The 31st annual Cubs Convention begins a week from today, Friday, January 15, and will run through Sunday morning, January 17.
While a complete time schedule of events has yet to be released, here are some of the things you will find to see and do at the Convention.
The Opening Ceremony begins Friday, January 15, at 6 p.m. There will be player introductions on an elevated runway that will provide special VIP access to children 16-and-under. Following the Opening Ceremony, you can find some of your favorite Cubs and young prospects signing autographs in what the Cubs are terming the "Surprise Signing Game."
The first day concludes with a special Friday Night with Ryan Dempster show presented by Budweiser, featuring interviews with Cubs players, coaches and alumni, comedy vignettes and interactive games. Saturday’s program continues with fan favorites such as the return of Cubs Feud and Cubs Jeopardy, which features unique trivia with Cubs alumni.
Popular reoccurring Saturday sessions will be back, including Baseball Management, Cubs Business Operations Update, Joe Maddon & His Coaching Staff, Kids Only Press Conference, Life Off the Field, Meet the New Cubs and Ricketts Family.
Saturday evening will conclude with long-time Convention favorite Cubs Bingo, which as always will be led by Wayne Messmer.
Sunday’s program concludes with additional autograph sessions and panels including Down on the Farm and Once a Cub, Always a Cub.
There will also be a Cubs in Cooperstown panel. There, you'll have a chance to hear Cubs Hall of Famers Fergie Jenkins, Ryne Sandberg and Billy Williams chat about their lives in baseball and what it means to be in the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
Javier Baez, Kris Bryant, Addison Russell and Kyle Schwarber will share their first-season experiences in the big leagues with fans during the Rock Star Rookies panel.
Cy Young winners Jake Arrieta, Fergie Jenkins and Rick Sutcliffe will answer fan questions and relive their award-winning seasons as part of the Cy Young Winners session.
Here's a complete list of current Cubs who will be at the Convention:
Andury Acevedo, RHP Arismendy Alcantara, INF/OF Jake Arrieta, RHP Javier Baez, INF Dallas Beeler, RHP Rex Brothers, LHP Kris Bryant, INF Trevor Cahill, RHP Jeimer Candelario, INF Carl Edwards Jr., RHP Justin Grimm, RHP Jason Hammel, RHP Kyle Hendricks, RHP Jason Heyward, OF Pierce Johnson, RHP Eric Jokisch, LHP John Lackey, RHP Jon Lester, LHP Miguel Montero, C Edgar Olmos, LHP Neil Ramirez, RHP Clayton Richard, LHP Anthony Rizzo, INF Hector Rondon, RHP David Ross, C Zac Rosscup, LHP Addison Russell, INF Kyle Schwarber, C/OF Jorge Soler, OF Pedro Strop, RHP Matt Szczur, OF Dan Vogelbach, INF Adam Warren, RHP Travis Wood, LHP Ben Zobrist, INF
That's 35 players of the 40 who are currently on the 40-man roster. Here are the Cubs alumni who will be in attendance:
John Baker, C Jose Cardenal, OF Ryan Dempster, RHP Bobby Dernier, OF Scott Eyre, LHP Randy Hundley, C Fergie Jenkins, RHP Jon Lieber, RHP Ted Lilly, LHP Bill Madlock, INF Dave Otto, LHP, Broadcaster Ryne Sandberg, INF Scott Sanderson, RHP Lee Smith, RHP Tim Stoddard, RHP Rick Sutcliffe, RHP Steve Trout, LHP
Nice to see John Baker on this list. He ought to be hilarious. Others in attendance: Coaches:
Joe Maddon, Manager Mike Borzello, Catching Coach Chris Bosio, Pitching Coach Tim Buss, Strength & Conditioning Coach Eric Hinske, Asst. Hitting Coach Brandon Hyde, First Base Coach Gary Jones, Third Base Coach John Mallee, Hitting Coach Dave Martinez, Bench Coach Chad Noble, Bullpen Catcher Lester Strode, Bullpen Coach
Tom Ricketts, Chairman Laura Ricketts, Board Member Todd Ricketts, Board Member Theo Epstein, President, Baseball Operations Crane Kenney, President, Business Operations
Jed Hoyer, EVP/GM Jason McLeod, SVP, Scouting & Player Development Randy Bush, Assistant GM Shiraz Rehman, Assistant GM Jaron Madison, Director, Player Development Ron Coomer, Radio Broadcaster Jim Deshaies, TV Broadcaster Pat Hughes, Radio Broadcaster Len Kasper, TV Broadcaster
I'll post more details including a complete time schedule for the sessions when it's available.