Ex-Chicago Cubs general manager Jim Hendry had his time at Wrigley Field overlap with much of Kerry Wood's career on the North Side. In Hendry's first six years as GM, Wood spent time in both the Cubs starting rotation and bullpen, and Hendry was also responsible for bringing Wood back to the Cubs prior to the 2011 season.
Fred Mitchell of the Chicago Tribune spoke to Hendry on Friday after Wood's final game as a Cub, and Hendry said that he was "glad to see Wood go out the way he did" and that he enjoyed seeing Wood "finish off with a big out at the time."
Hendry also made mention of Wood's respect for the Cubs as an organization, saying:
It would have been easy to play it out the rest of the year. Obviously he chose to lessen the burden he felt he was putting on the club.
(via Chicago Tribune)
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