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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

Gomez Surprises His Number One Fan

Prior to tonight’s Brewers-Orioles game at Miller Park, Carlos Gomez selected his “Number One Fan,” Jordan Hynum out of the stands and surprised her by offering her the opportunity to throw out the first pitch.

Carlos and Jordan first met on Gomez’ bobblehead day on April 27 at Miller Park when Carlos was signing autographs for fans before the game. That is when FOX Sports Wisconsin cameras captured the meeting and her emotional response to the hug from the Brewers All-Star. The footage went viral as it showed the 15-year-old Fort Atkinson girl crying tears of joy after meeting Carlos.

The Milwaukee Brewers responded by offering tickets to Jordan to tonight’s game, but Carlos and the team had another surprise waiting for them….

So, earlier today, when Jordan sent out this tweet. She had no idea what was in store for her:

Carlos surprised Jordan by pulling her out of the crowd for her to throw out the first pitch prior to tonight’s game.

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Carlos came out of the dugout before tonight’s game to surprise Jordan Hynum, his number one fan. Photo: Scott Paulus/Milwaukee Brewers

“Adrenaline took over, it was very cool,” said Jordan, shortly after the pitch, which was thrown for a strike as the sophomore at Fort Atkinson High School has played softball.

Jordan throws the ceremonial first pitch for a strike.

Jordan throws the ceremonial first pitch for a strike.

She says she received overwhelming response from family and friends in the days following the video footage and that even strangers will recognize her and say, “Aren’t you the girl who cried on TV?”

But that’s okay. In this case, they were happy tears.

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Carlos Gomez and Jordan Hynum, after Jordan threw out the first pitch prior to tonight’s game.  Photo: Scott Paulus/Milwaukee Brewers

And, when we asked her why Carlos is her favorite player, her eyes misted over again as she said, “Because he is a good person and plays with all his heart.”

He sure does. As if on cue, minutes later, Carlos hit a 3-run home run in the bottom of the first to give the Brewers an early 3-0 lead.

–John and Cait

johnandcait@brewers.com

Double Clutch Menu Item for the Orioles Series: Baltimore Pit Beef Sandwich

Today, the Brewers kicked off a eight-game homestand here at Miller Park . First to town are the Baltimore Orioles and a we’ve got some Baltimore flair on the menu at the Double Clutch for the next three games.

The Baltimore Pit Beef Sandwich is served with tiger sauce on a kaiser roll with house-made chips for $12.00.

Baltimore Pit Beef SandwichPit beef is Baltimore’s version of barbecue: beef grilled crusty on the outside, rare and juicy inside and heaped high on a sandwich.

In addition, the Spaghetti-in-a-Meatball will also be available for $9.50.

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

–CAIT

johnandcait@brewers.com

6:20 p.m. Start on 6/2 to Honor 620 WTMJ With Select $6.20 Tickets

If you were wondering the strange announcement a few weeks ago about our 6:20 p.m. start time, it all should start to make a little more sense to you today.  620 WTMJ radio will be honored by the Milwaukee Brewers with “620 WTMJ Day” at Miller Park on Monday, June 2. Get it!? 6:20 p.m. start on 6/2 to honor 620 WTMJ with select $6.20 tickets.

In honoring the 620 theme of the day, tickets in the Loge Outfield, Loge Bleachers, Terrace Box and Terrace Reserved categories will be available for just $6.20. In addition, the game time for the Brewers-Twins matchup has been moved from 7:10 p.m. to 6:20 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at Brewers.com/620WTMJ.

The day of festivities will include 620 WTMJ live broadcasts from Miller Park throughout the day, starting at 12 p.m. with the Jeff Wagner Show and continuing at 3 p.m. with Wisconsin’s Afternoon News with John Mercure.  The game will be broadcast live at 6:20 p.m. by Bob Uecker and Joe Block.

“Brewers baseball on WTMJ Radio has been the soundtrack of summer in Wisconsin for decades​. Bob Uecker and Joe Block have a special relationship with listeners and we’re very pleased to join the Brewers in honoring fans for their tremendous support over the years,” said Tom Langmyer, Vice President and General Manager of Milwaukee Radio.  “620 WTMJ Day will honor our partnership with the Brewers and reward the loyal Brewers fans who have tuned into 620 WTMJ for decades.”

620 WTMJ on-air personalities will also make announcements in the stadium and participate in on-field activities.  Hosts Gene Mueller, Jeff Wagner and John Mercure (I hear Mercure has a mean fastball) will throw out the ceremonial first pitch for the game’s special start time at 6:20 p.m.

