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At a press conference held at Miller Park moments ago, the Milwaukee Brewers announced plans for the “Give-Back Game,” an event that is a major philanthropic endeavor to raise proceeds for great causes. With the Give-Back Game, nearly all proceeds from ticket sales from the Brewers final home game on Sunday, September 25 against the Cincinnati Reds will be donated to charity.

Brewers Chief Operating Officer Rick Schlesinger along with members from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee, Make-A-Wish Wisconsin, The MACC Fund and the Wisconsin Humane Society were on hand to announce the details.



“Dating back to his first year of ownership of the Brewers, Mark Attanasio has always done something special for the final home game each year, an initiative to show his appreciation to our fans and the community,” Schlesinger said. “We wanted to do something at another level this year, and out of that came the idea of the Give-Back Game. It’s not just a gift to the fans, it’s an opportunity to raise significant funding for these four great partners.”

Here’s how it works…

Starting immediately, fans can purchase tickets in person at the Miller Park box office, via phone (414-902-4000) or online by going to At the time of purchase, fans will be asked to choose between one of four charities for their donation to benefit:

  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee
  • Make-A-Wish Wisconsin
  • The MACC Fund
  • Wisconsin Humane Society.

Fans will be able to choose a ticket for $10, and can elect to contribute more in increments of $5 up to $50. (For donations of greater than $50, fans may call 414-902-4000.)

Tickets will be made available by level and distributed on a first-come, first-served basis, beginning with Field Level, then on to Loge Level, Club Level and finally the Terrace Level. Fans can get the best seats in the house for a great price, all while helping local causes.

A portion of every presold ticket will also be donated to a general fund that will be split between the four participating charities. Season Seat Holders may contact their representative to specify which charity they would like their donation to go to.

After all of the fan donations have been made, the Brewers will contribute an additional $50,000 to the charity that generates the most donations. Regardless of the results, each charity will automatically receive a donation of $20,000 from the Brewers. Every ticket sold after today will result in those additional proceeds being added on top of that $20,000.

Brewers COO Rick Schlesinger announces the #GiveBackGame at Miller Park. Photo: Scott Paulus/Milwaukee Brewers

Brewers COO Rick Schlesinger announces the #GiveBackGame at Miller Park.
Photo: Scott Paulus/Milwaukee Brewers

To help the cause, several Milwaukee Brewers players have teamed up with the four charities to help promote the game. Each player will use their social media platforms tweeting with the hashtag #GiveBackGame to promote not just the entire initiative, but also their specific charity’s involvement. Keon Broxton/Boys & Girls Clubs, Corey Knebel/Make-A-Wish, Tyler Thornburg/MACC Fund and Scooter Gennett/Wisconsin Humane Society.

In addition, media partners in the community have stepped up to help promote the effort, with each cause backed by a different media group. “Teammates” include The MACC Fund/620 WTMJ, 94-5 KTI Country and TODAY’S TMJ4; Make-A-Wish Wisconsin/FM106.1, V100.7, 97.3 NOW, 95.7 Big FM, News/Talk 1130 WISN and Big 920 Sports; Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee/FOX Sports Wisconsin; and Wisconsin Humane Society/WKLH, WHQG, WJMR and WNRG.

UPDATED 9/7/2016 Brewers Walk-Up & Entrance Music

For players, the song they choose for their walk-up or entrance music is often an important decision. What brief part of a song is going to send a message to the fans—and what do I want that message to be? Do I keep the same song that I had last year? What’s the hit that is going to produce the most hits? Is it a superstitious thing, do I want fans to sing along, or do I just use my favorite song right now?

If you’re like me and you’re attuned to the tunes, you probably enjoy seeing this list each year—and updating your iPod playlists accordingly.

DID YOU KNOW? Make sure you download the free Ballpark App! In addition to check-in offers, ballpark maps, game updates and more, one of the really cool features is “Ballpark Music.” Like a song you hear? Check it out on Ballpark–and you can even download it right there! No Shazam necessary!

