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Now Playing: Stretching Out with WWE superstar CM Punk


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.

First Pitch/Seventh-Inning Stretch Lineup: 9/20-9/25

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Cubs Hall of Famer Fergie Jenkins will be behind the mic on Tuesday, Sept. 24, at Wrigley Field. (Photo by Stephen Green)

Starting Friday, the Cubs are back at Wrigley Field and looking to make an impact on the National League playoff race. The NL East-leading Braves come to town for a three-game series over the weekend, and the Wild Card-leading Pirates will invade the Friendly Confines for a three-game set on Monday. If you’re headed out to Wrigley Field for the final homestand of the 2013 season, here’s your seventh-inning stretch lineup:

Friday – 9/20
Dennis Miller, comedian and TV personality

Saturday – 9/21
TBD

Sunday – 9/22
Wayne Messmer, regular Cubs anthem performer

Monday – 9/23
Tom Dreesen, comedian

Tuesday – 9/24
Fergie Jenkins, Cubs Hall of Famer

Wednesday – 9/25
Grounds Crew (from the field)

First Pitch/Seventh-Inning Stretch Lineup: 8/30-9/8

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The Cubs will celebrate Chicago Blackhawks Day on Monday, Sept. 2 at Wrigley Field. (Photo by Stephen Green)

On Friday afternoon, the Cubs welcome Hall of Famer Ryne Sandberg back to Wrigley Field, as they kick off a nine-game homestand against the Phillies, Marlins and Brewers. It’s also your chance to see Hall of Famer Andre Dawson and the Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks. If you’re headed out to the Friendly Confines from Aug. 30-Sept. 8, here’s your first pitch and seventh-inning stretch lineup:

Friday – 8/30
First Pitch and Stretch: Jon Lovitz, actor and comedian

Saturday – 8/31
Stretch: Gary Matthews, former Cubs player, “Sarge”

Sunday – 9/1
Stretch: Chicago Sky players Swin Cash, Sylvia Fowles and Courtney Vandersloot

Monday – 9/2
First Pitch: Andre Dawson, Cubs Hall of Famer
Stretch: Chicago Blackhawks TBD
Special Event: Chicago Blackhawks Day at Wrigley Field

Tuesday – 9/3
Stretch: Big Ten Network football analysts Dave Revsine, Gerry DiNardo and Howard Griffith
Special Event: Salute to Big Ten Night

Wednesday – 9/4
Stretch: Andre Dawson, Cubs Hall of Famer

Friday – 9/6
Stretch: Scott Eyre, former Cubs pitcher

Saturday – 9/7
TBD

Sunday – 9/8
Stretch: Lee Smith, former Cubs closer

First Pitch/Seventh-Inning Stretch Lineup: 8/12-8/22

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ESPN basketball analyst Digger Phelps will be conducting the stretch on Saturday, Aug. 18. (Photo by Stephen Green)

Starting Monday, the Cubs are back at Wrigley Field for a 10-game homestand with the Reds, Cardinals and Nationals. If you’re headed out to the Friendly Confines from Aug. 12-22, here are your first pitch and seventh-inning stretch lineups:

Monday – 8/12
First Pitch: Aimee Garcia, actress, Dexter
Stretch: William Petersen, Chicago native and actor

Tuesday – 8/13
First Pitch: Colin Cowherd, ESPN
Stretch: Mike and Mike, ESPN

Wednesday – 8/14
First Pitch: Marquis Teague, Chicago Bulls
Stretch: Tom Skilling, WGN weatherman

Friday – 8/16
First Pitch: Lee Brice, country musician
Stretch: TBD

Saturday – 8/17
First Pitch: Umphrey’s McGee, Chicago band
Stretch: Digger Phelps, former Notre Dame basketball coach and current ESPN analyst

Sunday – 8/18
Stretch: Fergie Jenkins, Cubs Hall of Famer

Monday – 8/19
Stretch: Richard Lariviere, Field Museum president

Tuesday – 8/20
First Pitch: Steve Byrne, Chicago native and comedian, Sullivan & Sons
Stretch: TBD

Wednesday – 8/21
First Pitch: Social Media Night winner
Stretch: Darren Rovell, ESPN
Special Event: Social Media Night, broadcast from the Budweiser Patio

Thursday – 8/22
First Pitch and Stretch: Plain White T’s, Chicago band

First Pitch/Seventh-Inning Stretch Lineup: 7/29-8/4

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Actor Jim Belushi will be conducting the stretch on Thursday, Aug. 1, and his daughter will sing the anthem. (Photo by Stephen Green)

After the All-Star break and a West Coast road trip, the Cubs are finally back home for an eight-game homestand versus the Brewers and Dodgers from July 29-Aug. 4. If you’re headed out to Wrigley Field, here are your first pitch and seventh-inning stretch lineups:

Monday – 7/29
Pitch and Stretch: Bill Kurtis, Journalist
*Don Kessinger will be on field pregame

Tuesday – 7/30 (Day)
Pitch and Stretch: Rich Nye, Former Cub

Tuesday – 7/30 (Night)
Pitch: Danni Allen, The Biggest Loser winner and Chicago native
Stretch: CM Punk, WWE superstar
Special Event Night: Lucha Libre mask (Bleachers only)

Wednesday – 7/31
Stretch: Members of the Chicago Fire TV show (Christian Stolte, Joe Minoso and David Eigenberg)
Special Event: Firefighter Appreciation Night

Thursday – 8/1
Pitch: Imagine Dragons, Indie band
Anthem: Jami Belushi, Jim’s daughter
Stretch: Jim Belushi, Actor and Chicago native

Friday – 8/2
Stretch: Michael Shannon, Actor (Man of Steel)

Saturday – 8/3
Pitch: Ben Bridwell, Indie rock band Band of Horses
Stretch: TBD

Sunday – 8/4
Stretch: Jody Davis, Former Cub

First Pitch/Seventh-Inning Stretch Lineup: 7/5-7/14

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Coach Joel Quenneville of the Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks will be throwing out the first pitch and singing the seventh-inning stretch on Saturday, July 6—and he’ll be bringing the Cup with him. (Photo by Stephen Green)

After a long West Coast road trip, the Cubs finally head back to the Friendly Confines Friday for a nine-game homestand with the Pirates, Angels and Cardinals. If you’re headed out to Wrigley Field, of if you just want a chance to see the Stanley Cup in person, here are your first pitch and seventh-inning stretch lineups:

Friday — 7/5
Bryan Bickell, Patrick Sharp and Brandon Bollig (Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks)

Saturday — 7/6
First Pitch: Coach Joel Quenneville and the Stanley Cup (Chicago Blackhawks)
Stretch: Jim Cornelison (singer at Chicago Blackhawks games)

Sunday — 7/7
John Groce (University of Illinois head basketball coach)

Tuesday — 7/9
First Pitch: Neil Flynn (actor, Scrubs and The Middle)
Stretch: Cast of the Goodman Theatre’s The Jungle Book

Wednesday — 7/10
Jeff Garlin (actor, producer, comedian)

Thursday — 7/11
First Pitch: Jeff Larentowicz (Chicago Fire) and Bo Pelini (University of Nebraska head football coach)
Stretch: Jeff Larentowicz, Mike Magee and Gonzalo Segares (Chicago Fire)

Friday — 7/12
Jerrod Niemann (Country music artist)
Promo Item: Cubs cowboy hat

Saturday — 7/13
Dutchie Caray (Harry Caray’s wife)
Promo Item: Harry Caray statue

Sunday — 7/14
Gary Fencik (former Chicago Bears player)

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

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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)

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

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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
TBD

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

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(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)

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