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#KCancer14: Today Major Leaguers & 108 Stitches host Strikeout Cancer Day

Today Major League baseball players will stand together as one and do their collective-best to “strikeout cancer,” when they host a player-led initiative to raise awareness and funds for cancer-related charities across the United States.

“Strikeout Cancer Day” is an extension to an ongoing initiative spearheaded by St. Louis Cardinals relief pitcher, Jason Motte. Today, players throughout the league will wear K Cancer t-shirts emblazoned with a large, backward K (the notation for a strikeout “looking” in baseball scoring) in colors representative of their team cities. Each team will be supporting a different cancer-based charitable organization, selected at the suggestion of one player representative on behalf of that team.

By wearing their K Cancer shirts on the way to the ballpark, in the clubhouse, in the batting cage, or after the game, the players hope their support for each other and their fans will bring attention to this initiative and encourage others to do what they can to “strikeout cancer.”

Fans who have purchased K Cancer shirts are encouraged to wear them today. Fans can support this initiative by purchasing K Cancer shirts at www.108stitches.com. Proceeds from every K Cancer T-shirt sold are split between the Jason Motte Foundation and the charity selected by the player representative, who in many cases has a personal attachment to the charity because of someone he knows who has or had cancer. In addition, the MLBPA will contribute its customary licensing fee to the brain tumor program at Columbia University Medical Center in memory of Michael Weiner, the former MLBPA executive director who passed away last November after a 15-month battle with brain cancer.

The Milwaukee Brewers Player representative is Yovani Gallardo and his charity is Brewers Community Foundation (with funds earmarked for breast cancer prevention and research). Other Brewers pitchers are wearing the shirt today as well:

For the complete list of Player representatives and their chosen charities, please click here.

In addition to today’s league-wide #KCancer14 initiative, we’ll be hosting a special event of our own in support of breast cancer research and treatment this Saturday, September 6.  Join fight against breast cancer as the Brewers, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and thousands of Brewers fans partner together to “Pink Out” Miller Park. For more details on this event, click here. Hope to see you there!

 

-Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

 

Brewers Host National Play Campaign

Today the 2014 National PLAY Campaign made a stop at Miller Park to promote the importance of children living a healthy and active lifestyle.

Yovani Gallardo, Brewers Head Athletic Trainer Dan Wright, Brewers Director of Medical Operations Roger Caplinger,  Taylor Hooton Foundation Founder and President Don Hooton, and Ryan Crothers of the Henry Schein Cares Foundation were on hand to help educate area youth about the importance of leading healthy and active lives.

After an introduction from Dan Wright, Don Hooton spoke about the tragedy that befell his family when his son, Taylor, began using anabolic steroids. He stressed to the kids the dangers of performance enhancing drugs and illegal substances. Instead, he said, they should focus on leading healthy, active lives and working hard.

So, following the presentation, participants were divided into groups and rotated through a series of stations demonstrating a variety of healthy practices. These stations touched on everything from healthy eating, injury prevention, strength and conditioning, and education about the dangers of illegal drugs.

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The Play (Promoting a Lifetime of Activity for Youth)  Campaign was created in 2004 by the Professional Baseball Athletic Trainers Society (PBATS). The program was formed to raise awareness about children’s health issues and the obesity epidemic in the United States. PLAY has conducted over 150 events inside all 30 Major League ballparks, reaching tens of thousands of America’s young people with positive messages about making healthy decisions and living a more active and healthy lifestyle.

-Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

CHIVAS GUADALAJARA AND SWANSEA CITY A.F.C. PROFESSIONAL SOCCER MATCH AT MILLER PARK LESS THAN THREE WEEKS AWAY

“Futbol Fever” is spreading across the globe as the World Cup matches heat up; and this year, support is especially fervent in America as the U.S. Men’s National Team advances to the knockout stage.

We’re very excited to cheer on USMNT again next week, and with that, we’re especially excited that, this year of all years, we’ll be hosting the first-ever professional soccer match at Miller Park, giving fans a chance to watch the sport, at one of its highest levels, in person.

On Wednesday July 16, we’ll host popular Mexican soccer club C.D. Guadalajara, affectionately known throughout the world as Chivas, and Swansea City A.F.C of the English Premier League. Presented by Miller Lite, the event is part of the Chivas’ annual U.S. Tour, which includes four matches against some of the best teams from top soccer nations – Brazil, England, Germany and Mexico

One of the most historic and successful clubs in Mexico, Chivas has captured 11 First Division titles in Liga MX and has raised two Copa México trophies. Additionally, the 108-year-old team is the only club in Mexico to exclusively field Mexican players, a concept that has made Chivas a steady contributor of players to the Mexican National Team. Standout players include Omar Bravo, Jesus Aldo DeNigris and Rafa Marquez Lugo. The team is managed by Carlos Bustos.

