Happy New Year 2013 and Other Bullets

new years times squareLast night, The Wife and I curled up with a nice bottle of sparkling grape juice, watched a Dick Clark retrospective, and passed out at about 10:15. Fortunately I left the TV roaring loud enough that I could hear when the ball started dropping, and I dragged myself out of slumber just long enough to force The Wife awake, count down the final 10 seconds, peck a New Year’s kiss, and promptly pass back out. Hooray, age!

I hope everyone else had a safe and happy New Year. I look forward to another year at BN, and especially to kicking off the 2013 season with the Cubs Convention in just three weeks. I hope to see many of you there, both for the Convention activities and for a get-together Friday night at a local watering hole (and/or Saturday night). Details to follow, but if you’ve got preferences, start sharing ’em now.

  • Carrie Muskat takes a final look back at 2012 from her perspective, which makes for a very interesting read. I like this one, among many others: “July 4 in Atlanta. Cubs pitching coach Chris Bosio reveals he has a deal with closer Carlos Marmol. The pitcher is not allowed to shake off his catcher on any pitch, and if he does, Marmol owes Bosio a case of wine. Marmol compiles a 1.52 ERA in the second half.”
  • And, on the flip side, Carrie looks ahead to 2013, and asks 10 questions relevant to the outcome of the season for the Cubs. The final question is the ultimate one, and a depressing one: Will the Cubs lose 100 games again in 2013. I’m thinking no, but I’m not sure I could go much lower than 90 right now on paper.
  • Speaking of 2013, I made some cracks on Twitter about the Cubs in 2013 (“Alfonso Soriano hits 45 homers, and surprises with a .415 OBP on way to MVP award … for the Phillies,” and “Tommy John Surgery re-named ‘Asset Accumulation Strategy Surgery'” as examples), and other folks joined in. You can check out the responses here.
  • Mark Newman writes about the unlucky – or lucky – number 13 in the history of baseball, which somehow ties back to the Cubs not winning the World Series since 1908 (something about how the 1907-08 Cubs were the first team to repeat as champions, and if the Giants don’t win in 2013, it’ll be 13 years since the last repeat … or whatever). How about Cubs in 2015-16?
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    Brett Taylor is the Lead Cubs Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation and on LinkedIn here. Brett is also the founder of Bleacher Nation, which opened up shop in 2008 as an independent blog about the Chicago Cubs. Later growing to incorporate coverage of other Chicago sports, Bleacher Nation is now one of the largest regional sports blogs on the web.

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