FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, December 12th, 2016
CSN TO REPLAY EVERY CHICAGO CUBS 2016 MLB POSTSEASON VICTORY (NLDS, NLCS, AND WORLD SERIES), ALONG WITH THE CHAMPIONSHIP PARADE/RALLY CELEBRATION!
Relive all 11 Wins beginning Thursday, December 22 at 6:30 PM CT
Game wrap-around interviews to include personal reflections from Joe Maddon, Jed Hoyer, Tom Ricketts, Crane Kenney, David Kaplan, Todd Hollandsworth, Kelly Crull, and fan favorite David Ross!
Chicago, IL (December 12, 2016) – CSN Chicago (CSN), the television home for the most games and most comprehensive coverage of the 2016 World Series Champion Chicago Cubs, will provide its viewers with a special programming gift this holiday season entitled Chicago Cubs: This Was The Year presented by Chevy.
Beginning Thursday, December 22 at 6:30 PM CT, this extraordinary, five-day (December 22-26) holiday journey will give viewers the opportunity to relive (and DVR) all of the excitement and glory of the Cubs amazing World Series Championship run with the original, nationally-televised game replays of EVERY Cubs MLB Postseason victory in the National League Division Series vs. the San Francisco Giants, the National League Championship Series vs. the Los Angeles Dodgers – plus, the unforgettable, heart-pounding 2016 World Series Championship against the Cleveland Indians, which earned the Cubs their long-awaited first World Series title in 108 years.
As an added bonus for every Cubs Postseason game replay, CSN will provide a number of brand new, between-inning interviews, featuring personal reflections on key moments of a particular game and their own personal remembrances of this historic season from the following individuals: Joe Maddon (Cubs Manager), Jed Hoyer (Cubs EVP/GM), Tom Ricketts (Cubs Chairman), Crane Kenney (Cubs President, Business Operations), David Kaplan (CSN Cubs studio host), Todd Hollandsworth (CSN Cubs studio analyst), Kelly Crull (CSN Cubs beat reporter), along with the recently retired/beloved fan favorite, team catcher David Ross.
CSN will televise the first of its 11 Cubs/MLB Postseason game replays on Thursday, December 22 at 6:30 PM beginning with Game 1 of the NLDS, which featured Jon Lester’s masterful eight-inning 1-0 shutout performance against the visiting Giants. Game 2 of the NLDS will air immediately following the Game 1 replay at 9:00 PM on Dec. 22. The Cubs Game 4 NLDS clincher will air the following evening (Fri, Dec. 23) at 10:30 PM.
Over the course of the following three days/nights, CSN will air all four wins from their NLCS, pennant-clinching win against the Dodgers (starting with Game 1 on Christmas Eve, Sat Dec. 24 at 5:00 PM), and then — beginning on Christmas Day, Sun Dec. 25 at 3:00 PM — CSN will carry all four 2016 World Series victories against the American League champion Indians, including what many have called the greatest World Series game of all time: the Cubs historic come-from-behind Game 7 victory (airing on Mon, Dec. 26 at 10:30 AM).
Also on Dec. 26 at 3:00 PM, CSN replay a one-hour condensed version of its celebratory coverage of the 2016 Cubs World Series Championship Parade & Rally, featuring hosts David Kaplan & Todd Hollandsworth, a reporting crew consisting of Cubs beat reporter Kelly Crull, along with Chris Boden, Luke Stuckmeyer, Leila Rahimi, and Chuck Garfien, plus – special guests/Chicago natives CM Punk and John & Joan Cusack among others. CSN’s World Series Championship Parade & Rally replay will be followed by an encore presentation of Inside Look: Cubs Celebration at 4:00 PM, featuring exclusive, behind-the-scenes, locker room & on-the-field celebratory footage. (NOTES: The entire schedule for CSN’s Chicago Cubs: This Was The Year presented by Chevy programming line-up is included in this announcement…MLB Postseason game replays will only be made available within CSN Chicago’s regular MLB viewing territory.)
