The times, they change
Spring Training is a scant twoish weeks away. The Cubs are preparing to trot out a team with many flaws but big potential - in part because of the many flaws of their primary opponents, the other teams in the NL Central.
So maybe things aren't changing too much, because this is pretty common for Chicago. And yet, things are definitely taking a new direction, at least on the GROTA front.
First, I'm sure you folks have noticed - and welcomed - the return of Kyle Betts, blogger extraordinare who spends his days in Tribune Tower. I'm also certain that you haven't noticed my continued absence - that's both a testament to GROTA's great blogging crew, and to my own mundane blogging talents. I'm pretty much a one trick pony. Always have been.
The presence of Kyle is, in reality, the beginning of some pretty serious changes here at GROTA. No, I'm not going away for good, but Kyle has opened a few doors for us. While I'm not going to get into specifics just yet - the ink hasn't dried, after all - within a few weeks you'll all have a clearer idea as to what I'm hinting at.
But what I can say is this: the next phase of GROTA is going to be a big one, and we need you to make it work. We need intelligent, dedicated fans who are willing to express themselves loudly and with confidence. We need people who know how to have civil debates, who can express themselves clearly, and who don't lose their heads whenever a bunch of others tell them that they are wrong.
After all, it's the internet. You're always wrong.
We'll have more details for you once it's official, but for now I'll only say this: make sure you visit this blog regularly for the next few weeks. You'll be pleasantly surprised if you do... and you'll probably not need my gentle encouragement to continue visiting daily after that.
Edited to add: No, we are not having daily free porn giveaways. And no iPods! So stop asking already!