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Ice Bucket Challenge Continues; Join Us to Help Strike Out ALS

As you know, the “Ice Bucket Challenge,” an initiative started to raise awareness and funds to help strike out ALS, has been sweeping the globe and has passed through the Brewers Clubhouse along the way.

Ryan Braun completed the challenge last Saturday and in turn tagged teammates Jonathan Lucroy, Kyle Lohse, and Carlos GomezPadres Manager Bud Black issued the challenge to Brewers Manager Ron Roenicke, along with  Angels Manager Mike Scioscia, and Rays Manager Joe Maddon and Ron completed the challenge yesterday.

And it continues to spread, not only in the Clubhouse, but throughout the organization.

Last week, we announced that Brewers Community Foundation donated $5000 to ALSA Wisconsin on behalf of the Brewers and today, both  Brewers Director of Media Relations, Mike Vassallo, and I completed challenges issued to us personally and issued challenges of our own:

But the biggest challenge we can issue is to simply join us in fighting ALS, whether you get wet or not.

ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s disease, is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. Recently, the disease has been gaining a LOT of attention from this Ice Bucket Challenge, started by ALS patients Pete Frates and Pat Quinn to help raise money and awareness for the disease.

According to The Wall Street Journal, as of Thursday, the ALS Association had raised $7.6 million in donations in two weeks, compared with $1.4 million raised during the same two-week period last year. In addition, over 145,900 new donors have stepped up to the plate to help strike out ALS.

Visit ALSA.org to do your part.

-Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

 

 

 

 

Ron Roenicke Completes “Ice Bucket Challenge” Issued by Padres Manager Bud Black

On the off-chance you’ve missed all the excitement over the past two weeks, people have been dumping buckets of ice water over their heads all across the country as part of the “Ice Bucket Challenge,” an initiative started to raise awareness and funds to help strike out ALS.

The challenge has been hitting celebrities, pro athletes and everyday folks alike and the Brewers have been no exception.

Ryan Braun completed the challenge last Saturday and in turn tagged teammates Jonathan Lucroy, Kyle Lohse, and Carlos Gomez.

And the players aren’t the only ones helping out this worthy cause. Managers are getting in on the fun and showing their support, too.

Yesterday, on MLB Network’s Intentional Talk, Padres Manager Bud Black issued the challenge to Brewers Manager Ron Roenicke, along with  Angels Manager Mike Scioscia, and Rays Manager Joe Maddon.

And today, Ron good-naturedly accepted and completed the challenge, with a little help from Coaches  Garth Iorg and Ed Sedar:

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ALS is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. ALS is also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease after the famed baseball player whose struggle with this disease and death in 1941 brought it national attention.

And recently, the disease has been gaining a LOT of attention from this Ice Bucket Challenge, started by ALS patients Pete Frates and Pat Quinn to help raise money and awareness for the disease. The challenge is quite simple: Fill up a bucket of ice water, as cold as you can get. Have someone record a video while you dump the bucket over your head. Then share on social media, issuing the challenge to three friends.

Along with the team getting cold and wet for a cause, Brewers Community Foundation has also made a donation of $5,000 to ALSA Wisconsin on behalf of the Club and the Ice Bucket Challenge participants. Click here to join us in our support.

-Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

 

 

 

 

Aaron Rodgers, Sophia Minnaert Respond to Brewers “Ice Bucket Challenge”

Over the weekend, the Ice Bucket Challenge made its way through the Brewers Clubhouse, starting with Ryan Braun on Saturday and culminating with Kyle Lohse, Jonathan Lucroy and Carlos Gomez on Sunday.

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Designed to help raise money and awareness for ALS, the Ice Bucket Challenge is quite simple: Fill up a bucket of ice water, as cold as you can get. Have someone record a video while you dump the bucket over your head. Then share on social media, issuing the challenge to three friends.

Yesterday, Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers (via Jonathan Lucroy);PGA golfer Jason Dufner (via Kyle Lohse, likely as payback for the Stadium Shootout Golf Challenge); and FOX Sports Wisconsin’s Sophia Minnaert (via Carlos Gomez) were tapped for the challenge and so far, two of the three complied.

