(Father’s Day Gift Guide: For The Sports Fan in Chicago): Teammate: My Journey in Baseball and a World Series for the Ages by David Ross (5 out of 5) 

Ok, I changed another feature up…geographically, for the Father’s Day Gift Guide. I was going to be reading this anyway, being a fan of all Chicago sports, and being a fan of Rossy himself. I didn’t expect to get it read in three hours, but I did. It’s a quick and fun read that brings a lot of laughter and yes, tears. Rossy is beloved in Chi-town, and this memoir is a great indication of why. It weaves between his life and the Cubs vs. Indians World Series in 2016, along with his iPhone journal entries. Ross admits he wasn’t always the easiest person to get along with, but after Theo Epstein took him aside and told him about rumors of his being a difficult teammate flying, he realizes that he needs to reaffirm the definition of “teammate”. The reader gets to come along for the ride. There are parts of this book where it felt like it could be a self-help guide as well. All purpose autobiography, folks! Great stories abound, from the Atlanta Braves skipper Bobby Cox, to his time with the Boston Red Sox and his first World Series ring, to tensions with Dusty Baker, to how he got the “Grandpa” nickname bestowed on him by his teammates, and many vignettes of his interactions with his Cub teammates. Ross’s book is a shining example of the adage, “There is no “I” in team”. He proves that and then some. He manages to get his story out, teach us all about what being a true teammate is, and make us fall in love with him more than we had been. This is a GREAT Father’s Day Gift for that Cubs fan dad in your life. It’s out now in hardcover, from the folks at Hachette Book Group. And psst…don’t tell anyone but it’s hitting the NYT bestseller list next Sunday. Everything’s coming up Rossy! 

~ by generationgbooks on May 22, 2017.

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