David Ross has been a travelling man, a veteran of six major-league teams now serving his second tour of duty with the Boston Red Sox. At 37, he feels like he’s found his baseball home.
Monday night, the bearded journeyman catcher delivered the biggest hit of his life, an RBI double that touched off a game-winning, two-run rally as the Red Sox beat the St. Louis Cardinals 3-1 to move to within a win of their third World Series championship in the last decade.
Ross, who landed with the Red Sox as a free agent this season after four years with the Atlanta Braves, has become an integral part of the crazy quilt of characters who populate the Red Sox clubhouse. He’s had more than 300 at-bats only once in his 12-year career and only had 116 plate appearances this season but has suddenly supplanted Jarrod Saltalamacchia as the go-to guy in the World Series.