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Tuesday, May 27, 2008

R.I.P. Geremi Gonzalez

Former Cub starter Geremi Gonzalez was killed last Sunday when he was struck by lightning. The Shooter's Lounge extends condolences to Geremi's family and friends at this time. It's one thing when an older ballplayer passes away, but Geremi was still a young guy, so that makes it a little more difficult.

Geremi won 11 games with a 4.25 ERA and 93 Ks in his rookie campaign. He was an early part of the 98 wildcard team, going 7-7 with a 5.32 ERA in 20 games started before blowing out his arm. He was a colorful character on the Cubs and the other teams he pitched for. As far as I can tell, he never really capitalized on his potential, although the injuries he suffered may have hampered his progress. Still, he seemed to enjoy the game and the fans, which was all you really needed at that time to enjoy the favor of the Wrigley faithful.

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