Kerry Wood's Retirement: Cigarettes and Karaoke

Retired Cubs pitcher parties in Lincoln Park with Eddie Vedder and Chris Chelios

Tuesday, May 22, 2012  |  Updated 7:10 PM CDT
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Kerry Wood: "It's Time"

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Kerry Wood waves to fans after leaving the game against the Chicago White Sox on Friday. It was announced that Kerry Wood is retiring from baseball.

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At least he didn't have to worry about waking up for a day game.

A Sunday night karaoke session with former Blackhawks player Chris Chelios, Eddie Vedder and the very recently-retired Chicago Cubs pitcher Kerry Wood is making the rounds on the Internet.

The trio were captured on video singing a song by The Band at Lincoln Park's Stanley's Kitchen and Tap, which can be viewed at Deadspin.com.

Once can't help but wonder:

  • When did Kerry Wood take up smoking? Wood is seen with a cigarette in hand, and of course he's retired and can do whatever he wants, but you can't help but wonder whether this is a day-old habit or something this world-class athlete has been dabbling in for some time.
  • On that same train of thought, isn't it illegal to smoke in Chicago bars and restaurants? Stanley's?
  • Shouldn't the addition of a legitimate singer like Eddie Vedder at least make a karaoke song palatable to listen to? Apparently not.

The video was initially on YouTube.com, but not surprisingly, someone took it down.

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