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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, 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.


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.


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.


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.


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 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

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.



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 and in the Sports section of today’s Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. 

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


Go Brewers!

-John and Cait

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.

Milwaukee Film Festival 2013



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.


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.


A Letter To Brewers Fans From Chairman and Principal Owner Mark Attanasio

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.


Go Brewers!


Mark Attanasio

Chairman and Principal Owner

Fans Eat Free for All August Games at Miller Park

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.

Brewers Fans Eat Free 2013

“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.



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