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Cubs Fans Mid-Winter Tweetup Hopping; Cubs Con. . . Not So Much

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Last year's Cubs Con Meetup got crowded.

Has this EVER happened before?

Tickets to the 2009 Cubs Convention sold out in 24 minutes. Two years later, $60 tickets to the annual fan fest remain available two months after they went on sale and just a week before the three-day convention kicks off Friday.

The slow ticket sales raise some interesting questions. Is this a sign that the team's popularity is starting to wane after two years without a playoff appearance? Have fans decided that if the Cubs are not going to spend lavishly on free agents during the off-season then maybe they should keep their pocketbooks closed, too?

Cubs officials say the convention remains popular. They expect ticket sales to the 26th annual event will equal, if not surpass, last year's total. The convention has sold out for several years, attracting about 15,000 fans a year.

While the convention may still sell out, the Hilton Chicago, which has hosted the festival for 20 years, is not feeling the love from fans.

As of Friday, fans had not reserved as many rooms this year as in the past, which is the reason convention passes are still available, Cubs officials say. The team is trying to sell the hotel's allotment of tickets.

Woooooooooow.

But no matter.

Whether you have tickets to Cubs Con or not (which I personally think you SHOULD get, as it's high comedy on many, MANY levels), don't miss the meetup Friday, January 14 at the Hilton & Towers. I'll be there, along with my podcast partner Tim McGinnis (Aisle424), Pat LaMorte, baturkey, flyball, and many  more of your favorites from Cubs Nation. As I said, you don't need a ticket to Cubs Con to stop by Kitty O'Shea's and see if we've all been honest with our avatar photos.

Last year, I was confronted by an angry Cubs beat reporter (who shall remain nameless) hell bent on settling a score. What will happen this year?

Come find out.

 

 

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JulieDiCaro said:

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Hooray! Adam Kellogg will also be at Cubs Con! Let's hope he can swing the meetup, too.

baturkey said:

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If I didn't have to fly out on the 15th, I would go to Cubs Con.

summerguy said:

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Im going there as well for the first time. Hopefully i can snag a few autographs.

Gzeeb said:

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Nothing says winter like cold weather & Cubs Fatigue...Enjoy the Cubbie Convention Julie...I wished I lived closer so I could attend at least once in my lifetime...

JulieDiCaro said:

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The Convention itself has lost it's allure for me. I've moved on to laughing at everything with similiarly disgruntled Cubs fans.

flyball said:

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in that case I think this years is going to be the best ever!

sloan peterson said:

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Actually, I seriously thought about burning the vacation hours and coming last fall, but real life intruded. Now, if the Cubs convention would move to oh Mesa, that's another matter.

sloan peterson said:

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Plus after my first question, I would have been evicted and would have to budget that in as well....

JulieDiCaro said:

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Hey you guys, my cruise had a pirates party and I got to dress up like a pirate and talk like a pirate and drink lots of rum. IT. WAS. AWESOME.

baturkey said:

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Did you wear Arrrrrrrmani?

JulieDiCaro said:

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Sadly, no.

But I did wear an eye patch, big hoop earings, and a pink scaaaaaarrrrf on my head!

Teebob2000 said:

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And the pictures are where?

sloan peterson said:

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I was thinking after reading so much more about Christina Green, the 9 year old shot in Arizona, that a good way to honor her would be for the Cubs to wear her initials during spring training in AZ.She was the only girl on her baseball team and had expressed a desire to be the first woman major league player.....

JulieDiCaro said:

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that's a great idea.

SnowBaseball said:

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Maybe no one is staying at the Hilton because of their past practice of "selling" rooms with convention tickets and then saying, "Whoops, we don't have tickets for you."

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