Results tagged ‘ Craig Counsell ’

“Hitting 4 the Cycle” Biking Event Just Two Weeks Away

Brewers Community Foundation (BCF)’s “Hitting 4 the Cycle” bike to the ballpark event is less than two weeks away!

On Saturday, August 8, BCF will host this inaugural event that will allow allow bike-lovers and Brewers fans to combine their two favorite activities.  Fans will be able to select one of four bike routes of various lengths that will all culminate with a fun-filled tailgate party and that night’s Brewers game vs. the St. Louis Cardinals.

Participants will have the option to select 100, 83, 44 or 22 mile routes. The 100 and 88 mile routes will start at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison and end at Miller Park, while the 44 and 22 mile routes will start and end at Miller Park.

Full route maps are now available on the race website.

The cost to register is $50, with a $150 mandatory fundraising minimum. The money that is raised through the event will go to four organizations – the Urban Ecology Center, Dream Bikes, Penfield Children’s Center and the Miracle League of Milwaukee. Each registered rider will receive a commemorative T-shirt, a game ticket for the Brewers vs. Cardinals game that night and a invitation to a celebratory tailgate party prior to the game.

Also, just announced: Packet Pick-Up is confirmed for Tuesday, August 4 from 11am-2pm or 4-7p, at 88Nine Radio in downtown Milwaukee (220 E. Pittsburgh Avenue). You may also pick up your packet day of ride.

Learn more and sign up now at brewers.com/bcf.

 

-Cait

@CMoyer

“Hitting 4 the Cycle” Biking Event Just Three Weeks Away

Brewers Community Foundation (BCF)’s “Hitting 4 the Cycle” bike to the ballpark event is just three weeks from Saturday!

On Saturday, August 8, BCF will host this inaugural event that will allow allow bike-lovers and Brewers fans to combine their two favorite activities.  Fans will be able to select one of four bike routes of various lengths that will all culminate with a fun-filled tailgate party and that night’s Brewers game vs. the St. Louis Cardinals.

Participants will have the option to select 100, 88, 44 or 22 mile routes. The 100 and 88 mile routes will start at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison and end at Miller Park, while the 44 and 22 mile routes will start and end at Miller Park.

The cost to register is $50, with a $150 mandatory fundraising minimum. The money that is raised through the event will go to four organizations – the Urban Ecology Center, Dream Bikes, Penfield Children’s Center and the Miracle League of Milwaukee. Each registered rider will receive a commemorative T-shirt, a game ticket for the Brewers vs. Cardinals game that night and a invitation to a celebratory tailgate party prior to the game.

We’ve already told you about some of the great fundraising incentives, so this week, let’s focus on the organizations for which we’re riding.

Urban Ecology Center:  Urban Ecology Center fosters ecological understandings as inspiration for change, neighborhood by neighborhood.  These Environmental Community Centers provide outdoor science education for urban youth, protect and use public national areas, making them safe, accessible and vibrant, preserve and enhance these natural areas and their surrounding waters, promote community by offering resources that support learning, volunteerism, stewardship, recreation and camaraderie, need practice and model environmentally responsible behaviors.  For more information, visit their website at www.urbanecologycenter.org.

Dream Bikes: DreamBikes strategically places used bicycle stores in low-to-moderate income neighborhoods to provide hands-on, paid job training to teens. Working in conjunction with local youth organizations, DreamBikes employs teens from the area to work in the store; teaching them how to refurbish bicycles, use the POS software, and to deliver great customer service. DreamBikes provides lifelong skills to our teen employees, helping them to shift gears and find a bright future.  For more information, visit their website at www.dream-bikes.org.

Penfield Children’s Center: Penfield Children’s Center creates a positive start in life for infants and children, many of whom have developmental delays or disabilities, by providing early education, health services and family programing.  For more information, visit their website at www.penfieldchildren.org.

Miracle League of Milwaukee: The Miracle League believes everyone deserves the chance to play baseball. The league allows all children to play organized baseball, regardless of ability. Kids with special-needs dress in uniforms, make plays in the field and round the bases, just like their peers in standard little leagues.  For more information, visit their website atwww.miracleleaguemilwaukee.org.

