Cubs Recap: Wood goes out on his terms -- with a K, as Cubs lose in wild game

Cubs Recap: Wood goes out on his terms -- with a K, as Cubs lose in wild game

Coming after a day of the big retirement news from Kerry Wood, the injury to Geo Soto, and the demotion of Chris Volstad, the Cubs-Sox game almost seemed like an afterthought.

This may not be the kind of year he had hoped for, but Wood went out in style.  For a moment, he looked like that 20 year old kid we remembered back in May of 1998.  He threw 95 mph gas, striking out Dayan Viciedo on three pitches.  Viciedo went down swinging on a nasty, vintage Kerry Wood curve.

It was strikeout number 1582.

He then left the mound for the last time to the deafening roar of the crowd, hugged his son, and sat back into the dugout.  While he may not have been the Kerry Wood we remember this season, I'll remember him for those flashes of greatness, that immense talent, and as that the guy who grew from a raw, flame-throwing kid to the team leader on and off the field.

Oh yeah..then there was the game...

The game didn't let us down, either.  It was eventful to say the least.

It started on an ominous note as notorious Cubs killer Paul Konerko did it again, leading off the game with a rocket HR into the LF bleachers off a Jeff Samardzija 95 mph fastball.  On his next AB, Samardzija let a splitter get away from him and hit Konerko in the head, somewhere near his left eye.

It was obviously not intentional and we all hope Konerko is okay.  The Sox, however, retaliated anyway -- throwing one behind Bryan LaHair's back that was a little too high for comfort.   What's worse, Sox announcer Hawk Harrelson was calling for the Sox to throw it high and tight to Samardzija.

Not a whole lot of class from the Sox on a day that featured the retirement of one of the classiest players in baseball.

The Cubs answered right away with a sac fly by Starlin Castro to drive in David DeJesus, who had doubled.

The game featured another terrible call by a base umpire.  David DeJesus stretched an apparent single into a double, only to have Gordon Beckham shove him off the bag and tag him "out".  The umpire Eric Cooper apparently thought tackling was perfectly legal in baseball.

The game remained 2-1 until the 7th, when the Cubs put men on 2nd and 3rd with one out -- then inexplicably let Samardzija bat when the Cubs so badly needed a run.

But acting manager Jamie Quirk proved most of us wrong when Samardzija singled in the tying run.  Unfortunately, consecutive pop-ups by David DeJesus and Tony Campana prevented the Cubs from taking the lead.

The next inning, 2B Gordon Beckham put the Sox on top with a wind-blown HR that barely left the yard.

The Cubs had one final hope when Alex Rios dropped an easy flyball by Darwin Barney, who hustled to make it a gift double.  Unfortunately, Reed Johnson came in and struck out to end the game as the Cubs lost 3-2.

But the biggest story of the day was Kerry Wood. Here's the video if you missed it...

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  • Times change. Kerry is gone and he will not be back. Who is next?

  • In reply to 44slug:

    Randy Wells is what I've been hearing.

    Today though, I'm giving Kerry Wood his due. I may cover Randy Wells a bit in the minors recap.

  • I'm not ashamed to admit that I had a little tear in my eye while watching that video above. I'll definitely miss Kerry and his dedication to the club. He was a hard worker and a wickedly talented dude who was also (alas!) extremely injury prone. I hope the team finds a way to keep him around in some capacity.

    Too bad the Cubs weren't able to get the victory today. Would've made the day a little sweeter.

  • In reply to Pura Vida:

    It was emotional...and I'm not a highly emotional guy. I'm sure they'll keep him around.

    Very cool of Quirk to allow him to get out the way he came in, with a strikeout and some nasty stuff. I'll remember that last strikeout more than I'll remember any other last out by any Cubs pitcher...and that includes greats like Fergie Jenkins, Greg Maddux, etc.

    A comeback win would have made it perfect.

  • In reply to Pura Vida:

    Well said Pura Vida - and ditto on the misty eyes. Kerry Wood was a rarity in that you often don't see guys with that much God given talent have that big of a heart. He had a darn good career, but with a little better luck on the injuries....

  • "What's worse, Sox announcer Hawk Harrelson was calling for the Sox to throw it high and tight to Samardzija."

    Yet another reason I hate Harrelson. What a classless douchebag.....

  • In reply to Larry H:

    Ditto

  • In reply to Hubbs16:

    I concur.

  • How many fuckin times are we going to allow Reed to blow it in the bottom of the ninth? Their are several better bats on the bench that I would go to before going to Johnson, who yet again lets us down in the end

  • In reply to johnnywest333:

    I was wondering why they rely on him so much. He was late on every pitch up there. He didn't have a chance.

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    Part of me wishes Kerry would stick it out a little longer because it looks like he still has the stuff, but if he's ready to call it quits, then so be it I guess. best wishes

  • In reply to Gary Kueper:

    I wish he could as well, but his arm is shot. He can not recover from an outing. A strong effert causes reinjury. Now that Wood has retired, I am more impatient for than ever for the new kids.

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    In reply to 44slug:

    Yeah, I guess that was the big reason he cited. That's too bad, but it makes sense. father time catches up with all of us

  • I'm not a big Kerry Wood fan, but impossible not to be today. That scene of his son hugging him choked me up. I'll always remember that. All the best to the man with the appropriate first initial.

  • It's hard to see Kerry Wood end his career. He was such a fixture from the past. His talent was superlative. Besides being such a classy guy, he was a tough ballplayer who made it easy to root for and it always seemed to me that he really took pride in his uniform. Not all baseball players are cut from the same cloth. I'm glad he was a Cub and he was on our side. I'm thankful for all the memories and watching him give his all.

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