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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:
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.
Throughout the Brewers Clubhouse it is well known that Brewers pitcher Jeremy Jeffress loves Skittles. And when Jeffress’ mom came to visit last week, she confirmed that he’s always loved them, ever since he was a little kid.
In fact, many fans have started to catch on to this and some have even given him packages of his beloved candy.
However, recently the Five Fruity Flavors were at the heart of a clubhouse controversy between Jeffress and fellow pitcher/best friend Will Smith. Smith, who is currently on the disabled list and did not travel with the team on the first road trip of the season, was assisting me with some social media during a game by tweeting and Snapchatting live from the clubhouse. (You can check out the tweets on the #LeftyBehind hashtag.)
Right before he left for the night, this happened and we caught it all on video:
Of course, Jeffress saw the tweet…
…and later returned the favor by stealing some candy out of Smith’s locker:
Of course this candy “war” was all in good fun, but Skittles wanted to make sure that their tasty treats wouldn’t cause any conflict in the clubhouse moving forward. So, they sent a special package. Here, Jeffress explains what he received:
Here’s a copy of the letter:
Jeffress was understandably stoked to receive such an awesome care package, which even included his absolute favorite, Sour Skittles!
A big thank you to Skittles on behalf of Jeffress and Smith for the care package. We appreciate you looking out for the Crew!
Side Note: Skittles are so beloved by Jeffress that he told me that he’s even named his curveball after the candy, henceforth it shall be known as “Skittles” and Jeffress will make opposing batters “Taste the Rainbow.”
Greetings from Miller Park on every Brewers fan’s favorite day of the year: Opening Day!
The festivities began early this morning with media availability at the ballpark beginning at 5am.
After that, the Brewers Front Office met on the field for the annual staff photo. Afterwards, we split up into departments and took additional pics, like this one with the marketing team:
Then, while hardy Brewers fans tailgated in 30-degree weather,
….it was time for the Crew to take batting practice.
Boy was it good to see these guys on the field again! They were excited, too:
It was good to see Will Smith, who is currently on the DL with a knee injury, in good spirits. He even told a special Opening Day edition of #MomJokeMonday on Snapchat:
Then it was time to get ready for the game.
The lineups were announced:
and the national anthem was sung:
and the ceremonial first pitch was tossed:
Now all that’s left to do is….
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.
“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.”
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!
Looks like some of the #CactusCrew did indeed hit the links yesterday:
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.
They also have Golf Bikes, which, even though we didn’t ride them for the round, looked like a lot of fun:
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.
Following that experience, we headed out to the course:
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!
The first day I got to camp, Brewers Beatwriter Adam McCalvy asked me, “Have you heard Brett Phillips laugh yet?”
“What do you mean?” I asked.
Adam said I needed to hear (and see) it for myself. He also said that my goal for camp should be to capture it for Brewers social media. A little while later, someone asked me the same thing. I was beginning to wonder what the buzz was all about.
Well, on photo day while I was busy running the Social Media station, Kevin Holden of Milwaukee’s CBS 58 affiliate happened to capture it on film and tweeted out the video, which generated a lot of buzz.
That was the first time that I heard Brett’s unique laugh, but I knew it wouldn’t be the last. It’s almost become a game for some of his teammates to try to make him laugh for their own amusement.
That’s where #MomJokeMonday comes in (No, we’re not talking about “Yo Mama” jokes here, I promise). In case you missed it, each Monday during Spring Training, we’ll be posting a Joke of the Day courtesy of Will Smith’s mom, Kay, who, according to Will, enjoys sharing corny jokes.
The idea came to me after Will randomly told me one of his mom’s jokes last season and I tweeted it out.
It got good response from fans (who doesn’t love a good pun), so I thought it might be something fun to do down in Spring Training while the guys are loose.
We kicked it off last week, but for this week’s installment, Will decided to bring Brett into the mix to test out some of jokes live on camera.
Here’s the result. I dare you to try to watch this while keeping a straight face:
Charlie Chaplin once said, “A day without laughter is a day wasted.” So, seeing as today’s Leap Day, hopefully these two helped you make the most of your extra day.
Come join the fun at Miller Park this season as several exciting theme nights are headed to the ballpark in 2016. Beginning tomorrow, Friday, February 19 at 10 a.m., fans can buy special ticket packages to Superhero, Star Wars™, Ghostbusters, ‘90s and Country Nights. Special ticket packages for each theme night are limited and include entry to the game and a special themed promotional item.
Calling all caped crusaders and masked crime fighters – find the nearest phone booth, squeeze into your tights and fly to the Fortress of Miller Park for Superhero Night, presented by Kwik Trip. On Saturday, April 30, join the fight as the Brewers look to defeat their arch-enemy, the nefarious Miami Marlins. Included in this special Superhero Night ticket package is a limited-edition Jonathan Lucroy Superhero Bobblehead, featuring the Brewers catcher as his alter ego, “The Protector.” Tickets for the showdown are $24 for Terrace Reserved, $34 for Loge Outfield or $44 for Field Outfield Box.
The Force awakens at Miller Park on Saturday, June 11 as the Brewers join The Resistance to battle the newly-minted members of The First Order, the New York Mets. The ballpark will be transformed into a galaxy far, far away with special in-game features and appearances by a number of Star Wars™ characters. Plus, fans who purchase this special Star Wars™ Day ticket package will receive a limited-edition Stormin’ Gorman Stormtrooper Bobblehead. Tickets range from $25 to $49 for the battle of the galaxy.
