Results tagged ‘ Ryan Braun ’

A Wish Come True in Spring Training for Adam

We are pleased to welcome another special guest to today’s game. Thanks to Make-A-Wish Wisconsin and Arizona, today is  Adam’s Wish Day at Maryvale.

Adam Fritz, 16,  and his family traveled from New Berlin, Wisconsin to fulfill Adam’s wish to attend Brewers Spring Training and meet Ryan Braun.

Prior to the start of the Brewers vs. Reds game, Adam took a behind-the-scenes tour of Maryvale where he received his own uniform and had the chance to meet with several Brewers players during batting practice.

He also enjoyed some quality one-on-one time with Ryan Braun, talking with him and even getting to play catch.

Adam is a pitcher on his high school team back home and Ryan was very impressed by his arm.

“My favorite part was getting to meet Ryan Braun,” Adam told me. “We talked about baseball, where I’m from…and he told me I’m an inspiration to him.” Ryan, who gave Adam his batting gloves straight off his hands after BP, also surprised Adam with a baseball bat inscribed, “To Adam, Continued success in all that you do! Keep fighting! All my best-Ryan Braun.”

Adam also threw out the first pitch:

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

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Adam was accompanied by his parents, Kevin and Michele; his brother, Austin and his brother’s girlfriend, Lizzy. The family is here for the week and plans to tour Chase Field and attend another Brewers game at Maryvale.

-Cait

@CMoyer

BREWERS ON DECK TO INCLUDE OVER 50 PLAYERS, COACHES, BROADCASTERS & ALUMNI

Nearly 50 Milwaukee Brewers players plus a host of alumni, coaches, front office executives and broadcasters are scheduled to participate in Brewers On Deck, which is set to take place on Sunday, January 25 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. at the Wisconsin Center.

Advance tickets are $15 for adults and $9 for children 14 and under.  Tickets on the day of the event are $20 for adults and $15 for children 14 and under.  A portion of the proceeds from Brewers On Deck will benefit Brewers Community Foundation. Tickets may be purchased at the Miller Park ticket office, by calling the Brewers ticket office at 414-902-4000, or online at brewers.com/ondeck.

This year the event will feature a community book drive that will help support Next Door’s Books for Kids program. The goal of the Books for Kids campaign is to help all children in Milwaukee’s central city, regardless of their family income or education levels, have books they can call their own. Local author Marla McKenna will help host the event. Fans are encouraged to bring new or gently used children’s books to donate. In appreciation for their contribution, fans who donate a book will receive a free copy of McKenna’s newest publication, “Mom’s Big Catch,” a story based upon events that took place at Miller Park.

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Once again food donations will be accepted through Hunger Task Force.  Donations can be dropped off at two main entrances to the Wisconsin Center, located at 4th Street and Wisconsin Avenue, and 4th Street and Wells Street.

Players, coaches and alumni scheduled to attend include (all subject to change):

PLAYERS COACHES ALUMNI
Michael Blazek Hector Gomez Gerardo Parra Darnell Coles Jerry Augustine
Ryan Braun Brooks Hall Wily Peralta Joe Crawford Cecil Cooper
Juan Centeno Jim Henderson Shane Peterson Matt Erickson Craig Counsell
Matt Clark Jeremy Jeffress Jason Rogers Mike Guerrero Rob Deer
Clint Coulter Taylor Jungmann Logan Schafer Marcus Hanel Jim Gantner
Khris Davis Brandon Kintzler Will Smith Rick Kranitz Larry Hisle
Mike Fiers Kyle Lohse Michael Strong Jerry Narron
Yovani Gallardo Adam Lind Tyler Thornburg Ron Roenicke
Scooter Gennett Jonathan Lucroy Rob Wooten Ed Sedar
David Goforth Hunter Morris John Shelby
Carlos Gomez Jimmy Nelson Lee Tunnell

Brewers On Deck will feature a number of activities for the entire family.  Autographs and photos from Brewers players, coaches and alumni; interactive games in the Kids Area; Q&A sessions and game shows with Brewers players, coaches and broadcasters; vendor booths with baseball memorabilia; Brewers Community Foundation’s Treasure Hunt, a 50/50 raffle, live auction and many other activities will all be a part of Brewers On Deck.

Details regarding autographs include the following:  Recipients of “PREMIER” autographs (players to be announced next week) will be chosen through a random selection process. Each fan in attendance will receive one Premier Entry sheet which may be redeemed at the Random Selection area outside the Main Exhibit Hall of the Wisconsin Center District.  The Premier Entry sheet will be exchanged for a numbered coupon to be entered into the random selection process for any one of the select Brewers players.  Coupon distribution will be available at 8 a.m. the day of the event and will continue up to an hour before each designated autograph session.   There is no cost for coupons to enter the random selection process; however, those holding winning coupons must pay $10 at the respective autograph stage to collect their player signature.  There will be 250 winners for each of the autograph sessions.  The winning ticket numbers will be posted at the designated autograph stage no less than 30 minutes prior to each player’s session.

