Familiarity, chemistry play big role in David Ross's 2nd year as Chicago Cubs manager

Posted at 11:34 PM, Jan 25, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-25 23:34:42-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — For Tallahassee native, and second-year Chicago Cubs manager David Ross, the 2020 season brought forth some major challenges as he navigated his new role in the organization.

One comfort Ross found in handling the ever-changing situation was his familiarity with the guys in the dugout alongside him. Having won a world series with Chicago as a catcher in 2016, he understood what many of the guys brought to the table from day one.

As the Cubs work to make a repeat visit to the postseason in 2021, Ross will lean on the team's chemistry to make it happen.

“A lot got made of how are you going to manage your friends, but I think it was something as their teammate I did already. We talked, communicated and I tried to give advice and experience. I haven’t stopped doing that as a manager," Ross told ABC 27. "We have to have some tougher conversations at times but these guys respect me and I respect them and I think it’s actually a lot easier because we are able to have an open dialogue because they know it’s coming from a place of wanting to help and love.”