Cubs and White Sox to honor a pair of legends


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.

Cubs Minor League Recap: 7/5/15

Myrtle Beach overpowered its way to a win, and Eugene recorded a shutout victory Sunday. Iowa, Tennessee and South Bend were all handed losses while Mesa was rained out. Here are some notes from yesterday’s minor league action:

Iowa Cubs (42-40)
Pacific Coast League (Triple-A)
Third Place (-11.0)

Iowa was blanked at New Orleans, recording just two hits in the 2-0 setback. The game was called with one out in the bottom of the seventh inning due to rain.

  • C Kyle Schwarber (.356) reached base twice, going 1-for-2 and walking once. He has reached base safely in six straight games.
  • 1B Taylor Davis (.281) also recorded a hit for the I-Cubs, going 1-for-3.
  • RHP Donn Roach tossed his sixth consecutive quality start but took the loss after allowing two runs on seven hits in 6.1 innings of work.

Tennessee Smokies (5-4)
Southern League (Double-A)
T-Second Place (-2.0)

Tennessee was unable to overcome Birmingham’s early lead and fell to the Barons, 9-4.

  • CF Jacob Hannemann (.232) went 2-for-5 and connected on his fourth triple of the season. He has had three multi-hit efforts and five extra-base hits in his last four games.
  • C Cael Brockmeyer (.250) went 1-for-4 and blasted a solo homer in his first game with the Smokies.
  • LF Bijan Rademacher (.237) went 1-for-2 with a double (7) and a season-high three walks, scoring once.
  • RF Billy McKinney went 1-for-3 with a double (13), an RBI (20) and a walk.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans (5-6)
Carolina League (High-A)
T-Second Place (-1.5)

The Pelicans enjoyed their second consecutive game with 10 or more hits, blanking Carolina, 12-0. The game was called after the top of the eighth inning due to rain.

  • RHP Daury Torrez (3.80) tossed his second career compete game shutout, surrendering just three hits while fanning six batters and walking none in 7.0 scoreless frames.
  • C Victor Caratini (.248) went 2-for-3, blasted a homer (3), drove in three runs (32), walked twice and scored twice.
  • RF Mark Zagunis (.311) went 1-for-4 with a double (17), three RBI (40), a walk and two runs scored. He has an RBI in five of his last six games (seven total RBI).
  • 3B Jeimer Candelario (.285) went 2-for-4, knocked a double (21) and scored twice.
  • 2B Daniel Lockhart (.235) went 2-for-4 with an RBI (19) and one run scored.
  • 1B Jacob Rogers (.256) went 1-for-3, plated two (50), walked twice and scored once.

South Bend Cubs (6-5)
Midwest League (Low-A)
T-Third Place (-1.0)

South Bend dropped the series finale at Bowling Green, 9-4. The two teams split the series, 2-2.

  • DH Jason Vosler (.263) went 2-for-4, blasted a solo homer (3) and a double (9), and scored twice.
  • C Erick Castillo (.240) went 1-for-3 with a double, an RBI (4) and a walk.
  • 1B Gioskar Amaya (.263) went 1-for-3, drove in one (23) and walked once.
  • RF Jeffrey Baez (.183) earned an RBI (8) and scored once despite going 0-for-4.

Eugene Emeralds (10-8)
Northwest League (Short-Season A)
T-First Place (–)

Eugene blanked Vancouver, 6-0. The series will be decided in tonight’s rubber match.

  • DH Justin Marra (.243) went 2-for-5, crushed a homer in the fifth, plated three (6) and scored once.
  • LF Donnie Dewees (.270) went 2-for-4 with a double (5), an RBI (6), a walk and one run scored.
  • 3B Blake Headley (.250) went 2-for-3, walked once and scored once.
  • 1B Matt Rose (.290) drew three walks and scored once despite going 0-for-2.
  • RHP Adbert Alzolay (0.00) earned his first win after tossing 4.0 hitless innings of relief and fanning four batters versus only one walk.

Cubs acquire pitching prospect, international slot money from Angels for C Rafael Lopez

The Cubs today acquired minor league left-handed pitching prospect Manny Rondon and international slot number four from the Los Angeles Angels for catcher Rafael Lopez.

