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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.
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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
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
What People are Saying About This
"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!"
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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
Enjoyed everything in this book! Life long fan