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Hot Off the Presses: Sept. Vine Line featuring Cubs ace Jake Arrieta

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Here’s a bit of advice for aspiring sports journalists out there: If you ever plan on writing a story about Cubs right-hander Jake Arrieta, you need to get comfortable with waiting. It’s not that Arrieta isn’t accessible or approachable. Quite the contrary, in fact. He’s polite, intelligent, thoughtful and probably takes reporters’ questions much more seriously than they deserve to be taken. And when he’s in the clubhouse, he’s happy to accept queries from all comers.

He’s just not in the clubhouse all that often. And if you’ve ever really looked at the 29-year-old starter, who twirled the first no-hitter of his career Sunday night in front of a national ESPN audience, you can probably imagine why.

When we were trying to track down Arrieta (and his glorious beard) for our cover feature this month, we asked various sources if they had seen him around. Here’s a sampling of the responses we received:

“When I got here at around 2 p.m. (for a 7:05 game), I know he was on his Pilates machine.”

“The last I saw him, he was in the weight room.”

“I know he was throwing earlier. He’s always working. He’s impossible to find sometimes.”

This may or may not come as a surprise to you, but Jake Arrieta is an extremely hard worker. Still, that’s not what makes him unique. Most major leaguers are hard workers. It’s the wide range of activities he does to keep himself in shape—from Pilates to cycling to weights to isometric work—and the gusto with which he undertakes these activities that make him a bit of an oddity.

What I found most interesting during the reporting process was listening to how his teammates talk about him. Even in a room full of professional athletes, most Cubs players still seem to view the 6-foot-4, 225-pound Texan with wonder. Rotation mate Kyle Hendricks said he aspired to be like Arrieta one day. Catcher David Ross called him a tree bark-eating caveman. Pitcher Jason Hammel mythologized him as a Greek god. Most freely admitted they couldn’t keep up with him, while others hesitantly said they were weighing whether they should actually join him on his famous Pilates reformer.

“Some of the stuff I see him do in the weight room, there’s no way my body could even get in those positions,” Hendricks said, laughing.

Arrieta also might be the poster child for why the Cubs need the 1060 Project’s improved player facilities. The current Wrigley Field weight room and clubhouse are surprisingly small, so Arrieta has moved his Pilates machine (yes, he has his own Pilates machine—of course, he has his own Pilates machine) into the media room. In the last few months, Cubs beat writers have grown accustomed to waiting a few extra minutes for their daily pregame briefing with manager Joe Maddon, while Arrieta either does Pilates himself or puts one of his teammates through the paces.

For the last few seasons, people have been asking—and I asked the same question of everyone I spoke to—why the Cubs’ version of Jake Arrieta is so much better than the Orioles’ original version. The consensus answer points back to his Herculean work ethic. Arrieta is truly driven to be great in every aspect of his life. He always had the stuff. That’s why he made an Opening Day start for the Orioles in 2012, even though his numbers never said he was an ace.

This month, we examine how Arrieta transformed himself from an underachieving prospect into one of the top pitchers in the National League. We also get to know the next wave of heavy hitters in the system, this year’s top draft picks Ian Happ and Donnie Dewees. Finally, we look back at the last time the Cubs were flush with young talent during the tenure of aggressive and often aggravating general manager Dallas Green.

The 2015 season is almost in the books, but things are just heating up. Here’s one more piece of advice: Don’t miss a second of the Cubs’ playoff push. We’ll be there for every last pitch in print, on the Web and on Twitter at @cubsvineline.

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Cubs 12th Homestand Events and Promotions: 8/31/15-9/6/15

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(Photo by Stephen Green)

The Chicago Cubs return to Wrigley Field to host a series vs. the Reds from Aug. 31-Sept. 2 and the Diamondbacks from Sept. 4-6. Fans can enjoy events, new food offerings and entertainment throughout the homestand.

Following the game Wednesday, Sept. 2, Cubs manager Joe Maddon and his wife, Jaye, will host Respect the Main Event at Ravenswood Event Center. 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, hand-rolled cigars and spirits-tasting stations, dinner courtesy of Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse and a premium auction including wine and unique sports memorabilia. A limited number of general admission tickets are available for $300 at cubs.com/maddon. A portion of the net proceeds will benefit the Crushers Club’s youth boxing program in Englewood.

The popular #WeAreGood T-shirts will make a return appearance during the Sept. 4 game. The Cubs Wives will offer the T-shirts in the main concourse by Gate F. The shirts, inspired by catcher Miguel Montero’s popular Twitter hashtag, will be available for a $25 donation benefiting Cubs Charities and Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana.

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

Promotions
On Aug. 31, the Cubs will celebrate Military Appreciation Night. Guests with designated Special Group Night Terrace Reserved Outfield tickets will receive a Cubs Armed Forces baseball cap. Special Group Night tickets are available at cubs.com/specialevents.

The following night, Sept. 1, is Healthcare Professionals Night. Guests with designated Special Group Night Terrace Reserved Outfield tickets receive a Cubs scrub top.

On Saturday, Sept. 5, up to the first 10,000 fans will receive a fleece blanket presented by Reynolds Wrap.

Kids Sundays continue Sept. 6. The first 1,000 kids 13-and-under can run the bases postgame, weather permitting.

Guests and Entertainment
On Monday, Aug. 31, members of the World Cup Champion U.S. Women’s National Team Lori Chalupny, Julie Johnston and Christen Press will throw the first pitch and sing the seventh-inning stretch.

On Wednesday, Sept. 2, former Cubs pitcher Milt Pappas will sing the stretch on the anniversary of his 1972 no-hitter against the Padres.

On Friday, Sept. 4, John Hermann from the band Widespread Panic will throw a first pitch, and comedian Jon Lovitz will lead the seventh-inning stretch.

Cubs Hall of Fame pitcher Fergie Jenkins will throw a first pitch and lead the stretch Saturday, Sept. 5.

On Sunday, Sept. 6, Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks goalie Scott Darling will toss a first pitch, and former Cubs broadcaster and current Arizona Diamondbacks television analyst Bob Brenly will lead the stretch.

Let’s Give Charitable Campaign
Fans will have the opportunity to learn more about Cubs Charities programming and give back to the community this homestand as part of this season’s ongoing “Let’s Give” campaign.

Starting Sept. 1, Cubs Charities, along with the Anthony Rizzo Family Foundation, the Jason Motte Foundation, Jon Lester’s NVRQT campaign and Joe Maddon’s Respect 90 Foundation, will launch the #LetsGoGold initiative to raise funds for Pediatric Cancer Awareness Month through Sept. 19. Fans can visit cubscharities.org to take part in the fight against cancer by making a donation to the respective nonprofits. The top fundraiser from each nonprofit listed above will receive two tickets and the opportunity to throw a ceremonial first pitch at the Sept. 20 game. Cubs players and coaches will wear gold batting practice jerseys and hats before the team takes on division rival St. Louis Sept. 20. The jerseys and hats, along with signed gold baseballs, will be available for purchase through Cubs Authentics with proceeds benefiting player foundations.

