Results tagged ‘ Jonathan Lucroy ’

Lucroy Recognized as Bob Feller Act of Valor Award Finalist

Tonight, prior to the Brewers vs. Pirates game, Jonathan Lucroy was recognized on the field as one of 15 finalists across Major League Baseball for the 2015 Bob Feller Act of Valor Award, an award named after the Hall of Fame pitcher who was the first Major League Baseball player to enlist in the United States Navy after the attack on Pearl Harbor.

Jonathan is recognized for his efforts in support of our servicemen and women. He’s been a consistent supporter of military initiatives, primarily Fisher House Wisconsin, a facility for military veterans and their families receiving treatment at the Milwaukee VA hospital. Jonathan invites wounded heroes to games each month and meets with them prior to first pitch. He also regularly visits veterans’ hospitals in Milwaukee, his hometown in Louisiana, and when the team is on the road.

During the offseason, Jonathan joined the Honor flight, traveling to Washington, D.C. with 41 World War II and 47 Korean War Veterans, and for each of the past three years, he has contributed $5,000 scholarships to military families.

On the field to thank Jonathan for his commitment tonight were Chief Pretty Officers Michael Murray, Steve Lukasiewicz, and Pete Pennock. Our thanks to Jonathan and all who support the actions, values and dedication of our servicemen and women.

To learn more about the Bob Feller Act of Valor Award, please visit actofvaloraward.org.

-Cait

@CMoyer

 

Pink Tie Guy Event Benefits Breast Cancer Research and Prevention

Last night, I was fortunate to be able to attend the “Pink Tie Guy” fundraiser at Blu atop the Pfister Hotel in downtown Milwaukee.

Led by President-Baseball Operations and GM Doug Melvin and his wife, Ellen, Pink Tie Guy is an event benefiting After Breast Cancer Diagnosis (ABCD). Breast cancer research and prevention is a cause near and dear to the Melvins’ hearts, as Ellen lost her mother, Elsie Schultz, to the disease in 1991.

Ginny Finn, Executive Director of ABCD, was on hand to speak about the importance of the cause and how grateful the organization is for support from events such as this.

A pink tie is not just a fashion statement – it’s a commitment to the fight against breast cancer. At the event, the “Pink Tie Guys,” an elite group of individuals who stepped up to the plate to contribute to the fight, were presented with custom pink bow ties from Randa Neckwear.

Attendees from the Brewers included Manager Craig Counsell, Jerry Narron, Ed Sedar, Mike Guerrero, Rick Kranitz, Lee Tunnell, Jimmy Nelson, and Jonathan Lucroy; broadcasters Bill Schroeder and Bob Uecker; and other front office executives.

In addition, this year, Commissioner Emeritus Bud Selig was named the 2015 Honorary Pink Tie Guy. Past Honorary Pink Tie Guys include Hank Aaron and Robin Yount.

Here are a few photos from the event:

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Thank you to everyone who came out last night to support this very important cause.

-Cait

@CMoyer

 

 

 

MLBPAA Honors Jonathan Lucroy with Brewers Heart & Hustle Award

The Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association (MLBPAA) is pleased to announce the 30 preliminary winners of the 2015 Heart and Hustle Award. This esteemed award honors active players who demonstrate a passion for the game of baseball and best embody the values, spirit and tradition of the game.

For the second year in a row, catcher Jonathan Lucroy is the Brewers winner of Heart and Hustle Award and tonight, the award was presented to Jonathan in a pregame ceremony by 1973 All-Star and current Wisconsin broadcaster, Davey Nelson.

Lucroy received the 2015 Heart & Hustle Award tonight during a pregame ceremony.

Lucroy received the 2015 Heart & Hustle Award tonight during a pregame ceremony.

