Because everyone knows the BN community is so awesome, I have been given the opportunity to hook you guys up with a sweet DVD set: “The Essential Games of the Chicago Cubs” by A&E. Five of you are going to win a set, which includes the following games:

  • HALL OF FAME SHOWCASE vs. PHI, July 12, 1969: Hall of Famers Ernie Banks, Billy Williams, Ron Santo, and Ferguson Jenkins headline a win over Philadelphia.
  • SANDBERG’S COMEBACK SHOCKER vs. STL, June 23, 1984: Ryne Sandberg’s monster game shocks Cardinals.
  • NL WILD CARD TIEBREAKER vs. SF, September 28, 1998: Cubs prevail over the San Francisco Giants in a one-game, winner-take-all Wild Card tiebreaker.
  • NL CENTRAL DIVISION CLINCHER vs. STL, September 20, 2008: Wrigley Field erupts as Cubs clinch a spot in the postseason for the second consecutive season.

It’s a great set to have on your shelf, and I’ll confess that I speak from personal experience – because they hooked me up with a set, too. Personal favorite? As great as the Sandberg Game was, that 1998 one-game playoff (Gary Gaetti!) sticks with me as probably the most fun I ever had watching a singular Cubs game.

But enough about my favorite – let’s get you a set of your own. There are three ways to enter to win, and you can try your hand at all three of them (but you can only win once, you greedy goon). The contest runs from now until 5pm CT on Friday, September 14. Get your entries in!

So, here’s how you enter yourself to win: (1) “Like” BN on Facebook, find this post on the BN Facebook Timeline, and drop in a comment about your favorite Cubs game of all time; (2) Follow BN on Twitter, and retweet the tweet about this content (or any subsequent tweet about this contest); (3) drop a comment on this post, talking about your favorite Cubs game of all time.

Easy enough. The winners will be chosen at random (two each from Facebook and Twitter, and one from the comments), and you just need to make sure I’m able to contact you when the contest is over so I can get your address information.

I make no representations or warranties with this contest – I’m just trying to give some nice folks a sweet DVD set. The prizes are courtesy of A&E Networks Home Entertainment/MLB Productions.

  • magilljl

    The Kerry Wood 20 K game sticks in my mind as one of my fondest memories.

    • Spencer

      I agree. Awesome to watch.

  • Rollie Johnson

    I have two favorite games:

    Coming home from school on opening day in 1969. Got to see the final two innings and Willie Smith’s walk off home run. Great start to the most magical season.

    The game 1 pounding of the Padres in the 1984 NL championship series.

  • art

    ditto on the Wood 20.

  • Kris

    For me it’s the actually a regular season game that didn’t mean much in the big scheme of things, but it was the only time I got to see them win in person (to this point). It was the game against the Dodgers at Dodger Stadium back in July 2010. At the time all was right in the world for that perfect day in July.

  • Jarrod C.

    Brett, huge fan. This is not my first comment on one of your posts. I love your writing style and I love that you’re just another fan like the rest of us. Anyways (no more ass-kissing, promise), I think my favorite Cubs game of all-time was the epic comeback against the Rockies in 2008. I remember we were down 9-1, so I left my dad at the tv, and left to go play catch with my neighbor. Then I see my dad run outside to find me and yells for me to come inside because the Cubs had climbed their way back… DeRosa then hit a 2-run home run and the Cubs would win 10-9. I always liked DeRosa and this moment solidified my admiration. It was early in the season, but it was certainly a highlight game that year that proved our NL-best record was legit. I’ll always remember the magic from that day, although it is certainly not my only great Cubs memory.

  • Blyth

    The first night game at Wrigley sticks out to me. I just started watching in ’87 and by ’88 I was hooked

  • cjdubbya

    Favorite of all time? June 7, 2010. Last day of a baseball road trip my wife planned. Nine days, eight games, six cities. This game was a makeup for a rainout the Tuesday of the previous week. We sat in the stands watching the end of the Armando Galarrage near-perfect game (Jim Joyce for the 27th out…oh wait!)

    Maybe 4,000 actually in the stands for this 12:35pm start. Wife and I scored five player autographs that day (James Russell’s the only one still on the team – others were Ted Lilly, Xavier Nady, Ryan Dempster & Derrek Lee). Also tracked down a foul ball, only to give it to the lady with three teeth standing over me when I stood up.

    We ended up making it a doubleheader that day, as we were staying in Pittsburgh only as a stop between Philadelphia (went to a Padres-Phillies game on Sunday) and Cleveland (where we had our last scheduled game, Red Sox-Indians). We thought we’d end up eating the tickets for this one, but we didn’t. And the Cubs won that day.

  • Karen F.

