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Tonight, following the Brewers-Padres game, many Brewers players and coaches headed over to the Hitters Baseball Academy in Racine to take part in a special event benefiting bullpen catcher and Racine native Marcus Hanel’s charity–and raised over $55,000 in the process.
Marcus has always had a desire to help children and so, about 12 years ago, he formed “Koos for Kids,” a charity focusing on helping terminally ill and disadvantaged children in the area.
Fans attending tonight’s event received dinner, autographs from Brewers players, entertainment from the Jesse White Tumblers, and the opportunity to participate in auctions and raffles. Of course proceeds from the event went to the Koos for Kids organization, where they are used to give back to the community.
Over the years, Koos for Kids has been able to help numerous terminally ill children by purchasing them laptops, iPads, zoo passes, airline tickets, animals…whatever it might be that makes their days a little brighter.
Hanel was also excited to announce that Koos for Kids is offering a scholarship program: “ We’ll be giving $2500 each for college to two kids of need in Racine. They will get an opportunity to advance and go to school. It’s a pretty cool thing so we’re excited to implement that.”
Here are some photos from tonight’s event:
Koos for Kids has also purchased over 3000 winter coats for disadvantaged children in the local area, as well as organized and run the Challenger Baseball League, where over 60 children with special needs can come and be part of a team and learn the game of baseball. And there are countless other ways they have helped the local community, thanks to the support of many businesses and caring individuals.
To learn more about Koos for Kids, keep informed of upcoming events and find out how you can help, click here.
The Milwaukee Brewers invite fans to join Matt Garza and his teammates for the Brewers Bowl-A-Thon on Sunday, August 14. Participants will enjoy a unique opportunity to pal around on the pins with their favorite Brewers players, all while helping raise money for Meta House, a nationally recognized, gender-responsive substance abuse treatment program dedicated to helping women through the progression of recovery.
Last year’s event was fun-filled and tickets went fast, so you’ll want to be sure to secure your spot now.
There are several packages from which to choose for interested participants, from the simple “Dug-Out Ticket,” which includes admission to the event and complimentary appetizers and beverages, to the “Grand Slam Sponsor Package.” The Grand Slam package includes a bowling lane for up to five guests, shoe rental, sponsorship opportunities, T-shirts, a VIP reception and much more. It also includes five field level tickets to a future Brewers home game and an opportunity to watch the Brewers take batting practice on the field. To top it all off, Matt Garza will take a picture with the group at their lane.
Other great packages such as the “Brew Crew” and “The Batter” include unique prizes and features, all while helping raise money for a worthy cause.
Meta House has been blazing new trails in women’s substance abuse treatment since their doors opened in 1963. The agency is noted as one of the first residential treatment facilities in the country designed specifically for women. In 1988, Meta House became one of the first substance abuse treatment centers to include children in the residential setting. Meta House ends the generational cycle of addiction by healing women and strengthening families.
For more information on the Brewers Bowl-A-Thon, visit Brewers.com/bowling or call (414) 902-4532.
Comedian Gabriel “Fluffy” Iglesias, along with fellow comics Martin Moreno, Alfred Robles, and G. Reilly, came out to Miller Park early this afternoon to take a little batting practice and to meet with some of the Brewers players and coaches.
Iglesias, who was not at all camera shy, documented the afternoon with photos, video, tweets and Snapchats, much to my pleasure as Director of New Media:
Here are some additional photos from their afternoon at the ballpark:
Iglesias, who also has a show called ‘Fluffy Breaks Even’ on Fuse, is in town for three shows at the Riverside (last night, tonight and tomorrow) and Coach Pat Murphy raised a good question:
For those of you scoring at home, Iglesias also joined us on the field for a first pitch back in 2014:
Everyone from the group was so kind and seemed to have a really great time. It was nice to get the chance meet them and spend some time with them this afternoon. Good luck with the shows!
