December 31, 2011 at 3:29pm
The game of politics
Every four years, presidential candidates criss-cross Iowa in the months leading up to the Iowa Caucuses. In 2011, two candidates for the Republican Party nomination for president made it to Principal Park.
Michele Bachmann visited on July 2. Newt Gingrich stopped by on July 15. Both candidates were extremely nice. But the similarity ends there.
Bachmann arrived in a huge campaign bus and was greeted by a big crowd of supporters. She arrived shortly after the game had started, and took a seat down the third-base line and watched much the game with her supporters. She stopped up in the radio booth to chat with broadcasters Deene Ehlis and Randy Wehofer and commented how nice “the lawn” at Principal Park looked.
Gingrich arrived pretty much by himself, threw out a first pitch, enjoyed a beer, watched a few innings and also did a radio interview.
It was much busier in 2007 when five presidential candidates — Sam Brownback, Chris Dodd, Joe Biden, Bill Richardson and Barack Obama — made it to Principal Park. In addition, George Stephanopolous of ABC News also threw out a first pitch.
We cornered Obama — then a longshot for the Democratic nomination — to do a piece for our “The I-Cubs are My Cubs” video. You can catch it here, about 43 seconds into the piece.
Scroll down for photos of the visits by Bachmann and Gingrich … and a bonus Mitt Romney photo!
Both Michele Bachmann and Newt Gingrich autographed baseballs for the Iowa Cubs staff.
GOP presidential candidate Michele Bachmann posed for photos with fans before entering Principal Park on July 2.
Cubbie Bear was on hand to greet Michele Bachmann during her campaign stop at Principal Park.
Newt Gingrich tosses out the first pitch before an Iowa Cubs game on July 15.
Jodi Jurik photo
Newt Gingrich chats with Iowa Cubs catcher Chris Robinson after throwing out the first pitch. No conflict of interest here — Robinson is a Canadian citizen and can’t vote in the Iowa Caucuses or the general election.
Jodi Jurik photo
Mitt Romney didn’t visit Principal Park in 2007 or 2011, but a friend dropped off a leftover from his 2008 presidential bid.
December 15, 2011 at 10:58am
Night and day
It makes sense that the Triple-A affiliate of the Chicago Cubs — who play the most home day games in Major League Baseball — would play the most home day games in the Pacific Coast League. The Iowa Cubs have 26 day games at home on their 2012 schedule — up from 19 in 2011.
Some PCL teams — think heat — don’t play many day games at home at all. Here is the list of home day games for each PCL team:
3 — Tucson
4 — Round Rock
8 — Oklahoma City
9 — Las Vegas
10 — Albuquerque
11 — Memphis
11 — Nashville
11 — Fresno
13 — Salt Lake
14 — New Orleans
15 — Reno
16 — Tacoma
16 — Sacramento
17 — Omaha
19 — Colorado Springs
26 — Iowa
November 9, 2011 at 10:23am
First snowfall of the season at Principal Park. We don’t think it will be the last. Opening Day: April 5.
Director of Stadium Operations Jeff Tilley works on hanging holiday lights in the trees outside Principal Park. Look for a new look when the lights go on Thanksgiving weekend. Not pictured: Worker bees Larry, Shari, Jake and Tyler.