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

The Brewers Wives are helping to raise money for this very important initiative through a special auction on brewers.com.

From now through June 28, Brewers fans have the opportunity to bid on special baskets that Brewers players and coaches and their wives have put together representing the Crew’s favorite things.

All proceeds will benefit Lissy’s Place, which serves young women exiting the foster care system as well as homeless young women who have not come through the foster care system. Lissy’s Place helps young women end the cycle of poverty and homelessness through the development of educational, financial, health and personal skills to live independently.

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

1. Darnell Coles’ BBQ Basket (Created by Shari Coles)

COLES

Description:

• Brewers BBQ Tool Set
• Brewers BBQ Meat Brander
• Darnell Coles Autographed Picture
• Darnell Coles Autographed Jersey
• Darnell Coles Autographed Baseball
• Darnell Coles Bobblehead
• Tony Dungy Book
• Boston Baked Beans
• Lays Salt & Vinegar Potato Chips
• BBQ Sauce
• A1 Sauce
• Pay Day Candy Bars
• 2 – $50.00 Metro Market Grocery Gift Cards
• Cookie Jar

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2. Mark Attanasio’s Favorite Things (Created by Debbie Attanasio)

ATTANASIO

Description:

• Certificate for 8 seats in the owner’s box by the Brewers dugout for a mutually agreed upon game for the 2015 or 2016 season
• 8 passes to The Selig Experience at Miller Park, for access prior to the opening of the gates (no waiting in line)
• Official Major League Baseball, in Lucite case, with Mark Attanasio’s signature and “Go Brewers”
• Brewers gear, all in size men’s XL with current team logo:
• “Triple Cliate” on-field game jacket with removable inner jacket (Majestic
Authentic Collection)
• Quarter-zip gray pullover sweatshirt (47 Brand)
• Navy denim adjustable hat with mesh adjustable back (Nike)
• Stainless steel shock-resistant Turbo watch (Sparo)
• Black custom Oakley sunglasses

• Fitbit One (wireless activity and sleep tracker)
• $200 certificate for dinner for 2 at any SURG restaurant (including Carnevor)
• Bag of Hershey’s Kisses with macadamia nuts (from Hawaii)
• Bag of milk chocolate baseballs
• Men’s brown-and-tan braided leather bracelet from Calabritto 28 in Capri, Italy
• Italian food and drink:
• Olivier Napa Valley mini bottle of pear white balsamic vinegar (imported from Modena)
• Riso della Sardegna Carnaroli rice for risotto (from Sardinia)
• Gentile Scialatielli pasta (from Napoli)
• Ricciole–sugar cookies (from Treviglio)
• Il Boschetto lemon-infused extra virgin olive oil, large bottle (from Toscana)
• Tenuta San Guido Guidalberto, 2012–a hard-to-find Supertuscan wine created by the same vintner that produces the well-known Sassicaia brand; in leather wine tote

• Movies, TV and Music:
• The Very Best of The Rolling Stones 1964-1971 (CD)
• Chronicle: The 20 Greatest Hits/Creedence Clearwater Revival, vol. 1 (CD)
• Diner (DVD; produced in 1982, written and directed by Barry Levinson)
• Blue Jasmine (DVD; produced in 2013; written and directed by Woody Allen)
• Breaking Bad: The Complete Series (DVDs, 21-disc set)

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

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3. Bench Coach Basket (Jerry Narron), Created by Donna Narron

NARROn

Description:

