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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.
In a fan vote via brewers.com, Twitter and texting, closer Jim Henderson received the most votes among three Brewers pitchers and will be featured as one of eight All-Fan Bobblehead Giveaways at Miller Park this season. Henderson, who tallied more votes than starting pitchers Matt Garza and Wily Peralta, will have his own bobblehead date on Sunday, July 27 when the Brewers take on the New York Mets.
Fans could cast a vote at Brewers.com for one of three players – Henderson, Garza or Peralta – from Thursday, January 30 through Friday, February 7 at noon CT. In addition, fans could cast an extra vote via Twitter or text message. The Henderson bobblehead completes the full #Brewers14in14 schedule–14 All-Fan Giveways in 2014, including 6 T-Shirt Fridays and 7 other bobbleheads. For a complete schedule of the #Brewers14in14 giveaways, click here.
A full promotional calendar is expected to be released this week.
This just in: Majestic player name and number tees featuring the Brewers newest acquisition, pitcher Matt Garza.
These t-shirts are currently available at the Brewers Team Store by Majestic at Miller Park.
If you’ll notice, the Majestic player name and number tees have been updated for 2014. Look closely and you’ll see that the lettering/numbering on the front and back has a real “jersey” look and feel to it:
This new style of the tees was available beginning at Brewers On Deck; the Team Store currently has players such as Ryan Braun, Khris Davis, Carlos Gomez, Jonathan Lucroy and Jean Segura in stock with new additions (such as Garza, which came today) arriving over the next few weeks leading up to Opening Day.
In 2014, we’ve slated 14 All-Fan Giveaway dates throughout the season — our #Brewers14in14 includes six T-Shirt Fridays and eight bobblehead dates. We’ve unveiled all of the giveaways so far except one, our Fan Vote Bobblehead. That’s right, now through noon on Friday, February 7, you get to choose which Brewers player will be immortalized in bobble form this season for the Sunday, July 27 game vs. the New York Mets.
The winner will be announced on Monday, February 10 at 11 a.m.
Your choices? Willy Peralta, Jim Henderson and Matt Garza. Read on for the three ways you can cast your vote!
SHARE YOUR DECISION WITH YOUR FRIENDS ON FACEBOOK & TWITTER.
PLUS, CAST AN EXTRA VOTE FOR YOUR FAVORITE ON TWITTER BY TWEETING ONE OF THE FOLLOWING OPTIONS:
- I just voted for a #PeraltaBobble for the #Brewers14in14! Vote now: http://www.brewers.com/bobblevote
- I just voted for a #HendersonBobble for the #Brewers14in14! Vote now: http://www.brewers.com/bobblevote
- I just voted for a #GarzaBobble for the #Brewers14in14! Vote now: http://www.brewers.com/bobblevote
YOU CAN ALSO VOTE ON YOUR PHONE AS OFTEN AS YOU WANT.
TEXT 41835 TO SUBMIT YOUR CHOICE:
- Text 1 or PERALTA to 41835 for Wily Peralta.
- Text 2 or HENDERSON to 41835 for Jim Henderson.
- Text 3 or GARZA to 41835 for Matt Garza.
(Standard data rates may apply.)
JOIN US ON SUNDAY, JULY 27 WHEN ALL FANS WILL RECEIVE A BOBBLEHEAD OF THE WINNING PLAYER!
On Sunday, we signed free agent right-handed starter Matt Garza to a four-year contract with a vesting option for the 2018 season.
And today, we welcomed Matt with this ad in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
“Matt is an established top-of-the-rotation pitcher who provides our staff with experience and quality depth,” said Melvin.
Garza, 30, is 67-67 with a 3.84 ERA in 194 games (191 starts) during eight Major League seasons with Minnesota (2006-07), Tampa Bay (2008-10), Chicago-NL (2011-13) and Texas (2013). After missing nearly the first two months of 2013 due to injury (side/back), he returned to post a 10-6 record with a 3.82 ERA in 24 starts between the Cubs (11gs) and Rangers (13gs) last season.
Garza was named 2008 American League Championship Series Most Valuable Player (2gs, 2-0, 1.38 ERA vs. Boston) and threw the first no-hitter in Tampa Bay Rays history on July 26, 2010 vs. Detroit. He is 2-1 with a 3.48 ERA in five career postseason starts (31ip, 12er).
Garza will wear uniform number 22. Outfielder Logan Schafer, who previously wore the number, will now wear number 1.
-John & Cait