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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!
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.
Brewers reliever Will Smith has visited Turner Field many times in his 24 years, but this is the first time at the ballpark that he won’t be cheering for the Braves.
Will hails from Newnan, Georgia, a town about 30 miles south of Turner Field, where he grew up as a big fan of the Atlanta Braves and attended Northgate High School where he played on the school’s baseball team.
While Will has faced the Braves twice before in his career, this will be his first time returning to pitch in Atlanta–and he’s got hundreds of family and friends coming out to cheer him on over these next four games, including his former baseball coach, Greg Hamilton; his mom, Kay; and his dad, Charles..
“He was fantastic and had a little something you don’t see all the time–the IT.” Coach Hamilton recalled.
Coach Hamilton also noted that he and Will are still very close.
“He still comes down and does stuff with Northgate all the time time. He’s more than a baseball player. He’s a great guy.”
And, he says, he frequently reminds Will not to let anyone outwork him. “‘Never,’ Will always replies,” he says.
“Will was a huge Braves fan growing up,” Will’s dad told me. “In fact, we attended a Fan Fest here when he was young and we even have a photo of him throwing in the bullpen.”
Now that’s foreshadowing and proof that dreams do come true if you’re willing to put in the effort and not “let anyone outwork you,” as Will has done and continues to do.
(Of course, I’ve asked Mr. and Mrs. Smith to share those photos with us, if they can track them down–stay tuned!)
Thanks to Mrs. Smith, here are the photos of a young Will at Turner Field. He was about 11 or 12 at the time: