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
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:272 pages

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

  • Tammie Tackett
    May 29, 2017

    This book was amazing reading about my fav player this book was good and i am going to reread it later this year.

  • Gary Anderson
    May 22, 2017

    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.

  • Dan Mansfield
    May 05, 2017

    This was a fun read, with lots of insights into the daily life of an ordinary (non-superstar) baseball player. As a Cubs fan, of course I am biased, because reading about the 2016 season brings such happy thoughts into my head. I give it four stars rather than five because this isn't exactly a well-written or well-edited book; Ross's "literary voice" is authentic, which means it reads more like a personal journal of any ordinary Joe (although I'm sure Joe Maddon's memoir will be above average!).

  • Steph
    May 16, 2017

    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
    May 26, 2017

    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!

  • Kate Zdenek
    May 21, 2017

    I loved this book, but then I'll probably love anything about last year's World Series.

  • Jacob ~Bookish Hufflepuff~
    Jun 11, 2017

    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
    Jun 08, 2017

    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".

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