Brenly remembers emotion-filled triumph
By gordon wittenmyer firstname.lastname@example.org May 2, 2011 11:15PM
Updated: September 24, 2012 6:25AM
LOS ANGELES — If Bob Brenly does nothing else in baseball, he’ll forever be the guy who won the most emotion-filled, trying World Series in major-league history, the one played barely a month after 9/11.
If for no other reason than that, it made Sunday’s news of Osama bin Laden’s killing a little extra personal.
‘‘Professionally, it was a little unnerving,’’ the Cubs broadcaster said, ‘‘and, obviously, for the whole world it was tremendously unnerving.’’
Brenly’s Arizona Diamondbacks eventually ended the New York Yankees’ run of three consecutive World Series championships.
‘‘I’ve never been prouder to be a part of major-league baseball than I was then,’’ Brenly said. ‘‘We get all carried away, and it consumes our lives on a daily basis, but the reality is, we’re just a distraction. We’re entertainment. And it was never more needed than it was that year.
‘‘For the Series to go the way it did, the Yanks winning those three at Yankee Stadium — everything played out as good as could be expected under the circumstances. . . .
‘‘Like most Americans, I was pretty pleased with the events of [Sunday].’’
Kerry Wood and Carlos Zambrano are the only current Cubs who were on the roster when the terrorists attacked the World Trade Center. Eight days later, Wood pitched seven scoreless innings for the Cubs’ first post-9/11 victory.
‘‘It’s great for the guys and gals that have been over there fighting and looking for him for 10 years,’’ Wood said. ‘‘It’s got to be rewarding.’’
Cubs manager Mike Quade, who was a first-base coach for the Oakland Athletics during an emotional opening round of the playoffs in 2001, saw Sunday’s events as a too-long-in-coming response.
‘‘A great day for America,’’ Quade said.
Jeff Baker, who makes a policy of not talking about his injuries, might have aggravated his sore left shoulder when he collided with D-backs first baseman Juan Miranda after hitting into a game-ending double play Sunday, Quade said.
‘‘He’s not as good as I wish he was, given his numbers against these next two left-handers,’’ said Quade, who left Baker out of Monday’s lineup despite a .364 (4-for-11) career average against Clayton Kershaw.
He’s 4-for-9 with a home run against Ted Lilly, Wednesday’s lefty.
Randy Wells (forearm) and Andrew Cashner (shoulder) threw off mounds for the first time Monday since going on the disabled list almost four weeks ago.
† James Russell’s two-out single up the middle in the second inning was the left-hander’s first big-league hit.