April 20 is National Look-alike Day, so it’s fitting that we’re playing the Twins tonight.
In honor of this “holiday,”I also surveyed some of the Brewers to find out if they ever get told that they look like someone else, or if they think another teammate looks like someone else. Here’s what I uncovered.
I started by approaching the Brewers bullpen as a whole. “Question for you guys. ‘Look-alike Day’ is next week, so I was just curious if any of you ever get told you look like anoth….” I barely got the question out when everyone began pointing at Michael Blazek, who they think bears a striking resemblance to Bryce Harper of the Washington Nationals.
Blazek said he has also been told he reminds some people of Kevin Bacon; I also mentioned that to me he looks a bit like Michael C. Hall as “Dexter.”
Turns out Blazek wasn’t the only one in the bullpen who has been told he has a double. Corey Knebel looks a bit like the QB for the Washington Redskins (and fellow University of Texas alum) Colt McCoy, whereas Jeremy Jeffress gets likened to Paul Pierce of the Los Angeles Clippers.
I next approached Scooter Gennett who told me, “No one. I’m one of a kind!” Yes. Yes, he certainly is:
Pitcher Taylor Jungmann has said he’s been asked to sign a Tyler Thornburg card once or twice. “I’m like ‘Look at the height on the card!'” said Jungmann, who at 6’6″ tall has a good 7″ on Thornburg.
While Kirk Nieuwenhuis said that he doesn’t think he himself looks like anyone, he does think Domingo Santana looks a bit like retired NBA player Tracy McGrady.
And in talking to Chase Anderson, he told me that’s gotten compared to Will Ferrell in the past. I never would’ve thought that until he mentioned it, but now that he’s said it, I can see the resemblance in his smile and eyes.
Of course most Brewers fans are already aware of the more than striking resemblance pitcher Matt Garza bears to the Count from Sesame Street… so much so that it spawned the Count Garza Gnome Giveaway last season.
“I get ‘the guy from the All-State commercials,'” first baseman Chris Carter responded when I surveyed him. That “guy” is Dennis Haysbert, who also played Pedro Cerrano in the movie Major League for those of you scoring at home.
And last but not least, ever since the Club introduced David Stearns as our new GM last fall, fans have been quick to point out that he looks quite similar to a certain 6x Brewers All-Star.
“I got Andy Pettitte a lot when I was in New York and now it’s been Ryan Braun since I’ve been here,” Stearns said with a chuckle.So, there you have it. Some Brewers doppelgängers in honor of National Look-alike Day. Do you agree with these assessments? Think there’s one we missed? Do you ever get mistaken for a celebrity or athlete (or at least compared to one)? Let me know in the comments below!
As for me, I’ve been told that I look a bit like Renee Zellweger or Leann Rimes. Not sure I really see either one, but they are both lovely ladies, so I’ll take it as a compliment.
For players, the song they choose for their walk-up or entrance music is often an important decision. What brief part of a song is going to send a message to the fans—and what do I want that message to be? Do I keep the same song that I had last year? What’s the hit that is going to produce the most hits? Is it a superstitious thing, do I want fans to sing along, or do I just use my favorite song right now?
If you’re like me and you’re attuned to the tunes, you probably enjoy seeing this list each year—and updating your iPod playlists accordingly.
DID YOU KNOW? Make sure you download the free Ballpark App! In addition to check-in offers, ballpark maps, game updates and more, one of the really cool features is “Ballpark Music.” Like a song you hear? Check it out on Ballpark–and you can even download it right there! No Shazam necessary!
2016 AT-BAT WALK-UP MUSIC
Anderson –“When the Lights Come On” by Jason Aldean
Braun – “Summer Sixteen” by Drake
Broxton – “Truffle Butter” by Nicki Minaj
Carter – “Mr. Carter” by Lil Wayne
Davies-“Bulls on Parade” by Rage Against the Machine
Flores –“Salida” by Ramon Jr.