The MLBPAA formed 30 committees, comprised of Alumni players with established relationships to each team. One player from each Major League team is chosen by the committees based on the passion desire and work ethic demonstrated both on and off the field. As the season draws to a close, fans, all alumni and active players will vote to select the final winner from the 30 team winners. The previous overall winners are David Eckstein (2005), Craig Biggio (2006, 2007), Grady Sizemore (2008), Albert Pujols (2009), Roy Halladay (2010), Torii Hunter (2011), Mike Trout (2012), Dustin Pedroia (2013) and Josh Harrison (2014).

The final winner will be announced Tuesday, November 10th, 2015 at the 16th annual Legends for Youth Dinner in New York City. This event is the primary fundraiser for the series of free Legends for Youth Baseball Clinics. These clinics impact more than 15,000 children each year, allowing them the unique opportunity to interact with and learn from players who have left a lasting impact on the game of baseball.

Lucroy Hosts Veteran Roy Radke at Today’s Game

Today, Jonathan Lucroy is hosting Roy Radke, a combat veteran of the Korean War and Vietnam War, and his family at today’s game.

Roy Radke

Roy Radke

Roy served in US Army from 1945-1968 in the 1st Infantry Division and 1st Calvary Division, 8th Regiment. He served in Germany, Japan, Italy, and Austria and his medals earned include the Combat Infantry Badge, 2 Bronze Stars, and Commendation Medals.

Jonathan Lucroy met Roy on one of the Stars and Stripes Honor Flights and was excited to bring him out to Miller Park where Roy got to tour the dugout, received a jersey from Jonathan and threw out one of today’s ceremonial first pitches.

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Thanks for your service, Roy, we were happy to have you and your family out here today!

-Cait

@CMoyer

Jonathan Lucroy Wins Milwaukee Brewers Heart & Hustle Award 

The Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association (MLBPAA) is pleased to announce Jonathan Lucroy as the Milwaukee Brewers 2015 Heart and Hustle Award winner. This esteemed award honors active players who demonstrate a passion for the game of baseball and best embody the values, spirit and tradition of the game. The Heart and Hustle Award is also the only award in Major League Baseball that is voted on by former players.

“[Jonathan] represents his team well as a dedicated, hardworking player,” said John Shelby, member of the Milwaukee Brewers coaching staff. “He cares about his team and respects the game.”

The MLBPAA formed 30 committees, comprised of Alumni players with established relationships to each team. One player from each Major League team is chosen by the committees based on their passion, desire and work ethic demonstrated both on and off the field. These players will be recognized prior to an upcoming home game. As the season draws to a close, fans, all Alumni and active players will vote to select the final winner from the 30 team winners. The previous overall winners are David Eckstein (2005), Craig Biggio (2006, 2007), Grady Sizemore (2008), Albert Pujols (2009), Roy Halladay (2010), Torii Hunter (2011), Mike Trout (2012), Dustin Pedroia (2013) and Josh Harrison (2014).

The final winner will be announced on November 10,2015 at the 16th Annual Legends for Youth Dinner in New York City. This event is the primary fundraiser for the series of free Legends for Youth Baseball Clinics. These clinics impact more than 15,000 children each year at 120 clinics, allowing them the unique opportunity to interact with and learn from players who have left a lasting impact on the game of baseball.

Brewers Wives Basket Auction is on NOW! Bid on Brewers Players & Coaches Favorite Things

The Brewers Wives are helping to raise money for this very important initiative through a special auction on brewers.com.

From now through June 28, Brewers fans have the opportunity to bid on special baskets that Brewers players and coaches and their wives have put together representing the Crew’s favorite things.

All proceeds will benefit Lissy’s Place, which serves young women exiting the foster care system as well as homeless young women who have not come through the foster care system. Lissy’s Place helps young women end the cycle of poverty and homelessness through the development of educational, financial, health and personal skills to live independently.

