Former Gator catcher David Ross earned his first World Series ring Wednesday as the Boston Red Sox defeated the St. Louis Cardinals 6-1 at Fenway Park to clinch the series in six games.
Ross, who was on Florida’s 1998 College World Series team, has played for a half dozen teams in his 12-year career in the majors. In November of 2012 he signed a two-year, $6.2 million deal with the Red Sox, marking his second stint with the team after spending part of 2008 in Boston.
The 36-year-old suffered a pair concussions during the regular season and spent more than two months on the disabled list.
But Ross eventually returned and came up big for the Red Sox in the postseason. He started four games in the World Series and drove in the game-winning run with an RBI double in Game 5.
“I never thought I’d be here,’’ Ross told The Boston Globe following his performance Monday. “There were times I was questioning whether my career was over. But thanks to a lot of positive people, good doctors, I’m here.”
“The signature moment I think is what everyone lives for. But I’m kind of just … I’m just in awe of the World Series (logo) being behind me, right. That’s what you see when people are on TV. I’m stoked.”
Ross sat down with ESPN’s Chris Berman shortly after winning the World Series. To watch the video interview, click HERE.