Like many of the guests on “Old Baseball Cards,” Yahoo Sports’ weekly dive into baseball nostalgia, David Ross was afraid he wouldn’t know anybody. Yes, that David Ross. The two-time World Series winner. The ESPN analyst. The “Dancing with the Stars” finalist. The man they affectionally call Grandpa Rossy in Chicago.
This seems like a fact of facts: You don’t near the nickname Grandpa Rossy without being around baseball for a while and knowing a TON of players.
And would you know it? Ross knew just about everybody — from the Dodgers catcher who played with him early in his career and is now in the Hall of Fame, to the Braves players he grew up rooting for. As such, he had cool memories/stories/reactions to share about John Smoltz, Mike Piazza, Eric Karros, Eddie Murray and others. We opened 1996 Upper Deck and 1994 Topps Stadium Club and came across a number of players Ross knew in his 15-year MLB career.
He joined us on behalf of Coke and its “Share a Coke” campaign, so we also talked about which catchers in MLB right now he’d want to share a coke with. Through it all, it’s easy to see why everybody always loved David Ross — he’s nice, earnest and funny. Even when he accidentally spits on you.
If you’re new to our show, welcome. We open packs of baseball cards from the ’80s and ’90s with players, coaches and famous fans. Most of the cards are from the junk-wax era and aren’t worth much, but the stories and reactions we get from our guests are priceless. We have plenty of great episodes below. If you liked this one, might I also suggest the A.J. Ellis episode and the John Smoltz episode.
Previously on Old Baseball Cards
MUST-SEE EPISODES: Dave Winfield | Tim Raines | Thomas Ian Nicholas aka Henry Rowengartner | Mike Krukow | Gary Vee | Randy Johnson | Felipe Alou | George Brett | Torey Lovullo | Pedro Martinez | Bronson Arroyo | Eric Davis | Dusty Baker | Hank Azaria | Alex Rodriguez | Scott Boras | A.J. Ellis | Bernie Williams | Chase Utley | John Smoltz | Best trades of 2017 | Best finds of 2017 | Best Guests of 2017 (Part 1) | Best Guests of 2017 (Part 2)
STARS FROM BACK IN THE DAY: J.J. Putz | Luis Gonzalez | Duane Kuiper | Edgar Martinez | Ryne Sandberg | Frank Thomas | Sandy Alomar Jr. | Delino DeShields | Cliff Floyd | Dan Plesac | Aaron Boone | Bobby Bonilla | Andre Dawson | Ivan Rodriguez | Jack Morris | Jeff Nelson | Mark Teixeira | Rick Ankiel | Kevin Millar
MANAGERS/COACHES: Terry Francona | Joe Maddon | Bruce Bochy | Clint Hurdle | Buck Showalter | Brad Mills | Bob Melvin | Dave Roberts | Gabe Kapler | Alex Cora | Dave Martinez | Ron Gardenhire | Scott Servais
CURRENT PLAYERS: CC Sabathia | Curtis Granderson | Noah Syndergaard | Kyle Hendricks | Clayton Kershaw | Todd Coffey | John Axford | Dee Gordon | Adam Eaton | Rajai Davis | Brad Ziegler & Tyler Clippard | Buster Posey, David Price & Anthony Rizzo
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