First Look at Cubs Homestand: Promotions, Events, and Food


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Dennis Wierzicki - USA Today Sports
Dennis Wierzicki - USA Today Sports

CHICAGO – The Chicago Cubs will host a five-game homestand with a visit from the Cleveland Indians for the first time since 2016 with two games May 22-23, followed by the San Francisco Giants May 25-27.

The homestand includes two Community Nights presented by PEAK in the ballpark: Military Appreciation Night presented by Boeing and Law Enforcement Appreciation Night. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.cubs.com/communitynights.

On Saturday and Sunday, May 26-27, the Cubs in conjunction with Major League Baseball will host “Play Ball Weekend” at Wrigley Field. Major League Baseball and USA Baseball launched “Play Ball” as the sport’s largest effort to encourage widespread participation in both formal and informal baseball activities. To kick off the weekend, Cubs Charities will host the Cubs Charities Youth Baseball & Softball Festival Saturday, May 26, from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. at Gallagher Way to celebrate the sport and encourage kids to play every day. The free outdoor festival will include several baseball-themed activities including running the bases and playing catch with current Cubs players, face painting, balloon art, “Play Ball” giveaways including plastic bat and ball sets, pitch grip baseballs and more. Participants can enjoy a free hot dog provided by Vienna Beef. The festival is open to fans of all ages. As part of the “Play Ball” pregame ceremonies at Wrigley Field, local youth baseball and softball players will take the field before meeting Cubs players at each position. In addition, all players, umpires and on-field personnel will wear “Play Ball” patches during the game, and the field will be adorned with a “Play Ball” stencil.

Fans also can enter 10/Sixty Tickets, named in honor of Wrigley Field’s famed address: 1060 W. Addison St., for the opportunity to purchase $10 tickets inclusive of taxes and fees. Fans can submit an online registration through MLB’s Ballpark app or by visiting www.cubs.com/10sixtytickets. There is no fee to enter. Fans randomly selected in a drawing will receive an email a minimum of 12 hours before the start of the game with their opportunity to purchase up to four tickets.?

Highlights of the homestand follow.

Food and Beverage Offerings:

Wrigley Field will once again serve foodie spins on ballpark favorites this season. The Cubs and hospitality partner Levy are focusing on freshly prepared, chef-driven menu items including house-smoked short ribs and pork shoulder; house-made pickles, chips, slaws and condiments; and creative twists on classic Chicago flavors. For more information, visit www.cubs.com/food.

Hot Doug’s continues its rotating selections on Platform 14, located behind the center field scoreboard in the Budweiser Bleachers. Served this homestand are the Jody Gerut, a Cajun andouille sausage with Cajun mustard, caramelized onions and Swiss cheese; the Paul Popovich, a Mexican chorizo sausage with spicy salsa and pepper jack cheese; and the Glenallen Hill, a spicy Vienna Beef Polish sausage with honey mustard, sauerkraut and smoked gouda cheese.

Cubs Charities and Community Events:

On Monday, May 21, Cubs Charities will host a Cubs Jr. All-Stars assembly at Jahn School of Fine Arts. The free summer program was launched in 2013 to help kids stay active by playing baseball and softball while learning to successfully communicate both on and off the field. During Monday’s assembly, Cubs Charities, Clark the Cub and Urban Initiatives will share the importance of staying active to more than 300 students.

On Tuesday, May 22, Cubs Charities and the Robert R. McCormick Foundation will announce more than $1 million in grants to nonprofit organizations serving those in need in the Chicago area at the American Airlines Conference Center. The luncheon marks the 14th consecutive year more than $1 million has been donated to Chicago communities to help organizations provide youth with health, wellness and education programs. For a full list of grantees, visit www.cubscharities.org.

Cubs Charities Diamond Project and national nonprofit Good Sports will continue their partnership by sorting, packing and delivering new baseball and softball equipment to area programs Wednesday, May 23, at Gallagher Way. Cubs associates and Good Sports staff will pack more than $100,000 worth of athletic equipment and apparel for the Better Boys Foundation Family Services, Chicago Altgeld Steel City Baseball, Jackie Robinson West Little League, Lou Collier Baseball Association, Midway Baseball Association, Oriole Park Baseball, Pilsen Athletic League and Shabbona Park Little League Inc. Through its Diamond Project, Cubs Charities has committed nearly $1.6 million in grants to support youth leagues and capital improvement projects in 2018.

