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Brewers On Deck Wrap-Up

Thank you to the nearly 12,000 fans who streamed through the doors of the Wisconsin Center on Sunday for Brewers On Deck!

From autographs, photographs and interviews to game shows, merchandise and kids activities there was something for everyone and so much going on it was almost dizzying at times.

For me personally, it was a ton of fun working over at the Social Media Stage. I asked you to stop by, check it out and say hello and you did! We had some great crowds and I enjoyed meeting a lot of my Twitter buddies in person.

We’ve put some highlights from that stage up on brewers.com/ondeck.

There, you’ll find:

Photobombs from Carlos Gomez and Gerardo Parra:

Clips from “Heads Up” with Mike Fiers and Jimmy Nelson*:

*Sorry, guys, we had trouble with the video files from Rob Wooten & Tyler Thornburg‘s games.

The @TwitterlessSchafer Instagram Q&A with Logan Schafer:

Here is @twitterlessschafer's Instagram Q&A from #BrewersOnDeck! "Why no Twitter?"-@JulesK3

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#MattChat60 with Matt Clark:

and Jim Henderson’s interview of new Brewers pitcher Corey Knebel:

In addition to those activities, we also had pitchers Jeremy Jeffress and Michael Blazek stop by for some social fun and games. There was Twitter Trivia, :15 of Favorites and Selfies in Seconds:

The Social Media Stage sure kept us busy, but we did find time to cover the rest of the event.

Here are some highlights that we posted on social media during the day:

A special #BrewersOnDeck cameo from the Dog of the Year, Hank the #BallparkPup!

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Will Smith and Brandon Kintzler. So much for #BullpenLove. #Brewlyweds #Brewers #BrewersOnDeck

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Introducing….the official Barrelman Mascot, making his debut at #BrewersOnDeck!

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Clint Coulter engages in an intense game of ping pong at #BrewersOnDeck! #hyperlapse

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In addition, here’s a gallery of some other pics we grabbed:

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And thank YOU for submitting your photos on Twitter & Instagram using #BrewersOnDeck! We’re currently going through them to determine our favorites for our contest, but there is still time to upload them to be eligible to win great prizes.

Thank you once again for attending Brewers On Deck. Opening Day is just 69 days away. #SeeUApril6!

 

-Cait

@CMoyer

 

 

Fun and Games in Store at the Social Media Stage at #BrewersOnDeck

If you’re like me, you’re getting super pumped up for Brewers On Deck on Sunday. For one day, we can all pretend it is 70 degrees and sunny when the boys of summer return to town.

The schedule for this year’s event in jam-packed with autograph & photo sessions, game shows, interviews, kids clinics and so much more.

I’m really excited to tell you about one new addition in particular. This year,  we’ve added some programming to the Social Media Stage. On the half hour (10:30am, 11:30am, 12:30pm, 1:30pm, 2:30pm, 3:30pm and 4:30pm), there will be all sorts of fun and games taking place. We’re talking selfies, photobombs, trivia, player visits and more. I don’t want to disclose too much, but I do need your help with two things:

1) We’ll be hosting an Instagram Q&A with  Brewers outfielder Logan Schafer!

Logan’s teammates jokingly tweeted about him using the hashtag #TwitterlessSchafer last season when it seemed he was one of the only guys on the team not to be on that social network. But that’s okay, not everyone has to be on every social site, right?

Something you might not know about Logan…he really enjoys photography! So instead of Twitter, Logan  joined Instagram last season… choosing the ironic handle of @TwitterlessSchafer.

At the event, live on stage, Logan will be answering questions that fans submit in advance via Instagram. We’ll be videotaping his responses and posting them when he’s through.

To submit your question to Logan, click here:

2) We’ll also be hosting a Twitter Q&A with Brewers  infielder Matt Clark!

Matt is active on both Twitter and Instagram, so make sure you’re following him on Twitter @MattClark60 and on Instagram at @MattTC60.

Submit your questions via Twitter using the hashtag#MattChat60.

At the event,on stage, Matt will be answering questions that fans had submitted in advance via Twitter and we’ll be posting his responses live from @Brewers.

Please get your questions in for both of these guys by 5pm on Saturday. That’s when we’ll be choosing our favorites to ask during Brewers On Deck.

I’ll be manning the Social Media Stage on Sunday (and probably running around all over the place, too), so please stop by to say hello and stick around for the fun and games!

ALSO! Don’t forget to Tweet and/or Instagram your photos from the event using #BrewersOnDeck for your chance to win great prizes!

See you Sunday!

