Results tagged ‘ Wrigley Field ’

11/8 Happy 100, Wrigley Field

The 2014 season marks Wrigley Field’s 100th birthday, and it will be celebrated all season long. During a presentation Friday to Cubs season ticket holders, some of the details of the ballpark’s party were revealed. In December, a commemorative book about Wrigley Field’s history will be released. The Cubs also plan on launching a website in January with more videos and photographs detailing the ballpark’s history. Home uniforms will have a commemorative “Wrigley 100″ patch on the sleeve and the side of the cap. The road uniforms will be gray and have “Cubs” across the chest, similar to the uniforms worn by players in the 1920s.

There will be 10 straight home stands dedicated to 10 different decades at the ballpark, beginning with the 1910s. On Fridays of every homestand, the team will give a unique bobblehead honoring an individual or event from that decade. On throwback Sundays, the Cubs and the opposing team will wear uniforms from that celebrated decade. Concessions also will present decade-themed food.

On April 23, which is Wrigley’s birthday, the first 30,000 fans will receive a replica Chicago Federals jersey. The Federals were the first team to play at the ballpark at Clark and Addison streets.

– Carrie Muskat

11/4 NU lacrosse team to play at Wrigley

Wrigley Field will be the site of a women’s lacrosse game when seven-time NCAA champion Northwestern plays host to USC at the Cubs’ home on April 26. The game will be played at 7 p.m. CT. The game is part of a reciprocal marketing partnership announced by the Cubs and Northwestern earlier this year. Last spring, the two teams met at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

Tickets are $10 and may be purchased starting Thursday online at Tickets.com or by contacting the Cubs or Northwestern ticket offices.

The Northwestern baseball team played at Wrigley on April 20 this year and the Wildcats played the first college football game at the ballpark in 2010.

10/24 Extra bases

* Cubs prospect Christian Villanueva was 2-for-4 with a double, a home run and one RBIs in Yaquis de Obregon’s 8-3 loss to Los Mochis in Mexican Winter League play on Wednesday. It was Villanueva’s second homer of the winter league season.

Second baseman Arismendy Alcantara was 2-for-5 with a double and scored a run in Licey’s 7-4 win over Estrellas in Dominican Winter League play. Alcantara batted .271 this season for Double-A Tennessee.

* Rays bench coach Dave Martinez, who has interviewed for the Cubs’ job, also is a candidate for the Nationals’ managerial vacancy, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

* According to a survey of 26 music insiders by Rolling Stone magazine, Wrigley Field ranked second among rock stadiums and arenas in the U.S. Pearl Jam, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Paul McCartney, Billy Joel, Elton John, The Police, Jimmy Buffett, Rascal Flatts and Kelly Clarkson have all performed at the ballpark. Madison Square Garden in New York ranked No. 1, and Fenway Park was No. 3. The list is part of a “Venues that Rock” series.

* Got a question about the Cubs? The Cubs mailbag is back. Send your questions to CubsInbox@gmail.com, and please include your full name and hometown. Don’t bother sending your resume if inquiring about the vacant manager’s job. I’ll leave that to Theo Epstein & Co.

– Carrie Muskat

9/25 Cubs 4, Pirates 2

The Pirates may be headed to the postseason but the Cubs were able to celebrate one more win at home Wednesday. Darnell McDonald hit a pair of doubles and a tiebreaking three-run homer to lift the Cubs to a 4-2 victory over the Pirates and close the home portion of their schedule on a positive note in front of 26,171 at Wrigley Field.

After the final out, the Cubs players and coaches tipped their caps and waved to the fans from in front of the dugout to say goodbye.

“It was a nice gesture,” Cubs manager Dale Sveum said. “It hasn’t been a good season, but it’s nice to see the fans come out and to win the last game was nice.”

The Cubs had not beaten Pirates starter Francisco Liriano in four previous meetings, but with the game tied at 1 in the sixth, Donnie Murphy singled and Junior Lake walked to set up McDonald’s first home run since April 30, 2012. Despite their struggles this season, the Cubs lead the National League in home runs on their home turf with 102. McDonald had doubled to lead off the fourth but was easily thrown out on a bad baserunning move as he tried to advance to third on Ryan Sweeney’s fielder’s choice.

