Kerry Wood discusses his retirement with the media after Friday's game. Credit: Ted Cox

I went to what turned out to be a hotly contested rivalry game between the White Sox and the Cubs, and a retirement party broke out.

The game, a 3-2 Sox victory Friday in the first of a three-game set this weekend at Wrigley Field, was overshadowed by Kerry Wood’s final appearance. Wood had already informed the Cubs brass that he wanted to retire, that his body no longer was able to recover quickly enough to make him an effective reliever on a day-to-day basis, but that he didn’t want to go out on his last appearance, which ended with him disgustedly tossing his hat and glove into the stands behind the Cubs’ dugout. So manager Dale Sveum decided to “give him his day in the sun, so to speak,” even though as it turned out Sveum wasn’t there for it, as he had been ejected for arguing an umpire’s call when the moment came in the eighth inning.