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Over the weekend, the Cubs hosted the 30th annual Cubs Convention, a sold-out event at the Sheraton Hotel and Towers in downtown Chicago. Thousands of fans got the opportunity to mingle with current, former and future North Siders, in addition to getting autographs and taking in a wide variety of informative panels. Vine Line was there for all the action, from the opening ceremonies, to Cubs Bingo, to Friday Night with Ryan Dempster.
And in case you were unable to attend the three-day spectacle, catch up on what you missed with our panel recaps:
2015 Cubs Convention Panel Recaps:
Ricketts Family Forum
Joe Maddon and His Coaching Staff
Down on the Farm
30 Years of Cubs Convention Memories
Cubs Business Operations Update
Meet Cubs Baseball Management
Friday Night with Ryan Dempster
Just one week into his major league career, infielder Javier Baez has already made quite an impression on the baseball world—and especially on the Cubs’ fan base. Hyped as one of the game’s best young prospects (No. 5, according to MLB.com), the 21-year-old slugger hit the go-ahead home run in his major league debut on Aug. 5 against the Rockies. Fans were already sporting his No. 9 jersey and cheering loudly for each at-bat when he made his Wrigley Field debut on Friday. In eight games and 37 plate appearances, Baez is hitting .243/.243/.541 (AVG/OBP/SLG) with three homers, two doubles and six RBI.
When WWE superstar CM Punk isn’t busy pummeling people in the ring, the Chicago native is keeping close tabs on his favorite baseball team. This summer, Vine Line caught up with the former wrestling champ before he conducted the seventh-inning stretch at Wrigley Field, and he discussed topics ranging from his passion for the Cubs to the bizarre traditions that go along with owning the title belt.
It’s been almost 20 years since Arsenio Hall had a top late night talk show, but he’s back in the game. The actor and comedian recently started hosting a new show, Arsenio, which made its debut Sept. 9 on WGN. Vine Line caught up with the former Celebrity Apprentice winner to discuss his favorite times at Wrigley Field, his lackluster pitching career and, most importantly, the infield dirt.
Chicago Bears defensive lineman Israel Idonije might spend his Sundays beating up opposing offenses in the trenches, but he is widely regarded as one of the NFL’s nice guys. On Sept. 17, Vine Line caught up with the football star and humanitarian, who was on hand to throw out the first pitch with a student from his foundation. Idonije discussed his path to the NFL, his charitable side and what a North Side World Series would mean to the city of Chicago.
To read the full interview, pick up the November issue of Vine Line, featuring Darwin Barney’s golden season, on sale now at Chicago-area retailers. Or subscribe to Vine Line, the official magazine of the Chicago Cubs, for just $29.95.