On Thursday, Sept. 3, Maddon and his wife, Jaye, will be back in the community hosting Spoxing for Charity, a one-day pop-up fitness event under the Wrigley Field Marquee. Spoxing is a group class, which combines spinning and boxing, with a warm-up on stationary spin bikes followed by a heavy bag and boxing glove workout. Participants will partake in a 45-minute version of the class, offered during four different sessions, starting at 10 a.m. Net proceeds from the event will benefit Joe Maddon’s Respect 90 Foundation. For more information, please visit cubs.com/popup.

On Friday, Sept. 4, the Cubs Wives will offer #WeAreGood T-shirts in the main concourse by Gate F. The shirts, inspired by catcher Miguel Montero’s popular Twitter hashtag, will be available for a $25 donation benefiting Cubs Charities and Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana. Later that day, Cubs manager Joe Maddon will continue his Respect Community charity T-shirt initiative during his postgame press conference. Maddon will represent the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicagoland & Northwest Indiana (RMHC-CNI), whose mission is to care for families of children with complex medical needs by providing comfort, compassion and a sense of community.  RMHC-CNI keeps families of hospitalized children together in a “home away from home.”

Food Specials
The Decade Diner in the right-field concourse will continue its rotating menu of homestand specials with a Chimichurri steak sandwich featuring marinated skirt steak, roasted garlic Chimichurri sauce and grilled onions on flattened torta bread. Guests also can order a breaded chicken sandwich with Cholula, featuring breaded chicken breast, honey ginger slaw and Cholula aioli on a toasted hoagie roll.

Platform 14, the outdoor concession area in the Budweiser Bleachers located behind the center-field scoreboard, will continue serving three Hot Doug’s sausages. This homestand will feature three new sausages including the “Gene Clines,” a spicy Vienna Polish sausage served with sweet & spicy mustard, caramelized onions and shredded cheddar cheese; the “Dick Tidrow” is a Jamaican jerk pork sausage with cumin dijonnaise, smoked gouda cheese and fried plantain chips; and the “Larry Gura” is a bacon sausage with avocado mayonnaise, shredded lettuce and chopped tomatoes.

Homestand Recap, Aug. 31-Sept. 6
Monday, Aug. 31 vs. Cincinnati Reds, 7:05 p.m.

  • Special Group Night: Military Appreciation Night (designated ticket includes Cubs Armed Forces baseball cap)
  • National Anthem: Cast of October Sky
  • First pitch and seventh-inning stretch: Members of the World Cup Champion U.S. Women’s National Team Lori Chalupny, Julie Johnston and Christen Press
  • Broadcast: CSN, WBBM 780-AM, Cubs.com

Tuesday, Sept. 1 vs. Cincinnati Reds, 7:05 p.m.

  • Special Group Night: Healthcare Processionals Night (designated ticket includes Cubs scrub top)
  • National Anthem: Eirini Tornesaki from Cirque du Soleil’s KURIOS – Cabinet of Curiosities
  • Broadcast: WGN-TV, WBBM 780-AM, Cubs.com

Wednesday, Sept. 2 vs. Cincinnati Reds, 1:20 p.m.

  • Seventh-inning stretch: Former Cubs pitcher Milt Pappas
  • Broadcast: CSN, WBBM 780-AM, Cubs.com

Friday, Sept. 4 vs. Arizona Diamondbacks, 1:20 p.m.

  • First pitch: John Hermann from the band Widespread Panic
  • Seventh-inning stretch: Comedian Jon Lovitz
  • Broadcast: CSN, MLBN, WBBM 780-AM, WRTO 1200-AM Spanish Radio, Cubs.com

Saturday, Sept. 5 vs. Arizona Diamondbacks, 1:20 p.m.

  • Promotional Item: Fleece Blanket presented by Reynolds Wrap (up to the first 10,000 fans)
  • First pitch and seventh-inning stretch: Cubs Hall of Fame pitcher Fergie Jenkins
  • Broadcast: CSN, WBBM 780-AM, Cubs.com

Sunday, Sept. 6 vs. Arizona Diamondbacks, 1:20 p.m.

  • Kids Run the Bases postgame (first 1,000 kids 13-and-under)
  • First pitch: Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks goalie Scott Darling
  • Seventh-inning stretch: Former Cubs broadcaster and current Diamondbacks television analyst Bob Brenly
  • Broadcast: WGN-TV, WBBM 780-AM, Cubs.com

Cubs and Toyota announce Legacy Partnership

The Cubs and Toyota have announced a long-term Legacy Partnership establishing Toyota as the Official Vehicle of the Chicago Cubs and Wrigley Field.

As part of the extended partnership, Toyota’s logo will be represented on the panel beneath the Wrigley Field Marquee at the corner of Clark and Addison streets. In addition to having a presence below the Wrigley Field Marquee, Toyota continues their presenting sponsorship of in-game manager challenges and umpire reviews, and the company will receive in-game rotational signage behind home plate and on the left-field video board. Toyota will receive field-level signage and naming rights to the team’s parking lots surrounding Wrigley Field beginning in the 2016 season.

“Toyota is a valued partner who has proudly supported the Chicago Cubs since our family’s first season with the team, and we’re honored to introduce them as a Legacy Partner today,” said Cubs Chairman Tom Ricketts. “Our Legacy Partners play a vital role as we make progress on our long-term goals of winning a World Series, preserving Wrigley Field and being a good neighbor.”

“We are thrilled to continue our relationship with the Chicago Cubs during such an exciting time for the organization,” said Ed Laukes, Vice President of Marketing, Performance and Guest Experience at Toyota Motor Sales, USA, Inc. “The future of this team looks brighter than ever and Toyota and our Chicagoland Toyota Dealers value the importance of supporting this great journey for the Cubs and the entire City of Chicago. It’s an honor to deepen our connection as a Legacy Partner and expand our presence inside Wrigley Field and at the corner of Clark and Addison below the historic Wrigley Field Marquee.”

The panel beneath the Wrigley Field Marquee has a history of supporting team and corporate partner initiatives. In the early 1980s, an advertising slogan for Budweiser appeared on the panel in conjunction with the LED board installation. Allstate’s logo was featured while the Marquee was painted purple for the Allstate Wrigleyville Classic college football game hosted by Northwestern University in 2010. As part of the Wrigley Field 100 celebration in 2014, the team added “Celebrating 100 Years” below the marquee. This season, the lower panel featured “#LetsGo” to support the team’s marketing campaign and will now feature Toyota’s logo.

Toyota’s designation as the Official Vehicle of the Chicago Cubs and Wrigley Field extends as the Official Automobile, Car, Crossover, Minivan and Truck as well.

Toyota becomes the 10th Legacy Partner of the Chicago Cubs, joining Advocate Health Care, American Airlines, Anheuser-Busch, ATI Physical Therapy, Nuveen Investments, Sloan Valve Company, Starwood Hotels and Resorts, Under Armour and Wintrust.

Cubs 11th Homestand Events and Promotions: 8/18/15-8/24/15

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The Chicago Cubs travel to the South Side this weekend for the Crosstown Cup series versus the Chicago White Sox. When they return home, they will host an Interleague matchup with the Detroit Tigers from Aug. 18-19, followed by a series with the Atlanta Braves from Aug. 20-23 and a makeup of the June 15 postponement with the Cleveland Indians on Aug. 24.

