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1000 Words: Winning in style

On Tuesday, the Cubs punched their ticket to the National League Championship Series with a 6-4 win over the Cardinals in Game 4 of the NLDS. Javier Baez, Anthony Rizzo and Kyle Schwarber all blasted home runs, and the bullpen sealed the game late to give the Cubs a 3-1 series win.

Yesterday marks the first time in franchise history that the Cubs clinched a postseason series at Wrigley Field. They now await the winner of the Dodgers-Mets NLDS series. The NLCS will get underway on Saturday.

Cubs and Wood Family Foundation celebrate the opening of Kerry Wood Cubs Field

Kerry-Wood-Cubs-FieldChicago high school and youth baseball players looking to sharpen their five tools or become the next “Kid K” in the majors now have a new baseball field on which to hone their talents.

Former Chicago Cubs pitcher Kerry Wood, Cubs Chairman Tom Ricketts, Cubs Charities Board Chair Laura Ricketts, 47th Ward Alderman Ameya Pawar and Chicago Park District General Superintendent and CEO Michael Kelly attended the Kerry Wood Cubs Field grand opening and ceremonial ribbon cutting on Thursday.

The new ballpark located near Lane Tech High School on Addison Street, about a mile from Wrigley Field, is owned and operated by the Chicago Park District. The field includes seating for 1,250 spectators and fans and will be used for Chicago Public High School League baseball games, and as a potential host site for IHSA state baseball playoffs. The Park District also will make the field available for recreational leagues and use by the general public.

The Cubs, Cubs Charities, Wood Family Foundation, City of Chicago, State of Illinois, Chicago Park District, Chicago Public Schools and Turner Construction all contributed to make the ballpark project possible.

“Cubs Charities believes developing the next generation of All-Stars starts with a strong foundation in health, fitness and education,” said Cubs Charities Board Chair Laura Ricketts. “Our support of Kerry Wood Cubs Field underscores our commitment to improving the quality of life in our great city and fostering a love of baseball.”

Kerry Wood has been actively involved in the community during and after an illustrious career that included two All-Star appearances, National League Rookie of the Year honors and a share of the record for most strikeouts in a nine-inning game, 20, on May 6, 1998, against the Houston Astros. Kerry and his wife Sarah formed the Wood Family Foundation in 2011. The foundation works to improve the lives of children in and around Chicago by raising funds and awareness for its children’s programs and other children’s charities they support. Their support to build Kerry Wood Cubs Field is a visible sign of their family’s commitment to Chicago youth and families.

“It’s very exciting to see Kerry Wood Cubs Field open and ready for kids to start playing baseball,” Wood said. “I am humbled by the generosity of the Chicago Cubs, Cubs Charities, City of Chicago and Chicago Park District for making this dream a reality, not only for me and my family, but for all of the youth baseball players who will have the opportunity to play at the field.”

Beyond a field of dreams for young baseball players, Kerry Wood Cubs Field will be a strong community anchor to enhance the surrounding area, increase recreational activities and improve the quality of life for Chicago residents.

“Once again, the Chicago Park District is pleased to partner with the Chicago Cubs,” Kelly said. “The new Kerry Wood Cubs Field is a great investment in the community and will further strengthen our efforts to ensure that America’s favorite pastime continues to grow in Chicago’s parks.”

Alderman Ameya Pawar praised the public-private partnership as a driving force behind the successful completion of the project.

“I’m happy to see Kerry Wood Cubs Field open at Clark Park,” Pawar said. “I’m proud of the partnership between my office and the Chicago Cubs, Wood Family Foundation, the Chicago Park District, Chicago Public Schools and the Clark Park Advisory Council—together we took this idea from a concept to reality.”

“It is fantastic that a ballpark of this magnitude will be available to high school students across the city who want to develop and showcase their talents,” said Morgan Park High School baseball coach Earnest Radcliffe. “Playing at Kerry Wood Cubs Field will give these student athletes a sense of pride, especially understanding this field was named after one of the best pitchers to ever play the game.”

Following the ribbon cutting, Kerry Wood threw a ceremonial first pitch, and the field was immediately opened for community residents to enjoy. The first high school regular season game will be played in March of 2016.

