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Tonight, following the Brewers-Padres game, many Brewers players and coaches headed over to the Hitters Baseball Academy in Racine to take part in a special event benefiting bullpen catcher and Racine native Marcus Hanel’s charity–and raised over $55,000 in the process.
Marcus has always had a desire to help children and so, about 12 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 dinner, autographs from Brewers players, entertainment from the Jesse White Tumblers, and the opportunity to participate in auctions and raffles. Of course proceeds from the event went to the Koos for Kids organization, where they are used to give back to the community.
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.
Hanel was also excited to announce that Koos for Kids is offering a scholarship program: “ We’ll be giving $2500 each for college to two kids of need in Racine. They will get an opportunity to advance and go to school. It’s a pretty cool thing so we’re excited to implement that.”
Here are some photos from tonight’s event:
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 find out how you can help, click here.
Throughout the Brewers Clubhouse it is well known that Brewers pitcher Jeremy Jeffress loves Skittles. And when Jeffress’ mom came to visit last week, she confirmed that he’s always loved them, ever since he was a little kid.
In fact, many fans have started to catch on to this and some have even given him packages of his beloved candy.
However, recently the Five Fruity Flavors were at the heart of a clubhouse controversy between Jeffress and fellow pitcher/best friend Will Smith. Smith, who is currently on the disabled list and did not travel with the team on the first road trip of the season, was assisting me with some social media during a game by tweeting and Snapchatting live from the clubhouse. (You can check out the tweets on the #LeftyBehind hashtag.)
Right before he left for the night, this happened and we caught it all on video:
Of course, Jeffress saw the tweet…
…and later returned the favor by stealing some candy out of Smith’s locker:
Of course this candy “war” was all in good fun, but Skittles wanted to make sure that their tasty treats wouldn’t cause any conflict in the clubhouse moving forward. So, they sent a special package. Here, Jeffress explains what he received:
Here’s a copy of the letter:
Jeffress was understandably stoked to receive such an awesome care package, which even included his absolute favorite, Sour Skittles!
A big thank you to Skittles on behalf of Jeffress and Smith for the care package. We appreciate you looking out for the Crew!
Side Note: Skittles are so beloved by Jeffress that he told me that he’s even named his curveball after the candy, henceforth it shall be known as “Skittles” and Jeffress will make opposing batters “Taste the Rainbow.”
April 20 is National Look-alike Day, so it’s fitting that we’re playing the Twins tonight.
In honor of this “holiday,”I also surveyed some of the Brewers to find out if they ever get told that they look like someone else, or if they think another teammate looks like someone else. Here’s what I uncovered.
I started by approaching the Brewers bullpen as a whole. “Question for you guys. ‘Look-alike Day’ is next week, so I was just curious if any of you ever get told you look like anoth….” I barely got the question out when everyone began pointing at Michael Blazek, who they think bears a striking resemblance to Bryce Harper of the Washington Nationals.
Blazek said he has also been told he reminds some people of Kevin Bacon; I also mentioned that to me he looks a bit like Michael C. Hall as “Dexter.”
Turns out Blazek wasn’t the only one in the bullpen who has been told he has a double. Corey Knebel looks a bit like the QB for the Washington Redskins (and fellow University of Texas alum) Colt McCoy, whereas Jeremy Jeffress gets likened to Paul Pierce of the Los Angeles Clippers.
I next approached Scooter Gennett who told me, “No one. I’m one of a kind!” Yes. Yes, he certainly is:
Pitcher Taylor Jungmann has said he’s been asked to sign a Tyler Thornburg card once or twice. “I’m like ‘Look at the height on the card!'” said Jungmann, who at 6’6″ tall has a good 7″ on Thornburg.
While Kirk Nieuwenhuis said that he doesn’t think he himself looks like anyone, he does think Domingo Santana looks a bit like retired NBA player Tracy McGrady.
And in talking to Chase Anderson, he told me that’s gotten compared to Will Ferrell in the past. I never would’ve thought that until he mentioned it, but now that he’s said it, I can see the resemblance in his smile and eyes.
