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Cubs vs. Rockies — Wrigley Field
First Pitch: 1:20 CST
Cubs Starter: Kyle Hendricks, RHP (1-0, 2.70 ERA)
Rockies Starter: Chad Bettis, RHP (1-0, 4.38 ERA)
TV: CSN Chicago, MLB Network; Radio: 670 The Score
1. Dexter Fowler, CF
2. Jason Heyward, RF
3. Ben Zobrist, 2B
4. Anthony Rizzo, 1B
5. Kris Bryant, 3B
6. Jorge Soler, LF
7. Miguel Montero, C
8. Addison Russell, SS
9. Kyle Hendricks, P
(Photo by Stephen Green)
Greg Augsburg is the personification of the old axiom “Good things come to those who wait.”
When Augsburg was a college student at Eastern Illinois University in the mid-2000s, he got into the habit of watching the standard Cubs 1:20 day game. Each telecast would include a plug about joining the Season Ticket Holder Waiting List. For the longtime Cubs fan, who always followed the team but really got hooked around the time of the 2003 playoff run, it was a siren call.
“It was always something to look forward to,” said Augsburg, now a technology coordinator and trainer at Wood Dale School District 7. “What’s five minutes out of my day to fill out a questionnaire? It was just something charming to think of once in a while.”
Of course, Augsburg knew it would be a while before he got a crack at tickets. The Cubs send regular updates on where each person stands in line, and at one point, he was informed he was customer No. 75,000.
“I was like, ‘Oh, this is never going to happen,’” Augsburg said, laughing. “Seriously, my train of thought was, ‘Well, maybe when I’m retired, I’ll get to do it.’”
Though he did have a little wait, a decade later, the 29-year-old is now the proud owner of two Cubs season tickets.
The Chicago Cubs Season Ticket Holder Waiting List is a no-cost way for Cubs fans to get in line for season tickets. To join the list, fans complete the form at cubs.com/waitinglist and, well, wait. How fast the list turns over depends on various factors. Seat locations primarily become available when current Season Ticket Holders opt not to renew their spots, so the product on the field can be a big determinant.
With the Cubs major-league team struggling over the last few seasons, there was quite a bit of turnover. That’s not the case anymore.
Going into 2015, the Cubs churned through 17,112 names on the waiting list before hitting capacity. That kind of movement is why Augsburg became a Season Ticket Holder in his late-20s instead of his late-60s. This year, the team went through fewer than 1,000 names.
“It’s always fun to welcome new Season Ticket Holders into the Cubs family, especially since we know our fans wait years for the opportunity,” said Cubs Senior Director of Ticketing Cale Vennum. “The increased interest in becoming a Season Ticket Holder is just another example of the tremendous demand we’ve seen to watch this year’s exciting team. It may take some time to get that call, but stories like Greg’s are a reminder the wait is definitely worthwhile.”
After completing the form, fans receive an account number and their current place on the list. The list is updated annually, and fans receive periodic emails so they know just how close—or far—they are from getting an opportunity.
Augsburg worked with Cubs Ticket Sales Representative Charles Zubrod, who he said offered constant feedback and communication once his number finally came up. Not only did Zubrod provide progress updates and advice about how to get through the line quickly once Augsburg got into the virtual waiting room, he was also honest and helped temper expectations. There is no guarantee a fan’s preferred seats will be open.
If a fan is offered a season ticket location but chooses to decline the offer, the Cubs will proceed to the next person in the queue, and that fan will be required to sign up again and obtain a new waiting list number, which can mean years more waiting.
But when the day came and Augsburg went online to claim his spot, the stars aligned, and he was able to get exactly what he wanted. Now he has only one more thing left to wait for—another deep Cubs playoff run.
“This really is quite the opportunity,” Augsburg said. “We’re probably in our best position to win in a very long time, and it just happens to be the year that my number gets called. It’s very nice. Coincidental, but I’ll take it.”
(Photo by Stephen Green)
The Cubs today announced details for purchasing single-game tickets for the 2016 season. Single-game tickets go on sale Friday, Feb. 26, at 10 a.m. CST, and will be available on cubs.com or by calling 800-THE-CUBS (800-843-2827).
