#CubsCon Winds Down, Instructional Ball Underway, and Other Bullets

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#CubsCon Winds Down, Instructional Ball Underway, and Other Bullets

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Cubs Convention is in its final day, and although it has been light on any truly groundbreaking news, I think the biggest takeaway is going to be the overall vibe, which was much lighter and more positive than many were expecting. To be sure, the fans who pay to come to a fan convention (through the snow) are necessarily more likely, as a group, to skew positive. Still, I was a heartening feeling. Don’t get me wrong, the energy wasn’t quite what it was a few years ago, but it certainly was far from funereal.

Also: the players, themselves, are a pretty clearly feeling good. That may not mean everything when the bell rings, but the positivity, readiness, and high expectations have been very clear. As much as we may not like to hear in January about “internal improvements” being the most important way for the Cubs to succeed in 2019, it’s undoubtedly true. And the Cubs have a heckuva lot of talent.

  • Some bits to check out from CubsCon for those who can’t attend:


  • MBD is there, getting great shots as always:

  • Kris Bryant does a very good job discussing how domestic violence conversations relate to his personal life, and how Addison Russell could be welcomed back to the team:

  • Instructional ball is underway in Arizona for the Cubs’ younger prospects, which is awesome:

  • Javy Baez made a snow angel:


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.