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Hitting the Links at the 8th Annual Davey Nelson Celebrity Golf Tournament

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 eighth year of Davey’s tournament and the third 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 shoe trees, a duffel bag and a rain jacket (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:  Zach Davies, Ken Sanders, Gorman Thomas, Jerry Augustine, Jim Gantner, Paul Wagner, Greg Vaughn, Wes Obermueller, Doug Melvin, Jason Lane, Darnell Coles, Sal Bando, and Willie Mueller;  Randall McDaniel, Former NFL player; Greg Meyer, NFL Referee; Tony Smith, a former Milwaukee Bucks player; and Telly Hughes, sideline reporter for Fox Sports Wisconsin

My group consisted of former basketball player Tony Smith; former Brewers general manager Sal Bando; current Brewers coach Jason Lane; and my friend from Fox Sports Wisconsin, Brian Mikolajek.

The tournament was a shotgun start, so our group began on hole 9, a par four. We started off slow and scrambled for a couple of pars, but in the end, we never made a bogey and came away with one eagle and seven birdies to put us at -9 on the day (63).

A beautiful day on the golf course for a great cause!

A beautiful day on the golf course for a great cause!

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.

Considering that our 63 was six shots better than my group last year, I felt like it was a very strong score–until we got back to the clubhouse and found that the winning group had posted a -18!

But, we had a ton of fun, which is the most important thing!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 five years.

Following golf, there was a reception and silent auction, followed by 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.

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.

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!

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-Cait

@CMoyer

 

Congrats to the #BrewersOnDeck Winners!

Thank you to the nearly 12,000 fans who streamed through the doors of the Wisconsin Center on Sunday, January 31!

From autographs, photographs and interviews to game shows, merchandise and kids activities there was something for everyone and so much going on it was almost dizzying at times.

For me personally, it was a ton of fun working over at the Social Media Stage. I asked you to stop by, check it out and say hello and you did! We had some great crowds and I enjoyed meeting a lot of my Twitter buddies in person.

 

In case you missed my recaps last week, be sure to check out Photobombs with Jimmy Nelson, Martin Maldonado and Taylor Jungmann; the #BrewersPhone with Tyler Thornburg and Gorman Thomas; highlights from the #AskMaverick Twitter Q&A with Brett Phillips; a rundown on Heads Up! with Michael Blazek and Corey Knebel; and of course, the Lip Sync Battle between Will Smith and Jeremy Jeffress.

And thank YOU for submitting your photos on Twitter & Instagram using #BrewersOnDeck! The contest ended yesterday and we’ve selected our winners!

Congrats to Laura and Holly, who won autographed baseballs and Brewers prize packs:

Lookin so fly with @jimmy_j_nelson #BrewersOnDeck

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And congratulations to Sadie who is this year’s grand prize winner! She’ll receive a prize pack, tickets to a game and a trip down Bernie’s slide:

Thank you once again for attending Brewers On Deck. Opening Day is just 56 days away. #SeeUApril4!

 

-Cait

@CMoyer

 

 

Tyler Thornburg & Gorman Thomas Take Over Fans’ Phones with #BrewersPhone

Another fun addition to the Social Media Stage at Brewers On Deck this year was the #BrewersPhone Wheel.

Fans were invited to come on stage and give the wheel a spin for the chance to have Tyler Thornburg and Gorman Thomas take over their smartphones.

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The duo took over fans’ Snapchat and Twitter accounts, made fans change their profile pictures, sent text messages, recorded new voice greetings and even made some phone calls to fans back home while live on stage.

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Let’s take a look at some examples.

Here’s a text that Tyler sent:

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This fan’s new Twitter profile photo is looking pretty sharp:

Speaking of Twitter, here’s a tweet Tyler sent from this fan’s account:
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Here they are re-recording a fan’s outgoing voicemail message:

Thanks for the voicemail greeting, @tylerthornburg37! #BrewersOnDeck #BrewersPhone

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Looks like the phone call was a hit!

I wish we could have gotten copies of the outgoing voicemail recordings those guys left because they’re hilarious. Maybe the fans reading this will let me call them so I can take another listen-send me a tweet @CMoyer, please, or leave a comment below and I’ll contact ya!

Thanks again to Tyler and Gorman for being such great sports and having fun with the fans at our stage!

-Cait

@CMoyer

 

Star Wars Day Returns

The Force has awakened and all Jedi are being asked to respond and report to Miller Park on Saturday, June 11, 2016 for Star WarsTM Day presented by Kohls. The Milwaukee Brewers have joined The Resistance to fight the newly-minted members of The First Order, the New York Mets, in what is sure to be an epic battle for the galaxy. This all comes in a not-too-distant future, in a ballpark very, very close to you.

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A number of members from the Star Wars universe will be on hand to make special appearances throughout the game. Jedi willing to participate in the cause will receive a limited-edition Stormin’ Gorman Stormtrooper bobblehead. Ticket packages are available in the Field Outfield Box for $49, Loge Outfield Box for $39 and Terrace Reserved for $25.

