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An Open Letter to “Sarah” and Chad, the “Mystery Man,” at Miller Park

Chad the "Mystery Man" and  Sarah's son.

Chad the “Mystery Man” and Sarah’s son.

Dear Sarah and Chad,

We are baseball fans just like you and read Sarah’s blog about your interaction with each other this weekend at Miller Park.  It touched us here at Miller Park, like it obviously has so many people through social media (take a look at the long list of comments on Sarah’s blog! WOW!) and the general news media.  It was a great story of kindness in the spirit of baseball.

We want to reach out to you both and invite you back to Miller Park for a game as guests of the Brewers.  We want you to meet again so a proper “Thank You” can take place.  A thank you over the internet isn’t as meaningful as a thank you in person.  And what better place to do it than Miller Park!?  Anyway, if you are reading this, please get in touch us via e-mail at johnandcait@brewers.com.  Milwaukee is a close community and a lot of “friends of friends” as we all know–somehow this message will find you both.  We hope to make another special memory for you and your family.

Thanks for teaching everyone a lesson in kindness and Go Brewers!

–John and Cait (and the rest of the Brewers Staff at Miller Park)

johnandcait@brewers.com

Famous Racing Sausages Run/Walk a Success! Brewers Mini is 10 Weeks from Today!

Today, 4,000 people took part in the sold-out Brewers Community Foundation’s 15th Annual 5K Famous Racing Sausages Run/Walk and it was a huge success!

The top time was 15:55:20 (a 5:08 pace, wow!) by Ben Garbe of New Berlin and the top finisher in the mascot division was Polish. If you ran today’s race, click here for searchable results.  This link will take you to a .PDF of complete results as well.  

The weather was absolutely perfect as Milwaukee was given a little relief from the recent humid air of the past week.  Brewers coaching assistant Joe Crawford served as the Celebrity Starter for this year’s race.

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.

We’ve compiled some of the photos and tweets we’ve received via Twitter and Instagram, but we’d love to see yours, too!   It was cool to see people taking photos along the way during the race. Tweet and/or Instagram your comments and photos using the hashtag #Sausage5K.

This event is a perfect precursor to the Brewers Mini-Marathon, which takes place 10 weeks from today, on Saturday, September 28. Registration is still open and you can save by signing up by Wednesday, July 31.

Congratulations to everyone who participated and finished the race today and thanks to the many volunteers who helped put on such a great event.  There is nothing like that feeling of crossing the finish line and it was great to see the smiles on the faces of everyone as they crossed the line.

Cheers!

-John and Cait 

JohnandCait@Brewers.com

Double Clutch Menu Item for the Reds Series: Skyline Chili Skillet

It wouldn’t be a series with the Reds without some famous Skyline Chili being featured at the Double Clutch!  However, your traditional chili bowl won’t be found at one of the most popular Miller Park concession stands.  Of course we have to put a special twist on a traditional meal.  For the three game series with the Reds the “Skyline Chili Skillet” will be featured at the Double Clutch.

The fried egg topping the bowl of chili was an interesting take on a traditional favorite.

The fried egg topping the bowl of chili was an interesting take on a traditional favorite.

Served in a bowl, the very healthy (meaning generous in this case) portion of Skyline Chili is mixed with fried potatoes and topped in a way I have never seen before–with a fried egg.  Of course, some traditional toppings like cheddar cheese, sour cream, caramelized onions and scallions are on top as well.  The meal is made to order, so feel free to take toppings off as you please.  The chili bowl is $9.00 and will be served throughout the three-game series.

As a lifelong Milwaukeean and graduate of Marquette University, I am partial to Real Chili.  To me, nothing beats it.  This dish, however, has a unique take on a classic.  I know it is hot and humid this week, but it is worth a look.

A staple of the Double Clutch, the Spaghetti-in-a-Meatball is also available again and features a 1/2 pound beef and veal meatball stuffed with spaghetti and mozzarella cheese and topped with marinara sauce.  That is $9.

The Double Clutch stand is on the Loge Level outside section 215 (on the first base side of the press box).

–JOHN

johnandcait@brewers.com

What John and Cait Ate…The Johnson Controls Stadium Club

“When you come to a fork in the road, take it.”