 

Learn more and sign up now at brewers.com/bcf.

 

-Cait

@CMoyer

“Hitting 4 the Cycle” Biking Event Just Four Weeks Away

Brewers Community Foundation (BCF)’s “Hitting 4 the Cycle” bike to the ballpark event is just four weeks from Saturday!

On Saturday, August 8, BCF will host this inaugural event that will allow allow bike-lovers and Brewers fans to combine their two favorite activities.  Fans will be able to select one of four bike routes of various lengths that will all culminate with a fun-filled tailgate party and that night’s Brewers game vs. the St. Louis Cardinals.

Participants will have the option to select 100, 88, 44 or 22 mile routes. The 100 and 88 mile routes will start at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison and end at Miller Park, while the 44 and 22 mile routes will start and end at Miller Park.

The cost to register is $50, with a $150 mandatory fundraising minimum. The money that is raised through the event will go to four organizations – the Urban Ecology Center, Dream Bikes, Penfield Children’s Center and the Miracle League of Milwaukee. Each registered rider will receive a commemorative T-shirt, a game ticket for the Brewers vs. Cardinals game that night and a invitation to a celebratory tailgate party prior to the game.

We already told you about one of the coolest fundraising incentives, an entry into a raffle for this custom Domane 6 Series bike (donated by the Lowlands Group) for anyone raising $500 or more…

 Scooter Gennett, Craig Counsell and Jeremy Jeffress pose with folks from the Lowlands Group--and the bike that fans who raise $500 or more can be entered to win.

Scooter Gennett, Craig Counsell and Jeremy Jeffress pose with folks from the Lowlands Group–and the bike that fans who raise $500 or more can be entered to win.

 

But today, I wanted to focus on a couple more wearables you could get by raising money for these great causes.

First, anyone raising $250 or more will receive a limited edition cycling cap

Cap 2

and anyone raising $750 or more will also receive this cycling jersey…all in addition to other items such as the raffle entry for the bike, Brewers tickets, batting practice opportunities and more. To check out the full list of items and levels, click here.

Mens Front

 

Learn more and sign up now at brewers.com/bcf.

 

-Cait

@CMoyer

“Hitting 4 the Cycle” Biking Event Just Five Weeks Away

Brewers Community Foundation (BCF)’s “Hitting 4 the Cycle” bike to the ballpark event is just five weeks from Saturday!

On Saturday, August 8, BCF will host this inaugural event that will allow allow bike-lovers and Brewers fans to combine their two favorite activities.  Fans will be able to select one of four bike routes of various lengths that will all culminate with a fun-filled tailgate party and that night’s Brewers game vs. the St. Louis Cardinals.

Participants will have the option to select 100, 88, 44 or 22 mile routes. The 100 and 88 mile routes will start at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison and end at Miller Park, while the 44 and 22 mile routes will start and end at Miller Park.

The cost to register is $50, with a $150 mandatory fundraising minimum. The money that is raised through the event will go to four organizations – the Urban Ecology Center, Dream Bikes, Penfield Children’s Center and the Miracle League of Milwaukee.

Last week, we told you about some of the great fundraising incentives we have to help raise money for these great causes and this week, we reveal the shirt that each registered rider will receive, along with a game ticket for the Brewers vs. Cardinals game that night and a invitation to a celebratory tailgate party prior to the game.

Hitting for the Cycle Tee

 

Learn more and sign up now at brewers.com/bcf.

 

-Cait

@CMoyer

“Hitting 4 the Cycle” Biking Event Just Six Weeks Away

Brewers Community Foundation (BCF)’s “Hitting 4 the Cycle” bike to the ballpark event is just six weeks from tomorrow!

On Saturday, August 8, BCF will host this inaugural event that will allow allow bike-lovers and Brewers fans to combine their two favorite activities.  Fans will be able to select one of four bike routes of various lengths that will all culminate with a fun-filled tailgate party and that night’s Brewers game vs. the St. Louis Cardinals.

Participants will have the option to select 100, 88, 44 or 22 mile routes. The 100 and 88 mile routes will start at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison and end at Miller Park, while the 44 and 22 mile routes will start and end at Miller Park.

