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Congratulations, Prince!

Congratulations to Prince Fielder on becoming the first player in Brewers history to be crowned All-Star Game MVP by lifting the National League to victory with a booming 3-run home run in the 2011 Midsummer Classic!

He’s made Brewers history and he’s made us proud!

P.S.- Fans, you can look for this image as a full-page ad in tomorrow’s Milwaukee Journal Sentinel!

-John & Cait

johnandcait@brewers.com

Congratulations to our 2011 All-Stars!

 

Prince Fielder’s Brewers Bowl-A-Thon Raises over $28,000 for Milwaukee’s YMCA Young Leaders Academy

Last night at the iPic Bowling Center at the Bayshore Town Center in Glendale, Prince Fielder welcomed 150 Brewers fans to bowl with him and a number of his Brewers teammates.  Prince Fielder’s Brewers Bowl-A-Thon raised over $28,000 for Milwaukee’s YMCA Young Leaders Academy.  The money will benefit the YMCA Reading Program and its Young Leaders Academy to will help build the “Brewers Dugout,” aimed at children in k4-3rd grades with the goal of fostering a love of reading in the students.

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Prince Fielder at the 2011 Bowl-A-Thon last night at the iPic Entertainment Center in Milwaukee

“It’s all about the kids,” Fielder said.  “I’m happy to be able to help make this opportunity to them.  Reading is so important to them building their future and the YMCA is giving them an opportunity to build a good future.  We are just going to have fun tonight with the kids.”

Randy Wolf at the 2011 Bowl-A-Thon

Randy Wolf at the 2011 Bowl-A-Thon last night at the iPic Entertainment Center in Milwaukee

A  number of Brewers players including LaTroy Hawkins, Randy Wolf, Jonathan Lucroy, Mark DiFelice, Kameron Loe, Marco Estrada and Chris Narveson bowled alongside Fielder.  It was funny to watch some of the players bowl with their opposite hands throughout the night (we need to protect those arms!).  Even with the opposite hand, many players were putting up high numbers.

LaTroy Hawkins at the 2011 Bowl-A-Thon

LaTroy Hawkins bowls left-handed at the 2011 Bowl-A-Thon last night.

The 2009 Brewers Bowl-A-Thon top bowler, Mark DiFelice, was nearing a 200 game (left-handed of course) before the Famous Racing Hot Dog snuck in and bowled his final frame.  DiFelice was a little upset as he was looking to take back his title after taking 2010 off, but still managed a score of above 185.

Prince FIelder participates in the 2011 Bowl-A-Thon

Prince Fielder normally doesn't like strikes, but last night he was looking for them!

Ryan Braun and Craig Counsell also attended the event, posed for pictures and talked to fans, but did not bowl.

The iPic Bowling Center was a perfect location for this as it allowed the players and participants to interact.  A group of kids from the Young Leaders Academy (Northside Campus) also participated in the bowling.  The kids had smiles on their faces all night as they were able to hang out with some of their Brewers heroes.

Davey Nelson, Mark DiFelice and his fiance, Lauren

Dave Nelson (left) interviews Mark DiFelice (center) and his fiance, Lauren.

A special thanks to Katina Shaw, Erica Bowring, Cecelia Gore, Meredith Malone and Joan Enters of the Brewers front office for their hard work in organizing and promoting what turned out to be a great event.  A special thanks as well goes out to the emcee of the evening, Davey Nelson.

–JOHN

johnandcait@brewers.com

New Brewers Player Tees Exclusive to Miller Park

With a new Brewers season upon us, there is always a lot of new things around the ballpark that you have been hearing about.  A new manager.  The new scoreboard at Miller Park.  Some new delicious concession items.  If you have visited the Brewers Team Store by Majestic in the last couple of days, you might have seen some new player t-shirts that debuted this week.

