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JOIN THE MILWAUKEE BREWERS AND THE 2015 PGA CHAMPIONSHIP FOR ‘GOLF NIGHT AT MILLER PARK’ ON AUGUST 9  

My worlds are colliding! We’re hosting GOLF NIGHT AT MILLER PARK!

Today, we, along with the PGA of America and Kohler Co., are pleased to announce that “Golf Night at Miller Park” will take place when the Brewers host the Los Angeles Dodgers at 6:10 p.m. CT on Saturday, August 9.

The game falls just prior to the year-out mark of the 2015 PGA Championship, which is preparing to make its third visit to Whistling Straits in nearby Kohler, Wis., August 10-16, 2015. Fans hoping to attend the 2015 PGA Championship should complete the free and required online ticket pre-registration by August 10 at www.PGAChampionship.com in order to be eligible to purchase tickets during the public sale, which will run August 11-30, 2014.

“Baseball and golf are two of Wisconsin’s most beloved games, and we’re thrilled to celebrate ‘Golf Night at Miller Park’ with the Milwaukee Brewers and the team’s great fans as we continue the countdown to Whistling Straits,” said 2015 PGA Championship Director Jason Mengel. “We’re also very excited to be tracking near record levels of ticket pre-registration for the 2015 PGA Championship, and would encourage everyone to pre-register at www.PGAChampionship.com by the quickly approaching August 10 deadline.”

The Milwaukee Brewers assisted the 2015 PGA Championship in kicking off its ticket pre-registration period in late April by hosting defending PGA Champion Jason Dufner at Miller Park.

As you may recall, during his visit, Dufner had a little fun with Brewers pitcher Kyle Lohse, who ended up losing a bet to the golfer.

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“Golf Night at Miller Park” on August 9 will include a variety of opportunities and activities for fans:

  • The first 25,000 adults who enter the stadium will receive a Brewers Coupon book; inside the book will be a coupon with instructions on how to pre-register for 2015 PGA Championship tickets. All Brewers fans who pre-register using the coupon will be entered for a chance to win a pin flag signed by Jason Dufner and Kyle Lohse.

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  • Prior to the game, fans can participate in contests with the Kohler Golf Academy and receive quick tips and lessons from local Wisconsin PGA Professionals outside Miller Park on the 3rd Base Plaza.
  • One lucky fan will be chosen to participate in a putting contest on top of the Brewers dugout and have the chance to win 2015 PGA Championship tickets, as well as a one-night stay at The American Club and golf on one of Kohler’s award-winning courses.

Tickets for “Golf Night at Miller Park” are available at  Brewers.com or by calling 414-902-GAME.

See you there!

 -Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

Fans Go To Bat for Sojourner Family Peace Center

Tonight, fans came out to support Sojourner Family Peace Center by taking part in a special event inside Miller Park’s Gehl Club during the Brewers vs. Reds game at Miller Park.

Baker Tilly teamed up with Kyle Lohse, Scooter Gennett and Brewers Community Foundation for the affair which was sold in Corporate Packages that included 10 Gehl Club tickets, a full buffet and beverages, plus an authentic autographed baseball signed by Kyle Lohse or Scooter Gennett for each guest.

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Sojourner Family Peace Center is the largest nonprofit provider of domestic violence prevention and intervention services in Wisconsin, serving over 9,500 clients each year. Sojourner provides an array of support aimed at helping families affected by domestic violence achieve safety, justice and well-being.

 

 

-Cait

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 

 

Make-A-Wish Wisconsin Celebrates 30th Birthday at Miller Park

Make-A-Wish Wisconsin is celebrating its 30th birthday at Miller Park today!

Prior to today’s game, approximately 2,000 wish kids and their families, volunteers, medical referral sources and sponsors from across the state joined together for a special tailgate. The party included a buffet lunch, entertainment, carnival games, raffles, mascots and a program featuring Honorary Chair, Brewers pitcher Kyle Lohse.

 

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Following the tailgate, the guests entered Miller Park in time to see 8-year-old wish kid Caleb Teisl throw a ceremonial first pitch and 7-year-old Gianna Spittel take part in the Major League Moments promotion, along with a pre-game check presentation for $30,000 from Brewers Community Foundation, Kyle Lohse and Ryan Braun.

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Caleb Teisl threw out the first pitch prior to today's Brewers vs. Cardinals game.

Caleb Teisl threw out the first pitch prior to today’s Brewers vs. Cardinals game.

