If you have any questions, just ask - cubsconvention@hotmail.com. And be sure to send along your photos and experiences after the Convention so we can share!

Please visit the Forum to share your thoughts on the Cubs Convention, who you got to meet, what presentations you attended, what you got autographed and what players and features you would like to see at the Cubs Convention.

Monday, January 16, 2017

So How Was Your 2017 Cubs Convention?

The very first Cubs Convention to celebrate a World's Championship is now history.  Tell us how it went!

Who were you able to meet for autographs or photographs?

What is most interesting or funniest thing that happened at one of the presentations?

What did you love about the weekend?

What did you hate about the weekend?

Have your feet and legs recovered yet from standing all weekend!?

Did you spend enough money!?

If you have any photographs from the weekend that you would like to share, please email them to cubsconvention@hotmail.com and let us know how you would like to be credited.


Seth H. shared these photos of the autograph line for David Ross on Saturday morning.  The signing session was held in the hotel's parking garage, imaginatively dubbed "The Dugout." Word is that anyone not in line by 5:00 a.m. was out of luck for the Ross signing, which began at 9:00 a.m.

David Ross line in front of Seth

David Ross line in back of Seth
Sackman23 reports that the line to see the trophy was long and it took him about 1:45 to get through it - just to be rushed for a quick photo in the poorly lit "Trophy Room" tent. Seeing the trophy was very cool, even if brief.  What a year for the Cubs and all of us fans! 
The trophy in all its glass-encased glory

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

TV Coverage for the 2017 Cubs Convention

CSN Chicago is set to air the Cubs Convention opening ceremonies live Friday, January 13, 2017 on CSN plus (Comcast 201) starting at 5:30 p.m.  (The Blackhawks will be on the main channel broadcast.)
Then, WGN's Dan Roan is set to host “Cubs Convention 2017” on Saturday, January 14, 2017 from 8:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. (CST), live from the Convention.  
From WGN:
"Featuring coverage of the convention weekend starting with Friday’s opening ceremonies, the special will also include player introductions as well as special interviews with players and coaches on their post-World Series experiences. The broadcast will include highlights from “Friday Night with Ryan Dempster” (the former Cubs pitcher’s annual talk show at the convention) and interviews with Cubs legends. The special will also show some of the seminars featuring Cubs stars, as well as interviews with recently acquired players."
If you miss it, “Cubs Convention 2017” will be replayed on Sunday, January 15, 2017 at noon (CST) on CLTV.

Monday, January 9, 2017

Here is the list of confirmed attendees and panels for the 2017 Cubs Convention

Registration has changed:
On Friday, registration will open at noon and will be located on Level 1 (the lowest level).
On Saturday, registration will open at 8:00 a.m. and will return to the normal spot - to the left of the lobby entrance on the main level.

Saturday panel sessions will include:
Baseball Operations
Cubs Business Operations Update
Joe Maddon and His Coaching Staff
Kids Only Press Conference
Ricketts Family
Cubs Jeopardy
On the Mound (New for 2017 and scheduled to feature Jake Arrieta, Kyle Hendricks, Mike Montgomery and Wade Davis)
All-Star Infield (New for 2017 and scheduled to feature Kris Bryant, Anthony Rizzo, Addison Russell and Ben Zobrist)
Cubs Legends (New for 2017 - Ryno?  Billy Williams?  Steve Trout?)

World Series trophy on display:
The World Series Trophy will be on display at the Convention in the "Cubs Trophy Room" and will be available for fan photos.

Current Players:
Albert Almora Jr., OF
Jake Arrieta, RHP
Javier Baez, INF
Kris Bryant, INF
Jeimer Candelario, INF
Willson Contreras, C
Wade Davis, RHP
Brian Duensing, LHP
Carl Edwards Jr., RHP
Justin Grimm, RHP
Kyle Hendricks, RHP
Jason Heyward, OF
Jon Jay, OF
John Lackey, RHP
Jon Lester, LHP
Miguel Montero, C
Mike Montgomery, LHP
Felix Pena, RHP
Anthony Rizzo, INF
Hector Rondon, RHP
Jose Rosario, RHP
Addison Russell, INF
Kyle Schwarber, C/OF
Pedro Strop, RHP
Matt Szczur, OF
Rob Zastryzny, LHP
Ben Zobrist, INF/OF

Cubs Alumni:
John Baker, C
Jim Bullinger, RHP
Jose Cardenal, OF
Jody Davis, C
Ryan Dempster, RHP
Bobby Dernier, OF
Bob Howry, RHP
Randy Hundley, C
Fergie Jenkins, RHP
Jay Johnstone, OF
Pete LaCock, INF/OF  (1st Convention Appearance)
Ted Lilly, LHP
Bill Madlock, INF
Gary Matthews, OF
Sean Marshall, LHP (1st Convention Appearance since he was active Cub)
Brian McRae, OF (1st Convention Appearance since he was active Cub)
Dave Otto, LHP
Mike Remlinger, LHP
David Ross, C (So strange to see him on the Alumni list!)
Glendon Rusch, LHP
Ryne Sandberg, INF
Scott Sanderson, RHP
Dwight Smith, OF
Lee Smith, RHP
Tim Stoddard, RHP
Steve Trout, LHP
Todd Walker, INF
Billy Williams, OF
Kerry Wood, RHP

