Don't Cry Because It's Over. Smile Because It Happened.

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nice. http://mediadownloads.mlb.com/mlbam/2012/05/18/mlbtv_chachn_21544077_1200K.mp4 ...for those that may want a version that's easier to archive or view outside of a browser window.

btw, the reason you don't hear bob in the clip is he was choked up/etc. kerry got to go out in style and on his own terms...seemingly too rare.

<I>‏@harrypav paraphrasing ... tough to grind everyday for hours to get ready to throw 15 pitches and not get job done, not bounce back quickly</i>

....just time, wasn't bouncing back and putting teammates in bad situation. ...didn't want last inning to be him throwing glove into seats ...will be around the organization hopefully ...fondest memories are Game 7 HR, Game 5 win and pitching against Maddux in '98 playoffs.

1380 IP 1083 H 666 BB 1582 K (10.3 K/9, 2nd behind R.Johnson) 3.67 ERA 1.27 WHIP 86-75 W/L, 63 saves

http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/rosenblog/chi-wood-quits-but-cubs-way-stays-unfortunately-20120518,0,796405.column still an asshole

Third-rate Mariotti. I love the tag at the end of his print column: "Want more Rosenbloom? Who wouldn't?" No fucking one.

he's a total "bro" born 20 years too soon. that pretty much makes him a creepy douche at his age...for quite a while.

"I’ll hang up and listen for the hummena-hummena-hummena." I have no idea what that quote even means. Isn't that the sound Ralph Kramden makes when Norton is doing him in Eddie Murphy Delirious?

http://www.chicagotribune.com/media/photo/2010-12/58318074.jpg 2004 rotation

Too right handed

That made me profoundly sad. Thanks.

None of those guys except for Zambrano were the same after that season. What a damn shame really.

Wood and Todd Hundley in 2001 at spring training <img src="http://www.chicagotribune.com/media/photo/2010-12/58318028.jpg" width="250" height="216">

"It's a silver flask...it's engraved Todd on it, last saw it in my locker."

That's the spirit.

Joe Posnansnki on Kerry http://joeposnanski.blogspot.com/2012/05/toast-to-kerry-wood.html <I>Life usually doesn’t work out the way you hoped or planned. All you can do is keep on going, and if you are tough enough and a little bit lucky you can get a few things done. And if you are even luckier, maybe, just maybe, you can strike out the last batter you face. </i>

"In that game on Friday he faced one batter: a left fielder named Dayan Viciedo, who was a nine-year-old living in Cuba when Kerry Wood struck out 20 and was unlimited."

http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2012/05/18/hoge-kerry-wood-career-anything-but-irrelevant/ some quotes from Wood after the game

Very fitting headline, Rob. Thank you. I just saw all this, started reading articles, and wept. Kerry Wood has been my favorite Cub for quite awhile, for a lot of reasons. But like a few of you have said, it's because he's been here with me, living and dying with each win and loss, for a long time. I'm early 30s (well, 35) like some of you were saying. I remember being pissed when Maddux and Grace weren't brought back, and secretly happy when Gracie won his ring, albeit wearing somebody else's clothes. And when Kerry left, I was pissed too, but it somehow seemed okay. Sure, he's going to the AL for a minute; hell, to be honest, it just seemed like one of the long DL trips that plagued him. He and Prior were going to get us over the hump, and almost did in '03. But somehow it was "Glass Joe" Prior's fault; not Kid K, he just kept heading to the mound. I'll miss him on the field, but not as a Cub. Kerry Wood will be a Cub forever.

PS Fuck Steve Rosenbloom

PPS Fuck Sammy's Boombox

PPPS Is Zonk's job safe at this point??

Glad I was there, and I was glad I had my sunglasses on.

Anyone else surprised the city is allowing a night game tonight? Wrigleyville's going to be a fucking disaster. It was filled with drunken zombies last night at 7:00, I can't even imagine what it's going to be like after people have all day to get smashed before the game.

Hellish day yesterday, woke up this morning not even knowing who won the Cubs-Sox game. Now when I see what I missed, it makes me very sad. Thanks for everything, Woody.

A good rundown of Kerry's career highlights http://www.hardballtimes.com/main/blog_article/kerry-wood-career-highlights/

Prospect Retro of Kerry Wood http://www.minorleagueball.com/2012/5/19/3030811/prospect-retrospective-kerry-wood-career-chicago-cubs

"I can't shake the feeling that he is going to get hurt. He was overused in high school, and has already had elbow trouble in the pros." throwing nearly 300 pitches over the course of 3 days is a bad idea for a highschool pitcher? odd. there's still "abusive" highschool coaches out there...letting kids air out 150 pitches in a game with 100 sliders/curves. that's not skill...that's taking advantage of kids who can't see offspeed stuff and never will because they're not going to be pros.

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