Here’s a look at the different baskets up for bid:

1. Darnell Coles’ BBQ Basket (Created by Shari Coles)

COLES

Description:

• Brewers BBQ Tool Set
• Brewers BBQ Meat Brander
• Darnell Coles Autographed Picture
• Darnell Coles Autographed Jersey
• Darnell Coles Autographed Baseball
• Darnell Coles Bobblehead
• Tony Dungy Book
• Boston Baked Beans
• Lays Salt & Vinegar Potato Chips
• BBQ Sauce
• A1 Sauce
• Pay Day Candy Bars
• 2 – $50.00 Metro Market Grocery Gift Cards
• Cookie Jar

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2. Mark Attanasio’s Favorite Things (Created by Debbie Attanasio)

ATTANASIO

Description:

• Certificate for 8 seats in the owner’s box by the Brewers dugout for a mutually agreed upon game for the 2015 or 2016 season
• 8 passes to The Selig Experience at Miller Park, for access prior to the opening of the gates (no waiting in line)
• Official Major League Baseball, in Lucite case, with Mark Attanasio’s signature and “Go Brewers”
• Brewers gear, all in size men’s XL with current team logo:
• “Triple Cliate” on-field game jacket with removable inner jacket (Majestic
Authentic Collection)
• Quarter-zip gray pullover sweatshirt (47 Brand)
• Navy denim adjustable hat with mesh adjustable back (Nike)
• Stainless steel shock-resistant Turbo watch (Sparo)
• Black custom Oakley sunglasses

• Fitbit One (wireless activity and sleep tracker)
• $200 certificate for dinner for 2 at any SURG restaurant (including Carnevor)
• Bag of Hershey’s Kisses with macadamia nuts (from Hawaii)
• Bag of milk chocolate baseballs
• Men’s brown-and-tan braided leather bracelet from Calabritto 28 in Capri, Italy
• Italian food and drink:
• Olivier Napa Valley mini bottle of pear white balsamic vinegar (imported from Modena)
• Riso della Sardegna Carnaroli rice for risotto (from Sardinia)
• Gentile Scialatielli pasta (from Napoli)
• Ricciole–sugar cookies (from Treviglio)
• Il Boschetto lemon-infused extra virgin olive oil, large bottle (from Toscana)
• Tenuta San Guido Guidalberto, 2012–a hard-to-find Supertuscan wine created by the same vintner that produces the well-known Sassicaia brand; in leather wine tote

• Movies, TV and Music:
• The Very Best of The Rolling Stones 1964-1971 (CD)
• Chronicle: The 20 Greatest Hits/Creedence Clearwater Revival, vol. 1 (CD)
• Diner (DVD; produced in 1982, written and directed by Barry Levinson)
• Blue Jasmine (DVD; produced in 2013; written and directed by Woody Allen)
• Breaking Bad: The Complete Series (DVDs, 21-disc set)

*This package contains alcohol; you must be 21 years old or older to bid on this item*

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3. Bench Coach Basket (Jerry Narron), Created by Donna Narron

NARROn

Description:

• 2015 Mother’s Day Line up card, Brewers vs Cubs, Autographed by Jerry Narron *Authenticated
• 2015 Mother’s Day game ball autographed by Jerry Narron
• Personally owned black fungo bat autographed by Jerry Narron
• Jerry Narron “#36” Brewers jersey
• MLB Mother’s day wrist sweat bands
• Mother’s day Hank bobble-head
• Milwaukee Brewers pink souvenir bat
• Brewers (Coleman) tailgate chair
• Brewers (Coleman) cooler
• Brewers collapsible tote
• Brewers plates, napkins, cups and matching silverware
• Brewers fleece blanket
• Brewers baseball cap
• Brewers draw string back sack
• Brewers Hank T-shirt (size small)
• Brewers Hebrew script T-shirt (size large)
• 2 Brewers fan foam hands
• 2 Brewers Can Holder Koozies
• 1 Bible and Book of Scriptures (Jerry uses daily with his walk with the Lord)
• Sheaffer calligraphy pen and ink set (the exact kind Jerry uses daily on the line-up card)
• Inspirational cards and notecards
• Game Day snacks: Cracker Jacks, Animal Crackers, Reese’s Pieces, Reggie’s Sunflower Seeds, and Orbit gum…All Jerry’s Favorites

