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In Playoff Push, Players Urge Fans to Pack the Park; 5,000 Free Tickets Available for Sunday

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

johnandcait@brewers.com

We #BREWLIEVE!

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.

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
johnandcait@brewers.com

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.

Volunteers & Entertainment Needed! 5 Weeks To Go Until the Brewers Mini-Marathon!

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.

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.

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

JohnandCait@Brewers.com

Support the MACC Fund by making a donation to our team here! (More on fundraising to come!)

Well-Trained: 6 Weeks To Go Until the Brewers Mini-Marathon!

With 6 weeks to go until the Brewers Mini, we’re in full-on training mode and you should be, too!

Dan Wright

Dan Wright

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!

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JOHN

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.”

CAIT

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.

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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

JohnandCait@Brewers.com

Famous Racing Sausages Run/Walk a Success! Brewers Mini is 8 Weeks from Today!

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!

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CAIT

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.

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John

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!

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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 

JohnandCait@Brewers.com

Famous Racing Sausages Run/Walk Tomorrow; 9 Weeks Until the Brewers Mini

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!

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JOHN

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.

5K Sausage Run Walk Course

5K Sausage Run Walk 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!

CAIT

I’m all ready for the 5K on Saturday! Here’s a photo of my shirt and bib:

Lucky number 11? Who was your favorite Brewers player to don this number?

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.

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Stay tuned for our results from the 5k and our next posts about the Brewers Mini.

-John and Cait 

JohnandCait@Brewers.com

Chef’s Table for the Nationals Series: DC TaKorean Food Truck Tangy Chicken Tacos

I lived in Washington D.C. during my junior year of college.  It was an awesome experience all around, I really loved living there.  The sights, the history, the people and the food make it very special.

I noticed two things about the food when living there.  One, is that the international flavor of the city is definitely captured in the cuisine.  All different types of food are available and that can turn a simple dinner into an authentic international dining experience.  The second thing I noticed was that Washington D.C. was definitely ahead of the recent “Food Truck” trend.  Fast forward ten years and you can’t really go anywhere without seeing a food truck touting unique food–they even have a television show devoted to the trend!

The specialty food item at the Miller Park Chef’s table for the Nationals series captures a unique International flavor in the spirit of Food Truck dining.

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The “DC TaKorean Food Truck Tangy Chicken Tacos” are a treat.  Three soft shell tacos feature sweet chili marinated chicken along with ginger, soy and a lime crema sauce will definitely satisfy your taste buds.  Served with wonton chips that are topped with a slightly spicy cucumber wasabi sauce go with the meal.  If you are up for something different and delicious, I wouldn’t miss them.

These will be available for the National series only (remember it’s a four-game series so you have an extra day to sample them!).  The Chef’s Table is outside section 215 on the Loge Level.  The meal is $9.75.

–JOHN

johnandcait@brewers.com

Training on the Road: 10 Weeks To Go Until the Brewers Mini-Marathon!

With 1o weeks to go until the Brewers Mini and just one until the Brewers Famous Racing Sausages 5K Run/Walk, we’re in full-on training mode and you should be, too!

But what if, say, you work crazy hours or travel a lot for business? Or, since it’s that time of the year, you’re headed on vacation?

You don’t have to let those things become excuses or prevent you from staying on track. Read on to for some of our personal tips, then share your own in the comments field below!

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JOHN

Working in baseball, your hours can be crazy and unconventional. Night games followed by day games. Long homestands. Travel. Ask anyone, and they will tell you that it is not a normal 9-to-5 job. That makes working in a workout a little more challenging and makes the discipline needed to train a little greater.

I don’t travel on every Brewers road trip, but when I do travel, I always plan ahead knowing that I enjoy to maintain a routine of working out. Sometimes it means losing an hour of sleep and waking up a little earlier, but it is nice to continue your normal workout plan.

I look ahead to see where we are staying and check out the workout facilities. Having done this for awhile, I now know which cities have the “good” fitness centers and which cities have “bad” fitness centers. Doing a little advance research in hotel fitness centers is important. If you know ahead of time what to expect, it makes your workout on the road a little easier.

