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Kerry Wood Retires: Cubs Pitcher Ends Career After Strikeout Against Final Batter
Kerry Wood arrived in the majors 14 years ago, a fresh-faced kid with No. 34 on his back, slinging fastballs at 100 mph, delivering breaking pitches that were often unhittable and striking out 20 batters in just his fifth start. On Friday, he left the game after one final, emotional appearance with the Chicago Cubs. Fittingly, "Kid K" struck out the last batter he'll ever face and retired at the age of 34, ending a career that was eye-popping at times but hampered by injuries. "I had a blast. I wouldn't trade it in. I learned from the injuries, I learned about my body and what it takes to compete and go out and play every day," Wood said after his final game, a 3-2 loss to the White Sox. "Mentally and physically we get to this point," Wood said. "Every player gets to this point where we don't all get to choose when, we don't all get to have a say in it. But I was fortunate enough to play this game a long time in a great city in front of the best fans in baseball. ... It was time."