Gonna miss Travis Wood.
For pure entertainment value, he's hard to beat.
Especially with the way Joe Maddon manages people with the athletic ability of such a guy.
2016 was a year with tons of memorable highlights, and Wood's catch in left was pretty far up there.
Was he the greatest pitcher?
But still another atmosphere layer above "scrappy".
Anyway, I figured I'd done a ton of illustrations on him and it's true.
This is from last year:
That kinda sums him up.
I can't find the one where I had him pitching, batting, and playing I think banjo in the band that plays in the stands during games - somebody emailed me to ask if that was true.
Anyway, here's a bunch more, like when he was the lone Cub All-Star in 2013.
One game he gave up 5 dingers, which tied a group of distinguished pitchers all of whom probably thought:
Anyway, this post is late of course but Wood gets 2 years and $12 mil and... in a really sad way with the passing of Yordana Ventura, a good opportunity and I wish him well.
Next is I'm sure you saw that promising young Cardinals' pitcher Alex Reyes is out for the season with Tommy John.
There is nothing that scares me more than this and I do not wish it upon anybody, even a Cardinal.