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Brew Crew Bracketology: Brewers March Madness Update

Back in Spring Training when the NCAA tournament got underway, we asked some of the Crew to fill out brackets.

Now we’re down to the Final Four (On Wisconsin!), so we thought we’d post the updated brackets here so you can follow along with Brew Crew Bracketology below and see how their picks are “netting” out.

As you can see, even Hank and Bernie Brewer got in on the fun and Bernie has even correctly picked 3 of the Final Four! He’s got Wisconsin in the National Championship game, so let’s hope he’s right!

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If you’ll notice, I filled out a bracket, too. Although I’m a Marquette girl and I’m bummed they aren’t in it,  I am cheering Wisconsin on loudly and I really do love the excitement of this time of year–both on the basketball and baseball fronts.

Bracket busted? Never fear. Brewers season is underway!

Cheers,

-Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

Brew Crew Bracketology: Brewers March Madness Update

Last week when the NCAA Basketball Tournament got underway, we asked some of the Crew to fill out brackets.

Even Hank and Bernie Brewer got in on the fun!

As the next round begins on Thursday, we thought we’d post the updated brackets here so you can follow along with Brew Crew Bracketology below and see how their picks are “netting” out.

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If you’ll notice, I filled out a bracket, too. Although I’m a Marquette girl and I’m bummed they aren’t in it,  I do love the excitement of this time of year–both on the basketball and baseball fronts.

Bracket busted? Never fear. Opening Day (true March Madness!) is just 6 days away!

Cheers,

-Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

Brewers Fever Leads to March Madness

As the NCAA Basketball Tournament gets underway, we’re all feeling a little bit of that March Madness.

And, although both UW-Milwaukee and UW-Madison are competing this year, the particular “March Madness” I’m referring to in this case is baseball related.

It’s been an especially long, tough winter and, all across the state, fans are suffering from major cases of cabin fever—and, much worse, Brewers fever. The ailment usually hits a crescendo, a state of madness, right about this time of year.

People started coming down with it in late January at Brewers On Deck. For one fleeting day, we got to see the Crew and get pumped up for the season. Then came Spring Training. Since mid-February, we’ve been teased by the sights of the steady string of warm, sunny days in Phoenix and the green grass, along with the sweet sounds of the crack of the bat, the ball smacking a leather glove, and Uecker‘s voice on the radio. These sights and sounds evoke an almost Pavlovian response from our other senses: We can almost smell the brats on the grill; we can almost taste the peanuts and Cracker Jack; and we can definitely feel the excitement in the air.

We’re now less than two weeks from Brewers Baseball returning to Milwaukee and the madness has hit full tilt. We’re ready for the Boys of Summer to return from Arizona and at least bring a little bit of spring back with them. We’re ready for America’s Pastime done the Wisconsin way, with tailgating, Sausage Races and Bernie’s slides. And the barrel? Oh yes, it’s ready to be rolled out. Just say when!

How will we cope the next two weeks? Well, we’ve got a few more Spring Training games that we can watch and listen to, plus two Exhibition Games at Miller Park. In addition to that, there’s that other March Madness that I alluded to, an entertaining diversion that makes that time until Opening Day go by quicker.

Like most of America, we’re sure you found time to fill out a bracket. That’s why we asked some of the Crew to do the same.

Tom Gorzelanny, hard at work on his bracket.

Tom Gorzelanny, hard at work on his bracket.

A few of the participants, like Brewers infielder Rickie Weeks and Brewers reliever Rob Wooten, really get into it. Rickie is a big basketball fan and Wooten in particular is a diehard fan of the University of North Carolina Tar Heels.

Wooten lives just south of Chapel Hill, N.C., and attends as many as 10 Tar Heels home basketball games per season before heading to Spring Training.

Wooten lives just south of Chapel Hill, N.C., and attends as many as 10 Tar Heels home basketball games per season before heading to Spring Training.

So big, in fact, that he even associates his teammate’s name with a rival team-Zach Duke who has  nothing to do with the University, other than sharing a name:

Others, like Brewers pitchers Kyle Lohse and Wei-Chung Wang, really don’t follow basketball all that closely, but it’s still fun to participate in the bracket challenge.

Lohse says he “flipped a coin” and Wang, a 21-year-old from Taiwan, got help from some friends.

