Since winning the World Series nearly two weeks ago, David Ross’ life has been a whirlwind.
“There’s not a whole lot of sleep involved, I’ll tell you that,” the recently retired Cubs catcher said on CBS Sports Radio’s Tiki and Tierney, laughing. “There’s a lot of traveling. The parade, first of all, was absolutely amazing. Just the people, the love, all the people that came out, the love I was getting from my teammates, from the fans – just a special, special day that I’ll never forget. Just a really cool moment for me and my family. I got to do the Saturday Night Live thing. I laughed my head off with Bill Murray. He was in our dressing room the whole time while we were rehearsing and doing everything, so that was one of the highlights. And we got to go to the after party, which was a lot of fun. I met some really cool people, just super nice people. Me and KB (Kris Bryant) went to Ellen. That was a treat, going out to L.A. and doing that thing. And finally getting here back home and settling down and taking my kids back to school, I think, is the most fun I’ve had. It’s just a little slower-paced lifestyle here in Tallahassee where I live, and that was nice.”
Ross, 39, won a World Series with Boston in 2013, when the city was still reeling from the Marathon bombings. He now helped end a 108-year curse in Chicago.
There are a lot of emotions associated with each title, which is why Ross avoids comparing which triumph was better.
“I try not to,” he said. “They’re so unique and different. I learned so much in Boston from that group about winning and what it takes to win a World Series. I have such a connection with those guys from Boston. They’re like brothers for life when you do something like that and you go through that. Guys like Dustin Pedroia, David Ortiz, Mike Napoli and Jonny Gomes and so many guys on that team, I learned about true winners and how to finish and what it takes to finish and the hard work and the mental toughness. I tried to bring some of that to Chicago with Jon Lester and John Lackey and those guys that knew about winning. I’m just so happy that I have that same connection now for life with this younger group and just a different style for me and how we went about it. I think both are unique in themselves and the Chicago thing is crazy for me as far as all the attention I’ve gotten and the love I’ve gotten from the fans and my teammates. But other than that, they’re pretty unique.”
Ross played for seven different franchises in his 15-year career: the Dodgers, Pirates, Padres, Reds, Braves, Red Sox (twice), and Cubs. He was rarely a starter and spent his final seasons as the personal catcher for Jon Lester.
“I wouldn’t have wanted it any other way,” Ross said. “I think when you set out have a career, you want to stay with one organization. You want to be the guy who’s the face of the franchise and has this long Hall of Fame career like a Chipper Jones or somebody like that or Derek Jeter who stays with the team and was kind of a staple. My career obviously went a lot different than that.”
Ross said he lacked the mental toughness to be an everyday player.
“I didn’t deal well with the 0-fers,” he said. “The 0-for-4s, the 0-for-8s, 0-for-12s would turn into an 0-for-20 really fast because I was so worried about trying to get that next hit. Being a backup when I finally went to Atlanta and became a full-time backup to Brian McCann, it just helped me realize my job. I could go out there and give it all I had for that day and I could reflect for a day or two. It really helped me out and help me understand my role and (to) be as good of a teammate as I could and help out in any way I could. So I think we set out to be a starter and make all the money and have all the glory, but this has been so rewarding for me. I’ve met so many great guys who have influenced me in my career and me personally and the human being that I am. I’m very lucky to have played for a bunch of different teams and to be on so many great teams with great people.”