Fans may once again participate in the MasterCard Presale prior to the general on-sale date. Starting Tuesday, Feb. 23, at noon CST, single-game tickets will be available at cubs.com for a 20 percent premium, or a 15 percent premium for fans using a MasterCard.
“Following a deep postseason run and exciting offseason, there is tremendous demand to watch the Cubs this year,” said Colin Faulkner, Cubs senior vice president of sales and marketing. “Between impressive renewal rates among our largest Season Ticket Holder base in team history, to early sales of our multi-game ticket packs, we have seen many of our popular games sell quickly already. Fans will want to secure tickets to their must-have dates as soon as possible.”
Tickets from each regular-season home game are available for purchase during the MasterCard Presale and general on-sale, including the home opener against the Cincinnati Reds, summer holiday games, Kids Sundays, rivalry contests with the Chicago White Sox, Pittsburgh Pirates and St. Louis Cardinals, as well as Interleague matchups with rare summer visits from the Los Angeles Angels, Seattle Mariners and Texas Rangers.
Details for each single-game purchasing option follow:
The Cubs will once again offer the MasterCard Presale starting Tuesday, Feb. 23, at noon through Wednesday, Feb. 24, at 11:59 p.m. Fans using a MasterCard can purchase single-game tickets in advance of the general on-sale date at a 15 percent premium, while fans using other forms of payment may purchase tickets at a 20 percent premium. MasterCard Presale tickets may be purchased at cubs.com.
SINGLE-GAME GENERAL ON-SALE:
Via the Internet: On Friday, Feb. 26, fans can purchase tickets at cubs.com. A virtual waiting room will begin accepting customers at 9:30 a.m. At 10 a.m., customers will be randomly selected from the virtual waiting room to begin purchasing tickets. All Internet customers will need a valid account. Customers are recommended to register for an account prior to Feb. 26.
By Telephone: Tickets can be purchased by telephone beginning Feb. 26 at 10 a.m. Call 800-THE-CUBS (800-843-2827).
At Wrigley Field: Due to offseason construction happening in and around the ballpark, the team is not able to offer in-person single-game ticket sales until closer to the season.
There is a four-ticket purchase limit for Marquee and Platinum games per household, credit card or email address. For more information, please contact the Chicago Cubs Ticket Office at 800-THE-CUBS (800-843-2827).
(Photo By Stephen Green)
Starting Thursday, Cubs fans can get first access to tickets for the hottest matchups of the 2016 season by purchasing Cubs 6-Game Packs and Cubs 12-Game Flex Packs before single-game tickets go on sale in February.
These multi-game packages are the team’s most extensive ticket offering before the holiday season in recent years, featuring tickets to the team’s home opener vs. the Reds, summer Friday games, Kids Sundays and holiday matchups. Fans also can catch rivalry contests against the White Sox, Pirates and Cardinals, as well as Interleague matchups with visits from the Angels, Mariners and Rangers.
“After an exciting season and equally optimistic outlook for 2016, we’re pleased to once again offer Cubs 6-Game Packs and Cubs 12-Game Flex Packs—now available before the holiday season,” said Cubs Vice President of Sales and Partnerships Colin Faulkner. “These multi-game packs are the best way for our fans to secure tickets to their must-have matchups before single game tickets go on sale.”
Cubs 6-Game Packs and Cubs 12-Game Flex Packs go on sale at cubs.com/packs this Thursday at noon CST.
Cubs 6-Game Pack
The Cubs 6-Game Pack provides a choice of four different pre-selected, six-game plans, with each option tailored to different fan interests. Options include the “Friday Pack,” featuring six Friday games throughout the season; the “Sunday Pack,” featuring Sunday home games with opportunities for kids 13-and-under to run the bases postgame; the “Rivals Pack,” featuring matchups with the White Sox, Mets and NL Central Division foes; and the “Holiday Pack,” featuring games on holidays such as Memorial Day, Fourth of July and Labor Day Weekend.
Cubs 6-Game Packs are available in both the Budweiser Bleachers and reserved seating bowl of Wrigley Field. Fans must order the same number of tickets for each of the six games in their package. Prices start at just $126 before service fees and City and County amusement taxes for a “Rivals Pack” in the Upper Deck Reserved Outfield, with other prices varying based on plan and location.
