Cubs Playoff Ticket Lottery

The Cubs opened up registration for playoff tickets at Wrigley Field today. Basically you register online and winners are "randomly" selected to be able to purchase tickets for either the NLDS and NLCS (you may get lucky and win both). If you're chosen, you are limited to one game and two tickets for that series. You have until noon CST on September 19th to register for any possible NLDS games at Wrigley.

For those with more experience with this sort of thing, if you are a "winner", are you guaranteed tickets or just the right to enter the Virtual Waiting Room?

Ticket prices and full schedule after the jump...

Section -- NLDS -- NLCS

Club Box - IF -- $100 -- $150

Club Box - OF -- 75 -- 125

Field Box - IF -- 75 -- 125

Field Box - OF -- 65 -- 110

Terrace Box - IF -- 60 -- 100

Terrace Box - OF -- 55 -- 90

Upper Deck Box - IF -- 60 -- 100

Upper Deck Box - OF -- 55 -- 90

Bleacher Reserved -- 60 -- 100

Terrace Reserved - IF -- 40 -- 70

Terrace Reserved - OF -- 35 -- 60

Upper Deck Reserved - IF -- 30 -- 50

Upper Deck Reserved - OF -- 25 -- 40

Standing Room Only -- 25 -- 30

Please see the schedule below:


12 noon CT, Tuesday, 09/03/2008


12 noon CT, Friday, 09/19/2008


Friday, 09/19/2008


Monday, 09/22/2008


12 noon - 6 p.m. CT, Tuesday, 09/22/2008


12 noon CT, Monday, 9/29/2008


Monday, 09/29/2008


Thursday, 10/02/2008


12 noon - 6 p.m. CT, Friday, 10/3/2008


5 game lead, 23 to go for both teams.
Cubs go 10-13, Brewers need to go 15-8.
Unfortunately, considering the schedule disparity, that is a little too likely for both teams for me to get too excited yet.

It's a little more comforting if you look at making playoffs (9 games up over the Phils, 10 over Cards) vs. winning the division.

of course. As far as I'm concerned, Cubs have effectively clinched a playoff spot. But, if they go in as wild card at this point, that would seem to be very demoralizing.

I went to game 2 of NLCS 2003, I will wait for WS.

I'm with you...While I've never been to a playoff game, I determined in 2003 that I would only fly home to Chicago for a World Series, and nothing else.

WS or bust.
I've got World Series tix to games 3 and possibly I did in 2003, which made the whole collapse especially painful for me.

I already told my wife, that's what I'm saving money for.


Fly home? They'll be playing in your backyard! (God willing)

Even if the Cubs play the Angels and I could get tickets for the Anaheim games...I'd still go to Chicago to see the first World Series game at wrigley in 63 years.

I'm lucky enough to have a step-father who has had season tickets at wrigley, 8 rowns behind homee I can't miss that opportunity.

Unfortunately, one way or another, he won't have those tickets for too many years.

Z scheduled for MRI tomorrow. According to WSCR.

Reporting from WSCR-
Z was scheduled for MRI today, but Z left. (!!!)
Lou-Dr Griswald(Sparky) examined Z today, Z left before MRI.

press-Was Z in pain?

Lou-pause-Don't know talk to Carlos.

press-Was it shoulder or elbow?

Lou-pause- Don't know talk to Carlos.

jacos~Very confusing~

Lou said Carlos was not available for MRI today. It was availabe but he did not take it.

Lou sounds a little angry.

Lou will talk to doctor this evening, has not talk to Carlos.

Lou won't really know until MRI.


WSCR making it sound like Carlos is being evasive. He is suppose to be at ball park, but press has not seen him.

no good will come of this...

Whatever it can't be good.

Since us Cubs fans are impatient and only assume the worst...let's relook at our pitching rotation for the playoffs minus Z.

Game 1 - Dempster
Game 2 - Harden
Game 3 - Lilly
Game 4 - Marquis (If up 2-1), Dempster (If down 2-1)
Game 5 - Harden

Not awful...but certainly not something opposing teams would be too afraid of in the playoffs.

Put a big queston mark after Harden.

Makes it looka lot worse.

My guess: Z is in pain but wants to pitch. Knows the MRI may show something is wrong, so emotions get the best of him and he walks out, muttering something like "I'm fine, I don't need an MRI."