 

Cubs Lineup: 9/21/15

Cubs vs. Brewers — Wrigley Field
First Pitch: 7:05 CST
Cubs Starter: Jason Hammel (8-6, 3.73)
Brewers Starter: Wily Peralta, RHP (5-9, 4.41)
TV: CSN; Radio: WBBM 780 AM

1. Dexter Fowler, CF
2. Kyle Schwarber, LF
3. Kris Bryant, 3B
4. Anthony Rizzo, 1B
5. Starlin Castro, 2B
6. Miguel Montero, C
7. Addison Russell, SS
8. Jason Hammel, P
9. Chris Coghlan, RF

Cubs 13th Homestand Events and Promotions: 9/18/15-9/28/15

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The Cubs will be giving away a Kris Bryant bobblehead to the first 10,000 fans on Saturday, Sept. 26.

The Chicago Cubs will host the final homestand of the 2015 regular season from Sept. 18-28 as the St. Louis Cardinals, Milwaukee Brewers and Pittsburgh Pirates each visit for three-game series, followed by a make up of the May 30 postponement with the Kansas City Royals.

The 10-game homestand features a number of promotions, guests, food specials and community events. As the team’s home slate concludes Monday, Sept. 28, the Cubs will say thank you to fans for their support this season by handing out a limited number of autographed baseballs throughout the ballpark before the game. The Wrigley Field Grounds Crew will continue their annual tradition by singing the seventh-inning stretch from the field.

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

Promotions
The team’s final Budweiser Bleacher Friday event of the season will help turn singles into doubles as Cubs fans mingle in the Budweiser Bleachers Friday, Sept. 18, vs. the St. Louis Cardinals. Each guest will receive a three-quarter-length-sleeve top and the afternoon will include fun social media interaction and creative food pairings.

Kids Sundays continue Sept. 20 with the first 1,000 kids 13-and-under able to run the bases postgame, weather permitting.

The Cubs host Social Media Night on Monday, Sept. 21, with social media-themed content featured in the ballpark and during the game broadcast on Comcast SportsNet. Up to the first 300 guests with a game ticket can attend a pregame event from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at the DraftKings Fantasy Sports Zone, formerly the Captain Morgan Club. Doors open at 4 p.m. Representatives from @Cubs, @SBCubs and @CSNChicago will host a panel discussion and take questions from attendees and followers using the #CubsSocial hashtag. Guests at the pregame event will receive a T-shirt featuring a fan-submitted design, plus the opportunity to win great prizes and experiences like throwing a first pitch before the game.

On Wednesday, Sept. 23, fans of the Big Ten Conference can receive a Cubs Beanie Cap in their favorite team’s colors when they purchase a Big Ten Night Special Group ticket at cubs.com/specialevents. That night, Budweiser Bleacher guests 21-and-older will also receive a Reusable Tote presented by Hornitos.

On Saturday, Sept. 26, up to the first 10,000 fans will receive a Kris Bryant Cubs Debut Bobblehead presented by TransUnion.

On Monday, Sept. 28, the team will distribute the remainder of the Chicago Whales Replica Throwback Jerseys presented by Benjamin Moore that were not given to early-arriving fans on the original May 30 game date.

Guests and Entertainment
On Saturday, Sept. 19, members of the Chicago-based ’60s band, The Buckinghams, will sing the National Anthem. Former Cubs pitcher Kerry Wood will lead the seventh-inning stretch.

Former Cubs catcher Randy Hundley will lead the stretch Sunday, Sept. 20.

Actors George Wendt and Tim Kazurinsky will lead the stretch Monday, Sept. 21.

Ronnie Platt, lead vocalist and keyboardist from the band Kansas, will lead the stretch Tuesday, Sept. 22.

Former Northwestern Wildcats running back Darnell Autry will throw a ceremonial first pitch Wednesday, Sept. 23, as part of Big Ten Night at Wrigley Field.

Windy City Live’s on-air talent Ryan Chiaverini, Val Warner and Ji Suk Yi will lead the stretch Friday, Sept. 25.

The following day, Sept. 26, UFC fighter CM Punk will lead the stretch.

The homestand concludes Monday, Sept. 28, with Chicago Bears wide receiver Alshon Jeffery throwing a ceremonial first pitch and the Wrigley Field Grounds Crew leading the seventh-inning stretch from the field.

Let’s Give Charitable Campaign
Following the game on Saturday, Sept. 19, Cubs pitcher Jason Motte will host the inaugural Chicago Cornhole Challenge featuring friendly competition, food and beverage, and the unique opportunity for fans to play games against Cubs and Cardinals players and coaches. The tournament is a continuation of a similar event the Jason Motte Foundation launched in St. Louis while Motte was a member of the Cardinals. Attendees will have the chance to bid on one-of-a-kind sports memorabilia during a live and silent auction. Net proceeds from the Chicago Cornhole Challenge benefit the Jason Motte Foundation, which provides comfort and care where there is a need for those affected, both directly and indirectly, by cancers of all kinds.

This month, Cubs Charities, the Anthony Rizzo Family Foundation, the Jason Motte Foundation, Jon Lester’s NVRQT campaign and Joe Maddon’s Respect 90 Foundation have teamed up to raise funds for pediatric cancer research and awareness. Fans can take part in the fight against cancer by fundraising in support of one of four teams at cubs.com/letsgogold. The top fundraiser from each team will throw a ceremonial first pitch during the Sept. 20 game for Pediatric Cancer Awareness Day. In support of the day, Cubs players and coaches will wear gold-themed batting practice jerseys and hats as they gear up to take on the Cardinals. These jerseys, hats and autographed gold baseballs will be available for purchase through Cubs Authentics, with proceeds benefiting the participating player foundations.

On Monday, Sept. 21, Cubs Charities will launch the Cubs on the Move Fitness Program Challenge at the Hawthorne Academy Fitness Center, which was funded and developed by Cubs Charities. The Cubs on the Move Fitness Challenge was inspired by the success of the Cubs on the Move Fitness Program in motivating kids in Chicago to “Play Every Day!” The program aims to provide educators with resources to promote physical activity in the classroom while empowering kids ages 5-through-13 in the Chicago area to develop ideas to keep themselves, their schools and their communities active. More information will be available at cubsonthemovechallenge.com.

On Wednesday, Sept. 23, the Cubs will host a pregame reception and ceremony in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month and Major League Baseball’s Roberto Clemente Award, which recognizes a player who best represents the game of baseball through positive contributions on and off the field. First baseman Anthony Rizzo will be recognized as the Cubs’ nominee.

On Thursday, Sept. 24, the Cubs, Cubs Charities, Wood Family Foundation, City of Chicago, Chicago Park District and Chicago Public Schools will celebrate the grand opening of Kerry Wood Cubs Field at Clark Park near Lane Tech High School on Addison Street. The field, which was built by Turner Construction, includes seating for 1,250 spectators and will be used by Chicago Public Schools citywide throughout the high school baseball season during and after school hours. The field also will be open for use by recreational leagues and the general public.

On Friday, Sept. 25, the Wood Family Foundation will host its inaugural Storybook Gala at Moonlight Studios. The “Pure Imagination” event will have a Willy Wonka-inspired theme based off the book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Ronald Dahl. Proceeds from the event will support Pitch In, the foundation’s after-school mentoring program serving Chicago’s at-risk children. Tickets for the event and after-party are available at woodfamilyfoundation.org.

Finally, Cubs manager Joe Maddon will continue his “Respect Community” charity T-shirt initiative during his Friday postgame press conferences Sept. 18 and 25, beginning with the One Step Camp by Children’s Oncology Services, Inc. Children’s Oncology Services is dedicated to improving the quality of life of children diagnosed with cancer. Through their One Step Programs, pediatric cancer patients can enjoy camp experiences and other programs throughout the year.

Food Specials
The Decade Diner in the right-field concourse continues its rotating menu of homestand specials with a triple-decker Turkey Club Sandwich featuring sliced turkey, bacon, tomatoes, crisp lettuce and mayonnaise served on toasted bread. Guests can also order the Reuben Sandwich with warm pastrami, sauerkraut, Swiss cheese and house-made Louie dressing on toasted marble rye bread.

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 “Dick Tidrow” is a Jamaican jerk pork sausage with cumin dijonnaise, smoked gouda cheese and fried plantain chips.

Homestand Recap, Sept. 18-28
Friday, Sept. 18 vs. St. Louis Cardinals, 1:20 p.m.

  • Budweiser Bleacher Fridays: Singles and Doubles Day
  • Promotion: Three-quarter-length-sleeve top (Budweiser Bleacher guests 21-and-older)
  • Broadcast: ABC 7, WBBM 780-AM, WRTO 1200-AM Spanish Radio, Cubs.com

Saturday, Sept. 19 vs. St. Louis Cardinals, 12:05 p.m.

  • National Anthem: The Buckinghams
  • Seventh-inning stretch: Former Cubs pitcher Kerry Wood
  • Broadcast: FOX, WBBM 780-AM, Cubs.com
  • Postgame: Jason Motte Foundation’s Chicago Cornhole Challenge

Sunday, Sept. 20 vs. St. Louis Cardinals, 1:20 p.m.

  • Pediatric Cancer Awareness Day
  • Seventh-inning stretch: Former Cubs catcher Randy Hundley
  • Broadcast: TBS, WBBM 780-AM, Cubs.com
  • Kids Run the Bases postgame (first 1,000 kids 13-and-under)

Monday, Sept. 21 vs. Milwaukee Brewers, 7:05 p.m.

