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A preview of Cubs Convention 2023 as event returns following 2-year hiatus

'We will be active in free agency'

A preview of Cubs Convention 2023 as event returns following 2-year hiatus originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago

Following a two-year hiatus, the Cubs Convention returns this weekend at Sheraton Grand Chicago as the North Siders look to present an image of contention to fans on the heels of an active offseason with several high-profile acquisitions.

The newest Cubs will likely be headliners during Friday night’s opening ceremony, with Jameson Taillon, Dansby Swanson and Cody Bellinger all scheduled to attend this weekend’s convention.

Perhaps most notably, fans will have a chance to express their feelings on the offseason to the Ricketts family on Saturday morning during a panel in the Main Sheraton Ballroom.

While the Cubs inked All-Star shortstop Dansby Swanson and veteran starting pitcher Jameson Taillon to lucrative, multi-year deals, many fans expressed disappointment over the team not bidding more aggressively for other major free agent targets.

Shortly after the Ricketts family holds a session with fans, Cubs President Jed Hoyer and General Manager Carter Hawkins will lead a 45-minute panel framed as a “baseball operations update.”

Panel events will continue throughout the day on Saturday in the Main Sheraton Ballroom, with separate events hosted by the coaching staff, pitching staff and business operations team.

Additionally, there will be a live recording of Ian Happ’s “The Compound” podcast, featuring fellow Cubs Tucker Barnhart, Cody Bellinger, Yan Gomes and Nico Hoerner, along with former longtime Cubs first baseman Mark Grace.

Kids attending the convention will also get a chance to directly ask some Cubs their top questions, with Adbert Alzolay, Brad Boxberger, Brandon Hughes, Christopher Morel, Justin Steele and Patrick Wisdom all hosting a kids only press conference Saturday afternoon.

After Cubs prospects get the spotlight in the Main Sheraton Ballroom to close the afternoon, a three-hour Cubs Bingo game will commence at 7 p.m., followed by Harry Carayoke at the Sheraton Lobby from 10 to 11 p.m. on Saturday evening.

A full schedule of the convention’s events can be found below:

Friday, Jan. 13:

5-6 p.m. Marquee Sports Network: Red Carpet Special

6-7 p.m. Opening Ceremony – Main Sheraton Ballroom

7:15-7:45 p.m. Surprise Signings, Stages C-F – Cubs Alley

7:30-9:30 p.m. Off the Mound with Ryan Dempster presented by Budweiser

10-11 p.m. Harry Carayoke presented by Budweiser

 

Saturday, Jan. 14:

9-9:45 a.m. The Ricketts Family…

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