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What Cait Ate: Bloody Marys with a Beef Straw…AND A CHASER!

“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

Miller Park Bloody Marys

During each homestand, I will be meeting with John DiMartini, Executive Chef at Delaware North Sportservice/Miller Park to sample some of the latest and greatest Miller Park fare and review it here, for you.

Bloody Mary-$11.25 + $3.50 Beer Chaser

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Those of you who know me or have been reading the blog for awhile now may have picked up on the fact that I like love am mildly obsessed with Bloody Marys.

For those of you unaware, they are my drink of choice. Whether it’s 10am or 10pm, there is no bad time for a Bloody, in my opinion. I like my Bloody Marys spicy with a variety of fixin’s and I even consider myself somewhat of a connoisseur, trying them at varying restaurants and rating them on my own scale.

I have my own personal Bloody Mary blog. I make it a point to attend at least one Bloody Mary festival each year (our fine city has several great ones); I have made a pilgrimage to the place where the Bloody Mary was purportedly invented (King Cole Bar in the St. Regis Hotel in New York City); and I have even made Bloody Mary-inspired recipes like a Bloody Mary salad or Bloody Mary Soup, which shows you how much I just crave that taste. I guess it helps that tomatoes are my favorite food to begin with.

Anyway, needless to say, I have my favorite spots to get a Bloody around the city. Thus, this is why you shouldn’t take this lightly when I say– without bias– that Miller Park is one of them.

SportService puts their own twist on the Miller Park Bloodys by combining Skyy Vodka and Ocean Spray Bloody Mary Mix, along with some extra spices like worcestershire sauce, Tabasco and celery salt. You can order them mixed to your liking–mild, medium or spicy, although, I’m told spicy is the preference of most Brewers fans. The drinks are then topped off with standard fixin’s like pickles and olives.

But they just keep on getting better and better! Last year, they brought Benny’s Bloody Mary Beef Straws into the fold and this year, they’ve added a Miller Lite Chaser!

Miller Park Bloody Mary

For the uninitiated, beef straws are beef sticks hollowed out into a glass-to-mouth transportation device:

Beef Straws at Miller Park

I came across this genius product on my own almost two years ago (they are available at select retail locations). I tweeted about the straws and the next thing I knew, two packages arrived from Benny (Ben Hirko) himself. After receiving the straws, I was anxious to make myself a bloody and let me tell you… It took me back to the days of my youth, using a Twizzlers to drink soda and add a bit of cherry flavor. In a more grown-up version, Benny’s straws absorbed the Bloody Mary goodness from the inside out as well as the outside in.

That’s why I was so very excited when we started using Benny’s Bloody Mary Beef Straws in all of our Bloodys at Miller Park last season, becoming the first MLB Ballpark to do so.

This homestand, I finally had the opportunity to meet Benny and hear his story in person as he was in town on business. Benny told me that he spent quite a few years in the restaurant business, then started his own lawn care company. One day, while he was working, the idea popped into his head and he just couldn’t let it go. He started doing the research and a little over two years and a lot of hard work later, he had his product.  I have to say, I really admire him for his ingenuity and commitment to making his idea become a reality.

Here's me with Benny, who was in town making sure his product was up to snuff. I was working so, alas, I couldn't partake.

Here’s me with Benny, who was in town making sure his product was up to snuff–livin’ the dream! I was working so, alas, I couldn’t partake.

Now, I’m always working during the home games, so I try to avoid looking at the Bloody Mary carts as I pass by:

So, it wasn’t until I went to meet up with Benny that I noticed that we now offer the option of a  Miller Lite Chaser in an adorable little can for $3.50 extra.

In my travels, I’ve noticed that Wisconsin is one of the only states where a beer chaser with a Bloody Mary is quite common, so I love this option and the attention to detail.

So, the next time you’re out at Miller Park, check out the Bloody Mary cart. While you’re sipping the delicious beverage through your beef straw, silently toast Benny, enjoy and remember to drink responsibly!

