ST. LOUIS -- Cubs players will wear celebratory gold versions of their jerseys and caps, the championship banners will be raised, and David Ross will return to throw out a first pitch during the first two games of the team's initial homestand of 2017.When they host the Dodgers on Monday,
ST. LOUIS -- Cubs players will wear celebratory gold versions of their jerseys and caps, the championship banners will be raised, and David Ross will return to throw out a first pitch during the first two games of the team's initial homestand of 2017.
When they host the Dodgers on Monday, the Cubs will play their first game at Wrigley Field since winning the World Series championship. Singer Julianna Zobrist, wife of infielder Benjamin Zobrist, will sing "God Bless America," and Wayne Messmer will sing the national anthem prior to the game, the Ricketts family will throw out ceremonial first pitches, and the championship banners will be raised.
Hall of Famers Fergie Jenkins, Ryne Sandberg and Billy Williams will lead the seventh-inning stretch on Monday.
On April 12, Cubs players will receive their championship rings from 20 fans serving as the honorary ring bearers, and Ross will throw out the first pitch and lead the crowd in the stretch.
Bases and baseballs used during the first two Cubs home games will feature commemorative stamps and base jewels as well.
As for the World Series trophy, it will have a new home in a room at the new Park at Wrigley, which will open on Monday. The office and retail building is adjacent to Wrigley Field, and it is designed to provide a year-round gathering place for neighbors, Cubs fans and visitors.
The Trophy Room presented by Motorola will house the 2016 championship trophy throughout the '17 regular season. Fans can take pictures alongside it starting April 13, with hours subject to availability. Fans can visit the Trophy Room page at parkatwrigley.com for the latest scheduling updates.
Carrie Muskat has covered the Cubs since 1987, and for MLB.com since 2001. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings. You can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat and listen to her podcast.