If there’s something strange in your neighborhood, who ya gonna call? Obviously, the Brewers. To celebrate the release of the new Ghostbusters movie, the Brewers will host Ghostbusters Day at Miller Park on Saturday, July 9 as the Brew Crew looks to exterminate the St. Louis Cardinals. Fans who purchase this special Ghostbusters ticket package will receive a limited-edition Brewers quad-bobble featuring four Brewers as Ghostbusters. Sorry, but Slimer will not be included. Tickets are just $46 for Loge Outfield Box seats or $23 for Terrace Reserved.
Break out the neon, overalls and flannel, throw on your Walkman, and head to Miller Park as it transforms into County Stadium for ‘90s Night. On Saturday, July 30, it’s time to party like it’s 1999 as the Brewers will wear their throwback home white uniforms with the blue and green crossed bats logo when they take on the Pittsburgh Pirates. Miller Park will feature a number of tributes throughout the evening, including music from the era, special in-game features and more. Fans who purchase this special ‘90s Night ticket package will also receive a limited-edition ‘90s-themed Will Smith player T-shirt. Tickets for the event are $19 for Terrace Reserved or $39 for Loge Outfield Box, not including inflation!
There’s somethin’ ’bout a trucker hat. Join the Brewers for Country Night at Miller Park on Saturday, August 27 as the Brewers take on the Pirates, then stick around after the game as Platinum-selling country artist Kip Moore takes the stage to perform a free full-length postgame concert. Don’t worry about bringing your own hat as any fan who purchases this special Country Night ticket package will receive a limited-edition Brewers trucker hat. Get your ticket today starting at $24 for a Terrance Reserved seat or $42 for a spot in the Loge Outfield Box.
Tickets are limited and only those who purchase the special theme night ticket package are eligible to receive that night’s promotional item. All theme night tickets must be purchased in advance and can be obtained by calling the Brewers Group Sales Department at 414-902-4777 or by visiting Brewers.com/specialevents. Beginning Saturday, February 27 theme night packages will be subject to demand-based pricing.
For more information about all special events, including Singles Night (April 5 vs. San Francisco), Autism Awareness Day (April 10 vs. Houston), Stitch N’ Pitch Night (June 9 vs. New York-NL) and Zubazpalooza (June 24 vs. Washington), please visit brewers.com/specialevents.
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This Valentine’s Day, we’re asking you to share your love for the Crew for your chance to win a Valentine’s Day card signed by a current Brewers player.
Here’s how it works:
Log in to Twitter and tell us who your favorite Brewers player of all time is and why using the hashtag #BrewCrewLove and we’ll randomly pick fans to receive a Valentine’s Day card from a member of the current team, such as Jonathan Lucroy, Jimmy Nelson, Will Smith and more!
Past, present, mascot, All-Star or here for a cup of coffee–there is no wrong answer as long as you have a good reason for your love!
For example, for me, my first true #BrewCrewLove was Jamey Wright. Jamey was a pitcher for us right around the time I really started seriously following baseball. I had the chance to meet him during an autograph session and he was really nice, too!
So who was your first #BrewCrewLove? Maybe it was Paul Molitor or Robin Yount. Or maybe you have a current #BrewCrewLove you want to share. Just tell us in 140 characters or less (and attach a photo if you have one!) and you might be randomly selected to get a Valentine’s Day card from the Crew.
My current #BrewCrewLove? You–the fans! We truly do have the best fans in all of baseball.
Happy Valentine’s Day, readers! I love you all!
Thank you to the 11,763 fans who came out to Brewers On Deck at the Wisconsin Center in downtown Milwaukee today!
There were so many stages and events going on all day long that it was impossible to cover it all from a social media standpoint–especially considering that we had our hands full at the Social Media Stage.
This year we pulled out all the stops, including Photo Bombs (with Jimmy Nelson and then Martin Maldonado & Taylor Jungmann), a #BrewersPhone takeover with Tyler Thornburg & Gorman Thomas, Twitter Q&A with Top OF prospect Brett Phillips, a game of Heads Up! with Michael Blazek & Corey Knebel and, last but certainly not least, a much-hyped lip sync battle between Will Smith and Jeremy Jeffress.
This outgoing dynamic duo each chose their songs in advance and performed them in front of the audience at our stage this afternoon.
In round 1, JJ led off with “Where Are U Now” by Justin Bieber and Will followed that up with Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You.”
In round 2, JJ “sang” “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg” by the Temptations and Will answered with “P.Y.T.” by Michael Jackson.
For the tiebreaker round, we chose the song…. The guys each had to do their best version of Adele’s “Hello.”
The winner was decided on by the cheers of the crowds. Admittedly it was a VERY close competition. JJ’s got mad dance moves and Will’s humor/”singing” really got the audience riled up.
Alas, we had to choose a winner and Will Smith was dubbed the 2016 #BrewersOnDeck Lip Sync Battle Winner.
For his prize, Will went home with a copy of “I Will Always Love You,” Whitney Houston’s Greatest Hits CD and he also won an Adele shirt. However, he had the choice of wearing it for the rest of the day, or making JJ wear it instead.
Here’s what he chose:
Don’t worry folks, we didn’t leave JJ hangin’. He left with the parting gift of a Justin Bieber plush throw.For those of you interested in watching a rough previously live streamed version of the full battle, you have until about 2pm CT on Monday to view the Periscope Broadcast here.
Time for me to sign off for tonight, but we’ll have more Brewers On Deck recap coverage, probably all week long. There was just that much great content.
Also: Speaking of content, don’t forget to share yours with us! Be sure to upload your photos from today’s event to Twitter and/or Instagram using the hashtag #BrewersOnDeck. We’ll select some winners to win a trip down Bernie’s slide, tickets and more!
I don’t know about you, but this event really has me pumped up for baseball season. April 4 can’t come soon enough. 64 days!