The Chicago Cubs have just released the schedule for Cubs Convention and boy will this be interesting, particularly if they keep signing less-than-impact players like Brad Boxberger. Hello Ricketts family, are you reading this? Perhaps not. In fact, they may wanna turn their back on the internet altogether if they haven’t already.
As you’ll read below, Cubs fans will get the return of the Ricketts family panel at a time when it could get very ugly. The Baseball Operations update should be a fun one as well. And don’t worry, if you don’t have tickets yet, unlike past years, there are still plenty available.
Here’s the full press release from the Cubs:
CHICAGO – The 36th Annual Cubs Convention returns to the Sheraton Grand Chicago January 13-15, 2023, for a fun-filled weekend featuring new surprises along with fan-favorite activities such as autograph opportunities with players, coaches and alumni, engaging sessions, kid-friendly activities, Cubs Bingo presented by Budweiser and more.
The fan convention will kick off Friday at 5 p.m. CST with Marquee Sports Network: Red Carpet Special, a college gameday-inspired show, followed by Opening Ceremony featuring remarks from Cubs Executive Chairman Tom Ricketts, the announcement of the Chicago Cubs Hall of Fame Class of 2023, and player and alumni introductions. Guests can then enjoy some laughs during the late night-style talk show, Off the Mound with Ryan Dempster presented by Budweiser.
Saturday’s schedule will feature informative sessions including the Business Operations Update presented by Wintrust, Baseball Operations Update, Ross and the Coaches, On the Mound with Jim Deshaies and members of the Cubs pitching staff, and a session with the Ricketts family. Cubs outfielder Ian Happ will host a live recording of The Compound podcast and long-time Cubs Convention favorite, the Kids Only Press Conference presented by Advocate Children’s Hospital, will return midday, hosted by Cubs infielder Patrick Wisdom. Fans can get to know Cubs minor league prospects including Kevin Alcántara, Miguel Amaya, Ben Brown, Owen Caissie, Pete Crow-Armstrong, Brennen Davis, DJ Herz, Ed Howard, Ryan Jensen, Matt Mervis, Jordan Nwogu, Daniel Palencia, Chase Strumpf and Jordan Wicks during The Road to Wrigley session. Cubs Bingo presented by Budweiser will follow as well as a new Cubs Convention addition, Harry Carayoke, where fans can belt it out like the beloved broadcaster.
Sunday will be dedicated to young aspiring ballplayers with a special youth baseball and softball clinic where attendees will learn the basics from hitting to pitching and fielding, all led by current Cubs players and alumni, and coaches from the Cubs RBI program.
New display rooms featuring never-before-seen jerseys, bats, baseballs, trophies, awards and more from within the Cubs Archives collection will be showcased Friday and Saturday only. Notable items from the collection include the 1876, 1907, 1908 and 2016 Championship trophies, Ernie Banks’ 1958 and 1959 MVP Awards, Greg Maddux’s 1992 Cy Young Award and Ron Santo’s 1969 game-used jersey.
All-access weekend passes are currently on sale. This pass provides three-day access to all activities and experiences offered at the Sheraton Grand Chicago, pending availability. There is a limit of six all-access weekend passes per household. Hotel packages also are available for purchase and include the opportunity to purchase up to four discounted all-access weekend passes.
To purchase hotel packages, all-access weekend passes or to view the current Cubs Convention schedule, please visit www.cubs.com/convention. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Cubs Charities and its mission to mobilize the power of sport to champion youth, families and communities.