Weigh-in: Cubs' Wood worth the hoopla?

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By Brad Spencer

Sports Editor

I emailed three of my pals, fellow Cubs fans, about Kerry Wood apparently retiring from baseball and the hoopla over it. Any Cubs fans have an opinion on this?

My email:

"I just don't understand such words as iconic and legendary and beloved Cub being thrown around today about Kerry Wood. Good guy, sure, decent pitcher, but never reached Sandburg, Grace, Banks, Santo, Sosa (asterisk) status for crying out loud...... Recently he threw his glove and hat into the stands while having a temper-tantrum. When asked about it by a reporter later he  replied, "Irrelevant, Dude," and stormed off. 

"Now it's been reported his retirement will go into effect after he appears in his next game, which could be today against the Sox. Needs that standing O or what? Retire with dignity man! Just hang up the cleats or power through the season.
Reply from Holt, St. Louis:
"I don't know how much dignity you can have when your ERA is over 8 for the year. Keep him in the organization if he works well with pitchers and move on.  I am all for his retirement. I don't think the Cubs leadership really wanted him back anyway. They did it for the PR."

Reply from Harms, Texas:

"Not even close to a legend...good pitcher but that didn't last long..glad he is retiring a Cub but time to go."

Reply from Lar, Pennsylvania:
"Why do I sense a Wednesday Journal article coming soon on this……

86 LIFETIME Wins! That's it! His start in 1998 makes this the longest "15 minutes of fame" in Major League History! Feel free to quote me on that Spence! 

Enjoy the weekend gentlemen!"

C'mon Cubs fans, weigh-in on Kerry Wood. Icon, legend, possible Hall of Famer, or just another so-so Cubs pitcher? 

Email: bspencer@oakpark.com Twitter: OakParkSports

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Brian Slowiak from Oak Park  

Posted: May 22nd, 2012 8:22 AM

As a Blackhawks fan, I am forever indebted to the Cubs for the choke of 69. The beloved choked up the Stanley Cup to Montreal, May 18, 1971, in game 7,starting with the shot in the fog by Jacques Lemaire. Yet somehow the Cubs loss is recalled and the beloveds loss is forgotten.I remember May 18, 1971 but not my wifes birthday.Thank You,Cubs.

John Butch Murtagh from Oak Park, Illinois  

Posted: May 22nd, 2012 12:46 AM

I thought the major leagues counted success by the activity of the turnstiles. He turned a lot of them in his Cub career!

John Butch Murtagh from Oak Park, Illinois  

Posted: May 22nd, 2012 12:44 AM

Brian - Chuck is Brooklyn Dodger, Rifleman, and Cub in that order. He used to live one block from me when I was growing up.

Dave Coulter  

Posted: May 21st, 2012 7:35 PM

Hahaha! Score one for Brian!

Brian Slowiak from Oak Park  

Posted: May 21st, 2012 7:34 PM

I am looking to buy tickets for the up coming Chuck Connor day at Wrigley Field.

Brian Slowiak from Oak Park  

Posted: May 21st, 2012 7:31 PM

Up holding true Cub tradition, this is an outstanding display of Cub mediocrity. Let average play be celebrated.

Dave Coulter  

Posted: May 20th, 2012 7:29 PM

The guy made millions off of one decent season that was underpinned by one 20 strikeout game. I'd say baseball (the Cubs) has been very, very generous to him. The extra hoopla may have to do with the fact that the Cubs have absolutely no one else for fans to point to from the past era. He'd never have gotten the same send off from the Yankees ;)

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