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Now Playing: Bricks and Ivy Ball video

Last month, the Cubs and Chicago Cubs Charities held their annual Bricks and Ivy Ball at Navy Pier’s Grand Ballroom. Now in its third year, the event has become one of the key fundraisers for Chicago Cubs Charities. It helps support numerous organizations and programs targeting youth sports access and improvements in health, fitness and education for those at risk.

More than 840 guests helped raise $1.2 million at the Ball to benefit Chicago Cubs Charities, thanks to the generosity of Cubs owners, managers, players, front office associates and fans. As the program began, Chairman Tom Ricketts addressed the Cubs’ commitment to supporting Chicago’s children through community outreach and charitable programming.

“Our goal is to make life better for the youth and families of Chicago by doing our part to improve health, fitness and educational opportunities for those at risk,” Ricketts said. “Whether it’s a hospital visit, holiday toy drive, serving lunch at a USO or Thanksgiving dinner to homeless teens, our team is there donating their time and resources.”

During the evening, Chicago Cubs Charities introduced a video featuring some All-Star youth who have benefited from grants, including Cubs Care grants, a McCormick Foundation Fund. The video also featured Cubs players Darwin Barney, David DeJesus, Anthony Rizzo and Jeff Samardzija.

If you didn’t get a chance to attend the Bricks and Ivy Ball, you can check out the video here. Special thanks to the charities, Cubs players and Len Kasper for helping make this possible.

Now Playing: Cubs, Kerry Wood break ground on new field

For years, Chicago Public League baseball teams haven’t had a true home-field advantage when the high school playoffs come around. Without a serviceable field to play on, city teams have been forced to trek out to the suburbs when the single-elimination tournament starts up each May. But that’s all about to change.

The Chicago Cubs Charities and the Wood Family Foundation broke ground on Kerry Wood Cubs Field Thursday, a high school baseball diamond located at Clark Park near Lane Tech High School about a mile west of Wrigley Field. The $5 million project should be completed in the first half of 2013. The stadium will seat 1,100 people and will have lights for potential night games.

Vine Line was there for the ceremony, where former Cubs pitcher Kerry Wood and Cubs co-owners Tom and Laura Ricketts spoke of the excitement surrounding this new venture.

Now Playing: 2012 Cubs Convention

From Jan. 13-15, Cubs fans of all ages gathered at the Hilton Chicago to warm up the winter and mingle with more than 70 Cubs players, coaches and front office personnel at the sold-out 27th annual Cubs Convention. Vine Line was there the whole weekend to document all the happenings, including Kerry Wood’s triumphant return, the Ron Santo Hall of Fame Panel and all the new Wrigley Field news. Get ready for the season and check out the sights and sounds of the 2012 Cubs Convention.

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Wrigley Field Road Tour illustration by Jerry Neumann

Illustration by Jerry Neumann. Featured in the upcoming June 2011 issue of Vine Line (subscribe).

The Cubs-Brewers rivalry may be best known for the highway—Interstate 94—that connects Chicago and Milwaukee. But Cubs board member Todd Ricketts is out to prove once again that the scenic route is the one worth traveling.

The second annual Wrigley Field Road Tour departs Aug. 27, 2011, and on May 12, Ricketts led a crew of brightly clad cyclists to the Friendly Confines to promote the event, benefitting Chicago Cubs Charities and World Bicycle Relief (WBR).

Ricketts, who had just returned from WBR operations in the Republic of Zambia, described the power two wheels provided for a 9-year-old girl.

“Before, when she was walking [to school], she’d have to leave in the dark, and she’d be coming home in the dark,” Ricketts told Len Kasper and Bob Brenly on air. “So this is going to be nice for her to be able to stay home, wait for the daylight to come [and still] get to school in a timely manner.” (more…)

Three ways to get to Wrigley Field this spring

1. BEST BUY OF TICKETS: The Cubs Best Buy Pack includes four tickets to any April or May home game, four Vienna Beef hot dogs and four Bud Light, Budweiser or Pepsi beverages. Remaining games start at just $40 before taxes and is available throughout the upper deck, terrace and bleachers.

