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Second NL All-Star Balloting Update Announced: 6 Brewers Among Leaders

The second update of National League voting totals for the 2014 MLB All-Star Game, announced today by Major League Baseball, includes six Brewers ranking among the leaders at their respective positions.

Jonathan Lucroy moved up a spot to third among National League catchers with 522,310 votes, trailing the Cardinals’ Yadier Molina and the Giants’ Buster Posey. Lucroy is among NL leaders in doubles (3rd, 21), multi-hit games (T3rd, 21), batting average (4th, .325), hits (T5th, 66) and on-base percentage (9th, .394).  Aramis Ramirez (472,321 votes) and Jean Segura (403,259 votes) also rank third at their positions.

Three Brewers outfielders are among the leaders. Carlos Gomez is now in fifth among National League outfielders (819,385 votes), Ryan Braun (750,672 votes) is sixth and Khris Davis (329,744 votes) ranks 14th in the outfield. Gomez ranks among the National League leaders in total bases (5th, 116), extra-base hits (T5th, 28), slugging percentage (6th, .566), OPS (6th, .954), HR (T6th, 11), runs (T7th, 36), stolen bases (T8th, 11) and batting average (9th, .312).

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Brewers fans have the well-earned reputation for filling the ballot boxes with All-Star votes for Milwaukee Brewers players year in and year out. With at least one Brewers player elected to start in five of the last seven All-Star Games since 2007, Milwaukee fans demonstrated that it doesn’t take the largest market to be heard as they voted for their favorite Brewers in almost unheard of numbers.

This season, eight Brewers players are featured on the ballot for the 85th Major League Baseball All-Star Game to be held on Tuesday, July 15 at Target Field in Minneapolis. Brewers fans will again have the opportunity to show their overwhelming fan support by helping decide which players will be named to the Midsummer Classic through the 2014 MLB In-Stadium All-Star Balloting Program and the 2014 All-Star Game MLB.com Ballot.

Brewers players on this year’s All-Star ballot include C Jonathan Lucroy, 1B Mark Reynolds, 2B Rickie Weeks, 3B Aramis Ramirez, SS Jean Segura, OF Ryan Braun, OF Carlos Gomez and OF Khris Davis.

At Brewers.com, all fans voting 21 or more times for their favorite Brewers will be entered into a drawing to win a prize package that includes: four Field Box tickets to a mutually agreed-upon game, an opportunity to go down Bernie’s slide (restrictions apply), an opportunity to watch batting practice that day from the field and a meet and greet with five-time All-Star Ryan Braun. There is a maximum of 25 votes per email address. More information and rules may be found at Brewers.com. Additionally, fans voting online will be eligible to purchase Field Outfield and Club Outfield seats for select Brewers games at a savings of up to 50% (details available after voting at Brewers.com).

Those visiting Miller Park are encouraged to vote early and often via paper ballot at the All-Star Polling District, set up during Brewers home games along the first base concourse. In-park balloting at Miller Park continues through Friday, June 15, comprising 23 home dates. The Vote Brewers! campaign features event staff decked out at home games in promotional t-shirts, and signage along the Miller Park fascia and behind the plate. In addition, media partners FOX Sports Wisconsin and Newsradio 620 WTMJ will be promoting the initiative on broadcasts, and the World Famous Klement’s Racing Sausages will help distribute voting information around the city. There will also be voting parties staged during the balloting period.

With every 10 ballots turned in to the All-Star Polling District, fans will receive one raffle ticket that will enter them in a drawing for the opportunity to win a collector’s item daily, ranging from game-used memorabilia to player autographs. A drawing will be held during every home game through June 15 and the winning ticket will be announced during the game. Rules will be available at the Polling District.

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Last season, Gomez and Segura represented the Brewers at the Midsummer Classic. Ryan Braun narrowly missed being elected a starter for the 2012 MLB All-Star Game after finishing fourth in voting among National League outfielders to Matt Kemp of the Los Angeles Dodgers by just over 100,000 votes. Braun was later named a starter to replace the injured Kemp.

In 2011, Braun led National League outfielders in voting for the fourth straight season and led all NL players in voting for the first time (5,928,004). He is the only Brewers player to ever be elected to start in four consecutive All-Star Games (did not play in 2011 due to injury). Rickie Weeks was selected to his first All-Star Game as the NL’s starting second baseman and Prince Fielder started and made his third All-Star appearance in 2011. In 2010, Braun and Corey Hart started for the Brewers (Hart was named as a starter after an injury to Atlanta’s Jason Heyward).