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4. Doug Melvin’s Favorite Things, created by Ellen Melvin

MELVIN

Description:

•• 4 Field Level Tickets to a Milwaukee Brewers Game during the remainder of the 2015 season for a mutually agreed upon date (Restrictions may apply)
• 2 Center Court seats with Courtside Club access to a Milwaukee Bucks home game during the 2015-2016 season for a mutually agreed upon date
• Autographed Doug Melvin bobblehead
• Autographed Robin Yount baseball (2011 Honorary Pink Tie Guy) *Authenticated
• Autographed Hank Aaron baseball (2013 Honorary Pink Tie Guy) *Authenticated
• Autographed Commissioner Selig baseball (2015 Honorary Pink Tie Guy) Limited Edition “Thank You” Baseball, #1 of 2000
• 2 Pink Ties (From the Melvin’s Pink Tie Guy Events raising funds for breast cancer research, awareness and prevention programs)
• Step Up to the Plate apron and tote bag (From the Melvin’s fundraiser for breast cancer)
• Pink Pashmina (From the Melvin’s fundraiser for breast cancer)
• Wounded Warrior Project Hat, Headbands and Pullover Jacket (Another one of Doug’s favorite charities)
• $100 Gift Certificate to Buckley’s Restaurant & Bar (Be sure to have the carrot cake for dessert. It’s Doug’s favorite carrot cake. The best you will ever taste!)
• 4 Movie passes to any Marcus Theatre (Doug is an avid movie goer)
• Double Stuffed Oreos
• Popcorn
• Various movie candies
• 2 Western DVD’s
• A League of their Own DVD
• The Yogi Book
• $25 iTunes gift card (Doug loves music)
• 2 Pound of Starbucks Coffee (Pike Place and Veranda Blend)
• $25 Starbucks Gift Card
• Labatt’s Blue Beer (Doug loves his Canadian Beer)
• Bottle of Jack Daniels
• Bottle of Jack Daniels Honey
• Bottle of Gentlemen Jack
• Whiskey Stones
• 2 Whiskey Glasses
• Brewers Thermal Tote Bag
• Charcoal Grill (Doug loves to look out the window on game day and see all of the tailgaters)
• Brewers Grilling Set
• Brewers Cheese Board and Tool Set
• Tailgating Snacks
• 1 Dozen Titleist Golf Balls with Brewers Logo

*This package contains alcohol; you must be 21 years old or older to bid on this item*

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5. Catcher’s Basket (Jonathan Lucroy, Martin Maldonado & Marcus Hanel), Created by Sarah Lucroy, Janelise Maldonado & Jill Hanel


Catchers

Description:

Jonathan Lucroy’s Favorite Things
• Brewers Wine Glass
• Jonathan Lucroy Bobblehead ? 2014 All-Star Jersey
• Lucroy Star Wars Bobblehead
• French Press Coffee Pot
• 3 Camo Lucroy Hats
• 1 pair of autographed Lucroy Baseball Cleats
• Bottle of Decoy Pinot Noir
• Autographed Lucroy Batting Gloves
• 2 Lucroy Brewers T-shirts
• $30 Chipotle Gift Card
• Leather Brewers Bag

Martin Maldonado’s Favorite Things
• Wahl Clippers
• Selfie Stick
• The Black Series Table Tennis Set (During his childhood and before professional baseball, Martin used to compete in tournaments.)
• Retro Camo Brewers Bag
• Autographed Martin Maldonado Timber Rattlers Bobblehead
• Brewers Bottle Insulator
• Brewers Coasters
• Rugged Wireless Speaker (Martin loves music, especially salsa)
• Whiskey Rocks
• BBQ Tool Set
• Café Puro (Martin’s favorite Puerto Rican coffee)
• Maldonado T-shirt
• Autographed Brewers Hat
• Deluxe BBQ Set
• Brewers Pet Gear
• Bottle of Johnny Walker Black Label Whiskey
• Bottle of Coquito (An eggnog-like alcoholic beverage traditionally served in Puerto Rico. Martin loves to make it every Christmas.)
• Brewers Mug
• Pique Mi Madre Hot Sauce
• Brewers Bank Soup Can (Marin’s inner child still collects coins)
• Bimbo Cookies (Puerto Rican Cream Stuffed Cookies)
• Autographed Game Used Cleats
• 2 – #12 Wrist Bands
• 3 Pair of Game Used autographed Batting Gloves