When fans return to Wrigley Field, they will be able to visit the new DraftKings Fantasy Sports Zone, formerly the Captain Morgan Club, at the corner of Addison Street and Sheffield Avenue. DraftKings, the Official Fantasy Sports Partner of the Chicago Cubs and Official Daily Fantasy Baseball Game of Major League Baseball, will expand its presence at Wrigley Field and offer ballpark experiences as prizes to game participants. The DraftKings Fantasy Sports Zone will sport a new look but continue to serve fans’ favorite foods and beverages, including new drink specials and traditional favorites at the Captain Morgan Bar inside. Guests ordering the DraftKings-themed signature drink special during the grand opening this Tuesday, Aug. 18, will receive a DraftKings Cubs koozie with their order.

As the Cubs host the Tigers on Wednesday, Aug. 19, the National WWII Museum will commemorate the 1945 World Series matchup played between the Cubs and Tigers the year World War II came to an end. Both teams will sport 1945 throwback jerseys for the game. “The Victory Belles,” an a cappella group from the museum, will sing the National Anthem with a flyover and lead the seventh-inning stretch. World War II veteran Richard Duchossois will throw a ceremonial first pitch, and a group of World War II veterans will be honored on the field for a fourth-inning military recognition.

Budweiser Bleacher Fridays continue on Friday, Aug. 21, with ‘90s Day, where each Budweiser Bleacher guest 21-and-older will receive a ‘90s re-issue Cubs hat in neon pink or yellow. Guests will hear many of their favorite songs from the decade, including Cubs player selections as their walk-up music. Budweiser Bleacher guests can play some of their favorite ‘90s arcade games behind the bleachers and may even enjoy a treat from the past with some popular ‘90s candies distributed on-site. Fans 21-and-older can enter the #BudFridays social media contest by sharing their best ‘90s-themed photos on Twitter and Instagram using the #BudFridays hashtag. One creative winner will be selected from all eligible entries to receive four tickets to the final Budweiser Bleacher Friday event on Sept. 18. Official rules, prize value and details are available at the team’s #BudFridays contest page.

Tickets remain available for each series at http://www.cubs.com or 800-THE-CUBS (800-843-2827).

Promotions
On Wednesday, Aug. 19, up to the first 10,000 adults age 21-and-older will receive a wine tumbler presented by Barefoot Wine.

The following night, Aug. 20, is Firefighter Appreciation Night. Guests with designated Special Group Night Terrace Reserved Outfield tickets will receive a Cubs firefighter baseball cap. Special Group Night tickets are available at http://www.cubs.com/specialevents.

Budweiser Bleacher Fridays continue with ‘90s Day on Aug. 21, as Budweiser Bleacher guests age 21-and-older will receive a ‘90s re-issue Cubs hat in neon pink or yellow.

On Saturday, Aug. 22, up to the first 10,000 fans will receive a Jon Lester Cubs debut bobblehead presented by Las Vegas.

Kids Sundays continue on Aug. 23 with a Cubs toy airplane presented by American Airlines for up to the first 5,000 children age 13-and-younger. The first 1,000 kids 13-and-under can run the bases postgame, weather permitting.

Let’s Give Charitable Campaign
As part of this year’s ongoing “Let’s Give” campaign, Cubs manager Joe Maddon will continue his “Respect Community” charity T-shirt initiative during his postgame press conference on Friday, Aug. 21. Maddon will represent the Crushers Club, whose mission is to restore high-risk youth toward a path of maturity by using boxing, peer mentoring and music to engage and surround them with hope. A portion of the proceeds from Maddon’s upcoming Respect 90 The Main Event will benefit Crushers Club’s youth boxing program in Englewood. Tickets and more information for the Sept. 2 event are available at http://www.cubs.com/maddon.

On Sunday, Aug. 23, Cubs Charities and Baseball Tomorrow Fund will host an equipment drive to benefit the Bronzeville Little League. Fans can bring their new or gently used baseball and softball equipment to Wrigley Field’s Gate D from 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Monetary donations also will be accepted.

Food Specials
The Decade Diner in the right-field concourse will continue its rotating menu of homestand specials with a Monte Cristo Sandwich featuring sliced turkey, ham and aged cheddar on Texas toast dipped in egg batter, sprinkled with powdered sugar and served with a side of raspberry jam. Guests also can order a Breaded Pork Sandwich featuring a breaded pork loin with herbs and caramelized onions on a toasted ciabatta roll with spicy mustard.

Platform 14, the outdoor concession area in the Budweiser Bleachers located behind the center-field scoreboard, will continue serving three Hot Doug’s sausages. The “Champ Summers” is a spicy Vienna Polish sausage served with Goose Island beer mustard and crispy fried onions; the “Pete LaCock” is a ribeye steak sausage with horseradish cream and blue cheese; and the “Bill Bonham” is an atomic pork sausage with cherry marmalade and smoked gouda cheese.

Homestand Recap, Aug. 18-24:
Tuesday, Aug. 18 vs. Detroit Tigers, 7:05 p.m.

  • First pitch and seventh-inning stretch: Professional golfer and 2015 British Open champion Zach Johnson
  • Broadcast: ABC 7, MLBN, WBBM 780-AM, WRTO 1200-AM Spanish Radio, Cubs.com

Wednesday, Aug. 19 vs. Detroit Tigers, 7:05 p.m.

  • Promotion: Wine Tumbler presented by Barefoot Wine (up to the first 10,000 adults age 21-and-older)
  • National Anthem and seventh-inning stretch: “The Victory Belles” a cappella group from the National WWII Museum
  • Broadcast: WPWR-TV, ESPN, WBBM 780-AM, WRTO 1200-AM Spanish Radio, Cubs.com

Thursday, Aug. 20 vs. Atlanta Braves, 7:05 p.m.

  • Broadcast: CSN, WBBM 780-AM, Cubs.com
  • Special Group Night: Firefighter Appreciation Night
  • Designated tickets include Cubs firefighter baseball cap
  • Seventh-inning stretch: Famous chef and TV personality Anne Burrell

Friday, Aug. 21 vs. Atlanta Braves, 3:05 p.m.

  • Promotion: Budweiser Bleacher Fridays: ‘90s day (‘90s re-issue Cubs hat, neon pink or yellow, Budweiser Bleacher guests 21-and-older)
  • First pitch: Actress Kristy Swanson, who played Buffy from Buffy the Vampire Slayer
  • Broadcast: CSN, MLB Network, WBBM 780-AM, Cubs.com

Saturday, Aug. 22 vs. Atlanta Braves, 3:05 p.m.      

  • Promotion: Jon Lester Cubs debut bobblehead presented by Las Vegas (up to the first 10,000 fans)
  • First pitch and seventh-inning stretch: Sports analyst and former Notre Dame basketball coach Digger Phelps
  • Broadcast: ABC 7, WBBM 780-AM, Cubs.com

Sunday, Aug. 23 vs. Atlanta Braves, 1:20 p.m.

  • Promotion: Cubs toy airplane presented by American Airlines (up to the first 5,000 children age 13-and-younger)
  • Baseball and softball equipment drive benefiting Bronzeville Little League
  • First pitch: Comedian Tom Papa
  • Seventh-inning stretch: Actor and Chicago native Jake Johnson
  • Broadcast: WGN, WBBM 780-AM, Cubs.com
  • Kids Run the Bases postgame (first 1,000 kids 13-and-under)

Monday, Aug. 24 vs. Cleveland Indians, 1:05 p.m. (makeup of June 15 postponement)

  • Broadcast: WGN, WBBM 780-AM, Cubs.com

Cubs 10th Homestand Events and Promotions: 8/6/15-8/13/15

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Fans can get their Ron Santo flag on Saturday, Aug. 8, at Wrigley Field

The Cubs look to keep their postseason push going as they return to Wrigley Field for series against the Giants from Aug. 6-9 and the Pirates from Aug. 11-13. Fans can enjoy a number of promotional giveaways, events and entertainment throughout the homestand.

