There are three options if you’re seeking autographs from your Cubs players. Read to find out.
First, you’ve got to know the player reporting time at the park, which varies depending on game time and is typically about four hours before the first pitch. It may vary with some clubs. At Wrigley, the player’s parking lot is across the street from the left field entrance. Players have to exit the parking garage and walk across W. Waveland Avenue. Get Anthony Rizzo shirts here.
Your second option applies to most stadiums generally. Enter the park with a ticket as soon as the gates open. In some parks, that’s two hours before game time. In others, it’s ninety minutes. If it’s two hours, you’ll have time to hurry to the field box seats down the left-field line nearest the field, the same side as the Cubs dugout, and call out to the players immediately before or after their pre-game warmup.
The home team always takes batting practice first. Some players will walk over to the stands and try to accommodate a few autograph-seeking fans if they have a moment. Ushers will usually let people near the field during batting practice even if they don’t have a ticket for those seats, but some stadiums do not do so. You must be prepared to move aside if you’re still there when the actual ticket holders arrive for the space you’ve selected.
Please always understand that the players are working and have a job to do. Always be courteous and respectful. Some players may not have the time or inclination to stop for an autograph when you happen to be there. That happens. The players have more pressing concerns as game time nears.