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If you’ll recall, this summer, we launched the new Brewers Baseball Academy presented by Kwik Trip, eight separate week-long baseball/softball camps open to youth (ages 6-14) which were held in various cities across Wisconsin this summer.
All summer long, in addition to putting on the camps, executive director Tim Rappe provided some baseball tips here on John and Cait…Plus 9 as well. Read on for his summer wrap-up.
WRAPPING UP THE INAUGURAL YEAR OF BREWERS BASEBALL ACADEMY
Well, it’s over. We just wrapped up the first season of the Milwaukee Brewers Baseball Academy and what an exciting summer it was! The only downside is that it kept me from writing. It’s difficult to explain just how time consuming and exhausting it can be bouncing from town to town and hotel to hotel…especially at my advanced age. Sounds like I’m whining, but the fact is that I love it and can’t wait to start next season.
Normally, my objective in these posts is to explore baseball and softball from an instructional perspective. But, there are a couple observations from the summer that deserve to be shared.
By a large margin, the winning observation is that the people of Wisconsin LOVE their Brewers. Whether we were at the Notre Dame Academy in Green Bay or Sun Prairie High School or Carthage College, the passion for this team was amazing to see. Let’s face it; we’ve had a headline-grabbing summer and much of the news was not good. But Brewers fans continue to support the team and believe that the future is bright. Our staff witnessed that time and again and it sure made our jobs a bunch more fun working with kids who came ready to learn and ready to learn the “Brewers” way.
My second big observation is that there are some crazy good instructors in Wisconsin who also love the Brewers and poured their hearts and considerable talent into making the Brewers Baseball Academy a critical success. While we have a ways to go in terms of reaching our enrollment potential, from the perspective of a 20+ year camp veteran, what these guys did throughout the state was remarkable. We set out to create the best baseball and softball camp in America and I’ll be darned if that didn’t happen.
A special thanks to Field Director and “Chief Entertainment Officer,” Scott Staude. And a big thanks to Station Leaders Dean Haase, Brian Gillogly, Dan O’Brien, Jason Jacome and Ronnie Nedset. Just outstanding.
I also want to thank Scooter Gennett, Jim Henderson, Caleb Gindl, Martin Maldonado, Khris Davis, Sean Halton, Logan Schafer and of course, Coach John “T-Bone” Shelby for making our trips to Miller park unforgettable.
We will be putting an exclamation point on our first season on 9/29 as 80 campers compete in the first Milwaukee Brewers Baseball Academy Skills Championship at Miller Park. If you want to check out the finalists, click here.
Until next time, “If you’re gonna swing, might as well swing hard.”
As we kick off Birthday Weekend at Bernie’s presented by Southwest Airlines, the birthday greetings continue to pour in.
Today, many of the Brewers players and a couple of the broadcasters had messages they wanted to send:
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Brewers catcher Martin Maldonado will sign autographs at the Brewers Team Store by Majestic on Monday from Noon-1 p.m. CT.
Signing courtesy of Majestic Athletic. One autograph per person. Fans may begin lining up outside of the store at 9am. First come, first served. Sorry, no photographs.
Today was the Brewers Season Seat Holder luncheon, the second of two such events this season where Season Seat Holders with packages of 20+ games have the opportunity to attend.
The event, which takes place in the Johnson Controls Stadium Club, includes a plated lunch (which was delicious as all food in there is!), a Q &A with Brewers players, and the opportunity to win prizes.
Today, Season Seat Holders were treated to a Q & A with Brewers pitcher John Axford and second baseman Rickie Weeks, emceed by Brewers radio broadcaster Joe Block.
Questions ranged from dealing with adversity and footwork drills to avoid being taken out by the runner advancing to second to favorite baseball movies and clubhouse pranks.
Some quotes and highlights:
Q: If you were stuck on an island, which three players from the current roster would you want to take with you?
Weeks: “Logan Schafer–because he won’t eat all the food; Martin Maldonado because he can cook the food; and…”
Axford: ”I’d agree, and add Jim Henderson because he looks a little wilderness-y right now. He would probably be a good forager/hunter.”
Q: You have both faced adversity at times during your careers. How do you deal with it?
Weeks: “I see it as a time to get better. It’s definitely a character builder.”
Axford: ”I agree. With social media and increased media attention in this day and age, you just have to try to block it out, realize the person you are and you know what you’re capable of.”
Q: What’s your favorite baseball movie?
Axford: ”My favorite from nostalgic point of view is The Sandlot; from a film standpoint, it is The Natural. The lighting and the cinematography is amazing.”
Q: Rickie, how do you feel about having family in MLB? (Referring to his brother, Jemile, who plays for the Oakland A’s.)
Weeks: You don’t often get to share the same sport with a sibling at the highest level. Very blessed.
Sitting at the head table with Rickie and John were some special guests–Mindy and Nathan Skewes from Union Grove, Wisconsin. Earlier this year, Mindy and Nathan were selected as prize winners in our Fan-tastic 40 promotion, 40 Days, 40 drawings, and 40 unique prizes and experiences, all for our Season Seat Holders.
I had a chance to chat briefly with the couple during the event.
“It was great getting to interact with the guys. They were very personable and easy to talk to,” Mindy said.
The couple has a the 20-game Business Plan in the first row of the Club Level and frequently attend games with their 7-year-old daughter and 2-year-old son. They’ve been Season Seat Holders for a number of years.
“They were each just 5 weeks old when we took them to their first games,” she noted.
At the conclusion of the event, drawings were held for prizes which included baseballs signed by John Axford and Rickie Weeks as well as Brewers watches.
Thanks to those who came out today; it was great to see some old friends and meet some new ones.
In case you weren’t aware (and we’re betting you weren’t), today is Hairstyle Appreciation Day. Yes, really.
According to HolidayInsights.com, “Hairstyle Appreciation Day celebrates uniqueness of all styles of hair. It allows us to express our individuality. Each generation of youth creates its own hairstyles, or comes back to style that were popular years ago. We include among the hairstyles, hair coloring and shaved heads.”
Anyway, it’s one of those random “holidays” that pop up and we thought we’d have some fun celebrating each unique ‘do on the Crew. The Brewers take their hair very seriously. Pitcher Hiram Burgos and catcher Martin Maldonado each serve as unofficial “Clubhouse Barbers.” They can often be seen in the clubhouse tightening things up before games with trimmers. See if you can guess who’s who!
Check back later today and we’ll have the reveals! Update: All reveals have been posted. Hope you had fun!