The cost to register is $50, with a $150 mandatory fundraising minimum. The money that is raised through the event will go to four organizations – the Urban Ecology Center, Dream Bikes, Penfield Children’s Center and the Miracle League of Milwaukee. Each registered rider will receive a commemorative T-shirt, a game ticket for the Brewers vs. Cardinals game that night and a invitation to a celebratory tailgate party prior to the game.

BCF also has some great fundraising incentives, including Brewers tickets, a cycling cap, entry into a raffle for this custom Domane 6 Series bike (donated by the Lowlands Group) for anyone raising $500 or more, and much more.

 Scooter Gennett, Craig Counsell and Jeremy Jeffress pose with folks from the Lowlands Group--and the bike that fans who raise $500 or more can be entered to win.

Scooter Gennett, Craig Counsell and Jeremy Jeffress pose with folks from the Lowlands Group–and the bike that fans who raise $500 or more can be entered to win.

 

Learn more and sign up now at brewers.com/bcf.

 

-Cait

@CMoyer

Brewers Wives Basket Auction is on NOW! Bid on Brewers Players & Coaches Favorite Things

The Brewers Wives are helping to raise money for this very important initiative through a special auction on brewers.com.

From now through June 28, Brewers fans have the opportunity to bid on special baskets that Brewers players and coaches and their wives have put together representing the Crew’s favorite things.

All proceeds will benefit Lissy’s Place, which serves young women exiting the foster care system as well as homeless young women who have not come through the foster care system. Lissy’s Place helps young women end the cycle of poverty and homelessness through the development of educational, financial, health and personal skills to live independently.

Here’s a look at the different baskets up for bid:

1. Darnell Coles’ BBQ Basket (Created by Shari Coles)

COLES

Description:

• Brewers BBQ Tool Set
• Brewers BBQ Meat Brander
• Darnell Coles Autographed Picture
• Darnell Coles Autographed Jersey
• Darnell Coles Autographed Baseball
• Darnell Coles Bobblehead
• Tony Dungy Book
• Boston Baked Beans
• Lays Salt & Vinegar Potato Chips
• BBQ Sauce
• A1 Sauce
• Pay Day Candy Bars
• 2 – $50.00 Metro Market Grocery Gift Cards
• Cookie Jar

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2. Mark Attanasio’s Favorite Things (Created by Debbie Attanasio)

ATTANASIO

Description:

• Certificate for 8 seats in the owner’s box by the Brewers dugout for a mutually agreed upon game for the 2015 or 2016 season
• 8 passes to The Selig Experience at Miller Park, for access prior to the opening of the gates (no waiting in line)
• Official Major League Baseball, in Lucite case, with Mark Attanasio’s signature and “Go Brewers”
• Brewers gear, all in size men’s XL with current team logo:
• “Triple Cliate” on-field game jacket with removable inner jacket (Majestic
Authentic Collection)
• Quarter-zip gray pullover sweatshirt (47 Brand)
• Navy denim adjustable hat with mesh adjustable back (Nike)
• Stainless steel shock-resistant Turbo watch (Sparo)
• Black custom Oakley sunglasses

• Fitbit One (wireless activity and sleep tracker)
• $200 certificate for dinner for 2 at any SURG restaurant (including Carnevor)
• Bag of Hershey’s Kisses with macadamia nuts (from Hawaii)
• Bag of milk chocolate baseballs
• Men’s brown-and-tan braided leather bracelet from Calabritto 28 in Capri, Italy
• Italian food and drink:
• Olivier Napa Valley mini bottle of pear white balsamic vinegar (imported from Modena)
• Riso della Sardegna Carnaroli rice for risotto (from Sardinia)
• Gentile Scialatielli pasta (from Napoli)
• Ricciole–sugar cookies (from Treviglio)
• Il Boschetto lemon-infused extra virgin olive oil, large bottle (from Toscana)
• Tenuta San Guido Guidalberto, 2012–a hard-to-find Supertuscan wine created by the same vintner that produces the well-known Sassicaia brand; in leather wine tote

• Movies, TV and Music:
• The Very Best of The Rolling Stones 1964-1971 (CD)
• Chronicle: The 20 Greatest Hits/Creedence Clearwater Revival, vol. 1 (CD)
• Diner (DVD; produced in 1982, written and directed by Barry Levinson)
• Blue Jasmine (DVD; produced in 2013; written and directed by Woody Allen)
• Breaking Bad: The Complete Series (DVDs, 21-disc set)

