We reported earlier today Cubs pitcher Kerry Wood is retiring from baseball, but the oft-injured hurler promised to make one last appearance before hanging up his cleats. That appearance came today, and it was in a legitimate spot; down 3-2 in the eighth, Wood relieved starter Jeff Samardzija and promptly struck out White Sox outfielder Dayan Viciedo.
And then that was it. Really, would it be any other way? The man who shares the record for K's in a nine-inning game—and who, were the injury gods more kind, may have at least brought token resistance to Nolan Ryan's career record—walked off the mound for the last time with a final strikeout. [WGN]