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Cubs Eighth Homestand Events and Promotions: 7/27/16-8/3/16

The Chicago Cubs kick off the next homestand at Wrigley Field by hosting the second half of the Crosstown Cup series vs. the Chicago White Sox. The city rivals visit July 27-28, followed by an Interleague matchup with the Seattle Mariners July 29-31 and a series with the Miami Marlins Aug. 1-3.

In an effort to recognize police and civic leaders who serve Chicago’s communities, the Cubs have partnered with the Chicago Police Department and Chicago White Sox to support the CHI-RISE initiative at both Wrigley Field and U.S. Cellular Field. Both teams donated custom CHI-RISE shirts with Cubs and White Sox logos to promote unity and collaboration in making our city safe. Chicago Police officers are distributing the shirts pregame in the communities near each ballpark during the Crosstown Cup series.

The Cubs have partnered with The Field Museum in Chicago to host traveling replicas of their Terracotta Warriors exhibit on the Right Field Porch of the Budweiser Bleachers July 27-29. The replica statues have appeared throughout the City of Chicago this month to promote the China’s First Emperor and his Terracotta Warriors exhibit on display at the Field Museum through Jan. 8.

As fans visit Wrigley Field this homestand, they will be able to purchase official Cubs merchandise at a new temporary retail location just north of the Wrigley Field Ticket Office at the corner of Addison and Clark streets. The Cubs Store is scheduled to open by game time July 27, with hours of operation from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturdays; and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sundays. The Cubs Store will open at 9 a.m. on game days and remain open for one hour following the last pitch of night games. Store hours are subject to change.

Ticket availability is limited for each game this homestand. Fans can purchase tickets at cubs.com or 800-THE-CUBS (800-843-2827). Highlights of the homestand follow.

Promotions
Up to the first 10,000 fans attending the conclusion of the Crosstown Cup series Thursday, July 28, will receive a Limited Edition T-shirt presented by Express.

Bud Fridays continue July 29, with up to first 5,000 Budweiser Bleacher guests age 21-and-older receiving a Bud Fridays Tank Top.

Up to the first 10,000 fans will receive a Cubs Misting Fan presented by Comcast SportsNet Saturday, July 30.

On Sunday, July 31, up to the first 5,000 kids 13-and-younger will receive a Cubs Youth Batting Practice Pullover presented by Bigelow Tea.

Up to the first 10,000 fans Monday, Aug. 1, will receive a Kris Bryant “Rookie of the Year” Award Bobblehead presented by Wintrust Community Banks.

The homestand concludes Wednesday, Aug. 3, with up to the first 10,000 fans receiving Cubs Graphic Socks presented by StubHub.

Guests and Entertainment
On Wednesday, July 27, University of Michigan Head Football Coach and former Chicago Bears quarterback Jim Harbaugh will throw a ceremonial first pitch. Former Chicago Bears cornerback Charles Tillman will lead the seventh-inning stretch.

Actor Thomas Ian Nicholas and FC Bayern Munich captain Philipp Lahm will both throw ceremonial first pitches Thursday, July 28.

A member of the electric pop band, Major Lazer, will throw a first pitch Saturday, July 30.

National radio host, author and Chicago native Scott Simon will throw a first pitch Sunday, July 31.

Members of the 1960s American pop band, The Buckinghams, will sing the national anthem Tuesday, Aug. 2.

Valparaiso Men’s Basketball Coach and Chicago native Matt Lottich will throw a first pitch Wednesday, Aug. 3.

Food Specials
Hot Doug’s continues its rotating sausage selections at Platform 14 in the Budweiser Bleachers, with two unique new additions this homestand. The Brooks Kieschnick is a spicy Thai chicken sausage with spicy mayonnaise and toasted coconut. The Gary Varsho is an alligator and pork sausage with Cajun remoulade and shredded Swiss cheese. Returning is the Champ Summers, with a Vienna Beef spicy polish sausage, Goose Island beer mustard and crispy fried onions.

Wrigley Field’s Decade Diner continues its rotating homestand specials, featuring a Cuban Sandwich with smoked pork, ham, bacon, Swiss cheese, pickles and spicy mustard aioli on a toasted torta roll served with french fries. Fans also can select a Meatball Grinder with house-made meatballs, marinara, melted provolone cheese and grated parmesan cheese on a toasted garlic hoagie roll served with french fries.

“Let’s Give” Cubs Charities Events
On Friday, July 29, Cubs manager Joe Maddon will continue his “Respect Community” postgame press conference charity T-shirt initiative by representing Misericordia Heart of Mercy, a Cubs Charities grantee that provides a continuum of care and network of services for people with developmental disabilities.

On Sunday, July 31, fans are encouraged to bring new and gently used baseball and softball equipment for an equipment drive benefiting Archer Manor Little League. The youth team will attend the game and interview with ESPN’s Baseball Tonight program pregame. Baseball Tomorrow Fund will provide a $5,000 grant to the team to help provide materials still needed after the equipment drive, including jerseys, catcher’s equipment, batting helmets, bats, bases, baseballs and softballs.

Prior to the game Monday, Aug. 1, the 2016 class of Cubs Scholars will be recognized on the field alongside their front office mentors. The team recently held a signing ceremony for the incoming 2016 Cubs Scholars class and celebrated the college selections of the 2015 graduate class. The Cubs Scholars Program offers quality scholarship and financial contributions for Chicago inner-city high school students, coupled with a program designed to promote academic achievement and encourage post-secondary educational advancement.

During Monday’s pregame ceremony, Legacy Partner Nuveen will present a $10,000 check to Cubs Charities in honor of catcher David Ross hitting his 100th career home run off the company’s new sign down the left-field line this season. Nuveen is offering another $10,000 for the next time a Cubs player hits the new fixture, which is a likely target, as it rests just inside the left-field foul pole behind the Budweiser Bleachers.

Homestand Recap, July 27-Aug. 3
Wednesday, July 27, Chicago Cubs vs. Chicago White Sox, 7:05 p.m.

  • First pitch: University of Michigan Head Football Coach and former Chicago Bears quarterback Jim Harbaugh
  • National anthem: John Vincent
  • Seventh-inning stretch: Former Chicago Bears cornerback Charles Tillman
  • Broadcast: WGN, ESPN, 670 The Score, ESPN Radio, Cubs.com

Thursday, July 28, Chicago Cubs vs. Chicago White Sox, 7:05 p.m.

  • Promotion: Limited Edition T-shirt presented by Express, up to the first 10,000 fans
  • First pitches: Actor Thomas Ian Nicholas; FC Bayern Munich captain Philipp Lahm
  • National anthem: Josie Dunne
  • Broadcast: CSN, 670 The Score, Cubs.com

Friday, July 29, Chicago Cubs vs. Seattle Mariners, 1:20 p.m.

  • Promotion: Bud Fridays Tank Top, up to first 5,000 Budweiser Bleacher guests age 21-and-older
  • National anthem: Larry Kernagis
  • Broadcast: CSN, MLB Network, 670 The Score, Cubs.com

Saturday, July 30, Chicago Cubs vs. Seattle Mariners, 1:20 p.m.

  • Promotion: Cubs Misting Fan presented by Comcast SportsNet, up to the first 10,000 fans
  • First pitch: Electric pop band Major Lazer
  • National anthem: Stolen Silver
  • Broadcast: CSN, 670 The Score, ESPN Radio, Cubs.com

Sunday, July 31, Chicago Cubs vs. Seattle Mariners, 7:08 p.m.

  • Promotion: Cubs Youth Batting Practice Pullover presented by Bigelow Tea, up to the first 5,000 kids 13-and-younger
  • Pregame: Baseball and softball equipment drive benefiting Archer Manor Little League
  • First pitch: National radio host, author and Chicago native Scott Simon
  • National anthem: Wayne and Kathleen Messmer
  • Broadcast: ESPN, 670 The Score, ESPN Radio, Cubs.com

Monday, Aug. 1, Chicago Cubs vs. Miami Marlins, 7:05 p.m.

  • Promotion: Kris Bryant “Rookie of the Year” Award Bobblehead presented by Wintrust Community Banks, up to the first 10,000 fans
  • Pregame: Recognition of Cubs Scholars and mentors
  • Pregame: Nuveen check presentation to Cubs Charities
  • National anthem: Gayle Ritt
  • Broadcast: WGN, 670 The Score, Cubs.com

Tuesday, Aug. 2, Chicago Cubs vs. Miami Marlins, 7:05 p.m.

  • Pregame: Heart and Hustle Award presentation
  • National anthem: The Buckinghams
  • Broadcast: CSN+, 670 The Score, Cubs.com

Wednesday, Aug. 3, Chicago Cubs vs. Miami Marlins, 7:05 p.m.

  • Promotion: Cubs Graphic Socks presented by StubHub, up to the first 10,000 fans
  • First pitch: Valparaiso Men’s Basketball Coach and Chicago native Matt Lottich
  • National anthem: Wayne Messmer
  • Broadcast: CSN, 670 The Score, Cubs.com

Cubs Seventh Homestand Events and Promotions: 7/15/16-7/20/16

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The Chicago Cubs return home from an eventful All-Star break to host the Texas Rangers July 15-17 and the New York Mets July 18-20. The homestand includes a number of promotional giveaways, charitable opportunities and special events, plus unique food specials like the Chicago-Style Hot Dog Deep Dish Pizza from Giordano’s and Vienna Beef, or Sunday Brunch at the Ballpark presented by Tito’s Vodka complete with a food pairing from Hot Doug’s in the Budweiser Bleachers.

