2013 cubs conventionFor reasons known only to the last September version of myself, my flight tomorrow morning leaves at 6:20am ET. I can only assume that there was some kind of drastic price difference between that flight and later in the morning, otherwise I curse September Brett.

That is to say, I’m going to sleep, and then I’m heading to Chicago for the Cubs Convention.

Site Coverage:

You can expect lighter posting tomorrow throughout the day, but I’ll likely have something up tomorrow night as I take in the Opening Ceremonies of the Cubs Convention. Obviously if news or a significant rumor breaks, I’ll have it up as soon as I can – but you’re advised to follow me on Twitter if you’re able, because that’s where a whole lot of the CubsCon content will pop up first.

The sessions that are likeliest to produce news are on Saturday, and I’ll have material up for those as soon as possible. The big one, I anticipate, will be a Wrigley renovation announcement.

I’ll do my best to make your reading experience as “normal” as possible over the next three days. I’m likely to be running all around all weekend, so it’s more likely that the majority of CubsCon-related material will come on Sunday or Monday. And I can say for certain that I won’t be around in the comments as much.

If I get really bold, I’ll try to do constantly-updating live threads for each of the CubsCon days, but I don’t want to over-promise and under-deliver.

Meeting Up:

If you’re going to be in town and/or at the Convention, I’d love to meet up. A group of us – including podcast-mate Sahadev Sharma – will be hanging out on Friday after the Opening Ceremonies (which officially go from 5pm CT to 7pm CT) at the bar at the Sheraton, which is apparently called ChiBar. I anticipate being there for a couple hours, before heading out to a less hotel-y bar, Lizzie McNeill’s, which is across the street from the Sheraton (we decided to stay closer to the hotel, so that’s why Timothy O’Toole’s was cut). I’ll keep folks posted here and on Twitter when I head from ChiBar to Lizzie McNeill’s.

On Saturday, I’m planning to stick to the hotel bar, and then see where the evening takes me. Again, I’ll keep folks updated if you’re wanting to meet up. I’m really not that cool, but I like to meet folks from around here.


If you see me at the Convention, don’t hesitate to say hey. I’ll probably be wearing one of my Bleacher Nation shirts (I’ve got a blue one, a maroon one, and a red one) and my fancy shoes:

brett shoes

Also, I generally look like this:

If someone’s snapping a picture, I’m virtually guaranteed to look like that.

If you’re coming to the Convention and planning to meet up, drop some thoughts in the comments. That way we’ll all know who to be looking for.

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

    Have a great time everyone.

  • http://worldseriesdreaming.com/ Rice Cube

    Hey, I know that guy in the goofy picture.

  • Dave

    Someone get a picture of Brett when he steps off his flight. I imagine that pose is ever more interesting when half asleep.

  • Rob Willer

    Hey Brett. Ill be down saturday with a friend from school. Should be there most of the day so I’m sure I’ll see you down there.

  • Diesel

    I would go but this weekend is the first time I get to treat most of my friends and family to their first honkers ale. Love that stuff and happy it is finally available to me in YC.

    • Diesel

      Correction…. available in THE YC! Go Honkers. We play football!! Lmao

    • hardtop

      honkers is brewed in new york now. i was kind of bummed to learn that. 312 in new york? do they have to change the area code?

  • magilljl

    Leaving for Chicago @ 6am tomorrow. Hope to meet up and chat for a bit and saythe hey/express gratitude.

    • magilljl

      Phone fail. You get the idea

  • Segal27

    I already told you Brett that I’m going to be there on Saturday. I most likely be wearing my Brett Jackson t-shirt, jeans, black nike skate shoes or blue and red basketball shoes, and a hat. I will also be staring at everything with huge eyes like a 15 year old fan boy, which I am. If I walk past anyone from the site just say my username and I will most likely hear you.

  • DarthHater

    I remember that September Brett. What a tool that guy was!

  • Diesel

    Brett you can go to the convention on the provision that we hear about important cubs news from you and no that garbage they show on espn

  • Evan

    Just got to the hotel… Ready for a great weekend at the convention.

  • http://401klogic.net Westbound Willie

    Important cubs news? Would you like to guess what might possibly be announced at this convention that might be important?

    • http://www.bleachernation.com Brett

      I believe I said what it would be up in the post. And, for the future of the organization, it’s just about as important as it gets.

      • DarthHater

        Hey, Brett, will you be going to the convention and, if so, will you be posting convention news on the site? [ducks and runs…]

        • http://www.michigangoat.blogspot.com MichiganGoat

          Wait… What convention? Is there something happening?

          • DarthHater

            Too much goat weed?

  • Diesel

    I just don’t want to hear crap from espn. Went from my favorite place to get sports news to a channel I loathe.

  • ETS

    I’m pretty jealous of all going. I guess there’s always next year… Enjoy.

  • Carne Harris

    Hope it’s a blast. Look forward to hearing about it.

  • yield51

    Tomorrow I will be wearing pajama pants, an old Mr. Belvedere shirt with an unusually large mustard stain, and flip flops. I won’t be heading to CubsCon, in fact I probably won’t even leave the house. I did feel left out of the wardrobe sharing though.

  • Robert P

    My son and I will be at the convention (our first) and I am looking forward to meeting you after reading your blog all these years.

  • Smackydoodle

    I’ll be there! Looking forward to it!

  • Cub Fan Dan

    As I mentioned in another post. I’ll be there with the Missus & the Father-in-law (& his lady friend). Being an Rams fan, the dad will dig your sweet LA Rams looking shoes. He might mistake you for Jack Youngblood.
    Im buying you a drink. The least I can do for all the hard work you put in for us.

  • Twinkletoez

    Weekend plans just got canceled, might make the trip. Can you get tickets at the door? are there single day tickets or do you have to get the weekend pass? HELP :)

  • cubsnivy56

    I am so jealous………………wish I could be there!

  • The Dude

    Safe travels, Brett. Sounds like a really fun weekend for everyone going, maybe next year I’ll head that way. I’m pumped to see the Wrigley renovation plans!

    • http://401klogic.net Westbound Willie

      You’re pumped up to hear about a bunch of proposed construction plans?

      Tell me you are kidding, right?

      • ETS

        easy there
        It is pretty exciting if they announce anything about renovating Wrigley or building the triangle building. They have been discussing this stuff forever; it’d be nice to see an actual timetable laid out.

        (I hope the image worked)

  • hardtop

    leaving for the windy city at 8:30 am MT tomorrow. see you there brett / bn’ers.

  • Katie

    Have fun Ace! I wish I was able to make it. Maybe next year!!

  • Die hard cubs fan Bob


    Coming to cubs convention for the 1st time! Been a cubs fan for over 50 years. Will have my historical cubs coat on! Look forward to seeing you there!