Despite The Nickname ‘Grandpa’, Cubs’ David Ross Not Ready For The Old Folks Home

Chicago Cubs catcher David Ross looks on during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies, Monday, June 6, 2016, in Philadelphia. The Cubs won 6-4.
Chicago Cubs catcher David Ross looks on during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies. Chris Szagola / AP Photo
Chicago Cubs catcher David Ross looks on during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies, Monday, June 6, 2016, in Philadelphia. The Cubs won 6-4.
Chicago Cubs catcher David Ross looks on during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies. Chris Szagola / AP Photo

Despite The Nickname ‘Grandpa’, Cubs’ David Ross Not Ready For The Old Folks Home

Cubs catcher David Ross is what you call a “journeyman”. Over a 14-year career, he’s been part of seven different major league teams-eight if you count him being on the Red Sox twice.

But his short time with the Cubs has been special. This year he hit his 100th career home run, and he caught his first no-hitter.

Most people don’t consider 39 to be old, but Ross is so much older than his teammates, they call him “Grandpa”. He talked to WBEZ’s Cheryl Raye Stout about being “the grizzled veteran”, and about the special relationship a catcher needs to have with his pitchers