How David Ross continues to lead while he’s away from the Cubs
David Ross picked up his phone and fired off a text to Andy Green that included a highlight from the Dodgers-Giants game at 12:30 a.m. this morning.
“This guy’s locked into baseball every day,” bench coach and interim manager Green said.
A real seam-head, Ross is using his time in isolation due to a positive COVID-19 test to watch lots and lots of baseball and to do as many of his managerial duties as he can from his home. Ross is still not showing any symptoms — well, except maybe one.
“The only symptom he has right now that he can’t overcome is late-night snacking,” Green said with a smile. “He said he’s bored out of his mind.”
That’s why he’s in constant communication with Green, trainers and the rest of the Cubs’ staff.
“It’s 100% his club,” Green said.
Ross continues to put together the Cubs’ lineup, like he did Saturday which included the return of Willson Contreras.
“If you don’t like the lineups, you still have to crucify him,” Green joked.
But once that first pitch of the game is thrown, then it’s all on Green. Or, like Friday, whoever takes over for him if he’s thrown out of the game.
“If I’m still in there, you can blame me for those,” Green said.
That was a real question Green had after Friday’s game. When he was thrown out after arguing a slide rule in Friday’s win over the Pirates, there was a little confusion in the immediate aftermath of the game as to who was in charge for the Cubs.
“You don’t get down to like the speaker of the house type conversation, who takes over if the president’s out,” Green said, referencing the chain of command after the vice president of the US.
He found out later it was in fact pitching coach Tommy Hottovy who steered the ship and picked up the win.
“There was enough really intelligent people in that dugout no matter how far we get down in the pecking order, there’s someone in there that can make good decisions, put guys in position to succeed,” Green said.
As of now, it’s still just Ross and president of baseball operations Jed Hoyer who are the only positive cases among the Cubs. Green and other close contacts continue to be tested “multiple times daily to make sure we catch it as quickly as humanly possible”.
They know they’ve got a few more days before they’re really in the clear, though.
“We’re gonna do what we can to protect ourselves and make as good decision as possible even beyond what MLB regulates and suggests and what the CDC regulates and suggests,” Green said. “That’s what we’re doing right now. Hopefully, we clear these 3 to 5 days and then we’ll peel those [masks] off and move about our business the way we were before.”