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Former Media/Staff Lot to Be Renamed in Honor of Johnny Logan

To day we announced that we will rename the media/staff parking lot at Miller Park in honor of former Milwaukee Braves All-Star shortstop Johnny Logan.  Logan was inducted into the Brewers Walk of Fame last season.

The “Logan Lot” joins 12 other parking lots around Miller Park that were renamed prior to the 2010 season in honor of some of the city’s baseball legends.  The lots are adorned with the names of former Milwaukee Brewers and Braves players, with banners and other artwork notating the baseball greats. Uniformed members of the Brewers and Braves Walk of Fame are represented, with the first 12 parking lots named after Henry Aaron, Cecil Cooper, Rollie Fingers, Jim Gantner, Harvey Kuenn, Eddie Mathews, Paul Molitor, Don Money, Warren Spahn, Gorman Thomas, Bob Uecker and Robin Yount.

Logan played in Milwaukee from 1953 – 1961 and appeared in four All-Star Games as a member of the Braves.  For his 13-year career, Logan hit .268 with 93 home runs and 547 RBI.  He was a member of the Braves World Series Championship team in 1957 and the National League Championship team in 1958.  Logan was signed by the Boston Braves in 1947 and made his Major League debut with Boston in 1951.  After playing in Milwaukee, he played three seasons with the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Logan, a former area scout with the Brewers, passed away on August 9, 2013.

-John & Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

Brewers Community Foundation Week Activities for Today – Alumni Photos

The Brewers are back from a long road trip and that means Brewers Community Foundation Week kicks off at Miller Park tonight!

The Brewers are set to face the Reds tonight to start a four-game set and fans will have the opportunity to take a photograph with various Brewers alumni starting when the gates open until 7:45 pm. Photos will be available for $10 per person, per session (for example you can take photos with all eight alumni in the four separate sessions for $40), at the BCF Week tables on the Field Level concourse next to Guest Relations (outside section 116). Fans will need to provide their own camera for their photos. The schedule of alumni is as follows (subject to change):

5:45 – 6:15 p.m.

Paul Wagner and Ken Sanders

6:15 – 6:45 p.m.

Craig Counsell and Larry Hisle

6:45 – 7:15 p.m.

Gorman Thomas and Jim Gantner

7:15 – 7:45 p.m.

Jerry Augustine and Dave Nelson

Don’t forget, the Ultimate Auction is open for bidding all week.  Check it out for some wonderful, one-of-a-kind opportunities!

–JOHN

johnandcait@brewers.com

Designs of Final Brewers Bobbleheads Revealed

We are at the halfway point in terms of the 10 All-Fan Giveaway dates for 2013. So far, we’ve given away the following bobbleheads: Nori Aoki; George Scott; Corey Hart; Ryan Braun; and Carlos Gomez.

Coming up next homestand, we’ve got a Polish Sausage bobble (6/23), followed by Hank Aaron (7/7), and Harvey Kuenn (8/4).

Gorman Thomas and Ben Oglivie will round out the bobble lineup for 2013 and the designs of those final two Brewers bobbleheads for 2013 are in!

Gorman Thomas‘ likeness in a Seattle Pilots uniform (the first ever first round draft pick by the Pilots) will be given to all fans on Sunday, September 1.  That bobblehead is presented by the Wisconsin National Guard.

Thomas Bobblehead

On Sunday, September 15, the Brewers will give all fans a Ben Oglivie bobblehead presented by Waukesha Metal Products. Oglivie will be wearing the classic pinstripe “ball-and-glove” uniform.

Oglivie Bobblehead

This completes the announcements of designs of all ten Brewers bobbleheads for the 2013 season.

How many have you collected so far?

-John & Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

Sunday, September 1: Gorman Thomas Bobblehead Day Presented by the Wisconsin National Guard

Yesterday, we announced Harvey Kuenn as one of the 2013 bobbleheads and today, we’re pleased to announce our ninth bobblehead of 2013, one of Harvey’s Wallbangers…. GORMAN THOMAS!