To celebrate the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, a limited number of ticket packages will be available for purchase starting Friday, December 18 at 9 a.m. through 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, December 23,or while supplies last. Ticket packages are available online only at Brewers.com/special events.

This presale is a unique opportunity to guarantee your limited-edition bobblehead. Last year’s Jonathan Lucroy “Jedi Luc” Bobblehead sold out in record fashion.

Tickets are limited and only those who purchase the special theme game ticket package are eligible to receive that game’s promotional item. To purchase groups of 25 or more, please contact the Brewers at 414-902-GRPS (4777).

STAR WARS and related properties are trademarks and/or copyrights, in the United States and other countries, of Lucasfilm Ltd. and/or its affiliates. © & TM Lucasfilm Ltd.

MLB TO OFFER ONCE-IN-A-LIFETIME EXPERIENCES AND UNIQUE ITEMS IN AUCTION WITH PROCEEDS GOING TO CANCER RESEARCH

For the fourth consecutive year, Major League Baseball, MLB Advanced Media, MLB Network and the 30 Clubs have organized a Winter Meetings charity auction that includes once-in-a-lifetime baseball experiences and unique items to raise awareness and funds for cancer research.  This initiative, which has raised nearly $500,000 since its inception, was inspired by the numerous employees, friends and fans of the game who have been affected by cancer.

A significant portion of the proceeds will go to Stand Up To Cancer, a longtime partner of Major League Baseball, its founding donor in 2008.  In addition, this year’s auction will benefit Do It For Durrett, in honor of the late Texas Rangers ESPN.com beatwriter Richard Durrett, who passed away suddenly last year, and the YouCaring page established for Miami Marlins Sun Sentinel beatwriter Juan C. Rodriguez, who is currently battling a brain tumor.

The auction is live on MLB.com until Thursday, December 10th at 9:00 p.m. (ET).  Following are some of the Brewers-related items supporters can bid on, with a full list here:

 

 

Batting lesson with Darnell Coles 

The winning bidder (and up to three young guests) will receive a 60-minute hitting clinic with batting coach Darnell Coles in the Brewers batting cages at Miller Park (up to 4 kids may participate). The group will also receive tickets to the game on a mutually agreed date and get to visit to the field for batting practice.

-Wall of Honor Signed Baseball Bat

The winning bidder will receive an autographed, framed bat signed by 38 members of the inaugural class of the Brewers Wall of Honor. Signatures include Hall of Famers such as Hank Aaron, Robin Yount, Bob Uecker and Rollie Fingers. Only 100 of these bats were produced.

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-Have Gorman Thomas, Larry Hisle & The Racing Sausages visit your home or office 

The winning bidder will receive a visit by Brewers legends Gorman Thomas and Larry Hisle and the World Famous Klement’s Racing Sausages to your own backyard home or business BBQ. Date to be mutually agreed on. The visit will be for one hour, and includes Klement’s Sausages for you to grill for your party of 25.

-Cait

@CMoyer

About Stand Up To Cancer

Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C) raises funds to accelerate the pace of research to get new therapies to patients quickly and save lives now. SU2C, a program of the Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF), a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, was established in 2008 by film and media leaders who utilize the industry’s resources to engage the public in supporting a new, collaborative model of cancer research, and to increase awareness about cancer prevention as well as progress being made in the fight against the disease. As SU2C’s scientific partner, the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) and a Scientific Advisory Committee led by Nobel Laureate Phillip A. Sharp, PhD, conduct rigorous, competitive review processes to identify the best research proposals to recommend for funding, oversee grants administration, and provide expert review of research progress.

 

 

 

Gorman Thomas Introduces”Stormin’ Gorman’s B.B.Q. Sauce”

Tonight, former Brewers slugger Gorman Thomas is introducing his brand new condiment, “Stormin’ Gorman’s B.B.Q. Sauce,” at Miller Park. Thomas, who hit 208 home runs with the Brewers, created the new sauce with a unique flavor, and it will be available at two Miller Park Smokehouse locations.

The sauce will be launched at the Smokehouse portable stations at Miller Park beginning tonight.  The stations are located on the Field and Loge Levels.

Thomas will meet with fans at the Field Level Smokehouse on tonight from 6-8 p.m. and tomorrow (Tuesday, August 4) at the Loge Level Smokehouse from 6-8 p.m. There he will take pictures, greet fans and chat with fellow B.B.Q. lovers and baseball fans.

I headed over to try the sauce and it was indeed very good. A little spicy and a little tangy with a hint of sweetness. You’ll love it!

-Cait

@CMoyer

Gorman Thomas to Introduce “Stormin’ Gorman’s B.B.Q. Sauce”

Former Brewers slugger Gorman Thomas will introduce his brand new condiment, “Stormin’ Gorman’s B.B.Q. Sauce,” beginning on Monday, August 3 at Miller Park. Thomas, who hit 208 home runs with the Brewers, created the new sauce with a unique flavor, and it will be available at two Miller Park Smokehouse locations.

The sauce will be launched at the Smokehouse portable stations at Miller Park beginning on Monday.  The stations are located on the Field and Loge Levels.

