Together, the family made a gingerbread house yesterday (which gives us too much credit, as it was mostly pre-built, and we just decorated), and The Little Girl couldn’t stop herself from eating the roof, no-hands-style. It was exactly as cute as it sounds.

  • Before he was named the Chicago Cubs’ new first base coach, Eric Hinske had retired from his playing days in 2013 and took a position with the New York Yankees. He was in the pro scouting department when the team was wooing recently-signed catcher Brian McCann, and GM Brian Cashman tells The Star-Ledger that, “[Hinske] was involved. He helped me with Brian McCann. And he’s gone. Because he played with Brian. So I appreciate Eric Hinske giving Brian McCann a lot of good advice about his experience here with the Yankees. He was a great resource for about 30 days.” Ha. That’s an enjoyable little bit. Maybe Hinske can turn on that salesmanship with a target or two of the Cubs’ in the coming years.
  • Best Hinske sales pitch? Massive tattoos:

  • That Star-Ledger piece, by the way, also notes that former Cubs manager Mike Quade has taken a position with the Yankees as a roving outfield and base-running instructor.




  • The best prospects in the Arizona Fall League? Well, you may have already known/hoped it was the Cubs’ contingent, but Jon Morosi gets you as much confirmation as someone can get. Speaking with a “number of scouts,” all seem to agree that the Cubs had the best set of prospects in the AFL this year.
  • Holy crap, Tim Souers. The illustrator extraordinaire’s latest over at TCR needs to be spread far and wide – it’s a take on just what executives will have to do this week at the Winter Meetings, given all the activity that preceded it.
  • In case the Bullets are your first stop checking in on a Monday, make sure you look at this morning’s recap of the weekend’s activity. There was a whole lot this weekend.


  • The Bears play a huge game tonight against the Cowboys, and Jay’s got your implications here, including the awesomeness of that snow game in Philadelphia yesterday.
  • Obligatory for a busy week: follow BN on Twitter (plus Luke and Jay, too), like BN on Facebook, and also tell your friends about those things, instantly making yourself the queen bee of your social circle.

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