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Brewers Community Foundation Announces $5 Million Mark Reached in 50/50 Raffle Ticket Sales

If you have been to a Brewers game in the last four years, surely you have seen the Brewers Community Foundation 50/50 Raffle Ticket sellers working the crowd in their bright orange t-shirts.  Today, at a press conference to announce the 50/50 Raffle has reached the $5 million mark in sales, the results of one program that BCF and the 50/50 Raffle have benefited was showcased.

The “Miracle League” field is a custom-designed field that features a special cushioned, rubberized playing surface that allows access for the visually impaired and those in wheelchairs.  The league allows all children to play organized baseball, regardless of ability.  Joe Block hosted today’s press conference at the Miracle League field on 91st and Brown Deer on Milwaukee’s Northwest side.

“The Miracle League is a stellar example of our commitment to identify quality non-profit organizations that are making a difference,” said Executive Director of BCF, Cecelia Gore.

Following today’s press conference, Milwaukee Miracle League players joined Brewers players Marco Estrada, Brandon Kintzler and Jonathan Lucroy on the field for a little exhibition game.

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“As a Brewers player, I’m really pleased and honored to be here to represent the team and players today,” Lucroy said.  “It’s important for me individually and my teammates here to contribute to these causes and help others who need it.  It gives me a lot of pleasure to do that for others.  My teammates talk very highly of the city and the people here.  The support we have from the fans and the organization itself is awesome, we love playing here.  It is a generous community and we , too, like to give back like so many fans have given back through the raffle.”

The BCF 50/50 Raffle is currently in its fourth season.  The raffle eclipsed the $1 million mark for the 2013 season on July 7—the earliest date that milestone has been reached since the inception of the raffle in 2010.

Now in its fourth season, tickets for the BCF 50/50 Raffle are sold for just $2 throughout Miller Park from the time gates open during every Brewers home game. For each game, half of the net proceeds are given to a lucky fan and the other half benefits Brewers Community Foundation.  Some of the non-profit programs previously supported by the Foundation include Arts at Large, Beckum Stapleton Little League, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee, COA Youth and Family Services, Felix Mantilla Little League, Girl Scouts of Wisconsin Southeast, Hunger Task Force, Milwaukee Habitat for Humanity, Make-a-Wish Foundation of Wisconsin, Sojourner Family Peace Center, Susan G. Komen of Southeast Wisconsin, UPAF, United Way, YMCA of Metropolitan Milwaukee, and YWCA.

“We’ve raised $1.4 so far this year to date, which is about $75,000 more than this time last year,” Gore added.  “I would say this has been a grand success.  We have the nicest raffle sellers I could ask for and they know that their efforts assist BCF with our ability to provide grants to more than 200 non-profit organizations.”

The press conference also featured a former 50/50 Raffle winner.  Theresa Porter, won the 50/50 Raffle on Opening Day in 2012 and took home over $20,000.  She took her family on a trip and continues to buy tickets at every game she attends.  That, in turn, convinces her entire row to buy tickets because she tells the story of winning the raffle at every game she attends.  Also, she is a breast cancer survivor herself and knows the importance the 50/50 Raffle to the Milwaukee community.

“After seeing the Miracle League Field here, it shows how this raffle really helps,” Porter said.  “As a breast cancer survivor, I feel that I too have benefited from what the raffle does on both ends.”

Through BCF, Mark and Debbie Attanasio continue their pledge to have the Milwaukee Brewers serve as leaders in the community. The BCF 50/50 raffle provides one of many opportunities to make a difference. Brewers Community Foundation harnesses the pride, passion and commitment of Brewers fans, players and other supporters to positively impact the lives of children and their families in Greater Milwaukee and Wisconsin.

Brewers Community Foundation, Inc. is the official charitable arm of the Milwaukee Brewers.

–JOHN

johnandcait@brewers.com

 

 

Get Your Brewers Specialty Player Tees!

Expand your collection of Brewers player tees by purchasing any of our new 2013 specialty designs, exclusive to Miller Park!

