Cubs catcher David Ross announced late Tuesday night that he will not in fact retire at season’s end as planned, instead playing for as many more years as his body can take.
“No way in hell am I calling it quits,” a beer-soaked Ross said while taking a break from celebrating the Cubs’ thrilling comeback NLDS victory over the Giants with his teammates. “This is just way too much fun.”
Dubbed “Grandpa Rossy” earlier this year by his much younger teammates, the 39-year-old was key in Tuesday’s victory, driving in the team’s first two runs and playing stellar defense. Despite his aging body and the physical demands of his position, Ross held steadfast in his decision to unretire.
“Just keep propping me up out there,” said Ross. “As long as I’m breathin’, I ain’t leavin.'”