Kerry Wood's retirement is certainly a bittersweet moment in Chicago Cubs History. A pitcher with great promise who showed flashes of brilliance, but couldn't stay healthy enough to live up to what seemed to limitless potential. Wood ended his career behind only Randy Johnson in strikeouts per nine innings in major leage baseball history. The talent level was still there throughout his career, both as a starting pitcher and a reliever late in his career.
Wood's final batter
A very nice way for Kerry Wood to end his career, hugging his son as leaves the mound at Wrigley Field for the final time in his MLB career.
Wood throws his glove into the stands
My own thoughts on Kerry Wood. I respected him so much for his competitiveness. Given that he always seemed to do whatever he could to help the Cubs win, a top ten list isn't enough for Kerry Wood, so here are 11 great moments in Kerry Wood's Cubs career. Enjoy!!!
1998 April 18:
Kerry Wood's ML debut is a victory against the Dodgers, 8-1 at Wrigley Field. Wood throws 5 shutout innings.
2004 April 11:
Kerry Wood ties a club record with 7 consecutive strikeouts in a 10-2 victory over the Braves in Atltanta
2003 August 11
Kerry Wood records his 1,000 strike out. He becomes the pitcher with the fewest innings pitched to get to 1000 (853)
2003 September 30:
Kerry Wood gives the Cubs a 1-0 series lead in the NLDS against the Atlanta Braves going 7 1/3 innings giving up just 5 hits and 2 runs while striking out 11 Atlanta Braves. Wood even goes 2 for 4 at the plate with 2 RBI's. Cubs win 4-2
1998 August 26
Kerry Wood strikes out 16 batters in 8 innings to defeat the Reds 9-2 in Cincy.
2001 MaY 25
Kerry Wood backs up Jon Lieber's one-hitter with a one-hitter of his own as the Cubs defeat the Milwaukee Brewers. Wood strikes out 14 batters.
1998 October 3:
Kerry Wood makes his postseason debut at Wrigley Field against the Atlanta Braves in game 3 of the NLDS. The cubs trailed the series 2 games to 0 and were facing elimination from the playoffs. Wood pitches well giving up just one run in 5 innings pitched, but facing ex-Cub, Greg Maddux, this wasn't enough as he left the game trailing 1-0 and the Cubs eventually lose the game 6-2 as the Braves advance in the playoffs.
2003 October 10:
Kerry Wood gets a no decision in Gm 3 of the NLCS against the Florida Marlins. The Cubs take a 2-1 series lead with a 5-4 win. Wood contributes to the victory pitching 6 2/3 innings giving up 3 runs and striking out 7 Marlins.
2003 October 15:
Kerry Wood is on the mound for the first game 7 at Wrigley Field since 1945. Wood struggles giving up 7 runs in 5 2/3 innings and the Marlins go on to the 2003 World Series. Wood has a great day with the bat as he hits a 2 run home run to tie the score in the 2nd inning at 3-3.
2003 October 5:
Kerry Wood gets the win in the series winner Gm 5 in Atlanta. Wood pitches a solid 8 innings, giving up just 5 hits and one run while striking out 7 Braves hitters.
1998 May 6:
Kerry Wood in just his 5th major league start strikes out 20 batters in a 2-0 victory over the Astros at Wrigley Field. Wood throws a one-hitter, a Ricky Gutierrez single with the only other baserunner being Craig Biggio who was hit by a pitch.
Kerry Wood 20 Strikeouts Video