With the calendar turning to 2017, it is time to officially close the door 2016. What better way than to honor David Ross.
It was a magical year for David Ross. That can be said about the last two years. Two consecutive seasons of winning 98 or more games. Back-to-back appearances in the National League Championship Series. A trip to the World Series. All of this capped off by winning it all for the first time since 1908.
Fans of the Chicago Cubs have celebrated since the last out was completed by Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo. Friends of mine shared their Christmas gifts of championship attire, the World Series DVD, and promised tickets for games next year. Expectations are high all around.
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As we look back on the year that was, it is important to honor what got the Cubs to the “promised land.” You can point to Manager Joe Maddon or to the front office for making the correct moves. For me, I believe the difference maker was David Ross.
Think about it for a moment. David Ross was the glue that held the team together. Sure, he did not play every day. He wasn’t known for his power or hitting prowess, but Rizzo and other young players relied on Ross. His leadership and character were necessary for the team’s success.
Therefore, as we close 2016, let’s take a moment to reflect on David Ross’s top five moments as a Chicago Cub.