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Wood Bids Final Farewell At Wrigley

Kerry Wood formally announces his retirement from the Chicago Cubs in front of family and teammates before a game between the Chicago Cubs and the Chicago White Sox on May 19, 2012 at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images)

Kerry Wood formally announces his retirement from the Chicago Cubs in front of family and teammates before a game between the Chicago Cubs and the Chicago White Sox on May 19, 2012 at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images)

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CHICAGO (AP) — Kerry Wood was in a coat and tie rather than a baseball uniform as he stood at home plate at Wrigley Field on Saturday and thanked many people for his 14 years in the major leagues.

Wood, who retired after Friday’s game, will likely join the Chicago Cubs in another role after taking some time off to spend with his family.

Wood, who struck out 20 batters as a rookie in 1998, said perhaps his best memory came Friday when he fanned the last batter he faced. After that final pitch, he was greeted in front of the dugout by his son, Justin.

The 34-year-old Wood was given a picture of that moment, plus a flag from his 20-strikeout game during a ceremony before Saturday’s game against the White Sox.

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