Earlier this week, the Chicago Cubs announced more information about festivities surrounding the first two games at Wrigley Field.
Gold jerseys, championship banners and a much-anticipated a ring ceremony have already been announced for the Chicago Cubs’ first couple games of the year. The team added to that list of festivities before Sunday’s season opener in St. Louis.
The Cubs announced that prior to the banner raising ceremony, Juliana Zobrist, wife of Cubs second baseman Ben Zobrist, will sing “God Bless America”. Wayne Messmer will follow, singing the National Anthem for the 33rd year in a row.
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Players will then raise the championship banners while members of the Ricketts family throw out ceremonial first pitches. Several notable Cubs alumni will likely join the current players, as well.
But the fun doesn’t stop there. The Cubs had already announced the ring ceremony on April 12. In addition to the rings, the Cubs announced that former catcher and special assistant to Theo Epstein, David Ross will throw out the first pitch and sing the stretch at Wednesday’s game.
This almost assures that despite his recent commitments to Dancing With the Stars, Ross will be presented his World Series ring with the other players during the on-field ceremony. The Cubs have yet to name the anthem singer for that game.
Chicago will also be wearing gold trimmed jersey’s and caps for both games. Sounds like a very fun first couple games at Wrigley.
Rest of the Homestand
The Cubs went a step further announcing seventh inning stretch conductors and first pitches for the rest of the homestand. Jeff Garlin singing the stretch on April 13 while new Bears quarterback Mike Glennon gets the honor of both the stretch and first pitch on April 14.
TV star Mila Kunis will throw the first pitch on April 15 and former Cubs outfielder and currentCSN Chicago analyst David DeJesus will get double honors on April 19.
It will be a fun and exciting homestand for the Cubs, who will also unveil the new “Park at Wrigley” as well as the latest renovations to the 103 year old ballpark.