Established in 1912, Swansea City became the first Welsh team to play in the English Premier League after earning promotion in 2011. In 2013 they won the Football League Cup Final, which earned them a spot in the 2013-2014 UEFA Europa League. Swansea finished in 12th place in the EPL in the 2013-14 season and is led by Manager Garry Monk.

To preview this event, we held a press conference at Miller Park today with Chivas, who was represented by World Cup legend and current Chivas Sporting Director Juan Francisco “Paco” Palencia. From the Brewers end, Paco was joined by Brewers Chief Operating Officer Rick Schlesinger, Vice President – Brewers Enterprises Jason Hartlund and Brewers pitcher Yovani Gallardo.

L-R: Rick Schlesinger, Paco Palencia, Yovani Gallardo and Jason Hartlund. Photo Courtesy: Darren Hauck/Milwaukee Brewers

L-R: Rick Schlesinger, Paco Palencia, Yovani Gallardo and Jason Hartlund.
Photo Courtesy: Darren Hauck/Milwaukee Brewers

“We’re very excited to talk about this great match, with what’s going on in the World Cup and the excitement in the United States. Since the U.S. has advanced to the round of 16, I think the level of interest in soccer locally and nationally is probably the highest it’s ever been,” said Rick Schlesinger.

Jason Hartlund noted that his group, Brewers Enterprises, which is responsible for non-game day events at the ballpark, has been trying to secure a match of this nature for the past two years. Finally, this year, the baseball schedule coincided with that of Chivas’ tour.

“Whether it’s an international soccer match, or concerts, or a religious convention, which we had last weekend, Miller Park is clearly more than just baseball, so we are always looking to have new and exciting events,” Jason said.

Paco, who Rick referred to analogously as either the Robin Yount or the Paul Molitor of Mexican soccer, spoke next. “We are very excited to come here and play the first-ever soccer match at Miller Park,” he said.

“We have to thank all the fans who are supporting the event…we take (the match) very seriously because it is a huge event for us.”

Paco mentioned that when he was a child, he was a baseball fan and had started to play the sport along with soccer; however, he decided to continue on with soccer.

Brewers pitcher Yovani Gallardo, who is from Mexico, had the opposite experience. Like Paco, he grew up a fan of both sports and had played them both through high school, when he had to decision. Fortunately for Brewers fans, he chose baseball, but he still follows soccer closely.

“It’s pretty exciting for all of us. Hopefully we have the support from everyone in Milwaukee and show both of these teams the love that everyone has for soccer here in Milwaukee…. It takes a lot of talent for those guys to go out there and run for 90 minutes and do what they do with the soccer ball. I have a lot of respect for those guys and it is going to be an exciting game,” he said.

“I enjoy watching games, especially an event like this whenever i have the opportunity to be there live, and watch a game….If I’m able to do it, I’ll be there,” Yovani said.

The Brewers presented Paco was with his own jersey and in turn, Rick, Jason and Yovani received Chivas jerseys as well.

Brewers-Chivas jersey exchange!  Photo Courtesy: Darren Hauck/Milwaukee Brewers

Brewers-Chivas jersey exchange!
Photo Courtesy: Darren Hauck/Milwaukee Brewers

Paco will also throw out the honorary first pitch later that evening when the Brewers take on the Colorado Rockies.

“I’ve never been in a professional stadium before,” Paco said. “Maybe Yovani can warm be up a little before the game.”

Following the conference, Paco and Yovani went out onto the field, or pitch, depending on how you look at it, to have a little fun and Yovani and Paco did get to toss both a baseball and a soccer ball around together:

Paco tries his hand at baseball.... Photo Courtesy: Darren Hauck/Milwaukee Brewers

Paco tries his hand at baseball….
Photo Courtesy: Darren Hauck/Milwaukee Brewers

Yovani tries his foot at soccer. Photo Courtesy: Darren Hauck/Milwaukee Brewers

…And Yovani tries his foot at soccer.
Photo Courtesy: Darren Hauck/Milwaukee Brewers

Tickets are still available for this unique event, which is less than three weeks away. Prices range from $25 – $70 and parking is $20 in advance and $25 on the day of the match. Tickets are available online at brewers.com/soccer, in person at the Miller Park Box Office, and by phone at (414) 902-4000.

The pitch will be laid out in an east-west orientation with one goal in left field and the other goal near first base (see below). The match will start at 8 p.m. and the gates to Miller Park will open at 6:30 p.m. Parking lots will open at 5 p.m.