Razor Theme Song from WWE
Gennett – “Sail” by Awolnation
Hill – “All Along the Watchtower” by Jimi Hendrix
Jungmann – “Y.M.C.A” by the Village People
Lucroy –“Blasphemy” by Bring Me the Horizon
Maldonado –“Shaky Shaky” by Daddy Yankee
“Plante Bandera” by Pusho
Nieuwenhuis – “Lift Your Head Weary Sinner” by Crowder
Nelson – “Like We Own the Place” by Ryan Caraveo
Peralta – “Panda (Remix)”
Presley – “Epic” by Faith No More
Santana – “Sigo Arriba” by Jay the Prince ft. Jose Reyes
Villar –“Alerta Roja” by Daddy Yankee
“Yo Soy Tu Papa” by Jay the Prince
2016 PITCHING ENTRANCE MUSIC
Anderson – “Neverland” by Andy Mineo
Garza – “All Eyez on Me” by Tupac
Jeffress – “Jersey” by Future
Knebel – “Life in the Fast Lane” by The Eagles
Nelson – “Wings of Icarus” by Celldweller
Peralta – “De Papa a Papa” by Secreto and El Famoso and Lapiz Conciente
Smith –“Stranglehold” by Ted Nugent
[Please note that these songs can change almost daily; I’ll try to keep this list as updated as possible!]
The song played after wins this season is “Good to Be Alive” by Andy Grammer.
And, in case you weren’t aware, in addition to Ballpark, we do keep a list of these songs on brewers.com and try our best to update it accordingly, so you might want to bookmark this page for future reference.
So now, what about you? What’s your favorite, or most memorable Brewers at-bat song? And, if you were a player, what song might you choose as yours?
Although there are many new faces this spring, this Brewers clubhouse already seems to have a great vibe. There is a lot of positive energy and the players seem to be bonding with ease. Perhaps that’s because the players are finding common interests both on and off the field and building chemistry in new ways.
For example, in addition to the game of chess, many Brewers players seem to be bonding over the game of golf this season.
I recently had another chance to hit the links with some of them this spring at the scenic Lookout Mountain Golf Club.My foursome included Brewers pitchers Chris Capuano, Will Smith and Matt Garza, while the group playing behind us was also comprised of all pitchers: Tyler Thornburg, Michael Blazek, Jeremy Jeffress and Sean Nolin.
While I’ve played with a couple of these guys before, I was surprised that this many players chose to spend their downtime out on the links.
I started chatting with Michael Blazek about it and he explained why he believes it’s such a popular pastime for the players—especially pitchers— away from the field.
“It’s not really about the game of golf. You just go and hang out with friends…. It’s a better way for us to get together away from the field and not think about baseball and have fun at the same time. It just takes your mind off of what you’re doing here every single day. There’s not many things that we can do as a group away from the field….so golf is the easiest thing to do for us and it’s just a good way for us– especially our pitchers, a lot of us golf–and [the course] is just a place for us to kind of get together,” Blazek said.
Thornburg agrees. “A lot of hitters hate golf because they think it will ruin their swing. Plus, position players have to go every day during Spring Training for the most part and when they get a day off they don’t want to spend four hours on a course.”
Capuano is the probably the best golfer in the clubhouse this spring. He says he has about a 4 handicap, and has shot par a couple of time, with his best round being a 67 at the Boulders in Scottsdale. Although, he’s quite modest and is quick to point out that the course was a par 71.
“I feel like he should definitely be better than a 4 handicap,” Thornburg tells me. I concur. While Thornburg shot a respectable 83, Capuano shot a 37 on the front 9 at Lookout Mountain and kept it rolling on the back, although he didn’t get to play all 18 holes.
For Capuano, who started playing golf as a young child while caddying for his dad, he says his favorite part of the game is being outside.
“It’s relaxing,” he says. “Being a pitcher, I really enjoy the satisfaction of hitting a target and I think golf is very similar in the rhythm and timing that’s involved in the golf swing. It’s similar to the throw, and just hitting that target is very rewarding.”
