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Wrigley Weekly Wrap-up

Welcome to the first installment of the Wrigley Weekly Wrap-up. Cubs baseball is almost here and it’s going to be a great year on the Northside, but I’ll get into some off-season news right now.


Former Cubs infielder Starlin Castro thanked the Cubs organization and the fans last week in a sentimental essay. Castro wrote a column for The Players’ Tribune, a website that produces athlete-generated stories, to show his appreciation for a city and team that welcomed him with open arms. He titled the piece, “Thank You, Chicago” and detailed his rise to the big leagues and eventual stardom with Chicago.

“The Cubs fans were always so good to me, and I will never be able to thank them enough,” Castro wrote. He also thanked the Cubs organization for giving him a professional opportunity, that Castro turned into three All-Star appearances as a member of the Cubs. Castro was called up to the majors in 2010 and hit a home run in his first game as a Chicago Cub. “To the Cubs organization: I’d like to thank you — for everything,” Castro wrote. “You gave me an opportunity, you believed in me and you were always honest with me. You didn’t just help me grow as a player; you helped me become an adult.”

We all know the Cubs traded Castro to the New York Yankees last month in return for pitcher Adam Warren. GettyImages-1512213391Castro spent five seasons in Chicago and at one time was one of the best young short stops in the game. He switched to second base in 2015 as rookie Addison Russell took over that position, but he embraced the change and never let it get to him. The Cubs dealt Castro the same day they signed Ben Zobrist. Castro ended the piece with a touching tribute to Chicago and also added a prediction, I would say. “I’ll always hold Chicago close to my heart. And hey — maybe I’ll still visit sometime,” he wrote, adding, “How’s October?”

Wrigley Field is currently going under renovations and there is a plaza currently being built on the west side of the ball park. The Wrigley Field Plaza will be an outdoor fan area and Wrigleyville’s alderman, Cubs officials, and local residents are working out the details on how it should operate. Live music and chi-ct-wrigley-field-renovations35-ct0033312248-20160105other activities could take place at the plaza until 9 p.m. on weeknights and 10 p.m. on weekends as a part of a proposal alderman Tom Tunney will introduce to set rules. Beer and wine could be sold during those same hours in the plaza under an ordinance that Tunney plans to bring forward at the City Council meeting. Alcohol sales would stop during games, concerts, and other events taking place in Wrigley Field and would not be able to resume until an hour after the events end. The plaza plan has been controversial since the Ricketts family introduced the idea as part of a huge Wrigley renovation, which also includes new digital video boards, new clubhouses, and other changes.


This week will be a big week for the Chicago Cubs, they will be hosting the 31st Annual Cubs Convention January 15th-17th and it is completely sold out. This past Friday, they announced the featured guest list for this year’s convention. The list of names is complete with current players, Hall of Famers, and the biggest names in the Cubs organization. This event has always been big for the Chicago Cubs even at their lowest moments, but now as the team prepares for a season where they are among World Series favorites, the excitement is even bigger. Current players like Rookie of the Year Kris Bryant and Cy Young winner Jake Arrieta will be in attendance, along with new Cubs John Lackey and Jason Heyward. Cubs legends Fergie Jenkins and Ryne Sandberg will be there, as well.

Also big congratulations to Kris Bryant on his recent engagement to his longtime girlfriend and to Addison Russell on tying the knot!


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