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There Is No Offseason for…Mike Vassallo

It’s been awhile since the last installment of “There’s No Offseason for…”

That’s the series where I aim to dispel what I call “the myth of the offseason” by profiling people and departments across the organization to help you understand what goes on at One Brewers Way during the winter months when baseball is not played at Miller Park.

I recently caught up with Senior Director of Media Relations Mike Vassallo who, at 40, has already been working in the industry for over 20 years.

We sat down to discuss how he got into baseball, the ins and outs of his job (in season and out of season), wrestling and more. Read on.

Here sits Senior Director of Media Relations Mike Vassallo. After 20 years in the business, his office is a treasure trove of cherished memorabilia.

Here sits Senior Director of Media Relations Mike Vassallo. After 20 years in the business, his office is a treasure trove of cherished memorabilia.

Ever since he was a little boy growing up in Long Island, Mike says he’s wanted to be in baseball.

“Obviously I wasn’t dreaming of being the Media Relations Director then…. As a kid, I wanted to be a player, like everybody else.”

Nonetheless, the baseball seed was planted and by the time he went off to college, Mike had tailored his aspirations to becoming a baseball announcer, enrolling in the broadcasting program at Oswego State University in upstate New York.

While still in school, a chance encounter with Hall of Famer and then Yankees broadcaster Phil Rizzuto would forever change the path of his career.

It was 1995 and Mike’s stepfather, who works at Pfizer (the pharmaceutical company), had arranged a  summer job for Mike at the company, as he so often did, in whatever department needed help.

One night that summer, Mike had tickets to the Yankees game and planned to leave straight from work to meet his friend there, but he wasn’t yet entirely familiar with the subway system.

Enter Andy, an older gentleman who worked at Pfizer as a greeter in the lobby and manning the elevators, etc. Andy’s night job happened to be doing the same thing at Yankee Stadium, so Mike and Andy left work together on that fateful night and headed to The House That Ruth Built.

“I brought a baseball with me because I was a big fan of Phil Rizzuto….I knew Andy knew him and I wanted to get his autograph,” Mike recalls.

“So we got to the game and I’m outside the elevator. Phil Rizzuto comes off. Andy introduces me. I get my ball signed. I’m all happy. I step aside to wait for the elevator to go meet my friend and I overhear Phil say to Andy, ‘My assistant never shows up anymore. I think I’m gonna have to get a new one,’” Mike recounts, affecting Phil’s strong New York accent as he tells the story.

The enterprising 20-year old wasted no time.

“I think I might have even raised my hand….I said ‘I’ll do it for free!’ Of course [Phil] was taken aback at first because he had just met me five minutes before, but Andy said, ‘Oh, he’ll do a good job. Give him a chance.’”

And that’s how Mike got his first job in baseball as the personal assistant to Phil Rizzuto. For the rest of the summer, whenever the Yankees were on Channel 11, Mike was happy to be Phil’s gopher, getting him his coffee, keeping score for him during the innings he didn’t announce and whatever else needed to done.

Holy cow! How time flies. Here’s Mike with Phil Rizzuto, the man who took a chance on him back in 1995.

Holy cow! How time flies.
Here’s Mike with Phil Rizzuto, the man who took a chance on him back in 1995.

 

That experience helped Mike get a real internship with the Yankees in 1997 which led to him getting an entry-level job in the Yankees Media Relations department where he worked in 1998 and 1999. (Fun fact: Mike says he didn’t dislike the Yankees, but he was a Mets fan growing up.)

From there, he took a job with the Cincinnati Reds as Assistant Director of Media Relations, where he worked for six years before joining the Brewers as Director of Media Relations in middle of Spring Training in 2006.

As the current Senior Director of Media Relations, Mike’s department includes Ken Spindler (Senior Manager of Media Relations) and Zach Weber (Manager of Media Relations).

These three guys are responsible for handling interviews and media requests, writing press releases, keeping stats and more.

“I kind of forgot about the broadcasting stuff because this worked out so well,” Mike says.

In particular, Mike is the primary contact for interviews with our players, Manager Craig Counsell and General Manager David Stearns.

Mike says that part of his job is not as demanding during the offseason as it is during the season—for the players at least.

“Sometimes in the offseason, it’s actually more demanding because of all the Hot Stove talk, so the requests for GM go up a little bit,” said Mike.

And of course, the stove will be heating up even more with next week’s Winter Meetings, so Mike will be traveling to Nashville with the Brewers contingent.

In season, Mike and his team are responsible for producing the game notes, which is a six-page packet containing updated statistical information and bio information of all the players that comes out for every game during the season.

While there aren’t game notes during the offseason, there is still plenty of stat and bio work to be done.

“I’m the lead writer on the media guide. I do all the bios for the 40-man roster and the non-roster players for the media guide. I’m working on that right now,” Mike said.

Those items will take Mike and his team right up to Spring Training.

For Cactus League play, Mike will typically relocate to Arizona for a good six weeks. However, this year will be a little different as he and his wife Jeana are expecting their first child, a baby boy due February 26.

So instead of heading down in mid-February as he usually does, Mike will wait until about two weeks after Baby Vassallo joins their team to travel down to Arizona to catch up with his staff and the Cactus Crew.

Speaking of travel Mike is also the primary media relations contact that travels with the team, making about three-quarters of the roadtrips during the season.

“My favorite part (of my job) and least favorite are the same thing—travel,” Mike says. “It’s my favorite part because I get to visit all these great cities and stadiums and it’s the least because it takes me away from home and my wife—and kid next year.”

In his two decades working in the field, Mike says the main thing that’s changed his job is social media.

Mike is also responsible for writing all the baseball-related press releases—roster moves, injury updates, etc.—and he says, “I can’t remember the last time that I did a press release about a trade where it wasn’t already on social media. I feel like our press releases now just confirm what’s already all over social media, whereas in the past, we’d write the press release and that’s how people would find out.”

While social media presents some challenges from that side of things, along with generating false rumors and making things tougher for Baseball Operations, etc., Mike is quick to point out that it’s also a positive thing (which is good since you know, I’m the Director of New Media and all).

“Whenever we have a player or a manager do an interview, I put it right there on Twitter….How would we get the word out so quickly in the past?”

Speaking of Twitter, that’s another part of Mike’s gig. Since he’s the first to know about roster moves and injury updates, as well as TV/Radio interviews, etc., he’s able to assist us in the New Media Department by putting that information up on Twitter right away. But it doesn’t stop there.

Known amongst the media for sprinkling the game notes with interesting tidbits, such as these….

Mike has great access and often helps us capture some great moments for social media as well:

With so much to cover and traveling on a smaller percentage of road trips, I definitely appreciate Mike’s creativity and contributions!

Another thing you might not know is that Mike has a hand in some of the music that ends up being played at Miller Park.

“I’m pretty much the person that collects the players’ music for the scoreboard, which is kind of fun because sometimes I suggest songs to them and they use them,” Mike said.

[For those of you who don’t know what we’re talking about, check out the list of Brewers walk-up music.]

Because he’s sometimes seen as the conduit for getting those song selections to the scoreboard folks, Mike’s also been able to marry one of his other passions with baseball—wrestling.

“I’ve liked it since I was 10 years old. 1985 Wrestlemania was the first one and it’s just something I never grew out of I guess…. I think we all have our guilty pleasures. I just take it for what it is. I just find it really entertaining,” Mike says.

So, oftentimes those songs Mike suggests to players involve wrestling.

“I’ve had quite a few over the years. The first one was Tim Raines, (an outfielder) with the Yankees. He was the first person that I remember approaching and saying, ‘Hey why don’t you use this song?’ and it was a wrestling song,” Mike said.

And that’s how Rock Raines started using The Rock’s theme song for a time.

Among the Brewers that he’s converted, Mike counts Todd Coffey (Ultimate Warrior), Nori Aoki (Fandango), Lyle Overbay (Adam Rose), and Shane Peterson (New Day).

“There have been probably at least 10 players over the years,” Mike says.

In his 20 years in the sport, Mike’s certainly experienced a lot, but among the things that stand out most for him include various Postseason appearances.

“I got spoiled right off the bat…We (the Yankees) won the World Series in 1998 and 1999,” said Mike.

