Ross hits game-winning RBI in World Series win

By Adam Silverstein
October 29, 2013

Boston Red Sox catcher David Ross, a spot starter for Game 5 of the 2013 World Series, came through in the clutch with an RBI double in the seventh inning that later became the difference maker for the road team on Monday evening in St. Louis, MO.

Tied 1-1 in the top of the seventh, Boston jumped ahead by a run when Ross hit a ground rule double to left to score what would become his team’s game-winning run. He was thrown out at home two plays later after trying to tack on an insurance run for the Red Sox following a single to center by center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury.

Ross has become left-handed pitcher Jon Lester’s personal catcher and led the hurler, from behind he plate, to a terrific performance on Monday (7.2 IP, 4 H, ER, 7 K).

He only spent one year as a member of the Florida Gators baseball team, joining the program as a junior transfer in 1998 after two seasons with Auburn.

Following the 1998 College World Series (the Gators were the No. 1 overall seed but lost in the first round), Ross decided to forgo his final year of eligibility. He was subsequently selected in the seventh round of the 1998 MLB Draft by the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Ross has played for seven different teams over his 12-year MLB career and is currently in his second stint with Boston (2008). A .237 hitter who has spent most of his career as a reserve, he played in his 13th postseason game on Monday, seven of which have come this season with the Red Sox.

After the 3-1 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals, Ross was interviewed on the field by FOX Sports reporter Erin Andrews, who was a sophomore at Florida in 1998.

One Comment

  1. Michael Jones says:

    Ross seems to be a really good guy and teammate. Loved his humor when he introduced himself to the Sox’s 1st base coach after hitting a single. Great demeanor out there. I can see how he would have a settling effect on his pitcher.

    I’ll say this about almost all the Gators that have gone through our basketball, baseball, and football programs: We’ve had some pretty good character-type guys who have represented our university. (and I don’t need to hear about Aaron Hernandez, etc.. . . all I’m saying is that most of the current and past student athletes have made me proud . . . guys like Danny Wuerffel, Patric Young, and plenty of others)

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