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The Captain Morgan Club was the place to be this last homestand, with several Cubs players stopping by after their games. The Louisiana boys, Ryan Theriot and Mike Fontenot, were in attendance Thursday evening after defeating the Padres and had a great time with the Cubs crowd.
And then after Saturday’s win, the Captain Morgan Club featured a couple players integral in the late innings — Bobby Scales, who scored the winning run, joined game-winner Sean Marshall as well as backup catcher Koyie Hill for a couple hours after the game. The entire Cubs family is excited about the indoor/outdoor facility added to rightfield and hope you’ll join us there starting at 10 a.m., both when the team is at home and on the road.
Also, the folks at the Captain Morgan Club started a new rotation of daily promotions today, including drink specials, on-field events and tournaments. The full list:
MONDAYS: 50 percent off your entire check; Every Monday night two guests will win postseason batting practice on Wrigley Field
TUESDAYS: $3 Heineken and Amstel Light bottles; Every Tuesday night two guests will win an invitation to a postseason private party with a Cubs Hall of Famer
The clubhouse was packed this afternoon with media covering a range of topics: from the impact of Hurricane Gustav on the Louisiana-based families of Ryan Theriot and Mike Fontenot to the need to get back on track from a three-game losing streak.
Theriot said his family wasn’t hurt, despite severe damage to their house. Best wishes to all those who were displaced or hurt in the Southeast.
Right-hander Brandon Backe (9-12, 5.42) pitches for the Astros.
Funny story from today’s school and hospital visits: WGN-Radio’s Cory Provus was asked if anyone went crazy over him by assistant director of media relations Jason Carr. Cory replied that one gentleman at Northwestern Memorial Hospital went down the line, shaking hands and greeting by name Rich Harden, Jon Lieber, Daryle Ward and Larry Rothschild. When he got to Cory, he simply looked at him and said, “Hello, Broadcaster.”
I’m pretty sure that’s not much worse than when I called Pat Hughes “Phil” this spring. You can tune in to AM 720 for more from Phil and Broadcaster tonight.
The morning went great by all accounts. Mike Quade stood out for his enthusiasm and connection to the kids at Children’s Memorial Hospital. Quade offered a lot of support and nudged them to be Cubs fans. Ringing the school bell at 7:55 a.m., Demp gave a great speech to the kids at Blaine Elementary School (Lakeview), stressing that they take school seriously and work hard.
Big thanks to all the guys for their time and support this morning.
More than a pitcher
Demp also was named the team’s Roberto Clemente Award recipient, combining “outstanding skills on the baseball field with devoted work in the community.”
One of the Cubs’ greatest personalities, Demp and his wife, Jenny, regularly invite groups to games and participate in charitable efforts. Just this year, Dempster has purchased 500 tickets for disadvantaged children and met them during batting practice. This Mother’s Day, he invited children with moms who were serving in the military as well as those women who have returned from service in the Middle East.
His sponsorship of a Reviving Baseball in the Inner Cities (RBI) team and participation in various Cubs Care programs have benefited several hundred more children and victims of domestic violence.
Dempster elected to donate his $7,500 grant to Chicago Canine Rescue.
Dustin Eglseder, winner of last year’s Ultimate Seventh-Inning Stretch Competition, has passed away after a long battle with bone cancer. He was 23.
Selected by a panel of celebrity judges, Dustin sang “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” on Sept. 21, 2007, in front of 41,000 screaming Cubs fans. Bob Brenly, the Cubs’ TV analyst, remarked afterward that Dustin “just nailed it.”
After his memorable performance at Wrigley, the Cubs invited the Iowa native to sing again at the Cubs Convention this past January.
Ryan Theriot and other Cubs players and personnel have remained in contact with Dustin throughout his arduous battle, to help keep his spirits high. Unfortunately, after rounds of chemotherapy and multiple surgeries, the cancer overwhelmed Dustin, and he passed away yesterday in his Guttenberg, Iowa, home.
The Chicago Cubs organization would like to extend its deepest condolences to the Eglseder family and thank Dustin for bringing his spirit to the Wrigley Field stretch.
Last week, the Cubs announced that their charitable arm, Cubs Care, will award more than $1 million in grants to local non-profit organizations this year. Youth sports programs, children with special needs and victims of domestic violence will all benefit from the grants.
Ryan Theriot presented the checks and delivered some touching remarks at the luncheon. Introduced as a wonderful player and human being, Theriot said that he was inspired by the off-season charitable work on the Cubs Caravan, visiting kids in schools and hospitals. He has asked how to get more involved in these programs.
Like many other young children, Theriot said he dreamt of being a major-league player since he was in first grade, owning a big house and playing in big-league stadiums. But today he realizes that what is most important is to give back to the community. He thanked the fans for letting him be a professional player and allowing him the opportunity to understand what is most important in life.
“When you get here [to the big leagues], you understand how you can impact people in a different way,” he said.
Some classy comments from one of the team’s most popular players.
To read more about Cubs Care and find out how to make a donation or participate in one of the several Wrigley Field events, visit Cubs.com.
— Sean Ahmed