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Last year, SportService debuted the Chef’s Table , a stand featuring concession options that changed based on the opponent we were playing (think Cincinnati Chili when we play the Reds, pierogies when we play the Pirates, etc.
Well, new for 2013, the Chef’s Table has transformed into a food truck called the Double Clutch, located outside Section 215 on the Loge Level. Instead of menu items related to our opponent, the Double Clutch aims to feature unique fare that would be something similar to that found on a food truck. The concessions will change each series and offer a fun variety.
The feature for the Opening Series vs. the Rockies is a meatball stuffed with spaghetti, topped with sauce and provolone cheese for $9.00.
Check back here all season long for What John and Cait Ate reviews, including the updated Double Clutch items!
Happy Opening Day!
The Arizona Fall League continues to help develop Major League talent every year. The developmental league, just winding down a six-week schedule in the Phoenix area, is in its 20th year. Brewers President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Doug Melvin and Vice President – Assistant General Manager Gord Ash have each seen the league grow since day one.
“The league itself is very well scouted and an important stepping stone for future Major Leaguers,” Melvin said. “We send all of our scouts there knowing that this is one of the top developmental leagues. It will continue to be the top developmental league for years to come because of the competition involved.”
When Major League organizations take seven top prospects and send them to take part in this league, the competition is very high. Teams are in the homestretch of a 32-game schedule. Games are held six-days a week around the Phoenix-area.
“The level of competition is what makes the league so important to the development of these players,” Ash said. “They aren’t playing a regular season game; there is an elite level of competitive talent there. It’s not just a game either; there is work and practice too which helps fundamentals. There is no travel which decreases stress for players, you are in one place and focused on baseball.”
Each organization send scouts to games throughout the league to view this level of competition. Seeing these players play in the Arizona Fall League helps teams come assess what opponents have in their developmental system and comes in handy around the trade deadline.
Take the Brewers mid-season trade with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim that sent Zack Greinke to the Angels. One of the key players in the trade, Jean Segura, played in the Fall League last year and was seen by Brewers scouts.
“Segura is a good example of a player we saw in the Fall League last year and liked,” Melvin said. ”We were able to see him against that high level of competition. He proved to us he was ready and when the Angels called on Greinke, we were ready with reports on Segura that included the Fall League.
The players know every game there is a minimum of 30 scouts each game. During the year, scouts may only see five, six or seven legitimate prospects in games, but here you get a chance to see a lot of players in every game. We send all of our scouts down there at different times.”
While a number of Brewers players like Josh Prince have put up impressive numbers during the Fall League, they aren’t the most important gauge of a player’s success in the league. Switching positions, working on driving the ball to the opposite field or a pitcher’s introduction to a new pitch are all things that are common in the league, giving a skewed perception of numbers.
“I don’t get too worried about performance and numbers; maybe they are working on something,” Melvin added. It is important for guys to get work in. Get at bats and innings pitched against solid competition day in and day out. That is the spirit of the league. Good numbers are able to show us that players are ready to compete at the next level.”
Melvin and Ash each visited the Fall League in October along with other members of the Brewers Front Office staff. Not only is this a great opportunity for the organization to take inventory of young talent on the field, but it also a chance for the club to get to know players off the field. With no travel, the schedule is less hectic, allowing a chance for some social activities.
“We take the players out to dinner with our staff,” Melvin said. “It’s important for us to share stories with them and get to know them in a relaxed environment away from the ballpark. I want to hear what the players have to say about our organization and their thoughts on how we do things. They also want to hear from us.”
Fans were once a rarity at Fall League games, but with a number of sparkling new facilities in Phoenix, the stands for Fall League games have seen more and more fans.
“It’s caught on from a fan perspective,” Ash said. “There are more fans. The improved facilities in Phoenix also play a part in that. From a perception point of view, fans understand that these are players they will soon see in the big leagues. And it’s not necessarily just the Phoenix people. I have seen a lot of people obviously from the hometown of the teams—almost like a mini-Spring Training. It has certainly caught on as a top developmental league.”