Winning the World Series is the ultimate goal for anyone in baseball. Mike Vassallo, pictured here with Yankees Owner George Steinbrenner, was fortunate enough to reach this pinnacle during his first full season in MLB.

Winning the World Series is the ultimate goal for anyone in baseball. Mike Vassallo, pictured here with Yankees Owner George Steinbrenner, was fortunate enough to reach this pinnacle during his first full season in MLB.

 

But while he cherishes his Yankees World Series ring, he still counts the Brewers Wildcard season in 2008 among his fondest memories.

“It was awesome being part of that because we hadn’t made the playoffs in 26 years, so it was just real exciting but in a different way. With the Yankees it was just expected every year…. It was exciting but it wasn’t as exciting as ’08 where we just came out of nowhere and the whole thing when CC was here, that was a great experience,” Mike said.

Of course, 2011 ranks right up there for Mike as well—winning the division, Nyjer Morgan’s walk-off hit in Game 5 of the NLDS, etc.

But for Mike, many of his favorite memories are off the field, too—the relationships he’s made and maintained over the years.

“It’s all the friendships,” Mike says. “I get to hang out with Bob Uecker on the road. It doesn’t get better than that.”

Indeed. We may not have a true offseason in baseball, but we’re lucky to be surrounded by great people who share our same passion and help make long hours go by quickly.

To keep up with Mike both in-season and during the offseason, follow him on Twitter @MikeVassallo 13.

Stay tuned for more “There is No Offseason” profiles. Is there anyone in particular that you’d like me to highlight? If so, please let me know in the comments below!

-Cait

@CMoyer

Word to Your Mother! Vanilla Ice Visits Miller Park

Vanilla Ice, the American rapper, actor and television host best known for hit single, “Ice Ice Baby”  stopped by Miller Park on his way to a gig at the Wisconsin State Fair.

If you’ll recall, earlier this season, the Brew Crew had a “Rappers and Wranglers” Road Trip, which resulted in Lyle Overbay dressing up like Mr. Ice himself:

So, it was great to see them meet in the dugout, along with other Brewers players and coaches before tonight’s Brewers vs. Dodgers game:

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Vanilla Ice then threw out the ceremonial first pitch:

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-Cait

JohnandCait@Brewers.com

 

Lyle Overbay Serves as Official Ambassador for Ronald McDonald House Charities Eastern Wisconsin

Today, Lyle Overbay and Ronald McDonald House Charities Eastern Wisconsin (RMHC) donors came together for a milestone event at the Ronald McDonald House in Wauwatosa.

RMHC is in the final stages of an expansion project that will nearly double the size of the existing House with an additional 32 guest rooms, as well as a fitness center, music room and expanded dining facilities. Through July 2014, the campaign has raised $8.4 million toward a financial need of more than $10 million and today, RMHC was excited to announce that Lyle Overbay will serve as the official ambassador for the “home stretch” of the capital campaign to expand.

In honor of his number, RMHC will be counting down to the last 24 days of construction and the completion of the expansion project.

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Brewers Community Foundation is a longtime partner of RMHC with support from other players including Robin Yount, Prince Fielder, Randy Wolf as well as the Brewers wives. For the last two years, RMHC has been the recipient of the Stolen Bases Happy Faces campaign in coordination with Northwestern Mutual Foundation.

 

-Cait

JohnandCait@Brewers.com

About RMHC Eastern Wisconsin
Ronald McDonald House Charities of Eastern Wisconsin, Inc. is dedicated to easing the burden of families whose lives have been disrupted as a result of their child’s illness or injury.  They provide a “home away from home” and caring outreach initiatives.  More than 35,000 families from 568 Wisconsin communities, 48 states and 26 foreign countries have stayed at the Ronald McDonald House since it opened its doors in 1984. The Ronald McDonald House mission is supported by more than 500 volunteers.

Brewers Wives Basket Auction is on NOW! Bid on Brewers Players & Coaches Favorite Things

In addition to helping pack over 1800 lunches to help kick off the Salvation Army’s Feed the Kids Summer Meal Program, the Brewers Wives are helping to raise money for this very important initiative through a special auction on brewers.com.

