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Ice Bucket Challenge Continues; Join Us to Help Strike Out ALS

As you know, the “Ice Bucket Challenge,” an initiative started to raise awareness and funds to help strike out ALS, has been sweeping the globe and has passed through the Brewers Clubhouse along the way.

Ryan Braun completed the challenge last Saturday and in turn tagged teammates Jonathan Lucroy, Kyle Lohse, and Carlos GomezPadres Manager Bud Black issued the challenge to Brewers Manager Ron Roenicke, along with  Angels Manager Mike Scioscia, and Rays Manager Joe Maddon and Ron completed the challenge yesterday.

And it continues to spread, not only in the Clubhouse, but throughout the organization.

Last week, we announced that Brewers Community Foundation donated $5000 to ALSA Wisconsin on behalf of the Brewers and today, both  Brewers Director of Media Relations, Mike Vassallo, and I completed challenges issued to us personally and issued challenges of our own:

But the biggest challenge we can issue is to simply join us in fighting ALS, whether you get wet or not.

ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s disease, is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. Recently, the disease has been gaining a LOT of attention from this Ice Bucket Challenge, started by ALS patients Pete Frates and Pat Quinn to help raise money and awareness for the disease.

According to The Wall Street Journal, as of Thursday, the ALS Association had raised $7.6 million in donations in two weeks, compared with $1.4 million raised during the same two-week period last year. In addition, over 145,900 new donors have stepped up to the plate to help strike out ALS.

Visit ALSA.org to do your part.

-Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

 

 

 

 

Ron Roenicke Completes “Ice Bucket Challenge” Issued by Padres Manager Bud Black

On the off-chance you’ve missed all the excitement over the past two weeks, people have been dumping buckets of ice water over their heads all across the country as part of the “Ice Bucket Challenge,” an initiative started to raise awareness and funds to help strike out ALS.

The challenge has been hitting celebrities, pro athletes and everyday folks alike and the Brewers have been no exception.

Ryan Braun completed the challenge last Saturday and in turn tagged teammates Jonathan Lucroy, Kyle Lohse, and Carlos Gomez.

And the players aren’t the only ones helping out this worthy cause. Managers are getting in on the fun and showing their support, too.

Yesterday, on MLB Network’s Intentional Talk, Padres Manager Bud Black issued the challenge to Brewers Manager Ron Roenicke, along with  Angels Manager Mike Scioscia, and Rays Manager Joe Maddon.

And today, Ron good-naturedly accepted and completed the challenge, with a little help from Coaches  Garth Iorg and Ed Sedar:

Here are some stills:

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ALS is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. ALS is also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease after the famed baseball player whose struggle with this disease and death in 1941 brought it national attention.

And recently, the disease has been gaining a LOT of attention from this Ice Bucket Challenge, started by ALS patients Pete Frates and Pat Quinn to help raise money and awareness for the disease. The challenge is quite simple: Fill up a bucket of ice water, as cold as you can get. Have someone record a video while you dump the bucket over your head. Then share on social media, issuing the challenge to three friends.

Along with the team getting cold and wet for a cause, Brewers Community Foundation has also made a donation of $5,000 to ALSA Wisconsin on behalf of the Club and the Ice Bucket Challenge participants. Click here to join us in our support.

-Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

 

 

 

 

Aaron Rodgers, Sophia Minnaert Respond to Brewers “Ice Bucket Challenge”

Over the weekend, the Ice Bucket Challenge made its way through the Brewers Clubhouse, starting with Ryan Braun on Saturday and culminating with Kyle Lohse, Jonathan Lucroy and Carlos Gomez on Sunday.

Brewers Ice Bucket Challenge

Designed to help raise money and awareness for ALS, the Ice Bucket Challenge is quite simple: Fill up a bucket of ice water, as cold as you can get. Have someone record a video while you dump the bucket over your head. Then share on social media, issuing the challenge to three friends.

