Cubs to pay tribute to 90s at Wrigley during Aug. 19-24 homestand

CHICAGO - The Chicago Cubs will host a six-game homestand vs. the San Francisco Giants and Baltimore Orioles August 19-24 while honoring the 1990s decade at Wrigley Field, which saw important moments like Kerry Wood's 20-strikeout game and the unveiling of Harry Caray's statue at the ballpark. The team's throwback uniform, promotional giveaways, specialty food and beverage offerings and entertainment will mirror the sights and sounds of the 1990s at Wrigley Field as part of the season-long celebration of the ballpark's 100th birthday.

 

The Cubs' promotional schedule includes four giveaway items, including a Cubs Floppy Hat presented by Pepsi and Jewel-Osco, Kerry Wood 20-Strikeout Bobblehead presented by Budweiser, Wrigley Field Tote Bag presented by Starwood Preferred Guest and '90s Throwback Gracie the Swan Beanie Baby®. The team will host two Special Events, which offer fans a chance to attend a game with others who share the same interests along with an exclusive promotional item and fan experience. This homestand, the Cubs will host the team's first ever Star Wars Night Wednesday, August 20, and an annual Social Media Night Thursday, August 21.

 

To help Wrigley Field continue its season-long centennial celebration, American rock band O.A.R. will perform an Extra Innings Show as part of a free music event presented by Budweiser. The event will take place Saturday, August 23, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. in the Red and Purple Lots on the west side of Wrigley Field. O.A.R. will take the stage for a 90-minute postgame set immediately following the conclusion of the Cubs' afternoon game against the Orioles, while other live entertainment will be available throughout the day. Vienna Beef hot dogs, snacks and Anheuser-Busch products, as well as O.A.R. merchandise, will be available for purchase during the event.

 

Special Event tickets for Star Wars Night and Social Media Night may be purchased at www.cubs.com/specialevents. General tickets for the Giants and Orioles series remain available at www.cubs.com or 800-THE-CUBS (800-843-2827). Highlights of the upcoming homestand include:

 

Throwback Uniforms:

On Sunday, August 24, the Cubs will wear a popular throwback alternate uniform from 1994 with "Cubs" written in red script across the front of the jersey. The visiting Baltimore Orioles will wear a throwback road uniform from 1994 as well.

 

Promotional Giveaways:

Fans coming to the ballpark will have the chance to collect promotional items throughout the homestand, beginning with a Cubs Floppy Hat presented by Pepsi and Jewel-Osco for the first 10,000 fans Tuesday, August 19. On Friday, August 22, the first 10,000 adults 21-and-over will receive a Kerry Wood 20-strikeout Bobblehead presented by Budweiser. On Saturday, August 23, the first 10,000 fans will receive a Wrigley Field Tote Bag presented by Starwood Preferred Guest. The first 5,000 children 13-and-under will receive a '90s Throwback Gracie the Swan Beanie Baby® Sunday, August 24.

 

Special Events:

The Cubs will host Star Wars Night Wednesday, August 20, where fans can enjoy a night of baseball and intergalactic fun in the Budweiser Bleachers, Terrace Reserved Outfield or Upper Deck Box Outfield. Every ticket holder for this special event will receive an exclusive Jedi Rizzo bobblehead, with a portion of proceeds going to the Anthony Rizzo Family Foundation.

 

On Thursday, August 21, Social Media Night attendees will receive an exclusive #WrigleyField100 shirt and access to an interactive pregame filming of Comcast SportsNet's Sports Talk Live at Wrigley Field's Captain Morgan Club. One attendee will be selected to throw a first pitch before the night's game (must be present for the drawing). Other exciting prizes, such as game-used and autographed memorabilia, merchandise and gift cards, will be available throughout the evening.

 

Additionally, during the night's game, the team will rely exclusively on fan-generated images from selected Social Media Night attendees to populate the club's social media channels, including photos and videos of the evening's first ceremonial pitches, the 7th inning stretch from the broadcast booth and other in-game content. Beginning August 21 and continuing throughout the season, fans can submit images to a dedicated social@cubs.com email account or by using the #CubsSocial hashtag for publishing consideration on Cubs social media accounts. Fans submitting images via email can include their social media profiles in the note to receive a photo credit in the post.

 

Specialty Food Offerings:

Levy Restaurants continues its decade-inspired menu at the Decade Diner, located inside Gate D near section 142. The 1990s homestand features Kraft beef tacos with rice and beans. The tacos are made with seasoned ground beef topped with shredded lettuce, tomatoes, shredded Kraft Cheese and sour cream. Fans can also try the Salmon Burger, which is a house made salmon burger on a toasted sesame bun served with avocado, candied red onion and herb aioli.

 

The Decade Dogs stand near section 123 is serving the 1990s Bagel Dog; a Vienna Beef hot dog wrapped in a warm bagel with deli mustard.

 

Adults 21-and-over can enjoy a Home Run Hop. This Dominican-inspired cocktail is made with island flavors including Captain Morgan Spiced Rum, Meyers Silver Rum, pineapple juice and coconut water.

 

Guests & Entertainment:

The upcoming homestand kicks off Tuesday, August 19, with members of the WNBA's Chicago Sky throwing ceremonial first pitches and longtime National Anthem singer Wayne Messmer singing the seventh inning stretch.

 

On Wednesday, August 20, Mark Duplass, actor from "The League" and "The Mindy Project," will throw a ceremonial first pitch. Former Blackhawk Chris Chelios will lead the night's seventh inning stretch.

 

Actor, producer and director Gary Sinise will lead the seventh inning stretch Friday, August 22.

 

On Saturday, August 23, Fighting Illini Basketball coach John Groce will throw a ceremonial first pitch and sing the

seventh inning stretch. Members of the band O.A.R. will throw a ceremonial first pitch as well.