Players and staff not included in the PREMIER autograph list will not use the random selection process. Each of these players will sign 250 autographs at prices ranging from free to $10. A schedule of players, their session times, and distribution info will be posted next week.  The autograph opportunities are for signatures on photo cards provided by the team; the Brewers cannot guarantee that any player will sign other memorabilia.  For additional information, visit Brewers.com/ondeck.

Autograph proceeds benefit Brewers Community Foundation.  Please note that cash is the only acceptable form of payment for autographs. The Brewers cannot guarantee that any player will sign other memorabilia, and personalization of items is solely up to the discretion of each player.

A detailed schedule of all Brewers On Deck events will be released next week.

Help Support the Battle for Blazo by Bidding on the Opportunity to Meet Ryan Braun and Jonathan Lucroy

SURG Restaurant Group owners Michael Polaski and Omar Shaikh are always seeking opportunities to give back to causes they are most passionate about: family and children.

Once they learned about Chris “Blazo” Blaszak’s story, they knew they had to help in whatever way possible. Chris is a loving father and husband who was diagnosed with stage four Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Mandible. Chris has 20 years of dedicated service in the United States Air Force 440th Unit Military Police, retired as a Desert Storm and Enduring Freedom military hero, deployed to Afghanistan as a result of the fight against the Taliban, and as a homicide detective and lieutenant of the Milwaukee Police Department, Chris has been committed to the safety of our hometown community and its people for 22 years.

Since August, Chris’s cancer has accelerated, which resulted in four 10-hour surgeries. With the help of local businesses and athletes, including Jonathan Lucroy and Ryan Braun, SURG is rallying funds to assist Chris’s family with a special auction at BattleForBlazo.com.

Here are two Brewers-related packages:

  • Meet Jonathan Lucroy: You and three guests will have the opportunity to meet Jonathan, take pictures, get a baseball bat autographed, watch Brewers batting practice, and stay to watch the game.
  • Meet Ryan Braun: You and three guests will have the opportunity to meet Ryan, take pictures, get a baseball bat autographed, watch Brewers batting practice, and stay to watch the game.

Visit BattleforBlazo.com to bid on one of these experiences (or any of the other unique offerings), or to simply make a donation; 100% of the proceeds from these efforts will be donated to a fund created for the Blaszak family.

-Cait

@CMoyer

Thanksgiving Drive-Thru Food Drive in Full Swing at Miller Park

Today, Brewers Community Foundation is teaming up with Hunger Task Force and CBS 58 to help feed Milwaukee-area families in need by hosting the “Thanksgiving Drive Thru Food Drive” at Miller Park.

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The drive has been in full swing since 4:30 a.m. this morning with lots of donations pouring in.

And, those who showed up not too long ago got a little surprise:

Ryan Braun came in last night from his offseason home in California to be here this morning to assist with the food collection and greet those fans making a donation.

“It is always nice to see people supporting these types of events, especially this time of year. It’s so important,” he said.

The slugger, who also met with media this morning, says he is enjoying spending his offseason with his baby girl, Celine Elysse, who was born in September. The new dad is looking forward to many of her “firsts,” including her first Thanksgiving tomorrow.

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Brewers Bullpen Catcher and Racine native Marcus Hanel was also out there lending a helping hand today, on the heels of his successful coat drive last week, as were the Klement’s Famous Racing Sausages and Bernie Brewer:

Food can be dropped off at Helfaer Field at Miller Park tonight until 6 p.m.

Each vehicle stopping by to donate food items will receive a Brewers bobblehead, a gift bag and other items while supplies last.

-Cait

@CMoyer

LUCROY SIGNIFICANTLY CLOSES GAP IN “WE ENERGIES HIGH-ENERGY PLAYER OF THE YEAR” VOTING

In the latest update for the “We Energies High-Energy Player of the Year” award, Brewers center fielder Carlos Gomez remains in first place with 32 percent of the votes, just ahead of catcher Jonathan Lucroy, who has 31 percent of the votes. Lucroy has significantly closed the gap after trailing Gomez by 12 percent in last month’s voting results. Second baseman Scooter Gennett surpassed outfielder Ryan Braun to sit comfortably in third place with 14 percent of the votes.