-Yogi Berra

“When you come to a fork in the road, take it…and try these concessions!”

-John & Cait

This week in What John and Cait Ate:

Dining in the Johnson Controls Stadium Club

During each homestand, we will be meeting with John DiMartini, Executive Chef at Delaware North Sportservice/Miller Park to sample some of the latest and greatest Miller Park fare and review it here, for you.

This week, Chef John treated us to a some of the newest items in the Johnson Controls Stadium Club. When it comes to elegant dining with some of the best seats in the house, there is not anything quite like Johnson Controls Stadium Club at Miller Park.  In addition to providing an incredible experience on game days, the Johnson Controls Stadium Club is also a premier location available for holiday parties, wedding receptions or your next function on a non-game day!

Read on for a description, photos and reviews!

Located on the PNC Club Level in the left-field corner, the private Johnson Controls Stadium Club is an upscale dining experience, offering a panoramic view of the ballpark. The  200-seat, multi-tiered dining room offers a unique  view of the action on the field, a buffet featuring Chef John’s world-class cuisine, and an outdoor patio area for fans to enjoy the Miller Park atmosphere.

The Johnson Controls Stadium Club opens when the Miller Park gates open and the bar stops serving one hour after the game.  It is a great place to celebrate a special occasion before the game, meet with clients or even for a different take on “date night.”

Guests can choose to partake in an elegant buffet, order off a menu in the bar/lounge area, dine on the patio, or simply have drinks at the bar.

The buffet changes nightly, featuring a variety of starters,salads, two butcher block meats and several chef stations. The price for the buffet on day games/Sunday Brunch is $28. Evening games is $32. Drinks and desserts are offered a la carte. Reservations are required for the dining area where the buffet is served.

Here’s a sample menu from  the night we dined in the Club:

Sample Johnson Controls Club at Miller Park Menu

The extensive buffet in the Johnson Controls Stadium Club.

For those ordering off the menu in the bar/lounge area, you can choose from several different starters, salads, ballpark staples, sandwiches and desserts.

The starters offered include: Bacon on a Stick (reviewed below), Signature Wings, Stadium Club Loaded Chips, Wisconsin Cheese Curds and Grand Slam Nacho Helmets, ranging in price from $10-$18; while the sandwich offerings include: Italian Style Roasted Pork, Double Grilled Cheese Patty Melt (reviewed below) and more, ranging in price from $11-$16.  Guests can also choose from a variety of desserts priced at $8  including: Brewers Tres Leche Parfait, Caramel Crunch Cheesecake, Brownie Peanut Crunch, and more.

The Brewers Tres Leche Parfait

The Brewers Tres Leche Parfait

The ever-popular “The Roof” is also still on the menu. The Roof is a dessert comprised of a rich Belgium chocolate brownie mounded with whole vanilla bean ice cream and drizzled with chocolate and caramel syrups, then topped with fresh whipped cream.  When you order The Roof, be prepared to share–the portion you receive will feed 2-4 people and is served in a souvenir margarita glass.

If you choose to sit on the patio, which offers an awesome view of the game, you will be able to order from a more limited menu.

The patio at the Johnson Controls Stadium Club is an excellent place to take in the game with a cold beverage and great food.

As we mentioned, on the night we visited the Johnson Controls Stadium Club, we were treated to several new offerings, so read on for more!

New Stadium Club Fare

The Wisconsin Roll

(Part of the Stadium Club Buffet)

The Wisconsin Roll--the Stadium Club's twist on sushi.

The Wisconsin Roll–the Stadium Club’s twist on sushi.

New this year, Chef John and his crew are offering sushi as part of the Johnson Controls Club buffet experience. The most popular roll? The Wisconsin Roll, pictured above.

“Many people come up to me after eating this and and say ‘I’ve never had sushi before,’ and I say, ‘You still haven’t,'” Chef John said. That’s because this roll is slightly, er…untraditional. It’s comprised of bratwurst, braised with beer and carmalized onions, sushi rice, cheese curds, Dijon aioli and rolled in crushed pretzels. The plate is then garnished with cheese curds and Stadium Sauce.  

It's a fun dish that you will want to try.

It’s a fun dish that you will want to try.

Want to also try “real” sushi? Never fear. The buffet also features other more standard rolls, including California Rolls and Ahi Tuna Rolls.

John: A creative idea from the start, this is something I was excited to try. I like sushi, but this is nothing like traditional sushi. A unique taste that is worth a try when sampling the Stadium Club buffet.  Are you not a fan of traditional sushi? Fear not.  You can still give this a shot!

Cait: Now I have had sushi before–in fact, I’m a big fan–so when I tasted the Wisconsin Roll, I had to ask Chef John exactly what it was that was giving this roll its sushi/fishy taste. The answer? The paper that is used to roll the sushi, apparently. I guess it is what I am used to tasting. The Wisconsin Roll is definitely a must-try if you’re visiting the buffet, but if you truly haven’t had sushi before, you should also try one of the others as well!

BBQ Brisket Skillet

$16

The Miller Park "house" smoked brisket is the highlight of this dish.

The Miller Park house-smoked brisket is the highlight of this dish.

The BBQ Brisket Skillet is house-smoked brisket on a bed of cheesy fries with charred onion and sweet corn poblano relish.

John: I am a HUGE fan of Miller Park’s smoked meats. No matter the brisket, pork, chicken, whatever it is, Chef John does a great job with the smoked meats and all are delicious. When you add that tender beef brisket with a plate of fries, cheese and some other toppings, you have a masterpiece. This was very tasty and could go well as a shared appetizer for the table or even as a full meal.

Cait: These fries were so good we couldn’t stop eating them even though we were both stuffed!

Wisconsin Fish & Chips

$16

Miller Park Fish Fry

Hankering for a good ole’ Wisconsin fish fry regardless of the time of the year or day of the week? Then try this cornflake-crusted haddock, fried to a golden brown and served with fresh cut french fries, cole slaw, tartar sauce, rye bread and butter.

John: I agree with Cait’s assessment on this.  A Wisconsin Fish Fry is a tradition and, while this one is very good, I would go with some of the more unique items available in the Stadium Club.

Cait: Although very good, I wouldn’t “waste” my trip the Stadium Club on a fish fry when there are so many other more unique foods to try, such as…

Double-Grilled Cheese Patty Melt

$16

A mouthful, but definitely a fun treat.

A mouthful, but definitely a fun treat.

If you’ve conquered “The Beast”, here’s a new challenge for you: An 8 oz. all-beef patty served between two bacon grilled cheese sandwiches with shredded lettuce, tomatoes, pickles and Thousand Island dressing.

John: My friends know I am a sucker for a good grilled cheese sandwich, but a grilled cheese sandwich with a burger in the middle!?!? And bacon too!? Count me in! Now, this sandwich is a commitment. It is a challenge. It is also delicious. I found slicing it into quarters was the best way to eat it. It will definitely keep you satisfied throughout an entire baseball game.

Cait: Wow. I don’t even know what to say. Who keeps coming up with this stuff? This 8 oz hamburger is not served on a bun, it uses grilled cheese sandwiches as the bread! And there is bacon on the grilled cheese to boot! I had to use a knife and fork to cut this into pieces, it was too thick for me to eat like a normal sandwich. It was very good and very filling–you’ll likely need a buddy or three to help you polish this off!

Bacon on a Stick

$12

The bacon was delicious, but don't forget about the cheese curds that accompany this dish.  They were fantastic!

The bacon was delicious, but don’t forget about the cheese curds that accompany this dish. They were fantastic!

Served as an appetizer/snack, the bacon on a stick is maple-cured slab bacon skewered and served with cheddar cheese curds and jalapeno ranch dipping sauce.

John: I was really excited to try this. The thick sliced bacon was terrific. The juicy strips were delicious and filling–it reminded me of the thick cut bacon appetizer that is famous at the Peter Luger Steakhouse in New York. But, the surprise here for me was the cheese curds. These were probably the best deep fried cheese curds that I have ever tasted (spoken like a true Wisconsin born boy). Lightly breaded to perfection, they were great and the jalapeno ranch dipping sauce was a perfect complement.