    I already like you on FB, I retweeted this contest on twitter @Fritzemama, and my FAVORITE Cub game was the very first one I attended in early summer, 2006, with my soon-to-be husband. A “requirement” for marrying him was that I go to a game with him at Wrigley Field, so we made the trek from Kalamazoo, Michigan to go to the game. It was so much fun, and I have since become a huge Cub fan. P.S. My husband was required to milk a cow on my dad’s dairy farm to marry me, so I obviously got the better deal! 😉 The following spring, we watched the first home game of 2007 the day after I gave birth to our son. Our newborn baby was of course, wearing his Cubbie t-shirt while we watched the game. I hope this is an awesome enough story to win your contest, because it would make a super gift to give my husband. :)

  • Lance Harrison

    I am going with a recent one: I really loved Castro’s debut with 6 RBIs. I finally had hope in our future.

  • Tammy

    I have been a Cubs fan for the better part of 20 years, cheering them on from the confinements of my home, year after year. Going to Wrigley was a dream…”It’ll happen, some day”. May 9th, 2012, ‘some day’ arrived. And I thought I loved them then….. When I first walked into Wrigley, for the very first time, my world stood still. Wrigley isn’t a ballpark. It’s a religious pilgrimage. A feeling that can not be explained in words, pictures or song. It’s enlightenment, nirvana, heaven! Sitting in the bleachers with my son, chomping on a Chicago dog, surrounded by Cubs fans, I was a born again Cub fan! On that day, I understood why we endure loss after loss, year after dismal year. This right here is baseball at its finest. THIS right here is what the Cubbies are all about! Another year of hope. Another year of dreams. Another year of believing THIS will be our year…. It all made perfect sense! HOLY COW……!!!

  • Denise Cantu

    One of my favorite games was Sept 28, 2003. I bought the tickets early that year as I wanted to go to one of the last home games of the season. Little did I know that it would also be the day the Cubs decided to honor Ron Santo. Being able to see his number being retired was beyond awesome. Our seats also just happened to be right near the left field foul pole where his #10 proudly waves.

    • DocPeterWimsey

      I had tickets to the game on the 26th. You know: the Friday game that never got made up, at least in terms of the ticket sales…….

      (That’s on every DVD ever made, though!)

  • roberto

    Best game I ever watched. 1989. Cubs down 9 runs to the Astros and came back to win it. I recorded the game not knowing how great it would turn out.. but lost the vhs tape.

  • rhino70

    My favorite game was the Sosa 61 and 62 homer game. I still have the ticket stubs in an envelope in my desk.

    Early in the season, my wife and I decided to take all three of our kids to a game. I ordered tickets for the game in May, having no clue that Sammy was going to have a historic season, or that the Cubs were going to be in the playoff hunt.

    We were seated on the third base line, in the reserved seats underneath the upper deck. When Sammy hit #61, the place went nuts. When he hit #62, it went to a whole different level! My wife and I were jumping around and screaming, as were my oldest daughter (10) and my son (8). My youngest daughter (7) was holding her ears and crying, because it was too loud for her!

    It was an absolutely incredible weekend for the Cubs, and it was the most joy I’ve ever felt at Wrigley Field!

  • TWC

    This. Looks. Awesome.

    But I don’t get this. A&E’s website lists the games included as:

    The four fan-favorite games include:
    July 12, 1969 , Wrigley Field, Cubs beat Phillies 7-4, classic Cubs lineup
    6/23/1984 – Ryne Sandberg
    5/6/1998 – Kerry Wood 20 Ks
    9/20/2008 – Division Clincher

    Was there a last-minute administrative switcheroo on the ’98 game to be included? Odd.

    Anyway, that Gaetti game was great. And I distinctly remember the Trib’s headline the day after Sandberg hit those two HR’s “SANDBERG BACK WITH A BANG!”

    But my favorite game was the one I took my wife and son to — their first, at Wrigley — this past July. I had a hard time not getting choked up just walking from the El, but being at Wrigley for the first time in 15, 16 years or so was amazing. Sitting through the three hour rain delay was hilarious. Seeing the Cubs win — a rare event – was great. But having Coach Lester Strode hand my boy a game ball? That was priceless.

    • Cubbie Blues

      This must be the limited edition set.

    • miggy80

      Awesome T-dub!

    • Brett

      Yeah, I saw that listing, too. I wouldn’t be surprised if it was a logistical thing where they expected to get that game, but rights issues precluded it (and they forgot to fix the site). I have the set, and I can definitely say Kerry’s game, while awesome, is not in it. Shrug – that one’s on TV all the time anyway, right?

    • hardtop

      Me too. My favorite game was the one where I held my daughters hand and walked her through the gates of Wrigley Field. Its was the prefect day, just like the day I first walked through those gates with my father, and, I imagine ,like the day of his first trip to the friendly confines with his father. To have my daughter there with me, and to be part of another chapter of Cubs history in our family, was overwhelming. I shed a few tears that day as my 3 1/2 year old daughter cheered on that relatively sorry Cubs team for all 9 innings. To be in such a beautiful and historical venue, cheering on a storied franchise, with my wonderful little girl at my side made that more than the best game of my life, it was the best day of my life.
      It was a funny game they played last July against the, then, Florida Marlins. The Cubs scored 2 runs without and RBI. I believe it was a bloop by Soriano that was dropped by the outfielder that scored the first run. Dempster, who had had a terrible first half, began his second half turn-around by pitching 8 scoreless innings. Marmol played his role perfectly giving up 2 hits, a walk, and a run in the beginning of the 9th to jeopardize the Cubs 2-0 lead, but Sean Marshal came in to stop the bleeding, striking out one to get the save. My daughter was so excited she didn’t want to leave. There isn’t a week that passes that she doesnt recount some moment of that day with me. The question I’m most often asked (and 4 years olds ask a lot of questions!) is “dad, when can we go back to Wrigley?” I couldn’t be more proud.