• 2015 Mother’s Day Line up card, Brewers vs Cubs, Autographed by Jerry Narron *Authenticated
• 2015 Mother’s Day game ball autographed by Jerry Narron
• Personally owned black fungo bat autographed by Jerry Narron
• Jerry Narron “#36″ Brewers jersey
• MLB Mother’s day wrist sweat bands
• Mother’s day Hank bobble-head
• Milwaukee Brewers pink souvenir bat
• Brewers (Coleman) tailgate chair
• Brewers (Coleman) cooler
• Brewers collapsible tote
• Brewers plates, napkins, cups and matching silverware
• Brewers fleece blanket
• Brewers baseball cap
• Brewers draw string back sack
• Brewers Hank T-shirt (size small)
• Brewers Hebrew script T-shirt (size large)
• 2 Brewers fan foam hands
• 2 Brewers Can Holder Koozies
• 1 Bible and Book of Scriptures (Jerry uses daily with his walk with the Lord)
• Sheaffer calligraphy pen and ink set (the exact kind Jerry uses daily on the line-up card)
• Inspirational cards and notecards
• Game Day snacks: Cracker Jacks, Animal Crackers, Reese’s Pieces, Reggie’s Sunflower Seeds, and Orbit gum…All Jerry’s Favorites

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4. Doug Melvin’s Favorite Things, created by Ellen Melvin

MELVIN

Description:

•• 4 Field Level Tickets to a Milwaukee Brewers Game during the remainder of the 2015 season for a mutually agreed upon date (Restrictions may apply)
• 2 Center Court seats with Courtside Club access to a Milwaukee Bucks home game during the 2015-2016 season for a mutually agreed upon date
• Autographed Doug Melvin bobblehead
• Autographed Robin Yount baseball (2011 Honorary Pink Tie Guy) *Authenticated
• Autographed Hank Aaron baseball (2013 Honorary Pink Tie Guy) *Authenticated
• Autographed Commissioner Selig baseball (2015 Honorary Pink Tie Guy) Limited Edition “Thank You” Baseball, #1 of 2000
• 2 Pink Ties (From the Melvin’s Pink Tie Guy Events raising funds for breast cancer research, awareness and prevention programs)
• Step Up to the Plate apron and tote bag (From the Melvin’s fundraiser for breast cancer)
• Pink Pashmina (From the Melvin’s fundraiser for breast cancer)
• Wounded Warrior Project Hat, Headbands and Pullover Jacket (Another one of Doug’s favorite charities)
• $100 Gift Certificate to Buckley’s Restaurant & Bar (Be sure to have the carrot cake for dessert. It’s Doug’s favorite carrot cake. The best you will ever taste!)
• 4 Movie passes to any Marcus Theatre (Doug is an avid movie goer)
• Double Stuffed Oreos
• Popcorn
• Various movie candies
• 2 Western DVD’s
• A League of their Own DVD
• The Yogi Book
• $25 iTunes gift card (Doug loves music)
• 2 Pound of Starbucks Coffee (Pike Place and Veranda Blend)
• $25 Starbucks Gift Card
• Labatt’s Blue Beer (Doug loves his Canadian Beer)
• Bottle of Jack Daniels
• Bottle of Jack Daniels Honey
• Bottle of Gentlemen Jack
• Whiskey Stones
• 2 Whiskey Glasses
• Brewers Thermal Tote Bag
• Charcoal Grill (Doug loves to look out the window on game day and see all of the tailgaters)
• Brewers Grilling Set
• Brewers Cheese Board and Tool Set
• Tailgating Snacks
• 1 Dozen Titleist Golf Balls with Brewers Logo

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

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5. Catcher’s Basket (Jonathan Lucroy, Martin Maldonado & Marcus Hanel), Created by Sarah Lucroy, Janelise Maldonado & Jill Hanel


Catchers

Description:

Jonathan Lucroy’s Favorite Things
• Brewers Wine Glass
• Jonathan Lucroy Bobblehead ? 2014 All-Star Jersey
• Lucroy Star Wars Bobblehead
• French Press Coffee Pot
• 3 Camo Lucroy Hats
• 1 pair of autographed Lucroy Baseball Cleats
• Bottle of Decoy Pinot Noir
• Autographed Lucroy Batting Gloves
• 2 Lucroy Brewers T-shirts
• $30 Chipotle Gift Card
• Leather Brewers Bag

