Jim Riggleman on Wood’s 20 K performance
Former Cubs manager Jim Riggleman joined Bruce Levine and host Cole Wright on Cubs 360 Daily, presented by Miller Lite to reminisce about Kerry Wood’s historic performance 22 years ago today.
The former skipper recalls the day when he put the line-up card together on that historic day.
“Nobody could have expected it. Kerry was a dynamic pitcher who just had tremendous talent,” Riggleman said. “He had thrown a couple of pretty good ball games before that, but nobody could expect what he did on that day 22 years ago.”
Riggleman went on to reflect on when he knew that Wood’s performance was becoming historic.
“As we got deep into the game, I know Tom Gamboa and a couple of other guys on the staff mentioned, ‘Wow, his numbers are ridiculous today.’ They started filling in the strikeout numbers. I didn’t really know what the record was, but I knew I was seeing something that I’d never seen before and probably never see again.”
Riggleman went on to mention that Kerry Wood’s game was the most dominant game that he’s ever seen pitched.
“Two great Cubs, Billy Williams and Ron Santo were in the stadium that day. Billy coaching and Ronnie announcing. They both indicated that Kerry’s game was probably more dominant than what Sandy did to them that day.”
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