“I definitely wanted to atone for that,” McDonald said.

The Cubs would like to make up for this season. They finished 31-50 at Wrigley Field, setting a franchise record for most losses at home in a season. There were some gaffes Wednesday as Pedro Alvarez reached third on shortstop Starlin Castro’s error in the Pirates fourth, but also some highs as Murphy ended the inning with a leaping catch of Clint Barmes’ liner, then stepped on third for the double play.

Cubs starter Jake Arrieta, acquired in July from the Orioles in the Scott Feldman deal, is vying for a spot in the 2014 rotation. The right-hander gave up one run on four hits over six innings, and was able to escape the messes.

“There are going to be jams in the course of the game,” Sveum said. “The difference between guys who have a good season and sustain innings is guys who get out of those jams.”

In nine starts with the Cubs, Arrieta held opponents to a .185 batting average, striking out 37 over 51 2/3 innings. He credited the change of scenery as well as the Cubs coaching staff, beginning at Triple-A Iowa with pitching coach Mike Mason, for the improvement.

“I just feel more confident and more prepared to put together quality starts and quality outings than I was in the past,” Arrieta said. “I think that will show dividends.”

Liriano had given up four runs over 29 innings in his four previous outings against the Cubs, and on Wednesday, was charged with four runs over five-plus innings.

“We just got some balls to fall,” McDonald said of the difference against the Pirates lefty. “Liriano’s tough. He almost no-hit us the last time out. Guys got some hits early, and when you get hits, it breeds confidence in the lineup. You can’t make many mistakes against good teams and good pitchers like that. Fortunately, we were able to overcome mistakes and get the win.”

The Pirates have secured a postseason berth, but they are still jockeying for position with the Cardinals and Reds, who were eliminated from winning the NL Central with a loss Wednesday to the Nationals. The Cubs find themselves still playing a minor role as they head to St. Louis for the final three games of the season.

“We still have three games left and obviously it’s not looking good for Cincinnati and Pittsburgh right now [to win the division], but hopefully we can help them out and win Friday and see what happens the next two days,” Sveum said.

They can definitely learn from watching the Pirates.

“We’re trying to get to where these teams are at that we’re playing down the stretch,” McDonald said. “We’re watching how they go about their business, how they play the game. It’s important for us as a young team. I think every one of us in here wants to finish the season strong.”

– Carrie Muskat

9/21 Wrigley Field logo

The Cubs kicked off the celebration of Wrigley Field’s 100th anniversary on Saturday with the unveiling of a logo designed by Brandon Ort of New Bremen, Ohio, whose design was picked from more than 1,200 entries. The logo will be featured as a patch on the team’s home uniforms next season and on a variety of items, including collectible memorabilia and commemorative baseballs. Examples of the stamped baseballs, jersey and patch will be on display at the Cubs Authentics kiosk in Wrigley Field’s main concourse, starting Saturday.

Ort’s design plus three other finalists in the “Wrigley Field Turns 100” logo contest were posted on Cubs.com for fans to cast their vote. Ort and guests attended Saturday’s game and were honored in a pre-game ceremony.

The design plays off the famous red marquee outside the ballpark’s main entrance at Clark and Addison streets, and has a dark green silouette of the light standards.

Fans eager to celebrate the ballpark’s birthday can purchase official Wrigley Field 100th merchandise in special sections of the ballpark gift shops and at “The Cubs Store” on Clark Street. More than 30 different apparel styles will feature the logo, including hats, T-shirts, polo shirts and sweatshirts, as well as novelty items such as key chains, glassware, pins and pennants.

Chicago Cubs Charities also has introduced a limited-edition Wrigley Field 100th anniversary Christopher Radko ornament. Each hand-painted, hand-blown glass ornament includes the production number of the ornament purchased in the series. Ornaments are available, starting Saturday, for $55 plus shipping and fees at http://www.cubs.com/ornament, with proceeds benefitting Chicago Cubs Charities.