Martin Maldonado’s Favorite Things
• Wahl Clippers
• Selfie Stick
• The Black Series Table Tennis Set (During his childhood and before professional baseball, Martin used to compete in tournaments.)
• Retro Camo Brewers Bag
• Autographed Martin Maldonado Timber Rattlers Bobblehead
• Brewers Bottle Insulator
• Brewers Coasters
• Rugged Wireless Speaker (Martin loves music, especially salsa)
• Whiskey Rocks
• BBQ Tool Set
• Café Puro (Martin’s favorite Puerto Rican coffee)
• Maldonado T-shirt
• Autographed Brewers Hat
• Deluxe BBQ Set
• Brewers Pet Gear
• Bottle of Johnny Walker Black Label Whiskey
• Bottle of Coquito (An eggnog-like alcoholic beverage traditionally served in Puerto Rico. Martin loves to make it every Christmas.)
• Brewers Mug
• Pique Mi Madre Hot Sauce
• Brewers Bank Soup Can (Marin’s inner child still collects coins)
• Bimbo Cookies (Puerto Rican Cream Stuffed Cookies)
• Autographed Game Used Cleats
• 2 – #12 Wrist Bands
• 3 Pair of Game Used autographed Batting Gloves

Marcus Hanel’s Favorite Things
• Gummi Bears
• Milk Chocolate
• 2 Marcus Movie Theatre Tickets
• Certificate for 2 Burgers at Georgie Porgies
• Starbucks Coffee
• Bottle of Kendall-Jackson Pinot Noir
• Autographed Marcus Hanel Baseball
• Autographed Marcus Hanel Catcher’s Mask
• Autographed Retro Brewers Hat

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

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6. Gerardo Parra’s Tackle Box, Created by Tania Parra

PARRA

Description:
• Tackle Box
• Oreos
• Came Chocolate Bars
• Black Thunder Chocolate Bars
• Power Bail Bite Lures
• Zoom Lures
• Assorted Pan Fish Lure Kit
• Signal Flares
• Pocket Knife
• Brewers Retro Tote
• Italian Bobblehead
• P.A.N. 100% White Corn Instant Dough
• Bottle of Water Stone Cabernet Sauvignon
• 17 piece Premium BBQ Set
• Game Used Bat
• Autographed Game Used Bat
• 1 Ugly Sticks Fishing Pole
• Cheese Balls
• $100 Brewers Team Store Gift Certificate
• Autographed Worn Tennis Shoes
• 2 Pairs of Autographed Game Used Batting Gloves
• 42 Movie
• Mitre Soccer Ball
• 2 Brewers Autographed Caps
• 3 Autographed Parra Baseball Trading Cards
• 3 Autographed Game Used Baseballs

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

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7.  Craig Counsell’s Wheelbarrow, Created by Michelle Counsell

COUNSELL

Description:
• Gardening Wheelbarrow
• Bottle of Bullet Bourbon
• Autographed Counsell T-shirt
• Autographed Game Used Bat
• NutriBullet Blender
• Brewers Fleece Blanket
• Yoga Mat
• Large Ceramic Flower Pot
• Pair of Gardening Gloves
• Pruning Sheers
• Gardening Spade
• Chefmate BBQ Tool Set
• Brewers Water Bottle
• $35 Gift Certificate to Buckley’s
• $25 iTunes Gift Card
• $25 Starbucks Gift Card
• Bottle of La Crema 2012 Pinot Noir
• Autographed Counsell Bobblehead
• 1 Large Bag of Miracle Grow Potting Mix
• Excaveggietor, Root Vegetable Removal Trowel

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

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8.  Carlos Gomez’s Favorite Things, Created by Gerandy Gomez

GOMEZ

Description:
• 2 Wine Glasses
• Bottle of California 37 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon
• Bottle of The Archivist 2013 Paso Robles Cabernet Sauvignon
• Bottle of Bogle Vineyard 2013 Merlot
• Cheese
• 4 Autographed Baseball Trading Cards
• Rabbit Electric Wine Opener
• Autographed Worn Cleats
• Autographed Game Worn Batting Gloves
• 2 Autographed Gomez Bobbleheads (box is autographed)
• 3 Autographed Baseballs
• Autographed Gomez Photo