Of course most Brewers fans are already aware of the more than striking resemblance pitcher Matt Garza bears to the Count from Sesame Street… so much so that it spawned the Count Garza Gnome Giveaway last season.
“I get ‘the guy from the All-State commercials,'” first baseman Chris Carter responded when I surveyed him. That “guy” is Dennis Haysbert, who also played Pedro Cerrano in the movie Major League for those of you scoring at home.
And last but not least, ever since the Club introduced David Stearns as our new GM last fall, fans have been quick to point out that he looks quite similar to a certain 6x Brewers All-Star.
“I got Andy Pettitte a lot when I was in New York and now it’s been Ryan Braun since I’ve been here,” Stearns said with a chuckle.So, there you have it. Some Brewers doppelgängers in honor of National Look-alike Day. Do you agree with these assessments? Think there’s one we missed? Do you ever get mistaken for a celebrity or athlete (or at least compared to one)? Let me know in the comments below!
As for me, I’ve been told that I look a bit like Renee Zellweger or Leann Rimes. Not sure I really see either one, but they are both lovely ladies, so I’ll take it as a compliment.
Although there are many new faces this spring, this Brewers clubhouse already seems to have a great vibe. There is a lot of positive energy and the players seem to be bonding with ease. Perhaps that’s because the players are finding common interests both on and off the field and building chemistry in new ways.
For example, in addition to the game of chess, many Brewers players seem to be bonding over the game of golf this season.
I recently had another chance to hit the links with some of them this spring at the scenic Lookout Mountain Golf Club.My foursome included Brewers pitchers Chris Capuano, Will Smith and Matt Garza, while the group playing behind us was also comprised of all pitchers: Tyler Thornburg, Michael Blazek, Jeremy Jeffress and Sean Nolin.
While I’ve played with a couple of these guys before, I was surprised that this many players chose to spend their downtime out on the links.
I started chatting with Michael Blazek about it and he explained why he believes it’s such a popular pastime for the players—especially pitchers— away from the field.
“It’s not really about the game of golf. You just go and hang out with friends…. It’s a better way for us to get together away from the field and not think about baseball and have fun at the same time. It just takes your mind off of what you’re doing here every single day. There’s not many things that we can do as a group away from the field….so golf is the easiest thing to do for us and it’s just a good way for us– especially our pitchers, a lot of us golf–and [the course] is just a place for us to kind of get together,” Blazek said.
Thornburg agrees. “A lot of hitters hate golf because they think it will ruin their swing. Plus, position players have to go every day during Spring Training for the most part and when they get a day off they don’t want to spend four hours on a course.”
Capuano is the probably the best golfer in the clubhouse this spring. He says he has about a 4 handicap, and has shot par a couple of time, with his best round being a 67 at the Boulders in Scottsdale. Although, he’s quite modest and is quick to point out that the course was a par 71.
“I feel like he should definitely be better than a 4 handicap,” Thornburg tells me. I concur. While Thornburg shot a respectable 83, Capuano shot a 37 on the front 9 at Lookout Mountain and kept it rolling on the back, although he didn’t get to play all 18 holes.
For Capuano, who started playing golf as a young child while caddying for his dad, he says his favorite part of the game is being outside.
“It’s relaxing,” he says. “Being a pitcher, I really enjoy the satisfaction of hitting a target and I think golf is very similar in the rhythm and timing that’s involved in the golf swing. It’s similar to the throw, and just hitting that target is very rewarding.”
For me personally, I would agree that golf provides a good bonding opportunity. While I enjoy the sport and grew up playing it, outings like these not only provide fun social media content, but they also help me get to know the players better away from the field, which helps when working with them closely over the course of a long season.
And whether it’s fishing or golf, or another hobby, it is good to see the guys get a chance to relax and unwind now because we know once the regular season is underway, there will be little (if any) time for those things.
I hope the Brew Crew is enjoying the first of just two off days this spring!
