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Wood makes last goodbye

CHICAGO — Kerry Wood's first trip as a retired player Saturday morning was one any dad can appreciate. He went to a Little League game, which he described as awesome.

Hours later he stepped to a microphone near home plate at Wrigley Field as his now ex-teammates stood behind him. And Wood made another delivery, reeling off a long list of people he thanked for a big-league career that spanned 14 years.

Teammates, coaches, managers, his wife, his dad, trainers, former GM Jim Hendry, team owners, and his friends on the clubhouse staff.

"I'm going to miss you guys," Wood said, dressed in a coat and tie instead of his familiar No. 34 uniform. "I'm going to miss everybody."

The 34-year-old retired after Friday's game against the White Sox, pitching at Wrigley one last time. His latest shoulder injury and another trip to the disabled list, his 16th, made it apparent that it was time to go.

After all the hubbub Friday, he made it official.

"You know when it's time, the body was telling me and obviously the results were telling me," Wood said.

OZZIE BEING OZZIE: Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen said he was appalled by Heat guard Dwyane Wade's "disrespectful" behavior toward coach Erik Spoelstra during Thursday's playoff loss to the Pacers, saying if a player confronted him like that, "you can guarantee a fight."

"I will kick his (behind)," Guillen said Friday. "Well, I won't say I'll kick his (behind). They'll kick (mine) because they're bigger than me, and I'm older. But I will take my chances. Some people have to understand our job."

In other Marlins news, 1B Gaby Sanchez was optioned to Triple-A New Orleans. And CF Emilio Bonifacio could be headed for the disabled list with a sprained left thumb.

SETBACK FOR PITCHER: LHP Jorge De La Rosa's comeback from elbow ligament replacement surgery hit a speed bump when the Rockies decided to shut him down because of tightness in his left forearm.

CUBS-REDS TRADE: Chicago reacquired C Koyie Hill in a deal with Cincinnati for cash considerations. Hill spent 2007-11 in the Cubs organization.

BLUE JAYS: 1B Adam Lind was placed on waivers a day after being optioned to Triple-A.

DODGERS: 2B Mark Ellis went on the 15-day DL with a banged up left knee. INF Ivan De­Jesus was recalled from Triple-A Albuquerque.

WHITE SOX: 1B Paul Konerko sat out a day after he was beaned near his left eye by Cubs RHP Jeff Samardzija. He said he hopes to return Tuesday.

Wood makes last goodbye 05/19/12 [Last modified: Saturday, May 19, 2012 9:29pm]
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