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INSIDE THE BREWERS RETURNS TO MILLER PARK

With the success of last year’s Inside the Brewers fan forum, the Brewers are pleased to announce a return of the “town hall”-style event. Fans will have the opportunity to hear from Chief Operating Officer Rick Schlesinger, Manager Craig Counsell and General Manager David Stearns on Thursday, November 3 at 7 p.m. at Miller Park.

Unlike last year, though, the event will be open to ALL fans, free of charge. Brewers broadcasters will emcee the event and will discuss issues ranging from the state of the franchise to their vision for the future as well as take questions from fans in attendance.

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No tickets or RSVP are required to attend this event, and all are welcome. The event will begin at 7 p.m. sharp with parking lots opening at 6 p.m. and gates to Miller Parking opening at 6:15 p.m. Parking is complimentary, but tailgating will not be allowed. Fans will enter the ballpark through the Hot Corner entrance, and seating will be general admission, with the panel seated atop the 3rd base dugout

In addition, fans at home will be able to submit their questions through social media by commenting on specific posts on Facebook and Instagram, as well as on Twitter by using the hashtag #InsideTheBrewers. The event will also be live streamed for all fans on brewers.com and will later air as a special program on FOX Sports Wisconsin (schedule TBD).

BREWERS UNVEIL “GIVE-BACK GAME”

At a press conference held at Miller Park moments ago, the Milwaukee Brewers announced plans for the “Give-Back Game,” an event that is a major philanthropic endeavor to raise proceeds for great causes. With the Give-Back Game, nearly all proceeds from ticket sales from the Brewers final home game on Sunday, September 25 against the Cincinnati Reds will be donated to charity.

Brewers Chief Operating Officer Rick Schlesinger along with members from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee, Make-A-Wish Wisconsin, The MACC Fund and the Wisconsin Humane Society were on hand to announce the details.

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“Dating back to his first year of ownership of the Brewers, Mark Attanasio has always done something special for the final home game each year, an initiative to show his appreciation to our fans and the community,” Schlesinger said. “We wanted to do something at another level this year, and out of that came the idea of the Give-Back Game. It’s not just a gift to the fans, it’s an opportunity to raise significant funding for these four great partners.”

Here’s how it works…

Starting immediately, fans can purchase tickets in person at the Miller Park box office, via phone (414-902-4000) or online by going to brewers.com/giveback. At the time of purchase, fans will be asked to choose between one of four charities for their donation to benefit:

  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee
  • Make-A-Wish Wisconsin
  • The MACC Fund
  • Wisconsin Humane Society.

Fans will be able to choose a ticket for $10, and can elect to contribute more in increments of $5 up to $50. (For donations of greater than $50, fans may call 414-902-4000.)

Tickets will be made available by level and distributed on a first-come, first-served basis, beginning with Field Level, then on to Loge Level, Club Level and finally the Terrace Level. Fans can get the best seats in the house for a great price, all while helping local causes.

A portion of every presold ticket will also be donated to a general fund that will be split between the four participating charities. Season Seat Holders may contact their representative to specify which charity they would like their donation to go to.

After all of the fan donations have been made, the Brewers will contribute an additional $50,000 to the charity that generates the most donations. Regardless of the results, each charity will automatically receive a donation of $20,000 from the Brewers. Every ticket sold after today will result in those additional proceeds being added on top of that $20,000.

Brewers COO Rick Schlesinger announces the #GiveBackGame at Miller Park. Photo: Scott Paulus/Milwaukee Brewers

Brewers COO Rick Schlesinger announces the #GiveBackGame at Miller Park.
Photo: Scott Paulus/Milwaukee Brewers

To help the cause, several Milwaukee Brewers players have teamed up with the four charities to help promote the game. Each player will use their social media platforms tweeting with the hashtag #GiveBackGame to promote not just the entire initiative, but also their specific charity’s involvement. Keon Broxton/Boys & Girls Clubs, Corey Knebel/Make-A-Wish, Tyler Thornburg/MACC Fund and Scooter Gennett/Wisconsin Humane Society.

