Happy Thanksgiving, friends. I think it appropriate today to say that I am always mindful of the fact that I am super fortunate to have my dream job here at BN, and I am thankful to each and every one of you for helping make it so. And I’m thankful to have an awesome place to talk about the Cubs with passionate and thoughtful fans. You guys rock, this place rocks, and the Cubs (eventually will) rock. Thank you, kindly.

  • The Cubs are selling a holiday four-pack of tickets (you can get up to 12 tickets to each game) starting tomorrow morning at 10am CT (their version of a Black Friday sale, I reckon). A two-ticket set will cost anywhere from $98 in the upper deck reserved outfield to $212 in the bleachers. So, you’re looking at a range of about $13 to $27, face. Not too bad if you can find a combination of games that fits your schedule. And how can you say no to that face?

(Actually, for realsies, I think that’s a pretty clever campaign.)

  • Bryan LaHair’s deal in Japan is pretty player-friendly: he gets $2 million per year for the next two years, plus a $700,000 signing bonus. And he gets the right to opt-out after 2013 (presumably if there’s interest here in the States in giving him a starting job). Once again I say good deal for everyone.
  • The rink at Wrigley Field, due to open tomorrow, has been delayed slightly by the unseasonably swell weather. I guess you can’t really complain about that – just get outside and enjoy it. The Cubs will be updating folks as soon as they know when the rink can open.
  • A little background on the Cubs’ marketing plans and their move back to a local agency after working with a New York-based firm last year.
  • Cubs pitching coach Chris Bosio is raising money for his charitable foundation (which works to combat cancer) via an auction taking place December 9. You can find the details for the auction here.
  • Also in that article: Bosio had double knee replacement surgery as soon as the season ended. Oof.
  • If you’re wondering about the posting schedule for this weekend, it will be lighter than usual tomorrow, both because it’s the day after Thanksgiving, and because the family and I will be traveling. This weekend should feature typical weekend posting (that is to say, Bullets and any breaking-type-stuff), and then we get back to normal on Monday (which begins the week before the Winter Meetings).


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