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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Implications of a Potential Lockout on the 2017 Cubs Convention


As you may know, the current Collective Bargaining Agreement between the club owners and players is set to expire on December 1, 2016 and in advance of the deadline, the owners' camp has leaked that they would consider a lockout if the sides could not reach a timely agreement.  Essentially the opposite of a strike, a lockout would have the owners refusing to allow the players to be present at the workplace, such as Wrigley Field or the spring training facilities in Arizona.

As in all negotiations, it is not yet clear how much of this threat is bluster or posturing; however, if such a lockout is actually implemented, the ramifications for the 2017 Cubs Convention would be striking.  Most likely, a lockout would mean that current players would be refused entry to the Sheraton to participate in the Convention.

Baseball has enjoyed an extended period of relative labor peace, with the last strike having occurred in 1994.  This labor strife was so dramatic that the postseason was canceled (sorry Expos!) and the strike lasted until April 2, 1995, causing a delay to the start of the 1995 season.  The Cubs held the annual Convention in January of 1995, however, despite the ongoing strike.  

Because the labor dispute was between owners and the players, none of the rostered players were in attendance at the 1995 Convention.  Accordingly, all of the autograph sessions and panel presentations featured only retired players, front office personnel, coaches and broadcasters.  Jim Riggleman, the Cubs' newly hired skipper, was in attendance for the 1995 Convention but no active players.

Hopefully, there is no work stoppage as baseball tries to build on an exciting postseason and the Cubs having taken the world by storm.  The 2017 Convention just would not be the same if our championship Cubs players were not there to keep the party going.  

Monday, November 21, 2016

2017 Cubs Convention Weekend Passes Sell Out Quicker than a Chapman Heater


The Cubs offered weekend passes for the 2017 Cubs Convention through pre-sales available to season ticket holders and a second open to Mastercard holders.  The weekend passes then went on sale to the general public on Friday November 18th and by all accounts, each of these three rounds of sales were complete sellouts within minutes of their respective start times.

As of this time, hundreds of passes are available on Stubhub but if you have to go this route, be prepared to pay a huge premium.  With Stubhub's fees tacked on, passes will cost at least $440 each!

There are also a few passes available on Craiglist that may be cheaper than Stubhub, but buyers beware that there are no guarantees the passes being sold on Craigslist are genuine.

Hopefully you were lucky and got the passes you needed.  The 2017 Cubs Convention is not to be missed!



Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Weekend Passes For 2017 Cubs Convention on Sale Friday, November 18th


The Cubs have announced that weekend passes will go on sale Friday, November 18, 2016 at noon.

There is also a special presale for Mastercard holders that starts at 10:00 a.m. CST on November 18, 2016.

The price has increased significantly this year from the $75 (including all fees) these cost last year. The weekend passes are now $108 (cheeky) plus convenience fees and will be valid for all three days.

Good luck - these will be tough to get this year if you don't act quickly!

Monday, November 7, 2016

Well, It Happened...It Actually Happened!


For all of us who have rooted for the Cubs our entire lives, the dream is finally a reality.  The Cubs have won the 2016 World Series in thrilling fashion over the Cleveland Indians and after having fallen behind 3-1 in the series.

Accordingly, the 2017 Cubs Convention will be like no other and will feature the celebration of the team that helped make our dreams come true.

If you had not already booked a Convention hotel package (long sold out) there will still be an opportunity to take part in the 2017 Cubs Convention.  Expect weekend passes to go on sale later this month.  We will pass along the date as soon as it has been announced by the Cubs.

It's not a dream - the Cubs are World Series Champions!


Monday, October 24, 2016

The 2016 Chicago Cubs are National League Champions

Wrigley Field looking as beautiful as ever, basking in the warm glow of a late October sun. 
Are you ready for Game 6?


Kerry Wood, sporting a Ron Santo jersey, tosses the ceremonial first pitch.

Kris Bryant, just moments before driving in Dexter Fowler to give the Cubs the only run they would end up needing. 

After having chased Clayton Kershaw, the Cubs are in control here in the bottom of the 8th and just three outs away.

Total domination by Kyle Hendricks, Aroldis Champan and a Cubs lineup that made Clayton Kershaw look decidedly mortal.

Celebration time!

Anthony Rizzo's home run off of Clayton Kershaw in the 5th was the final nail in the Dodgers coffin.

