The wee hours have arrived, and I’m still feeling all right. I’m expecting the feeling of “crash” any moment, as a yawn or two have slipped out. This is approximately five hours later than I’m typically up.

I am currently blogging – here, on Facebook, and on Twitter (hash tag #BNBlogathon for those who want to jump into the fray themselves) – for 30 hours straight, until slightly past MLB’s July 31 non-waiver trade deadline. I’ll be doing recaps on the process throughout the day, but you’ll also see normal posting (Bullets, Series Preview, Pre-Gamin’, EBS), as well as an uptick in rumor/trade posts.

Total Posts So Far:

21 (and a WHOLE bunch of updates).

News and Rumors Since the Last Recap:

Matt Garza is being pursued hotly by a variety of teams (or he’s not). Alfonso Soriano said no to the Giants.

Most Interesting Tidbit Since the Last Recap:

I wonder how far the Cubs and Giants got into discussions before the front office spoke to Soriano, and he said thanks-but-no-thanks on heading to San Francisco? And I *really* wonder what the return would have been. Ah, well.

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

I’m happy with the two deals so far, and I’m happy to learn that the Cubs are still aggressively working to move valuable pieces like Matt Garza.

Current Beverage/Stimulant of Choice:

I started chugging water a little while ago to try and stave off caffeine-induced headaches.

Strangest Thought Passing Through My Mind:

How awesome are the ‘Breaking Bad’ episodes I’m about to watch going to be?

A Selection of #BNBlogathon Tweets:

Current Mood:

Hey, my picture-taking-thingy has special effects!

  • Cerambam

    I think me and @michigangoat deserve a tweet reference 😉

    • MichiganGoat

      I’m cool i’ve been mentioned earlier

    • Brett

      I thought you’d both had one already…

    • hansman1982

      I worked my tail off to get one last night but fat chance. Now itd just feel like a pity mention and I don’t want to relive my high school years.

  • MichiganGoat

    Quite Warhol of you there buddy, starting to feel the madness huh

  • Luke D

    More than halfway there!

    (This part of the night gets super boring. Reporters sleep, too, ya know)

    • Brett

      Lazy bums.

  • nwicubsfan

    just saw on ESPN that Zambrano is being moved to the bullpen… Has nothing to do with the trade deadline, but thought it might be an early morning topic..btw great job Brett, thanks for doing this

    • MaxM1908

      That was sooooooo ten hours ago. :) Just kidding, man. It is a good topic and Marlinfreude is always nice.

      • nwicubsfan

        hahah..oops… I guess I should have figured that. Just put TV on after a long day

  • Alex

    You can never go wrong watching Breaking Bad. They do a great job in building storylines every season.

  • supergeek24

    I need to watch breaking bad I hear great things love walking dead though

    • Trent

      Absolutely you do. First 4 seasons are on Netflix. Great show!

  • Sam

    Great job Brett! Glad I live on the west coast! But getting late here too!

  • hogie

    I wonder if Sori not wanting to go to the giants had anything to do with playing time?

  • Cerambam

    Kinda nice having a break from the 1000000 new commenters that have taken over BN the last week

  • art

    one report (Jim Bowden) says Soriano refused a trade to San Francisco. didn’t he say he’d accept a trade if it was a good city and team with chance to win? have we got another phony?

    • Jeff

      Maybe Soriano is homophobic? Maybe he would like to stay in Chicago with his hommie Starlin Castro instead of going to a town that has a whole gay little Castro district

      • MichiganGoat

        really, you want to go there? way to stay classy.

        • Scotti

          Hey, even some of the gay players are homophobic…

    • Brett

      That’s what that Soriano post is all about.

  • Brad

    I called sori frekin doin that like 9 hrs ago :(

  • Brad

    Real question is does he stay and reverse all my good feelings for him lately or hurt the UBS more?! :/

  • supergeek24

    I have a dream that one day my girls can ware cubs shirts to school and other kids call them fair weather fans becuse are Wining !

    • MichiganGoat

      that would be awesome, to have people challenge my years of suffering only to realize they are talking to a goat

  • Brad


  • supergeek24

    Thanks saw I missed that Dang no edit . It’s things like that is the reason I don’t post much

  • Duke Silver

    Are you starting Breaking Bad from the beginning?

    • Brett

      No. Re-watching the first two episodes from this season, and then watching the third episode, which I haven’t seen yet.

  • Cubbie Tim

    Hey Brett. Long time,1st time. Huge Cubs fan living in STL. Actually born here. I know. I grew up in sw Ark. I know. Thank God for wgn. I was 10 in ’89. I actually went to the same college as Hayden Simpson (SAU…go Muleriders) yes that is our mascot. Class of 98 baby. Watched wood throw his gem in the same dorm Hayden did. Green Hall baby. Anyway like I said…. Long time, 1st time best of luck & a bababouey to u all. Go cubs

    • Brett

      Thanks, Tim.

    • atfinch

      A Bababooey reference, only on the BN Blogathon!

  • Cubbie Tim

    Does anyone remember what we gave up for Juan piere to the marlins? One of the worst trades ever.

    • Brett

      Renyel Pinto, Ricky Nolasco, and Sergio Mitre. Burned into my brain.

      • Cubbie Tim

        Exactly…..we had him for 1 year only for him to b a FA & it cost us 3 top notch pitchers. Oh what could have been.

    • Jeff

      Did we give them Miguel Cabrera??

    • nwicubsfan

      g pitchers Sergio Mitre, Ricky Nolasco, and Renyel Pinto

  • Jeff

    Pinto flamed out, Mitre bounced around and Nolasco has been the only one that has had much success. I did have the pleasure of sitting next to Nolasco and Pinto years ago when they came to town in AA ball. They were sitting in the stands charting pitches

  • Brett

    Ok. It’s time for my first energy drink. Rockstar Perfect Berry. The Giant Eagle I went to didn’t have a huge selection. This tastes like carbonated Pepto-Bismol.

    • Jeff

      Time to get my 3 1/2 hrs of sleep, 9 am meeting tomorrow ugh

      • Brett


    • Brad

      Mio works magic. The commercials, not so much IMHO.

  • W_Francisco

    I wonder how badly the Reds want Garza, I looked at their top prospects and there isnt that many eye popping names, if at all any. Wonder if Blue Jays would be willing to trade away Travis D’Arnaud but i sincerely doubt that

  • TigerCub

    so…when i refresh BN, sometimes I go back in time to July 6? Anyone else have that going on? Great day for the thon as I’m pulling my own thon at work… My work much less entertaining than yours however. Thx Brett.

  • Cubbie Tim

    I’m drinking Bud Ice & Hydrocones. I have a broken ankle so thats my excuse.

    • atfinch

      Hydrocodone for me as well….achilles tendon surgery this past Friday. Bud Light, not so much as I’m trying to half-ass work from home this week…

  • Idaho Razorback

    Welcome Cubbie Tim! Do you know Tommy Tuberville? I’m drinking Natty Ice and just had a big dish of spaghetti.

  • SFC_CubbieFan

    Thank you for all your updates and information. I had a hard time going to sleep last night and was ready to get up and catch up. Great job. Go Cubs GO!

  • RicoSanto

    Stay up Heisenberg

  • Deez

    My friends have been talking about “Breaking Bad” I haven’t followed thru & watched it. I want anyone’s opinion on it.