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Fun Times Had at the “Koos for Kids” Event at the Zoo

Tonight, following the Brewers-Nationals game, many Brewers players and coaches headed over to the Milwaukee County Zoo to take part in a special event benefiting bullpen catcher and Racine native Marcus Hanel’s charity–and raised close to $70,000 in the process.

Marcus has always had a desire to help children and so, about 11 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 a ticket to the zoo (good all day), zoo parking, autographs from Brewers players and the opportunity to participate in auctions and raffles–all for just $20.

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.

“Some of our Koos for Kids kids who are terminally get to attend the event. Last year, one of the kids, Colton, got to come on stage and meet the guys. He just recently passed away. So when you look back at the reason why you do things, that’s it. This is why we’re doing this. Just seeing kids being with their favorite Brewers, seeing them light up,” Marcus told me.

Here are some photos from tonight’s event:

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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 learn how you can help, click here.

-Cait

@CMoyer

 

Matt Garza: Throwing Strikes on the Mound & Lanes to Support Sojourner Family Peace Center

On Sunday, July 19, you can join Matt Garza and his fellow teammates for the Brewers Bowl-A-Thon, a fun event designed to help raise money for the Sojourner Family Peace Center, a safe haven for abused women and children.

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I recently sat down with Matt to discuss the upcoming event and find out why this cause is so important to him.

“I’ve been raised to respect women. They shouldn’t be caused harm. They’re the mother of your children. They represent the future. And children….there should never be any anger, any aggression towards a child because it’s never their fault,” Matt said.

This year, WaterStone Bank and Brewers Community Foundation have teamed up to benefit Sojourner through the “K’s For A Cause” program. WaterStone Bank and BCF each make a donation to the Center for every strikeout recorded by a Brewers pitcher at Miller Park during the season (295 at home so far this season–37 of which have come from Garza).

As of this writing, the team has 295 K’s at home so far this season, 37 of which have come from Garza.

As of this writing, the team has 295 K’s at home so far this season, 37 of which have come from Garza.

“It’s an important cause and I’ve got to try even harder to strike more guys out,” Matt said.

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The goal of the Sojourner Family Peace Center is to ensure the safety of victims of domestic violence and provide a pathway out of violence for victims and abusers, by making positive and lasting changes.  The Center is the largest nonprofit provider of domestic violence prevention and intervention in Wisconsin, serving over 9,500 clients each year.

Funds raised through the “K’s for a Cause” program as well as through the Bowl-a-Thon will be used to help with the creation of the new Family Peace Center facility in addition to supporting the organization in general. Fellow starter Kyle Lohse recently visited the construction site which is slated to open later this year. The new building will be located at 619 West Walnut Street in Milwaukee and this co-located center will offer coordinated services for those impacted by domestic violence. In addition to moving and expanding the current shelter, Sojourner Truth House, and the 24-hour hotline, Sojourner is joined with Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, the Milwaukee Police Department, and the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office, among others at the site.

Matt does not proclaim to be as adept at throwing strikes on the lanes as he is on the mound, but he says it will be a fun event to support this worthy cause.

“I think you have to bowl quite a bit to have an average… I’m just happy to hit the pins,” he laughed.

If he’s not the best bowler on the team, then who does he think might be?

“I say Lohse, just ’cause he’s had a lot of experience,” Matt said. And at first, I thought he meant Kyle was a big bowler… until he added, “He’s got a lot of years behind him,” a subtle dig at Kyle’s veteran status on the team.

As for the worst bowler on the team? “I think Luc because he doesn’t handle balls very well,” Matt joked again, jabbing at his catcher.

Well, regardless of bowling prowess, all attendees at this event are guaranteed to have a good time.

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 10 Field Level tickets to a future Brewers game and an opportunity to watch the Brewers take batting practice on the field.  To top it all off, Matt  will take a picture with you and your group at your lane.

Other great packages such as the “Brew Crew” and “The Batter” include unique prizes and features, all while helping raise money for this worthy cause.

For more information on the Brewers Bowl-A-Thon, visit Brewers.com/beyondthediamond or call (414) 902-4532.

 

Matt Garza GNOME Revealed! Get Yours August 2.

Our eighth All-Fan Giveaway is not a bobblehead, but rather a GNOME featuring Brewers pitcher Matt Garza. Get your first-ever Brewers Gnome giveaway on Sunday, August 2 when the Brewers face the Chicago Cubs.

