Primarily, I want to thank you all for reading Bleacher Nation. The idea that there are a handful of folks out there who care what I have to say about the Cubs, and who find value in my provision of news/rumors/etc. is unspeakably gratifying. So, like, thanks. For realsies.

Secondarily, I want to remind you that, by reading the blog, you are ingesting approximately 70 to 85% of the Bleacher Nation content stream, which is probably adequate. If, however, you just can’t get enough Bleacher Nation, consider yourself reminded that it exists in at least three other places, consuming all of which will bring you up to that 100% plateau:

(1) The Message Board. The discussion there is both deeper and broader than is typically possible in the comments here. Also, it’s self-directed: you want to talk about Paul Maholm’s unnerving GO/FO ratio? You don’t have to wait for me to write about it, or awkwardly insert it into comments about Wrigley renovations because that’s all I’ve written about that day. Just start that conversation.

(2) Bleacher Nation on Twitter. I spend an inordinate amount of time on Twitter these days, and I keep the content Cubs-centric. When hot news breaks, Twitter is usually the first place it lands, before I’ve had a chance to do a full write-up. Today was a prime example – Theo compensation (and the imminency thereof) was discussed at length on Twitter before Chris Carpenter’s name was finally revealed.

(3) Bleacher Nation on Facebook. Like Twitter, if a big story is breaking, I usually give a head’s up on Facebook before writing it up here (though the nature of Facebook is such that there are fewer of those updates (I don’t want to overwhelm your news feed), but they usually have a fair bit more information in them than on Twitter (obviously updates on Twitter are limited in scope) – that’s all to say, following on both Facebook and Twitter is a good thing, not a redundant thing). There’s also some extra pictures and extended conversations on Facebook.

I should add that, in the near future, there are going to be a number of contests with “fabulous prizes” (gift certificates, tickets to Cubs games (including the auspicious chance to go to a game with me)), which will require to you to use one or all of these other BN locations. So, hey, why not get ahead of the curve?

Now: consume.

  • MichiganGoat

    Not to mention the message board has Beer Reviews and the best game day threads you can find.

    • Brett

      Indeed and indeed.

      • MichiganGoat

        And a plethora of oddities, I see the message board as the Camelot of BleacherNation… Tis a silly place.

        • Andrewmoore4isu

          Once the word plethora is even whispered… Count

          • bluekoolaidaholic

            Wherever he is, Howard Cosell is smiling!

    • TC

      I’m super excited for the day game threads this year

      • MichiganGoat

        Yeah I’ll need some other people to step up and lead these I won’t be able to do as many as I wish.

        • Brett

          Hopefully it will be a group thing.

          • MichiganGoat

            A good game could very easily shit down the interweb, we had maybe 10 people at once last year and since then the main board has grown exponentially. So we could have 100+ commenters going at the same time. AWESOME!

          • Rick Vaughn

            I like group things. Can’t wait.

      • TWC

        I, too, look forward to them.  It’s gonna be messy.

      • Edgar

        havent seen those yet but once I see them ill gladly join and write.

        • MichiganGoat

          They are on the message board, the final game day thread of the regular season is EPIC. What a night of baseball.

          • Edgar

            Dude you got like half or your posts from that thread lol

            • MichiganGoat

              Yup that’s why I have so many “posts”

  • HR Trucker

    Long time follower first time posting. The thanks should go to you Brett as you run a great site and I enjoy following all three FB Twitter and web site. FYI I setup aTwitter just to follow you and the Cubs.

    • Brett

      You are the man, HRT. Thanks.

    • MichiganGoat

      Don’t forget @MichiganGoat

  • cubfanincardinalland

    I gotta warn you guys, I whine a lot during the ballgames. I got downright neurotic when Marmol came in last year.

    • MichiganGoat

      Um you should check out last years game threads, the level of profanity and irrational screams are laden throughout those posts.

