I'll be there tonight, and I'll be so much happier this year with Milton Bradley gone.
If you recall, he was quite the topic of conversation around this time last year, and a source of major angst.
Last year I got there a little late and met Sutter, and we watched the opening speeches and introductions next to a discarded 5th of Jack Daniels someone had left on the hideously patterned carpet. They played a nicely produced video with a good sound track and the right mix of archive footage and newer stuff. People cried. It was pretty awesome.
Later in the bar we stood next to Matt Sinatro for ohh, 20 minutes and didn't recognize him til he was walking away.
We also happened to be next to... why I already forgot his name.
Who was the super fast outfielder the Cubs had last year - the guy who could jump over a parked car?
Is that guy even still in baseball?
I was tempted to challenge him to a hallway race, but you know - how embarrassing would it have been if I won?
Next morning in the Trib you'd see: "Beered-up blogger beats new Cub Speedster in hallway race at convention."
But I'm looking forward to seeing the Ricketts family, the reaction that Jim Hendry and Marlon Byrd get, what Lou will say.
I'm super busy so have patience - I'll definitely have some sketches from Friday and Saturday, but they might come later in the week. And Saturday, if this happens, I'll be in the Vine Line (it's the 25th year of VL publication!) live session at 12:30 with RANDY HUNDLEY (the REBEL! Guy has the coolest voice I've ever heard,too), and '09 first round draft pick outfielder Brett Jackson. I think they'll show some slides of illustrations and hopefully they just ask some easy questions.
Maybe I'll see you there, but again that's only if it happens.