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THE ZAPPER
John Walters
August 31, 1998
Chicago cubs rookie pitcher Kerry Wood is known for his heater, but last week he fooled Fox with a changeup. Wood's much-anticipated duel with Houston Astros ace Randy Johnson on the network's Saturday Game of the Week telecast was submarined when Chicago manager Jim Riggleman chose to start Wood on Friday instead. According to Cubs spokeswoman Sharon Pannozzo, Fox executives complained about the switch to Major League Baseball and to the Cubs, claiming the network spent millions of dollars promoting the matchup. Chicago, to its credit, didn't wilt under the pressure. We wonder, though: If Wood pitched for the Fox-owned Los Angeles Dodgers, would the outcome have been different?
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August 31, 1998

The Zapper

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Chicago cubs rookie pitcher Kerry Wood is known for his heater, but last week he fooled Fox with a changeup. Wood's much-anticipated duel with Houston Astros ace Randy Johnson on the network's Saturday Game of the Week telecast was submarined when Chicago manager Jim Riggleman chose to start Wood on Friday instead. According to Cubs spokeswoman Sharon Pannozzo, Fox executives complained about the switch to Major League Baseball and to the Cubs, claiming the network spent millions of dollars promoting the matchup. Chicago, to its credit, didn't wilt under the pressure. We wonder, though: If Wood pitched for the Fox-owned Los Angeles Dodgers, would the outcome have been different?

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