The Cubs and Chairman Tom Ricketts have indicated that there will be Wrigley Field construction scheduled in the near future. As for those rumors swirling around that the Cubs would play a full MLB season at either U.S. Cellular Field on the south side or Miller Park in Milwaukee in order to expedite the construction project? Not likely.
Ricketts quickly shot down those rumors in Mesa – “There’s no plans for us to play anywhere else but Wrigley Field.” That was that. He also talked about his excitement for the upcoming as his new team takes shape for 2012 – “My message is, we talk about let’s use all 40 days as best we can and just communicate with them…. We want to be the best organization in baseball. If there’s feedback, make sure it gets up to us so we can do the best that we can…. I talk to Theo all the time; it’s great.”
Maybe we’ll see a World Series title in the near future?!
The Chicago Cubs are set to host its first college football game since 1938 at Wrigley Field on Nov. 20. Northwestern will take on Illinois in the Big Ten match up. The field is going to run from the cubs dugout to the right field bleachers. When the Chicago Bears played at Wrigley it ran from the left field bleachers to the visitors dugout, the Bears have not played there since 1970.
The last time Northwester and Illinois took the field on the north side the park was called Cubs Park and they had 32,000 fans show up in 1923.
Boo-Hoo – the Chicago Cubs had to delay the opening of the new ice skating rink on Wrigley Field property until Saturday December 15th because of inclement weather. What a tragedy!
There will actually be an “Opening Ceremony” for the new ice skating rink on Saturday that is scheduled to start at 11:00AM. Gimme a break!
Ryan Dempster will throw out the ceremonial “first pitch” to “christen” the rink. Alderman Tom Tunney and Tom and Laura Ricketts are scheduled to be on hand for the festivities as well. In addition to being able to skate on the rink, most people really want to be there to see the much-heralded performance by the Starlights Synchronized Skating organization – if you’ve never seen one of their performances, you haven’t lived…
Good job Crane and the Cubs brass – forget about making improvements to a disastrous performance in 2009. Let’s focus on bringing in some revenue from the ice skating rink and taking out the troughs in the mens’ bathrooms to put in state of the art pissers…
The Chicago Cubs could be making a spring training move from Mesa, Arizona to Naples, Florida. Current Cubs Chairman Crane Kenney has acknowledged that the Cubs are pursuing opportunities to move the spring training facilities from Arizona to Florida. And right now, Naples is on the top of the Cubs list. The Cubs lease with the city of Mesa expires in 2016, but the club could leave early – in 2012 – if the Cubs pay $4.2 million to the city in Spring 2010. That deadline is coming up.
We’ll keep an eye on this if anything develops over the next 6 months or so. Florida would definitely be a closer destination for Chicago-area and east coast Cubs fans looking to catch a Cubs spring training game in warm winter weather…
A new advertising campaign will greet all Chicago Cubs fans during the 2009 MLB season. The new ads will appear on the famous red marquee at the corner of Clark and Addison. Manager Lou Pinella and players like Carlos Zambrano, Aramis Ramirez, Ryan Dempster and Alfonso Soriano have already signed on to participate in the new ads. The new billboard-style ads will change periodically. Some slogans include:
“Wrigley Field: Home of the Reason You Put Up With The Winters”
“Wrigley Field: Home of the 2 Hour and 47 Minute Vacation”
The agency behind the new campaign is a local branding firm – Jones – that is now in its second year of working with the Chicago Cubs. Jones’ president and executive creative director Scott Maney summed it up best – “There’s no other p;ace like Wrigley. It’s a tourist attraction for tourists that live in Chicago. And let’s face it – - we’ve all ducked out of work once or twice with a ‘dentist appointment’ that just so happened to start at 1:20p.m. We’re just tapping into the truth.”
Get ready Cubs fans. Players reports for Spring Training in Arizona in the upcoming days. Opening day at Wrigley Field is scheduled for Monday, April 13th – just over 2 months away. Get ready for a 3rd straight NL Central Division title, and this year, hopefully at least one post-season victory instead of an early playoff exit.
The latest in the series of summer concert events at the Friendly Confines of Wrigley Field, the home of the Chicago Cubs, was announced this week. Elton John and Billy Joel will grace the city of Chicago with their presence on Tuesday, July 21st in support of their 2009 Face 2 Face Tour. Elton John and Billy Joel will start of the concert on stage together. Each of John and Joel will perform a set on their own with their respective bands. And then the 2 will re-emerge together on stage for a grand finale performance. The 2 have played together a lot over the years since their initial performance together at Veterans Stadium in Philadelphia back in July 1994. Although the 2 have not toured together since 2003, they have really developed a great repoire on stage. The show is sure to include some of their greatest hits, but will also feature a few surprise rock and roll classics that the 2 have perfected over the years.
