The last two seasons for the Chicago Cubs filled their fans with excitement and hope. However, with the last game played at Wrigley Field, it is time to say goodbye.
Dear David Ross,
Thank you. We as fans of the Chicago Cubs are sad because of your retirement, but we thank you for all you did for this year. You are, indeed, a significant reason why the team made it to the World Series for the first time in 71 years.
How? Many reasons. First of all, your veteran leadership proved pivotal during your two years in a Cubs’ uniform.
It would be easy for a man of your age and success to come in and separate yourself from the young players on the team. But you didn’t. You embraced them, mentored them, and encouraged them every step of the way.
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How many players would willingly participate in the “Grandpa Rossy” antics as initiated by Anthony Rizzo? My guess, not too many would publicly. But, from day one of Spring training to the last day of the season, you enjoyed the fun.
There is more that just that. You are a World Series winning catcher. When you signed with the team, it was stated that you would be Jon Lester‘s personal catcher.
Sure, the Cubs had Miguel Montero at the time, and you would only play every five days or so when Lester pitched, all the same, you impacted the team. You coached players, worked with Kyle Schwarber and Willson Contreras when they arrived. And, you cheered on the team from the dugout when you were not on the field.
Mr. Ross, you became the heart and soul of the Chicago Cubs. We have witnessed your dedication throughout the year, working hard to produce and teach. The ten home runs and 32 RBI are the most you have generated since 2007. And the team celebrated you.
We do not know what the future holds for you. Maybe broadcasting, or coaching. But here is what we do know: You and your family will always be part of the Chicago Cubs. While I personally would love to see you stay on as a coach with the team, I know you want to be with your family. That is the most important thing any of us could do.
When you are ready, we will be ready for you. Until then, thank you for all the encouragement and support of this Chicago Cubs’ team. We, the fans, appreciate it!