Soccer Seating Miller Park

You can watch scenes from the press conference here:

8pm CT Update: Check out Paco’s pitch here:

-Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

Brewers Team Up With KaBoom for Playground Build

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:

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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.

-Cait

johnandcait@brewers.com

 

About KaBOOM!

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.

The #CactusCrew’s Day Off

Ah, the rare off-day during Spring Training. Yesterday was the only one for the Crew this spring and many of the players marked the occasion  by heading out to the golf course as there were two different golf events that were held.

The first was Bob Uecker’s inaugural Front Row Classic, which was held at Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale.

A number of the Brewers players and coaches, along with several other celebrities participated in the event, which benefited the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Here’s a slideshow!

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Over on the Minor League side, a group took part in an event at Tres Rios Golf Course in Goodyear, benefiting the Special Olympics of Phoenix.

Each foursome was comprised of three folks from the Brewers (including scouts, front office staff and players) and one Special Olympic golfer and they played best ball.  The theme this year was “Cowboy Golf ” and every golfer had to wear something that would depict the cowboy lifestyle (with a penalty of four strokes per team if a player had no cowboy gear on his person–but no boots, bad for greens!).

The Cowboy Golf event raised about $3,000 for Special Olympics of Phoenix.

The Cowboy Golf event raised about $3,000 for Special Olympics of Phoenix.

Participants included: Gord Ash, Mike Guerrero, Michael Reed, Jose Nunez, David Goforth, Drew Gagnon,  Taylor Jungmann, Brooks Hall and scouts Andy Pratt and Ryan Thompson.

In the end, first, second, last place, long drives, closest to pens all donated their winnings to Special Olympics. To go with the $2000 donation check, they also gave a little over a $1000 more in cash. The scramble winners shot 8 under.

-Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

Every dog has his day…in the Clubhouse, right? More on the Brewers #BallparkPup

In case you missed it, yesterday we told you about Hank, a little stray pup who is quickly becoming not just the Brewers unofficial Spring Training mascot, but a valued member of the team.

And, in the last 24 hours, Hank has become a dog in demand! He spent the morning in the Clubhouse and has conducted multiple TV interviews over the course of the day.

Here are some more photos from earlier today (How fitting is it that it’s “National Love Your Pet Day“?):

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He also took to the field for practice with his mentor, Yovani Gallardo:

Also, many of you are asking what is going to happen to Hank after Spring Training. Rest assured, Hank’s days as a stray are over, one way or another and he’ll continue to be well taken care of.

For more “#BallparkPup”dates, follow the hashtag #BallparkPup on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. In addition, for more from Brewers Spring Training in Phoenix, Arizona, be sure to follow the hashtag #CactusCrew.

-Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

Go to Bat for Brewers Community Foundation on July 9

On Tuesday, July 9, Brewers fans will have an opportunity to take in the Brewers game in an all-inclusive area, walk away with a unique collectible to remember the occasion, and help contribute to a great cause.

On that night, the Brewers will host “Go to Bat for Brewers Community Foundation Presented by Baker Tilly” in the Gehl Club at Miller Park.  The Brewers will play against the Cincinnati Reds that evening with first pitch scheduled for 7:10 p.m.

The Gehl Club at Miller Park

Each participant will receive a limited edition, framed photo set signed by Yovani Gallardo and Jonathan Lucroy (only 200 available), along with a ticket to the Gehl Club for the game, a full buffet and two complimentary glasses of beer or wine per adult.

Gallardo and Lucroy Framed Photo Set - High Res.

“Baker Tilly is excited for the opportunity to collaborate with Brewers Community Foundation on this event and supports the foundation’s effort to bring health, education, recreation, and basic needs programming to the region’s low-income and disadvantaged youth,” said Bill Wertz, Partner and Market Leader of the firm’s Milwaukee office.

Individual tickets are priced at $175 and can be purchased at brewers.com/giveback or by calling the Brewers Ticket Offices at (414) 902-GAME (4263).

A portion of the proceeds will support the causes of Brewers Community Foundation.

-Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

 

About Baker Tilly

With more than 1,600 employees, Baker Tilly provides a wide range of accounting, tax, and advisory services. Ranked as one of the top 20 largest firms in the country*, Baker Tilly serves clients from offices in Chicago, Detroit, Minneapolis, New York, Washington DC, and throughout Wisconsin.

Baker Tilly is an independent member of Baker Tilly International, a worldwide network of independent accounting and business advisory firms in 131 countries, with 26,000 professionals. The combined worldwide revenue of independent member firms is $3.3 billion.

*According to Accounting Today’s 2013 list of “Top 100 Firms.”

