The Chicago Cubs have announced plans for a special collectors giveaway this season in the form of a commemorative pin. The pin, which will celebrate The Sporting News prediction of a 2015 World Series title for the team, will be handed out on May 15th before a game against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

“This really is a unique moment in history for the team,” Cubs President Theo Epstein said. “For many years we’ve had special celebrations for rosters that achieved dubious distinctions, such as almost winning the pennant or division, or gaining a Wild Card berth. This time we can actually print the words ‘World Series’ on the pin.”

Added Epstein: “That’s really special.”

Other promotional items being considered are a beer mug with the completion date of the bleacher rehab, and a seat cushion with the future date of the Jon Lester shoulder reconstruction surgery.

John F