The Cubs have released their giveaway schedule. There's some gems in there as well as some duds. Let's sort them out. 

We'll start with what looks cool. Mark your calendar for these days.

THE GOOD

SAT, APRIL 15 VS PIRATES - REPLICA WORLD SERIES TROPHY

A strong giveaway right out of the gate. Will this be high quality? Probably not. Will you care as it sits on your fireplace mantle? Absolutely not. We've been waiting for this giveaway for 108 years. It's a must have.

TUE, JUNE 6 VS MARLINS - CUBS FLOPPY HAT

This hat says one thing. I came here to party. Hats are a common giveaway for baseball teams. Most are so-so, some are atrocious (see below) but this one sticks out. You're already in Wrigleyville. Might as well throw on the RumChata floppy hat and really have a good time. The only downside is that you have to watch the Marlins play but at least you'll be at a ballgame.

TUE, JUNE 20 VS PADRES - CHAMPIONSHIP PARADE CONFETTI GLOBE

Initially I wasn't sold on this one but much like the replica trophy from above, this one would be cool just sitting around the house. This is a one time thing however. They might become kind of lame after our 4th or 5th title but right now the World Series still has that new car smell so I will endorse this unique tribute to it.

Now on to the stuff you can skip.

THE BAD

SAT, MAY 6 VS YANKEES - CUBS DECALS

These are stickers right? I don't need stickers. I stopped putting them on my laptop years ago. Also the odds of you getting these home not soaked in beer is slim to none. Although if I'm being honest that Schwarber one is pretty cool. I'll see if I can find it on Ebay.

TUE, AUG 1 VS D-BACKS - CUBS ICE MOLD

Here's my problem with these. If they worked properly I wouldn't hate them. But I'm guessing that these are mass produced and don't really knock out baseball shaped ice. I'd be even more shocked if you could actually read anything on what is probably a misshapen ball of ice. The other problem I have is the fact that I don't think anyone has actually ever used a big ice cube in their own home. Occasionally when you go to that nice restaurant and order the expensive whiskey drink it will come with one and you'll think "this would be nice to have at home" when in reality you rarely ever plan ahead to have regular ice at home let alone special molded ice. Big pass on these.

WED, AUG 2 VS D-BACKS - CUBS FEDORA

Look, I know that image is only a drawing but I KNOW that the actual hat will look 10 times worse than that. There's really not much to say about this one. I mean look at that. Don't wear it. Ever. Anyone. Anywhere.

Those are the highs and lows of their giveaways this year. The rest of the list can be found here. If you happen to not be able to get to a Cubs game don't worry, we're broadcasting all of them right here in town on 1440 WROK.