Huzzah! It’s the 4th Annual John Baker Day! This is an annual celebration of the night Cubs Mental Skills Coordinator and former catcher John Baker, who in 2014 pitched a scoreless frame and scored the winning run in the 16th inning of the longest game (by time) in Wrigley Field history!
To find out more about the John Baker Day Event, read on. Or you can listen to an interview I did today with John and the Ivy Envy Podcast. The first 25 minutes is informational, about the event, and then John Baker talks about his role as the Cubs mental skills coordinator.
Here are the details!
Saturday, August 3 from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m., Cubs podcasts Ivy Envy, Son Ranto, and BCB’s own Cuppa Cubbie Blue will host a musical Cubs game watch at GMan Tavern, 3740 N. Clark St. in Chicago, capped off with a postgame Q and A with the witty and whimsical John Baker. It’s a great party for a worthy cause!
This year, we will be raising money for Chicago Metropolitan Battered Women’s Network, which is an umbrella organization working with many different groups who work to end domestic violence and serve those afflicted with it’s repercussions. 100 percent of all proceeds from John Baker Day go will go directly to the charity. We raise money in a few different ways.
The 1st way is through ticket sales! Tickets are only $30 and can be purchased at johnbakerday.com. Either join us for the John Baker Day pre-party Game Watch at 1 p.m., or if you are attending the game on August 3, the main event featuring John Baker will commence about half an hour after the Cubs beat the Brewers, hopefully around 5 p.m.!
The game watch portion (from 1 to about 4:30) will feature live music from Katie Day and the Bleacher Bum band, plus a bloggers forum and live podcast taping with some of the brightest minds in Cubs bloggerdom, including BCB’s own Sara Sanchez! At 5 p.m., we will welcome John to the stage with an interactive Q and A and announce the winners of our Cubs raffles. Join us!
Only 100 tickets are available as space at GMan tavern is limited.
If you can’t come to John Baker Day this year, you can still help by buying a hat and shirt! Every purchase goes directly to the charity directly through Custom Ink. Plus, you can choose to have it shipped directly to you or save on the shipping cost and pick it your JBD merch up on August 3 at GMan Tavern! The more shirts and hats you buy, the better the margin, and the more we can raise to help support victims of DV!
In order to ensure time for printing and delivery by August 3, the deadline to purchase is Friday July 12! So act quickly!!
The last way we raise money is through auction items. We are not quite ready to announce these yet, but will in the near future. Featured this year will be signed original artwork from Matt Kammerer and game-used items donated by the Cubs. We will be announcing very soon! Join our Facebook Event for up to date John Baker Day news!
Lastly, if you have any Cubs items you would like to donate to our raffles and auctions please contact me! In the past, people have donated Javier Baez signed balls, Pedro Strop’s hat, plus Wrigley promotional items like bobbleheads. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have anything of value you’d be willing to part with for a great cause.
It takes all of us for John Baker Day to be a success and make a difference! I hope to see you all there! Or at least wearing the new hat!