Wei-Chung Wang getting help filling out NCAA bracket from interpreter Jay Hsu and clubhouse attendant Ben Wilkes.

Wei-Chung Wang getting help filling out NCAA bracket from interpreter Jay Hsu and clubhouse attendant Ben Wilkes.

But that’s the thing with March Madness– the tourney can be so unpredictable that a basketball fanatic has just as much of a chance as a coin-flipper… or a dog.

Yep, that’s right, we even got the newest addition to the team, Hank the Ballpark Pup, and old friend Bernie Brewer in on the fun.

Bernie emailed their brackets to me this morning, noting for his: “I did an in-depth mascot analysis of each team; noting who I believe would win in a duel… oh and, in case you weren’t aware, I always root for the home team(s).”

Hank also appears to have taken team mascots into account; however, with a Final Four comprised of the Albany Great Danes, Connecticut Huskies, Gonzaga Bulldogs and Wofford Terriers, he appears to have stuck with his species.

“He’s also picked a lot of upsets in the other games… it appears Hank consistently roots for the ‘underdog,’” Bernie wrote. “It’s a risky move for a newcomer, choosing species over his new home teams. But I bet people will forgive him. He didn’t even pick AZ teams to go very far.”

Follow along with Brew Crew Bracketology below and see how their picks “net” out.

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If you’ll notice, I filled out a bracket, too. Although I’m a Marquette girl and I’m bummed they aren’t in it,  I do love the excitement of this time of year–both on the basketball and baseball fronts.

Yep. March Madness has set in.

I’ve got Brewers Fever and the only prescription is more Brewers Baseball.

-Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

Garza Brewers Player Tees Now Available

This just in: Majestic player name and number tees featuring the Brewers newest acquisition, pitcher Matt Garza.

Garza Tee

These t-shirts are currently available at the Brewers Team Store by Majestic at Miller Park.

If you’ll notice, the Majestic player name and number tees have been updated for 2014. Look closely and you’ll see that the lettering/numbering on the front and back has a real “jersey” look and feel to it:

2014 Player Tee Closeup

This new style of the tees was available beginning at Brewers On Deck; the Team Store currently has players such as Ryan Braun, Khris Davis, Carlos Gomez, Jonathan Lucroy and Jean Segura in stock with new additions (such as Garza, which came today) arriving over the next few weeks leading up to Opening Day.

You can also shop online at brewers.com and/or create a t-shirt in the custom shop.

-Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

Gennett and Davis Host “Brewers Fest” at the MLB Fan Cave; Fan Cave Now Accepting Applications!

If you’ll recall, while the Brewers are in New York to close out the 2013 season, Scooter Gennett and Khris Davis paid a visit to the MLB Fan Cave, where “Brewers Fest” was hosted in our honor.

The pair were on hand to serve up some Milwaukee-style fare complete, as you’ll note, with Secret Stadium Sauce.

A video of Brewers Fest was released by the MLB Fan Cave today:

I don’t know about you, but this video is really making me hungry for next baseball season–and hopefully we’ll have a Brewers representative in the Fan Cave in 2014!

The Cave is now accepting applications, so make sure you get yours in by this Friday, November 8!

Cheers!

Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

Catching Up wih the Brewers Cave Crashers

In mid-August, we hosted an Instagram contest to send Brewers fans to the MLB Fan Cave while the team was in New York taking on the Mets, putting out a call for Brewers fans to share pictures of their personal Brewers Fan Caves.

We received many great entries, but the one that stood out for the judges was Pam Dietz’s Brewers Tiki Hut:

Today, I caught up with Pam and she filled me in on the experience.

“I was pretty excited to find out we won,” Pam told me.  “Last year, we started with the tiki hut and since we’re huge Brewers fans, we decided to make it a Brewers/baseball theme and we’ve been adding things here or there, like the retired numbers.”

The family arrived in New York in time to take a tour of the Fan Cave on Friday where they were also greeted by Brewers players Scooter Gennett and Khris Davis.

L-R: Pam, Khris, Scooter, Tony and Jordan.

L-R: Pam, Khris, Scooter, Tony and Jordan.

The family was pretty excited to see Scooter since, living in Appleton, they take in many Timber Rattlers games and had remembered him from his time there. A few years ago, Scooter had even given a broken bat to Jordan, which he was later able to get signed at a Rising Stars game at Miller Park.