Yesterday, Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers (via Jonathan Lucroy);PGA golfer Jason Dufner (via Kyle Lohse, likely as payback for the Stadium Shootout Golf Challenge); and FOX Sports Wisconsin’s Sophia Minnaert (via Carlos Gomez) were tapped for the challenge and so far, two of the three complied.

Aaron Rodgers:

 

Sophia Minnaert:

 

No word yet from Jason Dufner, but we’ll give him an extension on the 24-hour window commonly given for the challenge, as the golfer was forced to withdraw from the 2014 PGA Championship after nine holes on Thursday due to bulging discs in his neck.

Thanks to each of these Ice Bucket Challenge participants for being such good sports and helping to raise awareness and funds for ALS. To learn more about how you can help, click here.

 

-Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

Lucroy, Lohse & Gomez Complete “Ice Bucket Challenge” Issued by Ryan Braun–See Who is On Deck!

In case you missed it, yesterday, Ryan Braun completed the “Ice Bucket Challenge”  issued to him by former Brewers prospect and recent winner of The Bachelorette, Josh Murray.

In turn, Ryan Braun tagged Jonathan Lucroy, Kyle Lohse, and Carlos Gomez to step up the the plate and help #StrikeOutALS, which they did together, today:

Bob Uecker was standing by and we captured his reaction:

And here are some stills:

Carlos Gomez, Kyle Lohse & Jonathan Lucroy prepare for the Ice Bucket Challenge while Bob Uecker looks on.

Carlos Gomez, Kyle Lohse & Jonathan Lucroy prepare for the Ice Bucket Challenge while Bob Uecker looks on.

Whew! That's cold! But it's for a good cause--helping to #StrikeOutALS.

Whew! That’s cold! But it’s for a good cause–helping to #StrikeOutALS.

Up next: Aaron Rodgers, Jason Dufner and Sophia Minnaert.

Up next: Aaron Rodgers, Jason Dufner and Sophia Minnaert.

On Deck are Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers (challenged by Jonathan Lucroy); PGA golfer Jason Dufner (challenged by Kyle Lohse, likely as payback for the Stadium Shootout Golf Challenge); and FOX Sports Wisconsin’s Sophia Minnaert (challenged by Carlos Gomez).

ALS is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. ALS is also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease after the famed baseball player whose struggle with this disease and death in 1941 brought it national attention.

And recently, the disease has been gaining a LOT of attention from this Ice Bucket Challenge, started by ALS patients Pete Frates and Pat Quinn to help raise money and awareness for the disease. The challenge is quite simple: Fill up a bucket of ice water, as cold as you can get. Have someone record a video while you dump the bucket over your head. Then share on social media, issuing the challenge to three friends.

 

-Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

 

 

 

 

It’s Golf Night at Miller Park!

Tonight, along with the PGA of America and Kohler Co., we’re celebrating “Golf Night at Miller Park”!

We’re just about one year-out from the 2015 PGA Championship, which is preparing to make its third visit to Whistling Straits in nearby Kohler, Wis., August 10-16, 2015.

We assisted the 2015 PGA Championship in kicking off its ticket pre-registration period in late April by hosting defending PGA Champion Jason Dufner at Miller Park. As you may recall, during his visit, Dufner had a little fun with Brewers pitcher Kyle Lohse, who ended up losing a bet to the golfer.

And tonight, we’ve got a variety of opportunities and activities for fans:

  • The first 25,000 adults who entered the stadium received a Brewers Coupon book; inside the book is a coupon with instructions on how to pre-register for 2015 PGA Championship tickets. All Brewers fans who pre-register using the coupon will be entered for a chance to win this pin flag signed by Jason Dufner and Kyle Lohse:

Lohse Dufner Flag

 

If you didn’t receive the coupon book, you can still pre-register by completing the free and required online ticket pre-registration by tomorrow at www.PGAChampionship.com in order to be eligible to purchase tickets during the public sale, which will run August 11-30, 2014.

