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Hank the #BallparkPup Named “Dog of the Year” in The CW Network’s World Dog Awards

Our lovable dog, “Hank, the Ballpark Pup,” has been named “Dog of the Year” at the CW Network’s World Dog Awards! Hosted by George Lopez, the event aired on the CW Network tonight.

The Dog of the Year, Hank the Ballpark Pup, poses with World Dog Awards Host, George Lopez.

The Dog of the Year, Hank the Ballpark Pup, poses with World Dog Awards Host, George Lopez.

 

The awards show put the spotlight on man’s best friend and highlighted special achievements by Hank and other canines alike.

 

The “Golden Hydrant” was presented to Hank by Paris Hilton on stage at the Barker Hanger, the site of the event in Los Angeles. 

The Dog of the Year, Hank the Ballpark Pup, poses with Paris Hilton, Terrell Owens and his adoptive family.

The Dog of the Year, Hank the Ballpark Pup, poses with Paris Hilton, Terrell Owens and his adoptive family.

Hank traveled to Los Angeles via Southwest Airlines with a Brewers contingent to accept the award “in person.” Prior to the event, Hank walked the green carpet where he was greeted by members of the Hollywood and national media.

The “Dog of the Year” award was presented to the canine who made the biggest impact on pop culture in 2014. Hank was one of five finalists and was elected via a public vote on the CW Network website.

Hank first appeared as a stray at Brewers Spring Training on February 17, the day of the first workout for pitchers and catchers. He became a fixture at camp and immediately captured the hearts of everyone at Maryvale Baseball Park, as well as pet lovers across the world. Stories on Hank appeared everywhere from the London Daily Mail to PEOPLE Magazine, and nearly every major national news and talk show across the United States.

Hank has teamed up with the Wisconsin Humane Society (WHS) to initiate fundraisers benefitting the efforts to feed, care for and shelter homeless animals. In addition, 20 percent of Hank merchandise sales, such as his book and other Hank collectibles, are also donated to the WHS. To date, the Brewers and Brewers Community Foundation have raised more than $150,000 through this program.

Hank’s rise to the pop culture limelight since first walking on the field in February has been nothing short of tremendous. He has warmed the hearts of thousands of Brewers fans and dog lovers alike and continues to make a positive impact on the Milwaukee community.

World Dog Awards To Air Tomorrow; Tune in to the CW Network to See if Hank Wins Dog of the Year

Over the weekend, I shared images of Hank on the start of his journey to Los Angeles, where he attended the World Dog Awards.

Our very own Ballpark Pup is an official nominee for Dog of the Year at the award show, which was held and taped at the Barker Hangar in LA.

In Hank’s entourage are his adoptive mom, Marti Wronski, Brewers VP-General Counsel; his older brother, Jonah; and me.

I’ve got some more photos and footage from that trip to share with you, but my lips are sealed: you’ll have to tune in to the show tomorrow (January 15) at 7pm CT on the CW Network to find out which dog won!

Friday, January 9:

Hank traveled on Southwest Airlines flight 900 from General Mitchell International Airport to LAX:

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Hank checked in to  the Hotel Palomar, a very dog-friendly hotel, where he was greeted like the celebrity he is:

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Saturday, January 10:

Hank had a little downtime on Saturday morning, so he went for a walk:

After strolling down Rodeo Drive, he also located the three stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame dedicated to canines:

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Hank then walked the “Green Carpet” in advance of the award show:

Hank then attended the World Dog Awards, which was hosted by George Lopez:

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There, Hank met many celebrities–both human and canine. We’ve got a lot more great photos to share from the event, but I’ll wait to post them until after the show airs on Thursday.

Sunday, January 11:

Hank’s whirlwind Hollywood weekend came to an end as he traveled back home to Milwaukee:

Again, don’t forget tune in to the show tomorrow night at 7pm CT on the CW Network to see the results (at the very least, you’ll see Hank’s nomination). You’ll also want to follow @Brewers that night as we live tweet along with the show. 

Then, check back here and on our various social sites for more fun photos from the weekend.

-Cait

@CMoyer

Hank Heads to Hollywood for the World Dog Awards; Last Day to #VOTEHANK as Dog of the Year

Early this morning, Hank boarded a Southwest Airlines flight from General Mitchell International Airport to Los Angeles, where he will be attending the World Dog Awards.

Our very own Ballpark Pup is an official nominee for Dog of the Year at the award show, which will take place tomorrow at the Barker Hangar in LA.

In Hank’s entourage are his adoptive mom, Marti Wronski, Brewers VP-General Counsel; his older brother, Jonah; and me.

Here are some photos from the start of his journey:

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I’ll be documenting his travels here and on our various social media sites this weekend, but you’ll have to tune in to the show on Thursday, January 15 at 7pm CT on the CW Network to find out who won!

