As the Chicago Cubs were heading into their series against their cross-town rivals, the Chicago White Sox, there was a noticeable decline in excitement in regards to the cross-town series. This lack of excitement may result from both teams entering some sort of rebuilding process. Though, the rebuilding philosophy is more on display with the Cubs than it is with the White Sox. However, there is breaking news this Friday that will likely have everyone in the Wrigley Field stands buzzing.
The player known best as “Kid K” has decided that he is no longer a kid anymore, and has witnessed the game pass him by in some sort. Multiple reports are confirming that Cubs’ reliever Kerry Wood is set to announce that he will be retiring from the game of baseball prior to the Cubs game against the White Sox.
There will be a lot of speculation as to why Wood has decided to retire rather than trying to finish out the season. Wood has struggled this season as in nine appearances, Wood has posted an ERA of 8.64 to go along with a WHIP of 2.28. Wood has also spent time on the disabled list this season with an ailing right shoulder. Wood spent the 2011 season with the Cubs before becoming a free agent in the off-season. During the 0ff-season, Wood expressed his interest in returning to the Cubs, but, with negotiations being drawn out it was unclear if the veteran would put on a Cubs’ uniform for the 2012 season. However, Cubs’ chairman Tom Ricketts is believed to have stepped over Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer and signed Wood to one year contract worth $3.5 million.
There will be more information available as to why Wood has decided to retire once the Cubs and Wood hold the press conference. For now at least, lets just remember Wood for what he has meant to not only the Cubs, but the city of Chicago as well.
Stay clicked onto Cubbies Crib as we will have more updates on the Kerry Wood story as they develop.