Make-A-Wish Wisconsin grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. Wishes are a special type of medicine that give children a break from doctors’ visits, hospital stays and treatments and provide them something positive with which to look forward.

I had the privilege of being part of Zach Sprader’s Wish Day recently at Miller Park and it truly is a special experience for not only the child, but everyone involved.

Zach Sprader visited with Bob Uecker and several Brewers players during his visit to Miller Park.

Zach Sprader visited with Bob Uecker and several Brewers players during his visit to Miller Park.

Since the organization was founded in 1984, it has granted more than 5,000 wishes. “This is an important moment in Make-A-Wish Wisconsin’s history,” said Patti Gorsky, President & CEO. “It’s a true celebration of the impact that thousands of wishes have made on wish kids, their families and communities across Wisconsin.”

Last year, the chapter granted a record-breaking 340 wishes, and currently more than 270 Wisconsin children are in the process of having their special wishes granted. Click here for more information about Make-A-Wish Wisconsin.

Today’s celebration is sponsored by Milwaukee Brewers and Brewers Community Foundation, Badger Mutual Insurance Company, GE Healthcare, Green Bay Packers, Mouse Moments Travel, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, MillerCoors, Robert W. Baird, Johnson Controls/Luxaire Heating and Air Conditioning and two anonymous donations.

-Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

 

Davis & Lohse Visit with Brewers Season Seat Holders

Today was the Brewers Season Seat Holder luncheon, the second of two such events this season where Season Seat Holders with packages of 20+ games have the opportunity to attend.

The event, which takes place in the Skyy Lounge, includes a plated lunch (which was delicious!), a Q &A with Brewers players, and the opportunity to win prizes.

Today, Season Seat Holders were treated to a Q & A with Brewers outfielder Khris Davis and pitcher Kyle Lohse, emceed by Brewers TV Announcer Brian Anderson.

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Questions ranged from workout routines and mentors to what they do with their free time and entrance music.

Some quotes and highlights:

Q: Khris, What do you talk about with opposing players when you get on base? Kyle, what does the catcher say to you when he visits the mound?

Khris: “I had an interesting conversation with the other Chris Davis. He said I reminded him of someone from the movie ‘Mr.3000′. Other than that, you pretty much just say, ‘What’s up?'”

Kyle: “I tell Luc not to even ask me what pitch I want to throw. I say, ‘You’re just gonna tell me something different anyway.’ That’s the kind of relationship he and I have. We’re tight.”

 

Q: Kyle, what do you tell your son (Kameron, age 7), who has started playing and has been in uniform around the clubhouse?

Kyle: “I just let him go have fun. Parents of the other kids on his teams ask me what they should do. I tell them to just let them have fun, don’t worry about techniques, just make them love the game. Kam loves coming to the park. It’s just one of those things where I’m fortunate enough to be able to do that and for him, he thinks coming in, high-fiving Ryan Braun is normal. One of these days he’ll be old enough to understand and really appreciate it.”

 

Q: You both have chosen entrance songs by Dr. Dre. Why did you choose your particular entrance music?

Kyle: “I’m from Cali and grew up listening to Snoop, Dre, Biggie, old rap stuff. My song ["Next Episode" by Dr. Dre] is one of my favorites from back in high school.”

 Khris: “I picked mine [“Xxplosive” by Dr. Dre] because I liked the drums. Dr. Dre puts out good beats.”

 

Q: Besides baseball, what sports do you like to watch? To play?

Kyle: “I like watching football and I actually enjoy watching golf, probably because I like to play golf and because I have friends on the PGA Tour and I like to see how they are doing.”

Khris: “I like to watch college basketball and in the offseason, I’ll shoot hoops. I also like to read and play video games.”

 

Q: Kyle, can you tell me the difference between your breaking ball, curve and slider?

Kyle: “Well, ‘breaking ball’ is a term that the TV announcers like to use if they are not sure if it was a slider or curve,” he said, pointedly and jokingly in the direction of Brian Anderson, who laughed along with him. Kyle then proceeded to grab a baseball and show the crowd his various grips for his repertoire of pitches:

Kyle demonstrated the different grips he uses for his pitches.

Kyle demonstrated the different grips he uses for his pitches.

Q: What type of bat do you like to use?

Khris: “I prefer swinging ash. The wood bends with an ash bat vs. a maple bat. I like the flex the ash bat gives when I hit.”

