I am currently blogging – here, on Facebook, and on Twitter (hash tag #BNBlogathon for those who want to jump into the fray themselves) – for 37 hours straight, until slightly past MLB’s July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline, thanks to your generous donations (more than $16,000 after an impending $1,000 donation) to Make-A-Wish. I’ll be doing recaps on the process throughout the day, but you’ll also see normal posting (Bullets, news, Pre-Gamin’, EBS), as well as a significant uptick in rumor/trade posts.
Be advised: the fourth and final live stream from the Blogathon is in 45 minutes at 10am CT. I will try to be less weird and more substantive. I will, however, be more tired.
We’re about to pass the morning period, and then it is – historically – a mad dash of rumors and deals until a little after 3pm CT. Pretty much like what just started to happen.
Total Posts So Far:
News and Rumors Since the Last Recap:
And then LESTER/CESPEDES TRADE!
Most Interesting Tidbit Since the Last Recap:
Just the uptick in rumors as the top national writers come online. It’s amazing how I could be sitting here, just a few hours earlier, with nobody anywhere saying anything about anything. And then, boom, five tweets a minute about various rumors.
… er, well, that’s what I wrote just before the Lester/Cespedes trade broke. Because now, it’s obviously that.
Current Thoughts About the Chicago Cubs’ Trade Deadline Strategy/Execution:
Away we go. Let’s see what happens.
Current Beverage/Stimulant of Choice:
A Mountain Dew Kickstart. It says it’s fruit punch, and brags that it contains 5% – OOOH FIVE PERCENT! – juice. I taste no juice. Only wake-up bubbles.
Back to itching me something fierce. Sorry for any scratching during the live stream.
Strangest Thought Passing Through My Mind:
What if I’m struck by the overpowering urge to void my bowels during the live stream? Do I fight it? Is that too risky? I’ve got so much sugar and caffeine in my system, which is totally off balance from a lack of sleep, that I don’t know what might happen. And it’s not like I can excuse myself in the middle. Am I really typing this right now?
A Selection of #BNBlogathon Tweets:
— CyHanks (@CubsFanHanks) July 31, 2014
— J. Vicente Castañeda (@_cronosen) July 31, 2014
— Checo Colon-Gaud (@ChecoLab) July 31, 2014
— Tim (@twally_2334) July 31, 2014
— Gretchen Taylor (@GretchenETaylor) July 31, 2014
— Wayne Drehs (@espnWD) July 31, 2014
— David Reese (@dcreese7) July 31, 2014
— Josh Patterson (@cjdubbya) July 31, 2014
— Chris C (@CTwice) July 31, 2014
— Ben (@NotTheFakeBen) July 31, 2014
Hard to believe the A's-Red Sox Lester-for-Cespedes deal went down and @BleacherNation slept through it.
— Charles (@ivychat) July 31, 2014
— Johnny Ballgame (@JHoskins17) July 31, 2014
— Ted Szczepaniak (@TedCamLive) July 31, 2014
Your Visual Update:
— Brett Taylor (@BleacherNation) July 31, 2014