MILLER PARK OPERATIONS NEAR NORMAL FOR TONIGHT’S BREWERS VERSUS REDS GAME
After an overnight fire in the kitchen area of Friday’s restaurant at Miller Park, most of the operations and fan accommodations will be back to normal for tonight’s 7:10 pm game against the Cincinnati Reds.
A few areas sustained water damage and will not be operational until further notice. These include Fridays Restaurant, the escalators and elevators in the left field area, the left field Loge concession stand, and the Miller Park Conference Center Meeting Rooms on the Club and Terrace Levels.
The team also has said that fans who have tickets in the Friday’s seating area will be contacted by the Brewers for alternate seating options.
Milwaukee Brewers All-Star catcher Jonathan Lucroy will appear at the Miller Park Brewers Team Store by Majestic for an autograph signing on Friday, July 25 from 12:30 – 1:30 pm.
Autographs will be free, and the first 250 people in line will receive a wristband guaranteeing a signature. If time allows, additional fans will be accommodated until 1:30 pm.
Fans will be allowed to enter through the Miller Park Hot Corner entrance at 9 am, and autographs will be first come, first served. There is a limit of one autograph per person and no photos will be permitted in order to accommodate as many fans as possible.
Ted Toles Jr. and Nathan “Sonny” Weston to be Honored
The Milwaukee Brewers will host the franchise’s ninth annual Negro Leagues Tribute at Miller Park on Saturday, July 26. Former Negro League players Ted Toles Jr. and Nathan “Sonny” Weston will be honored during a tailgate reception at Helfaer Field, beginning at 3 p.m., along with a special pre-game ceremony at Miller Park. An autograph session with both honorees will take place during the first 45 minutes of the game on the Field Level Concourse near home plate.
Toles Jr., 88, began his playing career in the Negro Leagues as a pitcher/outfielder with the Pittsburgh Crawfords in 1946, going 18-7 as a pitcher while batting .350. Later that season, he earned an invitation to tour with the Jackie Robinson All-Stars, where he played on the west coast portion of the tour. He also played for the Newark Eagles and was a member of the Cleveland Buckeyes’ Winter League traveling team in 1947. Toles Jr. was signed by the Cleveland Indians in 1950 and played in their minor-league system, along with the Philadelphia Athletics’ farm system. Additionally, he excelled as a boxer and track star.
Weston, 83, was an outfielder and first baseman with the Chicago American Giants in 1951. Following a season in the Negro Leagues, Weston was invited to spring training with the Chicago White Sox, but was the team’s final cut in the spring of 1952. He tried out for the Brooklyn Dodgers, but once again, was the final cut on a team that featured Hall of Famers Jackie Robinson, Roy Campanella, and Duke Snider, among other baseball greats. A native of East Chicago, Weston graduated from Bloom Township High School and worked at the Ford Motor Company Stamping Plant in Chicago Heights, Illinois for 42 years.
On Sunday, July 27, Toles Jr. and Weston will be inducted into the Yesterday’s Negro League Hall of Fame at the Mother Kathryn Daniels Center located at 3500 W. Mother Daniels Way on the grounds of Milwaukee’s Holy Redeemer Church (COGIC), beginning at 1:45 p.m. The Brewers are once again partnering with the MKDC and the church as a sponsor of the annual induction ceremonies and other initiatives. This event is open to the public.
In previous years, the Brewers honored outfielders George Altman and Lonnie Harris (2013); pitcher/utility player Mamie “Peanut” Johnson and outfielder Porter Reed (2012); pitchers Charlie “Whip” Davis and Johnny Washington (2011); pitcher Ollie Brantley and first baseman/outfielder Clinton “Butch” McCord (2010); infielder Harold “Buster” Hair Jr. and catcher James “Jim P” Tillman Sr. (2009); pitcher Eugene ‘Dick’ Scruggs and first baseman James ‘Red’ Moore (2008); and outfielder W. James ‘Jim’ Cobbin and catcher Arthur Hamilton (2007) as they were inducted into the Yesterday’s Negro League Hall of Fame. During the Brewers’ first Negro Leagues Tribute in 2006, Buck O’Neil, James Sanders and Dennis Biddle were each honored.
The Milwaukee Bears, the city’s 1923 representative in the Negro National League, played only one season before disbanding but featured some of the game’s most influential men, including Hall-of-Fame player/manager John Preston “Pete” Hill.
