Results tagged ‘ Vine Line Video Corner ’

Now Playing: The Cubs ring in the holidays

The Cubs kicked off the holiday season in fine fashion on Friday with the second annual lighting of the holiday tree and the grand opening of the Rink at Wrigley. Hundreds of fans were on hand to watch Tom and Todd Ricketts, David and Kim DeJesus, Fergie Jenkins, Congressman Mike Quigley and many others light the 30-foot tree, which is located in front of the famous Wrigley Field marquee. Chicago Cubs Charities and WGN also kicked off a toy drive at Wrigley. All presents will be donated to Jennifer Hudson’s Julian D. King Gift Foundation.

Now Playing: Darwin Barney, Good as Gold

Rawlings has officially confirmed what Cubs fans have known all year: Darwin Barney’s glove is golden.

On Tuesday, Barney was named the NL’s best second baseman, earning his first Gold Glove Award in just his second season at the position. He beat out fellow finalists Brandon Phillips of the Reds and Aaron Hill of the Diamondbacks. Barney had the top fielding percentage in the league, at .997, while both Phillips and Hill had a .992 mark.

So how did Barney manage to unseat three-time winner Phillips and tie the major league single-season record for errorless games at 141? Hard work—and penty of it.

“[His work ethic] is as good as it gets,” said Dave McKay, the Cubs’ first base and outfield coach. “He’s out there every day. He’s out there right now working on it. He wants to be good. He wants to win a Gold Glove, and he wants it bad. He doesn’t take a day off.”

In the final days of the 2012 season, Vine Line sat down with Barney to talk about his defensive prowess, his relationship with mentor and former coach Ryne Sandberg, and his consuming drive to get better.

Now Playing: Wounded Warriors at Wrigley

On Monday morning, three very special guests took a private tour of Wrigley Field and met the Cubs front office thanks to the All32in17 program. Led by Craig and Matt Steichen, a father-son team from the suburbs of Chicago, the All32in17 mission is to take wounded warriors to all 32 NFL stadiums during the 17-week NFL season. While in each city, the warriors receive the VIP treatment and get to visit iconic locations. On Monday, three wounded warriors and Chicago natives stopped by Wrigley Field prior to heading over to Soldier Field for the Monday Night Football game between the Chicago Bears and Detroit Lions. Dozens of members of the Cubs front office, including Todd Ricketts and GM Jed Hoyer, were on hand to welcome the warriors to Wrigley and thank them for their service to our country. The Wounded Warrior Project strives to raise awareness and enlist the public’s aid for the needs of injured service members, and to provide direct programs and services to meet the needs of injured service members.

Now Playing: Stretching out with Jim Belushi

Chicago comedian and actor Jim Belushi spent many afternoons at Wrigley Field when he was growing up and never misses a chance to come back. Vine Line talked to the Cubs superfan during his most recent trip to the Friendly Confines, where he was slated to throw out the first pitch. Belushi told us about the moment he officially became a Cubs fan, his fondest memory of Wrigley Field and what it’s like to spend time in his hometown.

To read the full interview, pick up the October issue of Vine Line featuring the best moments from the 2012 season, on sale now at Chicago-area retailers. Or subscribe to Vine Line, the official magazine of the Chicago Cubs, for just $29.95.

Now Playing: Cubs Social Media Night 2

Last night, the Cubs helped fans pass the three-and-a-half-hour rain delay in style at their second Social Media Night event of the season. Though the game didn’t get started until 10:42 p.m., Social Media Night kicked off at about 5 p.m. in the Captain Morgan Club. Each attendee received a Social Media Night T-shirt with a design that was selected by the fans. Comcast SportsNet also broadcast their Chicago Tribune Live show from the Captain Morgan Club, and many prizes were handed out, including signed copies of Vine Line, Cubs Authentics products and a ticket upgrade. One lucky fan even got to throw out the first pitch at last night’s long-delayed game.

Now Playing: Stretching Out with Glee’s Jane Lynch

Glee star Jane Lynch has spent much of her life playing an assortment of characters on the big and small screens. But there was no acting when the excited Chicago native returned to Wrigley Field on June 27 to sing the seventh-inning stretch. Lynch, a lifelong Cubs fan, happily recalled some of her fondest memories from her countless visits to the Friendly Confines before belting out a rousing version of “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” that would have made Harry Caray proud.

To read the complete interview, pick up the September issue of Vine Line, which also features stories on first baseman Anthony Rizzo and top draft pick Albert Almora.

Now Playing: Anthony Rizzo Safe at Home

Since his June 26 call-up to the big leagues, Anthony Rizzo has certainly lived up Cubs fans’ expectations. In just 57 games, his highlights include driving in the game-winning RBI in three of his first five games, hitting a dramatic walk-off home run against the Cardinals and capping an improbable rally last night with a key ninth inning double to tie the game 11-11 with Milwaukee.

Rizzo’s early success with the Cubs made us wonder about the goals he set for himself heading into the season. Vine Line looked back at our Spring Training conversation with the slugging first baseman in which he talked about coming to the Cubs, saying goodbye to the minor leagues and playing at Wrigley Field.

Now Playing: In the Dugout with Dale Sveum

The Cubs team Manager Dale Sveum takes into September is drastically different from the team that broke Spring Training in April. At the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline, the Cubs dealt away veterans Jeff Baker, Ryan Dempster, Reed Johnson, Paul Maholm and Geovany Soto in favor of high-ceiling minor league talent that could pay off down the road. This month, Vine Line talked to Sveum about the impact those deals have had on the major league club, what he expects out of the team’s recent call-ups and what he’s learned on the job this season.

To read the full interview, pick up the September issue of Vine Line, on sale soon at Chicago-area retailers. Or subscribe to Vine Line, the official magazine of the Chicago Cubs, for just $29.95.

Now Playing: In the Dugout with Chris Bosio

As the season stretched into July, Vine Line sat down with pitching coach Chris Bosio to talk about his first season with the North Siders. In the conversation, Bosio talks about joining a club in transition, the mental approach of the game, how he’s dealt with the bullpen and more.

To read the full interview, pick up the August issue of Vine Line, on sale soon at Chicago-area newsstands. Or subscribe to Vine Line, the official magazine of the Chicago Cubs, for just $29.95.

Now Playing: Stretching Out with Andy Richter

Before Andy Richter was known as an actor and a late-night television co-host, he honed his comedic chops on Chicago stages. In mid-June, the Yorkville, Ill., native stopped by Wrigley to throw out the first pitch. Vine Line talked to him about his Chicago roots, vandalizing Wrigley Field and going out in a blaze of glory.

To read the full interview, pick up the August issue of Vine Line, on sale soon at Chicago-area newsstands. Or subscribe to Vine Line, the official magazine of the Chicago Cubs, for just $29.95.