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Brewers fans have been fortunate enough to be able to watch Ryan Braun on a daily basis. The reigning National League MVP has had another tremendous season and is putting up incredible numbers–especially down the stretch to help the Brewers jump back in the postseason race. Voting for league MVP will take place soon by members of the Baseball Writers Association of America and we want to make sure all the voters know how special of a season Braun is having.
Brewers Media Relations Director Mike Vassallo put together this “résumé” for Braun as the MVP voters get ready to cast their ballot. It was sent to voters this afternoon. I’m guessing most of you don’t get a vote, but it is still great to get the word out for Ryan!
To download a .PDF of the résumé, click here: Braun MVP Resume.
Ryan Braun stole his 30th base of the season tonight at Miller Park and became the first Brewer in team history to record two 30/30 seasons. He currently has 41 home runs. During his MVP season of 2011, Braun hit 33 home runs and stole 33 bases.
– JOHN AND CAIT
If you’ve been following the blog, you know that this season we’ve been highlighting some new and cool items in the Brewers Team Store by Majestic at Miller Park.
Well, this week, I wanted to feature some new plush items in the store.
On the heels of the wildly popular Bernie’s Chalet Figurine, I thought it would be fun to highlight another Bernie Brewer item and also, a Ryan Braun doll–yes, you read that right. See below!
Bernie Brewer Hand Puppet
In honor of team photo day at Miller Park, we thought we’d share this pretty funny video we came across, featuring Ryan Braun:
John will be back with some updates on our team photo shoot later today!
“What’s Good?” asks the Brewers Community Foundation.
Rickie Weeks helps kids smile brighter by supporting “Team Smile.” Yovani Gallardo supports youth baseball programs in Milwaukee like the Felix Mantilla Little League and the RBI Program. Ryan Braun supports Habitat for Humanity.
While that is just a small slice of what Brewers players do for the community, there is plenty of good in our Milwaukee community. The Brewers and the Brewers Community Foundation are able to shed light on “What’s Good?” in the Milwaukee community and draw attention to those bright spots. BCF week highlights those activities through a series of raffles, auctions and other activities that put “What’s Good” in the spotlight. BCF’s focused areas of interest are related to the causes that highlight the Foundation’s charitable impact in the community.
Perhaps the highlight of BCF Week is the “Ultimate Auction” which is now live on Brewers.com now and will close Tuesday night. There are some amazing prizes and experiences available to fans through this auction. Photo opportunities with players, private hitting and pitching clinics with coaches, pre-game dinner with Brewers TV announcers Brian Anderson and Bill Schroeder. But, perhaps one of the most unique prizes has to be a “Meet & Greet” with Nyjer Morgan who will also record your personal cell phone greeting!
Check in with the auction throughout the week. All the auctions close at 11:59 p.m. CT on Tuesday, August 21.
There are many other events surrounding BCF Week, check out the schedule below:
Thursday, August 16 – Where’s Chorizo?
Fans have a chance to win a 2012 Team autographed Chorizo from the 2012 “Where’s Chorizo?” event. Also included in this raffle is a Chorizo t-shirt, a 2012 Marco Estrada autographed Cerveceros jersey as well as a backyard BBQ for 25 thrown by the Klement’s Famous Facing Sausages, complete with Klement’s, Miller and Pepsi products! Sausages will make an appearance to the winner’s home on a mutually agreed upon date. Raffle tickets will be sold at Miller Park and are 2 for $5, 10 for $20 or a wingspan for $50. can you imagine the party you could throw with the Famous Racing Sausages!?
Friday, August 17 – Framed Baseballs Raffle
This is a great opportunity to celebrate Wisconsin’s two MVP’s. Fans have a chance to win a very special framed piece with includes an autographed Ryan Braun baseball and an autographed Aaron Rodgers Gold baseball with a photo of the two MVP’s. Raffle tickets will be 2 for $5, 10 for $20 or a wingspan for $50.
Saturday, August 18 – Wives’ Mystery Grab Bag
Players’ wives will be selling autographed items from their husbands. Fans can purchase each mystery bag for a $40 donation to the Brewers Community Foundation which is earmarked for various organizations. The wives will be stationed at each entrance to Miller Park, as well as on the Club Level. Mystery grab bags are always fun and knowing $40 will get you an autographed baseball from a Brewers player and knowing the money is going to a good cause is not a bad deal.