During their time at the Fan Cave, Jordan was able to play ping pong with Scooter and Pam also participated in a video shoot.

Scooter and Jordan play ping pong at the MLB Fan Cave.

Scooter and Jordan play ping pong at the MLB Fan Cave.

 

The family also stayed to watch that night’s game vs. the Mets from the Cave, a 4-2 victory which featured three home runs by Brewers players (Aoki, Davis and Maldonado). This was especially exciting to Jordan, as he got to play Bernie Brewer, sliding down the Fan Cave’s big slide for each one of them.

Scooter Gennett takes his turn on the Fan Cave's HR slide.

Scooter Gennett takes his turn on the Fan Cave’s HR slide.

On Saturday, the family took in the Brewers-Mets game at Citi Field, another 4-2 victory that lasted 10 innings. Their seats were great and they caught Scooter’s eye. He came over to chat and, much to Jordan’s surprise, presented him with another one of his bats to take home as a souvenir.

Being such big Brewers fans, the Dietz family tries to take a family trip to see the Brewers on the road each year, usually around the Fourth of July, So far, they’ve been to see the Crew take on the Twins and the Cardinals.

However, this trip ranks right up there at the top, creating memories that will last a lifetime.

“It was a great trip, an awesome trip,” Pam said.

Thanks, Pam, Tony and Jordan for being such great Brewers fans! And thanks to Khris, Scooter and the staff at the Brewers Fan Cave for providing such a memorable experience.

Cheers!

Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

Scooter Gennett and Khris Davis Visit the MLB Fan Cave along with Brewers Cave Crashers

While the Brewers are in New York to close out the 2013 season, Scooter Gennett and Khris Davis paid a visit to the MLB Fan Cave, where “Brewers Fest” was hosted in our honor.

The pair were on hand to serve up some Milwaukee-style fare complete, as you’ll note, with Secret Stadium Sauce.

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Also on hand were Brewers Sr. Director of Media Relations, Mike Vassallo and Brewers radio announcer, Joe Block,

as well as the winners of our Brewers Crash the Cave contest, Pamela, Tony and Jordan Dietz.

The family enjoyed their visit to the MLB Fan Cave, complete with a VIP tour and participation in a video shoot with Khris  and Scooter (stay tuned for that!).  MLB Fan Cave; Milwaukee Brewers Khris Davis and Scooter Gennett

If you’ll recall, we held a #BrewersFanCave Instagram contest earlier this season and the Dietz Family submitted this winning entry:

Pamela, Tony and Jordan will stay in New York and take in a game this weekend before heading back to Wisconsin.

I’m looking forward to connecting with them when they get back and hearing all about their trip!

Stay tuned for more here on the blog.

Cheers!

Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

Wrapping Up the Inaugural Year of Brewers Baseball Academy

If you’ll recall, this summer, we launched the new Brewers Baseball Academy presented by Kwik Trip, eight separate week-long baseball/softball camps open to youth (ages 6-14) which were held in various cities across Wisconsin this summer.

All summer long, in addition to putting on the camps, executive director Tim Rappe provided some baseball tips here on John and Cait…Plus 9 as well. Read on for his summer wrap-up.

Enjoy!
-Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

WRAPPING UP THE INAUGURAL YEAR OF BREWERS BASEBALL ACADEMY

Well, it’s over. We just wrapped up the first season of the Milwaukee Brewers Baseball Academy and what an exciting summer it was! The only downside is that it kept me from writing. It’s difficult to explain just how time consuming and exhausting it can be bouncing from town to town and hotel to hotel…especially at my advanced age. :) Sounds like I’m whining, but the fact is that I love it and can’t wait to start next season.

Normally, my objective in these posts is to explore baseball and softball from an instructional perspective. But, there are a couple observations from the summer that deserve to be shared.

By a large margin, the winning observation is that the people of Wisconsin LOVE their Brewers. Whether we were at the Notre Dame Academy in Green Bay or  Sun Prairie High School or Carthage College, the passion for this team was amazing to see. Let’s face it; we’ve had a headline-grabbing summer and much of the news was not good. But Brewers fans continue to support the team and believe that the future is bright. Our staff witnessed that time and again and it sure made our jobs a bunch more fun working with kids who came ready to learn and ready to learn the “Brewers” way.

