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- [David] I'll put my end of my career up against anybody's.
That was freaking awesome.
I hit it and it starts going, and I'm like, "No way.
I hit a home run.
I'm going to run right out these stadium gates on the right and just take it
to the house."
You're walking off the field for the last time as a World Series champion.
It doesn't get better than that.
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Everybody remembers the home run. I remember so much more.
- [Announcer] This place has been buzzing for the last couple of hours but I will
say this, there is also a tension here.
- [David] I walk into the locker room that day and, like, everybody's playing Mario Kart
Game 7 of the World Series.
I was like, "Hey, idiots, can we get off the Mario Kart and
get locked in?"
Everybody's coming up to me and they're like, "Dude, it's your last game.
How do you feel?" I'm like, "I don't care how I feel.
Let's focus on the game." That was our team.
We were loose.
It's so important that it's not going to be a blowout game.
Not Game 7 of the World Series for the Cubs, it's not going to happen.
- [Announcer] Let me give you a look at the Chicago lineup.
Kyle Hendricks has thrown 15 straight scoreless innings this postseason coming
into this start, and Jon Lester heading out to the bullpen in case he's needed.
- [David] Joe had called me in his office the morning of the game and he just said,
"Hey, I plan on going Kyle, Jon, Chappy."
He just said, "Pretty sure you're going to get in the game with Jon,
so just be ready."
Took the nerves to a whole other level.
Just like, okay, they kept going up. You know?
Yeah, now I'm nervous. I'm going to play.
I actually went down to the bullpen to help warm him up, which I
normally wouldn't do.
The adrenaline down in the bullpen's even more.
You're in the mix of the fans.
You know you might get in.
Kyle was actually pitching really well, had gotten out of some big jams.
I knew Jonny was getting close, so we all put our heads together.
- [Announcer] That's a really interesting conversation with David Ross coming
in from the bullpen.
- [David] My two cents was Jon's been throwing down there for a while.
He's on, I think, two days' rest and you don't want him to spend all his bullets
down there in the bullpen.
- [Announcer] That's ball four to extend the fifth.
- [David] He got a two-out walk, there, to Santana.
We liked the matchup to Kipnis with Lester, so Joe makes the move and I think
everything's going well until I get in the game.
- [Announcer] If Lester comes in, so does Ross.
Those two are a package deal.
- [David] The relationship between me and Jon is pretty special.
We'd been through some hairy times and I tell him all the time, I was like,
"If you stink, I don't get to hit.
They pinch-hit for me.
So you need to be good for me to get my at-bats."
- [Announcer] David Ross takes over behind the plate.
- [David] I'm trying to control my emotions and I'm in charge of his
performance and emotions.
Game 7, last game of your career, it's not the easiest thing I've
ever done but...
- [Announcer] And the batter is Kipnis.
- [David] Kipnis, he hadn't touched anything off Jon in Game 5 so we're just going
to stay away; fastball, cutters.
Jon had owned him and he couldn't stay on that pitch with the angle that Jon had.
We were just going to do that and make him beat us the other way.
He wasn't staying on the ball at all, and that's kind of what a swinging
bunt comes from.
- [Announcer] And this is Ross. [David] I bounce out to get it.
My right hamstring grabbed me, rushed the throw, and almost
get Rizzo killed.
It was just bad. That's not what we're working on.
That's not how we're supposed to do it and then you've got this craziness
with Lindor coming up. Man, oh, gosh.
- [Announcer] This has the feeling of, like, the eighth inning.
We're in the bottom of the fifth.
Second and third, two out. Here's Lindor.
- [David] Lindor hits strike breaking balls from left-handers pretty good in the report,
so we know when we throw him a breaking ball it's got to be bounced.
Hopefully, he swings over it, that's the goal, or he takes it, right,
and we move on.
But just the key there is we don't throw for a strike.
We go breaking ball second pitch.
So I go "Okay, Jon, bounce this." Well, he took it literally.
I think it was, like, a 30-foot breaking ball.
It hits me in the mask, kicks off all the way to our dugout,
and I fall back over, roll my ankle, and then that's all she wrote.
- [Announcer] This is it.
It hits Ross, the run scores, here comes Kipnis.
He's safe. It's 5-3.
Well, things just got a lot more interesting.
- [David] That's kind of what rookies, young players, happen.
Like the game speeds up on them. That's what happened to me in that moment.
- [Announcer] A strikeout ends the inning and already the game has changed.
- [David] I get in the dugout.
The place, now it's electric and I go, like, "Wait a minute.
I've got to hit. Like, I'm up second."
I'm on deck and I'm like, "Slow the heart rate.
Breathe a little bit. Relax."
Like you've got to have an at-bat right here.
And my thinking is what's Andrew going to do?
- [Announcer] Mr. Light's Out Andrew Miller.
- [David] I got good numbers off Andrew and that's why I thought I might get an at-bat,
but the caveat to that is Andrew used to stink.
Like Andrew used to not be very good and then he went to Boston and
got really good.
When I got to Boston, got to catch him, I'm like, "Wait, this is the nastiest dude
on the planet."
That slider is just devastating.
- [Announcer] Popped up.
Man at the plate, David Ross.
- [David] I'm trying to talk to myself about my plan and I said to myself I hadn't
at-bat for, like, three days.
"Just take the first pitch."
I knew his pitch was a slider but I don't care if you're looking for the slider,
it's still almost impossible to hit. You don't pick it up.
I just remember, like, not even seeing this ball.
He's so tall and he hides the ball so well and he throws hard.
You see the ball and it just disappears.
So I'm 0-2 and I saw that pitch real well.
He threw me a fastball and I was like, "Oh, I saw that. Okay.
He's fixing to throw me another slider and he shook."
And I did my homework.
His pitch is the slider but he shakes a lot to fastballs.
When he shook, I was like, sellout to heater.
- [Announcer] Ross flies one into center.
- [David] I was choked up.
I shortened my stride and just threw my hands at the ball, and it was where
I like it.
- [Announcer] Sends Davis back at the wall.
- [David] I hit it and it starts going, and Rajai's running back.
I see him sizing it up and I'm like, "I'm not getting robbed of a home run
in Game 7."
- [Announcer] It's gone.
The 39-year-old in his final game, David Ross.
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- [David] J-Hey meeting me there, boom.
And then Dex meets me at the top step, boom.
And everybody's fired up in the dugout. We're back.
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- It was so important for my mental state and, I think, for everybody's.
And the Cubs fans, I'm sure, took a big sigh of relief.
Like, you know, with all the 108 years and all that's went wrong, you know, we won.
That's all that matters.
- [Announcer] This is going to be a tough play.
The Cubs win the World Series.
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