 

Historic Moments:

Wrigley Field witnessed several noteworthy events in the 1990s, including Kerry Wood's 20-strikeout game, the unveiling of the Harry Caray statue and addition of Jack Brickhouse's "Hey, Hey" to the Wrigley Field foul poles.

 

On July 9, 1990, Ryne Sandberg won the Home Run Derby on a warm summer night at Wrigley Field. The next day, Wrigley Field hosted the All-Star Game for the third time as the American League defeated the National League, 2-0. That same year, after Greg Maddux had gone 13 starts without a win, manager Don Zimmer promised to swim across Lake Michigan if Maddux won his next game at Wrigley Field. Maddux delivered with a 4-2 victory over the Padres.

 

Though Zimmer showed up to the postgame news conference in a life jacket and sunglasses, he declined to make the 60-mile swim, claiming that he "swims like a rock."

 

On Opening Day in 1994, Karl "Tuffy" Rhodes hit home runs in three consecutive at-bats off the Mets' Doc Gooden to become just the second player in Major League history to hit three home runs on Opening Day. On April 7, 1994, Michael Jordan made his Chicago baseball debut, playing for the White Sox and going 2-for-4 with two RBI in the Windy City Classic. The exhibition game ended in a 4-4 tie after 10 innings.

 

In 1997, Juniper bushes were added to the center field batter's eye, replacing several rows of empty, deteriorating bleachers.

 

On May 6, 1998, in one of the most dominant pitching performances in Major League history, 20-year-old Kerry Wood struck out 20 batters to tie a record and beat the Astros, 2-0, in his fifth start. Wood allowed just one hit - an infield single. That year, Kerry Wood earned the National League Rookie of the Year Award. On June 5, 1998, the Cubs and White Sox played their first Interleague game at Wrigley Field. The Cubs won on a Brant Brown home run in extra innings and completed a sweep of the Sox two days later. On June 30, 1998, Sammy Sosa hit his 20th home run of June against the Arizona Diamondbacks, earning Player of the Month honors and setting a Major League record for home runs in a month. That same year, the memorable 1998 home run chase occurred between Sammy Sosa and Mark McGwire culminating with Sosa earning the National League Most Valuable Player Award. On September 28, 1998, the Cubs went head to head with the San Francisco Giants in a wild-card tie-breaker game. Steve Trachsel pitched a no-hitter into the seventh inning and the Cubs beat the Giants 5-3 to claim the National League Wild Card spot on a Gary Gaetti home run.

 

On April 12, 1999, the Cubs unveiled a statue of Harry Caray at the corner of Sheffield and Addison and added Jack Brickhouse's iconic "Hey, Hey" to the Wrigley Field foul poles. Finally, On September 25, 1999, the Cubs honored their All-Century team before a matchup against the Pirates. Twenty players and one manager were elected by fan balloting. That same year, Mark Grace went 2-for-4 in the final home game of 1999, finishing the decade as the Major League leader in hits (1,754) and doubles (364).

 

To learn more about these historic moments and others, visit www.wrigleyfield100.com.

 

1990s Homestand Recap, August 19-24:

Tuesday, August 19, Chicago Cubs vs. San Francisco Giants, 7:05 p.m.

  • Promotion: Cubs Floppy Hat presented by Pepsi and Jewel-Osco, first 10,000 fans
  • First pitch: Members of the WNBA Chicago Sky basketball team
  • 7th inning stretch: Wayne Messmer, longtime Cubs National Anthem singer
  • Broadcast: CSN-TV, WGN 720-AM Radio, WRTO 1200-AM Spanish Radio, Cubs.com

 

Wednesday, August 20, Chicago Cubs vs. San Francisco Giants, 7:05 p.m.

  • Special Event: Star Wars Night
  • First pitch: Mark Duplass, actor from "The League" and "The Mindy Project"
  • 7th inning stretch: Chris Chelios, former Blackhawks player
  • Broadcast: WCIU-TV, WGN 720-AM Radio, WRTO 1200-AM Spanish Radio, Cubs.com

 

Thursday, August 21, Chicago Cubs vs. San Francisco Giants, 7:05 p.m.

  • Special Event: Social Media Night
  • First pitch: Social Media Night winner
  • 7th inning stretch: TBD
  • Broadcast: CSN-TV, WGN 720-AM Radio, Cubs.com

 

Friday, August 22, Chicago Cubs vs. Baltimore Orioles, 1:20 p.m.

  • Promotion: Kerry Wood 20-Strikeout Bobblehead presented by Budweiser, first 10,000 adults 21+
  • 7th inning stretch: Gary Sinise, actor, producer and director
  • Broadcast: WGN-TV, WGN 720-AM Radio, Cubs.com

 

Saturday, August 23, Chicago Cubs vs. Baltimore Orioles, 1:20 p.m.

  • Promotion: Wrigley Field Tote Bag presented by Starwood Preferred Guest, first 10,000 fans
  • First pitch and 7th inning stretch: John Groce, Fighting Illini Basketball coach; Members of O.A.R.
  • Broadcast: CSN-TV, WGN 720-AM Radio, Cubs.com

 

Sunday, August 24, Chicago Cubs vs. Baltimore Orioles, 1:20 p.m.

  • Throwback uniforms: Retro 1994 alternate uniform
  • Promotion: '90s Throwback Gracie the Swan Beanie Baby®, first 5,000 children
  • First pitch: TBD
  • 7th inning stretch: TBD
  • Broadcast: WGN-TV, WGN 720-AM Radio, Cubs.com

 

For more information on Wrigley Field's 100th birthday celebration, please visit www.wrigleyfield100.com