I am currently blogging – here, on Facebook, and on Twitter – for 24 hours straight, until slightly past MLB’s July 31 non-waiver trade deadline. The plan is to do a little recap like this periodically through the day. We’ll see if the “plan” still holds by hour 20 when I’m starting to suspect my keyboard might be chocolate.

And, yes, things are starting an hour earlier than previously planned. Upon reflection, although deals do come out a couple hours after the deadline passes, three hours seems a bit much. So, instead, I’ll go two hours past the deadline.

News and Rumors Since the Last Recap:

None. This is the first recap, dude. The good news is that nothing much happened while I was taking my pre-Blogathon siesta. The bad news is that nothing much happened while I was taking my pre-Blogathon siesta.

Most Interesting Tidbit Since the Last Recap:

Yeah, these will make more sense when it’s not the first recap.

Current Thoughts About the Chicago Cubs’ Trade Deadline Strategy/Execution:

I understand that Aramis Ramirez, Carlos Zambrano, and Alfonso Soriano are nearly impossible to move for a variety of reasons, but Kosuke Fukudome can’t seriously be it, can he?

Current Beverage/Stimulant of Choice:

Coke Zero. We’re starting out simple and calorie-free.

Strangest Thought Passing Through My Mind:

Because my sleep schedule is all jacked up, I’m crazy tired already. I’m in trouble.

  • http://twitter.com/thomaswconroy TWC

    I look forward to Mrs. Ace posting around noon tomorrow, begging us to let him off the hook.

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      She’s already annoyed. :)

  • Caleb

    Rock on! I’ll be drinking 24 hours in a row in tribute. So no slacking!

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      Keep us posted on your progress.

  • awesome

    guess Q tip was sitting with Aram and Soriano cause it took him 1/2 hour to go out and argue the hit on Castro. he’ll have another teaching experience with the media after the game on how to avoid being hit.

    • miggy80

      I can’t believe that Holiday kicked him like that and nothing was called and I can’t believe that we didn’t put one in his ear the next at bat after kicking our franchise player.

      • Jamesjones

        Im in disbelief too miggy. Seriously fuck this team right now. We should have retaliated, instead we walk him and the Freese hits a homerun. Jesus.

  • Bazfan1234

    Brett, seriously man, we appreciate your willingness to stay up 24 hours but this team is not worth it and nothing is going to happen. Have you seen the game today…just pathetic.

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      Eh. It feels like boot camp now.

  • Michigan Goat

    WTF we didn’t through at Holliday’s head after that slide into Castro… This team has no balls, you have to beam the player who spiked your young superstar. Q should be fired for this alone.

    • Jamesjones

      I used to like Matt Holliday. Fuck him. Yes Michigan Goat we have no balls or heart. I just want to scream.

      • Michigan Goat

        Yup, attn Cub nation if you see a Cardinal fan throw it at his chin take a picture… Send it to the Cubs and with the message “I have balls, where is your?”

        • Jeff

          Leave it to the dirty Cardinals to kick someone while they are down. It’s high time the Cubs adopted the us against the world policy. This friendly, lovable losers, with a mascot as a manager crap isn’t cutting it anymore. Preach old school, and defense, and discipline, while letting crap like that slide, and throw your 21 year old franchise shortstop under the bus for losing a fly ball in the sun. This whole team top to bottom is awful, I really hope that Ricketts realizes that there isn’t a whole lot he can do but ride out a year or two of awfulness, and is making Hendry sit in the stink he created as to not sully someone else with this mess.

    • miggy80

      To bad we didn’t have Farnsworth for this situation

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      I can’t really understand not throwing at Holliday there. Not the head, mind you. But at his ass.

      • miggy80

        Yeah not in the head but the knee or shin for a shin. I mean he straight up kicked at him. Of course Joe Buck and that other jack wad thought it was a clean play

        • Jamesjones

          I hate watching Joe Buck. Seriously. The man could watch the most incredible play in the history of ALL SPORT and he will just broadcast it in his monotone voice. “That was a great play. Anyways about chicken…”

          • Joe Cartwright

            Even worse than his monotone is that he pauses every 2-3 words! It’s pretty obvious he’s not thinking that hard about what he’s saying. How he ever got to be an announcer is beyond me.