The Chicago Cubs kick off a seven-game homestand starting with the Pittsburgh Pirates August 29-31 and will welcome the San Francisco Giants to Wrigley Field for the first time this season September 1-4.
Six of the seven games this homestand include a promotional giveaway, including the continuation of Bud Fridays in the Budweiser Bleachers.
Ticket availability is limited. Fans can purchase tickets at www.cubs.com or 800-THE-CUBS (800-843-2827). Highlights of the homestand follow.
Up to the first 10,000 fans attending the game Monday, August 29, will receive a Cubs Lanyard presented by MasterCard.
On Tuesday, August 30, up to the first 10,000 fans age 21-and-older will receive Cubs Wine Cork Sunglasses presented by Barefoot Wine.
Up to the first 10,000 fans attending the game Wednesday, August 31, will receive Cubs Player Decals presented by CITGO.
On Thursday, September 1, up to the first 10,000 fans will receive a Rizzo Cap presented by Buona Beef.
Bud Fridays continue September 2 with up to the first 5,000 Budweiser Bleacher guests age 21-and-older receiving Bud Fridays Maddon Glasses.
Up to the first 10,000 fans attending the game Saturday, September 3, will receive a Cubs Tumbler presented by Pepsi.
On Sunday, September 4, up to the first 1,000 kids age 13-and-under can run the bases postgame, weather permitting.
Guests and Entertainment:
On Monday, August 29, The Jesse White Tumblers will perform an acrobatic routine pregame and Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White will throw a ceremonial first pitch. Broadway actor and Chicago native Anthony Rapp also will throw a first pitch and sing the national anthem.
Country music artist Jordan Rager will sing the national anthem Tuesday, August 30.
On Wednesday, August 31, Hall of Fame Cubs pitcher Fergie Jenkins will throw a first pitch and lead the 7th inning stretch.
U.S. Olympic volleyball star Kerri Walsh Jennings will throw a ceremonial first pitch Thursday, September 1.
On Friday, September 2, actor and comedian Jon Lovitz will throw a ceremonial first pitch and lead the 7th inning stretch.
Former Cubs pitcher and current ESPN baseball analyst Rick Sutcliffe will throw a first pitch and lead the 7th inning stretch Saturday, September 3.
Hot Doug's continues its rotating sausage selections at Platform 14 in the Budweiser Bleachers. The Gene Clines is a Vienna Beef spicy polish sausage with sweet and spicy mustard, caramelized onions and shredded cheddar cheese. The Turk Wendell is a gyro sausage with tzatziki, feta cheese and chopped tomatoes. The Bill Bonham is an atomic pork sausage topped with cherry marmalade and smoked Gouda cheese.
Wrigley Field's Decade Diner continues its rotating homestand specials as well. The Loaded Grilled Cheese with Smoked Bacon features a grilled cheese sandwich stuffed with mac and cheese and Applewood smoked bacon served with french fries. The Chicken Tacos includes three ancho braised chicken tacos served on corn tortillas with pickled red onions, Cotija cheese, fresh cilantro and charred jalapeño crema.
Budweiser Bleacher guests can enjoy Brunch at the Ballpark presented by Tito's Vodka Sunday, September 4. 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 a specialty Hot Doug's breakfast sausage. This homestand will feature the Joe Borowski, a bacon sausage topped with scrambled eggs, cheddar cheese and chopped bacon.
"Let's Give" Cubs Charities Events:
On Friday, September 2, Cubs manager Joe Maddon will continue his "Respect Community" postgame press conference charity T-shirt initiative by representing Children's Oncology Services in conjunction with Friday's "Let's Go Gold" for Childhood Cancer Awareness Day at the ballpark. Children's Oncology Services, Inc. provides empowering, supportive, educational and fun experiences for children who have been diagnosed with cancer. The organization offers 11 different programs throughout the year serving children and families who live in Illinois, Wisconsin and throughout the Midwest.
Cubs Charities will join Major League Baseball in the fight against pediatric cancer Friday, September 2, by going "gold" for Childhood Cancer Awareness Day at Wrigley Field. Cubs players and coaches will wear "Let's Go Gold" batting practice T-shirts, gold ribbon decals and wristbands, as well as participate in a special pregame activity alongside pediatric cancer patients and their families. Cubs Charities will donate a portion of game's 50/50 raffle proceeds to the Anthony Rizzo Family Foundation, Joe Maddon's Respect 90 Foundation and Jon Lester's NVRQT campaign, which support pediatric cancer research and programs. Bases used during the September 2 game will be adorned with custom base jewels featuring "Let's Go Gold" and a gold ribbon.
Hall of Fame Cubs pitcher Fergie Jenkins will be signing autographs for a $20 donation, benefiting the Ron & Vicki Santo Diabetic Alert Dog Foundation, inside the main concourse September 1-4 starting an hour before the game through the 7th inning. The mission of the foundation is to educate people about the availability and efficacy of diabetic alert dogs and to raise funds in order to assist approved clients in purchasing a diabetic alert dog.
Homestand Recap, August 29 through September 4:
Monday, August 29, Chicago Cubs vs. Pittsburgh Pirates, 7:05 p.m.
- Promotion: Cubs Lanyard presented by MasterCard, up to the first 10,000 fans
- Pregame: The Jesse White Tumblers
- First Pitch: Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White and Broadway actor and Chicago native Anthony Rapp
- National anthem: Anthony Rapp
- Broadcast: CSN, 670 The Score, Cubs.com
Tuesday, August 30, Chicago Cubs vs. Pittsburgh Pirates, 7:05 p.m.
- Promotion: Cubs Wine Cork Sunglasses presented by Barefoot Wine, up to the first 10,000 fans age 21-and-older
- National anthem: Country music artist Jordan Rager
- Broadcast: WGN, MLB Network, 670 The Score, Cubs.com