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Woodward chose family over the playoffs

Most of you surely remember Chris Woodward, one of the many infielders the Sox used at various times last season.

What you may not know is that he passed up a chance to be on the postseason roster.

Woodward told The News Tribune in an interesting story out of Mariners camp that he elected to stay with his family because of unusual circumstances.

Erin Woodward gave birth to the couple’s third child five days before the regular season ended. Woodward was set to rejoin the Sox for the Division Series against the Angels when another of his children, 2-year-old Mason, came down with swine flu.

Doctors advised sheltering newborn Grady from his brother for two weeks. So Chris put his wife and baby in a hotel and took care of their other two kids himself. He passed on the chance to be on the postseason roster.

“I explained what was going on. I mean, I couldn’t leave my kids with someone else,” Woodward said. “People ask me, ‘How many chances will you get to win a World Series?’ My thought was always, ‘How would I live with myself if something happened to my family when I was playing baseball?’ “

The good news is that everybody in the Woodward family is fine and Chris is trying to catch on with the Mariners. Here’s wishing him well.


Tip of the blog hat to Buster Olney of ESPN, who linked to this story this morning.

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