Kerry Wood

Kerry and Sarah Wood with Chris Young

Kerry and Sarah Wood have done it again! And this time it was with the help of Grammy award-winning country artist Chris Young and US99.5 radio host, click Lisa Dent.

Woody's western round up sign

The First Annual Woody’s Western Roundup went down at Joe’s on Weed St., capsule a perfect setting for a country-themed fundraiser. As soon as you saw the venue, hospital you knew it was going to be a great time. From a Bulleit Whiskey trailer out front to the cowboy hats worn by attendees to the smokey, delicious smell of pulled pork sandwiches, everything was spot on.

The overall event was a huge success for the Woods, who put on these types of events “to improve the lives of Chicago’s kids by raising funds and awareness for their children’s programs, such as Pitch In.” I’m going to break down the highlights of the night. Ones that made all of us in the crowd smile and will also be making Chicago children smile as well.

Event Highlights 

  • Before Chris Young came out to perform, Lisa Dent hosted a live auction for a fun-filled, all-expense-paid weekend in Nashville (valued at $2,000). Bidders in the crowd easily surpassed the $2k price and right around $3,500, Wood decided to add Cubs Opening Day tickets. Bidding continued. As it got into the upper $4,000s, Wood added a 30-minute, one-on-one pitching lesson. That’s when a generous, animated gentleman behind me yelled out $5500. How amazing is that!

    Lisa Dent auctions off Nashville weekend

    Lisa Dent and the Woods on stage

  • Chris Young was certainly a crowd-pleaser

    Chris Young was certainly a crowd-pleaser

    Chris Young. I don’t know if any of you have ever seen him perform live, but you should. Not only were his hit songs, like “Who I am when I’m with You” even better than on the radio, but he is also the most energetic and genuinely happy performer I’ve seen on a stage in a while. Doesn’t hurt that he stopped in the middle of his set to announce that he’d be donating a whopping $25k to the Wood Family Foundation.

  • The food and drink vendors were amazing. I left happy, full and a bit tipsy – not bad for a Wednesday night! Restaurants like Bub City, Chop Shop, Taco Joint and Blue Door Farm Stand provided delicious, filling bites to eat. And guests were able to wash down the yummy food with Tito’s Vodka and Bulleit Whiskey mixed drinks and/or Bud Light and Stella Artois beers. Can’t beat that.

    Delicious food from Bub City

    Delicious food from Bub City

As I said about Woody’s Wiffle Ball Classic, a fundraising event the Woods put on with some amazing celebrities at Wrigley Field, I hope this fundraiser continues for many years to come. And I also hope I get invited back :). An incredible night for an incredible cause — deserving of a standing ovation for the Woods and everyone else involved.

The Woods - what a good looking couple.

A selfless job well-done, Woods.

 

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We may be four cold, case long months away from the first pitch at Wrigley Field, look but thankfully for Cubs fans, buy cialis the annual Cubs Convention, and the see and be seen parties that come along with it, are right around the corner.

The 29th Annual Cubs Convention rolls into town Friday, January 17-19 at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers, and along with the thousands of Cubs faithful the event draws each year comes a handful of must-hit fundraiser parties that marry Chicago sports and the local celebrity scene like no other.

First up on the Cubs party circuit is former Cub outfielder, David DeJesus and the David DeJesus Foundation’s “Strike A Chord” Karaoke Fundraiser at American Junkie on Thursday, January 16th from 6:30pm – 10:30pm.

David and Kim DeJesus at the David DeJesus Strike a Pose Fundraiser (Photo Credit: Hallie Duesenberg)

David and Kim DeJesus will join current and former Cubs, their WAGs, attendees, and local musicians to rock the mic all for charity. As with any karaoke-inspired event, cocktails will be flowing with a full open bar and in addition to the tasty selections being served up by American Junkie, check out the impressive list of participating restaurants that will also be passing heavy apps: Chicago Q, Siena Tavern, Wow Bao and GT Fish & Oyster.

Cocktails begin at 6:30pm with the karaoke contest starting at 8:00pm. The night will also include a live auction and raffle. Once the crooning ends, stick around afterward and dance the night away to DJ Kasper.

