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Brewers Extend Player Development Contract with Rookie Helena Brewers

The Milwaukee Brewers have announced a four-year player development contract extension with the Rookie Helena Brewers of the Pioneer League through the 2018 season.

“Our affiliation with the Helena Brewers has been very positive and we’re excited to extend our player development contract with the franchise,” said Brewers Vice President – Assistant General Manager Gord Ash. “Many players on our big league roster started their professional careers at Helena, where they developed and honed their skills to play at the Major League level.”

Ryan Braun, Khris Davis, Mike Fiers, Jonathan Lucroy, Jimmy Nelson and Tyler Thornburg each began their professional baseball careers with the Helena Brewers. Wily Peralta played the majority of the 2008 season at Helena.

“The Brewers have been flexible and appreciative of the efforts that we make, and I believe that the long relationship over the years has made this the best partnership it has ever been,” said Helena Brewers President/General Manager Paul Fetz. “We know each other, we know what to expect and we work well together. There is a mutual respect. When I went to Spring Training a few years ago I really felt a part of the organization. I wasn’t just some executive from the outside.”

Last season, Helena advanced to the Pioneer League championship and finished a win away from claiming the league title, dropping a best-of-three series to Idaho Falls. Helena won the Pioneer League title in 2010, the franchise’s first championship since 1996 (won back-to-back championships as a Brewers affiliate from 1995-96).

The Helena Brewers are located in Helena, Montana and have been a Brewers rookie affiliate since the 2003 season. Helena was also a Milwaukee farm team from 1985 through 2000.

Wei-Chung Wang Wednesday is Back! #WCWW

Good morning and happy “Wei-Chung Wang Wednesday” (#WCWW)!

After a brief hiatus, the Brewers bullpen is back with a new Wei-Chung Wang Wednesday video.

This one involves…a trip to the zoo? Well, a cage anyway. They must have been inspired by Sunday’s Koos for Kids event.

The WCWW trend started back in Ape-ril.

These guys are simply bananas.

They love to have fun off the field, but once they’re on the field, they stop monkeying around and it’s all business.

Okay, I’ll stop now.

Enjoy!

-Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

Wisconsin Badgers get in on Wei-Chung Wang Wednesday Fun #WCWW

Good morning and happy “Wei-Chung Wang Wednesday” (#WCWW)!

Yes, it’s Wednesday again and the bullpen is back…and this time, with friends from the Wisconsin Badgers Men’s Basketball team.

Enjoy!

-Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

It’s Our Favorite Day of the Week: Wei-Chung Wang Wednesday! #WCWW

In case you missed it (and we really don’t know how you could have), for the last two weeks, the Brewers Bullpen has put out short music videos in honor of what they’ve dubbed “Wei-Chung Wang Wednesdays” or #WCWW.

Well, it’s Wednesday again and the bullpen is back…this time with a video called “Caught Looking by K-Rod”:

Enjoy!

-Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

It’s Wei-Chung Wang Wednesday! #WCWW

In case you missed it (and we really don’t know how you could have), last Wednesday the Brewers Bullpen put out a short Instagram music video in honor of what’ they’ve dubbed “Wei-Chung Wang Wednesdays” or #WCWW.

Well, it’s Wednesday again and the bullpen is back…this time with a little St. Louis style. Enjoy!

-Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

Happy Birthday, Wei-Chung Wang!

Before this past Wednesday, you knew Wei-Chung Wang (pronounced “WAY-chung-WONG”),  as the Taiwanese Brewers pitcher who was acquired this past offseason in the Rule 5 Draft from Pittsburgh.

Post what has now been dubbed Wei-Chung Wang Wednesday,” (or for those of you on Twitter and Instagram, #WCWW), Wei-Chung is now a viral video star and somewhat of a Milwaukee legend.

It all started with some tweets from the Brewers bullpen and quickly escalated when Bullpen Catcher Marcus Hanel posted this video to Instagram:

Here, Wei-Chung Wang is featured as the lead dancer, with fellow relievers Tyler Thornburg, Will Smith, Jim Henderson and others serving as back-up dancers to the song “Everybody Wang Chung Tonight” by the Wang Chung Band out of the UK.

Since then, the video has been picked up by many news outlets and viewed hundreds of thousands of times, including by the Wang Chung Band: Wang Chung BandWell, today happens to be Wei-Chung’s birthday and, with  #WCWW so fresh in our minds (and “Everybody Wang Chung Tonight” still stuck in our heads), we decided to surprise him with a very special birthday greeting on the scoreboard. Wei Chung Wang

Check out his priceless reaction, here:

You can bet that Wei-Chung and his teammates certainly are having fun tonight, enjoying a 5-2 win over the Chicago Cubs.

The Brewers bullpen reacts to the birthday message.

The Brewers bullpen reacts to the birthday message.

As for me? Here are four words I never thought I’d say: Is it Wednesday yet? https://twitter.com/TylerThornburg/status/459106288060747776

-Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

Now Trending: #WCWW Wei-Chung Wang Wednesday!

Hey guys, guess what day it is! Guess. What. Day. It. Is.

You may think of today as “Wednesday,” or thanks to that talking camel, “Hump Day,” but to the Brewers bullpen, it’s so much more than that…. Move over, Dromedary. It’s Wei-Chung Wang Wednesday, or for those of you on Twitter and Instagram, #WCWW for short.

Wei-Chung Wang (pronounced “WAY-chung-WONG”),  who was acquired this past offseason in the Rule 5 Draft from Pittsburgh, is from Taiwan. The Brewers reliever, who will turn 22 on Friday, made his Major League debut on April 14 vs. the St. Louis Cardinals, becoming the 11th Taiwanese player (8th pitcher, 1st Brewer) to play in the majors, and the youngest player from Taiwan to play in the Major Leagues.

The #WCWW trend appears to have been started by Brewers Bullpen Catcher Marcus Hanel last Wednesday, April 16:

 

But I have a feeling today’s post is really going to put it on the map:

 

In this video by Marcus Hanel, Wei-Chung Wang is featured as the lead dancer, with fellow relievers Tyler Thornburg, Will Smith, Jim Henderson and others serving as back-up dancers to the song “Everybody Wang Chung Tonight” by the Wang Chung Band out of the UK.

 

Looks like Wednesdays just got a whole lot more fun for Brewer Nation.

 

-Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

What John and Cait Ate: The “Thornburger” 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

The “Thornburger” 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: The “Thornburger.”

THE THORNBURGER-$9

Starting tonight for a limited time, AJ Bombers is offering The "Thornburger," a special burger named after Brewers pitcher Tyler Thornburg

Starting tonight for a limited time, AJ Bombers is offering The “Thornburger,” a special burger named after Brewers pitcher Tyler Thornburg

Making its debut on Tuesday, April 15, The “Thornburger” is a special burger named after Brewers pitcher Tyler Thornburg.

Brewers pitcher Tyler Thornburg now has a burger named after him--the Thornburger!

Brewers pitcher Tyler Thornburg now has a burger named after him–the Thornburger!

It’s a 1/4 lb patty topped with pepperoni, sautéed onions, lettuce, Texas BBQ sauce, Ranch dressing and pepper jack cheese. The appropriately named sandwich is the first of several city and/or player-themed burgers that AJ Bombers plans to offer this season.

He likes it! Hey Tyler!

He likes it! Hey Tyler!

“This may not be the last time I eat one of these,” Tyler said with a grin, as he tucked into the burger, which is exclusive to Miller Park (i.e. not served at AJ Bombers’ restaurants) and available for a limited time.

Last homestand, AJ Bombers featured the Malted Whoopie Pie Concrete Mixer (for the Pittsburgh Pirates Series) and the Gooey Butter Cake Concrete Mixer (St. Louis Cardinals Series) and they are currently featuring a Chili Chocolate Brownie Custard for the San Diego Padres 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!

Rating:

(out of 5)

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

A Bet is a Bet: Kyle Lohse is Now on Twitter; Tweet #WelcomeKyle Messages to @KyleLohse26

As we noted last week when Brandon Kintzler served as batboy for the Brewers vs. Royals Exhibition Game at Miller Park… a bet is a bet.

And, while Kyle Lohse may have won the bet on his golf match against Brandon, he wasn’t quite so lucky earlier this spring when he took on Will Smith, Tyler Thornburg and yours truly.

Gather around, kids. This is the story of how Kyle Lohse joined Twitter.

Yes, you read that right. You can now follow Kyle on Twitter: @KyleLohse26 and we suggest you do—be sure to tweet him your messages using #WelcomeKyle, too! Maybe we can even get him trending.

It all started when I went down to Phoenix for Spring Training with the idea of writing stories on what players do with free time in Arizona. Having noticed many of the players tweeting about playing golf, and being a lover of the sport myself, I decided that might be something fun to cover for the blog and our social media sites. I asked a couple of guys about it but was pointed in the same direction each time: “You have to talk to Kyle,” they said.

I started doing a little research and realized that, in addition to being a championship-caliber pitcher, he’s also a heck of a golfer. In 2009, he even made Golf Digest’s list of “150 Top Athlete Golfers,” coming in tied at #33 (with Wisconsin’s own Dan Jansen, oddly enough) and in 2011, he was named one of TotalProSports.com’s list of “11 Best Pro Athlete Golfers,” coming in at #9. He started playing when he was about 19, taking up the sport as something to do in the offseason. He is completely self-taught; he’s never had a lesson and he’s basically a scratch golfer. His lowest score was a 67 at TPC Scottsdale.