    • Brett

      Oh, I’m the same way – it’s all stream of consciousness. Lots of irrational hostility (and joy).

  • Edgar

    Who wouldnt like to go to a game with BN’s Theo Epstein?????? If it boosts your ego just a little bit. I am writing a 10 page paper on the supposed Cub curse for my english class and I am using an article you wrote as one of my sources.


    • Brett

      Right on, Edgar.

  • Turn Two

    Carpenter and Marshall gone, Wood and Marmol both sketchy, Samarjiza is probably not gonna get a realistic look at starter. We already have to “demote” Volstad or Wells to bullpen.

  • Chef

    I’m flatly excited for the return of the enhanced box score. Best analysis in baseball right there, Buster and Bowtie eat your heart out.

  • Dave H

    And I thought I didn’t get work done this offseason.

  • MichiganGoat

    For anyone who wants to engage in more serious discussions without all the elementary math discussions please join the message board. There you will find a great community of Cub fans and have discussions from advanced Sabermetrics to beer to 18th century haberdashery.

    • jfish1219

      Speaking of  Sabermetrics, do you know of a site that breaks down how they work and what means what?

      • MichiganGoat

        • jfish1219

          awesome thanks man I will check it out

          • MichiganGoat

            Their blog is extremely helpful.

  • Kevin

    The city lifted Soldier Field’s landmark status before its renovation, yet Wrigley remains a protected relic. How interesting that Wrigley’s restrictions limit what the team can do to the slope of the bleachers out of respect to the rooftop owners who have more power than any Cubs cleanup hitter.
    The Cubs couldn’t even get city or neighborhood officials to agree to close Sheffield Avenue for street parties during three marquee series the way the Red Sox do for every home game at Fenway with adjacent Yawkey Way.
    Eight miles south, didn’t White Sox chairman Jerry Reinsdorf have a state agency fund a $7 million restaurant across from The Cell?
    Yet unlike any other city, local ordinances also prohibit the Cubs from playing more than 30 home night games — 24 fewer than the MLB average — or on FOriday and Saturday nights. That deprives the team of millions in TV rights fees that run higher during prime time.
    Not to mention the $17 million in amusement taxes the Cubs paid to the city of Chicago and Cook County in 2010 through a 12 percent levy on each ticket. That might sound reasonable if Wrigley were a publicly funded stadium. But the Cubs are one of only five MLB teams that play in a privately owned ballpark. Two of those five clubs, including Epstein’s former employer, pay no amusement tax. The Cubs pay the highest.
    If the Cubs were permitted to lift landmark status to allow signage, increase the number of night games and redirect some of the revenue the amusement tax generates, it would considerably lessen the burden on the Cubs for the proposed $400 million Wrigley renovation.
    That sounds like an opening for Crane Kenney, the Cubs president of business operations who never has been under more pressure to make deals.

    • MichiganGoat

      Kevin this is a perfect example of something that would be perfect on the message board. This seems out of place on the main board since its posted in a meta thread about following BleacherNation but on the message board it would become its own thread.

  • JB88

    Was the message/comment function updated? It is much clearer to see to whom responses are being made now. I like it.

    • MichiganGoat

      The whole site is running faster after a few tweaks but I’m unaware of any changes (although I see things differently as a moderator) but I think it’s basically the same thing just running smoother.

  • Jugascubs

    i love bleacher nation

  • Katie

    Yes, the message board is a silly place that I love. I’ve gotten to know some folks a lot better on there and have had a nice time sharing my unique style of profanity.

    • Fishin Phil

      Yes, but you still won’t share your pot pie recipe. :(

      • Katie

        I’m not sharing the recipe because a stupid girl like me should just get her fat ass back in the kitchen and cook one for you instead of commenting on a Cubs website, remember? Sheesh! Try and keep up you adorably filthy little puppet!

  • RoughRiider

    I think it’s on “FRINGE” in four places too.

  • Packman711

    We <3 Brett.