Cubs to celebrate Kerry Wood on Sunday

Cubs to celebrate Kerry Wood on Sunday

CHICAGO -- The Cubs will celebrate recently retired pitcher Kerry Wood on Sunday at Wrigley Field in a pregame ceremony.

In addition to the ceremony, Wood will play catcher as his son, Justin, takes the mound to throw out the ceremonial first pitch. Wood, his wife, Sarah, and their children, Justin, Katie and Charlie, will sing the seventh-inning stretch, and the Wood Family Foundation will be the beneficiary of the Chicago Cubs Charities 50/50 raffle.

The first 20,000 fans who enter the ballpark will receive a commemorative poster of Wood, courtesy of Advocate Health Care.

The Wood Family Foundation is a non-profit organization, founded in June 2011, which works to improve the lives of children in and around Chicago by raising funds and awareness for children's charities and the causes they support.

Wood pitched 12 of his 14 seasons with the Cubs and retired in May with the third-most strikeouts in Cubs history, with 1,470. He is the fourth pitcher in club history with 12 or more seasons with the franchise, joining Charlie Root (16 seasons), Guy Bush (12) and Rick Reuschel (12). Wood was one of 14 players in Cubs history to appear on four playoff teams.