Because every twinge, every ache, reverberates throughout Cub Nation, there is a tendency for those at its heart to downplay their concerns. They know nobody wants to hear bad news.
"I know, people are going to panic," Kerry Wood said.
Wood had just walked off the mound after only two of his scheduled three or four innings on March 9. He admitted experiencing some "tightness" in his shoulder, which isn't the greatest of things when you're scheduled to start on Opening Day.