Yesterday, the Cubs honored Kerry Wood for his years of dutiful service to the team. There was a special ceremony before game and the singing of the seventh inning stretch. But don’t expect yesterday’s gala to be his big send-off.
“We’ve kicked some ideas around, (I’ve) met with and talked to Theo about it,” Wood said about a possible role with the Cubs. “We’re all kinda on the same page and I’m sure we’ll get something done soon and work out all the details. (I) definitely want to be around and definitely want to be involved. In what aspect, we’ll figure that out probably this winter.”
He also mentioned a couple Cubs-in-exile he’d like to see come back into the fold as Cubs emeritus.
“Hopefully we’ll get Ryno back,” Wood said of Ryne Sandberg, who spent this past season managing the Philadelphia Phillies Triple-A affiliate. “Actually, it wouldn’t be bad thing to seeSammy (Sosa) come around too. He did a lot for this organization and a lot for this city. It’d be a shame for him not to come back.”
“Certain things ended certain ways, but it’s a new group of people here,” Wood said. “It’s a new ownership, it’s a new attitude, it’d be a shame to not have those guys be a part of it. Sammy and (Mark) McGwire pretty much single-handedly brought the fans back to baseball. Sammy did tremendous things for this city. We all know how he left and how it ended with him. But ultimately, that one mistake that he made at the end shouldn’t determine his future here in Chicago.”
Hear, hear, Kerry. Dale Sveum seems excited to have him around in a role that doesn’t include bullpen pitcher.
“I think it’s very important,” Sveum said. “It’s important in spring training and throughout a season to have these great players — especially the high-character guys — be around. It’s meaningful to these guys to see these types of people. I know it was in Milwaukee whenever Robin (Yount) was around. It’s special to bring back those guys.”
Now that the feting of Kerry is through, our only reason to keep paying attention to the Cubs is to track their attempt at avoiding 100 losses.
“With nine games left we’ve got our work cut out for us,” manager Dale Sveum said. “Six are on the road and only three at home. We gotta find some way to come up with four wins. Hopefully these guys come out and understand you don’t want to be a part of that.”
The Fonz is focused on this one last moral victory for the team.
“We gotta get it going, at least play .500 on the road or more. We’ve had a (losing) season, but it can be worse if we get over 100 losses. We just want to keep fighting and not get to 100 losses because three-digit losses is too much. So far (this season has been) frustrating, but I think for the organization it can be good (to avoid 100 losses).”
And for your fans’ sanity.