  • Social Media Night
  • Promotion: Pregame event at DraftKings Fantasy Sports Zone (limited to first 300 guests) with social media-themed T-shirts and raffle prizes
  • Seventh-inning stretch: Actors George Wendt and Tim Kazurinsky
  • Broadcast: CSN, WBBM 780-AM, Cubs.com

Tuesday, Sept. 22 vs. Milwaukee Brewers, 7:05 p.m.

  • Seventh-inning stretch: Ronnie Platt, lead vocalist and keyboardist from Kansas
  • Broadcast: CSN+, WBBM 780-AM, Cubs.com

Wednesday, Sept. 23 vs. Milwaukee Brewers, 7:05 p.m.

  • Promotion: Reusable Tote presented by Hornitos (Budweiser Bleacher guests 21-and-older)
  • Special Group Night: Big Ten Night
  • Promotion: Cubs Beanie Cap in a Big Ten school’s colors
  • First pitch: Former Northwestern Wildcats running back Darnell Autry
  • Broadcast: CSN, WBBM 780-AM, WRTO 1200-AM Spanish Radio, Cubs.com

Friday, Sept. 25 vs. Pittsburgh Pirates, 1:20 p.m.

  • Seventh-inning stretch: Windy City Live on-air talent Ryan Chiaverini, Val Warner and Ji Suk Yi
  • Broadcast: ABC 7, WBBM 780-AM, Cubs.com
  • Postgame: Wood Family Foundation’s Storybook Gala

Saturday, Sept. 26 vs. Pittsburgh Pirates, 12:05 p.m.

  • Promotion: Kris Bryant Cubs Debut Bobblehead presented by TransUnion (first 10,000 fan)
  • Seventh-inning stretch: UFC fighter CM Punk
  • Broadcast: FOX, WBBM 780-AM, Cubs.com

Sunday, Sept. 27 vs. Pittsburgh Pirates, 7:08 p.m.

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

Monday, Sept. 28 vs. Kansas City Royals, 7:05 p.m. (makeup of May 30 postponement)

  • First pitch: Chicago Bears wide receiver Alshon Jeffery
  • Seventh-inning stretch: Wrigley Field Grounds Crew
  • Broadcast: CSN, WBBM 780-AM, Cubs.com

Cubs announce online registration details for postseason tickets sales

The Chicago Cubs have announced details for fans seeking the opportunity to purchase single-game tickets to potential postseason games at Wrigley Field. Beginning Thursday at 9 a.m. until Sept. 23 at noon, fans can register for a random drawing to win a chance to purchase single-game postseason tickets for a potential Wild Card Game and National League Division Series.* Registration will remain open throughout the postseason at cubs.com/postseason, with cut-off times for drawings to additional potential series to be announced as the postseason unfolds.

Fans who register for the online ticket opportunity will be notified via email if they have been selected for a chance to purchase before single-game tickets go on sale. Those who are randomly selected from all eligible registrants will have a one-time chance to purchase a maximum of four tickets to a potential Wild Card Game or Division Series Game at Wrigley Field, pending availability. Tickets will be available for purchase on a first-come, first-served basis. Being selected in a drawing does not guarantee the opportunity to purchase tickets to a postseason game.

“We are excited to provide as many Cubs fans as possible with an opportunity to experience postseason baseball at Wrigley Field,” said Cubs Vice President of Sales and Partnerships Colin Faulkner. “We encourage anyone looking for a chance to purchase limited single game postseason tickets to register for the online lottery and act quickly if their name is selected.”

The number of potential postseason tickets that may become available to Cubs fans is limited as a result of ticket allocations to Cubs Season Ticket Holders and other partners. To provide a purchase opportunity to as many fans as possible, all registered fans who are not selected for early postseason contests will remain eligible for selection if the Cubs advance to subsequent rounds. Fans may only purchase tickets once during the postseason.

The postseason single-game ticket on-sale date and pricing will be announced at a later time. Single-game ticket buyers are encouraged to pay with MasterCard, the preferred credit card of the Chicago Cubs. Fans may visit cubs.com/postseason for more information about potential single-game postseason ticket sales or call the Chicago Cubs Fan Services team at 773-388-8270 with any questions.

*Registration is open to legal residents of the 50 United States who are 18 years of age or older at the time of entry. Void where prohibited; additional exclusions apply. Full terms and conditions are available at cubs.com/postseason.

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

90s Day Reissue Caps Neon Pink and Yellow
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