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Seventh-Inning Stretch Lineup, 9/14-9/23

The Cubs kick off their second-to-last homestand of the season on Friday, as the Pirates, Reds and Cardinals come to town. If you’re headed to Wrigley Field over the next week, here’s your seventh-inning stretch lineup:

Friday 9/14: Jonathon Brandmeier, WGN Radio morning drive host
First Pitch: Christina Loukas, USA Olympic diver
Saturday 9/15: Keith Moreland, former Cub and current Cubs radio broadcaster
First Pitch: Carlos Leon, paralympian, track and field
Sunday 9/16: TBD
First Pitch: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Monday 9/17: Israel Idonije, Chicago Bears Defensive Lineman
Tuesday 9/18: Firefighter Appreciation Night
Members of Fire Department Engine 78, located across the street from Wrigley Field, will lead the seventh-inning stretch
-Actor Taylor Kinney from the new NBC show Chicago Fire will throw out the ceremonial first pitch
-Actor Jesse Spencer from Chicago Fire will play the national anthem on violin, joined by real-life Chicago firefighter Art Guzman on guitar
-Multiple cast members from Chicago Fire will be joined by multiple firefighters on the field for a pregame recognition and photo
Wednesday 9/19: Donnell Woolford, former Chicago Bears cornerback
Thursday 9/20: Michael Madsen, actor and Chicago native
Friday 9/21: TBD
Saturday 9/22: George Lopez, actor and comedian
Sunday 9/23: Kerry Wood Day
Kerry and Sarah Wood will lead the seventh-inning stretch along with their three kids, Justin, Katie and Charlie
Kerry’s son, Justin, will throw the ceremonial first pitch and Kerry will catch it

While you’re at the park, remember to pick up the latest issue of Vine Line and the collectible Vine Line Gameday Edition and scorecard.

The Cubs Remember 9/11

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(Photos by Stephen Green)

On September 27, 2001, baseball returned to Wrigley Field after the tragedy of 9/11. To commemorate the occasion, the Stars and Stripes were flown all over Wrigley Field, and the Cubs front office placed a small American flag in every seat. The emotional pregame ceremony included the Chicago Police Department Emerald Society performing “Amazing Grace” and “America the Beautiful.” The Cubs and Astros lined up on the field with police officers and firefighters, and team captain Joe Girardi delivered a short address to the crowd.

“I will never forget that day,” Girardi told Vine Line in September 2011. “I had so many emotions going through my head when I addressed the fans. You try to be strong, but I was thinking about all that New Yorkers had gone through. More than that, I was really thinking about all the children who had lost parents on 9/11. It was a hard say, and it was difficult to play a baseball game. But I also felt a sense of pride in that our country was resilient enough that we were back on the field. People were enjoying the national pastime in every city, and that proved that we could not be defeated.”

1000 Words: Springsteen’s ‘Wrecking Ball’ Hits Wrigley

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(Photos by Stephen Green)

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band played the first of two sold out shows at Wrigley Field last night. During the 3 1/2-hour set, Springsteen was joined on stage by 18 musicians and singers, including Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder and Rage Against the Machine’s Tom Morello. The Boss will be back for a second show tonight.

1000 Words: The Boss Rocks Wrigley

(Photo courtesy Jam Productions, Ltd.)

A view through the ivy. Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band bring their Wrecking Ball Tour to Wrigley Field this Friday and Saturday night at 7:30 p.m. This will be the last concert of the season at the Friendly Confines, which previously hosted Roger Waters and Brad Paisley.

Now Playing: Stretching Out with Glee’s Jane Lynch

Glee star Jane Lynch has spent much of her life playing an assortment of characters on the big and small screens. But there was no acting when the excited Chicago native returned to Wrigley Field on June 27 to sing the seventh-inning stretch. Lynch, a lifelong Cubs fan, happily recalled some of her fondest memories from her countless visits to the Friendly Confines before belting out a rousing version of “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” that would have made Harry Caray proud.

To read the complete interview, pick up the September issue of Vine Line, which also features stories on first baseman Anthony Rizzo and top draft pick Albert Almora.

