Results tagged ‘ Ron Roenicke ’

Brewers Wives Mystery Bag Event Set for Saturday, August 9

On Saturday, August 9, when the Brewers take on the Los Angeles Dodgers at 6:10pm, the Brewers wives will be stationed at tables throughout the ballpark, selling “Mystery Bags” that each contain an autographed baseball. You could receive a ball signed by a Brewers player on the active 25-man roster, Brewers Manager Ron Roenicke, or Hall-of- Famer Bob Uecker.

The Mystery Bags are limited, so you will want to find the Brewers Wives early that evening.  The bags are $40 and proceeds will support the Next Door Foundation, an early education center that works with thousands of children and families throughout Milwaukee.

Get your tickets for the August 9 game at brewers.com.

 

-Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

Wounded Warriors Join the Brewers in Washington, D.C. This Weekend

Last week, we told you that combat veterans Brian Schultz of Wisconsin Dells & Shane Kruchten of Oshkosh were joining the Brewers on the team’s road trip to Washington, D.C.  as special guests of Brewers President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Doug Melvin and his wife, Ellen, who are big supporters of the Wounded Warrior Project, an organization dedicated to raising awareness and enlisting the public’s aid for the needs of injured service members. It helps injured servicemen and women aid and assist each other and  provides unique, direct programs and services to meet their needs.

Clubhouse Assistant Matt Smith was the liaison for the two VIPs and their guests this weekend and he documented their trip from start to finish.

“I told them not to worry about trying to take photos of everything, that they should just relax and enjoy the experience, that I would capture it,” Matt told me.

And capture it, he did. Read on for their experience, peppered with some Tweets & Instagram posts from Shane.

Thursday, July 17:

Each veteran was permitted to bring one guest along on the trip, so on Thursday, Shane and his brother-in-law, Michael; and Brian and his friend, Marcel (another former Marine), reported to Miller Park. There, Shane and Brian found lockers waiting for them, set up with everything that the Brewers players have from BP uniforms to personalized equipment.

They took the field as part of the team’s optional workout and met with the local media before boarding the team charter to Washington, D.C.

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Friday, July 18:

In the morning, Brian and Marcel visited Arlington National Cemetery and later, all four met up to tour the National Mall.  They then reported to Nationals Park, where they found their visiting lockers waiting for them. They took part in batting practice and dined with the players. They were then formally introduced in a team meeting by Manager Ron Roenicke, where they gave a little bit of a personal background, before having the honor of helping Ron exchange lineup cards at home plate. They then took in the game from seats behind the Brewers dugout.

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Saturday, July 19:

The group joined front office staff, players and personnel on a tour of the White House in the morning. Then they watched guys hit in the cages before joining the starting pitchers to watch Jimmy Nelson throw his bullpen session. As a thank you to each of  the players for letting them wear the Brewers jersey, the pair handed out Wounded Warrior t-shirts to the team. They then stood on the front line for the national anthem and took in the game again from seats behind the Brewers dugout.

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Sunday, July 20:

The pair joined the starting pitchers again, this time for Kyle Lohse’s bullpen session, before assuming the roles of bat boys for that day’s game. Following the game, they presented the team with a signed flag which will hang in the batting cages at Miller Park.  The team donned their new Wounded Warriors t-shirt for the flight home, a whirlwind, fun-filled weekend for Brian and Shane.

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In addition to sponsoring this special trip for Brian and Shane, Doug and Ellen Melvin and their family support the Wounded Warrior Project all season long at Miller Park. Through a donation to Brewers Community Foundation, the Melvins also welcome a wounded service member from Wounded Warrior Project to one Brewers game each month. The special guest receives four field level seats to a Saturday Brewers home game and is recognized on the scoreboard at Miller Park for their service to our country.

“This is a cause that we can all get behind, and I am happy to support,” said Doug Melvin. “These young men and women make enormous sacrifices for all of us and Wounded Warrior Project helps them adjust to life back home after serving our country.”

For more on Brian and Shane, check out Adam McCalvy’s story on brewers.com.

To get involved and learn more about the Wounded Warrior Project, visit woundedwarriorproject.org.
-Cait
JohnandCait@brewers.com 

 

Brewers All-Stars Presented with Jerseys

Prior to today’s game, our four Brewers All-Stars Carlos Gomez, Jonathan Lucroy, Aramis Ramirez and Francisco Rodriguez, were presented with their jerseys by a representative from Majestic Athletic, Manager Ron Roenicke and President of Baseball Operations & General Manager Doug Melvin.

 

Photo Courtesy: Scott Paulus/Milwaukee Brewers Baseball Club

Photo Courtesy: Scott Paulus/Milwaukee Brewers Baseball Club

Congratulations once again, we know you will represent us well in Minnesota.

