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Cait’s Summer Reading List: Reviewing Haudricourt’s “100 Things Brewers Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die”

I recently finished reading a new book about the Milwaukee Brewers entitled, “100 Things Brewers Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die.” The book was written by Tom Haudricourt of The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, with a foreword by Jim Gantner.

100 Things Brewers Fans Should Know and Do Before They Die

Haudricourt, who has covered the Milwaukee Brewers and baseball for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (and Milwaukee Sentinel) since 1985, has witnessed many of these items firsthand. This is his third book about the team (he is also the author of Brewers Essential and Where Have You Gone ’82 Brewers?) and “100 Things Brewers Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die” covers everything from Brewers Baseball arriving in Milwaukee (1970) through recent triumphs such as the 2011 NLCS appearance.

Mixed in among seminal and paramount moments in Brewers history are funny and bizarre items, along with things that true Brewers fans find essential to the game experience, like the Famous Racing Sausages, Bernie Brewer, tailgating and more. [John is even mentioned in a sidebar within the book, how cool is that?!]

With an average of 2.5 pages dedicated to each “thing,” the book is a quick and easy read. And, although I very much like Haudricourt’s style of sports reporting, this book is a welcome departure from that objective point of view.  Instead, each item reads like its own little vignette, complete with quotes—either directly from the person or people mentioned within it, or from another source, such as a newspaper or interview at that time.

In his introduction, Haudricourt notes, “The Brewers…do not have 100 years, or even half that, of history,” which is true, with the Club in just its 44th season–but that does not mean it does not have 100 (or more) items that merited inclusion in this book. And, although I am in my eleventh season with the Club (wow, I’ve been here for one-quarter of its existence!) and I was born and raised in Milwaukee as a Brewers fan, there are still many of these key moments of Brewers history that occurred before I was born (i.e. the 1982 World Series) or when I was too young to remember (1987 Team Streak).

And then I think about all of the Brewers fans who are younger than me, or those who have moved to Milwaukee in the last few years and this is really a book that needed to be written.

Whether you’re a die-hard fan from the days of Harvey Kuenn and Paul Molitor or a new supporter of Ron Roenicke and Ryan Braun, this book contains everything Brewers fans should know, see and do in their lifetime.

In fact, I’d go so far as to say that if you want to call yourself a True Blue Brew Crew fan, you should have to read this book and be tested on the contents, the most important facts about the team, traditions and what being a Brewers fan is all about. Players should be provided with a copy when they sign their contracts. What’s that saying? In order to know where you’re going, you have to know where you’ve been? In only 44 seasons, we have a rich history and I’m confident that in the direction we’re headed, it’s only going to get richer.

I don’t want to give too much of the book away, but I can tell you that I crunched some numbers to get my personal “stats”:

  • Of the 100 Things Brewers Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die, there are 14 “Things To Do” and I’ve done them all.
  • Of the 100 Things Brewers Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die, there are 86 “Things to Know” and, of course, after reading the book, I now know them all, but:
    • Of the 86 “Things to Know,” I was alive for 71 of them.
    • Of those 71, I remember being aware of 46 of them at the time (i.e. some happened when I was too young or wasn’t following as closely).
    • Of those 46, 29 of them happened since I started working here (2003).
    • From there, I tried to make a list of the ones for which I was actually physically present, but it got difficult to do, so I’ll just call out a few of the more specific things mentioned that I’m proud to say I witnessed in person:
      • April 27, 2004: Chad Moeller’s Cycle
      • April 28, 2004: Brewers huge comeback win against Cincinnati Reds
      • May 16, 2004: Ben Sheets’ 18 strikeouts vs. Atlanta Braves
      • September 28, 2008: Brewers Clinch the Wild Card
      • September 23, 2011: Brewers Clinch NL Central Title

I’ve also included a photo gallery of some of the “Things” included in the book, but you’ll have to read it then come back to place which ones I’m referencing!

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The book is currently available for sale in the Brewers Team Store by Majestic and at other booksellers.

Once you’re done, I’d be curious to know what you think. Did Tom leave anything out? Let me know in the comments field below.

Finally, I’ve got a copy to give away to one lucky blog reader who is the first person to email me (johnandcait@brewers.com) with the correct answer to the following trivia question:

What team did Doug Melvin swing a massive nine-player deal with on December 1, 2003, which six players did we acquire from that trade AND what was the common name Brewers fans used to reference those collective players at the time?