2. MEET THE TEAM: Roam the outfield grass and collect autographs from Cubs players and coaches at Meet the Team, Have a Ball, benefitting Chicago Cubs Charities. A complimentary bleachers ticket is included for the May 25, 7:05 p.m. game vs. the Mets.

3. TAKE A TRIP: Official partner Cubs Destinations provides the best way for out-of-town fans to see the Cubs-Yankees series at Wrigley Field, June 17-19. Packages include the Friday and Saturday games, with the option of booking a hotel or adding on tickets to Sunday’s game.

Connecting over the Cubs-Cards rivalry

Carlos Marmol at an on-field presentation for Dominican-born players.

Carlos Marmol was one of the Cubs’ six Dominican players to be honored by the Governor of Illinois and Consul General of the Dominican Republic. (Photo by Stephen Green)

A few things transcend the Cubs-Cardinals rivalry, but on Tuesday, the state of Illinois and the Dominican Republic did just that, honoring players from the Dominican Republic in a pre-game ceremony.

Under the Ricketts family, the Cubs are doing more than ever in the Caribbean island nation. In addition to work being done on a new facility to develop and educate players, Chicago Cubs Charities also has gotten involved—part of ownership’s commitment to do good wherever the Cubs touch.

Press release below:

The Chicago Cubs, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn and Consul General of the Dominican Republic Gisselle Castillo-Veremis will honor players from the Dominican Republic in a pre-game ceremony at Wrigley Field on May 10.

Prior to the Tuesday evening game against the St. Louis Cardinals, the Cubs and the governor, along with the Consulate of the Dominican Republic in Chicago, will salute Cubs Starlin Castro, Carlos Marmol, Marcos Mateo, Carlos Peña, Aramis Ramirez and Alfonso Soriano. Consul General Giselle Castillo-Veremis will present these six, along with Cardinals Miguel Batista and Albert Pujols, with a special recognition award on behalf of the President of the Dominican Republic.

“The Cubs are grateful for the contribution of Dominican-born players to our 2011 team,” said Oneri Fleita, Cubs vice president of player personnel. “We have watched many of these players grow up and are proud to see them doing so well at the Major League level.”

I-94 Series now the Century Series: Todd and Pete Ricketts to lead ride to Milwaukee

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Cubs board member Todd Ricketts (left) will be leading 163 bike riders in the Wrigley Field Road Tour century ride tomorrow at 8 a.m. The group will make the 100-mile trip from Clark and Addison to Milwaukee’s Miller Park, where they’ll watch the Cubs taking on the Brewers.

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Among the riders tomorrow are Todd’s brother and fellow board member Pete, SRAM executive vice president F.K. Day (far right), and Rahsaan Bahati, the 2008 U.S. Professional Criterium National Champion.

All told, riders already have raised more than $105,000 for World Bicycle Relief and Chicago Cubs Charities. That funding will help support our local neighborhood programs in Wrigleyville as well as improverished communities throughout the world, through the empowerment of bicycles.

For a recap of the event and Wrigley Field happenings throughout the year, subscribe to Vine Line.

— Sean Ahmed

Rooting for a good cause

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for ON LOCATION LOGO.jpgOn Sept. 2, Geovany Soto chaired the 2nd Annual Rooters Ball at Harry Caray’s Italian Steakhouse in downtown Chicago. Organized by the West Side Rooters Social Club, the event benefitted Chicago Cubs Charities, supporting the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and the Major League Baseball Dominican Development Alliance.

Several current Cubs players joined Soto, including Alfonso Soriano, Aramis Ramirez, Derrek Lee, Carlos Marmol, Jake Fox, Sam Fuld, Randy Wells and John Grabow. Also present was “Mr. Cub” Ernie Banks, chairman of the West Side Rooters Social Club.

