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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

FOX Sports Wisconsin and Milwaukee Brewers Announce 2014 Telecast Schedule

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

JohnandCait@brewers.com

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.

Brewers and FOX Sports Wisconsin Announce Addition of Lepay to Broadcast Team

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

JohnandCait@Brewers.com

READY “FORE” THE 5TH ANNUAL DAVEY NELSON CELEBRITY GOLF TOURNAMENT?

The Fifth Annual Celebrity Golf Tournament hosted by Brewers Director of Alumni Relations and FOX Sports Wisconsin broadcaster Dave Nelson is scheduled to be held on Monday, June 24, 2013 on the Irish Course at Whistling Straits in Kohler, Wisconsin.

Davey Nelson (right) with Craig Coshun at Miller Park.   Photo: OnMilwaukee.com

The Davey Nelson Celebrity Golf Tournament kick off at 10:30 a.m. with a Shotgun Start and will be followed by a cocktail reception, silent and live auctions, and dinner.

Last year, I was fortunate enough to attend this event, where I was paired with former Brewers pitcher Jay Aldrich. It was a really fun day for an important cause. You can read my review of the tournament, plus see more photos, here.

Cait and Davey at last year's event.

Cait and Davey at last year’s event.

This year, celebrity guests scheduled to golf in the tournament include current Brewers players and personnel: Gord Ash, Tom Gorzelanny, Garth Iorg, Kyle Lohse, Doug Melvin, Chris Narveson and Ron Roenicke; former Brewers players Jay Aldrich, Sal Bando (also a Brewers GM),  Jeff Cirillo, Geoff Jenkins, Damian Miller, Willie Mueller (who was also in the movie Major League as “Duke”),  Greg Vaughn, Paul Wagner and Steve Woodard; Bruce Froemming, former MLB Umpire; Jason Grimsley, former MLB pitcher; Randall McDaniel, Former NFL player; Greg Matzek, radio personality; Greg Meyer, NFL Referee; Tony Smith, a former Milwaukee Bucks player; and Craig Coshun and Telly Hughes, sideline reporters for Fox Sports Wisconsin. [Celebrity golfers are subject to change.]

And, not only is the field stellar, but the course is amazing as well. In the previous years of the tournament, the outing has been held at Blackwolf Run in Kohler and now participants will have a new challenge as it moves to the Irish Course at Whistling Straits. All of the courses up at Kohler are phenomenal, so you really can’t go wrong.

The Irish Course, which was ranked #39 in Golf Digest‘s ranking of America’s 100 Greatest Public Golf Courses for 2013/2014 features “the grassland-and-dunes aspect of the Irish” and is just inland from the  lake and interspersed by four streams.

One unique feature of the course is a flock of Scottish Blackface sheep which roam freely,  harkening back to older times on Scottish links courses, where sometimes sheep were the only “lawnmowers” used.

Cait at Whistling Straits

Cait at Whistling Straits

My dad, at Whistling Straits (he had a "baa-d lie!").

My dad, at Whistling Straits (he had a “baa-d lie!”).

 

Registrations are being accepted as foursomes only and a celebrity golfer will be paired with each group to make up a five-person team. Team play will consist of a Scramble Format with team prizes awarded to the top finishers. The tournament is limited to 30 foursomes and, if you haven’t signed up yet, I’m told there is still space available, but it is moving quickly! Registration fees are $2,500 per foursome.

Besides the tournament itself, a golf clinic led by American Club golf pros and a putting contest will take place at 9:30 a.m., and a buffet brunch will be served prior to play. After golf, there will be a cocktail hour with a Silent Auction followed by dinner and a Live Auction.

For those who do not wish to golf, tickets to the reception and dinner only are available for $150 per person.

An additional preview event has been added on Sunday, June 23rd, consisting of a golf experience at Whistling Straits followed by a cocktail reception and dinner at the Championship Locker with celebrity participants. Rates for the preview event vary pending participation and sponsorship level.

Proceeds will benefit Open Arms Home for Children in South Africa and Brewers Community Foundation. Open Arms Home for Children 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. Dave Nelson has served as Board Director for several years.