Don’t forget that you can celebrate the Midsummer Classic and show your support for the Brewers All-Stars with official gear and the “My All-Star” Ticket Package, which includes a free t-shirt.

Tune in to the All-Star Game on FOX this Tuesday, July 15 at 7pm CT.

-Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

 

 

Brewers Team Up With KaBoom for Playground Build

Today, more than 250 volunteers from the Milwaukee Brewers (including players, coaches, Brewers Wives and front office staff), Brewers Community Foundation, Inc., Our Next Generation, organizers from KaBOOM!, and residents of the Milwaukee community joined forces to give area kids the childhood they deserve by building a new playground at Our Next Generation. The design is based on children’s drawings created at a special design event in April.

Brewers Community Foundation was the lead sponsor of this events as part of its Beyond the Diamond initiative, a series of community outreach events that take place during the season. These events involve partnering with Brewers Community Foundation, players/coaches, Brewers Wives, alumni and team staff, working hands-on in the community. The community events will be funded in part by Brewers Community Foundation and focus on the areas of health, education, recreation and basic needs. Today, the focus was recreation. 

The Brewers will take on the Colorado Rockies tonight in the first game of a four-game set, but that didn’t stop members of the team including manager Ron Roenicke, Khris Davis, Yovani Gallardo, Will Smith and bullpen catcher Marcus Hanel from joining the rest of the group at the build site. Here are some photos I captured at today’s event:

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A playground is more than a playground. It’s a brain-expander, friend-maker, and muscle-builder. Play is central to a child’s ability to grow into a productive adult. It can transform children from sedentary, bored and solitary to physically, mentally and socially active. Since 1996, KaBOOM! has been dedicated to the bold goal of ensuring that all children get the balance of active play they need to become healthy and successful adults because #playmatters.

In central Milwaukee, where roughly 3 out of 4 children live below the poverty line, kids often lack safe and carefree environments to explore, learn, and grow. The new playground will bring more than 850 kids in Milwaukee one step closer to having the childhood they deserve.

The playground is the second build by the Brewers Community Foundation, Inc. and KaBOOM!. Through this partnership, more children will have the joyful childhood they deserve. The Brewers Community Foundation, Inc. supports KaBOOM! in promoting and protecting a child’s right to active play at home, at school and in the community.

-Cait

johnandcait@brewers.com

 

About KaBOOM!

KaBOOM! is the national non-profit dedicated to giving kids the childhood they deserve by bringing play to those who need it most. Children today spend less time playing outdoors than any previous generation, a fact that is having disastrous consequences on their health, achievement levels, and overall well-being. Social entrepreneur Darell Hammond founded non-profit KaBOOM! in 1996 in Washington, D.C. with a vision of creating a great place to play within walking distance of every child in America because children need to play actively every day at home, in school and in their communities. Since then, KaBOOM! has mapped over 90,000 places to play, built more than 2,300 playgrounds, and successfully advocated for play policies in hundreds of cities across the country. KaBOOM! also provides communities with online tools to self-organize and take action to support play on both a local and national level.  For more information, visit www.kaboom.org.

A Wish Come True at Miller Park for Zachary Sprader

We have a special guest with us at today’s game.  Thanks to Make-A-Wish Wisconsin, today is  Zachary Sprader Wish Day at Miller Park.

Prior to the start of the Brewers vs. Nationals game, Zachary took a behind-the-scenes tour of the clubhouse and had the chance to meet with several Brewers players & coaches. He also had the opportunity to meet Bob Uecker in the his radio booth.

Here are a just a few photos from Zach’s special day:

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In addition to Zach’s special Day, we’ll be hosting folks from Make-A-Wish Wisconsin again on Sunday, July 13 when the organization celebrates its 30th birthday with an unforgettable tailgate party, chaired by Brewers pitcher, Kyle Lohse. Wish families, volunteers and medical referral sources from all across the state will gather for a party recognizing 30 years of making wishes come true for Wisconsin children with life-threatening medical conditions.

We’re in the fourth inning as I write this and the Crew leads 4-2. Here’s hoping we’ll pull out a win today. Zach said we always win when he comes to games, so I’m feeling pretty good about this one.

-Cait

JohnandCait@Brewers.com

Brewers Wives Basket Auction is on NOW! Bid on Brewers Players & Coaches Favorite Things

In addition to helping pack over 1800 lunches to help kick off the Salvation Army’s Feed the Kids Summer Meal Program, the Brewers Wives are helping to raise money for this very important initiative through a special auction on brewers.com.

From now through June 29, Brewers fans have the opportunity to bid on special baskets that the players and coaches wives have put together representing the Crew’s favorite things.

Here’s a look at the 15 different baskets up for bid:

1. Base Coaches Basket (Ed Sedar & Garth Iorg), created by Marsha Buckminster

Starting Bid: $1100

Base Coaches Basket

Description:

• Autographed photo of 1st Base Coach, Ed Sedar & 3rd Base Coach, Garth Iorg
• 2014 Brewers team-signed golf bag
• 2 Titleist clubs signed by Bob Uecker (BV 60 & 56 degree wedges)
• 2 dozen Titelist NXT tour golf balls
• Wisconsin Dells Experience (date restrictions do apply)
• One night stay at the Kalahari
• 4 rounds of golf at Trappers Turn Golf Club
• 8 passes for the Original Wisconsin Ducks
• 8 passes for the Upper Dells boat ride
• 8 passes for the Jet Boat Tour
• 10 passes for Tommy Bartlett Water Show
• 10 passes for Tommy Bartlett Exploratory
• 6 passes for Pirates Cove Mini Golf

BID NOW

 

2. Overbay’s Car Wash Caboodle, created by Sarah Overbay

Starting Bid: $150

Overbay's Car Wash Caboodle

 

Description:

• Lyle Overbay autographed baseball
• $60 iTunes gift card
• $30 First Watch Café gift card
• Lyle’s Favorite Snacks: Sunkist soda, peanuts, Mike & Ike candy, Cliff Bars
• Men’s & Women’s Brewers Hats
• Bridgestone Golf Balls
• Bucket
• Car Shampoo
• Wash Mitt
• Microfiber towels
• Vinyl cleaner
• Wax and pad
• Tire cleaner

BID NOW

 

3. General Manager’s Top Picks, created by Ellen Melvin

Starting Bid: $800

General Manager's Top Picks

Description:

• Autographed Doug Melvin Bobblehead
• Hank Aaron autographed baseball (Doug’s favorite Honorary Pink Tie Guy)
• 2014 Brewers Media Guide autographed by Carlos Gomez & Jean Segura
• 4 Tickets (Section 116, Row 6, Seats 12-15) to Brewers vs. Reds, Tuesday, July 22 at 7:10pm
• 2 Center Court seats with Courtside Club access to a Milwaukee Bucks Home Game during the 2014-2015 season on a mutually agreed upon date
• Basketball autographed by Milwaukee Bucks Center, John Hensen
• $100 gift certificate to Buckley’s Restaurant & Bar (Be sure to have the carrot cake for dessert, its Doug’s favorite carrot cake. The best you will ever taste!)
• $50 Pizza Man gift card (Doug’s favorite pizza in Milwaukee)
• $50 gift card to any Marcus Theatre (Doug is an avid movie goer)
• Double Stuffed Oreos
• Popcorn
• Various movie candies
• Pink Tie (from the Melvin’s Pink Tie Guy Event, raising funds for breast cancer awareness and prevention programs)
• Step Up to the Plate apron (from the Melvin’s fundraiser for beast cancer)
• Wounded Warrior blanket (another one of Doug’s favorite charities)
• Untouchables DVD
• Lone Survivor book
• $25 iTunes gift card (Doug loves music)
• Starbucks Coffee
• 100 Things Brewers Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die book autographed by author, Tom Hardricourt
• Tour of Great Lakes Distillery (Doug enjoys tasting different whiskeys)
• Bottle of Kinnickinnic Whiskey
• Bottle of Jack Daniels
• Bottle of Jack Daniels Honey
• Bottle of Jack Daniels Single Barrel
• Large Brewers canvas tote
• Coleman Perfect Flow Propane Camp Grill (Doug loves to look out the window on a game day and see all of the tailgaters)

*This package contains alcohol; you must be 21 years old or older to bid on this item*

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4. Mark Attanasio’s Favorite Things, created by Debbie Attanasio

Starting Bid: $500

Basket10 copy

Description:

• Game used ball signed by Mark Attanasio
• Certificate for 4 Brewers home game tickets in Owner’s box for a mutually agreed upon game
• Very rare Brewers 2008 Wild Card hat (with tag on it)
• $200 gift certificate for any SURG restaurant
• Brewers “M” hat
• Brewers workout clothes: socks, shorts, t-shirt, compression shorts (clothes are XL)
• Brewers L.L. Bean large canvas zip tote
• The Godfather Trilogy DVD
• Beatles 1 CD
• Stevie Wonder: The Definitive Collection CD
• The New Yorker Book of Baseball Cartoons
• Bottle of Italian gourmet tomato and basil sauce
• Bag of Italian gourmet pasta
• Jar of Italian lemon olive oil
• Bag of ground medium roast Kona coffee (from Hawaii)
• Four different flavors of mini Popcornopolis cones
• Bottle of vintage Italian Chianti Classico