For me personally, I would agree that golf provides a good bonding opportunity. While I enjoy the sport and grew up playing it, outings like these not only provide fun social media content, but they also help me get to know the players better away from the field, which helps when working with them closely over the course of a long season.
And whether it’s fishing or golf, or another hobby, it is good to see the guys get a chance to relax and unwind now because we know once the regular season is underway, there will be little (if any) time for those things.
I hope the Brew Crew is enjoying the first of just two off days this spring!
Looks like some of the #CactusCrew did indeed hit the links yesterday:
As the NCAA Basketball Tournament gets underway, we’re all feeling a little bit of that March Madness.
And, although UW-Madison and UW-Green Bay are in the field of 68 this year, the particular “March Madness” I’m referring to in this case is baseball related.
We’re now less exactly three weeks from Brewers Baseball returning to Milwaukee and the madness has hit full tilt. We’re ready for the Boys of Summer to return from Arizona and bring back some more of that warmer weather that we got a taste of earlier this week. We’re ready for America’s Pastime done the Wisconsin way, with tailgating, Sausage Races and Bernie’s slides.
How will we cope the next few weeks? Well, we’ve got a few more Spring Training games that we can watch and listen to and in addition to that, there’s that other March Madness that I alluded to, an entertaining diversion that makes that time until Opening Day go by quicker.
Last night was Selection Sunday, kicking off March Madness, and just as many other folks across the country were filling out their brackets this morning, many players in the Clubhouse were talking basketball this morning.
Of the players that I talked to today, pitcher Taylor Jungmann is most excited for the games to start. He will be keeping a close eye on his University of Texas Longhorns during the NCAA Tournament this year. The 2011 Big 12 Conference Pitcher of the Year and 2011 Dick Howser Trophy Winner for top collegiate player in the country says that when he’s back home in the offseason, he tries to go get to as many basketball games as he can.
“I’ll be watching as much as I can. If I’m not able to watch them because all the TVs are on Wisconsin or something like that then I’m going to have to keep up on my phone,” he said.
Fellow pitcher Corey Knebel also attended the University of Texas, where he was the closer for three seasons; however, while he likes to cheer for his school, he admits he’s not much of a basketball watcher. “You’re talking to the wrong guy here. This guy’s probably pretty excited,” Knebel said, pointing at Jungmann.
“I told her she can jump on the bandwagon if she wants,” Jungmann said, talking about me. “You’re invited, Corey.” Then Jungmann turned to me and said, “I mean, Corey’s there, he’s just in the backseat not really paying attention.”
Another player that’s pretty excited for this year’s tournament is pitcher Matt Garza. Garza’s Fresno State Bulldogs are in the tournament for the first time in 15 years. Their last appearance was under Coach Jerry Tarkanian in 2001, when they lost to Michigan State in the second round.
While at Fresno State, Garza was named Most Outstanding Pitcher and Second Team All-Western Athletic Conference in 2004 and WAC Pitcher of the Year and First Team-WAC in 2005.
“My college is in it. They made it for the first time in a long time, so I’ll be following them,” Garza says.
Garza says he remembers that the last time the Bulldogs made it to the tournament, he was back in high school. “It was with guys like Chris Herren, Courtney Alexander, Chris Jefferies. I knew some of them, so it was pretty cool. It was a big thing and now it’s the first time in a long time, so I bet you back home they’re probably going nuts.”
Other players and coaches who have rooting interests with their schools in the games include: Ryan Braun (University of Miami); Chris Capuano (Duke); Chase Anderson (University of Oklahoma); Bullpen Coach Lee Tunnell (Baylor); Coach Jason Lane (University of So. California) and Manager Craig Counsell (Notre Dame). Bench Coach Pat Murphy also coached at Notre Dame and Pitching Coach Derrick Johnson coached at Vanderbilt.