Cait: Any time a food is served “on a stick,” it makes me think of Wisconsin State Fair, which is a good thing because they have some of the best and most unique foods around! However, the Stadium Club’s Bacon on a Stick is not your deep-fried, chocolate-dipped variety. In fact, if I didn’t know better, I wouldn’t have known it was actual bacon at all! It’s that thick slab bacon, that’s almost a ham consistency. It’s very tender and a little sweet (the maple-flavor)–delicious! I also enjoyed the cheese curds!

Rating:

    (out of 5)

Where To Satisfy Your Craving: The Johnson Controls Stadium Club is located in the left-field corner on the PNC Club Level at Miller Park.  The most convenient access to Johnson Controls Stadium Club is located at the north-east corner of the ballpark by the left-field gate. Club members and their guests should use Johnson Controls Stadium Club elevator or escalator to access the main Club entrance. Only Johnson Controls Stadium Club members and their guests have access to the club.

How Do I Get Access to the Club?: Only Johnson Controls Stadium Club members and their guests have access to the club. Entrants are required to present a valid master membership card and / or dated guest pass for entry into the club. All Milwaukee Brewers Season Seat Holders are eligible to apply for a limited number of Johnson Controls Stadium Club memberships. All Field, Loge, and Club Level seating full season ticket accounts with a minimum of two (2) full season tickets receive a complimentary membership to the Johnson Controls Stadium Club. All 20-Game Business Plan accounts in the same areas also receive a complimentary membership. Annual membership dues are $500.

Admission to Johnson Controls Stadium Club requires every person to present either a master membership card or a valid dated guest pass. Each primary owner is issued one membership card to the Club, which permits the bearer plus up to three (3) additional guests entrance to the club. The owner also receives four game-dated entrance passes (guest passes) for each scheduled Brewers home game.

To make dinner/lunch reservations, you can call (414) 902-4707. Reservations are not needed for the Lounge, Bar, or Patio areas of Johnson Controls Stadium Club. Food service in the lounge, bar, and patio areas will end at the completion of the seventh inning.

Click here for more details.

Cait: As a side note, I have mentioned in previous posts that I had my wedding reception at the Johnson Controls Stadium Club at Miller Park (then The .300 Club) and the food was excellent then as well. Almost six years later, our guests still rave about the great time they had at our reception and I know that the primary reason is the unique and memorable venue that sets things apart from your average banquet hall, restaurant or hotel, and the excellent food, of course! See below for more information on hosting events at Miller Park.

Here's a photo from my wedding reception in the Stadium Club at Miller Park. You just can't beat that backdrop!

Here’s a photo from my wedding reception in the Stadium Club at Miller Park. You just can’t beat that backdrop!

 

Did You Know?: Miller Park provides Milwaukee with year-round accommodations for both business functions and social events. Through our Brewers Enterprises division, Miller Park can accommodate groups of 25-300 people in our banquet rooms and our event planners are available to assist with all aspects of your event from special audio/visual set-up needs to entertainment recommendations. In-house catering by DNC SportService offers extensive menu options for any event as a gourmet buffet, sit-down dinner service or an upscale passed hors d’oeuvres reception. For more information, or to schedule your next event at Miller Park, please contact Brewers Enterprises at (414) 902-4452 or event.info@brewers.com.

What about you? Do you have a favorite ballpark snack? Want to dispute our reviews? A question about concessions? Something you’d like to see featured here? Post your comments below!

We’ll be back with another edition of What John and Cait Ate during the next homestand and until then, stay cool and…Bon Appetit!

-John and Cait

johnandcait@brewers.com

Double Clutch Menu Item for the Cubs Series: Chicago’s Greektown Gyro Nachos

The Chicken and Waffle Sliders were a hit over the weekend, selling out each day!  For the three-game series with the Cubs, the Double Clutch special menu item again goes regional.

Chicago’s Greektown Gyro Nachos will be featured during the Cubs series–an interesting take on a classic dish. Served in a bowl, the generous portion of crisp pita chips comes topped with shaved gyro meat, tomatoes, shaved onions, cucumbers, tzatziki sauce and feta cheese.

Gyro Nachos!

Gyro Nachos!

Bring a fork, because you will definitely need it to enjoy this dish!  The Gyro Nachos are $10.

A staple of the Double Clutch, the Spaghetti-in-a-Meatball is also available again and features a 1/2 pound beef and veal meatball stuffed with spaghetti and mozzarella cheese and topped with marinara sauce.  That is $9.

The Double Clutch stand is on the Loge Level outside section 215 (on the first base side of the press box).

–JOHN

johnandcait@brewers.com

 

Volunteers & Entertainment Needed For The Brewers Mini & 10K!

If you’re interested in participating in the Brewers Mini-Marathon +10K, but not necessarily by running, we’ve got some great options for you!

The 13.1 mile half-marathon and 10K, beginning and ending at Miller Park on Saturday, September 28th 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 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 +  10K Event Crew. You can volunteer as an individual or as a group. [Note: Since proceeds from the race go to the MACC Fun, this is also a great opportunity for a community service project!]

Individuals are needed to help out in a variety of areas including at packet pick-up, the full gear check area (new this year), at the start & finish line, as course marshals, as part of the bike team leading the race, or at the post-race tailgate party. All individual shifts & jobs can be selected on the volunteer page of the race 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.

Last year, sororities, charitable groups, school groups and local companies who manned their stations were integral to the race’s success.

Another unique opportunity for those who want to get their exercise, but don’t want to run the race, is to be part of the “Back of the Pack” team, the team that will walk behind the very last runners to help cheer people on and motivate them to keep going.  If any runners are having a hard time staying on pace you can help them take a break on the SAG Wagon. [NOTE: You must be able to physically walk 13.1+ miles for this position.]

ENTERTAINMENT VOLUNTEERS

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. Last year, we had everything from local garage bands to performances by A Company of Kids.

Entertainment groups are considered volunteers as well, but will receive great exposure and promotion as a Brewers Mini +10K 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.

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 2014

Depending on the volunteer assignment, the timeframe for race day on Saturday, September 28, 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-2013

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 28!

 -Cait

JohnandCait@Brewers.com

Discovery World’s Baseball Innovations Exhibit is a Home Run for Fans

Looking for something to do while the Brewers are out of town this week?

We took a break from the office to head over to Discovery World where now, for a limited time, there is a special baseball exhibit: MEARS presents: BASEBALL– Innovations That Changed the Game.

Discovery World

In keeping with Discovery World’s commitment to help educate children and adults alike about innovations in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, “The baseball exhibit explores the intersection between innovation and sports,” said Joel Brennan, President/CEO of Discovery World, who was kind enough to give us a personal tour of the exhibit and some other areas of the museum as well.

Indeed. The exhibit offers a look at the technical innovations to equipment – the bats, balls, mitts, uniforms – which dramatically changed the way America’s National Pastime has been played.

This new display at Discovery World traces these changes back to the 1850s and explains how they were done and why.

For example, visitors can explore the evolution of baseball mitts from fingerless gloves to today’s professional models:

And also check out  baseball bats from the post-civil war models to those used by the likes of Ty Cobb, Eddie Matthews, Robin Yount and today’s stars:

There are also several other displays dedicated to jerseys, stadium lights and broadcasting:

Baseball history is so fascinating and visitors to this exhibit get a up close and personal look at a number of unique artifacts of the game. The way the museum weaves in the science and innovation of the game enhances the education experience.

And, while we were there, we both got to talking about how, although we’ve attended special events in the Pilot House and such, we hadn’t visited the museum itself since we were kids. We reminisced about field trips to the former locations, in the Milwaukee Public Library and Milwaukee Public Museum, with our favorite displays (the static electricity ball still exists, but the little chair that spins around is no longer there).

However, we’ve grown up a lot since then and so has Discovery World. Joel graciously showed us around the rest of the building and we were amazed at all of the other fun exhibits and to learn of the variety of interactive classes/events they offer. Not only is this a great place for kids, but it is also a great place for adults.

For example, here’s John getting a guitar “lesson” from Les Paul, part of a huge exhibit dedicated to one of the pioneers of the electric guitar and rock and roll:

John Steinmiller Les Paul

There is also an exhibit dedicated to the Miller Park Roof, where visitors can learn how the roof operates and even open and close a replica themselves!

