The Cubs released some of the highlights of the convention schedule today. Here are some of what are likely to be the most popular draws. All of the sessions below are on Saturday, Jan. 15.
☻ "Meet Cubs Baseball Management," featuring General Manager Jim Hendry, Assistant General Manager Randy Bush, Manager Mike Quade and Assistant to the General Manager Greg Maddux, takes place at 10 a.m. in the Continental Ballroom.
☻ "Pitching Evolution," featuring Kerry Wood, Randy Wells, Sean Marshall, Jeff Samardzija, Andrew Cashner and Pitching Coach Mark Riggins, at 10:30 a.m. in the Grand Ballroom. The group will explain the art of being a starting pitcher, set-up man and closer, the differences between the roles and the pressures and rewards that come with each.
☻ "The Q Factor," featuring Manager Mike Quade and coaches Rudy Jaramillo, Lester Strode, Ivan DeJesus, Bob Dernier, Mark Riggins and Dave Keller at 12 p.m. in the Grand Ballroom. Quade and his staff will discuss their techniques and philosophies heading into the 2011 season.
☻ "Remembering Ronnie," featuring Ernie Banks, Billy Williams, Fergie Jenkins, Glenn Beckert, Randy Hundley, Milt Pappas and Jose Cardenal, at 3 p.m. in the Grand Ballroom. Ron Santo’s teammates will gather, share some of their favorite stories and fondly remember their teammate and friend.
☻ "The Dominican Way of Life," featuring Aramis Ramirez, Starlin Castro, Carlos Peña and Vice President of Player Personnel Oneri Fleita, at 3:30 p.m. in the Boulevard Room. The group will talk about their transition from the Dominican Republic to the United States and Fleita will discuss how the organization scouts, develops and transitions international players to the United States.
Also, there will be a session with the Ricketts family at 9 a.m. Saturday in the Grand Ballroom, and Cubs business management will have a session at 1:30 p.m. Saturday in the Grand Ballroom. And, in case you missed my comment in the spring training ticket thread, after showing up as "sold out" yesterday, you can now once again buy individual convention passes.