From now through June 29, Brewers fans have the opportunity to bid on special baskets that the players and coaches wives have put together representing the Crew’s favorite things.

Here’s a look at the 15 different baskets up for bid:

1. Base Coaches Basket (Ed Sedar & Garth Iorg), created by Marsha Buckminster

Starting Bid: $1100

Base Coaches Basket

Description:

• Autographed photo of 1st Base Coach, Ed Sedar & 3rd Base Coach, Garth Iorg
• 2014 Brewers team-signed golf bag
• 2 Titleist clubs signed by Bob Uecker (BV 60 & 56 degree wedges)
• 2 dozen Titelist NXT tour golf balls
• Wisconsin Dells Experience (date restrictions do apply)
• One night stay at the Kalahari
• 4 rounds of golf at Trappers Turn Golf Club
• 8 passes for the Original Wisconsin Ducks
• 8 passes for the Upper Dells boat ride
• 8 passes for the Jet Boat Tour
• 10 passes for Tommy Bartlett Water Show
• 10 passes for Tommy Bartlett Exploratory
• 6 passes for Pirates Cove Mini Golf

BID NOW

 

2. Overbay’s Car Wash Caboodle, created by Sarah Overbay

Starting Bid: $150

Overbay's Car Wash Caboodle

 

Description:

• Lyle Overbay autographed baseball
• $60 iTunes gift card
• $30 First Watch Café gift card
• Lyle’s Favorite Snacks: Sunkist soda, peanuts, Mike & Ike candy, Cliff Bars
• Men’s & Women’s Brewers Hats
• Bridgestone Golf Balls
• Bucket
• Car Shampoo
• Wash Mitt
• Microfiber towels
• Vinyl cleaner
• Wax and pad
• Tire cleaner

BID NOW

 

3. General Manager’s Top Picks, created by Ellen Melvin

Starting Bid: $800

General Manager's Top Picks

Description:

• Autographed Doug Melvin Bobblehead
• Hank Aaron autographed baseball (Doug’s favorite Honorary Pink Tie Guy)
• 2014 Brewers Media Guide autographed by Carlos Gomez & Jean Segura
• 4 Tickets (Section 116, Row 6, Seats 12-15) to Brewers vs. Reds, Tuesday, July 22 at 7:10pm
• 2 Center Court seats with Courtside Club access to a Milwaukee Bucks Home Game during the 2014-2015 season on a mutually agreed upon date
• Basketball autographed by Milwaukee Bucks Center, John Hensen
• $100 gift certificate to Buckley’s Restaurant & Bar (Be sure to have the carrot cake for dessert, its Doug’s favorite carrot cake. The best you will ever taste!)
• $50 Pizza Man gift card (Doug’s favorite pizza in Milwaukee)
• $50 gift card to any Marcus Theatre (Doug is an avid movie goer)
• Double Stuffed Oreos
• Popcorn
• Various movie candies
• Pink Tie (from the Melvin’s Pink Tie Guy Event, raising funds for breast cancer awareness and prevention programs)
• Step Up to the Plate apron (from the Melvin’s fundraiser for beast cancer)
• Wounded Warrior blanket (another one of Doug’s favorite charities)
• Untouchables DVD
• Lone Survivor book
• $25 iTunes gift card (Doug loves music)
• Starbucks Coffee
• 100 Things Brewers Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die book autographed by author, Tom Hardricourt
• Tour of Great Lakes Distillery (Doug enjoys tasting different whiskeys)
• Bottle of Kinnickinnic Whiskey
• Bottle of Jack Daniels
• Bottle of Jack Daniels Honey
• Bottle of Jack Daniels Single Barrel
• Large Brewers canvas tote
• Coleman Perfect Flow Propane Camp Grill (Doug loves to look out the window on a game day and see all of the tailgaters)

*This package contains alcohol; you must be 21 years old or older to bid on this item*

BID NOW

 

4. Mark Attanasio’s Favorite Things, created by Debbie Attanasio

Starting Bid: $500

Basket10 copy

Description:

• Game used ball signed by Mark Attanasio
• Certificate for 4 Brewers home game tickets in Owner’s box for a mutually agreed upon game
• Very rare Brewers 2008 Wild Card hat (with tag on it)
• $200 gift certificate for any SURG restaurant
• Brewers “M” hat
• Brewers workout clothes: socks, shorts, t-shirt, compression shorts (clothes are XL)
• Brewers L.L. Bean large canvas zip tote
• The Godfather Trilogy DVD
• Beatles 1 CD
• Stevie Wonder: The Definitive Collection CD
• The New Yorker Book of Baseball Cartoons
• Bottle of Italian gourmet tomato and basil sauce
• Bag of Italian gourmet pasta
• Jar of Italian lemon olive oil
• Bag of ground medium roast Kona coffee (from Hawaii)
• Four different flavors of mini Popcornopolis cones
• Bottle of vintage Italian Chianti Classico

*This package contains alcohol; you must be 21 years old or older to bid on this item*

BID NOW

 

5. Mark Reynolds’ Favorite Things, created by Kathleen Reynolds

Starting Bid: $200

Reynolds Basket

Description:

• Reynolds autographed game used bat
• Reynolds autographed cleats
• Reynolds autographed baseball
• Reynolds autographed game used batting gloves
• Under Armour sport thermos
• Under Armour wrist bands
• $25 Starbucks gift card
• $25 iTunes gift card
• Shawshank Redemption DVD
• Bull Durham DVD
• Tool Box
• Titleist golf balls
• Jesus Calling daily devotional
• Gummy Bears
• Hershey’s Bar
• Sunflower Seeds

BID NOW

 

6. Johnny & Jerry Narron’s Rollin’ Cooler, created by Gail Narron

Starting Bid: $250

Narron Basket

 

Description:

• Authenticated Official Brewers Pink Lineup Card, Mother’s Day, May 11, 2014 New York Yankees vs. Milwaukee Brewers autographed by Jerry Narron (Last appearance by Derek Jeter at Miller Park)
• Game used baseball (May 30, 2014 Cubs vs. Brewers) autographed by Johnny Narron
• Daily Bible Scripture flip calendar autographed by Jerry Narron
• Brewers t-shirt (XL) autographed by Johnny Narron
• Official MLB baseball and wrist bands from Mother’s Day 2014 game
• $15 Starbucks gift card ? Jerry’s favorite
• 50 Qt. Coleman Cooler with heavy duty wheels, have-a-seat lid, can holders and telescoping handle
• Oversized Ozark Trail mesh and canvas tailgating chair in a bag
• 2 Brewers Koozies
• Brewers plastic tailgating table cover
• Brewers themed tailgating paper plates, utensils and napkins
• Ballpark food: Cracker Jacks & Brewers peanuts
• Almond Joys and Mt. Olive, NC Methodist Men’s Peanuts – Johnny and Jerry’s favorites
• Lays Kettle Cooked Original Chips – Johnny’s favorite
• Dugout food – Reggie Jackson Sunflower Seeds and Pistachios
• 3 DVDs – “Sandlot” “O Brother Where Art Thou?” and “Gladiator” – Johnny’s favorites
• 3 packs of Baseball cards
• Brewer Decals/Stickers
• Third Ward Coupons: 1 free beer at Club Charlies; 1 free coffee, wine or beer at Hudsons; 1 free beer at Milwaukee Ale House; 1 free glass of wine at Vino 100; 1 free taco with any beverage at Cynthias; and 20% off at Pendleton

BID NOW

 

7.  Ryan Braun’s Favorite Things, created by Larisa Braun

Starting Bid: $500

Braun Basket

Description:

• Braun autographed baseball
• Braun autographed game used batting gloves
• Samsung Galaxy Tab 2
• $100 Carnevor gift certificate
• Brewers Braun t-shirt (XL)
• Brewers Braun t-shirt (M)
• Brewers Braun t-shirt (L)
• Orbit Sweet Mint gum
• 2 packs of mini Sour Patch Watermelons
• 1 large pack of Sour Patch Kids
• 1 large pack of Sour Crawlers

BID NOW

 

8.  Bullpen Basket, created by Melissa Kintzler

Starting Bid: $400

Basket14 copy

Description:

• Autographed baseball signed by: Will Smith, Brandon Kintzler, Wei Chung Wang, Francisco Rodriguez, Mike Fires, Rob Wooten, Zach Duke, Jim Henderson
• Brewers Smith autographed t-shirt (L)
• Brewers Kintzler autographed t-shirt (L)
• Brewers Rodriguez autographed t-shirt (L)
• Bullpen Candy (some of the candy they bring out to the bullpen everyday)
• Brewers rolling duffle bag (carry-on size)
• Small Brewers tote bag
• Brandon Kintzler’s Favorites:
• $20 Starbucks gift card
• Baseball Bat keychain
• Las Vegas playing cards
• Las Vegas Starbucks Mug
• 300 DVD
 Zach Duke’s Favorites
• Duke autographed baseball
• Duke autographed batting gloves
• Duke autographed game used cleats
• Where Nobody Knows Your Name by John Feinstein     (includes a personal message from Zach inside the     book)
 Rob Wooten’s Favorites
• Wooten autographed cleats
• UNC Golf Accessories

BID NOW

 

9.  First Come the Starters, created by Janai Estrada

Starting Bid: $500

Starters Basket

 

Description:

• Gallardo autographed cleats
• Lohse autographed cleats
• Garza autographed BP worn hat
• Estrada autographed baseball
• Peralta autographed cleats
• Baseball autographed by: Marco Estrada, Kyle Lohse, Matt Garza, Wily Peralta, Yovani Gallardo
• Brewers Estrada jersey t-shirt (XL)
• Brewers Lohse jersey t-shirt (XL)
• Brewers Garza jersey t-shirt (XL)
• Brewers Peralta jersey t-shirt (XL)
• Brewers Gallardo jersey t-shirt (XL)
• Brewers Grey Jersey (XL)
• Batting Gloves

BID NOW

 

10.  Weekend Tailgate, created by Tiphany Weeks

Starting Bid: $200

Rickie Weeks Basket

Description:

• Brewers Weeks autographed t-shirt (XL)
• Weeks autographed baseball
• Brewers lightweight tote basket
• Brewers 3-pack storage containers
• Brewers deluxe BBQ set (apron, potholder, oven mitt)
• Brewers cutting board
• Brewers grill cover
• Brewers chair
• Brewers Grilling 3-pack
• Brewers grilling brand Lea & Perrins Bold Steak Sauce
• Grill Mates seasoning
• Sweet Baby Rays BBQ Sauce
• Honey Roasted Peanuts

BID NOW

 

11.  Go Go’s Favorite Things, created by Gerandy Gomez

Starting Bid: $500

Gomez Basket

Description:

• Gomez autographed Sports Illustrated magazine
• 4 used Gomez autographed baseballs
• Gomez autographed used batting gloves
• Gomez autographed used Brewers cap
• Gomez autographed photo
• 2 Gomez autographed bobbleheads (2014)
• 2 Gomez autographed baseball cards
• Gomez autographed Brewers Yearbook
• Brewers Mug
• Brewers cinch bag
• 300 DVD
• Lindor Camels
• Lindor Chocolate Bar
• Santo Domingo Coffee
• Ritz Carackerfuls

BID NOW

 

12.  The Skipper’s Favorite Things, created by Karen Roenicke

Starting Bid: $900

Roenicke Basket

Description:

• Roenicke autographed photo
• 2 Roenicke autographed baseballs
• Roenicke autographed Brewers canvas print
• Roenicke autographed game used camo hat
• $50 Kopps gift card
• $50 Barnes & Noble gift card
• $50 Home Depot gift card
• $50 Macy’s gift card
• $50 Lowe’s gift card
• $25 Pet Smart gift card
• Husky rolling 4 drawer tool box with hardwood tool cabinet top
• Eveready Super Heavy Duty Flashlight
• Makita 18 volt compact Lithium-ion cordless 3 piece combo kit
• 30 piece screw driver bit set
• 14 piece Titanium drill bit set
• Blue & Tan Canvas tote
• Mother’s Day MLB game used pink wrist bands
• One Year Bible
• Titleist Golf Balls
• Nike Golf towel
• Dog Toy
• T-ball mitt for boy and girl
• Small soft bat and ball set
• Volleyball
• Archery Trainer set
• Fishing Pole
• DVDs: Happy Feet 1&2, Grudge Match, Lone Survivor, The Notebook, A Walk to Remember, Message in a Bottle, Nights in Roddanthe, 42
• 5 Brewers t-shirts (Men 2XL & M, Women L & M, Youth XL)
• Youth Brewers Hat
• Brewers Car Flag
• Badminton Set
• Brewers Umbrella

