September 27, 2012
Cubs celebrate Kerry Wood Appreciation Day
Wood Family Foundation benefits from 50/50 raffle
CHICAGO -- As the baseball season winds down, the Chicago Cubs celebrated Kerry Wood Appreciation Day at Wrigley Field in a pregame ceremony prior to the club's afternoon game against the St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday, Sept. 23.
The first 20,000 fans who entered the ballpark received a commemorative Kerry Wood poster, courtesy of Advocate Health Care. WGN-TV carried the ceremony live, which began shortly after 1 p.m.
In addition to the ceremony, Wood played catcher to his son, Justin, who took the mound to throw out the ceremonial first pitch. The Wood family (Kerry, Sarah, Justin, Katie and Charlie) sang during the seventh-inning stretch and the Wood Family Foundation was the beneficiary of the Chicago Cubs Charities 50/50 raffle.
Originally selected by the Cubs with the fourth overall pick of the 1995 Draft, just days shy of his 18th birthday, Wood pitched 16 years in the organization, including his first 14 seasons (through the 2008 campaign) and the final two years of his career, beginning in 2011. He retired in May with the third-most strikeouts in team history with 1,470 and is only the fourth pitcher in club history with 12 or more seasons with the franchise, joining Charlie Root (16 seasons), Guy Bush (12) and Rick Reuschel (12). Wood is one of only 14 players in club history to appear on four playoff teams.
About the Wood Family Foundation: Wood Family Foundation is a non-profit organization that was founded in June 2011 by Kerry and Sarah Wood. The WFF works to improve the lives of children in and around Chicago by raising funds and awareness for its children's programs and other children's charities they support. The WFF acts as an advocate for children in the Chicago community, inspiring others to join them in their mission of giving children the resources they need to succeed.