I was looking through the local paper that I get, Highland Park News, a distribution of the Pioneer Press which makes local weekly papers for many Chicago suburbs, when I found something that caught my eye. Generally I'll take a look at the highschool sports section and while I was looking at it this week I saw that there had been a full page ad taken out by Kerry Wood. It is an image of him after recording the last out on September 20, 2008, the NL Central division clincher over the Cardinals, with 4 little images below of his timeline as a cub (him signing his 1st big league contract, an image of him in a Daytona cubs jersey, an image of him after the 20 strikeout game, and an image of him just pitching. Above all these pictures reads the following:
It has been an honor to have been a Chicago Cub for the last 13 years and to have played in the greatest ballpark, Wrigley Field. My deepest thanks go to my teammates and the Cubs organization for taking a chance on a kid from Texas and welcoming me into the Cubs family. Thank you Cubs fans, the greatest fans in all of baseball, for believing in and supporting me over the years. I will always be proud to have been a Chicago Cub.
Although I'm a member of a new "Tribe,"
I will forever be a Chicagoan.
It's not often that you see these kinds of things happen in professional sports anymore, and it really makes me sad to think that we lost such a fan favorite who loved this city so much.