View From The Bleachers

December 29, 2010

Chet’s Corner: Tickets Are Still Available!

Filed under: Featured,General — Chet West @ 5:00 am

What do you get when you cross Cubbie Kool Aide, Cubbie Cute, and most of Northwest Indiana and Southern Wisconsin?

You give up?……………………

The annual Cubs Convention!!!!!

Most MLB teams have some sort of off-season dork-fest kicking off the new year. This is how you do it Cubs style!!!!

By the way, if you have not heard (and from the looks of ticket sales you have not),  the Convention runs January 14th-16th.

I had the pleasure of joining this crowd in 2008 and got a first hand look at the madness.

The recipe? Pack thousands of rabid jersey wearing,  autograph book toting Cub fans into the Hilton Towers and give them access to all sorts of Cub schwag.  I left the event with the following junk in my bag…..

– About six schedules for the upcoming season

– A baseball signed by Fergie Jenkins (obtained in person for a $20 fee)

– A set of Cubs coasters with pictures of Kerry Wood, Mark Prior, and  Harry Carey emblazoned on them (Classy, I know!)

– A Ryne Sandberg Rookie Card

– A Cubs drink Koozy

– A cubs floating key chain in case i ever get into boating

– and too many other weird and useless items my wife made me throw out!

The best part was standing in line for autographs.  There was a point when I found myself standing in line for Kerry Wood  (it was for a friend as I already have one) and I couldn’t figure out what part of the hotel I was in as the line was so long.  I asked people if Christ had taken his place and was at the end of this madness putting his John Hancock on the sweet spot of a Rawlings. Nope, just Kerry Wood.

Well, at any rate,  it looks like the ole convention might be a weather bell for the upcoming season.  For the first time in a very long time the thing isn’t sold out within weeks of it’s announcement.  Does this mean Cubs fans are finally fighting back? Are we finally sick of the mediocre product?

What does this say for ticket sales next season?

I know one thing for sure, we may be hearing the cries of Len Kasper and Bob Brenly during our telecast next year urging people to “head on down to Wrigley Field as good tickets are still available for all games”.

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Chet West is an IT professional living in Minneapolis, MN with his wife and two daughters. He has a pug named Banks and loves photography. Follow him on Twitter @chetwest19

  • Buddy

    Second prize was two sets of Cubs coasters.

  • Chet West

    They are awful looking, I think I was half drunk when I bought them…….

  • Doc Raker

    Dork-fest, outstanding!

  • walterj

    i have never been to the convention , but every year i think about going until this year . i just don’t have the urge to drive 12 hours to see a team who is going to battle the astros and pirates for 4th place . when ryno was in the running for manager i thought this would be the year i go reguardless , but my mind was changed by hendry .

  • MJ

    I wish Hendry had the power to change my mind. Dear Jim, do I want the Black Forest Ham and Turkey or the Meatball Sub?

  • Jim Hendry

    Would you be willing to sign a 1 year $10M roast beef sub contract? I don’t understand the value of money.

  • Chet

    I have been offered a chunk of more season ticket packages entering this season then I have in all the years combined. People think I am a big enough fan and it will be slam dunk to sell me 1/3 of their package or whatever. When I say not interested they look at me like I am crazy…..the brokers are going to take a big hit if this team gets out to a slow start.

  • Buddy

    I still plan to go as many times as possible. You can’t beat a day at Wrigley, even if the Cubs are struggling.

  • Ace

    What, you’re not dying to meet THE Koyie Hill?

  • Mr. David M. Beyer

    If they sold Cubbie Kool-Aid at the convention, would you be offended or totally into it?

  • Chet

    I might drink it

  • Dr van Nostrand

    I’m saving my money for a convention of people who have fared better than the Cubs. Is there a “Kids From Poltergeist” convention?

  • Buddy

    Spiked Cubbie Kool-Aid maybe.

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