Once again this season, fans can learn more about their favorite players while supporting Cubs Charities as players’ wives and girlfriends auction off Cubs Players’ Favorite Things Baskets in the main concourse at Wrigley Field Saturday, July 16, and online at cubs.com/auction July 17-24. Baskets feature autographed memorabilia and hand-picked items, such as players’ favorite movies, restaurant gift cards, snacks, team gear and much more.

Manager Joe Maddon and his wife Jaye will give back as well as they host the second annual Respect 90 Main Event July 20 at the Wintrust Bank Building downtown. The charity boxing event gives fans an opportunity to sit ringside with Cubs players and enjoy cocktails, spirits tasting stations, dinner from Chicago’s iconic Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse and a premium auction including unique sports memorabilia. A portion of the event proceeds will benefit youth boxing programs in Chicago’s underserved communities. Tickets are available at cubs.com/mainevent.

Cubs fans have an opportunity to hear directly from Cubs executives Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer while enjoying a delicious lunch at Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House during the second On Deck Luncheon presented by XFINITY, RSM and TimberTech Tuesday, July 19. Each On Deck Luncheon includes a live broadcast chat with featured Cubs guests, led by 670 The Score’s on-air personalities Matt Spiegel and Jason Goff. Tickets and more information are available at cubs.com/ondeck.

Once the homestand concludes, Wrigley Field will host the Under Armour All-America Baseball Game, powered by Baseball Factory, Saturday, July 23, at 3:05 p.m. The game features a collection of the country’s top high school prospects during a weekend of intense competition, instruction and national exposure. A Home Run Derby will take place before the game at 1:45 p.m., during which youth Cubs Baseball Summer Camps participants will have the opportunity to participate by catching baseballs in the outfield. Since the game’s inception in 2008, 71 Under Armour All-Americans have been selected in the first round of the MLB Draft, including All-Star Cubs shortstop Addison Russell, who participated in the event in 2010. Fans can learn more about the game and secure complimentary tickets at baseballfactory.com/allamerica.

Ticket availability is limited for each game this homestand. Fans can purchase tickets at cubs.com or 800-THE-CUBS (800-843-2827). Highlights of the homestand follow.

Promotions
Bud Fridays continue July 15 as up to the first 5,000 Budweiser Bleacher fans age 21-and-older receive a Bud Fridays Distressed Cubs Cap.

On Sunday, July 17, up to the first 5,000 kids 13-and-younger will receive Cubs Family Decals presented by Gonnella Baking Co. Up to the first 1,000 kids 13-and-under can run the bases postgame, weather permitting.

On Monday, July 18, up to the first 10,000 fans will receive Cubs Ear Buds and Case presented by Starwood Preferred Guest.

On Tuesday, July 19, up to the first 10,000 fans will receive Cubs Pajama Bottoms presented by American Airlines.

The homestand concludes Wednesday, July 20, with up to the first 10,000 fans receiving a Jake Arrieta Cy Young Award Bobblehead presented by Pepsi.

Food Specials
Two of the city’s most iconic food brands, Giordano’s and Vienna Beef, have teamed up to create a specialty Chicago-Style Hot Dog Deep Dish Pizza this homestand to help celebrate National Hot Dog Month. The tasty creation features Vienna Beef hot dogs baked inside Giordano’s famous stuffed deep dish pizza, served with Giordano’s signature pizza sauce and yellow mustard. Toppings include a mixed relish of chopped tomatoes, onions, pickles and sport peppers. This limited-edition pizza is available only at Wrigley Field, sold July 15-20 at the concession stand near aisle 122 in the main concourse.

Hot Doug’s continues its rotating sausage selections at Platform 14 in the Budweiser Bleachers, including a Sunday Brunch at the Ballpark offering. The Jim Bullinger is a Vienna jalapeño-cheddar beef sausage topped with jalapeño mustard, pico de gallo and shredded pepper-jack cheese. The Bill Bonham is an atomic pork sausage topped with cherry marmalade and smoked Gouda cheese. The Les Lancaster is a beef and pork Thuringer sausage topped with Goose Island beer mustard, caramelized onions and shredded cheddar cheese.

On Sunday, July 17, Budweiser Bleacher guests can once again enjoy Brunch at the Ballpark presented by Tito’s Vodka, complete with a food pairing from Hot Doug’s. The Joe Borowski is a bacon sausage topped with scrambled eggs, cheddar cheese and chopped bacon, available at Platform 14. Fans also can order a Tito’s Bloody Mary made with America’s original craft vodka at the concession stands in the Right Field Porch.

Wrigley Field’s Decade Diner continues its rotating homestand specials as well, featuring a BBQ Brisket Sandwich with 18-hour smoked pulled beef brisket, BBQ sauce and crispy onions on a toasted onion roll with a side of coleslaw and french fries. Also available is the Gilbert’s Chicken Caprese Sausage featuring a chicken sausage topped with diced tomatoes, chopped basil, mozzarella pearls and balsamic glaze, served on a sausage roll with a side of french fries.

“Let’s Give” Cubs Charities Events
Manager Joe Maddon continues his support of Chicago nonprofit organizations through his Respect Community charity T-shirt initiative. After every Friday home game, Maddon represents a different Chicago nonprofit by wearing the organization’s T-shirt during his postgame press conference. On Friday, July 15, Maddon will represent Crushers Club, which arms young people with the support and skills needed to restore their lives and improve their neighborhood. A portion of the proceeds from Maddon’s Respect 90 Main Event July 20 will benefit Crushers Club’s youth boxing program in Englewood.

Cubs wives and girlfriends will once again create and auction off Chicago Cubs Players’ Favorite Things Baskets. Each basket will contain one-of-a-kind autographed memorabilia and hand-picked items, such as players’ favorite movies, restaurant gift cards, snacks, team gear and much more. The auction will launch online July 17-24 and also will be available inside the concourse at Wrigley Field Saturday, July 16. Net proceeds benefit Cubs Charities. For more information or to place a bid online, visit http://www.cubs.com/auction.

Before the game Tuesday, July 19, Cubs leadership and front office associates, including Cubs Chairman Tom Ricketts, will host a signing ceremony for the incoming 2016 Cubs Scholars class and celebrate the college selections of the 2015 graduates in Wrigley Field’s Audi Club. In addition to Cubs College Prep, Cubs Charities will sponsor each of the five Cubs Scholars in a five-year college preparation and persistence program offered by Chicago Scholars, an established mentoring program serving inner-city students.

Following the game Wednesday, July 20, Cubs manager Joe Maddon and his wife Jaye will host the second annual Respect 90 Main Event at Wintrust Bank Building downtown. The charity boxing event will feature several local youth boxers at various skill levels as well as a special main event bout. Guests will be able to sit ringside with Cubs players and enjoy cocktails, spirits tasting stations, dinner from Chicago’s iconic Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse and a premium auction including unique sports memorabilia. A limited number of general admission tickets are available at cubs.com/mainevent. A portion of the event proceeds will benefit youth boxing programs in Chicago’s underserved communities.

Homestand Recap, July 15-20
Friday, July 15, Chicago Cubs vs. Texas Rangers, 1:20 p.m.

  • Promotion: Bud Fridays Distressed Cubs Cap, up to first 5,000 Budweiser Bleacher guests age 21-and-older
  • Seventh-inning stretch: Former Cubs pitcher Ryan Dempster
  • Broadcast: CSN, MLB Network, 670 The Score, Cubs.com

Saturday, July 16, Chicago Cubs vs. Texas Rangers, 1:20 p.m.

  • Cubs Charities: Players’ Favorite Things Baskets
  • Broadcast: ABC 7, MLB Network, 670 The Score, Cubs.com

Sunday, July 17, Chicago Cubs vs. Texas Rangers, 1:20 p.m.

  • Promotion: Cubs Family Decals presented by Gonnella Baking Co., up to the first 5,000 kids 13-and-younger
  • Food Special: Brunch at the Ballpark presented by Tito’s Vodka in the Budweiser Bleachers
  • Broadcast: ABC 7, TBS, 670 The Score, Cubs.com
  • Postgame: Kids Run the Bases, first 1,000 kids 13-and-under

Monday, July 18, Chicago Cubs vs. New York Mets, 6:05 p.m.

  • Promotion: Cubs Ear Buds with Case presented by Starwood Preferred Guest, up to the first 10,000 fans
  • First pitch: Professional skateboarder and Chicago native Chaz Ortiz
  • Broadcast: WPWR, ESPN, 670 The Score, Cubs.com

Tuesday, July 19, Chicago Cubs vs. New York Mets, 6:05 p.m.

  • Pregame: On Deck Luncheon Series with 670 The Score at Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House
  • Promotion: Cubs Pajama Bottoms presented by American Airlines, up to the first 10,000 fans
  • First pitch: Chicago Bears linebacker Danny Trevathan
  • Seventh-inning stretch: Actor, producer and Chicago native William Petersen
  • Broadcast: CSN, ESPN, 670 The Score, Cubs.com

Wednesday, July 20, Chicago Cubs vs. New York Mets, 1:20 p.m.