In 2009, Braun and Fielder joined Trevor Hoffman as All-Stars. In addition to Braun in 2008, Hart was named that year to the National League All-Star team via the Monster All-Star Final Vote. In 2007, Fielder received the second-most votes in the National League en route to his first career All-Star team, becoming the first Brewers player to be voted to the All-Star Game since Paul Molitor was selected at third base in 1988. A complete list of All-Stars in franchise history can be found on page 285 of the 2014 Brewers media guide.

Both the National League and American League teams will have eight fan-elected starters. The pitchers and reserves for both will be determined through a combination of “Player Ballot” choices and selections made by the two All-Star managers.

Fans can vote for the Major League All-Stars online at Brewers.com through Thursday, July 3 at 10:59pm CT.

-John & Cait

JohnandCait@Brewers.com

What John and Cait Ate: “The BBDB” from AJ Bombers

“When you come to a fork in the road, take it.”

-Yogi Berra

“When you come to a fork in the road, take it…and try these concessions!”

-John & Cait

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“The BBDB” from AJ Bombers

During each homestand, we’ll sample some of the latest and greatest Miller Park fare and review it here, for you.

One of the most fun, new additions to Miller Park this season has been AJ Bombers. The popular restaurant and bar-with locations in Milwaukee and Madison-now occupies the outside space formerly known as the Plaza Pavilion, along the west side of Miller Park near the right-field gate.

AJ Bombers offers a selection of cheeseburgers, egg rolls, tater tots, shakes, custards, specialty concrete mixers and more. The menu also include homestand specials, such as the city-themed concrete mixers and the newest addition: Braun’s Bacon Double Burger–the BBDB.

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BBDB Braun Burger

Making its debut  tonight (on National Burger Day nonetheless),  The BBDB  is a special burger named after Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun.

It’s a double cheeseburger, topped with lettuce, tomato, mustard cheese sauce and Nueske’s bacon. The appropriately named sandwich is the third of several city and/or player-themed burgers that AJ Bombers plans to offer this season.

Braun’s burger is exclusive to Miller Park (i.e. not served at AJ Bombers’ restaurants) and available for a limited time.

And for dessert, be sure to try AJ Bombers new specialty concrete concoction here for one more night only: The Smith Island Cake, the official cake of Maryland, appropriate for the Orioles series.

 

We’ll be sure to check in with AJ Bombers often throughout the season to keep you informed on their newest menu items, just like we have been with the ever-popular Double Clutch!

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Where To Satisfy Your Craving: Fans can find AJ Bombers on the Field Level, in the outside space formerly known as the Plaza Pavilion, along the west side of Miller Park near the right-field gate.

What about you? Do you have a favorite ballpark snack? A question about concessions? Something you’d like to see featured here? Post your comments below!

Bon Appetit!

-John and Cait

johnandcait@brewers.com

Five Brewers Among National League Leaders in First Balloting Update for the 85th All-Star Game

The first update of National League voting totals for the 2014 MLB All-Star Game, announced today by Major League Baseball, includes five Brewers among the leaders at their respective positions.

Aramis Ramirez ranks second among National League third basemen with 282,843 votes, trailing only Colorado’s Nolan Arenado (318,111 votes). Ryan Braun is third among National League outfielders (446,780 votes) and Carlos Gomez ranks sixth in the outfield (370,630 votes). Colorado’s Charlie Blackmon (549,394 votes) and Pittsburgh’s Andrew McCutchen (467,378 votes) are the leading vote-getters among NL outfielders.

Catcher Jonathan Lucroy is fourth among NL catchers with 236,935 votes and Jean Segura is currently fifth at shortstop with 202,597 votes.

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Brewers fans have the well-earned reputation for filling the ballot boxes with All-Star votes for Milwaukee Brewers players year in and year out. With at least one Brewers player elected to start in five of the last seven All-Star Games since 2007, Milwaukee fans demonstrated that it doesn’t take the largest market to be heard as they voted for their favorite Brewers in almost unheard of numbers.

This season, eight Brewers players are featured on the ballot for the 85th Major League Baseball All-Star Game to be held on Tuesday, July 15 at Target Field in Minneapolis. Brewers fans will again have the opportunity to show their overwhelming fan support by helping decide which players will be named to the Midsummer Classic through the 2014 MLB In-Stadium All-Star Balloting Program and the 2014 All-Star Game MLB.com Ballot.

