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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.

Cheers!
-Cait

@CMoyer

 

 

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.

-Cait

@CMoyer

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!

-Cait

@CMoyer

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!

 

-Cait

@CMoyer

 

 

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:

#BrewersPhone

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:
Tweet

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

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

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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!

-Cait

@CMoyer

 

#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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UW-Milwaukee

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!

-Cait

@CMoyer

 

Brew Crew Bracketology: Brewers March Madness Update

As the Wisconsin Badgers gear up for the Final Four this weekend, we thought we’d post the Crew’s updated brackets here so you can follow along with Brew Crew Bracketology below and see how their picks are “netting” out.

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Of those brackets not yet busted, Michael Blazek has 3 of the Final 4 remaining; Kyle Lohse and Logan Schafer have 2 of the Final 4 remaining and Tyler Thornburg has just one remaining.

Here at the Brewers, we’re looking forward to cheering on the Badgers on Saturday–and hopefully

-Cait

@CMoyer

Brew Crew Bracketology: Brewers March Madness Update

Last week when the NCAA Basketball Tournament got underway, we asked some of the Crew to fill out brackets.

As the next round begins on Thursday, we thought we’d post the updated brackets here so you can follow along with Brew Crew Bracketology below and see how their picks are “netting” out.

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Brewers reliever Rob Wooten, who is a diehard fan of the University of North Carolina Tar Heels and a former Tar Heel himself, knows he is going to catch a lot of flack from Wisconsin Badger fans this week:

Ironically (or maybe not so much so since March Madness is so unpredictable), Kyle Lohse who says he really doesn’t follow basketball all that closely, is the one who is faring the best so far.

Corey Knebel, who played for the University of Texas and picked with his heart, found his bracket busted early on. Matt Clark’s bracket is also busted.

Is your bracket busted too? Never fear. Opening Day is just 13 days away!

Cheers,

-Cait

@CMoyer

Brew Crew Bracketology 2015

As the NCAA Basketball Tournament gets underway, we’re all feeling a little bit of that March Madness.

And, although UW-Madison is competing again this year, the particular “March Madness” I’m referring to in this case is baseball related.

We’re now less than three weeks from Brewers Baseball returning to Milwaukee and the madness has hit full tilt. We’re ready for the Boys of Summer to return from Arizona and bring back some more of that warmer weather that we got a taste of earlier this week. We’re ready for America’s Pastime done the Wisconsin way, with tailgating, Sausage Races and Bernie’s slides.

How will we cope the next few weeks? Well, we’ve got a few more Spring Training games that we can watch and listen to and in addition to that, there’s that other March Madness that I alluded to, an entertaining diversion that makes that time until Opening Day go by quicker.

Like most of America, we’re sure you found time to fill out a bracket. That’s why we asked some of the Crew to do the same.

A few of the participants, like Brewers reliever Rob Wooten, who is a diehard fan of the University of North Carolina Tar Heels and a former Tar Heel himself, really get into it.

Wooten lives just south of Chapel Hill, N.C., and attends as many as 10 Tar Heels home basketball games per season before heading to Spring Training.

Wooten holds up his bracket for last year’s tournament. He lives just south of Chapel Hill, N.C., and attends as Tar Heels home basketball games per season as he can before heading to Spring Training.

You can tell that both Rob and Corey Knebel, who played for the University of Texas, picked with their hearts while Matt Clark, a former LSU Tiger, picked with his head.

Others, like Brewers pitchers Kyle Lohse, really don’t follow basketball all that closely, but find it is still fun to participate in the bracket challenge.

But that’s the thing with March Madness– the tourney can be so unpredictable that a basketball fanatic has just as much of a chance as a coin-flipper.

Follow along with Brew Crew Bracketology below and see how their picks “net” out.

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For those watching the games, you might recognize a familiar voice. Our own Brian Anderson has full slate of NCAA tourney duty:

Want to hear more from the Brew Crew on the topic of March Madness? Check out this article by Blane Ferguson, a journalism student at ASU.

-Cait

@CMOYER

How Brewers Players Relax & Unwind Away from the Field During Spring Training

The baseball season is a long one–162 games in 180 days–and that doesn’t even count Spring Training and those 30 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.

So what do a lot of the guys like to do with their down time in Arizona?