BREWERS CELEBRATE MIDSUMMER CLASSIC SELECTIONS WITH “MY ALL-STAR” TICKET PROMOTION
Four Plans to Each Contain Unique T-Shirts Available Only with Package Purchase
Milwaukee Brewers fans once again showed the power of their vote this season as both Carlos Gomez and Aramis Ramirez were elected to start in this year’s All-Star Game, while Francisco Rodriguez and Jonathan Lucroy joined the All-Stars on the player vote. With a franchise-record-tying four players on the National League team, the Brewers will mark the occasion by offering a ticket and merchandise package featuring each of the Club’s four All-Star representatives.
The four “My All-Star” ticket packages each include tickets to any four midweek games of the fan’s choice (beginning July 21) plus a limited-edition t-shirt featuring their favorite All-Star player – not available for sale anywhere else. Each package is priced according to the uniform number of the designated All-Star player, meaning that fans will not only be able to show their support for their favorite Brewers All-Star, they’ll be able to select from packages starting at just $16 per game.
Fans will receive one t-shirt for each ticket package purchased. Shirt sizes are Adult Medium and Extra Large.
“We have seen how Brewers fans over-deliver in their All-Star voting efforts, and this ticket plan will give fans another opportunity to show their support for their favorite All-Stars,” said Brewers Chief Operating Officer Rick Schlesinger. “With the team leading the Central Division and games becoming more meaningful every day, we expect these packages to be very popular as we head into the stretch run.”
The ticket plan details are as follows:
The “Aramis is My All-Star” Plan: Terrace Box tickets to any four midweek games plus a limited-edition t-shirt for $64 (based on his uniform number 16 – $16×4=$64)
The “Luuuuc is My All-Star” Plan: Loge Bleachers tickets to any four midweek games plus a limited-edition t-shirt for $80 (based on his uniform number 20 – $20×4=$80)
The “Gomez is My All-Star” Plan: Loge Outfield tickets to any four midweek games plus a limited-edition t-shirt for $108 (based on his uniform number 27 – $27×4=$108)
The “K-Rod is My All-Star” Plan: Field Diamond Box tickets (Sections 110 and 125 only) to any four midweek games plus a limited-edition t-shirt for $228 (based on his uniform number 57 – $57×4=$228)
The ticket packages are currently on sale. Packages may be purchased online at Brewers.com/myallstar, or by calling 414-902-GAME.
With the September 13 “BobbleHank” game now limited to single seats and standing room only tickets, fans of Hank, “The Ballpark Pup,” can still get in on the fun as the Brewers today announced another promotion celebrating the team’s famous four-legger.
On Wednesday, August 6, all fans attending the Brewers versus Giants game at 7:10 pm will receive a full-size Hank Beach Towel, compliments of Meijer.
In addition, Hank (and his Hank House) will be available for a photo opportunity with the first 500 fans in line beginning when gates open that night (90 minutes before first pitch). The photo opportunity will take place on the Field Level concourse near the Right Field Gate entrance.
“Based on the fan response, the BobbleHank giveaway was easily one of our most popular promotions ever, and when the game quickly reached standing room only status, there were a lot of fans who were disappointed,” said Brewers Chief Operating Officer Rick Schlesinger. “We expect that the Beach Towel giveaway will be just as popular, and with Hank appearing at both of these games, it promises to be a fun evening at Miller Park for everyone.”
Tickets for the Hank Beach Towel night and all remaining Brewers games are on sale at the Miller Park Box Office, through brewers.com, or by phone at (414-902-4000).
The Milwaukee Brewers will offer a special ticket promotion tomorrow only in which tickets for the team’s next home game – Monday, July 7 against the Philadelphia Phillies – will be available for just $7 for (most) seating sections that end in “7.” This includes the following 14 seating sections: 107, 127, 207, 217, 227, 237, 307, 317, 327, 337, 407, 417, 427 and 437 (ticket offer does not apply to section 117).
Tickets for tomorrow’s promotion will be available at Brewers.com/seven. Tickets will go on sale at 9 a.m. CT tomorrow and will be available for purchase until 9:57 p.m. CT tomorrow (777 minutes), or while quantities last. There is a limit of eight tickets per person.
The “777” ticket promotion for the 7/7 game is sponsored by Potawatomi.
