Originally posted on Brush Back Pitch  |  Last updated 5/24/12
It is only human to look back and wonder what could have been. We all do it, and in the case of the 1998 National League Rookie of the Year award winner Kerry Wood, who retired earlier this week, it is a haunting epitaph on a career that could have led to Cooperstown. His slurve along with a dominating fastball were practically unhittable. I remember the first time I saw him pitch. It happened to be his 20-strikeout game on WGN. I was late for work because of it.  The only hit he gave up in that game should have been an error.  The wicked break of that slurve brought back shades of Dwight Gooden and Bert Blyleven’s curveballs. He won the Rookie of the Year award despite being shut down for the last month of the season with a tender elbow. That turned out to be a sign of things to come. He missed all of 1999 because of Tommy John surgery. Wood came back, but his arm was a dual-edged blade: it devastated batters, fans, and Wood himself.  The torque he generated when he was younger wa...
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