Tickets are $125.00 per person in advance and $150.00 at the door with a portion of the proceeds benefitting ALS research. Purchase tickets HERE.

David DeJesus played less than two seasons with the Cubs before being traded this August to the Washington Nationals and only four days later to the Tampa Bay Rays where he just re-signed a two year deal.  But thanks to his productivity as a Cub and his charitable ways with the help of his beautiful and socially active Chicago native wife, Kim, the DeJesuses have left a lasting impression on Chicagoans and continue to keep the city as their home base.

Founded in 2012 by David and Kim, the David DeJesus Foundation is committed to helping families in crisis who lack access to basic human needs in Chicago, as well as the rest of the world.

 

The very next day on Friday, January 17, retired Cubs pitcher Kerry Wood will host his 3rd Annual Woody’s Winter Warm-Up Celebrity Mixer from 8:00pm – 11:00pm at Harry Caray’s Tavern at Navy Pier.

The Warm-Up will be emceed by radio personality Pete McMurray and television host Catie Keogh and showcase Chicago Cubs (past and present), celebrities and media personalities as ‘guest-bartenders’ mixing drinks and competing for tips to raise money for WFF.

Local celebs and media include include Anna Davlantes, Allison Rosati (NBC), Kathy Hart (Eric & Kathy), Eric Ferguson (Eric & Kathy), Ryan Chiaverini (Windy City LIVE), David Kaplan (Comcast SportsNet), Peggy Kusinski (NBC), Lou Canellis (Fox), Sarah Spain (ESPN radio), Rafer Weigel (ABC), Rob Johnson (CBS), Dionne Miller (Fox), Showbiz Shelley (B96), Danni Allen (winner of The Biggest Loser), Whitney Reynolds (The Whitney Reynolds Show), Mindie Kaplan (Sun Times Happy Hour with Mindie), Cub fan favorites Todd Walker, Ted Lilly and Derrek Lee and  ‘Hall of Famers’ Ernie Banks, Fergie Jenkins and Billy Williams.

In addition to the premium open bar, dinner buffet, silent auction and DJ, attendees can meet and greet local media and current and former Cubs players in this hot annual event. Tickets are $150.00 per person in advance and $175.00 at the door and can be purchased HERE.

Ready to splurge? Fans can also reserve a booth for up to four people for $1,000.00 that includes table side cocktail service and early VIP entry. All proceeds benefit the Wood Family Foundation.

Kerry Wood played twelve seasons with the North Siders before being traded to the Cleveland Indians in 2009 after struggling with injuries his final five seasons. Wood returned to the Cubs in 2011 as a reliever before retiring in spring of 2012 as one of the most celebrated and admired pitchers in Cubs history.

Sarah and Kerry Wood with SDI’s Lara Khalaf this summer at Woody’s Wiffle Ball Classic

Kerry and his wife Sarah founded the Wood Family Foundation in June 2011 to help improve the lives of children in and around Chicago by raising funds and awareness for children’s charities and the causes they support. They are very active in the community and just this summer hosted the 1st annual Woody’s Wiffle Ball Classic at Wrigley Field.

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Kerry Wood and his family

Last weekend our city was buzzing with charitable events thrown by Chicago athletes. After attending Chicago Bulls Nazr Mohammed’s Friday night Fundraiser, ailment I was lucky enough to join dozens of celebrities, viagra media personalities and former Cubs players for Woody’s Wiffle Ball Classic at Wrigley Field on Saturday.

Former Cubs pitcher Kerry Wood and his wife Sarah put on the one-of-a-kind charity event for the first time ever this year. For the past seven years they’ve held a Strike Zone Bowling tournament but with the help of Tom Ricketts, cialis owner of the Cubs and a board member at their Foundation, they decided to change it up this year and it was certainly a success.

A few words from host Kerry Wood.

When I spoke with the couple, it was very clear just how important it is to them to raise funds for children in need, especially in a city that means so much to them.

“I’ve spent more than half my life in the Cubs organization and I’ll spend the rest of my life in the Cubs organization, so this is home to me. But I’m more excited to see all the people stepping foot onto the field for the first time and enjoying themselves tonight,” Kerry said. 