Ballpark App Music


Anderson – “Lights Come On” by Jason Aldean

Arcia –“Superman Sin Capa” by El Super Nuevo

Braun – “Back on Road” by Gucci Mane ft. Drake

Broxton “Too Much Sauce” by Future

“New Level” by A$AP Ferg

Carter – “Mr. Carter” by Lil Wayne

Davies – “It’s Tricky” by Run DMC

Elmore – “Nights on Fire” by David Nail

Gennett – “Live your Life” by TI and Rihanna

Maldonado –“Muy Fuerte” by Arcangel Ft Don Omar

Nieuwenhuis “Lift Your Head Weary Sinner” by Crowder

Nelson – “Like We Own the Place” by Ryan Caraveo

Perez – “Pepe” by Tito el Bambino

Pina – “Vaiven” by Daddy Yankee

Rivera – “Me Reclama” by DJ Luian

Susac – “Feel Good Drag” by Anberlin

Santana – “Se Acabaron los Hombres” by Tempo

“Orto Way” by Atomic

Villar – “Makina” by Los Teke Teke

“Corazon de Seda” by Ozuna


Anderson –“Til the Day I Die” by tobyMac

Boyer – “Sweet Emotion” by Aerosmith

Davies–  “Bulls on Parade” by Rage against the Machine

Garza – “All Eyez on Me” by Tupac

Knebel – “Life in the Fast Lane” by The Eagles

Marinez –  “Vengo De Atras en Vivo” by Omega El Fuerte

Nelson – “What Are You Waiting For” by Disturbed

Peralta – The New Day Theme song from WWE

Suter – Theme Song from Jurassic Park

Thornburg – “Locomotive Breath” by Jethro Tull

Torres – “Holy Ghost” by Jeezy

[Please note that these songs can change almost daily; I’ll try to keep this list as updated as possible!]

The song played after wins this season is “Good to Be Alive” by Andy Grammer.

And, in case you weren’t aware, in addition to Ballpark, we do keep a list of these songs on and try our best to update it accordingly, so you might want to bookmark this page for future reference.

So now, what about you? What’s your favorite, or most memorable Brewers at-bat song? And, if you were a player, what song might you choose as yours?



Dear Will Smith…Attempt #2

Brewers reliever Will Smith’s quest to meet the actor Will Smith continued late last week as the pitcher recruited a couple of his fellow bullpen mates to help him make a video.

If you’ll recall, back in Spring Training 2014, Brewers pitcher Will Smith penned a letter to “the other” Will Smith–as in the actor, producer and songwriter, Will Smith….yeah, that guy–inviting him to come visit him in Milwaukee.

Well, that never came to fruition, but with ’90s Night on the horizon and these awesome shirts on tap as a giveaway with our special ’90s Night Ticket Package, Will thought that this time, he might get a response.

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One can only hope!

Be sure to join in the #WillMeetsWill campaign on Twitter and Instagram to see if we can organize our efforts and get Will Smith out to Miller Park this summer to meet his namesake.




Fun Times Had at the “Koos for Kids” Event at Hitters Baseball Academy

Tonight, following the Brewers-Padres game, many Brewers players and coaches headed over to the Hitters Baseball Academy in Racine to take part in a special event benefiting bullpen catcher and Racine native Marcus Hanel’s charity–and raised over $55,000 in the process.

Marcus has always had a desire to help children and so, about 12 years ago, he formed “Koos for Kids,” a charity focusing on helping terminally ill and disadvantaged children in the area.

Fans attending tonight’s event received dinner, autographs from Brewers players, entertainment from the Jesse White Tumblers, and the opportunity to participate in auctions and raffles. Of course proceeds from the event went to the Koos for Kids organization, where they are used to give back to the community. 

Over the years, Koos for Kids has been able to help numerous terminally ill children by purchasing them laptops, iPads, zoo passes, airline tickets, animals…whatever it might be that makes their days a little brighter.

Hanel was also excited to announce that Koos for Kids is offering a scholarship program: “ We’ll be giving $2500 each for college to two kids of need in Racine. They will get an opportunity to advance and go to school. It’s a pretty cool thing so we’re excited to implement that.”

Here are some photos from tonight’s event:

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Koos for Kids has also purchased over 3000 winter coats for disadvantaged children in the local area, as well as organized and run the Challenger Baseball League, where over 60 children with special needs can come and be part of a team and learn the game of baseball.  And there are countless other ways they have helped the local community, thanks to the support of many businesses and caring individuals.

To learn more about Koos for Kids, keep informed of upcoming events and find out how you can help, click here.




It’s National Look-alike Day: Let’s Look at Brewers Doppelgängers

April 20 is National Look-alike Day, so it’s fitting that we’re playing the Twins tonight.

In honor of this “holiday,”I also surveyed some of the Brewers to find out if they ever get told that they look like someone else, or if they think another teammate looks like someone else. Here’s what I uncovered.

