Results tagged ‘ Ultimate Seventh-Inning Stretch ’

Invading Milwaukee

With the Cubs and Brewers separated by just one game — and Chicago and Milwaukee just some 90 miles apart — we at Vine Line felt it was a no-brainer to make the trip up to Miller Park. Mike and I will be blogging tonight from the press box, offering first-hand perspectives on the game and Cubs fans attending.

It’s lefty versus lefty: Ted Lilly takes on CC Sabathia.

Are you going to be there or watching? What are your expectations for this series?

First appearance for first-rounder

Yesterday, the Cubs assigned 2008 first-round pick Andrew Cashner of TCU to short-season Class-A Boise. The hard-throwing right-hander is expected to make his debut Tuesday.

Cashner signed with the Cubs on July 10 for a reported $1.5 million.

Who’s your ultimate singer?

Fan voting opens today to pick the 10 finalists in the Ultimate Seventh-Inning Stretch Competition. Five new fans will be introduced every weekday for the next two weeks, and each group’s winner will be invited back Aug. 14. Watch their videos — including the reason they feel they should be chosen to sing the stretch — at cubs.com.

What are your criteria for the ultimate singer? Are you looking for a great singing voice or hoarse, off-key rendition? Do you have a favorite story? Build up your support for your favorite choice in the comments section.

For all 50 semi-finalists, check below the jump.

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Ultimate stretch, ultimate fan

Over 1,000 fans are registered for today’s second annual Ultimate Seventh-Inning Stretch Competition. Fans will channel Harry Caray (or maybe Ozzy Osbourne) all over the ballpark, from the home clubhouse to the media interview room to the Mezzanine Suites. Volunteers from the front office videotape every participant’s performance and ultimately pick the 50 semi-finalists. Fans will then vote on cubs.com for the top 10, to compete and be judged again in August.

The marketing department is really excited to do this event again, after last year’s competition showed yet another passionate side of Cubs fans. Every age from kids to grandparents traveled from all over the country, dressed in old Cubs gear or creative costumes, pleading their case as to why they are the ultimate fan to sing the stretch.

And this year, fans will get a great souvenir: their very own t-shirt saying they sang the stretch. But I’m guessing that will be a small part of the memories our fans will take away from tomorrow.

Did you sing last year? Are you competing today? What singing style brings out the stretch for you?


Fukudome Stars cap.jpgAll-Stars and Stripes

Remember those great Stars and Stripes caps that the Cubs wore over the Fourth of July weekend?

The Cubs’ Community Affairs department currently is auctioning off four autographed Stars and Stripes caps, to benefit Chicago Cubs Charities. The caps available are signed by Kosuke Fukudome, Aramis Ramirez, Lou Piniella and Geovany Soto.

Better hurry, though: Bidding for these exclusive items ends this Sunday night.

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