Former Florida and Auburn baseball player David Ross is having quite the ride off into the sunset today in Chicago.
The retiring catcher closed his career in storybook style on Wednesday night in Cleveland, hitting a home run as the Chicago Cubs won the World Series in Game 7, ending a 108-year title drought.
Ross got his adorable family dressed up in Cubs gear on Friday for the championship parade, which culminates this afternoon with a celebratory rally in Grant Park.
— David Ross (@D_Ross3) November 4, 2016
— FOX Sports: MLB (@MLBONFOX) November 4, 2016
— Cristiano Simonetta (@CMS_74_) November 4, 2016
The Cubs victory is one of the most memorable sports moments of the decade and Ross has been right in the center of it.
On the plane ride back to Chicago, Ross showed off his new retirement gift.
Look what the boys got me for my retirement pic.twitter.com/wtnE2WrWYV
— David Ross (@D_Ross3) November 3, 2016
His home run off Indians workhorse Andrew Miller is the stuff of legend.
David Ross off Andrew Miller in his final game ever https://t.co/5ngVsqZJDM
— Fan of WORLD CHAMPS (@TheBlogfines) November 3, 2016
Ross calming teammate Anthony Rizzo during Game 7 was the kind of human moment Cubs fans have come to expect from the 39-year-old leader.
Anthony Rizzo speaks for all of us watching this game. pic.twitter.com/siYEYMvlVk
— Joon Lee (@iamjoonlee) November 3, 2016
The Bainbridge, Ga., native played at Auburn in 1996 and 1997 before transferring to Florida to play for the Gators in 1998. He made the College World Series with both teams and was selected by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 19th round of the ’98 draft. Ross also won a World Series ring with the Boston Red Sox.