Terry and Garry will attend a handful of Kerry's games this season, and they'll watch the rest on satellite TV, the way they saw last week's game. "If he struggles, he struggles early, so after the first inning I felt confident," says Garry. "After that, we were hollering and having a great time. The only problem is, now we're getting 50 to 60 calls a day, and I know Kerry's getting more than we are. He just wishes he could play baseball and leave it at that."
A Texas-sized slab of fame has descended on Wood's broad shoulders, and it seems to have settled there permanently. The folks in Cooperstown called requesting a ball from his 20-whiff game and the hat he wore. He immediately rejected an invitation from Jay Leno to appear on the Tonight show, which was taping in Chicago last week. For a day, anyway, he loomed larger in the Windy City than a certain Bulls shooting guard.
"People are making such a big deal out of this, but I'm just a normal kid who lives to play baseball," Wood says. "I can handle it, but the next time I pitch at Wrigley, I'm sure there will be a lot more fans."
No doubt. Tom Bujnowski plans to be one of them. Only this time, he vows to bring five additional K signs with him.