2. Kerry Wood
Then: The former Chicago Cubs ace came over to the Yankees mid-way through the 2010 season. While only there through a half of a season, Kerry Wood served his purpose by being the set-up man to All-Star closer Mariano Rivera.
Wood appeared in 24 games and ended his tenure with the Yankees with a 2-0 record and 0.69 ERA. In 26 innings pitched, he struck out 31 batters and only gave up one home run. Safe to say that Kerry Wood was lights out under the biggest spotlight in the Bronx.
However, the Yankees decided not to continue on with Wood and he eventually found his way back to his beloved Cubs. With the stats, why not keep him around?
Regardless, Wood’s time in New York may have been short, but he made a huge impact, especially during the Yankees postseason run.
Now: Much like Hafner, Wood couldn’t stay away from the game. Wood ended up retiring from baseball after 12 years but since then has remained with the Cubs in a different capacity.
Currently, Wood serves as the special assistant to both the Cubs’ President of Baseball Operations and their general manager.
Working alongside Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer, Wood got to celebrate firsthand all the excitement surrounding the Cubs World Series victory.
Maybe Wood couldn’t win a World Series with them as a player but as least he got to be a part of it in some way.