  • Promotion: Jake Arrieta Cy Young Award Bobblehead presented by Pepsi, up to the first 10,000 fans
  • First pitch: Former Chicago Bulls center Brad Miller
  • Broadcast: ABC 7, ESPN, 670 The Score, Cubs.com
  • Postgame: Joe Maddon’s Respect 90 Main Event

Saturday, July 23, Under Armour All-America Baseball Game, powered by Baseball Factory, 3:05 p.m.

Celebrate 100 Years of the Cubs at Wrigley Field

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On Wednesday, the Cubs will celebrate a Century of the Cubs at Wrigley Field (which originally hosted the Federal League’s Chi-Feds and Whales from 1914-15) and both the Cubs and visiting Reds will wear 1916 throwback uniforms for the game. The two teams matched up April 20, 1916, in the Cubs first game at the ballpark, then named Weeghman Park. Up to the first 30,000 fans will receive a 1916 Chicago Cubs Replica Throwback Jersey. Cubs Hall of Famers Fergie Jenkins, Ryne Sandberg and Billy Williams will lead the seventh-inning stretch. The game’s scorecard, in-game video board graphics and entertainment will highlight the team’s 100 years of history at Wrigley Field.

The Cubs have worn a commemorative patch featuring a version of the team’s 1916 logo on home uniforms throughout the season, and the logo has been featured on base jewels and as a stamp on baseballs used during 2016 home games. Bases used July 6 will be adorned with custom base jewels featuring the Cubs’ and Reds’ 1916 logos.

Cubs Sixth Homestand Events and Promotions: 7/4/16-7/7/16

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The Chicago Cubs will kick off their next homestand while celebrating Independence Day as the Reds visit July 4-6 and the Braves return July 7 for a makeup of the April 30 postponement due to inclement weather. Both the Cubs and Reds will wear Stars and Stripes uniforms July 4 to celebrate the patriotic holiday.

The team will celebrate a Century of the Cubs at Wrigley Field (which originally hosted the Federal League’s Chi-Feds and Whales from 1914-15) Wednesday, July 6, and both the Cubs and visiting Reds will wear 1916 throwback uniforms for the game. The two teams matched up April 20, 1916, in the Cubs’ first game at the ballpark, then named Weeghman Park. Up to the first 30,000 fans will receive a 1916 Chicago Cubs Replica Throwback Jersey presented by Ideal Industries Inc., which is celebrating its 100th anniversary as well. Cubs Hall of Famers Fergie Jenkins, Ryne Sandberg and Billy Williams will lead the seventh-inning stretch. The game’s scorecard, in-game video board graphics and entertainment will highlight the team’s 100 years of history at Wrigley Field.

The Cubs have worn a commemorative patch featuring a version of the team’s 1916 logo on home uniforms throughout the season, and the logo has been featured on base jewels and as a stamp on baseballs used during 2016 home games. Bases used July 6 will be adorned with custom base jewels featuring the Cubs’ and Reds’ 1916 logos. Game-used jerseys, hats and helmets will be authenticated, collected and auctioned by Cubs Authentics at cubs.com/authentics, while bases and baseballs will be available for preorder or purchase at the Cubs Authentics kiosk during the game. Net proceeds benefit Cubs Charities. Fans can purchase licensed merchandise and collectibles with the celebratory logo at team stores throughout this season.

Each game this homestand features a promotional giveaway for fans. Ticket availability is limited. Fans can purchase tickets at cubs.com or 800-THE-CUBS (800-843-2827). Highlights of the homestand follow.

Promotions
Up to the first 10,000 fans celebrating the Fourth of July at Wrigley Field will receive a Cubs Camo Apron presented by Magellan Corporation.

The following day, July 5, up to the first 10,000 fans will receive an Anthony Rizzo “Tarp Catch” Bobblehead presented by Reynolds Wrap.

Ideal Industries Inc. celebrates its 100th anniversary along with a Century of Cubs at Wrigley Field by presenting a 1916 Chicago Cubs Replica Throwback Jersey for up to the first 30,000 fans Wednesday, July 6.

On Thursday, July 7, up to the first 10,000 fans will receive the Ron Santo Replica Statue presented by TransUnion that was originally scheduled for April 30.

Food Specials
Hot Doug’s will continue its rotating sausage selections at Platform 14 in the Budweiser Bleachers. The Turk Wendell is a gyro sausage topped with tzatziki, feta cheese and chopped tomatoes. The Rick Wrona features a smoked Hungarian sausage topped with smoked paprika mustard and smoked Gouda cheese. The Carmen Fanzone is a spicy Vienna Polish sausage served with spicy brown mustard and caramelized onions.

Wrigley Field’s Decade Diner features a rotating selection of homestand specials. This homestand, fans can order a Footlong Chili Cheese Dog, which is a footlong Vienna Beef hot dog served with traditional Cincinnati chili, diced onions, cheddar cheese and yellow mustard with a side of french fries. The Grilled High Plains Bison Burger is available as well, topped with bacon, cheddar and American cheese, lettuce, sliced tomatoes, onions and Louis dressing on a sesame bun with a side of french fries.

“Let’s Give” Cubs Charities Events
Following the game Wednesday, July 6, Cubs pitcher Jon Lester and his wife Farah will be joined by teammates and coaches for a night of live country music, carnival games, great food and more at the NVRQT Goes Country fundraiser at Joe’s Bar on Weed Street. Net proceeds from the sold-out event will benefit Lester’s NVRQT campaign, run by the Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation (PCRF), which helps raise awareness and money for pediatric cancer research. Fans can learn more about the event at cubs.com/nvrqt.

Following the homestand on Sunday, July 10, the Wood Family Foundation will join Cubs Charities to host the second annual Kerry Wood and Friends Battle of the Bats Charity Home Run Derby at Wrigley Field. This date is a make-up from the original May 25 event, which was postponed due to inclement weather. Kerry Wood and other Cubs alumni will coach participants to swing for the fences while competing for the ultimate title of Home Run Derby Champion. Individuals will fundraise a minimum of $3,500, which will benefit underserved youth in Chicago through Cubs Charities and the Wood Family Foundation. For more information or to participate, visit cubs.com/derby.

Homestand Recap, July 4-7
Monday, July 4, Chicago Cubs vs. Cincinnati Reds, 1:20 p.m.

  • Promotion: Cubs Camo Apron presented by Magellan Corporation, up to the first 10,000 fans
  • Pregame: Large flag display and Military Take the Field
  • Seventh-inning stretch: Comedian, actor and Chicago native Jeff Garlin
  • Broadcast: WGN, 670 The Score, Cubs.com

Tuesday, July 5, Chicago Cubs vs. Cincinnati Reds, 1:20 p.m.

  • Promotion: Anthony Rizzo “Tarp Catch” Bobblehead presented by Reynolds Wrap, up to the first 10,000 fans
  • First pitch and National Anthem: Actor Ryan Bondy from the Broadway hit Book of Mormon
  • Broadcast: CSN, 670 The Score, Cubs.com

Wednesday, July 6, Chicago Cubs vs. Cincinnati Reds, 1:20 p.m.

  • Century of Cubs at Wrigley Field Celebration
  • Promotion: 1916 Chicago Cubs Replica Throwback Jersey presented by Ideal Industries, Inc., up to the first 30,000 fans
  • Seventh-inning stretch: Cubs Hall of Famers Fergie Jenkins, Ryne Sandberg and Billy Williams
  • Broadcast: CSN, 670 The Score, Cubs.com

Thursday, July 7, Chicago Cubs vs. Atlanta Braves, 7:05 p.m.

  • Promotion: Ron Santo Replica Statue presented by TransUnion, up to the first 10,000 fans
  • National anthem: Indie-pop band AJR
  • Seventh-inning stretch: Former Cubs third baseman Bill Madlock
  • Broadcast: ABC 7, 670 The Score, Cubs.com

About the Century of Cubs at Wrigley Field Celebration
The Chicago Cubs franchise–originally chartered as the Chicago White Stockings, then called the Colts and Orphans before officially adopting the Cubs moniker in 1907–played in five different ballparks between 1876 and 1915 before moving in 1916 to the team’s current home at the corner of Clark and Addison streets. Originally named Weeghman Park after Chicago Federals owner Charles Weeghman, the ballpark was first home to the Chi-Feds (later the Chicago Whales) of the Federal League. The park hosted its first game April 23, 1914, with the Chi-Feds defeating the Kansas City Packers 9-1, and hosted the Federal League-champion Chicago Whales in 1915. After the Federal League folded in December of 1915, Weeghman assembled a group of 10 investors, including William Wrigley Jr., to purchase the Chicago Cubs and move them to Weeghman Park for the 1916 season. The Cubs played their first home game at Weeghman Park vs. the Cincinnati Reds April 20, 1916, emerging victorious by a 7-6 score in 11 innings. By 1919, Wrigley Jr. gained controlling interest in the club, and the park was renamed Cubs Park, eventually becoming Wrigley Field after the 1926 season. The team celebrated 100 Years of Wrigley Field with a yearlong campaign during the 2014 season.

Cubs Fifth Homestand Events and Promotions: June 17-June 22, 2016

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The Chicago Cubs will square off against two National League Central Division rivals as they host the Pittsburgh Pirates and St. Louis Cardinals June 17-22 at Wrigley Field. To honor the victims of the tragic shooting in Orlando, the Cubs will host a moment of silence prior to the team’s first home game since the incident.