Fans currently have the opportunity to vote for the Brewers player who they believe best personifies the characteristics of hard work and an aggressive approach to playing the game. Fans can vote by visiting Brewers.com/WeEnergies until September 7. Additionally, fans may cast their votes via text message at designated Brewers home games, and local media will have the opportunity to participate via an emailed ballot. Votes from fans, media and We Energies will be combined to determine the winner.

Each fan voting online as a part of the “We Energies High-Energy Player of the Year” promotion will be entered to win a Brewers VIP package. The winner will be randomly selected to receive Field Diamond Box tickets for six guests and will participate in a pre-game ceremony on the field when the Brewers take on the Chicago Cubs on Friday, September 26. The winner will also receive an autographed jersey signed by the High-Energy Player of the Year, the opportunity to throw out a ceremonial first pitch and the use of a Club Level suite for a 2015 Brewers home game.

Fans can check results regularly as voting totals will be announced on a monthly basis. Fifty-two lucky fans will also win four Loge Outfield tickets for a Brewers home game between June 1 and September 28.

Carlos Gomez won the award in 2013. Other past winners include Ryan Braun (2008 and 2012) Nyjer Morgan (2011), Rickie Weeks (2010), Craig Counsell (2009), Prince Fielder (2007) and Bill Hall (2006). For more information, please visit Brewers.com/WeEnergies.

 

The Brewers Wives Complete the “Ice Bucket Challenge;” YOU Are On Deck!

Today, another  “Ice Bucket Challenge,” an initiative started to raise awareness and funds to help strike out ALS, was completed at Miller Park–this time by the Brewers Wives.

Earlier this week, Jonathan Lucroy’s wife, Sarah, completed the challenge and, in turn, passed it along to the Brewers Wives.

The Brewers Wives and Debbie Attanasio are all making personal donations to the cause and, today, a group of the Wives (along with Mark Reynolds, whose wife already did the challenge and nominated him) also completed the challenge, some with help from their husbands:

They have now passed the baton to the Pittsburgh Pirates Wives (the Brewers kick-off a three-game series against the Pirates tonight at Miller Park), and… you! That’s right, they’ve issued the challenge to ALL BREWERS FANS. So, now it is in your hands…complete the ice bucket challenge and/or donate online at ALSA.org.

Here are some stills:

Brewers Wives Ice Bucket BEFORE

 

Brewers Wives Ice Bucket  DURING

 

Brewers Wives Ice Bucket AFTER

And a GIF:

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The list of people from the Brewers organization who have completed the challenge is growing. Take a look at some of the previous videos:

Ryan Braun

Jonathan Lucroy, Kyle Lohse & Carlos Gomez

Ron Roenicke

Mike Vassallo & Me

ALS is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. ALS is also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease after the famed baseball player whose struggle with this disease and death in 1941 brought it national attention.

And recently, the disease has been gaining a LOT of attention from this Ice Bucket Challenge, started by ALS patients Pete Frates and Pat Quinn to help raise money and awareness for the disease. The challenge is quite simple: Fill up a bucket of ice water, as cold as you can get. Have someone record a video while you dump the bucket over your head. Then share on social media, issuing the challenge to three friends.

Along with members of the organization getting cold and wet for a cause, Brewers Community Foundation has also made a donation of $5,000 to ALSA Wisconsin on behalf of the Club and the Ice Bucket Challenge participants. Click here to join us in our support.

-Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

 

 

 

 

Check In “At the Ballpark” for Your Chance to Win!

If you haven’t already downloaded it, the FREE MLB.com At the Ballpark app offers an abundance of features to enhance your Miller Park experience such as: the ability to upgrade your seats, access to our A-to-Z Fan Guide, ballpark maps and directories, ballpark & player entrance music, social media clubhouse access, in-seat merchandise ordering, club videos and more.

Plus, when you check-in via the app, you have the chance to receive special offers and win prizes!

In fact, this Sunday, September 7, if we reach 1000 check-ins via the At the Ballpark app, one lucky fan will win this baseball, autographed by Ryan Braun.

Fans checking in at the game on Sunday, August 10 have the chance to win this ball autographed by Ryan Braun.

Fans checking in at the game on Sunday, August 10 have the chance to win this ball autographed by Ryan Braun.

Simply download MLB.com At the Ballpark® — FREE for your iPhone, iPod touch and Android device.

New this year, we’ve installed iBeacon technology at Miller Park, which means you should be checked in automatically if you’ve authorized the app to do so.

Boom! You’re entered to win just by walking in the door.

Just another perk of coming to the park.

 Click here to download the app now.

-Cait

JohnandCait@Brewers.com

Ice Bucket Challenge Continues; Join Us to Help Strike Out ALS

As you know, the “Ice Bucket Challenge,” an initiative started to raise awareness and funds to help strike out ALS, has been sweeping the globe and has passed through the Brewers Clubhouse along the way.