Following the game Thursday, Aug. 13, Cubs pitcher and cancer survivor Jon Lester and his wife, Farrah, will host NVRQT Night at Metro Chicago. The night will include a celebrity “3 Up, 3 Down” tic-tac-toe-themed game show featuring Jon and Farrah, Cubs players Anthony Rizzo and David Ross, former Cubs pitcher Ryan Dempster, Chicago native and former professional wrestler CM Punk, along with other celebrities, coaches and teammates. Attendees can watch the excitement, partake in live and silent auctions, and enjoy dinner and cocktails. A limited number of general admission tickets are available for $200 at cubs.com/NVRQT. Tickets include food and beverage. Net proceeds from the 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.

Once the homestand concludes, Wrigley Field will host the Under Armour All-America Baseball Game, powered by Baseball Factory on Saturday, Aug. 15, 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. Since the game’s inception in 2008, 217 of the 255 draft-eligible players from the Under Armour All-America Game were selected in the MLB Amateur Draft, including 60 first-round picks. Fans can learn more about the game and secure complimentary tickets at baseballfactory.com/allamerica.

Tickets remain available for both the Giants and Brewers series at cubs.com or 800-THE-CUBS (800-843-2827). Details of the homestand follow.

Promotions
On Thursday, Aug. 6, up to the first 10,000 fans at the game will receive a Cubs water bottle presented by Comcast SportsNet. As part of Cholesterol Awareness Night, AstraZeneca will offer free lipid screenings and cholesterol education to fans 18-and-older across from Wrigley Field on Addison Street from 4 p.m. through the third inning.

On Friday, Aug. 7, up to the first 10,000 fans 21-and-older will receive a Cubs floppy hat presented by RumChata.

Up to the first 10,000 fans will receive a Ron Santo Retired Number Flag presented by StubHub on Saturday, Aug. 8.

Kids Sundays continue on Sunday, Aug. 9, with up to the first 5,000 children age 13 and younger receiving a “Construction Clark” Plush Bear. The first 1,000 kids 13-and-under can run the bases postgame, weather permitting.

On Tuesday, Aug. 11, the Cubs invite Girl Scouts and their family members to join Girl Scout Night at Wrigley Field. Participants who attend this Special Group Night receive a commemorative Cubs-themed scout patch with their ticket, available at cubs.com/specialevents.

Wednesday, Aug. 12, is Law Enforcement Appreciation Night. Fans can show their support of Chicago area law enforcement as each designated ticket in the Terrace Reserved Outfield section includes a special Cubs law enforcement baseball cap. Special Group Night tickets are available at cubs.com/specialevents.

Let’s Give Charitable Campaign
As part of this year’s ongoing “Let’s Give” campaign, fans will have the opportunity to learn more about Cubs Charities programming and give back to the community.

Following the game on Friday, Aug. 7, Cubs manager Joe Maddon will continue his “Respect Community” charity T-shirt initiative by representing the Breakthrough Youth Network. Breakthrough partners with those affected by poverty to build connections, develop skills and open doors of opportunity. The Breakthrough Youth Network, with the support of a grant from Cubs Care, a fund of the McCormick Foundation, serves more than 780 students through education and sports programming for at-risk youth. Breakthrough recently opened a FamilyPlex in East Garfield Park, including an indoor baseball training facility funded by a Cubs Charities Diamond Project grant.

Guests and Entertainment:
On Thursday, Aug. 6, Chicago-native actor Joel Murray will throw a ceremonial first pitch and lead the seventh-inning stretch.

On Friday, Aug. 7, Hall of Fame Chicago Blackhawks broadcaster Pat Foley will throw a first pitch and lead the stretch.

Former Cubs pitcher Rick Sutcliffe will throw a first pitch and lead the stretch on Saturday, Aug. 8.

Northwestern University men’s basketball coach Chris Collins will throw a pitch and lead the stretch on Sunday, Aug. 9.

Chicago-native rock band Umphrey’s McGee will join the team for the National Anthem, first pitch and seventh-inning stretch on Tuesday, Aug. 11.

The Blue Angels, the U.S. Navy’s Flight Demonstration Squadron, will lead the stretch on Wednesday, Aug. 12.

Food Specials
The Decade Diner in the right-field concourse will continue its rotating menu of homestand specials with a BBQ Brisket Sandwich featuring 18-hour-smoked beef brisket, Levy Restaurant’s signature BBQ sauce, lettuce and tomato on a Martin’s famous potato roll. Fans also can order a Chicken Parmesan Sandwich with a breaded chicken breast, housemade marinara sauce and provolone on a toasted garlic hoagie roll.

Platform 14, the outdoor concession area in the Budweiser Bleachers located behind the center-field scoreboard, will continue serving three rotating selections of Hot Doug’s sausages. New this homestand are the “Mick Kelleher,” a bacon cheeseburger sausage with ketchup aioli, chopped bacon and Swiss cheese, and the “Ray Burris,” a chicken chorizo sausage with jalapeño dijonnaise and Chihuahua cheese. Returning is the “Champ Summers,” a spicy Vienna Polish sausage served with Goose Island beer mustard and crispy fried onions.

Homestand Recap, August 6-13
Thursday, Aug. 6 vs. San Francisco Giants, 7:05 p.m.

  • Promotion: Cubs Water Bottle presented by Comcast SportsNet (up to the first 10,000 fans)
  • Cholesterol Awareness Night presented by AstraZeneca: Free lipid screenings and cholesterol education to fans 18-and-older across from Wrigley Field on Addison Street (4 p.m. through third inning)
  • First pitch and seventh-inning stretch: Chicago-native actor Joel Murray
  • Broadcast: CSN, WBBM 780-AM, Cubs.com

Friday, Aug. 7 vs. San Francisco Giants, 3:05 p.m.

  • Promotion: Cubs Floppy Hat presented by RumChata (up to the first 10,000 fans 21-and-older)
  • First pitch and seventh-inning stretch: Hall of Fame Chicago Blackhawks broadcaster Pat Foley
  • Broadcast: WGN, MLB Network, WBBM 780-AM, WRTO 1200-AM Spanish Radio, Cubs.com

Saturday, Aug. 8 vs. San Francisco Giants, 3:05 p.m.

  • Promotion: Ron Santo Retired Number Flag presented by StubHub (up to the first 10,000 fans)
  • First pitch and seventh-inning stretch: Former Cubs pitcher Rick Sutcliffe
  • Broadcast: ABC 7, WBBM 780-AM, WRTO 1200-AM Spanish Radio, Cubs.com

Sunday, Aug. 9 vs. San Francisco Giants, 1:20 p.m.

