Teammate: My Journey in Baseball and a World Series for the Ages by David Ross

Teammate: My Journey in Baseball and a World Series for the Ages

An inspiring memoir from David Ross, the veteran catcher dubbed "Grandpa Rossy," who became the heart and soul of the Chicago Cubs 2016 World Series championship team. In 2016 the Cubs snapped a 108-year curse, winning the World Series in a history-making, seven-game series against the Cleveland Indians. Of the many storylines to Chicago's fairytale season, one stood out:...

Title:Teammate: My Journey in Baseball and a World Series for the Ages
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ISBN:031655944X
Edition Language:English
Number of Pages:272 pages

Teammate: My Journey in Baseball and a World Series for the Ages Reviews

  • Gary Anderson

    David Ross is a journeyman back-up catcher with respectable but unspectacular career statistics. He’s not the kind of guy who usually finds himself authoring a baseball autobiography. But he’s also indelibly etched in the hearts and minds of Cubs fans as Grandpa Rossy after the role he played in his final year as a member of the 2016 World Champion Chicago Cubs.

    weaves its story from three threads: Ross’s re-telling of the dramatic seventh game of the 2016 World Series, the notes he too

    David Ross is a journeyman back-up catcher with respectable but unspectacular career statistics. He’s not the kind of guy who usually finds himself authoring a baseball autobiography. But he’s also indelibly etched in the hearts and minds of Cubs fans as Grandpa Rossy after the role he played in his final year as a member of the 2016 World Champion Chicago Cubs.

    weaves its story from three threads: Ross’s re-telling of the dramatic seventh game of the 2016 World Series, the notes he took on his cell phone throughout the 2016 season, and his own life story. Throughout the book, Ross provides insider info on his time with the Cubs, Braves, Red Sox, Padres, Dodgers, Pirates, and Reds as he looks at himself honestly, sometimes with self-deprecation but also accepting the accolades he garnered along the way.

    Superstars tell a certain kind of story, but David Ross was never a superstar, so his journey in baseball was different. He learned to be excellent in a supporting role on the teams he joined. One of the themes of

    is … how to be a great teammate. These are lessons that apply beyond baseball. Ross also discusses his experiences with concussions, an important sports-related concern that gains more attention each year.

    As I write this, David Ross is twenty-four hours away from learning his fate on “Dancing with the Stars.” Those who discovered him on that show might find this book interesting, but for baseball fans—especially those who fly the W—

    will reveal a guy with just enough talent to have a fifteen-year major league career but more than enough character and charm to make him a fan favorite.

  • Steph

    Non-biased review: 4 stars.

    As someone who does not often read books about self-improvement, I liked that this book makes valid points on how to become a "teammate." The practices described can be applied to any workplace, like creating a consistent routine, putting the goals of the team before yourself, and pushing people around you to strive for improvement. I also enjoyed the format of the book, cutting between Ross' history in baseball, snippets of his iPhone journal, and the day of Game 7 i

    Non-biased review: 4 stars.

    As someone who does not often read books about self-improvement, I liked that this book makes valid points on how to become a "teammate." The practices described can be applied to any workplace, like creating a consistent routine, putting the goals of the team before yourself, and pushing people around you to strive for improvement. I also enjoyed the format of the book, cutting between Ross' history in baseball, snippets of his iPhone journal, and the day of Game 7 in the World Series.

    Fully biased review by a Cubs fan: 5 stars.

    I listened to the audiobook while driving to and from work. When Ross got to the end of Game 7 and what it meant to him, the team, and the city of Chicago, I teared up. I loved learning more about Ross' last season and the iPhone notes he included. I loved that he gave a glimpse into his relationships with different players over the years and it was scary to hear, in his own words, his experience with concussions. I got emotional a bunch of times, but I feel like this is required reading for all Cubs fans.

  • Snap

    I love baseball. While I'm not a Cubs fan, I admit I followed them on their quest in 2016 to win the world series. David Ross (AKA Grandpa Rossy) was the backup catcher for the cubs that year, mostly catching Jon Lester. This is his story, from his early days in the big leagues to his final year in baseball with the Cubs in 2016. What a way to retire! Lots of life lessons. What it takes to be a good teammate and play the game the way it should be played. It was interesting to read about concussi

    I love baseball. While I'm not a Cubs fan, I admit I followed them on their quest in 2016 to win the world series. David Ross (AKA Grandpa Rossy) was the backup catcher for the cubs that year, mostly catching Jon Lester. This is his story, from his early days in the big leagues to his final year in baseball with the Cubs in 2016. What a way to retire! Lots of life lessons. What it takes to be a good teammate and play the game the way it should be played. It was interesting to read about concussion -- there's more than one type. Well done Rossy, and it was fun to watch you on Dancing With The Stars!

  • Jacob ~Bookish Hufflepuff~

    I'm torn about how to review this. On one hand, I liked it. I went into it knowing nothing about David Ross except watching him in the World Series and in

    . This is an informative read. I learned a lot about "Grandpa Rossy" by reading this book. This book was humorous at times. He was also very honest in this book.