I arrived in Phoenix today and will be sharing stories about the Brewers involved in the league. If you have followed the stats and read my first Fall League preview, you might have noticed that a few Brewers prospects are missing from box scores. OF Brock Kjeldgaard broke his left foot on Oct. 27 after he fouled a ball of his foot. He has returned to Milwaukee where he will have surgery this week by Dr. Richard Marx. He expects to be ready in time for Spring Training and finished his stint in the Fall League hitting .385 with four home runs and nine RBI in just seven games.
RHP Santo Manzanillo has returned to the Brewers facility in the Dominican Republic where his is rehabbing from a sore right shoulder. He pitched in only three games, tallying 2.0 innings of relief.
The Brewers players are participating in the league as members of the Phoenix Desert Dogs. The team has a 9-10 record.
Major League Baseball today announced the finalists for the Hank Aaron Award that recognizes the Most Outstanding Offensive Player in each league. Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun was named a finalist and Brewers fans can help him win the award through voting at MLB.com.
Before we vote, let’s quickly recap Braun’s season with some numbers:
- Braun led the National League with 41 home runs, 356 total bases, 108 runs, a .987 OPS and was tied for the league lead in extra-base hits (80). He was also among the league leaders in RBI (2nd, 112), hits (2nd, 191), slugging percentage (2nd, .595), batting average (3rd, .319), OBP (3rd, .391) and stolen bases (T9th, 30).
- He recorded his second career 30/30 season and just the eleventh 40/30 season in Major League history.
- He became the only Major Leaguer with 100+ runs and 100+ RBI in each of the last four seasons.
Those are some fantastic numbers–numbers that certainly make him worth of winning this award. Beginning today and continuing through October 16th, fans can vote for who they think is the winner. Each Major League team has a finalist and finalists were selected by a panel that included Aaron, Tony Gwynn, Paul Molitor, Joe Morgan and Robin Yount. Fans are invited to vote on MLB.com up to ten times a day.
Prince Fielder is the only other Brewers player to win the award, winning in 2007.
Brewers fans have been fortunate enough to be able to watch Ryan Braun on a daily basis. The reigning National League MVP has had another tremendous season and is putting up incredible numbers–especially down the stretch to help the Brewers jump back in the postseason race. Voting for league MVP will take place soon by members of the Baseball Writers Association of America and we want to make sure all the voters know how special of a season Braun is having.
Brewers Media Relations Director Mike Vassallo put together this “résumé” for Braun as the MVP voters get ready to cast their ballot. It was sent to voters this afternoon. I’m guessing most of you don’t get a vote, but it is still great to get the word out for Ryan!
To download a .PDF of the résumé, click here: Braun MVP Resume.
This weekend’s series vs. the Houston Astros will be critical for the Brewers in the playoff push and the players are doing their part to make sure Miller Park is filled with loud Brewers fans for these important games.
Ryan Braun and John Axford, on behalf of all Brewers players, are thanking Brewers fans for the incredible home field advantage they have helped create all season long by purchasing 5,000 tickets to the final game of Fan Appreciation Weekend, this Sunday, September 30.
“Brewers fans are without a doubt the best in baseball and we wanted to show them that their support has not gone unnoticed,” said Ryan. They make Miller Park the best home field advantage in the game.”
“The fans have been a tremendous part of our recent turnaround. It’s always great to play in front of a raucous Miller Park crowd,” said John. “This is just a small gesture of our appreciation.”
The 5,000 free tickets will be available exclusively on brewers.com/fanappreciation beginning at 10 a.m. CT today. Fans will only be responsible for paying a per order processing fee—there will be no other costs for the tickets. Maximum of four tickets per person.
We’ll distribute Rally Towels to everyone at the game on Sunday, as well as the games on Friday and Saturday. In addition, all fans in attendance on Sunday will receive a Scratch-Off Card with prizes including everything from 2013 game tickets to a game in a Miller Park Suite.
Tickets for all games of Fan Appreciation Weekend and the final three regular season games are available at the Miller Park Box Office, online at brewers.com or by calling the Brewers ticket office at (414) 902-4000.
-John and Cait
For Brewers fans, it’s been quite the September to remember. Over the last 29 games, the Crew is 23-6 and, so far this month the Crew has gone 14-4, including three-game sweeps against the Atlanta Braves and the Pittsburgh Pirates.