Cubs 12-Game Flex Pack
Fans looking to customize their ticket package can choose the Cubs 12-Game Flex Pack. This package allows fans to select from three prime games, such as the team’s home opener vs. the Reds or Crosstown Cup Series vs. the White Sox, plus nine additional games from each month throughout the season. Cubs 12-Game Flex Packs are available in both the Budweiser Bleachers and reserved seating bowl of Wrigley Field. Prices start at just $179 in the Upper Deck Reserved Outfield before service fees and City and County amusement taxes, with other prices varying based on plan and location. Overall, fans can select from 56 total games when purchasing the Cubs 12-Game Flex Pack.
Tickets may be purchased online through cubs.com/packs, by calling 1-800-THE-CUBS (1-800-843-2827) or by speaking with the Fan Services team at 773-388-8270.
On Thursday, the Cubs released the logo that will be used during the 2016 season to commemorate a century of the team playing at Wrigley Field. The logo, which features a version of the team’s 1916 logo in modern colors, will be showcased as a patch on the home uniforms throughout the 2016 season. Fans will be able to purchase officially licensed memorabilia with the logo beginning this offseason.
The Chicago Cubs franchise—originally chartered as the White Stockings, then called the Colts and Orphans before officially adopting the Cubs moniker in 1907—played in five different ballparks between 1876-1915 before moving to the team’s current home at the corner of Clark and Addison. Originally named Weeghman Park after Chicago Federals owner Charles Weeghman, the ballpark was first home to the Chi-Feds (later the Chicago Whales) of the Federal League. The park hosted its first game April 23, 1914, with the Chi-Feds defeating the Kansas City Packers 9-1, and hosted the Federal League-champion Chicago Whales in 1915.
After the Federal League folded in December 1915, Weeghman assembled a group of 10 investors, including William Wrigley Jr., to purchase the Chicago Cubs and move them to Weeghman Park for the 1916 season. By 1919, Wrigley gained controlling interest in the club, and the park was renamed Cubs Park, eventually becoming Wrigley Field in 1926. The team celebrated 100 Years of Wrigley Field with a yearlong campaign during the 2014 season.
Additional plans to celebrate a Century of the Cubs at Wrigley Field will be released prior to the 2016 season.
Cubs vs. Pirates — Wrigley Field
First Pitch: 1:20 CST
Cubs Starter: Jon Lester, LHP (10-11, 3.46)
Pirates Starter: Gerrit Cole, RHP (17-8, 2.64)
TV: ABC-7, MLB Network; Radio: WBBM 780 AM
1. Dexter Fowler, CF
2. Kyle Schwarber, LF
3. Kris Bryant, 3B
4. Anthony Rizzo, 1B
5. Chris Coghlan, RF
7. Addison Russell, SS
8. David Ross, C
8. Jon Lester, P
9. Tommy La Stella, 2B
Cubs vs. Brewers — Wrigley Field
First Pitch: 7:05 CST
Cubs Starter: Jason Hammel (8-6, 3.73)
Brewers Starter: Wily Peralta, RHP (5-9, 4.41)
TV: CSN; Radio: WBBM 780 AM
1. Dexter Fowler, CF
2. Kyle Schwarber, LF
3. Kris Bryant, 3B
4. Anthony Rizzo, 1B
5. Starlin Castro, 2B
6. Miguel Montero, C
7. Addison Russell, SS
8. Jason Hammel, P
9. Chris Coghlan, RF
The Chicago Cubs have announced details for fans seeking the opportunity to purchase single-game tickets to potential postseason games at Wrigley Field. Beginning Thursday at 9 a.m. until Sept. 23 at noon, fans can register for a random drawing to win a chance to purchase single-game postseason tickets for a potential Wild Card Game and National League Division Series.* Registration will remain open throughout the postseason at cubs.com/postseason, with cut-off times for drawings to additional potential series to be announced as the postseason unfolds.
Fans who register for the online ticket opportunity will be notified via email if they have been selected for a chance to purchase before single-game tickets go on sale. Those who are randomly selected from all eligible registrants will have a one-time chance to purchase a maximum of four tickets to a potential Wild Card Game or Division Series Game at Wrigley Field, pending availability. Tickets will be available for purchase on a first-come, first-served basis. Being selected in a drawing does not guarantee the opportunity to purchase tickets to a postseason game.