Rating:

(out of 5)

Where To Satisfy Your Craving: Fans can find the Miller Park Bloody Mary on the Field Level on two carts near the Home Plate Gate and on a cart near Section 117; they are also available on the Loge Level, near the Press Box and in the right-field corner.

NOTE: On Sundays, you can find a Build-Your-Own U-Skew Bloody Mary station near the Home Plate Bar on the PNC Club Level. Those are $12 each, made with Jimmy Luv’s mix, and include all the fixin’s you can fit on a skewer. Choose from options such as: celery, asparagus, sausage, cheese, mushrooms, hard boiled eggs, olives, pickles, cherry tomatoes and more.

 

-Cait

johnandcait@brewers.com

What Cait Ate: Carrot Cake 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

Carrot Cake Custard 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 the most fun, new additions to Miller Park this season has been AJ Bombers. The popular restaurant and bar-with locations in Milwaukee and Madison-now 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 player-themed burgers (Will Smith’s “Slider of Death” is still available this homestand) and city-themed concrete mixers, like this one, here for the Phillies Series only: Carrot Cake (because…Philadelphia Cream Cheese).

AJ Bombers Carrot Cake

I’ll be sure to check in with AJ Bombers often throughout the season to keep you informed on their newest menu items, just like I have been with the ever-popular Double Clutch!

Rating:

(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

6th Annual Davey Nelson Celebrity Golf Classic a Hit Again!

Yesterday, I was fortunate enough to play in the Davey Nelson Celebrity Golf Tournament at the beautiful Irish Course at Whistling Straits in Kohler, Wisconsin.

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This was the sixth year of Davey’s tournament, but just the second at the Irish Course (in previous years, it’s been played at  Blackwolf Run).

Upon check-in, participants were provided with assorted goodies, including a pullover, duffel bag and umbrella (which fortunately we didn’t need out there on the course!)

Then, the morning started off with golf pros walking the line at the driving range and a putting contest, along with a buffet brunch.

Each foursome in the tournament was paired with a celebrity golfer  to make up a five-person team. Team play consisted of a Scramble Format with team prizes awarded to the top finishers.

Among the many celebrities in the tournament were current Brewers personnel and alumni players: Craig Counsell, Robin Yount, Ken Sanders, Gorman Thomas, Jay Aldrich, Jerry Augustine, Jim Gantner, Paul Wagner, Mike Caldwell, Scott Podsednik, Greg Vaughn, Wes Obermueller, Brady Clark, and Willie Mueller;  Randall McDaniel, Former NFL player; Greg Matzek, radio personality; Greg Meyer, NFL Referee; Tony Smith, a former Milwaukee Bucks player; and Craig Coshun, sideline reporter for Fox Sports Wisconsin

It was fun to mix and mingle with everyone, including having the opportunity to catch up with Scott Podsednik and Brady Clark:

Scott Podsednik and Brady Clark catch up at the Davey Nelson Golf Tournament.

Scott Podsednik and Brady Clark catch up at the Davey Nelson Golf Tournament.

 

My group consisted of our celebrity, Greg Meyer, a NFL referee and longtime friend of Davey’s and Mike, Dan and Joe Stanislawski, from Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

L-R: Greg, Michael, Dan, Joe and Cait

L-R: Greg, Michael, Dan, Joe and Cait

The tournament was a shotgun start, so our group began on hole 8, a par five. We got off to a great start with a birdie, but we never really got into a great rhythm after that. Aside from a couple that Greg sank for us, it was one of those days where the putts just wouldn’t drop.

But, we had a ton of fun, which is the most important thing! We finished the day at -3 (69), which was good, but not good enough to win the tournament.

My drives were decent yesterday, but my short game and putting left much to be desired--sorry team!

My drives were decent yesterday, but my short game and putting left much to be desired–sorry team!

Each hole also consisted of different challenges with opportunities to win various prizes for things like longest drive, longest putt, or closest to the hole. Someone even had a hole-in-one on one of the par-3’s!