Brewers players on this year’s All-Star ballot include C Jonathan Lucroy, 1B Mark Reynolds, 2B Rickie Weeks, 3B Aramis Ramirez, SS Jean Segura, OF Ryan Braun, OF Carlos Gomez and OF Khris Davis.

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At Brewers.com, all fans voting 21 or more times for their favorite Brewers will be entered into a drawing to win a prize package that includes: four Field Box tickets to a mutually agreed-upon game, an opportunity to go down Bernie’s slide (restrictions apply), an opportunity to watch batting practice that day from the field and a meet and greet with five-time All-Star Ryan Braun. There is a maximum of 25 votes per email address. More information and rules may be found at Brewers.com. Additionally, fans voting online will be eligible to purchase Field Outfield and Club Outfield seats for select Brewers games at a savings of up to 50% (details available after voting at Brewers.com).

Those visiting Miller Park are encouraged to vote early and often via paper ballot at the All-Star Polling District, set up during Brewers home games along the first base concourse. In-park balloting at Miller Park continues through Friday, June 15, comprising 23 home dates. The Vote Brewers! campaign features event staff decked out at home games in promotional t-shirts, and signage along the Miller Park fascia and behind the plate. In addition, media partners FOX Sports Wisconsin and Newsradio 620 WTMJ will be promoting the initiative on broadcasts, and the World Famous Klement’s Racing Sausages will help distribute voting information around the city. There will also be voting parties staged during the balloting period.

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With every 10 ballots turned in to the All-Star Polling District, fans will receive one raffle ticket that will enter them in a drawing for the opportunity to win a collector’s item daily, ranging from game-used memorabilia to player autographs. A drawing will be held during every home game through June 15 and the winning ticket will be announced during the game. Rules will be available at the Polling District.

Last season, Gomez and Segura represented the Brewers at the Midsummer Classic. Ryan Braun narrowly missed being elected a starter for the 2012 MLB All-Star Game after finishing fourth in voting among National League outfielders to Matt Kemp of the Los Angeles Dodgers by just over 100,000 votes. Braun was later named a starter to replace the injured Kemp.

In 2011, Braun led National League outfielders in voting for the fourth straight season and led all NL players in voting for the first time (5,928,004). He is the only Brewers player to ever be elected to start in four consecutive All-Star Games (did not play in 2011 due to injury). Rickie Weeks was selected to his first All-Star Game as the NL’s starting second baseman and Prince Fielder started and made his third All-Star appearance in 2011. In 2010, Braun and Corey Hart started for the Brewers (Hart was named as a starter after an injury to Atlanta’s Jason Heyward).

In 2009, Braun and Fielder joined Trevor Hoffman as All-Stars. In addition to Braun in 2008, Hart was named that year to the National League All-Star team via the Monster All-Star Final Vote. In 2007, Fielder received the second-most votes in the National League en route to his first career All-Star team, becoming the first Brewers player to be voted to the All-Star Game since Paul Molitor was selected at third base in 1988. A complete list of All-Stars in franchise history can be found on page 285 of the 2014 Brewers media guide.

Both the National League and American League teams will have eight fan-elected starters. The pitchers and reserves for both will be determined through a combination of “Player Ballot” choices and selections made by the two All-Star managers.

Fans can #VOTEBREWERS online at Brewers.com through Thursday, July 3 at 10:59pm CT.

-John and Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

Tim’s Tip: Moment of Truth #3-Bend Your Wrists and Wave Bye-Bye to a Good Swing

The “Brewers Baseball Academy presented by Kwik Trip,” 10 separate weeklong baseball/softball camps that will be held in various cities across Wisconsin this summer for kids ages 6-14, will be back for its second season and so is Tim Rappe. In addition to putting on the camps, last summer executive director Tim Rappe provided some baseball tips here on John and Cait…Plus 9 as well. Read on for more from Coach Tim!

Enjoy!
Cait

JohnandCait@Brewers.com

“MOMENT OF TRUTH #3”

BEND YOUR WRISTS AND WAVE BYE-BYE TO A GOOD SWING

If you’ve been following my last few posts you know that I’m discussing four critical times in the swing sequence. First of all, I apologize for the delay. Academy enrollments have been keeping us running. I’ve labeled these four critical points the Four Moments of Truth. Overly dramatic? Maybe a tad. But after analyzing thousands of hitters, it’s become clear that a breakdown at any of these Moments of Truth (MOT) will severely limit the hitter’s chance for success.