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

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9.  Ryan Braun’s Beach Bag, Created by Larisa Braun

Braun

Description:

•• Blye Beach Bag
• Brewers Doonie & Burke Bag
• Puma Soccer Ball
• Spalding Basketball
• 2 Autographed Game Used Batting Gloves
• Autographed Baseball
• Bag of Haribro Gummy Bears
• His & Hers Glass Zulau Water Bottles
• Bottle of Zico Coconut Water
• Miami Hurricanes 2015 College World Series Dry Fit Nike Shirt (XL)
• Bag of Trail Mix
• Sour Patch Kids

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10.  Corey Knebel’s Favorite Things, Created by Danielle Matula

Knebel

Description:

• Popcorn – Movie Theater Butter
• Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups Minis
• Jack Links Peppered Beef Jerky
• Fudge Brownie Mix
• 5 Gum
• Lays Kettle Cooked BBQ Chips
• Starbucks Espresso Roast
• Bottle of Four Roses Small Batch Bourbon
• Autographed Baseball
• Autographed Hank Mini Baseball Bat

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

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11.  Brewers Bullpen Basket, Created by Jamie Cotts

Bullpen

Description:
• 50 Quart Coleman Cooler
• 2 Fold up Quad Brewers Chairs
• Brewers Keyring Bottle Opener
• 4 Brewers Koozies
• 2 Brewers Mason Jar Mugs
• Brewers Corn Hole Toss Bags
• Autographed Brewers Corn Hole Boards (One Board Signed By: Corey Knebel, Michael Blazek, Lee Tunnell, Will Smith Jeremy Jeffress, Neal Cotts, Jonathan Broxton, Francisco Rodriguez, Marcus Hanel)
• Neal Cotts Autographed Baseball
• Will Smith Autographed Baseball
• Michael Blazek Autographed Baseball
• Jonathan Broxton Autographed Baseball
• Jeremy Jeffress Autographed Baseball
• Corey Knebel Autographed Baseball
• Francisco Rodriguez Autographed Baseball
• Marcus Hanel Autographed Baseball
• Lee Tunnell Autographed Baseball

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

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12.  2014 Custom Made Cooler/Speaker Combo

Cooler

Description:

•Autographed by the 2014 Milwaukee Brewers: Lyle Overbay, John Axford, Marco Estrada, Kyle Lohse, Logan Schafer, Elian Herrera, Scooter Gennett, Martin Maldonado, Khris Davis, Mark Reynolds, Wily Peralta, Tyler Thornburg, Matt Garza, Rickie Weeks, Aramis Ramirez, Carlos Gomez, Jeremy Jeffress, Jonathan Lucroy, Yovani Gallardo, Brandon Kintzler, Rob Wooten, Will Smith, Jim Henderson, Burke Bandenhop, Ryan Braun

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-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

 

Selig Experience Unveiled at Miller Park; See it For Yourself Beginning Tomorrow

Tonight, the Selig Experience, a state-of-the-art attraction at Miller Park to honor Commissioner Emeritus and former Brewers Owner Allan H. (Bud) Selig, was unveiled at a private function that included Selig and his family, current MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred, Brewers Owner Mark Attanasio, Manager Craig Counsell, Hank Aaron, Robin Yount, Bob Uecker, Rachel and Sharon RobinsonBarry Alvarez and several Brewers players and coaches, as well as other special guests.

The event kicked off with a program on the field at Miller Park, which included remarks from Uecker, Manfred, Attanasio and Selig, in addition to Brad Shelton, the Creative Director/Project Development at BRC Imagination Arts, the experience design agency that led the design and production of the Selig Experience.

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“This is one of those really rare unique times in life where you see a little boy’s dreams come true,” Selig said. “When you look around and you walk Miller Park tonight… you see Henry Aaron sitting there, Robin Yount, Bob Uecker…The last 51 years are filled with really great memories.”