I first saw the shirts about a month ago during a photo shoot with the players at Spring Training.  We asked the players to model the shirts and those pictures are below.  The shirts were designed by Majestic and give unique twist on the traditional player jersey t-shirts that have been extremely popular at Miller Park.

The Ryan Braun and Casey McGehee shirts have a little “America’s Dairyland” touch to them while the “Jersey Shore” shore boys might put on Yovani Gallardo’s tattoo-inspired shirt when “T-Shirt Time” comes around.  Closers in baseball are often referred to as “Firemen” and Brewers closer John Axford’s shirt looks like something you would see at at Milwaukee Fire Station.

Available now are Axford, Braun and Prince Fielder.  Throughout the season, other players will be rolled out.  On May 1, the McGehee and Rickie Weeks shirts will be made available.  On June 1, the Zack Greinke and Corey Hart shirts will go on sale and the series will conclude on August 1 when the Craig Counsell and Gallardo shirts debut.

These shirts are available exclusively to the Brewers Team Story by Majestic and will look great in your collection of Brewers player t-shirts.  This shirts will sell for $30 each and are available in adult sizes.

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Which shirt is your favorite?  Let us know by placing your vote.

– JOHN

johnandcait@brewers.com

New Video Board and TV Spots Debut at Miller Park

Today was an exciting day at Miller Park as we debuted both our new video board and TV spots at a media event this afternoon.

The scoreboard was designed, manufactured and installed by Daktronics, Inc. The new video board features a single screen, true 1080 display and is the fourth-largest scoreboard in Major League Baseball at 5,940 square feet.  The only larger boards are in Kansas City, Phoenix and Houston.

Let me tell you– it is AMAZING.

The new video board at Miller Park, pre-event.

 

The scoreboard, lit up during the event.

I didn’t want to spoil your first impression of the board by posting a video and these photos are cool, but they don’t do it justice, so I’m sorry, but you’re just going to have to come out to Miller Park and see it for yourself to really get the full effect!

Your first chance to see the board in person is this Saturday’s Rising Stars Minor League Game, set for 3:10pm. [Psst! All tickets are just $10!]  And, of course, next week when Brewers Baseball returns to Milwaukee for the 2011 Season!

[To learn more about the scoreboard, check out my interview with Deron Anderson, Director of A/V Production, from December, here.] 

During the event, we also showcased our new 2011 TV spots on the new board for the first time.  There are seven new spots this season.  The first three  are fan-centric and relate to the Miller Park experience, while the remaining four  are centered around the players and have a similar theme to last year’s spots.

The fan-centric spots were filmed locally last summer and the player spots were recently filmed at Maryvale Baseball Park in Phoenix and also, at Miller Park. [Read my post about the shoot in Spring Training, here.]

You can view the new spots by clicking on the links below. Then, make sure you come back here and vote on your favorite!  Plus…click here for outtakes from the shoot!

Fireworks: The baseball’s better at Miller Park. And, as one group of fans discovers, so are the fireworks.

Yard Work: Yes, we have to cut the grass at Miller Park. But, as these backyard fans discover, not during the game.

Remote: Your chances of capturing the Miller Park experience at home? Pretty “remote,” as these fans find out.

Radio Control: Pitcher Shaun Marcum is all about control. On the mound. And all around the stadium.

Batting Cage: Who wants to face Prince Fielder in the batter’s box? No man. And certainly no machine.

Setting the Table: Rickie Weeks does a beautiful job setting the table for his teammates. On the field. And off.

Not Open: Reliever John Axford loves closing things. And it’s a lot more than just baseball games.



The new spots will air in game broadcasts beginning with Opening Day in Cincinnati, this Thursday (gosh it feels good to type that), March 31.

-Cait

johnandcait@brewers.com

Doug Davis: Throwing Strikes On and Off the Mound


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On Sunday, August 8, Brewers pitcher Doug Davis will host a Bowl-a-Thon at Pinstrikes Bowling Center at Bayshore Town Center in Glendale, Wisconsin.  Davis will be joined by Brewers teammates and coaches at the event, where proceeds will benefit the Miracle League of Milwaukee through the Doug Davis Foundation and the Brewers Community Foundation.