From a digital standpoint, fans are urged to visit CSNChicago.com’s “CubsTalk” section (csnchicago.com/cubs) for a complete recap of the Cubs historic journey to their first World Series championship since 1908, featuring game recaps, numerous profile reports, exclusive video, and much more provided by Cubs “Insider” Patrick Mooney and CSNChicago.com’s team of Cubs experts. Fans can also get interactive during all games of CSN’s special holiday marathon presentation of Chicago Cubs: This Was The Year presented by Chevy by utilizing the Twitter hashtag #CubsTalk.
CHICAGO CUBS: THIS WAS THE YEAR presented by Chevy
Thursday, December 22
6:30 PM – NLDS/Game 1: San Francisco at Cubs (1-0 win — Lester with eight shutout innings; Baez game-winning HR in 8th inning)
9:00 PM – NLDS/Game 2: San Francisco at Cubs (5-2 win — Cubs pitchers come up big at the plate featuring Hendricks with a two-run single in the 2nd, along with a solo shot courtesy of Wood)
Friday, December 23
10:30 PM – NLDS/Game 4: Cubs at San Francisco (6-5 series-clinching win — Cubs storm back from a 5-2 deficit with four huge runs in the top of the 9th; Chapman with third save; Ross homers in the 3rd)
Christmas Eve – Saturday, December 24
5:00 PM – NLCS/Game 1: LA Dodgers at Cubs (8-4 win — Tied at 3-3 in the 8th, Cubs explode for five runs, including a Montero grand slam and an insurance HR from Fowler)
8:30 PM – NLCS/Game 4: Cubs at LA Dodgers (10-2 win — Rizzo & Russell both go 3-5 with key HR’s in this blowout victory)
Christmas Day – Sunday, December 25
8:00 AM – NLCS/Game 5: Cubs at LA Dodgers (8-4 win — Baez with bases loaded, two-out double in the 8th gives Cubs a 3-2 series advantage)
12:15 PM – NLCS/Game 6: LA Dodgers at Cubs (5-0 series-clinching win — The Cubs win the NL pennant thanks to a brilliant 7.1 inning shutout performance from Hendricks, along with huge RBIs off Dodgers ace Kershaw via Bryant, Zobrist, Fowler, Contreras, and Rizzo)
3:00 PM – World Series/Game 2: Cubs at Cleveland (5-1 win — Schwarber goes 2-4 w/two RBI to help the Cubs tie the series at a game apiece)
7:00 PM – World Series/Game 5: Cleveland at Cubs (3-2 win — On the brink of elimination in the final game at Wrigley Field in 2016, the Cubs score all three of their runs in the 4th, which included a solo shot from Bryant; Chapman closes game with 2.2 IP and four K’s)
Monday, December 26
7:00 AM – World Series/Game 6: Cubs at Cleveland (9-3 win — The amazing series comeback continued as the Cubs came out swinging with seven runs in the first three innings, highlighted by Russell’s 3rd inning grand slam and standout offensive performances from Bryant/4-5, HR & Rizzo/3-5, HR)
10:30 AM – World Series/Game 7: Cubs at Cleveland (8-7 series-clinching win — In what has been hailed by many as the greatest World Series game ever played, the Cubs miraculous series comeback was highlighted by WS MVP Zobrist’s 10th inning run-scoring double, followed by Montero’s ultimate game-winning single scoring Rizzo from third; mania ensued in Cleveland and throughout the city of Chicago when a smiling Bryant fielded the final out giving the Cubs their first World Series championship in 108 years!)
3:00 PM – Chicago Cubs 2016 World Series Championship Parade & Rally (Featuring exclusive, behind-the-scenes, bus rooftop footage with Cubs players, CSN will present a one-hour condensed version of the historic celebratory parade which began at Wrigley Field to its final rally destination in downtown Chicago’s Grant Park)
4:00 PM – Inside Look: Cubs Celebration (Encore presentation of Inside Look featuring even more exclusive, behind-the-scenes footage of one of the greatest celebrations in Chicago sports history)
All times Central Time
Schedule Subject to Change
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