And, even though the question was directed a Khris, Kyle jumped in: “I prefer swinging the one that gets the most hits out of all the pitchers,” he joked, as he leads the pitching staff with 6 hits this season. Kyle went on to talk about how in reality, Yovani Gallardo is the best hitter of all the pitchers, which is why he was called upon to pinch-hit vs. the Orioles earlier this season– a decision that resulted in a walk-off double.

At the conclusion of the event, drawings were held for prizes which included baseballs signed by Khris and Kyle.

Thanks to those who came out today, fun was had by all.

Cheers,

-Cait

JohnandCati@Brewers.com

 

 

 

Go To Bat for Sojourner Family Peace Center on July 22; Packages on Sale Now

Join Baker Tilly as it teams up with Kyle Lohse, Scooter Gennett and Brewers Community Foundation to support Sojourner Family Peace Center on Tuesday, July 22 as the Brewers take on the Reds at Miller Park.

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Sojourner Family Peace Center is the largest nonprofit provider of domestic violence prevention and intervention services in Wisconsin, serving over 9,500 clients each year. Sojourner provides an array of support aimed at helping families affected by domestic violence achieve safety, justice and well-being.

Corporate packages for this unique event are on sale now. They include 10 Gehl Club tickets, a full buffet, two glasses of beer or wine per adult and an authentic autographed baseball signed by Kyle Lohse or Scooter Gennett for each guest.

Grab some co-workers and enjoy the game from the Gehl Club while supporting a great cause! Call (414)902-HOPE to reserve your package today.

 

-Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

 

A Wish Come True at Miller Park for Zachary Sprader

We have a special guest with us at today’s game.  Thanks to Make-A-Wish Wisconsin, today is  Zachary Sprader Wish Day at Miller Park.

Prior to the start of the Brewers vs. Nationals game, Zachary took a behind-the-scenes tour of the clubhouse and had the chance to meet with several Brewers players & coaches. He also had the opportunity to meet Bob Uecker in the his radio booth.

Here are a just a few photos from Zach’s special day:

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In addition to Zach’s special Day, we’ll be hosting folks from Make-A-Wish Wisconsin again on Sunday, July 13 when the organization celebrates its 30th birthday with an unforgettable tailgate party, chaired by Brewers pitcher, Kyle Lohse. Wish families, volunteers and medical referral sources from all across the state will gather for a party recognizing 30 years of making wishes come true for Wisconsin children with life-threatening medical conditions.

We’re in the fourth inning as I write this and the Crew leads 4-2. Here’s hoping we’ll pull out a win today. Zach said we always win when he comes to games, so I’m feeling pretty good about this one.

-Cait

JohnandCait@Brewers.com

Kyle Lohse v. Jason Dufner: The Stadium Shootout

By now you probably know I’m an avid golfer, so while I’ll be at Miller Park next week when the Reds are in town, I’ll also be keeping an eye on the second Major of the season… The U.S. Open Championship at Pinehurst No. 2.

And speaking of Majors, earlier this season, defending PGA Champion Jason Dufner had time to visit Miller Park as part of a day-long trip to Wisconsin to help promote the 2015 PGA Championship, which will be played August 10-16, 2015, at Whistling Straits in Kohler.

So, while we had him here, we asked him if he would take some swings… not in the batting cages, but rather all around the stadium, taking some fun golf shots from various vantage points.

The team was on the road while Jason was here, but Kyle Lohse found out about his visit via Twitter, where the two ended up exchanging some playful tweets:

If you’ve been following along this season, you know by now that Kyle is quite the golfer himself —and that he’s been known to engage in some friendly bets on the course, including one with me that got him on Twitter in the first place.

Many news outlets and golf publications picked up on the Twitter conversation, but most wrote it off as a funny exchange.

But here’s the thing. Offline, these guys turned it into a real challenge and we’ve got the scoop for you here:

 

The Bet

Each golfer participated in five golf challenges around Miller Park, where they got to take four shots each. The best shots from each golfer would be compared for each challenge. The golfer who won the majority of the challenges is declared the overall winner.

 

The Challenges

1)      Dew Deck: Closest to Home Plate (145-yds) :

A tough, elevated par-3 with very little green to work with. Okay, actually no green to work with. Good luck getting your shot to land in the dirt near home plate.

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2)      Terrace Level: Closest to the Pin (140-yds) :

A similar challenge to the first, but this time you get to land it in the grass.

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3)      Home Plate: Closest to the Pin (72-yds):

You think you got game? What about a short game? This one’s just a short pitch over the pitcher’s mound, but it’s trickier than it looks!

