Who better to kick off the Chicago Cubs' 2000s themed homestand on Labor Day than the Little League World Series U.S. champion Jackie Robinson West All-Stars! These young ballplayers who captured the nation's hearts during the 2014 Little League World Series will be on hand at Wrigley Field to meet the Cubs during batting practice, throw the ceremonial first pitch and lead the 7th inning stretch from the field.
The Cubs enter a six-game homestand versus division rivals Milwaukee Brewers and Pittsburgh Pirates next week, spurred on by the biggest names in baseball - they just happen to be 12-14 years old.
Key moments and people from the 2000s will be honored with decade-themed promotional giveaways, specialty food and beverage offerings and entertainment:
Friday, Sept. 5: Hall of Famer Greg Maddux 3000th strikeout bobblehead (first 10,000 fans)
Sunday, Sept. 7: Clark Build-a-Bear Doll (first 5,000 kids 13 and under)
Monday, Sept. 1: Salute to Armed Forces day, commemorative Cubs military coin given to fans.
Wednesday, Sept. 3: Oktoberfest in the Budweiser Bleachers, each special event ticket can be redeemed post-game for a special edition Chicago Cubs Oktoberfest boot shaped glass mug
On Sunday, Sept. 7, the Cubs will wear a modern uniform from 2008, celebrating the team's National League Central Division win with an N.L.-best 97-64 record.
Among these promotions, the Cubs will have a host of special guests and performers at the ballpark, including a first pitch by actor Chris Pratt (Sept. 3) and a first pitch and 7th inning stretch sung by actor/comedian Jon Lovitz.
You won't want to miss any of the Wrigley Field 100th Birthday Celebration festivities next week, so head out to the Friendly Confines for some baseball. Purchase tickets here and learn more about some other historic moments from the 2000s at www.wrigleyfield.com.
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