May 7, 2021

The one about whether it’s a bad idea for David Ross to manage his friends (The Athletic)


“He’s exactly what we need – again.”

-Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo on his friend – oops, make that new manager – David Ross

MESA, Ariz. — He has been their sage old wisdom-dropping teammate. He has been their coffee-juggling intern. He has been their favorite good-natured Grandpa.

And being the astute observer of humankind that he is, David Ross has noticed that normally, none of those distinctive life experiences tend to lead a guy to a big-league manager’s office, particularly an office that sits just a few yards away from the clubhouse where he once toiled as America’s most beloved backup catcher. Seriously, has anyone else ever gone from Bryzzo Corp. intern to manager practically overnight?

“Yeah, I don’t think so,” says the new manager of those Chicago Cubs, his ever-present laugh ringing through the team’s spring-training complex. “I don’t think that’s how the usual progression works.”

Right. So…

Read “The one about whether it’s a bad idea for David Ross to manage his friends” at The Athletic