Goatriders of the Apocalypse

If I didn't know better

If I didn't know better, I could jump to the first conclusion that this is Cubness At Its Finest: like Holtzman, Jenkins, Maddux, Reuschel, Lieber, etc. let's bring back a great old name from the past, because they were good once?  That means they will be good again!

Then, once I got past that notion, then I might consider the presumed mode of operation of the Ricketts Regime, and deem the return of Kerry Wood a stop-gap move.  One that seems far more cynical than bringing in Carlos Pena, since the re-acquisition of Wood most certainly triggers a torrential flood of nostalgia that will result in lots of tickets sold, increased ratings on TV and radio, and big-time sales of #34 jerseys.

And, if I were able to get past the second obstacle, I might go back to his previous season, in which he gave up 2 runs in the entire span of his appearances with the Yankees.  I might opine that he might have been acquired to not only free up Andrew Cashner for a rotation spot (a bit premature IMO: Cashner could not have been much worse last year) but based on his Yankee stint, to possibly fill the closer void if Carlos Marmol loses command of his weapons-grade slider?

Yes, in fact, bringing back Kid K might in some respects be all of the above.  But honestly, I believe it was just a matter of a guy who wanted to be a Cub, at all costs, and a General manager who figured why not.  It is as simple as that.  Kerry Wood is not going to save the Cubs, and if you remember, as I do, when he was going to be the next Nolan Ryan, his return is bittersweet. 

In a sport where so many wrong things happen (hello, Nationals and Jayson Werth?), sometimes it is just so easy to do the right thing.  It is just that Kerry Wood is a Cub.  He never should have been allowed to leave.

Don't forget, Rob. Jimbo

Don't forget, Rob. Jimbo brought back the greatest ex Cub of them all - Steve Trachsel!

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