Kerry Wood Back in Wrigleyville
Despite spending years out injured, Kerry Wood for a decade was one of the most beloved Chicago Cubs in the city. Wood is on his way back to the Chicago Cubs. Always a class act to fans and media, Wood sadly said goodbye to Chicagoland in 2008. Cubs general manager Jim Hendry was not willing to fork over the cash to keep Kerry in town and the strong-armed Texan left for Cleveland. Wood went to a struggling Cleveland team who eventually traded him to the Yankees. While in New York, Wood only gave up two runs in 24 relief appearances for the Yankees. The Cubs only had to shell out $1.5 million for the 33-year-old, despite the White Sox offering him twice as much. In a press conference earlier in the day Wood explained his reasoning for coming back to the Northside of Chicago saying “It’s about being home and being here at Wrigley”. I will always remember watching Wood hitting a gutsy home run in game 7 of the 2003 NLCS from the Budweiser rooftop. It’s nice to have #34 back in blue.