Get to know the Cub's trophy
EVERYTHING YOU WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT THE CUBS’ SHINY NEW BEST FRIEND
Those familiar with youth sports know that everyone who participates gets a trophy these days, but in the big leagues you must earn it.
The Cubs finally have their own Commissioner’s Trophy after winning the 2016 World Series. (Although the Cubs were the 1907 and 1908 Series champs, before 1967 there was no official trophy handed to the league winner.)
Unlike the Stanley Cup, which is unique in that only two exist—one that tours and one that resides in the Hockey Hall of Fame—a new Commissioner’s Trophy is crafted every year.
The baseball hardware, composed of gold and silver, is cleaned as needed before and after every stop on the Cubs Trophy Tour presented by State Farm. Between appearances, it’s kept in various secured storage locations that hinge on where the trophy will appear next.
As for what it’s worth, although MLB does not disclose that figure, one Forbes estimate in 2014 pegged the trophy’s intrinsic value at around $7,600.
In another departure from Stanley Cup etiquette, with which Chicago fans are quite familiar, few people are allowed to touch the Commissioner’s Trophy.
“Due to the delicate nature of the trophy’s design, fans are not permitted to touch the trophy during photo opportunities,” said Kevin Saghy, the Cubs’ assistant director of communications. “Only the designated handler and accompanying authorized Cubs personnel are permitted to touch the trophy.”
That list of authorized personnel does include the players, who get an opportunity to keep the trophy individually for a brief period of time.
“Most players will be able to take advantage of this opportunity during spring training,” Saghy said.
Plans for the trophy’s permanent home are still being finalized, but it will be with the team at spring training in Arizona and then return to Wrigley Field for the home opener April 10.
For the time being, the trophy will be on the road, including a stop at the annual Cubs Convention on Jan. 13-15. It has already made appearances at Soldier Field and the United Center and is scheduled to be at the Rockford IceHogs-Chicago Wolves game in Rockford on Sunday.
“We have received requests or scheduled stops to visits throughout the Midwest and Dominican Republic, and the list of potential stops keeps growing,” Saghy said. Fans can keep tabs on the trophy at cubs.
com/trophytour, or by following @Cubs on Twitter and Instagram using the #CubsTrophy
Tour hashtag. The team will update the Trophy Tour page with selected fans’ social media posts, so be sure to hashtag correctly when you get a selfie.