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Cubs Talk Podcast: Kerry Wood's 20 K Flashback

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Cubs Talk Podcast: Kerry Wood's 20 K Flashback

In a special episode, we celebrate the 21st anniversary of Kerry Wood's record-setting 20-strikeout performance with an audio retrospective of that historic game. Hear all the key calls as they were broadcast in 1998, as well as commentary at key points from Kerry himself as he watched the game with us two decades later.

1:50 - Start of WGN broadcast of Cubs vs. Astros at Wrigley Field on May 6th, 1998

3:38 - Ricky Gutiérrez spoils the no-hitter in the top of the 3rd on controversial play

4:53 - Wood throws two nasty sliders in the 4th to get Jeff Bagwell to strikeout

7:32 - Wood gets strikeout No. 10 and 11

9:23 - Rain begins to fall in the 7th inning, giving Wood a slight edge against the Astros hitters as he strikes out the side

14:56 - 9th inning begins as Wood is set to make history

17:20 - "Here comes the hook!" - Chip Caray calls the historic 20th strikeout of Kerry Wood

18:39 - Wood recalls his nervous interview with Steve Stone and Chip Caray after the game

[WATCH] Kerry Wood joins us in-studio and watches his 20-strikeout performance from 1998

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Cubs and White Sox legends are now playable in MLB The Show 19

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Cubs and White Sox legends are now playable in MLB The Show 19

Nostalgic Chicago baseball fans, it's your time to shine.

Thursday, MLB The Show 19 unveiled changes to its Diamond Dynasty feature, a customizable online game mode. Among several additions, gamers can now unlock and play as former MLB stars.

The group includes former Cubs pitchers Kerry Wood and Mark Prior and former White Sox sluggers Paul Konerko and Frank Thomas. While the stream unveil didn't include Prior or Konerko, it included the player ratings for Wood (88) and Thomas (87).

MLB The Show tweeted a video to promote Wood and Prior's inclusions in the game on Friday:

Wood, Prior, Konerko AND Thomas in a new baseball video game? What a time to be alive. MLB The Show 19 hits the shelves March 26, though memories of the aforementioned players will live on forever.

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Summer of Sammy: Sosa's 52nd homer in 1998

Summer of Sammy: Sosa's 52nd homer in 1998

It's the 20th anniversary of the Summer of Sammy, when Sosa and Mark McGwire went toe-to-toe in one of the most exciting seasons in American sports history chasing after Roger Maris' home run record. All year, we're going to go homer-by-homer on Sosa's 66 longballs, with highlights and info about each. Enjoy.

In a quirky bit of irony, 20 years before the Cubs got set to play the Reds at Wrigley Field on Aug. 26, 2018, the two teams squared off in Cincinnati as Sosa and McGwire were in the heat of their dinger race.

Slammin' Sammy helped the Cubs end a four-game losing streak on Aug. 26, 1998, smacking a two-out solo homer off Brett Tomko in the third inning.

It was his only hit of the day, but it was enough to help the Cubs to a 9-2 victory as they began a stretch where they won 9 of 10 games.

Fun fact: Rookie Kerry Wood picked up his 12th win in the game, allowing only an earned run in 8 innings while striking out a whopping 16 Reds batters.

Wood only made one more start in 1998, missing all of September that season with elbow soreness that eventually led to a Tommy John surgery.