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BREWERS TO RECOGNIZE EMPLOYMENT PROGRAMS FOR MILITARY VETERANS

Today we announced that the Club will host an event to recognize the efforts of the Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center and The United Association Union of Plumbers, Fitters, Welders and Service Techs to train and hire military veterans for full-time employment.

The event will take place on Saturday, May 28 from 12-3 p.m. at Helfaer Field at Miller Park, and will include a fun-filled pregame tailgate party featuring games of catch on the field and other activities for veterans and their families, as well as VA and United Association executives. The exciting day will culminate inside Miller Park as the Brewers host all of the participants for the game against the division-rival Cincinnati Reds that afternoon. In addition, there will be networking opportunities for veterans who have been placed in full-time positions through one of these programs.

In addition to the party, the Brewers are making a financial donation to the VA’s Compensated Work Therapy Program/Veterans Industries, which offers vocational rehabilitation services to veterans. The program includes several subsets that offer services such as evidenced-based, supported employment services to veterans with a chronic mental illness, assistance with resume writing, interviews and applications, work as a therapy to veterans with a vocational obstacle, pre-vocational programs in selected work sites on the VA grounds and training for employment at the VA and in the community.

United Association offers several vocational opportunities for military veterans, including their “Veterans in Piping” program, which provides high-quality skills training and jobs in the pipe trades to active duty military personnel preparing to leave the service. The program consists of 18 weeks of highly specialized, intensive training in highly marketable skills such as welding, heating, ventilating, air conditioning and refrigeration (HVACR) and sprinklerfitting. United Association also provides participants with additional skill training opportunities after they complete this program by connecting them to their established apprenticeship training programs. In addition, these individuals can earn college credit through these opportunities that can be applied toward a college degree. Since 2008, they have trained over 700 veterans and placed 100 percent of their program graduates in quality jobs with good pay and healthcare and retirement benefits. This allows them the opportunity to provide for their families after their service to our country has been completed. The program has been praised by members of Congress, the Administration, current and former secretaries of labor, military leadership and the media.

“We are proud to support numerous initiatives related to active military members, veterans and their families, and along those lines we want to recognize the United Association and the Zablocki VA Medical Center for their efforts to build these critical programs,” said Brewers Chief Operating Officer Rick Schlesinger. “We look forward to hosting may of the individuals who have organized and executed these efforts, as well as those who have benefited directly from the initiatives.”

It’s Hank!

The Great Pumpkin is fake. Paul is dead, Elvis lives, and man never walked on the moon. Sometimes myths and conspiracies have no end, no hard proof to end the debate.

But not today.

Through the wonders of advanced technology and modern medicine, baseball and dog lovers around the world can now rest easy. There is only one Hank, The Ballpark Pup.

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine William S. Rice of Lakeside Animal Hospital, who has cared for Hank since his arrival in Milwaukee in the spring of 2014, confirmed the identity of Hank in an examination yesterday. Dr. Rice compared original and current dental records, which were a match. In addition, a microchip implanted in Hank when he moved from Arizona was scanned yesterday, and identification number matched Hank’s registration in the database.

For a second opinion, another scan was performed this morning by Dr. Nancy Weiss, Wisconsin Humane Society Veterinary Director, which reconfirmed that Hank is…Hank.

“Every day at the Wisconsin Humane Society, we see animals transform from scraggly strays to healthier, stunning pets simply because of excellent care and good grooming,” said Anne Reed, President and CEO of The Wisconsin Humane Society. “In Hank’s case, it’s evident that his transformation is solely due to the loving care he receives from his family. In addition, Hank was microchipped and a simple scan of a chip can reveal an animal’s identification. This technology not only helps to reunite lost animals with their families, but in Hanks’s case, verifies that he is indeed the true Hank.”

Hank was microchipped and a simple scan of a chip can reveal an animal's identification. This technology helps to reunite lost animals with their families.

Hank was microchipped and a simple scan of a chip can reveal an animal’s identification. This technology helps to reunite lost animals with their families.

The conspiracy stemmed from a post on BrewCrewBall.com that alleged that Hank was an impostor after comparing photos from the spring of 2014 to more recent images.

“We couldn’t ignore the dissimilarities, and while we all had a good laugh at the theory, we wanted to take the steps to reassure everyone through absolute proof that there was no Hank double,” said Rick Schlesinger, Brewers Chief Operating Officer. “Hank is part of the Brewers family, and if anything, the interest in today’s story shows how one stray dog can capture the hearts of a community. Along those lines, we knew that this would be a great opportunity to work with our friends at the Wisconsin Humane Society to deliver important messages about animal care, tracking and adoption.”

