Red (Taylor’s Version)- David Ross (Manager)
David Ross is one of the most important players in the history of the franchise whether fans choose to remember it or not. He hit a home run in Game 7 to become the oldest player in baseball history to do so. He was the steady hand that was needed to catch the rest of the game after Kyle Hendricks was pulled. He may make some questionable decisions as a manager, but as a player the stats don’t show how meaningful he was that season.
A lot of the comparisons here are going to come from Grandpa Rossy’s relationship with upper management and specifically with Jed Hoyer.
I think we can all agree that the bullpen this season has left a fair amount to be desired and Hoyer himself even came out and said as much, stating that he hadn’t given Ross the tools to succeed. Treacherous. Every time Ross made a call to the bullpen in May to either get Keegan Thompson or Michael Fulmer he had to think I Knew You Were Trouble when they would inevitably walk in some runs. Much like Red was robbed of a chance at winning a Grammy, Grandpa Rossy has been robbed of an opportunity to field a winning team for the last couple of years.
When Ross heard that Theo Epstein would be stepping down almost immediately after hiring him, he probably begged him to Stay Stay Stay, but the real reason that David Ross is the Cub to represent Red is because he does remember All Too Well what it was like to have a team that was the best in the league. He probably looked at the roster that he had in 2020 and said to Jed, “this thing was a masterpiece til you tore it all up.” All we can hope is that this year will mark the end of the rebuild and we won’t have to watch it Begin Again.