Yes, you’ll want to make sure to get your tickets to the Sunday, September 1, Brewers vs. Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim as all fans in attendance will receive a bobblehead of “Stormin’ Gorman” himself.

Gorman was the first player selected by the Seattle Pilots in the June 1969 draft and as such, he’ll be featured in a Seattle Pilots uniform.

During his career, the former outfielder played with Milwaukee Brewers (1973–76, 1978–83, 1986), Cleveland Indians (1983) and Seattle Mariners (1984–86).

From 1978-1983, Gorman hit more home runs than any other player in the American League.

This is the second full-size Gorman Thomas Bobblehead given away at Miller Park (the first was in 2004).

Individual tickets will go on sale in February, but you can secure your tickets early as the Gorman Thomas bobblehead is included in the following ticket packages:

20-Game Sunday Plus Plan

4-Pack Interleague Plus Plan [Holiday 4-Packs go on sale on Tuesday, November 13!  Call (414) 902-HITS (4487) for details!]

6/13/13 Update: The Gorman Thomas Bobblehead Design is in! What do you think?

Thomas Bobblehead

-John and Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

Bernie Brewer: Behind the Moustache Submitted to DearMKE Project

This summer, VISIT Milwaukee, the city’s award-winning convention and visitors’ bureau, teamed up with film producer Jack Turner to produce “DearMKE,” a project they are describing as a “love letter to the city.”


“DearMKE started as a way for all of us to show others what we love about our city. It is growing into a film, twelve documentaries made by local filmmakers, and a citywide contest that lets all of us tell our story like only we can,” says the project’s website. “We all know what makes Milwaukee such a great place. Isn’t it time everyone else did too?”

Jack, who resided in Whitefish Bay as a teenager and boasts an impressive resume, is capturing the best of Milwaukee on film along with other local Milwaukee filmmakers,  but they are also asking for the help of local businesses and residents:

“Every neighborhood in Milwaukee holds memories and promises. Surprises and longtime connections. Revolutionary ideas and reflections. Amazing people and places. Every city block, every corner bar, every park, every school, every brick in every church steeple holds a story. Which one will you share about our DearMKE?”

The project calls for submissions via a video, photo, or written work.

To participate in this project, we compiled a history on the team’s number one fan, our lovable, mustachioed mascot. It’s called: Bernie Brewer: Behind the Moustache. Think you know the whole story about Bernie Brewer? Think again!


A special thanks to Cory Wilson, Matt Morell and Deron Anderson for their help putting this together and Bernie,  Bonnie, Bango, Robb Edwards, John Axford, Gorman Thomas and Mario Ziino for their time!

The trailer to this video resides on the project’s website, DearMKE.com, where you can also submit your own ideas, which could appear in Jack’s film, or be featured in one of twelve short documentaries.

Jack’s film will premier at the Milwaukee Film Festival later this month (more on that, including John Axford’s involvement, to come!) and each of the documentaries will premier once a month on the project’s website. You could also win a prize package featuring tickets and gift certificates from various Milwaukee attractions. Hurry, the deadline is October 12.

-Cait
JohnandCait@Brewers.com

4th Annual Davey Nelson Celebrity Golf Classic a Swinging Success

Two weeks ago, I previewed the Davey Nelson Celebrity Golf Classic at Blackwolf Run in Kohler, Wisconsin and yesterday, I was fortunate enough to play in it.

This was the fourth year of Davey’s tournament and it’s been held at Blackwolf since it’s inception. I was especially excited to be playing the course this year, as the Original Championship Course is the site of the 2012 Women’s U.S. Open (July 2-8).

Indeed, when I arrived at the course, you could see signs of preparations for the Open, from trailers in the parking lots and tents set up around to the property to bleacher structures in the making and merchandise in the pro shop.

 

Blackwolf Run has two 18-hole courses and for Davey’s tournament, we played the Meadow Valleys course. [For the Open, Blackwolf Run will return to its original single-course configuration, comprised of holes 10-18 of the Meadow Valleys course and holes 1-4 and 14-18 of the River course. That means, when we were on the back nine at Davey’s tournament, we were playing a U.S. Open course!]

