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You’ve Seen The Andre Dawson & Kerry Wood State Farm Commercial. Now Go Behind The Scenes…

You’ve Seen The Andre Dawson & Kerry Wood State Farm Commercial.  Now Go Behind The Scenes…

As soon as it debuted, my blog, my email, and my Twitter account (@30-YOC) were flooded with links to the new State Farm ad that features Andre Dawson and Kerry Wood.

I have probably seen in no less than 50 times, and I still chuckle when ‘The Hawk’ asks ‘What year is it?’.

If you have not seen the commercial, you can view it below.

And now you can also go behind the scenes and see the making of the commercial too.

Have a great night!!!

My First Time – Kerry Wood – April 12, 1988

My First Time – Kerry Wood – April 12, 1988

The Setting – Olympic Stadium.  Montreal, Canada.

From Wood – ‘I called my parents real quick and told them that they needed to get to Montreal if they wanted to see my debut.  Freaked ’em out a little because it meant getting passports, so they thought’.

The Boxscore – Expos 4, Cubs 1.  Wood takes the loss after being pulled in the fourth inning.  He allows 4 hits and 4 runs while walking 3 and striking out 7.

Happy Birthdy Kerry Wood!!!

Amazingly, Kerry Wood turns 32 years old today.

I still think of the 21-year old rookie phenom when I hear Kerry Wood’s name.   The kid that was going to save the Chicago Cubs franchise and make them contenders for the World Series.

Unfortunately, those expectations are too strong for any one player to overcome, especially a 21-year old kid learning how to pitch in the big leagues.  While Wood has had a nice 11-year career, 10 with the Cubbies, he has never quite lived up to the hype bestowed on him – Not that many players could though…

It started in 1998 when in just his fifth game in the big leagues Kerry Wood struck out 20 batters.  An amazing accomplishment by any pitcher, this performance drew comparisons to some of the greatest rookie pitchers of all-time.  Wood wound end winning the Rookie of the Year award that season and has built a nice, solid career for himself since.

What I would like to give to Kerry for his birthday is the same success he had during his rookie season.  Skip the injuries, skip the moves in and out of the bullpen.  I want to see what someone with Wood’s success as a rookie could do for the length of a career.  The start was Hall of Fame worthy, it would have been nice to see that success continue!

Happy Birthday Kerry!!!