-Cait

@CMoyer

BREWERS ON DECK TO INCLUDE OVER 50 PLAYERS, COACHES, BROADCASTERS & ALUMNI

Nearly 50 Milwaukee Brewers players plus a host of alumni, coaches, front office executives and broadcasters are scheduled to participate in Brewers On Deck, which is set to take place on Sunday, January 25 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. at the Wisconsin Center.

Advance tickets are $15 for adults and $9 for children 14 and under.  Tickets on the day of the event are $20 for adults and $15 for children 14 and under.  A portion of the proceeds from Brewers On Deck will benefit Brewers Community Foundation. Tickets may be purchased at the Miller Park ticket office, by calling the Brewers ticket office at 414-902-4000, or online at brewers.com/ondeck.

This year the event will feature a community book drive that will help support Next Door’s Books for Kids program. The goal of the Books for Kids campaign is to help all children in Milwaukee’s central city, regardless of their family income or education levels, have books they can call their own. Local author Marla McKenna will help host the event. Fans are encouraged to bring new or gently used children’s books to donate. In appreciation for their contribution, fans who donate a book will receive a free copy of McKenna’s newest publication, “Mom’s Big Catch,” a story based upon events that took place at Miller Park.

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Once again food donations will be accepted through Hunger Task Force.  Donations can be dropped off at two main entrances to the Wisconsin Center, located at 4th Street and Wisconsin Avenue, and 4th Street and Wells Street.

Players, coaches and alumni scheduled to attend include (all subject to change):

PLAYERS COACHES ALUMNI
Michael Blazek Hector Gomez Gerardo Parra Darnell Coles Jerry Augustine
Ryan Braun Brooks Hall Wily Peralta Joe Crawford Cecil Cooper
Juan Centeno Jim Henderson Shane Peterson Matt Erickson Craig Counsell
Matt Clark Jeremy Jeffress Jason Rogers Mike Guerrero Rob Deer
Clint Coulter Taylor Jungmann Logan Schafer Marcus Hanel Jim Gantner
Khris Davis Brandon Kintzler Will Smith Rick Kranitz Larry Hisle
Mike Fiers Kyle Lohse Michael Strong Jerry Narron
Yovani Gallardo Adam Lind Tyler Thornburg Ron Roenicke
Scooter Gennett Jonathan Lucroy Rob Wooten Ed Sedar
David Goforth Hunter Morris John Shelby
Carlos Gomez Jimmy Nelson Lee Tunnell

Brewers On Deck will feature a number of activities for the entire family.  Autographs and photos from Brewers players, coaches and alumni; interactive games in the Kids Area; Q&A sessions and game shows with Brewers players, coaches and broadcasters; vendor booths with baseball memorabilia; Brewers Community Foundation’s Treasure Hunt, a 50/50 raffle, live auction and many other activities will all be a part of Brewers On Deck.

Details regarding autographs include the following:  Recipients of “PREMIER” autographs (players to be announced next week) will be chosen through a random selection process. Each fan in attendance will receive one Premier Entry sheet which may be redeemed at the Random Selection area outside the Main Exhibit Hall of the Wisconsin Center District.  The Premier Entry sheet will be exchanged for a numbered coupon to be entered into the random selection process for any one of the select Brewers players.  Coupon distribution will be available at 8 a.m. the day of the event and will continue up to an hour before each designated autograph session.   There is no cost for coupons to enter the random selection process; however, those holding winning coupons must pay $10 at the respective autograph stage to collect their player signature.  There will be 250 winners for each of the autograph sessions.  The winning ticket numbers will be posted at the designated autograph stage no less than 30 minutes prior to each player’s session.

Players and staff not included in the PREMIER autograph list will not use the random selection process. Each of these players will sign 250 autographs at prices ranging from free to $10. A schedule of players, their session times, and distribution info will be posted next week.  The autograph opportunities are for signatures on photo cards provided by the team; the Brewers cannot guarantee that any player will sign other memorabilia.  For additional information, visit Brewers.com/ondeck.

Autograph proceeds benefit Brewers Community Foundation.  Please note that cash is the only acceptable form of payment for autographs. The Brewers cannot guarantee that any player will sign other memorabilia, and personalization of items is solely up to the discretion of each player.

A detailed schedule of all Brewers On Deck events will be released next week.

Grand Slam Summer School a Success!

This afternoon, Logan Schafer, Martin Maldonado and Jeremy Jeffress participated in the Brewers Grand Slam Summer School, an event especially for children of Suiteholders and just one of the many perks of being a Brewers Suiteholder.

After taking part in fielding, hitting and pitching clinics, the children had time to get autographs and photographs before taking in tonight’s game.

