Red Sox Catcher David Ross Gives Crowd Insight Into Team Chemistry, Success
Red Sox catcher David Ross on Wednesday evening gave a Bangor crowd a personal and often humorous look behind the scenes of Boston's 2013 World Series win and the confidence and chemistry that helped make it happen.
"I've never been on a team that talked about winning the World Series as much as this team," Ross told the 500-plus fans at the sold-out Gracie Theatre on the Husson University campus. "Literally, in spring training, on a daily basis when I walked into the locker room I'd be like 'How's it going Johnny,' and he'd be like, 'Just another day closer to the parade,' and he was serious."
Ross joined Sports Radio 92.9 The Ticket's Dale Duff on the stage, which included a model of Fenway Park's famous Green Monster courtesy of the event's title sponsor, Allenfarm Fence Company. During the 90-minute session, Ross offered answers to wide range of audience questions including those asking his thoughts on performance enhancing drugs (an "insult" to clean players) and the loss of Jacoby Ellsbury to the New York Yankees (a great player, but he can't wait to throw him out when he tries to steal second.)
He also talked about the Sox rallying behind "B Strong" movement spawned from the Boston Marathon bombings that shook the city in April. He said the team knew it was playing for more than a title.
"The championship that I won, that my team won, affected lives other than baseball, " he said, referencing all the fans and Boston area residents who were looking for something positive in the wake of the tragedy. "That's cool to me. Not many people can say that."
Listen to David Ross describe the final pitch of the World Series, and reveal the location of the ball.