2018 was pretty bogus overall, in my world. There were bright spots...very bright indeed, but ultimately only oases, not unlike the bright spots of the 2018 Cubs season. The end wasn’t what was expected. But at least none of my pets died during the holidays this year, so I got that going for me... and we all gained character if the old axiom is true.
The Cubs’ season ended with a thud and the reverberations continue to this day. 2016 is a heavy weight for some to carry. It’s kinda the same. Work with me here.
I hope you and yours are healthy and happy into this new annum. Unga Galunga. Happy New Year. Is it Spring Training yet?
Thank you to everyone for all the well wishes, it was a magical day. Happy New Year from The Rizzo’s. pic.twitter.com/YzLpaWo9O2— Anthony Rizzo (@ARizzo44) December 31, 2018
Here’s today’s Cubs News and Notes, such as they are. As always * means autoplay on, or annoying ads, or both (directions to remove for Firefox and Chrome).
- Ryan Davis (Forbes*): A few New Year’s resolutions for the Chicago Cubs. “Let’s make a few suggestions, shall we?”
- Evan Altman (Cubs Insider): Checking back on the accuracy of those eleven bold predictions. Not so much. Bold though.
- Jordan Bastian (MLB.com*): Cubs face 5 key items prior to start of 2019. “The Cubs piled up the wins last summer only to have the rug pulled out from under them in the fall.”
- Todd Johnson (Cubs Insider): Cubs system position-by-position, pt 6: Two big names to watch in 2019. “The outfield positions in Chicago could change a great deal over the next month.”
- Kelly Crull (NBC Sports Chicago*): Favorite Cubs Games of 2018: David Bote’s ultimate grand slam. Has my vote. Nate Poppen votes for Javier Baez.
- Cubs birthdays: Hugh Nicol, Ned Garvin, Tom Downey, Hack Miller, Teddy Kearns, Ethan Allen, Randy Bobb, Roberto Rivera. Also notable: Tim Keefe, Hank Greenberg. (HoF)
Food for thought:
Guitarist Brian May from the rock band Queen wrote a new song about @NASANewHorizons, and will debut it at mission control in Maryland on New Year’s Eve. May has a doctorate degree in astrophysics and is officially part of the New Horizons team. #UltimaThule #Ultimaflyby— Science News (@ScienceNews) December 31, 2018
Scientists have just released an image of Ultima Thule captured by the New Horizons spacecraft yesterday. Science team member John Spencer says it appears to be an elongated “blob” that is perhaps twice as long as it is wide. Better pictures to come! https://t.co/UQFUrLdCSn pic.twitter.com/qcwAYl7AAV— Spaceflight Now (@SpaceflightNow) December 31, 2018
Thanks for reading. New from Planet X!