Krista Zuba had just checked her 14th ballpark off her list when she took this photo and posted it on Twitter from PNC Park in Pittsburgh:
Little did she know that posting this photo would eventually help her get to ballpark #16 to close out the season.
Krista won the opportunity by being part of the #BrewersRoadCrew. All season long, we’ve encouraged fans who travel to support the team on the road, or who support the Brewers while on vacation or living afar, to submit their photos to brewers.com/roadcrew, as well as share them with us on Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag.
We’ve picked one winner each month this season to win a Southwest Airlines gift card and then, early in September, we drew the grand prize–a trip for two to see the Crew in Colorado.
For their prize, Krista and her friend Amanda were flown out to Colorado courtesy of Southwest, where they are staying for two nights and attending two games (tonight and tomorrow).
“Three years ago, I made these shoes and they’ve traveled with me to the ballparks. It was a joke at first and then it spiraled into something bigger,” said Krista, who says she attends between 30 and 50 home games per year in addition to traveling to see the Crew on the Road.
She uses her vacation from her job at Kohl’s Corporate to travel to see the Brewers whenever she can. She was in Texas earlier this week for a game where she checked off ballpark #15. This year, she also visited the California ballparks as well. “Saturday’s game will be my 25th on the season. It was a little slower this year because I did the California road trip in June,” she said.
Amanda goes to about half of the games with Krista, who says she usually attends the rest on her own; however, because her last name is Zuba, she says she always plans a big family outing on Zubazpalooza night and even had special shirts made for the occasion.
When she found out she had won the grand prize in the contest, at first she says she thought it was a joke. “It was very exciting. I wanted to hit 15 by the end of this season,which is why I had Texas booked, but I was like ‘Um, 16 is good too!'” she laughed.
Krista says that Chris Carter is her favorite player, so it was especially cool to be able to be here in Denver to see him hit his 40th home run tonight.
Along with checking off her 16th ballpark, Krista and Amanda are squeezing in some other sightseeing, such as a brewery tour, a trip to Red Rocks and a visit to Swanky’s, a local Wisconsin bar.
Thanks to Krista and Amanda for being such awesome Brewers fans and thanks to Southwest for supplying the prizes for the #BrewersRoadCrew contest.
And last but not least, thank you to all of the fans who have supported the Crew both on the road and at home all season long!
The Milwaukee Brewers have announced a two-year player development contract with the Carolina Mudcats of the Class-A Carolina League. The new contract will run through the 2018 season. The announcement was made jointly by Brewers General Manager David Stearns and Mudcats President and Majority Owner Steve Bryant.
“The Brewers are excited to announce a partnership with Steve Bryant and the Carolina Mudcats,” said Stearns. “The organization is committed to developing young talent and we strongly believe that the Mudcats will help us achieve that goal. We look forward to working with our new partner in the Carolina League.”
The Mudcats are a member of the Carolina League’s Southern division. The team plays their home games at Five County Stadium in Zebulon, North Carolina.
“Having met with the Brewers, and in looking at their system, we are confident that we are getting an organization that is loaded with young, talented prospects that we feel will enhance our program” said Bryant. “We are very impressed with the Brewers in that they share with us a desire to develop young talent at the Minor League level.”
This is the first time that the Brewers will have an affiliate in the Carolina League.
The Milwaukee Brewers today announced several changes related to their amateur and professional scouting departments.
Tod Johnson, who is currently in his ninth year with the Brewers, has been promoted to Director of Amateur Scouting. Johnson’s new role will include oversight of all amateur scouting operations, including preparations for the annual June Draft. Johnson, 43, previously served as Brewers Assistant Director – Amateur Scouting for six years. Prior to that, he spent three years (2007-2009) as Director of Application Development for the organization and one season with the San Diego Padres as a Baseball Systems Architect. Johnson’s recent experience also included working with the Brewers Baseball Research and Development Department to set the direction for the application of data and technology for the Brewers baseball operations.
Ray Montgomery, 46, who is in his second term with the Brewers, has been named Vice President – Scouting. Montgomery first worked for the Brewers in various scouting roles from 2002-2010 before joining the Arizona Diamondbacks. He returned to Milwaukee and has spent the last two years as Vice President – Amateur Scouting/Special Assistant to the General Manager. In his new role, Montgomery will serve as a lead evaluator across the entire spectrum of baseball operations including professional, international, and amateur scouting.
Zack Minasian, 32, will assume a new position with the Brewers as Special Advisor – Scouting. Minasian has been with the organization for 12 years, including the last six as Director – Professional Scouting. Minasian also worked for the Brewers organization as Manager of Minor League Scouting Personnel/Coordinator of Pro Scouting and as Baseball Operations Assistant.
“Scouting will always be an integral aspect of our focus on acquiring and developing young talent, and we are confident that today’s moves will enhance those efforts to be among the best in the industry,” said Brewers General Manager David Stearns. “Tod, Ray, and Zack have all contributed a great deal to this organization during parts of the past decade, and I am excited about their continued impact as they assume new positions.”
Last month, the Milwaukee Brewers announced plans for the “Give-Back Game,” an event to raise proceeds for great causes. With this initiative, ticket sales proceeds from the Brewers final home game today are being donated to charity.
Brewers fans rallied to the occasion, and the result is that four local charities will receive over $335,000 for their causes. Tickets for today’s game were sold for $10 each, and fans had the opportunity to direct which charity would receive their $10. In addition, fans were encouraged to add on to their purchases with additional funds that were added to the totals.
The four beneficiaries include the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee, Make-A-Wish Wisconsin, The MACC Fund and the Wisconsin Humane Society.
“On behalf of Mark Attanasio and everyone here at the Brewers, we appreciate how the fans stepped up and supported this initiative with tremendous passion,” said Rick Schlesinger, Brewers Chief Operating Officer. “The Give Back Game is an extension of our commitment to do something special during the last home game each year, and this was a unique opportunity to reward the fans while also raising significant funding for these four great partners.”
Based on ticket sales for today’s game, as well as where fans directed their donations, the amounts raised for each charity are as follows:
- Wisconsin Humane Society: $81,378
- Make-A-Wish Wisconsin: $76,201
- Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee: $65,493
- The MACC Fund: $62,172
The Wisconsin Humane Society paced the way with the most tickets sold and also the most funds raised. As a result, the organization earned a $50,000 bonus from the Brewers for a total donation of $131,378 to the cause.
Media partners in the community stepped up to help promote the effort, with each cause backed by a different media group. “Teammates” include The MACC Fund/620 WTMJ, 94-5 KTI Country and TODAY’S TMJ4; Make-A-Wish Wisconsin/FM106.1, V100.7, 97.3 NOW, 95.7 Big FM, News/Talk 1130 WISN and Big 920 Sports; Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee/FOX Sports Wisconsin; and Wisconsin Humane Society/WKLH, WHQG, WJMR and WNRG.
Also stepping up to the plate, several Milwaukee Brewers players teamed up with the four charities to help promote the game. Each player used their social media platforms tweeting with the hashtag #GiveBackGame to promote not just the entire initiative, but also their specific charity’s involvement. Partner players included Keon Broxton/Boys & Girls Clubs, Corey Knebel/Make-A-Wish, Tyler Thornburg/MACC Fund and Scooter Gennett/Wisconsin Humane Society.
The 13th Annual “Evening with Hank Aaron” was held tonight at Miller Park. This year’s program featured an exclusive pregame reception in the Aaron/Yount Rooms on Miller Park’s Terrace Level.
Along with an appearance by Hammerin’ Hank himself, guests also received hors d’oeuvres during the reception, a Field Outfield Box game ticket to tonight’s game and an authenticated, autographed item from Aaron.
Aaron spoke to guests at the event, answered questions and took photos; a great time was had by all in the presence of baseball greatness.
The special event raised funds for the Hank Aaron Chasing the Dream Foundation. The foundation was created by Hank and his wife, Billye, to help children with limited opportunities and financial barriers develop their special talents and pursue their dreams. All proceeds from the evening benefit the fund and are administered locally to help children in the Milwaukee area.
Earlier this afternoon, Brewers players, coaches and members of the organization were escorted on golf carts throughout the parking lots to surprise fans with gifts as a sign of appreciation for their season-long support.
Normally, the players don’t ever get to see the lots right before game time and it’s always cool to see how impressed the guys are by the elaborate set-ups–Brewers fans certainly do tailgating better than anyone else!
As we rode around on carts, the players tossed t-shirts to fans and shook hands. I was on a cart with Brewers relievers Brent Suter, Carlos Torres and Ben Rowen along with outfielder Michael Reed. Our group had a blast tossing out the shirts and even had to get a second supply to hand out.
On the way back in to Miller Park, Suter thought he spotted Don Gorske, the McDonald’s Big Mac record holder, who was in the documentary “Super Size Me.” Gorske has eaten over 28,000 Big Macs in his lifetime.
The other guys didn’t believe Suter, so we made our driver turn around and go back.
Sure enough, it was him!
The guys had to pose for a picture:
It just goes to show you never know what might happen at Miller Park!
The players visit to the parking lots was part of Fan Appreciation Night presented by Chevrolet. All fans in attendance at tonight’s game received a 2016 Brewers team photo. Additionally, all fans are entered into a drawing for the chance to win fabulous prizes, including autographed memorabilia, gift certificates to the Brewers Team Store by Majestic at Miller Park and many additional prizes from team corporate sponsors (prizes subject to change). One lucky fan will win the grand prize, a 2016 Chevy Cruze.
