Royals Nightly
Saturday, April 17, 2004
Wood Throws 131 Pitches For No Reason
In a 3-way battle for first place, Dusty Baker knew that he couldn't afford to take any chances in a tight game against Cincinatti; sending Kerry Wood (of the surgically reconstructed arm) to the mound to preserve a 2-0 lead, and rack up an extremely important "complete game" in the stats column.

"Kerry said he felt good blah blah blah blah competitor blah blah blah I don't look at pitch counts blah blah blah," said Baker, who later keyed a reporter's car before leaving the Cub's parking lot.

Actually, the funniest part of the whole thing was listening to the post-game discussion on WGN, as a Tribune company talking head did his best to criticize Baker's decision. Although of course his complaint was totally based in a fear that it cost the Cubs the game, and not that it was an incredibly stupid risk of injury. The kicker was how the argument ended with the cliched defense of Dusty, "well, his record speaks for itself".



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