David Ross is more than a teammate to Anthony Rizzo.
Rizzo stepped to the podium Friday after the Cubs celebrated their first World Series title in 108 years with a parade through the streets of Chicago. The first baseman started to introduce Ross, a retiring backup catcher who was a clubhouse leader during his two seasons with the Cubs, and couldn’t help but break down in tears describing their unique relationship.
“He’s like a brother to me,” said an emotional Rizzo. “He’s taught me a lot in life — on the field, off the field, how to be a better person. I’m forever grateful for him, and he’s going out a champion forever.”
Ross is hanging up the cleats after a 15-year career in which he earned a reputation as one of the most respected players in Major League Baseball. The 39-year-old backstop sure left his mark on this year’s Cubs. And if that wasn’t obvious before, it certainly was evident Friday while watching Rizzo, a 27-year-old star in his prime, sing his teammate’s praises.
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