2015 cubs conventionI could be wrong, but I don’t recall the Cubs Convention selling out in recent years – at least not in advance of the event, itself. But, riding a new wave of (justifiable) excitement, Cubs fans sold this year’s out earlier this week. The Convention is next weekend, and even if you can’t attend, there’ll be a ton of stuff here at BN, so maybe you can still feel connected.

Although weekend passes and hotel packages at the Sheraton where the Convention is taking place are sold out, there are some weekend packages available at the West Lakeshore Sheraton (which includes Convention passes).

If you’re coming to the Convention, you can look for me throughout, because I’d love to say hello. I’ll be pretty open on here and on Twitter about where I am/what I’m wearing, so hopefully you can find me in what might be an extra-large sea of people this year. We’ll also get together at Lizzie McNeill’s (a bar next door to the Convention) after the Opening Ceremonies on Friday night. If there’s enough interest, we can get together Saturday night, too. I’ve got energy for miles.



The list of confirmed players, coaches, alumni, team executives and broadcasters includes (and I’d advise against speculating about why guys may or may not be attending (too much we don’t know about travel arrangements and scheduling)):

Major League Players

Arismendy Alcantara, INF/OF

Jake Arrieta, RHP

Javier Baez, INF

Dallas Beeler, RHP

Welington Castillo, C

Starlin Castro, INF

Chris Coghlan, OF

Justin Grimm, RHP

Jason Hammel, RHP

Kyle Hendricks, RHP

Edwin Jackson, RHP

Eric Jokisch, LHP

Tommy La Stella, INF

Jon Lester, LHP

Rafael Lopez, C

Miguel Montero, C

Jason Motte, RHP

Mike Olt, INF

Blake Parker, RHP

Neil Ramirez, RHP

Anthony Rizzo, INF

Hector Rondon, RHP

Zac Rosscup, LHP

Brian Schlitter, RHP

Jorge Soler, OF

Dan Straily, RHP

Pedro Strop, RHP

Ryan Sweeney, OF

Matt Szczur, OF

Jacob Turner, RHP

Luis Valbuena, INF

Tsuyoshi Wada, LHP

Travis Wood, LHP

Minor League Players

Albert Almora, OF

Kris Bryant, INF

C.J. Edwards, RHP

Pierce Johnson, RHP

Addison Russell, INF

Kyle Schwarber, C/OF

Cubs Alumni

George Altman, INF/OF

Glenn Beckert, INF

Ryan Dempster, RHP

Bob Dernier, OF

Mark DeRosa, INF/OF

Leon Durham, INF/OF

Bob Howry, RHP

Randy Hundley, C

Fergie Jenkins, RHP

Jay Johnstone, OF

Jacque Jones, OF

Les Lancaster, RHP

Jon Lieber, RHP

Ted Lilly, LHP

Bill Madlock, INF

Gary Matthews, OF

Dave Otto, LHP, Broadcaster

Milt Pappas, RHP

Glendon Rusch, LHP

Lee Smith, RHP

Tim Stoddard, RHP

Rick Sutcliffe, RHP

Steve Trout, LHP

Billy Williams, OF

Kerry Wood, RHP

Coaching Staff

Joe Maddon, Manager

Henry Blanco, Quality Assurance Coach

Mike Borzello, Catching Coach

Chris Bosio, Pitching Coach

Eric Hinske, Asst. Hitting Coach

Brandon Hyde, First Base Coach

Gary Jones, Third Base Coach

John Mallee, Hitting Coach

Dave Martinez, Bench Coach

Lester Strode, Bullpen Coach

Team Executives

Tom Ricketts, Chairman

Laura Ricketts, Board Member

Todd Ricketts, Board Member

Theo Epstein, President, Baseball Operations

Crane Kenney, President, Business Operations

Baseball Staff/Broadcasters

Jed Hoyer, EVP/GM

Jason McLeod, SVP, Scouting & Player Development

Randy Bush, Assistant GM

Shiraz Rehman, Assistant GM

Pat Hughes, Radio Broadcaster

Ron Coomer, Radio Broadcaster, INF (2001)

Len Kasper, TV Broadcaster

Jim Deshaies, TV Broadcaster

Special Guest

Clark, Team Mascot




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