This homestand begins with the second Budweiser Bleacher Friday of the season, June 17, featuring a “Save Ferris” T-shirt celebrating the 30th anniversary of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off for up to the first 5,000 Budweiser Bleacher guests age 21 and older. Wrigley Field’s Decade Diner will transform into a Bud and Burgers pop-up restaurant, including specials like the Big W Burger, Mesa Burger, BBQ Burger and Cheddar Brat Burger. Fans can view the Bud Fridays promotional schedule and purchase tickets at cubs.com/budfridays.

That same evening, Cubs President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein and his Foundation To Be Named Later (FTBNL) will kick off the fifth annual Hot Stove Cool Music Chicago event at Wrigleyville’s Metro. Grammy-nominated singer and songwriter Liz Phair will headline the show, joined by Epstein, Hall of Fame baseball writer Peter Gammons, Cubs broadcaster Len Kasper and an All-Star lineup of musicians and personalities. Mad Men actor Joel Murray and WXRT-FM’s Lin Brehmer will serve as the evening’s emcees, helping celebrate music, baseball and giving back.

The Cubs will join all Major League Baseball teams in wearing Father’s Day-themed uniforms Sunday, June 19. These items will be authenticated, collected and auctioned by Cubs Authentics at cubs.com/authentics. Net proceeds from the auction benefit Cubs Charities.

Immediately following the homestand on June 23, the Cubs will kick off the On Deck Luncheon Series with 670 The Score at Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House. The series, presented by XFINITY, RSM and TimberTech, begins with Cubs Executive Chairman Tom Ricketts as the featured guest. Tickets start at $50 and are available on a first-come, first-served basis at cubs.com/ondeck.

Ticket availability is limited for the homestand. Fans can purchase at cubs.com or 800-THE-CUBS (800-843-2827). Highlights of the homestand follow.

Food Specials
Wrigley Field’s Decade Diner will transform into a “Bud and Burgers” pop-up restaurant this homestand to coincide with the second Bud Friday of the season. Guests can order four specialty burgers while supplies last, such as the Big W Burger topped with American and cheddar cheese, sliced tomato, shredded lettuce and Levy sauce on a brioche bun; the Mesa Burger topped with jalapeño jack cheese and a relish of chorizo, charred green onions, tomatoes and jalapeños, served on a charred jalapeño crema on brioche bun; the BBQ Burger topped with white American cheese, pulled BBQ pork, applewood smoked bacon, crispy fried onions, sliced tomatoes and crispy lettuce; or the Cheddar Brat Burger smeared with beer cheese and topped with a Budweiser braised bratwurst and caramelized onions on a pretzel bun.

Hot Doug’s will continue its rotating sausage selections at Platform 14 in the Budweiser Bleachers. The Gene Clines is a Vienna Beef spicy polish sausage with sweet and spicy mustard, caramelized onions and shredded cheddar cheese. The Pete LaCock is a ribeye steak sausage with horseradish cream and blue cheese. The Jody Davis is a cheddar-stuffed bratwurst with Goose Island beer mustard, crispy fried onions and smoked gouda cheese.

“Let’s Give” Cubs Charities Events
Music and baseball share the stage at Wrigleyville’s Metro Friday, June 17, when Cubs President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein, Hall of Fame baseball writer Peter Gammons, and Cubs broadcaster Len Kasper join an All-Star lineup of musicians and personalities for the fifth annual Hot Stove Cool Music Chicago benefit concert. Grammy-nominated singer and songwriter Liz Phair will headline the show, which will be emceed by actor Joel Murray and WXRT-FM’s Lin Brehmer. The fifth annual event is presented by the Chicago Trading Company and sponsored by CBRE, with proceeds benefiting youth and families from disadvantaged neighborhoods through Epstein’s Foundation To Be Named Later (FTBNL). Tickets and more information are available at ftbnl.org.

As part of the weekend’s Hot Stove Cool Music events, Foundation To Be Named Later will host The Summer City Urban Baseball Classic June 18 at 11 a.m. at Jackie Robinson Park located at 10540 S. Morgan St. The event, which shines a light on the importance of youth baseball and the role it plays in the development of successful young leaders, features urban youth playing exciting baseball as Chicago’s Jackie Robinson West and the Boston Astros face off. The event is free and open to the public.

Manager Joe Maddon continues his support of Chicago nonprofit organizations through his “Respect Community” charity T-shirt initiative. After every Friday home game, Maddon represents a different Chicago nonprofit by wearing the organization’s T-shirt during his postgame press conference. On Friday, June 17, Maddon will represent Urban Initiatives, which partners with Cubs Charities to help power the Cubs on the Move Fitness Program that encourages youth in Chicago to “Play Every Day.”

Homestand Recap, June 17-22
Friday, June 17, Chicago Cubs vs. Pittsburgh Pirates, 1:20 p.m.

  • Pregame: Moment of silence for victims of Orlando shooting
  • Promotion: Bud Fridays “Save Ferris” T-Shirt, up to first 5,000 Budweiser Bleacher guests age 21-and-older
  • First pitch and seventh-inning stretch: Former Cubs outfielder Jose Cardenal
  • National anthem: JC Brooks from Chicago American indie soul band, JC Brooks and the Uptown Sound
  • Broadcast: ABC 7, MLB Network, 670 The Score, Cubs.com
  • Postgame: Hot Stove Cool Music Chicago

Saturday, June 18, Chicago Cubs vs. Pittsburgh Pirates, 7:15 p.m.

  • First pitch and seventh-inning stretch: Mad Men actor Joel Murray
  • National anthem: Ariel Upton
  • Broadcast: FOX, 670 The Score, Cubs.com

Sunday, June 19 (Father’s Day), Chicago Cubs vs. Pittsburgh Pirates, 7:08 p.m.

  • Promotion: Kids Hooded Towel presented by Advocate Children’s Hospital, up to the first 5,000 kids 13-and-younger
  • National anthem: John Vincent
  • Seventh-inning stretch: ESPN broadcast team members
  • Broadcast: ESPN, 670 The Score, Cubs.com

Monday, June 20, Chicago Cubs vs. St. Louis Cardinals, 7:05 p.m.

  • First pitch and seventh-inning stretch: Notre Dame Men’s Basketball Coach Mike Brey
  • Broadcast: CSN, 670 The Score, Cubs.com

Tuesday, June 21, Chicago Cubs vs. St. Louis Cardinals, 7:05 p.m.

  • First pitch: Chicago Fire actress and 2016 Pride Parade Grand Marshal Monica Raymund
  • Seventh-inning stretch: Country music star Brett Eldredge
  • Broadcast: ABC 7, MLB Network, 670 The Score, Cubs.com

Wednesday, June 22, Chicago Cubs vs. St. Louis Cardinals, 1:20 p.m.

  • First pitch: Ben Higgins from The Bachelor
  • Seventh-inning stretch: Better Call Saul and Breaking Bad actor Bob Odenkirk
  • Broadcast: ABC 7, 670 The Score, Cubs.com

Cubs Fourth Homestand Events and Promotions: 5/27/16-6/5/16

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The Chicago Cubs begin a 10-game homestand this Friday as they host the Philadelphia Phillies (May 27-29), Los Angeles Dodgers (May 30-June 2) and Arizona Diamondbacks (June 3-5).

The homestand begins with the first Budweiser Bleacher Friday of the season, featuring a ’90s Visor for up to the first 5,000 Budweiser Bleacher guests age 21 and older. The DraftKings Fantasy Sports Zone will feature a King’s Burger and 20-ounce Budweiser pairing for just $12 while supplies last. Bud Fridays will feature unique Budweiser Bleacher giveaways throughout the 2016 season, including a “Save Ferris” T-shirt honoring the 30-year anniversary of the movie Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, a Distressed Cubs Cap, a Bud Fridays Tank Top, a Cubs Fedora and Joe Maddon Sunglasses. Fans are encouraged to share photos on social media using #BudFridays. Guests can view the Bud Fridays promotional schedule and purchase tickets at cubs.com/budfridays.

On Memorial Day, May 30, the Cubs will join other Major League Baseball teams in honoring those who have fallen while protecting the country through military service. The team will wear Memorial Day jerseys and caps, and bases used on the field will feature specialty base jewels. These items will be authenticated, collected and auctioned by Cubs Authentics at cubs.com/authentics. Net proceeds from the auction benefit Cubs Charities.

On Wednesday, June 1, the Cubs will commemorate Conquer Cancer Day as declared through an official proclamation by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, while kicking off June as Conquer Cancer Month as declared through an official proclamation by Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner to support the important and enduring work of oncologists as they continue to help and heal the greater community affected by the disease. Up to the first 5,000 Budweiser Bleacher fans will receive a Cubs Cap presented by Conquer Cancer Foundation. These fans will be asked to turn their caps inside out, showing the orange bill underneath, in the middle of the eighth inning to “rally to conquer cancer.” Supporters of a Cubs Authentics auction benefiting Conquer Cancer Foundation who are fighting cancer, have survived or support those who battle the disease will take the field pregame to meet Cubs players at each position. Following the game June 1 if the Cubs win, or after the first Cubs win thereafter, the team will fly a W Flag signed by cancer survivors above the historic Wrigley Field scoreboard.

Thursday, June 2, is Majestic Jersey Day at Wrigley Field. Following the afternoon’s game, Cubs players will give the jerseys “off their backs” on the field to Majestic’s guests and two lucky hand-selected fans.

