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Summary

An inspiring memoir from David Ross, the veteran catcher dubbed "Grandpa Rossy", who became the heart and soul of the Chicago Cubs 2016 World Series championship team.

In 2016 the Cubs snapped a 108-year curse, winning the World Series in a history-making, seven-game series against the Cleveland Indians. Of the many storylines to Chicago's fairytale season, one stood out: the late-career renaissance of David Ross, the 39-year-old catcher who had played back-up for 13 of his 15 pro seasons.

Beyond Ross's remarkably strong play, he became the ultimate positive force in the Cubs locker room, mentoring and motivating his fellow players, some of them nearly 20 years his junior. Thanks to Cubs Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo, "Grandpa Rossy" became a social media sensation. No one, however, could have predicted that Ross's home run in his final career at-bat would help seal the Cubs' championship.

Now, in Teammate, Ross shares the inspiring story of his life in baseball, framed by the events of that unforgettable November night.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2017 David Ross (P)2017 Hachette Audio

Critic reviews

"After sitting and having lunch with Rossy for over an hour at the ESPN studios in fall 2014, I knew he was exactly what the Cubs needed to help bring a championship to Chicago. His knowledge of hitting, pitching and the game overall was amazing. Couple that with his obvious leadership abilities, and I knew we had to have him. Well, I guess I was right! The past two years with Rossy have been the best of my career. He truly is the best teammate I have ever had!" (Anthony Rizzo, first baseman, Chicago Cubs)

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  • med c
  • 21-05-17

Grandpa Rossy

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My family is a Cubbie fan and I enjoy listening and my hubby got the printed edition.

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  • Bradley Pfeifer
  • 09-05-17

A++++++ Book, a must read

Great book, I loved it. One of my favorite books behind Brian song. Got some great life lessons that i will pass on to my children.

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  • CMS
  • 06-08-18

5 stars all the way around

Great mix of stories, recalling events from his journal and life lessons. As a coach, there was a lot of info here that I will be sharing this fall in practices. Thank you David Ross for sharing.

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  • senfam
  • 12-07-18

A Good Dose of Man Talk...

that is especially enjoyable for Cubs fans. Ross' principles of how to be a good team are well Illustrated and articulated.

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  • Jako
  • 21-03-18

Must read for any die hard Cubs fan

Awesome book about Grandpa Rossy's career and in insight into the 2016 World Series. Well read by Gregory Abbey and just an awesome story.

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  • Stephen A.
  • 14-12-17

A fun, light read.

As a lifelong Chicago Cubs fan, it was such a thrill watching them win the World Series in 2016. In fact it was exciting watching the team play all year round. David Ross provides some of the insider details during his two years with the Chicago Cubs and the rest of his career that led him there. I felt that the narrative was a bit jumbled and could've been put together a little better, but overall it was a very enjoyable listen.

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  • Kyle
  • 16-11-17

Fantastic for all baseball fans

If you are a baseball fan this book is for you while Ross focuses on game 7 of the World Series in Chicago he also gives insights into his baseball career and the many places he played

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  • Ian Hay
  • 10-11-17

Great story and some valuable team insights

This was really easy to listen to and is chock full of great stories from an extraordinary career. David's book brings out the intangibles of a great teammate and someone of great character.

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  • ManBear
  • 10-10-17

I'm a little biased because I'm a Cubs fan.

I finished listening to this book over a weekend with my girlfriend. It is another great tome in the many books that followed the great 2016 World Series Victory for the Chicago Cubs. The author had a pleasant voice, and didn't read the book as if it were forced upon him. The book also gave some insight into a man who may not have been the greatest catcher ever, but certainly a great man based on his attitude towards the game, as well as life itself. I am happy with the purchase of this book, and it will probably listen to it several times for nostalgic reasons.

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  • Dave Yerzty
  • 13-08-17

Insightful

Lots of insight into the dynamics of team play and the personal grind that is part of baseball
At first I thought it was a. It simplistic and preachy because he keeps saying you need tone a good team mate but as he gets into examples in his own life of his decisions and the decisions of players and front office people you get much better understanding of what it took him to develop his approach and what it takes for players to come together and win. Everyone assumes it's about talent but there is so much more.