Imagine being Travis Wood.
You get traded from the Reds to the Cubs in a deal that was sort of... well it was the first one of those trades by Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer where you thought oh, I see - they trade a guy they're about to have to give big dollars to (Sean Marshall) for some controllable assets that don't cost alot that may turn into something kinda good.
Last year, Wood was the 5th starter in a rotation that included Ryan Dempster, Jeff Samardzija, Paul Maholm, and Chris Volstad.
This year, he only made the team because of injuries.
Last year, a 4.27 ERA.
This year (so far), he's #9 in all baseball with a 2.69.
Better than Felix Hernandez, Cliff Lee, Justin Verlander and Madison Baumgarner.
Which is shocking because all those guys are All-Stars.
SO IS TRAVIS WOOD!
He went from sort of nothin' but a little promise to an All-Star leading all baseball with 16 quality starts.
Isn't it nice to have something nice to say about the Cubs in 2013?
That a trade by our Cubs management is turning out to be sort of...smart?
Travis Wood is our 2013 Chicago Cubs All-Star, and he deserves it for this year's performance.
I've been fishing.
I'll tell you more about it but this little bit sort of sums it up:
One night while barbequing, I was trying to put on that little metal dish that catches the ashes on a Weber Grill.
Know what I'm talking about?
It's held in place by these little springy things, and it fell off so I was trying to put it back on and my forearm touched the grill for a nanosecond.
About the amount of time it takes to say "OW!"
So I got a big gross burn.
Had to get these giant bandages about 5" long and a couple inches wide.
Okay, so I drove down from Minocqua yesterday.
Top down the whole way with my arm resting comfortably on the door.
In the sun.
My whole arm is completely sunburned.
Today I took off the bandage and now there's a giant white rectangle on my bright red arm with a giant red scab in the middle of it.
It looks like I tatood a giant eye on my arm.
Today Carlos Villanueva is back starting (taking the place of Scott Feldman) for the Cubs against A.J. Burnett and the Pirates and try to take 2 of 3 from them.
Alfonso Soriano is doing that thing where he's hitting homers all the time, so kind of fun to watch.
Did you catch that part where he sort of seemed to think DHing might not be so bad since he can rest his legs? Hmmm.