addison and clarkThanks to genetics that hew more closely to Tony Campana than to Anthony Rizzo, my son is probably always going to have to settle for scrappy. In the wee hours of this morning, The Wife and I (and The Little Girl) welcomed The Little Boy to our family. We named him Clark. He is already awesome at everything. Thanks to all of you for the kind words and well-wishes. Unbelievable true fact: BN’er Brent sent me one of those kind words/well-wishes emails late yesterday, noting that his wife was a labor and delivery nurse at an area hospital in Columbus. And, out of all the hospitals and all the nurses, who helped us deliver Clark? Brent’s wife. Small, lovely world.

  • Soon after he exited yesterday’s game with an apparent hamstring injury and was dutifully evaluated by the training staff, Starlin Castro seemed pretty confident that he’d avoided any kind of serious injury. Castro was already jogging around, and described the injury as “tightness” rather than any kind of strain. He’s day-to-day, and I still think we won’t see him back in game action for a little while. But it’ll be because playing him right now serves no significant purpose.
  • Matt Garza also seems to have avoided a serious injury – in his case, his left lat – and could throw from 90 feet later today. If that goes well, he’ll be right back on schedule to be available for the first week of the season.
  • Dale Sveum responded to Theo Epstein’s comments about the Cubs selling off once again if they’re not in contention come July, and said what you’d expect him to say – it’s part of the business, you hope you’re not in that situation, etc. He also damned the hell out of his offense with faint praise: “If guys live up to their capabilities, it’s a pretty functional offense.” Yes. *IF* guys live up to their capabilities, the offense can be a whopping “functional.” He’s not wrong, either, which is the unfortunate part.
  • The Cubs lost to the Dodgers yesterday, but the game featured at least on Cubs highlight: top prospect Javier Baez, noted for his crazy bat speed, hit a ball so hard at shortstop Dee Gordon that he had to scramble just to avoid being drilled by the liner. Now that’s how you get a base hit.
  • The plan for Brett Jackson remains AAA Iowa in April, despite the initial appearances of his swing changes being legit. Hopefully he’ll crush it in Iowa for a few months, and then earn a mid-season promotion.
  • A Kerry Wood Q&A with an interesting anecdote on just how close Wood came to retiring in 2006.
  • Make sure you listen to this week’s episode of the BN Podcast – I didn’t get a chance to pimp it as much yesterday as I usually do. I think it’s a good one.
  • hansman1982

    Congrats! It’s not too late to change the name to Joe…or even just Tony Campana Ryan Theriot Fontenot Taylor.

    • X The Cubs Fan

      Think you forgot Derosa

  • JulioZuleta

    Congrats Brett. Great name. I’ve had thoughts of naming a son and daughter “Clark” and “Addison” respectively in the past. Great minds think alike. Hope mom and baby are feeling great!

    • Danny Ballgame

      I’ve got a daughter named Addison. I tried for 1060 W Addison, but got shot down by the darn wife

  • CM

    Congrats Brett. I could only talk my wife into the middle name “Addison” so you must be much more persuasive.

  • Tommy


    I look forward to the late night stories when you’re up taking care of the new addition to the family!

  • Boccabella12


  • Frank

    Why don’t you have some fun and give him a middle name “Kent”? Your wife might beat you to death, but it would be fun.(don’t forget the black rimmed glasses)

    • Kirbs414


  • Idaho Razorback

    Congrats Brett! I will be a 1st time uncle any day now. And yes, yesterdays podcast was excellent.

  • Cubbie Blues

    Obviously, we need to get my daughter, Addison, and Clark together sometime for a photo-op at Wrigley.

  • Jack Weiland

    I would’ve gone with Sheffield, but whatever. CONGRATS!

  • Clark Addison

    Great name. Congrats.

  • Boogens

    Congrats, Brett!

  • Farley Flash

    I keep looking into this years draft and can not make up my mind on the #2 pick. Help! I have no problem going with an everyday player but we need pitching so badly. However, I keep reading about this year being a week draft as far as college players. Appel appears to be dropping in the order. I thought this past off season that if we had a chance to get him it would be great. Not sure anymore. Meadows out of HS is rated high as an everyday player but would project as, long down the road, if ever, so young. What do you guys think?

    • Colocubfan

      My personal opinion is that with the 2nd pick in the draft, you would take the best available player, regardless of position. If it’s a matter of being so close you could flip a coin, then pick the position you need the most.

      Best case scenario would be a can’t-miss left handed pitcher, if there is such a thing.

      • Danny Ballgame

        I life the HS outfielder or the big lefty. Hard to tell by just reading scouting reports though

  • Hebner the Gravedigger

    I hope the Cubs refrain from any intersting moves for a couple of days. Enjoy your family time!

  • Fishin Phil

    Congrats on the arrival of Clark! Start teaching him to be a lefty now. 😉

  • JR

    Congrats on the baby Brett! Awesome stuff.

  • MoistassAlou

    Congrats!!! Hope all are well and welcome the next generation Cubs fan!!!!

  • NLIADad

    I bet he’s a beaut – Clark!!!

    • Cizzle

      Is your house on fire, Clark?

  • Matty V

    Congrats, Brett! Start working with him now on throwing with his left hand. Teams can never have enough left-handed pitching.

  • Indy57

    Congratulations to you and “The Wife.” For now you are still man-to-man. One more and you will have go to “zone.” Enjoy your kids, they grow up way too fast.

  • Sara

    Congrats Brent on your little Superman!

  • Evolution

    Lovely. Lovely, lovely, lovely…

  • Greenroom

    Congrats to you and the family!

  • Sully

    Great to hear Clark and your wife are both healthy Brett. The Lord is good.

  • Jan Forty-Two

    Congrats to you and your family, Brett.

  • JulioZuleta

    Off topic: Sullivan is tweeting that Garza might start out on the Dl, even though it seems like he’s already fine and certainly will be in a month. Something is starting to not smell right with Garza. At first I didn’t believe it, but now I’m wondering if he’s trying to make himself untradeable before the season. He knows the Cubs will either extend him, or trade him during the season. By delaying it, he won’t have the draft pick tied to him. Just seems off.

    • Cooper

      I suppose if I was an agent of a player in this scenario (draft pick compensation territory) I might advise my client to scuttle any chance of a pre-season trade. Shady, but would fit with a Boras-like mentality of squeezing every chance at a dollar.

  • Jason

    Congrats Brett! And to your wife, let’s be honest, she did all the hard work for you :)

  • mikeakaleroy

    Congrats, Brett! My son, Maddux, approves of the name :)

  • Nomar’s Left Glove

    Congrats Brett!

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  • Dave H

    Congrats to you and your wonderful family, Brett. Enjoy every moment while you can! When the wife isn’t looking, conviently get Clark’s right hand inside his clothes. You’ll get him pitching in Wrigley in no time!