In addition, media partners in the community have stepped up to help promote the effort, with each cause backed by a different media group. “Teammates” include The MACC Fund/620 WTMJ, 94-5 KTI Country and TODAY’S TMJ4; Make-A-Wish Wisconsin/FM106.1, V100.7, 97.3 NOW, 95.7 Big FM, News/Talk 1130 WISN and Big 920 Sports; Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee/FOX Sports Wisconsin; and Wisconsin Humane Society/WKLH, WHQG, WJMR and WNRG.

PLAY BALL! BREWERS ANNOUNCE DONATION OF OVER 20,000 BAT & BALL SETS AND BOOKS TO LOCAL CHILDREN

The Milwaukee Brewers announced the donation of over 20,000 plastic bat & ball sets to every student, grades K-5 through the 2nd Grade, in the Milwaukee Public School system. The announcement was made earlier today at a press conference at the Brown Street Academy by Brewers Chief Operating Officer Rick Schlesinger. Members of the team’s front office including Manager of Youth Outreach Larry Hisle, Superintendent of Milwaukee Public Schools Dr. Darienne Driver, Brown Street Academy staff, local officials, Chevrolet (sponsor) representatives as well as players Chris Capuano, Chris Carter and Alex Presley were on hand for the announcement and ensuing mini-clinics.

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Each child will receive a brand new “Play Ball” bat and ball set, delivered to each Milwaukee Public Elementary School, courtesy of the Brewers and Chevrolet. In addition, the team announced that 125 schools all over the city will receive a set of baseball-related books. The effort is part of “Play Ball Weekend,” a Major League Baseball initiative, which is taking place today through Sunday.

Major League Baseball and USA Baseball launched “Play Ball” as the sport’s largest effort to encourage widespread participation in both formal and informal baseball activities.  The goal of the program is to give kids the opportunity to enjoy the game in a fun environment by highlighting the many ways baseball can be played and introduce kids to the sport who otherwise may not have the chance to experience it. Additionally, the program offers a healthy and active lifestyle option where many of those opportunities are offered less frequently.

“The goal of this program is to get kids engaged with the game by giving them the tools to play and the resources to learn about the sport,” said Schlesinger. “It doesn’t take nine kids to play the game, and it doesn’t require expensive or elaborate equipment. Major League Baseball and the Milwaukee Brewers are committed to connecting with area children through the ‘Play Ball’ program, and we look forward to what we know will be a fun and successful long-term initiative.”

Following the press conference, the players engaged with the children and put on a mini-clinic. The players demonstrated basic skills and taught useful lessons about the game.

In addition to today’s press conference, the team will continue to celebrate “Play Ball Weekend” with an on-field ceremony prior to tomorrow’s contest against the San Diego Padres. Nine players from the local Milwaukee RBI program will join Brewers players as they go to their respective positions on the field. The players will then present the kids with one of their very own Brewers caps.

5/14/16 Update: Play Ball Weekend continued today at Miller Park as Brewers players sported Play Ball t-shirts during batting practice, the Play Ball logo was painted in the grass, there’s a special patch on the jersey and the special pregame ceremony took place. Here are some more photos from this evening:

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For more information about Play Ball Weekend, the RBI Program or the Brewers involvement in the community, please visit Brewers.com.

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.”

What’s New at Miller Park? How About an Authentic Ice Cream Truck and “Kids Eat Free” on Sundays

Today we announced plans for several new additions at and around Miller Park this season. Among the additions, the Brewers will unveil an old-school “Brewers Treat Truck” sponsored by Meijer – an authentic ice cream truck which will visit local neighborhoods and Brewers tailgaters to provide free ice cream from Meijer all summer long.

“We have had a great partnership with the Milwaukee Brewers the past two seasons, and are very excited to watch it grow by sponsoring the Treat Truck, and supplying it with ice cream from Meijer,” said Cathy Cooper, senior director of community partnerships and giving for Meijer. “This is another fun way to connect with the Milwaukee community.”

