It’s Christmas night here at BCB After Dark: the merriest meeting for night owls, early risers, new parents and Cubs fans abroad. We’re closed for a special event, but your name is on the guest list so come on it. Come in out of the cold. There’s still one table available near the fireplace. Bring your own beverage. Eggnog is optional.
BCB After Dark is the place for you to talk baseball, music, movies, or anything else you need to get off your chest, as long as it is within the rules of the site. The late-nighters are encouraged to get the party started, but everyone else is invited to join in as you wake up the next morning and into the afternoon.
Tonight is not going to be your usual BCB After Dark. I’m just going to play some Christmas jazz and throw the floor open to you. So to start, here’s trumpeter Chet Baker playing “Silent Night.”
No movies or poll questions tonight, so you still have time to vote in last week’s BCB Winter Western Classic. Also, there is a fortuitous piece of programming from TCM this upcoming weekend. The Searchers, our number-one overall seed in our tournament, will be playing on TCM this upcoming Saturday at 8:45 pm Central time. So those of you who still have cable or satellite should set your VCRs. It’s good for me because I haven’t seen The Searchers in over a decade and I really need to refresh my memory before it enters the tournament just after the new year.
So there’s no poll question tonight. I’m just going to throw the floor open for discussion. The prompt is “What holiday gift do the Cubs still need in 2024?” Yes, you can say “Cody Bellinger,” but I think everyone is going to say that. You could also say that the Cubs need Shane Bieber or Dylan Cease or whatever players you think the Cubs could use in trade.
But it could also be a Christmas wish for some goals for the upcoming seasons. Like “I wish that Cade Horton was in the majors by the All-Star Break” or “I wish Justin Steele wins the Cy Young award this year.” Or I wish Dansby Swanson hits 30 home runs this season. I suppose you could wish for Dansby to hit 60 home runs, but maybe Santa will only bring the Cubs thirty. Or 25.
Basically, anything to get the conversation going.
So thank you for stopping by tonight. We hope you had a very merry Christmas and are having a happy holiday season. We hope all your wishes came true. Please get home safely. Stay warm. Recycle any cans and bottles. Tip your waitstaff, who took a break from their holiday to be here. And join us tomorrow for a regular edition of BCB After Dark.