Wood keeping busy in early stages of retirement

Wood keeping busy in early stages of retirement

Wood keeping busy in early stages of retirement
CHICAGO -- Former Cubs ace Kerry Wood isn't one of the many professional athletes facing a difficult transition into retirement.

Wood has kept busy since retiring on May 18 after 14 seasons, appearing in a commercial, working with the Wood Family Foundation and spending time with his family.

"It's been great," Wood said. "Little League games and fishing. It's been a great summer. It's been my first summer off in 25-plus years. It's been very enjoyable."

His children's book, "All You Can Be: Learning and Growing through Sports," which was written by MLB.com's Carrie Muskat and shares the lessons he's learned in life, was also published in May by Triumph Books.

"I've been waiting a long time for this," Wood said. "I had the book come out, I had an event for the foundation. I really hadn't slowed down until the last 10 or 12 days. It's been great. I've had plenty of things to keep me busy."

The former Rookie of the Year and two-time All-Star said he will be around Wrigley Field more often as the season winds down, but he doesn't want to think about coaching yet.

"My kids are too young to think about that at this point," Wood said. "I think if you start to think about coaching, these guys spend so much more time here than the players do. It would be kind of counterproductive of what I was wanting to do. I'd like to be here as much as I can without being in the way."