In order to illustrate MOT #3 let’s go back to MOT #1. Check out the angle of Ryan Braun’s wrists at Heel Down.

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The angle of the bat and Ryan’s top hand is just about 90 degrees.

It’s at this moment that so many hitters lay their wrists back resulting in what the Big Guys call “laying off the bat head.” This results in a longer swing (not good). This wrist angle change will result in the back elbow sliding underneath too fast and too early which drops the bat head below the hitting zone. The bat is then making contact at an aggressive uphill angle and the result is a swing under the ball or a top-spin grounder.

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This young hitter has laid his wrists back and caused the bat head to drop too far too fast.

So, what do we want the hitter to do with his wrists as he begins the swing?…nothing. The hitter maintains the cocked wrist angle until they unfold just before contact. Fight the urge to make some kind of an adjustment prior to that.

See how Martin Maldonado keeps his wrists cocked even as his hands pass by his hip.

See how Martin Maldonado keeps his wrists cocked even as his hands pass by his hip.

The wrists explode into the ball at contact…but not before. That’s why maintaining the cocked wrist angle is MOMENT OF TRUTH #3.

In my next post I’ll look at MOT #4… “Roll Your Wrists and Hit the Exit Ramp Off the Hitting Highway.” Until then, if you’re gonna swing might as well swing hard.

 

-Tim Rappé

Tim.Rappe@Brewers.com

 

 

 

Team Tristan Attends Brewers Game

Today, Tristan Brahmer is attending the game with his family and fifth-grade classmates from Owen-Withee Elementary school in Owen, Wisconsin. They are all wearing “Team Tristan” t-shirts because Tristan is fighting a courageous battle against Alexander Disease, an extremely rare and usually progressive neurological disorder.

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Brewers pitchers Kyle Lohse and Matt Garza pose with Tristan and his family before Thursday’s Brewers vs. Pirates game at Miller Park.

Tristan is a huge Brewers fan and was very excited to meet pitchers Zach Duke, Matt Garza and Kyle Lohse before the game. In addition, he received signed batting gloves and a signed baseball from Ryan Braun.

We are happy to have Tristan and his team out here at Miller Park today. We hope they enjoy the game and we wish him all the best in his fight against the disease.

-Cait

JohnandCait@Brewers.com

 

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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

Brewers Say “Farewell Captain” in Special Pregame Ceremony

Today, we honored Derek Jeter for his contributions to Major League Baseball in a special pregame ceremony at Miller Park that included Ryan Braun, Carlos Gomez, Doug Melvin, Dick Groch and Mark and Debbie Attanasio.

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Photo courtesy of Sara Stathas/Milwaukee Brewers

In recognition of a career well-played, Dick Groch, Brewers Special Assistant to the General Manager, presented Derek with a bronze replica of his Louisville Slugger bat. In 1992, as a scout for the Yankees, Dick recommended that the team select Derek as their first-round draft pick. It was Dick’s pleasure to assist in signing Derek to a Major League contract and it was an honor for him to present the bat to the Yankees all-time hits leader today.

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Photo courtesy of Sara Stathas/Milwaukee Brewers

Derek has certainly made his mark in the baseball records and he has made an impact in the lives of young people through his Turn 2 Foundation which supports signature programs that motivate young people to turn away from drugs and alcohol and toward healthy lifestyles.

Oh behalf of  the Brewers and Brewers Community Foundation, Mark and Debbie Attanasio, along with Doug Melvin and Dick, also presented Derek with a $10,000 check for his foundation.

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Photo courtesy of Sara Stathas/Milwaukee Brewers

Finally, in addition, Derek was also presented with a stay at the American Club in Kohler, along with a golf trip to Whistling Straits so he can enjoy his retirement.

Congratulations Derek! May you enjoy retirement as much as we have enjoyed your professionalism and play on the field.

-Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

Tim’s Tip: Moment of Truth #2-The First Domino to Fall in the Swing Sequence

The “Brewers Baseball Academy presented by Kwik Trip,” 10 separate weeklong baseball/softball camps that will be held in various cities across Wisconsin this summer for kids ages 6-14, will be back for its second season and so is Tim Rappe. In addition to putting on the camps, last summer executive director Tim Rappe provided some baseball tips here on John and Cait…Plus 9 as well. Read on for more from Coach Tim!