Help lock in Hank by casting your vote-voting ends tonight! Log on to WorldDogAwards.com to #VoteHank.

 

-Cait

@CMoyer

Doug Davis: Throwing Strikes On and Off the Mound


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On Sunday, August 8, Brewers pitcher Doug Davis will host a Bowl-a-Thon at Pinstrikes Bowling Center at Bayshore Town Center in Glendale, Wisconsin.  Davis will be joined by Brewers teammates and coaches at the event, where proceeds will benefit the Miracle League of Milwaukee through the Doug Davis Foundation and the Brewers Community Foundation.

The Doug Davis Foundation, whose motto is, “Helping better the lives of children,” started in 2008 with a golf tournament while Davis was playing for the Arizona Diamondbacks. He established the Foundation to help assist children with various medical, social and family needs. Over the next couple of years, Davis has held more events such as poker tournaments, meet and greets, and special behind-the scenes ballpark tours in addition to what has now become his annual Celebrity/Charity Golf Invitational. The proceeds from some of those events have gone to the Miracle League of Arizona, helping to build a baseball stadium designed for use by children with special needs.

The Miracle League of Milwaukee is a project that the Club has been supporting in various ways this season, including through the Pepsi Refresh Project. Fifteen teams across Major League Baseball are asking fans to join them in making a difference in America’s communities; each Club has presented a proposed community project for support and here in Milwaukee, the Club has chosen the Miracle League, campaigning for fan votes and an ultimate $200,000 grant to fulfill the project. (Click here to cast your vote up to ten times a day until Tuesday, August 17 at 11:59 p.m. EDT.)

Because of Davis’ work with the Miracle League of Arizona, the Miracle League is also something that Davis strongly supports and he will donate the proceeds from the Bowl-a-Thon to the Miracle League of Milwaukee.

“Children, you know, like the song says, they are our future. The Miracle League in particular is very special to me because without it, those kids don’t get to play. They want to be just like the big leaguers they see on TV, with the field and the amenities. To know that you’re sharing your love for the game with them and that you’re helping them, it makes you feel really good inside. And when you see them play and realize the sense of achievement that they get out of it, it is very humbling,” Davis said.

There are a number of different ways to participate in the Bowl-a-Thon, which takes place from 6-9 p.m., following the Brewers vs. Houston Astros game.

Lane sponsorship is $1000 and includes bowling for five people plus a Brewers player, five tickets to a Brewers game, free food and drinks at the event, goodie bags including an autographed baseball, additional autograph and photograph opportunities, plus raffle prizes. The high bowler in each lane will also receive an autographed custom bowling pin. Individual spots are available for $200. 

While the Doug Davis Foundation has held poker and golf events, Davis has never held his own bowling event, though he has participated in them in the past.

While it is Davis’ first time hosting a Bowl-a-Thon, this is not the first time for the Brewers. Most recently, former Brewers outfielder, Mike Cameron, hosted the Brewers Bowl-a-Thon in 2009.


I did a little homework before our interview. Over the past 6 seasons (2004-2009), Davis has been in the top 25 National League pitchers in strikeouts for five of those seasons, including finishing tied for third in 2005, his personal best. In addition, Doug’s current average strikeouts per nine innings pitched (K/9) is 7.98 in 2010.

“Doug, your average strikeouts per nine innings pitched is nearly at 8 for this season. How are you as a bowler? Can we expect to come out and see you throw just as many strikes per 10 frames?” I inquired, being the hard-hitting blog reporter that I am.                                                                                                                       

It’s okay, though. Davis has an excuse. He will be bowling right-handed in the event to protect his pitching arm, especially as he treats his tendinitis.

So, if Davis isn’t overly confident in his own bowling abilities…who is the best bowler on the team?

Players currently scheduled to appear at the event along with Davis are: John Axford, Zach Braddock, Ryan Braun, Chris Capuano, Prince Fielder, Corey Hart, Joe Inglett, Kameron Loe, Casey McGehee, Chris Narveson, Manny Parra, Randy Wolf, and more.

“So, are you picking Ryan Braun to win it all then?” I pressed.

While Davis has made his prediction, it still sounds like it’s anyone’s ballgame. However, one thing is for certain: On Sunday, August 8, the Miracle League of Milwaukee will be the true winner as the team and fans come out to have a fun time and raise money for this worthy cause.  We hope to see you there!



 
 -CAIT

To participate in the event or for more information, visit brewers.com/community, or contact Greg Harris with the Doug Davis Foundation at (847) 924-6140 or via e-mail at gharris@dougdavisfoundation.org.  For more information on the Miracle League of Milwaukee, please visit www.miracleleaguemilwaukee.org.

  

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