Photos: Games 80 & 81

By JCB on Sunday, November 18, 2007

I've been catching up on some work—and procrastinating a bit—so I decided to post photos I took at the final two home games of the season. Long overdue, but on the other hand, maybe with the doldrums of winter just around the corner we can all use a visual reminder of how great late September was for us.

First though, farewell Jacques Jones. We were all a little bit curious when the Cubs went after you a couple of seasons ago. You were a streaky hitter, and your arm in the outfield was somewhere between abysmal and awful. But, you had a good attitude, and came through for us with a few timely hits. We all wish you the best wherever else you land.

Also, Nick Cafardo writes for the Boston Globe online that Kerry Wood is on the Red Sox' radar. HELL. 'On radar' is a long way from anything substantive (like negotiations), and little tidbits like this are how unfounded rumors start, and really, Wood is certainly on every team's radar—winning pitchers with 97mph fastballs who are potentially free agents are not exactly inconspicuous—so any beat writer could have written this exact blurb, but of all the teams... the Red Sox?? HELL. Say it ain't so.

(In case it was Wood's last regular season home game, there's a few extra photos of him below. Consider this my anti-jinx.)

On to the photos.

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Soriano in the first at-bat of the game.

Derrek Lee poised.

Rich Hill on the release.

Rich Hill's pitch on the way.

On the field, celebrating the W.

Soriano, leading off for the Cubs in the final game of the season.

Carlos Zambrano on the release.

Carlos Zambrano's pitch on the way.

Derrek Lee connecting for a double.

Kerry Wood walking in from the bullpen.

Kerry Wood's pitch on the way.

Kerry Wood with a rare at-bat as a reliever.

Kerry Wood walking off the field after striking out Jose Bautista and Matt Kata to end the 8th inning.

On the field, celebrating another W.

The scoreboard, just before the W flag goes up for the final time in 2007.
Posted Sunday, November 18, 2007 by JCB

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