Teammate: My Journey in Baseball and a World Series for the Ages

Teammate: My Journey in Baseball and a World Series for the Ages


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Teammate: My Journey in Baseball and a World Series for the Ages by David Ross


Packed with "compelling inside stories" (Chicago Tribune), Teammate is the inspiring memoir from "Grandpa Rossy," the veteran catcher who became the heart and soul of the 2016 Chicago Cubs championship team.

In 2016 the Cubs snapped a 108-year curse, winning the World Series in a history-making, seven-game series against the Cleveland Indians. Of the many storylines to Chicago's fairytale season, one stood out: the late-career renaissance of David Ross, the 39-year-old catcher who had played back-up for 13 of his 15 pro seasons.

Beyond Ross's remarkably strong play, he became the ultimate positive force in the Cubs locker room, mentoring and motivating his fellow players, some of them nearly twenty years his junior. Thanks to Cubs Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo, "Grandpa Rossy" became a social media sensation. No one, however, could have predicted that Ross's home run in his final career at bat would help seal the Cubs championship.

Now, in Teammate, Ross shares the inspiring story of his life in baseball, framed by the events of that unforgettable November night.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316559454
Publisher: Hachette Books
Publication date: 03/20/2018
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 280
Sales rank: 108,258
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

David Ross is a retired Major League Baseball catcher, who won the World Series with the Boston Red Sox in 2013 and the Chicago Cubs in 2016. In his fifteen-year career, he played for the Los Angeles Dodgers, Pittsburgh Pirates, San Diego Padres, Cincinnati Reds, Boston Red Sox, Atlanta Braves, and Chicago Cubs.

Co-writer Don Yaeger is an award-winning speaker, business leadership coach, a nine-time New York Times bestselling author, and longtime Associate Editor for Sports Illustrated.

Table of Contents

Foreword ix

Preface xvii

Chapter 1 "This Wasn't About Me" 1

Chapter 2 Time for a Nap 17

Chapter 3 Ball Bags 27

Chapter 4 First Pitch 39

Chapter 5 Punch in the Gut 55

Chapter 6 Best Seat in the House 69

Chapter 7 Mike Napoli at the Plate 81

Chapter 8 Contreras off the Wall 97

Chapter 9 Just Continue to Breathe 111

Chapter 10 Call to the Bullpen 123

Chapter 11 A Crazy Five Minutes 139

Chapter 12 Small Redemption 155

Chapter 13 High Anxiety 171

Chapter 14 Rain Delay 185

Chapter 15 Cubs Win, Cubs Win 199

Chapter 16 Homecoming 211

Chapter 17 Wrigley 227

Epilogue 235

Acknowledgments 241

What People are Saying About This

first baseman, Chicago Cubs - Anthony Rizzo

"After sitting and having lunch with Rossy for over an hour at the ESPN studios in fall 2014, I knew he was exactly what the Cubs needed to help bring a championship to Chicago. His knowledge of hitting, pitching and the game overall was amazing. Couple that with his obvious leadership abilities, and I knew we had to have him. Well, I guess I was right! The past two years with Rossy have been the best of my career. He truly is the best TEAMMATE I have ever had!"

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Teammate: My Journey in Baseball and a World Series for the Ages 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Life and family and baseball, he tries to do what is best. Insights to how the games is played. And dealing with all the baseball hitting your mask. A very great read. Also for the non cub fan.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you're a Cubs fan who lived through the 2016 World Series, this book is for you. David Ross is a great teammate that tells a great story about his life in the MLB.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am a die-hard Chicago Cubs fan and like most, we get it honestly from our family members before us. David Ross is also from my hometown so naturally I wanted to read his book. I went to his book signing at our local Barnes and Noble and stood in line for an hour to meet him and get him to sign my copy. All of it was worth it. But the book itself was so much more than I expected, in a good way. He is honest about his career even the low points including his battle with concussions, certainly a timely subject. But what I enjoyed the most was his journey to being the teammate and man that he is today. Not sure too many other professional athletes would be so open and honest. A refreshing book that for me was a great read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed everything in this book! Life long fan