Coaching Staff:
Joe Maddon, Manager
Mike Borzello, Catching Coach
Chris Bosio, Pitching Coach
Tim Buss, Strength & Conditioning Coordinator
Franklin Font, Staff Assistant
Eric Hinske, Asst. Hitting Coach
Brandon Hyde, First Base Coach
Gary Jones, Third Base Coach
John Mallee, Hitting Coach
Dave Martinez, Bench Coach
Chad Noble, Bullpen Catcher
Lester Strode, Bullpen Coach

Baseball Staff/Broadcasters:
Theo Epstein, President, Baseball Operations
Jed Hoyer, EVP, General Manager
Jason McLeod, SVP, Scouting & Player Development
Randy Bush, Asst. General Manager
Shiraz Rehman, Asst. General Manager
Jaron Madison, Director, Player Development
Matt Dorey, Director, Amateur Scouting
Andrew Belleson, Public Address Announcer
Ron Coomer, Radio Broadcaster
Jim Deshaies, TV Broadcaster
Pat Hughes, Radio Broadcaster
Len Kasper, TV Broadcaster

Team Executives:
Tom Ricketts, Chairman
Laura Ricketts, Board Member
Todd Ricketts, Board Member
Crane Kenney, President, Business Operations

Special Guest:
Clark, Team Mascot

Here is the full schedule from last year for those curious

The full schedule will be published in the Cubs Convention program that you will be given at registration.  If you have never been to a Convention, here is the format you should expect as shown in the 2016 program.

(Note: The circles around some players were made by me and are not part of the program.)


Sunday, January 8, 2017

Weekend Passes Now Available Through Mastercard

If you have not yet purchased weekend passes for the 2017 Cubs Convention you just might be in luck - if you have a MasterCard!  MasterCard has made available 50 pairs of weekend passes through their Priceless benefits program.

Go to https://www.priceless.com/en-us/unitedstates/2017-Cubs-Convention/offer.html for an opportunity to purchase a pair of passes for $216.  That's face value!  (The passes are only sold in pairs.)

When you complete your order, you will receive a voucher via email that can be exchanged for the passes at the registration desk.

Good luck!

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Cubs Convention 10 Days Away and Still No Details from Cubs

Anxious fans would love details regarding the upcoming Cubs Convention, but true to form, the Cubs have not revealed any such information - even as the Convention is scheduled to commence next Friday.  Hopefully, information regarding the schedule and attendees will be published in the next few days.

If you don't have a ticket yet and are still looking to attend, the prices on Stubhub have started to fall somewhat.  Last week, a pair of tickets with the fees included would have cost in excess of $600.  As of today, a pair of tickets could be had for $530.  Still a steep markup over the $108 face value but prices should continue to fall on the secondary market as the Convention approaches.

Monday, December 19, 2016

2017 Cubs Convention Weekend Passes Have Shipped

Photo Credit: /r/rich101682
If you were lucky enough to have been able to purchase 2017 Cubs Convention weekend passes directly from the Cubs, the passes have begun to ship.  And wow are they beautiful!  The Cubs championship still seems so surreal. 

If you purchased a convention package at the Sheraton or W Lakeshore, your passes will not be mailed to you.  Instead, they will be handed out at the convention.

Here are the Cubs Convention passes throughout the years.  If you have any from before 1995, I would love to add them - send me a note at cubsconvention@hotmail.com.  

2013 featured a baseball-shaped pass

2011 passes featured select players - this is Alfonso Soriano

Aramis Ramirez

Marlon Byrd

2008 - featuring a photo of Aramis Ramirez's walk-off home run against the Brewers on June 29, 2007

2004 - Celebrating the 2003 Central Division Championship

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Toyota Cubs Van, Circa 1987

I just took my oldest son to get his drivers’ permit.  So I feel old.  I let him pull into the driveway and, quite frankly, I have never been so nervous about a car ride that covered less than 75 feet.  Good for him though, as I thought back wistfully to that bundle of freedom and responsibility that accompanied becoming a licensed driver.

I was on the verge of getting my license way back in 1987.  According to my drivers’ education instructor, driving was privilege, not a right.  Bah.  Not only was I destined to drive, I already had my car picked out.  It was beautiful and I had no doubt I would be THE coolest kid in high school when I pulled up. 

I had a frank discussion with my parents that a new car for the family was going to be necessary and a minivan was the perfect choice.  “Just think about how much easier your lives will be letting me drive all over and run errands for you!” 

My dad scoffed, “Buick does not make any of those new-fangled minivans.  Nice try.”  So I subtly suggested Toyota.  I am not sure that I remember my dad ever laughing so hard. 

Ace up my sleeve, I casually whipped out my Cubs gift catalog and directed his attention to the back cover.  Featured there was not just any Toyota van; it was THE COOLEST VAN EVER. 

“That’s not a Buick!” he just howled.  “Could you even fit a sheet of drywall in that thing?”  Wow, that did not go down like I had expected.  But it's a Super Van!  It's the rage of the auto industy!

So when it came time to trade in the LeSabre, you’ll never guess what we got.  This mad sexy beast:

In retrospect, the maroon and wood-paneled Buick Electra Estate Wagon was probably a better choice for the family.  I can’t help but wonder, though, if anyone bought the Cubs van and how much better their lives were because of it.    

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!