Kerry Wood announced his retirement earlier Friday, but it wasn't the standard announcement. Wood was still on the active Cubs roster, and the word was that he was going to make one final appearance in front of a Wrigley Field crowd.
After Jeff Samardzija allowed a solo home run and a walk in the top of the eighth inning, Cubs manager Dale Sveum brought Wood in to face Dayan Viciedo. After striking Viciedo out on three pitches, Wood was removed from the game, leaving to a standing ovation:
Wood came out for a curtain call, tipping his cap. Cubs announcer Bob Brenly rejoined the broadcast booth after a short time, saying "this stuff always gets me. You rarely see a guy get to go out on his own terms."
Wood finished with 341 games in a Cubs uniform, good for 13th in team history, just behind ... Kyle Farnsworth? Well, that just seems odd.