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John’s Last Post

It is with mixed emotions that I am informing you all that today is my last day with the Brewers. Mike Vassallo made it official in the game notes today and you might have seen or heard about it on today’s broadcasts, but I also wanted to post something to the blog.

It has been an amazing run over the last nine-plus seasons with the team and I will say that working on this blog with Cait has been one of my favorite parts of the job. We built the blog from scratch and today our readers have made it one of the most popular blogs on MLB.com.

I have enjoyed every step of the way and will cherish the many people and experiences that have made my time here so wonderful. The places that I have been fortunate enough to visit and the people I have been able to call friends will never be forgotten.

Since I love stats, I couldn’t help but to dig up some stats on my tenure here (I started in February of 2005 and the stats are entering today’s game)…

-          Overall team record: 786-756 .510 (1542 total games including Postseason)

-          Rickie Weeks has played the most games since I started in 2005 with 1,077 games played including Postseason

-          Overall 203 players have played at least one regular season game for the Brewers since I have worked here

-          Ryan Braun leads the team in hits during my tenure with 1,237 and Yovani Gallardo leads the team with 86 wins

-          The Brewers have played 13,735 1/3 innings since the start of the 2005 season

About a month ago, my wife, Kate, received a job promotion that required a move to Phoenix. That put me on the job hunt! I dusted off my résumé and started the search. I was fortunate enough to accept a job with the Phoenix Mercury of the WNBA as Basketball Communications Manager. I’m very excited for a new adventure for me and my family.

I have grown up here in the organization, starting fresh out of Marquette University. I will take with me what have learned every step of my professional journey. Milwaukee will always be home and the Brewers will always be my team. I look forward to seeing you all in Arizona during Spring Training each year. I will definitely be following the team through October! I will continue to tweet from @jstein1981 if you want to keep in touch.

As for the blog, it is in great hands with Cait. She is very creative, smart and driven to keep this going. I will miss the “Double Clutch” tastings and the special events I have covered. I will miss the interaction I had with the readers and fans.

Thank you for your support of the blog. Brewers for life!

–JOHN

johnandcait@brewers.com

Second Brewers T-Shirt Friday on June 27

If you were following along with our #Brewers14in14 All-Fan Giveaway unveiling this offseason,  then you know that for six Friday home games during the 2014 season, all fans will receive a Brewers t-shirt, featuring a unique design for each game ( NOTE: T-shirts will be available in Adult XL and Medium).

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The second T-Shirt Friday will take place during the next homestand, on Friday, June 27, when the Brewers take on the Colorado Rockies.

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Here to model the latest Brewers tee is Brewers pitcher Brandon Kintzler:

 

-Cait

johnandcait@brewers.com

Double Clutch Menu Item for the Reds Series: Skyline Chili Skillet

It wouldn’t be a series with the Reds without some famous Skyline Chili being featured at the Double Clutch!

However, your traditional chili bowl won’t be found at one of the most popular Miller Park concession stands.  Of course we have to put a special twist on a traditional meal.  For the three game series with the Reds the “Skyline Chili Skillet” will be featured at the Double Clutch.

The fried egg topping the bowl of chili was an interesting take on a traditional favorite.

The fried egg topping the bowl of chili was an interesting take on a traditional favorite.

Served in a bowl, the very healthy (meaning generous in this case) portion of Skyline Chili is mixed with fried potatoes and topped in a way we have never seen before–with a fried egg.  Of course, some traditional toppings like cheddar cheese, sour cream, caramelized onions and scallions are on top as well.  The meal is made to order, so feel free to take toppings off as you please.  The chili bowl is $10.00 and will be served throughout the three-game series.

A staple of the Double Clutch, the Spaghetti-in-a-Meatball is also available again and features a 1/2 pound beef and veal meatball stuffed with spaghetti and mozzarella cheese and topped with marinara sauce.  That is $9.50.