Seventh-Inning Stretch Lineup, 8/24-9/2

This afternoon, Jeff Samardzija helps the Cubs kick off a 10-game homestand with the Rockies, Brewers and Giants. If you’re on your way to Wrigley to cheer on the new-look North Siders, here’s your seventh-inning stretch lineup:

  • Friday, August 24 - Glenn Beckert, former Cubs great
    First Pitch:  Rowdy Gaines, three-time Olympic Gold Medalist in swimming, Pregame: Several other Olympic swimmers are on hand for a special recognition, including Peter Vanderkaay, Davis Tarwater and Cullen Jones
  • Saturday, August 25 - Fergie Jenkins, Cubs Hall of Fame pitcher
  • Sunday, August 26 - Tom Dreesen, comedian and Chicago native
  • Monday, August 27 – Buddy Guy, Grammy Award-winning blues legend
  • Tuesday, August 28 – Len Kasper and Bob Brenly from the Budweiser Patio
    First Pitch:  Elisabeth Moss, actress and star of Mad Men
  • Wednesday, August 29 – Umphrey’s McGee, popular rock jam band
  • Thursday, August 30 – Doug Bruno and Oliver Purnell, DePaul University’s women’s and men’s head basketball coaches
  • Friday, August 31 – Bobby Hansen, former Chicago Bulls guard and current Iowa basketball broadcaster
    First Pitch:  Fran McCaffery, University of Iowa men’s head basketball coach
  • Saturday, September 1 – Jon Lovitz, actor and comedian
  • Sunday, September 2 - TBD Chicago Blackhawks players
    First Pitch: Patrick Sharp, Chicago Blackhawks star

While you’re at the park, remember to pick up the latest issue of Vine Line and the collectible Vine Line Gameday Edition and scorecard.

Seventh-Inning Stretch Lineup, 7/30-8/1

Over the weekend, the Cubs welcomed Ron Santo’s family, University of Illinois football coach Tim Beckman and entertainer Steve Harvey to the Friendly Confines. If you’re headed out to Wrigley for the three-gamer with the red-hot Pirates, here’s your seventh-inning stretch lineup:

  • Monday, July 30 – Gloria Estefan / singer and star of the new CW show The Next
  • Tuesday, July 31 – members of the band Poi Dog Pondering
  • Wednesday, August 1 – TBD

While you’re at the park, pick up the latest issue of Vine Line and the collectible Vine Line Gameday Edition and scorecard.

Seventh-inning stretch lineup

Jay Cutler and Khalil Bell of the Chicago Bears both gave memorable seventh-inning stretch performances over the weekend. If you’re headed out to Wrigley for the three-game set with the Marlins, here’s your seventh-inning stretch lineup:

  • Tuesday, July 17 – Jim Belushi / actor, Chicago native
  • Wednesday, July 18 – Andre Dawson / Cubs great, Hall of Famer and State Farm ad star (First Pitch: Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis / actors, stars of the upcoming film The Campaign)
  • Thursday, July 19 – Gary Sinise / actor and Chicago native

While you’re at the park, pick up the July issue of Vine Line, detailing the fans’ picks for the greatest Cubs players of all time at each position.

Santo’s call to the Hall

Cubs fans have been waiting a long time for third baseman Ron Santo to take his rightful place in Cooperstown. That long wait finally comes to an end this weekend. On Sunday, July 22, Santo will be inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame, where he’ll join  teammates Ernie Banks, Billy Williams and Fergie Jenkins.

To celebrate Santo’s induction, the Cubs have announced a schedule of events that will allow fans to take part in the joyous occasion. The full press release is attached below.

CHICAGO – The Chicago Cubs have announced a schedule of events for fans to celebrate Ron Santo’s Hall of Fame induction, including a Cubs Corner Luncheon at Wildfire Chicago July 17; a Cubs Fan Fest in Cooperstown, N.Y., July 21; the Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony in Cooperstown July 22; a corresponding viewing party at Wrigley Field’s Captain Morgan Club July 22; and Ron Santo Day at Wrigley Field for the Cubs vs. St. Louis Cardinals game July 27, the team’s first home game following Santo’s induction.

On Ron Santo Day at Wrigley Field, the Cubs will honor Santo with a special pregame ceremony featuring members of his family. The first 10,000 fans in the gate will receive a commemorative Ron Santo Hall of Fame Plaque courtesy of PNC Bank, while commemorative memorabilia will be also available for purchase from corporate partners such as Majestic and Chicago Kernel Gourmet Popcorn. The team has partnered with Scotts to incorporate an honorary design into the outfield grass of Wrigley Field for that afternoon’s game.

