01/16/09 11:16 AM EST
Iowa Cubs to enjoy a game at Wrigley
Triple-A team plays Las Vegas at Friendly Confines on Aug. 9
By Carrie Muskat / MLB.com
The Cubs' Minor League team will play the Las Vegas 51s in the first Pacific Coast League game to be played at Wrigley Field on Aug. 9.
Last year, the Class A Peoria Chiefs got a taste of the big leagues by playing the Kane County Cougars at Wrigley in front of 26,000 fans. It was the first Minor League game to be played at the Cubs' home field. Hall of Famer Ryne Sandberg was the Peoria team's manager at that time.
The Cubs are on the road that weekend, playing in Colorado from Aug. 7-10.
"We're excited," said Sam Bernabe, the Iowa Cubs president and general manager. "It's a great opportunity not only for our guys to play in Wrigley, but maybe to pick up a few more fans from around the Chicago area."
The starting time and ticket information will be announced at a later date. Both teams will return to Des Moines to resume the four-game series on Aug. 10.
The Iowa team, which will be managed this season by Bobby Dickerson, opens the 2009 season at Round Rock on April 9.
Carrie Muskat is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.