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Gomez Surprises His Number One Fan

Prior to tonight’s Brewers-Orioles game at Miller Park, Carlos Gomez selected his “Number One Fan,” Jordan Hynum out of the stands and surprised her by offering her the opportunity to throw out the first pitch.

Carlos and Jordan first met on Gomez’ bobblehead day on April 27 at Miller Park when Carlos was signing autographs for fans before the game. That is when FOX Sports Wisconsin cameras captured the meeting and her emotional response to the hug from the Brewers All-Star. The footage went viral as it showed the 15-year-old Fort Atkinson girl crying tears of joy after meeting Carlos.

The Milwaukee Brewers responded by offering tickets to Jordan to tonight’s game, but Carlos and the team had another surprise waiting for them….

So, earlier today, when Jordan sent out this tweet. She had no idea what was in store for her:

Carlos surprised Jordan by pulling her out of the crowd for her to throw out the first pitch prior to tonight’s game.

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Carlos came out of the dugout before tonight’s game to surprise Jordan Hynum, his number one fan. Photo: Scott Paulus/Milwaukee Brewers

“Adrenaline took over, it was very cool,” said Jordan, shortly after the pitch, which was thrown for a strike as the sophomore at Fort Atkinson High School has played softball.

Jordan throws the ceremonial first pitch for a strike.

Jordan throws the ceremonial first pitch for a strike.

She says she received overwhelming response from family and friends in the days following the video footage and that even strangers will recognize her and say, “Aren’t you the girl who cried on TV?”

But that’s okay. In this case, they were happy tears.

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Carlos Gomez and Jordan Hynum, after Jordan threw out the first pitch prior to tonight’s game.  Photo: Scott Paulus/Milwaukee Brewers

And, when we asked her why Carlos is her favorite player, her eyes misted over again as she said, “Because he is a good person and plays with all his heart.”

He sure does. As if on cue, minutes later, Carlos hit a 3-run home run in the bottom of the first to give the Brewers an early 3-0 lead.

–John and Cait

johnandcait@brewers.com

Gomez On Cover of Sports Illustrated

As if a Brewers win wasn’t enough to make fans happy on a Tuesday night, I have some late breaking news from Miller Park: Carlos Gomez is on the cover the May 19 issue of Sports Illustrated.

Luke Winn, a writer for Sports Illustrated, was in Milwaukee last week to write a profile on Gomez.  His story about Gomez will be  in the issue.  The cover is one of two covers released by Sports Illustrated this week, the other features NBA MVP Kevin Durant.

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This is the first Brewers cover of Sports Illustrated since August 29, 2011 when Ryan Braun, Prince Fielder and Nyjer Morgan graced the cover.

–JOHN

johnandcait@brewers.com

New Billboard Features Carlos Gomez

The marketing department has really outdone themselves this time: They’ve created a cool new billboard that was installed this morning at I-94 E and the Zoo Interchange.

The static billboard features Brewers Gold Glove outfielder Carlos Gomez leaping above the outfield wall with his arm outstretched. Carlos’ head and arm/glove actually extend above the billboard itself ( which essentially serves at the outfield wall). The words “Catch Every Moment” are stretched across the board, playing into this year’s marketing theme which pertains to all of the great moments that happen over the course of the season and the memories fans make at Miller Park (#MomentsLikeThese).

Here’s a time lapse from this morning’s install:

And here are some photos:

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A special thank you  to our friends at Clear Channel Outdoor for all of their help in making this happen and also for letting us come out this morning for the install!

-Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

Mother’s Day Wishes & Plenty of Pink from the Crew!

Happy Mother’s Day to all of the moms out there!

Before I tell you everything that is going on to commemorate this special holiday at the park today, I want to wish my own mom, who is celebrating at the game today, a very Happy Mother’s Day. I love you mom, I wouldn’t be where I am today without your love and support!

A few of the players have special Mother’s Day wishes, too:

And, today at Miller Park, we’re celebrating with plenty of pink, as part of the “Going to Bat Against Breast Cancer” program, which was started by Commissioner Selig and Major League Baseball in 2006.

Carlos Gomez even dyed his goatee pink in honor of Mother's Day!

Carlos Gomez even dyed his goatee pink in honor of Mother’s Day!

Some of the players will use pink bats made by Louisville Slugger, the Official Bat of Major League Baseball, stamped with the MLB breast cancer awareness logo. Game-used Louisville Slugger pink bats from Mother’s Day games that have been authenticated by MLB will be auctioned exclusively on MLB.com to benefit the fight against breast cancer.

