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Bring School Supplies With You This Weekend for Brewers Community Foundation’s Drive For Charity

This weekend is Brewers Community Foundation Drive for Charity and we’ll be collecting school supplies during the Brewers series against the Reds.

Fans attending the games on Friday, Saturday and Sunday are invited to bring new school supplies with them to Miller Park. In return, they will receive a special Brewers player pin. This weekend’s pin is of Kyle Lohse.

Lohse Pin

Fans should drop off their items from the time the gates open through the second inning of each of the games this weekend.

Fans wishing instead to make a donation of $5 can also receive the pin.

-Cait

@CMoyer

Fans Have a Ball at the Brewers Bowl-A-Thon

Tonight, fans joined Matt Garza and his fellow teammates for the Brewers Bowl-A-Thon, a unique opportunity to pal around on the pins with Brewers players, all while helping raise money for the Sojourner Family Peace Center, a safe haven for abused women and children.

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The event took place at JB’s on 41 and in addition to Matt Garza, the host of the event, among those in attendance were: Scooter Gennett, Shane Peterson, Hernan Perez, Khris Davis, Adam Lind, Kyle Lohse, Mike Fiers, Jimmy Nelson, Taylor Jungmann, Tyler Cravy, Jeremy Jeffress, Corey Knebel and Michael Blazek.

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Tyler Cravy had the high score among the Brewers players and Kyle Lohse had the lowest score.

In addition, there were many items included in a silent auction to raise additional money for the Sojourner Family Peace Center, including a special batting practice experience, a Ryan Braun autographed jersey, a Klement’s Famous Racing Sausage package, a Bernie’s Slide Experience and more.

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.

-Cait

@CMoyer

#SecretBrewer Winner Eric Carlson Takes on Kyle Lohse in Golden Tee

You may recall that during the offseason, fans across the league had an opportunity to win holiday gifts from mystery MLB Stars via Twitter.  

This year, Brewers pitcher Kyle Lohse was our #SecretBrewer:

Here’s Kyle, revealing his gift:

And announcing the winner, Eric Carlson, via Twitter & video message (while wearing a Brewers Santa cap–nice touch, Kyle!):

Immediately after the contest, Eric received a signed ball, along with a Kyle Lohse Bobblehead and we got the jersey to him earlier this season when he attended a game.

That meant there was just one thing left to do: play Golden Tee. [For the uninitiated, Golden Tee is a video game often found in restaurants and pubs. That means the playing field is pretty level, even for a scratch golfer like Mr. Lohse.]

During this homestand, we were finally able to line up the schedules and Kyle and Eric headed to Kelly’s Bleachers on Bluemound (right near Miller Park) to play Golden Tee Live 2015:

Eric Carlson won the #SecretBrewer contest and got to play Golden Tee with Kyle Lohse.

Eric Carlson won the #SecretBrewer contest and got to play Golden Tee with Kyle Lohse.

Here are some more photos from their day:

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For those wondering, Kyle ended up winning the golf match, but it didn’t really matter because everyone had a blast.

“That was a lot of fun. Kyle’s a really cool guy,” Eric said. “I hope I get a chance to do something like that again sometime.”

Thanks to Eric for being such a great fan and following us on social media and thanks to Kyle for coming up with such a great prize and taking the time to play.

-Cait

@CMoyer

 

Bench Coach Jerry Narron’s Call to the Pen

Every night, we post a photo of the Brewers lineup card on social media and each night, almost without fail, the questions and comments will roll in:

The answer, for those of you who don’t know, is Brewers bench coach Jerry Narron.

Recently, I sat down with Jerry to learn a little bit more about his craft and how he got started.

Jerry

“I became a big-league coach with the Orioles in 1993. That was one of my jobs then, writing out the lineup cards, and I tried to do it the best I could. I tried different pens and my sister had a calligraphy pen. I grabbed that and it looked pretty good, so I stuck with it,” Jerry told me.

Jerry’s completely self-taught. He says he uses Sheaffer pens and the first one he bought had a little pamphlet that came with it.