On Wednesday, May 23, Javier Báez will welcome several families who have been affected by Hurricane Maria at Wrigley Field as part his “Los Magos” community initiative.

On Friday, May 25, Kyle Schwarber will host 20 Chicago police officers and their families at the game as part of his “Neighborhood Heroes” campaign, an initiative designed to recognize first responders and honor their heroism, personal courage and devotion to duty.

Cubs manager Joe Maddon will once again support Chicago nonprofit organizations through his “Respect Community” charity T-shirt initiative. After every Friday home game, Maddon will represent a different Chicago nonprofit by wearing the organization’s T-shirt during his postgame press conference. Joe Maddon’s “Respect Community” shirt on Friday, May 25, will represent the Respect 90 Foundation, which seeks to raise resources to provide Chicago's children and young adults with opportunities to develop championship attitudes through sport and encourage fitness, scholarship and character development.

Later Friday evening, Joe Maddon will host his annual Respect 90 Main Event at Wintrust's Grand Banking Hall in The Wintrust Building in downtown Chicago. Guests will enjoy a hearty buffet dinner, cocktails and scotch tastings and amateur boxing. A portion of the proceeds raised at the event will benefit nonprofit youth boxing programs in Chicago. For more information, visit www.cubs.com/mainevent.


Homestand Details, May 22-May 27:

Tuesday, May 22, Chicago Cubs vs. Cleveland Indians, 6:05 p.m.

· Promotion: Cubs Cap-shaped Umbrella presented by Reynolds Wrap, up to the first 10,000 early arriving fans

· Pregame and first pitch: On-field recognition for 2018 City Championship winners, the Lake View High School Wildcats Baseball team

· First pitch: Two-time NCAA Basketball champion and current Villanova University guard Jalen Brunson

· First pitch and 7th inning stretch: PGA pro golfer and two-time Masters champion Bubba Watson

· Community Night presented by PEAK: Military Appreciation Night presented by Boeing

· Broadcast: WGN, ESPN, 670 The Score, Cubs.com

Wednesday, May 23, Chicago Cubs vs. Cleveland Indians, 7:05 p.m.

· Promotion: Cubs and Star Wars T-shirt presented by Gonnella Baking Company, up to the first 10,000 early arriving fans

· Community Night presented by PEAK: Law Enforcement Appreciation Night

· Broadcast: NBC Sports Chicago, MLB Network, 670 The Score, Cubs.com

Friday, May 25, Chicago Cubs vs. San Francisco Giants, 1:20 p.m.

· First pitch and anthem: Six-time Grammy nominated heavy metal band Anthrax

· First pitch and 7th inning stretch: Actor and comedian Ike Barinholtz

· Broadcast: ABC 7, MLB Network, 670 The Score, WRTO 1200, Cubs.com

· Postgame: Joe Maddon’s Respect 90 Main Event

Saturday, May 26, Chicago Cubs vs. San Francisco Giants, 6:15 p.m.

· Pregame: Cubs Charities Youth Baseball & Softball Festival at Gallagher Way

· First pitch: Actor from NBC’s Chicago Fire Taylor Kinney

· First pitch and 7th inning stretch: Chicago Bears tight end Trey Burton

· Broadcast: Fox, 670 The Score, Cubs.com

Sunday, May 27, Chicago Cubs vs. San Francisco Giants, 7:08 p.m.

· Promotion: Cubs Reusable Tote Bag presented by MLB Network, up to the first 20,000 early arriving fans

· Anthem: 14-year-old guitarist Brandon Niederauer

· 7th inning stretch: ESPN Sunday Night Baseball broadcasters Jessica Mendoza, Alex Rodriguez and Matt Vasgersian

· Broadcast: ESPN, 670 The Score, Cubs.com

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