The Doug Davis Foundation, whose motto is, “Helping better the lives of children,” started in 2008 with a golf tournament while Davis was playing for the Arizona Diamondbacks. He established the Foundation to help assist children with various medical, social and family needs. Over the next couple of years, Davis has held more events such as poker tournaments, meet and greets, and special behind-the scenes ballpark tours in addition to what has now become his annual Celebrity/Charity Golf Invitational. The proceeds from some of those events have gone to the Miracle League of Arizona, helping to build a baseball stadium designed for use by children with special needs.

The Miracle League of Milwaukee is a project that the Club has been supporting in various ways this season, including through the Pepsi Refresh Project. Fifteen teams across Major League Baseball are asking fans to join them in making a difference in America’s communities; each Club has presented a proposed community project for support and here in Milwaukee, the Club has chosen the Miracle League, campaigning for fan votes and an ultimate $200,000 grant to fulfill the project. (Click here to cast your vote up to ten times a day until Tuesday, August 17 at 11:59 p.m. EDT.)

Because of Davis’ work with the Miracle League of Arizona, the Miracle League is also something that Davis strongly supports and he will donate the proceeds from the Bowl-a-Thon to the Miracle League of Milwaukee.

“Children, you know, like the song says, they are our future. The Miracle League in particular is very special to me because without it, those kids don’t get to play. They want to be just like the big leaguers they see on TV, with the field and the amenities. To know that you’re sharing your love for the game with them and that you’re helping them, it makes you feel really good inside. And when you see them play and realize the sense of achievement that they get out of it, it is very humbling,” Davis said.

There are a number of different ways to participate in the Bowl-a-Thon, which takes place from 6-9 p.m., following the Brewers vs. Houston Astros game.

Lane sponsorship is $1000 and includes bowling for five people plus a Brewers player, five tickets to a Brewers game, free food and drinks at the event, goodie bags including an autographed baseball, additional autograph and photograph opportunities, plus raffle prizes. The high bowler in each lane will also receive an autographed custom bowling pin. Individual spots are available for $200. 

While the Doug Davis Foundation has held poker and golf events, Davis has never held his own bowling event, though he has participated in them in the past.

While it is Davis’ first time hosting a Bowl-a-Thon, this is not the first time for the Brewers. Most recently, former Brewers outfielder, Mike Cameron, hosted the Brewers Bowl-a-Thon in 2009.


I did a little homework before our interview. Over the past 6 seasons (2004-2009), Davis has been in the top 25 National League pitchers in strikeouts for five of those seasons, including finishing tied for third in 2005, his personal best. In addition, Doug’s current average strikeouts per nine innings pitched (K/9) is 7.98 in 2010.

“Doug, your average strikeouts per nine innings pitched is nearly at 8 for this season. How are you as a bowler? Can we expect to come out and see you throw just as many strikes per 10 frames?” I inquired, being the hard-hitting blog reporter that I am.                                                                                                                       

It’s okay, though. Davis has an excuse. He will be bowling right-handed in the event to protect his pitching arm, especially as he treats his tendinitis.

So, if Davis isn’t overly confident in his own bowling abilities…who is the best bowler on the team?

Players currently scheduled to appear at the event along with Davis are: John Axford, Zach Braddock, Ryan Braun, Chris Capuano, Prince Fielder, Corey Hart, Joe Inglett, Kameron Loe, Casey McGehee, Chris Narveson, Manny Parra, Randy Wolf, and more.

“So, are you picking Ryan Braun to win it all then?” I pressed.

While Davis has made his prediction, it still sounds like it’s anyone’s ballgame. However, one thing is for certain: On Sunday, August 8, the Miracle League of Milwaukee will be the true winner as the team and fans come out to have a fun time and raise money for this worthy cause.  We hope to see you there!



