Hello BCB community! I wanted to take a quick moment, as I've seen others do in the past and introduce myself to the community as my first FanPost. I've been steadily lurking around BCB for about two years now but decided until the offseason to jump in full force with my opinions as well - I figured this would at least give you all a few months to get to know me before the season starts!
I figured now is as good a time as any with the winter meetings and the convention behind us, so I'd love to take a few minutes to let you know what I'm all about, some of my lighter opinions, and what I hope you can expect from me regarding this amazing site! Follow me after the jump for some more personal thoughts.
To get into a little bit about me - My name is Brian, I'm 25 years old and currently live downtown Chicago. I've grown up in the suburbs and have lived in the area my entire life, so Chicago sports are pretty much who I am. I took a brief hiatus from the Chicago area while I attended Miami of Ohio, but outside of that I have too many roots here to leave for long. I grew up a huge baseball fan, starting to follow the game around the age of 6 with my dad. I didn't understand much about team loyalty at that young age, so I started off my baseball career following more individuals than I did teams. I specifically remember watching players like Bonds, Eckersley, Sandberg, Grace, and Dawson and loving everything the game had to offer.
As time went on, my family began to pull me into the Cubs family as well. My great uncle was a lifelong Cubs fan - he unfortunately passed away around 10 years ago, however I still remember having him sit near the radio (he never ever watched the Cubs on TV) with his Cubs hat and explain everything he knew about the Cubs to me (which at 90 years old was a lot of knowledge to take in). I still have his hat and will keep that with me until the Cubs win the World Series. Because of him, I was officially hooked - a Cubs fan for life without ever looking back, and I can honestly say it's the best decision I could've made. I don't think there is anything in this world that gives such high highs and such low lows as being a Cubs fan - I have easily covered every emotional spectrum imaginable, even over my short time as a fan.
I believe baseball is one of those sacred things that can never truly be explained - very Field of Dreams ish. I will forever remember the day my dad surprised me with tickets to my first Cubs game - I remember everything about it, and wouldn't trade those memories for anything! Although I love and respect the feel of baseball, i've also come to enjoy and appreciate the numbers behind it. I am a huge numbers person by trade, so the fact that my passion fits in so well with the way I think just adds to the love affair. Two years ago when I first found this site, I thought I knew a lot about the game; I could easily win arguements over players abilities and expectations with my friends and family, and became pretty knowledable overall on the sport. Let me just say many of you here have proven how much of a novice I am with that information - but that's what I love most about BCB, this knowledge is all out in the open, and everyone is not only happy to share, they're eager. To that I thank many of the contributors for keeping me enthralled over the past two years.
Now, outside of baseball, I'm a huge sports fan in general - Hockey is my second love (go hawks!), but I also follow the Buckeyes football, Illini basketball, the Bulls and of course the Bears with a ferocious passion as well. I'm always ready to spark up a conversation about my favorite teams, but I also love to hear about other peoples favorite teams because I love to learn new facts and hear opinions from the other side of the fence.
Now, regarding my opinions and what I hope to bring to the BCB community... I suppose if you asked my family and friends they'd tell you not only that I hold strong opinions about all things Cubs, but I also like to play devils advocate. I am not afraid to take the weak side of the arguement to make people really think about what they are saying. Even if I may agree with you, I'm not going to let you get by with an easily countered arguement - I like to get discussion going and build a better overall thought process. I am not afraid to make bold statements or predictions, and have enough respect for myself and others that I will come back and own up if/when I am proven wrong. At the same time, I expect that If I am correct, you do the same. I don't hold grudges and even if we get into a heated debate I assure you I am not angry with you!
That's a LOT of info about me you may or may not have wanted to know, but no one forced you to read it! If you were able to manage all the way through the post, I'd love to hear from you, if not, I'm sure we will meet up in future posts. Now, to cover the last year of Cubs that I have been missing, my thoughts are:
I liked the [name redacted] signing when it was done, I am so happy to see him gone this year. I wasn't thrilled about going after Byrd, but I dont mind the price we got him for. I don't hate Theriot as much as some, but long for the day he is at 2nd base. I don't think Hendry should've been fired this year, but I think his chair has to be so hot this year he won't be able to sit down. I was sad to see DeRosa go, but I feel that half of the people here had a serious love interest with him (not in a good way), I think Tim Wilken is doing the things around here that should've been done 15 years ago. One month ago I was paitently awaiting the 2012 season when we may see Castro, Lee, Jackson, Cashner, Jackson, and many others FINALLY provide the Cubs with some young talent, but today I can hardly wait for the 2010 season. I'm so hopelessly optimistic that I really think it's bad for me, but I'm a Cubs fan, and we only live once!
Glad to meet you all!