BID NOW

 

13.  Catchers-Lucroy, Maldonado, Hanel, created by Sarah Lucroy

Starting Bid: $400

Lucroy Maldonado Basket

Description:

• Lucroy’s Favorites
• Lucroy autographed baseball bat
• Lucroy autographed baseball Lucroy autographed     game used batting gloves
• 2 autographed Brewers Lucroy jersey t-shirts (L)
• Lucroy autographed Caymus Bottle
• Lucroy autographed Brewers catcher’s mask
• Lucroy Autographed camo beer koozie
• Lucroy autographed baseball card
• Milwaukee Brewers portable tailgating ice cooler
• 3 piece Milwaukee Brewers grill set
• Jonathan Lucroy G3LE Series 2
• Brewers camo mug
• Maldonado’s Favorites
• 3 Maldonado autographed baseball cards
• Maldonado autographed batting gloves
• Maldonado autographed baseball
• Maldonado autographed cleats
• #12 wrist sweat bands
• $25 iTunes gift card
• $20 PlayStation gift card
• $25 Xbox gift card Dog Leash
• Brewers wine glasses
• Maldonado Brewers jersey t-shirt (L)
• Puertorican Coffee
• Lip Balm
• Puerto Rico True Flavors cookbook
• Hanel’s Favorites
• Hanel autographed catcher’s mask
• Autographed bullpen baseball
• $15 Starbucks gift card
• 42 DVD
• The Sandlot DVD
• Koos for Kids t-shirt
• Wisconsin Badgers hat
• Starbucks Mug

*This package contains alcohol; you must be 21 years old or older to bid on this item*

BID NOW

 

14.  Family Fun Fitness Basket, created by Michelle Seligman

Starting Bid: $300

Seligman Basket

Description:

• Elite Sports Club new member 1 month free Family Passport (all locations)
• $100 YogAslyum gift certificate (towards classes)
• Salto Gymnastics Birthday Party
• JK Lee Tae Kwon Do Birthday Party (Pewaukee location)
• JK Lee Family unlimited pass (all locations)
• 4 passes to Skyzone Indoor Trampoline Park
• Frisbee
• Gold’s Gym 5lb weight ball
• Jump ropes
• Soccer ball
• Brewers kick ball
• Brewers Baseball & Bat
• Healthy Snacks
• Brewers t-shirt (XL)

BID NOW

 

15.  Scooter Gennett’s Favorite Things, created by Kelsey Markovich

Starting Bid: $250

Scooter Gennett Basket

Description:

• Gennett autographed game used batting gloves
• Gennett autographed uniform belt
• Gennett autographed Brewers mini bat
• Gennett autographed Secret Stadium Sauce
• 3 Gennett autographed baseball cards
• Gennett autographed retro baseball
• Gennett autographed Brewers Koozie
• 2 Brewers Gennett t-shirts (L)
• 2 Brewers shot glasses
• Brewers blanket
• Brewers Coaster set
• Brewers Koozie
• 2-pack of Brewers stickers
• Carmel Cremes candy
• Hostess cupcakes
• Big League Chew
• Hostess Donettes

BID NOW

 

-Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

 

 

Cait’s Summer Reading List: Reviewing Haudricourt’s “100 Things Brewers Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die”

I recently finished reading a new book about the Milwaukee Brewers entitled, “100 Things Brewers Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die.” The book was written by Tom Haudricourt of The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, with a foreword by Jim Gantner.

100 Things Brewers Fans Should Know and Do Before They Die

Haudricourt, who has covered the Milwaukee Brewers and baseball for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (and Milwaukee Sentinel) since 1985, has witnessed many of these items firsthand. This is his third book about the team (he is also the author of Brewers Essential and Where Have You Gone ’82 Brewers?) and “100 Things Brewers Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die” covers everything from Brewers Baseball arriving in Milwaukee (1970) through recent triumphs such as the 2011 NLCS appearance.