Here are a few photos from this fun event:

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-Cait

JohnandCait@Brewers.com

 

Congratulations to Jessica Wagner, Winner of the Brewers Pet Calendar Photo Contest!

As we told you earlier this month, we’re creating a Brewers Pet Calendar, featuring photos of the players and coaches with their pets and/or animals from the Wisconsin Humane Society, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the organization.

We also held a contest for one lucky fan and his/her dog to be included in the calendar alongside Hank.

And today, Jessica Wagner and her yellow lab, Ruger, from Wausau joined Mark Reynolds, Logan Schafer and Hank this afternoon for a photo shoot by Brewers photographer Scott Paulus:

Jessica Wagner

Jessica Wagner

 

Stay tuned for more details on when the finished piece will be for sale.

Cheers!

-Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

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

Surviving the Shatterproof Challenge

Everything was falling into place this morning as I prepared for my rappel down the side of the Hyatt Regency Milwaukee.  The sun was out, the temperature was cool and the wind was relatively calm.  My nerves calm as well as I rode the elevator up from the lobby to the Polaris restaurant for check-in around 11 a.m. this morning.

Maybe it was that I had spent many memorable family birthday dinners at the Polaris restaurant as a kid and it brought back some good memories, but I was ready to make the 240 foot drop for Shatterproof.

I met Sophia Minnaert of FOX Sports Wisconsin, who also was making the rappel today, at the Polaris (I suggest doing this with a friend, it makes things a little easier). We signed our lives away (a lot of waivers) and walked around to pick up our equipment. Harnesses, clips, straps, helmets, ropes, gloves and walkie-talkies. Getting dressed took a long time. The staff couldn’t have been more helpful and they knew what they were doing.

“Safety first, safety last and safety always,” was the motto. The staff from Shatterproof and Over The Edge made us feel comfortable and safe every “step” of the way. Some of the staff had been “cavers”–explorers of caves all over the world.  We met a firefighter from Green Bay who was on the rescue squad and had a love of climbing. Everyone was so nice and helpful, it made the drop much more comfortable.

"Just walk down the building!" said one staff member.

“Just walk down the building!” said one staff member.

The drop itself didn’t take too long, but was great.  Of course, the view from the top of the Hyatt was fantastic–the clear day made it perfect. I looked down and saw my Dad and my friend Jeno down at the bottom. I think they might have been more nervous than I was! I waved to them at the top as I started to lower myself down and they nervously waved back.

During the training session before the rappel down the wall, they said to “trust the rope.” That was hard to do at first, but as you trusted the rope, the drop got more comfortable. It was very smooth and somewhat relaxing.

As I landed, a sense of relief and accomplishment came over me. We made it and we helped raise awareness for a great cause. As I stated in my first blog about this event, Shatterproof is a new organization, but has a great message. Shatterproof has “four strategic pillars” that it uses:

1. Unite, amplify and empower the voices of millions of American families struggling with addiction

2. End the stigma of the disease in order to make treatment more accessible

3. Research and innovate to identify and put into practice evidence-based programs and strategies

4. Advocate for changes in public policy to advance effective treatment and recovery.

With that being said, you can still make a donation on my personal donation page. It would be great to get over the $1,000 mark! Thanks to all of my friends who have donated so far! My wife, Kate, my parents, my sister, Mary Kate, LJ and Sarah Rosales, Matt Armitage, Mike Drescher, Andrew Rutberg, Michelle and Mike Peterson, Emily Begel and, the founder of Shatterproof, Gary Mendall. Thank you for making the jump with me today and contributing to this great cause!

Over the next 20 years, Shatterproof will focus on three measurable goals:

1. Reduce by 50% the number of people addicted to alcohol and other drugs

2. Reduce by 50% the number of deaths from addiction-related substances

3. Reduce by 50% the societal costs of addiction.

I was happy to help Shatterproof make steps to those goals today.

FOX Sports Wisconsin cameraman Mario Hurt caught the above footage that aired on tonight’s broadcast.

A special thank you also goes out to Brewers outfielder Logan Schafer and Brewers Senior Director – Community Relations Katina Shaw who stopped by the event this afternoon.  They were a little disappointed they missed our jump and tried to talk us into doing it again.  I thought for a split second to go back up, but had my fun for the day.

This evening at Miller Park, Shatterproof Day continued. Mendall threw out the ceremonial first pitch and representatives of the group had an information table set up with plenty of information and facts on the organization. Stay tuned to the blog

Logan Schafer with Mendall (c) and Cary Kimmel of Shatterproof talk before tonight's game.

Logan Schafer with Mendall (c) and Cary Kimmel (r) of Shatterproof talk before tonight’s game.

