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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.
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.
-John and Cait
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!
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.
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.
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.
–JOHN AND CAIT
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.
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!
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.
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.
“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.
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 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.
The following letter was sent to Brewers fans today by Chairman and Principal Owner Mark Attanasio:
July 30, 2013
Dear Brewers Fans:
This past week has been an admittedly difficult time for everyone who loves the Milwaukee Brewers, including our fans, our corporate and community partners, and employees. We share your frustration and disappointment with the news of Ryan Braun’s suspension and the mistakes that Ryan has made. We want you to know that we take this matter very seriously.
We recognize that Ryan has many steps ahead of him to regain your trust and respect. This process will take time, and the road to redemption for Ryan will not be easy. Our responsibility as an organization is to help Ryan appreciate the difficult task ahead of him and to assist in the healing process. At the same time, during this frustrating season, we want to reaffirm what the Brewers stand for as an organization. We believe everyone at the Brewers is accountable to each of you every day, and it is a team effort to meet that responsibility. We have an obligation to ensure that our players give maximum effort at all times. We also remain committed to providing you with the best experience at Miller Park. And we appreciate the tremendous loyalty and support you continue to demonstrate to the team. We never take your passion and our strong relationship with you for granted.
Starting this week, we will be introducing a series of initiatives to reaffirm our commitment to you and all of our fans throughout Wisconsin. We know that these initiatives are not a substitute for success on the field, and our primary mission remains to have a perennially competitive team. As we have previously stated, no single player defines the Milwaukee Brewers, and the success or failure of our organization is not tied to the performance or behavior of any single player. Within the clubhouse walls reside many talented players who will be the centerpieces of what we hope are the next great Milwaukee Brewers teams. This abiding belief is reflected on the cover of our 2013 Media Guide where six players are pictured. We have always maintained that any success the team experiences on the field is not possible without our fans, and we ask you to continue to be a part of the success of our organization.
We deeply appreciate your loyalty, patience, and understanding. On behalf of the entire Brewers organization, you have my pledge that we will overcome these current challenges, and we will reward the best fans in baseball with a team that truly represents our community.
Chairman and Principal Owner
Fans should plan to bring their appetite for baseball, food and drinks to upcoming games at Miller Park because for the month of August, the Brewers are treating.
Milwaukee Brewers Chairman and Principal Owner Mark Attanasio today announced what could be a first in all of Major League sports – all fans attending any of the 12 Brewers home games in August will receive a $10 voucher for free concessions, merchandise and game tickets at Miller Park.
“This has been a challenging season for all of us, but the one thing that has never wavered has been the tremendous support we have received from fans who love the Brewers,” Attanasio said today. “We wanted to do something meaningful to show our appreciation, and we will strive to provide the best fan experience possible.”
Here are the details: Every ticketed fan coming through the turnstiles in August will receive a voucher good for $10 that can be used for food, beverage, merchandise and tickets sold at nearly every outlet (only excluding Friday’s Front Row, portable merchandise stands, Miller Park Suites, the Johnson Controls Stadium Club and All-Inclusive entertaining areas). Vouchers may be combined (meaning that fans attending with friends and family members, or those attending multiple games, can combine the vouchers for larger purchases) and used at any remaining 2013 home game. The vouchers can also be used toward the purchase of game tickets this season.
“The deadline is the end of the season to use the vouchers,” said Rick Schlesinger, Brewers Chief Operating Officer. ”If you get them in August, you can use them at the game you are attending or if you are coming back to another game you can use them at another game, basically all the way to the end of the season. You will get the voucher at the gate and go to a concession stand or merchandise store or ticket window.”
With attendance expected to average over 30,000 per game in August, the Brewers expect to distribute more than $3.6 million worth of vouchers.
“Different teams have done different things for their venues and fan base,” Schlesinger added. ”We have not found anyone who has done something this dramatic. This is a lot of money to give back to the fans. It’s a lot of food, beverage, beer, merchandise and ticket discounts absorbed by this voucher. We haven’t seen another team do this for an entire month, let alone a busy month. When Mark first challenged us to come up with something and proposed this concept, my initial reaction was we do something in September because it’s the end of the season and obviously from a financial perspective, its smaller crowds. But Mark said no, and wanted to do something a little more dramatic and with more impact. The best way to do that is do it in August when we have bigger crowds and has the benefit of being immediate.”
This is the first in a series of special fan appreciation initiatives that the Brewers will unveil during the final two months of the season under an umbrella program known as “Fans First.” Additional details of “Fans First” events will be announced throughout August and September.
If you’re like me and you’re training for the Brewers Community Foundation’s annual 5K Famous Racing Sausages Run/Walk and/or the Brewers Mini-Marathon + 10K this season (or if you’re involved in other athletic pursuits and are focused on healthy-eating), you’ll want to listen up–then fuel up.
Bonk Breaker®, the official energy bar of the U.S. IRONMAN® triathlon series, announced today that it has forged a new partnership with the Milwaukee Brewers and that Brewers Chairman and Principal Owner Mark Attanasio has become an investor in the company.
