Results tagged ‘ Mark Attanasio ’

Mark and Debbie Attanasio, along with Brewers Community Foundation, Participate in Check Presentation to Sojourner Family Peace Center

Prior to this afternoon’s game at Miller Park, Mark and Debbie Attanasio, along with Brewers Community Foundation Executive Director Cecelia Gore, participated in an on-field check presentation to the Sojourner Family Peace Center.

Sojourner Family Peace Center is focused on transforming lives impacted by domestic violence by supporting women, children and families. Sojourner is building a new Milwaukee facility at 6th and Walnut Streets with groundbreaking planned for September. This facility is designed to support families more effectively, leverage relationships with partners to have greater impact and provide state of the art crisis housing.

Brewers Community Foundation and the Milwaukee Brewers have been long and valuable partners with Sojourner Family Peace Center and along with Debbie and Mark Attanasio, are proud to contribute $300,000 to the Sojourner Family Peace Center’s Courage Campaign to raise $26.9 million for the new facility.

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Brewers Community Foundation has significant involvement in the organization’s $26 million capital campaign. Debbie Attanasio serves as Honorary Chairperson and Cecelia Gore is on the Fund Development Committee. The entire Brewers organization has identified a variety of ways to support the organization including K’s for a Cause, proceeds of sales from the Wives custom designed t-shirts and a special ticketed event in the Gehl Club.

Carmen Pitre, Executive Director of Sojourner Family Peace Center, and Suzy Walter, Campaign Chair of the Sojourner Courage Campaign, represented Sojourner Family Peace Center at today’s presentation.

 

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

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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

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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*

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

Starting Bid: $500

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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*

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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

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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

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8.  Bullpen Basket, created by Melissa Kintzler

Starting Bid: $400

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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*

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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

 

 

Recalling a Memorable Mother’s Day Moment in Brewers History

As we celebrate Mother’s Day at Miller Park, it’s hard not to look out at the sea of pink without recalling a special memorable moment in Brewers lore–Mother’s Day 2006.

The Brewers utility player Bill Hall was one of many Major Leaguers who used pink bats on Mother’s Day that year, the first year of MLB’s “Going to Bat Against Breast Cancer” program.

But Hall gained nationwide attention when he hit a 10th-inning walk-off home run with the bat to beat the Mets 6-5 on Sunday, May 14, 2006.

And to make the story all that more compelling, his mom, Vergie, was in the stands that day at Miller Park.

Several weeks after his dramatic homer, Brewers principal owner Mark Attanasio spent more than $25,000 to buy the pink bat at auction on MLB.com, and presented it as a gift to Vergie Hall. The money went to the Komen Foundation.

The highlight inspired a “Bill Hall Pink Bat Ticket Package” in support of the foundation as well as an alternate version of an all-fan bobblehead giveaway the following season.

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-Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

Brewers Say “Farewell Captain” in Special Pregame Ceremony

Today, we honored Derek Jeter for his contributions to Major League Baseball in a special pregame ceremony at Miller Park that included Ryan Braun, Carlos Gomez, Doug Melvin, Dick Groch and Mark and Debbie Attanasio.

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Photo courtesy of Sara Stathas/Milwaukee Brewers

In recognition of a career well-played, Dick Groch, Brewers Special Assistant to the General Manager, presented Derek with a bronze replica of his Louisville Slugger bat. In 1992, as a scout for the Yankees, Dick recommended that the team select Derek as their first-round draft pick. It was Dick’s pleasure to assist in signing Derek to a Major League contract and it was an honor for him to present the bat to the Yankees all-time hits leader today.

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Photo courtesy of Sara Stathas/Milwaukee Brewers

Derek has certainly made his mark in the baseball records and he has made an impact in the lives of young people through his Turn 2 Foundation which supports signature programs that motivate young people to turn away from drugs and alcohol and toward healthy lifestyles.

