Chicago Sun-Times
with sports reporters Chris De Luca and Gordon Wittenmyer


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Kerry Wood looks very capable of tossing an inning or two for the Cubs.
``No,'' he said with a smile on Sunday. ``I tried to play catch out there today. It [retirement] was the right decision.''
Since his farewell in May, Wood has had a full summer, spending time with his three children and wife Sarah and delving into projects for his Wood Family Foundation charity.
``It's been my first summer off in 25 years,'' he said. ``Little League games and fishing. We spent the Fourth of July in Lake Geneva. It's been great.''
Wood also filmed a national commercial for State Farm insurance that also features former teammate, Hall of Famer Andre Dawson. It first aired during the Home Run Derby at the All Star Game and drew positive feedback.
``It took nine hours for that 30 seconds,'' he said. ``But it was fun hanging out with Hawk for a few days.''
Wood's hope to continue playing this year was cut short by continuing nagging physical pains. But he doesn't regret his decision.
``I miss the guys and the competition. I don't miss getting ready for games every day. I'm enjoying family life.''
And he is spending more time with the foundation, which held a successful fundraising bowling event last month. Wood will take part in holding baseball clinics this week for kids, and his foundation also will team with the Cubs soon on groundbreaking for a new high school baseball stadium on Addison Street just west of Western Avenue and Lane Tech High.
But the future will include more involvement with the Cubs, though his role is yet to be determined.
``You'll see more of me here [at Wrigley Field] as the summer winds down,'' he said. ``We'll talk this off season I'm sure about what I'll do. I'll be at spring training.''
He won't get involved in coaching, however.
``My kids are too young for me to think about that. They spend much more time [at work] than the players do.It would be counter-productive to what I want to do right now.
``I've waited a long time for this,'' he said of ``retirement.''I have plenty of things keeping me busy.''
Wood admitted he hasn't watched much baseball on television, but already has attended to Cubs games as a fan. He even talks like a fan now.
``In fact, I'm leaving before the game today because I'm 0-2.''

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