His career didn’t end up being what we all thought it would be back in 1998 – when he struck out 233 batters in 166.2 innings – but Kerry Wood was the kind of player you don’t see all that often. Injuries aside, he was pretty much what you would call a generational talent.
Kerry Wood retired today. Not a lot of people get to go out the way he did – watch this video to determine if you have a soul. If you get a bit emotional, congratulations, you’re part of the human race. If you don’t choke up even just a little, well, I’m not sure you’re telling the truth, and also, you’re probably not paying attention, so try watching again. Don’t lie to me.
If you need a reminder of how good he was, watch this clip of his 20 strikeout game. As a rookie. Early in the season.