The Crew is now 4-0-1 over their last 5 road series and has gone 12-5 over the last 17 road games.
During that time, according to the website coolstandings.com, the Brewers chances of making the 2012 Postseason have risen dramatically from .6% on September 1 to 17.5% as of today.
Currently, just one team—the St. Louis Cardinals—is ahead of the Brewers in the race for the second NL Wild Card spot. They lead by only 2.5 games as of the time of this post.
And, of course, there is still plenty of work to be done. The Brewers face a tough four-game set against the Washington Nationals and then a three-game series against the Cincinnati Reds, both teams that clinched playoff berths yesterday.
However, then we return home for our final six regular season games of the year, three against the Houston Astros (September 28-30) and three against the San Diego Padres (October 1-3).
And, as we know, thanks to you guys, the best fans in baseball, we’ve got a home field advantage at Miller Park that is second to none. The Brewers have always had one of the best home records in baseball. Last season the team set a franchise record with 57 wins at Miller Park. This season, the Brewers are 46-29 at home including winning 19 of their last 22 home games. The Brewers tied a Miller Park record with nine straight wins from August 20 – September 12.
Brewers fans have remained positive this season and maintained that “never say die” attitude. Despite any apparent adversity, we all continue to believe in our team.
In fact, there’s a term for Brewers fans believing in the Crew. It’s something we’ve noticed that has been catching on across various social channels already and we’re jumping on board because, yes, like you, we #BREWLIEVE.
— Curt Hogg (@YouAStupidHogg) September 16, 2012
Oh dang, my bad I gotta get with it…#BREWlieve
— Manny Parra (@MannyParra26) September 13, 2012
Are you starting to #BREWLIEVE?? Brewers win again 9-7 sweeping the Pirates on the backs of Weeks and Ramirez!!!!
— 1250 WSSP (@1250WSSP) September 21, 2012
— Jim Henderson (@JimHenderson51) September 21, 2012
Comeback Crew. #Brewlieve
— Sophia Minnaert (@SophiaMinnaert) September 21, 2012
— Timber Rattlers (@TimberRattlers) September 20, 2012
So, as of now, the Brewers are hanging in there, winning games and doing their part. You can do yours by coming out and showing your support for the team during the final homestand of the season and spreading the #BREWLIEVE message to your friends.
Tweet using the hashtag to tell them why you #BREWLIEVE in the Crew. Share the graphic on Facebook and/or download your I #Brewlieve Facebook Timeline image here.
While no one knows how things will pan out, one thing’s for sure: MLB’s addition of two more Wild Card teams and a single elimination game in each league has certainly added to the excitement of the playoff push.
On Wednesday morning, Commissioner Selig told MLB.com’s Mark Newman, “It’s been amazing. It’s fascinating to watch the different things that have happened. We’ve got great division races, we’ve got a little of everything. You really judge how well we’ve done by the number of teams Labor Day and then post-Labor Day that are still in the hunt. Even I didn’t think we could do this well.”
Keep the faith, Brewers fans! #BREWLIEVE!
-John and Cait
Note: With the second Wild Card format for 2012, the three division winners in each league will await the survivor of a one-game playoff between the Wild Card teams in each league. Both games are slated for Friday, October 5, two days after the end of the regular season. Barring weather disruptions, the Division Series field of four teams in each league will begin the following Saturday and Sunday.
With just 5 weeks to go until the Brewers Mini-Marathon, we hope you’ve hit your stride in your training! John and I are still chugging along.
If you haven’t heard, the race is now sold out, but even if you didn’t sign up in time, that doesn’t mean you can’t be involved with the inaugural event.
The 13.1 mile half-marathon beginning and ending at Miller Park on Saturday, September 22nd will take over 750 volunteers to ensure that all participants have a safe and fun experience.
I talked with Tai Pauls, Manager of Special Events for Brewers Enterprises and she told me that they are still in need of volunteers in a variety of locations and would welcome anyone to join them.
There are two ways to volunteer:
EVENT CREW VOLUNTEERS
Brewers Enterprises is looking for people who want to be a part of the Brewers Mini Event Crew. You can volunteer as an individual or as a group.
Individuals are needed to help out in a variety of areas including at packet pick-up, at the start & finish line, or at the post-race tailgate party. All individual shifts & jobs can be selected on the volunteer page of our website.
Volunteer Groups are also extremely important to help man the various Aid Stations along the course and they are still looking for groups to join them. At the Aid Stations groups will assist in distributing water to the runners and lend some moral support to runners like John and me by cheering us on the way. Tai encourages groups to embrace their stations and make them their own by displaying team/organization/company banners, colors, etc. Other areas where groups can possibly be utilized are at the finish line, race results tents or packet pick-up the day before the event.
In addition to keeping things organized and safe for the runners, Tai’s goal is to make sure that we have an extremely fun and enjoyable experience.
To do this, they are seeking a variety of entertainment acts stationed along the course to entertain the runners. Entertainment can include anything from bands or dancers to singers or other performers.
Entertainment groups will receive great exposure and promotion as a Brewers Mini entertainment act. All bands, groups, etc. will be listed with logo and/or name on www.brewersmini.com and will be included in the email correspondence to all runners, a group of 5,000 people.
So, what’s in it for you?
In addition to being a part of this unique event, all volunteers and entertainers will receive:
- An official Event Crew t-shirt
- A ticket voucher good for a regular season game in April/May of 2013 (exclusions may apply, tickets are subject to availability)
- An invitation to join the race participants at the post-race tailgate party at Miller Park
Depending on the volunteer assignment, the timeframe for race day on Saturday, September 22, is approximately 6am-11:30am (some jobs start later or end earlier). More information can be found on the sites below.
Event Crew Volunteer info – http://www.race-brewers.com/volunteers
Entertainment Volunteer info – http://www.race-brewers.com/entertainment
If you’re running the race and/or can’t volunteer yourself, please pass this along to anyone you know who might be interested in helping out. It is sure to be a fun day for runners and volunteers alike!
Thanks in advance for your assistance, we look forward to seeing you on September 22!
-John and Cait
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With 6 weeks to go until the Brewers Mini, we’re in full-on training mode and you should be, too!
This week, we sat down with Dan Wright, Brewers Head Athletic Trainer, to make sure we are on track to succeed on September 22 and we’re going to share some of his tips with you!
Dan’s been with the Club for 11 seasons and has almost 25 years of professional athletic training experience overall. Dan has also completed a number of full and half marathons himself, so in addition to his experience as an athletic trainer, he knows firsthand what it takes to run a race.
Overall, his two key tips for us were:
1. “Stay within yourself”
Dan noted that people should know themselves, their abilities and also, their limitations.
“Everybody runs at different levels and just as much as anything else, you need to stay within yourself in terms of your training regimen,” Dan said. “What you do after your workouts to recover and how you recover depends on how you hard you train.”
Let your body ease into training and you are more likely to avoid injury. You should be able to push yourself to train harder, but you should also know when to give yourself a rest. A key to preventing injuries, Dan said, is trusting in your training.
2. “Fit it in”
Dan acknowledged that training for races can be challenging, almost like a second job. Factor in a crazy schedule for full-time jobs like ours and it can be downright difficult! However, people who are most successful are good at making that time commitment and fitting it in, planning out when they can do their runs and sticking to a schedule. Basically, Dan encourages you to plan out your training and stick to that plan.
“It’s important to fit in the proper training for something like this to prevent injuries,” Dan said. “That can be difficult and a challenge to do the longer runs in and around our job schedule. A big challenge here is fitting in the simple recovery. Half-marathons are a little different than full marathons. Full marathons can be like another job. Your longer runs are longer and the recovery time is longer. A half-marathon is a little easier to fit your long runs in—it is still a commitment—but more manageable.”
Dan also talked to us about common injuries for runners and how to prevent any basic injuries that runners experience. He gave us some good tips on the importance of training and recovery and reiterated the importance of proper nutrition.
Taking care of your feet, legs and back is important part of training for the race, but Dan is also a believer in that training mentally for the race is just as important as training physically.