“Beyond the Diamond” Initiative Continues Today with S.C.O.R.E. for Excellence Day presented by The Gordon Flesch Company

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The Brewers Beyond the Diamond program continued today with “S.C.O.R.E. for Excellence Day presented by The Gordon Flesch Company.”    Beyond the Diamond is a series of community outreach events that will take place throughout the season from May through August.  The program is built around a partnership with Brewers Community Foundation, which features Brewers players, coaches, wives, alumni and team staff working hands-on in the community.

Yovani Gallardo, Carlos Gomez, Alfredo Figaro and Wily Peralta visited  the over 600 energetic children at Vieau School to emphasize the importance of education.  S.C.O.R.E. is an acronym for School, Community, Opportunities, Role Models and Excellence with an emphasis toward education, interaction and life skills. During the program, players engaged students in a dialogue about the importance of these five S.C.O.R.E. elements. The program helps open communication between the students and their role models. T-shirts and game tickets will be provided, along with a $2,500 donation from Brewers Community Foundation toward academic programs.

Vieau is a bilingual school and the program for the kids was done mostly in Spanish.  The event was emceed by the Spanish play-by-play announcer for the Brewers, Andy Olivares of ESPN Deportes Milwaukee.  Figaro spoke of the importance of school while growing up in the Dominican Republic, Peralta talked about community, Gomez spoke about taking advantage of opportunities given to the youngsters and Gallardo talked about the role models in his life–his parents and teachers–and compared them to the role models in the lives of students.

Also participating in today’s event was Kurt Konicke of the Gordon Flesch Company, Vieau principal Eduardo Galvan and Dr. Gregory Thornton, Superintendent of Milwaukee Public Schools.  Special thanks go to Katina Shaw and Cecelia Gore for helping play today’s event and to Scott Paulus for the great photos.

The first event in the “Beyond the Diamond” initiative for the Brewers was a Habitat for Humanity build earlier this month.

–JOHN

johnandcait@brewers.com

Ultimate Fan Experience Sweepstakes Starts Today

The cliché “one of a kind…” is heard all too often, but the “2013 Milwaukee Brewers Ultimate Fan Experience” is something that would be next to impossible to replicate.

Through the sweepstakes, one lucky fan will be chosen to receive the following prize package:

-          A Bob Uecker Game-Worn Sweater—a colorful, warm piece of history worn by a colorful man. The sweater comes complete with a Major League Baseball authentication hologram that shows Mr. Baseball wore the sweater during a Brewers radio broadcast this year.

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-          Yovani Gallardo’s Game-Worn 2013 Opening Day Jersey that was donned by the Brewers righthander for his fourth consecutive Opening Day start.  The jersey is authenticated by Major League Baseball.

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-          Four Round-Trip Southwest Airlines Tickets between Milwaukee (either to or from) and any location served by Southwest Airlines.

-          Four Field Diamond Box Tickets to any 2013 Milwaukee Brewers regular season game at Miller Park.

-          A Chance to Slide Down Bernie Brewer’s Slide along with three of your friends.

-          Bob Uecker Meet and Greet – Your group of four will meet “Ueck” on the field during batting practice before a Brewers game at Miller Park.  You will then be able to watch batting practice on the field and have your photo taken in the Brewers dugout.

-          Your Own Bobblehead – The Brewers will create a bobblehead in your image and produce the item for your personal collection.

Sweepstakes tickets are just $1, and the more times you enter, the better chance of winning. Tickets will be available at brewers.com/ultimatesweeps beginning today at 10 a.m. CT through Tuesday, June 11 at 10 a.m. CT.  No purchase necessary. Entries are also accepted by writing to: Brewers Ultimate Fan Experience Sweepstakes, c/o Brewers Community Foundation, One Brewers Way, Milwaukee, WI 53214.

“We wanted to offer a package that was truly unique, and it all starts with an item like Ueck’s game-worn sweater,” said Brewers Chief Operating Officer Rick Schlesinger. “We think this will be a very popular contest with an appeal to Brewers fans of all ages.”

The winning name will be drawn on or around Monday, June 17.  Net proceeds from the sweepstakes will benefit the programs supported by the Brewers Community Foundation. For complete rules and more information, please visit brewers.com/ultimatesweeps.

Brewers Season Seat Holder Event Held at Miller Park This Morning

After last night’s exciting win over the Cubs, Yovani Gallardo, Jonathan Lucroy, Carlos Gomez, Ryan Braun, Dave Nelson, my colleagues and I were all on hand early this morning for a special Brewers Season Seat Holder event for those who paid for their 2013 season tickets in full by the November 15 early renewal deadline.

Here are some photos from this fun event.

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It’s always a pleasure to get to meet so many of our most loyal fans; we hope you had a wonderful time!

-Cait

johnandcait@brewers.com

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