*This package contains alcohol; you must be 21 years old or older to bid on this item*

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5. Mark Reynolds’ Favorite Things, created by Kathleen Reynolds

Starting Bid: $200

Reynolds Basket

Description:

• Reynolds autographed game used bat
• Reynolds autographed cleats
• Reynolds autographed baseball
• Reynolds autographed game used batting gloves
• Under Armour sport thermos
• Under Armour wrist bands
• $25 Starbucks gift card
• $25 iTunes gift card
• Shawshank Redemption DVD
• Bull Durham DVD
• Tool Box
• Titleist golf balls
• Jesus Calling daily devotional
• Gummy Bears
• Hershey’s Bar
• Sunflower Seeds

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6. Johnny & Jerry Narron’s Rollin’ Cooler, created by Gail Narron

Starting Bid: $250

Narron Basket

 

Description:

• Authenticated Official Brewers Pink Lineup Card, Mother’s Day, May 11, 2014 New York Yankees vs. Milwaukee Brewers autographed by Jerry Narron (Last appearance by Derek Jeter at Miller Park)
• Game used baseball (May 30, 2014 Cubs vs. Brewers) autographed by Johnny Narron
• Daily Bible Scripture flip calendar autographed by Jerry Narron
• Brewers t-shirt (XL) autographed by Johnny Narron
• Official MLB baseball and wrist bands from Mother’s Day 2014 game
• $15 Starbucks gift card ? Jerry’s favorite
• 50 Qt. Coleman Cooler with heavy duty wheels, have-a-seat lid, can holders and telescoping handle
• Oversized Ozark Trail mesh and canvas tailgating chair in a bag
• 2 Brewers Koozies
• Brewers plastic tailgating table cover
• Brewers themed tailgating paper plates, utensils and napkins
• Ballpark food: Cracker Jacks & Brewers peanuts
• Almond Joys and Mt. Olive, NC Methodist Men’s Peanuts – Johnny and Jerry’s favorites
• Lays Kettle Cooked Original Chips – Johnny’s favorite
• Dugout food – Reggie Jackson Sunflower Seeds and Pistachios
• 3 DVDs – “Sandlot” “O Brother Where Art Thou?” and “Gladiator” – Johnny’s favorites
• 3 packs of Baseball cards
• Brewer Decals/Stickers
• Third Ward Coupons: 1 free beer at Club Charlies; 1 free coffee, wine or beer at Hudsons; 1 free beer at Milwaukee Ale House; 1 free glass of wine at Vino 100; 1 free taco with any beverage at Cynthias; and 20% off at Pendleton

BID NOW

 

7.  Ryan Braun’s Favorite Things, created by Larisa Braun

Starting Bid: $500

Braun Basket

Description:

• Braun autographed baseball
• Braun autographed game used batting gloves
• Samsung Galaxy Tab 2
• $100 Carnevor gift certificate
• Brewers Braun t-shirt (XL)
• Brewers Braun t-shirt (M)
• Brewers Braun t-shirt (L)
• Orbit Sweet Mint gum
• 2 packs of mini Sour Patch Watermelons
• 1 large pack of Sour Patch Kids
• 1 large pack of Sour Crawlers

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8.  Bullpen Basket, created by Melissa Kintzler

Starting Bid: $400

Basket14 copy

Description:

• Autographed baseball signed by: Will Smith, Brandon Kintzler, Wei Chung Wang, Francisco Rodriguez, Mike Fires, Rob Wooten, Zach Duke, Jim Henderson
• Brewers Smith autographed t-shirt (L)
• Brewers Kintzler autographed t-shirt (L)
• Brewers Rodriguez autographed t-shirt (L)
• Bullpen Candy (some of the candy they bring out to the bullpen everyday)
• Brewers rolling duffle bag (carry-on size)
• Small Brewers tote bag
• Brandon Kintzler’s Favorites:
• $20 Starbucks gift card
• Baseball Bat keychain
• Las Vegas playing cards
• Las Vegas Starbucks Mug
• 300 DVD
 Zach Duke’s Favorites
• Duke autographed baseball
• Duke autographed batting gloves
• Duke autographed game used cleats
• Where Nobody Knows Your Name by John Feinstein     (includes a personal message from Zach inside the     book)
 Rob Wooten’s Favorites
• Wooten autographed cleats
• UNC Golf Accessories

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9.  First Come the Starters, created by Janai Estrada

Starting Bid: $500

Starters Basket

 

Description:

