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Kerry Wood to retire after today’s game

May 18, 2012 Leave a comment

(Trib)–Kerry Wood reportedly will announce his retirement from baseball Friday afternoon, but still plans to be available in the Chicago Cubs bullpen for the start of the City Series. Wood broke into the majors in 1998 with the Cubs at the age of 21. Over 14 years in the majors, mostly on the North Side, he compiled a 86-75 record. ESPNChicago reports that Wood, who has an 8.64 ERA this season and has been battling health issues, will call it quits on the day the City Series starts at Wrigley.
Sad day, but it was definitely time for Kerry Wood to call it quits.  Probably my favorite Chicago Cub of all-time.  I moved to Illinois in 1998 and one of my first Chicago sports memories was his 20 strikeout game.  He was a guy that always competed hard and gave an honest effort.  I hope the Cubs give him some sort of role in the organization.  If he wants to get involved in coaching, fantastic.  If not then just let him be an ambassador much like Bobby Hull, Stan Mikita, and Denis Savard for the Blackhawks.  So long Kid-K.  It’s been fun.
PS: I’ll miss you too Mrs. Wood…
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