  • Prior to the game, fans were able to participate in contests with the Kohler Golf Academy and receive quick tips and lessons from local Wisconsin PGA Professionals outside Miller Park on the 3rd Base Plaza.
  • One lucky fan will also be chosen to participate in a putting contest on top of the Brewers dugout and had the chance to win 2015 PGA Championship tickets, as well as a one-night stay at The American Club and golf on one of Kohler’s award-winning courses.

 

 -Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

Happy PGA Championship Week! Enter to Win Tix to Golf Night at Miller Park and a Cap Signed by Kyle Lohse!

It’s PGA Championship Week and the 2014 tournament is underway today at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Kentucky.

As you know by now, I love golf, so you can be sure I’ll be watching in between ballgames this weekend.

But NEXT YEAR, I will be heading up to Whistling Straits in Kohler as the 2015 tournament will be held here in Wisconsin August 10-16.

And, in case you missed it, this Saturday, along with the PGA of America and Kohler Co., we’ll be celebrating Golf Night at Miller Park with all sorts of fun activities and opportunities for fans.

You may recall that earlier this season, we assisted the 2015 PGA Championship in kicking off its ticket pre-registration period in late April by hosting defending PGA Champion Jason Dufner at Miller Park. During his visit, Dufner had a little fun with Brewers pitcher Kyle Lohse.

Dew Deck Lohse

And today, to celebrate PGA Championship Week, Golf Night at Miller Park and next year’s PGA Championship in Kohler, we’ve got a pair of tickets to Saturday’s game to give away, along with this 2015 PGA Championship cap signed by Kyle:

LOHSE PGA HAT

All you have to do is follow @Brewers on Twitter and Retweet our designated tweet for your chance to win.

If you don’t win, you can still have fun at the game on Saturday. Tickets for “Golf Night at Miller Park” are available at  Brewers.com or by calling 414-902-GAME.

Fans hoping to attend the 2015 PGA Championship should complete the free and required online ticket pre-registration by Sunday at www.PGAChampionship.com in order to be eligible to purchase tickets during the public sale, which will run August 11-30, 2014.

See you at both!

 -Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

JOIN THE MILWAUKEE BREWERS AND THE 2015 PGA CHAMPIONSHIP FOR ‘GOLF NIGHT AT MILLER PARK’ ON AUGUST 9  

My worlds are colliding! We’re hosting GOLF NIGHT AT MILLER PARK!

Today, we, along with the PGA of America and Kohler Co., are pleased to announce that “Golf Night at Miller Park” will take place when the Brewers host the Los Angeles Dodgers at 6:10 p.m. CT on Saturday, August 9.

The game falls just prior to the year-out mark of the 2015 PGA Championship, which is preparing to make its third visit to Whistling Straits in nearby Kohler, Wis., August 10-16, 2015. Fans hoping to attend the 2015 PGA Championship should complete the free and required online ticket pre-registration by August 10 at www.PGAChampionship.com in order to be eligible to purchase tickets during the public sale, which will run August 11-30, 2014.

“Baseball and golf are two of Wisconsin’s most beloved games, and we’re thrilled to celebrate ‘Golf Night at Miller Park’ with the Milwaukee Brewers and the team’s great fans as we continue the countdown to Whistling Straits,” said 2015 PGA Championship Director Jason Mengel. “We’re also very excited to be tracking near record levels of ticket pre-registration for the 2015 PGA Championship, and would encourage everyone to pre-register at www.PGAChampionship.com by the quickly approaching August 10 deadline.”

The Milwaukee Brewers assisted the 2015 PGA Championship in kicking off its ticket pre-registration period in late April by hosting defending PGA Champion Jason Dufner at Miller Park.

As you may recall, during his visit, Dufner had a little fun with Brewers pitcher Kyle Lohse, who ended up losing a bet to the golfer.

