Get to know the Cub's tro­phy

EVERY­THING YOU WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT THE CUBS’ SHINY NEW BEST FRIEND

Red Eye Chicago - - Front Page - By Paul M. Banks PAUL M. BANKS IS A REDEYE CON­TRIB­U­TOR. @PAULMBANKS

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.

MICHAEL TERCHA/TRI­BUNE

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