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Today, we’re also using a pink-stitched Rawlings baseballs. the pink ribbon is appearing on the bases at each ballpark, the official dugout lineup cards are pink and the players are wearing pink wristbands, plus a variety of other pink accessories.

Pink ribbon decals for breast cancer awareness are being worn by all on-field personnel.

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The “Going to Bat Against Breast Cancer” program was expanded with the Honorary Bat Girl program in 2009.

The Honorary Bat Girl program celebrates those who have been affected by breast cancer and who have gone above and beyond to demonstrate a commitment to fight this disease.

A Guest Judging Panel that included MLB players Evan Longoria, Freddie Freeman and Pablo Sandoval with MLB Network’s Sam Ryan and country music superstar Jason Aldean, who are all committed to the cause, helped to select an Honorary Bat Girl for each of the 30 MLB Clubs.

Today we hosted a special Mother’s Day program including recognition of our 2014 Honorary Bat Girl Winner, Lisa Zelazoski, who was here with her husband Nate and daughters Abby, Erin and Ava (not pictured).

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To learn more about Major League Baseball’s commitment to the cause visit MLBCommunity.org.

Happy Mother’s Day–Go BREWERS!

-Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

 

Brewers Say “Farewell Captain” in Special Pregame Ceremony

Today, we honored Derek Jeter for his contributions to Major League Baseball in a special pregame ceremony at Miller Park that included Ryan Braun, Carlos Gomez, Doug Melvin, Dick Groch and Mark and Debbie Attanasio.

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Photo courtesy of Sara Stathas/Milwaukee Brewers

In recognition of a career well-played, Dick Groch, Brewers Special Assistant to the General Manager, presented Derek with a bronze replica of his Louisville Slugger bat. In 1992, as a scout for the Yankees, Dick recommended that the team select Derek as their first-round draft pick. It was Dick’s pleasure to assist in signing Derek to a Major League contract and it was an honor for him to present the bat to the Yankees all-time hits leader today.

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Photo courtesy of Sara Stathas/Milwaukee Brewers

Derek has certainly made his mark in the baseball records and he has made an impact in the lives of young people through his Turn 2 Foundation which supports signature programs that motivate young people to turn away from drugs and alcohol and toward healthy lifestyles.

Oh behalf of  the Brewers and Brewers Community Foundation, Mark and Debbie Attanasio, along with Doug Melvin and Dick, also presented Derek with a $10,000 check for his foundation.

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Photo courtesy of Sara Stathas/Milwaukee Brewers

Finally, in addition, Derek was also presented with a stay at the American Club in Kohler, along with a golf trip to Whistling Straits so he can enjoy his retirement.

Congratulations Derek! May you enjoy retirement as much as we have enjoyed your professionalism and play on the field.

-Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

Brewers Season Seat Holder Event Held at Miller Park This Morning

After last night’s exciting win over the Cubs,  Jonathan Lucroy, Carlos Gomez, Jean Segura, Robin Yount, Rollie Fingers and the ticketing staff were all on hand early this morning for a special Brewers Season Seat Holder event for those 20+ game accounts who paid for their 2014 season tickets in full by the November 15 early renewal deadline.

Here are some photos from this fun event.

It’s always a pleasure to get to meet so many of our most loyal fans; we hope you had a wonderful time!

-Cait

johnandcait@brewers.com

Bring Winter Accessories With You This Weekend for Brewers Community Foundation’s Drive For Charity

This weekend marks first Brewers Community Foundation Drive for Charity of the year with a winter accessories drive during the Brewers series against the Chicago Cubs.

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Fans attending the games on Friday, Saturday and Sunday are invited to bring new or gently-used winter wear (hats, scarves, mittens and gloves) to donate. Each fan that donates will receive a collectible Brewers player pin–this weekend’s pin is of Carlos Gomez.

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Fans should drop off their items from the time the gates open through the second inning of each of the games this weekend.

-Cait

JohnandCait@Brewers.com

Carlos Gomez Gold Glove Presentation Set for Saturday

Carlos Gomez, the winner of the 2013 Rawlings Gold Glove Award among National League center fielders, will be presented with his Rawlings Gold Glove Award in a pregame ceremony this Saturday at Miller Park.  The ceremony will take place at 6 p.m. prior to the Brewers vs. Pirates game (and-Bonus!-it’s part of the 5-County, 5-Day Celebration).

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Gomez won the 10th Gold Glove Award in franchise history and became the fifth different Brewer to earn the honor, joining George Scott (first base: 1972-76), Cecil Cooper (first base: 1979-80), Sixto Lezcano (outfield: 1979) and Robin Yount (shortstop: 1982).  The Brewers had gone 30 seasons without a Gold Glove winner, which was the longest streak in the 57-year history of the award.