Oh behalf of  the Brewers and Brewers Community Foundation, Mark and Debbie Attanasio, along with Doug Melvin and Dick, also presented Derek with a $10,000 check for his foundation.

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Photo courtesy of Sara Stathas/Milwaukee Brewers

Finally, in addition, Derek was also presented with a stay at the American Club in Kohler, along with a golf trip to Whistling Straits so he can enjoy his retirement.

Congratulations Derek! May you enjoy retirement as much as we have enjoyed your professionalism and play on the field.

-Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

Third Annual Match Day Scheduled for Tomorrow

Tomorrow, Thursday, March 13, community members have the opportunity to work together as a team and make a difference in the Greater Milwaukee area by participating in the third annual Match Day.  This one-day online event, coordinated by the Greater Milwaukee Foundation, in partnership with Brewers Community Foundation and other local funders, will support 20 different basic needs organizations that serve as a lifeline to thousands of individuals and families in need.

Match Day offers individuals, businesses and others a chance to support the organizations in our community that are helping meet individuals’ basic needs.  Individuals can donate to the Greater Milwaukee Foundation’s Basic Needs Fund or to one or more of the 20 participating agencies tomorrow.  Thanks to $750,000 in matching funds contributed by a pool of funders including Brewers Community Foundation and The Ceres Foundation, each donation made online on Thursday will be proportionately matched, up to $750,000.  Over the past two years, more than $4.6 million was raised overall through the event.

Donations could feed a family that may otherwise go without food this week, aid a veteran who is struggling from post-traumatic stress disorder or provide shelter to someone who has just lost their home.

To make a donation, please visit www.matchdaymke.org tomorrow to help support the 20 Basic Needs Organizations in the Greater Milwaukee Area.  Gifts can be made during the 24-hour online giving event on Thursday.  The minimum gift is $10.

Mark and Debbie Attanasio and Brewers Community Foundation are co-sponsors for Match Day, along with The Ceres Foundation, and have donated financially to this cause. Supporters include Erv and Beverly Colton, The Faye McBeath Foundation and United Way of Greater Milwaukee, along with numerous contributors.

The nonprofits benefitting from the funds raised include:

  • Advocates of Ozaukee
  • Cathedral Center
  • Center for Veterans Issues
  • Community Advocates
  • Daystar
  • Family Promise of Washington County
  • Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin
  • Food Pantry of Waukesha County
  • Friends of Abused Families
  • Guest House of Milwaukee
  • Hebron House of Hospitality
  • Hope Center
  • Hope House of Milwaukee
  • Hunger Task Force
  • Milwaukee Rescue Mission
  • Pathfinders Milwaukee
  • Repairers of the Breach
  • Salvation Army of Greater Milwaukee
  • Sojourner Family Peace Center
  • Walker’s Point Youth & Family Center

Friday, 3/14/14 Update: Thank you so much for all of your support for the 2014 Match Day! It was a huge success:

-John and Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

Record Crowd Packs Wisconsin Center for Brewers On Deck

The Wisconsin Center was home to nearly 30 Brewers players today and a record crowd of 14,138 braved fresh snow and cold temperatures for the Club’s annual winter fanfest, Brewers On Deck Presented by Time Warner Cable.

The crowd surpassed 2012’s prior high mark of 12,118, and last year’s total of 11,722.

“We can’t thank the fans enough for coming out to warm the atmosphere downtown and helping move everyone’s thoughts toward baseball and the 2014 Brewers season,” said Brewers Chief Operating Officer Rick Schlesinger. “It was a great opportunity for players, coaches and staff to connect with the fans, and we look forward to seeing everyone again at Miller Park throughout the year.”

The afternoon’s highlights included an announcement that the Brewers had completed negotiations and signed free agent pitcher Matt Garza to a four-year contract. The announcement was made on the Main Entertainment Stage by Brewers Chairman and Principal Owner Mark Attanasio, who was joined by President of Baseball Operations Doug Melvin, Assistant General Manager Gord Ash, and Special Assistant to the General Manager Craig Counsell.

“That was definitely a great piece of news to break at the event, and the response from the fans was tremendous,” Schlesinger said.

Brewers pitchers and catchers report to Marvale, Ariz., for Spring Training on Feb. 15.

 -Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

 

A Letter from Chairman and Principal Owner Mark Attanasio

This morning, Brewers Chairman and Principal Owner Mark Attanasio issued a letter to Brewers fans via brewers.com and in the Sports section of today’s Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. 

To read the letter in its entirety, please click here.

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Go Brewers!

-John and Cait

johnandcait@brewers.com

Milwaukee Film Festival’s “An Evening With Paul Attanasio”

Congratulations to our five blog readers who won tickets to the Milwaukee Film Festival’s “An Evening with Paul Attanasio” last week.

We hope you enjoyed the event as much as we did!

Evening with Paul Attanasio

 

For those of you who don’t know, Paul is the brother of Brewers Chairman and Principal Owner, Mark Attanasio and is an award-winning Hollywood writer/producer. He has worked on projects like Quiz Show, Donnie Brasco and House M.D.

On Saturday evening, Paul was a special guest at the Oriental Theatre and took part in a question and answer session  where he discussed his career, influences and his thoughts on the film industry today with Artistic and Executive Director of the Film Festival, Jonathan Jackson.

An Evening with Paul Attanasio

Artistic and Executive Director of the Milwaukee Film Festival, Jonathan Jackson, introduces the evening's event.

Artistic and Executive Director of the Milwaukee Film Festival, Jonathan Jackson, introduces the evening’s event.

We found the retrospective to be informative and incredibly interesting. Paul had attended Harvard Law School before he got an internship at the Washington Post. There, he ended up having the opportunity to audition for the role of  film critic. At the young age of 24, he was selected and spent three years in the job.

During the event, Jonathan read an excerpt from a review Paul had written on the 1987 Sylvester Stallone movie, “Over the Top” and Paul laughed along with the audience as he admitted to being quite green  and having “two gears”–one condescending and sarcastic about the film and one highly praising and glowing.  Read Paul’s review of “Over the Top” here.

Jonathan and Paul discuss Paul's career and the film industry during Saturday's event.

Jonathan and Paul discuss Paul’s career and the film industry during Saturday’s event.

But Paul says he learned a lot during his time as a film critic and considers it his education in the industry. He made a lot of connections and he was able to develop his writing skills as well. He left the Post when producer Jerry Bruckheimer gave him a screenwriting job.

Flash forward to today and Paul’s been nominated for just about every industry award there is, including the Oscar, Emmy, and Golden Globe.

The audience was treated to clips from Paul’s movies and TV shows, followed by his insight into certain elements of the plot, characters, dialogue and more.

Toward the end of the evening, Paul looked ahead to his next projects, including reading the opening scene for The Vatican, a project he is working on with Showtime.

Finally, the audience had a chance to ask their own questions of Paul as the evening concluded.

Were you in attendance on Saturday night? We’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below! Have any recommendations for films that we can still have a chance to check out between now and Thursday, when the Festival wraps up? Please share!

If you haven’t had a chance to check out the Film Festival, we hope you can get there this week. More information on the festival including ticket information for all events can be found here.

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Enjoy!

–JOHN AND CAIT

johnandcait@brewers.com

Milwaukee Film Festival to Feature “An Evening With Paul Attanasio”

With the Brewers season over, Brewers fans (and employees like myself) find themselves with a little more free time on their hands.  Milwaukee is a great city and has a lot of activities to fill that void including an event that began late last week, The Milwaukee Film Festival.

Now you are probably thinking to yourself, ‘Why are John and Cait selling me on the Film Festival?  What do they know about films?”  I am not promising I am a movie expert by any means.  I am your average fan of movies, but I just wanted to shed some light on an event that is fun and exciting in town.  I also love some of the unique theaters in Milwaukee like the Oriental and Downer—both showcased throughout the festival.  We are lucky to have an event like this in our city and I am happy that the Brewers recognize the importance of culture like this by sponsoring the festival.