UPDATE: We have a winner! Congrats to Michael from Iowa who knew that this was a trade with the Arizona Diamondbacks in which the Brewers received: Wisconisn native Craig Counsell, second baseman Junior Spivey, first baseman Lyle Overbay, catcher Chad Moeller, and lefthanders Jorge De La Rosa, and Chris Capuano, players collectively known as the “Six-Pack”. [Note: I would have also accepted "Brewerbacks"!]

Happy reading!

-Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

Famous Racing Sausages Lottery Ticket Available Soon

The Wisconsin Lottery is introducing a new $3 lottery scratch ticket featuring the popular Brewers mascots – the Famous Racing SausagesTM.

Prior to the Brewers vs. Giants game on Tuesday, April 16, a Wisconsin Lottery booth will be located on the Miller Park plaza near the home plate entrance at Miller Park.  Fans will have the opportunity to register for a chance to win a Brewers Suite for 16 guests for the Sunday, June 23 game against the Atlanta Braves. Additional prizes will be awarded at the booth and Klement’s will grill brats while quantities last. This is an exclusive, one-day event.

The $3 Famous Racing SausagesTM scratch ticket will be available at lottery retailers throughout Wisconsin beginning this Friday, April 12. Players will have a chance to win up to $30,000 instantly.  All prizes in the scratch game are cash prizes.

-John and Cait

johnandcait@brewers.com

Bernie Brewer and the Famous Racing Sausages Visit Local Dunkin’ Donuts

Early this morning, Bernie Brewer and the Famous Racing Sausages treated fans to a free Brewers themed donut and small cup of coffee at the Dunkin’ Donuts on Miller Park Way.  The holiday gesture was a surprise to fans, but word got out quickly thanks to the help of local news coverage and social media.  The store went through 500 free donuts by 7:30 a.m.

Bernie was dressed in his Santa Claus outfit and the Sausages had their reindeer antlers on throughout the morning.  They also handed out candy canes to guests to support the holiday spirit.

Bernie Brewer formally announced the visit and free donuts on his twitter account, @Bernie_Brewer.

 

–JOHN

johnandcait@brewers.com

 

18 Weeks To Go Until the Brewers Mini-Marathon….10 Weeks until the 5K Sausages Run/Walk!

Last week, John, Trenni and I visited the official training partner of the Brewers Mini, Performance Running Outfitters in Brookfield, to get geared up so we can officially begin training. Not only does Performance Running provide high quality  shoes, apparel, and accessories (with a discount for John and Cait readers!) , but they will also be providing the pace team for the race and they have developed an official training program for it. [For more information on the program, or to register, click here.]

In addition to that, one thing that we’re making sure we incorporate into our training is the ever-popular Brewers Community Foundation’s 5K Famous Racing Sausages Run/Walk. If you’re training properly for the Brewers Mini (which is now less than 4 months away!), you should have no trouble running this race, which takes place 10 weeks from now, just 8 weeks before the half-marathon.

The 14th Annual 5K Famous Racing Sausages Run/Walk will be held at Miller Park on Saturday, July 28, starting at 8 a.m. (for runners like you!) and 8:15 a.m. (for walkers). Applications are now available online at brewers.com/5krunwalk.

I’ve run in this 5k in the past and it’s always a blast. Even if you are not so ambitious as to be preparing for the Brewers Mini, it’s one of the most unique races in the area and, with the walk option, is also a great event for families.

One very unique feature of this event is that participants actually get to test their skills against the Famous Racing Sausages, who also run the course. The run will begin and end at the Klement’s Sausage Haus where the Brat, Hot Dog, Chorizo, Italian Sausage and Polish Sausage join the crowd on the course. And, Brewers first base coach Ed Sedar will serve celebrity starter for this year’s event.

The route also makes its way around the warning track of Miller Park, making it excellent practice for the Brewers Mini –when else are you going to get a chance to test that terrain? 


All participants must be pre-registered and the event is is filling quickly, so it is recommended that those interested register ASAP for this event.

So far, there are 26 States and the Armed Forces – Europe represented in the participants.

For the $30 registration fee, participants in the Run/Walk receive a commemorative t-shirt, a Terrace Reserved ticket voucher good for one of eight Brewers 2012 home games, a bottle of Aquafina water, a Klement’s hot dog and a beer for participants 21 and older. The overall top male finisher and the overall top female finisher also receive a year’s worth of Klement’s meat products.

Participants can create/join teams when they register. Teams of 15 people or more will get their team names on the back of their t-shirts.