*This package contains alcohol; you must be 21 years old or older to bid on this item*

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3. Bench Coach Basket (Jerry Narron), Created by Donna Narron

NARROn

Description:

• 2015 Mother’s Day Line up card, Brewers vs Cubs, Autographed by Jerry Narron *Authenticated
• 2015 Mother’s Day game ball autographed by Jerry Narron
• Personally owned black fungo bat autographed by Jerry Narron
• Jerry Narron “#36″ Brewers jersey
• MLB Mother’s day wrist sweat bands
• Mother’s day Hank bobble-head
• Milwaukee Brewers pink souvenir bat
• Brewers (Coleman) tailgate chair
• Brewers (Coleman) cooler
• Brewers collapsible tote
• Brewers plates, napkins, cups and matching silverware
• Brewers fleece blanket
• Brewers baseball cap
• Brewers draw string back sack
• Brewers Hank T-shirt (size small)
• Brewers Hebrew script T-shirt (size large)
• 2 Brewers fan foam hands
• 2 Brewers Can Holder Koozies
• 1 Bible and Book of Scriptures (Jerry uses daily with his walk with the Lord)
• Sheaffer calligraphy pen and ink set (the exact kind Jerry uses daily on the line-up card)
• Inspirational cards and notecards
• Game Day snacks: Cracker Jacks, Animal Crackers, Reese’s Pieces, Reggie’s Sunflower Seeds, and Orbit gum…All Jerry’s Favorites

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4. Doug Melvin’s Favorite Things, created by Ellen Melvin

MELVIN

Description:

•• 4 Field Level Tickets to a Milwaukee Brewers Game during the remainder of the 2015 season for a mutually agreed upon date (Restrictions may apply)
• 2 Center Court seats with Courtside Club access to a Milwaukee Bucks home game during the 2015-2016 season for a mutually agreed upon date
• Autographed Doug Melvin bobblehead
• Autographed Robin Yount baseball (2011 Honorary Pink Tie Guy) *Authenticated
• Autographed Hank Aaron baseball (2013 Honorary Pink Tie Guy) *Authenticated
• Autographed Commissioner Selig baseball (2015 Honorary Pink Tie Guy) Limited Edition “Thank You” Baseball, #1 of 2000
• 2 Pink Ties (From the Melvin’s Pink Tie Guy Events raising funds for breast cancer research, awareness and prevention programs)
• Step Up to the Plate apron and tote bag (From the Melvin’s fundraiser for breast cancer)
• Pink Pashmina (From the Melvin’s fundraiser for breast cancer)
• Wounded Warrior Project Hat, Headbands and Pullover Jacket (Another one of Doug’s favorite charities)
• $100 Gift Certificate to Buckley’s Restaurant & Bar (Be sure to have the carrot cake for dessert. It’s Doug’s favorite carrot cake. The best you will ever taste!)
• 4 Movie passes to any Marcus Theatre (Doug is an avid movie goer)
• Double Stuffed Oreos
• Popcorn
• Various movie candies
• 2 Western DVD’s
• A League of their Own DVD
• The Yogi Book
• $25 iTunes gift card (Doug loves music)
• 2 Pound of Starbucks Coffee (Pike Place and Veranda Blend)
• $25 Starbucks Gift Card
• Labatt’s Blue Beer (Doug loves his Canadian Beer)
• Bottle of Jack Daniels
• Bottle of Jack Daniels Honey
• Bottle of Gentlemen Jack
• Whiskey Stones
• 2 Whiskey Glasses
• Brewers Thermal Tote Bag
• Charcoal Grill (Doug loves to look out the window on game day and see all of the tailgaters)
• Brewers Grilling Set
• Brewers Cheese Board and Tool Set
• Tailgating Snacks
• 1 Dozen Titleist Golf Balls with Brewers Logo

*This package contains alcohol; you must be 21 years old or older to bid on this item*

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5. Catcher’s Basket (Jonathan Lucroy, Martin Maldonado & Marcus Hanel), Created by Sarah Lucroy, Janelise Maldonado & Jill Hanel