The Double Clutch stand is on the Loge Level outside section 215 (on the first base side of the press box).

–JOHN & CAIT

johnandcait@brewers.com

First Brewers T-Shirt Friday on June 13

If you were following along with our #Brewers14in14 All-Fan Giveaway unveiling this offseason,  then you know that for six Friday home games during the 2014 season, all fans will receive a Brewers t-shirt, featuring a unique design for each game ( NOTE: T-shirts will be available in Adult XL and Medium).

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The first T-Shirt Friday will take place on Friday, June 13 when the Brewers return home to take on the Cincinnati Reds:

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Here to model this retro Brewers tee are Brewers pitchers Rob Wooten and Will Smith. Work it, boys!

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-Cait

johnandcait@brewers.com

Fisher House Wisconsin Groundbreaking Event a Success

Today, the Milwaukee Brewers and Brewers Community Foundation participated in the groundbreaking of Fisher House Wisconsin at the Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center in Milwaukee. The ceremony took place in front of a standing room crowd of over 400 people.

Included in the dignitaries were Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy, Brewers television play-by-play announcer Bill Schroeder, Executive Director, Brewers Community Foundation Cecelia Gore, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker and Congresswoman Gwen Moore (4th Congressional District, Wisconsin).

The afternoon ceremony began with the Pledge of Allegiance which was led by Medal of Honor Recipient Gary Wetzel.  A South Milwaukee native, Wetzel was awarded a Medal of Honor for actions he performed in the Vietnam War. It was an honor to be in the presence of someone so brave and the respect he was given all afternoon was incredible and well-deserved.

Gore, Walker and Moore all spoke at the event to talk about the importance of the Fisher House to Milwaukee and Wisconsin. Also on hand to speak today was Dan Buttery who spearheaded fundraising efforts to get Fisher House built here, and, Ken Fisher, Chairman and CEO of Fisher House Foundation. Fisher, an avid baseball fan, admitted to being a bit nervous as he will be throwing out the first pitch tonight at Miller Park.

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The Fisher House program is a unique, private-public partnership that supports America’s military in their time of need. The program recognizes the special sacrifices of our men and women in uniform, as well as the hardships of military service, by offering shelter and support during a medical crisis. Located on the grounds of VA hospitals and other military medical centers, Fisher House facilities give a comforting “home away from home” while a loved one is receiving care in an unfamiliar environment.

Fisher House provides an option for military and veterans’ families to be close to a loved one during hospitalization for an illness, disease or injury at the Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center in Milwaukee.  Nationwide, Fisher House served over 22,000 families last year at its 64 houses.

Currently, 8,000 Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans are utilizing the Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center for treatment of their wounds and injuries. Without Fisher House, they must arrange overnight accommodations at area hotels or with friends and family during their course of treatment.

The need is so great that the future Milwaukee home will be one of the largest built in the United States of America, allowing veterans and their families living beyond 50 miles from the Milwaukee VA hospital to stay overnight at no cost. Fisher House Wisconsin is scheduled to open in the Summer of 2015.

Fisher House Wisconsin will be over 13,000 square feet inside with 16 bedroom suites capable of accommodating up to eight people per suite. The warm and comfortable interior of the suites will be professionally decorated and beautifully furnished. Functionally, guests and their families will have access to well stocked kitchens and inviting living rooms, complete with a library and toys for children. Highly trained staff and caring volunteers are available to help all Fisher House guests.

For more information on Fisher House, please visit FisherHouse.org.

–JOHN

johnandcait@brewers.com

Double Clutch Menu Item for the Twins Series: Cajun Seared Walleye Reuben

The Twins are in town for a two-game series and that means a new item at the Double Clutch! Minnesota is known as the “Land of Lakes” (even though technically Wisconsin has more lakes, but we can save that argument for another day) and that mean plenty of freshwater fishing.

Fresh Walleye Reuben.

Fresh Walleye Reuben.

