When Kerry Wood woke up today, he decided it would be his last as a Major Leaguer.
I’m not a Cubs fan, but Kerry Wood’s name will forever remain synonymous with their emblem. I remember that May 6th, 1998 afternoon like it was yesterday–the 20 strikeout game.
He’s made himself available to pitch out of the bullpen one last time at Wrigley Field in this afternoon’s contest against the Chicago White Sox. After that, he’ll hang up the cleats and close out a 14-year career for good. Hopefully the baseball Gods will have their way with things and make it so.
I think it’s been mentioned in these parts before; but after making a trip to Wrigley a few weekends ago, there’s nothing better to kick off a weekend of fun than a beautiful afternoon game at Wrigley. In a way, Wood’s career ends fittingly.
UPDATE 4:42 PM: Wood’s career truly ended fittingly, with a strikeout of the last batter he faced.