 
 -CAIT

To participate in the event or for more information, visit brewers.com/community, or contact Greg Harris with the Doug Davis Foundation at (847) 924-6140 or via e-mail at gharris@dougdavisfoundation.org.  For more information on the Miracle League of Milwaukee, please visit www.miracleleaguemilwaukee.org.

  

Vote Brewers! 2010 Campaign is Officially Underway

It might seem a little early to start thinking about the All-Star Game with only two weeks of the season behind us, but sure enough, balloting for the 2010 MLB All-Star Game begins online today and at Miller Park on Saturday.

Over the past three seasons, Brewers fans filled the ballot boxes with All-Star votes for their favorite Milwaukee Brewers players.

Last year, Ryan Braun was the top vote-getter among outfielders with 4,138,599 votes making him a starter in the Midsummer Classic for the second consecutive season.  The first reader to e-mail me with the last Brewers player to start in consecutive All-Star Games prior to Braun will receive a Vote Brewers! T-shirt.

In 2008, the impact of the “Vote Brewers!” campaign was heard and seen throughout Major League Baseball.  Braun was voted to the game with the third-highest vote total of anyone in Major League Baseball with 3,835,890 votes.  He also became the first Brewers outfielder to be selected by fan balloting.  Additionally, Corey Hart was named to the National League All-Star team via the Monster All-Star Final Vote.  Remember the “I Hart NY” campaign?  That was a fun couple of days trying to do everything we could to get Corey into the game.

In 2007, Prince Fielder received the second-most votes in the National League en route to his first career All-Star team, becoming the first Brewers player to be voted to the All-Star game since Paul Molitor was selected at third base in 1988.

Not only was it a reflection of the way the Brewers have been performing on the field–all three players deserved their spots on the All-Star team–but it also showed the loyalty Brewers fans have for their players.  It’s always great to see the Brewers represented in that way on a national stage like the All-Star Game.

This season, eight Milwaukee Brewers players are featured on the ballot for the 81st Major League Baseball All-Star Game, to be held on Tuesday, July 13 at Angel Stadium of Anaheim in Anaheim, Calif.  Joining Braun and Fielder on this year’s ballot are: 2B Rickie Weeks, SS Alcides Escobar, 3B Casey McGehee, C Gregg Zaun, OF Jim Edmonds and OF Carlos Gomez

Brewers fans will again have the opportunity to show their overwhelming fan support by helping to decide which players will be named to the Midsummer Classic through the 2010 MLB In-Stadium Firestone All-Star Balloting Program and the 2010 All-Star Game MLB.com Ballot Sponsored by Sprint

The online ballot is now available at brewers.com and beginning Saturday, fans will be able to vote through in-park balloting at Miller Park.  Fans can vote for the Major League All-Stars online at brewers.com through Thursday, July 1 at 10:59 CT.  In-park balloting at Miller Park will continue through Sunday, June 13, comprising 25 home dates.  In-stadium balloting for every Major League team will consist of 25 home games.

At brewers.com, all fans voting 25 times for their favorite Brewers will be entered into a drawing to win Ryan Braun’s Miller Park suite for a night, complete with tickets, food and a personal visit from the young Brewers slugger. More details and rules may be found at brewers.com.  Additionally, 25 online votes will unlock a special code that will be good for discounted tickets to select games at Miller Park. 

You can use those tickets to come out to the ballpark and fill out paper ballots with a chance to win some pretty great prizes at the All-Star Polling District, set up during Brewers home games along the first base concourse. 

With every ten ballots turned in to the All-Star Polling District, fans will receive one raffle ticket that will enter them in a drawing for the opportunity to win a collector’s item daily, ranging from game-used memorabilia to player autographs. A drawing will be held during every home game through June 13 and the winning ticket will be announced during the game.  Rules will be available at the Polling District.