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We didn’t mind at all because despite an early threat of rain (and a downpour on the way home!), we had wonderful weather, a fun day, the chance to play a beautiful championship course and, most importantly, we were helping a great cause: Open Arms Home for Children in South Africa and Brewers Community Foundation. Open Arms is a non-profit organization that provides shelter, clothing, protection and basic healthcare for what is now home to many children orphaned due to the Aids epidemic in South Africa. Davey has served as Board of Director for over four years.

Following golf, there was a reception and silent auction, followed by a live auction.

Looks like brat is going to put in a bid on one of the prizes!

Looks like brat is going to put in a bid on one of the prizes!

During dinner, we learned more about Open Arms and heard stories about the children whose lives we were helping, all by taking a day off of work to play golf.

My boss, Tyler Barnes, VP of Communications, was on hand to speak about his personal experience at Open Arms as he and his family had visited South Africa over the holidays.

Tyler tells of us of his life-changing trip to Open Arms.

Tyler tells of us of his life-changing trip to Open Arms.

The entire presentation was very touching and moving and I’m so happy that this event has been able to raise money to support the organization, which Davey and many others have dedicated a lot of time and energy into making a success.

For more information on Open Arms, please visit the website at http://www.openarmshome.com.

Here are some more photos from the day and I hope to see you out at the tournament next year!

-Cait

johnandcait@Brewers.com

Brewers Bullpen Gets Jiggy Wit It at the MLB Fan Cave; Produces Rap Video Featuring Will Smith, Inspired by Will Smith

Earlier this month when the Crew visited NYC to take on the Mets, many members of the Brewers bullpen paid a visit to the MLB Fan Cave where they filmed a special video.

We teased it for you a bit on social media at the time….

…but now we’re excited to share the special video–starring Will Smith, Zach Duke, Mike Fiers, Wei-Chung Wang, and Rob Wooten– with you here:

When your name is Will Smith, you have to have a good sense of humor. And, since the Brewers bullpen seems to be the most music video-friendly group in Major League Baseball right now, the Crew took this opportunity to  channel the 1990s rap scene with a montage/parody of some songs inspired by the “other” Will Smith:

“Here Come The Men in Blue”

“The Wild Midwest”

“The Fresh Prince of Brew City”

“Welcome to Milwaukee”

It was a great day hanging out at the Cave and in addition to the video, I also got a lot of fantastic behind-the-scenes photos to share with you here. Enjoy!

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A huge thank you to the folks at MLB Fan Cave for putting this together; it turned out fantastic! Also, thank you to the guys for taking the time to do this; I know I had fun and I think they may have had a little, too. ;)

 

-Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

What Cait Ate: Will Smith’s “Slider of Death” 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

Will Smith’s

“Slider of Death” 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 the most fun, new additions to Miller Park this season has been AJ Bombers. The popular restaurant and bar-with locations in Milwaukee and Madison-now 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 and the newest addition: Will Smith “Slider of Death.”

Will Smith’s “Slider of Death”-$9

Will Smith Sliders

Making its debut  tonight,  Will Smith’s “Slider of Death” is a special creation named after what fans have dubbed Brewers pitcher Will Smith’s nastiest pitch.

For just $9, fans will get two sliders on Brioche rolls, topped with Nueske’s bacon, roasted jalapeno ketchup, American cheese, lettuce and tomato, plus a side of tots. The sandwich is the fourth of several city and/or player-themed burgers that AJ Bombers plans to offer this season.

Smith’s sliders are exclusive to Miller Park (i.e. not served at AJ Bombers’ restaurants) and available for a limited time.

He likes it! He really likes it!

He likes it! He really likes it!

And for dessert, be sure to try AJ Bombers new specialty concrete concoction here for the Nationals Series only: Cherry Crisp.

Cherry Crisp Custard

For the Colorado Rockies series, enjoy “Rockie” Road–Peanuts, Marshmallows & Chocolate!

AJ Bombers Rockie Road

I’ll be sure to check in with AJ Bombers often throughout the season to keep you informed on their newest menu items, just like I have been with the ever-popular Double Clutch!

Rating:

(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

Farewell, John (but not goodbye)

As you likely know by now, today is John’s last day here with the Brewers.