The Cajun Seared Walleye Reuben is the featured item this week, honoring that tradition of freshwater fishing. A fresh walleye fillet seared on the grill and served on toasted rye bread. The walleye is topped with kraut, thousand island dressing, Cajun seasoning and Swiss cheese.  On the side, a serving of the house made Miller Park chips for $11.

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Also available, Spaghetti-in-a-Meatball for $9.50.

Enjoy the rivalry week!

–JOHN

johnandcait@brewers.com

 

Lucroy and Schroeder to Participate in Groundbreaking Ceremony for Fisher House Wisconsin

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The Milwaukee Brewers and Brewers Community Foundation will take part in the groundbreaking of Fisher House Wisconsin tomorrow at the Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center in Milwaukee (5000 W. National Avenue). The ceremony will begin at 1 p.m. and feature appearances from Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy and television announcer Bill Schroeder. Brewers Community Foundation has made contributions to Fisher House Wisconsin over the past few years.

“Brewers Community Foundation has always been supportive of our veterans and armed forces,” said Cecelia Gore, Executive Director of Brewers Community Foundation. “Fisher House Wisconsin is a terrific organization that allows us to localize that support, and this will be great to have in our neighborhood.”

The Fisher House program is a unique, private-public partnership that supports America’s military in their time of need. The program recognizes the special sacrifices of our men and women in uniform, as well as the hardships of military service, by offering shelter and support during a medical crisis. Located on the grounds of VA hospitals and other military medical centers, Fisher House facilities give a comforting “home away from home” while a loved one is receiving care in an unfamiliar environment.

Fisher House provides an option for military and veterans’ families to be close to a loved one during hospitalization for an illness, disease or injury at the Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center in Milwaukee.  Nationwide, Fisher House served over 22,000 families last year at its 64 houses.

Currently, 8,000 Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans are utilizing the Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center for treatment of their wounds and injuries. Without Fisher House, they must arrange overnight accommodations at area hotels or with friends and family during their course of treatment.

The need is so great that the future Milwaukee home will be one of the largest built in the United States of America, allowing veterans and their families living beyond 50 miles from the Milwaukee VA hospital to stay overnight at no cost. Fisher House Wisconsin is scheduled to open in the Summer of 2015.

Fisher House Wisconsin will be over 13,000 square feet inside with 16 bedroom suites capable of accommodating up to eight people per suite. The warm and comfortable interior of the suites will be professionally decorated and beautifully furnished. Functionally, guests and their families will have access to well stocked kitchens and inviting living rooms, complete with a library and toys for children. Highly trained staff and caring volunteers are available to help all Fisher House guests.

The proposed budget for the project is $6 million, much of which will be funded by the Fisher House Foundation. However, fully half of the project cost will need private support from the community. For more information on Fisher House, please visit fisherhouse.org.

I will post photos from tomorrow’s event here on the blog.

–JOHN

johnandcait@brewers.com

 

Double Clutch Menu Item for the Cubs Series: Chicago-Style Panini

The Cubs are in town this weekend and the Double Clutch stand is serving up a Chicago Style Panini. This one sounded a little strange on paper, but seeing in person, it was a much different story.

Looks great!

Looks great!

It’s a Chicago Dog, split open with sliced Italian Sausage, sliced tomato, sport peppers, provolone cheese, neon relish, celery salt and sliced onion, for $10. The famous Miller Park house made chips are served on the side.  It is a very interesting take on a Chicago classic. If you are a traditionalist, you might not be open to this. If you are willing to take a chance, it will be well worth it.

Fresh off the grill.

Fresh off the grill.

 

The Spaghetti in a Meatball is also available all weekend for $9.50.

As always, the Double Clutch is located outside section 215 on the Loge Level for the three weekend games of the Cubs series at Miller Park.