The Milwaukee Brewers will formally unveil the “Brewers Wall of Honor” at Miller Park today. The Wall of Honor will commemorate Milwaukee Brewers players that meet a set criteria based on service to the club. A total of 36 former Brewers players will attend today’s ceremony, marking the largest single gathering of Brewers alumni in team history, surpassing the 31 players who came in for the final game at County Stadium in 2000.
A private ceremony for inductees, their families and special guests will take place at 4 p.m. and the wall will be available for viewing to the general public beginning at 6:35 p.m. A pregame ceremony honoring the inductees will take place on the field prior to the game.
The Wall of Honor will be a permanent display outside of Miller Park on a wall on the North side of the ballpark. Players on the Wall of Honor will each have a plaque with their photo and a brief synopsis of their playing career. The plaques are designed by Matthews International, designers of the plaques for the National Baseball Hall of Fame as well as the plaques on the Milwaukee Braves Wall of Honor at Miller Park.
Players who meet any of the following criteria while wearing a Brewers uniform will be inducted into the Wall of Honor:
- 2,000 or more plate appearances
- 1,000 or more innings pitched
- 250 appearances as a pitcher
- Winner of a major award (MVP, Cy Young, Rookie of the Year, or Fireman of the Year)
- Manager of a pennant-winning team
- Individuals recognized with a statue on the Miller Park Plaza
- Members of the National Baseball Hall of Fame who have played for the Brewers
Currently, there are 58 persons who meet the above criteria and will be recognized on the Brewers Wall during the 2014 season. In addition to the 58 members of the inaugural class, there are seven active players in Major League Baseball that meet the criteria. Upon retirement, players who meet the criteria will be added to the Wall of Honor.
A total of 38 honorees are scheduled to attend the event six honorees will be represented by family members. The complete list of players who will grace the Brewers Wall of Honor at the unveiling ceremony today is as follows (attendees subject to change, those who will be present for the event are in BOLD, those who will be represented by a family member at the event are in ITALICS and those not able to attend the event are in PLAIN text):
Allan H. “Bud” Selig
Note: John Axford, Ryan Braun, Prince Fielder, Yovani Gallardo, J.J. Hardy, Corey Hart and Rickie Weeks are the seven active players that, as of today, qualify for induction into the Wall of Honor following their retirement. Active players closing in on the thresholds include Jonathan Lucroy and Carlos Gomez.
First of all, thank you for indulging me with a post on here that isn’t exactly baseball specific, though it certainly has plenty to do with what I do at baseball games.
A touch over two months ago, a friend contacted me with an idea for a mutually beneficial relationship. To summarize, she said “I’d love for you try out new tech at Miller Park throughout the season as it becomes available.” The idea being that I could find out things that are helpful for the kind of coverage I try to provide along with allowing me to work more efficiently by having more portable options than just my personal smartphone. After all, multiple screens has been a major benefit at my day job for a while now so I relished the idea of not only trying out new “toys” but also for making my life a little more efficient and easier.
The deal is set up with Verizon Midwest which is why you saw me dropping a #VZWMidwest into some early tweets I made with and/or about the device.
I’ll be doing a series of reviews throughout the tenure of the aforementioned relationship to tell you what I used, how I used it, and whether I’d recommend the device for not only things at the ballpark but as a personal piece of tech as well. I was specifically told to make use of the devices like I owned them, so that’s what I did. My kids got to install a few games, for instance, and really enjoyed that part of this experience. (My wife also liked not having to be bothered all the time for her personal smartphone.)
I’m nearing the end of my time with my second device and I’m a bit tardy on getting this first review up but the next should be coming as early as this next weekend.
Without further setting up, let’s get to my review of the Asus Google Nexus 7 tablet which I had from Saturday, March 29 until swapping it out on Saturday, May 3.
Out of the box I was worried about the relatively small size of the screen. Having not owned a tablet before (mostly due to frugality as opposed to lack of desire), I always thought that bigger is better and set the Nexus 7 tablet up for failure — or at least disappointment — for not being able to display what I needed or wanted. I’m happy to report that while the screen isn’t as big as some available on the market, it was plenty sizeable for what I ended up mostly utilizing the tablet for as well as greatly increasing the portability of the device. I was able to slide the table in my back pants or inner jacket pocket without a second thought.
Speaking of which, as a quick sidebar, the durability of the device was outstanding. There was a touch of pliability in the design which was crucial for those times that I truly didn’t give the tablet’s location a second thought and sat down with it still in the back pocket. I never sat flat down on it but the fact that I was able to inadvertantly give it a little more pressure than would result in “normal” use made me very happy. And relieved.
