AUBURN, Ala. — If you’re an Auburn Tiger, you’re likely a Chicago Cub this week.
David Ross is one of the rare universally-loved athletes. The Auburn baseball community especially adores the 14-year MLB veteran who enters the final playoff series of his professional career. Ross brings catching expertise and locker room leadership to an uber-talented Cubs roster only four wins from a curse-breaking celebration.
Tim Hudson, a former teammate, wants to see it. Hudson joined Charles Barkley, Bruce Pearl, Jason Dufner and dozens more at a basketball-fundraising golf outing Monday.
Hudson, like many, hopes to see Ross and Chicago finish on top.
“You know, I’m really proud of David. He’s had an opportunity to go out on top and win a World Series. Not only that, a chance to win it with the Cubs since they haven’t won it in so long. I’m happy with how the city has embraced him, how his teammates have helped make his last season really special for him,” Hudson said.
Hudson and Ross played together on the 1997 baseball team — a squad that made it to the College World Series — and on the Atlanta Braves from 2009 to 2012. On Monday, Hudson remembered the relationship he built with Ross over the years and encouraged him to enjoy a relaxed retirement.
Hopefully with a little extra jewelry.
“Great teammate. Awesome guy. Awesome Auburn man.” Hudson said. “I think the stars are lining up for him to go out as a winner.”
If you’re in the mood for a 10-minute, tear-jerking video, this is the video for you. Auburn gathered members of the 1997 Auburn baseball team to send Ross an end-of-season message in September.
Bring your tissues. Ross needed his.