Currently, the Cubs are mired in a 7-game losing streak. Last night’s loss to the lowly Houston Astros was an eyesore if there ever was one. Starter and ace Matt Garza was absolutely terrible, and admitted afterwards to trying to do a little too much to pull the Cubs out of their crappy ways. Somewhat adding insult to injury, the Cubs were swept by the other team in the city in a three-game set.
Bryan LaHair has fallen back to Earth a bit, Chris Volstad is really starting to annoy the hell out of me, and apparently the Cubs are all out of catchers. They traded for former Cubs backstop Koyie Hill after previous starters Geovany Soto, Steve Clevenger and Wellington Castillo all went down with injury.
Despite the oft-hilarious ineptitude displayed by the Cubs, the big story since my last post has easily been right-hander Kerry Wood’s abrupt retirement on Friday. His reasoning is wholly irrelevant, in my opinion, so you can go find out his explanation yourself. Yes, Wood had been terrible this season. When he wasn’t walking guys, he was getting knocked around the ballpark. He even let the frustration get to him after one craptastic outing and threw some of his “belongings” into the Wrigley crowd. Yet, I’m positive almost every Cubs fan was sad to see him go.
There was speculation that he would start Friday’s game against the Pale Hose and then be pulled after one hitter, which I would have hated. Then, there was the news that he would be available out of the bullpen. Once the game started, tons of people were eager just to see Wood make his desired final appearance.
Finally, in the 8th inning, he was called upon. He promptly struck out Dayan Viciedo on three pitches, the final one a filthy 58-foot curveball that immediately took me back to his earlier years, when he was almost a near-lock to strike out at least 10 in every start.
Kerry Wood never quite lived up to his potential. He didn’t win 20 games, a Cy Young Award nor was in serious contention for one, didn’t “lead” the Cubs to a World Series title, and made about 1,293 trips to the disabled list during his tenure with the Cubs. Despite his perceived failings, he was a huge part of the Chicago Cubs franchise and did a lot for the city during his time here.
Sure, he didn’t become Roger Clemens, Jr., but he will indeed be missed by most Cubs fans, and probably baseball fans, in general. Good luck, Mr. Wood.