2012 Cubs Convention Schedule and Attendees

The schedule for the 27th Annual Cubs Convention was released Sunday night and Monday morning. The three-day event begins Friday afternoon at the Hilton Chicago.

The Cubs’ new front office will be in attendance and the Saturday morning session with Theo Epstein figures to have the biggest crowd of the weekend. Cubs past and present, the entire front office including Jed Hoyer and Jason McLeod will be in attendance. The Ricketts family will hold their question and answer session on Saturday afternoon … this is the third convention for the Ricketts family since they took over ownership of the team.

The Cubs will also honor Ron Santo’s election into the Hall of Fame. Members of the Santo family will be on hand as they celebrate Santo’s long, overdue enshrinement into Cooperstown.

The “Unofficial Opening Day” is just around the corner …

2012 Cubs Convention Schedule

Friday, January 13

  • 5:00pm – 5:30pm – Opening Ceremonies
  • 6:00pm – 6:45pm – Autograph Treasure Hunt
  • 7:00pm – 9:00pm – Sports Night Live with Dave Kaplan, Andrea Darlas and Brian Noonan … the two hour show will be simulcast on 720 WGN
  • – 7:00pm – 7:45pm – Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer
  • – 8:00pm – 8:30pm – Dale Sveum, Chris Bosio and Rudy Jaramillo
  • – 8:30pm – 9:00pm – Bob Brenly, Todd Hollandsworth and Bill Madlock
  • 7:00pm – 8:30pm – Cubs Bingo

Saturday, January 14

  • 9:00am – 10:00am – Behind the Scenes with Theo Epstein – hosted by Len Kasper
  • 10:00am – 11:00am – Meet Cubs Baseball Management – hosted by WGN’s Dave Eanet – featuring Jed Hoyer, Randy Bush, and Dale Sveum
  • 10:30am – 11:30am – Player Development: From the Dominican Republic to Mesa – featuring Starlin Castro, Welington Castillo and Jeff Samardzija
  • 11:00am – 12:00pm – From the Field to the Booth – featuring Bob Brenly, Gary Matthews, Todd Hollandsworth, Keith Moreland, Rick Sutcliffe and Dave Otto
  • 11:30am – 12:30pm – For Kids Only Press Conference – featuring Darwin Barney, Tony Campana, Reed Johnson, Todd Walker and David DeJesus
  • 12:00pm – 1:00pm – Ron Santo: Beyond the Game – featuring Pat Hughes, the Santo family, Glenn Beckert, Randy Hundley and Billy Williams
  • 1:00pm – 2:00pm – Coaches Den – hosted by Bob Brenly featuring Dale Sveum, Jamie Quirk, Chris Bosio, Dave McKay, Rudy Jaramillo and Lester Strode
  • 1:00pm – 2:00pm – Outside the Foul Lines – hosted by WGN’s Garry Maier and Bill Laff – featuring Tony Campana, Ryan Dempster, Geovany Soto and Randy Wells
  • 2:00pm – 3:00pm – The Ricketts Family Forum – featuring Tom, Todd, Laura and Pete Ricketts
  • 2:30pm – 3:30pm – When Super Fans Unite – hosted by WGN’s Jonathan Brandmeier and Steve Bertrand – featuring Bobby Dernier, Gary Matthews, Lee Smith and Keith Moreland
  • 2:30pm – 3:30pm – The Scouting Formula – featuring Jason McLeod, Oneri Fleita, Tim Wilken and Joe Bohringer
  • 3:30pm – 4:30pm – Meet Cubs Business Management – featuring Crane Kenney, Wally Hayward, Mike Lufrano, Carl Rice, Colin Faulkner, Alex Sugarman and Jahaan Blake
  • 4:00pm – 6:50pm – Saturday Sport Central – hosted by Jim Memolo and Glen Kozlowski simulcast on 720 WGN
  • – 4:00pm – 4:30pm – David DeJesus, Ian Stewart, Travis Wood and Chris Volstad
  • – 4:30pm – 5:00pm – Welington Castillo and Steve Clevenger
  • – 5:00pm – 5:30pm – Casey Coleman and James Russell
  • – 5:30pm – 6:00pm – Mike Bielecki, Vance Law, Scott Sanderson and Dwight Smith
  • 8:00pm – 12:00am – Rock ‘n Roll Revue

Sunday, January 15th

  • 9:00am – 10:00am – Down on the Farm presented by VineLine with Oneri Fleita and Tim Wilken – featuring Jeff Beliveau, Brett Jackson, Junior Lake, Matt Szczur and Josh Vitters
  • 9:00am – 12:00pm – Chicago Cubs Photo Experience
  • 10:30am – 11:30am – The Father-Son Connection – featuring Shawon Dunston, Shawon Dunston, Jr., Bob Brenly, Michael Brenly, Keith Lockhart and Daniel Lockhart

The CCO will have first hand daily recaps of this year’s convention….for the seventh consecutive year.

