Remember BN’er Oswego Chris?

If you’re newer around here you might not, but Chris was that guy who was always posting thoughtful, long, interesting pieces over at the Message Board and in the comments, many of which found their way onto the front page here at BN. If you’ve been around for a while, though, you may have noticed that Chris essentially disappeared last Summer.

Everything’s OK with him, mind you. Better than OK, actually.

The reason Chris disappeared is because he decided to take those writing skillz and put them to better use. He wrote a freaking book. A 293-page beauty of the sort that people like me always say they’re going to write, but never actually have the stomach to sit down and complete. Chris had a brilliant idea, he set about doing the work, and today he can sit proudly as a published author.

I feel very fortunate to have been included, in a very minor role, in the process, which allows me to bask vicariously in his badass accomplishment. Chris also invited me to write the foreword for his book, so now I can say I’m a published foreword author! (And BN receives a portion of the proceeds of the book sales, so I dig that part, too.)

The book, which I am proudly holding in my hands:

beyond bartman

The title gives you the essence of what Chris’s book is about, but obviously that’s just a taste. In short, the book dives into why the Bartman/curse/goat/whatever explanations for the Chicago Cubs’ more-than-a-century of championship-less baseball are bullcrap. In meticulous detail, Chris goes through 104 individual reasons why the Cubs haven’t won it all since 1908. So, what the book ends up reading like is a different kind of history of the Cubs organization.

Broken down by category, the “reasons” look at things like near misses, bad drafts, front office woes, players that got away, financial issues, and so much more. I remember when Chris first told me about his idea for the book, and, after suppressing the urge to steal it (I kid), I couldn’t get over what a great idea it was. The Chicago Cubs organization has a rich history, and this book explores it – all through the lens of explaining, in practical and real terms, how they could have gone so long without winning it all.

I very much enjoyed the book, as well as playing a small part in the process of putting it together. Chris has accomplished something very special, and I wanted to make sure you all had a chance to give the book a look. (It’s something of a proud moment for BN.)

You can purchase the book on Amazon in hard copy or e-book form, and you should give Chris a hand for getting this book done. I know how much work goes into something like this, and how easy it is to give up. Imagine dedicating every free moment you have for the next year to a project that is near and dear to you. That’s what Chris did. He rocks.

And, no, Chris did not send the goat head to Wrigley Field as a publicity stunt.

  • TC

    This is the coolest! Way to go Oswego Chris!!

  • Jason

    Congrats to Chris, and to you Brett, right there on the cover!

  • Cyranojoe

    Great idea! I look forward to reading both book and foreword.

  • mjhurdle

    Awesome job Chris!
    Brett said it best, many of us sit and think about one day writing an awesome book whereas you actually went out and did it. Well done sir!

  • oswego chris

    you are way too kind Brett…thanks…I will now be back to a regular poster…until I decide to take the plunge again

    oh…and apart from the hundreds upon hundreds of hours editing and revising, doing a boat load of research, sifting through publishers, and having my hard drive crash when I went to print the first draft…it was a piece of cake

  • willis

    Congratulations to Chris, huge accomplishment. Can’t wait to give it a read.

  • swaz46

    Now I know what to ask for this Father’s Day! Congrats, Chris! Can’t wait to read it!

  • George Cotugno

    That’s awesome, great job Chris, and Brett.

  • Andrewmoore4isu

    As a faithful BN’er I feel like I basically wrote the book! Way to go Chris!

  • waittilthisyear

    this is very cool. congrats to chris, and to you, brett, for all your success. well deserved, this site is top-notch, not just as a ports blog but as an online community

  • forlines

    Congrats and great job Chris and Brett. Can’t wait to give it a read!

  • cubchymyst

    Book is going on my too read list.

    • Cubbie Blues

      Planning on reading it that many times? 😛

      • cubchymyst

        Like I’d get bored reading about the Cubs.

  • Leroy K

    Buying my copy, and Congratulations; You paperback writer you.

  • Whiteflag

    That’s a great last name, Chris.

  • Idaho Razorback

    I’m not a book reader but I will read this.

  • chrisfchi

    Congratulations chris! Went to amazon and I’m only seeing the paperback version. No hardcover?

    • oswego chris

      yes…sorry…only paperback…I may have had to get three or four more mortgages on my house to pay for the hardcover version…publisher strongly advised against it…

      • chrisfchi

        No worries, don’t want ya living in a cardboard box. Gonna grab the paperback anyway, I just prefer hardcover.

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  • Cubbie_Blues

    Just ordered a copy off amazon. Can’t wait to give it a read

    • Cubbie Blues

      But, yet, I haven’t yet.

  • Katie

    Chris, does buying off amazon benefit you the most or is there a better spot to get a copy?

    And I always enjoyed your posts and am so very proud of you!!!

  • oswego chris

    thanks Katie….Amazon is as good as any and benefits BN….it’s only in a handful of bookstores so far…a few of them have to “peruse” it for a month I guess….

  • SirCub

    Way to go, Chris! I can identify with what it feels like to struggle for months working on a project. However, nobody will probably ever read my thesis (including my thesis committee), while your book looks like it will actually be interesting. Can’t wait to give it a read.

    You’ve inspired me to try and go get some writing done!

  • Indy57

    Congratulations! Looking forward to the read. Will download tonight.

  • Believe in 2015

    Congratulations Chris! The hard work and dedication to write a book is through the roof. I will be reading this book soon. I’m glad you got Bleacher Nation involved too.

  • Doctor_Blair

    I’m putting in my order in the morning! Congrats!

  • EvenBetterNewsV2.0

    Wow, congrats. Putting the order in now.

  • Carew

    Fantastic! This is at the top of my “must-get” list

  • JulioZuleta

    I was just wondering where philoe bledsoe/oswego chris has been. Awesome work!

  • ReiCow

    Grats Chris! I nabbed the ebook version.


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  • frank

    Congratulations! Major accomplishment–hope it sells a million.