Throughout the 2014 season, the Cubs will celebrate 100 years of Wrigley Field with promotions, events and collectible memorabilia. Additional details will be revealed later this offseason, and attendees at the 2014 Cubs Convention, Jan. 17-19, will get a first look at many aspects of the celebration.

9/6 Dressed in style

Zubaz

The Wrigley Field grounds crew is dressed in Zubaz pants today.

(Thanks to Cubs for photo)

8/30 Sing along

Comedian and actor Jon Lovitz will lead the crowd at Wrigley Field in the seventh inning stretch on Friday. Here is the lineup for the Cubs’ series vs. the Phillies and vs. the Marlins:

Friday: Jon Lovitz, Actor & Comedian
Saturday: Gary “Sarge” Matthews
Sunday: Chicago Sky players Swin Cash, Sylvia Fowles & Courtney Vandersloot
Monday: Chicago Blackhawks player
Tuesday: Big Ten Network football analysts Dave Revsine, Gerry DiNardo & Howard Griffith
Wednesday: Hall of Famer Andre Dawson

8/10 A review of 8/8/88

I know this is a few days after the 25th anniversary date, but finally found the play by play (put together by SABR and Cubs historian Ed Hartig) from the first night game at Wrigley Field on 8/8/88 vs. the Phillies that was postponed by rain. Just posting to give you something to read before Cubs face Cardinals on Saturday night:

Top 1st:
Phil Bradley, HR to LF
Milt Thompson, groundout, 5-3
Juan Samuel, flyout, 8
Mike Schmidt, foul popup, 3

Bottom 1st:
Mitch Webster, single to CF
Ryne Sandberg, HR to LF
Mark Grace, lineout, 3
Andre Dawson, struck out swinging
Rafael Palmeiro, flyout, 8

Top 2nd:
Lance Parrish, groundout, 3 unassisted
Chris James, foul popup, 3
Ricky Jordan, single
Steve Jeltz, single, Jordan to third
Kevin Gross, popup, 6

Bottom 2nd:
Vance Law, foul popup, 3
Damon Berryhill, double to LF
Shawon Dunston, flyout, 8
Rick Sutcliffe, walk. During this AB, Berryhill advances on wild pitch
Webster, groundout, 3

Top 3rd:
Bradley, groundout, 5-3
Thompson, groundout, 5-3
Samuel, double to RF
Schmidt, groundout, 6-3

Bottom 3rd:
Sandberg, walk
Grace, sacrifice, 3 unassisted, Sandberg to second
Dawson, groundout, 5-3, Sandberg to third
Palmeiro, single to RF, Sandberg scored
Palmeiro caught stealing, 2-4

Top 4th:
Parrish called out on strikes
James, groundout, 1-4-3
Jordan, triple to RF
Jeltz, struck out swinging

Rain stopped play, and game called at 10:25 p.m. CT

– Carrie Muskat

8/8 First night game

Thursday marks the 25th anniversary of what was supposed to be the first night game at Wrigley Field on August 8, 1988. The game was ultimately postponed because of rain in the middle of the fourth inning with the Cubs leading the Phillies 3-1. The first official night contest took place the next night, a 6-4 Cubs win vs. the Mets. Did you go to the 8/8/88 game? Any favorite memories?

8/7 Home sweet home?

* The Cubs enter Wednesday’s game having played exactly 56 games at home and 56 games on the road. They are three games better on the road than at home, posting a 23-33 record at Wrigley Field and a 26-30 record away from home.

* The Cubs are hitting .254 in 56 home games, 23 points higher than their .231 average in 56 road games. They have a .756 OPS at home, 99 points higher than their .657 OPS on the road. Pitching-wise, the Cubs have a 4.22 ERA and a .730 OPS against at home compared to a 3.65 ERA and a .688 OPS against on the road.

* They’ve already collected 26 wins on the road, surpassing their 23 wins away from Wrigley all of last season. The Cubs are 26-30 through 56 road games compared to 16-40 through 56 road games last year (16-41 through 57).

* With 26 wins on the road and 23 at Wrigley Field, the Cubs are one of three teams to have more road wins than home wins this season.

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