Today is the 20th Anniversary of Cubs’ pitcher Kerry Wood’s 5th major league start. Against the Houston Astros at Wrigley Field, he struck out 20 batters, a National League record. Watch Kerry Wood buckle Hall of Famer Jeff Bagwell‘s knees on this third strike.
WC, of course, is a huge Cubs fan. There aren’t a lot of blog posts about them; when you’re afflicted with the Trump Administration, sports seem to matter just a little less. But some things about baseball are so marvelous – and triumphs by the Cubs so rare – that WC can’t resist marking this 20th anniversary.
It wasn’t a no-hitter or a perfect game. There was one hit – which maybe could have been scored as an error – and Wood plunked one Astro. There were no walks. But the fact was no Astro, all night, made solid contact with the ball. Alyson Footer and Carrie Muskat have a very nice feature article over at MLB.Com; it’s worth you time if you like the game.
Wood struck out the side four times; at one point he struck out five Astros in a row. It’s the most dominant performance by a pitcher in WC’s long memory of the Cubs.
So here’s to Kerry Wood <clink>, who 20 years ago today set a record that still stands: 20 strikeouts in one game.
What? Oh, sure, Cubs 2, Astros 0.