All proceeds of the event will help Brewers Community Foundation extend financial support to non-profits that provide quality programming in the areas of health, education, recreation and basic needs and this year, the fundraising component returns as participants and fans are encouraged to help raise additional funds to benefit Fisher House Wisconsin. Participants can learn about incentive levels, prizes and read the official rules for fundraising at brewers.com/5kfundraising.

Any questions regarding the 5K Famous Racing Sausages Run/Walk or the fundraising component can be directed to Meredith Malone at meredith.malone@brewers.com or by visiting brewers.com/5krunwalk.

Stay tuned for our next training post as we prepare for these two fun events!

To join us at one or both of these great races:

            [Follow @BrewersCF and use hashtag #5KSausageRunWalk for updates!]

          [Follow @BrewersEvents and use hashtag #BrewersMini for updates!]

Can’t race, but still want to help some great causes?

  • Support the Fisher House by making a donation to our team here .
  • Support the MACC Fun by making a donation to our team  here.

Happy Running!

- Cait

JohnandCait@Brewers.com

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About Fisher House: Fisher House provides a “home away from home” for military and veterans’ families to be close to a loved one during hospitalization for an illness, disease or injury at the Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center in Milwaukee. Currently, veterans from 23 different states of all generations travel to the Milwaukee VA medical center for treatment at the Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) center, while 8,000 Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans receive treatment here in Milwaukee for their wounds or injuries. Veterans and their families living beyond 50 miles from the Milwaukee VA hospital are eligible to stay for free at the Fisher House if they need to overnight. The Fisher House program recognizes the special sacrifices of our men and women in uniform and ensures that they are provided with the comforts of home in a supportive environment. Due to this need, the future Milwaukee home will be one of the largest built in the United States. Fisher House Wisconsin is scheduled to break ground in 2013.

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Sponsors of this year’s 5K Famous Racing Sausages Run/Walk are: Brewers.com, Chevrolet, Klement’s, Olympus Group, Pepsi, Prime Time Timing, Rexnord, SportService, Time Warner Cable, Navy Club USA – WI Squadron, Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association WI Chapter 45-1, Wisconsin Athletic Club and 2-Story Creative.

Gallardo and Lucroy Trade Places With Southwest Employees For The Day

If you were at Milwaukee’s General Mitchell International Airport today and saw some things that were out of the ordinary in Concourse D, your eyes weren’t playing tricks on you.

Yes, that was Yovani Gallardo guiding a Southwest Boeing 737 into gate D52.  Yes, that was Bernie Brewer and the Famous Racing Sausages unloading luggage.  And, yes, that was Jonathan Lucroy riding the tug, pushing Southwest flight 584 off to Phoenix.

Southwest Airlines, the Official Airline of the Milwaukee Brewers, invited Gallardo, Lucroy, Bernie and the Famous Racing Sausages to help out at the airport for an hour today.  I accompanied Yovani and Jonathan to the airport today for their visit and it was an enjoyable day for everyone.

Yovani, Jonathan, the Brewers mascots and the Southwest crew on the tarmac.

Yovani, Jonathan, the Brewers mascots and the Southwest crew on the tarmac.

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The entire operation is like clockwork.  The ground crew can’t afford to be late or inefficient with their jobs as getting passengers to their destination quickly and safely is priority number one.

The plane landed in Milwaukee for a brief “stopover” before continuing on to Phoenix (where the Brewers will play this weekend).  When the plane landed Yovani helped the ground crew guide the plane into the gate.  He also later helped with luggage.  At the same time, Jonathan was up at the gate greeting passengers who weren’t continuing on to Phoenix.

When it was time for the next group of passengers to get on the plane, Jonathan was right there making announcements and Yovani was scanning tickets.  After the plane was loaded up, the Brewers battery returned to the tarmac to push the plane from the gate and send it off to Phoenix.  Landed, unloaded, reloaded and back in the air all in about one hour.

“It was neat to see the behind-the-scenes operations here,” Lucroy said of the job shadow.  “I was really amazed at how fast everything went today.”

I’ve always loved airplanes and flying, so this was a treat for me too.  It was great to see what it takes to get a plane to the gate on time and back up in the air. Even with the distraction of Yovani, Jonathan and the mascots, the crew knew where to be and when to be there to carry out their jobs.

Special thanks goes out to the Brewers Corporate Marketing Department, the crew from Southwest Airlines and our friends at Gen. Mitchell International Airport for helping with today’s event.

