Aside from the John Holmes fastball and Chip Hilton personality, he was flawed, like you and I. Whether or not it was true, he became the paragon of untapped greatness. The promise of what still could be. He was hope, dressed up in baseball pants.
When Cubs fans pulled for him, prayed for him to stay healthy, wished that he might one day return to his form of early ’98 and finally put it all together for one triumphant Cy Young season, they were really rooting for themselves.
Who among us doesn’t secretly believe there’s a greater version of ourselves locked up inside? If we could only stay healthy, quit smoking, lose weight, work harder, get a break in our careers, be given an opportunity to shine. Who among us isn’t secretly, irrationally hoping to “put all together” one day and triumph over fate?
Friday, November 14, 2008
Bye Bye Kerry Wood
A Cub-career eulogy for Kerry Wood from blogger Scott Simkus. I suspect some exaggeration when he talks about how loved Wood is among Cubs fans (I've never really heard that before), but it's a heartfelt ode to a player he obviously loved: