#Cubs open 10-game homestand Friday
The Cubs begin a 10-game homestand on Friday when they play host to the Phillies. That three-game series will be followed by the Dodgers May 30-June 2, and the D-Backs June 3-5.
On Memorial Day, the Cubs will join other Major League teams in honoring those who have fallen while protecting the country through military service. The Cubs will wear Memorial Day jerseys and caps, and the bases used on the field will feature specialty base jewels. These items will be authenticated, collected and auctioned by Cubs Authentics at http://www.cubs.com/authentics. Net proceeds from the auction benefit Cubs Charities.
On June 1, the Cubs will commemorate “Conquer Cancer Day,” as declared through an official proclamation by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, while kicking off June as “Conquer Cancer Month,” as declared through an official proclamation by Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner. Up to the first 5,000 Budweiser Bleacher fans will receive a Cubs Cap presented by Conquer Cancer Foundation. In the middle of the eighth inning that day, the fans will be asked to turn their caps inside out, showing the orange bill underneath, to rally to conquer cancer. After the game, the Cubs will fly a “W” flag signed by cancer survivors.
Here are more homestand highlights:
Friday vs Phillies: Actor Dave Franco and Chicago native WWE Superstar Summer Rae will throw out ceremonial first pitches.
Saturday vs Phillies: Bears wide receiver Alshon Jeffery will throw out a first pitch and lead the crowd in the seventh inning stretch.
Sunday vs Phillies: The first 1,000 kids 13 and under can run the bases.
Monday vs Dodgers: Ryne Sandberg will take part in a ceremonial first pitch and lead the crowd in the seventh inning stretch. The first 10,000 fans will receive a Ryne Sandberg retired number flag. Also, Tristan Hotchkin, son of fallen Pfc. Gunnar Hotchkin, will throw out a first pitch in conjunction with “Helping Hands for Freedom.” And, Ben Zobrist’s wife, Julianna, will sing the national anthem.
Also note that on June 2, actor and Chicago native Joe Mantegna will throw out a first pitch and players will take part in the Majestic “Jersey off their back” exchange, which will include two hand-selected fans. That night also is the Anthony Rizzo Family Foundation Cook-Off for Cancer.