Scheduled attendees for the 27th Cubs Convention

  • Ernie Banks
  • Darwin Barney
  • Glenn Beckert
  • Jeff Beliveau
  • Mike Bielecki
  • Joe Bohringer
  • Chris Bosio
  • Bob Brenly
  • Michael Brenly
  • Bill Buckner
  • Randy Bush
  • Marlon Byrd
  • Tony Campana
  • Jose Cardenal
  • Chris Carpenter
  • Welington Castillo
  • Starlin Castro
  • Steve Clevenger
  • Casey Coleman
  • Andre Dawson
  • David DeJesus
  • Ryan Dempster
  • Bobby Dernier
  • Blake DeWitt
  • Shawon Dunston
  • Shawon Dunston, Jr.
  • Theo Epstein
  • Jeff Fassero
  • Oneri Fleita
  • Matt Garza
  • Todd Hollandsworth
  • Jed Hoyer
  • Pat Hughes
  • Randy Hundley
  • Brett Jackson
  • Rudy Jaramillo
  • Ferguson Jenkins
  • Reed Johnson
  • Len Kasper
  • Crane Kenney
  • Bryan LaHair
  • Junior Lake
  • Vance Law
  • Jon Lieber
  • Daniel Lockhart
  • Keith Lockhart
  • Bill Madlock
  • Paul Maholm
  • Carlos Marmol
  • Gary Matthews
  • Dave McKay
  • Jason McLeod
  • Rick Monday
  • Keith Moreland
  • Dave Otto
  • Milt Pappas
  • Jamie Quirk
  • Shiraz Rehman
  • Laura Ricketts
  • Pete Ricketts
  • Todd Ricketts
  • Tom Ricketts
  • Anthony Rizzo
  • James Russell
  • Jeff Samardzija
  • Scott Sanderson
  • The Santo family
  • Judd Sirott
  • Dwight Smith
  • Lee Smith
  • Alfonso Soriano
  • Geovany Soto
  • Ian Stewart
  • Tim Stoddard
  • Lester Strode
  • Rick Sutcliffe
  • Dale Sveum
  • Matt Szczur
  • Steve Trout
  • Josh Vitters
  • Chris Volstad
  • Todd Walker
  • Randy Wells
  • Billy Williams
  • Tim Wilken
  • Travis Wood
  • Eric Young

With all of the new faces, the Ricketts family should probably think about handing out name badges to the coaching staff and players. Weekend passes are still available on Cubs.com and this year’s passes feature a college of Wrigley Field photos.

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  • Dorasaga

    I know I cannot say enough about him: Phil Cavarretta should be honored at the convention. He was, quote Neil from last year, “low balled” in the last convention.

    Phil played for Chicago for 22 seasons, 20 years for the Cubs and the last two seasons for White Sox. He was manager for the Cubs between 1951–’53.

    Phil was elected to the All-Star Game FOUR TIMES in the war-torn days of 1944, 1945, and then ’46, ’47. He won a MVP in 1945, while powered the Cubs to their LAST APPEARANCE in the World Series.

    Phil passed away two weeks after Ron Santo. By denying a very good player who was a loyal Cubs, the organization is undermining its own heritage.

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      I am with you Dorasaga, they mentioned him last year but as a whole the organization dropped the ball on honoring him.

      • Dorasaga

        Thank you, Neil, for remembering a great Cubbie. I hope one of you going to the convention can ask the Ricketts:

        When will you honor Phil Cavarretta, the last MVP who helped the Cubs to reach a World Series?

  • Zygomaticus2

    I’m taking my son for the first time and he’s a huge Cub fan any suggestions on what to do or not to do, he’s 10.

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      There are activities for kids at the convention downstairs where the vendors have their booths. I have never been but I understand the kids only press conference is very cool.

      This year there is a Legoland for kids as well.

      Some of the lines can be long for autographs but if he is patient that could be fun for him as well.

      Hope this helps.

  • Cubsfan77

    I was just wondering… How do the autograph sessions work? I’m assuming there are time slots. But some of the names on the list aren’t showed on any specific scheduled event. Any insight?

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      When you register for the convention you will receive a bag of “goodies” and a schedule of where and when each player will sign. The more popular players are by scratch and win only … and you will receive a scratch off card when you register.

      Keep your head up when walking through the lobby and near the elevators on the main floor. You can usually catch a couple of players and get them to sign then.

      Hope this helps.

  • Lwilinski0307

    I have a question for the autograph sessions. Will they sign baseballs if I bring some or do they provide something like photo or something.
    How does that work?