Pierzynski and Dunn continue love affair with Wrigley

Sox hitters have had great success in Friendly Confines and did so again with 1 homer apiece

A.J. Pierzynski and Adam Dunn both love playing in Wrigley Field and the two White Sox hitters took turns going deep against the Cubs in Saturday night's 7-4 victory.

Dayan Viciedo and Pierzynski hit back-to-back homers in the third inning off Ryan Dempster to stake the Sox to a 4-0 lead. Pierzynski later explained his wave to the crowd after the blast.

"I was actually waving to my wife and kids," he said. "They were in the stands for this weekend. I haven't seen them for a couple of weeks. My son was telling me to hit a home run so I did, and I waved to him. It was nothing (demeaning) toward Cubs fans or Sox fans, it was just something between me and my family. That's it."

Dunn has made a career of terrorizing Cubs pitchers. He has 42 career homers against the Cubs, second among active players to Albert Pujols, who has 53.

"I see the ball pretty good here. The environment makes it pretty fun to play in," Dunn said.

To-do list: Now that Kerry Wood is retired, his wife has immediate plans to put him to work at home.

"He starts car pool on Monday," Sarah Wood said with a laugh. "We are looking forward to that."

Kerry went out of his way to refer to his wife as an "unbelievable woman" during his official retirement ceremony Saturday afternoon at home plate in Wrigley Field.

I asked Sarah about her role in Kerry's decision to retire.

"Kerry has talked about it for a little while now, so we knew it was in the future," she said. "Obviously he would have wanted to wait until the end of the season, definitely. But I wanted to stay out of the way and let him make that decision. And I can tell on his face that he knew it was the right time.

"He has always led us in the right direction, and I knew he would do the same with this. So it has been great; I am happy for him. It's a perfect ending, couldn't have been a better one."

Kerry spent his first morning of retirement attending the Little League game of his son, Justin.

"Now our son has his dad at every game, which is great," Sarah said.

Hendry remembered: No baseball executive had a closer relationship with Wood during his career than former Cubs general manager Jim Hendry.

"My first year with the Cubs (in the scouting department in 1995) was the first year that we got him, you know, in the draft," Hendry told me over the phone Friday evening. "We kind of started together with our relationship for all these years. I'm glad he got to go out (Friday) the way he did. …

Now a special assistant for Yankees GM Brian Cashman, Hendry was fired by the Cubs last year.

"The Yankees are treating me great," he said. "A lot of variety to the job and I have really enjoyed it."

Wood spoke Saturday about his close relationship with Hendry.

"He's just a great friend," Wood said. "Obviously we had the business-side of the relationship. But as the business side kind of wore off, we became friends fairly quick. He always told guys the truth. He never tried to sugar-coat anything. You have to respect that. You may not like to hear it all of the time … Jim Hendry was great to me, great to my family. He's a tremendous person."

Overheard: Wood credits Sarah for being key to his charitable foundation.

"My wife has been tremendous," Wood said. "She has taken the reigns on that thing and really got it up and running. So I am definitely looking forward to being more involved than I am now and then really doing a lot of great things for the city."

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