Cold Snap, Warm Thoughts

Hello Cougars fans,

So, when exactly is Opening Night again? A very light snow is falling outside our office as I’m putting together this blog post. In a matter of time, we’ll see the exciting news of pitchers and catchers reporting to spring training. That’s usually a telltale sign that warmer weather and the familiar sights and sounds at Fifth Third Bank Ballpark are rapidly approaching. We can’t wait. We’ve had countless fans over the past few months stopping by our office to share in the excitement of Opening Night 2013, set for April 4th.

Last week was a fun one for our staff. We were fortunate to have some guests on January 17th, as members of the Cubs stopped by our office to say hello. Manager Dale Sveum, Gold Glove winner Darwin Barney along with several of his teammates, and former Cub and current broadcaster Keith Moreland, were all present.

Needless to say, it was a tremendous gesture by the Cubs staff. It was a busy stretch for their organization as players and staff were making the rounds throughout Chicagoland for the two-day Cubs Caravan.

For 20 minutes or so last week, Cougars front office staff and our Cubs guests informally chatted in the lobby and posed for a nice group photo.  We were even presented with an authentic Cubs jersey with “Cougars 13” written on the back. A hearty thank-you goes out to the Cubs staff and those individuals that set aside some time to stop by Fifth Third Bank Ballpark.

Cubs staff, players and coaches visited the Cougars on January 17th.

Cubs staff, players and coaches visited the Cougars on January 17th.

Cubs players and coaches share a laugh inside the lobby.

Cubs players and coaches share a laugh inside the lobby.

Former Cub and current broadcaster Keith Moreland expresses his excitement towards the start of the Cubs/Cougars affiliation.

Former Cub and current broadcaster Keith Moreland expresses his excitement towards the start of the Cubs/Cougars affiliation.

Later that week, members of our staff descended into the city for the annual Cubs Convention. The Cougars had a booth display to promote the upcoming season and talk with convention attendees. Traffic was steady at our booth for virtually the entire weekend as Cubs fans learned more about the 2013 season – our first season as a Cubs affiliate. We’ve had quite a few folks who stopped by our booth, and have called us this week to reserve a ticket plan for ’13.

Cougars staff talk with fans at last weekend's Cubs Convention.

Cougars staff talk with fans at last weekend’s Cubs Convention.

And we have some more fun ahead to get us through these cold temps! Our Meet the Cubs Party is set for next Friday, February 1st. We’ll welcome new Cougars manager Mark Johnson, Cubs Senior VP of Scouting/Player Development Jason McLeod, and Cubs Director of Player Development Brandon Hyde. Attendees will enjoy a great all-you-can-eat buffet and we’ll have a question-and-answer segment involving the aforementioned guests. There’s no doubt that fans will have quite a few questions on what kind of roster we could see come April. Just a precious few spots remain before the event is a sell-out; call us at (630) 232-8811 to reserve your space.

The following morning, February 2nd, we’ll welcome area youth baseball and softball coaches to the ballpark for our annual free coaches clinic. Professional instructors from the Cubs will be on hand to offer pointers in the areas of hitting, pitching, catching, and so forth. This is a great event for any youth coaches out there who want to get a head start for their own Opening Day. Please note that the clinic is intended for adult coaches, as opposed to the youngsters. RSVP for this event by emailing sfreed@kanecountycougars.com.

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All told, it’s through events such as this that those cold and dark days in January and February pass by a little more quickly.

Thanks for reading!

-ST

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4 Responses to Cold Snap, Warm Thoughts

  1. Beth Finke says:

    Great post! I think you’ll like this one I wrote about your award-winning staff m member Amy Mason, too:

    http://bethfinke.wordpress.com/2013/01/26/woman-of-the-year/

    Go Cougars~!

    • Thank you so much Beth! I passed this along to Amy as well!

      • bethfinke says:

        Thanks –we missed having Amy Mason at the Pitch and Hit banquet with us Sunday, but she did the right thing by staying home that night –not worth risking the drive from the far western suburbs during an ice storm!
        I can tell you that former White Sox organist Nancy Faust was there Sunday night entertaining us all, and she was ready for Amy if she’d been there in person to accept her Woman of the Year award: “Amy’ by Pure Prairie League? Or perhaps the old favorite “Once in Love with Amy.” I know Nancy Faust plays at Sunday games for the Cougars now, guess she’ll have to save those tunes to play for Amy this summer!

  2. Bob James says:

    I am a die hard Cougar fan and season ticket holder but all this Cub stuff is puttin’ the hurt on me. Many of us are also Sox fans and something ain’t right here. No offense intended. It’s about the green and gold!

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