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Labor Day visit by Jackie Robinson West All-Stars starts 2000s-themed homestand

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Chicago's Jackie Robinson West All-Stars, who claimed the U.S. Little League title and played in the Little League World Series against South Korea, will join the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field on Labor Day as the team kicks off a six-game homestand vs. division rivals Milwaukee Brewers and Pittsburgh Pirates. The Little League team that captured the country's hearts this month will meet the Cubs during batting practice, be recognized on-field before Monday's game, throw a ceremonial first pitch and lead the 7th inning stretch from the field.

The upcoming homestand will honor key moments and people from the 2000s with decade-themed promotional giveaways, specialty food and beverage offerings and entertainment as part of the season-long celebration of the ballpark's 100th birthday. Fans may collect two 2000s-themed promotional items thanks to presenting partner Bank of America. On Friday, Sept. 5, Hall of Famer Greg Maddux will be recognized with a 3000th Strikeout Bobblehead for the first 10,000 fans. On Sunday, Sept. 7, the first 5,000 kids 13-and-under will receive a Clark Build-a-Bear® Doll and the first 1,000 kids can run the bases post-game.

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. Salute to Armed Forces Day is Monday, Sept. 1, while Oktoberfest Celebration is Wednesday, Sept. 3. A Special Event ticket is required to participate in each event.

Fans coming to the ballpark Monday through Wednesday also can take home a Hall of Famer's autograph for a charitable cause. Fergie Jenkins will sign autographs from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Cubs Store across from Wrigley Field Monday, Sept. 1, and inside Clark's Clubhouse Tuesday and Wednesday, Sept. 2-3, from 6 p.m. until the 6th inning to raise money for the Ron and Vicki Santo Diabetic Alert Dog Foundation. Vicki Santo and Logan Burke, who was the first recipient of an alert dog from the foundation, will throw a ceremonial first pitch Sept. 3.

Special Event tickets for Salute to Armed Forces Day and Oktoberfest may be purchased atwww.cubs.com/specialevents. General tickets for the Brewers and Pirates series remain available at www.cubs.com or 800-THE-CUBS (800-843-2827). Highlights of the upcoming homestand include:

Throwback Uniforms:

On Sunday, Sept. 7, the Cubs will wear a modern uniform from 2008, when the team won the National League Central Division with an N.L.-best 97-64 record.

Promotional Giveaways:

The 2000s-themed homestand marks the final decade of this season's Wrigley Field 100 Bobblehead Fridays and Retro Toy Sundays. On Friday, Sept. 5, Hall of Famer Greg Maddux will be recognized with a 3000th Strikeout Bobblehead for the first 10,000 fans. On Sunday, Sept. 7, the first 5,000 kids 13-and-under will receive a Clark Build-a-Bear® Doll and the first 1,000 kids can run the bases post-game as part of the team's ongoing Kids Sundays. Both promotional items are presented by Bank of America. In addition to these promotions, Gatorade will offer free Gatorade Protein Bars to 5,000 fans following Tuesday's game.

Special Events:

The Cubs are proud to salute the men and women of the United States Armed Forces. As part of the Salute to Armed Forces Day ticket package for Monday, Sept. 1, fans will receive a commemorative Cubs military coin and can help honor veterans and members of the military in a special pregame ceremony.

Fans can grab their lederhosen and head to Wrigley Field to celebrate Oktoberfest in the Budweiser Bleachers Wednesday, Sept. 3. Each Special Event Budweiser Bleacher ticket can be redeemed post-game for a special-edition Chicago Cubs Oktoberfest Boot Shaped Glass Mug.

To receive each Special Event giveaway items, fans must purchase tickets through the dedicated www.cubs.com/specialevents page.

Specialty Food Offerings:

Levy Restaurants continues its decade-inspired menu at the Decade Diner, located inside Gate D near section 142. The 2000s homestand features a Kraft Grilled Flatbread with Spanish chorizo, peppers and shredded Kraft Cheese, as well as an Asian Pork Burger with house-made pork burger topped with Asian slaw and served on a toasted Hawaiian bun.

The Decade Dogs stand near section 123 is serving the most popular dog from the season's previous homestands, which was the 1950s TV Dinner Dog with a Vienna Beef hot dog, mashed potatoes, gravy and corn on a hot dog bun.

Adults 21-and-over can enjoy a 2000s Playoff Punch cocktail on the main concourse at section 109 and on the bleacher patio in left field. This Cosmopolitan-inspired punch is made with Smirnoff Orange Vodka, Monin Tiki Blend, cranberry and lime juice.

Guests & Entertainment:

The upcoming homestand kicks off on Labor Day this Monday, Sept. 1, with the U.S. Little League Champion Jackie Robinson West All-Stars joining the team for a special experience at Wrigley Field. After getting to meet the Cubs during batting practice, the boys will be introduced to fans as they walk the warning track pre-game. They'll then take a team photo on the field, followed by a ceremonial first pitch. The All-Stars will lead the 7th inning stretch from the field as well.