I started by approaching the Brewers bullpen as a whole. “Question for you guys. ‘Look-alike Day’ is next week, so I was just curious if any of you ever get told you look like anoth….” I barely got the question out when everyone began pointing at Michael Blazek, who they think bears a striking resemblance to Bryce Harper of the Washington Nationals.

Michael Blazek Bryce Harper

Blazek said he has also been told he reminds some people of Kevin Bacon; I also mentioned that to me he looks a bit like Michael C. Hall as “Dexter.”

Corey Knebel Colt McCoy

Turns out Blazek wasn’t the only one in the bullpen who has been told he has a double. Corey Knebel looks a bit like the QB for the Washington Redskins (and fellow University of Texas alum) Colt McCoy, whereas Jeremy Jeffress gets likened to Paul Pierce of the Los Angeles Clippers.

I next approached Scooter Gennett who told me, “No one. I’m one of a kind!” Yes. Yes, he certainly is:

Pitcher Taylor Jungmann has said he’s been asked to sign a Tyler Thornburg card once or twice.  “I’m like ‘Look at the height on the card!'” said Jungmann, who at 6’6″ tall has a good 7″ on Thornburg.

Domingo Santana Tracy McGrady

While Kirk Nieuwenhuis said that he doesn’t think he himself looks like anyone, he does think Domingo Santana looks a bit like retired NBA player Tracy McGrady.

And in talking to Chase Anderson, he told me that’s gotten compared to Will Ferrell in the past. I never would’ve thought that until he mentioned it, but now that he’s said it, I can see the resemblance in his smile and eyes.

Matt Garza Count

Of course most Brewers fans are already aware of the more than striking resemblance pitcher Matt Garza bears to the Count from Sesame Street… so much so that it spawned the Count Garza Gnome Giveaway last season.

“I get ‘the guy from the All-State commercials,'” first baseman Chris Carter responded when I surveyed him. That “guy” is Dennis Haysbert, who also played Pedro Cerrano in the movie Major League for those of you scoring at home.

And last but not least, ever since the Club introduced David Stearns as our new GM last fall, fans have been quick to point out that he looks quite similar to a certain 6x Brewers All-Star.

“I got Andy Pettitte a lot when I was in New York and now it’s been Ryan Braun since I’ve been here,” Stearns said with a chuckle.

GM David Stearns and OF Ryan Braun were kind enough to pose for this photo, giving fans the side by side they've been craving.

GM David Stearns and OF Ryan Braun were kind enough to pose for this photo, so fans can compare them side by side.

So, there you have it. Some Brewers doppelgängers in honor of National Look-alike Day. Do you agree with these assessments? Think there’s one we missed? Do you ever get mistaken for a celebrity or athlete (or at least compared to one)? Let me know in the comments below!

As for me, I’ve been told that I look a bit like Renee Zellweger or Leann Rimes. Not sure I really see either one, but they are both lovely ladies, so I’ll take it as a compliment.





Brewers Pitchers Bonding Through Golf

Although there are many new faces this spring, this Brewers clubhouse already seems to have a great vibe. There is a lot of positive energy and the players seem to be bonding with ease. Perhaps that’s because the players are finding common interests both on and off the field and building chemistry in new ways.

For example, in addition to the game of chess, many Brewers players seem to be bonding over the game of golf this season.

I recently had another chance to hit the links with some of them this spring at the scenic Lookout Mountain Golf Club.My foursome included Brewers pitchers Chris Capuano, Will Smith and Matt Garza, while the group playing behind us was also comprised of all pitchers: Tyler Thornburg, Michael Blazek, Jeremy Jeffress and Sean Nolin.

While I’ve played with a couple of these guys before, I was surprised that this many players chose to spend their downtime out on the links.

I started chatting with Michael Blazek about it and he explained why he believes it’s such a popular pastime for the players—especially pitchers— away from the field.


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“It’s not really about the game of golf. You just go and hang out with friends…. It’s a better way for us to get together away from the field and not think about baseball and have fun at the same time. It just takes your mind off of what you’re doing here every single day. There’s not many things that we can do as a group away from the field….so golf is the easiest thing to do for us and it’s just a good way for us– especially our pitchers, a lot of us golf–and [the course] is just a place for us to kind of get together,” Blazek said.

Thornburg agrees. “A lot of hitters hate golf because they think it will ruin their swing. Plus, position players have to go every day during Spring Training for the most part and when they get a day off they don’t want to spend four hours on a course.”

