The Chicago Cubs Rumor Mill and Hot Stove slowed down on Wednesday, except for the late news about Corey Patterson (scroll down). Check back and I will catch up the rumor mill once more news is available, plus I contacted a Tampa Bay Devil Rays site about Julio Lugo and Aubrey Huff….what they have to say is VERY interesting.
With Wednesday being slow, I thought I would take a moment to share my Kerry Wood sighting. Last summer I was listening to Pat and Ron and the health of the Cubs was brought up. The subject quickly turned to Kerry Wood and they mentioned Woody was starting his rehab assignment with Iowa within a week with a possible start in Nashville.
Well needless to say my yard work got done faster than ever and it was off to Ticketmaster.com to buy tickets.
Pat and Ron mentioned Woody would likely start on Sunday so I took a gamble and bought two tickets, to my surprise, right behind home plate for $12 each.
Pat and Ron were right and before long it was all over the local media that Kerry Wood would be making a start on Sunday vs. the Nashville Sounds (Milwaukee Brewers AAA). We arrived early with camera in hand (my wife has a thing for Kerry) and Greer Stadium was filled with Cubbie blue. It turns out that was the best crowd the Sounds had all year. I did get a chance to meet Ronny Cedeno….great kid, but that night belonged to Kerry Wood.
Woody came out and pitched well, even getting a remark from a guy in the crowd; “Can’t you do anything besides striking everybody out”. I have never sat behind home plate at a Major League game. I am usually in the bleachers, down the lines or like Bob Uecker on the front row. It was amazing to see him throw and to see that curve ball break. Woody finished with 4 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 6 SO on 70 pitches. Here is the article from the Tennessean.
We all know how his season finished and his future is uncertain, but for that one night in June it was GREAT to see Kerry Wood. Hopefully Woody will have a successful and healthy 2006 season for the Cubbies.
Enjoy the pics….
Remember to check back for your Cubs Off Season reports. If anything happens it will be in ‘Cubs News from the Wire’ and you will be able to read about the Cubbies here.