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New Cubs manager Rick Renteria will introduce his coaching staff, fans can ask Theo Epstein questions and find out about the up and coming prospects, plus get a sneak peek at the film, “100 Years of Wrigley Field,” at the Cubs Convention, to be held next weekend. The three-day winter fan fest will be held at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers, starting next Friday with opening ceremonies at 6 p.m. CT.
Friday will mark the premiere of MLB Productions’ “100 Years of Wrigley Field” movie. The film, which will be released to the public in February, celebrates the history of the ballpark, which marks its 100th anniversary this year.
The following current Cubs are scheduled to attend: Jake Arrieta, Darwin Barney, Welington Castillo, Starlin Castro, Kyuji Fujikawa, Justin Grimm, Edwin Jackson, George Kottaras, Junior Lake, Donnie Murphy, Blake Parker, Brooks Raley, Anthony Rizzo, Hector Rondon, Justin Ruggiano, Chris Rusin, James Russell, Jeff Samardzija, Nate Schierholtz, Pedro Strop, Ryan Sweeney, Luis Valbuena, Carlos Villanueva, Jose Veras, Travis Wood, and Wesley Wright.
Among the Minor League players expected at the convention will be Arismendy Alcantara, Albert Almora, Javier Baez, Kris Bryant, C.J. Edwards, Kyle Hendricks, Pierce Johnson, Eric Jokisch, Mike Olt, Neil Ramirez, Armando Rivero, Rubi Silva, Jorge Soler, Christian Villanueva and Arodys Vizcaino.
2014 Cubs Convention Schedule of Events (all times CT)
Friday, Jan. 17
6-7 p.m., Opening ceremony: Fans can welcome their favorite Cubs of the past, present and future into the 2014 season.
7:15-8 p.m., Autograph Hunt Game: Study the map given out at the end of the Opening Ceremony and find the Cubs logos to start collecting. You never know who you’ll find, from favorite Cubs alumni to future Cubs stars.
8-10 p.m., Film Premiere, “100 Years of Wrigley Field:” Get a sneak peek at MLB Productions’ “100 Years of Wrigley Field.” The movie takes a look back at Wrigley’s history from 1914 to today through testimonials from former Cubs, celebrities and historians. This exclusive premiere will feature a memorable introduction.
Saturday, Jan. 18
9-10 a.m., Ricketts Family Forum: Tom, Laura, Pete and Todd Ricketts will discuss the future of Wrigley Field and the team. There will be a question/answer session.
10-11 a.m., Meet the Cubs Baseball Management: Epstein, Hoyer, assistant GM Randy Bush and assistant GM Shiraz Rehman will answer questions.
10:30-11:30 a.m., Jeopardy, “Wrigley Field 100:” Pat Hughes and Dave Otto will host the special edition. All clues will be based around the history of the balpark. Each team of players will choose a fan to participate with them.
11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Scouting & Player Development: Cubs baseball executives Joe Bohringer, Matt Dorey, Jaron Madison and Jason McLeod will discuss the Minor League players.
12-1 p.m., Meet the Rookie Development Program: Fans can meet top prospects, who will discuss what they’re looking forward to this year.
12:45-1:45 p.m., For Kids Only Press Conference, presented by AdvocateHealth Care: Kids take charge and have the chance to ask Jake Arrieta, Darwin Barney, Anthony Rizzo, Nate Schierholtz and Travis Wood questions.
1:30-2:30 p.m., Cubs Business Operations Update: Investing in the long term success of Cubs baseball requires continued growth from all areas of the organization. Hear directly from Cubs management on initiatives underway to grow the amount of resources available for baseball operations, improve the fan experience, and support the Wrigleyville community. Fans will receive updates on the efforts to restore and improve Wrigley Field, the future of Cubs television and radio partnerships and new business opportunities.