  • Promotion: “Construction Clark” Plush Bear (up to the first 5,000 children age 13-and-younger); Kids Run the Bases postgame (first 1,000 kids 13-and-under)
  • First pitch and seventh-inning stretch: Northwestern University men’s basketball coach Chris Collins
  • Broadcast: CSN, TBS, WBBM 780-AM, Cubs.com

Tuesday, Aug. 11 vs. Milwaukee Brewers, 7:05 p.m.

  • Special Group Night: Girl Scout Night (designated tickets include a Cubs-themed scout patch)
  • National Anthem, first pitch and seventh-inning stretch: Chicago-native rock band Umphrey’s McGee
  • Broadcast: CSN, WBBM 780-AM, Cubs.com

Wednesday, Aug. 12 vs. Milwaukee Brewers, 7:05 p.m.

  • Special Group Night: Law Enforcement Appreciation Night (designated tickets include a Cubs Law Enforcement baseball cap)
  • Seventh-inning stretch: Blue Angels, the U.S. Navy’s Flight Demonstration Squadron
  • Broadcast: WGN, WBBM 780-AM, Cubs.com

Thursday, Aug. 13 vs. Milwaukee Brewers, 1:20 p.m.

  • Broadcast: ABC 7, WBBM 780-AM, Cubs.com
  • NVRQT Night at Metro Chicago

Cubs Ninth Homestand Events and Promotions: 7/24/15-7/29/15

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The Chicago Cubs return to Wrigley Field for their first home series following the All-Star break when they host the Phillies July 24-26 and the Rockies July 27-29. The homestand features several promotional giveaways, new food offerings and #WeAreGood T-shirts, inspired by catcher Miguel Montero’s popular Twitter hashtag, available July 25 to benefit Cubs Charities and Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana.

Fans can purchase tickets for the Phillies and Rockies series at cubs.com or 800-THE-CUBS (800-843-2827). Details of the homestand follow.

Promotions:
On Friday, July 24, up to the first 10,000 fans in the ballpark will receive a Billy Williams replica statue presented by Pepsi.

The following day, July 25, up to 10,000 fans will receive a Jorge Soler Cubs debut bobblehead presented by Illinois Pork Producers.

Kids Sundays continue July 26 with a Cubs replica batting helmet presented by Advocate Children’s Hospital for up to the first 5,000 children age 13-and-younger, while Kids Run the Bases continues postgame for the first 1,000 kids 13-and-under. Fans can also visit the Blue Lizard Sunscreen booth inside Gate G during the game for a free sunscreen sample and useful tips to help strikeout skin cancer, the most common of all cancers.

On Tuesday, July 28, the Cubs invite all youth Scouts and their friends and families to Scout Night at Wrigley Field. Participants who purchase a ticket through the dedicated Special Group Nights page at cubs.com/specialevents will receive a Cubs-themed Scout Patch.

Food Specials:
As a tribute to Hot Dog Month in July, the Decade Diner in the right field concourse will offer a unique foot-long Philly Cheese Steak Dog that features a foot-long Vienna Beef hot dog topped with sautéed beef, onions and white American cheese. Guests also may order a Next Level BLT made with slab-cut Nueske’s bacon, avocado mayonnaise, thick-cut vine ripened tomatoes and arugula on grilled sourdough bread.

Platform 14, the new outdoor concession area in the Budweiser Bleachers located behind the center field scoreboard, will serve a new rotation of Hot Doug’s sausages as well. The “Champ Summers” is a spicy Vienna Polish sausage served with Goose Island beer mustard and crispy fried onions. The “Pete LaCock” is a ribeye steak sausage with horseradish cream and blue cheese. The “Bill Bonham” is an atomic pork sausage with cherry marmalade and smoked gouda cheese.

Guests and Entertainment:
On Friday, July 24, former USA Olympic gold medalist gymnast Shawn Johnson and former USA Olympic silver medalist gymnast Alicia Sacramone will throw a ceremonial first pitch. Aaron Bruno, frontman of the band AWOLNATION, will throw a ceremonial first pitch and the band will lead the afternoon’s seventh-inning stretch.

Cubs National Anthem singer Wayne Messmer will lead the stretch Sunday, July 26.

Chicago Bears cornerback Kyle Fuller will throw a first pitch and lead the stretch Monday, July 27.

Chicago Fire defender Eric Gehrig will throw a first pitch and later will be joined by midfielders Michael Stephens and Chris Ritter to lead the stretch Tuesday, July 28.

On Wednesday, July 29, the Cubs will host a pregame jersey exchange with Manchester United legend Bryan Robson. Aon, a partner of both clubs, is the presenting partner of Manchester United’s Summer Tour, which stops at Soldier Field later that evening for a match vs. Paris Saint-Germain. Robson will throw a ceremonial first pitch as well.

Let’s Give Charitable Campaign:
Fans will have the opportunity to learn more about Cubs Charities programming and give back to the community this homestand as part of this season’s ongoing “Let’s Give” campaign.

Following the game Friday, July 24, Cubs manager Joe Maddon will continue his “Respect Community” charity T-shirt initiative by representing the Cubs Scholars program. 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. Five high school seniors are selected as Cubs Scholars each year based on their academic achievement and potential, community participation, need, leadership potential and demonstrated ability to be a team player. Each class of Cubs Scholars collectively receives $100,000 in scholarships and participates in a Cubs College Prep program, where they are paired with a Cubs associate who serves as a mentor as they prepare for college.

On Saturday, July 25, the Cubs Wives will offer #WeAreGood T-shirts in the main concourse by Gate F. The shirts, inspired by catcher Miguel Montero’s popular Twitter hashtag, will be available for a $25 donation benefiting Cubs Charities and Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana.

Homestand Recap, July 24-29:
Friday, July 24 vs. Philadelphia Phillies, 3:05 p.m.
First pitches: Former USA Olympic gold medalist gymnast Shawn Johnson, former USA Olympic silver medalist gymnast Alicia Sacramone and AWOLNATION frontman Aaron Bruno
Seventh-inning stretch: Members of the band, AWOLNATION
Broadcast: WGN, WBBM 780-AM, Cubs.com
Promotional Item: Billy Williams Replica Statue presented by Pepsi, up to the first 10,000 fans

Saturday, July 25 vs. Philadelphia Phillies, 3:05 p.m.
Broadcast: ABC 7, WBBM 780-AM, Cubs.com
Promotion: Jorge Soler Cubs Debut Bobblehead presented by Illinois Pork Producers, up to the first 10,000 fans
Cubs Wives offering #WeAreGood T-shirts by Gate F to benefit Cubs Charities and Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana

Sunday, July 26 vs. Philadelphia Phillies, 1:20 p.m.
National Anthem and 7th inning stretch: Wayne Messmer
Promotional Item: Cubs Replica Batting Helmet presented by Advocate Children’s Hospital, up to the first 5,000 children age 13-and-younger
Broadcast: ABC 7, WBBM 780-AM, Cubs.com
Kids Run the Bases post-game, first 1,000 kids 13-and-under

Monday, July 27 vs. Colorado Rockies, 7:05 p.m.
First pitch and seventh-inning stretch: Chicago Bears cornerback Kyle Fuller
Broadcast: CSN+, WBBM 780-AM, Cubs.com

Tuesday, July 28 vs. Colorado Rockies, 7:05 p.m.
Special Group Night: Scout Night, participants receive Cubs-themed Scout Patch
First pitch: Chicago Fire defender Eric Gehrig
Seventh-inning stretch: Chicago Fire midfielders Michael Stephens and Chris Ritter and defender Eric Gehrig
Broadcast: CSN+, WBBM 780-AM, Cubs.com

Wednesday, July 29 vs. Colorado Rockies, 1:20 p.m.
Pregame jersey exchange with Manchester United legend Bryan Robson
First pitch: Manchester United legend Bryan Robson
Broadcast: WGN, MLB Network, WBBM 780-AM, Cubs.com

Cubs and White Sox to honor a pair of legends

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The Cubs and White Sox will honor their legends “Mr. Cub” Ernie Banks and “Mr. White Sox” Minnie Minoso, both of whom passed away this offseason, when they face each other for the Crosstown Cup Series at Wrigley Field July 10-12 and at U.S. Cellular Field August 14-16.

