I will be excitedly heading off to the Cubs Convention (my first) tomorrow morning.

I’m not exactly sure how I’ll be “covering” the Convention. I expect to be relatively busy – both as a writer and as a fan – so I might not be able to write about the Convention until after it’s over. I expect, at a minimum, to write about the experience early next week. In the interim, there should still be normal weekend posting (limited, but existent, today, Saturday, and Sunday).

I also expect to be tweeting during the Convention and possibly posting pictures and such to Facebook. It kind of just depends on how it goes. But, yeah, that’s the plan. So follow BN on Twitter, and like it on Facebook if you don’t want to miss any of that stuff.

If you are attending the Convention, and want to say hey, look out for me. I’ll be wearing my blue Bleacher Nation shirt (on Saturday, anyway), will probably have a jaw-droppingly gorgeous woman at my side (my wife may also be with me), and I will generally look like this:

If you see me just after meeting Theo Epstein, however, I will probably look more like this:

But if the Cubs have just announced that they bought John Grabow out of his minor league deal with the Dodgers and plan to make him “the seventh inning guy,” I will almost certainly look like this:

And if I just scored a touchdown that won the Cubs the Super Bowl, I’ll probably look like this:

If you still can’t tell if that guy you’re looking at is me, I’ll be wearing the most spottable kicks I could find:

Oh. Also. I am not … tall. If you’re looking for a tall guy, you will miss me. If you’re looking for a man of average height, you will glance over my head by an inch or two.

So, if you want to meet up, where should you go? I get the sense that most Convention-goers head to Kitty O’Shea’s (a bar in the Hilton) in the evening on Friday, so that’s where I’m planning to go. I’m thinking of getting there on the early side – maybe 7ish – and then heading back to the festivities to see Theo Epstein (around 8pm), before heading back to the bar.

If that changes, or if Kitty’s isn’t going to work, I’ll be sure to Tweet where I’m headed and drop it in the comments here. This is not to say that I’m so important that you should be falling over yourself to meet me (indeed, meet me in person and you’ll see just how unimportant I am), but, if you want to meet up with other BN’ers, I figure I might as well be the rallying point.

If you’re going to the Convention and plan to try and meet up, go ahead and post it in the comments. That way we can all have a general sense that we should be looking for one another, rather than skulking around wondering if anyone else there is a part of the BN community.

  • Buzzamus

    I will be in O’Shea’s most of the night. Wearing a custom pinstripe Cubs #3 Jersey and an annoying bright red winter Cubs flap hat. I know I don’t comment much on here, but i’ve been visiting this site for a few years now. I’ll try to keep an eye out for you and stop by to say hi.

  • http://www.justinjabs.com/blog/ justinjabs

    Have a good time. (Jealousy ensues)

    • Kansas Cubs Fan


  • JulioZuleta

    That sequence of pictures make this the best BN post ever. Especially the Theo and Grabow pics…

    • Fishin Phil

      I have literally just peed myself laughing so hard.

      • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

        Thanks, gents. Producing pee is one of my primary goals here.

        • Dougy D

          If peeing your pants is cool, you can call me Miles Davis.

          Oh, the pics were nice too.

    • T C

      Absolutely one of the three funniest things I have ever read here. But the Best BN Post EVER award goes to the Aaron Miles Post, undoubtedly

      • JulioZuleta

        That was probably before my time, I’ll search it out.

        • T C

          It was before my time too, but something about it was so powerful that tons of Russian spammers target it. fairly often, and even to this day. Its quite hilarious

          • http://www.casualcubsfan.com hansman1982

            I am not finding it, can someone provide a link.

            • Hawkeye

              Geez hansman1982, nobody is throwin you a bone on this one.  I was hoping for the link as well.   Anybody that can help us on this one?

          • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

            And those are only the comments that make it past a very aggressive spam filter. That post is powerful, I tells ya.

      • http://cubbiescrib.com Luke

        Is that the one that keeps having random foreign language comments inserted long after the fact for no clearly discernible reason?

        • T C

          precisely the one

          • ferrets_bueller

            Does anyone have a link to the aforementioned post?  Obviously, it was substantially before my time (which isn’t saying much, considering 95% of this site came before I stumbled upon it, lmao).

            • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

              I refuse to link to it … it was among the first things I wrote (and the first “column” type piece), and it sucked.

              • BetterNews

                You’re not allowed to speak like that! Go to bed!

            • Poots05
              • JulioZuleta

                The ironic thing about that article is that the Derosa trade ended up being one of his best moves. I was NEVER a DeRosa fan. He was about as clutch as Lebron James. He had 80ish rbi, but I would bet that the majority of them came with the Cubs either up, or down by 4+ runs. He rarely had a hit of significance. And as far as his ability to play all positions, I don’t buy in to it. You could put Aramis Ramirez at any position, and he would suck at them all, just liek DeRosa.

  • packman711

    You’ll be in my neighborhood (literally). See you at Kitty O’Sheas…

  • Hawkeye

    What did your wife say when you said, “Honey, can you take some random pictures of me doing some poses?”

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      She laughed. And then she obliged.

  • Edwin


    Don’t sell yourself short. You are very important. You’re the guy who who posts about the guy (and posts helpful links to other guys who post about the guy) who is president over the guy who signs/trades for the guys who I like to watch play baseball. What could be more important than that?

  • FromFenwayPahk

    Fishin’ Phil either doesn’t fully comprehend either A) “literally” or B) TMI.

    But this is a freakin’ funny post.

    • Fishin Phil

      Only my office chair knows for sure.

  • TheboysofZimmer

    Never been before, won’t be there this year, but have fun and do the world a favor and punch Ronnie woo woo in the face.

    • JulioZuleta

      He is the worst thing about being a Cubs fan. Yes, worse than 103 years of not winning a World Series.

  • cdncubfan

    this time of year is the only time of year i wish i wasn’t cdncubfan. makes me wish i were something unoriginal like…chicubfan. or iliveatthehiltoninchicagocubfan. it would make attending this convention so much easier.

    august can’t come soon enough. enjoy everybody! keep us out of towners in the loop if you can but enjoy yourselves first and foremost!

  • Brandon – AA Correspondent

    Have fun! I could kick myself for not planning better and going to the convention (would have been my 1st Cubs Convention. Oh well…maybe next year. Some of my boys from the Smokies will be there, so be sure to say hello. Keep up the great work…this Blog is a must read for me as part of my ineffectiveness at work. THANK YOU!!


    Any plans for staurday night… I wont be attending the convention but will be in Chicago Saturday night.

  • die hard

    better photos of you (assuming thats you and not an actor) than of half clad girls who can only invoke thoughts similar to what may have gone thru Castros head after a few drinks

    • Wilbur

      Candidly, nothing against Brett and his somewhat “Vogueing” poses, I’m more of a half clad girl aficionado …

    • hardtop

      oh, i cant wait until the season starts and we can get photos of scantily clad girls again. especially this year, when we may not have many series with much to get excited about. ah yes the series preview: signals the end of winter and, possibly, the end of die hard (at least until next off season). and maybe the triumphant return of Michigan goat as a regular poster/comment-or…. i miss you goat.

  • Bren

    what are those, asics?

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      Pumas. Wife got them for me for Christmas, sight unseen, and unsolicited. She chose excellently.

    • MontelleW

      Those are Puma’s for sure.

  • Jim Muench

    I don’t live too far from Kitty O’Shea’s and just might stop by to say hi Friday night.

    If anyone is wondering who the “legs” are in the Bleacher Nation logo…they are mine and you can put a face to the legs. I am currently sporting an obnoxiously long goatee and will probably be wearing my very worn-in blue Cubs cap.

    • JulioZuleta

      That’s pretty cool. Pretty famous picture. What game was that after again? One would assume 2003

  • NL_Cubs

    I just had to offer my captions to your pics:

    BN Pic #1: Brett offering justification to Theo why BN should be given access to conference call pressers

    BN Pic #2: Emotional response to: 1. Theo putting BN on presser conference call distribution list. 2. Cubs Convention announcement that Kerry Wood will be wearing Cubby pinstripes in 2012-13!

    BN Pic #3: The man behind Bleacher Nation exposed and Brett learning the paparazzi are now in hot pursuit and his private life is in jeopardy

    BN Pic #4: Brett offering “Tebow Time” inspired prayer and summoning the powers that be can get Soriano traded…for anything

    BN Pic #5: The “kicks” that could get Brett denied access to the Cubs Convention and inclusion on Mr. Blackwell’s “Worst-Dressed List”

    Enjoy the Cubs Convention Brett! I look forward to a full report and more BN pics!


    • BetterNews

      Can’t get them.

  • ferrets_bueller

    Oh god….and here I thought this was a safe, Tebow-free zone.  Enough of this evil which has pervaded the sports world!

    Please, Brett Favre, come out of retirement again! Or text pics of your various appendages! or some combination of both! Anyyyyything to save me gahhhhhhh

    • Rick Vaughn


      Found that yesterday and shared it on my facebook. Could not believe how many of my friends and family got upset about it. I thought it was hilarious.

      • ferrets_bueller

        LMAO! While that article is hilarious…I’m betting on this being one of those scenarios when people’s reactions are actually funnier than the article itself.  Posted it to Facebook, can’t wait.

