First Look: Cubs homestand details for Pirates, Reds, Padres


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Jon Durr - USA Today Sports
Jon Durr - USA Today Sports

CHICAGO – The Chicago Cubs kick off the second half of the 2019 season at Wrigley Field with games against the Pittsburgh Pirates July 12-14, Cincinnati Reds July 15-17 and the San Diego Padres July 19-21.

Beginning today, fans can enjoy a new activation at Gallagher Way. Marquee Sports Network, the future exclusive television home of the Chicago Cubs jointly owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group (Nasdaq: SBGI), launched a free interactive studio fan experience called the “Marquee Sports Network Studio Experience.” Cubs fans have the opportunity to test their sports broadcasting skills by jumping behind the anchor desk to produce their own Cubs highlight reel. A director will prep fans on how to read from a teleprompter and with a quick countdown, fans will experience the rush of a live taping by announcing exciting Cubs highlights. Fans who participate will receive a downloadable copy of their highlight reel to share on social media using the hashtag #SeeMeOnMarquee.

On Tuesday, July 16, the Cubs will celebrate 1969 at Wrigley Field. Members of the Cubs 1969 team will be on hand to throw a ceremonial first pitch and lead the crowd in the 7th inning stretch. Cubs players will honor the 1969 team by wearing a 1969 throwback jersey for the game. Up to the first 10,000 early arriving fans will receive a Cubs 1969 Replica Jersey presented by Benjamin Moore as a promotional item and join the celebration.

Fans also can take a trip back to 1969 by visiting a full-sized replica of Neil Armstrong’s spacesuit from the Apollo 11 mission located near the Budweiser Bleacher Bar. The suit is visiting Wrigley Field as a part of the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum’s Apollo at the Park program, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing. Replica statues of Neil Armstrong’s iconic space suit will be placed at 15 Major League Baseball ballparks throughout the season. Fans are encouraged to share their pictures of the suit on social media using the hashtag #SnapTheSuit. While visiting the suit, fans can purchase the limited-edition Budweiser Discovery Reserve, the newest edition to the Budweiser Reserve collection brewed to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon mission. The Discovery Reserve will be available at the Budweiser Bleacher Bar from July 16-21.

Fans can tune in to the Cubs YouTube channel to find a unique and engaging mix of content that goes beyond the game. In addition to new episodes of fan-favorites, there will be more exciting original videos and series, including a fanfiction animation series, a “How To” video with Kris Bryant and more! Fans can tune in now and subscribe to the channel by visiting www.YouTube.com/Cubs.

A limited number of tickets are still available for Jon and Farrah Lester’s Fourth Annual NVRQT Goes Country fundraiser Wednesday, July 17, at Joe’s Bar on Weed Street. Fans can enjoy a night of live country music, cocktails, a hearty buffet and premium silent and live auctions alongside Cubs players and coaches. Net proceeds from the event will benefit Lester's NVRQT (short for "never quit") campaign, run by the Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation (PCRF), which is dedicated to research, education and lifesaving advancements for children with cancer. To purchase tickets, visit www.cubs.com/nvrqt.

Cubs fans can continue to win big while giving back to the Chicago community through the Cubs Charities 50/50 Raffle program. There are now two ways fans can purchase tickets for the Cubs Charities 50/50 Raffle – inside the ballpark and online. Fans have the opportunity to purchase Cubs Charities 50/50 Raffle tickets online starting at 11 a.m. CDT before the start of each Cubs home game by visiting www.cubs.com/raffle. The winning ticket will receive half of the net proceeds from the game's raffle ticket sales, and the other half will benefit Cubs Charities. In accordance with state and local law, online Cubs Charities 50/50 Raffle tickets will only be available for purchase in the Chicago city limits. For more information, visit www.cubs.com/raffle.

Food and Beverage Offerings:

The Chicago Cubs and hospitality partner Levy continue their crowd-pleasing Chef Series presented by Maker’s Mark this homestand with an expanded lineup of local celebrity chefs. Fans can expect a dynamic menu of offerings inspired by the chefs’ signature items and their take on ballpark favorites. For the full list of participating chefs, visit www.cubs.com/chefseries.

Honey Butter Fried Chicken chef/owners Christine Cikowski and Josh Kulp return this year featuring ballpark classics amped up with their signature fried chicken along with mouthwatering sides from July 12-21. They are joined by newcomer Dana Salls Cree, co-owner of Pretty Cool Ice Cream, who will bring the temperature down and creativity up with the parlor's whimsical ice cream concoctions. Fans can enjoy the following menu at the Sheffield Corner near, the Wintrust Right Field Gate:

Honey Butter Fried Chicken

· Fried Chicken Strips with Honey Butter™

· Fried Chicken Nachos – Fried chicken, pimento cheese, tortilla chips, lime crema, corn pico de gallo and candied jalapeños

· “The OG” Fried Chicken Sandwich – Fried chicken strips, candied jalapeños, mayo and crunchy slaw

· Cheesy Camchi Waffle Fries – Waffle fries with camchi kimchi and pimento cheese sauce

· Cherry Hill Pop – Maker’s Mark Bourbon, lemonade and cherry syrup

Pretty Cool Ice Cream

• Cubbie Sparkler – Vanilla ice cream in a popping chocolate shell with sprinkles and sparkles

• Still the Cubs Quencher – Blue lemonade

The Cubs and hospitality partner Levy continue to bring locally sourced, chef-driven menu items to Wrigley Field, including pork tenders, beer can chicken sandwich, short rib disco fries, Wrigley house chips and more. For more information, visit www.cubs.com/food.