On Sunday morning, Matt Garza was a little bit more tired than usual, but managed to pull through it and give it his all during the team’s workout, plus stick around to participate in a photo shoot for our marketing department.
It was at that shoot that Matt mentioned something offhand that I found to be incredibly sweet.
The reason he was so tired on Sunday? Because he’d had a crazy previous 24 hours.
You see, after practice on Saturday, Matt hopped on a plane and headed home to California so he could attend an annual Daddy-Daughter dance with his two oldest girls, Sierra, 10 and Savannah, 6.
“It’s really important to them, so every year, I make my way home for just a night and then I get back to work the next day.”
“It means the world to them. They get all dressed up, they do the whole hair thing, the makeup thing….Not too heavy on the makeup though, I’m not really a fan of that,” Matt said speaking like a true dad.
“They loved it. It’s something that brightens their year. I’m a big family guy, so whenever I can do something for them, you know it’s anything I can do to help them out.”
Brewers fans will recall that, after being shut down for the season, Matt left the Club in the middle of September last year to be with his wife Serina, who was pregnant with twins and on bed rest at the time, and help take care of his family. In addition to the oldest girls and the twins (Gianna and Maddox), Matt and Serina have a son, Matthew II, 13; and a daughter, Summer, 3.
“The twins came a little later than expected, but they came out healthy and happy. They’re big. They’re moving. Their growth month to month still shocks me. Even after six [kids], it’s still amazing how fast they grow and how their brains react to certain things on a daily basis.”
Last year, when asked what motivates him to play hard, Matt had said his family and that still rings true. “I love this game, but I love them a lot more. My motivation is just to make sure they have a roof over their heads, clothes on their backs and food on table. That’s my job as a dad and a provider.”
Do his kids love baseball?
“They love their dad. They’d be happy if I did whatever as long as I come home.”
Over 50 Milwaukee Brewers players, alumni, coaches, front office executives and broadcasters are scheduled to participate in Brewers On Deck, which is set to take place on Sunday, January 31 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. at the Wisconsin Center.
Advance tickets are $15 for adults and $9 for children 14 and under. Tickets on the day of the event are $20 for adults and $15 for children 14 and under. On the day event, cash is the only accepted form of payment for admittance. A portion of the proceeds from Brewers On Deck will benefit Brewers Community Foundation. Tickets may be purchased at the Miller Park ticket office, by calling the Brewers ticket office at 414-902-4000, or online at Brewers.com/ondeck through January 29.
Once again food donations will be accepted through Hunger Task Force. Donations can be dropped off at two main entrances to the Wisconsin Center, located at 4th Street and Wisconsin Avenue, and 4th Street and Wells Street.
Players, coaches and alumni scheduled to attend include (all subject to change):
|Orlando Arcia||Ramon Flores||Shane Peterson||Craig Counsell||Don August|
|Jacob Barnes||Matt Garza||Brett Phillips||COACHES||Jerry Augustine|
|Yhonathan Barrios||David Goforth||Michael Reed||Darnell Coles||Jeff Cirillo|
|Michael Blazek||Junior Guerra||Domingo Santana||Joe Crawford||Rollie Fingers|
|Ryan Braun||Josh Hader||Will Smith||Derek Johnson||Jim Gantner|
|Keon Broxton||Adrian Houser||Tyler Thornburg||Marcus Hanel||Larry Hisle|
|Chris Carter||Jeremy Jeffress||Jonathan Villar||Jason Lane||Ken Sanders|
|Garin Cecchini||Taylor Jungmann||Tyler Wagner||Pat Murphy||Gorman Thomas|
|Trent Clark||Corey Knebel||Colin Walsh||Ed Sedar||Greg Vaughn|
|Clint Coulter||Jorge Lopez||Carlos Subero||Paul Wagner|
|Tyler Cravy||Martin Maldonado||Lee Tunnell|
|Zach Davies||Jimmy Nelson||Matt Erickson||Bob Uecker|
1/20/16 Update: We’ve had some additions to our lineup! New attendees noted in RED. For those asking, yes, Bob Uecker will be attendance as well!