Marcus Hanel’s Favorite Things
• Gummi Bears
• Milk Chocolate
• 2 Marcus Movie Theatre Tickets
• Certificate for 2 Burgers at Georgie Porgies
• Starbucks Coffee
• Bottle of Kendall-Jackson Pinot Noir
• Autographed Marcus Hanel Baseball
• Autographed Marcus Hanel Catcher’s Mask
• Autographed Retro Brewers Hat

*This package contains alcohol; you must be 21 years old or older to bid on this item*

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6. Gerardo Parra’s Tackle Box, Created by Tania Parra

PARRA

Description:
• Tackle Box
• Oreos
• Came Chocolate Bars
• Black Thunder Chocolate Bars
• Power Bail Bite Lures
• Zoom Lures
• Assorted Pan Fish Lure Kit
• Signal Flares
• Pocket Knife
• Brewers Retro Tote
• Italian Bobblehead
• P.A.N. 100% White Corn Instant Dough
• Bottle of Water Stone Cabernet Sauvignon
• 17 piece Premium BBQ Set
• Game Used Bat
• Autographed Game Used Bat
• 1 Ugly Sticks Fishing Pole
• Cheese Balls
• $100 Brewers Team Store Gift Certificate
• Autographed Worn Tennis Shoes
• 2 Pairs of Autographed Game Used Batting Gloves
• 42 Movie
• Mitre Soccer Ball
• 2 Brewers Autographed Caps
• 3 Autographed Parra Baseball Trading Cards
• 3 Autographed Game Used Baseballs

*This package contains alcohol; you must be 21 years old or older to bid on this item*

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7.  Craig Counsell’s Wheelbarrow, Created by Michelle Counsell

COUNSELL

Description:
• Gardening Wheelbarrow
• Bottle of Bullet Bourbon
• Autographed Counsell T-shirt
• Autographed Game Used Bat
• NutriBullet Blender
• Brewers Fleece Blanket
• Yoga Mat
• Large Ceramic Flower Pot
• Pair of Gardening Gloves
• Pruning Sheers
• Gardening Spade
• Chefmate BBQ Tool Set
• Brewers Water Bottle
• $35 Gift Certificate to Buckley’s
• $25 iTunes Gift Card
• $25 Starbucks Gift Card
• Bottle of La Crema 2012 Pinot Noir
• Autographed Counsell Bobblehead
• 1 Large Bag of Miracle Grow Potting Mix
• Excaveggietor, Root Vegetable Removal Trowel

*This package contains alcohol; you must be 21 years old or older to bid on this item*

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8.  Carlos Gomez’s Favorite Things, Created by Gerandy Gomez

GOMEZ

Description:
• 2 Wine Glasses
• Bottle of California 37 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon
• Bottle of The Archivist 2013 Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon
• Bottle of Bogle Vineyard 2013 Merlot
• Cheese
• 4 Autographed Baseball Trading Cards
• Rabbit Electric Wine Opener
• Autographed Worn Cleats
• Autographed Game Worn Batting Gloves
• 2 Autographed Gomez Bobbleheads (box is autographed)
• 3 Autographed Baseballs
• Autographed Gomez Photo

*This package contains alcohol; you must be 21 years old or older to bid on this item*

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9.  Ryan Braun’s Beach Bag, Created by Larisa Braun

Braun

Description:

•• Blye Beach Bag
• Brewers Doonie & Burke Bag
• Puma Soccer Ball
• Spalding Basketball
• 2 Autographed Game Used Batting Gloves
• Autographed Baseball
• Bag of Haribro Gummy Bears
• His & Hers Glass Zulau Water Bottles
• Bottle of Zico Coconut Water
• Miami Hurricanes 2015 College World Series Dry Fit Nike Shirt (XL)
• Bag of Trail Mix
• Sour Patch Kids

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10.  Corey Knebel’s Favorite Things, Created by Danielle Matula

Knebel

Description:

• Popcorn – Movie Theater Butter
• Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups Minis
• Jack Links Peppered Beef Jerky
• Fudge Brownie Mix
• 5 Gum
• Lays Kettle Cooked BBQ Chips
• Starbucks Espresso Roast
• Bottle of Four Roses Small Batch Bourbon
• Autographed Baseball
• Autographed Hank Mini Baseball Bat

*This package contains alcohol; you must be 21 years old or older to bid on this item*

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11.  Brewers Bullpen Basket, Created by Jamie Cotts

Bullpen

Description:
• 50 Quart Coleman Cooler
• 2 Fold up Quad Brewers Chairs
• Brewers Keyring Bottle Opener
• 4 Brewers Koozies
• 2 Brewers Mason Jar Mugs
• Brewers Corn Hole Toss Bags
• Autographed Brewers Corn Hole Boards (One Board Signed By: Corey Knebel, Michael Blazek, Lee Tunnell, Will Smith Jeremy Jeffress, Neal Cotts, Jonathan Broxton, Francisco Rodriguez, Marcus Hanel)
• Neal Cotts Autographed Baseball
• Will Smith Autographed Baseball
• Michael Blazek Autographed Baseball
• Jonathan Broxton Autographed Baseball
• Jeremy Jeffress Autographed Baseball
• Corey Knebel Autographed Baseball
• Francisco Rodriguez Autographed Baseball
• Marcus Hanel Autographed Baseball
• Lee Tunnell Autographed Baseball

*This package contains alcohol; you must be 21 years old or older to bid on this item*

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12.  2014 Custom Made Cooler/Speaker Combo

Cooler

Description:

•Autographed by the 2014 Milwaukee Brewers: Lyle Overbay, John Axford, Marco Estrada, Kyle Lohse, Logan Schafer, Elian Herrera, Scooter Gennett, Martin Maldonado, Khris Davis, Mark Reynolds, Wily Peralta, Tyler Thornburg, Matt Garza, Rickie Weeks, Aramis Ramirez, Carlos Gomez, Jeremy Jeffress, Jonathan Lucroy, Yovani Gallardo, Brandon Kintzler, Rob Wooten, Will Smith, Jim Henderson, Burke Bandenhop, Ryan Braun

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-Cait

@Cmoyer

It’s Father’s Day Weekend: Call Up Dad to Have a Catch

Father’s Day is always a great day at the ballpark. There’s just something special about taking in a game with your dad.

This year, the Brewers are celebrating in Colorado, but that doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate along with us!

First, we’ve got a few special Father’s Day e-cards that you can share:

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Also, don’t forget about our #BrewersAllStarDad contest. Submit your photos via Twitter or Instagram by Sunday night for your chance to win a night in Fox Sports Wisconsin’s suite.

Speaking of Brewers All-Star Dads, many of the Brewers players are fathers themselves. I’ve been hard at work collecting photos of Brewers players with their kids, and/or with their dads. I’ll be adding to this gallery over the weekend and you’ll see these photos on our social media platforms as well.

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We’re also celebrating with plenty of blue as as Major League Baseball has once again teamed up with the Prostate Cancer Foundation to dedicate Father’s Day to the fight against prostate cancer. Here are just a few of the examples of blue you might see when you tune in to the Brewers vs. Rockies game on Sunday:

  • MLB blue ribbon wristbands
  • Ribbon decals on uniforms
  • Blue dugout lineup cards
  • Father’s Day base jewels

Through the “Keep Dad in the Game” program, MLB will also be stressing the importance of regular prostate exams as a means of prevention and early detection of prostate cancer. This year also marks participation of MLB players in the 20th annual Home Run Challenge, through which fans can make a monetary pledge for each home run hit during all scheduled MLB games from Monday, June 15-Sunday, June 21. The program has raised approximately $45 million since its inception. Fans can pledge at homerunchallenge.org.