“I just kind of looked at it and freelanced it,” Jerry said.

In addition to beautiful penmanship, the lineup cards have their own special color scheme and shorthand as well.

Many ask what the colors mean. It’s simple. Right-handers are in black. Lefties are in red. Switch-hitters are in green. Sometimes, for special occasions, he’ll also add an original flair, like red, white and blue for Fourth of July.

Jerry also explained how he treats the available players.

“I leave out the vowels on the guys that aren’t starting that night, unless there’s someone who has a good chance to make the Hall of Fame. If they do, then I’ll put their whole name on there. Last year, for example, Derek Jeter came in and didn’t start, so I put in J-E-T-E-R under extra guys. Same with Chipper Jones. When he was here, I gave him C. Jones in there instead of just the consonants.”

If there are players from Japan or China, Jerry will ask for those names to be written out for him and he’ll copy the characters in his calligraphy

“It started with Ichiro,” Jerry said.

A lineup from 2013 with lead-off hitter Nori Aoki's name written in Japanese characters.

A lineup from 2013 with lead-off hitter Nori Aoki’s name written in Japanese characters.

The lineup cards have become treasured items for players and fans alike.

“Over the years, if someone does anything at all, even an opponent, if it’s their Major League debut or what have you, I send the card over. If it’s a first Major League win—our guy or their guy, I’ll give it to the pitcher. I try to make sure that not only our guys, but the other team, that their guys get them, too.”

Just this past Friday night for example, Kyle Lohse secured a 10-4 win against the Minnesota Twins to become the 14th pitcher in MLB history to beat all 30 active franchises–a huge milestone for sure.

“It’s an accomplishment I’m proud of,” Kyle said. “I’ve been around and that proves I’ve had some longevity and done some things in this game. So I’ll go home happy about that.”

Kyle also went home with the ball from the last out of that game, as well as the lineup card.

“I’m going to get it framed,” Kyle told me. “The handwriting makes it extra-cool, like a work of art.”

The lineup card from Lohse's

The lineup card from Lohse’s “Kylestone” victory over the Minnesota Twins on June 27, 2015.

If that night’s card isn’t given away as a memento, typically fans are able to purchase them through Brewers Authentics, as game-used merchandise. I’ve even purchased one in the past. Right after my dad was diagnosed with prostate cancer, I gave him a special blue lineup card from the Father’s Day’s day game. Like Kyle said–that it had Jerry’s beautiful penmanship on it made it all the more special and frameable as a work of art.

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Sometimes, Jerry also likes to surprise fans by randomly giving them a lineup card, like today, when he singled out this little girl after the game and gave her this awesome souvenir to take home.

Jerry’s lineup cards have even garnered attention from the President of the United States.

On April 6, 2006, President George W. Bush threw out the first pitch on Opening Day in Cincinnati. At the time, Jerry was the manager for the Cincinnati Reds.

“President Bush had been the owner when I was with the Rangers, so he knew me and knew about my lineup cards,” Jerry explained. “He saw my lineup card, signed it and personalized it to me—without my even knowing it, so that was great.”

As you’d expect, Jerry tells me that he’s been asked to address Christmas cards and that type of thing from time to time and gladly he obliges. It’s become a hobby for him and it is obvious that he takes great pride in his work.

We know we’re lucky to have a talent like Jerry so we’re going to celebrate him. We’re giving you the chance to win tickets to a game where you’ll have the opportunity to meet Jerry, have him write out a lineup card for you, which you’ll get to take home along with one of his very own calligraphy pens.

All you have to do is follow us on Twitter (@Brewers) and retweet our designated tweet to enter.

Good luck!
-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.

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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.

 

Kyle Lohse Visits Site of the New Sojourner Family Peace Center

Earlier this afternoon Kyle Lohse visited the construction site of the new Sojourner Family Peace Center where met with members of the staff and took a tour of the site led by the organization’s Executive Director, Carmen Pitre.

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Sojourner Family Peace Center, located in Milwaukee, transforms lives impacted by domestic violence.