My second big observation is that there are some crazy good instructors in Wisconsin who also love the Brewers and poured their hearts and considerable talent into making the Brewers Baseball Academy a critical success. While we have a ways to go in terms of reaching our enrollment potential, from the perspective of a 20+ year camp veteran, what these guys did throughout the state was remarkable. We set out to create the best baseball and softball camp in America and I’ll be darned if that didn’t happen.

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A special thanks to Field Director and “Chief Entertainment Officer,” Scott Staude. And a big thanks to Station Leaders Dean Haase, Brian Gillogly, Dan O’Brien, Jason Jacome and Ronnie Nedset. Just outstanding.

I also want to thank Scooter Gennett, Jim Henderson, Caleb Gindl, Martin Maldonado, Khris Davis, Sean Halton, Logan Schafer and of course, Coach John “T-Bone” Shelby for making our trips to Miller park unforgettable.

We will be putting an exclamation point on our first season on 9/29 as 80 campers compete in the first Milwaukee Brewers Baseball Academy Skills Championship at Miller Park. If you want to check out the finalists, click here.

Until next time, “If you’re gonna swing, might as well swing hard.”

-Tim Rappé

Tim.Rappe@Brewers.com

Khris Davis Looking to Continue to Grow as a Hitter

Despite an early season injury, Khris Davis had a breakout year in 2012.  The Brewers’ 7th round draft pick in the 2009 First Year Player Draft joined Double-A Huntsville after recovering from a calf injury.  With the Stars, he hit .383 with eight home runs and 23 RBI in 44 games.  The injury nagged him throughout the season, but he battled through and earned a promotion to Triple-A Nashville late in the year.

“My season had its ups and downs,” Davis said.  “That is just baseball, it’s a roller coaster ride.  You have to learn to get through it all and I think I did that and performed well.”

With the Sounds, the outfielder hit .310 with four home runs and 24 RBI.  Over his last 45 games of the 2012 season between Huntsville and Nashville, Davis recorded hits in 37 of those games (.365, 60-for-164).

“He’s just gradually gotten better each year,” said Darnell Coles, manager of the Huntsville Stars and hitting coach for the Phoenix Desert Dogs in the Arizona Fall League.  “He is one of the best players in the organization at hitting through the middle.  He got hurt a little bit during the beginning of the year, but came back from that strong.  He didn’t stop hitting in Double-A and moved up to Triple-A where he hit as well.”

Khris Davis

Brewers President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Doug Melvin also had good things to say about Davis’ development.

“He is one of the most disciplined hitters in our organization,” Melvin said.  “He has some good power, too. We haven’t really seen it during the Fall League, but we know it is there.”

Fortunately, Davis has the opportunity to continue to grow as a hitter here at the Arizona Fall League.  Working every day with Coles and playing against top competition for six weeks will certainly benefit Davis’ development.

“I feel like there is always room for improvement when it comes to hitting,” Davis said.  “No one is as good as they want to be.  There is still a lot of work to be done as far as my work and study as a hitter.”

Khris Davis

Currently in the Fall League, Davis is hitting .226 with six RBI.

“I wanted to work on cutting back on my strikeouts and being more aggressive earlier in the counts and not take as many pitches,” Davis said of his goals while at the Arizona Fall League.  “I feel if I get ahead early, it works to my advantage as a hitter.”

Davis, who was drafted out of Cal State-Fullerton, is participating in his first Arizona Fall League, but makes his offseason residence in Phoenix and went to high school in the area at Deer Valley.  He has previously participated in Brewers winter conditioning programs and plans on remaining in the area and working out at the Brewers Maryvale complex before Spring Training.

“The Brewers winter programs have been great for me,” Davis said.  “There is always a lot of one-on-one attention there and that is always good.  To be in front of their eyes working is beneficial to me as a player.”

He doesn’t plan on taking much of a break after the league wraps up next week.

“I want to get in the weight room and work on my strength,” Davis said.  “I don’t want to take too much time off.  We don’t have the luxury to do that as the sport is year-round.  There isn’t much of a break; you need to have a special mindset in the offseason to prepare for the next season.”

Until then, Davis has another week in the Arizona Fall League and another week for some one-on-one coaching with Coles.

“He has got a chance to be a special hitter in the big leagues,” Coles said of Davis.  “For him, it is now just a process of continuing to grow and understand himself as a hitter.”

 –JOHN

johnandcait@brewers.com

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