Aaron Rodgers:

 

Sophia Minnaert:

 

No word yet from Jason Dufner, but we’ll give him an extension on the 24-hour window commonly given for the challenge, as the golfer was forced to withdraw from the 2014 PGA Championship after nine holes on Thursday due to bulging discs in his neck.

Thanks to each of these Ice Bucket Challenge participants for being such good sports and helping to raise awareness and funds for ALS. To learn more about how you can help, click here.

 

-Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

Lucroy, Lohse & Gomez Complete “Ice Bucket Challenge” Issued by Ryan Braun–See Who is On Deck!

In case you missed it, yesterday, Ryan Braun completed the “Ice Bucket Challenge”  issued to him by former Brewers prospect and recent winner of The Bachelorette, Josh Murray.

In turn, Ryan Braun tagged Jonathan Lucroy, Kyle Lohse, and Carlos Gomez to step up the the plate and help #StrikeOutALS, which they did together, today:

Bob Uecker was standing by and we captured his reaction:

And here are some stills:

Carlos Gomez, Kyle Lohse & Jonathan Lucroy prepare for the Ice Bucket Challenge while Bob Uecker looks on.

Carlos Gomez, Kyle Lohse & Jonathan Lucroy prepare for the Ice Bucket Challenge while Bob Uecker looks on.

Whew! That's cold! But it's for a good cause--helping to #StrikeOutALS.

Whew! That’s cold! But it’s for a good cause–helping to #StrikeOutALS.

Up next: Aaron Rodgers, Jason Dufner and Sophia Minnaert.

Up next: Aaron Rodgers, Jason Dufner and Sophia Minnaert.

On Deck are Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers (challenged by Jonathan Lucroy); PGA golfer Jason Dufner (challenged by Kyle Lohse, likely as payback for the Stadium Shootout Golf Challenge); and FOX Sports Wisconsin’s Sophia Minnaert (challenged by Carlos Gomez).

ALS is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. ALS is also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease after the famed baseball player whose struggle with this disease and death in 1941 brought it national attention.

And recently, the disease has been gaining a LOT of attention from this Ice Bucket Challenge, started by ALS patients Pete Frates and Pat Quinn to help raise money and awareness for the disease. The challenge is quite simple: Fill up a bucket of ice water, as cold as you can get. Have someone record a video while you dump the bucket over your head. Then share on social media, issuing the challenge to three friends.

 

-Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

 

 

 

 

Josh Murray Issues the “Ice Bucket Challenge” to Ryan Braun… Watch Him Accept

ALS is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. ALS is also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease after the famed baseball player whose struggle with this disease and death in 1941 brought it national attention.

And recently, the disease has been gaining a LOT of attention as your social media feeds have probably been overtaken by videos of your friends dumping buckets of ice water on their heads to raise awareness about this disease and funds to fight it.

Former Boston College baseball player Pete Frates was diagnosed with the disease in 2012, and Pete, along with fellow ALS patient Pat Quinn, began what is known as the “Ice Bucket Challenge” on their own social networks in late July to raise money and awareness for the disease with which approximately 5600 people in the U.S. are diagnosed with each year and as many as 30,000 Americans may have at any given time (per the ALSA).

The challenge is quite simple: Fill up a bucket of ice water, as cold as you can get. Have someone record a video while you dump the bucket over your head. Then share on social media, issuing the challenge to three friends.

The challenge reached the Brewers when former Brewers prospect and recent winner of The Bachelorette, Josh Murray, issued the challenge to our own Ryan Braun:

Ryan Braun prepares for the Ice Bucket Challenge.

Ryan Braun prepares for the Ice Bucket Challenge.

Never one to back down from a challenge, Ryan accepted and issued the challenge to three more individuals…who just happen to be his teammates. Take a look here:

 

Mashable reports that the ALS Association has seen a fourfold increase in donations between July 26 and August 6 compared to the same time period in 2013. To learn more, click here.

 

Thank you, social media, Pete Frates, Pat Quinn, Josh Murray and Ryan Braun for helping #StrikeOutALS.

 

Here’s looking at you, Jonathan, Kyle and Carlos!

