The Tree Lighting ceremony took place at 5pm under the Wrigley Field marquee and had a good turnout, as I was there to join in the festivities. David and Kim DeJesus helped light the tree, which was designed by Christy Webber Landscapes. The funny thing is that Webber mentioned that she's actually a Sox fan (which Cubs Chairman Tom Ricketts later joked that she "could have left out that piece of information"). Webber said the good part about her rooting for the Southsiders is that she won't be asking Ricketts for any Cubs tickets. Haha.
Also present at the Tree Lighting was Cubs Hall of Famer Fergie Jenkins, Todd Ricketts (Cubs Board of Directors), Crane Kenney (President of Business Operations) and lots of Cubs personnel. There was also complimentary hot chocolate and cookies for attendees, which was a nice touch!
After the tree lighting, the Cubs offered free skating at the Rink at Wrigley, as well as free popcorn and hot chocolate and coffee. The rink is located in the Cubs’ parking lot at the corner of Clark and Waveland. For skating fees and hours, visit www.rinkatwrigley.com.
Below are some photos I took at the Tree Lighting ceremony:
|Cubs Chairman Tom Ricketts addresses the crowd at the Tree Lighting ceremony (photo by Karen Burchell)|
|The DeJesus family at the Tree Lighting ceremony at Wrigley Field (photo by Karen Burchell)|
|The Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony at Wrigley Field kicked off the holiday season (photo by Karen Burchell)|
|Before and after the Christmas tree lighting at Wrigley Field on Friday night (photo by Karen Burchell)|
|The Cubs decided to non-tender third baseman Ian Stewart before Friday's deadline (Chicago Tribune photo)|
|The Cubs signed a one-year contract with right handed pitcher Scott Feldman (AP photo)|
|The Cubs signed a one-year contract with right-handed pitcher Scott Baker|
The Cubs released their spring training schedule earlier today, which includes 17 home dates at HoHoKam Park, 16 Cactus League road games and two games in Las Vegas against the Texas Rangers. The Cubs will open their schedule on February 23 against the Los Angeles Angels in Tempe, AZ and end it on March 28 against the Seattle Mariners.
Individual tickets for home games at HoHoKam Park can be purchased starting January 4th at cubs.com or by calling 1-800-905-3315. Below is the 2013 spring training schedule, with all games beginning at 1:05 p.m. Arizona time unless otherwise noted:
|Feb. 23||Los Angeles (AL)||Tempe|
|Feb. 24||San Francisco||Mesa|
|Feb. 25||Los Angeles (NL)||Glendale|
|Feb. 27||Los Angeles (NL)||Mesa|
|March 2||San Francisco||Scottsdale|
|March 3||Milwaukee (ss)||Mesa|
|March 3||Los Angeles (AL/ss)||Tempe|
|March 5||Colorado||Scottsdale (1:10 p.m.)|
|March 7||White Sox||Mesa|
|March 8||Cincinnati||Goodyear (7:05 p.m.)|
|March 10||San Diego||Mesa|
|March 12||OFF DAY|
|March 14||Los Angeles (NL)||Glendale|
|March 15||White Sox||Glendale (12:05 p.m.)|
|March 16||Kansas City (ss)||Mesa|
|March 16||Texas (ss)||Las Vegas (game time TBD)|
|March 17||Oakland (ss)||Phoenix|
|March 17||Texas (ss)||Las Vegas (game time TBD)|
|March 18||San Diego||Peoria|
|March 20||OFF DAY|
|March 23||Los Angeles (AL)||Mesa|
|March 25||San Francisco||Mesa|
|March 26||Cincinnati||Mesa (7:05 p.m.)|
|March 27||Kansas City||Surprise (6:05 p.m.)|
|March 28||Seattle||Mesa (12:05 p.m.)|
Hope everyone enjoys the unseasonable 'warmer' weather in Chicago this weekend, as there's sure to be more Cubs news next week! And for those of you not in Chicago, hope you have a great weekend as well!