Thomas will meet with fans at the Field Level Smokehouse on Monday from 6-8 p.m. and on Tuesday at the Loge Level Smokehouse from 6-8 p.m. There he will take pictures, greet fans and chat with fellow B.B.Q. lovers and baseball fans.

 

Fun ‘Fore’ a Great Cause: The 7th Annual Davey Nelson Celebrity Golf Classic

Today, 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 seventh year of Davey’s tournament, and the third year that it’s been at the Irish Course (in previous years, it’s also been played at  Blackwolf Run). I was excited for the chance to be up there this week because the Irish Course is just adjacent to Whistling Straits, the site of the 2015 PGA Championship. We’re just about six weeks out from the tournament, which will take place August 10-16 and we could see they were already preparing, building the stands, hospitality and merchandise tents.

A massive merchandise tent in the making!

A massive merchandise tent in the making!

Upon check-in, participants were provided with assorted goodies, including a pullover, golf balls, a drawstring bag and beef jerky.

Davey Nelson poses with former Brewer Wes Obermueller. All attendees got a pullover like the one Davey is wearing.

Davey Nelson poses with former Brewer Wes Obermueller. All attendees got a pullover like the one Davey is wearing.

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: Jay Aldrich, Don August, Sal Bando, Mike Caldwell, Craig Coshun, Jim Gantner, Telly Hughes, Chris Jacke, Daniel Lee Martin, Greg Matzek, Randall McDaniel, Greg Meyer, Damian Miller, Charlie Moore, Willie Mueller, Wes Obermueller, Ken Sanders, Tony Smith, Gorman Thomas, Greg Vaughn, Paul Wagner, Steve Woodard and Robin Yount.

Some of the celebs during the opening remarks & introductions.

Some of the celebs during the opening remarks & introductions.

My group consisted of our celebrity, former Brewers pitcher Jay Aldrich, Tom Hecht, our VP-Corporate Marketing, Jeff Harding, our Director of Creative Design & Strategy, and John Creighton from Johnson Controls, Inc.

Davey Nelson Celebrity Golf Outing

The tournament was a shotgun start, so our group began on hole 11 a par three. We got off to a decent start, but it wasn’t until the front nine that things really began to click.

But, we had a ton of fun, which is the most important thing! A highlight was running into a flock of sheep, which help maintain the courses up at Whistling Straits:

We finished the day at -9 (62), which was good, but not good enough to win the tournament.

In a scramble, usually my drives from the ladies tees are a big advantage, but today I was directionally challenged off the tee.

In a scramble, usually my drives from the ladies tees are a big advantage, but today I was directionally challenged off the tee more often than not.

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.

It was a terrific day– wonderful weather, 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.

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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.

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!

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-Cait

@Cmoyer

MLB Annouces “Franchise Four” Campaign for 2015 All-Star Game

Major League Baseball today announced the launch of the “Franchise Four” campaign, which will allow fans to vote for the most impactful players who best represent each Major League franchise and several other significant categories in the sport’s history.  The winners of the month-long period of fan voting on MLB.com/FranchiseFour will be announced during pregame ceremonies before Baseball’s 86th All-Star Game on Tuesday, July 14 at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati on FOX.

Beginning today and running through Friday, May 8, fans can visit MLB.com/FranchiseFour to select the four most impactful players who best represent the history of each franchise out of eight choices from its lineage. 

The Brewers ballot includes: Ryan Braun, Cecil Cooper, Prince Fielder, Rollie Fingers, Jim Gantner, Paul Molitor, Gorman Thomas and Robin Yount.

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An additional write-in option will be available to fans on the ballot, which also can be accessed via mobile devices. The eight players were selected based on the recommendations of a blue-ribbon panel, in consultation with the 30 Clubs.  The panel was asked to identify “the most impactful players who best represent the history of each franchise (or special category)” for the ballot.

The panelists were MLB’s Official Historian John Thorn and representatives from MLB’s official statistician, the Elias Sports Bureau; MLB.com; MLB Network; and the Baseball Writers’ Association of America (BBWAA).  In addition to the 30 franchises, fans can vote for three special categories: the “Greatest Living Players”; the greatest Negro Leagues Players; and the sport’s greatest Pioneers, encompassing players whose careers began more than a century ago.

MLB Chief Operating Officer Tony Petitti said: “The All-Star Game is a celebration of the National Pastime, and Cincinnati’s rich baseball heritage makes it a perfect venue to highlight the great players who are synonymous with our Clubs and those who played pivotal roles in the game’s history.  We believe that the Franchise Four campaign will engage fans in a fun and meaningful way and will link the past and the present in the manner that Baseball does so uniquely.”

 

Brewers Alumni Attend 2015 Arctic Tailgate

Several Brewers alumni were on hand at today’s Arctic Tailgate event and our own Jeff Levering spoke to Gorman Thomas, Jerry Augustine, Don August and Larry Hisle to get their impressions on the event and the fan support. Check it out:

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Thanks to all the fans who came out to Miller Park today and for those of you who purchased tickets today- 101,000 tickets were sold, tied for second-highest sold in a single day in team history. View more photos from today’s event here.

Cait

@Cmoyer

 

 

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