Last Thursday, the Film Festival hosted its annual Opening Night Party at the Discovery World Museum on the lakefront.  It was a great event with a lot of energy and excitement.  A live performance from local singer/songwriter Evan Christian was featured along with the Milwaukee debut of Hypnotic Brass Ensemble.

Hypnotic Brass Ensemble came from New York City to perform and can be seen in Brothers Hypnotic, a featured film at this year’s Milwaukee Film Festival.  They brought the house (or tent) down with their hip hop and jazz combo that filled the room with unique sounds.

Another part of this year’s film festival that is close to the Brewers is “An Evening With Paul Attanasio.”  Paul is the brother of Brewers Chairman and Principal Owner, Mark Attanasio and is an award-winning Hollywood writer/producer.  As a part of a special event this Saturday at the festival, Paul Attanasio will be honored.  He has worked on projects like Quiz Show, Donnie Brasco and House M.D.

Paul Attanasio

Paul Attanasio

The event will take place at the Oriental Theatre at 7:30 p.m.  Paul Attanasio will discuss his career, influences and his thoughts of the film industry today.  I’m guessing he might also talk a little Brewers baseball as he closely follows his brother’s team.

Cait and I will be at Saturday’s event so if you have any questions about Paul Attanasio’s previous film projects or the industry in general, let us know and we will pass the question on to him and get it answered for our wrap up.

As a part of the Brewers Community Foundation sponsorship of the Milwaukee Film Festival, weekday Education Screenings for area elementary, middle and high school students have been made possible. Each day finds nearly 1,000 students at the Oriental Theatre for an incredible cinematic experience–complete with the Brewers Famous Racing Sausages to greet them on the way out!

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I do have a list of movies that I would like to see before the festival ends next week (click here for a complete schedule).  Again, I’m no expert and am not pretending to be a critic, but these films looked interesting to me and I thought I would share:

Muscle Shoals – Thursday, 7:00 p.m. Fox Bay Cinema Grill

Earth – Friday, 7:00 p.m. Oriental Theatre

Google and the World Brain – Friday, 7:30 p.m. Fox Bay Cinema Grill and Wednesday, October 9, 7:30 p.m. Downer Theatre

2001: A Space Odyssey – Saturday, 10;30 p.m. Oriental Theatre (I’ve seen it before, but never on the big screen!)

12 O’Clock Boys – Monday, 7:15 p.m. and Thursday, October 10 Oriental Theatre

More information on the festival including ticket information for all events can be found here.

What is your favorite baseball movie of all-time?  Vote below or if I forgot your favorite, let us know in the comments section below.

–JOHN

johnandcait@brewers.com

Tonight’s Robin Yount Ceremony at Miller Park a Special Treat for Brewers Fans

Robin Yount is perhaps the most iconic player in Brewers history.  Any Brewers fan can tell you how much he meant to the teams he played on and to Milwaukee. Tonight, Yount was honored in a very special pre-game ceremony at Miller Park that celebrated the 20th anniversary of his retirement as a player. Also participating in the ceremony were fellow Hall of Famers Hank Aaron and Rollie Fingers, Brewers Chairman and Principal Owner Mark Attanasio and Brewers President of Baseball Operations Doug Melvin.

Yount, Aaron and Fingers (Getty Images)

Yount, Aaron and Fingers (Getty Images)

“Hard to believe it has been that long,” Yount said today.  “That saying ‘The older you get, the faster time goes by,’ I can attest to that.”

Yount’s 20-year Major League career was spent entirely in Milwaukee and he retired after the conclusion of the 1993 season.  His number 19 was retired in a ceremony on May 29, 1994 at Milwaukee County Stadium.

