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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:

Here are some stills:

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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.

Aaron Rodgers, Sophia Minnaert Respond to Brewers “Ice Bucket Challenge”

Over the weekend, the Ice Bucket Challenge made its way through the Brewers Clubhouse, starting with Ryan Braun on Saturday and culminating with Kyle Lohse, Jonathan Lucroy and Carlos Gomez on Sunday.

Brewers Ice Bucket Challenge

Designed to help raise money and awareness for ALS, the Ice Bucket 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.

Yesterday, Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers (via Jonathan Lucroy);PGA golfer Jason Dufner (via Kyle Lohse, likely as payback for the Stadium Shootout Golf Challenge); and FOX Sports Wisconsin’s Sophia Minnaert (via Carlos Gomez) were tapped for the challenge and so far, two of the three complied.

Aaron Rodgers:

 

Sophia Minnaert:

 

No word yet from Jason Dufner, but we’ll give him an extension on the 24-hour window commonly given for the challenge, as the golfer was forced to withdraw from the 2014 PGA Championship after nine holes on Thursday due to bulging discs in his neck.

Thanks to each of these Ice Bucket Challenge participants for being such good sports and helping to raise awareness and funds for ALS. To learn more about how you can help, click here.

 

-Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

Lucroy, Lohse & Gomez Complete “Ice Bucket Challenge” Issued by Ryan Braun–See Who is On Deck!

In case you missed it, yesterday, Ryan Braun completed the “Ice Bucket Challenge”  issued to him by former Brewers prospect and recent winner of The Bachelorette, Josh Murray.

In turn, Ryan Braun tagged Jonathan Lucroy, Kyle Lohse, and Carlos Gomez to step up the the plate and help #StrikeOutALS, which they did together, today:

Bob Uecker was standing by and we captured his reaction:

And here are some stills:

Carlos Gomez, Kyle Lohse & Jonathan Lucroy prepare for the Ice Bucket Challenge while Bob Uecker looks on.

Carlos Gomez, Kyle Lohse & Jonathan Lucroy prepare for the Ice Bucket Challenge while Bob Uecker looks on.

Whew! That's cold! But it's for a good cause--helping to #StrikeOutALS.

Whew! That’s cold! But it’s for a good cause–helping to #StrikeOutALS.

Up next: Aaron Rodgers, Jason Dufner and Sophia Minnaert.

Up next: Aaron Rodgers, Jason Dufner and Sophia Minnaert.

On Deck are Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers (challenged by Jonathan Lucroy); PGA golfer Jason Dufner (challenged by Kyle Lohse, likely as payback for the Stadium Shootout Golf Challenge); and FOX Sports Wisconsin’s Sophia Minnaert (challenged by Carlos Gomez).

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.

 

-Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

 

 

 

 

Sharp Literacy, Inc., Ryan and Larissa Braun & Brewers Community Foundation Partner on New “Growing Power” Mural at Miller Park

Sharp Literacy Inc. has partnered with Ryan Braun and his wife, Larisa, and Brewers Community Foundation on the creation of a “Growing Power” mosaic mural which will be featured throughout the rest of the regular season at Miller Park on the Loge level. 

The three panel, traveling mural will begin its tour at Miller Park and travel to various schools during the 2015/2016 school year.  The mural project is in conjunction with Sharp Literacy’s 12th “We Love to Learn” book entitled There Grows the Neighborhood: Agriculture in the City, which will be published this fall.  The mural and book will teach children about simple nutrition, where good foods originate and the concept of healthy eating for a strong, healthy life.

The Growing Power Mosaic Mural is on display at the top of the first-base side escalator on the Loge Level at Miller Park.

The Growing Power Mosaic Mural is on display at the top of the first-base side escalator on the Loge Level at Miller Park.

