Relief pitch: Former Chicago Cubs pitcher Kerry Wood visited children at Hephzibah Home earlier this month, signing autographs, decorating holiday cookies and hobnobbing with the kids and staff. Wood is known for tying the Major League record of striking out 20 hitters in one game. Hephzibah Home serves children who were removed from situations of abuse and neglect. “With the children giving you a tour, you get a look at their daily life and what’s offered to them here,” Wood said in a news release. “I’m so glad a place like this exists. It’s amazing.”

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