This is a cause that is near and dear to my heart. Prostate cancer affected my family when my dad was diagnosed with the disease in 2007 at age 59, after having a screening. He had surgery in early 2008 to remove his prostate. It was a scary time for our family, but after five years, he is now cancer-free and officially cured.

I’m so grateful that my dad is alive and well today and I hope that the efforts of MLB continue help keep more dads in the game.

I want to wish my dad a very Happy Father’s Day. I love you dad. Thank you for introducing me to this great game. I wouldn’t be where I am today without your love and support!

Happy Father’s Day to my dad and all the dads out there–Go BREWERS!

-Cait

@CMoyer

 

Fun Times Had at the “Koos for Kids” Event at the Zoo

Tonight, following the Brewers-Nationals game, many Brewers players and coaches headed over to the Milwaukee County Zoo to take part in a special event benefiting bullpen catcher and Racine native Marcus Hanel’s charity–and raised close to $70,000 in the process.

Marcus has always had a desire to help children and so, about 11 years ago, he formed “Koos for Kids,” a charity focusing on helping terminally ill and disadvantaged children in the area.

Fans attending tonight’s event received a ticket to the zoo (good all day), zoo parking, autographs from Brewers players and the opportunity to participate in auctions and raffles–all for just $20.

Over the years, Koos for Kids has been able to help numerous terminally ill children by purchasing them laptops, iPads, zoo passes, airline tickets, animals…whatever it might be that makes their days a little brighter.

“Some of our Koos for Kids kids who are terminally get to attend the event. Last year, one of the kids, Colton, got to come on stage and meet the guys. He just recently passed away. So when you look back at the reason why you do things, that’s it. This is why we’re doing this. Just seeing kids being with their favorite Brewers, seeing them light up,” Marcus told me.

Here are some photos from tonight’s event:

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Koos for Kids has also purchased over 3000 winter coats for disadvantaged children in the local area, as well as organized and run the Challenger Baseball League, where over 60 children with special needs can come and be part of a team and learn the game of baseball.  And there are countless other ways they have helped the local community, thanks to the support of many businesses and caring individuals.

To learn more about Koos for Kids, keep informed of upcoming events and learn how you can help, click here.

-Cait

@CMoyer

 

Matt Garza: Throwing Strikes on the Mound & Lanes to Support Sojourner Family Peace Center

On Sunday, July 19, you can join Matt Garza and his fellow teammates for the Brewers Bowl-A-Thon, a fun event designed to help raise money for the Sojourner Family Peace Center, a safe haven for abused women and children.

MB-15_Bowl A Thon-Logo

I recently sat down with Matt to discuss the upcoming event and find out why this cause is so important to him.

“I’ve been raised to respect women. They shouldn’t be caused harm. They’re the mother of your children. They represent the future. And children….there should never be any anger, any aggression towards a child because it’s never their fault,” Matt said.

This year, WaterStone Bank and Brewers Community Foundation have teamed up to benefit Sojourner through the “K’s For A Cause” program. WaterStone Bank and BCF each make a donation to the Center for every strikeout recorded by a Brewers pitcher at Miller Park during the season (295 at home so far this season–37 of which have come from Garza).

As of this writing, the team has 295 K’s at home so far this season, 37 of which have come from Garza.

As of this writing, the team has 295 K’s at home so far this season, 37 of which have come from Garza.

“It’s an important cause and I’ve got to try even harder to strike more guys out,” Matt said.

Matt Garza

The goal of the Sojourner Family Peace Center is to ensure the safety of victims of domestic violence and provide a pathway out of violence for victims and abusers, by making positive and lasting changes.  The Center is the largest nonprofit provider of domestic violence prevention and intervention in Wisconsin, serving over 9,500 clients each year.

