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Cubs to host Pirates and Braves, August 28-September 3

The Chicago Cubs will kick off another seven-game homestand next week as they take on the Pittsburgh Pirates August 28-30 and Atlanta Braves August 31-September 3.

Cubs Charities will join Major League Baseball in the fight against pediatric cancer Friday, September 1, by "going gold" for Childhood Cancer Awareness Day at Wrigley Field. Cubs players and coaches will wear gold ribbon decals and wristbands, as well as participate in a special pregame activity alongside pediatric cancer patients and their families.

The Chicago Cubs will kick off another seven-game homestand next week as they take on the Pittsburgh Pirates August 28-30 and Atlanta Braves August 31-September 3.

Cubs Charities will join Major League Baseball in the fight against pediatric cancer Friday, September 1, by "going gold" for Childhood Cancer Awareness Day at Wrigley Field. Cubs players and coaches will wear gold ribbon decals and wristbands, as well as participate in a special pregame activity alongside pediatric cancer patients and their families.

This homestand will mark the final opportunity for fans visiting Wrigley Field to secure their chance to win a prestigious player-grade 2016 World Series Ring, donated by Jostens, as part of the Cubs Charities World Series Ring Raffle. Tickets are available for $10 each on gamedays near Fan Services in the Budweiser Bleachers and by the Audi Club near Gate D. Fans also can visit the Cubs Store locations on Michigan Avenue and the Park at Wrigley to purchase tickets on gamedays or non-gamedays. The 2016 World Series Ring offered through this raffle is the only player-grade version available for fans to own, and will be customized with the winner's last name. The Cubs Charities World Series Ring Raffle will close Monday, September 4, at 10 a.m. CDT, with the winning number announced Tuesday, September 5. For the full list of Cubs Charities World Series Ring Raffle rules and an online purchase option (for Chicago residents only in accordance with state and local law), visit www.cubs.com/ringraffle.

Tickets for this homestand are available at www.cubs.com or 800-THE-CUBS (800-843-2827). Highlights of the homestand follow.

Guests and Entertainment:

On Monday, August 28, organist Gary Pressy will lead the stretch in honor of his 2,500th consecutive game at Wrigley Field.

University of Illinois at Chicago Athletic Director Garrett Klassy will throw a first pitch Tuesday, August 29.

On Wednesday, August 30, award-winning actress and Illinois native Laurie Metcalf will throw a first pitch and lead the stretch.

On Thursday, August 31, Chicago Red Stars and U.S. Women's National Team soccer player Christen Press will throw a first pitch.

Chicago native and host of TLC's "Overhaulin'" Chris Jacobs will throw a pitch and lead the stretch Friday, September 1.

On Saturday, September 2, award-winning chef, restaurateur and television personality Graham Elliot will throw a first pitch. Actor, musician and Chicago native Gary Sinise will lead the stretch.

On Sunday, September 3, Notre Dame men's basketball coach Mike Brey will throw a first pitch and lead the stretch.

Promotional Items:

On Thursday, August 31, up to 10,000 early arriving fans will receive an Anthony Rizzo Emoji Cap presented by Buona Beef.

Up to 5,000 early arriving Budweiser Bleacher fans age 21-and-older will receive a Cubs Printed Bill Cap presented by Budweiser Friday, September 1.

On Saturday, September 2, up to 10,000 early arriving fans will receive a Cubs Athletic Shirt presented by Xfinity.

Food and Beverage Offerings:

The Chef Series at Wrigley Field presented by Maker's Mark continues this homestand with award-winning chef, restaurateur, television personality and cookbook author Graham Elliott. Elliott will continue to serve his following takes on classic American cuisine August 28-September 3 at the Sheffield Counter (formerly Decade Diner) near Gate D:

·         Maker's Mark Barbecued Colossal Dog: Featuring smoked cheddar, fried onions, peppercorn ranch

·         Spicy Fried Chicken Sandwich: Served on a buttermilk biscuit with Cajun slaw, hot sauce mayo

·         Grahamwich Grilled Cheese: Made with crispy bacon, tomato marmalade, Butterkase cheese

·         Grilled Mexican Street Corn: Made with chili powder, Cotija cheese, lime crema

·         Lolla Lobster Corndog: Lobster sausage with lemon aioli, smoked paprika, fresh herbs

Hot Doug's continues its rotating selections from Platform 14, located behind the center field scoreboard in the Budweiser Bleachers. Served this homestand are the Phoenician, a ribeye steak sausage with horseradish cream and blue cheese; the Les Lancaster, a beef and pork Thüringer sausage with Goose Island beer mustard, caramelized onions and cheddar cheese; and the Keith Moreland, a spicy Vienna Polish sausage with chipotle Dijonnaise, pickled jalapeños and pepper jack cheese.

For more information on the Wrigley Field Chef Series or other concession items in the ballpark, fans can visit www.cubs.com/food.

Cubs Charities and Community Events:

On Monday, August 28, Cubs Charities will host athletes from the Colombian Baseball Exchange (CBE) who will tour Wrigley Field and attend the game that evening. While in Chicago, the CBE will participate in a full schedule of events including a game at Kerry Wood Cubs Field against a Cubs Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) team.

On Wednesday, August 30, Cubs Charities and the Baseball Tomorrow Fund will present Ford Heights Youth Baseball with $5,000 during a pregame check presentation to support league equipment. Each year, the Cubs team up with the Baseball Tomorrow Fund to organize equipment collection drives. This year the Cubs collected baseball and softball equipment from the front office to benefit Ford Heights.

Cubs Charities will again join Major League Baseball in the fight against pediatric cancer Friday, September 1, by "going gold" for Childhood Cancer Awareness Day at Wrigley Field. Cubs players and coaches will wear gold ribbon decals and wristbands, as well as participate in a special pregame activity alongside pediatric cancer patients and their families. Cubs Charities 50/50 raffle proceeds will go to Cubs players' foundations. Continuing his "Respect Community" t-shirt initiative, Cubs manager Joe Maddon will represent the Major League Baseball initiative to support the fight against pediatric cancer during his postgame press conference.

Homestand Recap, August 28-September 3:

Monday, August 28, Chicago Cubs vs. Pittsburgh Pirates, 7:05 p.m.

·         7th inning stretch: Wrigley Field organist Gary Pressy

·         Broadcast: WGN, 670 The Score, Cubs.com

 

Tuesday, August 29, Chicago Cubs vs. Pittsburgh Pirates, 7:05 p.m.

·         First pitch: University of Illinois at Chicago Athletic Director Garrett Klassy

·         Broadcast: CSN Chicago+, 670 The Score, NBC Sports App, CSNChicago.com, Cubs.com

 

Wednesday, August 30, Chicago Cubs vs. Pittsburgh Pirates, 7:05 p.m.

·         First pitch and 7th inning stretch: Emmy and Tony Award winning actress and Illinois native Laurie Metcalf

·         Community Night presented by PEAK Antifreeze: Back to School Night, Commemorative Fidget Spinner

·         Broadcast: CSN Chicago, 670 The Score, NBC Sports App, CSNChicago.com, Cubs.com

 

Thursday, August 31, Chicago Cubs vs. Atlanta Braves, 7:05 p.m.

·         Promotion: Anthony Rizzo Emoji Cap presented by Buona Beef, up to 10,000 early arriving fans

·         First pitch and 7th inning stretch: Chicago Red Stars and U.S. Women's National Team player Christen Press

·         Broadcast: CSN Chicago, 670 The Score, NBC Sports App, CSNChicago.com, Cubs.com

 

Friday, September 1, Chicago Cubs vs. Atlanta Braves, 1:20 p.m.

·         Promotion: Cubs Printed Bill Cap presented by Budweiser, up to 5,000 early arriving Budweiser Bleacher fans age 21-and-older

·         First pitch and 7th inning stretch: TV host and Chicago native Chris Jacobs

·         Broadcast: WGN, 670 The Score, Cubs.com

 

Saturday, September 2, Chicago Cubs vs. Atlanta Braves, 1:20 p.m.

·         Promotion: Cubs Athletic Shirt presented by Xfinity, up to 10,000 early arriving fans

·         First pitch: Award-winning chef, restaurateur and television personality Graham Elliot

·         7th inning stretch: Actor, musician and Chicago native Gary Sinise

·         Broadcast: CSN Chicago, 670 The Score, NBC Sports App, CSNChicago.com, Cubs.com

 

Sunday, September 3, Chicago Cubs vs. Atlanta Braves, 1:20 p.m.

·         Broadcast: CSN Chicago, 670 The Score, NBC Sports App, CSNChicago.com, Cubs.com

·         First pitch: Notre Dame men's basketball coach Mike Brey

·         Postgame: Kids Run the Bases, up to first 1,000 fans 13-and-younger, weather permitting

 

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