Catchers

Description:

Jonathan Lucroy’s Favorite Things
• Brewers Wine Glass
• Jonathan Lucroy Bobblehead ? 2014 All-Star Jersey
• Lucroy Star Wars Bobblehead
• French Press Coffee Pot
• 3 Camo Lucroy Hats
• 1 pair of autographed Lucroy Baseball Cleats
• Bottle of Decoy Pinot Noir
• Autographed Lucroy Batting Gloves
• 2 Lucroy Brewers T-shirts
• $30 Chipotle Gift Card
• Leather Brewers Bag

Martin Maldonado’s Favorite Things
• Wahl Clippers
• Selfie Stick
• The Black Series Table Tennis Set (During his childhood and before professional baseball, Martin used to compete in tournaments.)
• Retro Camo Brewers Bag
• Autographed Martin Maldonado Timber Rattlers Bobblehead
• Brewers Bottle Insulator
• Brewers Coasters
• Rugged Wireless Speaker (Martin loves music, especially salsa)
• Whiskey Rocks
• BBQ Tool Set
• Café Puro (Martin’s favorite Puerto Rican coffee)
• Maldonado T-shirt
• Autographed Brewers Hat
• Deluxe BBQ Set
• Brewers Pet Gear
• Bottle of Johnny Walker Black Label Whiskey
• Bottle of Coquito (An eggnog-like alcoholic beverage traditionally served in Puerto Rico. Martin loves to make it every Christmas.)
• Brewers Mug
• Pique Mi Madre Hot Sauce
• Brewers Bank Soup Can (Marin’s inner child still collects coins)
• Bimbo Cookies (Puerto Rican Cream Stuffed Cookies)
• Autographed Game Used Cleats
• 2 – #12 Wrist Bands
• 3 Pair of Game Used autographed Batting Gloves

Marcus Hanel’s Favorite Things
• Gummi Bears
• Milk Chocolate
• 2 Marcus Movie Theatre Tickets
• Certificate for 2 Burgers at Georgie Porgies
• Starbucks Coffee
• Bottle of Kendall-Jackson Pinot Noir
• Autographed Marcus Hanel Baseball
• Autographed Marcus Hanel Catcher’s Mask
• Autographed Retro Brewers Hat

*This package contains alcohol; you must be 21 years old or older to bid on this item*

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6. Gerardo Parra’s Tackle Box, Created by Tania Parra

PARRA

Description:
• Tackle Box
• Oreos
• Came Chocolate Bars
• Black Thunder Chocolate Bars
• Power Bail Bite Lures
• Zoom Lures
• Assorted Pan Fish Lure Kit
• Signal Flares
• Pocket Knife
• Brewers Retro Tote
• Italian Bobblehead
• P.A.N. 100% White Corn Instant Dough
• Bottle of Water Stone Cabernet Sauvignon
• 17 piece Premium BBQ Set
• Game Used Bat
• Autographed Game Used Bat
• 1 Ugly Sticks Fishing Pole
• Cheese Balls
• $100 Brewers Team Store Gift Certificate
• Autographed Worn Tennis Shoes
• 2 Pairs of Autographed Game Used Batting Gloves
• 42 Movie
• Mitre Soccer Ball
• 2 Brewers Autographed Caps
• 3 Autographed Parra Baseball Trading Cards
• 3 Autographed Game Used Baseballs

*This package contains alcohol; you must be 21 years old or older to bid on this item*

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7.  Craig Counsell’s Wheelbarrow, Created by Michelle Counsell

COUNSELL

Description:
• Gardening Wheelbarrow
• Bottle of Bullet Bourbon
• Autographed Counsell T-shirt
• Autographed Game Used Bat
• NutriBullet Blender
• Brewers Fleece Blanket
• Yoga Mat
• Large Ceramic Flower Pot
• Pair of Gardening Gloves
• Pruning Sheers
• Gardening Spade
• Chefmate BBQ Tool Set
• Brewers Water Bottle
• $35 Gift Certificate to Buckley’s
• $25 iTunes Gift Card
• $25 Starbucks Gift Card
• Bottle of La Crema 2012 Pinot Noir
• Autographed Counsell Bobblehead
• 1 Large Bag of Miracle Grow Potting Mix
• Excaveggietor, Root Vegetable Removal Trowel

