MILWAUKEE (WISN) — The Milwaukee Brewers spent Friday surprising Milwaukee residents with random acts of kindness, as part of their #KindnessInMKE initiative.
Brewers outfielders Christian Yelich and Ryan Braun and principal owner Mark Attanasio surprised shoppers at a local Pick ‘n Save, ringing up customers and bagging their groceries.
Not only did they help customers — they picked up their grocery tabs, too.
“It’s fun for us. It’s special. We play in front of an incredibly passionate and supportive fan base and for us to be able to do something like this, it’s an opportunity to give back, to say ‘thank you,'” Braun said.
Hoping to make an impact on the community, the entire Brewers organization was encouraged to come up with fun and creative ways to spread kindness.
“It’s cool to see the support the team has throughout the community, and that’s a big reason why we’re out here today,” Yelich said. “We want to show them that we appreciate that support and we’re glad that they come out and support us.”
Some unsuspecting fans came already adorned in their Brewers gear, not expecting their favorite players to be behind the register.
“My husband was shaking so hard when he was putting the food up there. He’s like, ‘I can’t believe this,’” said Milwaukee resident Tamara Kaddatz. “He was more star-struck than anything.”
The organization wants its fans to know the effect that their support has on the players, the team and clubhouse morale.
“Not every team in Major League Baseball gets the kind of support that we do. When you see folks here who were just thrilled to see their idols, heroes or players, that they like helping out and paying for their groceries, it helps motivate,” Attanasio said.
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