize with their group. Accommodates 25-70 people. Miller Lite Party Deck at Miller Park

Menu Items:  Klement’s bratwursts smothered in sauerkraut with secret stadium sauce, Klement’s hot dogs, grilled sirloin burgers, chicken fingers, corn on the cob, popcorn & peanuts, assorted cookies, unlimited soft drinks.and two beers per adult.

Don’t forget that you can continue to visit brewers.com/allin all season long to scoop up more of these fantastic offers and for your chance to purchase individual tickets to our all-inclusive areas!

Cheers!

-Cait

@CMoyer

Special Miller Lite Deck Offer for Saturday, April 25 vs. Cardinals

Here’s a special offer you can’t pass up! 

We’ve got tickets in the Miller Lite Deck–which includes a full buffet and two drinks per person–for the Saturday, April 25 Brewers vs. Cardinals game at Miller Park for just $49

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There are about 50 tickets available and at this price, they won’t be available for long, so you’ll want to act fast. Click here to score your tickets today!

Here’s a little more info on the area. Miller Lite Deck: The Miller Lite Deck is our newest All-Inclusive Area at Miller Park. Just above the right-field bleachers, guests will enjoy a pregame buffet, private bar, flat screen TV’s and plenty of opportunity to socialize with their group. Accommodates 25-70 people. Miller Lite Party Deck at Miller Park

Menu Items:  Klement’s bratwursts smothered in sauerkraut with secret stadium sauce, Klement’s hot dogs, grilled sirloin burgers, chicken fingers, corn on the cob, popcorn & peanuts, assorted cookies, unlimited soft drinks.and two beers per adult.

Don’t forget that you can continue to visit brewers.com/allin all season long to scoop up more of these fantastic offers and for your chance to purchase individual tickets to our all-inclusive areas!

Cheers!

-Cait

@CMoyer

MLB Launches “This” Campaign; First Brewers Spots Feature Gomez, Lohse

To kick off the 2015, Major League Baseball has launched a new marketing campaign, which is simply “THIS.”

THIS is shorthand for “This is baseball.” A THIS moment illuminates an aspect of the game in a fresh, insightful and authentic way. It draws attention to those moments that only happen in baseball, those moments that illustrate why baseball is the most entertaining game in the world.

THIS is a social prompt that tells people that there is something that they must see and moments for which there is nothing left to say but simply – look at “THIS”.

The campaign aims to highlight athletic performance of players, the culture of the game, the relationship between the players, the clubs and the fans, and all of the wonderful personalities around baseball.

While the Brew Crew was down in Arizona from Spring Training, a crew from Major League Baseball captured THIS moments with Carlos Gomez, Scooter Gennett, Will Smith and Kyle Lohse.

First, THIS: Carlos Gomez. Foul Pole.

And then, THIS: Kyle Lohse. Scooter!

This was a really fun TV shoot to be a part of. Here are some extra photos from that day:

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Also, as a footnote (and because I know he’d probably want me to mention it), each of the guys attempted to hit the foul pole with a baseball during the shoot and Kyle Lohse was actually the first one to do so, something you wouldn’t expect from a pitcher.

He then had fun trying it again…. this time with a golf ball and clubs. That didn’t take long:

-Cait

@CMoyer

Brew Crew Bracketology: Brewers March Madness Update

As the Wisconsin Badgers gear up for the Final Four this weekend, we thought we’d post the Crew’s updated brackets here so you can follow along with Brew Crew Bracketology below and see how their picks are “netting” out.

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Of those brackets not yet busted, Michael Blazek has 3 of the Final 4 remaining; Kyle Lohse and Logan Schafer have 2 of the Final 4 remaining and Tyler Thornburg has just one remaining.

Here at the Brewers, we’re looking forward to cheering on the Badgers on Saturday–and hopefully

-Cait

@CMoyer

Brew Crew Bracketology: Brewers March Madness Update

Last week when the NCAA Basketball Tournament got underway, we asked some of the Crew to fill out brackets.

As the next round begins on Thursday, we thought we’d post the updated brackets here so you can follow along with Brew Crew Bracketology below and see how their picks are “netting” out.

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Brewers reliever Rob Wooten, who is a diehard fan of the University of North Carolina Tar Heels and a former Tar Heel himself, knows he is going to catch a lot of flack from Wisconsin Badger fans this week:

Ironically (or maybe not so much so since March Madness is so unpredictable), Kyle Lohse who says he really doesn’t follow basketball all that closely, is the one who is faring the best so far.

Corey Knebel, who played for the University of Texas and picked with his heart, found his bracket busted early on. Matt Clark’s bracket is also busted.

Is your bracket busted too? Never fear. Opening Day is just 13 days away!

Cheers,

-Cait

@CMoyer

Brew Crew Bracketology 2015

As the NCAA Basketball Tournament gets underway, we’re all feeling a little bit of that March Madness.

And, although UW-Madison is competing again this year, the particular “March Madness” I’m referring to in this case is baseball related.

We’re now less than three weeks from Brewers Baseball returning to Milwaukee and the madness has hit full tilt. We’re ready for the Boys of Summer to return from Arizona and bring back some more of that warmer weather that we got a taste of earlier this week. We’re ready for America’s Pastime done the Wisconsin way, with tailgating, Sausage Races and Bernie’s slides.

How will we cope the next few weeks? Well, we’ve got a few more Spring Training games that we can watch and listen to and in addition to that, there’s that other March Madness that I alluded to, an entertaining diversion that makes that time until Opening Day go by quicker.

Like most of America, we’re sure you found time to fill out a bracket. That’s why we asked some of the Crew to do the same.

A few of the participants, like Brewers reliever Rob Wooten, who is a diehard fan of the University of North Carolina Tar Heels and a former Tar Heel himself, really get into it.

Wooten lives just south of Chapel Hill, N.C., and attends as many as 10 Tar Heels home basketball games per season before heading to Spring Training.

Wooten holds up his bracket for last year’s tournament. He lives just south of Chapel Hill, N.C., and attends as Tar Heels home basketball games per season as he can before heading to Spring Training.

You can tell that both Rob and Corey Knebel, who played for the University of Texas, picked with their hearts while Matt Clark, a former LSU Tiger, picked with his head.

Others, like Brewers pitchers Kyle Lohse, really don’t follow basketball all that closely, but find it is still fun to participate in the bracket challenge.

But that’s the thing with March Madness– the tourney can be so unpredictable that a basketball fanatic has just as much of a chance as a coin-flipper.

Follow along with Brew Crew Bracketology below and see how their picks “net” out.

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For those watching the games, you might recognize a familiar voice. Our own Brian Anderson has full slate of NCAA tourney duty:

Want to hear more from the Brew Crew on the topic of March Madness? Check out this article by Blane Ferguson, a journalism student at ASU.

-Cait

@CMOYER

How Brewers Players Relax & Unwind Away from the Field During Spring Training

The baseball season is a long one–162 games in 180 days–and that doesn’t even count Spring Training and those 30 Cactus League games.

However, the pace is different in Spring Training. While the games are still important, the time down here is very much about taking a look at different players, trying out new things, working out the kinks and building team chemistry.

With two weeks of practice before the Spring games begin and with the bulk of the Cactus League games being day games, that also gives players a little more free time before they go back to work in Milwaukee and the grind sets in.

So what do a lot of the guys like to do with their down time in Arizona?

While first and foremost, many treasure the extra time with their families before the regular season gets underway:

Playing with my son , 💪💪👍👍☀️☀️⚾️🎠 jugando con mi hijo

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Mi chichi jugando con su papi 😍😍😘😳😳

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Aside from that, they can also enjoy some of their hobbies that might fall by the wayside once the regular season starts, like going fishing:

Day 1 of Spring Training fishing. 🎣 #SpringTraining2015

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On this Brewers roster in particular, however, you’ll find many of the pitchers in particular hitting the links.

Last year, during Spring Training, you’ll recall that Will Smith, Tyler Thornburg and I hit the links and took on Kyle Lohse in a match that ultimately led to him joining Twitter (#YoureWelcome!).

It’s been well-documented that Kyle is the best golfer on the team by far, but that doesn’t stop his teammates from trying to take him on in various challenges–scrambles, best ball with strokes per side, etc.