• Gallardo autographed cleats
• Lohse autographed cleats
• Garza autographed BP worn hat
• Estrada autographed baseball
• Peralta autographed cleats
• Baseball autographed by: Marco Estrada, Kyle Lohse, Matt Garza, Wily Peralta, Yovani Gallardo
• Brewers Estrada jersey t-shirt (XL)
• Brewers Lohse jersey t-shirt (XL)
• Brewers Garza jersey t-shirt (XL)
• Brewers Peralta jersey t-shirt (XL)
• Brewers Gallardo jersey t-shirt (XL)
• Brewers Grey Jersey (XL)
• Batting Gloves

BID NOW

 

10.  Weekend Tailgate, created by Tiphany Weeks

Starting Bid: $200

Rickie Weeks Basket

Description:

• Brewers Weeks autographed t-shirt (XL)
• Weeks autographed baseball
• Brewers lightweight tote basket
• Brewers 3-pack storage containers
• Brewers deluxe BBQ set (apron, potholder, oven mitt)
• Brewers cutting board
• Brewers grill cover
• Brewers chair
• Brewers Grilling 3-pack
• Brewers grilling brand Lea & Perrins Bold Steak Sauce
• Grill Mates seasoning
• Sweet Baby Rays BBQ Sauce
• Honey Roasted Peanuts

BID NOW

 

11.  Go Go’s Favorite Things, created by Gerandy Gomez

Starting Bid: $500

Gomez Basket

Description:

• Gomez autographed Sports Illustrated magazine
• 4 used Gomez autographed baseballs
• Gomez autographed used batting gloves
• Gomez autographed used Brewers cap
• Gomez autographed photo
• 2 Gomez autographed bobbleheads (2014)
• 2 Gomez autographed baseball cards
• Gomez autographed Brewers Yearbook
• Brewers Mug
• Brewers cinch bag
• 300 DVD
• Lindor Camels
• Lindor Chocolate Bar
• Santo Domingo Coffee
• Ritz Carackerfuls

BID NOW

 

12.  The Skipper’s Favorite Things, created by Karen Roenicke

Starting Bid: $900

Roenicke Basket

Description:

• Roenicke autographed photo
• 2 Roenicke autographed baseballs
• Roenicke autographed Brewers canvas print
• Roenicke autographed game used camo hat
• $50 Kopps gift card
• $50 Barnes & Noble gift card
• $50 Home Depot gift card
• $50 Macy’s gift card
• $50 Lowe’s gift card
• $25 Pet Smart gift card
• Husky rolling 4 drawer tool box with hardwood tool cabinet top
• Eveready Super Heavy Duty Flashlight
• Makita 18 volt compact Lithium-ion cordless 3 piece combo kit
• 30 piece screw driver bit set
• 14 piece Titanium drill bit set
• Blue & Tan Canvas tote
• Mother’s Day MLB game used pink wrist bands
• One Year Bible
• Titleist Golf Balls
• Nike Golf towel
• Dog Toy
• T-ball mitt for boy and girl
• Small soft bat and ball set
• Volleyball
• Archery Trainer set
• Fishing Pole
• DVDs: Happy Feet 1&2, Grudge Match, Lone Survivor, The Notebook, A Walk to Remember, Message in a Bottle, Nights in Roddanthe, 42
• 5 Brewers t-shirts (Men 2XL & M, Women L & M, Youth XL)
• Youth Brewers Hat
• Brewers Car Flag
• Badminton Set
• Brewers Umbrella

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13.  Catchers-Lucroy, Maldonado, Hanel, created by Sarah Lucroy

Starting Bid: $400

Lucroy Maldonado Basket

Description:

• Lucroy’s Favorites
• Lucroy autographed baseball bat
• Lucroy autographed baseball Lucroy autographed     game used batting gloves
• 2 autographed Brewers Lucroy jersey t-shirts (L)
• Lucroy autographed Caymus Bottle
• Lucroy autographed Brewers catcher’s mask
• Lucroy Autographed camo beer koozie
• Lucroy autographed baseball card
• Milwaukee Brewers portable tailgating ice cooler
• 3 piece Milwaukee Brewers grill set
• Jonathan Lucroy G3LE Series 2
• Brewers camo mug
• Maldonado’s Favorites
• 3 Maldonado autographed baseball cards
• Maldonado autographed batting gloves
• Maldonado autographed baseball
• Maldonado autographed cleats
• #12 wrist sweat bands
• $25 iTunes gift card
• $20 PlayStation gift card
• $25 Xbox gift card Dog Leash
• Brewers wine glasses
• Maldonado Brewers jersey t-shirt (L)
• Puertorican Coffee
• Lip Balm
• Puerto Rico True Flavors cookbook
• Hanel’s Favorites
• Hanel autographed catcher’s mask
• Autographed bullpen baseball
• $15 Starbucks gift card
• 42 DVD
• The Sandlot DVD
• Koos for Kids t-shirt
• Wisconsin Badgers hat
• Starbucks Mug

