The Chicago Cubs begin a 10-game homestand this Friday as they host the Philadelphia Phillies (May 27-29), Los Angeles Dodgers (May 30-June 2) and Arizona Diamondbacks (June 3-5).
The homestand begins with the first Budweiser Bleacher Friday of the season, featuring a '90s Visor for up to the first 5,000 Budweiser Bleacher guests age 21-and-older. The DraftKings Fantasy Sports Zone will feature a King's Burger and 20-ounce Budweiser pairing for just $12 while supplies last. Bud Fridays will feature unique Budweiser Bleacher giveaways throughout the 2016 season, including a "Save Ferris" T-shirt honoring the 30-year anniversary of the movie "Ferris Bueller's Day Off," a Distressed Cubs Cap, Bud Fridays Tank Top, Cubs Fedora and Joe Maddon Sunglasses. Fans are encouraged to share photos on social media using #BudFridays. Guests can view the Bud Fridays promotional schedule and purchase tickets at www.cubs.com/budfridays.
On Memorial Day, May 30, the Cubs will join other Major League Baseball teams in honoring those who have fallen while protecting the country through military service. The team will wear Memorial Day jerseys and caps, and bases used on the field will feature specialty base jewels. These items will be authenticated, collected and auctioned by Cubs Authentics at www.cubs.com/authentics. Net proceeds from the auction benefit Cubs Charities.
On Wednesday, June 1, the Cubs will commemorate "Conquer Cancer Day" as declared through an official proclamation by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, while kicking off June as "Conquer Cancer Month" as declared through an official proclamation by Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner to support the important and enduring work of oncologists as they continue to help and heal the greater community affected by the disease. Up to the first 5,000 Budweiser Bleacher fans will receive a Cubs Cap presented by Conquer Cancer Foundation. These fans will be asked to turn their caps inside out, showing the orange bill underneath, in the middle of the 8th inning to "rally to conquer cancer." Supporters of a Cubs Authentics auction benefiting Conquer Cancer Foundation who are fighting cancer, have survived or support those who battle the disease will take the field pregame to meet Cubs players at each position. Following the game June 1 if the Cubs win, or after the first Cubs win thereafter, the team will fly a W Flag signed by cancer survivors above the historic Wrigley Field scoreboard.
Thursday, June 2, is Majestic Jersey Day at Wrigley Field. Following the afternoon's game, Cubs players will give the jerseys "off their back" on the field to Majestic's guests and two lucky hand-selected fans.
On Friday, June 3, Hefty Flips for Charity with a postgame, record-breaking flip cup game benefiting two charitable organizations selected by the Cubs players who will serve as official team captains. Two hundred fans will square off in the outfield following the team's 1:20 p.m. game to play the world's largest flip cup game, with a total of $40,000 being donated to the players' selected charities. This postgame flip cup game will be played with Hefty Ultimate Easy Grip Cups filled with water. Interested participants age 21-and-older may register to play, with a game ticket provided by Hefty, at www.cubs.com/hefty.
Tickets remain available at www.cubs.com or 800-THE-CUBS (800-843-2827). Highlights of the homestand follow.
Bud Fridays kick off May 27 in the Budweiser Bleachers, with up to the first 5,000 Budweiser Bleacher guests age 21-and-older receiving a '90s Visor.
Up to the first 10,000 fans at the game Monday, May 30, will receive a Ryne Sandberg Retired Number Flag presented by Pepsi.
On Wednesday, June 1, the Cubs will commemorate "Conquer Cancer Day" with up to the first 5,000 Budweiser Bleacher fans receiving a Cubs Cap presented by Conquer Cancer Foundation. These fans will be asked to turn their caps inside out, showing the orange bill underneath, in the middle of the 8th inning to "rally to conquer cancer."
Up to the first 20,000 fans at the game Friday, June 3, will receive a Cubs Reusable Tote Bag presented by MLB Network.
On Saturday, June 4, up to the first 10,000 fans will receive a Commemorative Oversized Jon Lester Trading Card presented by Topps.
The homestand concludes Sunday, June 5, with up to the first 5,000 kids 13-and-younger receiving a Cubs Laundry Hamper presented by Vienna Beef. The first 1,000 kids 13-and-younger can participate in postgame Kids Run the Bases after each Kids Sundays day game, weather permitting.
Guests and Entertainment:
Actor Dave Franco and Chicago native WWE Superstar Summer Rae will throw ceremonial first pitches Friday, May 27.
Chicago Bears wide receiver Alshon Jeffery will throw a first pitch and lead the 7th inning stretch Saturday, May 28.