Kintzler

It’s well-documented that Kyle Lohse is the best golfer on the team. Brandon Kintzler knows this all too well after losing a bet to Kyle last Spring and becoming batboy for a day as a result. Click  the image to read that story.

And, earlier this spring, I had the pleasure of tagging along with Kyle and a couple of the guys again on two separate occasions to take some pictures and video–all in the name of work, of course.

First, I headed out with Kyle and Matt Garza to Lookout Mountain Golf Club.

This award-winning course sits among the magnificent North Phoenix Mountains and offers panoramic views of the amazing Arizona landscape. Case in point: Hole #10 is the signature hole here at Lookout Mountain. You’re 14 stories high on the tee box and, from this video of Kyle’s tee shot on the hole, you can see that it lives up to its name “Picturesque Pointe.”

This outing was really not much of a match. Matt doesn’t profess to be a great golfer; he was just out there to have fun—with the goal to beat Kyle’s score on at least one hole.

Matt Garza and Kyle Lohse spend time together outside of the clubhouse.

Matt Garza and Kyle Lohse spend time together outside of the clubhouse.

While Matt didn’t achieve that goal this time, he did have what I’m told was a better day that usual and ended up tying Kyle on 4 holes.

Personally, this was my first round of the season, so I was a little rusty; the par-3 9th in particular had my number. The hole was 80-yds for me and I blew it over the green on the tee shot and it was all literally downhill from there.  In this video of my shot, you’ll also see where Matt ended up on his tee shot on this hole (that’s Kyle narrating, obviously):

Despite this hole and another two blow-up holes, I was able to tie Kyle on at least 3 holes and actually beat him on 2. He and I each had two birdies in the round, which was cut short due to darkness.

One other thing worth noting from this outing: Matt Garza broke his 3-wood on a tee shot during the round. None of us are quite sure how this happened. One minute he was teeing it up and the next, he was holding his broken club. But even despite this setback and not beating Kyle on a hole, he was a great sport, never once showing frustration, just chatting the entire time and laughing a lot.

Matt Garza holds up his 3-wood, a casualty of the day.

Matt Garza holds up his 3-wood, a casualty of the day.

Here are a few more photos from that round:

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The second time I had the pleasure of hitting the links, it was to test out a new product called the Golfboard.

When I saw the PGA tweet about this combination golf cart/seque/scooter/skateboard, I knew our guys would love it because many of our players use scooters as transportation between the parking lot and the Clubhouse at Miller Park.

Golfboard Tweets

The good folks at Golfboard were kind enough to set us up with two Golfboards for a round of golf at the Westin Kierland in Scottsdale, so I joined Kyle Lohse and Will Smith to document the experience.

After a brief tutorial, the guys quickly picked up on the boards, which are extremely easy to learn, fun, and most importantly for these guys, safe.

Kyle Lohse and Will Smith quickly picked up on how to maneuver the Golfboards.

Kyle Lohse and Will Smith quickly picked up on how to maneuver the Golfboards.

The guys were zipping around the course in no time flat. Here’s a short video Kyle took:

I also brought the GoPro and we hooked it up to the Golfboard. Here’s a tour of the 9th hole, courtesy of Kyle. (Note: The ride felt much smoother than this video portrays!)

And here’s a shot Kyle hit while the GoPro was still running:

Here are some other fun photos from the round:

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It was a lot of fun out there on the course, getting to know these guys a little better away from the field.

Whether it’s fishing or golf, or another hobby, it is good to see the guys get a chance to relax and unwind now because we know once the regular season is underway, there will be little (if any) time for those things.

Speaking of time to relax and have fun, today is one of just two offdays in the Spring Training schedule and I’ll be back out on the golf course with Kyle, Will and a bunch of other players, coaches and celebrities for Bob Uecker’s Front Row Classic. Stay tuned for more photos and videos!

Special thanks to Lookout Mountain and Westin Kierland (and Troon Golf) for letting us hack on your courses; and of course, special thanks to Golfboard for letting us test drive your gamechangers.

-Cait

@CMoyer

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