1/11 Cubs Convention schedule
The 28th annual Cubs Convention will be held next weekend, Jan. 18-20, at a new location, the Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers. Opening ceremonies will be at 5 p.m. CT on Jan. 18 when players and alum are introduced on a red carpet runway that will provide special VIP access to children 16 and under.
The schedule for Jan. 19 includes “Cubs Jeopardy,” which will pit pitchers Milt Pappas, Scott Sanderson, Lee Smith and Rick Sutcliffe against position players Jose Cardenal, Jody Davis, Randy Hundley and Todd Walker. “Cubs Family Feud” will make its convention debut with former players Bobby Dernier, Jon Lieber, Gary Matthews and Billy Williams taking on current Cubs Michael Bowden, Shawn Camp, Brett Jackson and Ian Stewart.
Fans will have a chance to say hello to the team’s offseason acquisitions at a “Meet the New Cubs” session featuring pitchers Scott Baker, Scott Feldman, Edwin Jackson, catcher Dioner Navarro and outfielder Nate Schierholtz, hosted by television play-by-play broadcaster Len Kasper and his new partner, Jim Deshaies.
Other Jan. 19 sessions include:
* “Ricketts Family Forum:” Tom, Laura, Pete and Todd Ricketts will talk about their experience as the Cubs owners over the last three years and take questions from fans.
* “Meet Cubs Baseball Management:” Theo Epstein, president of baseball operations, will be joined by general manager Jed Hoyer, assistant general managers Randy Bush and Shiraz Rehman, and manager Dale Sveum to talk about the team’s recent moves and what lies ahead.
* “From Draft Day to the Big Leagues:” Minor League prospects Dallas Beeler, Matt Szczur, Robert Whitenack and Tony Zych will discuss what it’s like to get drafted by the Cubs and advance through the system.
* “Dale Sveum and the coaching staff:” Sveum and his staff will talk about the team and answer questions.
* “For Kids Only Press Conference, presented by Advocate Health Care:” Kids will get to play reporter and ask players questions. The panel will feature Darwin Barney, David DeJesus, Brooks Raley, Anthony Rizzo and Chris Rusin.
* “Renew Wrigley Field:” Cubs executives will discuss ideas to preserve and renew Wrigley Field based on input from Cubs fans, season ticket holders and the community.
* “Not for Women Only:” Baker, Feldman, Matt Garza, James Russell and Travis Wood will discuss their personal lives off the field.
The Jan. 20 program will include a “Down on the Farm” session in which player development/scouting director Jason McLeod, pro scouting director Joe Bohringer, and director of player development Brandon Hyde will talk about the Minor League system. They will be joined by prospects Chris Rusin and Josh Vitters.
Limited individual weekend passes are available for $60 per pass plus convenience fees. A percentage of the proceeds from the Cubs Convention benefits Chicago Cubs Charities. To date, Cubs Convention has raised approximately $4 million for Chicago Cubs Charities.
The Cubs have not released a complete list of the players who will attend the convention.
— Carrie Muskat