“I never in my wildest imagination thought I would run a marathon in my life,” he said. “I was a sprinter growing up, but it is all about pace. Anyone can run a marathon; it is the mental mindset and staying within your pace. The training you do serves two purposes. It is the physiological and strengthening of the body and it is also the mental training. The runs get longer as your continue training and that is as important to your mind as it is to your body.”
Read on for more of what we learned from Dan!
Athletic injuries can happen at any time to anyone. Sometimes they are freak injuries and sometimes it is a matter of poor maintenance of your body. When training for something like a half-marathon, it is important to realize that your body needs the proper preparation for workouts and the proper recovery from workouts. Without this care, injuries are more likely to occur.
Most running injuries start from the ground up, Dan told us. Simple things like blisters and other friction injuries can cause compensation and create more serious musculoskeletal injuries.
“Take care of your feet,” Dan said. “That is the most important thing when beginning and maintaining a regular running program. Make sure you have the right shoes, the right amount of padding, wear the right socks. Especially if you are not a long- time runner, (foot injuries) are things that really develop first. The feet get sweaty and you get a lot more friction. Once you start compensating for a friction injury, it works its way up. Ankle soreness, knee soreness, back soreness. Everything in your body works in alignment based on your strengths and body style beginning at the feet. If you change that around from the ground up and you will hurt other muscles.”
Dan was pleased to know that both Cait and I were properly outfitted at Performance Running prior to beginning our training.
Stretching is another simple, but important step to preventing injury. Dan recommends a light warm-up run to get the body warm before a full stretch. Following that stretch, continue with your workout and then finish with another stretch while your body is warm and loose. This is the first step in allowing the muscles to recover.
Dan also talked specifically about hot and cold treatments in treating and preventing injuries.
“If you have the ability to contrast heat and cold treatments, take advantage of it. If you do a cold tub after a long training run, it is very invigorating. It’s really cold at first, but you get a cardiovascular flush, and it calms everything down. But contrasting between heat and cold treatment helps. Any local aches and pains, ankles, knees and back, can benefit from icing. Without any type of injury or history, the contrasting hot and cold treatment can help.”
Dan started out talking in general about injury prevention and healing as John mentioned, but then I started asking him specific questions about my nagging knee injury.
The advice he gave me? Heat, Stretch, Strengthen: heat to increase the elasticity and stimulate blood flow, stretching to increase range of motion and muscle coordination and strengthening to help heal and prevent future irritation.
Dan gave me a couple of specific exercises to try and also, provided me with a compression sleeve (see below) that he had on hand. He suggested that I try wearing it while running (in conjunction with heeding his other advice).
I wasn’t expecting all that when we went to meet with him, but I truly appreciate the support!
Since meeting with Day, I’ve run three times so far and it seems to have helped! I’m going to continue training, but also remember to “stay within myself” as we move toward race day.
So, good luck to all of you as you continue to train for the Brewers Mini–be safe!
We’ll be back next week with another post as we move closer to the big day!
Support the MACC Fund by making a donation to our team here! (More on fundraising to come!)
-John and Cait
Today, 4,000 people took part in the sold-out Brewers Community Foundation’s 14th Annual 5K Famous Racing Sausages Run/Walk and it was a huge success!
The top time was 15:40 by Jon Fink of Muskego and the top finisher in the mascot division was Italian!
Fundraising efforts for the event raised money for Fisher House Wisconsin, which 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.
For more on the event, follow @BrewersCF on Twitter and be sure to send your own updates and photos using the hashtag #5KSausageRunWalk. On Pinterest? You can also upload your photos with the hashtag and we’ll add them to our board!
If you ran today’s race, here is a .PDF with complete results: 2012 Results.
This event is a perfect precursor to the Brewers Mini-Marathon, which takes place 8 weeks from today, on Saturday, September 22. Registration is still open and you can save by signing up by Tuesday, July 31.
Read on for photos and our recaps of the day!
This is always such a fun race–a wide mix of serious, competitive runners, casual runners/joggers and walkers, groups of friends, co-workers & families.
I was part of Team Brewers, which consisted of nearly 40 members of our Brewers family. Among them were coaches, players’ wives and front office staff. It was great to see such a big turnout!
