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On This Day in 2016: David Ross homers in final regular season at-bat at Wrigley Field

2 years agoAndy Martinez

Five years ago, the Cubs embarked on a historic journey that will go down as one of the most impactful seasons in professional sports.

Throughout 2021, we’re taking a look back at some of the best moments from the incredible 2016 campaign.

Next up: David Ross’ Final Regular Season Home Game

David Ross has a flair for the dramatic.

Everyone knows about the home run he hit in his final at-bat during Game 7 of the World Series. He did the same thing in his final regular season at-bat at Wrigley Field.

He took a 1-0 pitch from the Cardinals’ Carlos Martínez and deposited it deep into the left field bleachers to give the Cubs the lead. With two outs in the 7th, Joe Maddon went to the mound for what most assumed was a pitching change.

Maddon made a change at catcher, giving Ross one final standing ovation from the 40,859 fans in attendance. 

Fun Facts

  • David Ross’ home run was his 10th of the season, which was only the fourth time he reached double-digit home runs in his career
  • Jon Lester went 6.2 IP, striking out 7 while not allowing a run
  • Lester also tied a career-high with his 19th win of the season
  • This was the Cubs 99th win of the season
  • The Cubs finished the regular season with a record of 57-24 (.704) at home, which is the most wins by a Cubs team at Wrigley Field ever in a single season

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