Few Major League Baseball players get to decide when their career is over. Even fewer play their final game in the Fall Classic. No one has done what David Ross did Wednesday night.
The Chicago Cubs catcher is capping his 19th year of professional baseball by playing in Game 7 of the World Series. He entered during the bottom of the fifth inning in Cleveland, and promptly hit a solo home run — his second of the postseason — in his first at-bat to give the Cubs a 6-3 cushion.
According to the FOX broadcast, the 39-year-old Ross is the oldest player to homer in World Series history.
David Ross off Andrew Miller in his final game ever https://t.co/5ngVsqZJDM
— Matt Clapp (@TheBlogfines) 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.
This is Ross’ second season with Chicago; he won a World Series ring with the Boston Red Sox in 2013.
Last November, he told MLB Network Radio this would be his final season, saying, “I think this is probably going to be it for me … time to be a dad.”
A few innings before his homer Wednesday, Ross helped 27-year-old teammate Anthony Rizzo stay calm before the biggest game of Rizzo’s life:
Anthony Rizzo speaks for all of us watching this game. pic.twitter.com/siYEYMvlVk
— Joon Lee (@iamjoonlee) November 3, 2016