Looks like some of the #CactusCrew did indeed hit the links yesterday:
The baseball season is a long one–162 games in 180 days–and that doesn’t even count Spring Training and all those Cactus League games. In Spring Training especially, players often arrive very early in the morning to get in their own workouts before the scheduled practices and games, so there is often a lot of natural downtime that happens as a result.
As players are going in and out of the workout and trainers’ rooms and eating breakfast, you’ll see groups of guys gather to talk and often play games to pass the time. Sometimes, it’s cards, sometimes it’s dominoes, but this year, there’s been a new game, which is actually quite old, sweeping the clubhouse: chess.
Chess is a sport that improves memory and concentration, enhances creativity and problem-solving skills and exercises both sides of the brain, so this is certainly a beneficial hobby that is having its moment in the clubhouse.
Reliever Jeremy Jeffress is the one who brought in a chessboard this spring after picking up the game over the offseason.
He says it all started over the winter when he visited the home of a friend of a friend who had a board in his living room.
“I was like, ‘Hey, I’ve never learned how to play chess. I’ve got a lot of time right now…..Can you teach me a little bit?'” Jeffress said. “Then he just showed me basically how the pieces move. And then he said I that I’ve got to learn my strategy first–my defensive strategy, then my offensive strategy and then play the best way I know how.”
After that, he was hooked. Why?
“First of all, it’s the competition,” Jeffress explains. “I like that and creating my own strategy–trying to be smarter than the other guy is basically what I like.”
He claims to be a pretty good player in the clubhouse, where there are a lot of guys who either play or are now learning the game.
“Tyler Cravy’s a good player. Taylor Jungmann’s a good player. Michael Blazek and Corey Knebel are just learning, but they are coming a long….. Scooter Gennett, Eric Young and Matt Garza know how to play….almost everybody is playing,” Jeffress says.
“I’ve been learning,” says Knebel, who says he has gravitated to the game because it is something new. “I know where the pieces go and I know a few things, but I’m not winning that often.
When they’re not taking a turn at the chessboard, many of the players are sharpening their skills via the chess mobile app.
It’s not surprising that this game has so many players hooked. Baseball is an inherently strategic sport and all of these guys are highly competitive, so it makes sense that chess is a way to challenge themselves mentally while taking a breather from their day to day physical tasks.
“Right now my favorite app is probably the chess app because we’re playing chess…. Everyone here is playing chess so I’ve got to get better at that,” Blazek says.
Jeffress confirms that he, too, cannot get enough of the chess app. “I play every night before I go to sleep.”
Major League Baseball has launched the 2016 Honorary Bat Girl Contest, which will identify one fan per MLB Club who has been affected by breast cancer and has demonstrated a commitment to battling the disease.
Men and women, ages 18 and older, can share stories about themselves or loved ones who are “Going to Bat Against Breast Cancer” by visiting HonoraryBatGirl.com, powered by MLB Advanced Media, for a chance to be recognized on-field by their favorite team on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 8th. For Clubs that are away on Mother’s Day, another home game will be selected to recognize their Honorary Bat Girl.
Fans also are invited to visit the site to vote for these inspirational stories, which are designed to provide hope and motivation for the fight against breast cancer. Entries can be submitted by breast cancer survivors, friends and family, advocates and/or supporters of the cause through April 14 at 4:59 p.m. ET.
Health & wellness expert and star of Just Jillian on E! Network, Jillian Michaels, as well as Scott Kazmir of the Los Angeles Dodgers, Jered Weaver of the Los Angeles Angels, Kevin Gausman of the Baltimore Orioles, Jeremy Jeffress of the Milwaukee Brewers, Sam Ryan & Chris Rose of MLB Network and Lindsay Berra & Alyson Footer of MLB.com will serve as guest judges for the contest.
Michaels is an ambassador for Stand Up To Cancer. Both Kazmir’s and Weaver’s mothers are breast cancer survivors. Gausman lost both his grandmothers to breast cancer. Jeffress lost both his aunt and uncle to cancer. Ryan’s mother is a breast cancer survivor, and Rose has several close friends who have been affected by the disease. Each judge will review a portion of the submissions and their opinions will be considered in the selection process. Additional Major Leaguers may also join the panel and will be announced at a later date.
A panel of judges, including the guest judging panel, will help select the winning submissions based on the following criteria: originality, quality of writing, demonstration of commitment to breast cancer awareness and public appeal (as determined by online fan votes).
During MLB’s annual recognition of Mother’s Day, one Honorary Bat Girl per home Club will take part in pre-game activities, including being recognized during an on-field ceremony, and also receive pink MLB merchandise along with two tickets to the game.
The Honorary Bat Girl program was introduced in 2009 to raise additional awareness and support for the annual “Going to Bat Against Breast Cancer” initiative, which is commemorated on Mother’s Day. In seven years, thousands of unique testimonials have been submitted and millions of fan votes have been cast. Going to Bat Against Breast Cancer is a Major League Baseball initiative supported by its charitable partners, Stand Up To Cancer and Susan G. Komen. The initiative raises awareness about breast cancer, while also raising funds to support breast cancer research.
On every Mother’s Day since 2006, hundreds of MLB players use pink bats by Louisville Slugger, the Official Bat of Major League Baseball, stamped with the MLB breast cancer awareness logo. To further demonstrate their support for the breast cancer cause, players and on-field personnel have worn the symbolic pink ribbon on their uniforms as well as pink wrist bands. Commemorative dugout lineup cards also have been pink and stamped with the pink ribbon logo. Game-used Louisville Slugger pink bats and other game-used gear from Mother’s Day games have been auctioned exclusively on MLB.com to raise funds for the fight against breast cancer.
For more information, please visit HonoraryBatGirl.com.
Thank you to the 11,763 fans who came out to Brewers On Deck at the Wisconsin Center in downtown Milwaukee today!
There were so many stages and events going on all day long that it was impossible to cover it all from a social media standpoint–especially considering that we had our hands full at the Social Media Stage.
This year we pulled out all the stops, including Photo Bombs (with Jimmy Nelson and then Martin Maldonado & Taylor Jungmann), a #BrewersPhone takeover with Tyler Thornburg & Gorman Thomas, Twitter Q&A with Top OF prospect Brett Phillips, a game of Heads Up! with Michael Blazek & Corey Knebel and, last but certainly not least, a much-hyped lip sync battle between Will Smith and Jeremy Jeffress.
This outgoing dynamic duo each chose their songs in advance and performed them in front of the audience at our stage this afternoon.
In round 1, JJ led off with “Where Are U Now” by Justin Bieber and Will followed that up with Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You.”
In round 2, JJ “sang” “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg” by the Temptations and Will answered with “P.Y.T.” by Michael Jackson.
For the tiebreaker round, we chose the song…. The guys each had to do their best version of Adele’s “Hello.”
The winner was decided on by the cheers of the crowds. Admittedly it was a VERY close competition. JJ’s got mad dance moves and Will’s humor/”singing” really got the audience riled up.
Alas, we had to choose a winner and Will Smith was dubbed the 2016 #BrewersOnDeck Lip Sync Battle Winner.
For his prize, Will went home with a copy of “I Will Always Love You,” Whitney Houston’s Greatest Hits CD and he also won an Adele shirt. However, he had the choice of wearing it for the rest of the day, or making JJ wear it instead.
Here’s what he chose:
Don’t worry folks, we didn’t leave JJ hangin’. He left with the parting gift of a Justin Bieber plush throw.For those of you interested in watching a rough previously live streamed version of the full battle, you have until about 2pm CT on Monday to view the Periscope Broadcast here.
Time for me to sign off for tonight, but we’ll have more Brewers On Deck recap coverage, probably all week long. There was just that much great content.
Also: Speaking of content, don’t forget to share yours with us! Be sure to upload your photos from today’s event to Twitter and/or Instagram using the hashtag #BrewersOnDeck. We’ll select some winners to win a trip down Bernie’s slide, tickets and more!