On Sunday, July 12, the entire Cubs team will wear No. 14 throwback uniforms from 1958 in honor of Hall of Famer Ernie Banks. The White Sox will wear uniforms from the same era. That season, Banks made the All-Star team and earned National League MVP honors after hitting .313 and leading the National League in home runs (47), RBI (129), slugging percentage (.614), games played (154), at-bats (617) and total bases (379).

On Friday, August 14, the entire White Sox team will wear throwback uniforms with Minnie Minoso’s retired No. 9 from the 1950s, while the Cubs will wear throwback uniforms from the same era.

“Chicago baseball fans suffered two incredible losses this winter when legends Ernie Banks and Minnie Minoso passed away,” said Cubs President of Business Operations Crane Kenney. “We’re honored to partner with the White Sox and recognize two of the greatest baseball players to ever represent this city during our upcoming Crosstown Cup Series.”

Inducted into Baseball’s Hall of Fame in 1977, Banks was a lifelong Cub who played for 19 seasons. He was a 14-time All-Star and back-to-back National League Most Valuable Player in 1958 and 1959. Banks hit 512 home runs in his career, and his 277 home runs as a shortstop remain a National League record.

Among Cubs players, Banks ranks first in games played (2,528), at-bats (9,421), extra-base hits (1,009) and total bases (4,706); second in home runs (512), RBI (1,636) and hits (2,583); third in doubles (407); fifth in runs scored (1,305); seventh in triples (90); and eighth in walks (763).

Starting while still a player in 1967, Banks turned his eye to coaching and served in that role through 1973, becoming the first African-American to manage a major league team on May 8, 1973, when he took over for the ejected Whitey Lockman.

He was the first Cub to have his number retired in 1982, was voted to Major League Baseball’s All-Century Team in 1999, and was presented with the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2013.

Budweiser Bleachers unveil new concessions offerings, including Hot Doug’s sausages

How-DougThe Chicago Cubs, Hot Doug’s, Vienna Beef and Levy Restaurants unveiled new concessions offerings in the Budweiser Bleachers Friday, including several Hot Doug’s sausages that will be served at Platform 14, a new outdoor concession area in the Budweiser Bleachers located behind the historic center-field scoreboard.

Doug Sohn, founder of Hot Doug’s, developed the initial menu offerings based on some of the most popular sausages served at his former Chicago restaurant. The names pay tribute to some of his favorite Cubs players from his youth.

  • The “Carmen Fanzone” is a spicy Vienna Polish sausage served with spicy brown mustard and caramelized onions.
  • The “Dave Kingman” is a bacon cheeseburger sausage with cola BBQ sauce and sharp cheddar cheese.
  • The “Rick Reuschel” is an atomic pork sausage with chipotle mustard and pepper jack cheese.

“The outpouring of love and support from Chicago for Hot Doug’s was incredible, and it became clear our fans were still craving the sausages that made our restaurant famous,” Sohn said. “The opportunity to partner with the Cubs and serve our product at historic Wrigley Field was too tempting to pass up, and we’re thrilled that Chicagoans now have a chance to enjoy Hot Doug’s once again.”

Budweiser Bleacher fans can look forward to new, rotating Hot Doug’s and Vienna Beef menu items at Platform 14 throughout the season.

Platform 14 features three other concession themes as well, including traditional ballpark fare, barbecue and Italian food. The traditional grill stand serves Vienna Beef hot dogs, bratwursts and Wrigley Field Smokies. The barbecue stand serves BBQ pulled pork, beef brisket, mac-n-cheese and the new “Grand Slam BBQ Twist,” which offers smoked beef brisket or pulled pork topped with barbecue sauce and mac-n-cheese, filled into cone-shaped bread. Finally, the Italian stand serves Vienna Beef Italian beef sandwiches, Giordano’s Pizza and the new Outfield Meatball Sandwich, which features three giant beef and pork meatballs with housemade marinara sauce and topped with grated parmesan cheese on a hoagie roll.

“When the Cubs and Ricketts family committed to restoring Wrigley Field through the 1060 Project, we promised improved and expanded concessions for our fans,” added Cubs President of Business Operations Crane Kenney. “We’re thrilled to introduce offerings from an iconic Chicago brand like Hot Doug’s while working with Levy Restaurants on delicious menu items to bring this exciting new chapter to life in the Budweiser Bleachers.”

In addition to Platform 14, fans may visit the new Red Line Grill, Waveland Grill and The Three Fingers Bar to find exciting new offerings from Levy Restaurants in the Budweiser Bleachers.

The Red Line Grill, located in the lower level Budweiser Bleacher concourse along Sheffield Avenue, features the following new and continued offerings:

  • The Big ‘W’ Burger features a six-ounce fresh beef patty topped with slices of American and cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomato, red onion a secret sauce, served with crinkle cut french fries.
  • The Joe Maddon – Third Base Hoagie is a time-honored recipe straight from Joe’s cousins Dave and Tina Mashinski’s restaurant in Hazelton, Pennsylvania, the Third Base Luncheonette. It features ham, salami, white American cheese, crisp lettuce, sliced tomatoes, onion, spicy peppers and olive oil, served on a hoagie roll. The hoagie also is available in the grandstand concourse.
  • Wrigley Field’s fan-favorite Big Slugger Nachos and Garlic Parmesan Fries are available at the Red Line Grill, as well as lighter options such as the Veggie Chopped Salad and Black Bean Veggie Burger.

The Waveland Grill, located in the lower level Budweiser Bleacher concourse along Waveland Avenue, features the following new and continued offerings:

  • Da Burger is a grilled Cuban-style pork burger topped with bacon, ham, Swiss cheese, pickles and spicy mustard aioli, presented by the Illinois Pork Producers and also available in concession stands.
  • The Buffalo Chicken Sandwich features a crispy breaded chicken breast tossed in Buffalo hot sauce, topped with blue cheese coleslaw and crumbled blue cheese.
  • The classic Northside Twist pretzel and Twisted Taters are available at the Waveland Grill as well.

The Three Fingers Bar, named after former Cubs pitcher Mordecai “Three Finger” Brown, is a full-service bar located behind the right field bleachers that serves made-to-order cocktails and specialty beverages, including Bob Chinn’s Mai Tai, the Jack Hammer with Jack Daniel’s and Pepsi, the Blow Torch with Jack Daniel’s Fire and lemonade, Johnny Appleseed Hard Apple Cider, Red Bridge Gluten-free Beer, Bud Light, Goose Island 312 Urban Wheat Ale and Green Line Pale Ale.