MRI machine probably not in the same office, usually at a hospital (Dr. Hecht can confirm). But the Trib link in the story below makes it sound like he didn't show up to a later appointment, rather than just walking out.

Philles have registration also

Mets, Brewers, DBacks and Dodgers don't have anything yet

only checked the Angels in the AL and it seems if you subscribe to their online newsletter, you get first dibs at tickets after season ticket holders and mini-plan holders.

think that might have been mentioned already...

CC and Manny win player of the month honors...b2b for CC.

Cliff Lee and Melvin Mora in the AL. Rookie of the month hasn't been announced yet.

Haha - Hee Sop Choi was the last Cubs Rookie of the Month (April, 2003) before Soto.

the offical scorer's decision is upheld

It was a questionable call that I think easily could have gone either way...but there is just something wrong with a retro-active no hitter, so I'm glad they upheld it.

My Prediction: Cubs will have clinched the division before the last weekend...and CC will throw a no-hitter against the Cubs scrubs on the last Friday of the season, allowing the Brewers to clinch the Wild Card

I hope not, I like the Cubs dueling no hiter streaks.

The call was pretty bad, and so was MLB's excuse for not overturning it. Essentially it came down to him trying to barehand it. If you try to barehand it, it's automatically an 'exceptional play' - even if you don't have to barehand, which was the case here.

Sounds stupid to skip an MRI, but you have to wonder what guys in 1908 did. They probably just waited until their arm quit hurting and started pitching again. I'm not taking sides, but sometimes small pains can be blown out of proportion.

Pain's not the issue in my mind...I believe Z is capable of pitching through pain. But when the results are so bad as they have been with Z, with velocity way down....doesn't seem beneficial to keep parading him out there.

Meanwhile...the Cubs communication seems to be lacking these days as Z and Lou are clearly not on the same page, and Harden and Hendry/Lou are saying very different things.

I don't like this one bit.

his velocity wasn't down yesterday or the gun was hot. He was hitting 94-96 pretty regularly.

According to most of the articles I read today, they all said his velocity was down and rarely got above 90. I had thought the same thing as you that his velocity was fine. I wonder if the gun we get was wrong, or if maybe it tailed off a lot when I stopped paying close attention.

First two innings his velocity was real good. Seems like it dropped off and he lost control of the game.

I'm wondering if they'll find the problem by scanning his arm. Might be just as productive to scan between his ears...

He hit 95 as late as the 4th. Had a few 96 mph's in there before that. I didn't see anything above 93 in the fifth.

He sits in the low 90's a lot when he is healthy as is.

again, I'm going off the series of articles I read this morning. They were obviously looking at different numbers than we were looking at.

selling fear.

Must be run by Republicans. :) 

I glanced at Rob's edit "Zambrano did see Dr. Gryzlo..." and for some reason I read it as "Zambrano died".

Took me like 1 or 2 seconds to refocus and get it right. Weird. Soto an Oriole didn't even give me pause, but that sure did. :-)

Cards blew a 9th inning lead and lost 4-3.
Their playoff chances are dying a slow painful death.

The Cardinals won a World Series with starts from Jeff Weaver and Anthony Reyes. While no one here really wants to see Marquis in the playoffs, you never know what might happen. Me, I'm cool with Lilly starting in any series.

Didn't that Cardinal team leave Marquis off the playoff roster?



If you get selected you automatically have the right to purchase tickets, no waiting room. However, the only ones left when you get picked could be SRO, but nonetheless you're in Wrigley for playoff baseball.


Anyone get an email from MLB saying they won the lottery?

I signed up, as did all my friends/family, and no one has received an email yet!

Have they already notified the winners?

I haven't gotten an email or heard from anyone who has. Anyone?

No one i know has received any sort of notification yet either, and i called the Cubs ticket office, and the lady there wouldn't give me an answer. All she told me was, "The emails will go out some time today". Hopefully, we'll know before midnight, but knowing the Cubs, i wouldn't put it past 'em to wait til the last minute. Grrrrrr......eBay, here i come soon......

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    they can do both...then again, if you want to look at it from a business point of view, they don't have to do both because the team is expected to be competitive and the merch+tickets+eyes-on-team are going to be at a peak unless they fail badly.

    yeah, i think they know what they're doing, too.

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