–JOHN

johnandcait@brewers.com

FANS ACROSS THE STATE ARE WONDERING…WHERE’S BERNIE?!?

The biggest Brewers fan on the planet–the loveable, mustachioed, home run & victory sliding Bernie Brewer–has gone missing and only Brewers fans can help find him!

News of the team mascot’s disappearance spread over the Twitterverse early Monday morning as it appears that Bernie is using his Twitter account, @Bernie_Brewer, to send messages and clues as to his whereabouts–all while planning a fun scavenger hunt for Brewers fans.

Here’s how it all went down.

After last Sunday’s sweep over the Pittsburgh Pirates, Bernie sent out the following tweet at 10:07pm:

"Just finished packing. Headed to bed. Tomorrow is a big day for me! Sweep dreams, Brewers fans!"

With the team headed to Los Angeles, we all kind of wondered what his big day would entail, but then Bernie’s next tweet came at 5:30am.

"#WheresBernie? I'm planning a scavenger hunt for you, Brewers fans! http://www.brewers.com/wheresbernie"

A visit to the link, brewers.com/wheresbernie, provided details of the event that Bernie is brewing this week.

It seems that with the assistance of the award-winning Milwaukee County Parks and other Wisconsin-based parks, Bernie is planning a statewide “Where’s Bernie?” scavenger hunt and Brewers fans across Wisconsin will have an opportunity to win unique and valuable prizes by participating.

In preparation for Spring Madness, Bernie Brewer has been hard at work. Not only has Bernie gone missing from Miller Park, but he’ll also be planting over 1,400 Bernie Brewer lawn ornaments across the state.

Four hundred of the lawn ornaments will have special prizes attached, and will be placed in parks throughout the 5-county metro Milwaukee area as well as in parks in Madison, Appleton, and Green Bay on the morning of Tuesday, May 24.

These 400 Bernie Brewer lawn ornaments will have pouches attached. Each pouch will contain Brewers game tickets, and many will also include additional prizes such as certificates for a night in a Miller Park Suite and game-used memorabilia; and Milwaukee County Parks passes for golf, water parks, and the Mitchell Park Domes. In addition, 100 of the lawn ornaments will be autographed by Brewers players and personnel. The scavenger hunt for fans will begin at 5 am the morning of Tuesday, May 24.

There will also be over 1,000 additional lawn ornaments, without prizes, placed in a single, undisclosed location. This location will be unveiled to fans through media outlets and on brewers.com on the morning of Tuesday, May 24. Beginning at 7 a.m., fans may come to the site to pick up their very own Bernie Brewer ornament.

In an email, one of the Famous Racing Sausages, who refused to be identified, told me:

“Bernie was just saying to me that he thought that the Wisconsin baseball fans have been ‘going mad’ with the un-spring-like weather this year. Watching them come in with coats and hats this weekend he commented,: ‘Look at them! They’ve got cabin fever and they’re ready to get out of their houses and spend some time at their local parks, including, of course, their favorite: Miller Park. I need to give them an excuse to do just that.’  Well, I’ll be doggoned!I guess that explains why he’s cooked up this promotion!”

Indeed. “Where’s Bernie?” comes in advance of our annual Spring Madness celebration from May 27-29 at Miller Park. The Crew hosts the World Series Champion San Francisco Giants during the Spring Madness weekend, and Brewers fans can save 50% on all tickets $30 or less. In addition, Klement’s hot dogs and small Pepsi products are just $1 each for all three games.

From now through May 23, Bernie will be using his Twitter account, @Bernie_Brewer, to give clues to fans about the location of where the 400 lawn ornaments with prizes will be placed. All of Bernie’s “Where’s Bernie?” related tweets will use the #wheresbernie hashtag to provide up-to-the-minute news on the promotion as well as clues to his whereabouts. Fans are invited to join in the conversation and share their guesses as to where the ornaments will be placed.

As of today, Bernie has already given clues to seven locations.

When I replied to ask if he knew of Bernie’s specific plans and hiding places, the unidentified Sausage wrote back, “No. I grilled him about it, but they’re more top-secret than the recipe for Secret Stadium Sauce. And even if I did know something, I really can’t talk about it. I do know he’s been giving out clues on Twitter. I really need to get on there and  ketchup.”

-Cait

johnandcait@brewers.com

Join in the fun! Visit brewers.com/wheresbernie for details and you could win great prizes!

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