From the fans in the bleachers to the celebs and corporate teams on the historic field, joy was definitely a common theme.

The event began with an all-day tournament between 16 corporate teams to reach a Wiffle Ball Classic Champion, followed by a Home Run Derby pitched by Kerry Wood himself and culminating with the Wiffle for a Diffle celebrity game under the lights.

Derrek Lee and CSI Miami’s Adam Rodriguez

The turnout was unbelievable. Celebrities in attendance ranged from actors Bill Murray and Matthew Perry to former Cubs players Derrek Lee and Moises Alou. Although the group was very diverse, they all shared one commonality – their desire to raise money for the children of Chicago. I could also say that they all shared the competitive gene because the wiffle ball game and home run derby did get pretty intense. Former Chicago Cub, Michael Barrett, won the Derby, with MTV’s Jeff Dye coming in second place.

All proceeds from the event at Wrigley will go to the Wood Family Foundation (WFF), the non-profit organization Kerry and Sarah started in June of 2011. The goal of the Foundation is to better the lives of Chicago children by raising funds for the resources they need to succeed in life.

I even got the chance to talk with Chicago native and Cub enthusiast George Wendt, better known as Norm Peterson from Cheers. Wendt praised the Woods as heroes for the “tremendous work they are doing for children”. ESPN radio personality and writer, Sarah Spain also praised the Woods for their amazing fundraising and community service, but added that the way they’re raising the funds really sets them apart.

Sarah Spain and I

“Its been so unbelievably fun, if you went to the ten year old me and said I’d get to do this I would have never believed it. Kerry and Sarah are really coming up with great ideas that make really amazing famous people want to come back and the amount of work they put into this is really obvious.” 

Overall it was a fun-filled, beautiful day at Wrigley Field and I would be extremely surprised if this event didn’t continue for years to come. The Woods are doing such amazing things for the children of Chicago and this event was certainly one of them.

 

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Crazy Woods

Oh, doctor the pressure!! There’s a reason big league athletes get paid big bucks to show up and cook under pressure for all of us to watch and revel in.  Pressure is part of the job and overcoming it is what separates amateurs from the pros.   With that said, unhealthy we have to call-out Kerry Wood and Tiger Woods who both succumbed to their frustrations by taking it out on their equipment this week – which created some entertaining video.

Cub’s struggling reliever Kerry Wood, decease melted down last night in the 8th inning against the Atlanta Braves in the Cubs 3-1 loss.  Wood, who has been battling shoulder issues already this season, walked 2 batters and gave up 2 hits in 6 at bats, enough to cause him to throw his glove and hat into the stands at fans.  While throwing a mitt into the dugout is nothing new, throwing it into the stands – WITH your hat – is high-drama.  It gets better.  During a post-game interview, Wood drops the f-bomb at a reporter who asked him about his temper tantrum and storms out of the locker room – see video below – at least he wished the media a “good night”. Ha – as if that softened the moment.

Moving on to another display of raw emotions in sports this week – Tiger Woods.  Woods has struggled to regain his untouchable status and lead in the PGA Tour rankings since his epic fall from grace two years ago resulting from his monstrous sex-scandal.  He’s won only one tour event since then and has struggled to make the cut in many tournaments.  Tiger’s always been a bit of a drama queen with the visible f-bombs after bad shots, yelling at the gallery for taking pictures, and more.  But it’s his bitchy club-dropping that drives me (and I’m sure others) absolutely nuts.  In the video below from the Masters a few weeks ago, Tiger drops his club in his back swing of a terrible tee-shot and then proceeds to kick it across the tee box.  Really Tiger?  As if you need to give the press and the public any more fuel to question your mental toughness and overall attitude?

Woods had another club-dropping and kicking incident this week when he failed to make the cut for the Wells Fargo Championship.

Between the 2 Woods – there are some seriously raw emotions for the viewing, which is entertaining for us, but bad for them.  Yes, I get that they are only human – and are entitled to venting here and there – but save it for the clubhouse shrink or your wife/GF/buddy.  Fans don’t want to see their sports heroes implode and it certainly doesn’t help when your opponents see that they’ve successfully gotten into your head – a very dangerous place to be.  Just ask Tiger Woods.