Before I get into how I specifically used the tablet, let me point out that the battery life was incredible. Wait, that doesn’t do it justice. The battery life was INCREDIBLE!!
Maybe it’s that my personal smartphone is getting older and the battery life is naturally shortening but regardless as to why, the Nexus 7 tablet from Asus never ran out of juice before I did. I would have it off the charger, using it fairly regularly throughout a given day and evening at the ballpark, and I wouldn’t plug it in until the next evening. Even then, it was usually because I remembered that it had been over a day since I charged it and it probably needed it. The battery monitor was routinely still in the upper 20s and lower thirties of percentages.
As for how I used it, it truly was a second screen for me. I could have the in-game box score on the MLB At-Bat app up while tweeting information, game action and stats from my personal device. If I needed to look up additional information or supporting information it was readily available without having to sacrifice whatever else I had going on at the time. I routinely had the table propped up with gamecast while watching the game live. I could confirm pitch type/location/velocity as tracked by MLBAM. I could pull up baseball-reference.com or any number of other things. All of that was enabled because the device was on Verizon’s network (which is strong throughout Miller Park) without needing to be on a Wi-Fi signal (which The Keg doesn’t exactly offer for free).
I know all of that might not seem like groundbreaking ideas but for someone who never had a second device, let alone one as portable and easy-to-use as the Asus Google Nexus 7, it really was an incredible benefit for what I try to accomplish every night at Miller Park.
And because it’s my review and my blog, I’m going to point out that being an Android device was that much better for me. I’m not exactly anti-Apple (I like iTunes and have owned an iPod in my lifetime) but my first smartphone was on Verizon and given that iPhones weren’t an option back then I tried a Droid, loved it, and don’t foresee a believable situation which would get me to not be loyal.
On the negative end of the spectrum, to be fair to you readers, the camera was lacking. It didn’t seem to take a sharp picture, the “zoom” if you can call it such was weak. I was hoping to increase my Instagram and Vine outputs with the Nexus 7 tablet but it really couldn’t be used when I had a better option on my smartphone for those jobs.
In summary, I’d absolutely consider owning this device permanently. It was extremely useful, the battery life was incredible, and it’s portability made it almost ideal for a night at the ballpark.
(And the kids loved playing Minion Rush on a bigger screen than my phone.)
The Milwaukee Brewers and Miller Park will 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 on Wednesday, July 16, in what will be the first-ever professional soccer match at the stadium. 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 and Ivory Coast forward Wilfried Bony, the team’s top scorer with 17 goals.
“We’re very excited to be bringing yet another major attraction to Miller Park this summer as we host this match between Chivas and Swansea City,” said Brewers Chief Operating Officer Rick Schlesinger. “We are fortunate to have a facility that is adaptable for much more than baseball, and with the World Cup being staged this summer, interest in soccer is peaking worldwide.”
Tickets go on sale for the match on Thursday, May 22 at 10 a.m. Ticket 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. A seating diagram is attached and is also available at brewers.com/soccer. The pitch will be laid out in an east-west orientation with one goal in leftfield and the other goal near first base.
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.
Here it is!
On the eve of the Baseball Prospectus event at Miller Park, I had the opportunity to sit down with two stalwarts at Baseball Prospectus, Joe L. Hamrahi (which will make sense when you listen) and Jason Parks, he of much knowledge and acumen.
We cover a bit about Baseball Prospectus as a company, what its writers have been able to accomplish in the business of baseball, and the vision Hamrahi continues to have for BP. We discuss the state of the Brewers farm system in the opinion of Parks, including guys he undersold, as well as who he likes and who Brewers fans need to know. We also touch on the upcoming first round of the MLB Draft and who Parks thinks could make sense for Milwaukee at #12, including whether Jeff Hoffman makes any sense.
And I couldn’t have two passionate baseball men on the mic and not ask them their opinions about the state of the game (Is baseball “dying” like many claim?) and their positions on PEDs in the game and why some people seem to care so much when others don’t.
So please give this a listen. You’ll definitely enjoy the information…probably almost as much as I enjoyed the conversation.
Recorded on Thursday, May 8th in lovely Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
You can follow Jason Parks (@ProfessorParks) & Joe Hamrahi (@jhamrahi) on Twitter as well as Baseball Prospectus as a company (@BaseballPro) for links to all of their first rate information and analysis.