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9/24 Last Cubs home game

If you’re coming to Wednesday’s last Cubs home game, make sure you get there early. Players will give away autographed baseballs in the stands before the final home game.

Cubs Charities and Bank of America will host a group of military members and their families for a pregame batting practice experience, player meet-and-greet before the game as well. Fans can help salute these troops during a Military Take the Field pregame ceremony.

And, it’s my favorite seventh inning stretch as members of the Wrigley Field grounds crew lead the crowd in “Take Me Out to the Ballgame.” If you’re coming, bring your camera. Wrigley Field won’t look the same in 2015. The Cubs start renovation work this weekend.

* On this date in Cubs history:

1976: Bill Madlock suffers bruises and a slight concussion when he is mugged in New York City. The Cubs then get mugged by the Mets, 4-3.

1984: Rick Sutcliffe pitched a two-hitter in a 4-1 win over the Pirates to help the Cubs clinch the NL East title and secure the first postseason berth since 1945.

1985: Andre Dawson hit three home runs, including a pair of three-run blasts in a 12-run fifth inning, to lead the Expos to a 17-15 win over the Cubs at Wrigley Field.

– Carrie Muskat

9/23 Wrigley renovation update

The Cubs will begin work this weekend on the Wrigley Field renovation plan, which starts with the expansion of the bleachers and installation of a video scoreboard in left field. The Cubs play their last home game of the season on Wednesday night. Cubs spokesman Julian Green said Tuesday the bleachers, the scoreboard and a Budweiser see-through sign in right field will be in place for the start of the 2015 season. The center field area of the bleachers, which includes the manually operated scoreboard, will not be changed.

Construction work will begin on the home clubhouse, but that will not be finished until Opening Day 2016. Work will continue on that area throughout the 2015 season. The bullpens will be moved underneath the bleachers in 2016 as well as upgraded batting cages. Sheffield and Waveland avenues, which border the Wrigley Field bleachers, will be closed to traffic once construction begins.

– Carrie Muskat

9/22 Last day game at Wrigley Field

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Sunday was the last day game at Wrigley Field for 2014. The ballpark won’t look the same next year as the Cubs add a video scoreboard and other signs in the outfield and reconfigure the seating and bullpens. Here’s a last look from Sunday’s game.

9/11 Last 2014 homestand at Wrigley

The last homestand of the season at Wrigley Field begins Monday when the Cubs play host to the Reds. On Sept. 24, before the last regular season game, players will give away autographed baseballs in the stands. There will be fan appreciation giveaways on Cubs social media throughout the week as well. Tickets are available for the upcoming 10-game homestand at http://www.cubs.com or 800-THE-CUBS (800-843-2827).

* Security: Please note that beginning this homestand, the Cubs will begin metal detector screenings of fans entering Wrigley Field as part of a league-wide initiative to standardize security procedures at each Major League ballpark. These security screenings are in addition to the current bag checks in place and will be uniform throughout the league during the 2015 season.

* WGN Radio: On Sept. 19, the Cubs will pay tribute to longstanding radio partner WGN Radio before the game and during the seventh inning stretch. WGN Radio aired Chicago’s first professional game Oct. 1, 1924, when the Cubs and White Sox played the post-season City Series at then-Cubs Park.

On April 14, 1925, WGN broadcast its first regular season Cubs game when Chicago beat Pittsburgh by an 8-2 margin. WGN carried the Cubs from 1924-1943, then served as the exclusive radio home for the team from 1958-2014. The Cubs announced earlier this season that WBBM 780-AM will be the team’s new flagship radio station beginning with the 2015 season. WBBM Radio had previously covered Cubs games at Wrigley Field from 1929-1940.

* Time change: Fans with tickets to Cubs vs. Dodgers Sept. 20 game should note FOX TV has selected the game for their FOX Saturday Baseball “Game of the Week” broadcast. As a result, the game time has been moved from 3:05 p.m. CT to 12:05 p.m. CT. Gates will open two hours prior to first pitch.

