Cubs to host Reds, Brewers and Giants from May 16–25
Official MLB Press Release of Events, Promotions, Guests & Broadcasts
Cubs/MLB Press Release
The Chicago Cubs will host their third home stand of the 2017 season with visits from National League Central Division rivals Cincinnati Reds May 16–18 and Milwaukee Brewers May 19–21, followed by the San Francisco Giants May 22–25.
On Thursday, May 18, the Cubs will commemorate the 70th anniversary of Jackie Robinson playing his first game at Wrigley Field — the only remaining Major League ballpark in which Robinson played. The game on May 18, 1947, drew a paid crowd of 46,572 fans to Wrigley Field, which remains the largest paid regular season crowd in ballpark history. Jackie Robinson’s granddaughter, Meta Robinson, will help raise a new flag honoring his legacy on the ballpark’s right field foul pole. The team had previously flown a “JR 42" flag on Wrigley Field rooftop following the retirement of Robinson’s number 42 by Major League Baseball in 1997.
The previous day, May 17, is Majestic Jersey Day at Wrigley Field. Following Wednesday evening’s game, Cubs players will give the jerseys “off their back” to Majestic’s guest fans, plus two lucky fans hand-selected at the game.
Fans tuning in to watch the Cubs face the Brewers on CSN Chicago Friday, May 19, will hear from guest broadcaster Kerry Wood, while Ryan Dempster will join the television broadcast Saturday, May 20. Both former Cubs will fill in for television analyst Jim Deshaies.
Tickets remain available at www.cubs.com or 800-THE-CUBS (800–843–2827). Highlights of the home stand follow.
Up to the first 10,000 fans at the game Tuesday, May 16, will receive Replica Maddon Glasses presented by Visit Myrtle Beach.
On Saturday, May 20, up to the first 10,000 fans will receive “The Final Out” Bobblehead presented by CSN.
The following afternoon, May 21, up to the first 10,000 fans will receive a 2016 NL Champions Pennant presented by IDEAL Industries, Inc. Up to the first 1,000 fans 13-and-younger can run the bases for Kids Sundays, weather permitting.
Up to the first 10,000 fans 21-and-older will receive a Relaxed Cubs Cap presented by Jim Beam Monday, May 22.
On Wednesday, May 24, up to the first 10,000 fans will receive a Silver Slugger Award Canvas Print presented by Think Energy by Engie.
Guests and Entertainment:
LPGA Tour pro golfer Stacey Lewis will throw a ceremonial first pitch on behalf of KPMG Tuesday, May 16. Actors David Eigenberg and Christian Stolte from NBC’s “Chicago Fire” will lead the stretch on the same night of the show’s season finale, which will feature guest appearances by Cubs players Jake Arrieta and Kris Bryant.
Actor, comedian and producer Jim Belushi will throw a first pitch and lead the stretch Thursday, May 18.
On Friday, May 19, actor, comedian and producer Nick Offerman will throw a first pitch and lead the stretch.
Actor and comedian Ike Barinholtz will throw a first pitch and lead the stretch Sunday, May 21.
Olympic gold medalist gymnast Nastia Liukin will throw a first pitch Tuesday, May 23.
Chicago Sky players Imani Boyette, Stefanie Dolson and Tamera Young will lead the stretch Wednesday, May 24, while Young will throw a first pitch.
Former Cubs player and manager Jim Marshall will throw a first pitch Thursday, May 25. Marshall, who managed the Cubs from 1974–76, is the oldest living former Cubs manager.
Food and Beverage Offerings:
Among a host of new staple food and beverage offerings announced for this season, fan-favorite Hot Doug’s continues rotating its selections from Platform 14, located behind the center field scoreboard in the Budweiser Bleachers. Served this homestand are the Jim Bullinger, a Vienna jalapeño-cheddar beef sausage with jalapeño mustard, pico de gallo and pepper jack cheese; the Les Lancaster, a beef and pork Thuringer sausage with Goose Island beer mustard, caramelized onions and shredded cheddar cheese; and the Joe Wallis, a curry bratwurst with curry dijonnaise, caramelized onions and smoked gouda cheese.
Cubs Charities and Community Events:
On Wednesday, May 17, Kyle Schwarber, with support from Cubs Charities, will launch “Neighborhood Heroes,” a campaign designed to recognize first responders and honor their heroism, personal courage and devotion to duty. Kyle will meet with and host 45 police officers, firefighters and military veterans at that night’s game.
On Thursday, May 18, Miguel Montero will host a group of students from Greeley Elementary School as part of his #WeAreGood Kids initiative. Montero is honoring the Greeley students for their perfect school attendance to date.
That same night, Anthony Rizzo, with support from Cubs Charities, will host the 5th Annual Cook-Off for Cancer. Event proceeds support the Anthony Rizzo Family Foundation, a nonprofit organization established to raise money for cancer research and provide support to children and their families battling the disease.
On Friday, May 19, Cubs manager Joe Maddon will continue his support of Chicago nonprofit organizations through his “Respect Community” T-shirt initiative. After every Friday home game, Maddon represents a different Chicago nonprofit by wearing the organization’s T-shirt during his postgame press conference. This week, Maddon will represent City Year, an education-focused organization founded in 1988 dedicated to helping students and schools succeed.
On Monday, May 22, Jake and Brittany Arrieta will partner with City Year to support facility enhancements at Jahn Elementary School in Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood.
On Wednesday, May 24, Cubs bench coach Dave Martinez will host a group of students from Dr. Jorge Prieto Math and Science Academy as part of “Davey’s Dugout,” an initiative that provides youth the chance to attend a Cubs game for the first time.
On Thursday, May 25, Cubs Charities, together with the Warren Park Youth Baseball League, will evoke memories of 1988 at Wrigley Field by celebrating the first night game at Warren Park thanks to a $100,000 investment from the Cubs Charities Diamond Project.
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