Cubs postseason rally in Prudential lobby from 5am to 6pm

Pano of Cubs postseason rally in Prudential Plaza
670 AM Score’s offices are in my building at the Prudential Plaza. Today they doing a Cubs postseason rally in the lobby from 5am to 6pm.

Today I’ll live-blog this show throughout the day. And I’ll tweet the updates on Twitter.

8:45am

Ron Coomer talking on 670AM The Score
I walked in this morning and Ron Coomer was doing a show, sitting at a table in the middle of the vaulted lobby.

Coomer was profusely sweating while doing the show. At one point he had to take off his headphones. His World Championship ring is humongous. I watched for a few minutes and then went up to my desk.

8:59am

View of Cubs Postseason rally from Chicago Tribune's second floor balcony
Curious to see if Coomer was still talking, I went down to the Tribune’s second floor balcony that overlooks the lobby. Coomer was finished being in the talk show. He was standing behind the table casually talking to one of the guys. I was watching to see what Coomer would do next. Would he hit up the roped-off breakfast table in the corner of the lobby?
breakfast table

He started to walk away in the direction of the Pedway restaurants. I followed him to see where he went next. However, on my way down to the first floor, I lost track of him. So I checked out all the food places on the Pedway in the direction of where he was heading. Not at Dunkin Donuts, not at Au bon Pain, not at Starbucks, not at the restaurant with the breakfast bar. Not at the snack shop. I guess he must have gone up to wherever the Score office is in the building.

I didn’t have a pen or paper on me, so I couldn’t have asked for an autograph—if I was going to ask for one. I probably would not have asked. I was just curious where he likes to get his morning snack.

The were wrapping up the “Mully & Haugh Show”. I had to look that up. Now is the Bernstein & McKnight Show until 1pm. I looked that up too, because I don’t know who these people are. I rarely listen to talk radio, because the only time I drive is for a few minutes doing an errand. (I take the train every day).

Sports Radio 670 The Score

It’s kinda fun listening to it on the radio knowing they are in the lobby right now. You know what’s hilarious? This would happen every single day at the Tribune Tower, and I never listened to any live WGN talk radio while at my desk. Never in 18 years.

9:30am

Man. They have a lot of ads.

I’m impressed at how little of an echo comes across on the radio. When you are in the lobby, there is a total echo.

9:45am

Wow, talk radio does so much speculation. I suppose that’s what you gotta do when you talk about one sports team for hours. And all the criticism. Man. I suppose that’s what sports is. Soooo much criticism.

10:00am

The building management at Prudential Plaza is great! Yesterday they sent out an email notifying the tenants about the rally. Here’s a screenshot of the email.

Email from Prudential Plaza about the Cubs Postseason Rally

10:10am

Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune is on the show now. It almost sounds like he’s calling in. Which is weird, because the Chicago Tribune literally overlooks the lobby. couldn’t he just go downstairs and talk in person?

I went downstairs to take a look. Who is missing in this photo?
Paul Sullivan not talking in person on The Score sports talk radio

Paul Sullivan is not there. Well, the sports guys rarely ever come into the office. Even when we were in the Tribune Tower, they rarely came in.

10:13am

It’s kinda neat seeing the tech setup off to the side.
Sports talk radio tech setup

10:16am

Free Cubs mini-bat from Xfinity
Free Cubs mini bats from Xfinity! All you have to do is fill out some survey saying what services you currently use for tv, internet, phone, and home security. And then you get to pick from a mini-bat, cinch sack, or sunglasses. I opted for the bat. You even get entered into a raffle for a 55-inch tv. Watch. I’ll win the TV. hahaha. Most like not, because I didn’t check the box on for “contact me”.

10:53am

Earlier in the day The Score gave a rough schedule for the day.
Noon to 1pm: You can take photos with the 2016 World Series trophy
3pm to 5pm: Pick up a free rally towel

10:56am

There’s an eight-foot tall balloon installation of the letter W.
Letter W for Win, balloon installation
Clever how it’s constructed of balloons. 16 balloons tall by 12 balloons wide, this metal grid could be reused to make other pixel art with 192 balloons.
closeup of balloons making the W sign

11:41am

They are now taking photos of people with the 2016 World Series trophy. The line is quite long. The Score 670 photographer is prepping his camera. His photos go on their website. And another guy will take a photo of people with your own camera/phone. Prepping to take a photo with the World Series trophy

A Score employee gives us the lowdown. DO NOT TOUCH THE TROPHY. The trophy handler is there and will take the trophy away if we touch it. (he was joking about the taking away part).

The guy in the white shirt with the earpiece is the trophy handler:
World Series trophy handler

11:49am

My photo with the trophy!
Matt Maldre with 2016 World Series trophy
I’ve already had my photo taken with the trophy in 2016, when it visited the Tribune Tower. Last year in 2017, my family took a photo with the World Series trophy at Wrigley Field. I have enough photos of me with this trophy. But I figured, well, it’s at Prudential Plaza, our new work place. I might as well get my annual photo taken! 🙂

12:35pm

As soon as you get your photo taken with the trophy, a 670 Score employee hands you a bag of Fisher peanuts! Nice!
Fisher peanuts giveaway at Cubs rally

1:23am

Ryne Sandberg will be at the Cubs Postseason Rally at the Prudential Plaza today. “Sometime during the 4 o’clock hour,” says the broadcast on Score 670.

2:45pm

Ryne Sandberg will be in the lobby for the radio broadcast for the 4pm hour. I printed out my World Series scorecards and see if I happen to run into him to get an autograph. A blue sharpie is in my pocket now.
Set of 2016 World Series scorecards, ready for Sandberg to sign
I’m printed a second set in case he’s like, “wow, this is really cool.” I can say, “here, I have a second set here. You can keep it.” And the prints will be in a nice cardboard envelope, so he can just keep it at the broadcast desk while he’s on the radio.

3:15pm

Ryne Sandberg autographed scorecard for 2016 World Series
My day ended really nicely! While getting a rally towel with one of my coworkers, Ryne Sandberg looked at my World Series scorecards, and signed one for me! I’m so excited about it, that I wrote an entire blog post about how it happened. Read the full story of my encounter with Ryno.

5:12pm

On my way home, I walked through the lobby one more time. This particular walk was especially sweet, as the last time I was in the lobby, I was hanging out with Ryne Sandberg!

The Score 670 table continued to hand out rally towels. Initially I denied accepting another one, saying, “I got one already, thank you.” But then I circled back to grab a photo of their booth with the workers holding a large stack of rally towels. Since they really wanted to lower their pile, I took another one. 🙂

The Score 670 handing out rally towels

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