Continuing their celebration of every decade in the 100 years of Wrigley Field, the Cubs will commemorate the 1980s as they host the Tampa Bay Rays and Milwaukee Brewers in a seven-game homestand starting this Friday.
The first giveaway item for the homestand is the First Night Game Bobblehead with working lights, for the first 10,000 fans Friday, August 8. It also features Rick Sutcliffe, who started what was supposed to be the first night game August 8, 1988, only to have his start rained out. Here's what the bobblehead will look like:
It's a cool bobblehead. Just wanted to point out the irony, due to the schedule, of having a "night game" giveaway with working lights for ... an afternoon game that starts at 3:05. This again points out how ridiculous it is that the Cubs can't schedule two or three Friday nights a year coming off road trips, as Friday's game will be coming off Thursday's game in Colorado. Jody Davis will throw out a first pitch and lead the seventh-inning stretch Friday.
Saturday, August 9, the first 10,000 fans will receive Cubs Retro Headphones:
Sunday, August 10, the first 5,000 kids 13-and-under will receive an ’80s Throwback Cubs Rubik’s Cube®:
A 2x2 cube isn't as challenging nor as interesting as the standard 3x3 cube, but it still could be fun for kids. Also Sunday, August 10, the Cubs will wear a throwback uniform from 1988, which was the year the team first played under the lights at Wrigley Field:
This uniform isn't that different from the current home uniform, except that it featured a pullover shirt and the no-belt look that was popular just about everywhere in baseball in the 1970s and 1980s. The visiting Rays have developed a retro-inspired road uniform to participate in the throwback day as well.
The Rays, of course, didn't exist in the 1980s, but have been at the forefront of some of the more clever promotions in recent years. One of them, about two years ago, involved them doing a "throwback" day to 1979, nearly 20 years before they existed, with this "fauxback" uniform modeled by manager Joe Maddon. Oh, how I hope the Rays wear those. They're awesome.
The last giveaway of the homestand, to the first 10,000 fans in the park Thursday, August 14, will be a Cubs Fathead®:
For food items, Levy Restaurants is continuing its decade-inspired menu at the Decade Diner, located inside Gate D near section 142. The 1980s homestand features a Kraft Sloppy Joe topped with Kraft Cheese served on a toasted bun. You can also try the Blackened Tilapia Po’ Boy, which includes blackened tilapia seasoned with Cajun spices served on a toasted hoagie roll with shredded lettuce, tomatoes and Cajun aioli.
You're certainly wondering what Decade Dog BCB's Danny Rockett will be reviewing during this homestand; it'll be the 1980s Nacho Dog, a Vienna Beef hot dog topped with tortilla strips, nacho cheese, salsa and pickled jalapenos:
Looks pretty good, actually. Finally, adults 21-and-over can enjoy an Electric Ryno Margarita. The cocktail features Don Julio Tequila, Blue Curacao, lime juice and agave nectar, served with a light-up straw.