#BNBlogathon Check-In: Hour 8

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#BNBlogathon Check-In: Hour 8

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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:


News and Rumors Since the Last Check-In:

The reliever market is so loaded, the Blue Jays want to trade their closer, the Cardinals might sell off a bit, and the Nationals are falling apart.

Most Interesting Tidbit Since the Last Recap:

The Cubs are still in the market for a controllable starting pitcher. Yo. That’s wild, baby.

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

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.

Current Beverage/Stimulant of Choice:

Coke Zeros one and two on the day …

Where I’m Writing:

I spent my morning mostly at Gallagher Way – aka, the park next to Wrigley Field and in front of the Cubs’ offices:

I’m glad I did, because this happened:

Strangest Thought Passing Through My Mind:

We are at about $15,600 raised for Make-A-Wish, and I was kinda thinking about making a crazy offer if we get to $16,000 by this evening. I’m still mulling, though. I don’t want to commit until I know I’m ready … UPDATE: Apparently I hadn’t checked the updated tally when I wrote this, because we were actually already over $16,000. So I decided to make the offer if we get up to the grant-three-wishes level. It’s a tattoo. I’m going to get a tattoo live tonight.

A Selection of #BNBlogathon Tweets:

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.