Hank’s story dates to February of 2014 when he wandered into the Brewers Spring Training complex in Maryvale, Arizona. Hank quickly became a fixture at Brewers camp, participating in workouts and becoming a media star on an international level. He moved to Milwaukee later that spring and was adopted by the family of Brewers Vice President and General Counsel Marti Wronski.

Hank and his "mom," Marti Wronski at today's press conference.

Hank and his “mom,” Marti Wronski at today’s press conference.

His rise to fame included being named “Dog of the Year” at the nationally televised World Dog Awards in 2015. And just last week, he appeared on stage at the request of Cesar Millan, “The Dog Whisperer.”

Milwaukee Sports Fans Score High in Grammar Power Rankings

As a communications major and an adjunct professor at Marquette University (I teach a media writing course each semester), it’s no surprise that I can be a bit of a grammar nerd at times.

You can understand then, why I was psyched to see the results of a new study by Grammarly called “Pro Sports 2015 Grammar Power Rankings” which combines grammar and sports

According to this study–which ranks fans in each pro sports city by how well they used their grammar, spelling and punctuation– as a whole, Milwaukee ranks #5!

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The study indicates that sports fans in Milwaukee make an average of 3.87 mistakes per 100 words, which is a figure good enough to rank us just behind Memphis, Sacramento, San Antonio and Orlando, respectively.

Breaking it down a little bit more, the study also gives us totals per team and that’s where we learned that Brewers fans committed slightly more errors than Bucks fans (5.3 vs. 2.43 errors per 100 words). I’m really not sure what I make of that discrepancy, but I’m open to your thoughts!

I was also personally curious where our numbers ranked us in terms of MLB teams, so I took the liberty of breaking those numbers out from the data. This way, I learned that the Brewers rank 6th in MLB behind the Indians (3.6), Padres (4.4), White Sox (4.8), Cubs and Mariners (5.2).

Not too shabby at all! Congratulations, Brewers fans. Keep up the great work!

You done good, Milwaukee.

-Cait

@CMoyer

Curious about the study’s methodology? Click here.

 

 

 

Fans Treated to “Inside the Brewers” Discussion with Debbie and Mark Attanasio

Tonight I had the pleasure of joining Debbie and Mark Attanasio for an intimate “Inside The Brewers” program at the Rubenstein Pavilion on Prospect Avenue, an event presented by the Jewish Museum Milwaukee in conjunction with their special exhibit Chasing Dreams: Baseball & Becoming American.

The Q and A and discussion was moderated by Brewers broadcaster Brian Anderson, who welcomed Debbie and Mark to the stage by playing special “walk-up” songs–“My Girl” by the Temptations for Debbie and “Superstition” by Stevie Wonder for Mark.

Brian Anderson moderated the "Inside the Brewers" discussion with the Attanasios.

Brian Anderson moderated the “Inside the Brewers” discussion with the Attanasios.

Topics covered including what it was like to buy a Major League Baseball team, how the couple initially bonded over baseball, the importance they place on giving back to the community, and family life.

Brian then took the couple on a stroll down memory lane by showing them a series of photographs and asking them to talk about the time and event depicted–what they remember, how they felt, anecdotes, etc.

For me, this was the most interesting part of the evening as I can’t recall ever seeing an interview done in this style. Photos included “never before seen” pictures of Mark and Debbie as children, family photos and photos from special points in time during their tenure with the Brewers.

Here are just a few of the photos, along with a short description (Click on a photo to start the gallery). Those in attendance were treated to many little side stories along the way, complete with loving banter that had us all in stitches.

The event concluded with questions from the audience. Those topics ranged from “Are you committed to keeping the Brewers in Milwaukee?” (the answer was an emphatic “YES!”) to what they enjoy most and least about the city. They both agree what they love the most is what a welcoming place Milwaukee is, but admit it can be “a touch cold.”

I’m so glad I was able to attend the event. It was a real treat and offered a rare chance for fans to do a deep dive with the owner of a professional sports team. I found it very informative and a lot of fun.

This evening was being presented by the Jewish Museum Milwaukee in connection with the current Jewish Museum Milwaukee exhibit, Chasing Dreams: Baseball & Becoming American, which opened earlier this month. Mark and Debbie, along with Bud and Sue Selig, also serve as Honorary Co-Chairs of the exhibit, which runs through September 7.

Commissioner Emeritus Selig poses with Mark and Debbie Attanasio at tonight's private preview event.

Commissioner Emeritus Selig poses with Mark and Debbie Attanasio at the preview of the Chasing the Dreams exhibit.

The exhibit consists of a core panel developed by and on loan from the National Museum of American Jewish History in Philadelphia. It has been augmented by artifacts on loan from local organizations and individuals and explores how baseball has served as an arena in which values, identity, ethnicity, and race have been projected, contested, and occasionally solidified.