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“Golf Night at Miller Park” on August 9 will include a variety of opportunities and activities for fans:

  • The first 25,000 adults who enter the stadium will receive a Brewers Coupon book; inside the book will be a coupon with instructions on how to pre-register for 2015 PGA Championship tickets. All Brewers fans who pre-register using the coupon will be entered for a chance to win a pin flag signed by Jason Dufner and Kyle Lohse.

Lohse Dufner Flag

  • Prior to the game, fans can participate in contests with the Kohler Golf Academy and receive quick tips and lessons from local Wisconsin PGA Professionals outside Miller Park on the 3rd Base Plaza.
  • One lucky fan will be chosen to participate in a putting contest on top of the Brewers dugout and have the chance to win 2015 PGA Championship tickets, as well as a one-night stay at The American Club and golf on one of Kohler’s award-winning courses.

Tickets for “Golf Night at Miller Park” are available at  Brewers.com or by calling 414-902-GAME.

See you there!

 -Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

Kyle Lohse v. Jason Dufner: The Stadium Shootout

By now you probably know I’m an avid golfer, so while I’ll be at Miller Park next week when the Reds are in town, I’ll also be keeping an eye on the second Major of the season… The U.S. Open Championship at Pinehurst No. 2.

And speaking of Majors, earlier this season, defending PGA Champion Jason Dufner had time to visit Miller Park as part of a day-long trip to Wisconsin to help promote the 2015 PGA Championship, which will be played August 10-16, 2015, at Whistling Straits in Kohler.

So, while we had him here, we asked him if he would take some swings… not in the batting cages, but rather all around the stadium, taking some fun golf shots from various vantage points.

The team was on the road while Jason was here, but Kyle Lohse found out about his visit via Twitter, where the two ended up exchanging some playful tweets:

If you’ve been following along this season, you know by now that Kyle is quite the golfer himself —and that he’s been known to engage in some friendly bets on the course, including one with me that got him on Twitter in the first place.

Many news outlets and golf publications picked up on the Twitter conversation, but most wrote it off as a funny exchange.

But here’s the thing. Offline, these guys turned it into a real challenge and we’ve got the scoop for you here:

 

The Bet

Each golfer participated in five golf challenges around Miller Park, where they got to take four shots each. The best shots from each golfer would be compared for each challenge. The golfer who won the majority of the challenges is declared the overall winner.

 

The Challenges

1)      Dew Deck: Closest to Home Plate (145-yds) :

A tough, elevated par-3 with very little green to work with. Okay, actually no green to work with. Good luck getting your shot to land in the dirt near home plate.

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2)      Terrace Level: Closest to the Pin (140-yds) :

A similar challenge to the first, but this time you get to land it in the grass.

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3)      Home Plate: Closest to the Pin (72-yds):

You think you got game? What about a short game? This one’s just a short pitch over the pitcher’s mound, but it’s trickier than it looks!

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4)      Home Plate: Long Drive (with Restricted Flight Ball):

Sorry, Hank, but it’s time to let the big dog eat. Grip it n’ rip it on this one, boys, because with the restricted flight ball, you’re not going to be able to knock one out of the park. (While we trust your swings, we love our scoreboard a little too much.)

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5)      Home Bullpen: Closest to Home Plate (120-yds):

This is a short-iron shot from the Brewers bullpen in left field to home plate, again with no green to work with. We know Kyle can hit a catcher’s mitt from 60’ 6” but how about 360’ 6”?

 

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The Stakes

The loser must tweet a photo with text revering the winner.

 

The Results

And now, without further adieu, we give you what I’m calling “The Stadium Shootout”:

 

 

The Payoff

Well, it came down to the final shot and it was fun while it lasted, but ultimately, Jason defeated Kyle 1-up. And since Kyle is a man of his word…

Perhaps there will be time for a rematch when Jason returns next summer for the PGA Championship. Along with Kyle and me, there are a number of Brewers players and front office staff  who love golf and are very excited for the tournament , which was held in Kohler in 2004 and 2010, to return to Wisconsin.  This is Major.

 

-Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

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