Choose from styles featuring Ryan Braun:

Braun Player Tee

Aramis Ramirez:

Ramirez Player Tee

 Jonathan Lucroy:

Lucroy Player Tee

Plus, two Nori Aoki designs:

Aoki Player Tee

The Braun, Ramirez, Lucroy tees and the Aoki Japanese Koi Fish design (white) are available in adult sizes while the Aoki retro tee (yellow) is available in both adult and youth sizes.

Both regular and specialty player tees retail for $30 each at the Brewers Team Stores at Miller Park, but on Wednesdays (that’s today!), fans can receive $5 as part of our Majestic Athletic Walk-Off Wednesdays promotion.

If you’re not familiar with this promotion, it’s something fun that we’ve been doing for several years now: Every Wednesday home game throughout the season, when you stop in any retail location at Miller Park before the 5th inning and purchase a player name and number tee, you’ll save $5 and if your player has a walk-off hit in that game, you’ll get a FREE replica jersey of that same player, plus tickets! If the Brewers don’t hit a walk off that Wednesday one lucky fan will still win a jersey.

So, if you’re headed to the Brewers vs. Reds game this afternoon, it’s a great excuse to pop into the store and pick up one of our new designs.

Plus, you can double-dip on another promotion we have going on for a limited time: With our Players Autograph Promotion, you will score a free autographed baseball when you purchase $150 worth of official Players Choice product in the Brewers Team Stores. Choose from 8x10s, t-shirts, jerseys and more and when you spend $150, we’ll throw in a free autographed baseball (randomly selected) while supplies last.

Can’t make it out to Miller Park anytime soon? Never fear–there’s also a large selection of player tees available on brewers.com. (Note: Product purchased online does not qualify for Walk-Off Wednesdays or the Players Autograph Promo.)

Happy shopping!

-Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

Operation Warrior Wishes Visits Miller Park

Today, I had the pleasure of meeting Craig and Matt Steichen, the father-son duo behind Operation Warrior Wishes, a nonprofit organization that honors wounded veterans with VIP experiences and trips to sporting events across the country.

Craig and Matt had been traveling to different football stadiums, making it to one or two each year in an attempt to see them all when they had the idea to see them all in one year.

Their first thought was “Is that possible?” and after they realized it was (others have done it before), they decided they wanted to make it really special.

So, the pair teamed up with the Wounded Warrior Project, a nonprofit organization which raises awareness and enlists the public’s aid for the needs of injured service members, to select wounded veterans to accompany them on their journey.

Last season, they accomplished their goal, visiting all 32 NFL Stadiums and bringing joy to veterans from coast to coast.

But they didn’t stop there. Now, they’ve founded Operation Warrior Wishes and they’re expanding their reach.

“I’ve made it my lifelong mission,” Matt told me.

Today, Miller Park became Operation Warrior Wishes’ 11th MLB Ballpark when Craig and Matt brought BJ Ganem, Brian Stoltenberg and Ken Oliver out for the Brewers vs. Cubs game.

L-R: Matt, Brian, BJ, Ken and Craig

L-R: Matt, Brian, BJ, Ken and Craig

“It’s not about us,” Matt, who is a banker by day, said, “It’s what these guys do for us. That’s what matters.”

“The whole idea is to pay it forward,” Craig added.

BJ, Brian and Ken are all retired Marines from Wisconsin. BJ was one of Craig and Matt’s first guests on their original journey, joining the pair for a Packers game last year. He helped connect them with Brian and Ken through his work with the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund, facilitating their visit to Miller Park.

For Brian, this was his first trip to our stadium.

“It’s really awesome,” he said of Operation Warrior Wishes and the experience they helped provide, “It really gets you on an emotional level. You can’t really put it into words.”

BJ, Brian and Ken meet Jonathan Lucroy

BJ, Brian and Ken meet Jonathan Lucroy

 

-Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

For more information on Operation Warrior Wishes, visit their website at all32in17.com and/or follow them on Facebook & Twitter.

Vote Brewers Campaign Hits the Homestretch

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There are just about two weeks left in the VOTE Brewers campaign.  While the last day to vote at Miller Park is Friday, you still have until July 4 to vote online.

The most recent voting returns announced on Sunday had four Brewers among the leaders.  Ryan Braun, Jean Segura, Carlos Gomez and Jonathan Lucroy are all within striking distance and all in need of Brewers fans help.