Funds raised through the “K’s for a Cause” program as well as through the Bowl-a-Thon will be used to help with the creation of the new Family Peace Center facility in addition to supporting the organization in general. Fellow starter Kyle Lohse recently visited the construction site which is slated to open later this year. The new building will be located at 619 West Walnut Street in Milwaukee and this co-located center will offer coordinated services for those impacted by domestic violence. In addition to moving and expanding the current shelter, Sojourner Truth House, and the 24-hour hotline, Sojourner is joined with Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, the Milwaukee Police Department, and the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office, among others at the site.

Matt does not proclaim to be as adept at throwing strikes on the lanes as he is on the mound, but he says it will be a fun event to support this worthy cause.

“I think you have to bowl quite a bit to have an average… I’m just happy to hit the pins,” he laughed.

If he’s not the best bowler on the team, then who does he think might be?

“I say Lohse, just ’cause he’s had a lot of experience,” Matt said. And at first, I thought he meant Kyle was a big bowler… until he added, “He’s got a lot of years behind him,” a subtle dig at Kyle’s veteran status on the team.

As for the worst bowler on the team? “I think Luc because he doesn’t handle balls very well,” Matt joked again, jabbing at his catcher.

Well, regardless of bowling prowess, all attendees at this event are guaranteed to have a good time.

There are several packages from which to choose for interested participants, from the simple “Dug-Out Ticket,” which includes admission to the event and complimentary appetizers and beverages, to the “Grand Slam Sponsor Package.”  The Grand Slam package includes a bowling lane for up to five guests, shoe rental, sponsorship opportunities, T-shirts, a VIP reception and much more.  It also includes 10 Field Level tickets to a future Brewers game and an opportunity to watch the Brewers take batting practice on the field.  To top it all off, Matt  will take a picture with you and your group at your lane.

Other great packages such as the “Brew Crew” and “The Batter” include unique prizes and features, all while helping raise money for this worthy cause.

For more information on the Brewers Bowl-A-Thon, visit Brewers.com/beyondthediamond or call (414) 902-4532.

 

ADAM LIND NAMED “WE ENERGIES HIGH-ENERGY PLAYER OF THE MONTH” FOR APRIL

Adam Lind has been named the April “We Energies High-Energy Player of the Month,” receiving 64 percent of the fan vote. Ryan Braun came in second with 21 percent, while Michael Blazek and Jean Segura finished third and fourth respectively, with 11 percent and four percent.

Each month, Brewers fans have the opportunity to vote for the Brewers player they feel was deserving of the We Energies High-Energy Player of the Month during the previous month of play. Fans can visit www.brewers.com/WeEnergies and choose between four finalists. Finalists are selected based on player stats, high-energy plays on the field and overall contribution to the team during the previous month. Votes from each Player of the Month voting period will be carried over to the final “We Energies High-Energy Player of the Year” vote to be held from Sept. 7 – 15.

Through the online voting campaign presented by We Energies, fans then have the chance to enter to win a number of great prizes, including Brewers game tickets or the Grand Slam Prize Pack. One lucky fan will be randomly selected to receive Field Diamond Box tickets for six guests and will participate in a pre-game ceremony on the field when the Brewers take on the Chicago Cubs on Friday, Oct. 2, 2015. The winner will also receive an autographed jersey signed by the High-Energy Player of the Year, the opportunity to throw out a ceremonial first pitch and the use of a Club Level suite for a 2016 Brewers home game.

Voting for the May Player of the Month is now open. Finalists include Ryan Braun, Gerardo Parra, Carlos Gomez and Francisco Rodriguez. Voting will be open thru June 30.

Jonathan Lucroy won the We Energies High-Energy Player of the Year in 2014. Other past winners include Carlos Gomez (2013), Ryan Braun (2008 and 2012) Nyjer Morgan (2011), Rickie Weeks (2010), Craig Counsell (2009), Prince Fielder (2007) and Bill Hall (2006). For more information, please visit brewers.com/WeEnergies.

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