Upon check-in, participants were provided with a locker and inside, assorted goodies were waiting for us, including a polo shirt, cap, headcovers and golf balls.

Then, the morning started off with a golf clinic led by American Club golf pros 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 former Brewers players Jay Aldrich, Jerry Augustine, Sal Bando (also a Brewers GM), Jim Gantner, Pete Ladd, Damian Miller, Willie Mueller (who was also in the movie Major League as “Duke”), Ken Sanders, Gorman Thomas, Greg Vaughn, Paul Wagner and Robin Yount; former UW-Badgers, Derek Engler, Tyler Donovan and Tarek Saleh; Evan Fitzgerald, CBS-58 Sports Anchor; Bruce Froemming, former MLB Umpire; Jason Grimsley, former MLB pitcher; Greg Matzek and Bill Michaels, radio personalities; Greg Meyer, NFL Referee; and Tony Smith, a former Milwaukee Bucks player and current FSWisconsin broadcaster.

My group consisted of Cecelia Gore, Executive Director of Brewers Community Foundation; Fred and Leo, friends of Davey’s from Florida; and our celebrity, former Brewers relief pitcher, Jay Aldrich. Drafted by the Brewers in 1982, Aldrich played for the team in 1987 and 1989; he also played for the Atlanta Braves and Baltimore Orioles in his career. He currently resides in the Milwaukee area and, thankfully for our team, is an avid golfer.

Our fearsome fivesome with the man of the day. L-R: Jay, Leo, Fred, Davey, Cecelia and me.

The tournament was a shotgun start, so our group began on hole 7, a par five, which we promptly eagled. We got off to a really hot start in our round and, with the exception of one bogey, never really looked back.

We had a ton of fun in our group and each member contributed equally, playing to his or her strength. For example, Cecelia made at least three putts for us that were outside of 10-feet. My claim to fame is a (75% of the time) long, straight drive, which, being female, I get to hit from the Ladies’ tees, a considerable advantage on a course like Blackwolf Run. With Fred and Leo being from Florida, they get to play lots of golf, so they had lots of clutch shots; however, I would say Jay was definitely the “pro” in our group.

We finished the day at -8, which was good, but not good enough to win the tournament.

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. Our team came close on a few of the challenges, but didn’t hold up in the end.

We didn’t mind at all because despite an early threat of rain, 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, and then dinner with a live auction. 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. It was a very touching and moving presentation 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! (PS-Any ringers, please ask to be put in my group!)

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-Cait

johnandcait@Brewers.com

 

READY “FORE” THE 4TH ANNUAL DAVEY NELSON CELEBRITY GOLF TOURNAMENT?

The Fourth Annual Celebrity Golf Tournament hosted by Brewers Director of Alumni Relations and FOX Sports Wisconsin broadcaster Dave Nelson is scheduled to be held a week from this Monday, on June 11 at Blackwolf Run Golf Course in Kohler, Wisconsin.

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

This year, I am very excited to be playing in the 18-Hole Davey Nelson Celebrity Golf Tournament, which begins at 11 a.m. and will be followed by a cocktail reception, silent and live auctions, and dinner.

Celebrity guests scheduled to golf in the tournament include former Brewers players Jerry Augustine, Sal Bando (also a Brewers GM), Jim Gantner, Pete Ladd, Willie Mueller (who was also in the movie Major League as “Duke”), Ken Sanders, Gorman Thomas, Greg Vaughn, and Paul Wagner; Bruce Froemming, former MLB Umpire; Jason Grimsley, former MLB pitcher; Greg Matzek, radio personality; Greg Meyer, NFL Referee; and Tony Smith, a former Milwaukee Bucks player. [Celebrity golfers are subject to change.]

I don’t know yet who I will be paired up with for the tournament, but I would be honored to play with any of these celebrities! And, not only is the field stellar, but the course, which has been the site of the outing for all four years, is amazing as well.