Sunday, August 19 – BCF Treasure Hunt
Fans always love game-used items. Game-used items from past games and seasons will be available for purchase in a special treasure hunt at the Brewers Community Foundation table on the Field Level concourse near Guest Relations behind section 116. Items include bats, baseballs, jerseys and other items of interest. I would recommend getting to Miller Park early that day to make sure you have an opportunity to get the best items. I will try to visit early that day and post some items to Twitter.
Monday, August 20 – Brewers Players Favorite Things Raffle
I have always enjoyed this idea. Not only do you learn what is Randy Wolf’s favorite cereal , what is Mat Gamel’s favorite candy bar or what is John Axford’s go to movie, but you have an opportunity to take these items home with you. Fans have a chance to win a basket full of Brewers players favorite things. The baskets feature a wide variety of items that are favorites of Brewers players and coaches as well as autographed memorabilia. Raffle tickets will be sold 2 for $5, 10 for $20 or a wingspan for $50.
Tuesday, August 21 – Strike Out Breast Cancer Raffle presented by Froedtert Center for Diagnostic Imaging – CDI
Fans have a chance to win a few different items as Authentic White jerseys autographed by John Axford, Ryan Braun and Yovani Gallardo, an autographed Corey Hart Pink Jersey and a Pink Bat autographed by members of the 2012 Milwaukee Brewers will be raffled off. Raffle tickets will be 2 for $5, 10 for $20 or a wingspan for $50. All proceeds from this raffle will go to benefit After Breast Cancer Diagnosis (ABCD).
BCF Awareness Night
On Tuesday, August 21, fans will have an opportunity to learn more about the organizations that BCF supports every year while being able to participate in games and activities to win cool prizes.
Wednesday, August 22 – Brewers Community Foundation Clearance Sale
Fans will have another chance to purchase game-used items from past games and seasons as well as other Brewers items at the Brewers Community Foundation table located on the Field Level concourse near the Guest Relations behind section 116. Again, get to Miller Park early!
Additionally, throughout BCF Week at Miller Park, fans will have an opportunity to participate in “BCF Pinko”–think everyone’s favorite Price is Right game. For a $5 donation, fans can play BCF Pinko for the opportunity to win a prize with every drop. Prizes will vary from game tickets to Drive for Charity pins, Brewers merchandise and the always popular mystery bags.
BCF Week is going to be a great opportunity to win some one of a kind Brewers items while at the same time giving back to the Milwaukee community. The best part is that fans can take part for as little as $2. Stay tuned to the blog as we will be posting updates and information to the blog and Twitter. There will be a lot of great activities going on all week.
–John and Cait
Online voting for the 2012 MLB All-Star Game has been underway for about two weeks and now fans at Miller Park can join in the fun as in-stadium balloting begins tonight. Paper ballots will be available at Miller Park for tonight’s game and for 22 games after tonight, ending Tuesday, June 19. Fans filling out and turning in ballots to the All-Star Polling District will be eligible for some great Brewers prizes.
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 every All-Star Game since 2007, including three elected starters last season, 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. The 83rd Major League Baseball All-Star Game will be held on Tuesday, July 10 at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City and will air on FOX.
As announced in mid-April, Brewers players on this year’s All-Star ballot include C Jonathan Lucroy, 1B Mat Gamel, 2B Rickie Weeks, 3B Aramis Ramirez, SS Alex Gonzalez, OF Ryan Braun, OF Nyjer Morgan and OF Corey Hart.
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 beginning tonight and continuing through Tuesday, June 19. The Vote Brewers! campaign will feature event staff decked out at home games in promotional t-shirts as well as 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 including one tomorrow on the campus of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
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 19 and the winning ticket will be announced during the game. Rules will be available at the Polling District.
At brewers.com, all fans voting 21 or more times for their favorite Brewers will be entered into a drawing to win Ryan Braun’s Miller Park Suite for a night, complete with tickets, food and a personal visit from the 2011 National League MVP. 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 Terrace Reserved seats for select Brewers games at a savings of up to 50% (details available after voting at brewers.com).
Last season, Ryan 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 283 of the 2012 Brewers media guide.