Baseball is a game of numbers, so lets talk numbers why these guys should be All-Stars.  All four players have some pretty incredible numbers.

- Gomez (12 hr/13 sb) and Segura (10 hr/20sb)  are two of seven players in MLB that have double figures in both home runs and stolen bases this season.

- Gomez also is one of six players in MLB that have double figures in home runs, stolen bases and doubles (17).

- Gomez and Segura are on pace to possibly record 20 doubles, 20 triples, 20 home runs and 20 stolen bases in the same season.  This is something that has only been accomplished seven times in MLB history! Willie Mays in 1957, Jim Bottomley in 1928, Jimmy Rollins in 2007, Jeff Heath in 1941, George Brett in 1979, Curtis Granderson in 2007 and good ole’ Wildfire Schulte in 1911 all have accomplished that feat.  This will be exciting to watch in the second half of 2013.

- Segura is the only player in MLB to have 10 hr and 20 stolen bases this season.

- Lucroy has been on a tear over the last few weeks, as he is tied for third in MLB in RBI since 5/31 with 17 and hitting .389 over those previous 15 games with 3 hr.  Since the beginning of 2012, only Posey (.919) and Yadier Molina (.885) have a higher OPS than Lucroy (.822) among N.L. catchers.

- While Braun is on the Disabled List, he too has been one of the best hitters in baseball, posting the highest OPS among all MLB outfielders at .963 since the beginning of last season.

- WAR.  What is it good for, you ask?  It is a pretty popular stat these days that stands for “Wins Above Replacement.”  It is used to measure the overall value of a player’s contribution to their team.  FanGraphs’ WAR has Gomez leading the National League and second in MLB and Segura ranked ninth in the N.L.

Braun trails the third and final outfield spot by just over 300,000 votes.  Gomez is 11th among N.L. outfielders, just over 900,000 votes shy of jumping into the top three.  Segura is just over 1.2 million votes behind Troy Tulowitzki and Lucroy is nearly 2 million votes shy of Buster Posey at catcher.  Now you might think I’m nuts because of those numbers and the amount of time.

But hang with me and take a look at some simple math here.  This blog post will be sent via social media to Brewers Facebook fans and Twitter followers which we can estimate is just over 750,000 possible people. Now, for argument sake, say our Twitter followers also are Facebook fans, so let’s bring that estimate to 500,000 Brewers social media gurus who follow the team.  If each of you votes the maximum of 35 times on Brewers.com, that will total 17.5 million votes.  Certainly enough to get those four voted in (and the rest of the Brewers!).

Don’t forget to campaign for your favorite Brewers players on social media:

  • #VOTEBREWERS
  • #LOCKINLUC
  • #IHARTNY
  • #PICKRICKIE
  • #VOTEARAMIS
  • #SENDSEGURA
  • #VOTEBRAUN
  • #GOFORGOMEZ
  • #ADDAOKI

The 2013 MLB All-Star Game will take place at CitiField in New York on Tuesday, July 16.  Tune in to the game on FOX.

Brewers fans, show why we are among the best and proudest fans in baseball.  Let’s pass the word around and finish strong in the 2013 MLB All-Star voting campaign! Vote Brewers!

–JOHN

johnandcait@brewers.com

Go to Bat for Brewers Community Foundation on July 9

On Tuesday, July 9, Brewers fans will have an opportunity to take in the Brewers game in an all-inclusive area, walk away with a unique collectible to remember the occasion, and help contribute to a great cause.

On that night, the Brewers will host “Go to Bat for Brewers Community Foundation Presented by Baker Tilly” in the Gehl Club at Miller Park.  The Brewers will play against the Cincinnati Reds that evening with first pitch scheduled for 7:10 p.m.

The Gehl Club at Miller Park

Each participant will receive a limited edition, framed photo set signed by Yovani Gallardo and Jonathan Lucroy (only 200 available), along with a ticket to the Gehl Club for the game, a full buffet and two complimentary glasses of beer or wine per adult.

Gallardo and Lucroy Framed Photo Set - High Res.