He is moving to Arizona with the other, more important “Cait” in his life, his lovely wife, Kate.

I just wanted to take a moment to publicly thank John for being such a great co-worker, co-author and friend over the last decade. Those of you who know him personally will agree that he’s one of the kindest, friendliest, enthusiastic people you’ll ever meet.

He’s very passionate about sports and I know he’ll succeed in his new position with the Phoenix Mercury.

It’s been a lot of fun working on the blog together. We’ve shared a lot of great memories over the years and from our “What John and Cait Ate” food reviews to our social media nights, it just won’t be the same without him.

Here we are celebrating our #1 Pro Blog Ranking (and a sweet NLDS Victory over the Diamondbacks). Thanks for reading!

Here we are celebrating our #1 Pro Blog Ranking (and a sweet NLDS Victory over the Diamondbacks in 2011). 

 

John will be greatly missed here in the office and I know all of you will miss his posts. I promise that I will do my best to fill in those gaps. (As an aside: We’ll also need a new name for the blog now, so if you have any suggestions, tweet them at me @CMoyer or post in the comments below.)

It's John's last day, but I'm saying farewell and not goodbye.

It’s John’s last day, but I’m saying farewell and not goodbye.

But this is a farewell to John, not goodbye. We’ll see each other down in Arizona for Spring Training and I know he’ll be back to visit. And you know we both love social media, so you can be assured we’ll “see” each other on Facebook, Twitter, etc. Speaking of which, if you’re not already following him on Twitter, you can keep tabs on him @JStein1981.

Again, John, it’s been a real pleasure working with you. I wish you and Kate all the best in this new chapter.

Cheers!

-Cait

JohnandCait@Brewers.com

 

 

Baseball Book Review: “If You Build It” by Field of Dreams’ Dwier Brown

In 1989 (and the years since), Field of Dreams has given many fathers and their children a gift; it has provided the opportunity for a reunion after a long rift, closure after death, and guidance on life’s path– simply by viewing the film,  a movie that pays homage to baseball’s majestic, magical link to the past.

No matter how many times you see it, your eyes will start to water in that pivotal final scene as Ray Kinsella says to his dad, John, “Hey dad…wanna have a catch?” 

“I’d like that,”  John replies.

Actor Dwier Brown, the actor who played John Kinsella in the film, only appears in those final five minutes,but they are arguably the most important minutes of the film.

Over the past 25 years, Dwier has been recognized by fans all over who have told him poignant stories about their fathers and how watching the film changed their lives.

And now, to coincide with the film’s anniversary, Dwier has written a book titled, “If You Build It…” a “funny and moving memoir about Fathers, Fate and Field of Dreams.”

Dwier visited Miller Park last homestand and I had the opportunity to interview him; he was also kind enough to sign a copy of the book for me.

I read it in less than two days. So now, here is my review. Spoiler alert: I loved it!

The book follows three different story lines that are woven together as beautifully as the stitches on a baseball.

First, there is Dwier’s recollection of heading to Iowa to film the movie. Fans of the film will love this insider track!

You’ll feel like you’re in the van riding through the cornfield on the way to the shoot as he takes you through the photography shoot for the film’s opening credits, meeting James Earl Jones, his fear of dropping the ball when playing catch with Kevin Costner in the final scene and more.

Second, there are the encounters Dwier has had with fans of the film.

“I have a lot of fathers or sons who come up to me and say they’ve lost their relationship with their father or son… maybe for 15 years they haven’t spoken because of some riff–in some cases they don’t even remember what it was about exactly–but when they saw that movie they managed to take that person, their father or son, to the movie with them, or just took them outside and had a catch with them. And somehow, they managed to just put aside this long history of misunderstandings. That’s happened many times,” Dwier told me.

There are several touching stories like that, and Dwier recounts these in the book, along with others that tell of how people changed their paths in life because of the movie’s message, or how people were able to come to terms with the loss of a loved one through the film.

Finally, there is a back story of Dwier’s childhood and his relationship with his own father, who passed away unexpectedly just a month before he began filming Field of Dreams, and how he struggled to come to terms with it.