Lopez, 27, was designated for assignment on June 27. He batted .276 (43-for-156) with eight doubles, one triple, no home runs and 17 RBI in 46 games with Iowa this season. Lopez made his big league debut with the Cubs last year and hit .182 (2-for-11) in seven games.

Rondon, 20, has gone 3-7 with a 2.94 ERA (38 ER/116.1 IP) in 36 appearances (18 starts) covering three pro seasons in the Angels organization. He was a 2014 Dominican Summer League All-Star when he went 0-5 with a 2.30 ERA (17 ER/66.2 IP) in 14 starts. The 2015 season marks Rondon’s first in the United States, and he made just two starts with the Angels’ rookie league club in Arizona prior to today’s trade.

The left-hander is a native of Puerto Cabello, Carabobo, Venezuela, and signed with the Angels as an undrafted free agent in 2012.

Cubs name Zagunis, Pimentel minor league player, pitcher of the month for June

The Cubs today named Single-A Myrtle Beach outfielder Mark Zagunis and Triple-A Iowa right-handed pitcher Carlos Pimentel the organization’s minor league player and pitcher of the month for June, respectively.

Zagunis, 22, batted .326 (31-for-95) with 23 runs scored, six doubles, one triple, four home runs, 16 RBI and 14 walks compared to 13 strikeouts in 26 June games for Myrtle Beach. He recorded a .448 on-base percentage and a .537 slugging mark to contribute to a .985 OPS for the month. In nine games from June 10-19, Zaguins hit .439 with four doubles, one triple, two home runs and 11 RBI while posting a 1.209 OPS.

The right-handed hitting Zagunis last month led the Carolina League in runs scored, tied for first in home runs, ranked second in total bases (51) and OPS, third in OBP, tied for third in hits and walks, ranked fourth in slugging, tied for fourth in RBI and tied for fifth in extra-base hits (11).

Zagunis was named a Carolina League midseason All-Star and was tabbed as the league’s Player of the Week for June 15-21. This season, he is batting .313 with 50 runs scored, 15 doubles, four triples, five homers, 35 RBI and 52 walks in 70 games for Myrtle Beach. He has a .446 on-base percentage and a .464 slugging mark.

Selected by the Cubs in the third round of the 2014 draft out of Virginia Tech, Zagunis owns a .302 average with 31 doubles, seven triples, seven homers, 67 RBI and 94 walks compared to 84 strikeouts in 127 career minor league contests.

Pimentel, 25, was 4-1 with a 0.95 ERA (3 ER/28.1 IP) in five June starts for Iowa, as he held opponents to a .192 batting average (19-for-99), a .287 on-base percentage and a .212 slugging mark. He walked 14 batters, struck out 22, did not allow a home run and recorded four quality starts, including three outings of at least 6.0 shutout innings.

Pimentel’s 0.95 June ERA led all Pacific Coast League hurlers while his four June victories tied for the league lead. His .192 average against was fourth lowest in the league. He is 6-4 with a 3.01 ERA in 15 games, all but one in a starting role, for Iowa this season. Pimentel has walked 38, struck out 70 and registered at least 6.0 innings in five of his last six starts.

Signed to a minor league deal by Chicago in November 2013 following seven seasons in the Texas Rangers farm system, Pimentel is 51-52 with a 4.06 ERA, one complete game and three saves in 216 career minor league games (147 starts). He has walked 406 and struck out 813 batters, including a career-high 133 in 2013 with Double-A Frisco and Triple-A Round Rock.

Cubs Lineup: 7/3/15

Cubs vs. Marlins – Wrigley Field
First Pitch: 1:20 CST
Cubs Starter: Jason Hammel, RHP
Marlins Starter: Tom Koehler, RHP
TV: CSN, ESPN2; Radio: WBBM 780 AM

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

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 Minor League Recap: 7/1/15

Iowa picked up a win with a big run in the late innings, Myrtle Beach edged out a victory, and Eugene kept things going Wednesday. Meanwhile, South Bend fell in extras while Tennessee was rained out and Mesa had the day off. Here are some notes from yesterday’s minor league action:

Iowa Cubs (41-37)
Pacific Coast League (Triple-A)
T-Second Place (-10.0)

Iowa scored a run in the bottom of the eighth to sneak past visiting Round Rock, 4-3.