Enjoy!
Cait

JohnandCait@Brewers.com

“MOMENT OF TRUTH #2”:The First Domino to Fall in the Swing Sequence

In my last post I discussed the importance of starting in the optimum stance to generate bat accuracy and power at the point of contact. I labeled that MOMENT OF TRUTH #1. Today’s topic is a bit more controversial. I say “controversial” not because hitting experts don’t recognize that it happens; but rather because some may not give it the same emphasis as we do at the Brewers Baseball Academy. This single move can set up the hitter’s lower half for success or it can betray the entire swing…and it doesn’t come naturally for hitters so we need to teach it. That’s why I think it’s critical.

So, exactly what is MOMENT OF TRUTH #2? So many times I’ve heard baseball people debate regarding the first thing that moves when we launch the bat. Invariably, there is a group that believes that the hitter “just throws his hands” at the ball. Yes, the hitter does do that…but it is by no means the FIRST thing. In fact, it’s the last thing the hitter does prior to contact.

So what’s first? Drum roll please…The inside of the back knee pinches forward and down toward the inside ankle of the front foot. It’s the Knee Pinch that keeps the hitter from spinning on his back foot. It’s the Knee Pinch that launches the back hip, which is the power center. It is the Knee Pinch that prevents the hitter from rising up on his back leg. Yes, it’s the Knee Pinch that launches the hitter’s momentum into the baseball. Important? You betcha.

Take a look at former Brewers sluggers Robin Yount, Ben Oglivie  and Geoff Jenkins. Check out the knee pinch.

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This next shot is a great overhead of Ryan Braun. If Ryan hadn’t pinched his knee in the way I described, he will spin on his back foot (we used to call this “squishing the bug”) and the back heel will retreat toward the catcher. Clearly, that’s not what’s happening here. Why? Because this is the way it supposed to be done!

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The Knee Pinch is difficult to teach in the context of this blog. But go ahead and use your DVR the next time Gomez, Braun or Lucroy launches a moon shot. Focus on the back knee and I think you will see exactly what I mean and exactly why I respectfully submit the Knee Pinch as MOMENT OF TRUTH #2.

In my next post I’ll focus on MOMENT OF TRUTH #3…”Bend Your Wrists and Wave Bye-Bye to a Good Swing.” Until then, if you’re gonna swing might as well swing hard.

-Tim Rappé

Tim.Rappe@Brewers.com

 

 

 

Garza Brewers Player Tees Now Available

This just in: Majestic player name and number tees featuring the Brewers newest acquisition, pitcher Matt Garza.

Garza Tee

These t-shirts are currently available at the Brewers Team Store by Majestic at Miller Park.

If you’ll notice, the Majestic player name and number tees have been updated for 2014. Look closely and you’ll see that the lettering/numbering on the front and back has a real “jersey” look and feel to it:

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This new style of the tees was available beginning at Brewers On Deck; the Team Store currently has players such as Ryan Braun, Khris Davis, Carlos Gomez, Jonathan Lucroy and Jean Segura in stock with new additions (such as Garza, which came today) arriving over the next few weeks leading up to Opening Day.

You can also shop online at brewers.com and/or create a t-shirt in the custom shop.

-Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

Ryan Braun, Michael Blazek and Marcus Hanel at Today’s Hunger Task Force Food Drive

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It was a very busy and cold morning at Helfaer Field today.  As the Thanksgiving week continued, Brewers Community Foundation teamed up with Hunger Task Force and CBS 58 for a drive-thru food drive in the parking lot.  Since I am finally thawing out from three hours in the sub-20 degree temperatures this morning, I thought I would post some photos from the activities this morning.

Ryan Braun, Michael Blazek and Marcus Hanel were on hand along with a number of Brewers employees collecting food and handing out bobbleheads to donors.

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The food drive itself lasts until 6 p.m. tonight, so you can still donate throughout the day.  It was a wonderful event and I was happy to be a part of it.  The generosity I saw throughout the activities this week was awesome.  This community should be proud of the way it gives back.

Don’t forget, you can also help the Hunger Task Force through the online “turkey hands” auction.  The framed, original designs from Brandon Kintzler, Tyler Thornburg, Jonathan Lucroy and Jim Henderson are up for auction now on Brewers.com thru Sunday, December 1 at 11:59 p.m. CT.

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–JOHN

johnandcait@brewers.com

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