We talked to several players, in Spanish, about their charitable support:

VL: Why are you participating in the Rooters Ball?

Ramirez Soto Marmol copy.jpgGeovany Soto:
Well, growing up in Puerto Rico, I was lucky that I had everything I needed and I was healthy all my life. But I saw the needs around me, and I thought that, if I ever had the chance, I would love to help kids. And in this case, kids with diabetes need a lot of help. Also, when I was playing in the minors, I had a coach [Alan Dunn] whose son was diagnosed with diabetes. I had a really good relationship with him and his son, and that painful moment for them affected me because they were important to me.

Alfonso Soriano: Geovany invited me. I am here supporting him in this worthy cause. Tonight we are participating for the Chicago Cubs.

Jake Fox: No. 1, I have great respect for Geovany Soto, and when he invited me to participate, I did it gladly. This is a noble cause, and when a player of his caliber asks you to help, you do it because that’s what friends are for. Another reason is that my wife has diabetes. She is a Type 1 diabetic, and every time I can help JDRF, I am first in line.

VL: We know some of the proceeds from this event will go to the Dominican Republic through the MLB Dominican Development Alliance. What does it feel like to know that you are helping the Dominican community?


Lineups and happenings

Johnson, CF
Theriot, SS
Lee, 1B
Ramirez, 3B
Bradley, RF
Soriano, LF
Baker, 2B
Hill, C
Zambrano, RHP

Left-hander Wandy Rodriguez (10-6, 2.72 ERA) pitches for the Astros.

Homestand happenings

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for INSIDE THE IVY LOGO.jpg? Milt Pappas was at Wrigley Field on Friday, the day after Mark Buehrle threw an exciting perfect game down on the South Side. Pappas, of course, narrowly missed his own perfect game Sept. 2, 1972, on a controversial ball-four call with two outs in the ninth. He did finish with a no-hitter, the last until Carlos Zambrano’s last season.

? Today, Chicago Cubs Charities will be presenting a $50,000 check to the AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC). A total of $150,000 raised in connection with the recent concerts at Wrigley Field will be donated to organizations serving Chicago.

? Yesterday was Lou Gehrig Day at the ballpark, hosted by the Les Turner ALS Foundation. Lou Piniella, who himself lost his father-in-law to ALS, annually does public-service announcements and hosts a charity golf tournament for the organization. A few weeks ago, I talked with Lou about the organization’s charitable work, and here’s what he had to say:

“[Community work is] one of the things we do here, and I like this aspect of the organization a lot. And we adhere it, and we’re happy to do so. Family is so important. The health of a family and well-being of a family is so important. So we bend over backwards here to make this as family friendly as we can. We recognize that baseball games are important, but we recognize la familia is the most important.”

? Tying into Chicago’s 2016 bid, Olympic gymnastics gold medalist Shawn Johnson will be singing the stretch tonight.

Guzman and Marmol to open Little Cubs Field


The big leagues go little league: Angel Guzman and Carlos Marmol will be on hand tomorrow morning at 9 a.m. to open Little Cubs Field in the Chicago neighborhood of Humboldt Park. Come check out the beautiful $2 million field, which incorporates several iconic features from Wrigley Field and a field-turf surface that will allow area kids to use it throughout the spring, summer and fall.

Also on hand will be Cubs chairman Crane Kenney, to speak about the organization’s initiative to reach out to Spanish speakers, as well as our new Spanish-language radio broadcasters, Elio Benitez and Hector Fabregas.

WHEN: Saturday, May 30, 2009 at 9 a.m.

WHERE: Little Cubs Field
              Humboldt Park’s Field Six

              (On Luis Munoz Marin Drive — just east of Kedzie, between North and Division)

WHO: Alderman Billy Ocasio
          Cubs Chairman Crane Kenney
          Cubs players Angel Guzman and Carlos Marmol
          Elio Benitez, WRTO Radio
          Hector Fabregas, WRTO Radio