  • RHP Carlos Pimentel (3.01) struck out nine batters in 6.0 innings, giving up just one earned run in the no-decision.
  • C Kyle Schwarber (.313) went 3-for-4 with a double (4) and an RBI (4) for his second three-hit game with Iowa.
  • RF Junior Lake (.303) went 2-for-4 with a double (8) and a run scored. He is batting .480 (12-for-25) in his last seven games.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans (2-5)
Carolina League (High-A)
T-Third Place (-2.5)

In a game featuring 25 hits, seven walks and four errors, the Pelicans held on for an 8-7 victory over visiting Salem.

  • CF Mark Zagunis (.316) went 2-for-3 with a walk, two runs scored and an RBI (35).
  • SS Chesny Young (.343) went 2-for-5 with a double (6), a run scored and two RBI (19). He has hit safely in four straight games (6-for-19) and 19 of the last 21.
  • 1B Jacob Rogers (.252) went 2-for-4 with a double (12), a run scored and two RBI (44).
  • RHP David Garner (0.00) collected the win in his first appearance with Myrtle Beach, allowing just one unearned run in 3.0 innings.

South Bend Cubs (4-3)
Midwest League (Low-A)
T-First Place (–)

South Bend lost its second straight game to Lansing, falling 3-2 in 10 innings.

  • SS Gleyber Torres (.326) went 3-for-5 with two runs scored and two stolen bases (12), extending his hitting streak to seven games (13-for-30/.433).
  • CF Charcer Burks (.281) went 2-for-5 for his second straight multi-hit game.
  • DH Gioskar Amaya (.256) went 2-for-3 with a walk.

Eugene Emeralds (8-6)
Northwest League (Short-Season A)
First Place (+1.0)

Eugene won its seventh game in its last eight contests, defeating host Hillsboro, 6-2.

  • Justin Steele (1.06) picked up his second win of the summer, striking out six and giving up one earned run in 6.0 innings.
  • LF Eloy Jimenez (.321) homered for the second straight game, going 3-for-4 with a solo homer, two runs scored and one RBI (9).
  • C Tyler Alamo (.333) extended his hitting streak to eight games (10-for-27/.370), going 2-for-4 with an RBI (6).

Cubs sign third-round pick LHP Hudson

The Cubs announced they have signed left-handed pitcher Bryan Hudson, the club’s third-round pick (82nd overall) of the 2015 Draft. Overall, the Cubs have signed 28 selections, including two other new signees since the club’s last update: right-handers Preston Morrison (eighth round) and Scott Effross (15th).

Hudson, 18, starred at Alton (Ill.) High School, going 10-2 with five shutouts and a 0.50 ERA in 70.1 innings. He also struck out 152 hitters in 15 appearances (13 starts) for the Redbirds this past season. The southpaw limited opponents to a .138 batting average to go along with a 0.90 WHIP. He averaged 19.45 strikeouts per nine innings all while posting a 5.24 strikeout to walk ratio (29 walks).

The six-foot, eight-inch 220-pound left-hander helped lead the Redbirds to a school-record 30 wins in 2015, including a second-place tie in the Southwestern Conference with an 11-3 mark. He finished his career at Alton with a school record 25 wins and 323 strikeouts, while posting a 1.32 ERA (29 ER/198.0 IP). Hudson is a three-time All Southwestern Conference pitcher, a two-time All-State Performer for the Illinois Coaches Association and a two-time All-State Performer for Prep Baseball Report.

Cubs Lineup: 7/2/15

Cubs vs. Mets – Citi Field
First Pitch: 12:10 CST
Cubs Starter: Jake Arrieta, RHP
Mets Starter: Jacob deGrom, RHP
TV: WGN-TV; Radio: WBBM 780 AM

1. Starlin Castro, SS
2. Anthony Rizzo, 1B
3. Miguel Montero, C
4. Chris Coghlan, LF
5. Mike Baxter, RF
6. Chris Denorfia, CF
7. Jonathan Herrera, 3B
8. Jake Arrieta, P
9. Addison Russell, 2B

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


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 or 800-THE-CUBS (800-843-2827). A limited amount of tickets are available for the Chicago White Sox series.

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 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,
  • 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,
  • 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,

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,

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,

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,

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,

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,

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,

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,
  • Kids Run the Bases postgame (first 1,000 kids 13-and-under)

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