*This package contains alcohol; you must be 21 years old or older to bid on this item*

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8.  Carlos Gomez’s Favorite Things, Created by Gerandy Gomez

GOMEZ

Description:
• 2 Wine Glasses
• Bottle of California 37 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon
• Bottle of The Archivist 2013 Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon
• Bottle of Bogle Vineyard 2013 Merlot
• Cheese
• 4 Autographed Baseball Trading Cards
• Rabbit Electric Wine Opener
• Autographed Worn Cleats
• Autographed Game Worn Batting Gloves
• 2 Autographed Gomez Bobbleheads (box is autographed)
• 3 Autographed Baseballs
• Autographed Gomez Photo

*This package contains alcohol; you must be 21 years old or older to bid on this item*

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9.  Ryan Braun’s Beach Bag, Created by Larisa Braun

Braun

Description:

•• Blye Beach Bag
• Brewers Doonie & Burke Bag
• Puma Soccer Ball
• Spalding Basketball
• 2 Autographed Game Used Batting Gloves
• Autographed Baseball
• Bag of Haribro Gummy Bears
• His & Hers Glass Zulau Water Bottles
• Bottle of Zico Coconut Water
• Miami Hurricanes 2015 College World Series Dry Fit Nike Shirt (XL)
• Bag of Trail Mix
• Sour Patch Kids

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10.  Corey Knebel’s Favorite Things, Created by Danielle Matula

Knebel

Description:

• Popcorn – Movie Theater Butter
• Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups Minis
• Jack Links Peppered Beef Jerky
• Fudge Brownie Mix
• 5 Gum
• Lays Kettle Cooked BBQ Chips
• Starbucks Espresso Roast
• Bottle of Four Roses Small Batch Bourbon
• Autographed Baseball
• Autographed Hank Mini Baseball Bat

*This package contains alcohol; you must be 21 years old or older to bid on this item*

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11.  Brewers Bullpen Basket, Created by Jamie Cotts

Bullpen

Description:
• 50 Quart Coleman Cooler
• 2 Fold up Quad Brewers Chairs
• Brewers Keyring Bottle Opener
• 4 Brewers Koozies
• 2 Brewers Mason Jar Mugs
• Brewers Corn Hole Toss Bags
• Autographed Brewers Corn Hole Boards (One Board Signed By: Corey Knebel, Michael Blazek, Lee Tunnell, Will Smith Jeremy Jeffress, Neal Cotts, Jonathan Broxton, Francisco Rodriguez, Marcus Hanel)
• Neal Cotts Autographed Baseball
• Will Smith Autographed Baseball
• Michael Blazek Autographed Baseball
• Jonathan Broxton Autographed Baseball
• Jeremy Jeffress Autographed Baseball
• Corey Knebel Autographed Baseball
• Francisco Rodriguez Autographed Baseball
• Marcus Hanel Autographed Baseball
• Lee Tunnell Autographed Baseball

*This package contains alcohol; you must be 21 years old or older to bid on this item*

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12.  2014 Custom Made Cooler/Speaker Combo

Cooler

Description:

•Autographed by the 2014 Milwaukee Brewers: Lyle Overbay, John Axford, Marco Estrada, Kyle Lohse, Logan Schafer, Elian Herrera, Scooter Gennett, Martin Maldonado, Khris Davis, Mark Reynolds, Wily Peralta, Tyler Thornburg, Matt Garza, Rickie Weeks, Aramis Ramirez, Carlos Gomez, Jeremy Jeffress, Jonathan Lucroy, Yovani Gallardo, Brandon Kintzler, Rob Wooten, Will Smith, Jim Henderson, Burke Bandenhop, Ryan Braun

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-Cait

@Cmoyer

Brewers Visit Negro Leagues Baseball Museum

Early this afternoon, I had the pleasure of touring the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum (NLBM) with a group from the Brewers that included Manager Craig Counsell, Bench Coach Jerry Narron, Hitting Coach Darnell Coles, Coach John Shelby, infielder Jason Rogers, Brewers Wives and a few members of the front office.

