Cubs news: Get your Wood up

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Get the above picture? Anyway, got a voice mail from a buddy of mine who’s a Cubs fan. He asked me how I felt about the Cubs signing Wood for $1.75 mil (with incentives for up to $6 mil). I heard a bittersweet tinge in his voice. I know for a fact he has a Wood jersey that he pretty much had to store in his closet all summer. Have heart! Maybe you’ll
wear that jersey once again.

Rumor has it that the incentives are based on time on the active roster, appearances, and games finishes. Hmm… I guess that determines his role eh?

I had no doubt that Hendry was going to re-sign Wood all season. Hendry has an personal interest in Wood and doesn’t want to see him go. A low base salary with incentives is way to go. Let’s face it, what Cub fan wouldn’t be willing to loosen the purse strings should Wood put out?

Power Pitcher

In other Cub news, Carlos Zambrano has been giving the term Power Pitcher a new meaning. Last week, he won the 2006 Silver Slugger award for NL pitchers. Of his 11 hits this year, six were for homeruns. That total ties the club record. Fergie Jenkins also had six taters in 1971. He was one short of the league record by pitchers set by Don Newcombe (1955), Don Drysdale
(1958, 1965) and Mike Hampton (2001).

The MLB record of 9 was set by Wes Farrell in 1931.

Zambrano is a switch hitter and hit 3 homers from both sides of the plate. For the year, he hit .151 with a .397 slugging percentage and 11 rbis and 9 runs.

 

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