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First Pitch/Seventh-Inning Stretch Lineup: 6/21-6/23


Actor Joe Mantegna will be throwing out the first pitch and singing the seventh-inning stretch on Sunday, June 23. (Photo by Stephen Green)

The Cubs are at home this weekend for a quick three-game set with the former division rival Houston Astros. If you’re headed out to Wrigley Field, here are your first pitch and seventh-inning stretch lineups:

Friday — 6/21
Joel Murray (Actor and emcee for the 2nd Annual Hot Stove Cool Music Chicago benefit concert at the Metro)

Saturday — 6/22
Christian Madsen, Ben Lloyd-Hughes and Amy Newbold (Cast members from Divergent, an upcoming film release currently shooting in Chicago)

Sunday — 6/23
Joe Mantegna (Actor, Chicago native)

Cubs announce four Friday 3:05 p.m. starts

The Chicago Cubs today announced Friday start times for the remainder of the 2013 season. The four Friday games listed below previously marked as TBD are now scheduled for 3:05 p.m. CDT.

Friday, July 5 vs. Pittsburgh Pirates, CSN-TV
Friday, July 12 vs. St. Louis Cardinals, WGN-TV
Friday, Aug. 2 vs. Los Angeles Dodgers, WGN-TV
Friday, Aug. 16 vs. St. Louis Cardinals, CSN-TV

Now Playing: Stretching Out with John C. McGinley

Most people who throw out the first pitch at Wrigley Field worry about just getting the ball to home plate. Former Scrubs star John C. McGinley worried about getting the proper movement on the pitch. The character actor and big-time sports fan has been gracing screens big and small for more than 20 years. He recently played iconic broadcaster Red Barber in the movie 42 and was on hand at the Friendly Confines for Jackie Robinson Day on April 16.

To read the entire interview, pick up the June issue of Vine Line.

First Pitch/Seventh-Inning Stretch Lineup: 6/7-6/13


Rick Sutcliffe (right) will be throwing out the first pitch and singing the seventh-inning stretch next Wednesday. (Photo by Stephen Green)

The Cubs kick off a seven-game homestand Friday, as they welcome the Pirates and Reds to town. If you’re headed out to Wrigley Field between June 7 and June 13, here’s your first pitch and seventh-inning stretch lineup:

Friday – 6/7
Pat Fitzgerald (Northwestern Football Coach)

Saturday – 6/8
Seventh-Inning Stretch: Ernie Banks (Ernie Banks retired flag giveaway for the first 10,000 fans)
First Pitch: Thomas Ian Nicholas (Actor, Rookie of the Year)

Sunday – 6/9
Randy Hundley (Chicago Cubs great, season tickets feature Randy Hundley)

Monday – 6/10
Cast from The Book of Mormon

Tuesday – 6/11
Arsenio Hall (Talk show host)

Wednesday – 6/12
Rick Sutcliffe (Chicago Cubs great)

Thursday – 6/13

First Pitch/Seventh-Inning Stretch Lineup: 5/29-6/2


(Photo by Stephen Green)

The Cubs kick off a five-game homestand Wednesday, with the White Sox and Diamondbacks coming to town. If you’re headed to Wrigley Field over the next week, here’s your first pitch and seventh-inning stretch lineup:

Wednesday – 5/29
Denis Savard (former Chicago Blackhawks star)

Thursday – 5/30
Billy Williams (Cubs Hall of Famer)

Friday – 5/31
Bryce Drew (Valparaiso basketball head coach, former Bulls player)

Saturday – 6/1
Bob Brenly (former Cubs broadcaster)

Sunday – 6/2
Ryan O’Reilly (Bricks and Ivy auction winner)

Cubs unveil proposed Wrigley restoration photos

Tom Ricketts and other members of Cubs management met at a City Club of Chicago breakfast Wednesday morning to unveil new drawings for the Wrigley Field restoration project they hope to start following the 2013 baseball season.

Ricketts has proposed a $300 million renovation plan for the Friendly Confines, which turns 100 years old next season, and an additional $200 million in community investment. The plan calls for improvements to the concourse and clubhouses at the Friendly Confines, but the biggest topic of discussion has been the 6,000-square-foot scoreboard planned for left-center field. Other amenities include a new hotel with a health club and dining, a two-story restaurant/retail building where the Captain Morgan Club currently stands, an open plaza just to the west of the stadium and a new team office on Waveland Avenue and Clark Street.

Click the above photos for a better view of the proposed project.

Help the Cubs “Pink Out” the Bleachers for breast cancer awareness


(Photo by Mike McGinnis/Getty)

Celebrate Mother’s Day a little early this season by joining the Cubs and Advocate Health Care on Wednesday, May 8, for Chicago Cubs Charities’ first “Pink Out” in the Bleachers. Each fan attending the game in the Budweiser Bleachers will receive a “Pink Out” hat, which will be handed out at the gates by Cubs players’ and coaches’ wives, to celebrate survivors and promote breast cancer awareness.

Fans throughout the ballpark are also encouraged to wear pink that day. If your wardrobe is a little light on pink, the Cubs Store, located across from Wrigley Field at the corner of Clark and Addison streets, will display a “Pink Out” section with pink merchandise. Fans will notice other pink touches throughout the ballpark as well, such as a temporary pink ribbon on the outfield wall, pink hats worn by the grounds crew and more.

All fans in attendance on May 8 are encouraged to participate in the Chicago Cubs Charities 50/50 Raffle, as proceeds will benefit mammograms for under- and uninsured women through the Advocate Charitable Foundation.