Ryan Braun completed the challenge last Saturday and in turn tagged teammates Jonathan Lucroy, Kyle Lohse, and Carlos GomezPadres Manager Bud Black issued the challenge to Brewers Manager Ron Roenicke, along with  Angels Manager Mike Scioscia, and Rays Manager Joe Maddon and Ron completed the challenge yesterday.

And it continues to spread, not only in the Clubhouse, but throughout the organization.

Last week, we announced that Brewers Community Foundation donated $5000 to ALSA Wisconsin on behalf of the Brewers and today, both  Brewers Director of Media Relations, Mike Vassallo, and I completed challenges issued to us personally and issued challenges of our own:

But the biggest challenge we can issue is to simply join us in fighting ALS, whether you get wet or not.

ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s disease, is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. Recently, the disease has been gaining a LOT of attention from this Ice Bucket Challenge, started by ALS patients Pete Frates and Pat Quinn to help raise money and awareness for the disease.

According to The Wall Street Journal, as of Thursday, the ALS Association had raised $7.6 million in donations in two weeks, compared with $1.4 million raised during the same two-week period last year. In addition, over 145,900 new donors have stepped up to the plate to help strike out ALS.

Visit ALSA.org to do your part.

-Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

 

 

 

 

Ron Roenicke Completes “Ice Bucket Challenge” Issued by Padres Manager Bud Black

On the off-chance you’ve missed all the excitement over the past two weeks, people have been dumping buckets of ice water over their heads all across the country as part of the “Ice Bucket Challenge,” an initiative started to raise awareness and funds to help strike out ALS.

The challenge has been hitting celebrities, pro athletes and everyday folks alike and the Brewers have been no exception.

Ryan Braun completed the challenge last Saturday and in turn tagged teammates Jonathan Lucroy, Kyle Lohse, and Carlos Gomez.

And the players aren’t the only ones helping out this worthy cause. Managers are getting in on the fun and showing their support, too.

Yesterday, on MLB Network’s Intentional Talk, Padres Manager Bud Black issued the challenge to Brewers Manager Ron Roenicke, along with  Angels Manager Mike Scioscia, and Rays Manager Joe Maddon.

And today, Ron good-naturedly accepted and completed the challenge, with a little help from Coaches  Garth Iorg and Ed Sedar:

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ALS is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. ALS is also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease after the famed baseball player whose struggle with this disease and death in 1941 brought it national attention.

And recently, the disease has been gaining a LOT of attention from this Ice Bucket Challenge, started by ALS patients Pete Frates and Pat Quinn to help raise money and awareness for the disease. The challenge is quite simple: Fill up a bucket of ice water, as cold as you can get. Have someone record a video while you dump the bucket over your head. Then share on social media, issuing the challenge to three friends.

Along with the team getting cold and wet for a cause, Brewers Community Foundation has also made a donation of $5,000 to ALSA Wisconsin on behalf of the Club and the Ice Bucket Challenge participants. Click here to join us in our support.

-Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

 

 

 

 

Brewers Extend Player Development Contract with Rookie Helena Brewers

The Milwaukee Brewers have announced a four-year player development contract extension with the Rookie Helena Brewers of the Pioneer League through the 2018 season.

“Our affiliation with the Helena Brewers has been very positive and we’re excited to extend our player development contract with the franchise,” said Brewers Vice President – Assistant General Manager Gord Ash. “Many players on our big league roster started their professional careers at Helena, where they developed and honed their skills to play at the Major League level.”

Ryan Braun, Khris Davis, Mike Fiers, Jonathan Lucroy, Jimmy Nelson and Tyler Thornburg each began their professional baseball careers with the Helena Brewers. Wily Peralta played the majority of the 2008 season at Helena.

“The Brewers have been flexible and appreciative of the efforts that we make, and I believe that the long relationship over the years has made this the best partnership it has ever been,” said Helena Brewers President/General Manager Paul Fetz. “We know each other, we know what to expect and we work well together. There is a mutual respect. When I went to Spring Training a few years ago I really felt a part of the organization. I wasn’t just some executive from the outside.”

Last season, Helena advanced to the Pioneer League championship and finished a win away from claiming the league title, dropping a best-of-three series to Idaho Falls. Helena won the Pioneer League title in 2010, the franchise’s first championship since 1996 (won back-to-back championships as a Brewers affiliate from 1995-96).

The Helena Brewers are located in Helena, Montana and have been a Brewers rookie affiliate since the 2003 season. Helena was also a Milwaukee farm team from 1985 through 2000.

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