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“We appreciate the support of our friends at 620 WTMJ with all that they do to bring Brewers games into the homes of fans throughout the state,” said Brewers Chief Operating Officer Rick Schlesinger. “This promotion provides another great value to Brewers fans, and we look forward to what will be a great night at Miller Park as we host the Twins.”

$6.20 tickets are now available at Brewers.com.  Fans can use coupon code 620WTMJ (There is an 8-ticket limit per buyer).

For information, visit Brewers.com/620WTMJ.

–JOHN

johnandcait@brewers.com

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.

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“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.

-Cait

johnandcait@brewers.com

Gomez On Cover of Sports Illustrated

As if a Brewers win wasn’t enough to make fans happy on a Tuesday night, I have some late breaking news from Miller Park: Carlos Gomez is on the cover the May 19 issue of Sports Illustrated.

Luke Winn, a writer for Sports Illustrated, was in Milwaukee last week to write a profile on Gomez.  His story about Gomez will be  in the issue.  The cover is one of two covers released by Sports Illustrated this week, the other features NBA MVP Kevin Durant.

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This is the first Brewers cover of Sports Illustrated since August 29, 2011 when Ryan Braun, Prince Fielder and Nyjer Morgan graced the cover.

–JOHN

johnandcait@brewers.com

Brewers Vintage Bobblehead Revealed

As you know, this year, we’ve got our #Brewers14in14… 14 All-Fan Giveaways–8 bobbleheads and 6 t-shirts–during the 2014 season!

As we get images of the bobbles, we’ll unveil them here and across our social media channels.

Today, on Mother’s Day, all fans received the second all-fan bobblehead of the year, a Kyle Lohse Bobblehead, presented by Toyota.

And now we’ve got a peek at the third bobblehead here for you, which will, coincidentally, fall on Father’s Day–the Brewers Vintage Bobblehead, presented by Time Warner Cable, on Sunday, June 15 vs. the Cincinnati Reds.

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Bobblehead fanatics, especially those who have an original Brewers bobblehead in their collection, will go wild for this bobblehead!

Created as a throwback to the bobbles of yore when most bobbles were created with the same Kewpie-esque face, the Vintage Brewer bobble is, as you can see, quite similar.

Individual tickets  are on sale now and the Father’s Day game is sure to be a hot ticket.

In short, you’ll want to visit brewers.com or call (414) 902-4000 to secure yours today!

-Cait

johnandcait@brewers.com

One Extremely Limited Edition Lohse Bobblehead

This Sunday, May 11, the Brewers take on the New York Yankees at 1:10pm and all-fans in attendance will receive our second all-fan giveaway of the season: the Kyle Lohse bobblehead, presented by Toyota.

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The bobblehead is posed in his windup and features Lohse’s signature goatee…but not his signature tattoo, as he and his teammates were quick to point out.

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Kyle Lohse has a large, distinctive tattoo that runs the length of right forearm up to his elbow,  the site of a scar he has from forearm surgery he had in 2010

Kyle told me that the feathered wing represents “a prayer for power and health,” while the baseball peeling back to reveal a globe underneath it is to remind him “that there is more to life than baseball.”

And so, while none of the Brewers bobbleheads feature any tattoos (for numerous reasons, as I am sure you can understand), this felt like a special case.

So, I enlisted the help of our extremely talented Senior Graphic Designer, Jeff Harding.

“So, ah, Jeff…how hard do you think it would be to draw a tattoo on a bobblehead?” I asked him casually.

“Pretty difficult,” he said. And, knowing me very well after working together for over six years, he followed that up with a suspicious look and a, “Why…what are you thinking?”

And so I explained.

“I’d need a photo of the tattoo,” he countered.

I showed him the photo I had already taken.

Jeff shook his head in defeat. “Okay, but no promises,” he warned.

But boy, did he deliver:

Lohse Bobble Tattoo

When I presented Kyle with the bobble today, I think he was pretty stoked:

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He showed it to a couple of  the other guys who thought it was a sticker. Nope. That’s ink, mirroring Kyle’s.

Kyle Lohse and Bobblehead Tattoo

And sorry fans, that’s a special 1/1 limited edition bobble. All of the others to be given away this Sunday feature Kyle in his home white jersey.

By the way, for those of you scoring at home: This is the first bobblehead of Kyle’s career. Yes, the World Series Champion who was drafted in 1996,  made his Major League debut in 2001, and has played in six Major League organizations has never before been immortalized in bobble form.

“I guess I finally made it,” he told me with a smile.

-Cait

johnandcait@brewers.com

Double Clutch Menu Item For the Yankees Series: New York Style Corned Beef Sandwich

The Yankees are making just their second trip ever to Miller Park (and their first since 2005) for a weekend set with the Brewers that begins tonight.  New York is known for many specialty food items and the Double Clutch this weekend will not disappoint.