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Garza is known as “the Count,” due to his striking resemblance to the Sesame Street character “Count von Count.”

Count Garza

As such, his gnome portrays him as Count Garza:

Garza Gnome

Visit brewers.com/allfans to secure your ticket and your Matt Garza gnome.

– Cait

@CMOYER

Join Matt Garza and the Crew at the Brewers Bowl-A-Thon on July 19

On Sunday, July 19, you can join Matt Garza and his fellow teammates for the Brewers Bowl-A-Thon.  Enjoy a unique opportunity to pal around on the pins with your favorite Brewers players, all while helping raise money for the Sojourner Family Peace Center, a safe haven for abused women and children.

MB-15_Bowl A Thon-Logo

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 10 Field Level tickets to a future Brewers 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 you and your group at your 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.

The goal of the Sojourner Family Peace Center is to ensure the safety of victims of domestic violence and provide a pathway out of violence for victims and abusers, by making positive and lasting changes.   The Center is the largest nonprofit provider of domestic violence prevention and intervention in Wisconsin, serving over 9,500 clients each year.

For more information on the Brewers Bowl-A-Thon, visit Brewers.com/beyondthediamond or call (414) 902-4532.

 

Happy Mother’s Day: Lots of Pink at the Park Today!

Mother’s Day is always a special day at the ballpark; there are a lot of festivities going on to celebrate the special women in our lives.

First, we’ve got a few special Mother’s Day e-cards that you can share:

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All those who came out to celebrate with us today got a special All-Fan Giveaway, a BobbleHank donning a pink bandana:

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We’re also celebrating  with plenty of pink, as part of the “Going to Bat Against Breast Cancer” program, which was started by Major League Baseball in 2006.

Some of the players will use pink bats made by Louisville Slugger, the Official Bat of Major League Baseball, stamped with the MLB breast cancer awareness logo. Game-used Louisville Slugger pink bats from Mother’s Day games that have been authenticated by MLB will be auctioned exclusively on MLB.com to benefit the fight against breast cancer.

Bernie Brewer Pink Bat

Today, we’re also using pink-stitched Rawlings baseballs. the pink ribbon is appearing on the bases at each ballpark, the official dugout lineup cards are pink and the players are wearing pink wristbands, plus a variety of other pink accessories.

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There are also a lot of pink shoes being worn today, like these:

Khris Davis gives us a sneak peek at his pink cleats for tomorrow. #MothersDay #KhrisDavis

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Pitchers in Pink.

Pitchers in Pink.

Pink ribbon decals for breast cancer awareness are also being worn by all on-field personnel.

Many of the players took to social media to wish their moms a Happy Mother’s Day:

and I had also collected a few photos of some of the guys and their moms to share on our social media platforms:

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In addition, we welcomed 2015 Honorary Bat Girl Winner, Johanna Kretschmer.

The Honorary Bat Girl program celebrates those who have been affected by breast cancer and who have gone above and beyond to demonstrate a commitment to fight this disease. Johanna is a two-time survivor of the disease and we were happy to have her out here today to throw out the first pitch.

Honorary Bat Girl 2015

To learn more about Major League Baseball’s commitment to the cause visit MLBCommunity.org.

I also want to wish my own mom a very Happy Mother’s Day. I love you mom, I wouldn’t be where I am today without your love and support!

Happy Mother’s Day to my mom and all the moms out there–Go BREWERS!

-Cait

@CMoyer

 

Our Special Make-A-Wish Guest Kelci Visits Miller Park

Some of you may recall that back in March, thanks to Make-A-Wish Wisconsin and Arizona, we hosted Kelci’s Wish Day at Maryvale during Spring Training.

Kelci, 9,  and her family traveled from Milwaukee down to Arizona to take a behind-the-scenes tour of Maryvale where she had the chance to meet with several Brewers players & coaches during batting practice (including her favorite player, Carlos Gomez) and also threw out the first pitch–to another favorite, Jonathan Lucroy. 

Today, we were happy to have Kelci out to visit us again, this time at Miller Park. She was here today to film a video with Time Warner Cable Sports:

While here, Kelci and her mom, Karen, were interviewed and in between filming, Kelci found time to work on her homework… with a little help.

Kelci gets help on her homework from Mike Fiers, Matt Garza and Kyle Lohse.