 

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panic-button

We keep saying we will not hit the Cubs Panic button until it’s absolutely time.  And while it’s still very early in the longest season of professional sports (MLB has a whopping 182 games compared to 82 in NHL and NBA*) we’d be lying if we told you we weren’t getting very, cialis sale very nervous.

The Cubs lost their 6th straight game today against the visiting Cincinnati Reds at a cold, windy, and empty Wrigley Field.  Today’s loss leaves the Cubs with a putrid 3-11 record, the worst in their division, the National League Central, and tied for the worst in MLB (San Diego Padres are also 3-11).  We are optimists by nature and as lovers of sport, you can’t jump on the haters bandwagon too early – but the high hopes of the Cubs having a decent season with Theo Epstein at the helm are diminishing as fast as ticket sales for the remainder of the season.

What You Need to Know:

  • Cold Welcome Home:  The Cubs just returned from Miami where they were swept in a 4-game series by former White Sox manager and Fidel Castro enthusiast, Ozzie Guillen.  Today’s game is the first of a 3-game series over the weekend at Wrigley against the 6-8 Reds.
  • Hot Mess all around:  New Cubs pitcher, Chris Volstad was rocked early in the game and gave up 4 runs in the first inning alone.  Cub’s star short-stop, Starlin Castro, had another error as did catcher, Geovany Soto.
  • It just gets tougher:  The Cubs schedule is brutal moving forward.  After they finish up at home against the Reds the hated St. Louis Cardinals come to town next Mon-Wed, and then back on the road to play the Phillies next weekend.  We’re not sure when the bleeding will stop.
  • Same old song with Kerry Wood:  To make matters worse, Cubs veteran relief pitcher, Kerry Wood, is back on the DL(disabled list) for the 16th time in 15 years.

    Kerry Wood

    Cubs fans are crying foul for Wood ever being signed as a reliever when it was just a matter of time before the injury-prone pitcher would end up injured

Your Take Away Piece:  “Where to start?  There’s holes all over the place – poor defense, inconsistent hitting, crummy bullpen…I know it’s a rebuilding year, but this team is tough to watch.”

What’s Next:  The Cubs weekend series with the Reds will be tough – but they can’t afford to be swept again and sent further into a downward spiral, so we’ve got to believe that bats will come through and something will happen to take them out of this terrible funk.  Let’s hope, because St. Louis comes to town on Monday and will be looking for payback from the 2 games they lost to the Cubs in their opening series.

 

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Kerry Wood

Sunny day – check.  No freezing rain – check.  Mediocre opponent – check.  Only thing missing from today’s Cubs home opener was the “W”.  The Cubs lost their season opener to the up-and-coming Washington Nationals, viagra 2-1, at Wrigley Field in front of a sold-out, optimistic crowd.

What You Need to Know:

  • Not the most exciting home opener, the game was scoreless until the 4th inning when the Cubs scored first.  The Nationals didn’t tie the game up until the 8th inning.
  • Starting pitcher, Ryan Dempster, pitched a great game – giving up zero runs until the 8th inning when reliever, Kerry Wood, came in.
  • Kerry Wood takes the bullet for blowing the game – Wood came into the game in the 8th inning with the Cubs up 1-0 and walked 3 hitters, losing the game for Dempster.  Dempster would’ve been credited with a WIN as the starting pitcher

Your Take Away Piece:  “Once again, it’s the Cubs bullpen stinking things up.  They should have been a little tougher on Wood in Spring Training, clearly he needed the practice”.  Kerry Wood had minimal time pitching in Spring Training in order to prevent injuries and keep him healthy for the regular season. 

What’s Next:  The Nationals stay in Chicago for a 3-game series:  Thursday, Saturday and Sunday.  Cub’s pitching ace, Matt Garza, is expected to get the start on Saturday.  With the first weekend of Cubs home games in Chicago now upon us, be sure to check your review mirror, use patience at sports bars, and buckle in, it’s going to be a bumpy ride.

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