Throughout the weekend, all fans will also receive a scratch-off card containing prizes such as free 2017 tickets, $10 food and beverage vouchers, autographed baseballs, game-used jerseys, a $250 Brewers Team Store by Majestic shopping spree and tickers for a Club Level Suite to a 2017 game. Every fan is guaranteed to win a prize.
Tomorrow’s game also coincides with the first-ever Give Back Game, a major philanthropic endeavor to raise proceeds for great causes. Nearly all proceeds from ticket sales for the Brewers final home game of the year will be donated to charity. For more information about the Give Back Game, please visit brewers.com/giveback.
Tickets for Fan Appreciation Weekend are available at the Miller Park ticket office, online at Brewers.com or by calling the Brewers ticket office at (414) 902-4000.
Prior to tonight’s contest against the Cincinnati Reds, Jonathan Villar was named the 2016 “We Energies High-Energy Player of the Year.” The award is given to the Brewers player that best personified the characteristics of hard work, a positive attitude and an aggressive approach to playing the game throughout the course of the season.
Trish Bournelis, We Energies Senior Communications Specialist, presented Villar the award in an on-field ceremony prior to the first pitch against the Reds. The ceremony also featured members of the Brewers organization including Manager and 2009 We Energies High-Energy Player of the Year Craig Counsell, General Manager David Stearns, and Chief Operating Officer Rick Schlesinger.
Villar has been an exciting addition to the Brewers in 2016. He was voted Brewers Player of the Month for May, batting .355/.450/.482 with a home run, 16 RBI, 14 steals, 18 runs and 20 walks in 29 games. On Sept. 7 vs. the Chicago Cubs, Villar became the fourth Brewers player to homer from both sides of the plate in a game, joining Ted Simmons, Dale Sveum (twice) and Jose Valentin. Villar also had the fourth season in franchise history of 50 or more stolen bases, joining Tommy Harper (73 in 1969), Scott Podsednik (70 in 2004) and Pat Listach (54 in 1992). He is also just one of three active MLB players with 15 home runs and 50 stolen bases in a season, joining Hanley Ramirez (2006-2007) and Jose Reyes (2006 & 2008).
Past winners of the We Energies High-Energy Player of the Year award include Ryan Braun (2015, 2012 and 2008), Jonathan Lucroy (2014), Carlos Gomez (2013), Nyjer Morgan (2011), Rickie Weeks (2010), Craig Counsell (2009), Prince Fielder (2007) and Bill Hall (2006).
Reviving Baseball in the Inner Cities, or the RBI Program, is a MLB youth baseball initiative and partnership with the Boys & Girls Clubs. The RBI program was developed by former scout and Major Leaguer John Young in Los Angeles in 1989 to provide youth ages 9 to 17 the opportunity to learn and enjoy the game of baseball. Each month, we honor RBI student athletes on the diamond that portray dedication to academics, community involvement, leadership, reliability and monthly performance.
This month’s honorees is Savier Pinales, a junior at Riverside University High School. He plays for the RBI 18U travel team as the shortstop. Savier is a great teacher of the kids in the RBI program. He spends a huge amount of time doing community service and has garnered interest from multiple colleges including North Carolina Central.
Congratulations Savier! Keep up the hard work!
This weekend marks a Brewers Community Foundation Drive for Charity with a winter gear drive during the Brewers series against the Reds.
Fans attending the games on Friday, Saturday and Sunday are invited to bring are invited to new or gently-used winter gear items with them to Miller Park. In return for a donation of winter gear (or $5), they will receive a special Brewers player pin featuring Jimmy Nelson.
Fans should drop off their items from the time the gates open through the second inning of each of the games this weekend.
Fans wishing instead to make a donation of $5 can also receive the pin.
With the success of last year’s Inside the Brewers fan forum, the Brewers are pleased to announce a return of the “town hall”-style event. Fans will have the opportunity to hear from Chief Operating Officer Rick Schlesinger, Manager Craig Counsell and General Manager David Stearns on Thursday, November 3 at 7 p.m. at Miller Park.
Unlike last year, though, the event will be open to ALL fans, free of charge. Brewers broadcasters will emcee the event and will discuss issues ranging from the state of the franchise to their vision for the future as well as take questions from fans in attendance.
No tickets or RSVP are required to attend this event, and all are welcome. The event will begin at 7 p.m. sharp with parking lots opening at 6 p.m. and gates to Miller Parking opening at 6:15 p.m. Parking is complimentary, but tailgating will not be allowed. Fans will enter the ballpark through the Hot Corner entrance, and seating will be general admission, with the panel seated atop the 3rd base dugout
In addition, fans at home will be able to submit their questions through social media by commenting on specific posts on Facebook and Instagram, as well as on Twitter by using the hashtag #InsideTheBrewers. The event will also be live streamed for all fans on brewers.com and will later air as a special program on FOX Sports Wisconsin (schedule TBD).