Memorable reactions to Kerry Wood's 1998 pitching gem

Updated 5/4/2018 6:26 PM

Kerry Wood's memorable game in 1998 also provided some memorable reactions:

"They say sometimes the gods touch you and say, 'You have the gift.' The baseball gods touched him that day and said, 'No one's going to touch you in this game.'"


-- Chip Caray Cubs TV broadcaster in 1998

"Going back to the beginning, the first time I ever caught Kerry Wood, it was in spring training that year. I remember catching this guy in the bullpen and thinking to myself, 'We got five guys better than this?' It was amazing."

-- Scott Servais, Cubs No. 1 catcher in 1998

"Since that day, I've met about 150,000 people who said they were there at the ballpark that day. That's just the way that goes. That's the best pitch game I've ever seen, and I've broadcast six no-hitters."

-- Pat Hughes, Cubs radio play-by-play announcer

"I don't think I threw any strikes warming up. I was all over the place. Balls were all over the place and I think I actually shut it down early and flipped the ball to (pitching coach) Phil Regan and said, 'We're done. I'm loose. It's only going to get worse. Let's go.' It was ugly warming up. I know that."

-- Kerry Wood

"I think his legacy is one of the greatest pitchers the Cubs have ever had. There's no question for me. Where the Cubs were at that point, where the franchise was. There had been a lot of losing seasons. The '98 team, we get into the wild card, created an excitement. He was a big part of that. It was something the fans could grasp on to. When Greg Maddux left, Kerry Wood was the next guy. The franchise definitely needed that guy."

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-- Scott Servais

"I had never seen anything as dominant. I haven't seen anything as dominant since. I don't know and I think Kerry probably hoped somewhere down the road he would find that guy again. He never did, but it doesn't matter because he found him once."

-- Steve Stone, Cubs TV color analyst in 1998


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