So, I talked to Kyle and he was open to playing a round of golf for the good of social media. Little did he know just how much social media he’d ultimately be in for!

We set a date at Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale, AZ (the same course that hosted Bob Uecker’s Front Row Classicand got  pitchers Will Smith and Tyler Thornburg to round out our foursome.

All that was left was to come up with some sort of challenge/stakes, as Kyle said, his first hint of smack talk emerging, “to make it interesting so I don’t get bored.”

Now, I’m an avid golfer, but nowhere near Lohse level, so in order to be fair, we decided to set some parameters.

In the past, he’d challenged some of his teammates, with a couple of guys teaming up and playing a scramble against his individual score, so we decided that Will, Tyler and I would play a team scramble format against Kyle’s individual score. It was also match play, meaning we would take our team score against Kyle’s on each hole to determine who “won the hole.” We would not be given any strokes.

“I think that if we beat you, you should have to join Twitter,” I suggested, fitting since not only am I the Director of New Media for the Club and referred to affectionately (I hope) as “Twitter Girl,” but Will and Tyler are also both avid users of Twitter themselves.

“Okay, fine, sure I’ll join Twitter,” Kyle said, shrugging it off. I could tell he didn’t think he’d have to worry about it.

As for Kyle’s bet with Will and Tyler, they agreed upon dinner as their bet—steaks as the stakes.

And with all of that squared away, we were off.

Our fearless foursome, L-R: Will Smith, me, Kyle Lohse & Tyler Thornburg.

Our fearless foursome, L-R: Will Smith, me, Kyle Lohse & Tyler Thornburg.

On the first hole, a par 4, our group got off to a hot start with a birdie and Kyle made par; however, we gave that right back with Kyle making a birdie on the second hole.

On the third hole, a par 5, we caught a break—Kyle made a bogey!—but then he quickly made up for it a couple holes later, sticking a shot on the 5th hole, a par 3, within a foot of the pin.

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Here’s Kyle’s shot on the 5th hole, a 153-yd Par 3.

On the 6th hole, I took great pride when I “outdrove” Kyle. Okay, so I had a 120yd advantage from the ladies’ tee and he used a 3-wood, but that wasn’t stopping me from rubbing it in and making him pose for this photo. I outdrove Kyle and I'm sticking to it.

On the 6th hole, I took great pride when I “outdrove” Kyle. Okay, so I had a 120-yd advantage from the ladies’ tee and he used a 3-wood, but that wasn’t stopping me from rubbing it in and making him pose for this photo. I outdrove Kyle and I’m sticking to it.

In Kyle’s mind, the 6th hole was a turning point in the match. He said that the fact that I “outdrove” him didn’t bother him as much as the approach shots:  “I think if I remember, we had about 151-yds in [Cait's note: He had 151, we had 150.] and I was hitting a knockdown 9-iron and you were hitting your 3-wood. You got it on the green, which was huge because Thorny hit a line-drive over the green and Will hit his about 7-yds, so I thought I was looking pretty good there, but then you stepped up and put it on the green. That was a clutch hole for you.”

Both “teams” made par on the 6th, but then Kyle  birdied the 7th hole to take his first lead of the day… However, then I came through on the 8th hole, another par 3, hitting a great shot that rivaled Kyle’s on 5:

My approach on the famed 8th hole, a 172-yd Par 3, the turning point in the match.

My approach on the famed 8th hole, a 172-yd Par 3, the turning point in the match.

Will and Tyler let me do the honors. I sank the birdie putt, bringing the match back to even.

Tyler Thornburg gives me a high five after I made the birdie putt on 8. A disconcerted Kyle looks on.

Tyler Thornburg gives me a high five after I made the birdie putt on 8. A disconcerted Kyle looks on.

“You know there was a string of holes where, if you weren’t there, the boys would have fallen further behind than they were at the time. That one kind of stopped my momentum,” Kyle conceded. “It came down to that and me not making birdie on the next hole when I had 90-yds in on a par 5. I hit it about 5-yds too long and ended up making par, but that’s the kind of stuff that ends up happening out there on the course.”

If Kyle’s ball had landed on the green, there’s a good chance he would have made birdie on #9.

We remained all square through 9.

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Thru 9: All square.

Then, we made the turn.

We had fun with the GoPro in Spring Training and we even brought it out on the course with us. Here are drives by Lohse, Thornburg and Smith on #10, both at regular speeds and in slo-mo.

The guys even tested out the GoPro, taking this video of one of my shots.

This is one of my favorite shots of the day-- Kyle and Tyler using the GoPro and iPad app.

This is one of my favorite shots of the day– Kyle and Tyler using the GoPro and iPad app to capture my swing like I had been doing for them all day long.

Kyle started off the back with a bogey. He also made bogey on #12. Our team was able to hang in there, making pars during that stretch, and matching Kyle on holes 13-16, but we couldn’t get any more birdies to drop to put him away.

