Kerry Wood announced his Fifth Annual Strike Zone Celebrity Bowling Tournament yesterday. Mark your calendars for 6 p.m. on Aug. 6 at the 10pin bowling lounge in downtown Chicago.
This is one of the team’s most popular charitable events, giving fans the opportunity to meet and even bowl with Cubs players as well as bid on one-of-a-kind items. Kerry Wood’s Strike Zone really is a labor of love for both Kerry and his wife, Sarah. In four years, the event has raised over $1.3 million, and this year it will benefit the Chicago Public Schools’ “Organic School Project.”
Some great moments from last year: The Wrigley Field dugout urinal was auctioned for more than $10,000 … Kerry played the guitar and Michael Wuertz sang Pink Floyd’s “Brick in the Wall” … Mark DeRosa (with a career-high score of 271) and Cliff Floyd (290) made for a competitive rivalry on the lanes.
Anyone noticed how much Jim Edmonds seems to love Wrigley Field’s left-center basket? All five of his home runs with the Cubs have been hit straightaway or to the opposite field. For reference, 51 percent of his 362 career home runs before this year went to the pull side (right or right-center).
This sort of shift tends to happen with age — Edmonds turns 38 on Friday — as batters’ hands slow down. But right now, it matters less how he’s getting it done and more that he’s batting .300 AVG/.352 OBP/.588 SLG in 27 games with Chicago.
UPDATE: After writing this blog, Edmonds hit another home run last night, just to the right of center. It was his fourth homer in as many games and sixth with the Cubs.
— Sean Ahmed