For additional information, sponsorship opportunities, or to sign up for this memorable golfing experience visit http://www.brewers.com/davey or contact Meredith Malone at (414) 902-4501 or Meredith.Malone@brewers.com.

Updates on the event can be found on twitter by following Brewers Community Foundation ( @brewerscf ) or on the Facebook: Davey Nelson Celebrity Golf Tournament to Benefit Open Arms.

-Cait

johnandcait@Brewers.com

More about Davey Nelson:

Nelson enters his sixth season as an analyst for FS Wisconsin broadcasts.  He also serves as Brewers Director of Alumni Relations and leads the team’s Speakers Bureau.  In his front office role, Nelson maintains a database of former Brewers players as well as organizes events for Brewers alumni.

Prior to his current role, Nelson served as Brewers first-base coach from 2003-06.  In 2001 and 2002, he was a minor-league outfield instructor.  Nelson began his Major League coaching career in 1981 with Chicago-AL and later spent time coaching in Cleveland, Oakland and Montreal.  In 1980, he was on the coaching staff at Texas Christian University.

Nelson enjoyed a 10-year Major League playing career from 1968-77.  The former outfielder played for Cleveland, Washington, Texas and Kansas City.  He was named to the American League All-Star team in 1973.

Born in Fort Still, Oklahoma, Nelson went on to graduate from Junipero Serra High School in California.  He attended Compton Junior College for one year and Los Angeles State College for two years.  Nelson also served in the Army Reserve for six years.  He currently splits time between Bradenton, Florida and Milwaukee.

On to October! Brewers Fans Attend Playoff Rally to Send Division Champs to Postseason

Today, thousands of Brewers fans gathered at the Summerfest grounds for the Brewers Playoff Rally, a special event to help give our National League Central Division Champions a proper send-off into the Postseason.

The Brewers Playoff Rally began at 4:00 p.m. at the Miller Lite Oasis with an appearance by The Good Rebels (formerly Pan Am), a band out of Los Angeles led by Dan Attanasio, son of Brewers Owner Mark Attanasio. The band succeeded in getting the fans appropriately pumped up with lively original tunes, a few cover songs and some “Let’s Go Brewers, Let’s Go!” chants. And, as if he didn’t already have enough to celebrate, it also happened to be Mark Attanasio”s birthday today, so the band also led the crowd in a rousing sing along of “Happy Birthday” to him.

After The Good Rebels performance, Bernie Brewer and the Klement’s Famous Racing Sausages made an appearance on stage, followed by Brewers Hall of Fame broadcaster Bob Uecker, who was hosting the event, along with other Brewers broadcast personalities Bill Schroeder, Cory Provus and Craig Coshun; Hall of Famer Robin YountMark Attanasio; and General Manager Doug Melvin. Each received a warm welcome from the crowd.

Then came the moment everyone was waiting for– the crowd went wild as the Division Champs filed onstage to thank fans for their support and, at the same time, get everyone excited for what we hope will be a long run into October.

For those that were there or who were watching on Fox Sports Wisconsin, you know that there were many memorable moments as the players were individually introduced and interviewed.

There was the raucous cheer for Brewers Manager Ron Roenicke; the spontaneous chants of “One More Year” and “M-V-P” that erupted from the fans  when Prince Fielder and Ryan Braun, respectively, were introduced; the extra-loud receptions for hometown hero Craig Counsell; and of course, the energetic Nyjer Morgan, who was the perfect player to lead off the rally and incite the fans with the “beast mode” gesture.

As the We Energies High-Energy Player of the Year, Morgan quickly became a fan favorite this year, due in part to his outgoing personality, passion, hard work and aggressive approach to playing the game.

“Is America ready for Tony Plush in the World Series?” Bill Schroeder asked him in an interview.

“I’m proud to be a Brewer right now! Ahhhhh!” Morgan exclaimed.

Fans were assured that Morgan is going to continue to be himself (and Tony Plush) by bringing that energy and spark to the team throughout the Postseason as Jerry Hairston, Jr. revealed this to the crowd,  “On the bus over here, Tony Plush said that if and when we win the World Series, he is going to do a Michael Jackson dance in front of all of you guys!”

And speaking of things Brewers fans have to look forward to, Mark Kotsay also gave the fans something to cheer about when he said that he hopes to be standing back on the stage in “three and a half weeks with a ring.”