The Cubs and Advocate will also honor breast cancer survivors during game ceremonies. The ceremonial first pitches will be thrown by a breast cancer survivor, as well as Major League Baseball’s 2013 Honorary Bat Girl Contest winner, who was selected after submitting a story about “Going to Bat Against Breast Cancer;” the National Anthem will be sung by 40 members of the Sing to Live Community Chorus, which is comprised of singers whose lives have been touched by breast cancer; and three breast cancer survivors will lead the afternoon’s seventh-inning stretch from the broadcast booth. In addition, Advocate will bring more than 50 survivors to enjoy the game in the stands.

Fans can purchase tickets and find more information at

Now Playing: Stretching Out with Fergie Jenkins

Prior to the Cubs’ home opener, starter Edwin Jackson probably could have learned a thing or two from the man taking the mound before him. Hall of Fame pitcher Fergie Jenkins was on hand, along with fellow Hall of Famer and former teammate Billy Williams, to throw out the first pitch of the season at Wrigley Field. Arguably the best Cubs pitcher of all time, Jenkins tallied six consecutive 20-win seasons for the North Siders and won 284 games in his 19-year career. He talked to Vine Line about the enduring allure of Wrigley Field and getting back on the mound for the first pitch of the season.

To read the entire article, pick up the May issue of Vine Line.

Series 9 Preview: Cubs vs. Padres


Former Cub Andrew Cashner will throw Wednesday for the Padres. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

While the Giants are busy winning World Series titles and the Dodgers continue to take on huge payroll to try to keep pace, their “small market” neighbors to the south have quietly assembled a team many think has the potential to surprise in the NL West. Manager Bud Black already turned a few heads last season, squeezing 76 wins out of a group many expected to finish at the bottom of the division. But through the first month of the season, the pieces haven’t quite clicked, as the team sits at 9-15 heading into the Cubs series. On the plus side, it helps that the Padres have developed a true superstar in switch-hitting third baseman Chase Headley, who opened the season on the DL with a thumb injury. Headley hit a career-high 33 home runs last year (after a previous career high of 12 in 2009) and drove in a league-leading 115 men. He’s gotten off to a slow start this year, but he has played in only 10 games. With the Friars moving in the fences at Petco Park this season, Headley could be a dark-horse MVP candidate.

HITTING: 3.6 RS/G 12th in NL
The shorter fences at Petco won’t help just Headley. Former White Sox slugger Carlos Quentin managed to slug .504 in a half season after coming back from knee surgery last year. Despite that lost time, he also achieved the rare feat of leading different leagues in hit by pitches in consecutive years. The Padres have high hopes that first baseman Yonder Alonso will blossom into a power source as a sophomore after ripping 39 doubles as a rookie. Black runs an aggressive offense, platooning to advantage, getting runners on base and then moving them to keep defenses guessing. Shortstop Everth Cabrera led the NL with 44 steals (against just four times caught stealing) in 2012, spearheading an efficient running game that generated 155 swiped bags. Add in the potential for a power boost in their previously pitcher-friendly home park, and it’s a lineup that should be better than their 3.6 runs a game might indicate.

PITCHING: 4.6 RA/G 13th in NL
The problem with the Padres’ pitching staff is simple: Some of the team’s best starters opened the season on the disabled list. Of course, not having to face Cory Luebke early in the season works to the Cubs’ advantage. In the meantime, San Diego will rely on some starters that should be very familiar to Chicago fans—ex-White Sox southpaw Clayton Richard and ex-Cub Andrew Cashner. They will also run out inconsistent Cincinnati import Edinson Volquez. One thing to watch for is Black’s deft touch with the bullpen, where his best weapon is the rubber-armed Luke Gregerson, who has become one of the best set-up men in baseball. Also keep an eye on Dale Thayer and lefty Joe Thatcher in situational matchups and tight spots.

—Christina Kahrl

First Pitch/Seventh-Inning Stretch Lineup: 4/29-5/8


Comedian Julia Sweeney sang the seventh-inning stretch during a game earlier this month. (Photo by Stephen Green)

The Cubs kick off a nine-game homestand Monday, as the Padres, Reds and Cardinals come to town. If you’re headed to Wrigley Field over the next week, here’s your first pitch and seventh-inning stretch lineup:

Monday – 4/29
First Pitch & Stretch: John Egan, Rich Rochelle & Chuck Wood from the 1963 Loyola Men’s Basketball championship team (celebrating their 50th anniversary)

Tuesday – 4/30
First Pitch & Stretch: Corey Wootton (Chicago Bears)

Wednesday – 5/1
First Pitch & Stretch: Jeff Mauro (“The Sandwich King”/ Chicago Food Network star)

Thursday – 5/2
First Pitch: Emmylou Harris (12-time Grammy winner)
Stretch: Steve Trout (Cubs alumni)

Friday – 5/3
First Pitch: Shea McClellin (Chicago Bears)
Stretch: TBD

Saturday – 5/4
First Pitch & Stretch: TBD

Sunday – 5/5
First Pitch & Stretch: Gary Sinise (Actor/Musician)

Monday – 5/6
First Pitch: Elena Delle Donne (Chicago Sky)
Stretch: TBD

Tuesday – 5/7
First Pitch & Stretch: Nick Cannon (America’s Got Talent)

Wednesday – 5/8 “Pink Out”
First Pitch: Breast cancer survivor
National Anthem: Sing to Live Chorus (40 members affected by breast cancer)
Stretch: Breast cancer survivors


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