#BNBlogathon Check-In: Hour 16

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#BNBlogathon Check-In: Hour 16

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I am currently blogging – here, on Facebook, and on Twitter (hash tag #BNBlogathon for those who want to jump into the fray themselves) – for 40 hours straight, until a little past MLB’s July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline, thanks to your generous donations 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, etc.), as well as a significant uptick in rumor/trade posts.

Total Posts So Far:

31.

News and Rumors Since the Last Check-In:

Things really slowed down in this stretch. There are six teams still in on Chris Archer. Carlos Martinez hurt his shoulder. The Yankees got Lance Lynn. Actually, nope, they just picked up as I was typing this. The Braves got Adam Duvall, and also …

Most Interesting Tidbit Since the Last Recap:

BAM: NATIONALS MAKING BRYCE HARPER AVAILABLE.

Current Thoughts About the Chicago Cubs’ Trade Deadline Strategy/Execution:

Still, still this: I love that the Cubs picked up a reliever so early in the process – targeting Jesse Chavez on the cheap – as well as a starting pitcher. They are now in a position where they can keep tabs on the controllable starting market, and also wait for another relief bargain.

The many, many good relief options are all still out there. I like this.

Current Beverage/Stimulant of Choice:

It was a physical stimulant – getting a little needle jammed into my arm for the better part of an hour did the trick.

Where I’m Writing:

At Wrigley Field, just outside, listening to the Foo Fighters play. It’s pretty freaking sweet.

Strangest Thought Passing Through My Mind:

Well, you animals did it (in 12 minutes!), getting us to well over $18,000 for Make-A-Wish (we’re actually over $20,000 at this point!), so I had to make good on my promise to get my first ever tattoo:

I’m nothing if not long-winded, so I’ll give you the very short version on the meaning of the tattoo: the symbols are for equality and mortality, individually, and then together it’s a symbol for not letting the day-to-day stresses of life take away your perspective on how brief our time is here on earth. A lot of it is wrapped up in what I wrote a couple months ago.

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Author: Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Cubs Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation and @Brett_A_Taylor.