The 2014 Cubs Convention is Right Around the Corner

The 29th Annual Cubs Convention begins in just over two weeks (Friday, Jan. 17  – Sunday, Jan. 19). For the second year the gathering will be held at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel and Towers. Some of the details have been released along with a partial list of Cubs’ players both past and present, management and front office staff that will be in attendance.

The focus of this year’s convention will be “The Party of the Century Celebrating 100 Years of Wrigley Field.” The Cubs will also honor the 1984 National League Eastern Division Champions as several players will be in attendance to mark the 30th Anniversary of the team that captured a generation and made the Cubs relevant again.

This year’s convention will be the first for new manager Rick Renteria and a majority of his coaching staff. And Derrek Lee, Mark Prior and Ted Lilly will return for their first convention as Cubs Alumni.

Several of the Cubs’ top prospects should also be in attendance this year. The front office brings players into Chicago for the Rookie Development Program to help prepare them for life in the big leagues. Last year the program took place the week leading up to the convention.

List of Events and Sessions at the 2014 Cubs Convention
  • Opening Ceremonies will include a premiere of the movie “100 Years of Wrigley Field”
  • Cheers to 100 Years Toast hosted by Budweiser at Sheraton’s Chicago Chi Bar
  • Sports Night Live with David Kaplan
  • Coaching the Cubs with Rick Renteria
  • The Ricketts Family Forum
  • Not For Women Only
  • Down on the Farm
  • 100 Years of Wrigley Field
  • Meet the Cubs Business Management
  • Meet the Cubs Baseball Management
  • Scouting and Player Development Seminar
  • Cubs Family Feud and Cubs Jeopardy are included in the weekend events

Events for the children in attendance includes batting practice at Walgreen’s Field, and instruction from players, coaches and Illinois Baseball Academy instructors

A schedule for the weekend will be released in the next week and will be posted when it is available.

Scheduled Attendees for the 29th Cubs Convention
  • Darwin Barney
  • Ernie Banks
  • Glenn Beckert
  • Joe Bohringer
  • Mike Borzello
  • Chris Bosio
  • Mike Brumley
  • Jim Bullinger
  • Randy Bush
  • Welington Castillo
  • Starlin Castro
  • Ron Coomer
  • Jody Davis
  • Bobby Dernier
  • Jim Deshaies
  • Theo Epstein
  • Scott Eyre
  • Eric Hinske
  • Todd Hollandsworth
  • Jed Hoyer
  • Pat Hughes
  • Randy Hundley
  • Brandon Hyde
  • Edwin Jackson
  • Ferguson Jenkins
  • Gary Jones
  • Len Kasper
  • Les Lancaster
  • Derrek Lee
  • Ted Lilly
  • Gary Matthews
  • Jason McLeod
  • Bill Mueller
  • Dave Otto
  • Milt Pappas
  • Mark Prior
  • Shiraz Rehman
  • Mike Remlinger
  • Laura Ricketts
  • Pete Ricketts
  • Todd Ricketts
  • Tom Ricketts
  • Anthony Rizzo
  • James Russell
  • Jeff Samardzija
  • Nate Schierholtz
  • Judd Sirott
  • Dwight Smith
  • Lee Smith
  • Lester Strode
  • Rick Sutcliffe
  • Steve Trout
  • Carlos Villanueva
  • Todd Walker
  • Billy Williams
  • Tim Wilken
  • Kerry Wood
  • Travis Wood

Weekend passes are available at Cubs.com and this year’s passes feature a photo of Wrigley Field from early in the 20th Century. The CCO will post the weekend schedule and full list of attendees when they are made available.

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  • John_CC

    Prior? Wow, I wonder what kind of reception he’ll get. He went from Savior to Scape Goat about as fast as any Cub I can remember.

    How cool would it be to announce Tanaka in blue pinstripes at the convention? I know it won’t happen, but it would be cool!

    • CubbyDenCritic

      The guy works for the Padres now.

    • CubbyDenCritic

      My gut feeling is telling me that Prior will jamb his arm going through the hotel revolving doors and be sent off to Northwestern Memorial and missing his gallant return.

    • SuzyS

      At this point I respect Prior for giving it everything he had after the injuries.
      The guy gets a bum rap from a lot of us Cubs fans for his so called attitude. He’s paid his dues and proven that he was tough minded and a competitor…even when he didn’t have it.
      What’s not to like about that?

      • J Daniel

        Let’s face it, although it was short, Prior had a great run with the Cubs. Also, he never really pitched again. It is easy to blame him but there are always 2 sides of the story. Often times, only one side comes out. I am not sure how much that front office regime, or many for all that matters, can be trusted. They leak information that will help benefit their perception. Sammy is a perfect example. The way that all went down is a complete joke and that he left early on game 162 in which he wasn’t playing should have never went public. He is not the first or the last that has done that. Not saying him leaving early was right but it was a debacle.

      • Dorasaga

        Two good years, and he spoke like he owns us. He never changed. He wouldn’t give in his ego for adjustment. I expected a professional athlete to stop the out-dated towel drill and rage at home, not in front of the media and blame everything but himself.

        • JasonOfTheBurbs

          NEVER BLAME THE TOWEL!!!

          Ahh…the ol’ towel drill. Good times.

        • SuzyS

          Dorasaga, A professional athelete??? You mean like Albert Belle??? :-)
          Yes, I remember the disgust I had back then…and the frustration we all had…I’ve followed his comeback attempts and read different pieces on him over the years.
          I don’t think he would act the same way if he had it to do over again.
          I don’t know how I would act if I had a multi-million career go poof as fast as it did….You are right…it wasn’t pleasant.
          But I still hold to my original opinion…I think it’s called maturity.

