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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:
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.
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:
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:
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.
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.
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.
Here are a few more photos from that round:
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.
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.
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:
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.
Yesterday, we released this photo of Brewers starting pitcher Kyle Lohse sporting a customized bathrobe with “Brewers” on the front and his name and number on the back:
The robe was a gift from fellow starter Matt Garza, who purchased one for each of the starting pitchers prior to reporting to camp.
After posting the photo of Kyle, we received lots of feedback and the story got picked up by numerous media outlets, so this morning, I caught up with Matt to get the story behind the robe:
This week we’re unveiling the Brewers #20in15—20 All-Fan Giveaways during the 2015 season!
If you followed along at brewers.com/allfans and on our social media sites so far this week, then you already know that so far, our Bobblehead lineup includes Rob Deer, Wily Peralta, BobbleHank, Commissioner Selig, Carlos Gomez, Paul Molitor and Khris Davis.
However, our eighth All-Fan Giveaway, which was revealed tonight, 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.
If you don’t win, don’t worry. Individual tickets will go on sale in spring. However, if you’d like to secure your tickets for this game early, the Garza gnome is included in select season ticket packages which are on sale now.
Be sure to check back in the coming months as we also unveil the image of the actual gnome when we get it!
Stay tuned to the blog, our social channels and brewers.com/allfans all week as we unveil more of the #20in15!
Today, we were pleased to host 9-year-old Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) National Goodwill Ambassador Reagan Imhoff and her parents, Jenny and Joe, here at Miller Park.
The Imhoff family resides in New Berlin where Reagan is a charming, happy and outgoing fourth-grader who enjoys art, social studies and recess.
In her free time, she told me she enjoys drawing, dancing and playing with her dolls-especially her American Girl collection.
She is also a long-time Brewers fan (“Ever since I was six!” she told me, proudly).
However, one thing that sets Reagan apart from her classmates is that she has spinal muscular atrophy (SMA, type 2), a genetic disease affecting the part of the nervous system that controls voluntary muscle movement. Because of this progressive neuromuscular disease which is most commonly diagnosed in infancy, Reagan has never been able to crawl or walk. In addition SMA has led to difficulty eating enough food by mouth to maintain her weight and grow, so Reagan is mainly fed through a g-j tube. Her respiratory muscles are also very weak, which makes coughing and taking deep breaths while sleeping difficulty, leading to an increased tendency for pneumonia and other problems. Scoliosis also presented complications early on for Reagan which resulted in the need for spinal surgery when she was just 4. Leg and hip pain have also been an increasing problem for her.
Despite all of these challenges, Reagan remains positive and upbeat, choosing to tell her personal story as a National Goodwill Ambassador for MDA. In this capacity, Reagan is working to help raise awareness and understanding of muscle disease and inspire support of the organization.
Beginning in 1952, when public awareness and understanding of muscle disease were almost non-existent, MDA put a human face on its mission by calling upon young people affected by these diseases to serve as National Goodwill Ambassadors. To date, the program has had 39 such ambassadors, boys and girls affected by a variety of neuromuscular disorders, who have traveled the nation to meet with sponsors, supporters and luminaries, playing an essential role in motivating millions to help MDA through donations or volunteer action.
Reagan had served as a Wisconsin Ambassador for three years before being tapped for the National spotlight. Reagan’s mom, Jenny, told me that they’ve been all over the county this year, including Arizona, Nashville, Las Vegas, Chicago, Daytona, San Antonio, Houston, Los Angeles and San Diego.
Of her travels, Reagan tells me that Nashville is her favorite place, “because it was really fun and the people are really nice,” she said.
But today, Reagan got an experience that ranks right up at the top–she got to meet her favorite player, catcher Jonathan Lucroy, along with Brewers pitchers Matt Garza and Kyle Lohse and bullpen catcher Marcus Hanel, during BP.
Reagan also threw out the first pitch before tonight’s Brewers vs. Cardinals game:
It was a pleasure to meet Reagan and her family; they are lovely people and I can see why this charismatic youngster was chosen to be an ambassador at the national level.
You can meet Reagan and mingle with current and former professional athletes at the annual MDA Muscle Team Gala on Thursday, November 13 at SURG Restaurant Group’s new event space on Milwaukee Street. For more information call 262-432-7992 or visit www.mdamuscleteamwisconsin.com.
Several Brewers players and coaches joined military families for a private tailgate lunch at the Milwaukee County War Memorial Center this afternoon. Each branch of the military was represented.