And it was Kotsay who also said to the crowd, “I thought you guys would chant ‘one more year’ for Craig Counsell!”

Then they did.

“I was a 12-year-old in 1982. I waited with the rest of you. Now we’re going back almost 30 years later and we want to take it one step further than they did!” the Wisconsin native and fan favorite Counsell exclaimed.

He also gave well-deserved credit to the fans: “All you have to do is look at our home record and you know how much our fans meant to us,” he said.

Ryan Braun was the last to address the crowd.

“I hope today is the first of many celebrations for us,” he said.

After the players departed to more cheers, Five for Fighting took the stage.

Five for Fighting performs at the Brewers Playoff Rally on Thursday Photo: Scott Paulus

Five For Fighting, like The Good Rebels, is also out of Los Angeles. The band is fronted by singer/songwriter John Ondrasik and has multiple critically-acclaimed and award-winning records to their credit. Their breakthrough came in 2001 with the Grammy-nominated song “Superman” from the Platinum certified “America Town” (Aware/Columbia) CD.  In 2004, Ondrasik and the band recorded the Platinum-certified album, “The Battle For Everything,” which yielded the retrospective hit, “100 Years.” Other recent records include “Two Lights” (2006) and the first live Five For Fighting CD titled “Live” (2007).

Earlier in the afternoon, I had the chance to speak with Ondrasik.

John Ondrasik of Five for FightingJohn Ondrasik of Five for Fighting

A born-and-raised native of the San Fernando Valley area of Los Angeles, Ondrasik’s interest in music and sports began at a young age. A fan of the L.A. Kings (NHL), Ondrasik named the band after a punishment in hockey–five minutes in the penalty box for fighting.

When it comes to baseball, Ondrasik admits that he is a Los Angeles Dodgers fan, but told me that it is easy to jump on the Brewers bandwagon.”

“It’s very exciting. It’s a fun team” he said.

As a California native, Ondrasik is also familiar with many names on the Brewers roster including pitcher Randy Wolf who spent two seasons with the Dodgers, Manager Ron Roenicke who spent 10 years with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim on their coaching staff, and Ryan Braun, who coincidentally attended the same high school as Ondrasik, Granada Hills High.

Ondrasik Tweets about fellow Californian Ryan Braun, post-rally.

As a big sports fan, Ondrasik says he has been fortunate to have the opportunity to play many special sporting events.

Prior to the Brewers Playoff Rally, his most recent sports-related appearance was a September 11th half-time tribute during the Cowboys vs. Jets game.

“It was a very respectful and very moving ceremony. There were a lot of survivors there, so that was an honor to play,” Ondrasik said.  “I’ve also had a lot of fun, too, whether it was the Daytona 500 or the NHL All-Star Game–again, as a sports fan, these kinds of things are really fun to do. My guitar player is also a huge baseball fan. He was actually born in Milwaukee, so he’s very excited to be here.”

Five for Fighting also has a song about baseball.  “The Best” was featured on the soundtrack for Everyone’s Hero a 2006 computer-animated film about the sport.

“A lot of the dads and moms out there who have Little Leaguers will appreciate that song about playing catch with your little ones,” Ondrasik said.

His interest in sports has also led to him writing a column for Sports Illustrated and a blogging job with the Kings.

So, as a self-proclaimed sports aficionado, where does Ondrasik think the Brewers will net out in Postseason play?

“Hopefully you win the World Series and we can play your victory party!” he said with a smile.

Fans at the event also had the chance to purchase the latest Brewers Postseason t-shirts, hats and other souvenirs at the Rally as the Brewers merchandise trailers were on site.

The Brewers merchandise trailers were on-site at the Playoff Rally today; they will also be in the parking lots at Miller Park for all home games during the Postseason!

Just as a reminder, if you’re still looking to gear up before the home games against Arizona this weekend, you can visit the Brewers Team Store by Majestic at Miller Park, which has extended Postseason hours from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.

For more information on all of the Brewers Postseason information, check out brewers.com/postseason, which will be continually updated with information on everything pertaining to the Brewers Postseason.

–Cait

johnandcait@brewers.com

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