“Baker Tilly is excited for the opportunity to collaborate with Brewers Community Foundation on this event and supports the foundation’s effort to bring health, education, recreation, and basic needs programming to the region’s low-income and disadvantaged youth,” said Bill Wertz, Partner and Market Leader of the firm’s Milwaukee office.

Individual tickets are priced at $175 and can be purchased at brewers.com/giveback or by calling the Brewers Ticket Offices at (414) 902-GAME (4263).

A portion of the proceeds will support the causes of Brewers Community Foundation.

-Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

 

About Baker Tilly

With more than 1,600 employees, Baker Tilly provides a wide range of accounting, tax, and advisory services. Ranked as one of the top 20 largest firms in the country*, Baker Tilly serves clients from offices in Chicago, Detroit, Minneapolis, New York, Washington DC, and throughout Wisconsin.

Baker Tilly is an independent member of Baker Tilly International, a worldwide network of independent accounting and business advisory firms in 131 countries, with 26,000 professionals. The combined worldwide revenue of independent member firms is $3.3 billion.

*According to Accounting Today’s 2013 list of “Top 100 Firms.”

Vote Brewers 2013!

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Brewers fans have the well-earned reputation for filling the ballot boxes with All-Star votes for Milwaukee Brewers players year in and year out. With at least one Brewers player elected to start in five of the last six All-Star Games since 2007, Milwaukee fans demonstrated that it doesn’t take the largest market to be heard as they voted for their favorite Brewers in almost unheard of numbers.

And while it may still be April, it’s time to ramp up and Vote Brewers!  Sure it is early, but why can’t we use that time to get ahead in the voting? The Brewers are currently enjoying a nice win streak and this is the time to beat the early rush on voting.

This season, eight Milwaukee Brewers players are featured on the ballot for the 84th Major League Baseball All-Star Game to be held on Tuesday, July 16 at Citi Field in New York City (great All-Star logo again this year by the way, MLB has been knocking it out of the park in recent years with great All-Star logos). Brewers fans will again have the opportunity to show their overwhelming fan support by helping decide which players will be named to the Midsummer Classic through the 2013 MLB In-Stadium All-Star Balloting Program presented by Firestone and the 2013 All-Star Game MLB.com Ballot presented by freecreditscore.com.

Brewers players on this year’s All-Star ballot include C Jonathan Lucroy, 1B Corey Hart, 2B Rickie Weeks, 3B Aramis Ramirez, SS Jean Segura, OF Ryan Braun, OF Carlos Gomez and OF Norichika Aoki.

Beginning today, fans are able to vote online at Brewers.com and beginning Monday, April 29, fans will be able to vote through in-park balloting at Miller Park.

At Brewers.com, all fans voting 21 or more times for their favorite Brewers will be entered into a drawing to win Ryan Braun’s Miller Park Suite for a night, complete with tickets, food and a personal visit from the 2011 National League MVP. There is a maximum of 25 votes per email address, but new for 2013, fans can cast 10 extra votes by logging in with or registering for an MLB.com account. More information and rules may be found at brewers.com. Additionally, fans voting online will be eligible to purchase Field Outfield, Club Outfield and Terrace Box seats for select Brewers games at a savings of up to 50% (details available after voting at Brewers.com).

Those visiting Miller Park are encouraged to vote early and often via paper ballot at the All-Star Polling District, set up during Brewers home games along the first base concourse. In-park balloting at Miller Park begins on Monday, April 29 and continues through Friday, June 21, comprising 25 home dates.  The Vote Brewers! campaign will feature event staff decked out at home games in promotional t-shirts, and signage along the Miller Park fascia and behind the plate. In addition, media partners FS Wisconsin and Newsradio 620 WTMJ will be promoting the initiative on broadcasts, and the World Famous Klement’s Racing Sausages will help distribute voting information around the city. There will also be voting parties staged during the balloting period.

With every 10 ballots turned in to the All-Star Polling District, fans will receive one raffle ticket that will enter them in a drawing for the opportunity to win a collector’s item daily, ranging from game-used memorabilia to player autographs. A drawing will be held during every home game through June 21 and the winning ticket will be announced during the game.  Rules will be available at the Polling District.

