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John is Jumping Off a Building for Shatterproof and You Can Help!

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.

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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)!

It doesn't look THAT high!

It doesn’t look THAT high!

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!

–JOHN

johnandcait@brewers.com

 

Joe Torre to be Inducted to the Milwaukee Braves Honor Roll

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

JohnandCait@Brewers.com

Double Clutch Menu Item For the Cubs Series: Chicago Greektown Dog

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.

Gyro + hot dog + delicious.

Gyro + hot dog + delicious.

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.

Mom might be a bit jealous of this meatloaf!

Mom might be a bit jealous of this meatloaf!

Enjoy the weekend!

–JOHN

johnandcait@brewers.com

Double Clutch Menu Item for the Padres Series: Blackened Shrimp Tacos

The Brewers kick off a six-game homestand tonight at Miller Park against the San Diego Padres and a famous California menu item will be on the menu at the Double Clutch.

Blackened Shrimp Tacos will be featured at the Double Clutch for the next three games.  A trio of shrimp tacos topped with pico de gallo, grilled pineapple, cilantro slaw and chipotle creama.  The soft taco trio is served with mango cilantro rice and a lime wedge.

The Shrimp Taco Trio will have Brewers fans California dreamin'

The Shrimp Taco Trio will have Brewers fans California dreamin’

Priced at $9.50, this dinner will be a treat for Brewers fans looking for a taste of California.

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 Padres series at Miller Park.

–JOHN

johnandcait@brewers.com

Double Clutch Menu Item for the Cardinals Series: Slinger Skillet

The St. Louis Style Slinger Skillet is the featured menu item at the Double Clutch for the last three games of this homestand.  It is pretty chilly outside and this St. Louis diner staple will keep you warm throughout the entire game.

Served in a bowl, the meal includes two beef sliders, topped with chili, hash browns, shredded cheddar cheese and, of course, a fried egg.  Bring your appetite because this dish will keep you full.  This is available for the next three days at Miller Park and is $9.50.

This will keep you warm on a chilly April night at Miller Park!

This will keep you warm on a chilly April night at Miller Park!

Also available throughout the Cardinals series is the always popular Spaghetti-in-a-Meatball, which is served with a bread stick for $9.00.

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

–JOHN

johnandcait@brewers.com

Double Clutch Menu Item for Pirates Series: Primanti Brothers Style Sandwich

The Brewers are back at Miller Park, kicking off a six-game homestand tonight against the Pittsburgh Pirates.  This weekend at the Double Clutch, fans can enjoy a Primanti Brothers Style Sandwich.

The finished product.

The finished product.

In the skillet, made to order sandwiches.

In the skillet, made to order sandwiches.

A favorite in Pittsburgh, this sandwich includes pan-fried spicy capicola and genoa salami piled high and topped with provolone cheese.  It is topped with tomatoes, zesty coleslaw and fresh-cut fries and served on a fresh Italian bread.

This is the first time this sandwich has been featured and it is a classic.  The sandwich is $9.50 and will be sure to fill you up.

Also available is the always popular Spaghetti-in-a-Meatball. That is $9.50.

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

On the other side of the press box (just outside section 222) is the new and improved “Smokehouse.”  Featuring various meats smoked in one of Miller Park’s three smokers, staples at this stand include BBQ Beef Brisket, Italian Pork and smoked chicken.  These sandwiches are all priced at $10.50.

Each homestand, a different specialty meat will be featured.  Beginning tonight, the Smokehouse will feature a Chopped Ham Sandwich.  Bone-in ham, rubbed with BBQ spice is thinly shaved and dipped in a sweet BBQ sauce (also made in-house) and served on a cord dusted roll.  Served with a side of coleslaw, this is also $10.50.  This was a delicious sandwich that was sweet, while at the same time, maintained that smokehouse flavor.

Enjoy the homestand!

-John & Cait

johnandcait@brewers.com

Celebrating the 40th Anniversary of Hank Aaron’s Historic Home Run

On April 8, 1974, 40 years ago today,  as a member of the Atlanta Braves, Henry “Hammerin’ Hank” Aaron, considered by many to be the greatest baseball player ever, hit his historic 715th home run off of Dodgers veteran Al Downing at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium, a home run that broke Babe Ruth’s all-time record.

Here’s a great look back from Lyle Spencer. 

Aaron retired as all-time Home Run King with 755 career round-trippers, the last of which he hit on  July 20, 1976, while playing for the Milwaukee Brewers at County Stadium. For over 30 years, that home run has represented one of the most historic moments in Milwaukee Brewers history and all of Major League Baseball and there is a plaque situated in Brewers Lot 1, a preferred parking area located east of Helfaer Field, marking the landing spot of that final moon shot.

