1/17 The party of the century

Cubs fans obviously are eager to see some of the top prospects. During introductions at the Cubs Convention on Friday, Javier Baez, Kris Bryant and Jorge Soler received some of the loudest cheers. The 29th convention got underway at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel and Towers. Players modeled the retro uniforms that will be used this season, and a new television ad was shown celebrating Wrigley Field’s 100th birthday. Several Cubs alum also were introduced, including Derrek Lee, Ted Lilly and Mark Prior. New manager Rick Renteria threw out the ceremonial first pitch.

On Saturday, the Ricketts family and the baseball operations department staff, including Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer, will face the fans during seminars. The convention also is celebrating the 30th anniversary of the 1984 Cubs.

— Carrie Muskat

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