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Coming Up: Seventh-Inning stretch singers for Sept. 19-21

The Wrigley Field grounds crew sings the stretch in 2010. (Photo by Stephen Green)

Here’s a current listing of the seventh-inning stretch conductors for this week:

  • Monday, Sept. 19. Kurt Busch / NASCAR driver
  • Tuesday, Sept. 20. Gale Sayers / Former Chicago Bears running back
  • Wednesday, Sept. 21. Cubs Grounds Crew / 2011 team

While you’re at the ballpark this week, be sure to pick up a copy of the September issue of Vine Line, featuring left-hander Sean Marshall.

Now Playing: Sean Marshall takes Vine Line to the bullpen

Rounding out Vine Line’s September cover feature on Sean Marshall, here’s a bonus video in which Sean Marshall shows Cubs fans how he throws his various breaking balls and talks about the transition to the bullpen. For more insider access to the Cubs, subscribe to Vine Line.

Next week: Take the mound with Marshall

Vine Line subscribers have started to get their September issue, featuring lefty setup man Sean Marshall. Next week, you’ll be able to see a bonus video on Marshall, in which he shows Cubs fans his pitch grips and explains how he throws his big breaking ball and harder slider/cutter. Keep an eye out on the blog for your insider’s pass to the Cubs bullpen.

September 2011 Vine Line sneak peek

The September issue of Vine Line takes a distinctly homegrown look at the Cubs, including a cover feature on left-handed relief ace Sean Marshall and expanded minor league scouting reports by Baseball Prospectus’ Kevin Goldstein.

  • Role play: Willing to do anything for his team, Sean Marshall has grown into a bullpen leader.
  • When baseball returned to Wrigley Field: A decade after 9/11, reflections on how the Cubs and their fans bounced back
  • Come together: Paul McCartney plays historic Wrigley Field.
  • Heart of bronze: Ron Santo‘s passion and play on display in newest statue.
  • Glory Days: 9 innings with Jody Davis.
  • The Profile: Reed Johnson.
  • Stretching Out with Tom Felton.
  • Farm Report: An international flavor at Short-Season Boise.
  • Minors Tracker: An all-new way of tracking the system, including Future Watch by Kevin Goldstein
  • Minor league notebooks and more!

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Music Issue extra: Cubs Countdown

Perhaps the next Wrigleyville Block Party, Aug. 19-21, could play this Cubs Countdown of top hits. (Photo by David Banks)

In honor of Vine Line‘s first-ever Music Issue this month, we thought it would be fun to see what the Billboard Top 100’s number 1 song was at the time of some of your favorite Cubs players’ births:

  • When Darwin Barney was born on Nov. 8, 1985, the country was jamming to “Part-Time Lover” by Stevie Wonder.
  • “Southern Nights” by Glen Campbell was the number 1 song when Ryan Dempster, whose birthday is May 3, 1977, made his first appearance in the world.
  • “Best of My Love” by The Emotions was the Billboard Top 100’s number 1 song on Aug. 30, 1977, when Marlon Byrd was born.
  • When Jeff Samardzija was born on Jan. 23, 1985, “Like a Virgin” by Madonna was the most popular song cruising through the airwaves.

Here are some more of the No. 1 songs on Cubs players’ birthdays:

  • Blake DeWitt, Aug. 20, 1985- “Shout” by Tears for Fears
  • Reed Johnson, Dec. 8, 1976- “Tonight’s the Night” by Rod Stewart
  • Casey Coleman, July 3, 1987- “I Wanna Dance with Somebody” by Whitney Houston
  • Mike Quade, March 12, 1957- “You Don’t Owe Me a Thing” by Johnnie Ray
  • Sean Marshall, Aug. 30, 1982- “Eye of the Tiger” by Survivor

The Buzz: What musical act would you like to see play Wrigley Field?

Former Beatle Paul McCartney tours Wrigley Field for two nights on July 31 and Aug. 1, and with the upcoming Music Issue of Vine Line hitting your mailbox soon, we asked four Cubs who they’d most like to see rock the Friendly Confines. Subscribe or give a gift today.

Reed Johnson, OF
“I’m a big Pearl Jam guy. I enjoy Eddie Vedder loving this organization. I think that means a lot as well. We were fortunate enough to see him solo a couple years ago at a small venue.”

Sean Marshall, LHP
“I’d like to see Kings of Leon. They’ve been playing some good music for a while—and the last couple years, songs like ‘Closer.'”

Randy Wells, RHP
“I’m more into smaller, not-so-mainstream groups. I’d like to see [country act] Randy Rogers Band. They’re blowing up now, though. I’d probably like to see the Eagles.”

Darwin Barney, IF
“Honestly, I’ve never been to a concert before. My wife and I are trying to figure out a good time to go, but we would like to see Coldplay or The Fray. I think they’d be awesome concerts.”

The Buzz: What’s your favorite cookout food?

The upcoming June 2011 issue of Vine Line features Koyie Hill and Sean Marshall grilling up High Plains Bison steaks and burgers for a group of Cubs minor-leaguers. So with Memorial Day and cookout season right around the corner, we asked four other Cubs what they’ll be grilling this year. Subscribe or give a gift today.

Casey ColemanCasey Coleman, RHP
“My girlfriend’s from Tennessee, and her grandma cooks a whole meal by herself: ham, turkey and sweet, fried corn. In Florida, the only time we would cook out like that is Thanksgiving.”

John Grabow, LHP
“Carne asada tacos. I usually make homemade salsa, guacamole. I love to grill. That’s one of my favorite things to do in the off-season, especially on football Sundays.”

Jeff Baker, IF/OF
“I’m a hamburger-and-hot dog-on-a-grill guy. It’s about the only thing I can cook. Ketchup and relish, the more relish the better. Then go jump in the pool.”

Alfonso SorianoAlfonso Soriano, OF
“In the Dominican, it’s tropical food: rice and beans and chicken. So that’s what I like in the summer. And mangoes, too.”

Observations from a W against the Brewers


Cubs fans were treated to a fun slugfest last night, highlighted by four Cubs home runs, including a solo shot and grand slam by Derrek Lee. The crowd was loud, the team had fun, and the win drew the Cubs within 2.5 games of the Brewers. There’s certainly some opportunity this series.

Some observations:

? Sam Fuld had another high-energy, productive game for Chicago atop the order. He almost seems to be working at double speed: On his second-inning double, Fuld had to grab his helmet off his head as he was almost running too fast for it to keep up, and when he takes his lead off the base, his fingers, arms and legs all are in continious movement.

? Geovany Soto also seemed to be enjoying himself. As he waited outside the batter’s box before leading off the fourth inning, Soto spotted a loose warm-up ball skipping his way and swatted it back toward the field, to the amusement of everyone around the plate. When he stepped into the batter’s box, Soto tapped home plate umpire Lance Barksdale on the shin guard and exchanged a laugh.

And Soto followed it up with a hooking home run to left just moments later.

? Ryan Dempster’s kick save on the mound was an appropriate sports crossover for the native Canadian and hockey fanatic. Some pitcher deflections are nothing more than half-hearted reachers for up-the-middle grounders; Dempster’s was an all-out stop, field and throw.

After the play, the infield surrounded Dempster to make sure he was OK, but he waved everyone off as if it was no big deal. Of course, head trainer Mark O’Neal and pitching coach Larry Rothschild watched him throw a practice pitch to make sure …

? Even better was seeing Dempster be the first player to congratulate Sean Marshall as he returned to the dugout after striking out Prince Fielder with two runners on in the bottom of the seventh. Marshall had his curveball working.

— Sean Ahmed