Some cities are also better suited for running outdoors than others  Chicago, Pittsburgh, Kansas City, Washington D.C., Denver and Phoenix (depending on the time of year you are there) are great cities for running outside. Many hotels even provide maps with safe routes for running outdoors in case you are in an unfamiliar city. Running outside on the road is also a good way to become familiar with an unfamiliar city.

Another thing that people might find as an obstacle to working out on the road is packing extra gear. With airline baggage fees skyrocketing, every pound you save when packing your suitcase helps. There are things you can do when traveling to use as little space possible in your suitcase. Rolling your t-shirts always saves space and I usually travel with older shirts that I don’t mind throwing away when done, thus saving space (and laundry!) on the way home. There are also packing solutions that allow everything to keep fresh and clean.

I know when traveling my normal routine is something I won’t be able to achieve, but with a little planning ahead and some dedication, one can still maintain their workout routine so  travel doesn’t interrupt training.

CAIT

I don’t work quite as crazy hours as John, nor do I travel nearly as much for in my role, but I can tell you that my schedule is jam-packed, especially in the summer. It’s also a time when trips pop up. Your friends ask you to spend a weekend at their cabin up north, or maybe traveling to attend a wedding or other family gathering.

Most recently, my friends Emily and George got married in Brooklyn and I found myself in New York for a few days. As I was packing for my trip, I included some workout clothes, hoping I would be able to hit the gym at my hotel. However, I knew my days would be packed with wedding activities intermingled with sight-seeing–and the last thing I really wanted to do was “waste” any of my precious vacation time in the hotel gym. So, while I didn’t stick to my exact running schedule while I was gone, I still kept active by turning my sightseeing adventures into mini workouts.

Walking can be just as good of a workout as running, so instead of taking the subway each time I wanted to go some place, I plotted out how I could walk between places I needed or wanted to go, and it turned out to be quite easy to work in exercise.

Bonus! I also saw more sights by being on foot and saved a little cash by needing fewer cab and subway fares.

Instead of just admiring the Brooklyn Bridge from afar, why not walk across it? The bridge is just over a mile long, so crossing it to Manhattan and back (plus the distance to and from your hotel) is a great workout. Here’s Cait doing tree pose on the bridge (more about yoga to come soon!)

The moral of the story? While routine can be nice, you don’t always have to adhere to a strict regimen while training–in fact, sometimes it is good to give your body a break–but it is always a good idea to keep active. On your next trip, consider ditching the gym and immersing yourself in your surroundings with a run or walk!

TRENNI

Heading out of town, whether it is for business or pleasure, can wreak havoc on your training plans. Who wants to go to bed early on the first night out of town so they can run 15 miles the next morning? How many of us can politely duck out of a 7am breakfast meeting to hit the track for a speed work out? I think the resounding answer is almost none of us!

With that said, time spent in planes, trains and automobiles does not mean your workouts (or eating habits) have to suffer, they just need to be adjusted, not abandoned.

I’m actually heading out of town Saturday morning with my family, but Saturday is my scheduled long run of 15 miles. (Did I mention I signed up for a 50K race the week before the half??) I also have a follow-up run of 7-8 miles on Sunday.

Let me be totally up front here, my will is not strong enough to turn down a crazy night with my huge, fun-loving family! However, I’m committed to being ready for all of my races this summer and fall, so I don’t want my workouts to be neglected.

Easy fix. I just moved everything up one day. Friday morning (today) I rose earlier than normal and was out the door by 6:30am to sneak in 15 miles before my work day. Saturday morning (tomorrow) I will once again rise a little earlier than normal and knock out my 7 mile run. The result? A weekend free of being tied down by a training schedule.

If you have a family vacation or work trip coming up, simply plan ahead. Take a look at your training schedule and see how you can shift your runs around. And keep this in mind, if you need to skip a run, make sure it is a short, easy distance not your long run of the week. Missing a five-mile jaunt in the middle of the week won’t ruin your training regiment, foregoing your first ever ten-mile run will cause you problems in the long run.