Be sure to visit Shatterproof.org to learn more about the organization and how you can help. It takes more than a simple jump to help the more than 22 million Americans struggling with diseases of addiction and the more than 100 million family members who share their pain.

–JOHN

johnandcait@brewers.com

 

Brewers Announce Partnership With Shatterproof

The Milwaukee Brewers and Brewers Community Foundation today announced a partnership with Shatterproof, a national organization that is committed to protecting children from developing addiction to alcohol or other drugs and ending the stigma and suffering of those affected by this disease. 

 On May 6 at Miller Park, when the Brewers take on the Arizona Diamondbacks, the Brewers will celebrate “Shatterproof Day” and Brewers Community Foundation will present a grant to the organization.  Shatterproof staff will be at Miller Park distributing literature to raise awareness for the cause, and a representative from the organization will toss the ceremonial first pitch that evening.

That same day, Shatterproof will host the “Shatterproof Challenge” in downtown Milwaukee, where approximately 80 participants will rappel down the side of the Hyatt Regency hotel. Brewers outfielder Logan Schafer will autograph a baseball for each participant and Brewers representatives will be on hand to support the initiative. Those who would like to learn about how they can participate in this event can do so at https://secure.shatterproof.org/page/content/milwaukee-2014/.

“We appreciate the work that Shatterproof does to address the issue of addiction in our society,” said Brewers Chief Operating Officer Rick Schlesinger. “The work that it does is critical, not just to prevent addiction before it has a chance to take hold, but also to battle the stigma attached to the disease.”

Shatterproof was founded by Gary Mendell after he lost his son, Brian, to the disease of addiction.  Shatterproof is building an organization to educate and empower families, educators, healthcare providers, legislators and others to address addiction on a national scale. For more information on Shatterproof, please visit www.shatterproof.org.

–John and 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

Axford & Weeks 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 Johnson Controls Stadium Club, includes a plated lunch (which was delicious as all food in there is!), a Q &A with Brewers players, and the opportunity to win prizes.

Today, Season Seat Holders were treated to a Q & A with Brewers pitcher John Axford and second baseman Rickie Weeks, emceed by Brewers radio broadcaster Joe Block.

Axford and Weeks

Questions ranged from dealing with adversity and footwork drills to avoid being taken out by the runner advancing to second to favorite baseball movies and clubhouse pranks.

Some quotes and highlights:

Q: If you were stuck on an island, which three players from the current roster would you want to take with you?

Weeks: “Logan Schafer–because he won’t eat all the food; Martin Maldonado because he can cook the food; and…”

Axford: “I’d agree, and add Jim Henderson because he looks a little wilderness-y right now. He would probably be a good forager/hunter.”

 

Q: You have both faced adversity at times during your careers. How do you deal with it?

Weeks: “I see it as a time to get better. It’s definitely a character builder.”

Axford: “I agree. With social media and increased media attention in this day and age, you just have to try to block it out, realize the person you are and you know what you’re capable of.”

 

Q: What’s your favorite baseball movie?

Axford: “My favorite from nostalgic point of view is The Sandlot; from a film standpoint, it is The Natural. The lighting and the cinematography is amazing.”

 

Q: Rickie, how do you feel about having family in MLB? (Referring to his brother, Jemile, who plays for the Oakland A’s.)

Weeks: You don’t often get to share the same sport with a sibling at the highest level. Very blessed.

 

Sitting at the head table with Rickie and John were some special guests–Mindy and Nathan Skewes from Union Grove, Wisconsin. Earlier this year, Mindy and Nathan were selected as prize winners in our Fan-tastic 40 promotion, 40 Days, 40 drawings, and 40 unique prizes and experiences, all for our Season Seat Holders.

Mindy Skewes

I had a chance to chat briefly with the couple during the event.

“It was great getting to interact with the guys. They were very personable and easy to talk to,” Mindy said.

The couple has a the 20-game Business Plan in the first row of the Club Level and frequently attend games with their 7-year-old daughter and 2-year-old son. They’ve been Season Seat Holders for a number of years.

“They were each just 5 weeks old when we took them to their first games,” she noted.

Nathan and Mindy Skewes, Brewers Fan-tastic 40 winners.

Nathan and Mindy Skewes, Brewers Fan-tastic 40 winners.

At the conclusion of the event, drawings were held for prizes which included baseballs signed by John Axford and Rickie Weeks as well as Brewers watches.

Thanks to those who came out today; it was great to see some old friends and meet some new ones.

Cheers,

-Cait

JohnandCati@Brewers.com

 

 

 

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