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Following the program, guests were invited to view the Experience and enjoy dinner. Here’s your own sneak peek at the Experience:

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Selig’s dedication to baseball has paralleled his love of his hometown of Milwaukee. His first significant move as an executive was to return Major League Baseball to Milwaukee in 1970, when he founded the Milwaukee Brewers.

In its first decade, the Brewers featured some of the great teams of that era, which eventually led to an American League pennant and World Series appearance in 1982.

During his tenure as Brewers owner, Selig earned United Press International’s 1978 Executive of the Year award, and the franchise was honored with seven “Organization of the Year” awards.

In the 1990s, Selig began his efforts to build a new ballpark in Milwaukee to replace the aging County Stadium, and Miller Park opened for its first season of play in 2001.

Hearing some of the reactions from the Brewers players and coaches, it’s easy to see that the Experience resonates with those who grew up in the area as well as those who may not know as much of the history of the city and team.

“It was definitely pretty cool. It was good to learn more about the history behind the team, Bud Selig, and Miller Park, even,” said pitcher Mike Fiers. “It was cool to see his office, the different pictures, the clips from some of the games, to see a lot of coaches now that you didn’t realize were part of Brewers history like that. Great experience. It really makes you appreciate everything we have here.”

“I knew most of the history, growing up just over the border, but it was still really cool to see. I texted Dale Sveum to tell him his home run on Easter Sunday (1987) made it into the Experience,” said Third Base Coach Ed Sedar.

Bullpen Catcher Marcus Hanel is a Wisconsin native, so the Experience was especially meaningful to him: “It was great. Very well done. I came to games at County Stadium when I was young.  I was there for Robin Yount’s 3000th hit. I was in 5th grade in 1982. I remember all of that. Those were my childhood heroes. I love how they integrated the past with the present. Coming out of it, I was pretty pumped up. I thought they did a great job,” said Hanel.

The attraction will debut to the public tomorrow (Friday, May 29) when the gates to Miller Park open (5:40 pm) prior to the Brewers game against the Diamondbacks.

Visit Brewers.com/SeligExperience for more information, including how to register in advance to see it.

-Cait

@CMoyer

Join Brewers Players & Coaches for a Special “Koos for Kids” Fundraiser on June 14

Brewers bullpen catcher and Racine native Marcus Hanel 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.

Why is the organization called Koos for Kids? Koos is Marcus’ nickname, which he says, came from his mother’s German accent.

“I’d be out in the backyard and get called in, so Marcus became Mar-koos,” he said. The name Koos then just stuck.

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.

They’ve 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.

And, on Sunday, June 14, you have the opportunity to help support this terrific cause.

The Brewers take on the Washington Nationals at 1:10 p.m. that day and, following the game, Marcus, along with Brewers players and coaches, will be making their way to the Milwaukee County Zoo for an annual Koos for Kids event.

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Here’s a photo from last year’s event:

For just $20, you’ll receive a ticket to the zoo (good all day), zoo parking, autographs from Brewers players and the opportunity to participate in auctions and raffles. Of course proceeds from the event go to the Koos for Kids organization, where they are used to give back to the community. 

“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.

Stay tuned. Closer to the event, we’ll be following up  to let you know the anticipated attendees.

Last year’s event raised over $70,000, so the bar has been set. Help raise it: Click here to reserve your ticket today.

Why not make it a doubleheader of Brewers fun? Be sure to get your tickets to the Brewers vs. Nationals series, too.

-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.

Thanksgiving Drive-Thru Food Drive in Full Swing at Miller Park

Today, Brewers Community Foundation is teaming up with Hunger Task Force and CBS 58 to help feed Milwaukee-area families in need by hosting the “Thanksgiving Drive Thru Food Drive” at Miller Park.

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The drive has been in full swing since 4:30 a.m. this morning with lots of donations pouring in.

And, those who showed up not too long ago got a little surprise:

Ryan Braun came in last night from his offseason home in California to be here this morning to assist with the food collection and greet those fans making a donation.

“It is always nice to see people supporting these types of events, especially this time of year. It’s so important,” he said.