Miller Park Roof Discovery World

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We were also fascinated to learn of the variety of programs offered for both kids and adults, including: a soda-making class; a “Goddess Brewing Series” (beer brewing for women, based on ancient goddesses–right up Cait’s alley!); wine & design; fragrance-making; as well as summer camps dedicated to making your own guitar, handbag, video game and more. Another great event for adults is the “Fish Fry & A Flick” summer movie series at Discovery World.  The 2013 schedule hasn’t been announced yet, but that is an always popular event.

We only had an hour to spend at Discovery World, but we could have easily stayed the whole day.

Whether, you haven’t been to Discovery World in awhile like us, or you’re a member, we’re sure new fans and veteran fans alike will enjoy the baseball exhibit and the rest of the experience.

The baseball exhibit will be at Discovery World through August and is included with general admission to Discovery World (free for members).

For more information, including rates and hours, please visit discoveryworld.org.

-John and Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

Double Clutch Menu for the Phillies Series: Philly Cheesesteak

You all had to know this one was coming.  The classic Philly Cheesesteak is on sale at the Double Clutch stand at Miller Park during the current four-game set with the Philadelphia Phillies.

The sandwich features thinly sliced sirloin beef served fresh off a sizzling grill along with sautéed peppers and onions.  Provolone cheese and/or creamy cheese sauce top the sandwich which is served on a thick hoagie bun.  A side of house made Miller Park chips are on the side.  The meal is $10.

Rumor has it that Brewers bullpen catcher Marcus Hanel has been known to polish off a couple of cheesesteak sandwiches on Brewers road trips to Philadelphia.  I’m not sure on the exact count from the recent road trip (we keep track of a lot of stats, but not that stat!), but I might bring this down for him to try as he is the cheesesteak expert.  I had mine “wit out” and it was pretty good.  Since it is a four-game series, I might even have another one on Saturday!

A staple of the Double Clutch, the Spaghetti-in-a-Meatball is also available again and features a 1/2 pound beef and veal meatball stuffed with spaghetti and mozzarella cheese and topped with marinara sauce.  That is also $9.

The Double Clutch stand is on the Loge Level outside section 215 (on the first base side of the press box).

–JOHN

johnandcait@brewers.com

MLB First-Year Player Draft Kicks Off Tonight

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It will be a very busy day at Miller Park today.  Of course, we have the Brewers-Phillies series kicking off at 7 p.m., we also have the Johnny Logan Walk of Fame induction ceremony pregame.  In addition to all of that, tonight marks day one of the three-day MLB First-Year Player Draft.

The MLB Draft is unique in that it takes place mid-season, unlike the other sports leagues that host drafts during the off-season.  That brings challenges and excitement at the same time.  Players picked tonight can be in the minor league system within weeks.

Brewers Director of Amateur Scouting, Bruce Seid, along with the rest of the Baseball Operations staff, have met in the Brewers draft room for about two weeks now.  Amateur scouts, Crosscheckers Scouting Supervisors and Brewers Medical representatives have all been scouring reports, watching video, hosting workouts at Miller Park and developing lists in preparation for the next three days.

Doug Melvin (l) and Bruce Seid (r) in the Brewers Draft Room at Miller Park in 2009.

Doug Melvin (l) and Bruce Seid (r) in the Brewers Draft Room at Miller Park in 2009.

the Brewers will make two selections on Day 1 of the First-Year Player Draft, which begins at 6 p.m. CT.  The team’s first pick will be at #54 in the second round.  They will also make a selection at #72 (Compensatory Balance Round B).  Milwaukee forfeited its first-round selection for signing right-handed pitcher Kyle Lohse as a free agent.

The First-Year Player Draft spans three days of activity from Thursday through Saturday, and will take place at the MLB Network Studio 42 in Secaucus, New Jersey.  Draft coverage will begin live on MLB Network and MLB.com at 6 p.m. CT tonight.  The Brewers’ first selection (#54) will take place at about 9:34 p.m. CT and pick #72 will take place at about 10:02 p.m. CT.  The Houston Astros have the first overall selection in tonight’s draft.

Representing the Brewers at the MLB Network Studio will be former Brewers pitcher Ken Sanders and Manager of Administration for Player Development Mark Mueller.

Clint Coulter (l) and Victor Roache (c), the Brwers 2012 First Round Picks and Bruce Seid (r) at a press conference.