*This package contains alcohol; you must be 21 years old or older to bid on this item*

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14.  Family Fun Fitness Basket, created by Michelle Seligman

Starting Bid: $300

Seligman Basket

Description:

• Elite Sports Club new member 1 month free Family Passport (all locations)
• $100 YogAslyum gift certificate (towards classes)
• Salto Gymnastics Birthday Party
• JK Lee Tae Kwon Do Birthday Party (Pewaukee location)
• JK Lee Family unlimited pass (all locations)
• 4 passes to Skyzone Indoor Trampoline Park
• Frisbee
• Gold’s Gym 5lb weight ball
• Jump ropes
• Soccer ball
• Brewers kick ball
• Brewers Baseball & Bat
• Healthy Snacks
• Brewers t-shirt (XL)

BID NOW

 

15.  Scooter Gennett’s Favorite Things, created by Kelsey Markovich

Starting Bid: $250

Scooter Gennett Basket

Description:

• Gennett autographed game used batting gloves
• Gennett autographed uniform belt
• Gennett autographed Brewers mini bat
• Gennett autographed Secret Stadium Sauce
• 3 Gennett autographed baseball cards
• Gennett autographed retro baseball
• Gennett autographed Brewers Koozie
• 2 Brewers Gennett t-shirts (L)
• 2 Brewers shot glasses
• Brewers blanket
• Brewers Coaster set
• Brewers Koozie
• 2-pack of Brewers stickers
• Carmel Cremes candy
• Hostess cupcakes
• Big League Chew
• Hostess Donettes

BID NOW

 

-Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

 

 

Talk About Team Building: Ryan Braun, Brewers Community Foundation Team Up for Habitat for Humanity Blitz Build

This week, Brewers Community Foundation kicked off their “Beyond the Diamond” initiative with a Habitat for Humanity “Blitz Build.”

A crew of more than 100 volunteers has come together in the Washington Park neighborhood this week to launch the Milwaukee Habitat for Humanity’s 30th year of building homes, community and hope at the annual event. During this May building session, Habitat will add six owner-occupied houses to a block that is already home to seven Habitat families–boosting the home ownership rate to nearly 75 percent.

And this week, Brewers players, wives and front office staff are part of the group joining  Habitat’s dedicated volunteers and sponsors on a variety of projects in the neighborhood which include the following: Building new affordable homes, helping homeowners make needed repairs on existing homes, and increasing community safety.

For the third year in a row, Brewers Community Foundation is the presenting sponsor of Milwaukee Habitat’s Blitz Build and has teamed up with Ryan Braun and Brewers Wives to lend support through a joint $50,000 donation.

Today, a press conference was held regarding the project and community volunteers worked alongside members of the Brewers organization to build a new home in the Washington Park neighborhood.  Ryan Braun, Mat Garza, Logan Schafer and Kyle Lohse exchanged their bats for hammers and were joined by Ron and Karen Roenicke; Brewers Wives Patty Iorg, Melissa Kintzler,Gail Narron, Sarah Lucroy, Kristin Duke, Nichole Bianchi, Katie Wooten, Janelise Maldonado, Jackie Caplinger & Kathleen Reynolds; and Cecelia Gore, executive director of Brewers Community Foundation.

“We are proud to be the lead sponsor of Habitat’s first Blitz Build of the year,” said Cecelia. “Since this partnership started, we have seen how much hard work these families put into building their homes, and also the joy and pride they feel when they become homeowners. We’re excited to be part of that again, and glad that we can provide this opportunity for more families in Milwaukee.

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“It’s great to have the chance to give back to the Milwaukee community,” said Ryan. “I’m happy to continue partnering with Habitat for Humanity so that more families have the change to build homes and give their kids a safe place to grow up.”

This is really a great way for the Brewers to kick off “Beyond the Diamond.”  It truly a team effort that includes Brewers players, staff and their families.

-Cait

johnandcait@brewers.com

“Fetcher” Reports to Spring Training; Tries to Walk On As Member of 2014 Brewers

Bernie, watch your back.

Move over, Brat, Polish, Italian, Hot Dog and Chorizo—there’s a new Top Dog in town.

We’re not sure where he came from, but a little stray pup is quickly becoming not just the Brewers unofficial Spring Training mascot, but a valued member of the team.

The pooch, who has since been named Hank (after who else but Hank Aaron?), wandered into Brewers camp two days ago looking a little grubby but ready for play. In no time, this little dog has stolen more hearts than Tommy Harper stole bases in 1969.

