Reader of the Decade: Caleb

Sometimes, writing a handful of articles a day (every day for two and a half years), you allow yourself to wonder. As much as you might enjoy what you’re doing, you can’t help but wonder if, and to what extent, you’re shouting down an empty hallway.

Fortunately, there comes a moment in every blog’s life – the lucky ones, anyway – in which the proprietor realizes he must be doing something right. Given the caliber of the readership around here, I’d suspected it for a long time. For that, I thank you.

But the moment of certainty came this weekend, when, at the Cubs/Yankees game, reader and frequent commenter Caleb did this:

So, to Caleb – who is, himself, a blogger – I can say only that I’m blown away, grateful, and now, kind of full of myself.

Thank you, Caleb. And thanks again to everyone else for reading.

Brett Taylor is the editor and lead writer at Bleacher Nation, and can also be found as Bleacher Nation on Twitter and on Facebook.

28 responses to “Reader of the Decade: Caleb”

  1. TWC

    Wait wait wait…hang on a sec… lemme see if I can post a pic of the Bleacher Nation tattoo I got on my ass…

    OK, got it. Now where should I send it, Ace?

    1. Fishin Phil

      Does it say “Wait ’til Next Year” ??

      1. TWC

        Two cheeks, two tattoos, baby!

  2. Toosh

    Thank YOU, Ace, for the ‘site!

    1. TWC

      Most certainly.

  3. Caleb

    Success! Someone sitting near me asked what the website was. I said, “It’s like… it’s… it’s basically Cub Porn.”

    Not sure what I meant, but I do know I was right.

    Happy to help, Ace. It means a lot to finally have a Cub home to visit everyday, argue about obscure Cub nonsense, and get to know other (miserable) Cub fans.

    And the Simpsons references help.

    1. Bric

      “Back on land my name was Homer Simpson… and here, I guess it still is…”

  4. miggy80

    I tell every other Cub fan I know about Bleacher Nation.com, keep up the good work Ace!

  5. Laura

    Chicks dig it,too! It’s a shame it’ll only be around for another year, since the Cubs winning the World Series in 2012 will cause the world to end…

  6. MichiganGoat

    Its time for BleacherNation merch!

  7. Caleb

    PPS you can see that the other side of the sign is already marked. Funny story.

    In 2008 I got back from an 8 month civilian deployment to Iraq. As part of my self-reward I bought 2 tickets to seats DIRECTLY behind home plate ($$$). I also bought Blink 182 tix for later that night. Anyway.

    I went to the game with my brother and brought that sign. On it, I wrote “Gary Caves Loves The Cubs” in all bold capital letters. I was trying to get it signed, but no luck.

    Oh, right. Gary Caves is the biggest Cardinal fan I know. I took pictures of me with the sign all over Wrigley, with fans, next to players, etc. Printed them all out and posted them up at the bar he hangs out at. I had random people text him how much they appreciated his Cub support. To one group I claimed that he couldn’t make it that day because he was in the hospital, and they recorded a get-well “thanks for being a great Cub fan” video on my phone. Yeah, I’m a dick.

    So this year, when I needed a sign… I was ready to go.

    1. Fishin Phil

      Great story Caleb!!

  8. Kyle N

    Caleb,

    Where was this Bleacher Nation sign idea when we were at the Cubs game in Boston? You know, the one where I drove us over 3,000 miles while totally redeeming myself? Trying to steal all the glory for yourself, eh?

    All kidding aside, Caleb is an awesome Cub fan and the only friend that I can call and talk to after any particular noteworthy Cub event, almost like a combination of true passion and group therapy. Ace, this site truly awesome and is the first thing I visit when I start the day. True honest Cub fans who are passionate about their team (and yes, on occasion some of the posts are similar to the incoherent ramblings of a crazed lunatic. . . But as a Cubs fan
    aren’t we all a bit crazy?)

    Here is to many more funny articles, serious discussions, satirical box scores, and crazed fans drinking Old Style.

  9. Caleb

    Very simple explanation for that.

    I uh, er, well… that is to say that, okay. Got it.

    Ten-inch had his hands full with beer and texting, and you had 3 hot dogs, nachos, peanuts, 2 beers, and an ice cream cone. I obviously had to drink my beer; who would hold the sign? Had to wait for a trip where I could bring a girl (they love carrying stuff).

    See? Simple.

    And Kyle DID drive the entire 3000 miles, by himself, without getting lost once. Which broke his consecutive getting-lost streak of “every single time since birth” so it was quite an achievement.

    I have a lot of passion and even- yes I dare say it- optimism as a Cubs fan, I don’t know ANYONE with as much raw baseball knowledge as Kyle. He’s that guy you call when someone asks “Hey, what was Dunston’s average in the ’89 season? And how many doubles did he hit off pitchers whose first names started with letters A-L?” He’s like a baseball rain man.

    If you want to see a picture of him gulping down a hotdog, youtube search for “Caleb sings the anthem.” You won’t be disappointed.

    And thanks, fishin Phil! I like to remind him of that story a lot- especially now that my Pujols jabs aren’t as sharp.

    My new project is to draw a retired #5 Cub flag hanging over Wrigley for Pujols after he retires in the hall of fame as a Cub.

    Hey- when you’re not winning, you get creative.

  10. Slamming Sammy

    Great stuff Caleb.

  11. Gyeva

    I have a bn tatoo on my shaft