The Chicago Cubs finished the regular season with the best record in baseball and three former SEC players helped the franchise get there.
Now catcher David Ross, outfielder Chris Coghlan and reliever Justin Grimm are hoping to help the franchise end the oldest drought without a championship in the major leagues. The Cubs haven’t won the World Series since 1908. The franchise has been to the World Series seven times since it last won the title, but it hasn’t won the National League pennant since 1945.
The Cubs begin a best-of-five NL Division Series against San Francisco Giants at Wrigley Field on Friday night (9 p.m. ET, FS1).
Ross is in his final season or a 19-year career. He announced last year he would retire at the end of this season.
Ross began his college career by playing two years at Auburn before transferring to Florida for his final collegiate season. He played in the College World Series with both schools.
Coghlan played three seasons at Ole Miss, capping his career in 2006 and Grimm pitched at Georgia for three seasons before being selected in the fifth round of the MLB draft by the Texas Rangers in 2010.
All three players have played an integral role with the franchise in its historic run to 103 victories this season.