Tickets to the Elton John and Billy Joel concert go onsale this Saturday – Valentine’s Day. There are 3 price levels for the event – $55, $95 and $175.
South Korean pitcher Dae-Eun Rhee excelled for Cubs Single-A affiliate in Peoria during the 2008 season. Rhee started 10 games during the season, going 4-1 with a sparkling 1.80 ERA. He won’t be the only South Korean in Cubs Spring Training Camp for the 2009 season – pitcher Su-Min Jung, outfielder Jae-Hoon Ha and infielder Hak-Ju Lee will also join Rhee for some fun Spring Training competition in less than 2 weeks.
While the Cubs continue to scout talent in Venezuela, the Dominican Republic and Japan, the Cubs have also made South Korea a key target, due in large part to the country’s recent success on the international playing field. Just this past summer in the Beijing Olympics, South Korea won the Gold Medal by beating powerhouse Japan in the semifinals and Cuba in the finals. The team went 9-0 during the Olympics. South Korea advanced to the semifinals of the 2006 World Baseball Classic, but lost to eventual Champion Japan. The South Koreans also won the Bronze Medal at the 2000 Sydney Olympics.
Even the younger 18 and under players from South Korea are showing serious talent that could translate into success at the big league level. Paul Weaver is the Cubs international director of scouting and Steve Wilson is based in Taiwan as the Pacific Rim supervisor of scouting. Both insist that these South Korean players can hold their own with the best players from anywhere else in the world, including the United States. Guess we’ll have to wait a few years to see how it all shakes out in the minor leagues and the big leagues. Keep your fingers crossed- maybe we’ll see one of these players grace the Friendly Confines of Wrigley Field sometime soon.
The documentary “We Believe – - Chicago and its Cubs” is set to be released in the Spring of 2009. Want to be a part of the movie – you can for just $100.00. With the “contribution” your name will appear in the theatrical credits in the last few minutes of the documentary in alphabetical order. Each donor will also receive a certificate of authenticity and a t-shirt that touts the “We Believe” film.
Now the good news – 50% of all proceeds will go to 2 charity groups close to the hearts of the Cubs organization and its fans. Cubs 1st baseman Derrek Lee has formed Project 3000, a charity that helps people who are struggling with the blinding eye disease Leber congenital amaurosis (LCA). Lee’s daughter Jada was originally misdiagnosed with LCA, and his family was informed there was no cure for the inherited disease. Lee knows exactly what it is like for families to have to struggle with the LCA disease, and he has been strongly committed to finding a cure for the disease.
The other charity that will benefit is the non-profit Little Cubs Field – a kid-sized park in Freeport, Illinois carved in the likeness of a scaled-down version of Wrigley Field. Little Cubs Field had its grand opening on June 14, 2008, and the crew for the “We Believe” movie was on hand to partake in the ceremony.
There are limited spots open for the credits opportunity. Please go to www.webelievethemovie.com if interested in contributing to these worthy organizations.
The wait is over. With the 2007 AND 2008 playoffs sweeps behind us, now it’s time to get ready for your 2009 Chicago Cubs. There are some old faces and some new faces, and one tough, yet lovable Manager in Lou Pinella. The Cubs will surely be considered a heavy favorite to win an unprecedented 3rd straight NL Central Division title. But we all know that predictions and favorites mean nothing when you are dealing with the Chicago Cubs franchise.
Will Milton Bradley endear himself to the right field bleachers fans in 2009? Will The Ricketts family finally bring that elusive World Series Title to the North Side of Chicago? Will Ronnie Woo-Woo still make it to every game inside the Friendly Confines of Wrigley Field? Unfortunately, we probably only know the answer to one of those questions, so we’ll just have to wait and see for ourselves during the glorious 2009 MLB season.
Tickets go on sale to the public on Friday, February 20th at 8:00AM at the Wrigley Field Box Office. A random wristband lottery system will be used to determine the order in which Cubs fans will be able to purchase tickets to the upcoming season.
At 10:00AM on Friday, February 20th, tickets will go on sale through the Cubs website at www.cubs.com and over the phone – 800-843-2827 for Illinois callers and 866-652-2827 for out-of-state callers.
Chicagoland Tickets.com outlets will also be authorized to start selling Cubs tickets at 10:00AM on Friday, February 20th.
There will be a 42-ticket limit for Cubs tickets sales during the opening weekend of sales. Customers can purchase up to 6 tickets per game, with a maximum of 7 games purchased.
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