The 2010 American League and National League All-Star Teams will be announced on Sunday, July 4th on the 2010 MLB All-Star Game Selection Show on TBS.  Both the National League and American League teams will have eight fan-elected starters. The pitchers and reserves for both will be determined through a combination of “Player Ballot” choices and selections made by the two All-Star managers.

Follow the John and Cait blog as we will have special features on all eight Brewers All-Star candidates throughout the Vote Brewers! 2010 Campaign.

–John

johnandcait@brewers.com
 

 

John and Cait Preview Brewers On Deck 2010

 

 

Brewers On Deck_2010 logo.jpgThe Brewers annual fan fest, Brewers On Deck, will take place this Sunday, January 31, but today, John and Cait have a sneak preview of all the fun that is in store for you!  We are going to throw a lot at you in this preview and this map will help you plan your afternoon at the event.

First of all, this year’s Brewers On Deck is bigger and better than ever. The event has taken many forms since it first began at Brookfield Square Mall in 2004. Each year, we learn a little more and try to grow the event to make it bigger and better than even before.  Brewers Senior Director of Entertainment and Broadcasting, Aleta Mercer has again been in charge of organizing this event that has really turned into something no Brewers fan will want to miss.

Last year was the first year that the event was held at the Midwest Airlines Center in downtown Milwaukee. This year, we’re returning to the same location, but we have two times the space to work with and more attractions to entertain fans once they get in the door.

Brewers On Deck will feature a number of activities for the entire family. There will be autographs and photos from Brewers players and coaches, interactive games and clinics for kids in the Associated Bank Kids Zone, Q&A sessions and game shows with Brewers players, coaches and broadcasters, the latest Brewers merchandise (including 40th Anniversary items), and much, much, more.

First of all, everybody loves autographs and the chance to rub elbows with players and coaches from the 2010 team.

With 30 players scheduled to sign at the event, you’ll have lots of choices.  Welcome back some of your favorites, like Prince Fielder or Ryan Braun. Get a jumpstart on the 40th Anniversary Season by purchasing some of the new merchandise that will be available at the event and getting it signed by Brewers great and Hall of Famer Robin Yount. Or, take the opportunity to add new Brewers like Randy Wolf, Gregg Zaun, LaTroy Hawkins or Carlos Gomez to your autograph collection.

Autograph sessions will be staggered during the event, and autograph tickets–ranging from free to $25 each–will be available on the day of the event only. There will be 250 autograph coupons available for each player at the event, and coupons will be distributed one hour prior to each autograph session, so make sure you get there early!

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Dave Bush signs autographs for fans at Brewers On Deck 2009.

The doors to the Midwest Airlines Center open at 10 a.m. and the first autograph sessions begin at 11 a.m. A good tip would be to buy your On Deck tickets in advance if you want to get in an autograph line early. Brewers coaches will be signing free autographs following their Q&A session with fans and select Brewers alumni will also sign free following clinics in the Little League diamond.

It is important to note that cash will be the only form of payment accepted at the pay stations in the autograph area, so make sure you hit up an ATM on your way downtown (there will also be ATMs inside the Midwest Airlines Center). Proceeds from the autographs will go to Brewers Charities and other charitable causes. A full autograph schedule can be found here.

The photo sessions made available to fans are also a great way to capture a great memory with your favorite Brewer. A group of 33 Brewers players, alumni and coaches will appear at three photo stations scattered throughout the afternoon in half hour segments. The photos are free of charge.  We would recommend bringing your own camera to take pictures. The first session will start at 11 a.m. and the last session will start at 3:30 p.m. 

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Mitch Stetter poses with fans at Brewers On Deck 2009 in the Photo Area.

Three stages will be set up throughout the convention hall, featuring programming and other activities for fans throughout the day.

