…the END of one era.



Regardless of where you stand on Kerry Wood, this is newsworthy. I still feel that Dusty Baker was a real detriment to Wood’s health/career…but what do I know?

Dear chucky: I invite you to cut & paste your relevant comments from the previous post…they should be a good catalyst for some civil – and uncivil – discourse!


9 Responses to “…the END of one era.”

  1. chucky Says:

    Genre….you’re on. And I hope it’s uncivil discourse…..all directed at Al fucking Yellon! I know my discourse has more venom than rattlesnake.


    chucky Says:

    May 18, 2012 at 9:42 am
    IT’S ABOUT GODDAMN TIME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    I’d love to find out how Al Yellon feels about this.

    Now get rid of that stupid shitstain Marmol.

    To quote Daniel Bryan, “YES, YES, YES, YES, YES, YES!!!!!!!!!

    chucky Says:

    May 18, 2012 at 10:31 am
    Fuck me. I just had to ask, didn’t I? Brace yourselves. My comments afterward will be rather ugly.


    From the terrible rag “Bleed Cubbie Blue”

    Kerry Wood is probably the biggest coulda/shoulda/woulda story in recent Cubs history, and perhaps with a little time and perspective, we’ll find that it might be the biggest such story in all of team history.

    You all know the basic story. Drafted No. 1 by the Cubs in 1995. Three years later in the major leagues, setting a NL record with 20 strikeouts in his fifth MLB start on May 6, 1998, a month before he turned 21 years old. Helped lead the Cubs to playoff spots in 1998 and 2003, pitched them to their first postseason series win in 95 years, then failed when he could have pitched them into the World Series. He was a standup guy after that loss, crying at his locker, and I think that cemented the love that many of us felt for him as a player.

    Then the injuries, and the comeback as a closer in 2008, helping again pitch the Cubs into the postseason, becoming the first Cub since the 1930s to play in four postseasons with the team.

    Dumped — there really is no other word for it — by management in 2009, he went to Cleveland, then New York, where he was effective after learning a cutter from Mariano Rivera. On his return, he had a decent year as a setup man in 2011 before his ineffectiveness and more injuries forced his retirement Friday.

    Wood was 86-75 with 63 career saves in 445 games (178 starts) and 1581 strikeouts. Those aren’t even close to Hall of Fame numbers, nor do they call for any sort of retirement of his No. 34 — I would emphatically say “No” to any call for a number retirement. Obviously, the injuries and 16 trips to the DL over his career prevented him from becoming the star we all thought and hoped he would become when he streaked across the Cubs sky in 1998.

    Why, then, the popularity? I think it’s more the standup-guy thing than any performance on the field, even though there were many memorable games, including the home run he hit in his first game back after TJ surgery on May 2, 2000 and an 11-strikeout shutout of the Mets on Sept. 17, 2003 in crunch time in a pennant race. There are many others; I’m sure you have your own memories.

    Wood never made excuses. He was reportedly a clubhouse leader who younger pitchers looked up to. The recent glove-tossing incident aside (and surely, that can simply be chalked up to his own frustration at not being able to produce), he’s always set a good example for the entire organization.

    I mourn a career that could have been great, and never was because of injuries. That’s a shame. I hope Wood does stay associated with the Cubs organization in some capacity — coaching, broadcasting, whatever — because I think he’s a good human being and a person any Cubs fan should be proud is part of this team.

    A personal salute, then, to Kerry Wood, for what he accomplished, and sadness that he couldn’t be more, and best wishes to him and his family now and in the future. Thanks for the great memories, Kerry. I only wish you could have been the one holding the World Series trophy when it finally comes to Wrigley Field.


    You guys can have a field day ripping this total fucking douchebag to shreds.

    How is this dumb fuck even allowed near a computer? He’s mourning the career of Kerry Wood? Man, get the fuck outta my face with that bullshit!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You are a goddamned dork Yellon! Get a fucking life. He was a fucking pitcher. He made millions. He’ll be just fine not losing any more games for the Cubs. Stupid motherfucking sheep like you have made the Cubs the biggest goddamned joke in pro sports. It’s assholes like you that make me ashamed to be a Cubs fan. I hope for the sake of mankind that you suffer from that flesh eating bacteria and it eats both of your hands, so you will no longer have the ability to type out horseshit like that. You are without a doubt, the biggest dumb-fuck this side of Ronnie Woo-Woo. I fucking despise you.

    I stand by that. Yellon, you are a goddamned shitstain on humanity. Be a fucking man, if you dare!

  2. genrebuster Says:


  3. Pie In The Sky Says:

    Don’t like injuries… but I think the Cubs just improved again!


  4. genrebuster Says:

    …and Volstad optioned to Iowa…heavens, what next?

  5. JF Says:

    I read that Yellon article quoted in Chucky’s post and pretty much had the same take Chucky did.

    If somebody wants to call attention to his accomplishments at a time like this that’s fine, I have nothing against Wood or reviewing his achievements. Though, I don’t see any reason to accept an idea of potential greatness lost due to injuries. Yellon forgot to explain how the injuries, specifically for Wood, would have been avoided while Wood continued to pitch in the majors. The reader needs at least that before believing that anything material about what really did happen could have instead gotten outstanding results..

    Wood was lucky to get $71 million during a major league career given the injuries and given what he actually produced on the field. All along the way, unless there is something I don’t know about, Wood could have taken it or left it.

    That 4th paragraph beginning with “Dumped” was especially offensive. After the fact it’s obvious the Cubs did the right thing by not bringing Wood back, and before the fact it was a smart move. Wood made $20 million over 2 years with the Indians and Yankees and he pitching wasn’t worth anywhere near that. Hendry, of course, manipulated a payroll that he wasn’t allowed to increase in order to sign Milton Bradley. Now, that was the mistake and that’s the guy who had to be dumped.

    Again, nothing against Wood. Just time for the Cubs to move on.

  6. genrebuster Says:

    Good to hear from you JF….good stuff as usual.

  7. Pie In The Sky Says:

    I’m starting to think there was a subliminal message sent to this team when Kerry Wood quit…

    Everyone else quit, too.

  8. ksmc2000 Says:

    This is all falling into place for Theo’s plan. He didn’t come here with all the pieces in place like he did in Boston. He is preaching “patience” to all Cub fans, but how patient can a fan be for a team that hasn’t won a fucking thing in 104 years.

    With the new CBA agreement, the Cubs must suck goat balls for the next two seasons so Theo can insure high draft picks and have the money to sign them. That means more seasons of player development and more lost seasons.

    At 55, and in questionable health, I don’t know if I have enough time to go through a total rebuild. All I want is to see the Cubs win a World Series in my lifetime. So many Cub fans have said the same thing, but ran out of time.

  9. genrebuster Says:

    Keith, good to hear from you, it’s been awhile. I agree with you…I hope it happens soon, too. As you posted, so many fans have never experienced it. It’s amazing, in a very PATHETIC way.

    More importantly, I wish for you good health. All the Best to you and yours.


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