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Stay tuned for our next Brewers Mini post! To join us, register for the race at brewersmini.com! Can’t race, but still want to support the MACC Fund? Make a donation to our team here!

-John and Cait (& Trenni!)

JohnandCait@Brewers.com

Chef’s Table for the Pirates Series

The Pittsburgh Pirates are in town for a three-game series beginning tonight at Miller Park, and the featured item at the Loge Level Chef’s Table is “Polish Hill Pierogies & Kielbassa.”

Pierogies to Pittsburgh are like Brats to Milwaukee. What’s a pierogy, you ask?

Well, they’re dumplings made of unleavened dough, first boiled, then baked or fried usually in butter with onions – traditionally stuffed with potato filling, sauerkraut, ground meat, cheese, or fruit, typically semicircular in shape.

And, like our very own World Famous Klement’s Racing Sausages, the Pirates Pierogies are an important part of in-game entertainment for all Pirates games at PNC Park. Following the end of the 5th inning, the Pierogies take the field to run the 280-yard Pierogy Race. There are four different pierogies in the race: Sauerkraut Saul, Cheese Chester, Jalapeno Hannah and Oliver Onion.

The Pierogies also make various appearances in the community, ranging from parades to private functions and also non-profit events.

Photo courtesy: Piitsburgh Pirates

Chef John’s special for this series is basically, a Cheese Chester: three Potato and cheese pierogies sautéed in butter with caramelized onions:

and served with grilled kielbassa:

Pierogies battle with the Primanti Bros. sandwich for food supremacy in Pittsburgh and this version of the dish is excellent.  Full of flavor, the sausage is a perfect compliment to the cheese filled pierogies.  Add a pretzel roll on the side and it makes for a complete and delicious meal.

This meal is $9.25.   As always, these items can be found at the Chef’s Table outside Section 215 at Miller Park–this weekend only!

–JOHN & CAIT

johnandcait@brewers.com

What John and Cait Ate…The Giant Slugger

“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

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.

Swing for the Fences with the Giant Slugger

Today, we were treated to the Giant Slugger, SportService’s newest roster addition & superstar.

Read on for a description, photos and review!

The Giant Slugger- $26

The Giant Slugger is a 24-inch long Klement’s Hot Dog served on a pretzel bun. The two-foot long hot dog is loaded with chili, cheese, onions & jalapenos.

Watch as it comes to life:

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The finished product weighs in at approximately two pounds, nine ounces. It is perfect for sharing as it can be easily cut up and is served in an easy to carry container with handles

John & Cait: We know we gave you a recent update from marathon training on how to eat healthy, but everyone needs to splurge here and there.  This is a perfect opportunity.  We not saying you need to eat the whole thing yourself (please, by all means, this is meant to be shared), but this is definitely something you and your group are going to want to try.  It’s good enough with just the hot dog, chili and cheese, but add that to a pretzel bun!?  Surely a masterpiece.  It is easy to carry in a case with handles and everything!  The crew at the stand will even cut it up for you and your group.  Give it a shot. It’s fun, it’s a “social” snack, it’s National Hot Dog Month and it’s America.

Rating:

    (out of 5)

Where To Satisfy Your Craving: The hot dog is available on the Loge Level at Miller Park at a portable stand outside Section 215 (just steps across from the Chef’s Table) and on the Field Level at the Plaza Grill outside of Section 110.

The Crew returns home for a six-game homestand vs. the Pirates and Cardinals, starting tomorrow, Friday, July 13. Make sure you come out to Miller Park and when you do, make sure you order the Giant Slugger. Then, share your photos with us! Tweet photos of you and your gang enjoying this treat to @Bernie_Brewer with the hashtag #GiantSlugger.

So what about you? What do you think of the Giant Slugger? Do you have another 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…Bon Appetit!

-John and Cait

johnandcait@brewers.com

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