NEIGHBORS get to know ross
What better time than this to be situated close to Wrigley Field?
That’s what David Ross figured when he took up residence near the ballpark for what might only be the rest of the summer.
Think: a rookie manager walking, not driving, to work.
“I walk to the field every day and get a lot of hellos from fans,” Ross said. “I think people in the community are starting to know what my mask looks like, and my bald head.”
Day 1 of Cubs workouts on Friday was, for Ross, a restart of the run-up to his managerial debut. And it was a long time coming. At one point, Ross, wearing a gray T-shirt, blue shorts and gym shoes, walked along the third-base line chanting and clapping:
“De-fense! De-fense!” Clap, clap, clap, clap, clap. And repeat.
He did this while no one was manning any defensive position. Rust? No. Just a guy happy as heck to have some grass and dirt under his feet.
“It’s nice to be outside,” Ross said. “It’s such a beautiful day in Chicago. We’ve got this gorgeous, historic venue to work from. It’s nice to come to work.”
That goes for getting to work, too. “We’ve missed baseball,” he said.
Dishing on Q’s replacement
Ross was greeted Thursday with an update on starting pitcher Jose Quintana that left him shaking his head. The lefty is out for an indeterminate length of time after an injury while washing dishes led to surgery.
“This is a new one from the manager’s standpoint, where you’re sitting in your seat and you get a phone call that has nothing to do with COVID, but you’re going to be missing a player for a while,” Ross said. “Yeah, it’s terrible to get those calls.”
Ross echoed president Theo Epstein in naming Alec Mills and Colin Rea as potential stand-ins for Quintana in the rotation. And he threw in an additional name: Jharel Cotton, a 28-year-old righty acquired from the Athletics after the 2019 season.
The Cubs will jump right into heavy action Saturday with a three-inning intrasquad scrimmage. Pitchers haven’t been named, though starters Yu Darvish, Kyle Hendricks and Jon Lester all kept up solid routines during the shutdown and are pretty well stretched out, according to Ross. ✶