Chicago Cubs fans need to make the best of this year’s Cubs Convention

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This weekend Chicago Cubs fans from all over will come together for three days full of activities involving their favorite players in downtown Chicago.

We are officially halfway through the first month of the year which means it’s time for another Cubs Convention weekend. Names from the past and current roster will be in attendance, embracing the atmosphere set by our adoring fans.

Cubs Con also means that we’re inching closer to players reporting to Mesa, Arizona with spring training right around the corner. Obviously, the offseason has not been kind to this organization, leaving fans frustrated to the max.

At the same time, Kris Bryant has been dealing with a grievance case while having his name circulate within the rumor mill. Until there’s some clear direction on that front, it seems as if the former NL MVP will be staying put.

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The chances of Bryant having to answer questions related to these two topics should be expected given the event. Still, it should not stop him from enjoying himself like the rest of his teammates and it shouldn’t stop fans from enjoying the festivities as well.

Yes, there will be a mob or two searching high and low for the Ricketts family, who do not have a Q&A panel at this year’s convention for the second year in a row. Are we really that surprised at this decision after the lack of offseason moves?

The biggest of the few is a trade involving Tony Kemp who was traded to the Oakland Athletics for infield prospect Alfonso Rivas. A rather decent trade considering who they dished out in order to make this trade happen in the first place.

No, Nolan Arenado, Nicholas Castellanos, Max Scherzer, or any other big-name transaction won’t be walking out on stage wearing Cubs colors. However, we’ll still get to see Anthony Rizzo, Willson Contreras, Javier Baez, Kyle Schwarber, David Bote, Jason Heyward, Jon Lester, Kyle Hendricks and new manager David Ross.

Ross, along with Baez and Contreras, will likely receive the most attention after taking over for Joe Maddon who left for the Los Angeles Angels. Speaking of Joe, hopefully, there will be some sort of tribute to him and what he had done for this club over the years.

As you all know, a video package highlighting the previous campaign is shown after the current roster, staff, and faces from the past are introduced to the fan base courtesy of Pat Hughes.

Granted the Cubs missed out on the postseason for the first time in five years, expect some excitement following the end of whatever hype video is shared. Personally, those video packages always get me excited for the upcoming campaign.

So, whether you’re packed in with the thousands of other fans in attendance or watching through videos posted by others who also may be the media; just make the best of the experience.

No matter how bad things may get, those who represent this team will continue to show up and play their hearts out. Unless you’re Milton Bradley.

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With that said, Opening Ceremonies will begin at 6 PM central time Friday night. Feel free to tag us in any Cubs Con photos on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter.

Embrace change, Cubs fans.