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- Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

An Inside Look at Fenway Park

The Brewers continue their three-game series with the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park tonight.  Since Interleague Play began, the Brewers don’t visit Boston very often, so it is always a treat to visit this historic ballpark.

Today, I took a tour of the ballpark along with Brewers Director of Media Relations, Mike Vassallo; Radio Play-by-play announcer, Joe Block; Radio Producer, Kent Sommerfeld, and his wife, Karen; Brewers.com beat writer, Adam McCalvy; FOX Sports Wisconsin host Craig Coshun and FOX Sports Wisconsin stats guru Brian Mikolajek.

The tour was organized by the Red Sox PR crew: Kevin Gregg, Abby DeCiccio and John Shestakofsky, something they like to do for teams who don’t visit Boston regularly.  The tour was a definitely a treat.  I have been fortunate to visit and tour Fenway Park before and it is an enjoyable baseball experience every time.

Enjoy the gallery below of great photos and some fun facts we learned along the way.

 

 

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I learned a number of other fun-facts throughout the tour.

- The visiting and home clubhouse used to both be on the first base side of the field.  In the 1950s, the visiting clubhouse was moved behind the visiting dugout on the third base side.

- The ballpark played host to NFL games in the 1930s.  The Boston Redskins (now Washington Redskins) played home games here. The Boston Patriots (now the New England Patriots) games here in the 1960s as a member of the AFL.  The field ran east-west with the end zones ending up in rightfield and by the visiting dugout.

- The ballpark is on the National Register of Historic Places.

- The ten-year renovation/preservation plan for Fenway is nearing completion.  While there will always be things to maintain and update, most of the main projects that the current ownership group started have been completed.  Fenway Park has added about 3,000 seats in the last ten years.  The changes have allowed the ballpark to enter a new era, while at the same time, preserve its historical charm.

Thanks again to the Red Sox PR staff for accommodating our tour this afternoon.  It was a great time and I can’t wait to come back as a fan.  If you are a baseball fan, I highly recommend getting here to visit this gem.  It is a baseball experience that is unmatched.

The Brewers had a great win yesterday at Fenway Park, let’s hope for another win tonight and one more tomorrow!

–JOHN

john.steinmiller@brewers.com

 

Brewers Head on First Road Trip of 2014; Will We See You There?

After a 3-game series against the Atlanta Braves to open the season at Miller Park, the Brewers are embarking on their first road trip of the season, with stops in Boston and Philadelphia where they will be part of two more Opening Days.

The team will begin with Interleague play in Boston against the Red Sox with three games this weekend, including tomorrow afternoon, which is Boston’s home opener. Then, the team will head to Philadelphia. Monday is the Phillies home opener, followed by an off day on Tuesday and two more games against the Phillies next Wednesday and Thursday before heading back home to Miller Park to take on the Pirates beginning Friday, April 11.

From what we’ve seen over the past few seasons, Brewers fans love to travel.  Every city we go to, there are Brewers fans making their presence felt, and, in talking to players and coaches, they notice and appreciate the support while away from Miller Park.

Nothing is better than seeing true Brewers fans hanging out before games during batting practice, cheering on the team after a Brewers road win and walking the streets in whatever city the Crew is in.

From seeing some of your tweets and hearing people talk, it sounds like the Brewers will be well supported in Boston and Philly with many  fans planning on making the trip.

John will be on the road trip with the team and he will be looking for Brewers fans in both cities.  If you plan on going to the games (or any games throughout the season for that matter), tweet and/or Instagram your photos using #BrewersRoadCrew as the hashtag.

We’ll collect them throughout the trip and post them here on the blog, as well as post them on our social sites.

In addition, you can upload them to our Brewers Fans on the Fly digital fan map and your photo just might be selected to be shown on the scoreboard during a game!

Are any fans planning meeting up anywhere before any of the games?  Let us know; we’ll also post any Brewers fans pregame events that fans might be planning.

Hopefully we’ll see some of you on the road–if not this trip, sometime this season!

Cheer loud and proud, Brewers fans!

–JOHN & CAIT

johnandcait@brewers.com

Double Clutch Menu Item for Braves Series: Chicken and Waffles

Chef John is at it again, putting his own touch on the soul food classic meal of Chicken and Waffles available for the Opening Series  at Miller Park’s “Double Clutch” stand.

Chicken and Waffles

 

 

We think you’ll really enjoy the Buttermilk fried chicken and rosemary and thyme-infused waffles, covered with cayenne maple syrup, arugula, endive and pecan slaw–two to an order.

A popular dish in the South, the Chicken and Waffles are $9 and available through the Opening series with the Atlanta Braves.

Also available is a Smoked Turkey Chili, served in a bread bowl. That is $9 as well.

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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

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