On Friday, June 3, Hefty Flips for Charity with a postgame, record-breaking flip cup game benefiting two charitable organizations selected by the Cubs players who will serve as official team captains. Two hundred fans will square off in the outfield following the team’s 1:20 p.m. game to play the world’s largest flip cup game, with a total of $40,000 being donated to the players’ selected charities. This postgame flip cup game will be played with Hefty Ultimate Easy Grip Cups filled with water. Interested participants age 21 and older may register to play, with a game ticket provided by Hefty, at cubs.com/hefty.

Tickets remain available at cubs.com or 800-THE-CUBS (800-843-2827). Highlights of the homestand follow.

Promotions
Bud Fridays kick off May 27 in the Budweiser Bleachers, with up to the first 5,000 Budweiser Bleacher guests age 21-and-older receiving a ‘90s Visor.

Up to the first 10,000 fans at the game Monday, May 30, will receive a Ryne Sandberg Retired Number Flag presented by Pepsi.

On Wednesday, June 1, the Cubs will commemorate Conquer Cancer Day with up to the first 5,000 Budweiser Bleacher fans receiving a Cubs Cap presented by Conquer Cancer Foundation. These fans will be asked to turn their caps inside out, showing the orange bill underneath, in the middle of the eighth inning to “rally to conquer cancer.”

Up to the first 20,000 fans at the game Friday, June 3, will receive a Cubs Reusable Tote Bag presented by MLB Network.

On Saturday, June 4, up to the first 10,000 fans will receive a Commemorative Oversized Jon Lester Trading Card presented by Topps.

The homestand concludes Sunday, June 5, with up to the first 5,000 kids 13 and younger receiving a Cubs Laundry Hamper presented by Vienna Beef. The first 1,000 kids 13-and-younger can participate in postgame Kids Run the Bases after each Kids Sundays day game, weather permitting.

Food Specials
Coinciding with the beginning of Bud Fridays at Wrigley Field May 27, the DraftKings Fantasy Sports Zone will offer a King’s Burger and 20-ounce Budweiser pairing for just $12 while supplies last. The King’s Burger is topped with American cheese, lettuce, pickle, tomato and a special king’s sauce.

Beginning Sunday, May 29, and continuing each Sunday home game throughout the season, Budweiser Bleacher guests can enjoy Brunch at the Ballpark presented by Tito’s Vodka. Fans can order a Tito’s Bloody Mary made with America’s original craft vodka at the concession stands in the Right Field Porch. Those looking for a perfect food pairing can visit Platform 14, located behind the center-field scoreboard in the Budweiser Bleachers, for specialty Hot Doug’s breakfast sausages. This homestand will feature a pepper and onion pork sausage topped with scrambled eggs, diced tomatoes and grilled peppers and onions, or a Cajun andouille sausage topped with scrambled eggs, maple butter and diced bacon.

Hot Doug’s will continue its rotating sausage selections at Platform 14. The Mike Bielecki is a pepper and onion pork sausage with marinara and fresh mozzarella cheese. The Manny Trillo is a Cajun andouille sausage with Cajun mustard, caramelized onions and shredded cheddar cheese. Finally, the Champ Summers is a Vienna Beef spicy polish sausage with Goose Island beer mustard and crispy fried onions.

The Decade Diner, located in the right-field concourse, continues its rotating homestand specials as well. This homestand, fans can order a Reuben Sandwich with warm pastrami, sauerkraut, Swiss cheese and house-made Louie dressing on toasted marble rye bread. The Philly Cheesesteak features shaved ribeye steak, melted cheese and caramelized onions layered on a crusty hoagie roll. Both sandwiches are served with french fries.

Let’s Give Cubs Charities Events
On June 1, in partnership with Autism Speaks, the Cubs are offering Terrace Reserved Outfield tickets in support of MLB’s Autism Awareness Initiative. A portion of every ticket sold will support Autism Speaks’ mission of improving the lives of those impacted by autism. Fans can visit cubs.com/tickets and purchase Autism Awareness tickets under the Game Highlights tab to participate. Tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis, while supplies last.

The following day, the Anthony Rizzo Family Foundation will host its sold out, fourth annual Cook-Off for Cancer, which will feature tasting portions prepared by notable Chicago chefs and served by Cubs players at Morgan Manufacturing. Guests will vote for their favorite chefs and dishes by tipping their Cubs server. Tips and event net proceeds will benefit pediatric cancer research as well as provide support to children and their families battling the disease. For more information, visit cubs.com/cook.

Manager Joe Maddon continues his support of Chicago nonprofit organizations through his “Respect Community” charity T-shirt initiative. After every Friday home game, Maddon represents a different Chicago nonprofit by wearing the organization’s T-shirt during his postgame press conference. On Friday, May 27, Maddon will represent the Military Youth Discovery Program through USO of Illinois. A grant from Cubs Charities allows the USO of Illinois to provide children of military personnel with year-round educational, recreational and cultural events and programs through the Discovery Kids program. The program is specifically designed to the lift the spirits of military kids who face special challenges with frequent moves and missing parents who are training or deployed.

Homestand Recap, May 27-June 5
Friday, May 27, Chicago Cubs vs. Philadelphia Phillies, 1:20 p.m.

  • Promotion: Bud Fridays ‘90s Visor, up to the first 5,000 Budweiser Bleacher guests age 21-and-older
  • First pitches: Actor Dave Franco and Chicago native WWE superstar Summer Rae
  • National anthem: Wayne Messmer
  • Broadcast: CSN, 670 The Score, Cubs.com

Saturday, May 28, Chicago Cubs vs. Philadelphia Phillies, 1:20 p.m.

  • First pitch and seventh-inning stretch: Chicago Bears wide receiver Alshon Jeffery
  • National anthem: John Adair
  • Broadcast: ABC 7, 670 The Score, Cubs.com

Sunday, May 29, Chicago Cubs vs. Philadelphia Phillies, 1:20 p.m.

  • National anthem: Wayne and Kathleen Messmer
  • Broadcast: WGN-TV, 670 The Score, Cubs.com
  • Postgame: Kids Run the Bases, first 1,000 kids 13 and under

Monday, May 30 (Memorial Day), Chicago Cubs vs. Los Angeles Dodgers, 4:05 p.m.

  • Promotion: Ryne Sandberg Retired Number Flag presented By Pepsi, up to the first 10,000 fans
  • First pitch and seventh-inning stretch: Hall of Famer Ryne Sandberg
  • First pitch: Tristan Hotchkin, son of fallen Pfc. Gunnar Hotchkin, with Helping Hands for Freedom
  • National anthem: Singer Julianna Zobrist, wife of Cubs infielder Ben Zobrist
  • Broadcast: WGN-TV, 670 The Score, Cubs.com

Tuesday, May 31, Chicago Cubs vs. Los Angeles Dodgers, 7:05 p.m.

  • First pitch: Chicago Fire actor Joe Minoso
  • National anthem: Jessica Rae
  • Broadcast: ABC 7, ESPN, 670 The Score, Cubs.com

Wednesday, June 1, Chicago Cubs vs. Los Angeles Dodgers, 7:05 p.m.

  • Promotion: “Conquer Cancer Day” Cubs Cap presented by Conquer Cancer Foundation, up to the first 5,000 Budweiser Bleacher guests
  • First pitch and seventh-inning stretch: Chicagoland native NBA sideline reporter Craig Sager
  • National anthem: Wayne Messmer
  • Broadcast: CSN, ESPN, 670 The Score, Cubs.com

Thursday, June 2, Chicago Cubs vs. Los Angeles Dodgers, 1:20 p.m.

  • First pitch and seventh-inning stretch: Actor and Chicago native Joe Mantegna
  • National anthem: Jeff Ray
  • Broadcast: CSN, 670 The Score, Cubs.com
  • Postgame: Majestic “Jersey Off Their Back” exchange
  • Postgame: Anthony Rizzo Family Foundation’s Cook-Off for Cancer

Friday, June 3, Chicago Cubs vs. Arizona Diamondbacks, 1:20 p.m.

  • Promotion: Cubs Reusable Tote Bag presented by MLB Network, up to the first 20,000 fans
  • First pitch: Member of Oracle Team USA
  • National anthem: Wayne Messmer
  • Seventh-inning stretch: Former Cubs and current Diamondbacks TV broadcaster Bob Brenly
  • Broadcast: CSN, 670 The Score, Cubs.com
  • Postgame: Hefty Flips for Charity

Saturday, June 4, Chicago Cubs vs. Arizona Diamondbacks, 1:20 p.m.

  • Promotion: Commemorative Oversized Jon Lester Trading Card presented by Topps, up to the first 10,000 fans
  • First pitch and seventh-inning stretch: Chicago Sky’s Elena Delle Donne, 2015 WNBA MVP
  • National anthem: Stephanie Varone
  • Broadcast: WGN-TV, 670 The Score, Cubs.com

Sunday, June 5, Chicago Cubs vs. Arizona Diamondbacks, 1:20 p.m.

  • Promotion: Cubs Laundry Hamper presented by Vienna Beef, up to the first 5,000 kids 13-and-younger
  • Broadcast: CSN, 670 The Score, Cubs.com
  • Postgame: Kids Run the Bases, first 1,000 kids 13-and-under

Cubs Third Homestand Events and Promotions: May 5-May 15, 2016

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The Chicago Cubs return home and look to build on their NL Central Division lead as they face the Washington Nationals (May 5-8), San Diego Padres (May 9-11) and division rival Pittsburgh Pirates (May 13-15).