Here are some photos from this special event:
As part of the organization’s community initiative known as “Beyond the Diamond,” Brewers players and coaches participate in a series of community outreach events throughout the season. The program is built around a partnership between Brewers players, coaches, alumni, Brewers Wives and team personnel working hands-on in the community. The community events are funded in part by Brewers Community Foundation and focus on the areas of health, education, recreation and basic needs.
Jonathan Lucroy was named Brewers Player of the Month for June and Matt Garza was selected as Brewers Pitcher of the Month for June.
Lucroy batted .359 with 6 home runs and 20 RBI in 26 games during the month of June. Garza went 3-1 with a 2.88 ERA in 6 starts, including 25 strikeouts over 40.2 innings pitched in June.
Both players were presented their awards prior to tonight’s game:
We have a special guest with us at today’s game. Thanks to Make-A-Wish Wisconsin, today is Zachary Sprader Wish Day at Miller Park.
Prior to the start of the Brewers vs. Nationals game, Zachary took a behind-the-scenes tour of the clubhouse and had the chance to meet with several Brewers players & coaches. He also had the opportunity to meet Bob Uecker in the his radio booth.
Here are a just a few photos from Zach’s special day:
In addition to Zach’s special Day, we’ll be hosting folks from Make-A-Wish Wisconsin again on Sunday, July 13 when the organization celebrates its 30th birthday with an unforgettable tailgate party, chaired by Brewers pitcher, Kyle Lohse. Wish families, volunteers and medical referral sources from all across the state will gather for a party recognizing 30 years of making wishes come true for Wisconsin children with life-threatening medical conditions.
We’re in the fourth inning as I write this and the Crew leads 4-2. Here’s hoping we’ll pull out a win today. Zach said we always win when he comes to games, so I’m feeling pretty good about this one.
Today, Tristan Brahmer is attending the game with his family and fifth-grade classmates from Owen-Withee Elementary school in Owen, Wisconsin. They are all wearing “Team Tristan” t-shirts because Tristan is fighting a courageous battle against Alexander Disease, an extremely rare and usually progressive neurological disorder.
Tristan is a huge Brewers fan and was very excited to meet pitchers Zach Duke, Matt Garza and Kyle Lohse before the game. In addition, he received signed batting gloves and a signed baseball from Ryan Braun.
We are happy to have Tristan and his team out here at Miller Park today. We hope they enjoy the game and we wish him all the best in his fight against the disease.
Talk About Team Building: Ryan Braun, Brewers Community Foundation Team Up for Habitat for Humanity Blitz Build
This week, Brewers Community Foundation kicked off their “Beyond the Diamond” initiative with a Habitat for Humanity “Blitz Build.”
A crew of more than 100 volunteers has come together in the Washington Park neighborhood this week to launch the Milwaukee Habitat for Humanity’s 30th year of building homes, community and hope at the annual event. During this May building session, Habitat will add six owner-occupied houses to a block that is already home to seven Habitat families–boosting the home ownership rate to nearly 75 percent.
And this week, Brewers players, wives and front office staff are part of the group joining Habitat’s dedicated volunteers and sponsors on a variety of projects in the neighborhood which include the following: Building new affordable homes, helping homeowners make needed repairs on existing homes, and increasing community safety.
For the third year in a row, Brewers Community Foundation is the presenting sponsor of Milwaukee Habitat’s Blitz Build and has teamed up with Ryan Braun and Brewers Wives to lend support through a joint $50,000 donation.
Today, a press conference was held regarding the project and community volunteers worked alongside members of the Brewers organization to build a new home in the Washington Park neighborhood. Ryan Braun, Mat Garza, Logan Schafer and Kyle Lohse exchanged their bats for hammers and were joined by Ron and Karen Roenicke; Brewers Wives Patty Iorg, Melissa Kintzler,Gail Narron, Sarah Lucroy, Kristin Duke, Nichole Bianchi, Katie Wooten, Janelise Maldonado, Jackie Caplinger & Kathleen Reynolds; and Cecelia Gore, executive director of Brewers Community Foundation.
“We are proud to be the lead sponsor of Habitat’s first Blitz Build of the year,” said Cecelia. “Since this partnership started, we have seen how much hard work these families put into building their homes, and also the joy and pride they feel when they become homeowners. We’re excited to be part of that again, and glad that we can provide this opportunity for more families in Milwaukee.
“It’s great to have the chance to give back to the Milwaukee community,” said Ryan. “I’m happy to continue partnering with Habitat for Humanity so that more families have the change to build homes and give their kids a safe place to grow up.”
This is really a great way for the Brewers to kick off “Beyond the Diamond.” It truly a team effort that includes Brewers players, staff and their families.