I’ve been fortunate enough to play Blackwolf Run just a few times and it is one of my favorites. They have two 18-hole courses and the tournament will be hosted on the Meadow Valleys course.

Here I am, playing at Blackwolf Run in late fall a couple of years back. What a beautiful course!

I’m especially excited to be playing Blackwolf Run this year, as the Original Championship Course is the site of the 2012 Women’s U.S. Open (July 2-8).

For the Open, Blackwolf Run will return to its original single-course configuration, comprised of holes 10-18 of the Meadow Valleys course and holes 1-4 and 14-18 of the River course. That means, when you’re on the back nine at Davey’s tournament, you’ll be playing a U.S. Open course!

This is the second time the course will host that tournament. In 1998, when I was a young, impressionable golfer on my high school team, my dad took me up there for the entire week, including the day of the 18-hole playoff between Se Ri Pak and amateur Jenny Chuasiriporn, which included an extra two holes on top of that in sudden death before Pak was finally crowned as champion. I remember getting to meet my idols, like Annika Sorenstam and having the time of my left watching some of the best golf I have ever seen.

Here I am at age 15 with former LPGA player and three-time U.S. Open champion, Annika Sorenstam at Blackwolf Run during the Women’s U.S. Open in 1998.

 

More memorabilia from the 1998 Women’s U.S. Open at Blackwolf Run. I was so cool back then, wasn’t I?

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 10th, consisting of a golf experience at Whistling Straits followed by a cocktail reception and dinner at the Championship Locker room. 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 over four years.

For additional information, sponsorship opportunities, or to sign up for this memorable golfing experience visit http://www.brewers.com/davey or contact event chair, Johanna Perrini, at (414) 213-8671 or daveysgolf@gmail.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.

I hope to see you on the links!

-Cait

johnandcait@Brewers.com

More about Davey Nelson:

Nelson enters his fifth 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.

A To Z Guide for Game 1 of the NLCS

Well, here we are–the NLCS!

Coming to Miller Park for Game 1 today?  Here is your A to Z guide of things to know to know before heading out to the ballpark and watching Game 1.  Here is the ticket you should use for today’s game:

NLCS Game 1 Ticket

NLCS Game 1 Ticket

BREWERS TEAM STORE BY MAJESTIC: The Brewers Team Store by Majestic has been open since 8 a.m. while the Brewers Team Store at Home Plate Gate will open at Noon. There will also be satellite merchandise locations throughout the Miller Park parking lots.  The stores will be open until 8 p.m. or an hour after the game ends.There will also be satellite merchandise locations throughout the Miller Park parking lots-just look for the trailers! Please note: A select collection of new Brewers NLCS apparel will be available at the Team Store beginning today!

CEREMONIAL FIRST PITCH: The first pitch will be thrown out by Gorman Thomas.

GAME PROGRAM: A limited number of Milwaukee Brewers 2011 NLCS Game Programs will be available for $10.

GAME TIME: The first pitch is scheduled for 3:05 p.m. CT.

GATES OPEN: 1 p.m.

NATIONAL ANTHEM: The national anthem will be performed by Joseph Attanasio.

PARKING LOTS: The Miller Park Parking Lots will open at Noon.

PITCHERS: RHP Zack Greinke vs. LHP Jaime Garcia.

PROMOTIONAL ITEM:All fans in attendance will receive this rally towel courtesy of Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:

NLCS Game 1 Rally Towel

NLCS Game 1 Rally Towel


RADIO: Listen to the game on 620 WTMJ or ESPN Radio.

ROOF STATUS: The roof is expected to be open but is subject to changing weather conditions.  Fans and media may call the Brewers roof hotline for the latest update (414-902-4636). 

TV: The game will be televised exclusively on TBS.

WEATHER FORECAST: Sunny, 74.

WORLD SERIES MAGIC NUMBER: 8.

See you there!

-John and Cait

johnandcait@brewers.com

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