“We are excited to provide as many Cubs fans as possible with an opportunity to experience postseason baseball at Wrigley Field,” said Cubs Vice President of Sales and Partnerships Colin Faulkner. “We encourage anyone looking for a chance to purchase limited single game postseason tickets to register for the online lottery and act quickly if their name is selected.”
The number of potential postseason tickets that may become available to Cubs fans is limited as a result of ticket allocations to Cubs Season Ticket Holders and other partners. To provide a purchase opportunity to as many fans as possible, all registered fans who are not selected for early postseason contests will remain eligible for selection if the Cubs advance to subsequent rounds. Fans may only purchase tickets once during the postseason.
The postseason single-game ticket on-sale date and pricing will be announced at a later time. Single-game ticket buyers are encouraged to pay with MasterCard, the preferred credit card of the Chicago Cubs. Fans may visit cubs.com/postseason for more information about potential single-game postseason ticket sales or call the Chicago Cubs Fan Services team at 773-388-8270 with any questions.
*Registration is open to legal residents of the 50 United States who are 18 years of age or older at the time of entry. Void where prohibited; additional exclusions apply. Full terms and conditions are available at cubs.com/postseason.
Here’s a bit of advice for aspiring sports journalists out there: If you ever plan on writing a story about Cubs right-hander Jake Arrieta, you need to get comfortable with waiting. It’s not that Arrieta isn’t accessible or approachable. Quite the contrary, in fact. He’s polite, intelligent, thoughtful and probably takes reporters’ questions much more seriously than they deserve to be taken. And when he’s in the clubhouse, he’s happy to accept queries from all comers.
He’s just not in the clubhouse all that often. And if you’ve ever really looked at the 29-year-old starter, who twirled the first no-hitter of his career Sunday night in front of a national ESPN audience, you can probably imagine why.
When we were trying to track down Arrieta (and his glorious beard) for our cover feature this month, we asked various sources if they had seen him around. Here’s a sampling of the responses we received:
“When I got here at around 2 p.m. (for a 7:05 game), I know he was on his Pilates machine.”
“The last I saw him, he was in the weight room.”
“I know he was throwing earlier. He’s always working. He’s impossible to find sometimes.”
This may or may not come as a surprise to you, but Jake Arrieta is an extremely hard worker. Still, that’s not what makes him unique. Most major leaguers are hard workers. It’s the wide range of activities he does to keep himself in shape—from Pilates to cycling to weights to isometric work—and the gusto with which he undertakes these activities that make him a bit of an oddity.
What I found most interesting during the reporting process was listening to how his teammates talk about him. Even in a room full of professional athletes, most Cubs players still seem to view the 6-foot-4, 225-pound Texan with wonder. Rotation mate Kyle Hendricks said he aspired to be like Arrieta one day. Catcher David Ross called him a tree bark-eating caveman. Pitcher Jason Hammel mythologized him as a Greek god. Most freely admitted they couldn’t keep up with him, while others hesitantly said they were weighing whether they should actually join him on his famous Pilates reformer.
“Some of the stuff I see him do in the weight room, there’s no way my body could even get in those positions,” Hendricks said, laughing.
Arrieta also might be the poster child for why the Cubs need the 1060 Project’s improved player facilities. The current Wrigley Field weight room and clubhouse are surprisingly small, so Arrieta has moved his Pilates machine (yes, he has his own Pilates machine—of course, he has his own Pilates machine) into the media room. In the last few months, Cubs beat writers have grown accustomed to waiting a few extra minutes for their daily pregame briefing with manager Joe Maddon, while Arrieta either does Pilates himself or puts one of his teammates through the paces.
For the last few seasons, people have been asking—and I asked the same question of everyone I spoke to—why the Cubs’ version of Jake Arrieta is so much better than the Orioles’ original version. The consensus answer points back to his Herculean work ethic. Arrieta is truly driven to be great in every aspect of his life. He always had the stuff. That’s why he made an Opening Day start for the Orioles in 2012, even though his numbers never said he was an ace.
This month, we examine how Arrieta transformed himself from an underachieving prospect into one of the top pitchers in the National League. We also get to know the next wave of heavy hitters in the system, this year’s top draft picks Ian Happ and Donnie Dewees. Finally, we look back at the last time the Cubs were flush with young talent during the tenure of aggressive and often aggravating general manager Dallas Green.
The 2015 season is almost in the books, but things are just heating up. Here’s one more piece of advice: Don’t miss a second of the Cubs’ playoff push. We’ll be there for every last pitch in print, on the Web and on Twitter at @cubsvineline.
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The Chicago Cubs travel to the South Side this weekend for the Crosstown Cup series versus the Chicago White Sox. When they return home, they will host an Interleague matchup with the Detroit Tigers from Aug. 18-19, followed by a series with the Atlanta Braves from Aug. 20-23 and a makeup of the June 15 postponement with the Cleveland Indians on Aug. 24.
When fans return to Wrigley Field, they will be able to visit the new DraftKings Fantasy Sports Zone, formerly the Captain Morgan Club, at the corner of Addison Street and Sheffield Avenue. DraftKings, the Official Fantasy Sports Partner of the Chicago Cubs and Official Daily Fantasy Baseball Game of Major League Baseball, will expand its presence at Wrigley Field and offer ballpark experiences as prizes to game participants. The DraftKings Fantasy Sports Zone will sport a new look but continue to serve fans’ favorite foods and beverages, including new drink specials and traditional favorites at the Captain Morgan Bar inside. Guests ordering the DraftKings-themed signature drink special during the grand opening this Tuesday, Aug. 18, will receive a DraftKings Cubs koozie with their order.
As the Cubs host the Tigers on Wednesday, Aug. 19, the National WWII Museum will commemorate the 1945 World Series matchup played between the Cubs and Tigers the year World War II came to an end. Both teams will sport 1945 throwback jerseys for the game. “The Victory Belles,” an a cappella group from the museum, will sing the National Anthem with a flyover and lead the seventh-inning stretch. World War II veteran Richard Duchossois will throw a ceremonial first pitch, and a group of World War II veterans will be honored on the field for a fourth-inning military recognition.
Budweiser Bleacher Fridays continue on Friday, Aug. 21, with ‘90s Day, where each Budweiser Bleacher guest 21-and-older will receive a ‘90s re-issue Cubs hat in neon pink or yellow. Guests will hear many of their favorite songs from the decade, including Cubs player selections as their walk-up music. Budweiser Bleacher guests can play some of their favorite ‘90s arcade games behind the bleachers and may even enjoy a treat from the past with some popular ‘90s candies distributed on-site. Fans 21-and-older can enter the #BudFridays social media contest by sharing their best ‘90s-themed photos on Twitter and Instagram using the #BudFridays hashtag. One creative winner will be selected from all eligible entries to receive four tickets to the final Budweiser Bleacher Friday event on Sept. 18. Official rules, prize value and details are available at the team’s #BudFridays contest page.
Tickets remain available for each series at http://www.cubs.com or 800-THE-CUBS (800-843-2827).
On Wednesday, Aug. 19, up to the first 10,000 adults age 21-and-older will receive a wine tumbler presented by Barefoot Wine.
The following night, Aug. 20, is Firefighter Appreciation Night. Guests with designated Special Group Night Terrace Reserved Outfield tickets will receive a Cubs firefighter baseball cap. Special Group Night tickets are available at http://www.cubs.com/specialevents.
Budweiser Bleacher Fridays continue with ‘90s Day on Aug. 21, as Budweiser Bleacher guests age 21-and-older will receive a ‘90s re-issue Cubs hat in neon pink or yellow.
On Saturday, Aug. 22, up to the first 10,000 fans will receive a Jon Lester Cubs debut bobblehead presented by Las Vegas.
Kids Sundays continue on Aug. 23 with a Cubs toy airplane presented by American Airlines for up to the first 5,000 children age 13-and-younger. The first 1,000 kids 13-and-under can run the bases postgame, weather permitting.
