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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 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:
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:
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!
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The second update for the “We Energies High-Energy Player of the Year” award has Brewers center fielder Carlos Gomez in first place with 39 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.
Catcher Jonathan Lucroy is in second place with 27 percent of the votes and outfielder Ryan Braun ranks third with 9 percent of the votes.
From now through Sunday, September 7, fans can vote by visiting Brewers.com/WeEnergies. 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 also will 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.
Make-A-Wish Wisconsin is celebrating its 30th birthday at Miller Park today!
Prior to today’s game, approximately 2,000 wish kids and their families, volunteers, medical referral sources and sponsors from across the state joined together for a special tailgate. The party included a buffet lunch, entertainment, carnival games, raffles, mascots and a program featuring Honorary Chair, Brewers pitcher Kyle Lohse.
Following the tailgate, the guests entered Miller Park in time to see 8-year-old wish kid Caleb Teisl throw a ceremonial first pitch and 7-year-old Gianna Spittel take part in the Major League Moments promotion, along with a pre-game check presentation for $30,000 from Brewers Community Foundation, Kyle Lohse and Ryan Braun.
Make-A-Wish Wisconsin grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. Wishes are a special type of medicine that give children a break from doctors’ visits, hospital stays and treatments and provide them something positive with which to look forward.
I had the privilege of being part of Zach Sprader’s Wish Day recently at Miller Park and it truly is a special experience for not only the child, but everyone involved.
Since the organization was founded in 1984, it has granted more than 5,000 wishes. “This is an important moment in Make-A-Wish Wisconsin’s history,” said Patti Gorsky, President & CEO. “It’s a true celebration of the impact that thousands of wishes have made on wish kids, their families and communities across Wisconsin.”
Last year, the chapter granted a record-breaking 340 wishes, and currently more than 270 Wisconsin children are in the process of having their special wishes granted. Click here for more information about Make-A-Wish Wisconsin.
Today’s celebration is sponsored by Milwaukee Brewers and Brewers Community Foundation, Badger Mutual Insurance Company, GE Healthcare, Green Bay Packers, Mouse Moments Travel, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, MillerCoors, Robert W. Baird, Johnson Controls/Luxaire Heating and Air Conditioning and two anonymous donations.
Tonight, we were pleased to welcome 16 Wisconsin students who will be attending college this fall with the help of the Brewers Community Foundation Scholarship Programs.
Four programs are currently offered through Brewers Community Foundation: The Allan H. Selig Scholarship, named in honor of MLB Commissioner Bud Selig; The Michael J. Bonan Scholarship; the Miller Park Community Scholarship Program; and the Player Scholarship Fund which this year was supported by Ryan Braun.
Since the scholarship program began in 2003, 116 students have received scholarships from Brewers Community Foundation Scholarship programs. Tonight, we added sixteen more.
Here’s the Class of 2014:
Allan H. Selig Scholarship Recipients:
• Verenis Estevez
• Darlan Perkins
• Brianna Christian
• Alexandria Muench
• Henry Healy
Michael J. Bonan Scholarship Recipients:
• Alex Bristol
• Ian Griffith
Miller Park Community Scholarship Recipients:
• Aaron Wilder
• Emily Thiede
Player Scholarship Recipients:
• Maleah Brody
• Jack Carroll
• Hope Dalebroux
• Adriana Sanchez
• Vanessa Skenandore
• Alma Lopez
• Erin May
In addition, LULAC Carlos Gomez Hispanic Scholarship recipients were also recognized tonight:
• Viridiana Banuelos-Barco
• Marisa Roman
• Carla Echeveste
• Destiny Watson
• Stephanie Mercado
• Adriana Cordero
Here are a few photos from the pregame ceremony:
Congratulations to these hardworking young men and women and thank you to Brewers Community Foundation for providing these opportunities!
Aramis Ramirez Maintains Lead Among N.L. Third Basemen in Latest All-Star Vote Totals; #VOTEBREWERS through Thursday!
In the sixth and final All-Star update before the MLB All-Star rosters are announced on Sunday, Aramis Ramirez (1,790,777 votes) maintains his first place lead among National League third basemen, while outfielder Carlos Gomez (3,169,748) and first baseman Mark Reynolds (1,430,395) have moved into second place at their respective positions. Ramirez leads the Mets’ David Wright by 235,060 votes and Gomez trails Andrew McCutchen of the Pirates by just 4,062 votes for the overall lead among NL outfielders.
Catcher Jonathan Lucroy, currently second among NL catchers, has narrowed the gap behind St. Louis’ Yadier Molina. With 2,636,640 votes, Lucroy now trails Molina by 464,299 votes. Ryan Braun (2,509,770) remains fifth among NL outfielders and Khris Davis has moved up four spots to seventh among outfielders with 1,457,407 votes.
Around the infield, Jean Segura (1,729,054) ranks second at shortstop, trailing Colorado’s Troy Tulowitzki, and Rickie Weeks is fourth at second base with 1,127,907 votes.
Fans can vote for the Major League All-Stars online at Brewers.com through Thursday, July 3 at 10:59pm CT.
The 2014 American League and National League All-Star teams will be unveiled on the “Taco Bell™All-Star Selection Show” on ESPN at 6 p.m. CT on Sunday, July 6. Immediately following the announcement of the AL and NL All-Star rosters, fans will begin voting to select the final player for each League’s 34-man roster via the 2014 All-Star Game MLB.com Final Vote Sponsored by Experian. Fans will cast their votes from a list of five players from each League over the balloting period.
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:
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.