    Now on to what I didn't like about it. The main thing was the format. I found it very confusing at times. I wound up mainly skipping David's "

    I'm torn about how to review this. On one hand, I liked it. I went into it knowing nothing about David Ross except watching him in the World Series and in

    . This is an informative read. I learned a lot about "Grandpa Rossy" by reading this book. This book was humorous at times. He was also very honest in this book.

    Now on to what I didn't like about it. The main thing was the format. I found it very confusing at times. I wound up mainly skipping David's "iPhone journal" sections. They were inserted in at the wrong times. For example, he talked about his career in Cincinnati for a little bit, inserted a journal entry that had absolutely nothing to do with what he was just talking about, then went back to what he was just talking about. Another thing that I didn't like was how each chapter started with a highlight of Game 7 of the World Series, then he would go back and talk about his childhood or early career. It would have been much better if he would have just talked about everything, then talking about Game 7 in the last chapter or two.

    Overall, this was a good read. I learned a lot about David Ross. I think any die-hard Cubs fan will love this. Any sports fan will probably like this, as well.

  • Marilyn

    What a thoroughly delightful read. I am a huge baseball fan, and getting a Cubs player's view into some of the events of the incredible Game 7 of the 2016 World Series is a treasure. Ross has so many valuable insights on how to be a team player both in baseball and in life.

    I wholeheartedly recommend it to anyone who is a fan of the game. And I'd say it is a must read for any Cubs fan who loves "Grandpa Rossy".

  • HBalikov

    The Chicago Cubs won their first World Series in more than 100 years and everybody wants to celebrate (and cash in). What does David Ross (known as “Rossy”) offer that is worth buying his book and reading his almost 300 pages?

    This book provides more than the usual post-Series biography. Take this week, for example. Those “World Champion” Cubs are struggling. On Tuesday, they lost, in part, because they gave up seven stolen bases. After the game, their catcher, Miggy Montero, went on a rant ascr

    The Chicago Cubs won their first World Series in more than 100 years and everybody wants to celebrate (and cash in). What does David Ross (known as “Rossy”) offer that is worth buying his book and reading his almost 300 pages?

    This book provides more than the usual post-Series biography. Take this week, for example. Those “World Champion” Cubs are struggling. On Tuesday, they lost, in part, because they gave up seven stolen bases. After the game, their catcher, Miggy Montero, went on a rant ascribing the blame to their award-winning pitcher. Miggy was gone before the next game. Here is what their general manager, Theo Epstein, said about it: "I just came to the conclusion that now more than ever we really need to be a team. This was an example of someone being a bad teammate publicly, and that we’d be better off moving on and not standing for it, because we do hold our players to a higher standard than that. In our role as the front office, we can’t always be in the clubhouse and push the right buttons to help everyone come together as a team. But we certainly are in a position – when we see something that could fracture the group – to try to fix the situation and remove that issue.”

    This book explains that philosophy in detail. Rossy’s story is about: how he became a good teammate; how that affected his longevity as a major league baseball player; and, why it is important for star ballplayers as well as journeymen. It is interesting because he was never a star, just good enough (at times) to be the necessary factor in helping a team take their performance to the next level. Obviously, being a good teammate has plenty of application outside the world of sport.

    Rossy remembers a lot from each year of his baseball career (highschool, college, minors, and with over half a dozen major league teams). It is not a surprise that he was advised to organize the book by shifting back and forth between the last day of last year’s World Series and the arc of his career. He deserves some credit for weaving it together with skill.

    The elements are familiar. We get:

    Important players and coaches that influenced his approach to baseball;

    Famous players that he shared time and experiences with;

    Lessons he learned at various stages of his career;

    Injuries and other things that could have cut short his career;

    How he attempted to blend his career with family life and where it didn’t work as well as it might; and,

    Highlights of his career including being on the Red Sox and Cubs during their victorious seasons.

    In addition, we get what seems like a lot of honest thought and emotion. He ponders how things could be better and what he could do to make them better. The book is satisfying both from a celebration of the team’s success and an exploration of the arc of a life (so far) devoted to baseball.

    One of the things that I appreciated about this biography was where Ross left the story. “I’m closing a chapter in my life, but I am not closing the book. I want to be a great husband and a great dad, so how do I do that? What does that look like?” Ross has his head in the right place and I hope he makes a fine transition. If you read the book, you will learn (based on the anecdote at the start of this review) why the Cubs may well be regretting his retirement.

  • Lindsay

    I heart David Ross but man it's hard for me to read sports biographies!

  • Chad

    I'm a huge Cub fan and baseball fan in general. The writing style made it hard for me to stay interested. Each chapter started talking about a player or time in Ross's career, but after a page or so it would jump to unrelated notes Ross made on his iphone during the 2016 season. Then it would jump into diatribes about being a great teammate. These sections especially bored me to tears. I read a lot of books about baseball and I want to hear stories, not lectures on being a teammate. It felt like

    I'm a huge Cub fan and baseball fan in general. The writing style made it hard for me to stay interested. Each chapter started talking about a player or time in Ross's career, but after a page or so it would jump to unrelated notes Ross made on his iphone during the 2016 season. Then it would jump into diatribes about being a great teammate. These sections especially bored me to tears. I read a lot of books about baseball and I want to hear stories, not lectures on being a teammate. It felt like Ross didn't really have a lot to say about his career and needed to pad the book.

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