You know who’s an awesome guy? Kerry Wood.

I’ve never actively hoped that he would be traded, but I was certainly open to the idea if it was what Wood wanted. He could bring back a hell of a return, and he could get another chance to enjoy the postseason.

Well, it sounds like he doesn’t want to be traded, and that’s just fine, too.

Wood didn’t totally rule out a trade when he discussed the matter yesterday with various members of the media, but he made it clear how happy he is in Chicago, and how important it is to he and his family to be here.

“I think [a trade] would have to be great for both [me and the Cubs],” he said, explaining the only circumstance under which he’d consider a trade. “Obviously, Sarah and I will talk about it. We have a little bit. It would have to be ideal for both. It would have to be something that is definitely going to help this organization down the road and something that’s going to fit for us, which is, right now, here. I know the talk’s going to come. I’ve already been hearing it. So we can address it now. I doubt it. We’re committed here. We’ve got [the charity bowling] event in September. So I’ll just leave it at that. I don’t see it. I don’t see it happening.”

Assuredly part of the reason Wood wants to stay in the Chicago is the Wood Family Foundation, announced yesterday, which aims to help Chicago area kids, any way it can. Wood hopes to be able to give kids coats, school supplies, and even a new baseball field.

Sometimes there are good reasons to refuse a trade. And, in Wood’s case, sometimes there are a number of good reasons.

During his media whirlwind, which included the first tweets of his social career, Wood also told folks he expects to be activated from the disabled list (blisters) today. Given the 13-inning affair yesterday, he’ll be needed.

  • hardtop

    I love Kerry Wood. Despite some ups and downs, and by that I mean trips to the DL, he has been good to the team, the fans, and the city. I’ll never forget May 6th 1998: as a baseball fan, one of the most dominating performances in the history of the game, as a Cubs fan, well it was the glimmer of hope that kept me going for a long time. Special moment, special guy.

    I cant imagine he’d bring a gem to the cubs in a trade at this stage in his career. I’d love to see him retire in Cubbie blue, but if its best for the team… I love what he said “It would have to be something that is definitely going to help this organization down the road” I read that as: “i’m not converned with helping whatever team I get traded to as much as I am about the Cubs winningin the future”. God bless him, players who are fans of their team. what a lost concept. and one that I think would be really benefit the game if it were widely practiced.

  • die hard

    Wood to be player-pitching coach next yr?…think outside the box Mr. Ricketts…

  • Ian Afterbirth

    It’s kind of interesting to think about, if Wood sees himself as a “forever” Cub – going into the front office after he retires, etc – that with that foresight he can have an impact on the future makeup of the team for which he’ll be working.

    This scenario could literally be true:

    The Cubs get an offer for Wood for some minor league players that in Wood’s opinion will help the club a few years down the road when he’s in the front office.
    He accepts the trade because he wants these kids on his team later…

  • Jeff

    As much as I think he’d get back in a trade, I don’t want to see him sent out of town again. I definitely don’t want to see him pitching in a Yankees uniform again, or a Cards, Red Sox, or White Sox jersey at all. He is one of the only remaining “older” Cubs that actually produces at a high level still and he’s a great guy, involved in the community, and loves being a Cub. It would be hard to justify turning down a couple of top prospects for him, but I still don’t want to see him traded.

  • Caleb

    Kerry Wood rocks. He’s a big reason to love baseball.