You know you've gotten old when your favorite player makes his way to the broadcast booth. Even if it's just for a day. That's where I found myself on Friday, with Kerry Wood filling in for Jim Deshaies. And yeah, he was a bit monotone but in the end it wasn't as unpleasant as I thought it might be.
I have an affinity for things that burned so brightly for a short time there's no way they could sustain for very long. Two of my favorite bands are GNR and Nirvana. Kerry was the baseball version. There was so much raw power that it was hardly a surprise it could only shine in spurts. The disappointment and longing for more was part of the appeal, I suppose.
It's kind of shocking to look back and see just how little time Wood was actually the best Cubs starter in a rotation. There was '98, even though Tapani and Trachsel were around longer and more consistently. The early 2000's Jon Lieber was actually a better bet to give you a solid outing. Then Prior showed up. But there was something coldly efficient about Prior. It didn't feel as explosive or fun as Wood starts when everything was working...
1. I’m writing this on the 10-year-anniversary of Game 7, lest we forget there was a Game 7. Most of the focus, (naturally, I suppose), ends up on Game 6. You know the one. The one with the nickname. It’s not called the Looney Game. But damn, it could have been. Just think: the wind... Read more »
Fifteen years ago, I watched one of the greatest performances in baseball history. I was just 12 years old. But I remember it like it was yesterday. I came home from school sick with the flu and was trying to sleep off the symptoms. Lying in bed, my mom knocked on my bedroom door and... Read more »
Okay, so I have to apologize right off the bat for referencing what has been one of the most annoying pop songs in recent memory. On with the notes which, unsurprisingly, are all about the broadcast booth today… Cross Kerry Wood off the list. He gave an emphatic no when speaking to David Kaplan. Wood... Read more »
A classy Kerry Wood made the right decision to move on today. Now I hope the Cubs follow suit and move on as well. When I wrote about the Cubs using Wood as a mascot and for fans to let go of their Cubbie blankies, it wasn’t anti-Wood. It was more about being anti-“Cubbie”. This... Read more »
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... Read more »
You may not agree with Dale Sveum bunting with his #3 hitter. However, you do have to be impressed with the way Sveum is handling himself and the Cubs job so far. This is a pretty tough gig for a first time manager. The Cubs job is already tough (probably top 3), but then add... Read more »
In what should be no surprise, the Cubs placed Kerry Wood on the 15 day DL with what was described as right shoulder fatigue. The Cubs have recalled Scott Maine from Iowa, whom we pegged as the top candidate to be recalled earlier this week. Here is what I said about Maine at the time,... Read more »
I understand that the bullpen is the last and easiest thing you should try and fix when you’re rebuilding. I also understand trading Marshall for three possible future starters, trading Cashner for your future everyday first baseman in Anthony Rizzo, and moving Jeff Samardzija to the starting rotation. All of these could help the Cubs... Read more »
It can be silly to try and evaluate a team after just one series. I have no choice but to do it anyway. Coming out of spring training, I thought I could count on a few things from this team. They were going to have much improved starting pitching and defense, aggressive base running, and... Read more »