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Capuano is the probably the best golfer in the clubhouse this spring. He says he has about a 4 handicap, and has shot par a couple of time, with his best round being a 67 at the Boulders in Scottsdale. Although, he’s quite modest and is quick to point out that the course was a par 71.

“I feel like he should definitely be better than a 4 handicap,” Thornburg tells me. I concur. While Thornburg shot a respectable 83, Capuano shot a 37 on the front 9 at Lookout Mountain and kept it rolling on the back, although he didn’t get to play all 18 holes.

For Capuano, who started playing golf as a young child while caddying for his dad, he says his favorite part of the game is being outside.

“It’s relaxing,” he says. “Being a pitcher, I really enjoy the satisfaction of hitting a target and I think golf is very similar in the rhythm and timing that’s involved in the golf swing. It’s similar to the throw, and just hitting that target is very rewarding.”

For me personally, I would agree that golf provides a good bonding opportunity. While I enjoy the sport and grew up playing it, outings like these not only provide fun social media content, but they also help me get to know the players better away from the field, which helps when working with them closely over the course of a long season.

And whether it’s fishing or golf, or another hobby, it is good to see the guys get a chance to relax and unwind now because we know once the regular season is underway, there will be little (if any) time for those things.

I hope the Brew Crew is enjoying the first of just two off days this spring!

3/16/16 Update:
Looks like some of the #CactusCrew did indeed hit the links yesterday:

Hiram Burgos, Jorge Lopez and Yadiel Rivera hit the links on the first offday of the Spring.

Hiram Burgos, Jorge Lopez and Yadiel Rivera hit the links on the first offday of the Spring.



Brewers Pitchers Hit the Links During Downtime in Spring Training

If you’ve been reading the blog long enough, you probably know that, in addition to baseball, I have a passion for golf.

And, for the past two seasons, I’ve had the pleasure of accompanying some of our pitchers to the golf course during their downtime and this year was not an exception.

The baseball season is a long one–162 games in 180 days–and that doesn’t even count Spring Training and all those Cactus League games.

However, the pace is different in Spring Training. While the games are still important, the time down here is very much about taking a look at different players, trying out new things, working out the kinks and building team chemistry.

With two weeks of practice before the Spring games begin and with the bulk of the Cactus League games being day games, that also gives players a little more free time before they go back to work in Milwaukee and the grind sets in.

On this Brewers roster, you’ll find many of the pitchers in particular hitting the links when they have time to spare so I joined Will Smith, Corey Knebel and Tyler Thornburg at the Westin Kierland in Scottsdale.

If you’ll recall, the Westin Kierland is where Kyle Lohse, Will Smith and I played last year and where got to try out their ultra-fun Golfboards.

Will tests out the golf board again.

Will tests out the golf board again.

They also have Golf Bikes, which, even though we didn’t ride them for the round, looked like a lot of fun:

Corey Knebel checks out the Golf Bike before our round.

Corey Knebel checks out the Golf Bike before our round.

Before we hit the links, the players gathered to test out drivers on the range, using ProFIT, which uses Doppler radar technology to help check club head speed, ball speed, launch angle, spin rate and accuracy. Tyler Haynes, Head Teaching Professional at The Westin Kierland Golf Club, was on hand to give the guys tips and tricks to help improve their golf game.

Given that baseball is a numbers and angles game, too, the guys were quite into it.

ProFit Technology

Tyler Haynes shows Corey, Will and Tyler what their golf swings look like and how to maximize their distance and power.

Following that experience, we headed out to the course:

Our group poses on the #1 tee at the Westin Kierland.

Our group poses on the #1 tee at the Westin Kierland.

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Of the group. Corey played the best and shot an 80.

It was a lot of fun out there on the course, getting to know these guys a little better away from the field.

Whether it’s golf, fishing, or another hobby, it is good to see the guys get a chance to relax and unwind now because we know once the regular season is underway, there will be little (if any) time for those things.

Special thanks to Westin Kierland (and Troon Golf) for letting us hack on your course!



Congrats to the #BrewersOnDeck Winners!

Thank you to the nearly 12,000 fans who streamed through the doors of the Wisconsin Center on Sunday, January 31!

From autographs, photographs and interviews to game shows, merchandise and kids activities there was something for everyone and so much going on it was almost dizzying at times.

For me personally, it was a ton of fun working over at the Social Media Stage. I asked you to stop by, check it out and say hello and you did! We had some great crowds and I enjoyed meeting a lot of my Twitter buddies in person.


