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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.
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.
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.
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).
To learn more about Major League Baseball’s commitment to the cause visit MLBCommunity.org.
Happy Mother’s Day–Go BREWERS!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Fans should drop off their items from the time the gates open through the second inning of each of the games this weekend.
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).
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.
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
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.
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!
“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.
- Head up and turned so that both eyes can track the ball. No tilting!!
- 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
- Knob of the bat is angled toward the catcher’s feet. Barrel is somewhat about his head
- Hands are at shoulder height and at or just inside his back elbow (toward the catcher)
- Knees are inside ankles and flexed in athletic position
- 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.
Get Your 2014 Brewers Specialty Player Tees; Plus, Save with the Brand New “Moon Shot” Markdown Promotion!
Expand your collection of Brewers player tees by purchasing any of our new 2014 specialty designs, exclusive to Miller Park!
Choose from styles featuring:
and Bob Uecker!
These specialty player tees are exclusive to Miller Park and are available in men’s sizes SM-XXL (sorry, no women’s or youth tees in these styles).
Both regular and specialty player tees retail for $32 each at the Brewers Team Stores at Miller Park, but fans may find the prices reduced as part of the brand new Moon Shot Markdown promotion.
The Moonshot Markdown promotion replaces the Walk-0ff Wednesdays promotion we’ve had in the past, giving fans more opportunities for greater savings.
With the Moon Shot Markdown, during each home game at Miller Park, each time a Brewers player hits a home run, fans are eligible to receive $5 off that player’s name and number tee (including the specialty tees shown here–sorry, guys, doesn’t look like the Uecker tee will be included).
So for example, if Jonathan Lucroy hits a home run, his t-shirt goes from $32 to $27… if he hits two dingers in the game, you’re down to $22 and so on and so forth.
Just another thing to look forward to this season at Miller Park, but you might want to snap up one of these player tees before the season starts as I’m sure they’ll fly off the shelves faster than a Go Go moon shot flies out of Miller Park!
Can’t make it out to Miller Park anytime soon? Never fear–there’s also a large selection of player tees available on brewers.com. (Note: Product purchased online does not qualify for Moon Shot Markdown.)
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 the first 2014 installment from Coach Tim!
COACH TIM “REPORTING FROM SPRING TRAINING”
We often hear that “pitchers and catchers report” may be the most poetic and inspirational four word phrase in a baseball lover’s vocabulary. But I’ve got a better one…”Reporting from Spring Training.” And that’s exactly where I am as I write this.
Every year I make the trip to Maryvale, Arizona to watch baseball. Not so much to watch the games as to watch the guys prepare. My role as Director of the Brewers Baseball Academy is to make sure that what we do at camp in Kenosha, Green Bay, Waunakee, etc., reflects what goes on in our Big League camp. And so I come to Maryvale to watch and listen. Because when you break it down, our week-long instructional camps look a lot more like Spring Training than a day at Miller Park.
After just two days here’s what I see. I see a whole lot of attention being paid to fundamentals. You might think that’s always the case and to a large extent it is. But this camp feels different. There is a focused attention to detail.
Today I saw bunt coverage, “first and thirds,” rundowns, PFP, backhands, forehands, outfield drop steps. I watched Carlos Gomez and Aramis Ramirez take about 100 extra cuts after their regular workout. And I see that our pitchers are working together as a group to build a camaraderie and help spot the little things that only other pitchers can identify.
I can imagine that to the Spring Training neophyte, all this activity might seem a bit chaotic, but it’s not. There is a purpose and tempo to everything going on.
You could hang up a sign over Maryvale that reads “MEN AT WORK” and that would be spot on. And that’s why I love coming out here. That, and a net gain of about 50 degrees from the frigid temps at home.
In my next post I’ll give you an idea that may be the best thing you can do to help the young player in your life. So break the piggy bank because this idea is going to set you back about $5…no kidding.
Until then, I’m Coach Tim “Reporting from Spring Training.” (sigh) If you’re gonna swing, might as well swing hard.
As you know, this year, we’ve got our #Brewers14in14… 14 All-Fan Giveaways–8 bobbleheads and 6 t-shirts–during the 2014 season!
As we get images of the bobbles, we’ll unveil them here and across our social media channels.
So far, we’ve revealed the first bobblehead of the season, the Carlos Gomez Gold Glove bobblehead on Sunday, April 27 vs. the Chicago Cubs.
Now, we’ve got the second bobblehead here for you–the Kyle Lohse bobblehead, presented by Toyota, on Sunday, May 11 vs. the New York Yankees.
The bobblehead is posed in his windup and features Lohse’s signature goatee.
I caught up with Kyle to get his thoughts on the bobblehead. “It looks pretty cool,” he said… and then he informed me that he’s never had a bobblehead before. I was incredulous. This is a World Series Champion who was drafted in 1996, made his Major League debut in 2001, has played in six Major League organizations…and he’s never been immortalized in bobble form?!?
“I guess I finally made it,” he said with a smile.
Individual tickets are on sale now and the May 11 game is sure to be a hot ticket. Not only is it Kyle Lohse Bobblehead Day, but it is also Mother’s Day, plus we’re playing the Yankees and it’s Brewers fans last chance to see Derek Jeter play at Miller Park before he retires.
In short, you’ll want to visit brewers.com or call (414) 902-4000 to secure yours today!