Kelci gets help on her homework from Mike Fiers, Matt Garza and Kyle Lohse.

Mike Fiers, Matt Garza and Kyle Lohse “pitched in” to help her list off the state capitals. (For those scoring at home, Kelci told me later that Matt Garza was the most helpful at this task).

Kelci also got a giant hug from  her favorite player, Carlos Gomez, after reuniting with him:

Kelci & Carlos Gomez

She even pitched a little pitcher’s batting practice to Kyle Lohse:

Here are a few more photos from Kelci’s afternoon at the ballpark:

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As I write the Brewers are leading 5-0 in the first, including home runs by Scooter Gennett and Adam Lind, so it looks like her special day is going to be capped off by a pretty good game, too.

Cait

@CMoyer

New Collectible Cups at Miller Park

When you’re through enjoying a tasty beverage at Miller Park this season, you can take home one of these new souvenir cups from Delaware North:

Sweet new cups at Miller Park. #CollectThemAll #Brewers

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Currently, Carlos Gomez and Scooter Gennett are featured, but you’ll also see Jonathan Lucroy, Ryan Braun and Matt Garza throughout the season.

Enjoy!

-Cait

@CMoyer

Need Help Playing Hooky on Opening Day? We’ve Got You Covered.

Need some help playing hooky on Opening Day? We’ve got you covered. Brewers fans can now visit brewers.com/excuses to view and share excuse notes written by our team of ‘experts’ designed to get out of any obligation and make sure you are able to watch Brewers Opening Day on April 6.

For example, Kyle Lohse’s excuse note is the perfect one to use if you’re trying to get out of work:

He even thought to draft a version “for the ladies” to share:

Scooter Gennett’s got one to help you get out of any obligation with a significant other that day…although, now that I think about it, maybe you shouldn’t be sending an excuse note to that person so much as evaluating that relationship. If he/she doesn’t like the Brewers as much as you, that might be a bigger problem!

The other notes you’ll find include one from Mike Fiers to help you get out of chores; one from Will Smith to help you get out of class and one from “Dr. Matt Garza” to get you out of practice.

Here are some photos of the guys working on their notes earlier this Spring:

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Visit brewers.com/excuses now to get and share your Brewers Opening Day excuse now to make sure you’re free next Monday when the Crew takes on the Rockies at 1:10pm CT.

And while these excuse notes should do the trick, if they’re still a little salty about you playing hooky, you can butter them up with some Brewers tickets. You’ll get a special offer from us once you share your note!

Enjoy!
#SeeUApril6

-Cait

@CMoyer

 

 

Bob Uecker’s Front Row Classic a Swingin’ Success

Ah, the rare off-day during Spring Training. Yesterday was one of just two offdays for the Crew this spring and many of the players marked the occasion  by heading out to the golf course for Bob Uecker’s Front Row Classic, which was held at Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale.

A number of the Brewers players and coaches, along with several other celebrities participated in the event, which benefited the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Prior to the tournament, Bob addressed the crowd, as did Bailey, a 14-year-old whose Wish was granted in April of 2012. Bailey chose to go fishing in Hawaii and spoke eloquently about what that experience mean to him and his family in terms of raising their spirits.

Here are a few highlights from the day:

And, here’s a slideshow:

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While no Brewers were in the winning groups, everyone had a blast; and, most importantly, the tournament raised over $30,000 for Make-A-Wish.

-Cait

@CMoyer

How Brewers Players Relax & Unwind Away from the Field During Spring Training

The baseball season is a long one–162 games in 180 days–and that doesn’t even count Spring Training and those 30 Cactus League games.

However, the pace is different in Spring Training. While the games are still important, the time down here is very much about taking a look at different players, trying out new things, working out the kinks and building team chemistry.

With two weeks of practice before the Spring games begin and with the bulk of the Cactus League games being day games, that also gives players a little more free time before they go back to work in Milwaukee and the grind sets in.

So what do a lot of the guys like to do with their down time in Arizona?

While first and foremost, many treasure the extra time with their families before the regular season gets underway:

Playing with my son , 💪💪👍👍☀️☀️⚾️🎠 jugando con mi hijo

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Mi chichi jugando con su papi 😍😍😘😳😳

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Aside from that, they can also enjoy some of their hobbies that might fall by the wayside once the regular season starts, like going fishing:

Day 1 of Spring Training fishing. 🎣 #SpringTraining2015

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On this Brewers roster in particular, however, you’ll find many of the pitchers in particular hitting the links.