* Donations needed: On Sept. 21, the Cubs and Baseball Tomorrow Fund encourage fans to donate new and gently used baseball and softball equipment for the 10th annual equipment day collection benefiting The Neighborhood Boys & Girls Club. To date, more than 100,000 pieces of equipment and approximately $1.6 million in total monetary donations from this league-wide program have benefited organizations in need. Fans can bring their equipment to Gate D at Wrigley Field beginning at 11 a.m. CT.

* Salute: On Sept. 18, recipients of more than $330,000 in Cubs Charities Diamond Project grants will be recognized pregame for their commitments to improving the quality and safety of local baseball fields throughout the Chicago area. These grants were announced last week in partnership with Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) Chicago.

* Salute Part II: Cubs Charities and Bank of America will host a group of military members and their families for a pregame batting practice experience, player meet-and-greet and private dinner during the team’s final home game Sept. 24. Fans can help salute these troops during a Military Take the Field pregame ceremony that evening.

* Promotional Giveaways:
On Sept. 19, the first 10,000 fans will receive a Cubs Travel Blanket, presented by United Airlines. On Sept. 20, the first 10,000 fans can collect a Cubs Tumbler presented by Pepsi. On Sept. 21, the first 5,000 children 13-and-under will receive a Lunch Tote presented by Jewel-Osco. The first 1,000 kids can run the bases postgame as well, weather permitting.

* Big Ten:
Big Ten Rivalry Week kicks off Sept. 15, and matches heated rivals against each other for bragging rights and access to a ceremonial first pitch. Attendees will receive a Cubs shirt in the colors of their favorite Big Ten team. The lineup of Big Ten Rivalry Week matchups follows:

9/15: Indiana vs. Purdue
9/16: Minnesota vs. Wisconsin
9/17: Michigan vs. Ohio State
9/21: Maryland vs. Rutgers
9/22: Michigan State vs. Penn State
9/23: Iowa vs. Nebraska
9/24: Illinois vs. Northwestern

8/24 Renteria to the rescue

On Tuesday, the Cubs grounds crew was short-handed and couldn’t get the tarp on the field fast enough to handle a sudden downpour at Wrigley Field. On Saturday, the crew was quick and efficient, but needed help from Cubs manager Rick Renteria and bench coach Brandon Hyde, who rescued a fallen worker from underneath the tarp.

Rain halted play at the start of the third inning Saturday between the Cubs and Orioles, and as the crew was pulling the tarp across the infield at Wrigley Field, one of the workers stumbled and fell, and was caught underneath. The crew didn’t stop, and the tarp was pulled over him.

Renteria and Hyde saw what happened from the dugout, and went to the worker’s aid.

“I just didn’t think it was good for him to be under the tarp and just reacted,” Renteria said Sunday. “Brandon went in there and lifted it and got him out.”

Weren’t they nervous going under there?

“I didn’t think about it to be honest with you,” Renteria said. “The guy needed to get out of there.”

– Carrie Muskat

8/12 Under Armour game at Wrigley

On Saturday, 40 of the best high school baseball players in the country will take part in the 2014 Under Armour All-America Baseball Game. The game will be played at 6:05 p.m. CT.

Among the players to take part is Kyler Murray of Allen, Texas, who is the first to be selected for both the Under Armour All-America Baseball and the Under Armour All-America Football games. He is best known as the top dual-threat quarterback in the country, and has led Allen High School to two straight Texas 5A state titles.

This is the first time the annual summer showcase will be played under the lights at Wrigley Field. Since the game’s inception in 2008, 185 of the 208 Draft eligible players from the Under Armour All-America Baseball Game were selected in the MLB Amateur Draft, including 51 first round picks.

7/9 Celebrate the ’60s at Wrigley

The Cubs will host a 1960s-themed homestand against the Braves Friday through Sunday, all part of the season-long celebration of Wrigley Field’s 100th anniversary. Each game in the series includes a promotional giveaway, offering fans a chance to collect an item commemorating the ‘60s at the ballpark.

On Friday, Cubs fans will be able to congratulate 2014 All-Star representative Starlin Castro as he receives his All-Star jersey from Majestic.