In case you missed my recaps last week, be sure to check out Photobombs with Jimmy Nelson, Martin Maldonado and Taylor Jungmann; the #BrewersPhone with Tyler Thornburg and Gorman Thomas; highlights from the #AskMaverick Twitter Q&A with Brett Phillips; a rundown on Heads Up! with Michael Blazek and Corey Knebel; and of course, the Lip Sync Battle between Will Smith and Jeremy Jeffress.

And thank YOU for submitting your photos on Twitter & Instagram using #BrewersOnDeck! The contest ended yesterday and we’ve selected our winners!

Congrats to Laura and Holly, who won autographed baseballs and Brewers prize packs:

Lookin so fly with @jimmy_j_nelson #BrewersOnDeck

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And congratulations to Sadie who is this year’s grand prize winner! She’ll receive a prize pack, tickets to a game and a trip down Bernie’s slide:

Thank you once again for attending Brewers On Deck. Opening Day is just 56 days away. #SeeUApril4!






Tyler Thornburg & Gorman Thomas Take Over Fans’ Phones with #BrewersPhone

Another fun addition to the Social Media Stage at Brewers On Deck this year was the #BrewersPhone Wheel.

Fans were invited to come on stage and give the wheel a spin for the chance to have Tyler Thornburg and Gorman Thomas take over their smartphones.

#BrewersPhone at Brewers On Deck

The duo took over fans’ Snapchat and Twitter accounts, made fans change their profile pictures, sent text messages, recorded new voice greetings and even made some phone calls to fans back home while live on stage.

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Let’s take a look at some examples.

Here’s a text that Tyler sent:


This fan’s new Twitter profile photo is looking pretty sharp:

Speaking of Twitter, here’s a tweet Tyler sent from this fan’s account:

Here they are re-recording a fan’s outgoing voicemail message:

Thanks for the voicemail greeting, @tylerthornburg37! #BrewersOnDeck #BrewersPhone

A video posted by Amanda Westphal (@awestphal4) on

Looks like the phone call was a hit!

I wish we could have gotten copies of the outgoing voicemail recordings those guys left because they’re hilarious. Maybe the fans reading this will let me call them so I can take another listen-send me a tweet @CMoyer, please, or leave a comment below and I’ll contact ya!

Thanks again to Tyler and Gorman for being such great sports and having fun with the fans at our stage!




#CookoutWithTheCrew: Brewers Host Pop-Up Tailgates

Today, we proved that there is such a thing as a free lunch as we hosted three “pop-up” or surprise tailgates around the city:

Look who showed up on @uwmilwaukee's campus to serve up free lunch today! #CookoutWithTheCrew

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Around 11am this morning, we started posting messages on our social media platforms encouraging fans to come join us for lunch at noon.

When fans arrived at Bayshore Mall’s Town Square, outside UWM’s Student Union and at the park on Water Street, across from the Milwaukee Public Market, they were treated to a free hot dog or brat, chips and a drink, served up by Brewers players. 

Mascots were also on hand and free bobbleheads were distributed.

This was just a fun way to get the players out in the community and show fans how much we appreciate them as we head into the last weeks of the 2015 season.

Here’s a look at the festivities and some of the fan reaction on social media from each location.

Bayshore Mall’s Town Square

Relievers Will Smith and Tyler Thornburg were on hand to man the grills over at Bayshore.

Thanks for lunch, Will & @tylerthornburg37! #Brewers #CookoutWithTheCrew

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Water Street, Across from Milwaukee Public Market

Downtown on Water Street, across from the Milwaukee Public Market, pitchers Corey Knebel, Tyler Cravy and Taylor Jungmann served up a lunch that hit the spot:

Thanks for lunch, Corey, Taylor & @tcravy! #Brewers #CookoutWithTheCrew

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And finally, on UWM’s campus (without any pre-promotion since we knew we’d have a huge volume of hungry college kids to feed), Jeremy Jeffress, Logan Schafer and Scooter Gennett dished out grub and posed for many selfies:

Look who showed up on @uwmilwaukee's campus to serve up free lunch today! #CookoutWithTheCrew

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The #CookoutWithTheCrew caused quite the buzz around the city over the lunch hour, so much so that we were trending:

Did you #CookoutWithTheCrew today? Be sure to post your photos on Twitter and/or Instagram using the hashtag and we’ll share our favorites!




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