Last-pitch effort by Kerry Wood
STAFF REPORT May 18, 2012 3:56PM
FILE - This Aug. 31, 2007 file photo shows Chicago Cubs pitcher Kerry Wood delivering a pitch against the Houston Astros during the seventh inning of a baseball game in Chicago. Wood, who electrified baseball with a 20-strikeout game as a rookie in 1998 and then became a reliever after his career was slowed by numerous injuries, is expected to retire after pitching one more game for the Chicago Cubs. The 34-year-old Wood was in uniform Friday, May 18, 2012, against the White Sox in the opener of their first interleague series of the season. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, FIle)
Updated: May 18, 2012 6:53PM
Kerry Wood entered the Cubs’ game against the White Sox in the eighth inning on Friday and did what he does best—struck out White Sox hitter Dayan Vicideo.
He started his career in 1998 with a strike out and likely ended it with one. In between, he struck out more hitters per nine innings than every pitcher in history except for Randy Johnson.
With rumors swirling about his retirement, the beloved Cubs pitcher was congratulated by teammates and walked off a rousing ovation from the Wrigley Field crowd. As he neared the Cubs’ dugout, his son ran out to greet him.