The Chicago Cubs will host an inaugural Social Media Night in the Wrigley Field bleachers, Wednesday, May 16, against the Philadelphia Phillies. What will this entail? Well, maybe some #cardinalssuck showing up on Twitter. And probably a couple of drunk Facebook status updates.
A pregame social media panel at Captain Morgan Club and a set of Cubs “Social Media Series” baseball cards. Yes, Twitteriffic baseball cards! Many packs include a card personally autographed by a Cubs player on Twitter, such as Kerry Wood (@KerryWood), Ryan Dempster (@RyanDempsterFDN), Paul Maholm (@paul_maholm), David DeJesus (@David_DeJesus3) and Ian Stewart (@IAN_STEWART_9).
Fans purchasing Special Event tickets for this event will also receive a gift package containing a T-shirt compliments of Cubs.com, a copy of Vine Line Magazine, a complimentary hot dog voucher and the “Social Media Series” baseball cards. Throughout the game, @Cubs will encourage fans to use the Twitter-specific #CubsSocial hashtag.
The Captain Morgan Club pregame social media panel will feature Chicago Bears kicker Robbie Gould (@RobbieGould09), Cubs.com beat reporter (I still have issues hearing the term “beat reporter” describing a job in which the writer covers a team, and that work is published on that very team’s website. “Writer” sounds more accurate than “reporter.”) Carrie Muskat (@CarrieMuskat) and Cubs Public Relations and Marketing Specialist Kevin Saghy (@Cubs). The panel will share stories and discuss social media from an athlete, media and club perspective. Seats will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. The program will begin at 5:45 p.m. CDT and conclude within an hour.
A second Social Media Night is planned for Monday, September 17, against the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Cubs will provide an opportunity to throw a ceremonial first pitch before that night’s game through an @Cubs Twitter contest. Official rules and details will be revealed closer to the game.
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