A staff member took Hank to the vet where he received his shots and a bath, but this little scrapper’s jersey will never be spotless. His white uniform looks to be permanently shaded a little on the gray side in places, but when you get to know this little fella’s personality, you see it’s a perfect fit.

Hank spends each day roaming offices and playing fields, visiting with everyone from Doug Melvin, Ron Roenicke, players and coaches to ticket office and concessions staff. Hank is going home with members of the organization each night to a warm bed, and he recently completed a day at the Team Store where he picked out his favorite styles from the latest Brewers pet gear.

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So, what’s the next chapter? Stay tuned. Hank is in good hands and we’ll keep you posted on our most devoted “tail”-gater in the coming days.

For more updates from Brewers Spring Training in Phoenix, Arizona, be sure to follow the #CactusCrew hashtag on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

2/20/14 “#BallparkPup”date:

After our posts yesterday, Hank has become a dog in demand! He spent the morning in the Clubhouse and did three TV interviews. He also took to the field for practice with his mentor, Yovani Gallardo.

Also, many of you are asking what is going to happen to Hank after Spring Training. Rest assured, Hank’s days as a stray are over, one way or another and he’ll continue to be well taken care of.

Here are some more photos from earlier today (How fitting is it that it’s “National Love Your Pet Day“?):

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Cheers!

Brewers Team Up With KaBoom for Playground Build

Brewers Community Foundation Week officially kicked off today with a great community outreach event on Milwaukee’s North Side.  A group of Brewers front office staff, players and their wives, volunteers from the YMCA of Metropolitan Milwaukee and other local volunteers came together today to build a new playground at the Northside YMCA.

The design of the playground was based on drawings created by children who participated in a Design Day event in May.  The Brewers had a tough game in Texas last night and an early morning arrival back to Milwaukee today.  That didn’t stop members of the team including manager Ron Roenicke, Tom Gorzelanny, Jim Henderson and Rob Wooten from joining the rest of the group at the build site.  Brewers photographer Scott Paulus captured some great photos from earlier today.

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Today’s kids spend less time playing outside than previous generations in part because only 1-in-5 children live within walking distance of a park or playground. This play deficit is having profound consequences for kids physically, socially and cognitively. Children need a place to play every day to be active and healthy, something KaBOOM! has been committed to since 1996.

The new playground will give more than 1,200 children in the community with a safe place to play. Currently, the young children have a tot lot available, but the older children are in need of a great place to play and this will definitely help the neighborhood.

The playground is the first built in a collaborative effort by KaBOOM! and the Brewers. Additionally, the playground is one of more than 150 playground builds KaBOOM! will lead across the country in 2013 to fulfill its vision of a great place to play within walking distance of every child in America.

Beyond the Diamond is a series of community outreach events that will take place during the season from May-August.  These events involve partnering with Brewers Community Foundation, players/coaches, Brewers Wives, alumni and team staff, working hands-on in the community. The community events will be funded in part by Brewers Community Foundation and focus on the areas of health, education, recreation and basic needs. Today, the focus was recreation. 

KaBOOM! is the national non-profit dedicated to giving kids the childhood they deserve by bringing play to those who need it most. Children today spend less time playing outdoors than any previous generation, a fact that is having disastrous consequences on their health, achievement levels, and overall well-being. Social entrepreneur Darell Hammond founded non-profit KaBOOM! in 1996 in Washington, D.C. with a vision of creating a great place to play within walking distance of every child in America because children need to play actively every day at home, in school and in their communities. Since then, KaBOOM! has mapped over 90,000 places to play, built more than 2,300 playgrounds, and successfully advocated for play policies in hundreds of cities across the country. KaBOOM! also provides communities with online tools to self-organize and take action to support play on both a local and national level.  For more information, visit www.kaboom.org.

–JOHN

johnandcait@brewers.com

READY “FORE” THE 5TH ANNUAL DAVEY NELSON CELEBRITY GOLF TOURNAMENT?

The Fifth Annual Celebrity Golf Tournament hosted by Brewers Director of Alumni Relations and FOX Sports Wisconsin broadcaster Dave Nelson is scheduled to be held on Monday, June 24, 2013 on the Irish Course at Whistling Straits in Kohler, Wisconsin.

Davey Nelson (right) with Craig Coshun at Miller Park.   Photo: OnMilwaukee.com

The Davey Nelson Celebrity Golf Tournament kick off at 10:30 a.m. with a Shotgun Start and will be followed by a cocktail reception, silent and live auctions, and dinner.

Last year, I was fortunate enough to attend this event, where I was paired with former Brewers pitcher Jay Aldrich. It was a really fun day for an important cause. You can read my review of the tournament, plus see more photos, here.

