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Welcome Matt Garza

                On Sunday, we signed free agent right-handed starterMatt 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:

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                “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

JohnandCait@brewers.com

“No Shoes Nation” Tour Leaves Fans Wanting Nothing More

“Summertime is finally here….That old ballpark, man, is back in gear…Out on 94, man you could see the lights…”

For awhile there with the rainy weather we had been having last week, it looked like the roof was going to be closed when the “No Shoes Nation” Tour made it to Miller Park, but, it seems, wherever Kenny Chesney goes, summertime–and a party–come along for the ride.

Yes, by the time the lots opened on Saturday, the clouds had dissipated and the sun was out in full force, just in time for fans to bust out their flip flops, shorts, jean skirts and sundresses and head out to tailgate at Miller Park.

Fortunately for me, my work on the show was done up front in helping to promote last winter, so last night, I was able to partake in the festivities.

I met up with a large group of friends, family and co-workers in the Molitor Lot and we quickly set up tables full of delicious food and drinks and a game of bags. It was pretty much the same atmosphere as a Brewers game, with the grills fired up, music blasting and people mingling and having fun.

Left to Right: Cait, Amanda & Crystal

Left to Right: Cait, Amanda & Crystal

Then, when it came time for the show, we made our way inside. I was anxious to see our seats; however, from earlier this week I knew that with the way the stage was configured, there wouldn’t be a bad seat in the house. We had seats on the field, just to stage left. Here was my view, looking back earlier in the evening:

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Kacey Musgraves started around 5pm and was followed by Eli Young Band, Eric Church, and then Kenny Chesney. I was too busy singing and dancing along to keep track of the setlists, but Piet Levy from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, has a very good all-encompassing review this morning. (There’s also a handy-dandy Spotify playlist of Kenny’s setlist.)

To bring it back to baseball for a second–One of my favorite moments was when someone in our section announced that the Brewers had beaten the Cardinals 6-4. There were cheers and high fives all around, the perfect excuse (as if we needed any to begin with) to keep on partying.

Yes indeed, it was a terrific night. Each artist played all my personal favorites and, when it looked like the show was ending, I said, “Wait, it’s not over! Kenny hasn’t played ‘She Thinks My Tractor’s Sexy’ yet!” and sure enough, a moment later, he was back out on stage to close it out with a rockin’ rendition of the song.

To paraphrase a Kenny Chesney song, I think all fans went home happy with what they got as the “No Shoes Nation” Tour certainly left me wanting nothing more.

Did you have a great time last night? We want to hear your comments below and, of course, see your photos! Upload them to Twitter and/or Instagram using #NoShoesMKE. Here are a few I compiled so far:

-Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

The conclusion of the countdown to Opening Day! #SEEUAPRIL1

Ever since January 1, we’ve had fun counting down to Opening Day through images. As we look forward to tomorrow, there was no question what number one would be. It’s you– the #1 fans in all of baseball. Go Brewers! #SEEUAPRIL1

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Oh and in case you missed it, here’s a link to the ad we ran in today’s baseball preview section in The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Brewers 2013 Kickoff Ad!

In today’s edition, you’ll also find our special pullout insert and poster.

#SEEUAPRIL1

-Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

John Axford Participates in Milwaukee Film Festival Once Again

Thursday night was Opening Night for the 2012 Milwaukee Film Festival, which runs through October 11.

If you check out the event, held at Landmark Oriental Theatre, Downer Theatre and Fox-Bay Cinema
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you just might spot some familiar faces in the crowd. This year, once again Brewers closer John Axford has been involved with the festival through Brewers Community Foundation, one of the event’s sponsors.

A 2005 graduate of the University of Notre Dame with a BA in Film, John is quite the movie buff.

Before each screening at the festival, you’ll see this trailer, which features John and through his involvement, he is also scheduled to attend and speak onstage prior to a screening of The Princess Bride on Saturday, October 6 at 2:30 p.m.

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Milwaukee Film Festival 2012 Sponsor Trailer from Milwaukee Film on Vimeo.

In addition, John will be a judge for the Cream City Cinema Competition. He’ll watch three feature films and one shorts program and then deliberate with the other jurors to select the winner of the Filmmaker in Residence Program.