The slugger, who also met with media this morning, says he is enjoying spending his offseason with his baby girl, Celine Elysse, who was born in September. The new dad is looking forward to many of her “firsts,” including her first Thanksgiving tomorrow.

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Brewers Bullpen Catcher and Racine native Marcus Hanel was also out there lending a helping hand today, on the heels of his successful coat drive last week, as were the Klement’s Famous Racing Sausages and Bernie Brewer:

Food can be dropped off at Helfaer Field at Miller Park tonight until 6 p.m.

Each vehicle stopping by to donate food items will receive a Brewers bobblehead, a gift bag and other items while supplies last.

-Cait

@CMoyer

Meet Reagan Imhoff, National Goodwill Ambassador for MDA

Today, we were pleased to host 9-year-old Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) National Goodwill Ambassador Reagan Imhoff and her parents, Jenny and Joe, here at Miller Park.

The Imhoff family resides in New Berlin where Reagan is a charming, happy and outgoing fourth-grader who enjoys art, social studies and recess.

In her free time, she told me she enjoys drawing, dancing and playing with her dolls-especially her American Girl collection.

Reagan works on a special drawing for Jonathan Lucroy.

Reagan works on a special drawing for Jonathan Lucroy.

She is also a long-time Brewers fan (“Ever since I was six!” she told me, proudly).

However, one thing that sets Reagan apart from her classmates is that she has spinal muscular atrophy (SMA, type 2), a genetic disease affecting the part of the nervous system that controls voluntary muscle movement. Because of this progressive neuromuscular disease which is most commonly diagnosed in infancy, Reagan has never been able to crawl or walk. In addition  SMA has led to difficulty eating enough food by mouth to maintain her weight and grow, so Reagan is mainly fed through a g-j tube. Her respiratory muscles are also very weak, which makes coughing and taking deep breaths while sleeping difficulty, leading to an increased tendency for pneumonia and other problems. Scoliosis also presented complications early on for Reagan which resulted in the need for spinal surgery when she was just 4. Leg and hip pain have also been an increasing problem for her.

Despite all of these challenges, Reagan remains positive and upbeat, choosing to tell her personal story as a National Goodwill Ambassador for MDA. In this capacity, Reagan is working to help raise awareness and understanding of muscle disease and inspire support of the organization.

Beginning in 1952, when public awareness and understanding of muscle disease were almost non-existent, MDA put a human face on its mission by calling upon young people affected by these diseases to serve as National Goodwill Ambassadors. To date, the program has had 39 such ambassadors, boys and girls affected by a variety of neuromuscular disorders, who have traveled the nation to meet with sponsors, supporters and luminaries, playing an essential role in motivating millions to help MDA through donations or volunteer action.

Reagan had served as a Wisconsin Ambassador for three years before being tapped for the National spotlight. Reagan’s mom, Jenny, told me that they’ve been all over the county this year, including Arizona, Nashville, Las Vegas, Chicago, Daytona, San Antonio, Houston, Los Angeles and San Diego.

Of her travels, Reagan tells me that Nashville is her favorite place, “because it was really fun and the people are really nice,” she said.

But today, Reagan got an experience that ranks right up at the top–she got to meet her favorite player, catcher Jonathan Lucroy, along with Brewers pitchers Matt Garza and Kyle Lohse and bullpen catcher Marcus Hanel, during BP.

Reagan also threw out the first pitch before tonight’s Brewers vs. Cardinals game:

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It was a pleasure to meet Reagan and her family; they are lovely people and I can see why this charismatic youngster was chosen to be an ambassador at the national level.

You can meet Reagan and mingle with current and former professional athletes at the annual MDA Muscle Team Gala on Thursday, November 13 at SURG Restaurant Group’s new event space on Milwaukee Street.  For more information call 262-432-7992 or visit www.mdamuscleteamwisconsin.com.

