Cubs Convention Opens Friday Night

The 23rd annual Cubs Convention begins Friday night. As usual, it’s sold out. If you have passes, enjoy yourself and, if you’re so inclined, please add your observations to the Comments.

If you don’t have passes, you’ll want to steer clear of the Chicago Hilton and Towers. It would be a shame for an innocent bystander to get stampeded by several thousand people racing for an autograph from Jody Davis or Andy Pafko.

On an unrelated note, Paul Sullivan, writing on the Tribune Hard Ball blog (and quoting from Baseball Prospectus, believe it or not), alludes to the Cubs’ latest brainstorm—a ticket offer that will be extended exclusively to people already on the season ticket waiting list which could take up to 540,000 seats out of the pool that would otherwise become available to the general public when individual seats go on sale January 28th.

Cubbie baseball--there's nothing else like it.

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  • It's still very early but this game felt very important to me and probably knocked 2 years off my life. Seemed like every inning was big.

    johann 37 min 52 sec ago view
  • Yes then they moved him two spot then not so much, back batting 7th

    jacos 38 min 9 sec ago view
  • This is the exact game that the Cubs would have lost in years past to the Cardinals.

    The E-Man 38 min 36 sec ago view
  • Arrieta starting. Leads of 6-1 and 9-4. You don't expect to have such a sense of relief when they win.

    Brick 39 min 20 sec ago view
  • phew

    Rob G. 39 min 34 sec ago view
  • At least the end result was worth the wait.

    Rob Richardson 39 min 50 sec ago view
  • I guess he's better than what they've had. He started out like the Babe there.

    The E-Man 48 min 38 sec ago view
  • Fair enough, but Castro isn't really very good.

    Rob Richardson 1 hour 9 min ago view
  • I can just hear Pat Hughes chortling "typical Cubs-Cards game..."

    JoePepitone 1 hour 11 min ago view
  • As long as Maddon uses him against RH he is good. Against LH - not so much.

    His recent HR's obviously have not been great pitches.

    So, let's just say my personal confidence in the guy is not there yet.

    The E-Man 1 hour 14 min ago view
  • not that I'm agreeing with E-Man in anyway here, but Warren's FIP and peripherals are not really good (5.20 FIP/5.19 BB/9/.128 BABIP), although his actual results are a lot better. Well until today...

    Trade was also to make room for Zobrist and it'll be a few years before we can really judge it.

    Rob G. 1 hour 17 min ago view
  • Eventually, the Maddon "play everyone everywhere" thing was going to create a problem.

    billybucks 1 hour 23 min ago view
  • This ump blows.

    Ryno 1 hour 34 min ago view
  • So much for pace-of-game.

    Ryno 1 hour 34 min ago view
  • Adam Warren who is 3-1 with a 2.08 ERA and a 1.04 WHIP, and Castro who is hitting 269/303/415?

    Rob Richardson 1 hour 37 min ago view
  • That Molina with the arm out thing was ridiculous and blatant. Wonder if he can get fined for that

    johann 1 hour 40 min ago view