1/22/16 Update: Sorry, fans! We regret to inform you that Robin Yount is no longer able to attend the event.
1/22/16 Update: Sorry, fans! We regret to inform you that Scooter Gennett is no longer able to attend the event.
Brewers On Deck will feature a number of activities for the entire family. Autographs and photos from Brewers players, coaches and alumni; interactive games in the Kids Area; Q&A sessions and Klement’s Main Stage game shows with Brewers players, coaches and broadcasters; vendor booths with baseball memorabilia; Brewers Community Foundation’s Treasure Hunt, a 50/50 raffle, live auction and many other activities will all be a part of Brewers On Deck.
During the event, the Brewers will unveil a new book – Explore MKE: Your Neighborhood Our City. The Book is published by SHARP Literacy, Inc. and is sponsored by Brewers Community Foundation and Ryan Braun. It tells the story of two children who share their differing experiences of Milwaukee and are attempting to figure out how they fit in. It also features informational sections that weave together iconic Milwaukee institutions and neighborhood-based landmarks with important themes in common.
SHARP Literacy, Inc. is a non-profit organization that enhances future life success by energizing urban children and motivating them to identify themselves as confident, capable scholars and lifelong learners by inspiring engagement in reading, writing and research through hands on interaction and visual arts.
Details regarding autographs include the following: Recipients of “PREMIER” autographs (players to be announced next week) will be chosen through a random selection process. Each fan in attendance will receive one Premier Entry sheet which may be redeemed at the Random Selection area outside the Main Exhibit Hall of the Wisconsin Center. The Premier Entry sheet will be exchanged for a numbered coupon to be entered into the random selection process for any one of the select Brewers players. Coupon distribution will be available at 8 a.m. the day of the event and will continue up to an hour before each designated autograph session. There is no cost for coupons to enter the random selection process; however, those holding winning coupons must pay $25 at the respective autograph stage to collect their player signature. There will be 250 winners for each of the autograph sessions. The winning ticket numbers will be posted at the designated autograph stage no less than 30 minutes prior to each player’s session.
Players and staff not included in the PREMIER autograph list will not use the random selection process. Each of these players will sign 250 autographs at prices ranging from free to $10. A schedule of players, their session times, and distribution info will be posted at a later date. The autograph opportunities are for signatures on photo cards provided by the team; the Brewers cannot guarantee that any player will sign other memorabilia. For additional information, visit Brewers.com/ondeck.
Autograph proceeds benefit Brewers Community Foundation. Please note that cash is the only acceptable form of payment for autographs. The Brewers cannot guarantee that any player will sign other memorabilia, and personalization of items is solely up to the discretion of each player.
A detailed schedule of all Brewers On Deck activities will be released at a later date, so stay tuned!
Headed to the pumpkin patch and/or planning to carve your gourds this weekend?
You’ll want to read this first because our #BREWITCHED pumpkin-carving contest is back by popular demand!
Starting today, submit an original photo of your Brewers-themed pumpkin. Carve it, paint it, or decorate it – it’s up to you! Tag it on Instagram and/or Twitter using hashtag #BREWITCHED for a chance to win a Brewers prize pack, which will include two tickets to Brewers On Deck and a baseball signed by Jean Segura.
We’ll be accepting entries through Sunday, November 1 so you have plenty of time to get in the Brewers “spirit.” Get your pumpkin, give it a Brewers flare and take some photos. For more information and complete rules, please visit brewers.com/brewitched beginning Monday. We’ll select three winners in this contest.
To help you get started, we’ve even got Brewers pumpkin carving stencils available for download here on brewers.com, including a breand new Barrelman Stencil!
And, for inspiration, here are last year’s winners:
Plus, my own design from last year, so get creative: