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By decorating cupcakes.
Wood — all 6-foot-5 of him — squeezed the cream cheese frosting out of a pastry bag onto a plate of red velvet cupcakes, just as he had been instructed, at Swirlz Cupcakes in Lincoln Park Wednesday. His wife, Sarah, sat alongside him by the storefront window doing the same, only faster.
"Slow and steady wins the race," said Wood, taking a glance at Sarah's plate of professional-looking cupcakes.
If his start to the Cubs season has been less than sweet, at least this was. Swirlz will sell a Wood Family Foundation red velvet cupcake through May 5 and will donate all of the proceeds to the Woods' youth-focused charity. And while the cupcakes won't be buried in frosting like the ones Wood decorated himself, they will feature the Wood Family Foundation logo on them.
"I know which ones the kids are (going to eat)," Wood joked once he and Sarah were done frosting.
Wood said he has plenty of experience decorating cupcakes with his three children at home. But unlike the employees watching on at Swirlz, Wood's kids aren't at all interested in seeing him frosting baked goods.
"They want to frost every one of them and (I'm) in the way." Wood said. "They're fighting for the icing."
Wood — who ate a few of his own cupcakes after asking for permission from a store employee — was less than 24 hours away from coming in for relief duty in the Cubs' loss to the Nationals Thursday. The 34-year-old pitcher said he had butterflies that evening, but not the same kind he used to get before the first day of school.
"You get butterflies because you've been out of work for four and a half months and this is your first time in front of 40,000 fans again," Wood said. "But it's a different feeling. There's excitement. The first day of school was — ugh. I was more nervous (for school) than I was excited."
Next up for the Wood Family Foundation is the “Art of Fashion” breakfast May 3 with Sarah Wood and jewelry designer Lana at
On the record: "I feel like my job now is very much like (improv). It's not my personality. I mean, I act what I'm doing, in a sense, when I'm on these TV shows and doing interviews and representing
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