On Mother’s Day, May 8, the Cubs and Advocate Health Care will “Pink Out” the Budweiser Bleachers once again to promote breast cancer prevention awareness while celebrating moms and women everywhere who are survivors. Guests in the Budweiser Bleachers will receive a pink “Save Second Base” T-shirt, and everyone inside the ballpark will be invited to stand to honor cancer survivors in the fourth inning. Breast cancer survivors will participate in festivities including ceremonial first pitches, singing the national anthem, forming a symbolic pink ribbon around the pitcher’s mound, meeting Cubs players as they take the field at each position and leading the seventh-inning stretch. Honorary Bat Girl Molly Oliver, who won Major League Baseball’s nationwide contest, will deliver the lineup card to the umpires. The Cubs will join other Major League Baseball teams that day in wearing pink Mother’s Day jerseys and caps, which will be authenticated, collected and auctioned by Cubs Authentics at cubs.com/authentics. Net proceeds from the auction benefit Cubs Charities.

The following Sunday, May 15, Major League Baseball will host “Play Ball” Weekend at Wrigley Field and other participating ballparks across the league. Major League Baseball and USA Baseball launched “Play Ball” as the sport’s largest effort to encourage widespread participation in both formal and informal baseball activities. Local youth baseball and softball players will participate in a pregame cap exchange, rosin bag delivery and “Play Ball” announcement, and they will take the field before meeting Cubs players at each position. All players, umpires and on-field personnel will wear “Play Ball” patches during the game, while on-air broadcast talent will wear “Play Ball” pins. MLB’s “Play Ball” initiative aligns with Cubs Charities’ ongoing programming to promote youth baseball and softball, including the Diamond Project Signature Program and support of Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI), Chicago Park District’s Rookie League and Special Recreation Programs, the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC) Cubs, Inner City Youth Baseball and the development of several baseball fields throughout the city.

Tickets for each game remain available at cubs.com or 800-THE-CUBS (800-843-2827). Highlights of the homestand follow.

Promotions
On Sunday, May 8, Budweiser Bleacher guests will receive a “Save Second Base” T-shirt during the annual “Pink Out” presented by Advocate Health Care.

On Saturday, May 14, Blue Lizard will provide sunscreen for up to the first 35,000 fans.

After both Sunday games this homestand, May 8 and 15, the first 1,000 kids 13-and-under can run the bases postgame, weather permitting.

Food Specials

The Decade Diner, located in the right-field concourse, features rotating homestand specials. This homestand, fans can order a Chicken Parmesan Sandwich with a breaded chicken breast, house-made marinara sauce and provolone cheese served on a toasted garlic hoagie roll with french fries. Also available is the Gilbert’s Aloha Sausage, which is a chicken sausage topped with pineapple salsa, lime aioli, hot sauce and crushed potato chips served on a sausage roll with french fries on the side.

Hot Doug’s will continue serving its selections from the previous homestand at Platform 14, located behind the center-field scoreboard in the Budweiser Bleachers. The Dave Rosello is an Argentinian pork and bacon sausage topped with chimichurri and smoked Swiss cheese. The Steve Trachsel is a tequila and black bean chicken sausage topped with jalapeño mustard and pico de gallo. Finally, the Champ Summers is a Vienna Beef spicy polish sausage with Goose Island beer mustard and crispy fried onions.

“Let’s Give” Cubs Charities Events
On Monday, May 9, the Cubs will team up with the Robert R. McCormick Foundation for the annual Cubs Care Grant Luncheon in the Audi Club at Wrigley Field. Cubs Charities and Cubs Care will grant money to more than 30 nonprofit organizations serving those in need in the Chicago area. Last year, the Cubs and Robert R. McCormick Foundation distributed more than $1 million in grants. For more information, visit cubscharities.org.

Cubs wives and girlfriends will sell mystery baseballs benefiting Cubs Charities Saturday, May 14. Fans will have the opportunity to buy baseballs signed by current and former players on the concourse near Gate F from the time gates open until the fifth inning (or while supplies last) for $45 each.

Manager Joe Maddon is supporting Chicago nonprofit organizations through his “Respect Community” charity T-shirt initiative. After every Friday home game, Maddon represents a different Chicago nonprofit by wearing the organization’s T-shirt during his postgame press conference. On Friday, May 6, Maddon will represent Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) Chicago, who connects neighborhoods to the resources they need to become stronger and healthier. LISC Chicago provides grants, loans, technical assistance and other resources to more than 70 partner organizations in low- and moderate-income communities across Chicago. Cubs Charities partners with LISC Chicago to implement the Diamond Project Signature Program.

Homestand Recap, May 5-15:
Thursday, May 5, Chicago Cubs vs. Washington Nationals, 7:05 p.m.

  • National anthem: John Vincent
  • Broadcast: CSN, 670 The Score, Cubs.com

Friday, May 6, Chicago Cubs vs. Washington Nationals, 1:20 p.m.

  • First pitch: Percussionist Sunny Ortiz from American rock band Widespread Panic
  • National anthem: Wayne Messmer
  • Broadcast: CSN, MLB Network, 670 The Score, Cubs.com

Saturday, May 7, Chicago Cubs vs. Washington Nationals, 3:05 p.m.

  • First pitch and seventh-inning stretch: Northwestern University Head Football Coach Pat Fitzgerald
  • National anthem: Nate Klinger
  • Broadcast: CSN, FS1, 670 The Score, Cubs.com

Sunday, May 8 (Mother’s Day), Chicago Cubs vs. Washington Nationals, 1:20 p.m.

  • Promotion: “Save Second Base” T-shirt for up to the first 5,000 Budweiser Bleacher guests as part of the annual “Pink Out” presented by Advocate Health Care
  • First pitches, national anthem and seventh-inning stretch: Breast cancer survivors
  • First pitch: Retired U.S. Army Captain and Medal of Honor recipient Florent “Flo” Groberg
  • Broadcast: WGN-TV, MLB Network, 670 The Score, Cubs.com
  • Postgame: Kids Run the Bases, first 1,000 kids 13-and-under

Monday, May 9, Chicago Cubs vs. San Diego Padres, 7:05 p.m.

  • Pregame: Annual Cubs Care Grant Luncheon
  • First pitch and seventh-inning stretch: Indianapolis 500 drivers
  • National anthem: Michelle Nash from Broadway in Chicago’s “Disenchanted!” musical
  • Broadcast: CSN, 670 The Score, Cubs.com

Tuesday, May 10, Chicago Cubs vs. San Diego Padres, 7:05 p.m.

  • First pitch and seventh-inning stretch: Second City cast members
  • National anthem: Klea Blackhurst from “Hazel – A Musical Maid in America” at Drury Lane Theatre
  • Broadcast: WPWR-TV, 670 The Score, Cubs.com

Wednesday, May 11, Chicago Cubs vs. San Diego Padres, 7:05 p.m.

  • National anthem: Wayne Messmer
  • Broadcast: CSN, 670 The Score, Cubs.com

Friday, May 13, Chicago Cubs vs. Pittsburgh Pirates, 1:20 p.m.

  • National anthem: Wayne Messmer
  • Broadcast: WGN-TV, MLB Network, 670 The Score, Cubs.com

Saturday, May 14, Chicago Cubs vs. Pittsburgh Pirates, 1:20 p.m.

  • Promotion: Blue Lizard Sunscreen, up to the first 35,000 fans
  • Pregame through fifth inning: Cubs Wives selling mystery baseballs benefiting Cubs Charities
  • First pitch and seventh-inning stretch: Chicago Bears kicker Robbie Gould
  • National anthem: John Vincent
  • Broadcast: ABC 7, 670 The Score, Cubs.com

Sunday, May 15, Chicago Cubs vs. Pittsburgh Pirates, 1:20 p.m.

  • MLB “Play Ball” Weekend
  • First pitch and seventh-inning stretch: Actor, director, musician and Chicago native Gary Sinise
  • National anthem: Deena Jakoub
  • Broadcast: CSN, 670 The Score, Cubs.com
  • Postgame: Kids Run the Bases, first 1,000 kids 13-and-under

Cubs Second Homestand Events and Promotions: April 26-May 1, 2016

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The Chicago Cubs will look to continue their hot start to the season as they host the Milwaukee Brewers April 26-28 and the Atlanta Braves April 29-May 1. The club’s 12-4 record through its first 16 games of the season equals the team’s best start in more than 100 years. The Cubs also went 12‐4 to begin the season in 1908, 1913 and 1970.

As fans enter Wrigley Field this homestand, they will notice a new outfield sign for Nuveen Investments located in left field between the foul pole and video board. Nuveen, a leading global provider of investment services to institutions and individual investors, has been a partner of the Cubs since 2005. Their Legacy Partnership includes naming rights to the Nuveen Investments Suite Level at Wrigley Field, plus other in-park signage and special events.

Prior to the first game of the homestand Tuesday, April 26, Cubs pitcher Jake Arrieta will be recognized pregame for his second career no-hitter, achieved Thursday night during a 16-0 victory over the Reds in Cincinnati.

Former Cubs pitcher and 17-year MLB veteran Milt Pappas, who passed away Tuesday, will be honored with a moment of silence before Tuesday’s game as well.