Cait and Davey at last year's event.

Cait and Davey at last year’s event.

This year, celebrity guests scheduled to golf in the tournament include current Brewers players and personnel: Gord Ash, Tom Gorzelanny, Garth Iorg, Kyle Lohse, Doug Melvin, Chris Narveson and Ron Roenicke; former Brewers players Jay Aldrich, Sal Bando (also a Brewers GM),  Jeff Cirillo, Geoff Jenkins, Damian Miller, Willie Mueller (who was also in the movie Major League as “Duke”),  Greg Vaughn, Paul Wagner and Steve Woodard; Bruce Froemming, former MLB Umpire; Jason Grimsley, former MLB pitcher; Randall McDaniel, Former NFL player; Greg Matzek, radio personality; Greg Meyer, NFL Referee; Tony Smith, a former Milwaukee Bucks player; and Craig Coshun and Telly Hughes, sideline reporters for Fox Sports Wisconsin. [Celebrity golfers are subject to change.]

And, not only is the field stellar, but the course is amazing as well. In the previous years of the tournament, the outing has been held at Blackwolf Run in Kohler and now participants will have a new challenge as it moves to the Irish Course at Whistling Straits. All of the courses up at Kohler are phenomenal, so you really can’t go wrong.

The Irish Course, which was ranked #39 in Golf Digest‘s ranking of America’s 100 Greatest Public Golf Courses for 2013/2014 features “the grassland-and-dunes aspect of the Irish” and is just inland from the  lake and interspersed by four streams.

One unique feature of the course is a flock of Scottish Blackface sheep which roam freely,  harkening back to older times on Scottish links courses, where sometimes sheep were the only “lawnmowers” used.

Cait at Whistling Straits

Cait at Whistling Straits

My dad, at Whistling Straits (he had a "baa-d lie!").

My dad, at Whistling Straits (he had a “baa-d lie!”).

 

Registrations are being accepted as foursomes only and a celebrity golfer will be paired with each group to make up a five-person team. Team play will consist of a Scramble Format with team prizes awarded to the top finishers. The tournament is limited to 30 foursomes and, if you haven’t signed up yet, I’m told there is still space available, but it is moving quickly! Registration fees are $2,500 per foursome.

Besides the tournament itself, a golf clinic led by American Club golf pros and a putting contest will take place at 9:30 a.m., and a buffet brunch will be served prior to play. After golf, there will be a cocktail hour with a Silent Auction followed by dinner and a Live Auction.

For those who do not wish to golf, tickets to the reception and dinner only are available for $150 per person.

An additional preview event has been added on Sunday, June 23rd, consisting of a golf experience at Whistling Straits followed by a cocktail reception and dinner at the Championship Locker with celebrity participants. Rates for the preview event vary pending participation and sponsorship level.

Proceeds will benefit Open Arms Home for Children in South Africa and Brewers Community Foundation. Open Arms Home for Children is a non-profit organization that provides shelter, clothing, protection and basic healthcare for what is now home to many children orphaned due to the Aids epidemic in South Africa. Dave Nelson has served as Board Director for several years.

For additional information, sponsorship opportunities, or to sign up for this memorable golfing experience visit http://www.brewers.com/davey or contact Meredith Malone at (414) 902-4501 or Meredith.Malone@brewers.com.

Updates on the event can be found on twitter by following Brewers Community Foundation ( @brewerscf ) or on the Facebook: Davey Nelson Celebrity Golf Tournament to Benefit Open Arms.

-Cait

johnandcait@Brewers.com

More about Davey Nelson:

Nelson enters his sixth season as an analyst for FS Wisconsin broadcasts.  He also serves as Brewers Director of Alumni Relations and leads the team’s Speakers Bureau.  In his front office role, Nelson maintains a database of former Brewers players as well as organizes events for Brewers alumni.

Prior to his current role, Nelson served as Brewers first-base coach from 2003-06.  In 2001 and 2002, he was a minor-league outfield instructor.  Nelson began his Major League coaching career in 1981 with Chicago-AL and later spent time coaching in Cleveland, Oakland and Montreal.  In 1980, he was on the coaching staff at Texas Christian University.

Nelson enjoyed a 10-year Major League playing career from 1968-77.  The former outfielder played for Cleveland, Washington, Texas and Kansas City.  He was named to the American League All-Star team in 1973.

Born in Fort Still, Oklahoma, Nelson went on to graduate from Junipero Serra High School in California.  He attended Compton Junior College for one year and Los Angeles State College for two years.  Nelson also served in the Army Reserve for six years.  He currently splits time between Bradenton, Florida and Milwaukee.

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