First Look: Cubs host rivals Cardinals and White Sox
CHICAGO – The Chicago Cubs will return to Wrigley Field for the first time since the All-Star break to host the division rival St. Louis Cardinals July 21-23, followed by the first two games of the Crosstown Cup Series with the Chicago White Sox July 24-25.
Fans visiting Wrigley Field can secure their chance to win a prestigious player-grade 2016 World Series Ring, donated by Jostens, as part of the recently announced Cubs Charities World Series Ring Raffle. Tickets are available for $10 each on gamedays near Fan Services in the Budweiser Bleachers and by the Audi Club near Gate D. Fans also can visit the Cubs Store locations on Michigan Avenue and the Park at Wrigley to purchase tickets on gamedays or non-gamedays. The 2016 World Series Ring offered through this raffle is the only player-grade version available for fans to own, and will be customized with the winner’s last name. The Cubs Charities World Series Ring Raffle will close Monday, September 4, at 10 a.m. CDT, with the winning number announced Tuesday, September 5. For the full list of Cubs Charities World Series Ring Raffle rules and an online purchase option (for Chicago residents only in accordance with state and local law), visit www.cubs.com/ringraffle.
Following the homestand, Under Armour will host the country’s top high school baseball players at Wrigley Field for the Under Armour All-America Game Saturday, July 29. The game will start at 7:05 p.m. CDT. Complimentary tickets are available beginning July 20 at the Cubs Store in the Park at Wrigley with a limit of six per person. More information on the game can be found at www.cubs.com/allamericagame.
A limited number of tickets for this homestand remain available at www.cubs.com or 800-THE-CUBS (800-843-2827). Highlights of the homestand follow.
Guests and Entertainment:
On Friday, July 21, Chicago Bears wide receiver Cameron Meredith will throw a first pitch, while Umphrey’s McGee will sing the national anthem.
In partnership with the “Play Sun Safe” initiative sponsored by the Pediatric Sun Protection Foundation, Mott 50 and Advocate Children’s Hospital, a member of the Los Angeles pop/rock ensemble R5 will throw a first pitch Saturday, July 22. The initiative aims to raise awareness about sun protection and skin cancer prevention.
On Sunday, July 23, recently retired Chicago Blackhawk Bryan Bickell will throw a ceremonial first pitch. University of Illinois head football coach Lovie Smith will present the lineup card pregame.
On Monday, July 24, Jonathan Kirkland, Chris Lee, Colby Lewis and Wallace Smith from the Chicago company of “Hamilton: An American Musical” will sing the national anthem. Cubs Hall of Famer Ryne Sandberg will throw a first pitch and lead the stretch.
Former Cubs pitcher and 1984 NL Cy Young winner Rick Sutcliffe will throw a first pitch and lead the stretch Tuesday, July 25.
Bud Fridays continue July 21, with up to the first 5,000 Budweiser Bleacher fans age 21-and-older receiving Cubs Sunglasses presented by Budweiser.
On Saturday, July 22, up to 5,000 early arriving fans age 13-and-younger will receive a Cubs Youth Sun Protection Shirt presented by Advocate Children’s Hospital, Mott 50 and the Pediatric Sun Protection Foundation. Up to 20,000 early arriving fans will receive sunscreen samples.
On Sunday, July 23, up to the first 5,000 fans age 13-and-younger will receive a Clark the Cub Pocket T-shirt presented by Mastercard.
Food and Beverage Offerings:
Jeff Mauro, host of Food Network’s “The Kitchen” and Pork & Mindy’s executive chef and partner, will bring his creative BBQ chops and sandwich prowess to the Chef Series at Wrigley Field presented by Maker’s Mark. The following menu items will be served July 21-25 at the Sheffield Counter (formerly Decade Diner) near Gate D:
· Pig Candy: Pork & Mindy’s famous candied bacon dusted with brown sugar and special P&M spice blend, then slow cooked until brittle
· Pastramindy Reuben: House-smoked and hand-cut pastrami, aged Swiss cheese, sauerkraut and Thousand Island dressing pressed together on marble rye bread
· Da Pig Candy Footlong: Vienna Beef footlong hot dog, crumbled pig candy, grilled onions, P&M mustard sauce and tempura fried sport peppers
· Buffalo Chicken Tot: Mulberry smoked hand-pulled chicken, P&M hot sauce, blue cheese crumbles and Jeff’s Buttermilk Ranch Dressing all piled on crispy golden tots
· Crispy Pork: Crispy buttermilk marinated pork chop, P&M apricot habanero aioli, lettuce, tomato and dill pickles on a griddled brioche bun
Hot Doug’s continues its rotating selections from Platform 14, located behind the center field scoreboard in the Budweiser Bleachers. Served this homestand are the Bill Caudill, an Argentinian pork and bacon sausage with chimichurri and Swiss cheese; the Sergio Mitre, a gyro sausage with tzatziki, feta cheese and chopped tomatoes; and the Rick Reuschel, a jalapeño-cheddar beef sausage with jalapeño mustard, pepper jack cheese and crispy fried onions.
