Friday: Did not attend
I briefly stopped by the 9AM panel presentation to plan the day and listen to Joe Maddon and the coaching staff. Maddon did get a question about the Addison Russell situation.
Noon Toeing the Rubber
Cole Hamels is funny. He did admit that he once threw at a batter intentionally.
The only other pitcher on the panel that said he had tried to throw at a batter was Mike Montgomery who was told to in the minor leagues and he was so nervous about it that he missed.
Kyle Hendricks had a great line when he said that I'm not sure it would hurt the batter if he did throw at them.
Great conversation about 2016 Game 7 with Carl Edwards and Mike Montgomery as they were the 2 Cubs pitchers who pitched in the 10th inning. I believe the quote from Carl Edwards to Mike Montgomery was "It's just you and me, bro!!"
3PM Cubs In Cooperstown
Lee Smith received multiple standing ovations for his election into the Hall of Fame this year.
When Andre Dawson made his blank check offer to the Cubs, the second team he approached was the Braves.
Ryne Sandberg's discussion about meeting Bob Gibson at his Hall of Fame induction ceremony.
Andre Dawson's discussion about his election into the Hall talking about his mom and grandma who had both passed away around this time was a very personal story.
Billy Williams talking about Jackie Robinson
Lee Smith talking about Hank Aaron
I didn't go Friday or have any conversations about the Friday event that had surprise signings.
Frustrating that nearly all current Cubs players require vouchers for autographs. And if current players are available without vouchers, the wait in line is pretty much at least an hour. The line for Carl Edwards autograph was extremely long.
Good attempt at the "Dugout" to utilize a room underground that appears to be adjoined with the hotel parking garage for autographs.
They need better communication when players don't show up timely or leave early. I had that situation happen twice and only got in 3 lines so I spent approximately 2 hours waiting in line for one autograph. Ted Lilly was the player who did sign, but left about 20 minutes early. I'm not sure if Randy Hundley appeared at all to sign autographs. I really don't want to speculate on why the time was cut short because anything I heard was from other Cubs Convention attendees.
I'd be curious to know if any adults had success getting autographs of players after the panel presentations. I saw a crowd of kids getting Kris Bryant to sign, but that was at a kids only event so I hope many adults didn't sneak
in to get something at that setting (leaving other kids unable to get their item signed).
The good news: I did pay the $40 for a mystery autographed baseball and I did very well, getting a Willson Contreras autograph.
And I've been collecting autographs for 2016 Cubs players and they had a $5 Matt Szczur autograph on a "Clark's Crew' photo. I like this offering for Cubs backup players and relief pitchers. They also offered Justin Grimm's autograph, but I got his on one Spring training trip a few years ago.