Also, at every Sunday home game at Miller Park, all kids (14 and under) will eat free! Each child will receive a voucher for a free meal that consists of a hot dog, apple slices and a bottle of water.

More improvements at Miller Park will include an enhanced U.S. Cellular Power Playground kids’ area, a renovated Home Plate Team Store and a new Executive Suite for hosting meetings and entertaining at games.

“Miller Park has frequently been at the top of media and fan polls for the best ballpark experience, but we know that we have to remain ahead of the curve to retain that standing,” said Brewers Chief Operating Officer Rick Schlesinger. “This year, we have several fun and innovative initiatives that will enhance Miller Park’s standing as not only a great place for a ballgame, but also the best place to enjoy a summer outing with family and friends.”

Details about the new additions and projects include the following:

Brewers Ice Cream “Treat Truck” sponsored by Meijer

  • The Meijer-sponsored Brewers Treat Truck will visit Milwaukee-area neighborhoods, special events, Brewers tailgate parties and youth clubs throughout the summer. Set to make its public debut early in the season, ice cream from Meijer will be distributed by the drivers free of charge. Wrapped in Brewers retro colors, the summer stops will include guest appearances by Brewers players throughout the season. This is an authentic, old-school ice cream truck, complete with a loudspeaker (to play baseball-themed music) to announce its arrival on your home street, just like the trucks that have spent years traveling through Milwaukee neighborhoods to provide refreshments on hot summer days.

 

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Kids Eat Free during Sunday Home Games

  • What’s better than a Klement’s hot dog on a beautiful Sunday afternoon at Miller Park? How about a FREE Klement’s hot dog? At every Sunday home game this season, all kids (14 and under) will receive a voucher for a free meal, which includes a hot dog, apple slices and a bottle of water.

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U.S. Cellular Power Playground Kids’ Area

  • Debuting in 2008, the U.S. Cellular Power Playground, which is located on the Field Level along the right-field line, includes over 8,000 square feet of interactive games and photo opportunities. In 2016, this kids’ area will undergo the largest renovation project since its inception. The project calls for the addition of three new interactive attractions to the space. “Throw ’Em Out”, “Strike Zone” and “Hit ’Em Where They Ain’t” will be games emphasizing throwing and hitting skills. A fourth attraction will be a photo opportunity, allowing fans to get their picture taken in a replica Brewers dugout.  Through technology provided by U.S. Cellular, fans can have Brewers players and mascots virtually added to their pictures.

Executive Suite

  • Located on the PNC Club Level, the Executive Suite is the newest luxury meeting facility at Miller Park. The Executive Suite features meeting space for up to 30 guests including premier audio/visual equipment and a spectacular view of the playing field. On game days the Executive Suite quickly converts from a board room to a premium suite with seating, amenities, and food and beverages. Monday through Thursday rentals include five hours of pre-game meeting space, as well as an exclusive VIP viewing of The Selig Experience between the meeting and start of the game. Rental of the Executive Suite also includes a choice between two food and beverage packages as well as four preferred parking passes. Please call the Brewers Suite Sales Office at (414) 902-4029 to reserve the Executive Suite for a game.  For information on hosting a non-game day private event in the Executive Suite, please call Brewers Special Events at (414) 902-4452.
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A rendering of the new Executive Suite, produced by Uihlein-Wilson Architects.

Renovated Home Plate Team Store

  • The Home Plate Team Store will undergo a renovation project prior to the start of the season. As part of the remodeling, a new hat wall will be added and additional points of sale to allow fans to shop more efficiently.
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A rendering of the updated Home Plate Team Store, produced by Uihlein-Wilson Architects.

All of these new initiatives will be ready for action at a Media Preview event to be held in late March at Miller Park.

