Cubs strikeout legend Kerry Wood announced his retirement from baseball after 14 years yesterday. But Wood has one last thing to do before he says goodbye to the game. During the press conference, Wood announced that he will retire immediately after he punches Dusty Baker square in the face.
Wood, who was usually left in for an average of 213 pitches under Baker’s tenure, developed elbow and eventually shoulder problems. The high pitch count led to many Cubs fans thinking of what could have been to the 1998 Rookie of the Year.
Baker commented on Wood’s desires.
“Givin’ Kerry the chance to throw 200 pitches is what I do, man,” said Baker. “That dude knows I leave everyone out there to dry like my kid in the World Series.”
The soft spoken Wood seemed resigned on the fact that this was his time.
“I spoke to Mark [Prior] and we both agree Dusty needs a few to the face,” said Wood “It’s what every fan of the Cubs dreams of.”