For some reason or another we have very vivid memoires about this day ten years ago (man we feel old). We were sitting in our fraternity house preparing to trudge to some inane English Comp class (clearly we didnt take enough of those) when we poked our head in someone’s room and saw that the Cubs/Astros day game was just getting started. Pitching for the Cubs that day was 20 year old Irving, Texas native Kerry Wood. What we saw was a game for the ages. Wood was dealing absolute filth from the bump. And filth doesnt even begin to describe the utter grotesqueness of the pitches he threw that day. His fastballs were moving like guided missiles, his curveballs dropping off of cliffs into the waiting embrace of the catcher, the guy was a beebee throwing freak that day. Naturally, we skipped class.
Sadly, injury kept Wood from ever fulfilling the promise of that day. But even now, when Wood trots out of the bullpen for the Cubs, the legend of that day follows with him, along with the hope and threat that what we saw 10 years ago will resurface.
(Edit Note: Make a freaking play Kevin Orie!)