Make sure to follow John on Twitter @JohnAxford and also check out the Film Festival website for updates.

As part of their support, Brewers Community Foundation is one of the sponsors for the Milwaukee Children’s Film Festival presented by PNC. The Children’s Film Festival is also sponsored by MetroParent and MilwaukeeMoms.com.

“The film festival is so great for the community. The quality of film and exposure to other cultures is a tremendous asset that I think people should take advantage of. In particular, the Children’s Film Festival fits well with Brewers Community Foundation’s focused interest in education,” said Executive Director of Brewers Community Foundation, Cecelia Gore.

The Children’s Film Festival is co-directed by Julia Magnasco, Education Director at First Stage Children’s Theater, and Brian Gallagher, the former Executive Coordinator of the Wisconsin International Children’s Film Festival; it features quality children’s cinema from around the world. Each screening includes discussions with filmmakers or educators, hands-on activities and take-home guides.

The Milwaukee Children’s Film Festival  will screen on the weekends during the film festival, today through Sunday, October 7 at the Oriental Theatre and Fox-Bay Cinema,

For those of you attending the festival, you might also recognize another name in the program: MLB Commissioner Allan H.(Bud) Selig and his wife, Suzanne, are also major supporters of the film festival and have been since its inception in 2008. In recognition of their support, the Allan H. (Bud) and Suzanne L. Selig Audience Award is given each year to the overall audience favorite film in the feature and short film categories.

-Cait

johnandcait@brewers.com

Closer John Axford to Open Film Festival Tonight

Brewers fans, are you looking for something to do on your off day?

Tonight is the Opening Night for the 2011 Milwaukee Film Festival, which runs through October 2.

If you check out the event, held at Landmark Oriental Theatre on Milwaukee’s Eastside, you just might spot some familiar faces in the crowd.  This year, Brewers closer John Axford has been involved with the festival through Brewers Community Foundation, one of the event’s sponsors.

If you remember my interview with John back in Spring Training when we were busy shooting our TV commercials, you’ll recall that John graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a BA in Film in 2005 and is quite the movie buff.

Through his involvement, John has been featured on billboards promoting the event and he also plans to attend the Opening Night party at Discovery World. Make sure to follow John on Twitter @JohnAxford for updates and also check out the Film Festival website, as rumor has it, there will be an interview with John posted shortly.

Catcher Jonathan Lucroy and pitchers Randy Wolf and Tim Dillard, are also planning to attend opening night festivities.

As part of their support, Brewers Community Foundation is sponsoring Take One: Milwaukee Children’s Film Festival, presented by PNC. Take One is also sponsored by Marcus Theatres.

“The film festival is so great for the community. The quality of film and exposure to other cultures is a tremendous asset that I think people should take advantage of. In particular, the Children’s Film Festival fits well Brewers Community Foundation’s focused interest in education,” said Executive Director of Brewers Community Foundation, Cecelia Gore.

The Children’s Film Festival is co-directed by Julia Magnasco, Education Director at First Stage Children’s Theater, and Brian Gallagher, the former Executive Coordinator of the Wisconsin International Children’s Film Festival; it features quality children’s cinema from around the world. Each screening includes discussions with filmmakers or educators, hands-on activities and take-home guides.

Take One films will screen on the weekends during the film festival, September 24 and 25 at the Oriental Theatre and the Marcus Ridge Cinema in New Berlin and also on October 1 and 2 at both the Oriental and the Marcus North Shore Cinema in Mequon.

For those of you attending the festival, you might also recognize another name in the program: MLB Commissioner Allan H.(Bud) Selig and his wife, Suzanne, are also major supporters of the film festival and have been since its inception in 2008. In recognition of their support, the Allan H. (Bud) and Suzanne L. Selig Audience Award is given each year to the overall audience favorite film in the feature and short film categories.

For a complete schedule of all Film Festival events, click here: http://www.milwaukee-film.org.

-Cait

johnandcait@brewers.com

P.S. In speaking with Cecelia, I also discovered that a limited number of passes for Take One will be available at the Brewers Community Foundation 50/50 raffle tables during tomorrow night’s Brewers vs. Marlins game beginning at 7:10pm. Stop by, purchase your raffle tickets and you just might get to go to the festival on us!

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