Imagine Kerry Wood in a White Sox uniform. That's probably a nightmarish image for some Cubs fans, and a confusing one for some Sox fans who have spent the last 15 years poking fun at Wood's durability.
It almost happened. According to CSNChicago.com's David Kaplan, had Wood not come to terms with the Cubs, he would've signed a deal with the White Sox. When the Cubs upped their offer, Wood decided to stay on the North Side.
Kaplan reports theSox "have long respected Wood," and would've given him an opportunity to close with Sergio Santos shipped off to Toronto. That's interesting -- the Sox, at least outwardly, have seemed content with using one of Addison Reed, Matt Thornton or Jesse Crain in the ninth inning in 2012. But maybe an opportunity to add a well-respected veteran -- and needle their neighbors to the north -- was too good to pass up.
For Wood, the White Sox would've made a lot of sense if he wasn't pleased with the Cubs' offer. He could still pitch and stay in Chicago, where he's started a charity and put down roots. And, theoretically, it wouldn't hurt his long-term standing with Cubs fans -- after all, Ron Santo played a season for the White Sox.
The White Sox don't need to spend money on the bullpen, although bringing in a veteran like Wood to help Reed along wouldn't have been a bad move. What this does tell us is that the Sox do have some money to spend after dealing away Carlos Quentin and Jason Frasor, and they may be willing to spend it.
Sox fans, would you have liked to see Wood on the White Sox? Would you have taunted Cubs fans about it without mercy?
With the Cubs back in the NLCS, White Sox fans have had to deal with another post-season of Cubs this and Cubs that. How does one escape it? Diehard White Sox fan John Kass of the Chicago Tribune comes on the podcast to talk with Chuck Garfien about his recent column entitled "Searching for a safe space in Cubslandia." Kass talks about how he's dealing with the Cubs success and how White Sox fans can find this safe space. He tells the story about taking the White Sox World Series trophy into a Chicago Tribune board meeting in 2005 to rub it in the faces of the Trib's executives who were all Cubs fans.
Kass talks about how he watches the Cubs in the playoffs, the Chicago media coverage of their playoff run and how Cubs fans will react if they don't repeat as champions. Garfien and Kass also discuss the White Sox rebuild, the Cubs losing in 2003 and why Kass will be calling Cubs Pre and Post host David Kaplan in the middle of the night if and when the Cubs are eliminated.
Former White Sox pitcher Daniel Webb died at the age of 28 in an ATV accident on Saturday night, according to Humphreys County Sheriff Chris Davis.
Davis called it a “tragic accident, and we should rally around the family.”
Webb, a Paducah, Ky. native, was with the White Sox from 2013-16 and went 7-5 with a 4.50 ERA.
The White Sox released this statement:
Daniel left many friends within the Chicago White Sox organization, and we are all shocked and stunned by the news of last night's terrible accident. He was a terrific young man with a full life ahead of him. All thoughts and prayers go to his family and friends as they deal with today's tragic news.