Hall of Famer Ryne Sandberg will throw a first pitch and lead the stretch Monday, May 30. Singer Julianna Zobrist, wife of Cubs infielder Ben Zobrist, will sing the national anthem as a large flag is displayed in the outfield by members of the USO of Illinois and Cubs Season Ticket Holders who are current or former members of the military. The team will host a group from Helping Hands for Freedom, who is stopping at Wrigley Field during their Route for the Brave walk across America in support of surviving family members of fallen soldiers. The family of fallen Pfc. Gunnar Hotchkin will be welcomed on the field pregame and his 10-year-old son Tristan will throw a ceremonial first pitch.
Actor Joe Minoso from the television series Chicago Fire will throw a ceremonial first pitch Tuesday, May 31.
Chicagoland native NBA sideline reporter Craig Sager will throw a ceremonial first pitch and lead the stretch Wednesday, June 1.
Actor and Chicago native Joe Mantegna will throw a first pitch and lead the stretch Thursday, June 2.
The Cubs will welcome back former TV broadcaster Bob Brenly to lead the stretch Friday, June 3, as he visits in his current broadcast role with the Arizona Diamondbacks. A member of Oracle Team USA will throw a ceremonial first pitch while they're in town for the Louis Vuitton America's Cup World Series Chicago at Navy Pier.
Chicago Sky's Elena Delle Donne, 2015 WNBA MVP, will throw a first pitch and lead the stretch Saturday, June 4.
Coinciding with the beginning of Bud Fridays at Wrigley Field May 27, the DraftKings Fantasy Sports Zone will offer a King's Burger and 20-ounce Budweiser pairing for just $12 while supplies last. The King's Burger is topped with American cheese, lettuce, pickle, tomato and a special king's sauce.
Beginning Sunday, May 29, and continuing each Sunday home game throughout the season, Budweiser Bleacher guests can enjoy Brunch at the Ballpark presented by Tito's Vodka. Fans can order a Tito's Bloody Mary made with America's original craft vodka at the concession stands in the Right Field Porch. Those looking for a perfect food pairing can visit Platform 14, located behind the center field scoreboard in the Budweiser Bleachers, for specialty Hot Doug's breakfast sausages. This homestand will feature a pepper and onion pork sausage topped with scrambled eggs, diced tomatoes and grilled peppers and onions, or a Cajun andouille sausage topped with scrambled eggs, maple butter and diced bacon.
Hot Doug's will continue its rotating sausage selections at Platform 14. The Mike Bielecki is a pepper and onion pork sausage with marinara and fresh mozzarella cheese. The Manny Trillo is a Cajun andouille sausage with Cajun mustard, caramelized onions and shredded cheddar cheese. Finally, the Champ Summers is a Vienna Beef spicy polish sausage with Goose Island beer mustard and crispy fried onions.
The Decade Diner, located in the right field concourse, continues its rotating homestand specials as well. This homestand, fans can order a Reuben Sandwich with warm pastrami, sauerkraut, Swiss cheese and house-made Louie dressing on toasted marble rye bread. The Philly Cheesesteak features shaved ribeye steak, melted cheese and caramelized onions layered on a crusty hoagie roll. Both sandwiches are served with french fries.
"Let's Give" Cubs Charities Events:
On June 1, in partnership with Autism Speaks, the Cubs are offering Terrace Reserved Outfield tickets in support of MLB's Autism Awareness Initiative. A portion of every ticket sold will support Autism Speaks' mission of improving the lives of those impacted by autism. Fans can visit www.cubs.com/tickets and purchase Autism Awareness tickets under the "Game Highlights" tab to participate. Tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis, while supplies last.
The following day, the Anthony Rizzo Family Foundation will host its sold out, fourth annual Cook-Off for Cancer, which will feature tasting portions prepared by notable Chicago chefs and served by Cubs players at Morgan Manufacturing. Guests will vote for their favorite chefs and dishes by tipping their Cubs server. Tips and event net proceeds will benefit pediatric cancer research as well as provide support to children and their families battling the disease. For more information, visit www.cubs.com/cook.
Manager Joe Maddon continues his support of Chicago nonprofit organizations through his "Respect Community" charity 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. On Friday, May 27, Maddon will represent the Military Youth Discovery Program through USO of Illinois. A grant from Cubs Charities allows the USO of Illinois to provide children of military personnel with year-round educational, recreational and cultural events and programs through the Discovery Kids program. The program is specifically designed to the lift the spirits of military kids who face special challenges with frequent moves and missing parents who are training or deployed.
Homestand Recap, May 27-June 5:
Friday, May 27, Chicago Cubs vs. Philadelphia Phillies, 1:20 p.m.
- Promotion: Bud Fridays '90s Visor, up to the first 5,000 Budweiser Bleacher guests age 21-and-older
- First pitches: Actor Dave Franco and Chicago native WWE Superstar Summer Rae
- National anthem: Wayne Messmer
- Broadcast: CSN, 670 The Score, Cubs.com