 

JOE ADCOCK TO BE INDUCTED INTO MILLER PARK WALK OF FAME

Today we announced that former Milwaukee Braves first baseman, the late Joe Adcock, will be honored as the newest member of the Miller Park Walk of Fame in 2016.

Joe Adcock will be inducted into the Miller Park Walk of Fame this summer. Photo courtesy of Mike Rodell

Joe Adcock will be inducted into the Miller Park Walk of Fame this summer.
Photo courtesy of Mike Rodell

A total of 34 votes were cast through media and panel voting, with Adcock receiving 23 votes (67.6%), exceeding the threshold of 65% needed for election.  Adcock fell just one vote shy of election last year.

Adock spent 17 seasons in the Major Leagues, including 10 with the Braves.  His tenure in Milwaukee spanned from 1953 to 1962, as he batted .285 with 239 HR and 760 RBI in 1207 games.  Adcock notched a number of memorable feats while playing for the Braves.  On April 14, 1953, he recorded the first base hit and scored the first run in County Stadium history.  The following year, on July 31, 1954, he belted four home runs with a double at Brooklyn’s Ebbets Field, setting a single-game record of 18 total bases, which lasted 48 years.

“Joe always said that there was nowhere better to be a Major League ballplayer than the city of Milwaukee, and he had great ties to the area and even better memories of his time there,” said Joan Adcock, a Wisconsin native who met and married Joe while he was playing for the Braves. “This is a tremendous honor, and I know Joe would be humbled and thrilled to be remembered in this way.”

Adcock was also a member of the Braves 1957 World Championship team.  He drove in the lone run in a 1-0 Game 5 World Series win vs. the New York Yankees.  The Braves went on to defeat the Yankees, four games to three. On May 26, 1959, Adcock broke up Harvey Haddix’s 12-inning no-hitter with a walk-off double at County Stadium. Adcock ranks third in Milwaukee Braves history in hits (1206), home runs, RBI and total bases (2164).

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“Joe Adcock was a key contributor to the great success enjoyed by the Braves during their storied tenure in Milwaukee, and we are very pleased to secure his legacy with a place on the Miller Park Walk of Fame,” said Brewers Chief Operating Officer Rick Schlesinger. “Joe’s contributions to the Braves were numerous, and he was responsible for some of the most memorable moments in Milwaukee baseball history. We look forward to remembering Joe with a ceremony this summer and a permanent marker at Miller Park.”

The induction of Adcock, who passed away in 1999, will take place prior to a game at Miller Park this summer, with the specific date to be determined later. Family members including his widow, Joan, are expected to participate.

There were a total of 23 Brewers players and seven Braves players on the ballot. The ballot included on-field personnel who wore a Brewers or Braves uniform for a minimum of three seasons but have been retired from playing/managing roles for at least three seasons.  All players and managers receiving votes on at least 5% of the ballots will remain eligible in 2017.

Past inductees include Hank Aaron, Rollie Fingers, Paul Molitor, Robin Yount in 2001; Commissioner Bud Selig and Cecil Cooper in 2002; Bob Uecker and Harry Dalton in 2003; Jim Gantner and Gorman Thomas in 2004; Don Money and Harvey Kuenn in 2005; Eddie Mathews, Warren Spahn and John Quinn in 2007 (the first year that former Braves players appeared on the ballot); Lew Burdette in 2010, Johnny Logan in 2013, and Teddy Higuera in 2015.

 

Each inductee is honored with a granite plaque that is placed into the terrace area walkway that surrounds Miller Park.

Professor Selig’s Class Visits Miller Park

It’s been almost a year into his retirement but Commissioner Emeritus Selig is still hard at work advocating the game of baseball and curating its history.

This semester, he’s teaching a class at UW-Madison called “Baseball and Society Since World War II,” which culminated today in a visit to Miller Park.

The 22 students who, over the course of the semester, had the unique experience to learn the history of the game from a man who was instrumental in shaping it, took a bus to the ballpark this afternoon.

The first thing they did was visit the Selig Experience.

