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The Cubs couldn’t quite muster enough offense today. Jeff Samardzija was decent, save for a two-run homer to Paul Konerko in the first, and then hitting Konerko in the face later in the game (unintentionally). He also gave up the game-winning run.

Kerry Wood walked away from the mound on top – he struck out the only man he saw today. Seeing his son dash out of the dugout to meet Kerry as he strolled off the field one last time … it’s ok to have been a little choked up.

A moment to grouse:

The Cubs might have been in business when David DeJesus hit a gapper in the 5th. He reached second as the throw came in, and he slid in safely. As Gordon Beckham turned to tag DeJesus, Beckham hurled his whole body into DeJesus, knocking him off the base, and the umpire called DeJesus out. It was absurd. Dale Sveum came out to argue – he was really riled up – and was quickly ejected. The umpire, I can only assume Beckham’s maneuver was unintentional, and that somehow made a difference.

It’s a shame, but there doesn’t seem to be a great rule in the MLB Rule Book that says clearly “you can’t push a guy off of a base.” But, obviously, you can’t push a guy off of a base. The closest approximation is Rule 7.06 on Obstruction, which could have been called. If it were, DeJesus would have been awarded third base. As it was, the umpire made a snap interpretation – one that common sense screams was wrong – and the Cubs were screwed out of a great chance for a run.

But forget all that. Today was special.

  • Luke D

    This team frustrates me so much.

  • Fishin Phil

    It’s hard to make a puppet cry, but that did it.

    Farewell Kid K!

  • Zogie

    Advanced Box Score
    It has been hard to watch the past few days. The cubs just cannot get into a rhythm. Shark pitched well, but the long ball got to him today. Wood and Russell did a good job out of the pen. Thanks for everything Woody. It has been a pleasure. DeJesus 2-4 12B, has been on fire lately. He should have had two double today, but the ump blew a call that ended with Sveun being tossed. Campana 1-4 SB. He seems to be falling in love with the bunt that has rarely worked. I’m not a fan of all this bunting. It is hurting more than helping. Castro 1-3 RBI. I am still waiting for an improvement at the plate. He is a good 2 strike hitter, but swings at just about every pitch. It cost Campana another steal today. LaHair- 0-3 1BB, 3K. He has cooled down recently, but hopefully he can bounce back. Soriano 0-4 GIDP. Sori looked horrid today. He did not have a good AB all game. Stewart 1-3 BB. Overall a good day for him. Castillo 0-3 K was terrible to watch today. Only saw 6 pitches and swung at all of them. Patience young catcher. Barney 2-4 2 2B. He had an great defensive outing as always and added 2 doubles. One was lucky, but I will take it. Lalli 0-1, Johnson 0-1 K. Lastly, my shout out goes to Kerry Wood. Wish you the best Woody!

    • TWC

      Thanks for the analysis, Zogs.  Appreciate it.

  • Rick Vaughn

    As much a Chicago Cub as anyone who ever wore the uniform. I’m going to miss watching him. My favorite player since Ryne Sandberg. Good luck Kerry! Thanks for bringing a 13 year old kid back to baseball.

  • Ian Afterbirth

    I totally teared up when his kid ran out from the dugout.

    • CubsFanBob

      Same, it’s was so sudden. I always felt he would always be here. One of my all time favorite cubbies.

  • CastrotoBarneytoLaHair

    I know the play is over, but how is that allowed to actually happen? Couldn’t, or SHOULDN’T the umpires get together and say “Hold up, bro. He can’t do that. You totally blew that call.” Maybe not award him third base as was mentioned by Brett, but at least get the call right. This is the Major Leagues, not Little League !!!

    • TWC

      Watching the replay on the MLB app, you’re forced to listen to the smug, self-congratulating blather of Hawk and Steve Stone talking about what a great effort by the Sox and too damn bad for DeJesus.  What repugnant, dishonest asshats.

    • calicubsfan007

      Umps are very rarely held accountable for their actions, although there was an umpire that got suspended today. I have never listened to the White Sox commentators talk, because I HATE the Sox. I am glad that we have good commentators.

      • Brady

        That is not true, they are held accountable and if they make poor calls they dont get to call the playoffs, make enough poor calls they send you to go umpire the minor leagues, do bad there its back to college (so on and so forth). Most of these guys got here because of their accuracy of their calls behind the plate or otherwise. Yes this guy REALLY blew this call but there are measures in place so that bad umpires dont continue to umpire in MLB.

        • ptbnl

          Tell that to Joe West, CB Bucknor, and Angel Hernandez.

          • ColoCubFan

            Did the Cubs EVER win a game that Joe West umpired behind the plate???