In October 2014, Sojourner celebrated the start of construction for a new Family Peace Center. Based on the nationally known and proven Family Justice Center model, the new Center will transform our community’s response to family violence and ultimately make Milwaukee and its surrounding communities a healthier, safer and more peaceful place to live. This model is a best practice for delivering care to families impacted by domestic violence.

The new building is located at 619 West Walnut Street in Milwaukee and is scheduled to open in late 2015. 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.

This year, WaterStone Bank and Brewers Community Foundation are partnering to benefit Sojourner through the “K’s For A Cause” program.  WaterStone Bank and BCF will each make a donation to the Sojourner Family Peace Center for every strikeout recorded by a Brewers pitcher at Miller Park during the 2015 season (399 so far this season–49 of which have come from Lohse.

The strikeout total for each game and the season is displayed on the “strikeout meter” sign at Miller Park, which is located on the right field fascia.

For more information on Sojourner Family Peace Center, please visit familypeacecenter.org. For information about Brewers Community Foundation, please visit Brewers.com/BCF.

-Cait

@CMoyer

Kyle Lohse to Visit the Sojourner Family Peace Center

This Friday at 1 p.m., Brewers starter Kyle Lohse will visit the construction site of the new Sojourner Family Peace Center.  At the event, which is open to the media, Lohse will tour the site and meet with members of the staff.

Sojourner Family Peace Center, located in Milwaukee, transforms lives impacted by domestic violence.  .

In October 2014, Sojourner celebrated the start of construction for a new Family Peace Center. Based on the nationally known and proven Family Justice Center model, the new Center will transform our community’s response to family violence and ultimately make Milwaukee and its surrounding communities a healthier, safer and more peaceful place to live. This model is a best practice for delivering care to families impacted by domestic violence.

The new building is located at 619 West Walnut Street in Milwaukee and is scheduled to open in late 2015. This co-located center will offer coordinated services for those impacted by domestic violence. In addition to moving and expanding our 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.

This year, WaterStone Bank and Brewers Community Foundation are partnering to benefit Sojourner through the “K’s For A Cause” program.  WaterStone Bank and BCF will each make a donation to the Sojourner Family Peace Center for every strikeout recorded by a Brewers pitcher at Miller Park during the 2015 season.  The strikeout total for each game and the season is displayed on the “strikeout meter” sign at Miller Park, which is located on the right field fascia.

For more information on Sojourner Family Peace Center, please visit familypeacecenter.org. For information about Brewers Community Foundation, please visit Brewers.com/BCF.

Our Special Make-A-Wish Guest Kelci Visits Miller Park

Some of you may recall that back in March, thanks to Make-A-Wish Wisconsin and Arizona, we hosted Kelci’s Wish Day at Maryvale during Spring Training.

Kelci, 9,  and her family traveled from Milwaukee down to Arizona to take a behind-the-scenes tour of Maryvale where she had the chance to meet with several Brewers players & coaches during batting practice (including her favorite player, Carlos Gomez) and also threw out the first pitch–to another favorite, Jonathan Lucroy. 

Today, we were happy to have Kelci out to visit us again, this time at Miller Park. She was here today to film a video with Time Warner Cable Sports:

While here, Kelci and her mom, Karen, were interviewed and in between filming, Kelci found time to work on her homework… with a little help.

Kelci gets help on her homework from Mike Fiers, Matt Garza and Kyle Lohse.

Kelci gets help on her homework from Mike Fiers, Matt Garza and Kyle Lohse.

Mike Fiers, Matt Garza and Kyle Lohse “pitched in” to help her list off the state capitals. (For those scoring at home, Kelci told me later that Matt Garza was the most helpful at this task).

Kelci also got a giant hug from  her favorite player, Carlos Gomez, after reuniting with him:

Kelci & Carlos Gomez

She even pitched a little pitcher’s batting practice to Kyle Lohse:

Here are a few more photos from Kelci’s afternoon at the ballpark:

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As I write the Brewers are leading 5-0 in the first, including home runs by Scooter Gennett and Adam Lind, so it looks like her special day is going to be capped off by a pretty good game, too.

Cait

@CMoyer

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