He finished his career with 3,142 career hits and was the first player to enter the National Baseball Hall of Fame as a Brewer after being inducted on July 25, 1999.  Yount broke into the big leagues at age 18.  He won the American League Most Valuable Player awards in 1982 (shortstop) and 1989 (outfield), becoming the third player in Major League history to win that award at two different positions.

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By looking at Yount today, he looks he could probably put on a uniform tonight and go 2-for-3 at the plate.

“I stay active,” Yount said.  “I certainly don’t have any workout regimen, but I don’t sit still long.  My parents passed off good genes.”

The ceremony itself was definitely memorable. Seeing three Hall of Famers together like that on the Miller Park field was a rare opportunity and something the fans in attendance tonight will not forget.

The celebration included a presentation of an original painting commissioned to remember the occasion.  The first 30,000 fans through the gates for the tonight’s game received a poster of the painting that presented to Yount during the ceremony.  Doug Melvin presented a $10,000 check from the Brewers Community Foundation on behalf of the Yount to the MACC Fund (Midwest Athletes Against Childhood Cancer).

“Robin’s contributions to the Brewers are far too numerous to list, and we’re looking forward to welcoming him back for this special occasion,” said Brewers Chief Operating Officer Rick Schlesinger. “His time in Milwaukee was marked by great personal and team success, and it’s an era that will forever be remembered as a magical time for baseball in Wisconsin.”

Yount's first pitch tonight. (Getty Images)

Yount’s first pitch tonight. (Getty Images)

Yount met with the media before the game at Miller Park and with all the news surrounding the recent suspension of Ryan Braun, the issue of violations of the MLB drug prevention and treatment program was a hot topic and one that Yount didn’t shy away from.

“I don’t have a comment on anyone individually, because you need to know all the facts and in Ryan’s case, I don’t have all the facts,” Yount said.  “Obviously this is a bump in the road for baseball, but I hope that maybe this will put an end to all of this once and for all.  Hopefully the guys that are testing the system will realize that maybe they can’t beat it.”

Yount continued to say what this all means for the game itself.

“It’s important to baseball that we get rid of this.  It is not something we want to focus as an industry.  We want to focus on the game itself.  This will pass.  There are no players bigger than the game.  It is not our brightest moment, but hopefully this will make the guys aware that they are not going to beat the system.”

For the 2006 season, and part of the 2008 season, Yount served on the Brewers coaching staff. He also spent some time with the coaching staff of the Arizona Diamondbacks.  Although he has been out of coaching for over five years now, he sounded pretty secure in the fact that he enjoys his life as a retired player today.

“I loved every second of the coaching that I did,” Yount said.  “I really enjoyed working with the guys.  My biggest issue was that it takes so much time and such a commitment and I have a lot of other things that don’t have to do with baseball that I enjoy and that I would have to give up.  I’m just not willing to give up these hobbies and free time, but that is not to say I didn’t enjoy the coaching that I did because I really did enjoy it.”

So what does Yount do with all that free time?  Plenty.  In addition to his hobbies of racing and dirt bikes, he has “Robinade”–his “old-school lemonade” that supports the MACC Fund–and, his latest venture, part ownership in the Lakeshore Chinooks baseball team of the summer Northwoods League.

“It’s (the Chinooks) been great, I was out there last weekend and we are playing really well in a playoff run,” Yount said.  “Everyone is excited.  In doing this we are promoting baseball.  It’s not just about the college kids that are playing the game, but we also have college kids running the show too behind the scenes.  They are getting a taste of what it is like to be involved with a sports franchise.  Hopefully someday it won’t be a player that makes it, but it is a guy selling merchandise now that will one day work in marketing with the Brewers.  I just think the opportunity that is provided out there is a good way to promote the game.”

Like many of my friends who I grew up with in Milwaukee, Robin Yount was our hero.  He was a great baseball player, a great person and he represented Milwaukee.  Tonight’s ceremony was a perfect reminder of how lucky every Brewers fan is to call Robin Yount a Brewer.

–JOHN

johnandcait@brewers.com

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