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9/18 Convention passes on sale 9/24

Individual weekend passes for the 2014 Cubs Convention will go on sale next Tuesday at 10 a.m. CT. Each weekend pass is $60 plus convenience fees and is valid for all three days, January 17-19, at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers in downtown Chicago. Passes will be available for purchase by visiting http://www.cubs.com/convention or calling 1-800-THE-CUBS.

The 29th Annual Cubs Convention will feature Cubs players, coaches, alumni and some of the organization’s top Minor League prospects. Fans will be able to meet, listen to, and secure autographs. This year’s Cubs Convention attendees will get a first look at many of the promotions and activities planned to celebrate 100 years of Wrigley Field during the upcoming season.

Attendees are still able to book rooms at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers by visiting http://www.cubs.com/convention or calling the hotel at 800-325-3535 and asking for the Cubs Convention rate of $183 per night plus tax. Hotel guests may purchase up to four Cubs Convention passes for a reduced rate of $20 each.

A percentage of the proceeds from Cubs Convention benefits Chicago Cubs Charities. To date, Cubs Convention has raised approximately $4 million for Chicago Cubs Charities.

1/18 Cubs Convention schedule

If you’re going to the 28th Cubs Convention at the downtown Sheraton this weekend, here’s a schedule to help you plan. Weekend passes are still available and will be sold on site.

2013 Cubs Convention

Friday
5-5:45 p.m. Opening ceremony
6-6:45 p.m. Autograph Hunt Game
7-8:30 p.m. Cubs bingo
7-10 p.m. WGN Radio’s “Sports Night”

Saturday
9-10 a.m. Ricketts Family Forum
10-11 a.m. Meet Cubs baseball management
10:30-11:30 a.m. Cubs Jeopardy
11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. From Draft Day to the Big Leagues
12-1 p.m. Dale Sveum and the Coaching Staff
12:30-1:30 p.m. For Kids Only Press Conference, presented by Advocate Health Care
1:30-2:30 p.m. Restoring Wrigley Field
2-3 p.m. Not for Women Only
3-4 p.m. Cubs family feud
4-6 p.m. WGN Radio’s “Sports Central”
4:30-5:30 p.m. Meet the new Cubs
6:30-8:00 p.m. Movie “Rookie of the Year,” presented by the Cubs Kids Club
8-Midnight Cubs sock hop

Sunday
9-10 a.m. Down on the Farm
10:30-11:30 a.m. Stats Sunday

1/14 Cubs Convention attendees

The Cubs have released the list of players scheduled to attend this week’s Cubs Convention, which begins Friday at the Sheraton Hotel in Chicago.

Current players:
Scott Baker, Darwin Barney, Michael Bowden, Shawn Camp, Tony Campana, Welington Castillo, Starlin Castro, Steve Clevenger, David DeJesus, Scott Feldman, Matt Garza, Brett Jackson, Edwin Jackson, Carlos Marmol, Dioner Navarro, Brooks Raley, Anthony Rizzo, Chris Rusin, James Russell, Jeff Samardzija, Dave Sappelt, Nate Schierholtz, Alfonso Soriano, Ian Stewart, Josh Vitters and Travis Wood.

Minor League players:
Javier Baez, Dallas Beeler, Jae-Hoon Ha, Marcus Hatley, Barret Loux, Trey McNutt, Hector Rondon, Zach Rosscup, Nick Struck, Matt Szczur, Logan Watkins, Robert Whitenack, Tony Zych.

Cubs alum:
Ernie Banks, Glenn Beckert, Jose Cardenal, Jody Davis, Bobby Dernier, Jeff Fassero, Randy Hundley, Fergie Jenkins, Jay Johnstone, Jon Lieber, Gary Matthews, Keith Moreland, Dave Otto, Milt Pappas, Scott Sanderson, Lee Smith, Tim Stoddard, Rick Sutcliffe, Steve Trout, Todd Walker, Billy Williams and Kerry Wood.

– Carrie Muskat

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

11/2 Cubs Convention tickets on sale Wednesday

Individual weekend passes for the 2013 Cubs Convention will go on sale next Wednesday at 10 a.m. CT. Each weekend pass is $60 plus convenience fees. Passes will be available for purchase by visiting www.cubs.com or calling 1-800-THE-CUBS. The 28th Annual Cubs Convention will be held at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers Jan. 18-20.

Attendees are still able to book rooms at the Sheraton by calling the hotel at 1-800-233-4100, and asking for the Cubs Convention rate of $179 per night plus tax. Guests who book a two-night stay will receive a limited-edition authenticated, autographed photo of Anthony Rizzo and Brett Jackson. Hotel guests may purchase up to four Cubs Convention passes for a reduced rate of $20 each.

The Cubs Convention will take place Jan. 18 from 1-9 p.m. CT; Jan. 19 from 9 a.m. to midnight CT; and Jan. 20 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m CT. A percentage of the proceeds from Cubs Convention benefits Chicago Cubs Charities. To date, the Cubs Convention has raised approximately $4 million for Chicago Cubs Charities. A list of players attending will be released prior to the Convention.

– Carrie Muskat

9/17 Cubs Convention Jan. 18-20

The 28th Cubs Convention will be Jan. 18-20, 2013, in a new downtown location at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers, 301 E. North Water Street. Starting Wednesday at 9 a.m. CT, Cubs fans can book rooms at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers by calling the hotel at 800-233-4100 and asking for the Cubs Convention rate of $179 per night plus tax. Guests who book a two-night stay will receive a limited-edition authenticated, autographed photo of Anthony Rizzo and Brett Jackson. Hotel guests may purchase up to four  passes for a reduced rate of $20 each. Individual passes for guests not staying at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers will be sold for $60 per pass at a later date. A percentage of the proceeds benefits Chicago Cubs Charities. To date, Cubs Convention has raised nearly $4 million.

– Carrie Muskat 

1/11 Cubs Convention attendees

Are you going to the Cubs Convention? Manager Mike Quade and his coaching staff will be there, including Mark Riggins, Rudy Jaramillo, Lester Strode, Bob Dernier, Ivan DeJesus and Dave Keller. Here are the players scheduled to attend the winter fan fest, which begins Friday at the Hilton Chicago:

Current players: Jeff Baker, Darwin Barney, Justin Berg, Marlon Byrd, Andrew Cashner, Starlin Castro, Casey Coleman, Tyler Colvin, Blake DeWitt, Matt Garza, Tom Gorzelanny, John Grabow, Koyie Hill, Scott Maine, Carlos Marmol, Sean Marshall, Carlos Pena, Fernando Perez, Aramis Ramirez, James Russell, Jeff Samardzija, Carlos Silva, Geovany Soto, Randy Wells, Kerry Wood, Carlos Zambrano.

Former players: Ernie Banks, Glenn Beckert, Mike Bielecki, Bill Buckner, Jose Cardenal, Doug Glanville, Randy Hundley, Fergie Jenkins, Greg Maddux, Gary Matthews, Keith Moreland, Dave Otto, Milt Pappas, Lee Smith, Tim Stoddard, Steve Trout, Todd Walker, Billy Williams.

Minor League players: Chris Carpenter, Jay Jackson, DJ LeMahieu.

– Carrie Muskat

1/10 Big Z, Berg & more

It’s a busy week in Chicago for the Cubs. The Cubs Caravan will be Wednesday and Thursday, and lead up to the Cubs Convention, which will be Friday through Sunday at the Hilton Chicago. New Cubs Carlos Pena and Matt Garza both are expected to attend. But wait, there’s more:

* On Wednesday, Cubs pitcher Justin Berg will join Lil’ Ed and the Blue
Imperials at Buddy Guy’s Legends in downtown Chicago. Showtime is 9
p.m., and tickets are $15. All proceeds go to the Ryan and Jenny
Dempster Family Foundation. The event will include a silent auction and
live auction of two electric guitars autographed by Berg, Lil’ Ed and
the Band, and Buddy Guy.

* On Saturday, Carlos Zambrano will host a party at 8fifty8, 858 W. Lake Street, Chicago, to raise money for the Big Z Foundation. There will be giveaways, a live raffle and silent auction. The event will start at 9 p.m. CT and the donation cover charge is $20. One hundred percent of the proceeds will go to the Big Z Foundation.

– Carrie Muskat

1/7 Len & Bob Bash

The last four years, Cubs TV broadcasters Len Kasper and Bob Brenly have hosted a fund-raising concert in Chicago before the Cubs Convention. This year, Kasper and Brenly are working with the Cubs on a summer date. The fifth “Len and Bob Bash” is coming. Stay tuned.

– Carrie Muskat

1/6 Cubs convention schedule

Want to ask Greg Maddux a question about his job with the Cubs? Maybe you’d like to talk to the Ricketts family? How about hearing Kerry Wood or Andrew Cashner discuss pitching? Or maybe you’d like to reminisce about Ron Santo? Those are some of the seminars scheduled for the 26th Cubs Convention, to be held Jan. 14-16 at the Hilton Chicago.

One of the best sessions may be Jan. 15 when Hall of Famers Ernie Banks, Billy Williams and Fergie Jenkins plus Glenn Beckert, Randy Hundley, Milt Pappas and Jose Cardenal share some of their favorite stories in “Remembering Ronnie.” The former Cubs will celebrate Santo, who died Dec. 3 at the age of 70.

The Jan. 15 schedule opens with the “Ricketts Family Forum,” giving Cubs fans a chance to ask ownership about their plans. Maddux, a special assistant to GM Jim Hendry, will join Hendry, assistant GM Randy Bush and manager Mike Quade in a “Meet Cubs Baseball Management” session.

Other seminars include:

* “Pitching Evolution:” Wood, Cashner, Randy Wells, Sean Marshall, Jeff Samardzija and new pitching coach Mark Riggins will explain the art of being a starting pitcher, set-up man and closer, the differences between the roles, and the pressures and rewards that come with each.

* “The Q Factor:” Quade and his coaching staff, including Riggins, Rudy Jaramillo, Lester Strode, Ivan DeJesus, Bob Dernier and Dave Keller, will discuss their techniques and philosophies heading into the 2011 season.

* “The Dominican Way of Life:” Aramis Ramirez, Starlin Castro, Carlos Pea and player development director Oneri Fleita will talk about their transition from the Dominican Republic to the United States. Fleita also will discuss how the organization scouts and develops international players to the U.S.

* “Down on the Farm:” Fleita and scouting director Tim Wilken will discuss future Cubs on Jan. 16. They will be preceded by a seminar featuring Tyler Colvin, James Russell, Darwin Barney and Scott Maine, who will talk about making the adjustment from the Minors to the big leagues. Both sessions will be completed in time to watch the Bears’ playoff game.

– Carrie Muskat

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