Several Cubs players will receive their 2015 Esurance MLB Awards prior to the game Thursday, April 28. Jake Arrieta was named Best Starting Pitcher and Best Breakout Player; Kris Bryant was named Best Rookie; and Joe Maddon was named Best Manager.

Tickets remain available at cubs.com or 800-THE-CUBS (800-843-2827). Highlights of the homestand follow.

Promotional Items
On Friday, April 29, up to the first 10,000 early arriving fans will receive a Cubs “Minors to Majors” T-Shirt presented by Tennessee Smoky Mountains.

The following day, April 30, up to the first 10,000 fans will receive a Ron Santo Replica Statue presented by TransUnion.

Food Specials
Hot Doug’s continues its rotating offerings each homestand at Platform 14, located behind the center-field scoreboard in the Budweiser Bleachers. The Dave Rosello is an Argentinian pork and bacon sausage topped with chimichurri and smoked Swiss cheese. The Steve Trachsel is a tequila and black bean chicken sausage topped with jalapeño mustard and pico de gallo. These new offerings join the Champ Summers, which is a Vienna Beef spicy polish sausage with Goose Island beer mustard and crispy fried onions.

“Let’s Give” Cubs Charities Events
The annual Bricks and Ivy Ball, which is Cubs Charities’ primary fundraising event, takes place after Thursday’s game, April 28. This year’s sold-out gala will feature an island theme at Navy Pier’s Grand Ballroom. Cubs players, coaches, alumni, owners and management will be in attendance for an evening of musical entertainment, cocktails and dinner. Guests will have the opportunity to bid on unique live and silent auction items. Net proceeds benefit Cubs Charities. For more information, visit cubs.com/bricksandivy.

Manager Joe Maddon is once again supporting Chicago nonprofit organizations through his “Respect Community” charity T-shirt initiative. After every Friday home game, Maddon represents a different Chicago nonprofit by wearing the organization’s T-shirt during his postgame press conference. On Friday, April 29, Maddon will represent Action for Healthy Kids, a group that fights childhood obesity, undernourishment and physical inactivity by helping schools become healthier places so kids can live healthier lives.

Homestand Recap, April 26-May 1
Tuesday, April 26, Chicago Cubs vs. Milwaukee Brewers, 7:05 p.m.

  • Pregame: Jake Arrieta no-hitter recognition
  • Pregame: Moment of silence for former Cubs pitcher Milt Pappas
  • First pitches: NFL Network personalities Kurt Warner and Mike Mayock
  • Seventh-inning stretch: NFL Network personalities Rich Eisen, Steve Mariucci and Melissa Stark
  • Broadcast: CSN, 670 The Score, Cubs.com

Wednesday, April 27, Chicago Cubs vs. Milwaukee Brewers, 7:05 p.m.

  • First pitch and seventh-inning stretch: NFL Network personalities Maurice Jones-Drew and Ike Taylor
  • Broadcast: WGN-TV, 670 The Score, Cubs.com

Thursday, April 28, Chicago Cubs vs. Milwaukee Brewers, 1:20 p.m.

  • Pregame: Presentation of 2015 Esurance MLB Awards
  • Broadcast: CSN, 670 The Score, Cubs.com
  • Postgame: Cubs Charities Bricks and Ivy Ball

Friday, April 29, Chicago Cubs vs. Atlanta Braves, 1:20 p.m.

  • Promotion: Cubs “Minors to Majors” T-Shirt presented by Tennessee Smoky Mountains (up to first 10,000 fans)
  • First pitch and seventh-inning stretch: Music artist and producer Warren G
  • Broadcast: CSN, 670 The Score, Cubs.com

Saturday, April 30, Chicago Cubs vs. Atlanta Braves, 1:20 p.m.

  • Promotion: Ron Santo Replica Statue presented by TransUnion (up to first 10,000 fans)
  • First pitch: WWE Superstar and Chicago native Danielle Moinet, aka “Summer Rae”
  • Broadcast: ABC 7, 670 The Score, Cubs.com

Sunday, May 1, Chicago Cubs vs. Atlanta Braves, 1:20 p.m.

  • First pitches: WWE 16-time World Champion Ric Flair and WWE Women’s Champion Charlotte
  • Broadcast: WGN-TV, 670 The Score, Cubs.com
  • Postgame: Kids Run the Bases (first 1,000 kids 13-and-under)

Cubs Opening Homestand Events and Promotions: April 11-17

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Following a six-game road trip to begin the 2016 season, the Chicago Cubs will host Opening Night at Wrigley Field Monday, April 11, at 7:05 p.m. vs. the Cincinnati Reds. The homestand continues vs. the Reds until April 14, followed by a visit from the Colorado Rockies April 15-17.

Gates will open 30 minutes earlier than the standard two-hour window on Opening Night at 4:35 p.m. to help accommodate the new security procedures implemented at Wrigley Field this season, including mandatory metal detector screenings as fans enter the gates. Fans are encouraged to arrive to games earlier this season and can find information about the new screening process at cubs.com/security.

Up to the first 30,000 early arriving fans on Opening Night will receive a Cubs Magnet Schedule presented by Giordano’s. Cubs Hall of Famers Fergie Jenkins, Ryne Sandberg and Billy Williams will throw ceremonial first pitches and lead the seventh-inning stretch. Each base and baseball used during the game will feature special Opening Day logos. Pending availability, fans can purchase these items at the Cubs Authentics kiosk located in the main concourse or by visiting cubs.com/authentics. Net proceeds benefit Cubs Charities.

On Friday, April 15, the Cubs will join all of Major League Baseball by hosting Jackie Robinson Day at Wrigley Field. Jackie Robinson’s legacy is memorialized each year on April 15 to recognize the anniversary of the Hall of Famer breaking baseball’s color barrier. Uniformed players and personnel at each ballpark will wear Jackie Robinson’s retired No. 42 on their jerseys that day. Each base used at Wrigley Field will feature a commemorative Jackie Robinson Day base jewel. These game-used bases may be purchased at the Cubs Authentics kiosk, and the No. 42 jerseys will be available through an online Cubs Authentics auction benefiting Cubs Charities. The team will present the 10th annual Jackie Robinson Most Valuable Diverse Business Partner Award, which recognizes diverse business partners who exhibit and continue the legacy of Jackie Robinson. A pregame ceremony will include video highlighting Jackie Robinson’s career and legacy.

Two Cubs players will receive awards from last season during the homestand. Major League Baseball will present outfielder Jason Heyward with his 2015 Rawlings Gold Glove Award pregame April 15. On Sunday, April 17, third baseman Kris Bryant will receive his Player’s Choice Award for National League Outstanding Rookie from the Major League Baseball Players Association.

This season marks a century of the Cubs playing at Wrigley Field (which originally hosted the Federal League’s Chi-Feds and Whales from 1914-15). The team will wear a commemorative patch featuring a version of the team’s 1916 logo in modern colors on home uniforms throughout the 2016 season. Following Opening Night, the celebratory logo will be featured on base jewels and as a stamp on baseballs used during 2016 home games.

Tickets remain available at cubs.com or 800-THE-CUBS (800-843-2827). New attractions at Wrigley Field and highlights of the homestand follow.

Ballpark Updates
Fans sitting in the Budweiser Bleachers will notice a new Budweiser Bleacher Bar as they enter the gates at the corner of Sheffield and Waveland avenues. This sizeable bar offers an array of beer, cocktails and wine on the main concourse level. Bleacher guests also will enjoy five new display cases showcasing Cubs and Wrigley Field history, a replica ivy wall perfect for photo opportunities and additional décor throughout the bleacher concourse.

Those looking for a VIP experience inside the Budweiser Bleachers can reserve the Fannie May Bleacher Sweet (formerly the Budweiser Bleacher Suite), an ideal space for corporate or large group gatherings that offers heating and air conditioning, private restrooms, limited parking passes and all-inclusive food and beverage, including the chance to purchase upgraded dessert packages. Additionally, clients throughout the Nuveen Investments Suite Level can treat their guests to pre-ordered Fannie May chocolate trays, cheesecakes and souvenirs to help celebrate birthdays and other special occasions.

This season, through a number of contests and retail activations, Pepsi will reward fans each game with the opportunity to sit in four reserved seats in the new Pepsi Batter’s Eye, located in center field in the Budweiser Bleachers below the iconic Wrigley Field scoreboard.

Guests on the terrace level of Wrigley Field’s reserved seating bowl can order many of their favorite ballpark concessions at the new Marquee Grill located directly behind its namesake sign.

Finally, guests and Season Ticket Holders driving to and from Wrigley Field will notice newly branded parking lots as part of the team’s Legacy Partnership with Toyota. The updated names include the Toyota RAV4 Lot, formerly the Brown Lot, and the Toyota Camry Lot, formerly the Green Lot, which includes premier parking spaces for a limited number of early arriving fans who are driving Toyota cars. A parking map and full list of updated lot names can be found at cubs.com/transportation.

Promotional Items
Up to the first 30,000 early arriving fans on Opening Night, April 11, will receive a Cubs Magnet Schedule presented by Giordano’s.

Food and Beverage Offerings
Fans seeking a hot dog or sausage at Wrigley Field can select from a menu as deep as the Cubs roster, with 25 different options available throughout the ballpark.