 

-Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

 

 

 

 

Jonathan Lucroy Receives MLBPAA Heart and Hustle Award

Tonight, the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association was proud to recognize Jonathan Lucroy as the Milwaukee Brewers winner of the 2014 Heart and Hustle Award.

The Heart and Hustle Award recognizes one player on each Major League team who demonstrates a passion for the game of baseball and best embodies the values, spirit and traditions of the game.

Presenting the award to Jonathan Lucroy was former Brewers pitcher and 1971 American League Reliever of the Year, Ken Sanders, and Vice President of Operations from the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association, Mike Groll.

HEART AND HUSTLE

Of the 30 winners from each Major League team, one player will be chosen as the final Heart and Hustle Award recipient, as voted on by the more than 5,300 current and alumni player members of the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association. This winner will be announced at the Legends for Youth Dinner, held in New York City on November 18, 2014.

For more information on this award, the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association, please visit www.baseballalumni.com or follow them on twitter @MLBPAA.

Congratulations to Jonathan on winning the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association Heart and Hustle Award!

-Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

Brewers Community Foundation’s 5K Famous Racing Sausages Run/Walk Generates Generous Donation for Fisher House Wisconsin

On July 26, runners and walkers participated in the 16th Annual 5K Famous Racing Sausages Run/Walk here at Miller Park, generating much needed resources in support of Brewers Community Foundation.

This year, 5K participants were encouraged to fundraise online 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.

Tonight, Cecelia Gore, Executive Director of the Brewers Community Foundation presented a $25,000 check to John Quinette, the Executive Director for Fisher House Wisconsin.

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Many thanks for all the online contributions as well as the generous donations from Jimmy Nelson and Jonathan Lucroy.

-Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

 

Social Media Night Set for September 8; Fans Can Elect #BrewersMVT to Appear at Event

This just in: Social Media Night is set for Monday, September 8 when the Crew takes on the Miami Marlins at Miller Park!

Being the Director of New Media, Social Media Night is something that is near and dear to my heart and something I greatly look forward to. I take great pride in this event and that’s why I really hope that you like the new spin we’ve put on it for 2014.

This is the third year of the event and this year, since we have so many players who are active on Twitter, the evening will revolve around that platform with fans having the opportunity to elect their favorite Brewers player on Twitter as the “2014 #BrewersMVT” (Most Valuable Tweeter). The player with the most votes will make an exclusive appearance at the event.

A special $25 ticket package is available for the game on Monday, September 8 against the Miami Marlins. The package includes a Loge Level ticket, access to a pregame “Tweet-Up” event at Helfaer Field featuring an appearance by the #BrewersMVT, an exclusive Brewers Twitter t-shirt designed with input from the winning player, and the opportunity to win prizes.

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From now through Sunday, August 24, fans can vote for their favorite follow on Twitter using designated hashtags. The player with the most votes will be selected as the #BrewersMVT (Most Valuable Tweeter), appear at the pre-game “Tweet Up” with fans, and help design the special Twitter t-shirt that fans purchasing the package will receive on September 8.

So…. Which Brewers player is your favorite follow? Whose tweets give you the most information or make you laugh hardest? Tweet using the designated hashtags  below now through Sunday, August 24 to vote for your #BrewersMVT.

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The players and their special hashtags are as follows:

 

PLAYERS                            TWITTER HANDLE            HASHTAG

Zach Duke                          (@Zach_Duke)                      #DukeMVT

Carlos Gomez                  (@C_Gomez27)                     #GomezMVT

Tom Gorzelanny          (@TGorz)                                    #GorzMVT

Jeremy Jeffress              (@JMontana41)                     #JeffressMVT

Kyle Lohse                          (@KyleLohse26)                   #LohseMVT

Jonathan Lucroy           (@JLucroy20)                        #Lucroy MVT

Martin Maldonado        (@Machete1224)                    #MaldyMVT

Jimmy Nelson                   (@Jimmy_J_Nelson)        #NelsonMVT

Will Smith                             (@White_Willy31)                #SmithMVT

 

Tickets are on sale now at brewers.com/socialmedianight. For group outings of 25 or more, tickets may be purchased by calling 414- 902-4523. Packages are limited, so fans are fans are encouraged to act quickly.