Mixed in among seminal and paramount moments in Brewers history are funny and bizarre items, along with things that true Brewers fans find essential to the game experience, like the Famous Racing Sausages, Bernie Brewer, tailgating and more. [John is even mentioned in a sidebar within the book, how cool is that?!]

With an average of 2.5 pages dedicated to each “thing,” the book is a quick and easy read. And, although I very much like Haudricourt’s style of sports reporting, this book is a welcome departure from that objective point of view.  Instead, each item reads like its own little vignette, complete with quotes—either directly from the person or people mentioned within it, or from another source, such as a newspaper or interview at that time.

In his introduction, Haudricourt notes, “The Brewers…do not have 100 years, or even half that, of history,” which is true, with the Club in just its 44th season–but that does not mean it does not have 100 (or more) items that merited inclusion in this book. And, although I am in my eleventh season with the Club (wow, I’ve been here for one-quarter of its existence!) and I was born and raised in Milwaukee as a Brewers fan, there are still many of these key moments of Brewers history that occurred before I was born (i.e. the 1982 World Series) or when I was too young to remember (1987 Team Streak).

And then I think about all of the Brewers fans who are younger than me, or those who have moved to Milwaukee in the last few years and this is really a book that needed to be written.

Whether you’re a die-hard fan from the days of Harvey Kuenn and Paul Molitor or a new supporter of Ron Roenicke and Ryan Braun, this book contains everything Brewers fans should know, see and do in their lifetime.

In fact, I’d go so far as to say that if you want to call yourself a True Blue Brew Crew fan, you should have to read this book and be tested on the contents, the most important facts about the team, traditions and what being a Brewers fan is all about. Players should be provided with a copy when they sign their contracts. What’s that saying? In order to know where you’re going, you have to know where you’ve been? In only 44 seasons, we have a rich history and I’m confident that in the direction we’re headed, it’s only going to get richer.

I don’t want to give too much of the book away, but I can tell you that I crunched some numbers to get my personal “stats”:

  • Of the 100 Things Brewers Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die, there are 14 “Things To Do” and I’ve done them all.
  • Of the 100 Things Brewers Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die, there are 86 “Things to Know” and, of course, after reading the book, I now know them all, but:
    • Of the 86 “Things to Know,” I was alive for 71 of them.
    • Of those 71, I remember being aware of 46 of them at the time (i.e. some happened when I was too young or wasn’t following as closely).
    • Of those 46, 29 of them happened since I started working here (2003).
    • From there, I tried to make a list of the ones for which I was actually physically present, but it got difficult to do, so I’ll just call out a few of the more specific things mentioned that I’m proud to say I witnessed in person:
      • April 27, 2004: Chad Moeller’s Cycle
      • April 28, 2004: Brewers huge comeback win against Cincinnati Reds
      • May 16, 2004: Ben Sheets’ 18 strikeouts vs. Atlanta Braves
      • September 28, 2008: Brewers Clinch the Wild Card
      • September 23, 2011: Brewers Clinch NL Central Title

I’ve also included a photo gallery of some of the “Things” included in the book, but you’ll have to read it then come back to place which ones I’m referencing!

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The book is currently available for sale in the Brewers Team Store by Majestic and at other booksellers.

Once you’re done, I’d be curious to know what you think. Did Tom leave anything out? Let me know in the comments field below.

Finally, I’ve got a copy to give away to one lucky blog reader who is the first person to email me (johnandcait@brewers.com) with the correct answer to the following trivia question:

What team did Doug Melvin swing a massive nine-player deal with on December 1, 2003, which six players did we acquire from that trade AND what was the common name Brewers fans used to reference those collective players at the time?

UPDATE: We have a winner! Congrats to Michael from Iowa who knew that this was a trade with the Arizona Diamondbacks in which the Brewers received: Wisconisn native Craig Counsell, second baseman Junior Spivey, first baseman Lyle Overbay, catcher Chad Moeller, and lefthanders Jorge De La Rosa, and Chris Capuano, players collectively known as the “Six-Pack”. [Note: I would have also accepted “Brewerbacks”!]

Happy reading!

-Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

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