Jon Lester and Javy Baez share NLCS co-MVP honors.

We have all waited so long to see this!


Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Cubs Dispatch Giants In Probably the Most Exciting Comeback Ever

Cheers.

You'll certainly find much better recaps elsewhere but - holy wow - that was just an incredible game!
How could you not love a team that does not give up and fights to the end?

Kris Bryant said it best - "We get 27 outs and we're going to use every one of them."

Looking forward to the NLCS - go Cubs!!

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Cubs Announce 2017 Cubs Convention Packages at W Hotel


All one-night Convention packages at the Sheraton are now officially sold out and the two-night stay packages are no longer available for the Friday and Saturday night combo.

The Cubs have announced Convention packages at a sister property - the W Chicago - Lakeshore, located at 644 North Lake Shore Drive in Chicago.  This hotel is about 1/2 a mile from the Sheraton or a 10-12 minute walk.

To book Convention packages at the W Chicago - Lakeshore click HERE.  These packages will sell out quickly so make your reservations right away if you do not want to be shut out for the 2017 Cubs Convention!

Friday, August 19, 2016

Munenori Kawasaki Hits First Minor League Bomb



Fan favorite Munenori Kawasaki hit his first minor league home run on August 18, 2016, after nearly 800 plate appearances.  He was so excited he almost lapped John Andreoli near the end of his trot.

Kawasaki is expected to be back with the Cubs once the rosters expand in September but has had a hard time cracking the 25-man roster this season.  He has appeared in only three games for the Cubs this year, including this pinch hitting assignment in the home opener:


Hopefully, we will see Muni, his new-found power and winning personality back with the big club soon.  Omedetoo Gozaimasu!

Monday, August 1, 2016

Rooms Now Available for 2017 Cubs Convention



Although there is nothing on the official Cubs website about the 2017 Convention yet, you can book your room at THIS LINK. 

If you have plans to attend the 2017 Cubs Convention you should consider booking your room now, before the hotel is sold out!  Don't get shut out of what may be the best Convention ever, at which we will be celebrating a World Series victory!

UPDATE:

In response to the comments below, the Cubs will sell weekend passes that should go on sale sometime in November.  Last year they were about $75 each, including fees.  Expect that they will probably sellout on the date of release and will immediately thereafter be available on Stubhub, Craigslist, etc. for a sizable markup. 

Even if the Sheraton is sold out, the Cubs will probably offer official Convention packages at the W, a sister hotel, located at 644 North Lake Shore Drive in Chicago.  Look for these to go on sale in November as well.  (Keep in mind that the Convention hotel packages guarantee your entry.)  

If you get completely shut out, however, there are abundant choices for lodging near the Convention.  This link shows the hotels near the Sheraton as of last year.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Facing Limited Save Opportunities, Rondon Seeks Trade


CHICAGO – The Chicago Cubs have recently completed a very successful April, getting off to their best start, at 17-5, since 1908. The beneficiaries of excellent starting pitching, plate discipline and timely hitting, the Cubs have outscored their opponents at a record clip and have won 13 of their first 17 wins by at least four runs. 

One member of the 2016 Cubs team, however, is not particularly thrilled with their hot start. Closer Hector Rondon, who has been perfect in a smattering of save situations this season, has only four saves and is on pace for a very mediocre save total. 

Rondon's agent Todd Brenson (CCD Sports Management) has recently reached out to Cubs management to express his client’s displeasure with his current role, “Hector Rondon is a premier Major League closer and deserves to be playing for a team that can properly utilize his talents. As he prepares to enter his years of arbitration eligibility, Hector cannot afford to endure a season with so few save opportunities and needs to be traded to a more fairly balanced contender.” 

Some fans echo Brensons’ sentiment as the first month of the season has seen so many blowout wins that the excitement of close games has been nearly nonexistent. Season ticket holder Justin Gollender put it best, “No one expects the Cubs to win all of their ballgames - but running up the score on the other teams simply deprives fans of the heart pounding excitement that makes us such fans of the game.” 

Jed Hoyer has been rather tight-lipped on the topic, saying only, “Hector Rondon has appeared in over 180 games as a Cub and has never gotten a hit. How much could we ever expect to get in return for him that would make any sense for this ball club?” Cubs’ management is understandably on shaky ground as cracks continue to appear in their 2016 campaign.