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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.
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.
This is the first Brewers cover of Sports Illustrated since August 29, 2011 when Ryan Braun, Prince Fielder and Nyjer Morgan graced the cover.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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:
When I presented Kyle with the bobble today, I think he was pretty stoked:
He showed it to a couple of the other guys who thought it was a sticker. Nope. That’s ink, mirroring Kyle’s.
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.
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
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!
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.
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
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.
The Brewers are back in town and kick off a nine-game homestand with a three-game set against the Arizona Diamondbacks tonight at Miller Park.
It is Cinco de Mayo tonight and the Brewers will celebrate Mexico’s victory in the Battle of Puebla with Mahi Mahi Tacos at the Double Clutch. The Mahi Mahi is seasoned with cilantro and fresh lime and topped with grilled pineapple and a cilantro slaw. A side of Spanish rice accompanies the two tacos.
This is $9.50 (only $7.25 on Monday for Season Seat Holders with your Brewers SSH Card!) and will be available for each of the three games this week against the Dbacks. I recommend grabbing a fork because this dish is very tasty, but a little messy.
As always, the Spaghetti in a Meatball will also be featured all week for $9.50 (also on sale for $7.25 to those with a Brewers SSH Card Monday only).
The Double Clutch is located on the Loge Level outside section 215 at Miller Park.
Enjoy the homestand!
The other day I received an e-mail from Tyler Barnes, Brewers vice president – communications. Tyler and I exchange countless e-mails each day. In the nine years that I have worked for him, this one will always stick out.
“Hi, John. Do you have any interest in jumping off a building?” it read.
I was a bit startled, but kept my composure and read on. I learned that I wouldn’t technically be jumping off a building, rather I would be rappelling. That made me a little more comfortable. Add that it will benefit charity and I was in.
With a high-risk operation like rappelling down an 18-story building in downtown Milwaukee, it is clear that Tyler probably reached pretty far down the staff totem pole before getting to me (or maybe not, who knows!). After reading more into the cause, I was happy to get the call and happy to promote the event.
The cause we will be supporting: looking to end the stigma and suffering of those affected by diseases of addiction. On Tuesday, Brewers Community Foundation will partner with Shatterproof to celebrate “Shatterproof Day” at Miller Park. Shatterproof addresses the issues of addiction and provides families with much needed support. In addition, they work to promote addiction related research.
As a part of the daylong celebration, Shatterproof will host the “Shatterproof Challenge” in downtown Milwaukee where about 80 people will join me to rappel down the side of the Hyatt Regency Hotel. Sophia Minnaert of FOX Sports Wisconsin will be there rappelling as well. Brewers outfielder Logan Schafer is also scheduled to appear at the event. For some odd reason, Brewers General Manager Doug Melvin wouldn’t allow Schafer to rappel (definitely for the best)!
The height of the hotel is about 230 feet tall, a far cry from my only wall climbing/rappelling experience that came as an 11-year old kid at YMCA Camp Minikani (Camp friends: what was the height of that wall? 30 feet? Regardless, it seemed like 230 feet at the time.). This will be a challenge, but a far-cry from the challenges facing the beneficiaries of Shatterproof.
The cause here is what is important. Addiction to alcohol and drugs is the third largest killer in the United States behind cancer and heart disease. This disease impacts over 25 million Americans and 135,000 lives are lost to this each year. Shatterproof is in its infancy as an organization and I am happy to help them get the word out about a disease that our society is often afraid to face. Getting the cause out to the public in a way like this is long overdue.
Beyond what takes place in downtown Milwaukee on Tuesday, Shatterproof will be well represented at Miller Park later that night. A Shatterproof table will be set up on the Field Level concourse distributing literature and Shatterproof President Gary Mendall will toss the ceremonial first pitch.
Mendall founded Shatterproof after the death of his son, Brian, who suffered from the disease of addiction and took his own life in 2011. With a personal gift of $5 million, and a goal of transforming the way addiction is prevented and treated, Shatterproof was born.
How can you help? There are a number of ways. I have set up a personal fundraising page where you can give to the cause and show your support. Thanks for whatever donation you can offer! Or, you can join me on Tuesday by rappelling yourself. There is still time to register and raise the funds needed to rappel down the side of one of Milwaukee’s most iconic buildings.
For more information on Shatterproof and their resources they offer, visit shatterproof.org.
Stay tuned to the blog as I will have pictures and video from my “jump” on Tuesday!
The Milwaukee Brewers and the Milwaukee Braves Historical Association will induct Joe Torre into the Braves Honor Roll on Thursday, May 8 in a private ceremony at Miller Park.
Torre signed with the Milwaukee Braves in 1959 and played the first six years of his 18-year Major League playing career in Milwaukee. Over his nine-year career with the Braves, Torre hit .294 with 142 home runs and 552 RBI. He made three All-Star teams in Milwaukee and nine All-Star teams during his career. His best season as a player came in 1971 with St. Louis when he was named National League MVP and led the league in hits (230), RBI (137) and batting average (.363). Torre finished his Major League career with the New York Mets in 1977.
Following his playing career, Torre went on to be one of the most decorated managers in Major League history. He managed the New York Mets (1977-1981), Atlanta Braves (1982-1984), St. Louis Cardinals (1990-1995), New York Yankees (1996-2007) and Los Angeles Dodgers (2008-2010). He won four World Series as manager of the Yankees (1996, 1998-2000) and was named American League Manager of the Year in 1996 and 1998. In December of 2013, it was announced that he would be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame (scheduled for this summer).
There are currently 12 members of the Milwaukee Braves Honor Roll, which recognizes each member with a bronze plaque. The list of honorees includes Warren Spahn (2004), Johnny Logan (2005), Andy Pafko (2006), Bobby Thomson (2008), Bob Uecker (2009), Felix Mantilla (2010), Eddie Mathews (2010), Joe Adcock (2011), Frank Torre (2011), Del Crandall (2012), Hank Aaron (2012) and Gene Conley (2013).
-John & Cait
The Cubs are making the trip north on I-94 for a weekend set with the Brewers that begins tonight. Chicago is known for many specialty food items and the Double Clutch this weekend will not disappoint as it combines two popular Chicago foods in one special meal.
The featured menu item this weekend is the Chicago Greektown Dog. The dish starts with a Chicago-style all-beef hot dog wrapped in gyro meat (think “The Beast,” but a dog wrapped in gyro meat!). Then, it is topped with tzatziki sauce, feta cheese, kalamata olives and Miller Park’s famous house made chips.
This a unique twist on a classic ballpark meal and is $9.50. 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.
On the other side of the press box (just outside section 222), at the new and improved “Smokehouse,” fans can enjoy a Meatloaf Sandwich this weekend. The sandwich is topped with house made chipotle bacon ketchup (which is incredible) and served on a corn dust bun with a pickle and side of cole slaw. In addition, the three “staples” of this stand will be available all weekend including BBQ Beef Brisket, Italian Pork and Smoked Chicken. These sandwiches are all priced at $10.50.
Enjoy the weekend!