Founded as a one-room office in 1990 at the corner of 18th Street and Vine, the site of the 1920 founding of the Negro National League, by 1997 it had grown to the 10,000-square-feet museum that we visited today.

Founded as a one-room office in 1990 at the corner of 18th Street and Vine, the site of the 1920 founding of the Negro National League, by 1997 it had grown to the 10,000-square-feet museum that we visited today.

Our tour guide, Raymond Doswell, led us on the NLBM’s unique tour, which circles a large field, with bronze statues of Negro Leagues greats at each position. One must pass through the exhibits telling the story of the league in order to gain access to the field at the end.

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Negro Leagues Museum

Part of the tour involves watching a short film entitled “They Were All Stars,” narrated by James Earl Jones.

Along the way, our tour guide told us the interesting stories behind the photos and artifacts that we were viewing, such as a ball signed by Jackie Robinson, Roy Campanella, Joe Black, Jim Gilliam and Ty Cobb; a letter regarding an assessment on then-Indianapolis Clown player Henry Aaron; a collection of baseballs autographed by Negro League veterans given to the museum by Geddy Lee (yes, that Geddy Lee, of the band Rush); and a copy of “Satchel’s Rules for a Good Life,” that prompted many to capture a photo.

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The Negro Leagues modern structure dates to 1920 when Andrew “Rube” Foster, a former player, manager, and owner for the Chicago American Giants, joined several others to start the Negro National League. Soon, other leagues formed throughout the United States, including Milwaukee in 1923.

In 1947, MLB’s Brooklyn Dodgers brought over Jackie Robinson from the Kansas City Monarchs to become the first African-American in the modern era to play on a Major League roster.

“It’s history, an important part of baseball history,” said Counsell. “I learned a lesson about American history and baseball history. You get a better understanding about how important baseball was in the African American communities in that time period.”

Jason Rogers echoed that sentiment.”I knew some of the history, but I enjoyed learning a lot more about it,” he said. “I liked it a lot. I’m glad I came.”

Here’s a brief interview with Jason about his visit:

 

Each year, the Club honors the Negro Leagues with a tribute game at Miller Park. As part of the event, the Brewers’ players wear uniforms of the Milwaukee Bears team that played one season in 1923. This year’s event will take place on Saturday, July 18 when the Brewers face the Pirates. More details pertaining to this year’s Negro Leagues Tribute Game will be released leading up to the event, so stay tuned.

A huge thanks to Raymond and the staff at the museum for a phenomenal tour. I highly encourage all baseball fans to pay a visit to Kansas City to see it.

Jason Rogers, Jerry Narron, Darnell Coles, Craig Counsell and John Shelby pose with the statue of Satchel Paige at the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum.

Jason Rogers, Jerry Narron, Darnell Coles, Craig Counsell and John Shelby pose with the statue of Satchel Paige at the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum.

 

-Cait

@CMoyer

 

 

Fun Times Had at the “Koos for Kids” Event at the Zoo

Tonight, following the Brewers-Nationals game, many Brewers players and coaches headed over to the Milwaukee County Zoo to take part in a special event benefiting bullpen catcher and Racine native Marcus Hanel’s charity–and raised close to $70,000 in the process.

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

Fans attending tonight’s event received a ticket to the zoo (good all day), zoo parking, autographs from Brewers players and the opportunity to participate in auctions and raffles–all for just $20.

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

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

Here are some photos from tonight’s event:

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

To learn more about Koos for Kids, keep informed of upcoming events and learn how you can help, click here.

-Cait

@CMoyer

 

Selig Experience Unveiled at Miller Park; See it For Yourself Beginning Tomorrow

Tonight, the Selig Experience, a state-of-the-art attraction at Miller Park to honor Commissioner Emeritus and former Brewers Owner Allan H. (Bud) Selig, was unveiled at a private function that included Selig and his family, current MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred, Brewers Owner Mark Attanasio, Manager Craig Counsell, Hank Aaron, Robin Yount, Bob Uecker, Rachel and Sharon RobinsonBarry Alvarez and several Brewers players and coaches, as well as other special guests.