The 2012 American League and National League All-Star Teams will be unveiled on Sunday, July 1 on the 2012 MLB All-Star Game Selection Show on TBS. 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/allstar through Thursday, June 28 at 10:59 p.m. CT.
I tweeted a little while ago asking how many of you stayed up for the entire Brewers game last night. While all of those who replied said they stayed up, in case you didn’t, let’s all enjoy Ryan Braun‘s three home runs again. Even if you did stay up to midnight on a “school night,” it is worth watching the memorable performance again!
Today is a very exciting day–the debut of our 2012 TV Spots!
As you know, in February, members of our Consumer Marketing Department (myself included), as well as our creative team comprised of 2-Story Creative and Metaphystico, went down to Arizona to film our 2012 TV spots featuring our players, as we’ve done for the past few seasons.
This year, as you’ll recall, we also had a special guest at our shoot.
Packers MVP Quarterback Aaron Rodgers paid a visit to his friends on the team, took part in Brewers Spring Training workouts and then participated in our shoot, along with the numerous other players who are appearing in this year’s spots, including Jonathan Lucroy, Yovani Gallardo, and our own MVP, Ryan Braun, among others.
We filmed five spots with Aaron–the first of which was released today. The four remaining Rodgers spots will be released every few weeks as we start the season–so look for a continuation of this story here on John and Cait…Plus 9 and on brewers.com/2012TV.
In addition to the spots with Rodgers, we also filmed new spots that feature only Brewers players.
You can view the new spots by clicking on the links below. Then, make sure you come back here and vote on your favorite!
3-Step Drop: Doug Melvin and Ron Roenicke know talent when they see it. This year at Spring Training they had their eyes on a promising rookie from Green Bay, Wisconsin.
Big Numbers: Aramis Ramirez loves baseball. He enjoys hanging out in the clubhouse, working on the field, wearing a Brewers uniform and most of all, putting up big numbers.
Translation: Mat Gamel is new to first base this year. Norichika Aoki is new to just about everything in the United States. Fortunately, Brewers Baseball is a universal language.
Radio Control: Pitcher Shaun Marcum is focused on control. Not just on the mound – all around the stadium. (Take note of a new cameo appearance by Yovani Gallardo at the end!)
It was a fun TV shoot and we’re very proud of the finished product. We hope you like the spots as much as we enjoyed working on them!
Click on the poll below to tell us which one is your favorite so far!
You guessed it! We’re so happy to have Packers Quarterback and MVP Aaron Rodgers in the house with us today for our 2012 TV shoot!
What’s he doing in the spots? You’re just going to have to wait to find out!
Since the 2011 season ended, Mike Vassallo, Ken Spindler and I have worked many long hours on the 2012 Brewers Media Guide. It is quite the process and we are finally seeing the light at the end of the tunnel as we officially hand it over to Mario Ziino of Delzer Lithograph on Wednesday morning.
One of the things that really gets people talking about the guide every year is the cover. Normally, we keep the cover under wraps until the first shipment of guides arrives at Spring Training camp in Phoenix, but this year we decided to release it a little early.
The cover is a challenging part of the guide because the guide is with you for the entire season. You want it to symbolize the 2012 season, but in our case, you also want to remember the good things that happened in 2011.
We feel this year’s cover captured a very special moment in Brewers history. After Nyjer Morgan’s game-winning hit in Game 5 of the NLDS, Miller Park was up for grabs. Carlos Gomez, who scored the game-winning run, and Ryan Braun are also featured on the cover as they rushed to congratulate Morgan and celebrate the moment. The photo captures the emotion (and chaos) of that moment, the taste of victory after a long season of hard work and the pride that every Brewers fan can share in their team. Anyone who was at Miller Park that October night will surely be able to revisit that amazing moment when looking at this cover.
We are very pleased with the way the cover turned out and can’t wait to get our hands on the finished product at the end of the month. If you want to get your hands on a Brewers 2012 Media Guide, they will be available at the Brewers Team Store by Majestic at Miller Park for $15. The guides should arrive in mid-March. An online PDF version of the guide will also be available in the next two weeks (I will post a link on the blog for that when available).
What are your thoughts on the cover? Do you like it? Do you not like it (no worries, I won’t take offense!)? Will you buy a media guide this year? Let us know by giving your comments at the end of the blog.