Lynda Kohler, President and CEO of Sharp Literacy was on hand prior to tonight’s game, along with Sharp’s Artist in Residence, Sally Duback, who created the  mural with assistance from the 5th through 8th grade students at Lutheran Special School and Education Services.

SHARP LITERACY

Fans can visit the Growing Power Mural Project at Miller Park  on the Loge Level.

Thank you Sharp Literacy for using imaginative learning experiences to build literacy skills for nearly 7,000 elementary school students in 34 of Milwaukee’s most at-risk schools!

-Cait

JohandCait@brewers.com

Josh Murray Issues the “Ice Bucket Challenge” to Ryan Braun… Watch Him Accept

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 as your social media feeds have probably been overtaken by videos of your friends dumping buckets of ice water on their heads to raise awareness about this disease and funds to fight it.

Former Boston College baseball player Pete Frates was diagnosed with the disease in 2012, and Pete, along with fellow ALS patient Pat Quinn, began what is known as the “Ice Bucket Challenge” on their own social networks in late July to raise money and awareness for the disease with which approximately 5600 people in the U.S. are diagnosed with each year and as many as 30,000 Americans may have at any given time (per the ALSA).

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.

The challenge reached the Brewers when former Brewers prospect and recent winner of The Bachelorette, Josh Murray, issued the challenge to our own Ryan Braun:

Ryan Braun prepares for the Ice Bucket Challenge.

Ryan Braun prepares for the Ice Bucket Challenge.

Never one to back down from a challenge, Ryan accepted and issued the challenge to three more individuals…who just happen to be his teammates. Take a look here:

 

Mashable reports that the ALS Association has seen a fourfold increase in donations between July 26 and August 6 compared to the same time period in 2013. To learn more, click here.

 

Thank you, social media, Pete Frates, Pat Quinn, Josh Murray and Ryan Braun for helping #StrikeOutALS.

 

Here’s looking at you, Jonathan, Kyle and Carlos!

 

-Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

 

 

 

 

Braun and Duke named Brewers Players of the Month for July

Ryan Braun was named Brewers Player of the Month for July and Zach Duke was selected as Brewers Pitcher of the Month for July.

Braun batted .277 with 5 doubles, 2 triples, 3 home runs and 15 RBI for the month.

In 13 relief appearances, Duke did not allow a run over 11.2 innings and struck out 17 batters.  He held opponents to a .105 batting average.

Both players were presented their awards prior to tonight’s game:

BRAUN AND DUKE

 

-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, August 10 (Cerveceros Day & Chorizo Bobblehead All-Fan Giveaway Day), 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

Vote for Ryan Braun for the 2014 Branch Rickey Award

Fan voting for the 2014 Branch Rickey Award began this week and Brewers fans can vote for our nominee, Ryan Braun.

The Branch Rickey Award is an honor that recognizes professionals in MLB for exceptional community service.

The award was named in honor of Branch Rickey, who was voted “Most Influential Person in Sports in the 20thCentury” by ESPN’s SportsCentury panel.  Rickey was credited with breaking the color barrier in Major League Baseball. As President and General Manager of the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1945, he signed the first black player, Jackie Robinson.

Rickey was also dedicated to community service, encouraging the expansion of the “Knothole Gang” program to offer underprivileged kids who could not afford a ticket a chance to attend Major League games.

Each of the 30 Major League Baseball clubs nominates one person from their team for the annual award.

Among the charities supported by the Brewers nominee, Ryan Braun, are Brewers Community Foundation, AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin, Habitat for Humanity, Make-A-Wish, YMCA Wisconsin and Sharp Literacy.

A National Selection Committee, comprised of members of the sports media, past Branch Rickey Award winners and Rotary District Governors in Major League cities vote on the nominees to choose the winner each year. This year, fans  also have the opportunity to help decide the winner by casting votes on Facebook. The independent accounting firm of RubinBrown LLP verifies the ballots.

Fans can vote online at http://BranchRickeyAward.org and via Facebook.

-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 

 

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