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Kerry Wood: Retired MLB pitcher, aspiring children’s book writer

Kerry Wood retired just two weeks ago, leaving on his terms in one of the coolest ways imaginable: by striking out the last batter he faced in front of adoring Cubs fans at Wrigley Field who have supported him through thick and thin, only to have the magical moment transcend all expectations as he was embraced by his son as he entered the dugout.

Despite those events, Wood apparently has moved on and is already setting his post-baseball career sights on bigger and better things: promoting a children’s book he wrote for charity.

Wood was in Skokie, Ill. to sign copies of a new book he co-authored with MLB.com Cubs beat reporter Carrie Muskat entitled, All You Can Be: Learning & Growing Through Sports, an inspirational book aimed at children and teenagers that Wood says “is a positive story about ups and downs and how you can come through that and still be a success.”

A summary of the book:

In this colorful volume, illustrated by elementary school students from the Chicagoland area, veteran All-Star pitcher for the Chicago Cubs Kerry Wood shares the valuable principles he’s learned throughout life. The importance of education, working hard to attain goals, building character, maintaining integrity, and accepting responsibility are just some of the life lessons he shares. Aimed at any young dreamer looking to develop a successful personality—whether they want to be president of the United States, the best teacher in their school, or even a starting pitcher for the Chicago Cubs—Wood provides advice for every youthful go-getter. Sharing his own highs and lows, both on and off the baseball field, he also stresses the importance of family and friends, the positive power of laughter, and doing the right thing.

Proceeds from the sale of the book benefit the Wood Family Foundation.

[H/T Hardball Talk]