To commemorate National Hot Dog Month, Levy will serve a specialty pizza Monday and Tuesday, July 24-25, at the Giordano’s concession stand located near Gate K. “The Wrigley Stuffed Smokie” presented by Giordano’s and Vienna Beef is Giordano’s famous stuffed deep dish pizza filled with Vienna Beef’s Wrigley Field Smokies, roasted onions, mozzarella cheese and topped with Giordano’s signature pizza sauce, served only at Wrigley Field.
For more information on the Wrigley Field Chef Series or other concession items in the ballpark, fans can visit www.cubs.com/food.
Cubs Charities and Community Events:
On Friday, July 21, Cubs manager Joe Maddon will continue his support of Chicago nonprofit organizations through his “Respect Community” T-shirt initiative. After every Friday home game, Maddon represents a different Chicago nonprofit by wearing the organization’s T-shirt during his postgame press conference.
This week, Maddon will represent Chicago Scholars, an organization committed to transforming the leadership landscape in Chicago by resolving the fundamental barriers to success for academically driven, first generation college students from under-resourced communities. Chicago Scholars is the largest college access and success program in Chicago serving more than 2,400 scholars annually in a seven-year college access, mentoring and career support program.
On Wednesday, July 26, the Cubs leadership team and front office associates will host a signing ceremony for the 2017 Cubs Scholars class and celebrate college selections of the 2016 class. The 2017 class includes five Chicago high school seniors selected based on the Cubs Scholars criteria. The students will collectively receive $100,000 in scholarships and a Cubs College Prep program where they will be paired with a Cubs associate who serves as a mentor as they prepare for college. In addition to Cubs College Prep, Cubs Charities will sponsor each of the five Cubs Scholars in a five-year college preparation and persistence program offered by Chicago Scholars.
Homestand Recap, July 21-25:
Friday, July 21, Chicago Cubs vs. St. Louis Cardinals, 1:20 p.m.
· #BudFridays Promotion: Cubs Sunglasses presented by Budweiser, up to first 5,000 Budweiser Bleacher fans age 21-and-older
· National anthem: Umphrey’s McGee
· Broadcast: MLB Network, ABC 7, 670 The Score, Cubs.com
Saturday, July 22, Chicago Cubs vs. St. Louis Cardinals, 3:05 p.m.
· Promotion: Cubs Youth Sun Protection Shirt presented by Advocate Children’s Hospital, Mott 50 and the Pediatric Sun Protection Foundation, up to first 5,000 fans age 13-and-younger. Sunscreen samples for up to 20,000 early arriving fans.
· First pitch: Member of the Los Angeles pop/rock ensemble R5
· Broadcast: Fox Sports 1, CSN Chicago, WRTO 1200 Spanish Radio, 670 The Score, NBC Sports App, CSNChicago.com, Cubs.com
Sunday, July 23, Chicago Cubs vs. St. Louis Cardinals, 7:05 p.m.
· Promotion: Clark the Cub Pocket T-shirt presented by Mastercard, up to first 5,000 fans age 13-and-younger
· First pitch: Recently retired Chicago Blackhawk Bryan Bickell
· Lineup card presentation: University of Illinois head football coach Lovie Smith
· Broadcast: ESPN, 670 The Score, Cubs.com
Monday, July 24, Chicago Cubs vs. Chicago White Sox, 1:20 p.m.
· National anthem: Cast members from the Chicago company of “Hamilton: An American Musical”
· First pitch and 7th inning stretch: Cubs Hall of Famer Ryne Sandberg
· Broadcast: MLB Network, ABC 7, 670 The Score, Cubs.com
Tuesday, July 25, Chicago Cubs vs. Chicago White Sox, 1:20 p.m.
· Broadcast: MLB Network, CSN Chicago, 670 The Score, NBC Sports App, CSNChicago.com, Cubs.com
· First pitch and 7th inning stretch: Former Cubs pitcher and 1984 NL Cy Young winner Rick Sutcliffe
Saturday, July 29, Under Armour All-America Game, 7:05 p.m.
· Broadcast: MLB Network