Fans can also show their support for the Crew during this time by downloading cover photos of their favorite players here.

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Ryan Braun narrowly missed being elected a starter for the 2012 MLB All-Star Game after finishing fourth in voting among National League outfielders to Matt Kemp of the Los Angeles Dodgers by just over 100,000 votes.  Braun was later named a starter to replace the injured Kemp.

In 2011, Braun led National League outfielders in voting for the fourth straight season and led all NL players in voting for the first time (5,928,004).  He is the only Brewers player to ever be elected to start in four consecutive All-Star Games (did not play in 2011 due to injury).  Rickie Weeks was selected to his first All-Star Game as the NL’s starting second baseman and Prince Fielder started and made his third All-Star appearance in 2011.  In 2010, Braun and Corey Hart started for the Brewers (Hart was named as a starter after an injury to Atlanta’s Jason Heyward).

In 2009, Braun and Fielder joined Trevor Hoffman as All-Stars.  In addition to Braun in 2008, Hart was named that year to the National League All-Star team via the Monster All-Star Final Vote.  In 2007, Fielder received the second-most votes in the National League en route to his first career All-Star team, becoming the first Brewers player to be voted to the All-Star Game since Paul Molitor was selected at third base in 1988.  A complete list of All-Stars in franchise history can be found on page 277 of the 2013 Brewers media guide.

The 2013 American League and National League All-Star Teams will be unveiled on Sunday, July 7 on the 2013 MLB All-Star Game Selection Show on TBS.  Both the National League and American League teams will have eight fan-elected starters. The pitchers and reserves for both will be determined through a combination of “Player Ballot” choices and selections made by the two All-Star managers.

Fans can vote for the Major League All-Stars online at brewers.com through Thursday, July 4 at 10:59 p.m. CT.

 

– JOHN

johnandcait@brewers.com

Gifs, Pics and Pies from this Homestand

How does that song go? Baseball, hot dogs, shaving cream pie…. hmm… I’m not sure that’s it, but this week, the Crew sure has had some fun in the dugout after their victories, celebrating with post-game antics.

With the Crew going for 7 in a row today, they sure have made the game look as easy as, well… pie this week!

Take a look at the gifs and an amazing photo from this homestand.

Blake Lalli gets a celebratory pie in the face from Jonathan Lucroy after producing Wednesday's walk-off hit vs. the San Francisco Giants.

Blake Lalli gets a celebratory pie in the face from Jonathan Lucroy after producing Wednesday’s walk-off hit vs. the San Francisco Giants.

Juuuussst a bit outside! Ryan Braun tries to congratulate Carlos Gomez after Wednesday's victory, but Gomez is quick as always!

Juuuussst a bit outside! Ryan Braun tries to congratulate Carlos Gomez after Wednesday’s victory, but Gomez is quick as always!

A pie meant for Ryan Braun after Thursday's victory over the Giants misses and hits FSWisconsin's Mark Concannon.

Carlos Gomez looks to retaliate and a pie meant for Ryan Braun after Thursday’s victory over the Giants misses and hits FSWisconsin’s Mark Concannon instead.

-Cait

JohnandCait@Brewers.com

Brewers Season Seat Holder Event Held at Miller Park This Morning

After last night’s exciting win over the Cubs, Yovani Gallardo, Jonathan Lucroy, Carlos Gomez, Ryan Braun, Dave Nelson, my colleagues and I were all on hand early this morning for a special Brewers Season Seat Holder event for those who paid for their 2013 season tickets in full by the November 15 early renewal deadline.

Here are some photos from this fun event.

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It’s always a pleasure to get to meet so many of our most loyal fans; we hope you had a wonderful time!

-Cait

johnandcait@brewers.com

Sneak Peek of Brewers 2013 Media Guide Cover

This is a new tradition we started last year in the Media Relations Department, giving fans a sneak peek at the cover of the media guide before the guide is actually released.  Senior Director – Media Relations, Mike Vassallo, Coordinator – Media Relations, Ken Spindler and I have worked very hard on the guide since last October and now see the light at the end of the tunnel with the project.  The guide is officially in the hands of Mario Ziino from Delzer Lithograph in hopes of getting it back in time for the first Spring Training game in a few weeks.