Joining the team on the field pre-game will be a number of veterans and military members, who will be recognized during a special ceremony as part of the team's Salute to Armed Forces Day.

On Tuesday, Sept. 2, Jimy Sohns, lead singer of Chicago-native rock band The Shadows of Knight, will lead the 7th inning stretch.

On Wednesday, Sept. 3, actor Chris Pratt from Parks and Recreation will join the team for a ceremonial first pitch. Vicki Santo and Logan Burke, a guest of her foundation, will throw a ceremonial first pitch as well. The Jesse White Tumblers will kick things off that day with a pregame performance.

On Friday, Sept. 5, cast members from the NightBlue Theatre show "Clemente: The Legend of 21" will lead the 7th inning stretch.

Actor and comedian Jon Lovitz will throw a first pitch and lead the stretch Saturday, Sept. 6.

Historic Moments:

The Chicago Cubs made three playoff appearances during the 2000s decade (2003, 2007-08) and recognized several of the team's most important alumni, including Hall of Famers Ernie Banks, Fergie Jenkins, Greg Maddux and Ron Santo.

On Sept. 27, 2003, the Cubs swept the Pirates in a doubleheader to clinch the N.L. Central. The team retired the No. 10 jersey in honor of Ron Santo the next day. In his speech, Santo said, "This is my Hall of Fame." He would later be elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame posthumously.

On July 26, 2005, Greg Maddux struck out Omar Vizquel for his 3,000th career strikeout. The No. 31 jersey number he shared with Fergie Jenkins was retired May 3, 2009, in their honor.

During Labor Day weekend in 2005, Jimmy Buffett turned the Friendly Confines into Margaritaville, selling out two shows inside the ballpark.

On March 31, 2008, the Cubs unveiled a statue of Hall of Fame infielder Ernie Banks at the corner of Clark and Addison Streets. That year, the Cubs returned to the postseason for the second straight year, clinching the division title by defeating the rival Cardinals 5-4 Sept. 20 in Chicago. Wrigley Field established an attendance record in 2008, as 3,300,200 fans attended 81 regular season home games.

On July 29, 2008, The "Road to Wrigley" featured the Cubs' Class-A Peoria Chiefs, managed by Hall of Famer Ryne Sandberg, vs. the Kane County Cougars. The game drew 32,103 fans.

On New Year's Day of 2009, for the first time in park history, professional hockey came to Wrigley Field as the Chicago Blackhawks hosted the Detroit Red Wings in the NHL Winter Classic.

On Oct. 28, 2009, the Ricketts family completed its purchase of the Chicago Cubs and Wrigley Field from the Tribune Company.

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

 

2000s Homestand Recap, September 1-7:

Monday, Sept. 1 (Labor Day), Chicago Cubs vs. Milwaukee Brewers, 1:20 p.m.

  • Special Event: Salute to Armed Forces Day
  • Pregame recognition, first pitch, 7th inning stretch: U.S. Little League Champion Jackie Robinson West All-Stars
  • Pregame ceremony: Salute to Armed Forces Day guests
  • Broadcast: WGN-TV, WGN 720-AM Radio, Cubs.com

Tuesday, Sept. 2, Chicago Cubs vs. Milwaukee Brewers, 7:05 p.m.

  • Promotion: Gatorade Protein Bars, postgame distribution to 5,000 fans
  • 7th inning stretch: Jimy Sohns, lead singer of Chicago-native rock band The Shadows of Knight
  • Broadcast: CSN-TV+, WGN 720-AM Radio, WRTO 1200-AM Spanish Radio, Cubs.com

Wednesday, Sept. 3, Chicago Cubs vs. Milwaukee Brewers, 7:05 p.m.

  • Special Event: Oktoberfest Celebration
  • Pregame performance: Jesse White Tumblers
  • First pitches: Actor Chris Pratt from Parks and Recreation; Vicki Santo and Logan Burke, guest of Ron and Vicki Santo Diabetic Alert Dog Foundation
  • 7th inning stretch: TBD
  • Broadcast: CSN-TV+, WGN 720-AM Radio, WRTO 1200-AM Spanish Radio, Cubs.com

Friday, Sept. 5, Chicago Cubs vs. Pittsburgh Pirates, 1:20 p.m.

  • Promotion: Greg Maddux 3000th Strikeout Bobblehead presented by Bank of America, first 10,000 fans
  • 7th inning stretch: Cast members from the NightBlue Theatre show "Clemente: The Legend of 21"
  • Broadcast: WGN-TV, WGN 720-AM Radio, Cubs.com

Saturday, Sept. 6, Chicago Cubs vs. Pittsburgh Pirates, 3:05 p.m.

  • First pitch and 7th inning stretch: John Lovitz, actor and comedian
  • Broadcast: CSN-TV, WGN 720-AM Radio, Cubs.com

Sunday, Sept. 7, Chicago Cubs vs. Pittsburgh Pirates, 1:20 p.m.

  • Throwback uniforms: 2008 Home Uniform
  • Promotion: 2000s Clark Build-a-Bear® presented by Bank of America, first 5,000 children
  • First pitch and 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.

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