The Cubs surprised David Ross with a pregame ceremony Friday afternoon, delivering an emotional moment that had him still fighting back tears almost four hours later.
The Cubs played a tribute on the video board, complete with testimony from players like Jon Lester. The video also featured some of Ross' top highlights from throughout his career, including winning the World Series with the Boston Red Sox.
Ross' entire family was also in attendance, catching "Grandpa Rossy" completely off guard.
"I went out to play catch and everybody was getting ready for the game and I look in the dugout - I thought I was missing something," Ross said. "Nobody told me about something. And then the video started and I was like, 'Oh no.'
"I wanted to get in the dugout and kinda hide. I felt a little embarrassed. But super nice things the guys said, a real emotional moment for me. It was nice to have my family there."
As Ross embraces the twilight of his career, the Cubs also gifted him a jersey, a No. 3 square from the iconic Wrigley Field scoreboard and the home plate from Great American Ballpark, where Ross caught Jake Arrieta's no-hitter in April.
Ross already had a No. 3 square from Fenway Park and hopes to get all his Cubs teammates to sign his from Wrigley.
"I don't even have the words for what that means," Ross said. "My teammates to say those things and the warm hugs from the guys ... I really don't have words. It's kinda overwhelming emotionally."
With Ross not playing in Friday's game, Anthony Rizzo paid homage to the veteran catcher by taking "Forever Young" as his first walk-up song:
"How 'bout that?" Ross said. "I was like, 'we need to focus on winning and I'm like gonna cry every 30 seconds. I just kept waiting for him to get out and him blame my song. Good thing he got a hit and got it started off the right way."
Where does it all rank among his top baseball memories?
"I've had so many," Ross said. "I keep getting that question this year and I keep having another one at the top. This is up there.
"When you're a guy that's a backup catcher and kind of a journeyman and been on a bunch of different teams, just trying to find your way through the major leagues and doing the best you can and you get a moment like that, it's pretty cool."