–CAIT

johnandcait@brewers.com

Brewers 2014 Yearbook Available Today at Miller Park

The 2014 Milwaukee Brewers yearbook arrived at Miller Park today featuring over 150 full-color pages of beautiful Brewers photos, fun facts and historical information.   A recap of Carlos Gomez’s memorable Gold Glove season, the stories of Gomez’s and teammate Jean Segura’s paths from the Dominican Republic to becoming Major League All-Stars, and the 40th Anniversary of Robin Yount’s rookie season are just a few of the many highlights.  In addition, Brewers memories through the years provide an interesting recap down memory lane. Yearbook Cover 2014 Featuring a wide range of photos, player biographies and statistics, the Brewers Official Team Yearbook is the only publication that includes photos of every player in the organization – from rookie ball to the majors. A collector’s item that is ideal for autographs, the Brewers yearbook is now available for just $10 (an absolute steal!) and also makes a great gift idea for the Brewers fan who has everything. Brewers Manager – Media Relations, Ken Spindler heads up the yearbook project and has really outdone himself this year. Pick up your souvenir copy at the Team Store by Majestic inside Miller Park or online here. –Cait johnandcait@brewers.com

Brewers S.C.O.R.E. Big Today With Students at Milwaukee College Prep School

The annual S.C.O.R.E. for Excellence Day presented by The Gordon Flesch Company took place today at Milwaukee College Prep School’s 38th Street Campus. The excitement level of these first through sixth graders was through the roof. They were probably the most fired up I have seen a S.C.O.R.E group in my seven or eight years of participating in the program! Brewers television play-by-play announcer Brian Anderson hosted the program. He was joined by Carlos Gomez, Scooter Gennett and, Brewers alum, Larry Hisle.

The S.C.O.R.E. program is one of the Brewers “Beyond the Diamond” program initiatives. S.C.O.R.E. is an acronym for School, Community, Opportunities, Role Models and Excellence with an emphasis on education, interaction and life skills. During the program, players engage students in a dialogue about the importance of these five S.C.O.R.E. elements. The program helps open communication between the students and their role models. T-shirts and game tickets were provided to each student in the school today. “Beyond the Diamond” is a series of community outreach events that take place throughout the Brewers season in partnership with Brewers Community Foundation and Brewers Community Relations.

Anderson called a few students up to hear their thoughts on what School, Community, Opportunities, Role Models and Excellence meant to them and Gennett, Gomez and Hisle each shared their thoughts as well.

Gennett talked about how helping in your community can be as simple as picking up trash in your neighborhood or checking on a neighbor. He also talked about the importance of having pride in your community.

Gomez talked about taking advantage of opportunities to improve your life. Specifically, he talked about how he took advantage of his abilities on the baseball field and continually worked hard to become a Major League Baseball player. Always working hard was the theme of what he had to show and it is clear that Gomez practices what he preaches.

Anderson introduced Hisle to the group as one of his role models. Hisle talked about how role models in the kids lives–teachers, parents or older siblings–can be of help when growing up.

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The kids were very well-behaved, but very excited to have the Brewers at their school today. I didn’t think they could scream any louder, but then Anderson introduced The Famous Racing Sausages and, well, the kids turned it up and absolutely went bananas.

Milwaukee College Prep is a charter school in Milwaukee with three campuses and over 1400 kids. Principal Maggy Olson did a great job of welcoming the Brewers into her school today. We wish her and the rest of the fabulous teachers the best of luck the rest of this afternoon as the kids will be pumped up the rest of the afternoon! I will be fired up the rest of my day as the dance party before the event was pretty energizing!

A special thanks goes out to Kurt Konicke, branch manager for The Gordon Flesch Company, who attended the event and addressed the children. The Brewers Community Relations Department, Katina Shaw and Erica Bowring along with Andrew Lukinich and Mary DeLatt of the Brewers Corporate Marketing Department, were also there and put a lot of work into making sure the children of Milwaukee College Prep had a day they will never forget. Looking at the faces of these kids today, the hard work of every one involved did pay off.

–JOHN

johnandcait@brewers.com

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