The WGN-Radio schedule of events has been released for the 28th Annual Cubs Convention, which will take place Friday, January 18th through Sunday, January 20th at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel and Towers at 301 East North Water Street in downtown Chicago (new location this year!) According to the Cubs, there are still a limited amount of passes available at www.cubs.com or by calling 1-800-THE-CUBS.
Friday, January 18
3 – 7 p.m. Garry Meier live broadcast, including Opening Ceremonies coverage with Dave Eanet during the 5 p.m. hour.
7 – 10 p.m. WGN Sports Night live broadcast – Ballrooms VIII, IX, X. Andrea Darlas, Brian Noonan and David Kaplan return to the Cubs Convention and talk with some of the most popular Cubs of the weekend. This is your chance to hear directly from some of the players and key front office personal in the Cubs organization and find out what they’re looking forward to in 2013. Scheduled guests include:
- 7-7:30 Dale Sveum and James Rowson
- 7:30-8 Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer
- 8-8:30 Jeff Samardzija, Matt Garza, Scott Baker and Scott Feldman
- 8:30-9 Darwin Barney, Anthony Rizzo, and David DeJesus
- 9-9:30 Len Kasper, Jim DeShaies, Pat Hughes, and Keith Moreland
Saturday, January 19
10-11 a.m. Meet Cubs Baseball Management – Ballrooms VIII, IX, X
Join WGN Radio’s Dave Eanet as he sits down with: President of Baseball Operations Theo Epstein, Executive Vice President/General Manager Jed Hoyer, Assistant General Manager Randy Bush, and Manager Dale Sveum. Learn more about the recent moves the Cubs have made and what lies ahead for the 2013 season. Here’s your chance to hear about what goes on behind the scenes.
11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. From Draft Day to the Big Leagues – Ballrooms VIII, IX, X
We see what happens at the Major League level, but find out what the journey is like through the minor leagues. Find out what it is like to get the phone call saying you’ve been drafted by the Cubs and what happens from there. Cubs minor league prospects will be on hand to describe their first days in rookie ball to where they are today. Hosted by WGN Radio’s Garry Meier and Dave Eanet.
(Minor leaguers include: Javier Baez, Dallas Beeler, Marcus Hatley, Barret Loux, Trey McNutt, Hector Rondon, Zach Rosscup, Nick Struck, Matt Szczur, Logan Watkins, Robert Whitenack, and Tony Zych)
12:30 – 1:30 p.m. For Kids Only Press Conference, presented by Advocate Health Care – Ballrooms VIII, IX, X
This unique hour long session is for the kids! Hosted by WGN Radio’s Bill Leff this fun segment will allow kids to take charge and ask the questions. Come listen to Darwin Barney, David Dejesus, Brooks Raley, Anthony Rizzo and Chris Rusin answer some always entertaining questions as well as give advice to these youngsters on how to become future big league stars.
2 – 3 p.m. Not for Women Only – Ballrooms VIII, IX, X
Do you want to know what our players do in their spare time? What they like to do on their days off? Join WGN Radio host Carol Roth as she talks to Scott Baker, Shawn Camp, Matt Garza, James Russell and Travis Wood about their life off the field.
4 – 6 p.m. WGN Radio’s Sports Central live broadcast – Ballrooms VIII, IX, X
WGN Radio’s Jim Memolo and Glen Kozlowski bring their Sports Central show to the Sheraton for a live broadcast with some of your favorite current and former Cubs. They’re covering all the off-season moves, as well as what to look forward to with the 2013 team.
- 4:00- 4:30 David DeJesus, Matt Garza
- 4:30- 5:00 Jeff Samardzija, Darwin Barney
- 5:00-5:30 Starlin Castro, Tony Campana
- 5:45-6:00 Brett Jackson, Anthony Rizzo, Edwin Jackson
Once the Cubs release the full convention schedule, we will post it here on Cubby News.
How many of you will be in attendance next weekend? It will be my 4th Cubs Convention and I'm really excited for the new venue! Let us know your plans - we'd love to hear from you!