Trio of former Cubs at this weekend’s FanFest
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February 7, 2007 - LOVES PARK, Ill. – Fans might mistake Cousin’s Bar & Grill for the Wrigley Field clubhouse this weekend.

The Rockford RiverHawks announced today that four-time batting champion Bill Madlock will appear at this weekend’s FanFest 2007, giving the RiverHawks three former Cubs All-Stars at the event. FanFest 2007 is scheduled for 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, at Cousin’s, 510 S. Perryville. Tickets are just $6 and can be purchased at the RiverHawks box office, by phone, or at Cousin’s.

Madlock will join Lee Smith, the former all-time saves leader, and Hall of Famer Ferguson Jenkins. Players with Rockford ties who have committed to the event include: former RiverHawk Jason Shelley, who set Frontier League strikeout and ERA records and was named Baseball America’s 2003 Independent League Player of the Year; current RiverHawks Jason James and Bobby Mack; former Rockford Peaches Aldine Thomas, Barb Thompson and Doris Johnson.

Fans who purchase a full-season ticket package will have special VIP status at Fan Fest. Not only will they receive a free ticket to Fan Fest for every season ticket purchased, but they will have exclusive access to Smith and the other guests for the first 30 minutes. In addition, they can bring up to two items to be autographed by each celebrity. Other fans can enter the autograph line at 11:30 a.m. and are limited to one autograph per celebrity.

In addition, fans who purchase a 10-game miniseason plan prior to FanFest will receive a free ticket for the event.

Madlock hit .305 in a 15-year career spent with Texas, Chicago, San Francisco, Pittsburgh, Los Angeles and Detroit. He won batting titles in 1975 and 1976 with the Cubs, and in 1981 and 1983 with the Pirates. Madlock shared Most Valuable Player honors at the 1975 All-Star Game with the Mets’ Jon Matlack and also appeared in the 1981 and 1983 midsummer classics.

The RiverHawks are the Western Division champions of the Frontier League, a 12-team independent professional baseball league that will play its 15th season in 2007. Advertising, season-ticket and suite information is available by calling the box office at (815) 885-2255. Fans can also visit the RiverHawks online at www.rockfordriverhawks.com.

2007 RiverHawks Fan Fest – Schedule of Events

Sunday, February 11

11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. VIP Autograph Session
All season ticket holders prior to Fan Fest will enjoy the luxury of easy access before the crowds arrive, 2 items autographed by our all our special guests.

11:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. Opening Ceremonies
The Rockford RiverHawks kick off the 2007 season in true fashion. Our coaches and players are gearing for the spring so get ready to cheer. Join the voice of your RiverHawks radio announcer Bill Czaja as he introduces this awesome collection of Chicago Cub greats, Hall of Fame Peaches and All American Girls along with present RiverHawk stars. Thank you for celebrating with us at the 6th annual RiverHawks Fan Fest.

11:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. RiverHawks 2006 Highlight Video

12:15 p.m. – 12:45 p.m. Outlook for 2007
The RiverHawks have made changes this off season. How will everything fit for the 2007 season? Here is your chance to ask the architects in charge, Baseball Operations Director Dave Ciarrachi, Field Manager J.D. Arndt, and bench coach Bob Koopman will be on hand to discuss the 2007 season.

12:45 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. RiverHawks Academy and Instruction
The RiverHawks Academy has served thousands of children over the years in the Rock River Valley. Get a taste of the action from former Devil Ray and RiverHawk all star Tony Pigott, RiverHawks single season wins leader and 2004 Frontier League Champion Josh Tomsu. They will be teaching the kids solid fundamentals and how to have fun playing the game of baseball.

1 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Whats New and Exciting for 2007
General Manager Josh Olerud and Promotions and Marketing Director Marshall Mackinder will take you through whats new and what to expect to see this season! We will take you through our fun packed Mini Plans, Giveaways, On-Field Promos and what you need to do to become apart of all of it.

1:30 p.m.-1:45 p.m. Rockford RiverHawks and Rockford College
The Rockford RiverHawks and Rockford College have partnered up as they will both be calling RiverHawks Stadium home in 2007. The Renegades Head Coach Bob Koopman and players will be discussing their upcoming season at their new home.

1:45 p.m.- 2:15 p.m. Reveal RiverHawks New Logo and Campaign
The RiverHawks and Medicine Man will be showcasing a new logo and hat for the 2007 season. You will get a first hand look at the biggest secret in baseball and share the excitement with the RiverHawk Nation. We will also be announcing the start of the Hawks Blue contest! You will only be able to get this tasty beverage at the new RiverHawks home away from home sponsor, Cousin’s Bar and Grill and at RiverHawks stadium all year long.

2:15 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Jake Ciarrachi and How the RiverHawks Prepared me for the Chicago Cubs
Former RiverHawks player and coach will take you down his path to his dream job. Ciarrachi started his journey here in Rockford and now works in the operations department for the Chicago Cubs.

2:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. Host a Hawk Program
How would you like to have a RiverHawk stay with you this summer? Join Assistant General Manager Todd Fulk and Host Mom Sally Hoesel as they discuss the positives in hosting our RiverHawks.

2:45-3:00 Announce RiverHawk Blue Winner and last chance to go through autograph line

3:15 p.m. – 3:45 Q and A for Madlock, Smith, Jenkins and Shelley


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