The team and its fans are pushing for Anthony Rizzo to join the festivities in Minneapolis as well through MLB’s Final Vote campaign. Fans can vote for Rizzo at http://www.mlb.com/vote or by texting N4 to 89269 until this Thursday at 3 p.m. CDT.

On Saturday, Cubs Charities and Kraft will extend the good feelings with a donation ceremony benefiting programs focused on health, fitness and education for at-risk youth and families. In June, Kraft committed to donating $100 to Cubs Charities for every opposing batter a Cubs pitcher struck out at Wrigley Field. The Cubs pitching staff delivered 138 strikeouts at home (en route to a National League-leading 247 strikeouts for the month), resulting in a donation of $13,800.

Tickets for the Braves series remain available at http://www.cubs.com or 800-THE-CUBS (800-843-2827).

More highlights of the upcoming homestand:

* Throwback Uniforms:
On Sunday, the Cubs will wear a throwback uniform from 1969 to honor some of the team’s most popular players from the era. That squad featured Hall of Famers Ernie Banks, Fergie Jenkins, Ron Santo and Billy Williams. The Braves will wear a 1969 throwback uniform as well.

* Promotional Giveaways:
Fans coming to Wrigley Field will have the chance to collect a unique promotional item at each game. On Friday, the first 10,000 fans will receive an exclusive Gale Sayers Bobblehead presented by Comcast SportsNet. On Saturday, the 10,000 fans will receive a Billy Williams retired number flag, presented by Wrigley. On Sunday, the first 5,000 kids 13-and-under will receive a ‘60s Throwback Cubs Etch-A-Sketch, and the first 1,000 kids in the park can run the bases post-game.

* Specialty Food Offerings:
Levy Restaurants continues its decade-inspired menu at the Decade Diner, located inside Gate D near section 142. The 1960s homestand features a Kraft BBQ Pork Sandwich with Kraft Cheese and fried onions served on a toasted onion roll. Fans can also try the Traditional Buffalo Wings homestand special. These classic wings are tossed with Buffalo sauce and served with carrot and celery sticks along with ranch dipping sauce.

The Decade Dogs stand near section 123 is serving the 1960s Buffalo Wing Dog; a Vienna Beef hot dog topped with diced chicken, buffalo sauce, crumbled bleu cheese and chopped celery. The Buffalo Wing Dog is available all season.

Adults 21-and-over can enjoy an Alabama Ironman Cocktail. This modern twist on the Whiskey Sour pays homage to Billy Williams, and is made with peach puree, lemon and lime juice.

* Guests & Entertainment:
Former Chicago Bears running back Gale Sayers will sing the seventh inning stretch on Friday.

On Saturday, Thomas Ian Nicholas from the movie “Rookie of the Year” will throw a ceremonial first pitch and sing the seventh inning stretch. He played 12-year-old Henry Rowengartner as a Cubs rookie in the movie.

On Sunday, former players from the late ‘60s, including Ernie Banks, Billy Williams, Randy Hundley, Rich Nye, Paul Popovich and Ken Rudolph, will combine to throw ceremonial first pitches and sing the seventh inning stretch.

* Historic Moments:

Wrigley Field hosted many memorable baseball and non-baseball moments in the 1960s. The team also started an important tradition at the ballpark during the decade.

Wrigley Field hosted its final NFL Championship in 1963 on a frigid, seven-degree day in December, when the Bears beat the New York Giants 14-10 to take the title.

On Dec. 12, 1965, Gale Sayers tied an NFL record by scoring six touchdowns in a 61-20 rout of San Francisco on a muddy Wrigley Field.

In 1966, in his first game after being acquired by the Cubs, eventual Hall of Famer Fergie Jenkins threw five scoreless innings in relief and belted a home run in a 2-0 victory over the visiting Dodgers.

In February 1967, the Cubs announced they would feature music and play the National Anthem before every home game. Before this, the National Anthem was only played on holidays and special occasions at Wrigley Field.

