The Cubs released details of the January 12-14, 2024 Cubs Convention Monday and two things missing will be sessions with the Ricketts family and with President of Business Operations Crane Kenney.
Per Meghan Montemurro at the Tribune, here’s why:
The decision was driven by a fan survey that ranked those panels 11th and 12th, respectively, out of 13 experiences.
That’s interesting. I assume the survey was given to CubsCon attendees, who apparently liked other things better.
Here’s what you can expect if you attend:
On Friday, January 12, the Opening Ceremony will feature players and alumni introduced as well as the new Chicago Cubs Hall of Fame Class of 2024. After that, the late night-style talk show, Off the Mound with Ryan Dempster will return, and first day of Cubs Convention will end with Harry Carayoke.
On Saturday, January 13, sessions will include Baseball Operations Update with Jed Hoyer and Carter Hawkins; A Conversation with Craig Counsell; Pitchers Session: On the Mound; Hitters Session: At the Plate; The Sweet ’16 Squad featuring members of the Cubs World Series Championship team; and The Core from ’84 featuring members of the Cubs 1984 team on their 40th anniversary.
Returning Cubs Convention favorites will include the Kids Only Press Conference, a live recording of The Compound podcast with Cubs outfielder Ian Happ, Cubs Bingo and more Harry Carayoke. Late Saturday afternoon, guests will be invited to a reception where they can chat with Cubs Executive Chairman Tom Ricketts over a beverage.
Due to the popularity of the archive display rooms at the last Cubs Convention, these history-filled rooms will return Friday and Saturday only. You can explore different archive rooms filled with never-before-seen jerseys, bats, baseballs, trophies, awards and more from within the Cubs Archives collection. To pay tribute to the Cubs 1984 team, an archive display room will provide an inside look into the making of the Ryne Sandberg statue with sculptor Lou Cella and feature artifacts from the team including game-used jerseys, game-used hats, helmets, bats and more.
Cubs Authentics will host a live auction Friday and Saturday, with items from the 2023 season up for bid including Justin Steele’s 16th win game-used jersey, Seiya Suzuki’s 19th home run game-used jersey, Dansby Swanson’s game-used jersey worn for four games, Ian Happ’s game-used jersey worn for seven games and more.
Returning for a second year will be the popular youth baseball and softball clinic. The clinic offers the opportunity for youth of all skills and abilities to enhance their baseball or softball skills through instruction provided by alumni, players and Cubs Nike RBI coaches. Limited spots remain for Sunday’s clinic so if you’re interested, act fast to secure your spot.
Hotel packages are still available as well as single-day passes. You can get more information here.