        • Rick Vaughn

          “How would you like it if I made fun of your god (Tebow)”

          “Dear Lord baby Tebow, lyin’ there in your ghost manger…”

  • die hard

    Say hi to Ernie and ask him if he recalls saying hi to me when he was a player and I was an Andy Frain Usher as a youngster….also, be sure to try the batting cage provided lines not too long and also the pitchometer to see if you can top 50 MPH on the gun….

    • JulioZuleta

      True story, when I was fourteen at the Cubs Convention, I was trying to show off to some young ladies my friends and I were with, walked up to the pitch-o-meter not having stretched, and threw one as hard as I could. My arm has never been the same. Those things are bad news. I went from a very good pitcher, to the point where I played mostly 1B and LF because I couldn’t get anything on my throws.

      • Deer

        that is a sad story. yep, those machines have probably ruined a shoulder or two.

  • hardtop

    man, wish i could be there. almost pulled the trigger on tickets last night but put a quick call into to some old friends and learned most were out of town or unavailable. Couldn’t justify the extremely expensive flight just to hang with you Cub nerds for a day and a half…. though that was the main reason I was going. Decided to save the coin for an extra game at the friendly confines this year instead. Maybe Ill make the bleacher nation get together at Wrigley in 2012.
    If i have to see one more image of someone te-bagging, im going to vomit.

  • JulioZuleta

    Can I get in to O’Shea’s without buying a pass to the Convention? It’s been a while since I’ve been there, pre-21 years. I wasn’t really concerned with getting in to bars.

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      I honestly don’t know. Would love it if anyone else knows…?

  • Spencer

    My friends “joke” with me that I’m not tall enough to have anyone take me seriously in court. :-/

  • Mick

    If I lived in the Chicago area I might think about attending but Minneapolis is a long way to drive to see Mike Bielecki, Vance Law, Scott Sanderson and Dwight Smith. Now if Doug Dascenzo, Jerome Walton, Jim Bullinger were attending I might reconsider but not Damon Berryhill, never Damon Berryhill.

    Brett, I feel you missed out on some marketing opportunities with your choice in outfit. It is winter time and what would go better than the the long-sleeve BN tee or the hooded BN sweatshirt? Just don’t spend too much time at Kitty’s and show Theo your BN banana hammock!

  • Jason*Thundermug*

    ***BREAKING NEWS*** The Chicago #Cubs have signed pitcher Kerry Wood to a 1 year deal worth 4 million. Should be announced later today. Awesome news !!!!

    • Fishin Phil

      Just in time for the convention!  Thanks Jason.

      • SweetJamesJones

        Well, if this is true, then that makes me extremely happy then!

  • gratefulled

    Brett, please never mention the name Shon Schlabow again please. Thank you.

    Wish I could make the trek over from Des Moines this weekend. Have Fun!

  • JulioZuleta

    Hey Brett, have you had a chance to listen to Theo’s interview with a Boston radio station yet today? Its about 30 minutes long, nothing too groundbreaking in it. The most I got out of it was Theo saying that looking at precedent, the Cubs gave up their #30 prospect and cash for Andy McPhail in a lateral move, and since Theo’s was a promotion, comp should be even less.

    It occurred to me that each time I listen to him speak, Theo gets closer and closer to the eternally unsurpassable Patrick Swayze (RIP) on my man-crush list.

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      I was lucky enough to catch it this morning. Yeah, he’s always the man. I’ll have something on that – and some other recent awesome Epstein quotes – later today.

  • CubsFanatic

    This would almost be worth the 4 hour drive. If I had some extra cash to spend that is. -_-‘

  • Archie

    Hello again everybody. I too will be at the convention in full Harry Caray form. I haven’t been there in a couple of years but I think this one is gonna need an enema. I won the contest at the restaurant a couple times and maybe you’ve seen me around. I’ll see you guys at the bar. I’ll be the guy with the white hair and the black glasses.

  • RDF

    One of the funniest BN stories to date with the series of pictures. Hope you and your lovely assistant enjoy your first Cubs Convention. Next year I might have to convince my assistant we need to join you guys in Chicago in the middle of January.

    Have fun!


    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      Ha. Thanks, man. We’ll have to see you guys soon.

  • cubincardinalland

    Stuck down here in southern illinois and can’t attend. You guys have a good time and keep me filled in Brett. Thought that was Johnny Depp photo there for a minute. Well maybe not.

  • curt

    really hope you have a great time at the convention brett, as i will be working most of the weekend i cant go but i look frwd 2 hearing all about it, oh and be careful those losers over at 670 the score call the cubs convention how shall i put this, a a buffett of women so take the wife and be careful have fun and give theo a big hug fr all of us here except for die hard

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