After completing a doubleheader sweep of the Cardinals June 29, 1969, Billy Williams officially broke the National League record for consecutive games played with 896. His streak would eventually extend to 1,117 games. That same year, after tossing seven hitless innings against the Braves on Aug. 19, pitcher Ken Holtzman’s no-hitter looked lost as Hank Aaron connected on a deep fly ball. Luckily, a gust of wind knocked it down at the last second and Billy Williams caught it on the warning track to preserve Holtzman’s career performance.

To learn more about these historic moments and others, visit http://www.wrigleyfield100.com.

6/3 Isabel at Wrigley

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If I remember correctly, Isabel, one of this blog’s nicest commentators, was to be at Wrigley Field tonight for the Cubs’ game. When I saw the kids coming onto the field pre-game, I knew there was no way I’d be able to pick her out of the crowd. But here’s the group, and hopefully, Isabel, you’re in there.

5/27 Cubs reveal new signs

MLB.com’s Cash Kruth covered a news conference at Wrigley Field regarding the renovation plans. Here’s part of his report. Check out Cubs.com for drawings of the proposed signs:

On Tuesday, the Cubs revealed drawings of the proposed signage at Wrigley Field. The new proposal, which will go before the Commission on Chicago Landmarks on June 5, includes four additional signs of up to 650 square feet, plus another 2,400-square foot video board in right field. Another LED board will also be added in left field. In addition, the previously-approved left-field videoboard will be 3,950 square feet instead of 4,500.

The Cubs also have adjusted the design modifications for the clubhouse. Currently, the Cubs players utilize approximately 11,000 square feet, and the original expansion plan increased the clubhouse size to 19,000 square feet. The new plan further expands the clubhouse to 30,000 square feet and it will be located beneath the new outdoor plaza.

The visitor’s clubhouse will also be expanded, and the home and visiting bullpens will be moved from the field to an area under the expanded Budweiser Bleachers. An additional club space down the third-base line and an auditorium with room to seat 200 will also be built.

Additional lighting structures will be added in left and right fields — instead of on the left-field video board — to increase visibility during night games. Wrigley Field is widely known to have some of the dimmest lighting in Major League Baseball.

The new proposal tacks on $75 million to the Cubs’ $500 million plan that was approved in July 2013. The renovation will be privately financed by the Ricketts family.

If approved, Cubs president of business operations Crane Kenney said materials will be ordered immediately with groundbreaking on the plaza/clubhouse beginning in July. The renovation will take four years to complete, with the left-field videoboard being installed by Opening Day 2015 and the home clubhouse completed in time for the 2016 season.

Kenney said the Cubs anticipate approval from the Landmark Commission and the City, as the club has been in contact with them during the process.

5/27 Cubs fans encouraged to take a seat

Starting Friday, downtown Michigan Avenue will be lined with 50 custom-made pairs of ballpark seats, each depicting a special moment at Wrigley Field to help celebrate its 100th anniversary. Cubs Charities partnered with 47 Chicago-based nonprofits, celebrities and artists to paint the Centennial Seats. There will be an online auction where participants can place bids to purchase them with all proceeds to be split between Cubs Charities and the respective partnering organization.

From actor Vince Vaughn and the Chicago Blackhawks to the National Museum of Mexican Art and South Chicago Art Center, each organization or person has painted a scene that pays tribute to a moment in Wrigley’s history. Some of the memories include Ernie Banks’ Major League debut, installation of the scoreboard, Babe Ruth’s “called shot,” and the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League.

The Centennial Seats will be on display along Michigan Avenue throughout the summer. Participants can place bids from Friday to Aug. 10 at http://www.cubs.com/chairs.

To help raise awareness and promote the auction, Cubs Charities is calling for Chicagoans and Cubs fans alike to tweet, post and Instagram photos of themselves with the Centennial Seats. Use the hashtags #WrigleyField100 and #CentennialSeats, and you’ll be able join the philanthropic effort and spread the word. A map has been created that pinpoints where each seat is located. Sponsored by Magellan Corporation, the Centennial Seats will be installed on Thursday.

Information about the seats and Wrigley’s 100th birthday celebration will be available on Thursday at http://www.wrigleyfield100.com.

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