I don’t know about you, but this event really has me pumped up for baseball season. April 4 can’t come soon enough. 64 days!
The Milwaukee Brewers announced their postseason award winners today as voted by members of the Milwaukee Chapter of the Baseball Writers Association of America (BBWAA). A total of seven ballots were cast for each award, assigning five points for first place, three for second and one for third.
Right fielder Ryan Braun earned Brewers Most Valuable Player with all seven first-place votes (35 points). Braun, who has now won the award three times (also 2011-12), batted .285 with 25 HR, 84 RBI and 24 stolen bases in 140 games. He was selected to his sixth All-Star Game. He produced his fourth career 20/20 season and ranked among the National League leaders in stolen bases (T8th) and slugging percentage (9th, .498). First baseman Adam Lind (19 points) finished second in voting with six second-place votes and one third-place vote.
Francisco Rodriguez was voted Brewers Most Valuable Pitcher, earning all seven first-place votes (35 points). Rodriguez went 1-3 with a 2.21 ERA and 38 saves in 60 appearances. His 38 saves tied for fifth in the National League. He was selected to his sixth All-Star Game. Rodriguez, who produced his seventh season of 35+ saves (also 2005-09 and 2014), now ranks seventh on the all-time Major League saves list (386). Jeremy Jeffress (14 points) and Jimmy Nelson (11) finished second and third, respectively.
Adam Lind (31 points) earned Brewers Top Newcomer ahead of pitcher Taylor Jungmann (22). Lind received five first-place votes and two second-place votes. Acquired from Toronto last November 1 in exchange for pitcher Marco Estrada, he batted .277 with 20 HR and a team-leading 87 RBI in 149 games. Lind earned Brewers Player of the Month honors for both April (21g, .333, 4hr, 13rbi) and June (26g, .326, 3hr, 19rbi).
Jeremy Jeffress (24 points) took home Brewers Unsung Hero honors ahead of fellow reliever Will Smith (15). Jeffress received four first-place votes, a second-place vote and a third-place vote. He went 5-0 with a 2.65 ERA in 72 appearances this season, posting a sterling 1.40 ERA over his last 25 outings (25.2ip, 4er).
Jonathan Lucroy received all seven first-place votes (35 points) to capture his third consecutive Good Guy Award. Three players received votes with pitcher Kyle Lohse (14 points) and second baseman Scooter Gennett (12) finishing second and third, respectively.
Today, we proved that there is such a thing as a free lunch as we hosted three “pop-up” or surprise tailgates around the city:
Around 11am this morning, we started posting messages on our social media platforms encouraging fans to come join us for lunch at noon.
When fans arrived at Bayshore Mall’s Town Square, outside UWM’s Student Union and at the park on Water Street, across from the Milwaukee Public Market, they were treated to a free hot dog or brat, chips and a drink, served up by Brewers players.
Mascots were also on hand and free bobbleheads were distributed.
This was just a fun way to get the players out in the community and show fans how much we appreciate them as we head into the last weeks of the 2015 season.
Here’s a look at the festivities and some of the fan reaction on social media from each location.
Bayshore Mall’s Town Square
Relievers Will Smith and Tyler Thornburg were on hand to man the grills over at Bayshore.
Water Street, Across from Milwaukee Public Market
Downtown on Water Street, across from the Milwaukee Public Market, pitchers Corey Knebel, Tyler Cravy and Taylor Jungmann served up a lunch that hit the spot:
And finally, on UWM’s campus (without any pre-promotion since we knew we’d have a huge volume of hungry college kids to feed), Jeremy Jeffress, Logan Schafer and Scooter Gennett dished out grub and posed for many selfies:
The #CookoutWithTheCrew caused quite the buzz around the city over the lunch hour, so much so that we were trending:
Did you #CookoutWithTheCrew today? Be sure to post your photos on Twitter and/or Instagram using the hashtag and we’ll share our favorites!