I tagged along with the group and it was almost surreal to see the history unfolding through the story in the exhibit while sitting in such close proximity to Selig himself.

Not unlike watching a DVD of a movie with the actor’s commentary piped in, Selig interjected his own remarks here and there while the students watched the show. For instance, near the beginning, he pointed at an old black and white photo that appeared on screen and explained, “That’s my mother.”

Selig and his students  view his replica office in the Selig Experience.  "My real desk was much messier," Selig remarked.

Selig and his students view his replica office in the Selig Experience.
“My real desk was much messier,” Selig remarked.

Selig Experience

Following the Selig Experience, the group made its way to the Media Interview Room, where they heard from two special guest speakers: Brewers Chief Operating Officer Rick Schlesinger and General Manager David Stearns.

Schlesinger gave the students some background on the business side of the Club, covering topics like market size, television revenue and how we connect with our fans, while Stearns discussed his philosophy and approach to the baseball side of the business, touching on items like statistics and the MLB Draft.

In particular, Stearns noted that it was a statistics course  that he took from Professor Carl Morris at Harvard that helped to stoke his interest in the analytics side of the game and emphasized how lucky the students are to have Selig as their professor.

“I imagine you’ve had an incredible semester,” Stearns said to the students. “It’s a pretty unique experience and it must be extremely illuminating.”

GM David Stearns addresses the class.

GM David Stearns addresses the class.

When asked to give advice to the class, Schlesinger stressed communications skills and relationships.

“Be an incredible writer. Writing is still the most important tool on the business side that we use,” he said.

“Once you get your first job it’s important to make connections. This is really a people business. Connections will help you in furthering your career and also in attracting talent to come to your organization– build relationships. The three biggest things are communications skills, perseverance and connections,” he emphasized.

COO Rick Schlesinger offers his advice to students, stressing communication, persistence and relationships.

COO Rick Schlesinger offers his advice to students, stressing communication, persistence and relationships.

Echoing that, Stearns noted, “I would also add persistence. A lot has been made that I’m 30, but it took me three internships to get my first full-time job. You can’t get down on yourself if it doesn’t work out. You just need to look for the next opportunity.”

Commissioner Emeritus Selig's Baseball and Society Since World War II class visited Miller Park on Wednesday, December 15, 2015.

Commissioner Emeritus Selig’s Baseball and Society Since World War II class visited Miller Park on Wednesday, December 15, 2015.

Following the Q&A, the group received a tour of the Brewers Clubhouse and got to visit the dugout and field.

Professor Selig signs baseballs for some of his students on the last day of class.

Professor Selig signs baseballs for some of his students on the last day of class.

As it was the last day of class, many students seized the opportunity to pose for photos with their professor and some even had him autograph baseballs.

Selig, who is also a part of Marquette University’s Sports Law program, said his favorite part about teaching is just being with the kids.

“This is a great group of kids. They’re smart. I hope my next group starting in January is just as good.”

 

Meijer, Brewers Team Up to Spread Holiday Cheer to Underprivileged Children

Tonight, local families visited Meijer, the shopping supercenter in Wauwatosa, for a memorable shopping experience with Brewers second baseman Scooter Gennett.

Scooter Gennett was in town for a special shopping event at Meijer tonight.

Scooter Gennett was in town for a special shopping event at Meijer tonight.

The event was part of a Meijer holiday tradition in which they host “Shop with a Hero” events, pairing underprivileged children with local sport heroes or law enforcement agencies to pick out holiday gifts for themselves and their families.

“This program has been a longstanding Meijer tradition and we’re excited to bring this fun holiday event to Wisconsin,” Meijer Milwaukee Market Director Chris Hoffmann said. “Every child deserves the opportunity to celebrate around the holidays and we’re happy to help make that possible for many local children and families.”

Locally, participating families were identified by USO Wisconsin, Tosa Cares and Sussex Outreach Services. After enjoying dinner, the kids and families took part in a meet and greet with Scooter and his wife, Kelsey, along with Brewers broadcasters Bill Schroeder and Jeff Levering and the Famous Racing Sausages and Bernie Brewer.