“Ron Santo embodied what it meant to be a Chicago Cub. This franchise couldn’t be prouder as he is enshrined in the National Baseball Hall of Fame and we’re honored he will forever represent the Chicago Cubs in Cooperstown,” said Cubs Chairman Tom Ricketts. “Our family looks forward to celebrating this well-deserved accomplishment with Cubs fans worldwide.”

A full schedule of celebratory events follows:

July 17 – Cubs Corner Luncheon – Chicago

A panel featuring Ron Santo’s son, Ron Santo Jr., former teammate and Hall of Famer Fergie Jenkins, and Cubs WGN Radio broadcaster Pat Hughes will reflect on Ron Santo’s Hall of Fame induction at the Cubs Corner Luncheon July 17 at Wildfire Chicago. The session will air on WGN Radio 720 AM from 12-1 p.m. CDT.

Cubs Corner Luncheon tickets are priced at $55 per person, inclusive of tax and gratuity. Each guest receives an autographed photo of a featured panelist upon check-in and a lunch of signature Wildfire dishes, including an individual salad, rolls, an individual main course plate and dessert. On-site registration begins at 11 a.m. Lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m., while the live broadcast takes place from 12-1 p.m. Tickets are available at http://www.cubs.com/cubscorner.

July 21 – Cubs Fan Fest – Cooperstown

The Cubs will host a Cubs Fan Fest in Cooperstown Saturday, July 21, in honor of Ron Santo’s induction into the Hall of Fame. The party will be held in the lawn-tented section of Cooperstown’s Fenimore Art Museum from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. EDT. This casual party is for Cubs fans who wish to celebrate Santo’s life and induction with other members of the Cubs community, including Ron’s teammates and several members of the Cubs front office. Special guests include Pat Hughes, Billy Williams, Fergie Jenkins, Randy Hundley, Glenn Beckert, the Ricketts family and others. Attendees will enjoy a live Q-and-A session, video of memorable Santo moments, music, food and drinks. A suggested $10 donation at the event will help benefit Chicago Cubs Charities and the not-for-profit National Baseball Hall of Fame.

July 22 – National Baseball Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony – Cooperstown

The National Baseball Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Sunday will take place in Cooperstown July 22 at 1:30 p.m. EDT on the grounds outside of the Clark Sports Center. The ceremony is expected to last two hours. Seating for the event is unlimited and free of charge. A blanket or lawn chair is recommended for comfortable viewing. Ball caps, yearbooks and museum membership packages are available for purchase at the Hall of Fame induction site.

July 22 – Hall of Fame Induction Viewing Party, Wrigley Field’s Captain Morgan Club – Chicago

Concurrent with the National Baseball Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony in Cooperstown, the Cubs will host a viewing party at the Captain Morgan Club adjacent to Wrigley Field starting at 11 a.m. CDT. Attendees can watch the ceremony live on dozens of televisions from 12:30-2:30 p.m. CDT just steps away from Ron Santo’s statue at the corner of Addison Street and Sheffield Avenue.

July 27 – Ron Santo Day at Wrigley Field – Chicago

The first Cubs home game following the Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will be dedicated to honoring Ron Santo in the ballpark he enjoyed the most with the fans he cherished closely. The following activities will highlight Ron Santo Day at Wrigley Field:
·         The Cubs will honor Santo during an on-field ceremony featuring members of his family before the 1:20 p.m. CDT game vs. the St. Louis Cardinals.
·         The first 10,000 fans to arrive at that day’s game will receive a commemorative Ron Santo Hall of Fame Plaque, courtesy of PNC Bank.
·         The outfield grass in center field will showcase an honorary Number 10 design that was chosen by fans through a partnership with Scotts, the Official Lawn Care Company of the Cubs and Major League Baseball.
·         Chicago Kernel Gourmet Popcorn will hand out free samples of their gourmet popcorn at Wrigley Field and sell a limited-edition collectible art popcorn tin commemorating Ron Santo’s legendary career and induction into the Hall of Fame. Each tin includes a limited-edition Ron Santo baseball card.
·         Majestic will offer commemorative Ron Santo Hall of Fame Cubs jerseys, T-shirts and patches for sale, with proceeds benefitting the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF).

Fans may purchase tickets for the July 27 game at Wrigley Field at http://www.cubs.com, 800-THE-CUBS (800-843-2827) or in person at the Wrigley Field Box Office.

1000 Words: Outside Looking In

A view of the Wrigley Field scoreboard from Waveland Ave. on Sunday, June 17.

(Photo by Stephen Green)

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