          • Dorasaga

            I see what you mean. It’s only my opinion, I saw Belle, Sosa as established sluggers. True veterans. They didn’t act differently from Prior during their end of career. If Prior would have come back and pitched a few more years, I would find peace with him much easier.

            That being said, I wasn’t happy with Sosa in 2005, either. But it was overblown by Cubs PR group, as J Daniel mentioned above. Sosa has been the face of the franchise for so long. His contribution to baseball and its image around the world (1998, 2000) saved this industry. I believe the Cubs owed him respect. He had egos; I don’t care now. I can’t say the same for Prior.

    • CubbyDenCritic

      Tanaka as a Cub…….not happening.
      Prior was not a Scape Goat…..more like a Victim.
      If you want to see how “cool” something would be with the Cubs…..how about them having a World Series trophy to show off !

  • 07GreyDigger

    I love the Cubs, but I can’t think of a reason to go to the convention aside from autograph hounding.

    • CubbyDenCritic

      If Cubs ball girl Marla Collins was there, I be the first in line.

      • J Daniel

        You must really, really, like Marla. Not your first post mentioning her lol.

    • BosephHeyden

      It would be nice to see a lot of these guys, but with a team that isn’t pretending to be in contention this year, either…what is there to talk about? Reminiscing about the first half of the first decade of 2000 might be fun for a little bit, but the only new stuff to talk about is how we’re “in” on free agents that are signing elsewhere, we’re “all in” on Tanaka, and there’s a lot of new signs being built.

    • J Daniel

      Scott Eyre doen’t do it for you?

  • Casey Knapp

    Shortly after we traded for him I asked Ruggiano if he would be at the Convention and he said he was going.

    • Casey Knapp

      Asked him on Twitter I mean, I dont actually know the guy.

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      Thank you. I will add him to the list.

  • CubbyDenCritic

    My Early Win Prediction of Cubs Pitchers……
    Arietta…………….11
    Beeler………………1
    Cabrera…………….1
    Fujikawa…………..0
    Grimm……………..3
    Hendricks…………3
    Jackson…………..10
    P.Johnson………..3
    Marshall……………0
    Parker………………2
    Raley………………..1
    Ramirez…………….1
    Rondon……………..2
    Rosscup……………2
    Rusin………………..3
    Russell……………..4
    Samardzija………..8
    Strop………………..2
    Veras……………….3
    Villanuava…………4
    Vizacaino………….2
    Wood……………….9
    Wright……………….2

    • cubtex

      so if I added correctly you have them being 77-85

      • CubbyDenCritic

        not my final list…..maybe one or two unlisted guys that might make a difference via trade.
        Villanuava, Jackson & Cabrera might be the first three pitchers traded during the season…….look for Theo to move people in and out on this roster during the season.

    • JasonOfTheBurbs

      Correct on Shark. No way on Arieta, as he may not even start 11 games.

      I am not sure which one, but I would predict either Wood or Jackson wins at least 11.

      • CubbyDenCritic

        I got Theo trading EJ in July…..
        Shark will land on the DL….
        so will Wood…..
        Arietta will have 30 starts….
        Pierce Johnson will be the surprise.

  • endy23

    what are they gonna celebrate? sitting out the offseason?

  • paulcatanese

    Why go? These guys are older than I am, and the promise’s just as old. No reason to attend. People get on me for living old school, but isn’t this the same thing? Only thing, it was a lot more fun then than now,
    and I mean pre-1975.

    • paulcatanese

      Wow, I expected a bunch of “down” arrows, just can’t get a rise out of it:)

      • JasonOfTheBurbs

        My family went in 1988. Got a nice photo with a young Greg Maddux who was 8-18 with a 5+ ERA for his career at that point. Now it is a pic with future HOFer. And the Cubs sucked in 1987, so was no reason for optimism.

        So you just never know…

        That and got a pic with Harry Carey. Huge glasses…huge.

      • GaryLeeT

        I hear there is a pill for that.

        • paulcatanese

          Been there, done that:)

      • J Daniel

        You couldn’t get a rise out of it because you are 100% correct. I think we all agree that the system has improved but there is no real reason to watch the major league club because there really isn’t any hope. To continue to sell a “lovable loser” past or the “be there when it happens” future … well they are both old.

    • Dorasaga

      Indeed, we pay more, going to the convention and don younger kids with Cub gears, expecting these talents to win.

      Well, it’s just different for players and their relationship with fans and all others. It used to be that you invite players to a bowl, and they’ll hang out and have fun with you. Same with the media. A reporter could buy players a dinner and ask them about stuffs.

      Not anymore. The money had rifted the pros from the “outsiders” wider and farther. This convention has become one of the rare opportunities for fans to “feel” closer to players.

  • 07GreyDigger

    Hey Darwin! Can I have your autograph? You did a great job hitting .208 last season. Thanks again for your time!

    • J Daniel

      EXACTLY! Who cares when there is NO hope for the season. There is no way that anyone can reasonably believe, except boardrider, that the team will be any good this year. They have no hitting, no power, can’t think of a worse outfield, and on and on and on.

      I know when the kids come up they will be instantly good and fun to watch. I sure hope they are but …

  • JasonOfTheBurbs

    No Dick Ruthven or Chuck Rainey???
    Where is the sense of history!?!

    • 69Cubs4ever

      Celebrating the 30th Anniversary of the 1984 Division champs?? I count 6 players from that team on the list. Same ones usually there every year. Really reaching out to honor that team. And real light on old-time, players, too.
      But HEY – our run-down stadium is 100 years old! WOOHOO!