Will the real Kerry (Carrie) Wood please stand up?
On the day that Kerry Wood was able to write a storybook ending to what has not been a storybook career, there’s one photo we have to share. Friday morning Wood announced that he would retire after his next appearance, cutting short a frustrating season in what was a frustrating career. Wood struggled at times to stay healthy to display the insane talent he used to tie a Major League record with 20 strikeouts in just his fifth MLB start his rookie year. As it would turn out, Chicago Cubs Manager Dale Sveum needed Wood later in the day Friday in the top of the eighth inning, and he struck out the only batter he faced before leaving to a raucous ovation. While we wish Wood had had the career he and everyone else envisioned, we are very glad he ended up with a 15-year career despite the injuries, turning into an above-average Major League reliever, and even a closer at one point. Very fitting he got to end his career on the mound at Wrigley Field, the place which could barely hold all his potential back in 1998. After stints with the Indians and Yankees, he hangs ’em up as a Cub. Unfortunately the Cubs tortured existence continued with a 3-2 loss to the crosstown White Sox Friday afternoon as interleague play begins this weekend.
Anyway, the photo…here is a picture of Kerry Wood with the Yankees…with…Carrie Wood, Revolution intern in the marketing department. You can usually spot Carrie Wood during the game throwing frisbees and t-shirts into the crowd and she also writes articles for the York Revolutionary Times. Here, the Woods are enjoying a beautiful day before a Yankees-Orioles game at Camden Yards in 2010, Kerry Wood’s only season with New York. Orioles and Nationals fans may recognize Carrie Wood’s Dad Phil Wood from inside their TV, he works for MASN.
Says Carrie Wood: “For what it’s worth, I don’t think I’d be working in baseball if it wasn’t for Kerry Wood. I was eight years old when he had that 20 strikeout game and suddenly his name/my name was everywhere. It was really the point where I truly started following baseball.”