2011 Cubs Convention: Looking for Scraps of Hope at the Hilton

Today, Will and I will be heading out to the Cubs Convention downtown. He and I are both pretty depressed about the prospects of the 2011 season, but at least I get to see the Ron Santo memorial, my favorite ex-Ray -- Carlos Pena -- and maybe a ton of other awesome bloggers.

Keep an eye on our Twitter during the convention. I will be posting updates and DOUBLE-AWESOME photos.

Here's the schedule of events and my tentative plans of action:

Friday, January 14
5:00 p.m.: Opening Ceremonies (take some pictures)
6:00 p.m.: Autograph Hunt (have Carlos Pena sign a taco, eat the taco)
7:00 p.m.: Cubs Bingo (avoid at all costs)
7:00 p.m.: WGN Sports Night (wander the hotel aimlessly)

Saturday, January 15
Continental Ballroom
10:00 a.m.: Meet Cubs Baseball Management, hosted by Dave Kaplan (cry quietly to myself in the corner)
11:30 a.m.: For Kids Only Press Conference, hosted by Peter Chase (go to Chutney Joe's)
1:00 p.m.: On the Road with #10, hosted by Pat Hughes (cry profusely)
2:30 p.m.: Off the Field and Off the Cuff, hosted by John Williams & Nick Digilio (pick nose)
4:00 p.m.: WGN Radio's Sports Central, hosted by Dave Kaplan & Jim Memolo (return to Chutney Joe's)

Grand Ballroom
9:00 a.m.: The Ricketts' Family Forum, hosted by Len Kasper (cry quietly to myself in the corner)
10:30 a.m.: Pitching Evolution, hosted by Dave Otto (scratch chin thoughtfully)
12:00 p.m.: The 'Q' Factor, hosted by Bob Brenly (make outrageous statements of the Cubs lacking grit and want-to, all in protest to Brenly)
1:30 p.m.: Meet Cubs Business Management, hosted by Dave Kaplan (ask for a consulting job)
3:00 p.m.: Remembering Ronnie, hosted by Wayne Messmer (cry profusely)

Boulevard Room
11:00 a.m.: The Future of the Cubs' Facilities, hosted by Crane Kenney (shake head slowly)
12:30 p.m.: Battery Talk, hosted by Dave Otto (bring dead TV remotes and begin looking for batteries)
2:00 p.m.: TV Baseball 101, hosted by Bob Vorwald (ask how ESPN, WGN, and FOX all passed TV Baseball 101)
3:30 p.m.: The Dominican Way of Life, hosted by Oneri Fleita (mutter to myself in Chinese)

Sunday, January 16
Continental Ballroom
9:15 a.m.: The 25 Club, hosted by Wayne Messmer (go to church)
10:45 a.m.: Down on the Farm, hosted by Mike Huang (begin praying for a Bears victory)
Clever observers will note I'm accomplishing several things simultaneously, and yes, I have cloned myself.

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  1. Cant' wait to hear your insights/thoughts on the whole thing.

  2. By that do you mean photos of tears rolling down my eyes? There will be plenty of that, for sure.