Both humorous and heart-wrenching at times, you’ll laugh, you’ll cry and most importantly, you’ll relate.

Because no matter what your situation is, the fact is that at some time in your life, you had a father. That relationship and his presence (or absence) has shaped you as an individual and this book will give you pause to consider what that means to you.

And, just in time for Father’s Day, Dwier has given us a gift.  Just like with Field of Dreams, where fathers and children were reunited, sometimes without words, but by simply seeing the film together, “If You Build It…” affords one the same opportunity. Buy your dad (or father figure, mother, friend, etc.) this book. It will likely have the same impact.

Dwier and his wife Laurie are taking a RV tour across the country to promote the book, making stops at many ballparks and other events across the way.

Next on the agenda, though, is a return to Iowa.

Appropriately, a big event is planned to celebrate the film’s 25th Anniversary at the Field of Dreams in Iowa on Father’s Day weekend.

-Cait

JohnandCait@Brewers.com

 

 

 

Kyle Lohse v. Jason Dufner: The Stadium Shootout

By now you probably know I’m an avid golfer, so while I’ll be at Miller Park next week when the Reds are in town, I’ll also be keeping an eye on the second Major of the season… The U.S. Open Championship at Pinehurst No. 2.

And speaking of Majors, earlier this season, defending PGA Champion Jason Dufner had time to visit Miller Park as part of a day-long trip to Wisconsin to help promote the 2015 PGA Championship, which will be played August 10-16, 2015, at Whistling Straits in Kohler.

So, while we had him here, we asked him if he would take some swings… not in the batting cages, but rather all around the stadium, taking some fun golf shots from various vantage points.

The team was on the road while Jason was here, but Kyle Lohse found out about his visit via Twitter, where the two ended up exchanging some playful tweets:

If you’ve been following along this season, you know by now that Kyle is quite the golfer himself —and that he’s been known to engage in some friendly bets on the course, including one with me that got him on Twitter in the first place.

Many news outlets and golf publications picked up on the Twitter conversation, but most wrote it off as a funny exchange.

But here’s the thing. Offline, these guys turned it into a real challenge and we’ve got the scoop for you here:

 

The Bet

Each golfer participated in five golf challenges around Miller Park, where they got to take four shots each. The best shots from each golfer would be compared for each challenge. The golfer who won the majority of the challenges is declared the overall winner.

 

The Challenges

1)      Dew Deck: Closest to Home Plate (145-yds) :

A tough, elevated par-3 with very little green to work with. Okay, actually no green to work with. Good luck getting your shot to land in the dirt near home plate.

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2)      Terrace Level: Closest to the Pin (140-yds) :

A similar challenge to the first, but this time you get to land it in the grass.

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3)      Home Plate: Closest to the Pin (72-yds):

You think you got game? What about a short game? This one’s just a short pitch over the pitcher’s mound, but it’s trickier than it looks!

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4)      Home Plate: Long Drive (with Restricted Flight Ball):

Sorry, Hank, but it’s time to let the big dog eat. Grip it n’ rip it on this one, boys, because with the restricted flight ball, you’re not going to be able to knock one out of the park. (While we trust your swings, we love our scoreboard a little too much.)

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5)      Home Bullpen: Closest to Home Plate (120-yds):

This is a short-iron shot from the Brewers bullpen in left field to home plate, again with no green to work with. We know Kyle can hit a catcher’s mitt from 60’ 6” but how about 360’ 6”?

 

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The Stakes

The loser must tweet a photo with text revering the winner.

 

The Results

And now, without further adieu, we give you what I’m calling “The Stadium Shootout”:

 

 

The Payoff

Well, it came down to the final shot and it was fun while it lasted, but ultimately, Jason defeated Kyle 1-up. And since Kyle is a man of his word…

Perhaps there will be time for a rematch when Jason returns next summer for the PGA Championship. Along with Kyle and me, there are a number of Brewers players and front office staff  who love golf and are very excited for the tournament , which was held in Kohler in 2004 and 2010, to return to Wisconsin.  This is Major.