When we got to the starting line, we were asked to line up according to your pace. I chose to run with the 10-minute mile pack, based on the way my previous training has been going.
I started off strong, but my knee started bothering me again and I ended up taking a few walking breaks along the way. It was okay, though because it afforded me the opportunity to take some photos for you and appreciate the unique course/scenery!
Overall, I finished in just under 35 minutes–almost an 11-minute mile pace. I hope to improve upon that pace as I continue to train for the Brewers Mini.
As I said in my post earlier this week, I was looking for a 7:40 pace. I felt really good today and finished with a time of 22:48 which was a 7:21 pace! I was pretty pleased with that. I thought the course ran fast today, it was hot, but not too bad. There were some clouds that gave you some shade here and there.
I really didn’t know where I was throughout the race time-wise. I didn’t run with a watch or anything, just kind of pushed it the entire way. Running through Miller Park was pretty cool. I’m on the field everyday, so I’m used to it, but running through like that was a different experience. It was great to hear encouragement on the scoreboard from the players and the theme music to “Rocky” also added to the experience. I gave it a good extra kick through there.
As I came up the final 150 meters and could start to see the finish line, I knew a sub-23 minute time was within reach. I kicked it in a bit and heard the recognizable voice of Ed Sedar at the finish line yelling “Come on Steiny!” That was all I needed. I am proud to have finished in the top 180!
Congratulations to everyone who participated and finished the race today. Stay tuned for as we continue to provide updates on our training for the Brewers Mini!
-John and Cait
The Brewers Community Foundation’s 14th Annual 5K Famous Racing Sausages Run/Walk is tomorrow and, thanks to all of you who signed up early, the event is sold out — all 4,000 slots are gone!
This means that we are no longer accepting new entries or any walk-ups on the morning of the 5K Sausage Run/Walk. Only participants wearing race-issued numbers will be permitted onto the 5K Sausage Run/Walk course.
If you are all signed up and ready to run (or walk), packet pick-up took place earlier this week. If you didn’t get yours yet, don’t worry–packets will also be available to pick up on the day of the 5K Sausage Run/Walk between 6:30 and 7:15 am underneath the tent outside of the Sausage Haus.
The event will begin at 8 am for Runners and 8:15 am for Walkers near the Sausage Haus. We recommend that all registered participants arrive by 7:15 am to allow for parking and getting to the start line (obviously earlier if you don’t have your packet yet). Parking is free and available in the Miller Lot at Miller Park
Don’t forget to register to fundraise for Fisher House Wisconsin by going to www.brewers.com/5kfundraising. Great Brewers incentives are available for those that reach the fundraising targets.
If you’d just like to make a donation, you can contribute to our team here.
For updates on the event, follow @BrewersCF and be sure to send your own updates and photos using the hashtag #5KSausageRunWalk.
This event is a perfect precursor to the Brewers Mini-Marathon, which takes place on Saturday, September 22. Unlike the 5K, the Brewers Mini is still taking registrations and you can save by signing up by Tuesday, July 31.
See you at the finish lines!
I haven’t raced a competitive 5K in about a year, but I’m ready and excited for Saturday. It will be an early wake up call on Saturday after a night game on Friday, but I will be ready to go. Saturday will be warm, so make sure to stay hydrated!
Here is an outline of the race so participants can plan their race. If you have participated before, the route hasn’t changed, but if you are new, it would be a good idea to get somewhat familiar with the course.
There is a large contingent of Brewers employees that are participating as well as some media members running. That makes me a little more competitive, but we will see how things turn out. I’m hoping for a 7:40 pace which would be about 23:46. I think setting a goal for yourself (whatever it may be) is important in motivation. Does anyone have a similar goal for Saturday? I’ll be wearing bib number 12, so come find me and let’s race!
I’m all ready for the 5K on Saturday! Here’s a photo of my shirt and bib:
I’ve been training since May for the Brewers Mini, but I’ve had some setbacks along the way, including a knee that continues to bother me. The 5K this weekend will be a good test of my endurance and hopefully give me the confidence I need to continue training for the race in September.
Stay tuned for our results from the 5k and our next posts about the Brewers Mini.
-John and Cait