Gomez recorded a career-high 12 assists last season, which trailed only the Mets’ Juan Lagares (14) for the Major League lead among center fielders.  He also made five home run-saving catches and did not commit an error over his last 32 games.

We will also be honoring this feat later this month, on Sunday, April 27 with the Carlos Gomez Gold Glove Bobblehead.

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Tickets for games at Miller Park can be purchased by visiting the Miller Park Box Office, online at Brewers.com or by calling the Brewers Ticket Office at 414-902-4000 or 1-800-933-7890.

-John & Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com 

Baseball in the Dominican Republic: Jean Segura

Next Friday, April 11, after the Brewers vs. Pirates broadcast, FOX Sports Wisconsin is set to air its first of three specials related to Brewers Baseball and the Dominican Republic which were filmed last November.

The first episode is a special on Jean Segura, who is from San Juan de la Maguana in the Dominican Republic.

The Brewers All-Star shortstop grew up in a poor neighborhood, in a small house that was home to as many as 10 people. In the program, Segura will take us through his childhood, when he helped his grandmother make candy that was sold to help feed the family, and baseball was played in a pasture with a home-made ball and a tree limb for a bat.

With a dream to play professionally, and rescue his family from a life of poverty, Segura quit school and devoted himself to baseball. As a teenager he overcame homesickness, the language barrier and a broken leg to succeed in the United States, becoming an All-Star in his first full season with the Club.

Episode two, which is slated to debut on May 14, will feature Carlos Gomez, who is from Santiago de los Caballeros  in the Dominican Republic.

Episode three, slated to debut sometime in June, will feature the Brewers Dominican Academy.

For a program preview, click here.

-Cait

JohnandCait@Brewers.com

Tim’s Tip: Moment of Truth #1-Get Set Up to Smash

The “Brewers Baseball Academy presented by Kwik Trip,” 10 separate weeklong baseball/softball camps that will be held in various cities across Wisconsin this summer for kids ages 6-14, will be back for its second season and so is Tim Rappe. In addition to putting on the camps, last summer executive director Tim Rappe provided some baseball tips here on John and Cait…Plus 9 as well. Read on for more from Coach Tim!

Enjoy!
Cait

JohnandCait@Brewers.com

“MOMENT OF TRUTH #1”: GET SET UP TO SMASH

In my last post I talked about the overwhelming value of using video to help your athlete. In our Brewers Baseball Academy summer camps we video the swing of every player. But that’s the easy part. Video is nothing more than a nice keepsake unless it’s transformed into a teaching tool and that takes some serious baseball smarts.

I’ve done over 2,000 swing analyses over the past couple years and I’ve identified four points in the swing that can make or break a hitter’s at bat. It’s those four “Moments of Truth” where kids have a tendency to mess up. I think the reason why these breakdowns occur is because there’s nothing particularly “natural” about these four key points in the swing. Kids don’t fall out of the crib doing them.

That these critical moments in the swing don’t come naturally is the bad news. The good news is that they can be taught.

MOMENT OF TRUTH #1: If you want to finish right, you need to start right. Many of the problems at contact are a function of bad posture at heel plant. What the hitter does prior to the front heel planting is, for the most part, a matter of personal style. However, at heel plant is when hitting instructors start “keeping score.”

Here is a great shot of Carlos Gomez at heel plant and the following six checkpoints are critical to starting a good swing.

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  1. Head up and turned so that both eyes can track the ball. No tilting!!
  2. Don’t let the camera angle fool you. At heel plant, Carlos’ head is right above his belt buckle and in the middle of his feet. He looks like his weight is evenly distributed front to back
  3. Knob of the bat is angled toward the catcher’s feet. Barrel is somewhat about his head
  4. Hands are at shoulder height and at or just inside his back elbow (toward the catcher)
  5. Knees are inside ankles and flexed in athletic position
  6. Toes are on a straight line toward the pitcher

Does your hitter have to look exactly like this? Or course not. But all good hitters at heel plant look remarkably similar. So, from our perspective it makes a whole bunch of sense for the Brewers Baseball Academy to make sure our kids understand this. If you start right there is no guarantee you’ll finish right. But, if you start wrong, there is not much chance of finishing right. Make sense?

In my next post I’ll focus on Moment of Truth #2…the first domino to fall in the swing sequence. Until then, if you’re gonna swing, might as well swing hard.

-Tim Rappé

Tim.Rappe@Brewers.com

 

 

 

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