 

-Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

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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 

 

Brewers Team Up With KaBoom for Playground Build

Today, more than 250 volunteers from the Milwaukee Brewers (including players, coaches, Brewers Wives and front office staff), Brewers Community Foundation, Inc., Our Next Generation, organizers from KaBOOM!, and residents of the Milwaukee community joined forces to give area kids the childhood they deserve by building a new playground at Our Next Generation. The design is based on children’s drawings created at a special design event in April.

Brewers Community Foundation was the lead sponsor of this events as part of its Beyond the Diamond initiative, a series of community outreach events that take place during the season. These events involve partnering with Brewers Community Foundation, players/coaches, Brewers Wives, alumni and team staff, working hands-on in the community. The community events will be funded in part by Brewers Community Foundation and focus on the areas of health, education, recreation and basic needs. Today, the focus was recreation. 

The Brewers will take on the Colorado Rockies tonight in the first game of a four-game set, but that didn’t stop members of the team including manager Ron Roenicke, Khris Davis, Yovani Gallardo, Will Smith and bullpen catcher Marcus Hanel from joining the rest of the group at the build site. Here are some photos I captured at today’s event:

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A playground is more than a playground. It’s a brain-expander, friend-maker, and muscle-builder. Play is central to a child’s ability to grow into a productive adult. It can transform children from sedentary, bored and solitary to physically, mentally and socially active. Since 1996, KaBOOM! has been dedicated to the bold goal of ensuring that all children get the balance of active play they need to become healthy and successful adults because #playmatters.

In central Milwaukee, where roughly 3 out of 4 children live below the poverty line, kids often lack safe and carefree environments to explore, learn, and grow. The new playground will bring more than 850 kids in Milwaukee one step closer to having the childhood they deserve.

The playground is the second build by the Brewers Community Foundation, Inc. and KaBOOM!. Through this partnership, more children will have the joyful childhood they deserve. The Brewers Community Foundation, Inc. supports KaBOOM! in promoting and protecting a child’s right to active play at home, at school and in the community.

-Cait

johnandcait@brewers.com

 

About KaBOOM!

KaBOOM! is the national non-profit dedicated to giving kids the childhood they deserve by bringing play to those who need it most. Children today spend less time playing outdoors than any previous generation, a fact that is having disastrous consequences on their health, achievement levels, and overall well-being. Social entrepreneur Darell Hammond founded non-profit KaBOOM! in 1996 in Washington, D.C. with a vision of creating a great place to play within walking distance of every child in America because children need to play actively every day at home, in school and in their communities. Since then, KaBOOM! has mapped over 90,000 places to play, built more than 2,300 playgrounds, and successfully advocated for play policies in hundreds of cities across the country. KaBOOM! also provides communities with online tools to self-organize and take action to support play on both a local and national level.  For more information, visit www.kaboom.org.

Brewers Bullpen Gets Jiggy Wit It at the MLB Fan Cave; Produces Rap Video Featuring Will Smith, Inspired by Will Smith

Earlier this month when the Crew visited NYC to take on the Mets, many members of the Brewers bullpen paid a visit to the MLB Fan Cave where they filmed a special video.

We teased it for you a bit on social media at the time….

Just a little preview of the bullpen's day at the @mlbfancave. Video to come soon! #Brewers #bullpenlove

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…but now we’re excited to share the special video–starring Will Smith, Zach Duke, Mike Fiers, Wei-Chung Wang, and Rob Wooten— with you here:

When your name is Will Smith, you have to have a good sense of humor. And, since the Brewers bullpen seems to be the most music video-friendly group in Major League Baseball right now, the Crew took this opportunity to  channel the 1990s rap scene with a montage/parody of some songs inspired by the “other” Will Smith:

“Here Come The Men in Blue”

“The Wild Midwest”

“The Fresh Prince of Brew City”

“Welcome to Milwaukee”

It was a great day hanging out at the Cave and in addition to the video, I also got a lot of fantastic behind-the-scenes photos to share with you here. Enjoy!

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A huge thank you to the folks at MLB Fan Cave for putting this together; it turned out fantastic! Also, thank you to the guys for taking the time to do this; I know I had fun and I think they may have had a little, too. ;)

 

-Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

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