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Brewers reliever Will Smith is back in town this weekend, along with his dad, Charles, for a special father-son weekend that includes a Bucks game, a Packers game and a trip to Miller Park.
Yesterday, the duo left their home in Georgia. Early in the evening, they touched down in MKE and headed over to the BMO Harris Bradley Center to watch the Milwaukee Bucks take on the Miami Heat.
And this afternoon, I met up with Will and Charles at the ballpark to give them a little tour. Charles has been here before, but this was a nice opportunity for Will to be able to take him inside the Clubhouse, on the field, etc.
It was also a great chance for me to show off the rest of the stadium, as Charles hasn’t had the chance to explore every level and Will’s experience has been limited mostly to the Clubhouse, field and bullpen.
And of course, there were the obligatory photo ops along the way…
We started our tour in the Media Interview Room and then progressed into the Clubhouse and out on to the field. It was interesting for them to see the field that’s been “put to bed” for the offseason. I shared with them my experience of helping the Grounds Crew with that process a few years back.
Then, we had to pay a visit to the bullpen:
“This is my office,” Will said to his dad as we entered the bullpen, which has also been tarped for the winter.
As I mentioned, Will has not had a lot of time to explore Miller Park himself (and just got his first taste of tailgating at the end of the season), so it was neat to take both guys around and show off all the stadium has to offer. We hit the U.S. Cellular Power Playground (above), the Harley-Davidson Deck, the Johnson Controls Stadium Club, the Meeting Rooms, and the Suites… we even stopped in my office!
I had told Will that the Brewers Clubhouse Sale was going on today (it wraps up at 7 p.m. CT tonight) and they decided they wanted to check it out.
I was curious to see how many people would recognize Will out of uniform and out of context. We rode down the elevator from the Hot Corner to the Service Level with some fans and walked through the Service Level to the Sale. Along the way, one fan stopped Will and shook his hand.
Inside the sale, the pair checked out all of the merchandise, including Will’s own locker nameplate that was for sale in the Authentics area and Will was only approached by one other savvy fan.
It was nice to catch up with Will, who said he is having a low-key offseason, getting in his workouts and playing a lot of golf. This trip back to Milwaukee is the only travel he had planned.
Will and Charles have dinner plans tonight and will do some more exploring tomorrow before taking a shuttle up to Lambeau Field for the Monday night Packers vs. Falcons game, along with Will’s brother-in-law and his father, who are flying in later this weekend to join them.
Being from Georgia, they are all Falcons fans, but they are excited for their first visit to Lambeau.
However, they do have some trepidation about the weather. “When we left Georgia, it was 71 degrees,” Will said. He noted that he brought all his hunting gear, including his boots with heated insoles, so he hopes he is prepared.
We’ll all have to follow him on Twitter (@White_Willy31) to see how the rest of their trip goes!
As part of tonight’s Fan Appreciation Night presented by Chevrolet, Brewers players were escorted on golf carts throughout the parking lots to surprise fans with gifts as a way of thanking everyone for their season-long support. After batting practice, the players hopped on the carts and went for the ride.
Every Brewers player and coach handed out Brewers goodies to fans in the parking lots to show appreciation for their support. Many posed for selfies and shook hands with the fans:
Will Smith, Jimmy Nelson and Matt Clark decided to start a game of bags with some fans and they even enjoyed some cookies from the group.
The gesture caught most fans by surprise as they really didn’t really expect to see Brewers players cruising through the lots on golf carts. It was a fun treat to see the reaction of the fans when they saw the players. There were a lot of double takes! It was also fun to see the reaction of the players, some of whom had never seen the extravagant tailgating that goes on before every Brewers game.
Were you in the parking lots tonight? Share your story with us in the comments section below!
In town for a show tonight, country music star Chase Rice paid a visit to Miller Park this afternoon where he took a tour of the ballpark and had the chance to take a little batting practice from assistant coach Joe Crawford.
He is best known for his song “Ready Set Roll” and also co-wrote the number one single performed by Florida Georgia Line, “Cruise.”
Chase told me that he’s had the opportunity to stop at quite a few ballparks and stadiums on his tour.A college football player during his time at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, he’s a very athletic guy and had some fun in the cage.
We have a lot of country music fans on the Brewers roster this season and a few of them had the chance to hang out with him for a bit, including Will Smith, Zach Duke and fellow former Tar Heel, Rob Wooten:
Thanks to Chase and his crew for swinging by. We hope you enjoyed your time with us–have a great show tonight!
Several Brewers players and coaches joined military families for a private tailgate lunch at the Milwaukee County War Memorial Center this afternoon. Each branch of the military was represented.
Here are some photos from this special event:
As part of the organization’s community initiative known as “Beyond the Diamond,” Brewers players and coaches participate in a series of community outreach events throughout the season. The program is built around a partnership between Brewers players, coaches, alumni, Brewers Wives and team personnel working hands-on in the community. The community events are funded in part by Brewers Community Foundation and focus on the areas of health, education, recreation and basic needs.
I’ve said it before. When your name is Will Smith, you have to have a good sense of humor….to put up with people like me who think they are so funny and original:
But earlier this season, when I stumbled across this promotion that the State College Spikes were hosting, even Will himself couldn’t help but get excited:
Yes, to commemorate “Fresh Prince of Bel Air,” the timeless ’90s sitcom that really put the “other” Will Smith on the map, on June 29, the Spikes, a Class-A affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals, located in Pennsylvania, wore funky, graffiti-inspired jerseys and hosted Alfonso Ribeiro, who played Carlton, Will’s cousin on the show.
I reached out to Ben Love, producer of in-game entertainment for the Spikes and explained our special situation. A month later, this happened:
A special thanks to Ben and the SC Spikes for sending us a special #13 jersey for Will. It was very kind of you (especially since you are an affiliate of one of our biggest rivals!) and it made his day.
You may also recall that back in June, the entire bullpen was “Gettin’ Jiggy Wit It” in NYC at the MLB Fan Cave:
Today, more than 250 volunteers from the Milwaukee Brewers (including players, coaches, Brewers Wives and front office staff), Brewers Community Foundation, Inc., Our Next Generation, organizers from KaBOOM!, and residents of the Milwaukee community joined forces to give area kids the childhood they deserve by building a new playground at Our Next Generation. The design is based on children’s drawings created at a special design event in April.
Brewers Community Foundation was the lead sponsor of this events as part of its Beyond the Diamond initiative, a series of community outreach events that take place during the season. These events involve partnering with Brewers Community Foundation, players/coaches, Brewers Wives, alumni and team staff, working hands-on in the community. The community events will be funded in part by Brewers Community Foundation and focus on the areas of health, education, recreation and basic needs. Today, the focus was recreation.
The Brewers will take on the Colorado Rockies tonight in the first game of a four-game set, but that didn’t stop members of the team including manager Ron Roenicke, Khris Davis, Yovani Gallardo, Will Smith and bullpen catcher Marcus Hanel from joining the rest of the group at the build site. Here are some photos I captured at today’s event:
A playground is more than a playground. It’s a brain-expander, friend-maker, and muscle-builder. Play is central to a child’s ability to grow into a productive adult. It can transform children from sedentary, bored and solitary to physically, mentally and socially active. Since 1996, KaBOOM! has been dedicated to the bold goal of ensuring that all children get the balance of active play they need to become healthy and successful adults because #playmatters.
In central Milwaukee, where roughly 3 out of 4 children live below the poverty line, kids often lack safe and carefree environments to explore, learn, and grow. The new playground will bring more than 850 kids in Milwaukee one step closer to having the childhood they deserve.
The playground is the second build by the Brewers Community Foundation, Inc. and KaBOOM!. Through this partnership, more children will have the joyful childhood they deserve. The Brewers Community Foundation, Inc. supports KaBOOM! in promoting and protecting a child’s right to active play at home, at school and in the community.
KaBOOM! is the national non-profit dedicated to giving kids the childhood they deserve by bringing play to those who need it most. Children today spend less time playing outdoors than any previous generation, a fact that is having disastrous consequences on their health, achievement levels, and overall well-being. Social entrepreneur Darell Hammond founded non-profit KaBOOM! in 1996 in Washington, D.C. with a vision of creating a great place to play within walking distance of every child in America because children need to play actively every day at home, in school and in their communities. Since then, KaBOOM! has mapped over 90,000 places to play, built more than 2,300 playgrounds, and successfully advocated for play policies in hundreds of cities across the country. KaBOOM! also provides communities with online tools to self-organize and take action to support play on both a local and national level. For more information, visit www.kaboom.org.
Brewers Bullpen Gets Jiggy Wit It at the MLB Fan Cave; Produces Rap Video Featuring Will Smith, Inspired by Will Smith
Earlier this month when the Crew visited NYC to take on the Mets, many members of the Brewers bullpen paid a visit to the MLB Fan Cave where they filmed a special video.
We teased it for you a bit on social media at the time….
…but now we’re excited to share the special video–starring Will Smith, Zach Duke, Mike Fiers, Wei-Chung Wang, and Rob Wooten– with you here:
When your name is Will Smith, you have to have a good sense of humor. And, since the Brewers bullpen seems to be the most music video-friendly group in Major League Baseball right now, the Crew took this opportunity to channel the 1990s rap scene with a montage/parody of some songs inspired by the “other” Will Smith:
“Here Come The Men in Blue”
“The Wild Midwest”
“The Fresh Prince of Brew City”
“Welcome to Milwaukee”
It was a great day hanging out at the Cave and in addition to the video, I also got a lot of fantastic behind-the-scenes photos to share with you here. Enjoy!
A huge thank you to the folks at MLB Fan Cave for putting this together; it turned out fantastic! Also, thank you to the guys for taking the time to do this; I know I had fun and I think they may have had a little, too. ;)
“When you come to a fork in the road, take it.”
“When you come to a fork in the road, take it…and try these concessions!”
“Slider of Death” from AJ Bombers
During each homestand, I’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: Will Smith “Slider of Death.”
Will Smith’s “Slider of Death”-$9
Making its debut tonight, Will Smith’s “Slider of Death” is a special creation named after what fans have dubbed Brewers pitcher Will Smith’s nastiest pitch.
For just $9, fans will get two sliders on Brioche rolls, topped with Nueske’s bacon, roasted jalapeno ketchup, American cheese, lettuce and tomato, plus a side of tots. The sandwich is the fourth of several city and/or player-themed burgers that AJ Bombers plans to offer this season.
Smith’s sliders are 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 the Nationals Series only: Cherry Crisp.
For the Colorado Rockies series, enjoy “Rockie” Road–Peanuts, Marshmallows & Chocolate!
I’ll be sure to check in with AJ Bombers often throughout the season to keep you informed on their newest menu items, just like I 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!
If you were following along with our #Brewers14in14 All-Fan Giveaway unveiling this offseason, then you know that for six Friday home games during the 2014 season, all fans will receive a Brewers t-shirt, featuring a unique design for each game ( NOTE: T-shirts will be available in Adult XL and Medium).
The first T-Shirt Friday will take place on Friday, June 13 when the Brewers return home to take on the Cincinnati Reds:
Here to model this retro Brewers tee are Brewers pitchers Rob Wooten and Will Smith. Work it, boys!