Starting on Tuesday when the Brewers return home to face the San Francisco Giants, the freshly-baked, gluten-free, dairy-free, and soy-free nutrition bars will be available at select concession stands at Miller Park as well as at the four Brewers Team Stores. To start, we’ll be carrying the Brewers-branded Peanut Butter and Chocolate Chip Bonk Breaker for $3.00 each. In addition, Bonk Breaker will provide complimentary Bonk Bites™ (a smaller 1.1 oz version of the Bonk Breaker) for participants at the Brewers “Weather Day,” event next Thursday, April 18.
Bonk Breaker is also participating in the Club’s effort to promote fitness and healthy nutrition in Milwaukee and throughout Wisconsin.
“Mark is an exceptional individual and will be a terrific resource for the Bonk Breaker team. He’s incredibly committed to fitness and great nutrition personally, and has a real passion for Bonk Breaker – as a product, as a brand, and as a culture,” commented Bonk Breaker Chairman and co-CEO Chris Frank. “I’m from Milwaukee and have been a huge fan of the Brewers my entire life, and knowing that the Brewers are fueled by Bonk Breaker and that Brewers fans can also enjoy a great-tasting and healthy food choice at Miller Park is incredibly gratifying. You don’t have to be in the Major Leagues to fuel like a pro.”
“I am proud to invest in Bonk Breaker as there are many common interests in our partnership,” Attanasio said. “Bonk Breaker’s connections to Milwaukee and Wisconsin, as well as their natural ties to professional sports, make this a great fit. I am impressed with the company’s products and vision, and I know that this will be a fun and exciting opportunity for all of us involved.”
Bonk Breaker Founder and co-CEO Jason Winn said, “We’ve experienced tremendous success in the endurance sports world in the past five years, and cheered when some of our Bonk Breaker-fueled athletes brought home five medals from last summer’s Olympic Games in London. It’s equally exciting to see the impact we’re now having in the professional, collegiate, and high school sports ranks as well.”
Bonk Breaker is available in eight energy bars flavors, two high protein bars, and four flavors of Bonk Bites™. Additional information about Bonk Breaker is available at www.bonkbreaker.com and via firstname.lastname@example.org.
Today, our marketing department had fun sampling some of the flavors, including Peanut Butter and Jelly, Apple Pie, Blueberry Oat, and the Brewers-branded Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip. The consensus here is that Peanut Butter and Jelly is our favorite. We’ll be anxious to hear what you think!
So, next time you come out to Miller Park, grab a Bonk Breaker and fuel up!
About Bonk Breaker®
The official bar of the U.S. IRONMAN® Triathlon Series, Bonk Breaker® was selected as the “Best Energy Bar” by Road Bike Action magazine two years running and the “Best of Competitor” magazine for the 5th time in 2013. Owned and operated by Jason Winn and Chris Frank, who are elite-level athletes in their own right, Bonk Breaker’s mission is to create the “World’s Best Nutrition Bars,” a quest that began in 2006 when Jason and his mother baked the first peanut butter & jelly bar in an apartment kitchen. By combining delicious flavors from the finest all-natural ingredients that are gluten free, dairy free, and soy free, the Santa Monica, CA-based company offers a freshly-baked lineup that has grown from 4 products to 14 in the past 3 years. Bonk Breaker® is available in 8 energy bars flavors, 2 high protein bars, and 4 flavors of Bonk Bites. Top professional, Olympic, and elite teams and athletes around the world are fueled by Bonk Breaker. Team Bonk Breaker athletes took home 5 Olympic medals from the 2012 London Games, including a pair by 6-time world champion track cyclist Sarah Hammer. The company also proudly fuels Pro Bowl receiver Wes Welker, preeminent professional triathletes Mirinda “Rinny” Carfrae, Angela Naeth, and Heather & Trevor Wurtele as well as the Kenda 5-hour Energy Pro Cycling team and Hincapie Sportswear Development Team. Equally important, Bonk Breaker® is the energy bar of choice for weekend warriors, families, and anyone hungry for a tasty and nutritious snack. Visit Bonk Breaker® online at www.bonkbreaker.com and “like” them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/bonkbreakerbar.
On Thursday community members have the opportunity to work together as a team and make a difference in the Greater Milwaukee area by participating in the second 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 21 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 21 participating agencies this Thursday. Thanks to more than $750,000 in matching funds contributed by a pool of funders including Brewers Community Foundation, each donation made online on Thursday will be proportionately matched, up to $750,000. The inaugural Match Day event raised more than $1.8 million last year.
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 on Thursday to help support the 21 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 along with Brewers Community Foundation are the major sponsors for Match Day and have donated financially to this cause. Co-sponsors include The Faye McBeath Foundation and United Way of Greater Milwaukee.
The non-profits benefitting from the funds raised include:
- Advocates of Ozaukee
- Center for Veterans Issues
- Community Advocates
- 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
- The Cathedral Center
- Walker’s Point Youth & Family Center
- The Women’s Center