  • Cheryl

    Wood played baseball the right way. He was and is a winner!!! He’ll be missed.

  • Joe

    Woody’s on the press conference right now at ChicagoCubs.com. Live & free. Don’t miss it, guys.

  • Stinky Pete

    If I recall it happened in the ’91 Series. Pick off throw to first and Lonnie Smith went back to first standing up but Kent (Shamoo) Hrbek got his glove underneath one of Lonnie’s legs and pretty much just lifted him off the base. That play was a little different because only Smith and Shamoo really know if Lonnie’s momentum carried him off the base or if he was pushed. Haven’t seen today’s play, but I’m ready to go home and be angry about it.

    • DocPeterWimsey

      It was Ron Gant, not Lonnie Smith.  And Hrbek admitted afterwards that he did lift Gant on the off chance that the ump would give him the call.

      Was that really 21 years ago?

  • ry34

    the first sentence of this says it all. so typical. sad to see woodie go, one of my top five favorite cubs of all time!

  • Jzwizard

    Yeah that was a very touching moment. Kerry Wood has been one of my favorite Cubs thorughout his career. He just said in his press conference he wanted to be a part of this organizatuon for the long-term. I hope that is true and he can still be apart of this organization.

    As for the game, the Cubs really missed out on a few opportunities offenseivley. The first inning and 7th was full of missed opportunities. Samardzja got a game tying RBI, but was followed by DeJesus and Campana popping out. Stewart made some nice plays with the glove but he really needs to step up with the bat. When Campana is in I feel like the 1-5 batters are solid but the 6-8 have really struggled. Soto and Barney either need to improve or be replaced in house.

    • CastrotoBarneytoLaHair

      Ummm. Have you been watching Barney the last 10 games? Also, in case you missed it, Soto is on the DL. He needs surgery. Out 3-4 weeks…

      • calicubsfan007

        Yeah, Barney has done really well lately, especially in the 9th. Very clutch so far.

        • DocPeterWimsey

          *cough* small sample size.  *cough*

          • calicubsfan007

            Fair enough. (=

          • hansman1982

            just the standard ebb and flow of the game.

  • Cheryl

    I know they will throw out this one vote for the All Star team and the managers select the pitchers but I wrote in Kerry’s name as a catcher It doesn’t fit but there was no other way to get it in.

  • Richard Nose

    Steve Stone was dead to me long before today…but, I can’t believe the words that came out of his mouth when I watch that DeJesus replay!!!!!!! Mind boggling. “DeJesus, with his late hard slide, was as much to blame for that collision as Beckham”. I want to ring his rat neck!!!! “Now he’s out.” Puke bastards.

    • TWC

      exactly

  • Mysterious4th

    Watching Wood strike out the only guy he faced was great! And they said on WGN “we will let the fans take us into commerical. But they couldn’t pul away from watching Wood go into the dug out with his son, and hug all the players and come back out for a curtain call. I would have been a bit upset had they went to commercial. You could she kerry holding back walking off the field. I def got a little choaked up watching him. I hope he comes back (or stays) in a pitching coach type role. He can show the young guys a lot more now that he doesn’t have the pressures of going out on the mound and also trying to perform. I atched his entire career (and I remember the 20k game) he IS a class act and the cubs would be dumb for not keeping him on the coaching staff in some way just like they were dumb as hell for letting ryne get away (my twin was named after him -we just turned 27 on monday-

  • calicubsfan007

    I am sad with how the game ended, but I am glad that Wood ended his career on a positive note. I bet Kerry joins the staff or the front office next year.

  • yield51

    I was watching the game with my 4 year old daughter. I was choked up a bit when he left the bullpen for the mound and the crowd rose to their feet. However after the K and his son ran out to greet him I lost control of my emotions. My daughter became so upset that I was upset she started crying making it all that much worse for me. I’ve seen countless players, a dozen or so stadiums, and conversed with many different team’s fans, but this one moment made me realize that W/L’s, strikeouts, and E.R.A. don’t matter at all. After all this is still a game. If the Cubs go on to lose for another 100 + years it will be alright by me. I fell in love with this team, their ballpark, it’s players, and their fans. Today I got to see one of my favorite Cubs player go out like a champion, and I shared the moment with my daughter (in tears).

  • calicubsfan007

    I am all for the Cubs retiring Wood’s number and putting Wood in the Cubs Hall of Fame.

  • coal

    I was at the game today – crappy seats in the upper deck but I wanted to see Wood off if it was in fact going to be his last game.