2-3 p.m., Not for Women Only: WGN Radio’s Kathy O’Malley and Judy Markey join Russell, Samardzija, Strop and Sweeney in a question and answer session.
3-4 p.m., Welcome the New Skipper: Renteria introduces his coaching staff and answers questions from fans.
4:30-5:30 p.m., Cubs Family Feud: Back for its second year with an updated structure is a Cubs version of the hit game show. One fan will be selected to participate with each team.
6:30-7:30 p.m., Celebrating 100 Years of Wrigley Field: This season promises to be special as Cubs fans celebrate 100 years in Wrigley Field history. Public address announcer Andrew Belleson, scoreboard operator Rick Fuhs, historian Ed Hartig, radio play-by-play broadcaster Pat Hughes, television broadcaster Len Kasper and senior director of marketing Alison Miller will take part.
8-10 p.m., Cubs Bingo, presented by Budweiser: The game will include a 50/50 raffle, live auction, food and beverage options.
Sunday, Jan. 19
9-10 a.m., 30-year anniversary of the 1984 team: Several players from the ’84 team will revisit what it was like to play for the Cubs during that season.
10:30-11:30 a.m., Down on the farm: Jaron Madison, director of player development, and Jason McLeod, senior vice president of scouting and player development, will be joined by Justin Grimm and Blake Parker to talk about the Minor League system.
* Please note: The Cubs Convention will have a new autograph system to reduce the amount of time fans have spent waiting in lines. This year, an autograph voucher system will be in effect for all players at Stage A on Jan. 18-19. All other autograph stages will run on a first-come, first-served basis, as they have been in the past.
Every attendee will receive a pull tab at Cubs registration. A number of these pull tabs are redeemable for one autograph. The pull tab gives direction as to if and what each attendee has been awarded. If a fan receives access to an autograph on Stage A, they should show up at the time slot listed to be granted access to the line. Only those with the applicable vouchers will be permitted to enter the Stage A session.
Autograph opportunities on all stages are included in the price of admission. In fact, more total player autograph opportunities are available this year than any previous Cubs Convention.
* Also new this year will be chances for fans to have a more personal meet and greet with their favorite players for a donation of $125 for current players and $150 for alumni. The money will be donated to Cubs Charities. Fans will receive an authentic baseball to be signed, a photo opportunity with the player, and time to ask questions and interact. Spaces are limited and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Those interested in receiving more information about this opportunity should visit the Cubs Charities room on the second level at the Sheraton when the convention opens.
According to Crain’s Chicago Business, a Chicago city panel approved an ordinance Wednesday that reduces the maximum number of night games the Cubs can schedule but will give the team more flexibility. The ordinance, approved by the Commiittee on License and Consumer Protection, will trim the number of night games from 46 to 43. The Chicago City Council approved 46 night games in June. In exchange, the city has dropped its authority to veto days and times chosen for rescheduled night games.
Crain’s reports the ordinance also increases the number of security personnel outside Wrigley Field after Cubs games, and that the city must pay for 10 additional staffers. The Cubs also must expand the remote parking from 500 spaces to 1,000, and make it free.
The Cubs also will have to pay a fine if any concerts at Wrigley Field go beyond 11 p.m., according to Crain’s. This summer’s Pearl Jam concert went until 2 a.m. because of a weather delay.
The City Council will consider the new ordinance Dec. 11.
The Cubs will hold a tree lighting ceremony at Wrigley Field on Thursday at 5:30 p.m. CT. Cubs board member Laura Ricketts and Hall of Famer Fergie Jenkins will take part. The 24-foot decorated holiday tree, donated by Christy Webber Landscapes, is located near the Wrigley marquee at Clark and Addison streets. This year’s tree will help celebrate the ballpark’s 100th anniversary and feature “Wrigley Field 100″ ornaments and the number “100” as the tree topper. The tree-lighting ceremony will include free hot chocolate, cookies and photos with Santa.
The Cubs also will host a holiday toy drive Thursday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. CT. Fans can bring unwrapped toys to the administrative entrance located on Clark Street next to the Ernie Banks statue. All toys will be donated to Lawrence Hall Youth Services.
Cubs Charities and Christy Webber Farm & Garden are selling holiday greenery at Wrigley Field. A portion of all sales from the tree lot will be donated to Cubs Charities.
MLB and the Cubs have released “A Century of Wrigley Field: The official history of the Friendly Confines,” which commemorates the ballpark’s first 100 years. The book is available for pre-order on MLB.com and advance copies are for sale at the Cubs Store on Clark and Addison streets. Retail price is $50, and all orders must be placed by Dec. 19 to receive shipment by Dec. 24.
Mr. Cub, Ernie Banks, did the foreward and there are more than 200 illustrated pages and images. Other Hall of Famers featured include Ryne Sandberg, Billy Williams and Andre Dawson.
Looking for a holiday gift for your favorite Cubs fan? Major League Baseball and the Cubs today unveiled “A Century of Wrigley Field: The Official History of the Friendly Confines,” a one-of-a-kind, official retrospective book featuring classic stories and rare archived images to commemorate the ballpark’s first 100 years. The book is available for pre-order beginning today on MLB.com, and 200 advance copies are on sale now at the Cubs Store on the corner of Clark and Addison Streets with additional copies arriving on Dec. 12. The retail price is $50 and all orders must be placed by Dec. 19 to receive shipment by Dec. 24.
Mr. Cub, Ernie Banks, wrote the forward for this book that details the life of “The Friendly Confines” and its unique history. The book includes tributes from Cubs owner Tom Ricketts, singer/songwriter Jimmy Buffett, Chicago native and hockey Hall of Famer Chris Chelios, Chicago football legend Mike Ditka, Cubs play-by-play commentators Pat Hughes and Len Kasper, and others. It also highlights Cubs Hall of Famers, including Andre Dawson, Ryne Sandberg, Billy Williams and the late Ron Santo.
You can give the gift of Cubs baseball for the holidays. Cubs Holiday Ticket Packs are available now, starting at $98 for two seats to four games. You can select from three different four-game packages in both the seating bowl and Budweiser Bleachers. Packages can be customized to include as few as two tickets per game or as many as 10 tickets per game in each package. Fans requesting quantities over 10 tickets per game should contact the Cubs Ticket Office at (773) 404-4242. All other ticket orders may be completed at http://www.cubs.com/holiday. Total package prices will vary based on location and the number of tickets purchased.
Game selections for each Cubs Holiday Ticket Pack follow:
* Holiday Pack A
Tue., Apr. 8, 7:05 p.m., Cubs vs. Pirates
Wed., July 30, 7:05 p.m., Cubs vs. Rockies
Wed., Sept. 17, 7:05 p.m., Cubs vs. Reds
Tue., Sept. 23, 7:05 p.m., Cubs vs. Cardinals
* Holiday Pack B
Sat., Apr. 5, TBD, Cubs vs. Phillies
Tue., Apr. 22, 7:05 p.m., Cubs vs. Diamondbacks
Wed., Aug. 13, 7:05 p.m., Cubs vs. Brewers
Tue., Sept. 16, 7:05 p.m., Cubs vs. Reds
* Holiday Pack C
Wed., Apr. 9, 7:05 p.m., Cubs vs. Pirates
Mon., Apr. 21, 7:05 p.m., Cubs vs. Diamondbacks
Wed., Aug. 20, 7:05 p.m., Cubs vs. Giants
Wed., Sept. 24, 7:05 p.m., Cubs vs. Cardinals
The Holiday Gift Packs must be ordered by Monday, Dec. 9, for U.S. Postal Service delivery or Monday, Dec. 16, for FedEx delivery before Christmas Day. Advanced ordering is recommended, as these mail delivery dates cannot be guaranteed.
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
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.
* 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
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