See you there and in the mean time, see you on Twitter!

-Cait

@CMOYER

-JohnandCait@brewers.com

Wounded Warriors Join the Brewers in Washington, D.C. This Weekend

Last week, we told you that combat veterans Brian Schultz of Wisconsin Dells & Shane Kruchten of Oshkosh were joining the Brewers on the team’s road trip to Washington, D.C.  as special guests of Brewers President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Doug Melvin and his wife, Ellen, who are big supporters of the Wounded Warrior Project, an organization dedicated to raising awareness and enlisting the public’s aid for the needs of injured service members. It helps injured servicemen and women aid and assist each other and  provides unique, direct programs and services to meet their needs.

Clubhouse Assistant Matt Smith was the liaison for the two VIPs and their guests this weekend and he documented their trip from start to finish.

“I told them not to worry about trying to take photos of everything, that they should just relax and enjoy the experience, that I would capture it,” Matt told me.

And capture it, he did. Read on for their experience, peppered with some Tweets & Instagram posts from Shane.

Thursday, July 17:

Each veteran was permitted to bring one guest along on the trip, so on Thursday, Shane and his brother-in-law, Michael; and Brian and his friend, Marcel (another former Marine), reported to Miller Park. There, Shane and Brian found lockers waiting for them, set up with everything that the Brewers players have from BP uniforms to personalized equipment.

They took the field as part of the team’s optional workout and met with the local media before boarding the team charter to Washington, D.C.

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Friday, July 18:

In the morning, Brian and Marcel visited Arlington National Cemetery and later, all four met up to tour the National Mall.  They then reported to Nationals Park, where they found their visiting lockers waiting for them. They took part in batting practice and dined with the players. They were then formally introduced in a team meeting by Manager Ron Roenicke, where they gave a little bit of a personal background, before having the honor of helping Ron exchange lineup cards at home plate. They then took in the game from seats behind the Brewers dugout.

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Saturday, July 19:

The group joined front office staff, players and personnel on a tour of the White House in the morning. Then they watched guys hit in the cages before joining the starting pitchers to watch Jimmy Nelson throw his bullpen session. As a thank you to each of  the players for letting them wear the Brewers jersey, the pair handed out Wounded Warrior t-shirts to the team. They then stood on the front line for the national anthem and took in the game again from seats behind the Brewers dugout.

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Sunday, July 20:

The pair joined the starting pitchers again, this time for Kyle Lohse’s bullpen session, before assuming the roles of bat boys for that day’s game. Following the game, they presented the team with a signed flag which will hang in the batting cages at Miller Park.  The team donned their new Wounded Warriors t-shirt for the flight home, a whirlwind, fun-filled weekend for Brian and Shane.

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In addition to sponsoring this special trip for Brian and Shane, Doug and Ellen Melvin and their family support the Wounded Warrior Project all season long at Miller Park. Through a donation to Brewers Community Foundation, the Melvins also welcome a wounded service member from Wounded Warrior Project to one Brewers game each month. The special guest receives four field level seats to a Saturday Brewers home game and is recognized on the scoreboard at Miller Park for their service to our country.

“This is a cause that we can all get behind, and I am happy to support,” said Doug Melvin. “These young men and women make enormous sacrifices for all of us and Wounded Warrior Project helps them adjust to life back home after serving our country.”

For more on Brian and Shane, check out Adam McCalvy’s story on brewers.com.

To get involved and learn more about the Wounded Warrior Project, visit woundedwarriorproject.org.
-Cait
JohnandCait@brewers.com 

 

LUCROY AUTOGRAPH SESSION SET FOR JULY 25

All-Star catcher Jonathan Lucroy will appear at the Miller Park Brewers Team Store by Majestic for an autograph signing this Friday, July 25 from 12:30 – 1:30 pm.

Autographs will be free, and the first 250 people in line will receive a wristband guaranteeing a signature. If time allows, additional fans will be accommodated until 1:30 pm.

Fans will be allowed to enter through the Miller Park Hot Corner entrance at 9 am, and autographs will be first come, first served. There is a limit of one autograph per person and no photos will be permitted in order to accommodate as many fans as possible.

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-Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

 

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