Kerry and Sarah Wood grateful for Wiffle Ball turnout

Kerry and Sarah Wood grateful for Wiffle Ball turnout

August 26, 2013, 10:30 pm
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Mark Strotman

Former Cubs pitcher Kerry Wood and his wife, Sarah, held the first annual Woody's Wiffle Ball Classic Saturday, Aug. 10 in Wrigley Field, bringing out dozens of former players and celebrities to raise money for the Kerry Wood Foundation.

Actors Bill Murray, Matthew Perry, George Wendt, Kristy Swanson Jenny McCarthy all came out to play in the 16-team, double-elimination tournament. The teams, donned in classic old fashioned jerseys, took to the historic Wrigley Field after a team scavenger hunt, and after the games were completed the night concluded with a celebrity Home Run Derby. Former Cubs included Derrek Lee, Moises Alou, Michael Barrett and Glendon Rusch.

"To have 70 celebrities -- from Chicago, not from Chicago -- who want to be here, who want to support the foundation, who want to put their feet on the grass at Wrigley Field, it's been a wonderful day. The fans, coming out in the bleachers, our corporate teams during the day, it's been spectacular."

[RELATED: Check out photos from the inaugural Woody's Wiffle Ball Classic]

The Woods spent seven months to put the event together and both said hope it becomes a staple in the Chicago community for years to come. As long as celebrities continue to come out and show such passion for the event to raise money for for Wood's Foundation, Kerry said it can happen.

"You can't say enough about the people coming out, making these flights out here with all their busy schedules, to support the foundation. But it speaks volumes for what Wrigley Field is all about. People would die to get a chance to come out here and get a chance to play on this field, and 70 celebrities is a good example of that."