Cubs Cancel Fan Convention Due To COVID-19 Concerns

Every baseball off-season provides optimism for fans looking forward to next year as hope for their respective teams springs eternal.

But for the second straight year, both the White Sox and Cubs have canceled their annual fan gatherings in January due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The Cubs made the announcement Saturday that they had again canceled their popular Cubs Convention, which offers fans the chance to speak with players and mingle with other fans just ahead of pitchers and catchers reporting for spring training.

The Cubs’ announcement came a day after the Sox canceled SoxFest for the second straight year, citing the uncertainty of holding an indoor event as positive COVID-19 cases continue around Chicago and Illinois. As of Friday, Chicago health officials announced a daily average of 343 new positive cases of COVID-19 per day, which was up from 297 new daily cases the week before.

Sox fans perhaps the most to look forward following a season when the team captured the American League Central Division championship for the first time since 2008. However, hopes for a lengthy postseason run were cut short when the Sox dropped the league division series in four games to the Houston Astros.

Scheduled to take place in mid-January at the Sheraton Grand Chicago. Like the Sox, the Cubs had hoped to go ahead with resuming the popular fan events after canceling last year due to COVID-19-related concerns.

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Although both fans had safety protocols in place this past season at their respective ballparks, Cubs officials said that bringing people together in an indoor setting while the pandemic is on-going made canceling the event the right thing to do with a team spokesman telling the Chicago Tribune that as Chicagoans begin to get their COVID-19 booster, the city isn’t yet “out of the woods” in regard to the pandemic.

“Winter months, an indoor environment, where you’re talking about 10,000 people or more in closed quarters where you can’t technically social distance,” Cubs spokesman Julian Green said Saturday, according to the Tribune. “It’s for safety reasons. It’s just a little more difficult to manage.”

Chicago Cubs name Carter Hawkins as new general manager

The Chicago Cubs named former Cleveland Indians assistant general manager as their new GM, the team announced Friday.

Carter Hawkins will be the club’s 16th general manager in the franchise history.

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Anthony Rizzo is a Free Agent

Will he come back to the Chicago Cubs?

If the wave of trade deadline speculation had become a reality, Anthony Rizzo would have started at first base Tuesday night for the Red Sox instead of the Yankees.

“That was definitely the hottest rumor,’’ Rizzo said before the AL wild card game at Fenway Park.

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Jess Bryant thanks Chicago

Jessica Bryant took to Instagram today to thank Chicago, and her and Kris’ time here in the city:

“Chicago, you were our beautiful home for almost 7 years! From being kids dating to marriage and a baby. Thank you for being a huge part of our lives”

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Cubs-Reds matchup for next Field of Dreams

Coming soon to a corn field near few:
Cubs vs. Reds, August 11, 2022.
#MLBatFieldofDreams

From MLB – It’s official. “The Field of Dreams Game is coming back in 2022, and this time the Cubs and Reds will get to emerge from the cornstalks.

Chicago and Cincinnati will square off in the second edition of MLB at Field of Dreams presented by Geico on Aug. 11, 2022, in Dyersville, Iowa, following the massive success of this month’s inaugural event. The Reds will serve as the home team as the National League Central rivals open their three-game series at the unique ballpark, followed by a Friday off-day before they resume the set over the weekend in Cincinnati.

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Cubs-Reds featured in planned Iowa sequel

The Chicago White Sox at 2021’s Field of Dreams game

Major league sources confirmed the Reds will be the Cubs’ opponent in next year’s Field of Dreams game in Dyersville, Iowa, one year after MLB staged the highly successful inaugural game that featured White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson’s walkoff homer into the corn to beat the Yankees.

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Saving Wrigley Field premiers Thursday, August 19

From The Chicago Cubs, a documentary around the massive rebuilding of Wrigley Field and the surrounding properties premiers this Thursday, August 19, 2021 on YouTube.

2022 Chicago Cubs Schedule

From The Chicago Cubs and MLB:

Major League Baseball and the Chicago Cubs today announced the tentative 2022 regular season schedule. The Cubs will open their 147th season at the Cincinnati Reds on Thursday, March 31, with the Wrigley Field opener taking place Monday, April 4, against the St. Louis Cardinals.

The Cubs will open their 147th season Thursday, March 31.
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Tom Ricketts issues letter to Chicago Cubs season ticket holders after ‘difficult’ moves at the trade deadline. Read it here.

He commended Anthony Rizzo, Kris Bryant and Javier Báez for the joy they brought to fans and as ambassadors to the franchise and city as well as their successes that included awards, franchise records and a World Series title.

From The Chicago Tribune, Chicago Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts issued his first extended comments since the organization dismantled its core at the trade deadline in an email to season ticket holders Monday morning.

Ricketts, who called this past week extremely hard on everyone, stated “while we believe the decisions we took were right for our organization, they were nonetheless difficult to make.” He commended Anthony Rizzo, Kris Bryant and Javier Báez for the joy they brought to fans and as ambassadors to the franchise and city as well as their successes that included awards, franchise records and a World Series title.

“Their individual and collective contributions to our organization cannot be overstated. They are forever etched in Cubs history and the hearts of our fans.”

Ricketts said the last few weeks made it clear the direction the franchise was heading, prompting decisions be made with a focus on the future and not the past.

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Wrigleyville Mills Fashion Outlet shops coming soon

In addition to the fire-sale of Baez, Bryant and Rizzo, everything must go at Wrigley Field to make room for the Wrigleyville Mills Fashion Outlets

After a Cubs firesale, everything must go at the Wrigleyville Mills Fashion Outlet coming soon

Its growth fueled by the trend toward shopping at home, Alabama-based Mills Outlet Group will open as soon as September an in-person outlet mall in the space formerly known as Chicago’s Wrigley Field.

The 2,000,000-square-foot outlet mall will occupy the former Wrigley Field Stadium after the 2021 destruction of the Chicago Cubs baseball team. Next to Dollar Tree, it will be the only brick-and-mortar retail space in the country for former Cubs jerseys that say Rizzo, Bryant and Baez.

Offering such items as jewelry, clothing, electronics, home goods, small kitchen appliances and games, the Wrigleyville Mills Fashion Outlet outlet is expected to benefit from the Lakeview community.

You can buy shirts

Although retailers such as Kmart and Toys R Us have fallen victim to the shop-at-home trend, the Mills Outlet Group believes there is room in the local retail environment for an outlet mall, and the one at the former Wrigley Field stadium will soon open.

“The trend nationally is away from brick-and-mortar stores,” The Mills Outlet Group mentioned Big Lots and TJ Maxx as examples of retailers that have continued to be successful in a marketplace now dominated by Amazon and other online retailers. said, “but there are still stores that are thriving.”

A rendering of the new Wrigleyville Mills Outlook Mall (but it won’t looks this nice)

The Mills Outlet Group mentioned Big Lots and TJ Maxx as examples of retailers that have continued to be successful in a marketplace now dominated by Amazon and other online retailers.

“We’re opening an outlet mall that will be more like the experience you would find at a traditional mall,” the Mills Outlet Group said. “It will be really cool like a Sears or Montgomery Ward Mall from the 1980’s.”

Many clocks will be able to tell you the time

The Mills Outlet Group expects the store will appeal to bargain hunters.

“We’ll be able to offer some deals that you might not be able to find online,” they said.

The the Mills Outlet Group said the mall’s location is another asset.

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