Additional concessions will become available throughout the ballpark in future years as part of the ongoing 1060 Project at Wrigley Field.

Cubs Eighth Homestand Events and Promotions: 7/3/15-7/12/15

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The Chicago Cubs will return to Wrigley Field to host the Miami Marlins July 3-5, the St. Louis Cardinals July 6-8 and the Chicago White Sox during the Crosstown Cup series July 10-12. The team will kick off its homestand by celebrating the recently enhanced Budweiser Bleachers and opening Platform 14, a new outdoor concession area located behind the historic center-field scoreboard.

Fans will be able to enjoy a postgame fireworks display exactly 100 years to the date after the Chicago Whales held an evening of entertainment at then-Weeghman Park that included music, dancing and a fireworks show. Fans may remain in their seats during a short intermission after the game, and fireworks will be launched from various points inside the ballpark. This year’s celebration, weather permitting, will mark the first ever postgame fireworks show hosted by the Cubs at Wrigley Field.

The Cubs-Cardinals series features a split doubleheader at Wrigley Field Tuesday, July 7, which includes the April 7 makeup game at 12:20 p.m. CDT followed by the regularly scheduled game at 7:05 p.m. CDT.

The Crosstown Cup will return to Wrigley Field when the Cubs take on the Chicago White Sox for a three-game series. Fans on the North and South Side will be able to cheer on their respective teams by using the #CrosstownCup hashtag and engaging in social media promotions unveiled by each team.

Fans can purchase tickets for the Miami Marlins and St. Louis Cardinals series at cubs.com or 800-THE-CUBS (800-843-2827). A limited amount of tickets are available for the Chicago White Sox series.

Promotions
Budweiser Bleacher Fridays continue this homestand with Red, White and Brew, July 3, when fans 21-and-older in the Budweiser Bleachers will receive a patriotic Cubs tank top (available in two sizes) presented by Budweiser. Red, White and Brew includes patriotic music, décor and entertainment, including bag toss games available in the new Right Field Porch before first pitch. Guests 21-and-older also will receive a commemorative Budweiser Bleachers stein. Former Cubs pitcher Ryan Dempster will lead an honorary toast from the bleachers to kick off a special seventh-inning stretch. Television broadcasters Len Kasper and Jim Deshaies will call the game from the new Left Field Porch in the bleachers that afternoon.

Budweiser Bleacher Fridays will continue July 10 with the Extra Innings Show by Fitz & The Tantrums. Fans 21-and-older in the Budweiser Bleachers will receive an Extra Innings glow-in-the-dark Koozie and enjoy a live Fitz & The Tantrums performance from the Right Field Porch. The show is open to all game attendees.

Fans in the Budweiser Bleachers will have the opportunity to enter the #BudFridays social media contest during both July Budweiser Bleacher Fridays. Fans 21-and-older in the Budweiser Bleachers are encouraged to wear their favorite patriotic attire July 3 and show off their best game and concert selfies July 10 by sharing photos on Twitter and Instagram using the #BudFridays hashtag. One creative winner from each date will be selected from all eligible entries to receive four tickets to the next Budweiser Bleacher Friday event. Official rules, prize value and details are available at the team’s #BudFridays contest page.

The Fourth of July fireworks show presented by Weber Sauces and Seasonings will headline a holiday celebration that also includes a Military Heroes Day presented by Magellan Corporation. The Military Heroes Day will feature an extended pregame ceremony featuring an oversized American flag displayed on the field by 100 members of the USO of Illinois, a military “Take the Field” experience, decorative bunting in the ballpark and patriotic uniforms for both teams on the field. Five active members of the U.S. armed forces will lead the seventh-inning stretch. Up to the first 10,000 fans will receive a Cubs Camo Cap presented by Magellan Corporation.

On Sunday, July 5, Kids Sundays will continue with an Anthony Rizzo Life-Size Fabric Growth Chart presented by ATI Physical Therapy for up to the first 5,000 children age 13-and-under. The first 1,000 kids 13-and-under can run the bases postgame, weather permitting.

Up to 10,000 early arriving fans Wednesday, July 8, will receive a Cubs Cooler presented by Comcast SportsNet.

On Saturday, July 11, up to the first 10,000 fans attending the Crosstown Cup series game against the Chicago White Sox will receive a Let’s Go Mobile Power Bank presented by Starwood Preferred Guest. The following day, July 12, up to 5,000 early arriving children age 13-and-under will receive a Color Your Own Cubs Insulated Lunch Bag presented by Vienna Beef. The first 1,000 kids 13-and-under can run the bases postgame, weather permitting.

Let’s Give Charitable Campaign
As part of this year’s Let’s Give campaign, fans will have the opportunity to learn more about Cubs Charities programming and give back to the community during the homestand. Following the Friday, July 3, and Friday, July 10, games, Cubs manager Joe Maddon will continue his Respect Community charity T-shirt initiative by representing Urban Initiatives (July 3) and Cubs Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (July 10) during his postgame press conferences. Urban Initiatives partners with Cubs Charities to help power the Cubs on the Move Fitness Program, encouraging youth in Chicago to Play Every Day. Cubs RBI, a Cubs Care grant program, is a youth outreach initiative designed to increase participation and interest in baseball and softball for underserved youth with the Union League Boys and Girls Clubs.

The Let’s Give campaign rolls on as the Cubs on the Move Fitness Trolley hits the road this summer starting July 6, making stops at Friedrich Ludwig Jahn Elementary School, Henry D. Lloyd Elementary School, National Teachers Elementary Academy and Jacob Beidler Elementary School. The trolley will stop at each school four times during the month of July. Cubs Charities partners with Urban Initiatives to provide sports-based programming at no cost to students in the program. Students will participate in team-building games, take the Run the Bases Challenge and learn about healthy lifestyles.

On July 7, the Anthony Rizzo Family Foundation will donate a portion of the proceeds from the 2015 Cook-Off for Cancer event to help fight pediatric cancer and support those battling the disease. The foundation will present a check for $150,000 to three local organizations during Tuesday night’s pregame ceremony.

Theo Epstein’s Foundation To Be Named Later (FTBNL) will kick off the fourth annual Hot Stove Cool Music Chicago event, July 9, with the Urban Baseball Classic game at Jackie Robinson West Field. Teen athletes from Chicago’s Jackie Robinson West and the Boston Astros will take the field for a baseball game. Later in the evening, Pearl Jam frontman and rock icon Eddie Vedder will take the stage at the Hot Stove Cool Music Chicago benefit concert at Wrigleyville’s Metro. Vedder will join Cubs President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein, Hall of Fame baseball writer Peter Gammons and Cubs broadcaster Len Kasper as part of the all-star music lineup at the annual event celebrating music, baseball and giving back.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the Foundation To Be Named Later and Cubs Charities. Both nonprofit organizations share the same mission to help underserved youth in Chicago.

Starting Saturday, July 11, Cubs wives will be selling baskets filled with favorite items from Cubs players. The baskets will be sold in the main concourse near Gate F, from 1:05 p.m. through the seventh inning, as well as online. The online basket auction will launch July 11 and end Sunday, July 19, at 8 p.m. CDT. To place an online bid, please visit cubs.com/authentics. Proceeds will benefit Cubs Charities.

Food Specials
The Decade Diner, located in the right-field concourse, will serve a traditional Cuban Sandwich, which includes smoked pork, ham, bacon, Swiss cheese, pickle and spicy mustard aioli on toasted torta bread. A Meatball Grinder also will be available, featuring beef meatballs with housemade marinara, toasted garlic hoagie roll, melted provolone cheese and grated Parmesan cheese.

Homestand Recap, July 3-12
Friday, July 3 vs. Miami Marlins, 1:20 p.m.

  • Opening of Platform 14 in the Budweiser Bleachers
  • Budweiser Bleacher Fridays: Red, White and Brew
  • Patriotic Cubs tank top (Budweiser Bleacher guests 21-and-older)
  • An honorary toast to the Budweiser Bleachers, led by former Cubs pitcher Ryan Dempster, to kick off the seventh-inning stretch
  • Commemorative stein (Budweiser Bleacher guests 21-and-older)
  • Broadcast: CSN, ESPN2, WBBM 780-AM, Cubs.com
  • Game broadcast from the Left Field Porch in the Budweiser Bleachers

Saturday, July 4 vs. Miami Marlins, 6:15 p.m.

  • Magellan Military Heroes Day: Pregame ceremony with oversized American Flag displayed by 100 members of the USO of Illinois and military Take the Field experience
  • Promotion: Cubs Camo Cap presented by Magellan Corporation (up to the first 10,000 fans)
  • Seventh-inning stretch: Five active members of the U.S. armed forces
  • Broadcast: FOX, WBBM 780-AM, Cubs.com
  • Postgame fireworks show presented by Weber Sauces and Seasonings

Sunday, July 5 vs. Miami Marlins, 1:20 p.m.

  • Promotion: Anthony Rizzo Life-Sized Fabric Growth Chart presented by ATI Physical Therapy (up to the first 5,000 children age 13-and-under)
  • Kids Run the Bases postgame (first 1,000 kids 13-and-under)
  • First pitch and seventh-inning stretch: Hall of Fame Cubs pitcher Fergie Jenkins
  • Broadcast: CSN, WBBM 780-AM, Cubs.com

Monday, July 6 vs. St. Louis Cardinals, 7:05 p.m.

  • First pitch: Dryden Mitchell, lead singer of Alien Ant Farm
  • Seventh inning stretch: Alien Ant Farm
  • Broadcast: WGN-TV, ESPN, WBBM 780-AM, Cubs.com

Tuesday, July 7 vs. St. Louis Cardinals, 12:20 p.m. (April 7 makeup game)

  • First pitch, national anthem and seventh-inning stretch: Zac Brown Band member Clay Cook
  • Broadcast: WGN-TV, MLB Network, WBBM 780-AM, WRTO 1200-AM Spanish Radio, Cubs.com

Tuesday, July 7 vs. St. Louis Cardinals, 7:05 p.m.

  • First pitch and seventh-inning stretch: Actor Thomas Ian Nicholas
  • Broadcast: CSN, WBBM 780-AM, Cubs.com

Wednesday, July 8 vs. St. Louis Cardinals, 7:05 p.m.

  • Promotion: Cubs Cooler presented by Comcast SportsNet (up to the first 10,000 fans)
  • First pitch: Former PGA Masters Champion Craig Stadler
  • Broadcast: CSN, ESPN, WBBM 780-AM, Cubs.com

Friday, July 10 vs. Chicago White Sox, 3:05 p.m.

  • Budweiser Bleacher Fridays: Extra Innings Show – Fitz & The Tantrums
  • Extra Innings glow-in-the-dark Koozie (Budweiser Bleacher guests 21-and-older)
  • First pitch and seventh-inning stretch: Fitz & The Tantrums
  • Broadcast: CSN, WBBM 780-AM, WRTO 1200-AM Spanish Radio, Cubs.com

Saturday, July 11 vs. Chicago White Sox, 3:05 p.m.

  • Promotion: Mobile Power Bank presented by Starwood Preferred Guest (up to the first 10,000 fans)
  • First pitch and seventh-inning stretch: Northwestern University football coach Pat Fitzgerald
  • Broadcast: WLS-TV, WBBM 780-AM, WRTO 1200-AM Spanish Radio, Cubs.com

Sunday, July 12 vs. Chicago White Sox, 1:20 p.m.

  • Promotion: Color Your Own Cubs Insulated Lunch Bag presented by Vienna Beef (up to the first 5,000 children age 13-and-under)
  • Seventh-inning stretch: Hall of Fame Cubs outfielder Billy Williams
  • Broadcast: WLS-TV, WBBM 780-AM, WRTO 1200-AM Spanish Radio, Cubs.com
  • Kids Run the Bases postgame (first 1,000 kids 13-and-under)

Cubs announce Fourth of July weekend plans

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(Photo by Stephen Green)

The Cubs invite fans to watch America’s pastime, honor military heroes and celebrate the Fourth of July weekend at Wrigley Field. The team will lead a celebratory toast to the enhanced Budweiser Bleachers July 3 and host military tributes and postgame fireworks inside Wrigley Field July 4. Kids Sundays continue July 5 with a youth giveaway and kids run the bases postgame to complete the three-game series vs. the Marlins.

The Fourth of July fireworks show presented by Weber Sauces and Seasonings will headline a holiday celebration that also includes a Cubs Camo Cap presented by Magellan Corporation for the first 10,000 fans. The Magellan Military Heroes Day will feature an extended pregame ceremony featuring an oversized American flag displayed on the field by 100 members of the USO of Illinois, a military Take the Field experience, decorative bunting in the ballpark and patriotic uniforms for both teams.

Fans can enjoy postgame fireworks exactly 100 years to the date after the Chicago Whales held an evening of entertainment at then-Weeghman Park in 1915 that included music, dancing and a fireworks show. Fans may remain in their seats during a short intermission after the game, and fireworks will be launched from various points inside the ballpark. This year’s celebration, weather permitting, will mark the first ever postgame fireworks show hosted by the Cubs at Wrigley Field.

The day prior, the team will open its homestand by celebrating the newly enhanced Budweiser Bleachers and opening Platform 14, a new outdoor concession area located behind the historic center-field scoreboard. Budweiser Bleacher guests 21-and-older will receive a patriotic Cubs tank top (available in two sizes) as part of the afternoon’s Red, White and Brew Budweiser Friday event, which also includes patriotic music, lively summer hits and classic American fare. Guests 21-and-older also will receive a commemorative stein for an honorary toast to the Budweiser Bleachers, led by former Cubs pitcher Ryan Dempster, to kick off the seventh-inning stretch. Broadcasters Len Kasper and Jim Deshaies will lead the television broadcast from the new Left Field Porch in the bleachers that afternoon.

On Sunday, July 5, Kids Sundays will continue with an Anthony Rizzo Life-Size Fabric Growth Chart presented by ATI Physical Therapy for the first 5,000 children age 13-and-younger. The first 1,000 kids 13-and-younger can run the bases postgame, weather permitting.

“Between our postgame fireworks, exciting promotional giveaways and a toast to the famous Budweiser Bleachers, we can’t think of a better way to celebrate the Fourth of July weekend in Chicago than watching America’s pastime at Wrigley Field,” said Cubs Vice President of Sales and Partnerships Colin Faulkner.

Tickets remain available for the holiday weekend at cubs.com or 800-THE-CUBS (800-843-2827).

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