 

-Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

“You Wanna Have a Catch?” Catching Up with Field of Dreams’ Dwier Brown

Who could have predicted that two baseball movies that came out within two weeks of one another in April 1989 would have such a lasting impact on us today?

Yes, that’s right. This year, both Major League (April 7, 1989) and Field of Dreams (April 21, 1989) are celebrating their 25th Anniversaries. 

And while both movies center on our beloved sport and are legendary in their own rights, the two really couldn’t be more different.

Major League is best known for it’s humor with its many funny, oft-quoted one-liners. And, of course, with Bob Uecker as Harry Doyle and Country Stadium masquerading as Cleveland Municipal, it holds a very special place in the heart of Brewers fans.

Field of Dreams, on the other hand, is a movie that pays homage to baseball’s majestic, magical link to the past. It’s nostalgic and sentimental, yet just as iconic.

And both movies have withstood the test of time,  still resonating with baseball fans young and old alike a quarter-century later as their stars gather to celebrate the major anniversary of their films.

That’s how earlier this season, I had the chance to connect with Corbin Bernsen who played Roger Dorn in Major League, and this weekend, I had the chance  to meet with Dwier Brown, the actor who played John Kinsella in Field of Dreams.

John Kinsella? Don’t you mean Ray Kinsella, Cait? No, John is the father of Ray Kinsella (played by Kevin Costner). He’s only in the film for about five minutes, but they are arguably the most important of all.

No matter how many times you see it, your eyes will start to water as Ray says to John, “Hey dad…wanna have a catch?” 

“I’d like that,” Dwier Brown as John replies.

And now, 25 years later, to coincide with the film’s anniversary, Dwier has written a book titled, “If You Build It…” a “funny and moving memoir about Fathers, Fate and Field of Dreams.”

Despite being an actor for 35 years and performing in hundreds of other films, plays and television shows, it was those five minutes that changed Dwier’s life.

 

He has been recognized by fans all over who have told him poignant stories about their fathers and how watching the film changed their lives. Their touching stories have put into perspective his own father’s unexpected death just a month before he began filming Field of Dreams.

“I have a lot of fathers or sons who come up to me and say they’ve lost their relationship with their father or son… maybe for 15 years they haven’t spoken because of some riff–in some cases they don’t even remember what it was about exactly–but when they saw that movie they managed to take that person, their father or son, to the movie with them, or just took them outside and had a catch with them. And somehow, they managed to just put aside this long history of misunderstandings. That’s happened many times,” Dwier told me.

“Another one that sticks out in my mind is a man who was a lawyer then decided to become a sculptor. By being a lawyer, he thought he could be his dad, as opposed to being happy, which is what his father would have wanted him to do,” he said.

I had a great time meeting Dwier and his wife, Laurie on Sunday. Can't wait to read the book!

I had a great time meeting Dwier and his wife, Laurie on Sunday. Can’t wait to read the book!


At the time, however, Dwier had no idea how iconic the film would become.

“The script was just so good…. I don’t think any of us had any expectations that it would be a particularly successful movie because the script was so sweet and kind of perfect… there was no action, no big romance, so I think it came as a surprise to all of us that a), it was so huge and b), that it’s had such a lasting legacy.”

Dwier grew up in Ohio and says that he loved baseball growing up.

“As a kid, I think I was impatient. I loved playing it more than I did watching it. As I’ve grown older and realized what all goes into the spaces between pitches, I’ve realized what an exciting game it can be. I grew up cheering for the Cleveland Indians, which was one of those hopeless endeavors,” he said.

Another story that Dwier recounts in his book is about getting cut from his freshman baseball team, but having the last laugh.

“I was so disappointed,” he recalled. “I told a friend of mine that the coach would regret that and someday my picture would end up in the Hall of Fame and sure enough….I didn’t end up playing baseball, but I am hanging in pinstripes in the Baseball Hall of Fame, so I think that counts, even if it was the backdoor,” said Dwier, referring to an iconic still from the movie that hangs in Cooperstown.