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The kids were then paired with representatives from the Brewers to shop, armed with $100 Meijer gift cards to spend on anything they wanted this holiday season. In addition, in the spirit of paying it forward, they also received a $20 gift card to buy a toy for a child at the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin.

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Scooter was paired with a young boy named Brandon and the duo had a blast combing the aisles together:

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“We appreciate partnering with Meijer on this great initiative to bring a little more cheer to the holidays for these children,” Brewers Chief Operating Officer Rick Schlesinger said. “This is a great complement to the many youth-oriented outreach efforts that we already have in place, and something we hope will become a holiday tradition for our organization.”

It was nice to catch up with Scooter who says he hasn’t had much of an offseason. “I’ve been working out a lot; I’ve been hitting quite a bit, I started about a month a go….It’s tough for me to put down the ball, but I’ve been working out hard and I got a little break to come up here to Milwaukee, see some familiar faces and also, come and do a cool event like this,” he said.

“It was just an awesome event. Obviously this time of year, it’s about giving and doing cool stuff for kids and they definitely knocked it out of the park tonight.”

Following tonight’s event, Scooter says he’s celebrating the holidays by heading to Ohio to see family and then it’s back to Florida.

“I’ve got quite a big family–20 first cousins and they’re all in the Midwest, so we’re going to try to see some of them before we go back down to Florida. Hopefully just relax at the house and have a nice big family dinner.”

Among his holiday traditions are watching the movie Christmas Vacation, stockings and enjoying his mom’s ham.

When asked if there was anything special on his wish list this year, Scooter replied, “I just want the season to get started. I wish I had a time machine. But honestly, I have everything I’ve ever wanted. I don’t really need much, just quality time with our family and our puppy Leo.”

Thanks to Scooter, Kelsey, all of our volunteers and Meijer for their time and generosity in making tonight’s event possible. They put a lot of smiles on faces tonight and made the holiday season brighter for these kids and families.

-Cait

@CMoyer

 

Ryan Braun Named “We Energies High-Energy Player of the Year”

Prior to tonight’s contest against the Chicago Cubs, Ryan Braun was named the 2015 “We Energies High-Energy Player of the Year.” The award honored Braun who was voted as the Brewers player that best personifies the characteristics of hard work, a positive attitude and an aggressive approach to playing the game as voted on by fans, media members and We Energies.

Barry McNulty, We Energies Director of Corporate Communications, presented Braun the award in an on-field ceremony prior to the first pitch against the Cubs. The ceremony also featured members of the Brewers organization including Manager and 2009 We Energies High-Energy Player of the Year Craig Counsell and Chief Operating Officer Rick Schlesinger.  Zach Stevens, winner of the “We Energies High-Energy Player of the Year” Grand Slam Prize, was also present.

The Brewers outfielder received 56.8 percent of the total vote, whereas the other finalist, first baseman Adam Lind, received 42.3 percent. Braun was named to his sixth All-Star game and hit for a .285 average, .356 on base percentage and a .356 slugging percentage in 140 games in 2015. The eight-year veteran hit 25 home runs, giving him a total of 255 career home runs and making him the all-time franchise leader in the category, passing former leader, Robin Yount. Braun recorded his fourth career 20 stolen bases and 20 home run season, previously accomplishing the feat in 2009 (32/20), 2011 (33/33) and 2012 (41/30). He was also one of two players in the Major Leagues in 2015 with at least 20 home runs and 20 stolen bases, joining only Paul Goldschmidt of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

This is Braun’s third We Energies High-Energy Player of the Year award, as he previously won the award in 2008 and 2012. Other past winners include Jonathan Lucroy (2014), Carlos Gomez (2013), Nyjer Morgan (2011), Rickie Weeks (2010), Craig Counsell (2009), Prince Fielder (2007) and Bill Hall (2006).

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