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The Top 10 moments in David Ross’ first year as Cubs manager

10 months agoAndy Martinez

What a difference a year makes.

Three-hundred-and-sixty-five days ago, the Cubs were finally embarking on their 2020 campaign after more than four months without games.

 “That was a year ago today?” David Ross said prior to the Cubs’ game against the Diamondbacks. “Last year seems like a long way away.”

In that time, there’s been plenty of growth for Ross, who made his managerial debut in the Cubs’ 3-0 Opening Day win over the Brewers.

“I’ve learned about myself,” Ross said. “I learned just stay the course that there’s just a lot of ups and downs.

“I think having the consistent attitude is important and communicating with the players and going through adversity has been a huge learning process for me and how to deal with that as a manager, how to continue to try to put my impact on the team and the players and just trying to continue to grow and get better.”

In honor of the one-year-anniversary of Opening Day last year, Marquee Sports Network looked back at the top 10 moments that have happened in Ross’ first year as a manager. Here’s the list and make sure to relive them all in the video above:

10. Kyle Hendricks’ Opening Day shutout, July 24, 2020

There was no concern as to whether the Professor was ready for the start of the season, throwing a 103-pitch, 9-strikeout shutout to start the season.

9. Willson Contreras’ go-ahead home run in Arizona, July 17, 2021

Contreras capped a 9th inning rally with a 2-run blast off Joakim Soria in the Cubs’ 4-2 win over the Diamondbacks. It broke the Cubs’ 0-41 record entering the 9th inning.

8. Javy Báez’ go-ahead home run in St. Louis, May 23, 2021 

Báez hit a 2-run home run to center field in the 10th inning as the Cubs’ won an epic, 2-1 game against the Cardinals on Sunday Night Baseball in Missouri.

7. Patrick Wisdom’s run, June 6, 2021

Wisdom stole the show in late May and early June when he first got an extended run at the hot corner. He crushed 2 home runs in San Francisco, tying the MLB record for the most home runs in his first 8 games started with a team.

6. Five-run comeback in St. Louis, July 20, 2021

The Cubs completed another wild, improbable comeback in St. Louis, when they scored 5 runs in the top of the 9th to stun the Cardinals in a 7-6, come-from-behind win.  

5. Báez’ Houdini act in Pittsburgh, May 27, 2021

The play seemed routine enough: a two-out grounder to first base in Pittsburgh from Báez seemingly was the end to an inning, only Báez caught Will Craig off-guard, allowing Contreras to score from second while Báez retreated towards home then darting back to first and advancing to second on an errant throw.

4. Cubs sweep Dodgers at Wrigley, May 4-5, 2021

 The Cubs had themselves a series, sweeping the defending World Series champion Dodgers at Wrigley Field in May. Not only did they down the reigning champs, but they beat the Dodgers’ three-headed-rotation monster of Clayton Kershaw, Trevor Bauer and Walker Buehler.

3. Anthony Rizzo’s 14-pitch AB on Opening Day 2.0, June 11, 2021 

The day was special for many reasons: it was the first time Wrigley Field had been open to 100% capacity since 2019, the City of Chicago was fully opened after the COVID-19 pandemic, oh, and the Cubs were hosting the Cardinals for the first time this season. Rizzo capped it off with a 14-pitch at-bat against Daniel Ponce De Leon that he ripped to right field for a home run in the Cubs’ 8-5 win.

2. A pair of no-hitters, September 13, 2020, June 24, 2021

Not too many managers get to manage a no-hitter. Even fewer get to manage two in one year. Ross was part of two, Alec Mills’ no-no last season and the combined no-no from Zach Davies, Ryan Tepera, Andrew Chafin and Craig Kimbrel.

1. Jason Heyward’s go-ahead home run off Josh Hader, September 12, 2020

A day before Mills’ no-hitter, Heyward snatched a victory for the Cubs from apparent defeat. Facing the Brewers’ dominant lefty closer, Heyward crushed a 3-run home run as the Cubs beat the Brewers 4-2 en route to their first division crown since 2017.

 

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