The Boers and Bernstein Show on 670 The Score this afternoon citied a source in the Cubs organization, and reported that another reason for Kerry Wood’s amazing home town discount agreement with the Cubs was because of an opportunity for a broadcasting position in the tv or radio booth once Wood decided it was time to hang up the cleats. As you may recall, Wood and Hendry originally hooked up this offseason at the wake for Ron Santo. The discussions reportedly gained steamed at a pizza joint where Ryan Dempster was hosting a charity fund raiser. Before you knew it, Wood was being introduced at a press conference to welcome his return home.
The Score report explains that the source said Wood was amazed by the Cub fan out pouring over Santo’s passing. With Wood having a mutual relationship with both the Cubs organization and the fans, the report is that he realized that a broadcasting career would be a great opportunity to maintain those two close relationships. The radio host speculated that Wood is well aware of his injury history, and at his age, may begin to prepare for life after his playing days. It is safe to say that Santo’s time as the radio color commentator only built upon the Cub legendary status he built as an All Star third baseman, and Wood would be enticed to follow down that path while being able to keep his family in Chicago.
Obviously the Cubs need to fill the void left by Santo immediately for the 2010 season, and Wood would not be that candidate as he is preparing to pitch in 2010. This could put the commentator that his hired for 2010 and the near future in a uncomfortable spot.
Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune is reporting that the Cubs are denying this report, but Bernstein has clarified that the agreement is not in contract language as that would not be allowed by MLB.