computer beachIn timing that is not the least bit unrelated to the craziness that is July, I will be taking my first ever vacation in my time at BN.

No, I won’t be completely absent (I just can’t do it), but unlike other times when I’ve cautioned you that I won’t be very available on a given day/week, only to find that I’m still here just as much as usual, this time I really mean it: I won’t be around as much as usual this week.

What does that mean for you? Well, the plan is that I’ll be doing one, catch-all post per day (plus the Minor League Daily will continue, because I’m Ebenezer Scrooge and I wouldn’t let Luke take a vacation (I kid, he’s just a beast)). That post should be up each morning, and, barring any seriously humongous breaking news or rumors, that’ll be it for the day.

I hope that you’ll keep the conversation going in the comments each day, filling each other in on whatever’s going on. If that isn’t your thing, you’ll just have to wait for the next morning.

This is the plan. It is subject to change. But, after each morning’s post, I’m going to do my best to unplug for the rest of the day. I hope you’ll forgive my indulgence.

Have a great week, friends. I plan to.

  • Daniel

    Get some rest and family time Brett…you deserve it!

  • ssckelley

    Engage troll shield

  • gary

    Thanks for your hard work and dedication. After the craziness that is July you deserve a vacation. Enjoy

  • CubFan Paul

    Enjoy. Hopefully you have a babysitter too.

  • Gretchen

    Thank you all for your support! Five years and two kids later, this rest is a long time coming :) See you soon!

    The Wife

    • Danny Ballgame

      Keep that dude away from the computer for a bit. He deserves it. Enjoy the vacay guys!!!

    • OkieCub

      Thanks for sharing him Wife.

    • Cyranojoe

      All Hail The Wife! LOL, thanks for your patience and support. Your husband gives us quite literally the very best sports writing on the planet, and we appreciate all that you do to help make that happen. :)

  • Dan

    Where ya going?

    • CubsFanSaxMan

      Don’t forget to wear your BN T-Shirt and post a picture. A picture by the Eiffel Tower would be “cool.”

  • Ivy Walls

    one man band can’t take too much time off

  • Indy57

    Enjoy your time off. Get some long walks in, catch the sunset every night and sleep in late.

  • jacob w

    Have fun brett u have earned it

  • Cheese Chad

    You deserve it, go getche some vacation.

  • Cheese Chad

    Logan Watkins recalled according to Musket. I think I’m happy about that.

    • Cyranojoe

      Something happen to Barney or something? Or is this the temporary Valbuena replacement?

  • Cheese Chad

    #Cubs lineup vs LA: DeJesus CF, Lake LF, Riz 1B, Navarro C, Schierholtz RF, Ransom 3B, Watkins 2B, Murphy SS, Villanueva P

    • wvcubsfan

      It takes something to be the worst looking lineup card for this year, but I’m not sure this isn’t it.

      • nkniacc13

        Heck the only thing that could make it worse was if Gillispe was in there

        • Cyranojoe

          Watkins is worse than Barney? (I love the guy, but his stick has been death this year.)

          • Mick

            This is a huge day for Logan. Once he comes to bat he can say the rest of his life that he was a major league ball player. I was a Fitch the morning that he arrived with some other young prospects. He was a hustler and a tough kid–football kid with some success. He will not embarrass the team and might just hit a ball over your head if they play him close. Nothing wrong with organizational rewards sometimes–better than using veteran remnants from other teams. Of course, future very un-certain and I know some of you who have watched him at Iowa say he has had a very mediocre season. So let it play out.

    • Jon

      Who the f’ is Murphy?

    • Brandon

      Castro hurt or just getting the day off?

      • wvcubsfan

        Benched for brain cramps, and will be DFA’d within the week if he doesn’t start OPS’in .950. 😉

      • TOOT

        Needs to clear his mind again, I’m guessing.

  • Idaho Razorback

    Allright Nationites. Perect time for some guest posts, ie Myles.

  • Lokanna

    I hope you and the family have a marvelous time! Well deserved, sir.


    Sorry to tell you that I dont think you will be able to not post. You will want to do it like a drug adict his next fix.

    Anyway, have fun, I dont know how you do all you do at the site, shut everything off.

  • Kevin

    Enjoy your well deserved vacation! You spoil us each and every day and you, just like the rest of us, need quality time away.

  • Jimmy James


  • Josh

    I miss you already

  • Steve

    Have a great vacation!

  • Chef Brian

    NOOOOOOOOOOO!!! What will we get our Cubs Info Fix? I just don’t think you can go til the offseason, Brett…JK Buddy! Have fun with the wife.

  • Chef Brian

    Where not what…sorry.

  • Todd

    You and your family deserve some time to enjoy life!!

    Have fun!!

  • http://Bleachernation Lou Brock

    Make some great memories with your family. Safe travel and God Bless you all.

  • PRcajun

    Enjoy the family vacation, Brett and Gretchen!!! Hey how about letting Myles and Luke take over for the week. I mean what’s the worst that could happen? Nothing like coming back to the site with an all out 80’s hair band theme song for each player in the lineup….or at least for the starting pitcher of the day. C’mon, Brett…give them a chance.

  • TSB

    I would say have a good time on vacation, but due to the small sample size of previous vacation days, it may not be possible.

  • Trueblue

    Too funny. Are last three hitters are batting. .204, 0, 0. That is a riot.

  • mudge

    It’s been proven there’s no such thing as vacation.

  • Jimmy James

    I miss you so bad it hurts

  • Justin

    Have a good vacation Brett! Anyone have any info on what is going on with Mike Olt? That dude has been an absolute mess at the plate with Iowa. Are his tear ducts still an issue? He’s making Koyie Hill look like Babe Ruth at this point..

  • The Dude

    Enjoy. You deserve it bro