Let’s Give Charitable Campaign
As part of this year’s ongoing “Let’s Give” campaign, Cubs manager Joe Maddon will continue his “Respect Community” charity T-shirt initiative during his postgame press conference on Friday, Aug. 21. Maddon will represent the Crushers Club, whose mission is to restore high-risk youth toward a path of maturity by using boxing, peer mentoring and music to engage and surround them with hope. A portion of the proceeds from Maddon’s upcoming Respect 90 The Main Event will benefit Crushers Club’s youth boxing program in Englewood. Tickets and more information for the Sept. 2 event are available at http://www.cubs.com/maddon.
On Sunday, Aug. 23, Cubs Charities and Baseball Tomorrow Fund will host an equipment drive to benefit the Bronzeville Little League. Fans can bring their new or gently used baseball and softball equipment to Wrigley Field’s Gate D from 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Monetary donations also will be accepted.
The Decade Diner in the right-field concourse will continue its rotating menu of homestand specials with a Monte Cristo Sandwich featuring sliced turkey, ham and aged cheddar on Texas toast dipped in egg batter, sprinkled with powdered sugar and served with a side of raspberry jam. Guests also can order a Breaded Pork Sandwich featuring a breaded pork loin with herbs and caramelized onions on a toasted ciabatta roll with spicy mustard.
Platform 14, the outdoor concession area in the Budweiser Bleachers located behind the center-field scoreboard, will continue serving three Hot Doug’s sausages. The “Champ Summers” is a spicy Vienna Polish sausage served with Goose Island beer mustard and crispy fried onions; the “Pete LaCock” is a ribeye steak sausage with horseradish cream and blue cheese; and the “Bill Bonham” is an atomic pork sausage with cherry marmalade and smoked gouda cheese.
Homestand Recap, Aug. 18-24:
Tuesday, Aug. 18 vs. Detroit Tigers, 7:05 p.m.
- First pitch and seventh-inning stretch: Professional golfer and 2015 British Open champion Zach Johnson
- Broadcast: ABC 7, MLBN, WBBM 780-AM, WRTO 1200-AM Spanish Radio, Cubs.com
Wednesday, Aug. 19 vs. Detroit Tigers, 7:05 p.m.
- Promotion: Wine Tumbler presented by Barefoot Wine (up to the first 10,000 adults age 21-and-older)
- National Anthem and seventh-inning stretch: “The Victory Belles” a cappella group from the National WWII Museum
- Broadcast: WPWR-TV, ESPN, WBBM 780-AM, WRTO 1200-AM Spanish Radio, Cubs.com
Thursday, Aug. 20 vs. Atlanta Braves, 7:05 p.m.
- Broadcast: CSN, WBBM 780-AM, Cubs.com
- Special Group Night: Firefighter Appreciation Night
- Designated tickets include Cubs firefighter baseball cap
- Seventh-inning stretch: Famous chef and TV personality Anne Burrell
Friday, Aug. 21 vs. Atlanta Braves, 3:05 p.m.
- Promotion: Budweiser Bleacher Fridays: ‘90s day (‘90s re-issue Cubs hat, neon pink or yellow, Budweiser Bleacher guests 21-and-older)
- First pitch: Actress Kristy Swanson, who played Buffy from Buffy the Vampire Slayer
- Broadcast: CSN, MLB Network, WBBM 780-AM, Cubs.com
Saturday, Aug. 22 vs. Atlanta Braves, 3:05 p.m.
- Promotion: Jon Lester Cubs debut bobblehead presented by Las Vegas (up to the first 10,000 fans)
- First pitch and seventh-inning stretch: Sports analyst and former Notre Dame basketball coach Digger Phelps
- Broadcast: ABC 7, WBBM 780-AM, Cubs.com
Sunday, Aug. 23 vs. Atlanta Braves, 1:20 p.m.
- Promotion: Cubs toy airplane presented by American Airlines (up to the first 5,000 children age 13-and-younger)
- Baseball and softball equipment drive benefiting Bronzeville Little League
- First pitch: Comedian Tom Papa
- Seventh-inning stretch: Actor and Chicago native Jake Johnson
- Broadcast: WGN, WBBM 780-AM, Cubs.com
- Kids Run the Bases postgame (first 1,000 kids 13-and-under)
Monday, Aug. 24 vs. Cleveland Indians, 1:05 p.m. (makeup of June 15 postponement)
- Broadcast: WGN, WBBM 780-AM, Cubs.com