Hot Doug's returns with its rotating selections on Platform 14, located behind the center field scoreboard in the Budweiser Bleachers. Served this homestand are the Rick Wrona a smoked Hungarian sausage with smoked paprika, mustard and smoked gouda; the Carlos Mármol a baked ham sausage with sweet and spicy mustard and pineapple salsa; and the Rick Reuschel a Spicy Vienna Beef sausage with jalapeño mustard, pepper jack cheese and crispy-fried onions.

Homestand Details July 12-21

Friday, July 12, Chicago Cubs vs. Pittsburgh Pirates, 1:20 p.m.

· Promotion: Cubs Cap Artist Series presented by Budweiser, up to the first 5,000 early arriving Budweiser Bleacher adults age 21 and older

· First pitch: Music artist Zayde Wolf

· First pitch: StukOne, artist from the Cubs Cap Artist Series

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

· Postgame: As part of his Respect Community T-shirt initiative, Joe Maddon will represent BUILD, a Chicago-based youth development and violence prevention organization

Saturday, July 13, Chicago Cubs vs. Pittsburgh Pirates, 1:20 p.m.

· First pitch: Blues and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Mavis Staples

· Broadcast: WGN, 670 The Score, WRTO 1200, Cubs.com

Sunday, July 14, Chicago Cubs vs. Pittsburgh Pirates, 1:20 p.m.

· Promotion: Cubs Youth Socks presented by Mastercard, up to the first 5,000 early arriving children 13 and younger

· First pitch: From the movie “Dora and the Lost City of Gold” actor Eugenio Derbez

· 7th inning stretch: Former Cubs pitcher Ryan Dempster

· Broadcast: ABC7, Facebook Live presented by Gallagher, 670 The Score, Cubs.com

· Postgame: Kids Run The Bases, first 1,000 kids 13 and younger

Monday, July 15, Chicago Cubs vs. Cincinnati Reds, 7:05 p.m.

· Promotion: Kris Bryant “Round of Golf” Bobblehead presented by Las Vegas, up to the first 10,000 early arriving fans

· Pregame: Cubs Scholars annual “signing” breakfast in the American Airlines 1914 Club

· Pregame: The Chicago Sports Alliance – Chicago Bears, Cubs, Blackhawks, Bulls and White Sox – will host a summer celebration for youth of the Choose to Change program at AceBounce

· Pregame: On Deck Luncheon Series at Budweiser Brickhouse Tavern with Jason Heyward and Kyle Schwarber

· National anthem: Cast members from the Chicago company of “Hamilton”

· First pitch: From the Chicago company of “Hamilton” Miguel Cervantes

· 7th inning stretch: Cast members from the Chicago company of “Hamilton”

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

Tuesday, July 16, Chicago Cubs vs. Cincinnati Reds, 7:05 p.m.

· Promotion: Cubs 1969 Replica Jersey presented by Benjamin Moore, up to the first 10,000 early arriving fans

· Pregame: Cubs Charities Fantasy Camp for kids at California Park with children from the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab

· Pregame: Whitney M. Young Magnet High School softball team will be recognized on-field for winning the Chicago Public School City Championship

· First pitch and 7th inning stretch: Members of the 1969 Chicago Cubs

· Broadcast: WGN, 670 The Score, WRTO 1200, Cubs.com

Wednesday, July 17, Chicago Cubs vs. Cincinnati Reds, 1:20 p.m.

· Special Ticket Offer: Senior Days presented by Humana

· Pregame: Humana will host a Humana Tour activation in Gallagher Way with various games and a photo opportunity

· First pitch and 7th inning stretch: Chicago Bears head coach Matt Nagy

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

· Postgame: Jon and Farrah Lester’s NVRQT Goes Country fundraiser at Joe’s Bar on Weed Street

· Postgame: Cubs Charities Diamond Project ribbon-cutting ceremony at Maplewood Park

Friday, July 19, Chicago Cubs vs. San Diego Padres, 1:20 p.m.

· Promotion: Jon Lester “On the Farm” Bobblehead presented by TransUnion, up to the first 10,000 early arriving fans

· National anthem: Country music artist Maggie Rose

· First pitch: Host of “Hot Ones” Sean Evans

· First pitch and 7th inning stretch: 2019 NBA Champion Toronto Raptors head coach Nick Nurse

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

· Postgame: As part of his Respect Community T-shirt initiative, Joe Maddon will represent the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab, a research hospital specializing in rehabilitation for adults and children with the most severe, complex conditions

Saturday, July 20, Chicago Cubs vs. San Diego Padres, 1:20 p.m.

· Pregame: Cubs Favorite Things Baskets will be auctioned off in the main concourse at the Gallagher Way Gate

· First pitch: YouTube personality and Chicago native Rob Scallon

· Broadcast: ABC7, Facebook Live presented by Gallagher, 670 The Score, Cubs.com

Sunday, July 21, Chicago Cubs vs. San Diego Padres, 1:20 p.m.

· Promotion: Cubs Youth Baseball Cap presented by Mastercard, up to the first 5,000 early arriving children 13 and younger

· Broadcast: WGN, 670 The Score, WRTO 1200, Cubs.com

· Postgame: Kids Run The Bases, first 1,000 kids 13 and younger

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