Found January 20, 2013 on Cub Reporter:
The guys at Vine Line got me a ticket to this year's convention.Because they're awesome.In the past I always arrived late to that Saturday morning meeting with the GM and Manager, ended up standing in the back of the crowded ballroom getting pictures of the backs of Cub fan's heads.I thought with Theo Epstein, Jed Hoyer, Dale Sveum and Shiraz Rehman, I should finally be on time.Instead of the Hilton on Michigan, it's at the Sheraton on the river this year.Phones work here which is fabulous, but... new layout."Can you tell me where ballrooms 9, 10, and 11 are?" I ask the lady with the Cubs badge.She points to the numbers above the doors in the lobby.Duh.There are also little halls that run between the groups of ballrooms, and I walk down one of those.I'm an hour early, and there are only about 50 people in here so I grab a seat 2 rows back, excusing myself to step past a number of fans in the row.After 20 minutes, the Ricketts all walk in and they're...
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