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4)      Home Plate: Long Drive (with Restricted Flight Ball):

Sorry, Hank, but it’s time to let the big dog eat. Grip it n’ rip it on this one, boys, because with the restricted flight ball, you’re not going to be able to knock one out of the park. (While we trust your swings, we love our scoreboard a little too much.)

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5)      Home Bullpen: Closest to Home Plate (120-yds):

This is a short-iron shot from the Brewers bullpen in left field to home plate, again with no green to work with. We know Kyle can hit a catcher’s mitt from 60’ 6” but how about 360’ 6”?

 

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The Stakes

The loser must tweet a photo with text revering the winner.

 

The Results

And now, without further adieu, we give you what I’m calling “The Stadium Shootout”:

 

 

The Payoff

Well, it came down to the final shot and it was fun while it lasted, but ultimately, Jason defeated Kyle 1-up. And since Kyle is a man of his word…

Perhaps there will be time for a rematch when Jason returns next summer for the PGA Championship. Along with Kyle and me, there are a number of Brewers players and front office staff  who love golf and are very excited for the tournament , which was held in Kohler in 2004 and 2010, to return to Wisconsin.  This is Major.

 

-Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

Team Tristan Attends Brewers Game

Today, Tristan Brahmer is attending the game with his family and fifth-grade classmates from Owen-Withee Elementary school in Owen, Wisconsin. They are all wearing “Team Tristan” t-shirts because Tristan is fighting a courageous battle against Alexander Disease, an extremely rare and usually progressive neurological disorder.

Tristan Brahmer

Brewers pitchers Kyle Lohse and Matt Garza pose with Tristan and his family before Thursday’s Brewers vs. Pirates game at Miller Park.

Tristan is a huge Brewers fan and was very excited to meet pitchers Zach Duke, Matt Garza and Kyle Lohse before the game. In addition, he received signed batting gloves and a signed baseball from Ryan Braun.

We are happy to have Tristan and his team out here at Miller Park today. We hope they enjoy the game and we wish him all the best in his fight against the disease.

-Cait

JohnandCait@Brewers.com

 

 Tristan

Talk About Team Building: Ryan Braun, Brewers Community Foundation Team Up for Habitat for Humanity Blitz Build

This week, Brewers Community Foundation kicked off their “Beyond the Diamond” initiative with a Habitat for Humanity “Blitz Build.”

A crew of more than 100 volunteers has come together in the Washington Park neighborhood this week to launch the Milwaukee Habitat for Humanity’s 30th year of building homes, community and hope at the annual event. During this May building session, Habitat will add six owner-occupied houses to a block that is already home to seven Habitat families–boosting the home ownership rate to nearly 75 percent.

And this week, Brewers players, wives and front office staff are part of the group joining  Habitat’s dedicated volunteers and sponsors on a variety of projects in the neighborhood which include the following: Building new affordable homes, helping homeowners make needed repairs on existing homes, and increasing community safety.

For the third year in a row, Brewers Community Foundation is the presenting sponsor of Milwaukee Habitat’s Blitz Build and has teamed up with Ryan Braun and Brewers Wives to lend support through a joint $50,000 donation.

Today, a press conference was held regarding the project and community volunteers worked alongside members of the Brewers organization to build a new home in the Washington Park neighborhood.  Ryan Braun, Mat Garza, Logan Schafer and Kyle Lohse exchanged their bats for hammers and were joined by Ron and Karen Roenicke; Brewers Wives Patty Iorg, Melissa Kintzler,Gail Narron, Sarah Lucroy, Kristin Duke, Nichole Bianchi, Katie Wooten, Janelise Maldonado, Jackie Caplinger & Kathleen Reynolds; and Cecelia Gore, executive director of Brewers Community Foundation.

“We are proud to be the lead sponsor of Habitat’s first Blitz Build of the year,” said Cecelia. “Since this partnership started, we have seen how much hard work these families put into building their homes, and also the joy and pride they feel when they become homeowners. We’re excited to be part of that again, and glad that we can provide this opportunity for more families in Milwaukee.

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“It’s great to have the chance to give back to the Milwaukee community,” said Ryan. “I’m happy to continue partnering with Habitat for Humanity so that more families have the change to build homes and give their kids a safe place to grow up.”

This is really a great way for the Brewers to kick off “Beyond the Diamond.”  It truly a team effort that includes Brewers players, staff and their families.

-Cait

johnandcait@brewers.com

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