Some years are leaner than others when it comes to attendance at the annual Cubs Convention – but 2011 is going to feature some big names.

Kerry Wood, Carlos Zambrano and new first baseman Carlos Pena will be among the players attending the 2011 Cubs Convention, from Jan. 14-16 at the Hilton Chicago.

Wood, who signed a one-year, $1.5 million contract last Friday to return to the Cubs, will be among the players attending the winter fan fest and will be joined by Zambrano, Aramis Ramirez, Marlon Byrd, Carlos Marmol, Tyler Colvin and Starlin Castro.

Cubs manager Mike Quade will answer fans’ questions, and attendees will get to meet prospects Chris Archer, Jay Jackson, Chris Carpenter and DJ LeMahieu.

$10 to any fan who asks Chris Carpenter why he left the Cardinals to join the Cubs’ farm system.

You can get your passes on or by calling 1-800-THE-CUBS. They’re $60, and all proceeds go to the Cubs Charities.

  • pfk (Peter F. Kempf)

    How sad that Chris Carpenter, a former Cy Young winner, now is pitching at Iowa. I think he could be a steal for the Cubs. Just look how good he has been the last 2 years. $20 for the first person who can name the date the Cards cut him and the Cubs picked him up.

    • (smart) Cubs fan

      Wrong Chris Carpenter buddy. I think it would have been a little more publicized is it were the former Cy Young winning, Ace for the MLB Cardinals team. We’re talking a prospect level player here.

  • art

    you owe me $10, i just emailed chris that question.

  • Nude Berkowitz

    isnt chris carpenter one of there prospects with the same name?

  • Raymond Robert Koenig

    Yes. Another difference is the Cubs’ Chris Carpenter isn’t on PEDs.

  • bud green

    Can’t we just one time see if the kids can play? The cubs are at best a 3 or 4 place team even with Garza.