Boog Sciambi’s hilarious David Ross story
On the day he was announced as Marquee Sports Network’s new play-by-play broadcaster, Jon “Boog” Sciambi wasted no time endearing himself to fans with his sense of humor.
Sciambi has a long history with Cubs manager David Ross, dating back to their days in Atlanta. Ross was a catcher with the Braves in 2009 when Sciambi was in his last season there as the play-by-play announcer. They also worked in the booth together on ESPN MLB broadcasts after Ross retired.
So when Ross came up in Sciambi’s introductory Zoom press conference Monday afternoon, the new voice of Cubs broadcasts was ready.
“By the way, I have some notes that he sent me [and said], ‘Make sure you get these in,'” Sciambi said of Ross. “I missed him, he’s the best and other things.”
Sciambi said he doesn’t necessarily have a favorite Ross story, but loves telling a tale that begins in Ross’ final year with the Cubs in 2016. The catcher was wearing one of those scouting report wristbands a lot.
“When he was playing that final year, he showed it to me,” Sciambi said. “Not so that I could say, ‘This is what they do with Matt Carpenter in spots,’ but just to give you a thumbnail of what it was. And I said to him once he retired and signed with [ESPN], ‘You should bring the wristband so you can show people and say this is what they’re looking at.’
“I kept telling him and telling him and telling him. So now we start working together and I kept nagging him about doing it and it turned out he lost it, but they found one. So we were doing a Yankee game — it was myself, Rick Sutcliffe and David Ross.
“And I walked right into it where he had the wristband and he said, ‘This is what you do when you look at it.’ And I said, ‘Well show them. Turn it and hold it up and show the camera.’ And he lifts it up and on the wristband where all the information is supposed to be, it says: ‘Less Boog, more Sut and Rossy.'”
Sciambi won’t be working directly alongside Ross in 2021 and beyond, but the two former broadcast partners will have plenty of interactions.
“I’m looking forward to being around him all the time,” Sciambi said. “He likes to play and he’s serious and he and I like to talk — and even argue — baseball at times.”