Clint Coulter (l) and Victor Roache (c), the Brwers 2012 First Round Picks and Bruce Seid (r) at a press conference.

The selection rotation is determined by the clubs’ reverse order of finish at the close of the previous championship season.  The Draft, which is comprised of 40 rounds, will continue on Friday at noon CT for Rounds 3-10. The Draft will resume on Saturday for Rounds 11-40 at noon CT and will continue through its conclusion.  The complete draft order can be found here.  A live draft tracker can be found here.

–JOHN

johnandcait@brewers.com

What John and Cait Ate: Food Network Mac & Cheese

“When you come to a fork in the road, take it.”

-Yogi Berra

“When you come to a fork in the road, take it…and try these concessions!”

-John & Cait

Food Network Mac & Cheese

During each homestand, we will be meeting with John DiMartini, Executive Chef at Delaware North Sportservice/Miller Park to sample some of the latest and greatest Miller Park fare and review it here, for you.

Food Network Mac & Cheese

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$8 for 16 oz cup

Brewers Food Network Mac and Cheese

$8 for the Trio (Includes 4oz Samples of each of 3 Types)

Top: Jalapeno Popper; Bottom Left: Beer and Brat; Bottom Right: Buffalo Chicken

The Food Network has cooked up three specialty Mac n’ Cheese dishes for Brewers fans this season: Buffalo Chicken Mac & Cheese, Jalapeno Popper Mac & Cheese, and Beer and Brats Mac & Cheese.

First, you may recall the Buffalo Chicken Mac & Cheese from last season; this is not a new item, but it is a popular one. The mac and cheese is tossed with spicy buffalo chicken and topped with bleu cheese and bread crumbs.

The Jalapeno Popper Mac & Cheese is new this year, but it is not unique to Miller Park. This is a recipe that you’ll find if you visit many other ballparks. The mac and cheese is tossed with jalapenos and cream cheese, then topped with bacon-panko bread crumbs.

Finally, last but certainly not least, is the Beer and Brats Mac & Cheese, which is unique to Miller Park. According to Chef Grant, this is the most popular mac and cheese and we’re not surprised. It’s tossed with bratwurst and local-beer infused cheese sausages, then topped with mustard and bread crumbs.

Fans can order a single-serving of one type of mac and cheese in a 16 oz container ($8), or try a 4 oz portion of all three by ordering the Trio ($8).

Cait:   This is not the mac n’ cheese that your mom used to make. Even if hers was pretty good, this is better, guaranteed. (Sorry, mom!) I already knew I liked the Buffalo Chicken and I will have to say that it is my favorite of the three–it has just the right amount of “kick” to it and that, combined with its texture, meshes very well with the cheese and the bleu cheese bread crumbs. However, while the Buffalo chicken had the right amount of spice, the Jalapeno Popper was just a little too spicy for my liking. Finally, the iconic Wisconsin Beer and Brats Mac & Cheese was also very good; I can definitely see why it is a favorite among fans so far this season! It’s like the grown-up version of hot dogs and mac and cheese!

John: My favorite was the Wisconsin Beer and Brats Mac & Cheese.  The salty flavor of the brats mixed quite well with the cheese and the brat-to-mac ratio was just right.  It doesn’t get more Wisconsin than that!  Buffalo Chicken is wonderful as well and it is always a pleasant surprise when Sharon and Lorraine serve this in the Press Box.  I love Buffalo Chicken sandwiches and this is an interesting take on that popular sandwich.  Again, the ratio of chicken-to-mac made for a good dish.  The Jalapeno Popper had significantly more spice than the Buffalo Chicken dish.  If you are into that kind of spice, try it, but I thought the jalapeno flavor overpowered the mac n’ cheese a little too much.  This is definitely a ballpark friendly snack as it is easy to carry and not messy.

Rating:

(out of 5)

Where To Satisfy Your Craving: The Food Network Cart is located down the left-field line on the Loge Level just beyond Section 222.

Food Network Miller Park

What about you? Do you have a favorite ballpark snack? A question about concessions? Something you’d like to see featured here? Post your comments below!

Bon Appetit!

-John and Cait

johnandcait@brewers.com

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