    Two comments:

    1) The Cubs lost the game in the 7th after Shark’s RBI. They had 2nd and 3rd with 1 out and top of the order up. It wasn’t so bad that DeJesus and Campana both got out. But they each got themselves out on the first pitch – DeJesus weak pop up in the infield, Campana weak pop up foul/bunt. No excuse for that. They needed to get some quality at bats in that situation – if nothing else, to give Shark a little time to recover from all the hitting/running on the basebaths. They didn’t and he serves it up the next inning. Not to be Bobby Valentine, but that was really a poor job by DeJesus/Campana. Maybe with Sveum on the bench he gets that point accross……alas.

    2) I took a couple of pix of Kerry’s last time on the mound – I will get them to Brett somehow and maybe he can make them avail. I was in the upper deck but brought the good camera. A couple are decent.

  • al

    Something close to a storybook ending to Kerry Wood’s starstruck career.

  • Jesse

    Had to tell my wife that I had something in my eye…is there a link to his news conference after the game? I can’t find it.

  • Hastin

    Good luck Kerry! Thanks for the memories. Class act, player, and teammate. My next jersey purchase will be 34.

  • notcubbiewubbie

    would somebody please tell pud selig to do something about the umpiring this year. today another example of obvious call blown and then eject the manager because you blew the call. where or where have dutch rennert or doug harvey gone? not just today but the balls and strikes r ridiculous. nough said.

    • Mrp

      Yeah, this year has to be the worst umpiring that I have ever seen. It’s almost like they all have been told to be terrible so instant replay can be implemented. I’m all for it at this point and I’d rather have K-zone or pitch-trax call balls and strikes from now on.

  • jrod

    Not ashamed to say….I shed a tear……

  • Cub Gone Wild

    Somewhere in Gotham City Jim Hendry is smirking and saying to himself. Not as easy as it looks is it boys. He’s still fat. And we still got more issues than the Pope.

    • Bric

      Maybe. But Hendry always considered himself a great talent evaluator and scout more than a GM. The thing is his entire run as a GM was a paradox. If he drafted and recruited as well as he always thought, then why the need to trade for or sign so many players? Where are all these draftees? If anything, he’s thinking “Man, I didn’t know as much as I thought I did”.

  • JoeSchmoe

    Wow, it was really hard to watch Wood walk back into the dugout. He was the reason I started playing the game and watching the cubs. I was 5 when I saw his 20 k game. I honestly can’t believe he’s retired. Hopefully, he sticks around. Even if it’s not as a player.

  • DocPeterWimsey

    Moreover, it is not as if Theo & Jed arrived and said: “Here’s how to make this current bunch of players winners.”  Instead, they said: “It’s going to take us a couple of years to assemble a group of players that can compete.”  Hendry’s talent evaluation was the issue: it was not so much that he mis-evaluated players as it was that the talents he coveted were not the talents getting the Yankees, Sox, Cardinals, etc., to post-season year-after-year.

    Indeed, look at the current Cubs farm system.  The most exciting player in it was someone drafted by Theo & Jed, not Hendry!

    • calicubsfan007

      True, Hendry believed in overpaid “bandaids”, guys who had a career year and had a crappy career otherwise. He thought that would get the World Series. Theo seems to have a soft spot for the “other guys”, the ones who perform year in and year out but no on really notices. Look at the Red Sox team that won the first world series for Boston, made up of hard working guys who clicked with each other.

      • DocPeterWimsey

        The ’04 Sox were a bunch of hard working (and harder partying) guys. However, they had several OPS machines and pitchers that kept runners off of the bases. My hunch is that Hendry saw only the “clutch” hits (or outs) when watching them. (They got a lot of them, but a) they got a lot of hits period, and, b) they generated a lot more clutch opportunities than most teams.)

    • Dave H

      You got all of that one!

  • David

    Awesome moment to see in person, was very happy to see both Cubs and Sox fans standing for 34.

  • die hard

    leaving 18 stranded is the fault of the manager who has to find a way to set up situations where runs can score…hes not doing it and if hes still here after All-Star game then Theo has noodles for brains…whats Sandberg’s phone number?

    p.s. good to see Wood go out that way but why was he signed in the first place taking up roster spot when it was clear he was running on fumes last year?..another Move to sell tickets, thats all..cause knew team was for s*!t

    • DocPeterWimsey

      Yeah, like bunt with a #3 hitter……. [/sarcasm]

  • die hard

    Once Campana gets book on pitchers he will steal a base a game…hes that good….

  • Carew

    Fudge the White Sox.

    That being said, I’m gonna miss Wood. I wasn’t old enough to even remember his 20 K game, but over the years that I’ve watched him, he’s been one of my favorites. I was sad when he signed with the Indians, and then I died a little inside when he was traded to the yankees…Lordy am I glad he came back. He belongs in Chicago, and he retired with them, like he should have. I would’ve loved for him to play much longer…

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