  • http://bleachernation loyal100more

    cubs down 9 to the astros is a biggie for me…i think dwight smith got the walk off base hit

  • Mysterious4th

    August 29, 2009 I flew home to catch a game (while I was living in nyc) and sprinkle some of my moms ashes on the 1yr of her passing (since its a family thing to be a diehard)and they were playing the mets (I was right below the scoreboard)and to watch the mets get beat like a red headed step child and to see jake fox hit a grand slam!

  • tim

    On FB, I went obscure. (A game from July of 1970 with a fierce collision @ first base I haven’t seen in 30 years.) Here, I’ll go with 1984 NLCS Game One. Sutcliffe’s blast to right was hilarious. Vogelbach-esque. I should watch that one again soon. Thanks for the contest.

  • Bgjacks

    i remember my first Cubs game…Barry Bonds hit 2 homeruns for the Pirates…i remember watching Bartman game while deployed overseas in Iraq.

  • DocPeterWimsey

    Favorite game that I saw in person: Game #2 of the 1989 playoffs.

    Favorite game that I saw on TV: the Cubs-Expos game in early 1987 with Bill Murray as the guest announcer.

  • sven-erik312

    It was August, 1984. I had just moved to Chicago from Charlotte, NC that spring. Starting a new life in Chicago. It was a 4 game set against the Mets. The Cubs took all 4 games, it moved them ahead of everyone in the division for good and the brooms came out at the last inning waving from the Bleachers. I’ll never forget it, I was there. I thought: “This is my home now!” At the time, I was living on Newport avenue, just a short walk form the ballpark. It was a great life. Living in Sweden is great, but I really miss Chicago.

  • Jennifer K

    My favorite Cubs game was, oddly enough, the 2003 playoff game with Bartman. I got to see the true love of the game and of the Cubs my husband has, and I also got to see the true agony of being a Cubs fan when he said “it’s all over” as soon as Alou didn’t get that ball. I will always remember that game – sad and depressing, but I had a front-row seat to the love that Cubs fans have. That’s the day I became a lifetime fan too.

  • Aaron

    My two most memorable games are the Zambrano no-hitter, which I attended, and the Ramirez walk-off against Cordero and the Brewers, which I enjoyed with a couple of hardcore Brewers fans.

    The no-hitter is tops, though. I’ve never been a part of a live event that had that much energy. It was palpable.

  • BD

    Whenever somebody says 1998, my first 2 thoughts are: 1) Kid K with 20 strikeouts and 2) Gary Gaetti.

    The Kerry Wood game is my favorite.

  • Brian

    My favorite Cub game was the last regular season home game of the 1989 season. It was also my 1st Cub game and Wrigley Field experience. The Cubs played the Pirates, Sandberg almost went deep and the place was rocking. After the game the whole team came back on the field and walked around the stadium shaking hands and throwing stuff to the fans. I will never forget that day and spending time with my father watching the team I love in the most beautiful ballpark around!

    GO CUBS!!

  • fortyonenorth

    May 17, 1979. Sure, they lost, but what a game. Phillies 23, Cubbies 22. Ironically, I had tickets for the game – our park district had organized the trip – but skipped it because I had a Little League game that night. Watched it on WGN – Jack and Lou with the call – and had to leave the house before it was over. Crushed to find out how it ended.

  • Ray Silva

    My favorite all-time Cubs game (in my lifetime) is game 5 of the NLDS vs the Braves. The image that sticks out in my mind that I felt a realization that the Cubs were about to upset this mighty Braves team…when AGonz hit that HR to center. I got chills as that ball carried out…and thought,…holy cow…onto the NLCS with a legit shot…

    Sunday, October 5, 2003

  • http://bleachernation loyal100more

    how bout the game that rick monday grabbed the american flag before it got burned.

  • Beer Baron

    The clincher in 2008 was my favorite game because I was there, and everyone honestly thought that was the year it was going to happen. However my most memorable game was game 5 of the 84 playoffs because that was when my optimism was crushed and my spirit was forcibly sucked from my body – ceremonially making me a true Cubs fan.

  • gary

    I have 2. The Sandburg game and the game against the Astros in 1989 when the cubs are down 9-0 and come back and win 10-9.

  • Steve Osborne

    One of my most memorable Cubs games was May 17, 1979. I got out of school ealr y that day and listened to the game on the radio and then watched the end of it when I got home. Even though the Cubs didn’t win, it was one of my all time favorites.