The 2013 Brewers Media Guide cover was created by Brewers Senior Graphic Designer, Jeff Harding.  Last year, the Brewers had one of the most powerful offenses in Major League Baseball–leading the National League in runs scored (776), home runs (202) and stolen bases (158).  It was the fifth time in franchise history that the team hit 200 home runs in a season.  We focused on the offense as an inspiration and Harding and his crew in the Consumer Marketing Department really captured what we were looking for on the cover.

2013 Milwaukee Brewers Media Guide cover.

2013 Milwaukee Brewers Media Guide cover.

The 2013 Brewers Media Guide will sell for $15 in the Brewers Team Store by Majestic at Miller Park by mid-March.  We will also have copies available at the Brewers Team Store at Maryvale Baseball Park in Phoenix at Spring Training.  The guide will also be available in .PDF form sometime in the next ten days.  When that happens, I will certainly offer a link for everyone.

–JOHN

johnandcait@brewers.com

World Baseball Classic Rosters Include 14 Brewers Players

Brewers fans will have plenty of reason to watch the World Baseball Classic as 14 players from the Brewers organization are scheduled to take part.  The full rosters were announced today.  Here is a list of Brewers players on WBC rosters:

 

 

 

 

Ryan Braun

Jonathan Lucroy

 

 

 

 

Hiram Burgos

Martin Maldonado

 

 

 

 

Marco Estrada

Yovani Gallardo

 

 

 

 

John Axford

Taylor Green

Jim Henderson

Rene Tosoni

 

 

 

 

Hainley Statia

 

 

 

 

Mike Walker

 

 

 

 

Carlos Gomez

 

 

 

 

Jeff Bianchi

The Brewers will even be represented behind the scenes during the World Baseball Classic.  In addition to the players on the field, Brewers Visiting Clubhouse Manager Phil Rozewicz will serve as clubhouse manager for the Dominican Republic team and Brewers Vice President – Communications Tyler Barnes will serve as a media liaison for games played at Marlins Park in Miami.

KEY DATES IN THE WORLD BASEBALL CLASSIC FOR BREWERS FANS

Tuesday, March 5; Brewers vs. Team Canada – Maryvale Baseball Park, 1:05 p.m. (Arizona Time); 2:05 p.m. (Milwaukee Time)

In an exhibition game during the exhibition season, the Brewers squad will take on the Canadian team at Maryvale Baseball Park.  There are a lot of Canadian connections in the Brewers organization.  Doug Melvin and Gord Ash are both natives along with a number of players on the Brewers roster.  Personally, I’m a fan of “Oh Canada” and can’t wait to hear that prior to the game.  It will also be interesting to see John Axford, Taylor Green and Jim Henderson suit up in the visiting clubhouse in Team Canada uniforms against their Brewers teammates  (I wonder if they will pop in and say hi!?).  Rene Tosoni, a name that might not be familiar with most Brewers fans, was signed to a minor league contract by the Brewers recently.  The outfielder played with the Minnesota Twins last season.

Friday, March 8; Spain at Puerto Rico – Hiram Bithorn Stadium, San Juan Puerto Rico, 4:30 p.m. (Milwaukee Time)

Hiram Burgos and Martin Maldonado make their WBC debut for Puerto Rico in their native country.

Friday, March 8, Mexico at United States – Chase Field, Phoenix Arizona, 7:00 p.m. (Arizona Time); 8:00 p.m. (Milwaukee Time)

For Brewers fans in Arizona for Spring Training, this is going to be a great day.  Catch the Brewers and Rangers at 1 p.m. in Maryvale and then head downtown to Chase Field to see Ryan Braun, Jonathan Lucroy and Team USA take on Marco Estrada, Yovani Gallardo and Team Mexico.

If you are heading to Arizona for Spring Training to see the Brewers, I would highly recommend fitting in a WBC game into your itinerary.  It is a fun atmosphere and a chance to see some players you might not normally see.  In addition to Chase Field, games will also be held at Salt River Field at Talking Stick.

For full information on the World Baseball Classic including ticket information, schedules and rosters, click here.

–JOHN

johnandcait@brewers.com

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