noisemakerIn my lawyering days, I worked for a senior associate who never took a vacation. I mean ever. It was partly due to the legitimate difficulty in planning and executing time away from the office (cases don’t stop proceeding simply because you’re on a beach somewhere), and partly idiosyncrasy. I remember his excitement in planning his first vacation since joining the firm – a week-long trip to Europe in his 9th year – and I remember my own guilt at having to call him, in Rome, with a series of questions just a couple days after he left.

One thing he did successfully, though, was that every year, on his birthday, he took the day off. That was his off-day for the year. His annual rite spread among a handful of junior associates, who started doing the same thing. And although I was never able to pull it off, myself, I have taken the tradition with me in my new career here at Bleacher Nation.

Tomorrow is Christmas, which offers its own familial reasons for taking the day off. But it’s also the nominal birthday of Bleacher Nation, which I started shortly after a work-plagued Christmas five years ago. So, I’m taking my one day off. From now through tomorrow, you won’t see much in the way of content. Normal posting will resume on Thursday. In the interim, obviously you are all free to discuss any and all Cubs/MLB/Civil War History tidbits in the comments on this post if you’d like.

And yes, yes, if the Rakuten Golden Eagles decide to make their Masahiro Tanaka announcement as I sprinkle powdered sugar on my tree-shaped pancakes, I’ll find a moment to let you know. But outside of that, I’ll be enjoying the holiday.

This fifth year of BN has been a fantastic one for me, and for our community. The site continues to grow – we’ll be home to some 2 million page views this month, alone – and we’ve leveraged our community into doing something really great for young Cubs fans. The site has added Chicago Bears coverage under the able direction of Jay Rigdon, and continues to feature the best Cubs prospect writing out there from Luke Blaize. I’m very proud of what we’ve built, and I look forward to another great year.

To you and yours, a very Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays. Thanks for being a part of this place.

  • Dylan

    Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you and your family and to everybody else!!

  • Vulcan

    Merry Christmas!

  • walterj

    Merry Christmas Brett , and congrats on a very successful blog .

  • Bob Kloss

    Merry Christmas! Thanks for creating Bleacher Nation. I read it everyday. Enjoy the holiday!

  • Cheese Chad

    Merry Christmas everyone. Let’s get ready for another great year of Cubs coverage.

  • JulioZuleta

    Merry Christmas Brett. And Luke and Jay of course.

  • BD

    Don’t even worry about Tanaka- whether or not he gets posted is important, but you telling us about it can wait until Thursday.

    • MichiganGoat

      Agreed everyone will starting posting whenever it happens. Take the time to enjoy the family.

      • DarthHater

        Yea, Brett. It’s not like you add anything original, anyway. 😛 ::flees::

        • MichiganGoat

          Well he does copy and paste exceptionally well.

          Have a great Christmas Bert and everyone else enjoy the holidays.

          • Professional High A

            Don’t forget to tell Ernie to have a merry christmas as well.

  • nkniacc13

    Merry Christmas Brett and all BN. And hopefully They either announce tonight or wait till Thur

  • Polar Bear

    Merry Christmas to you and your family, Brett! Also, to Luke, Jay, and the rest of you in the comment section family! May you all have a blessed holiday!!!

  • Fishin Phil

    Merry Christmas to Brett & Family. And a very Merry Christmas to all the BN faithful.

    • MichiganGoat

      And a Merry Christmas to you, you dirty puppet have a drink or two for me.

      • Fishin Phil

        Count on it! Merry Christmas to you and the rest of the flock.

  • Tj

    Take the day off, it makes sense

  • Cubbie Tim

    Peace and Love. A Baba Booey to you all.

  • Gretchen

    The Wife thanks you for a wonderful year and for granting Brett his day of vacation :)

    Merry Christmas + Happy Holidays + all that jazz.

    • hansman

      Who said anything about “granting” the day of vacation? Last I checked, his request was denied.

  • True(ly) Blue

    I enjoy Bleacher Nation to a fault. Great and insightful news and (mostly) great responses. Keep up the great work.

  • chrisfchi

    Merry Christmas to the BN crew and its large extended family. Also to the knuckeheads who debate pitcher W/L and batting average. May your day be filled with joy and blessings

  • DarthHater

    お先真っ暗 ‏@osaki_makkura 12m
    According to Sponichi, Rakuten will announce posting of Tanaka today & He’ll start negotiation as early as tomorrow.
    Retweeted by Sahadev Sharma

  • woody

    Thanks for all that you do Brett. Have a Blessed and happy holiday.

  • Chiburgh

    Happy Holidays to all on and at BN

  • Ch1town23

    Hey Brett, Merry Christmas to you and your lovely family…. My day revolves around your site lol so I’m going to have to find away to occupy my time then… I’m born and raised on the north side of Chicago and I die hard cub fan… It wasn’t until we got theo etc that I started to follow the minors and your site has helped me even more… Great site Brett and I toast to your future success…. GO CUBS GO!!!!!!

  • Isaac

    Merry Christmas Bleacher Nation.

    Just want to take a moment and thank Brett, Luke and Jay for their fantastic work. I cannot say enough how much I appreciate the wonderful insight, humor and downright solid reporting that you guys provide. Keep up the outstanding work, Gents.

  • Ryan

    Tanaka to be posted!

  • Josh

    Watch tomorrow smardzija is traded and tanaka is posted
    You heard it here first folks

  • CubsAreTheBest2016

    link for tanaka being posted

  • Kevin

    It could be a Merry Christmas

  • The Cleanup Poster

    Merry Christmas everyone and happy birthday Bleacher Nation! I’ve been with you for 3 years and it gets better every year.


    Merry Christmas Brett, Luke and the Bn’ers. Happy Birthday Bleacher Nation. I’ve been enjoying the Cubs coverage everyday for the last two years. Thanks again.

  • Sect208row8

    My third year following Brett and while waiting for Christmas Eve dinner I’m posting. Addiction. Happy Holidays to all and I just know Ricketts is all in on Tanaka. 100 year anniv and all. Plus tickets are selling briskly on stubhub. Better than the last two years. Prices are up too.

  • baldtaxguy

    Merry Christmas to all. Go Cubs!!

  • Bowa41

    So my girlfriend and I just did the whole gift exchange thing. She got me a Bryant jersey through the Cubs custom department. Thing is, I’m not really a jersey guy but she somehow remembered me going on and on about how good he is/potential back in June when he was drafted… I immediately regretted not getting her an engagement ring.

    BTW, Brett you do a great job here and glad you bailed on the whole law thing and dedicated your time and effort to this site. I’ve been reading BN pretty much from the start and appreciate that you’ve found your voice and you try to keep both sides of the fandom informed (those who know the daily caloric intake of Soler and those who merely know that Soriano was overpaid). Oh and good call adding the Bears page too, Jay does a great job as well. You make this site a must read before heading out to work in the AM.

  • cubsnivy56

    Merry Christmas everyone!