Grandpa Rossy’s Yearlong Retirement Party Ends with a Cubs World Series Championship
David Ross could not have written a better end to his career than the Cubs winning The World Series in his final game. Ross went out in style Wednesday night in Cleveland. Ross entered Game 7 with Jon Lester in the bottom of the fifth for this third game of The Series. After a shaky start to his night in the fifth, Ross caught the next three innings before he was lifted for a pinch-runner in the ninth after working a walk.
David Ross picked up the Cubs with a solo home run to center off Andrew Miller in the sixth. Ross crushed the 1-2 pitch. The ball traveled an estimated 402 feet with an exit velocity of 103.9 mph. And he swung the momentum back the Cubs way by squaring the best reliever in the game.
David Ross is the oldest player to hit a home run in a World Series game in the final game of his career, passing former Cubs’ shortstop Shawon Dunston. Ross is the oldest player to hit a home run in a Game 7 of The World Series. And Ross became the fifth oldest player in World Series history to hit a home run (Enos Slaughter, Joe Morgan, Johnny Mize, Eddie Murray)
David Ross walked in his last Major League plate appearance and finished the game 1-for-1 with a home run and a walk. Ross was 2-for-5 in The Series with a home run and two RBI.
Ross played in eight games during the Cubs run to The World Series. Ross was 4-for-16 with a double, two home runs and four RBI. The Cubs were 5-1 in the six games he started.
— CSN Chicago (@CSNChicago) November 3, 2016
The Cubs showed once again how much respect David Ross has in the clubhouse by carrying him off the field in what was his final big league game. Ross said he felt like Rudy while he was being carried off.
David Ross had an excellent final season in the big leagues. Ross helped the Chicago Cubs win 103 games, a NL Central Division title, a NL Pennant and a World Series Championship.
Look what the boys got me for my retirement pic.twitter.com/wtnE2WrWYV
— David Ross (@D_Ross3) November 3, 2016
Peter Gammons complemented Ross and his achievements after the Cubs won The World Series.
“One of the best things about this historic series is that David Ross reminded everyone that people matter. Rings Above Replacement.”
As for individual accomplishments in the regular season, Ross batted .229/.338/.446 with six doubles and 10 home runs for a .784 OPS. Ross hit the 100th home run of his career and collected his 300th RBI.
What a career. And what a retirement party David Ross had.