The featured menu item this weekend is the New York Style Corned Beef Sandwich. The dish starts with marble rye, piled high with corned beef and Swiss cheese.  Then, it is topped with dijonaise and sauerkraut and served alongside  Miller Park’s famous house made chips. This combo is $12.50

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It is worth a shot and will only be available this weekend!  As always, the Spaghetti-in-a-Meatball is also available all weekend at the Double Clutch also for $9.50.

The Double Clutch is located on the Loge Level outside section 215.

Enjoy the weekend!

–CAIT

johnandcait@brewers.com

Surviving the Shatterproof Challenge

Everything was falling into place this morning as I prepared for my rappel down the side of the Hyatt Regency Milwaukee.  The sun was out, the temperature was cool and the wind was relatively calm.  My nerves calm as well as I rode the elevator up from the lobby to the Polaris restaurant for check-in around 11 a.m. this morning.

Maybe it was that I had spent many memorable family birthday dinners at the Polaris restaurant as a kid and it brought back some good memories, but I was ready to make the 240 foot drop for Shatterproof.

I met Sophia Minnaert of FOX Sports Wisconsin, who also was making the rappel today, at the Polaris (I suggest doing this with a friend, it makes things a little easier). We signed our lives away (a lot of waivers) and walked around to pick up our equipment. Harnesses, clips, straps, helmets, ropes, gloves and walkie-talkies. Getting dressed took a long time. The staff couldn’t have been more helpful and they knew what they were doing.

“Safety first, safety last and safety always,” was the motto. The staff from Shatterproof and Over The Edge made us feel comfortable and safe every “step” of the way. Some of the staff had been “cavers”–explorers of caves all over the world.  We met a firefighter from Green Bay who was on the rescue squad and had a love of climbing. Everyone was so nice and helpful, it made the drop much more comfortable.

"Just walk down the building!" said one staff member.

“Just walk down the building!” said one staff member.

The drop itself didn’t take too long, but was great.  Of course, the view from the top of the Hyatt was fantastic–the clear day made it perfect. I looked down and saw my Dad and my friend Jeno down at the bottom. I think they might have been more nervous than I was! I waved to them at the top as I started to lower myself down and they nervously waved back.

During the training session before the rappel down the wall, they said to “trust the rope.” That was hard to do at first, but as you trusted the rope, the drop got more comfortable. It was very smooth and somewhat relaxing.

As I landed, a sense of relief and accomplishment came over me. We made it and we helped raise awareness for a great cause. As I stated in my first blog about this event, Shatterproof is a new organization, but has a great message. Shatterproof has “four strategic pillars” that it uses:

1. Unite, amplify and empower the voices of millions of American families struggling with addiction

2. End the stigma of the disease in order to make treatment more accessible

3. Research and innovate to identify and put into practice evidence-based programs and strategies

4. Advocate for changes in public policy to advance effective treatment and recovery.

With that being said, you can still make a donation on my personal donation page. It would be great to get over the $1,000 mark! Thanks to all of my friends who have donated so far! My wife, Kate, my parents, my sister, Mary Kate, LJ and Sarah Rosales, Matt Armitage, Mike Drescher, Andrew Rutberg, Michelle and Mike Peterson, Emily Begel and, the founder of Shatterproof, Gary Mendall. Thank you for making the jump with me today and contributing to this great cause!

Over the next 20 years, Shatterproof will focus on three measurable goals:

1. Reduce by 50% the number of people addicted to alcohol and other drugs

2. Reduce by 50% the number of deaths from addiction-related substances

3. Reduce by 50% the societal costs of addiction.

I was happy to help Shatterproof make steps to those goals today.

FOX Sports Wisconsin cameraman Mario Hurt caught the above footage that aired on tonight’s broadcast.

A special thank you also goes out to Brewers outfielder Logan Schafer and Brewers Senior Director – Community Relations Katina Shaw who stopped by the event this afternoon.  They were a little disappointed they missed our jump and tried to talk us into doing it again.  I thought for a split second to go back up, but had my fun for the day.

This evening at Miller Park, Shatterproof Day continued. Mendall threw out the ceremonial first pitch and representatives of the group had an information table set up with plenty of information and facts on the organization. Stay tuned to the blog

Logan Schafer with Mendall (c) and Cary Kimmel of Shatterproof talk before tonight's game.

Logan Schafer with Mendall (c) and Cary Kimmel (r) of Shatterproof talk before tonight’s game.

Be sure to visit Shatterproof.org to learn more about the organization and how you can help. It takes more than a simple jump to help the more than 22 million Americans struggling with diseases of addiction and the more than 100 million family members who share their pain.

–JOHN

johnandcait@brewers.com

 

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