We love reminders of just how old we really are. Newsweek informed us that it has been 10 years since "Seinfeld" went off the hair air, which is just jaw-dropping, when you think about it. But that's nothing like Friends Of The Program's revelation: It has been 10 years since Kerry Wood's 20-strikeout game against the Astros.

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We were already out of college by then — as we said, we're quite old — but we, like everybody within shouting distance of a television, sat rapt while watching perhaps the greatest pitching performance ever. We can't imagine anyone ever improving on that. Twenty strikeouts? One (questionable) hit? No walks? Come on.

Even as a Cardinals fan, we find it a shame what happened to Wood; at this time, after this game, he seemed like Roger Clemens reborn, ornery, inflamed, terrifying. If the Cubs ever do make a World Series, it would seem fitting that Wood might be the guy to close out and send them there. Like that will ever happen of course.

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Here's the highlight video, complete with old-school ESPN graphics: