David Ross doesn't like to cry in front of the cameras and a bunch of strangers in the media.
But the veteran catcher couldn't help himself when a reporter asked what he said to pitcher Jon Lester as they embraced during the Cubs' 3-2 win over the Cleveland Indians in Game 5 of the World Series Sunday night.
Ross' eyes starting tearing up and he immediately turned to face his locker, shielding his emotion from the bright lights of the TV cameras and the rest of the world that just saw a 6-foot-2, 230-pound 39-year-old man start to cry.
"I just said I loved him and thanks for everything," Ross said simply, still fighting back tears. "... It starts and ends with Jon for me. There's not a better way to go out your last start catching Jon Lester, a guy that's won a World Series for me and doing the things he's done for me personally.
"He's a friend of mine and to be on this stage here, my last time at Wrigley, catching him was a pretty amazing moment. It's hard. There were a lot of emotions for me before the game started."
Ross - who is set to retire when the Cubs' season ends - has already had a year to remember and it will now come to a close either in heartbreaking fashion or he'll ride off into the sunset hanging on to one last taste of the ultimate glory.
In the final home game of his career, Ross stepped up big for a Cubs team that needed a spark.
Ross and first baseman Anthony Rizzo teamed up for a couple nifty foul pop-ups, but Ross contributed with the bat, too, working a very solid at-bat and driving home Ben Zobrist with a sacrifice fly in what turned out to be the game-winning run.
"Pretty cool," he said. "I've had a storybook year. There are so many things I could talk about that have happened to me over this year. That's just another cool one to get the sac fly that puts us ahead and we hold on.
Ross also nabbed Francisco Lindor trying to steal second, ending the sixth inning in what may be his final act on a baseball diamond.
"They got one off me, but I got one back. We're even," he said, while also declaring he likes throwing guys out on the basepaths more than even hitting home runs.
But Ross' greatest moment Sunday night may have come the inning after he was removed.
Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder was on hand at Wrigley to sing "Take me out to the Ballgame" and dedicated the performance to Grandpa Rossy.
"That was really cool," Ross said. "For him to say those things about me, I was taken aback. Everybody's looking at me like, 'Dude, Eddie Vedder just dedicated the whole Seventh Inning Stretch to you.'
"My mind's blown and I'm thinking about being out of the game. ... Everybody knows who Eddie Vedder is and this guy says my name. It's a huge compliment."
For a journeyman catcher who played 15 years in the big leagues but topped 250 at-bats just once, Ross has probably talked to the Chicago media this season as much as anybody with the Cubs apart from Joe Maddon.
After the Cubs' Game 5 win with their backs against the wall, there were more media members staking out Ross' locker than anybody else in the room and he talked for almost 20 minutes.
But that's not his fault at all. The TV cameras flock to him as a well-spoken, intelligent baseball mind and a father figure to the rest of a Cubs clubhouse that has now won 213 games over his time in Chicago the last two years.
Ross tried to keep Sunday night just like any other day, but he admitted he was trying to keep busy so he wouldn't have time to just sit and dwell.
He has made it a point to try to take in the moments throughout his final season, but he actually avoided that for the most part in Game 5, trying to keep the emotions and nostalgia at bay while maintaing focus on the game.
"I'm trying to win the World Series," Ross said. "I'll have time to reflect on my career and these special moments.
"I've been trying to keep that at bay and just focus on the World Series and these guys in here. This is a very talented group and I'm glad we could keep it going with a win."