The event kicked off with a program on the field at Miller Park, which included remarks from Uecker, Manfred, Attanasio and Selig, in addition to Brad Shelton, the Creative Director/Project Development at BRC Imagination Arts, the experience design agency that led the design and production of the Selig Experience.

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“This is one of those really rare unique times in life where you see a little boy’s dreams come true,” Selig said. “When you look around and you walk Miller Park tonight… you see Henry Aaron sitting there, Robin Yount, Bob Uecker…The last 51 years are filled with really great memories.”

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Following the program, guests were invited to view the Experience and enjoy dinner. Here’s your own sneak peek at the Experience:

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Selig’s dedication to baseball has paralleled his love of his hometown of Milwaukee. His first significant move as an executive was to return Major League Baseball to Milwaukee in 1970, when he founded the Milwaukee Brewers.

In its first decade, the Brewers featured some of the great teams of that era, which eventually led to an American League pennant and World Series appearance in 1982.

During his tenure as Brewers owner, Selig earned United Press International’s 1978 Executive of the Year award, and the franchise was honored with seven “Organization of the Year” awards.

In the 1990s, Selig began his efforts to build a new ballpark in Milwaukee to replace the aging County Stadium, and Miller Park opened for its first season of play in 2001.

Hearing some of the reactions from the Brewers players and coaches, it’s easy to see that the Experience resonates with those who grew up in the area as well as those who may not know as much of the history of the city and team.

“It was definitely pretty cool. It was good to learn more about the history behind the team, Bud Selig, and Miller Park, even,” said pitcher Mike Fiers. “It was cool to see his office, the different pictures, the clips from some of the games, to see a lot of coaches now that you didn’t realize were part of Brewers history like that. Great experience. It really makes you appreciate everything we have here.”

“I knew most of the history, growing up just over the border, but it was still really cool to see. I texted Dale Sveum to tell him his home run on Easter Sunday (1987) made it into the Experience,” said Third Base Coach Ed Sedar.

Bullpen Catcher Marcus Hanel is a Wisconsin native, so the Experience was especially meaningful to him: “It was great. Very well done. I came to games at County Stadium when I was young.  I was there for Robin Yount’s 3000th hit. I was in 5th grade in 1982. I remember all of that. Those were my childhood heroes. I love how they integrated the past with the present. Coming out of it, I was pretty pumped up. I thought they did a great job,” said Hanel.

The attraction will debut to the public tomorrow (Friday, May 29) when the gates to Miller Park open (5:40 pm) prior to the Brewers game against the Diamondbacks.

Visit Brewers.com/SeligExperience for more information, including how to register in advance to see it.

-Cait

@CMoyer

Our Special Make-A-Wish Guest Kelci Visits Miller Park

Some of you may recall that back in March, thanks to Make-A-Wish Wisconsin and Arizona, we hosted Kelci’s Wish Day at Maryvale during Spring Training.

Kelci, 9,  and her family traveled from Milwaukee down to Arizona to take a behind-the-scenes tour of Maryvale where she had the chance to meet with several Brewers players & coaches during batting practice (including her favorite player, Carlos Gomez) and also threw out the first pitch–to another favorite, Jonathan Lucroy. 

Today, we were happy to have Kelci out to visit us again, this time at Miller Park. She was here today to film a video with Time Warner Cable Sports:

While here, Kelci and her mom, Karen, were interviewed and in between filming, Kelci found time to work on her homework… with a little help.

Kelci gets help on her homework from Mike Fiers, Matt Garza and Kyle Lohse.

Kelci gets help on her homework from Mike Fiers, Matt Garza and Kyle Lohse.

Mike Fiers, Matt Garza and Kyle Lohse “pitched in” to help her list off the state capitals. (For those scoring at home, Kelci told me later that Matt Garza was the most helpful at this task).

Kelci also got a giant hug from  her favorite player, Carlos Gomez, after reuniting with him:

Kelci & Carlos Gomez

She even pitched a little pitcher’s batting practice to Kyle Lohse:

Here are a few more photos from Kelci’s afternoon at the ballpark:

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As I write the Brewers are leading 5-0 in the first, including home runs by Scooter Gennett and Adam Lind, so it looks like her special day is going to be capped off by a pretty good game, too.

Cait

@CMoyer

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