The Brewers Main Stage will feature various question and answer sessions with top Brewers baseball executives, a pair of game shows featuring players and alumni (“Who Wants to Be A Brewer?” and “Brewers vs. Alumni Feud”), a fashion show showcasing the latest Brewers gear and a roundtable discussion with members of the Milwaukee media who cover the team on a regular basis. The game shows were definitely hits at last year’s “Bob Uecker’s Winter Warm Up” and there are some new surprises in store for 2010.

Fans and local media will be introduced to Brewers outfielder Carlos Gomez and reintroduced to newly acquired lefty Doug Davis at a press conference scheduled for 1:30 p.m. on the Main Stage. 

The Brewers Interactive Stage will feature the Brewers Anthem Challenge with fans vying for an opportunity to sing the National Anthem at Miller Park, so start practicing hitting those high notes! Also scheduled for the Brewers Interactive Stage is a Q&A session with the Brewers Player Development and Scouting staff as well as a live web chat on brewers.com with Gregg Zaun, Manny Parra and Carlos Villanueva

The Newsradio 620 WTMJ stage will broadcast live from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. and will feature interviews with Brewers players and coaches. If you are a Brewers fan who cannot make Sunday’s event, the web chat and radio broadcast are two fantastic ways to interact and participate from home.

All proceeds from the event benefit Brewers Charities and other charitable causes, so make sure you stop by the Brewers Charities area at On Deck. This year, they’re hosting a Treasure Hunt, which will feature some hard to find Brewers items for sale. Additionally, Brewers Charities will be collecting food to be donated to the Hunger Task Force of Milwaukee. Collection barrels will be set up at the Brewers Charities area in the Midwest Airlines Center, so don’t forget to bring your non-perishable food items with you to On Deck.

Fans will also be able to take part in the Brewers On Deck Scavenger Hunt. If you can locate the four player photos placed strategically around the venue at different attractions, you will uncover a special promotional code that will allow you to purchase tickets online for select Brewers games at a special 50% savings.

To help celebrate the 40th Anniversary season in 2010, fans can visit the Brewers Museum at On Deck to relive some Brewers moments of the past. Watch some of the best plays in team history, check out every team photo in team history, read newspapers from some of the most historic moments in team history and check out some pretty neat artifacts from 1970 through today.

In addition to all of these activities, kids will also have a great time at the batting cages or speed pitch and will be able to stay active in the Home Run Fitness area. Fans can also visit with Brewers sponsors, check out sports memorabilia from collectors in the memorabilia area, purchase a Brewers Kids Club Membership Kit ($25), and pick up Season and Group Ticket information.

There will be so much to do on Sunday, it is hard to list everything. Some other interesting attractions that we want you to check out are displays from four of the Brewers minor league affiliates and the FS Wisconsin stage where fans are offered a chance to be a sports announcer at the FS Wisconsin Sports Desk.

We’re excited that the event is coming up so soon, not only because a great time will be had by all, but also because it means that the start of the baseball season is that much closer.  Something comforting to think about on a cold, January day. If you cannot make the event, we will have a full review here and on brewers.com.

-John and Cait
johnandcait@brewers.com

Brewers On Deck will take place on Sunday, January 31 from 10am to 5pm at the Midwest Airlines Center in downtown Milwaukee. Advance tickets are just $15 for adults and $9 for kids.

Tickets purchased at the door on the day of the event will be $20 for adults and $15 for children 14 and under. Cash will be the only form of payment accepted on the day of the event.

Autograph sessions will be staggered throughout the day with autograph tickets ranging from free to $25 (available only at the event).Please note that cash will be the only form of payment accepted at the pay stations in the autograph area. Proceeds from the autographs will go to Brewers Charities and other charitable causes.

There are a variety of parking structures and street lots surrounding the Midwest Airlines Center. For more parking information, please visit www.parkmilwaukee.com.

For an up-to-date schedule of events, or to purchase tickets, click here.

 

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