The exhibit celebrates well-known Jewish heroes such as Hank Greenberg and Sandy Koufax, as well as iconic baseball pioneers such as Jackie Robinson, Joe DiMaggio, Roberto Clemente, and Ichiro Suzuki. It also highlights baseball’s extended family of vendors, team owners, minor leaguers, amateur players, scouts, broadcasters, journalists, novelists and fans.

Here are some photos from the museum and the exhibit itself:

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Click here for additional information and to plan your trip.

-Cait

@CMoyer 

 

Join Mark and Debbie Attanasio for an “Inside the Brewers” Discussion on July 8

On Wednesday, July 8, you can join Mark and Debbie Attanasio for an intimate “Inside The Brewers” program at the Rubenstein Pavilion on Prospect Avenue.

The Q and A and discussion will be moderated by Brewers broadcaster Brian Anderson, and you’ll learn what it’s like to be behind the scenes and part of the Brewers ownership family.

The event is being presented by the Jewish Museum Milwaukee, and only 250 tickets are available for this very special evening. For more information on how you can secure your place at this special event, visit jewishmuseummilwaukee.org.

This event is being offered in connection with the current Jewish Museum Milwaukee exhibit, Chasing Dreams: Baseball & Becoming American, which opened earlier this month . Mark and Debbie Attanasio, along with Bud and Sue Selig, also serve as Honorary Co-Chairs of the exhibit, which runs through September 7.

Commissioner Emeritus Selig poses with Mark and Debbie Attanasio at tonight's private preview event.

Commissioner Emeritus Selig poses with Mark and Debbie Attanasio at the preview of the Chasing the Dreams exhibit.

The exhibit consists of a core panel developed by and on loan from the National Museum of American Jewish History in Philadelphia. It has been augmented by artifacts on loan from local organizations and individuals and explores how baseball has served as an arena in which values, identity, ethnicity, and race have been projected, contested, and occasionally solidified.

The exhibit celebrates well-known Jewish heroes such as Hank Greenberg and Sandy Koufax, as well as iconic baseball pioneers such as Jackie Robinson, Joe DiMaggio, Roberto Clemente, and Ichiro Suzuki. It also highlights baseball’s extended family of vendors, team owners, minor leaguers, amateur players, scouts, broadcasters, journalists, novelists and fans.

Here are some photos from the museum and the exhibit itself:

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Click here for additional information and to plan your trip.

-Cait

@CMoyer 

 

Mark Attanasio, Commissioner Emeritus Selig Speak at “Chasing Dreams: Baseball and Becoming American”

Milwaukee Brewers Chairman and Principal Owner Mark Attanasio introduced Major League Baseball Commissioner Emeritus Allan H. (Bud) Selig tonight at a members preview for a new exhibit at the Jewish Museum Milwaukee called, “Chasing Dreams: Baseball and Becoming American.”

Commissioner Emeritus Selig poses with Mark and Debbie Attanasio at tonight's private preview event.

Commissioner Emeritus Selig poses with Mark and Debbie Attanasio at tonight’s private preview event.

Mark and Debbie Attanasio and Bud and Sue Selig serve as Honorary Co-Chairs of the exhibit, which opens to the public starting on Sunday, June 14 and runs through September 7.

The exhibit consists of a core panel developed by and on loan from the National Museum of American Jewish History in Philadelphia. It has been augmented by artifacts on loan from local organizations and individuals and explores how baseball has served as an arena in which values, identity, ethnicity, and race have been projected, contested, and occasionally solidified.

The exhibit celebrates well-known Jewish heroes such as Hank Greenberg and Sandy Koufax, as well as iconic baseball pioneers such as Jackie Robinson, Joe DiMaggio, Roberto Clemente, and Ichiro Suzuki. It also highlights baseball’s extended family of vendors, team owners, minor leaguers, amateur players, scouts, broadcasters, journalists, novelists and fans.

Here are some photos from the museum and the exhibit itself:

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Click here for additional information and to plan your trip.

-Cait

@CMoyer 

 

Brewers Wives Distribute Lunches as Part of Salvation Army’s “Feed the Kids” Summer Meal Program

Today the Brewers Wives were in the community helping distribute lunches for the Salvation Army’s “Feed the Kids” Summer Meal Program.

Brewers Wives Feed the Kids

Earlier this season, the Brewers Wives helped kick off the program and held a basket raffle to benefit it.

Thank you for helping meet the needs of children in Milwaukee’s poorest neighborhoods.

-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

5-County, 5-Day Celebration Kicks Off Friday

This Friday, the red-hot Brew Crew returns home for the start of our ever-popular 5-County, 5-Day Celebration.

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From Friday, April 11-Tuesday, April 15, residents of Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Racine, Washington, and Waukesha Counties can purchase half-price tickets for all reserved seats.

To purchase tickets for the 5-County, 5-Day Celebration, visit brewers.com/5county.

 

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