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David Ross already making an impact on Chicago Cubs' fan base at Cubs Convention

David Ross already making an impact on Chicago Cubs' fan base at Cubs Convention

As David Ross is introduced at Cubs Convention, he gets a standing ovation from Cubs fans. 

Since being announced as manager of the Cubs in October, David Ross has been one of the conversations at the forefront when discussing the 2020 (and beyond) club.

How easy is it to go from teammate to boss?

That will be key in creating a culture in which his players and fans trust him as ‘Manager, David Ross’ and not ‘Grandpa Rossy.’

David Ross is not the 'Grandpa Rossy' you thought you knew.

With Ross at the helm, it’s all about accountability, that word we’ve heard over and over again. In his introductory press conference Ross stated that his conversations with Jon Lester on the mound “were rarely friendly.”

The quest to put 2016 in the rear view mirror is on and it relies on, yep, you guessed it - accountability.

“I want to win a championship. I want to win multiple championships. I want to bring championships back to Chicago. We’ve done that before, I’ve done that in another city, and I know what that looks like. And when you see the opposite — I’ve been on some losing teams — you’ve got to call it out as soon as possible.” - Ross

David Ross expects Kris Bryant to be with Cubs on Opening Day

Ross has, on many occasions, stated his desire to win another World Series and bring another championship to Chicago. With a core team that has proven they can do it, is 2020 the year he can bring all these talents together to go all the way? 

[Related: Cubs announce David Ross' 2020 coaching staff]

Yu Darvish's GQ magazine history only makes Cubs' ace more likable

Yu Darvish's GQ magazine history only makes Cubs' ace more likable

Yu Darvish is the Cubs' ace, a social media wiz and fan favorite. After a disastrous debut season in Chicago, he put together an impressive 2019 second half that has people bullish on his 2020 prospects — whenever the season may comemence.

Here's a couple notes you may not have known about the veteran right-hander:

1. Darvish pitched for Japan in the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. Big league players don’t participate in the quadrennial event because it occurs in the thick of the MLB season. Darvish was able to compete because he was still pitching in Japan’s NPB league.

2. Darvish’s father, Farsad, is Iranian, and his mother, Ikuyo, is Japanese. They met at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Fla., where Farsad played soccer. Farsad encouraged him to play soccer, but Yu preferred baseball.

3. In 2007, Darvish established the “Darvish Yu Water Fund” in collaboration with the Japan Water Forum. The project’s mission is to provide clean water to developing countries.

4. In 2012, Darvish was named the GQ Man of the Year in Japan. The magazine also billed him as the “Elvis of Japan” in 2010. 

Ace, humanitarian and GQ cover model. What's not to like about this guy?

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Cubs Talk Podcast: Did the Cubs have the greatest game 7 of all time?

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Cubs Talk Podcast: Did the Cubs have the greatest game 7 of all time?

The 2016 Cubs World Series win was as epic a game 7 as any, but was it the greatest game 7 ever? Host David Kaplan is joined by NBCS Cubs insider Gordon Wittenmyer as they debate the Cubs World Series win.

(1:50) - Is it an overreaction to say the Cubs World Series win was a great game?

(5:45) - Does the importance of the Cubs winning make it the greatest ever?

(8:20) - Comparisons to other game 7s across sports

Listen to the full podcast here or via the embedded player below:

Cubs Talk Podcast

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