Revisiting the ’98 Baseball Season

Bob Nightengale of USA Today says “Memories of historic ’98 season now seem a little tarnished”.

Just a little?

He also discusses a lot of the other memorable events of that year, including Kerry Wood’s 20 strikeout game against the Astros, the end of Cal Ripken’s consecutive games streak, and the deaths of both Harry Caray and Jack Brickhouse.

Regarding Wood’s 20 strikeout game, I liked Chip Caray’s quote:  “It was the best thing and worst thing that ever happened to Wood.  He never learned how to pitch, he became a thrower and got hurt.”  Maybe if they’d had the benefit of professional coaching advice — such as that of, say, Leo Mazzone, formerly of the Braves — he would’ve learned how to be a pitcher, and saved his arm.

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