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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 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 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

6/3 Isabel at Wrigley


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’s Cash Kruth covered a news conference at Wrigley Field regarding the renovation plans. Here’s part of his report. Check out 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

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

5/14 Seeing green


The Cubs are painting the Wrigley Field marquee to its 1930s green color today. Photo courtesy of the Cubs.

5/12 Going green

Wrigley Field will celebrate the 1930s during the next Cubs’ homestand and the landmark marquee will return to its original green color with gold trim.

On Wednesday, the Cubs and Benjamin Moore will begin painting the marquee to match its mid-1930s color scheme. The sign, located at Clark and Addison streets, was installed in 1934.

The Cubs worked with Harboe Architects and Wiss, Janney, Elsnter Associates, Inc. to research the marquee’s color scheme from the era, which included removing layers of paint and primer to expose the first layer of enamel. Samples were then color-matched by Benjamin Moore to determine the Mallard Green and French Quarter Gold paints that will be used.

Benjamin Moore will provide limited-edition Cubs/Benjamin Moore T-shirts for up to 1,000 fans who want to view the painting event Wednesday. Guests will be invited to paint a large-scale baseball bat-themed mural on-site.

4/16 Wrigley Field’s birthday party

You can party with Ernie Banks, Gale Sayers, Dutchie Caray and members of the Weeghman family at Wrigley Field’s 100th birthday party next week.

The ballpark will celebrate its 100th birthday on April 23 when the Cubs play host to the Diamondbacks a century after the Chicago Federals opened then Weeghman Park against the Kansas City Packers. The 100th birthday game headlines the first of 10 decade-themed homestands celebrating 100 years of Wrigley Field.

Tickets for the April 23 game are still available at

Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig and some of Wrigley Field’s icons will take part in pre-game ceremonies. Past owners will be recognized, and the current owners, the Ricketts family, will be joined by descendants of both the Weeghman and Wrigley families and representatives of the Chicago Tribune.

You’ll be able to dress the part. The first 30,000 fans at the game will receive a replica 1914 Chicago Federals jersey when they enter the ballpark. The jerseys mirror the throwback Chi-Feds home uniforms the Cubs will wear on the field. The D-Backs will participate by wearing Kansas City Federal League uniforms.

Prior to the game, historic photos and video tributes to Wrigley Field will play on the right field video board. Greeters will wear clothing modeled from 100 years ago while the grounds crew will wear Weeghman Park jackets from the same era. After both starting lineups are announced, members of the Northwestern University marching band will take the field, which was customary for Opening Day and other special events during the ballpark’s first two decades.

The Chicago Bears, who played 50 seasons at Wrigley Field from 1921 to 1970, will be honored, and members of the McCaskey family will be joined on field by former players Sayers and Dick Butkus.

Several former Cubs players will take part in the festivities, including Banks, Glenn Beckert, Andre Dawson, Bobby Dernier, Randy Hundley, Gary Matthews, Billy Williams, and pitchers Ryan Dempster, Fergie Jenkins, Milt Pappas, Lee Smith and Kerry Wood. Sam and Spencer Brown, Ron Santo’s grandchildren, will take part as well.

Sue Quigg, grand-niece of former Cubs owner Charles Weeghman, will throw the game’s ceremonial first pitch, and use the 100-year-old ball her grandmother Dessa Weeghman threw at a Chi-Feds game a century ago. Wayne Messmer will sing the game’s National Anthem, and the pre-game festivities will concluce with a historic bi-plane flyover.

The tributes to the ballpark will continue throughout the day. Fans will have a chance to sing “Happy Birthday” in the fifth inning, and can join Dutchie Caray, wife of the late Cubs broadcast legend Harry Caray, and many of the day’s special guests as they lead the seventh-inning stretch from the field.

Special food items will be available to get fans in the mood. The Decade Diner, located inside Gate D near section 142, will feature a classic Reuben sandwich with pastrami, sauerkraut, house-made Louie dressing and Kraft Swiss Cheese on a marble rye bread. Or, fans can munch on a breaded pork chop sandwich with slow-cooked onions and spicy mustard on toasted roll. The Decade Dogs stand near section 123 will serve decade-themed specialty hot dogs, starting with the 1910s Reuben Dog featuring a Vienna Beef hot dog, sliced corn beef, sauerkraut, Thousand Island dressing and Swiss cheese.

There also will be signature cocktails as well, including a 1910s Weeghman Park Old Fashioned, comprised of Bulleit Rye and Finest Call Old Fashioned Mix, served with an orange slice and cherry. That will be offered in limited-edition souvenir glasses April 18-24 on the main concourse at section 109 and in the bleacher patio in left field.

Game-used memorabilia will be available to collectors through various purchase opportunities. Framed, game-used bases with commemorative base jewels may be pre-ordered or purchased at the Cubs Authentics kiosk at Wrigley Field, pending availability.

Baseballs used at the ballpark this season feature the Wrigley Field 100th logo, while an additional “April 23, 2014” time stamp will be added to baseballs used on the actual game.

Game-worn throwback Chi-Feds uniforms will be available via auction following the April 23 game. For additional purchasing and product information, collectors can contact Cubs Authentics at (773) 404-4753,, or by visiting the Cubs Authentics kiosk at Wrigley Field.

Cubs Charities will continue Wrigley Field’s birthday party at its primary fundraiser, the Bricks & Ivy Ball at the Field Museum. The “Party of the Century” theme will be integrated into the event for an exciting night of fun, entertainment and charitable giving. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet players, coaches and front office staff while bidding on exclusive experiences and memorabilia.

The first 10,000 fans attending the April 23 game will receive a birthday cupcake compliments of Jewel-Osco. A cake from Carlo’s Bakery, setting of the TLC show “Cake Boss,” will be on display near the Ernie Banks statue on Clark Street until the third inning. A portion of the cake will be served later to guests at the Bricks & Ivy Ball.

3/17 Free parking

The Cubs are launching a free remote parking lot operation two miles west of Wrigley Field during night and weekend games. The new remote parking lot is located at 3900 N. Rockwell Street, east of the Chicago River and immediately south of Irving Park Road. The lot has a capacity of 1,000 vehicles and will be secured by Cubs personnel. The parking service includes free shuttle transportation to and from the remote lot and Wrigley Field.

Shuttles will begin running 2 1/2 hours prior to the start of the game and will run continuously for approximately an hour post-game. At the conclusion of night and weekend games, the shuttle bus will pick up fans at the designated drop-off location on Addison Street.

This newly-introduced free remote parking lot replaces the team’s previous remote parking operation at DeVry University.


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