Now, he says, he doesn’t have a particular allegiance to a team, but instead tends to follow players that he likes. This was evidenced later in the day, as Dwier, who met and took a photograph with Scooter Gennett prior to the game, quickly became one of Scooter’s biggest fans, cheering him on on his way to his two doubles and home run in Sunday’s 9-0 victory over the Cubs.

Scooter Gennett tries on Dwier Brown's dad's old glove from the 1920s.

Scooter Gennett tries on Dwier Brown’s dad’s old glove from the 1920s.

With the film’s underlying theme so closely tied to fathers and sons, it makes sense that a big event is planned to celebrate the film at the Field of Dreams in Iowa on Father’s Day weekend.

“I’m really looking forward to it,” said Dwier, who has two kids of his own, a daughter who is a senior in college and a son who just finished his freshman year of high school. (Neither was born when the movie first came out.)

“Kevin (Costner) is coming out and I’m bringing my son. My 91-year-old mother is driving out from Ohio with my sister. To see the movie on the baseball field where it was filmed, I think is going to be really magical. The people there, obviously they love that movie. Many of them were in it, all the extras that were in those cars…They are big sports fans, really fired up about it,” he said.

I haven’t read the book yet, but Dwier was kind enough to give me a copy. I’m excited to read it.

While I was quite young when the movie came out, the movie holds an extra-special place in my heart because, in 1992, I took a trip to the Field of Dreams, not with my dad, but with my mom.

While she’s always been a baseball fan, I think Field of Dreams, really solidified that love for her. (Kevin Costner’s performance certainly didn’t hurt.)

Cait and her mom at the Field of Dreams in 1992.

Cait and her mom at the Field of Dreams in 1992.

We went with a friend of hers and her friend’s son, who was just a couple of years older than me. I remember the long drive to get there, playing catch on the field and walking through the cornfield. I don’t think I was quite old enough to grasp the significance at the time, but it certainly made an impression and lasting memories.

In fact, when mom retired a couple of years ago, dad painted this for her:

Field of Dreams Painting Suess

So, I credit both mom and dad (who was a pretty great college pitcher back in the day and a big fan) with my love of the game. And, for me personally, meeting Dwier and feeling like I had a personal connection to the movie was very special. When I told this story to him, he was kind enough to send my mom a special message.

Dwier loved hearing how much the movie meant to my mom and wanted to send her a special message. This was all his idea! Mom was floored.

Dwier loved hearing how much the movie meant to my mom and wanted to send her a special message. This was all his idea! Mom was floored.

So yes, to say I am looking forward to reading the book is an understatement. And given the topic and timing, it also seems like it would make a great Father’s Day gift. Or a late one for Mother’s Day. Stay tuned for the review!

Brewers Field of Dreams Quote

 

-Cait

JohnandCait@Brewers.com

 

 

 

What John and Cait Ate: “The BBDB” 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!”

-John & Cait

Braun’s Bacon Double Burger-

“The BBDB” from AJ Bombers

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

One of the most fun, new additions to Miller Park this season has been AJ Bombers. The popular restaurant and bar-with locations in Milwaukee and Madison-now 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 and the newest addition: Braun’s Bacon Double Burger–the BBDB.

THE BBDB-$9

BBDB Braun Burger

Making its debut  tonight (on National Burger Day nonetheless),  The BBDB  is a special burger named after Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun.

It’s a double cheeseburger, topped with lettuce, tomato, mustard cheese sauce and Nueske’s bacon. The appropriately named sandwich is the third of several city and/or player-themed burgers that AJ Bombers plans to offer this season.

Braun’s burger is exclusive to Miller Park (i.e. not served at AJ Bombers’ restaurants) and available for a limited time.

And for dessert, be sure to try AJ Bombers new specialty concrete concoction here for one more night only: The Smith Island Cake, the official cake of Maryland, appropriate for the Orioles series.

 

We’ll be sure to check in with AJ Bombers often throughout the season to keep you informed on their newest menu items, just like we have been with the ever-popular Double Clutch!

Rating:

(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!

-John and Cait

johnandcait@brewers.com

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