The 26th annual Cubs Convention will feature more than 20 sessions and activities during the three-day event January 14-16, 2011 at the Hilton Chicago. Opening Ceremonies are scheduled to begin Friday, January 14 at 5 p.m. in the Hilton Chicago's Grand Ballroom.
In total, more than 50 current and former members of the Cubs, coaches and prospects are scheduled to interact with Cubs fans through sessions, activities, autograph signings and photo opportunities at the 2011 Cubs Convention.
A limited number of individual convention passes remain available for purchase by visiting cubs.com or by calling 1-800-THE-CUBS. Rooms at a Cubs Convention rate are available at the Hilton Chicago by calling 312-922-4400. Discounted passes will be available for purchase for fans who book a hotel room under this special rate. A limit of four passes per room applies at the discounted price of $20 per pass, while passes last.
After Opening Ceremonies, fans on Friday will have the opportunity to play Cubs Bingo, go on an autograph treasure hunt and sit in on WGN Radio's live two-hour broadcast featuring Cubs executives, uniformed personnel, prospects and broadcasters.
Saturday's slate kicks off with The Ricketts Family Forum at 9 a.m. in the Grand Ballroom. For the second year in a row, Cubs fans will have the opportunity to interact with Cubs ownership and hear the organization's plans for the future. Cubs Business Management will interact with fans at 1:30 p.m. in the Grand Ballroom.
Additional Saturday sessions include:
-- "Meet Cubs Baseball Management," featuring General Manager Jim Hendry, Assistant General Manager Randy Bush, Manager Mike Quade and Assistant to the General Manager Greg Maddux, takes place at 10 a.m. in the Continental Ballroom.
-- "Pitching Evolution," featuring Kerry Wood, Randy Wells, Sean Marshall, Jeff Samardzija, Andrew Cashner and Pitching Coach Mark Riggins, at 10:30 a.m. in the Grand Ballroom. The group will explain the art of being a starting pitcher, set-up man and closer, the differences between the roles and the pressures and rewards that come with each.
-- "The Q Factor," featuring Manager Mike Quade and coaches Rudy Jaramillo, Lester Strode, Ivan DeJesus, Bob Dernier, Mark Riggins and Dave Keller at 12 p.m. in the Grand Ballroom. Quade and his staff will discuss their techniques and philosophies heading into the 2011 season.
-- "Remembering Ronnie," featuring Ernie Banks, Billy Williams, Fergie Jenkins, Glenn Beckert, Randy Hundley, Milt Pappas and Jose Cardenal, at 3 p.m. in the Grand Ballroom. Ron Santo's teammates will gather, share some of their favorite stories and fondly remember their teammate and friend.
-- "The Dominican Way of Life," featuring Aramis Ramirez, Starlin Castro, Carlos Peña and Vice President of Player Personnel Oneri Fleita, at 3:30 p.m. in the Boulevard Room. The group will talk about their transition from the Dominican Republic to the United States and Fleita will discuss how the organization scouts, develops and transitions international players to the United States.
On Sunday, a pair of sessions will be devoted to the youth and future of the Chicago Cubs. At 9:15 a.m. in the Continental Ballroom, four Cubs who are 25-years-old - Tyler Colvin, James Russell, Darwin Barney and Scott Maine - will discuss their transition to the big leagues. At 10:45 a.m. in the Continental Ballroom, Oneri Fleita and Scouting Director Tim Wilken will lead a session entitled "Down on the Farm".
Proceeds from the Convention benefit Chicago Cubs Charities. The Cubs Convention has helped generate more than $4 million dollars for charity since its inception in 1986. These proceeds are given back to the Chicagoland community through contributions to schools, parks and non-profit organizations.