Chicago Cubs: Either way, retired catcher David Ross is a Cub for life
The Chicago Cubs are doing whatever they can to keep their World Series team together. Despite losing multiple pieces to other teams, one name remains on their list. Will they be able to retain him or will he officially walk away?
In all honesty, there is nothing wrong with retired Chicago Cubs’ catcher, David Ross wanting to sit at home. He has been on the road for a long time and ended his big league career as a World Series champion.
Too bad the same couldn’t be said for Boston Red Sox slugger, David Ortiz. One of these men will be in the Hall of Fame sooner or later. Grandpa Rossy helped spark this group of young bucks, becoming a big brother and Father figure.
Especially to first baseman, Anthony Rizzo. Rizzo was standing in the clubhouse when Ross hammered his Game 7 home run. Anthony admitted to running out into the dugout and threw his arms around David.
Both men celebrated then and later on when the final out was recorded. An emotional speech from Rizzo was delivered during the Victory Parade, which made both men cry.
Now that Ross has finally hung up the cleats, what’s next? Well, the Chicago Cubs are very interested in bringing him back. Not as a big league catcher but with a new job title within the organization itself.
According to CSN Chicago, it appears that Ross is considering an offer that was extended to him by the Cubs themselves.
Forever A Cub
The soon-to-be author is inching closer to his 40th birthday and is currently spending his time like any other parent. Having to wake up his kids, get them ready and send them off to school. Later on in the day, he’ll either pick them up or wait for them to return home.
Surely, his kids are happy that he has decided to walk away from professional baseball. But how long will he remain at home?
When discussing the possibility of a front-office job, Ross said, “I’m still going to stay in baseball. I feel like I’m connected to the Cubs for life – or (at least) I want to be. For me to not take advantage of the knowledge that front office has would be naive.”
Ross knows how special it would be to join a front-office that involves other former Cubs players. Names such as Ryan Dempster, Ted Lilly, Ryne Sandberg, Kerry Wood and even former Red Sox, Kevin Youkilis are working behind the scenes.
Enjoying His Time
However, for right now, it appears that David wants to continue doing what he has done following the World Series win. Sitting at home with his family.
Completely understandable. In the article published by CSN Chicago, Ross talks about how his family would always have to travel for him. Getting off school and going to certain places when he was an active player.
Now that his career is over, he wouldn’t want them to have to do the same thing again. Could a permanent move to Chicago be in the future for Ross and company?
That may be a possibility but he did not comment on the subject. Surely, a place in that front-office will always be available to Ross, so there is no need to rush.
Even Cubs’ general manager, Jed Hoyer, is open to having him around after baseball. Saying, “Certainly, we’d love to have him around. He has such a good feel. It’s so rare to have a guy that has that kind of feel for our own clubhouse. How do you not want that guy around?”
Which is absolutely true. One thing he and the Cubs should consider is a possibility of becoming a bench coach in the future. We all know that Dave Martinez is likely to join another franchise as manager, so why not?
Having Ross next to skipper Joe Maddon would practically be the same thing. Who knows, maybe when Maddon walks away from the game, Grandpa Rossy could take over as the full-time skipper for a team in which he helped erase 108-years of misery.
The ball is in his court and he has every right to take his time before making a decision. Either way, David Ross is a Cub for life.
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