In what has become a tradition on the first night of the Cubs Convention, the team revealed the latest inductees into the Cubs' Hall of Fame.
The ballot for this year's voting did create some stir among Cubs fans as it was the first time that Sammy Sosa was included. The relationship between the Cubs and Sosa remains strained since The Ricketts have been in place as the team's ownership group and the idea was this might be an olive branch being extended toward a potential reunion.
While Sosa, ultimately, was not elected by the Cubs' Hall of Fame committee, that did not take away from the special moment on Friday night for two Cubs' legends.
During the opening ceremony of the Cubs Convention on Friday, team chairman Tom Ricketts revealed that pitcher Kerry Wood and third baseman Aramis Ramirez were the latest inductees.
Kerry Wood burst onto the scene with the Cubs in 1998 with a 20-strikeout performance against the Houston Astros. That was the birth of the "Kid K" nickname for Wood and it would remain with him throughout his 14-year career.
The first 10 seasons of Wood's career were with the Cubs and after his departure from the team after the 2008 season, he returned in 2011 before retiring during the 2012 season.
One of Wood's most memorable seasons with the Cubs was in 2003 when he posted a 3.20 ERA in 32 starts. Wood was a large part of the reason why the 2003 Cubs made it to the National League Championship Series.
To that end, there is a degree of nostalgia that Wood's 2003 teammate, Ramirez, was inducted into the Cubs' Fall of Fame at the same time.
Ramirez was acquired by the Cubs in an in-season trade with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2003. Little did the Cubs know at the time that Ramirez would be the best third baseman to man the position for the team since Ron Santo.
Ramirez spent 9 seasons with the Cubs while compiling a slash line of .294/.356/.531 with 239 home runs. One of Ramirez's most memorable home runs was his walk-off against the Milwaukee Brewers in 2007.
Chicago Cubs Convention Schedule for Saturday
Ramirez and Wood will likely be among the Cubs' players involved in the festivities on Saturday. Saturday is when fans can get autographs from their favorite players, sign up for Cubs' history exhibits, and hear an update on the team's baseball operations from Jed Hoyer and Carter Hawkins. More information can be found here, including how you can still get tickets.