As we neared the end of the round, we started talking about what we’d do if we ended up tied—a chip-off? Putting challenge? Extra holes?

Fortunately, we didn’t need to worry about that. On the 17th, a short par 3 over water, both teams made par on the hole and the match reached dormie—Team Will, Tyler & Cait was two up with one to play and had effectively won the match.

“It always feels good to take down the best,” Tyler said. “Sometimes you have to knock them down a notch. You (Cait) really picked us up on a few holes and were always there for mental support.”

Here was Will’s reaction:

As for Kyle? He was a gracious loser, sticking around for the final hole and a post-round interview.

“I was kind of disappointed. I played well in our round. Really you’re asking kind of the impossible, to beat three people in a scramble, in match play. I think I had you guys in strokes,” Kyle said. “But I could go home at the end of the day and not be upset about that, knowing that I took on three people and almost pulled off the impossible.”

(Sorry, Kyle, if you're reading this, I added it up--we beat you by 2 strokes, FYI.)

(Sorry, Kyle, if you’re reading this, I added it up–we beat you by 2 strokes, FYI.)

And, when he returned to Milwaukee, he also held up his end of the bargain, and joined the Twitterverse.

“I’m not real happy about the reason why it is happening, but it will be interesting. I’ve never been in on any form of social media, so we’ll see how it goes,” Kyle told me today, after signing up for his account.

“Hopefully sarcasm comes through very well because I have a dry sense of humor and I’m sarcastic at times, so we’ll see what I’ve got.”

When I asked him what he plans to tweet about it, he said, “The random things that go on in the everyday life of a baseball player, I just want to keep it kind of light and fun, or try to anyways.”

As for his bet with Tyler and Will? “I still owe them dinner. We talked about it. We’ll find a good time.”

I take that back. THIS is my favorite shot of the day. Kyle Lohse, Will Smith and Tyler Thornburg, having fun on the course--I was trying to take an "epic' photo of them.av

I take that back. THIS is my favorite photo from the day: Kyle Lohse, Will Smith and Tyler Thornburg, having fun on the course–I was trying to take an “epic’ photo of them.

It was a lot of fun out there on the course, getting to know these guys a little better away from the field. They were relaxed and having a good time.

However, now that the season is underway, there won’t be much (if any) time for golf, but we can all look forward to following Kyle and the rest of the Brewers on Twitter this season. Stay tuned for insights into their day-to-day lives, interesting anecdotes and playful banter among teammates; for a complete Brewers Twitter Roster, visit brewers.com/connect.

 

4/25/14 Update:

Looks like Kyle made good on the other half of his bet to Tyler and Will last night!  A true man of his word, indeed.

 

-Cait

JohnandCait@Brewers.com

Call Me Maybe?

Thanksgiving is right around the corner and the Brewers have a number of activities to get in the giving spirit. 

This afternoon–along with a number of my Brewers front office counterparts–I will be manning the phones for the WISN-TV 12 Food For Families Food Bank from 3 – 5 p.m.  We will be at the WISN-TV studios answering phones and taking donations that will benefit the Hunger Task Force.

I’m not sure the phone number to call to donate quite yet, but when I get that number, I will be sure to update the blog.  If you call in, make sure to ask for me!  I want to make sure those phones are ringing all afternoon with generous donations for the Hunger Task Force.  Tune in and make a donation!

Yesterday, Brewers bullpen catcher Marcus Hanel, and his wife, Jill, distributed 300 coats for children at Gilbert Stuart School on Milwaukee’s north side through their “Koos for Kids” organization.

Tomorrow, a number of Brewers staff and players will be at Helfaer Field from 8 – 11 a.m. collecting food for the Brewers Community Foundation, CBS 58 and Hunger Task Force Food Drive.  While Brewers personnel will staff the Helfaer Field drop off location in the morning, food can be dropped off at tomorrow between 4:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. 
 
Each vehicle stopping by to donate food items will receive a Brewers bobblehead, a gift bag and other items while supplies last. A number of Brewers special guests and CBS 58 News Team members will be on hand throughout the day to collect donations.

Finally, don’t forget about another opportunity to help Brewers Community Foundation and the Hunger Task Force through an online auction of player-designed “turkey hands.”  Jim Henderson, Jonathan Lucroy, Brandon Kintzler and Tyler Thornburg put their creative talents to work on the traditional Thanksgiving art project of hand-drawn “turkey hands.”  The auction will conclude on Sunday at 11:59 p.m. CT.  

The Thanksgiving holiday is great time to show how thankful we all are for what we have and a perfect way to do that is giving back to your community in any way that you can.  Stay tuned to the blog for updates from the phone bank this afternoon and from the food drive at Helfaer Field tomorrow!

–JOHN

johnandcait@brewers.com

 

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