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It was reported recently that Wrigley Field will be the site of the Major League Baseball All-Star game sometime in the very near future. Logic would point to them being the hosts in 2019, after the All-Star game has been on display in San Diego this season, Miami in 2017 and Washington D.C. two years down the road. However, no official announcement has been made as to the exact year the midsummer classic will be held up in Chicago.
The last time the Cubs hosted the All-Star game was back in 1990, with standout players such as Wade Boggs, Ken Griffey Jr. and Rickey Henderson, among many others, leading the American League to a 2-0 win over the National League. With such a long drought, it would seem only right that the Cubs receive another All-Star game.
Even so, as everyone around the baseball world knows, it’s not the 26-year All-Star game drought that the Cubs are famous for; it’s their 71-year World Series appearance drought (108 years since their last World Series title). But despite the fact that the Titanic sinking is more recent history than the last World Series Championship for the Cubs, there are many people who believe that 2016 could finally (this time for sure) be the Cubs’ year.
Currently possessing an unbelievable roster — even better than the one that took them to the postseason in 2015 — the Cubs appear to be in good shape headed into this year. They added veteran John Lackey this offseason to their already good rotation of Jon Lester and Jake Arrieta. Combine that with the pickup of Jason Heyward to man the outfield, and young stars Kris Bryant, Kyle Schwarber, Addison Russell and Anthony Rizzo looking to build on great 2015 campaigns, the Cubs are definitely a team to watch closely this coming season.
With all of their talent, however, comes the question of which is more probable to come first: a World Series Championship for the Cubs or an All-Star game at Wrigley Field?
Given that Chicago (as previously stated) won’t be able to host the All-Star game until at least 2019, the Cubs have three full seasons to realize the dream that has been used as a trivia question for decades. But just getting to the Fall Classic is extremely difficult, as has been proven in the past, so your guess for which comes first is just as good as mine.
Despite all of that, I have to find myself believing in the Cubs and their chances of finally winning the World Series in the next three seasons. Sure, some of that belief may just be me as a baseball fan hoping for the Cubs to break their century-long World Series drought, but I honestly think they have a group of guys that can pull it off. Only time will tell if they win a title before they once again host an All-Star game, but after 108 years of disappointment, why can’t 2016 (or 2017 . . . or 2018) be their year?
Wrigley Field doesn’t turn 100 years old until 2014, but that’s not stopping the Cubs from planning ahead. Recently announcing a rather intriguing contest, the Cubs are looking for a logo, designed by the fans, to commemorate the 100th year of baseball at Wrigley Field.
Basically, the Cubs are searching for logo submissions that somehow incorporate the 100th anniversary of Wrigley Field; how you choose to design the logo is up to you. The eligible logos received by the deadline, on February 28th, will be judged on overall appearance, originality, creativity, style and quality of the design, with the finalists being announced next month.
The decision for which logo will be used will then be left up to the fans, as the finalists’ logo designs will be voted on throughout the entire months of March and April, with the winner being notified by April 30th.
The winning designer and a guest will receive a flight and accommodations in Chicago to be honored during a logo unveiling event before a late-summer home game at Wrigley Field. The winner will also receive two tickets to the game, as well as a personalized 2014 jersey. (This coming word for word from the contest’s details.)
Not a bad deal, for merely designing a logo.
If you’d like the chance to have your ‘Wrigley Field 100 Year’ logo featured by the Cubs throughout the 2014 season–showing up all over the place, including the possibility of a patch on the players’ jerseys–make sure to enter by the deadline, which, as stated, falls on the 28th.
I entered the logo contest earlier today, but, although I spent a couple of hours on it, my design, in my opinion, isn’t all that professional looking (I have no photoshop talent, whatsoever), so I’m not going to be posting a picture of the design on here. If it makes it past the initial judging round, and subsequently gets posted on the Cubs’ website to be voted on, then I’ll obviously write an article on it. But I really don’t see that happening.
On a much different note, I added a countdown calendar to the sidebar, on the right (below ‘Recent Posts’). At the moment it’s counting down to when pitchers and catchers report to Spring Training, however, I’m planning to change it throughout all of 2013. So if ever you’re unsure of how long it is until an upcoming major MLB related event, you can check back with the countdown on the sidebar.