While first and foremost, many treasure the extra time with their families before the regular season gets underway:

Playing with my son , 💪💪👍👍☀️☀️⚾️🎠 jugando con mi hijo

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Mi chichi jugando con su papi 😍😍😘😳😳

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Aside from that, they can also enjoy some of their hobbies that might fall by the wayside once the regular season starts, like going fishing:

Day 1 of Spring Training fishing. 🎣 #SpringTraining2015

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On this Brewers roster in particular, however, you’ll find many of the pitchers in particular hitting the links.

Last year, during Spring Training, you’ll recall that Will Smith, Tyler Thornburg and I hit the links and took on Kyle Lohse in a match that ultimately led to him joining Twitter (#YoureWelcome!).

It’s been well-documented that Kyle is the best golfer on the team by far, but that doesn’t stop his teammates from trying to take him on in various challenges–scrambles, best ball with strokes per side, etc.

Kintzler

It’s well-documented that Kyle Lohse is the best golfer on the team. Brandon Kintzler knows this all too well after losing a bet to Kyle last Spring and becoming batboy for a day as a result. Click  the image to read that story.

And, earlier this spring, I had the pleasure of tagging along with Kyle and a couple of the guys again on two separate occasions to take some pictures and video–all in the name of work, of course.

First, I headed out with Kyle and Matt Garza to Lookout Mountain Golf Club.

This award-winning course sits among the magnificent North Phoenix Mountains and offers panoramic views of the amazing Arizona landscape. Case in point: Hole #10 is the signature hole here at Lookout Mountain. You’re 14 stories high on the tee box and, from this video of Kyle’s tee shot on the hole, you can see that it lives up to its name “Picturesque Pointe.”

This outing was really not much of a match. Matt doesn’t profess to be a great golfer; he was just out there to have fun—with the goal to beat Kyle’s score on at least one hole.

Matt Garza and Kyle Lohse spend time together outside of the clubhouse.

Matt Garza and Kyle Lohse spend time together outside of the clubhouse.

While Matt didn’t achieve that goal this time, he did have what I’m told was a better day that usual and ended up tying Kyle on 4 holes.

Personally, this was my first round of the season, so I was a little rusty; the par-3 9th in particular had my number. The hole was 80-yds for me and I blew it over the green on the tee shot and it was all literally downhill from there.  In this video of my shot, you’ll also see where Matt ended up on his tee shot on this hole (that’s Kyle narrating, obviously):

Despite this hole and another two blow-up holes, I was able to tie Kyle on at least 3 holes and actually beat him on 2. He and I each had two birdies in the round, which was cut short due to darkness.

One other thing worth noting from this outing: Matt Garza broke his 3-wood on a tee shot during the round. None of us are quite sure how this happened. One minute he was teeing it up and the next, he was holding his broken club. But even despite this setback and not beating Kyle on a hole, he was a great sport, never once showing frustration, just chatting the entire time and laughing a lot.

Matt Garza holds up his 3-wood, a casualty of the day.

Matt Garza holds up his 3-wood, a casualty of the day.

Here are a few more photos from that round:

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The second time I had the pleasure of hitting the links, it was to test out a new product called the Golfboard.

When I saw the PGA tweet about this combination golf cart/seque/scooter/skateboard, I knew our guys would love it because many of our players use scooters as transportation between the parking lot and the Clubhouse at Miller Park.

Golfboard Tweets

The good folks at Golfboard were kind enough to set us up with two Golfboards for a round of golf at the Westin Kierland in Scottsdale, so I joined Kyle Lohse and Will Smith to document the experience.

After a brief tutorial, the guys quickly picked up on the boards, which are extremely easy to learn, fun, and most importantly for these guys, safe.

Kyle Lohse and Will Smith quickly picked up on how to maneuver the Golfboards.

Kyle Lohse and Will Smith quickly picked up on how to maneuver the Golfboards.

The guys were zipping around the course in no time flat. Here’s a short video Kyle took:

I also brought the GoPro and we hooked it up to the Golfboard. Here’s a tour of the 9th hole, courtesy of Kyle. (Note: The ride felt much smoother than this video portrays!)

And here’s a shot Kyle hit while the GoPro was still running:

Here are some other fun photos from the round:

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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 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.

Speaking of time to relax and have fun, today is one of just two offdays in the Spring Training schedule and I’ll be back out on the golf course with Kyle, Will and a bunch of other players, coaches and celebrities for Bob Uecker’s Front Row Classic. Stay tuned for more photos and videos!

Special thanks to Lookout Mountain and Westin Kierland (and Troon Golf) for letting us hack on your courses; and of course, special thanks to Golfboard for letting us test drive your gamechangers.

-Cait

@CMoyer

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