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Kevin Youkilis has long embodied the very essence of the Boston Red Sox. An underdog, a fighter; these are the things that spring to mind when you hear his name. As of yesterday, he is a member of the BoSox no longer, having been traded to Chicago and the AL Central-leading White Sox.
His tenure in Beantown ended in storybook fashion: a triple, followed by a curtain call and a standing ovation from the Fenway faithful. In the seventh inning manager Bobby Valentine was informed of the trade, and that marked the last inning for Youkilis. He was dealt to the ChiSox in exchange for utility-man Brent Lillibridge and pitcher Zach Stewart.
It didn’t have to end this way.
Today, the Chicago Cubs announced that pitcher Kerry Wood will retire after today’s contest against the White Sox. This final game, will mark the end of a career filled with intrigue, injuries, promise, disappointment, brilliance and more injuries.
Kerry Wood was once the most promising young arm in baseball. The Chicago Cubs selected the right-hander fourth overall in the 1995 amateur draft. He spent the next three seasons in the minors, where he showed dominant ability but struggled with ball control.