frustrated babyAs you may have noticed from a comment here and there, The Wife and I are expecting our second kiddo soon – a boy, who will be taught to throw left-handed and to long-snap – which has some implications for you, Dear Reader.

The “due date” is March 1, but we’ve entered the zone of plausible arrival, so I wanted to give you this heads up now. When the appointed hour does come, I’ll try to throw up a (presumably pre-written) post alerting you that we’ve entered the baby zone. You can expect there to be a day or two gap in posting – maybe longer, maybe shorter – as we have our baby, hug our baby, bring our baby home, and re-adjust to a profound lack of sleep.

Once I resume writing, you can expect regular coverage as usual, but I’ll warn you now that my overall participation/availability is likely to be reduced for the first month or so. You may notice that I’m a little slow on the trigger on breaking news/rumor-type stuff during that window, but, fortunately, there’s usually very little of that during Spring Training. You may also note that my typically sublime grammar/spelling/word-choice suffers slightly from an otherwise occupied mind. Such are the sacrifices we all make for the propagation of the species.

By the time the season rolls around, I reckon things will be back to normal.

I should add that I’m crazy excited for The Little Boy to join the The Little Girl. Hooray, family!

  • Seth

    Congrats Brett! May he be a happy and healthy baby.

  • mjhurdle

    Congratulations Brett!
    Hope everything goes wonderfully for you and the family.

  • TonyP

    Congrats Brett

  • TWC

    Where do babies come from?

    • Brett

      The Matrix.

    • Spencer


    • hansman1982

      You see, there is a giant ball in space that releases millions of babies towards Earth. After a long journey only 1 can make it through to the Taylor household and 9 months later they receive the baby.

      • Internet Random

        I believe that’s called “Scientology”.

    • Richard Nose

      Crotch magic.

  • MoneyBoy

    Brett … First off, fingers crossed and prayers said for healthy and happy … both for The Little Boy and … The Wife!!!

    Second, throw left handed, switch hit, and long snap!! Come on ace … geez!

    • Rich H

      You forgot dribble with his off hand and his head up.

  • Cubbie Blues

    Don’t forget about punter. If they make it past 3 years in the league, they tend to have a very long shelf life.

  • Spencer

    Have you picked a name?

    • Cubbie Blues

      Theo, duh.

    • Brett

      We have.

      • Katie

        I have it on good authority that it’s Marlon Theriot Bradley Neifi Taylor.

        • Fishin Phil

          Too funny!

      • hansman1982

        Brett Cat’s Pajamas Theo Matt Taylor, the Second
        Matt Garza Taylor
        Squeel Alert Taylor
        Dick Tidrow
        Opening Day Cubs Starting Pitcher Taylor
        Cubs MVP Taylor

        • Katie

          Pipe down with the Dick Tidrow talk. You wanna make Dick mad?!

          • hansman1982

            I put it in there in case HWSNBN decreed it as such. In which case, it is the only logical choice.

            Die Hard’s parent’s didn’t listen to HWSNBN and you see what happened.

            • Katie

              Excellent logic, as usual my friend.

              Now, back to TWC’s question about where babies come from…

        • MXB

          I am liking Tidrow Taylor.

          Has a nice ring to it.

          Congrats Brett

      • justinjabs


  • MightyBear

    Normal?!?! Nothing is ever normal again young man. They say two is twice as difficult as one. That’s BS. Two is geometrically harder than 1. Don’t think double, think squared, cubed or infinity. It’s well worth the effort though. Congrats on a nice family.

    • Brett

      Normal around here, I suppose I should have appended. Gracias.

    • brunsmk

      My Calculus class would like to respond to this post (just for the fun of the class, not to be a jerk about the post) that squaring one is still one so doubling would be tougher, same applies to cubing, but if you take it to the infinite power you will have to use l’hopital’s rule to determine if it is truly worse then doubling.

  • dan

    CONGRATS Brett boys are the best! Have a question does anyone know could the cubs trade there 2nd pick for a real good prospect then go ahead and sign Bourn and only give up a 3rd round pick ?

    • Brett

      It would have to be in another sport, because MLB does not allow trading draft picks (except for competitive balance lottery picks).

  • hansman1982

    Brett, you know that the moment you enter that hospital the Cubs they will sign Bourn AND trade Soriano + DeJesus for Giancarlo Stanton.

    • Spencer

      It would probably be best for you to cede control of BN to me for a couple days.

    • Brett

      Haha. Seriously. Fortunately I’ll throw up an open thread before I disappear so that you guys can cover that stuff for me.

    • OregonCubFan

      I’ll forgo the coverage if we can pull off a Soriano+DeJesus for Stanton.

      Congrats Brett – no more two on one, time to play man to man.

  • Cheryl

    Brett, Congratulations. Get yourself a good night’s sleep before you try to resume regular duties.

    • Boogens

      I think “resuming his normal duties” is what got Brett into this situation in the first place. 😉

    • Boogens

      Brett, the timing of this is suspiciously close to last season’s trade deadline. I’d like to know how you squeezed this in if you were supposed to be preparing for and doing your trade deadline telethon last year. 😉

      • TWC


      • Brett

        Whatever it takes to stay awake.

        (Also, I’m not sure about your math there … )

        • hansman1982

          The timing would suggest June – when was your Blog-a-Thon-Tel-a-Thon?

          Wait, why in the heck am I thinking/caring about Brett and baby-making?

          • Katie

            Uh huh. Perv.

        • Boogens

          Yeah, I knew the math wasn’t perfect but never let the facts get in the way of a good joke!

  • TampaCubsFan

    Brett, Congrats and maybe one day he to can witness a World Series on the North Side!!!!!

  • Richard Nose

    Congratulations. If the left-handedness falls through by age 5 I hope you start teaching him what it takes to be an all-world bullpen catcher.

  • Levon

    Congrats Brett! The wife and I are expecting on April 12! Boy as well! Since i’m a lefty we will be on the same track you are!

  • I’mACubsMan

    How about Ryne Dawson Taylor for a name Brett

  • Chad

    All I have to say is good planning my friend. Just after all the trade stuff slows down, but you still give yourself a month to get ready for opening day. Well done.

  • MoistassAlou

    Congrats to you and the Mrs.!!!

  • wiscubfan

    Bret call him TINKER if he is to EVER(S) to have a CHANCE with the cubs

  • itzscott

    Anthony Campana Taylor….

    or maybe just Opie for short.

  • cubzfan

    Congrats… That picture makes me think of a caption contest. My entry would be as follows, ” No no you can’t make me a Cubs fan, I don’t wanna be”.

  • SweetJamesJones

    Congrats on child #2 Brett!

  • ChrisW


    Congratulations, the wife and I just had number 3 last month, our 3rd in less than 3 1/2 years. Having said that, each of our children has been an easier baby than the last, so far. I hope that the same holds true for you and your wife.

    Good luck.

    • Brett

      Thanks, Chris – and congrats to you.

  • Kansas Cubs Fan

    Could Luke or Sahadev cover the site while you’re gone?

    There would be a lot of deprived Cubs fans out there.

  • Kansas Cubs Fan

    I think he should be named Theo Scrappy Taylor.

  • cdncubfan

    great news! congrats to you and your family. my wife and i are expecting our first. our boy is due not too long after yours (march 12th) and i just realized that if you’re entering the zone of plausible arrival, i have less time than i think. yikes.

    all the best!

  • Derek

    Congrats Brett Dereks a good nane for a boy you know hint hint

    • DarthHater

      I sense that if you name the youngling Darth Taylor, he will be strong in the ways of the dark side of the Force.

  • Addie’s Daddy


  • Justen

    The wife and myself just had our first kid two and a half months ago. I always thought I would want two but now I think one will be enough, don’t know if I could handle two now. Anyway, mother-in-law said the other day that she thought he was going to be a lefty because he seems to grab at things more with it and the first thing I said was AWESOME!!! Left handed pitchers come at a higher premium. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to squeeze a Cub affiliated name in but I did get Jordan Payton so I am not complaining. Good Luck.

  • cavemencubbie

    Someone a lot smarter than myself said, and I from experience found out; boys are easier.
    Congratulations and many more. :)

  • Carne Harris

    Is that a picture of him from the future? Because he’s pretty awesome. Looks like he’s about to go all montage.