Gilbert’s Craft Sausages joins the team this year with three offerings at the new Gilbert’s Grill Cart in the main concourse. The Caprese Sausage is a chicken sausage topped with diced tomatoes, chopped basil, mozzarella pearls and balsamic glaze. The Aloha Sausage is a chicken sausage topped with pineapple salsa, lime aioli, hot sauce and crushed potato chips. The Beef and Cheddar is a beef smoked sausage with cheddar cheese, topped with mac and cheese, bacon, caramelized onions and BBQ sauce. All three options are available during the opening homestand.

Back by popular demand, Budweiser Bleacher guests will continue to enjoy rotating Hot Doug’s offerings this season. The opening homestand features The Barry Foote, which is a corned beef sausage, aka “The Tueben,” topped with Russian dressing, shredded Swiss cheese and sauerkraut. The Joe Wallis is a curry bratwurst topped with curry dijonnaise, caramelized onions and smoked gouda cheese. The Champ Summers is a Vienna Beef spicy polish sausage with Goose Island beer mustard and crispy fried onions.

Fans also can enjoy High Plains Bison hot dogs, bratwursts and Italian sausages at the High Plains Bison Grill Cart, while vegetarian guests can opt for Veggie Hot Dogs at the Decade Dogs stand. Guests in the Nuveen Investments Suite Level can order additional specialty dog options such as the Philly Dog, Deli Dog, Big Kid Dog and Taco Dog, while diners in the Audi Club can enjoy the new Colossal Deconstructed Hot Dog.

These unique options join a robust offering of classic Vienna Beef hot dogs, Chicago dogs, three footlong selections, bratwursts, Italian sausages, Polish sausages and Wrigley Field Smokies served at various locations throughout the ballpark, including the Decade Dogs stand, concession stands, grill carts and in-seat vending.

Of course, guests have options beyond hot dogs and sausages. Family-owned Buona Beef joins the team as the Official Italian Beef of the Chicago Cubs after serving Chicago’s original Italian beef sandwiches since 1981.

Giordano’s Pizza returns to exclusively provide what many claim to be Chicago’s best stuffed pizza.

Fans age 21-and-older looking to wash down their meal with an adult beverage can order beers ranging from classics like Budweiser to newer offerings like Goose Island’s Four Star Pils or Goose IPA.

Budweiser Bleacher guests can try the new Chicago Dog Bloody Mary, which is a classic Bloody Mary with a celery salt and poppy seed rim, skewer with a mini Vienna Beef Chicago dog and garnishes served in a souvenir mason jar.

Terlato Wines will offer Nuveen Investments Suite Level guests the chance to purchase an upgraded food and wine package, as well as a Sommelier Wine Tasting Suite Experience complete with a pregame tour of Wrigley Field.

Tito’s Vodka will soon introduce “Brunch at the Ballpark,” which will allow fans to purchase an all-inclusive ticket for Tito’s Bloody Marys and breakfast foods during select Sunday home games throughout the season.

These offerings join an existing roster of classic favorites and creative homestand specials prepared by Levy Restaurants.

“Let’s Give” Cubs Charities Events
The Chicago Cubs will host the 11th Annual Race to Wrigley Charity Run presented by ATI Physical Therapy Saturday, April 23, following the team’s first homestand. This year’s Race to Wrigley 5K route will feature an updated course, allowing runners to race through historic Wrigley Field. Race participants will again see and experience the Lakeview neighborhood along the course route before entering the concourse through the Budweiser Bleacher Gate on Sheffield Avenue and crossing the finish line steps away from the Wrigley Field Marquee. For more information and to register, fans can visit racetowrigley.com.

Manager Joe Maddon will once again support Chicago nonprofit organizations through his “Respect Community” charity T-shirt initiative. After every Friday home game, Maddon will represent a different Chicago nonprofit by wearing the organization’s T-shirt during his post-game press conference. On Jackie Robinson Day, April 15, Maddon will represent the Jackie Robinson Foundation, whose scholarship program is designed to address the financial needs of minority college students and provide comprehensive mentoring services through its 42 Strategies for Success Curriculum.

Homestand Recap, April 11-17

Monday, April 11, Chicago Cubs vs. Cincinnati Reds, 7:05 p.m. (Gates open early at 4:35 p.m.)

  • Promotion: Cubs Magnet Schedule presented by Giordano’s, up to the first 30,000 fans
  • National Anthem: Wayne Messmer
  • First pitches and seventh-inning stretch: Cubs Hall of Famers Fergie Jenkins, Ryne Sandberg and Billy Williams
  • Broadcast: WGN-TV, 670 The Score, Cubs.com

Wednesday, April 13, Chicago Cubs vs. Cincinnati Reds, 7:05 p.m.

  • First pitch and seventh-inning stretch: Chicago Bears cornerback Kyle Fuller
  • Broadcast: CSN+, 670 The Score, Cubs.com

Thursday, April 14, Chicago Cubs vs. Cincinnati Reds, 7:05 p.m.

  • Pregame: Cubs Charities Diamond Project grant recipients recognized.
  • Broadcast: CSN, 670 The Score, Cubs.com

Friday, April 15, Chicago Cubs vs. Colorado Rockies, 1:20 p.m.

  • Pregame: Jackie Robinson Day Ceremony
  • Award presentation: Jason Heyward 2015 Rawlings Gold Glove Award
  • First pitch and seventh-inning stretch: Former Blackhawks forward, 2013 Stanley Cup champion and current Blackhawks community liaison Jamal Mayers
  • Broadcast: CSN, MLB Network, 670 The Score, Cubs.com

Saturday, April 16, Chicago Cubs vs. Colorado Rockies, 1:20 p.m.

  • Broadcast: CSN, 670 The Score, Cubs.com

Sunday, April 17, Chicago Cubs vs. Colorado Rockies, 1:20 p.m.

  • Award presentation: Kris Bryant 2015 Player’s Choice Award for National League Outstanding Rookie
  • First pitch and seventh-inning stretch: Former Cubs outfielder Bobby Dernier
  • Broadcast: WGN-TV, 670 The Score, Cubs.com

Saturday, April 23, Race to Wrigley Charity Run presented by ATI Physical Therapy, 8 a.m.

Worth the Wait: Navigating the Cubs Season Ticket Holder Waiting List

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(Photo by Stephen Green)

Greg Augsburg is the personification of the old axiom “Good things come to those who wait.”

When Augsburg was a college student at Eastern Illinois University in the mid-2000s, he got into the habit of watching the standard Cubs 1:20 day game. Each telecast would include a plug about joining the Season Ticket Holder Waiting List. For the longtime Cubs fan, who always followed the team but really got hooked around the time of the 2003 playoff run, it was a siren call.

“It was always something to look forward to,” said Augsburg, now a technology coordinator and trainer at Wood Dale School District 7. “What’s five minutes out of my day to fill out a questionnaire? It was just something charming to think of once in a while.”

Of course, Augsburg knew it would be a while before he got a crack at tickets. The Cubs send regular updates on where each person stands in line, and at one point, he was informed he was customer No. 75,000.

“I was like, ‘Oh, this is never going to happen,’” Augsburg said, laughing. “Seriously, my train of thought was, ‘Well, maybe when I’m retired, I’ll get to do it.’”

Though he did have a little wait, a decade later, the 29-year-old is now the proud owner of two Cubs season tickets.

The Chicago Cubs Season Ticket Holder Waiting List is a no-cost way for Cubs fans to get in line for season tickets. To join the list, fans complete the form at cubs.com/waitinglist and, well, wait. How fast the list turns over depends on various factors. Seat locations primarily become available when current Season Ticket Holders opt not to renew their spots, so the product on the field can be a big determinant.

With the Cubs major-league team struggling over the last few seasons, there was quite a bit of turnover. That’s not the case anymore.

Going into 2015, the Cubs churned through 17,112 names on the waiting list before hitting capacity. That kind of movement is why Augsburg became a Season Ticket Holder in his late-20s instead of his late-60s. This year, the team went through fewer than 1,000 names.

“It’s always fun to welcome new Season Ticket Holders into the Cubs family, especially since we know our fans wait years for the opportunity,” said Cubs Senior Director of Ticketing Cale Vennum. “The increased interest in becoming a Season Ticket Holder is just another example of the tremendous demand we’ve seen to watch this year’s exciting team. It may take some time to get that call, but stories like Greg’s are a reminder the wait is definitely worthwhile.”

After completing the form, fans receive an account number and their current place on the list. The list is updated annually, and fans receive periodic emails so they know just how close—or far—they are from getting an opportunity.

Augsburg worked with Cubs Ticket Sales Representative Charles Zubrod, who he said offered constant feedback and communication once his number finally came up. Not only did Zubrod provide progress updates and advice about how to get through the line quickly once Augsburg got into the virtual waiting room, he was also honest and helped temper expectations. There is no guarantee a fan’s preferred seats will be open.

If a fan is offered a season ticket location but chooses to decline the offer, the Cubs will proceed to the next person in the queue, and that fan will be required to sign up again and obtain a new waiting list number, which can mean years more waiting.

But when the day came and Augsburg went online to claim his spot, the stars aligned, and he was able to get exactly what he wanted. Now he has only one more thing left to wait for—another deep Cubs playoff run.

“This really is quite the opportunity,” Augsburg said. “We’re probably in our best position to win in a very long time, and it just happens to be the year that my number gets called. It’s very nice. Coincidental, but I’ll take it.”

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