Last year, during Spring Training, you’ll recall that Will Smith, Tyler Thornburg and I hit the links and took on Kyle Lohse in a match that ultimately led to him joining Twitter (#YoureWelcome!).

It’s been well-documented that Kyle is the best golfer on the team by far, but that doesn’t stop his teammates from trying to take him on in various challenges–scrambles, best ball with strokes per side, etc.

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It’s well-documented that Kyle Lohse is the best golfer on the team. Brandon Kintzler knows this all too well after losing a bet to Kyle last Spring and becoming batboy for a day as a result. Click  the image to read that story.

And, earlier this spring, I had the pleasure of tagging along with Kyle and a couple of the guys again on two separate occasions to take some pictures and video–all in the name of work, of course.

First, I headed out with Kyle and Matt Garza to Lookout Mountain Golf Club.

This award-winning course sits among the magnificent North Phoenix Mountains and offers panoramic views of the amazing Arizona landscape. Case in point: Hole #10 is the signature hole here at Lookout Mountain. You’re 14 stories high on the tee box and, from this video of Kyle’s tee shot on the hole, you can see that it lives up to its name “Picturesque Pointe.”

This outing was really not much of a match. Matt doesn’t profess to be a great golfer; he was just out there to have fun—with the goal to beat Kyle’s score on at least one hole.

Matt Garza and Kyle Lohse spend time together outside of the clubhouse.

Matt Garza and Kyle Lohse spend time together outside of the clubhouse.

While Matt didn’t achieve that goal this time, he did have what I’m told was a better day that usual and ended up tying Kyle on 4 holes.

Personally, this was my first round of the season, so I was a little rusty; the par-3 9th in particular had my number. The hole was 80-yds for me and I blew it over the green on the tee shot and it was all literally downhill from there.  In this video of my shot, you’ll also see where Matt ended up on his tee shot on this hole (that’s Kyle narrating, obviously):

Despite this hole and another two blow-up holes, I was able to tie Kyle on at least 3 holes and actually beat him on 2. He and I each had two birdies in the round, which was cut short due to darkness.

One other thing worth noting from this outing: Matt Garza broke his 3-wood on a tee shot during the round. None of us are quite sure how this happened. One minute he was teeing it up and the next, he was holding his broken club. But even despite this setback and not beating Kyle on a hole, he was a great sport, never once showing frustration, just chatting the entire time and laughing a lot.

Matt Garza holds up his 3-wood, a casualty of the day.

Matt Garza holds up his 3-wood, a casualty of the day.

Here are a few more photos from that round:

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The second time I had the pleasure of hitting the links, it was to test out a new product called the Golfboard.

When I saw the PGA tweet about this combination golf cart/seque/scooter/skateboard, I knew our guys would love it because many of our players use scooters as transportation between the parking lot and the Clubhouse at Miller Park.

Golfboard Tweets

The good folks at Golfboard were kind enough to set us up with two Golfboards for a round of golf at the Westin Kierland in Scottsdale, so I joined Kyle Lohse and Will Smith to document the experience.

After a brief tutorial, the guys quickly picked up on the boards, which are extremely easy to learn, fun, and most importantly for these guys, safe.

Kyle Lohse and Will Smith quickly picked up on how to maneuver the Golfboards.

Kyle Lohse and Will Smith quickly picked up on how to maneuver the Golfboards.

The guys were zipping around the course in no time flat. Here’s a short video Kyle took:

I also brought the GoPro and we hooked it up to the Golfboard. Here’s a tour of the 9th hole, courtesy of Kyle. (Note: The ride felt much smoother than this video portrays!)

And here’s a shot Kyle hit while the GoPro was still running:

Here are some other fun photos from the round:

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It was a lot of fun out there on the course, getting to know these guys a little better away from the field.

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.

Speaking of time to relax and have fun, today is one of just two offdays in the Spring Training schedule and I’ll be back out on the golf course with Kyle, Will and a bunch of other players, coaches and celebrities for Bob Uecker’s Front Row Classic. Stay tuned for more photos and videos!

Special thanks to Lookout Mountain and Westin Kierland (and Troon Golf) for letting us hack on your courses; and of course, special thanks to Golfboard for letting us test drive your gamechangers.

-Cait

@CMoyer

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